AKA: Wilson Fisk
It's good to be the king
Growing up poor and bullied, Wilson Fisk drove himself to become stronger, more powerful, and more ruthless than everyone around him, eventually becoming deeply involved in organised crime. Starting out as a bodyguard for Don Rigalotto, Fisk murdered his boss and seized control of the don's empire for himself, expanding his reach until he controlled almost the entirety of New York's underside. He has known who is under Daredevil's mask for a long time, and regularly uses that information to try and ruin Matt Murdock's life.
- Acrofatic: Remarkably agile for a man of his bulk.
- Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: Which he is varies Depending on the Writer.
- Arch-Enemy: One of two with Bullseye, though between the two the war between Fisk and Murdock is a closer example of this trope. He'd also rank around fourth on Spider-Man's enemies list.
- Badass: A master of jujitsu, hapkido, and unsurprisngly, sumo wrestling, Fisk is one of the most capable fighters in the Marvelverse, capable of fighting Daredevil, entire teams of Hand ninjas, and actual superhumans.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Often.
- Badass Normal: Can hold his own against actual superhumans, though how well is Depending on the Writer (he has held his own in fights against Spider-Man, but it was made clear later on that Peter was just holding back to a huge degree and that Spidey is way out of Fisk's league when he's not restraining himself). Once outsmarted Iron Man, despite the latter being far more intelligent, by tricking him into taking out some of his rivals. While in prison.
- Bald of Evil
- Bear Hug: A crushing bear hug is his signature move.
- Big Bad: Of numerous arcs in the comics, including most famously "Born Again". He's also The Big Bad of the series as a whole. Most bad things that happen in-series are because of him, he can never truly be removed, and it is on him that Daredevil's attentions are most focused.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: How he became The Kingpin of Crime in the first place — by betraying the don he was supposed to be bodyguarding and usurping his position.
- Cane Fu: Has regularly used his walking stick as a weapon, which given his mastery of hapkido, a Korean martial art that features cane fighting as one of its techniques, shouldn't be surprising.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Can veer into this at times, though it was more prominent when he was a Spidey villain.
- The Chessmaster: He's always this, but in his prime in particular he controlled nearly all organized crime on the East Coast, and even had a general in his pocket.
- Classic Villain: As Spider-Man's nemesis. Who better to counteract a short, skinny teenager than a towering, middle-aged body builder? This still works in many ways with Matt, as a blind athletic lawyer who isn't really that handicapped is opposed by a sighted but grotesquely fat gangster who isn't nearly as out of shape as he looks.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Sometimes. His reaction to the Never Found the Body trope is "Oh, Crap".
- Deuteragonist: After Matt himself, nobody is more important to Daredevil and its ongoing story arcs than Wilson Fisk. We've seen him build, run, lose, and rebuild his empire, have witnessed the messy details of his personal life, and have experienced his triumphs and failures with him. When he's not a part of the story, it frequently feels as though something is missing.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- The Don: Up to Eleven. At his height he ran all organised crime on the East Coast.
- Enemy Mine: He and Daredevil have allied several times, against other organisations like The Hand, against gangsters like The Owl, and in order to escape prison. These alliances almost inevitably end in a betrayal by one or both parties.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His wife and son, even after both tried to kill him. Also Marta and her children, who were killed by Lady Bullseye.
- Evil Gloating: His love of this is almost always what undoes him in the end.
- Evil Is Petty: He seems to really have it in for costumed crimefighters and can never simply try and "kill" them; he has to utterly humiliate them and ruin their lives first. This goes about as well as you'd expect.
- Fat Bastard: Possibly one of the most iconic examples around, alongside the likes of Jabba the Hutt.
- Genius Bruiser: He's both a hulking man with the build of a sumo wrestler and a criminal mastermind who once controlled the underbelly of the American East Coast.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Often pictured smoking imported cigars.
- Greed: Matt puts it best: "He won't stop. He'll never stop. He'll just keep murdering. And hurting. And taking. And taking and taking and taking. He thinks he's entitled. He thinks he deserves everything he takes. And he will never stop."
- Hoist by His Own Petard: You'd think he'd have learned not to piss off people who can bench press cars by now.
- Honorary Uncle: To Marta's children, who dub him "Uncle Willie" during the prologue of "Return of the King".
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Kingpin is one of the largest non-superhumans in the Marvelverse. His wife Vanessa, and his eventual girlfriend, Marta, are both tiny women.
