We have to secure the safety of the community
— Jace to Caitlin

Agent Jace Turner is a main character and primary antagonist on The Gifted. He is a man that often questions his line of work as he was an agent for the Sentinel Services.

Before joining this government agency, Jace was a police officer, who lost his daughter to a mutant related incident. He takes no pleasure from separating Mutants from their families, however, he feels it's something that must be done for public safety. Agent Turner started an illegal, non government sanctioned extermination/incarceration attempt of mutants after Dreamer, in an attempt to gain information on an illegal secret program, manipulated his memories, and unintentionally caused him to forget the death of his daughter.

Character Description Edit

"A weathered man who quietly wrestles with the moral ambiguities of a job that regularly requires cold-blooded, calculating efficiency on a day-to-day basis."[1]

Early Life Edit

Jace's father died at the age of 40 which forced him to grow up without a father for the majority of his childhood. After graduating from the Police Academy, he became an officer of the law. At some point, he met his future wife Paula and their relationship grew over the course of time, allowing them to get happily married and have a child together whom they named Grace. On July 15th, 2013, when Grace was seven-year-old, she was killed in a mutant related incident that later came to be known as 7/15. This set Jace on his course in persecuting mutants of all kinds, which eventually resulted in him becoming a field agent for Sentinel Services.

Season 1Edit


Agent Turner showing up at the Strucker house

In eXposed, Agent Jace Turner arrived at the Strucker house to take Andy and Lauren Strucker into custody after a mutant related incident at their school, which was being described as an act of terrorism. Under the amended Patriot Act, it was Sentinel Services duty to secure the safety of the community. However, Caitlin Strucker was reluctant to allow them into her home. He attempted to reason with Caitlin as he, too, was a parent, and this was as much for Andy and Lauren's protection as it was for everyone else's. Agent Turner and Agent Weeks bypassed Caitlin, knocking her down in the process, which angered Andy, causing the entire house to shake. He urged Andy to calm down and to come with him for questioning but as the shaking persisted, Agent Turner and Agent Weeks drew their firearms. However, they didn't account for Lauren blocking their path with a force field, though it only lasted for a few moments. Unfortunately, this provided the Struckers with enough time to escape in the family's car.

The next day he arrived at the Central Courthouse Building and requested access to Mr. Strucker's office, as well as his computer and emails. A court order was being processed should they encounter any resistance. Mr Strucker's boss was surprised to learn that Mr. Strucker would run after being a part of the office for fifteen years, and the mutant task force for five years. In Agent Turner's experience, perspectives changes when it's your own kid.


Agent Turner instructing the fugitives to surrender

Unlike his last encounter with the Struckers, Agent Turner came prepared with a fully assembled team. They cornered the Struckers, and Mutant Underground affiliate Eclipse, in an abandoned warehouse. Agent Turner spoke from a microphone, announcing himself as the Sentinel Services before demanding that each of them get on the ground and put their hands on their head. If they try to flee, Sentinel Services won't hesitate to use deadly force. Mr. Strucker demanded an attorney as they would only negotiate if one was provided. Clearly misinformed, Agent Turner explained that there will be no negotiations. He advised Mr. Strucker to think about what was best for his family. He is forced to deploy the Sentinels after Thunderbird and Blink came to the fugitives rescue. Following the Sentinels with their guns drawn, agent Turner and his team proceeded throughout the building in search of the fugitives. Before Mr. Strucker could escape with his family through a portal created by Blink, he was shot and apprehended.


Agent Turner instructing the agents of officers

In rX, after an unsuccessful attempt to apprehend the Struckers in an abandoned warehouse, Agent Turner announced to both Sentinel Services Agents and Atlanta PD that in addition to the Struckers, they were also searching for three mutant suspects, two unidentified males (Thunderbird and Eclipse), and one female prison escapee (Blink). All are to be considered extremely dangerous as they believed that the suspects were affiliated with the national network in the business of helping persecuted mutant fugitives escape government custody. They were to search every square inch of the surrounding area, behind, doors, walls, and even under water. Just because something seemed impossible, doesn't mean it didn't happen. With mutants, anything is possible.

He then introduced himself to Mr. Strucker as he was being carried away on a stretcher, informing Mr. Strucker that the reason for his inability to move was due to the fact that he was hit with an immobilization round, and that the effects were to wear off in a few hours.


Agent Turner interrogating Mr. Strucker

After ensuring that Mr. Strucker knew his rights, the interrogation began. Agent Turner explained that while it's not illegal to be a mutant, his job was to focus on crimes committed by them. Mr. Strucker had put his family in a bad situation. He would argue that Mr. Strucker's next decisions are the biggest of his life. Mr. Strucker questioned why he would cooperate with the very same people that sent Sentinels after his family, but as Agent Turner reminded him, he gave the Struckers the opportunity to surrender peacefully, but they declined the offer. Mr. Strucker then asked for his lawyer, which Agent Turner was more than willing to provide him with. However, once that happens, it'll be out of his hands. He was doing Mr. Strucker a great favor by even discussing with him. Technically, Mr. Strucker was only being detained at the moment, he hadn't been charged yet. So, first things first, they were to bring on the charges for Mr. Strucker's involvement.

The next day Agent Turner brought up charges of terrorism against Mr. Strucker. He then pulled Lorna Dane A.K.A Polaris' photo up on the screen. From what they could establish, Mr. Strucker used her police file to make contact with the Mutant Underground. He informed Mr. Strucker that there's been talk for quite some time about classifying the Underground as a mutant terrorist group, much like the Brotherhood and the Mutant Liberation Front. Their lawyers wanted to make Mr. Strucker and Polaris their test case. With Mr Strucker rejecting the notion that the Mutant Underground was anything like the two aforementioned mutant organizations, Agent Turner reminded him that he was prosecuting Lorna Dane just a few days before. Suddenly, she's a brave freedom fighter, he asked. Agent Turner lost his daughter during the July 15th incident. She was seven years old and her name was Grace. People often talk about the X-Men and the Brotherhood, but the things is that he's never going to know if the blast of energy that killed his daughter came from a good mutant or a bad mutant. Either way, he didn't care. Mr. Strucker then stated that the charges would never stick, but Agent Turner disagreed.

Agent Turner needed Mr. Strucker to understand the stakes as he was making the mistake that he, his wife, and his kids were the only ones at jeopardy. He escorted Mr. Strucker into the interrogation room, where they watched from the one way mirror as Agent Weeks interrogated Mr. Strucker's mother, Ellen Strucker. They were bringing in every potential co-conspirator. If Mr. Strucker wished the interrogation to end, all he had to do was tell Agent Turner who was involved and how to find the rest of the Strucker family.


Agent Turner returning to the interrogation

Agent Turner returned to proceed with the interrogation later that night. Mr. Strucker was in a world of hurt, or so Agent Turner claimed. After doing some thinking, Reed disagreed that he was the one in a world of hurt. He has sat on the other side of the interrogation table, and the thing is that if Agent Turner was really going to throw him in jail, he would've done it by now. Instead, he's coming in with charges and dragging Reed's mother in for questioning, which are signs of a desperate man. He overplayed his hand. Agent Turner had a bad day, and lost millions of dollars worth of equipment because of it. He also allowed six fugitives to slip through his fingers. While Mr. Strucker finally agreed to a deal, it was to be done on his terms. Mr. Strucker will cooperate with Sentinel Services, but he will go down for all of it alone, Mr. Strucker's mother was also to be released, as well as anyone else they brought in. Most importantly, his family goes free. After thinking it over, Agent Turner agreed to the deal, but only under the condition that he gets the Mutant Underground.

In eXodus, Agent Turner explained to Reed that the key to finding the Underground was with Eclipse. They knew of the bar that Eclipse and Reed had met in and asked if there was anyone there that might know how to find him. Reed remembered that there had been another mutant there that was the bartender. Turner then came up with a plan to have Reed infiltrate the bar and claim that he had escaped from Sentinel Services and wanted to be taken to the Underground to get back with their family. To sell the story, he went and started an APB on Reed, claiming that Sentinel Services and other law enforcement agencies were looking for him.

Turner and his partner Weeks took Reed to the bar where they would be watching from a undercover surveillance van. Once the alert had been sent out on Reed, they then placed a tracking device on his ankle and he warned Reed that it could only come off if he took it off himself. He then let Reed go and reminded him that he was doing this for his family. He then watched as Reed met up with Fade, and was trying to ask for his help to get back to his family at the Underground. Weeks thought that the Reed wouldn't sell it but Turner was confident that he would. He then watched as Fade decided to bring Reed in and help him.

As he was waiting in the van, Turner received a text saying to be careful. He responded that he loved them and they replied that they were proud of him. He smiled just before Weeks told him that Reed was now moving. They prepared to follow and he notified his team that they were now on the move. They followed Reed's tracker but were surprised to find that Reed had thrown himself out of the transport and that Fade and gone and made it invisible so that his team couldn't keep following it. He angrily told Reed that he had to stay in the van but Reed said that he was clear enough about that, implying that he meant to be thrown out of it. Turner then told him that he just made the biggest mistake of his life but Reed said that he had actually stopped himself from doing just that. Turner tried to remind him of their deal but Reed told him to take the deal and shove it up his ass. He then moved to take Reed in.

In eXit strategy, Agent Turner has Polaris escorted back to her cell, where she would be held for the next couple of days, ignoring her taunts and her request to be called "Polaris" instead of her real name. A stunned Polaris discovers her (former) prosecutor Reed Strucker is imprisoned as well and asks he was there, in which Turner explains that Reed has "legal problems" of his own. He also reveals that they are both to be transferred to the same facility together. Before leaving the room, he receives another taunt from Polaris, to which he unhumorously bites back by once again referring to her real name, much to her agitation.

A few days later, Turner is on route with Sentinel Services to transport Reed and Lorna to maximum security prison. The escort is halt up when a back tire on the prison bus is blown out, causing Jace and the other agents to investigate. Immediately realizing mutants are the cause of the blowout, Turner orders the teams of agents to lock down the whole perimeter. His partner Weeks confirms Jace's suspicions, reporting gunfire up the street, but are unsure of how many hostiles they're up against, with a minimum guess of at least three. Turner then orders the agents to maintain their positions and look for more hostiles, telling them they're to continue their prisoner escort in five minutes.

Upon seeing the prison bus implode from the inside, Turner realizes Polaris (and Reed) has broken free, and orders all agents "shoot to kill". Seeing Lorna and Reed escape from the back of the convoy, Jace and Sentinel Services fire at them, but their bullets are sent back at them via Polaris' powers. She then uses her powers to strip them of their guns. Outmatched, Turner orders a retreat. Jace then witnesses Reed and Polaris' escape with their attackers in a Sentinel Services vehicle. Outraged over the loss, Turner orders to shut down ever safe house, sympathizer, and anyone's who's ever helped them, declaring he wants everyone within the Mutant Underground network.

In boXed in, four years ago, moments prior to the events of 7/15, Jace and his wife Paula are at park with their daughter Grace in Dallas, Texas. Grace asks her father to continue playing on the merry-go-round with her, but he declines, saying he taking a little break. Paula teasingly asked if "a big, bad Dallas cop" was dizzy from a merry-go-round, causing an amused Jace to jokingly tell her to try it with how fast Grace is going on it. The two then share a kiss, joking that he's starting to feel better already. The couple then notice a mutant rights' march, which the duty sergeant asked to Jace to help with crowd control, which he declined, having promised his family a picnic. Upon seeing the march getting a bit intense and mutant energy blasts in the sky, Jace and Paula decides they should leave for their own safety and calls for Grace to come with them. Before Grace can retrieve her doll and join them, a giant ball of energy erupts from the sky, triggering a massive explosion, in which Grace is tragically killed. A devastated Jace and Paula grieve over the loss of their daughter.

In the present day, in the immediate aftermath of Polaris and Reed Strucker's escape, Agent Turner and his partner Weeks are in pursuit of their SUV they used in the escape. Wheels reveals that the vehicle's GPS tracker has been pulled and is now headed to north on 23 towards Druid Hills. Turner orders all tactical units be rerouted and to launch an aerial drone, knowing they'll abandon the SUV as soon as possible.

When their drone is destroyed, Turner orders the location locked down and units at every intersection within a ten-mile radius. He then has their transport en route towards the interstate, on the chance they use side roads to get there.

Arriving at the location, Turner receives a call form Paula, who was concerned about Jace, as he had not returned home from the prison transfer sometime after noon as promised. He reveals that he and Sentinel Services had an issue, unable to disclose the full story. He promises to be home soon after "the job is done".

Turner asks Weeks where the other units were, as he made the request for their location 20 minutes ago. Weeks reveals they're ten minutes away and that the deputy director rerouted some units to expand the search, much to Turner's frustration. Seeing a car speeding their way, Turner orders all agents to aim their firearms. Ordering them to exit the car and surrender, Jace is caught off-guard as Polaris uses her powers to dispatch one of the agents. With his order to surrender ignored, Turner and the other agent open fire, but their bullets are reflected, and Polaris disables another agent and steals Turner's gun, leaving him at her mercy.

Polaris (and Eclipse) take Turner to an abandoned warehouse for interrogation. He tells them to just shoot him, but Polaris merely taunts him as has a metal pole tied around his neck as payback for the mutant collar he put on her.

When being questioned on why a mutant was working with Sentinel Services, Jace tauntingly answers he was working with them, and that not all mutants are terrorists. Eclipse and Polaris don't buy as Sentinel Services tried to kill him and wouldn't just turn own his own kind. Jace states his motives are for what happened on July 15. Eclipse counters only a few people caused the incident, not all mutants, and that a lot of humans and mutants were killed that day. Jace agrees, but says nobody had to die. He then says he won't apologize for trying to stop violence. Eclipse bites back at him for causing more violence. Turner then told them that his 7-year-old daughter was killed that day.

A while later, Turner asks if Polaris and Eclipse knew that their situation is only gonna get worse. Polaris tauntingly asks if it was for them or him. He then states she's already in enough trouble and that their only move is to release him and him and hope for the best. Lorna decides to make a deal with Turner to tell them about Pulse and their secret detention centers, but he counters they're only kept secret from "dangerous people" like them off the streets. Marcos counters that Turner meant "mutants", not people, reminding him that Pulse was guarding his prison convoy. Jace then tells them they're gonna be disappointed if they thought he was going to reveal employee personnel files. Polaris confidently tells Jace they'll find out what they wanna know one way or another. Dreamer and Blink arrive via Clarice's portal, just as Sentinel Service arrives.

Polaris tells Dreamer that Jace knows what happened to Pulse and doesn't want to tell them. Turner then warns Sonya whatever she's about to do will be considered assault on a federal officer. Sonya confidently (and mockingly) assures him that he won't feel a thing, before using her powers to view his memories. Before she can fully extract the information, the warehouse is bombed with tear gas, forcing the Mutant Underground to flee. Due to being interrupted during her mind scan, the effect of Dreamer's power causes Jace's various memories to overwhelm his mind, causing him extreme mental pain.

Later, that night, Jace is escorted home to a worried Paula. He assures her that he's fine, just a little "scrambled". He then asks if Grace is still up. Paula painfully reminds him that their daughter had died four years ago. Heartbroken, Jace breaks into tears in his wife's arms.

Personality Edit

Agent Jace Turner appears to be a ruthless, but professional individual, who is dedicated to his job of imprisoning mutants who he feels pose a threat to the community. Upon being tasked with bringing in Lauren and Andy Strucker following the destruction of Belleview Acres High School's gymnasium, he made several attempts to reason and even empathize with both Caitlin and Reed Strucker, proving that he cares about the family's troubles to a small extent. However, when it comes to mutants, he has little reservations on what tactics he uses to bring them down. To him, there are no such things as good or innocent mutants. He sees his work as justified and lashes out at anyone who tries to argue with him against it.

He's willing to use anything whether it is blackmail, intimidation, or even using Hounds to get the mutants he's after. After being forced to live through losing his daughter a second time, his morals and ethics regarding his hunt for mutants has gotten looser to the point that he is even willing to violate protocol and people's basic rights in his agendas. He proclaims all mutants, young or old, as terrorists and uses this as justification to resort to any methods he finds effective. At his lowest point he is even willing to overlook one of Roderick's hounds causing an aneyrism on a non mutant Department of Justice officer that tried to hinder his actions in order to continue his non sanctioned war on mutants.

His primary motivations are to avenge his daughter, Grace, who was lost during 7/15, as she had been caught in the crossfire. He's been known to allow that drive to manifest in his actions, which has occasionally resulted in decisions that some would view as morally questionable.

Physical Appearance Edit

Jace is a shaven headed, middle aged man in good physical shape, likely due to his profession of hunting dangerous mutants.

Abilities and Skills Edit

As a former police officer and a field agent for Sentinel Services, it can be assumed that Jace is proficient with firearms. From the incident at the abandoned warehouse, it would appear he has some SWAT experience.

Appearances Edit

Season 1 Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Agent Jace Turner is not a character from the X-Men comics. He's a original character created for this series .
  • threat of eXtinction is the first episode that Jace does not appear in.

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References Edit

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