- It's Personal: Both Fisk and Murdock can go to pretty extreme lengths to get at each other. Both have went out of their way to ruin each other's businesses, several times. Fisk has set Matt up with girlfriends who were secretly assassins after Daredevil; Matt made Fisk miss his own wife's funeral; Fisk has Matt's friends beaten up; Matt beats up Fisk...it goes on. On at least two occasions Kingpin was on the verge of getting his old empire back, and Matt stopped him by taking it for himself. Both were What the Hell, Hero? moments — he did it mainly just to screw Fisk over.
- Large and In Charge: 6'7 and 400lbs of pure muscle.
- Left for Dead: Some of his underlings make the mistake of doing this to him.
- Lightning Bruiser: When Spidey, Daredevil, and other heroes had their first fights with him, what surprised them most was how damn fast he was.
- Man in White: Almost always wears a white suit coat.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Near Villain Victory: Often, but most notably at the end of Brubaker's run when the only way Matt can stop him from becoming leader of The Hand is by taking the job himself.
- Necessarily Evil: He was once forced into retirement by his wife after she found out about his life of crime; he was then forced back out of retirement because of threats against him and his family, made by an underling who thought he was doing Fisk a favour. Which was a textbook case of Too Dumb to Live.
- His status has also made him this by default and is the reason why no one has made any attempt to dethrone him for good: if anyone actually did, the power struggles caused by the inevitable rush of people trying to take his place would cause far more damage than Fisk himself ever could.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gave one to Daredevil in "Born Again" and was on the receiving end of one from him in Brian Michael Bendis' run (though that was after putting up a very good fight for most of the battle), and he's also been on the wrong end of several from a very pissed Spidey.
- Pride: Easily his greatest flaw, outstripping even his greed. Fisk needs to be in control and to dominate those around him, and he can't take being slighted or thwarted in any way.
- Revenge Before Reason: In Born Again, his underlings kept calling him out on it — this was a mistake, but they were right and his revenge scheme blows his plans to move into legitimate business out of the water, as they result in him being publicly exposed as a crime lord. In Civil War, he has Spider-Man's Aunt May shot, to goad Spidey into a fight so he could show all the goons in prison he was still in charge — Spider-Man beats the hell out of him, and warns the crowd if he or anyone tries something that again he'll come back and kill them.
- Revenge by Proxy: The Aunt May example, but he's went after Matt by attacking Foggy Nelson before, and through his girlfriends and other associates.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Perhaps the most successful example of this trope. Started out as an A-list Spiderman villain, then was promoted to Daredevil's Arch-Enemy. Even Stan Lee noted that in retrospect he makes much more sense as a Daredevil villain. His rationale was that a villain whose facade is a businessman works better with a superhero who, as a day job, is a lawyer instead of a journalist.
- Secret Keeper: For Matt, in a villainous example. He paid for it eventually.
- Self-Made Man: Got where he is today on his own initiative.
- Stout Strength: Kingpin is both very overweight and very strong. He's even learned to weaponise this, practising sumo wrestling and other martial arts that make full use of his immense size and power.
- Super Strength: Sometimes portrayed as possessing this.
- The Syndicate: Personified.
- Tragic Villain: Has been played this way at times, with his attempts at getting out of the criminal life inevitably failing, and seeing him hauled back in.
- Tranquil Fury: During Brubaker's run Daredevil notes that Fisk is a master at a variant of this —no matter how enraged he might appear on the surface, his pulse always remains steady and his adrenaline at a minimum.
- Villainous Valor: Can be generally counted on to keep his word, genuinelly cares for his own family, sees his enemies in Worthy Opponent terms (sometimes), and will treat his underlings with respect so long as they don't fail or betray him. There's also no denying his bravery or his willingness to confront heroes like Daredevil head-on.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Previously.
And for my next trick...
The best assassin in the Marvel Universe, Bullseye is a contract killer with perfect and lethal aim with any weapon or throwable object
who has, at various points, been retained by most of Daredevil's biggest adversaries, most notably The Kingpin. After killing both Elektra and Karen Page, and making numerous attempts on the lives of Matt Murdock's other loved ones, Bullseye has ensured he is the one person that Dardevil hates more than Wilson Fisk.
- Abusive Parents: One of the few constants to his Multiple-Choice Past is that one or both of his parents beat him when he was a kid. Another constant is that they stopped doing it because he murdered them.
- Arch-Enemy: While Murdock and Fisk have drifted into Worthy Opponent territory at times, only pure hatred will ever exist between Murdock and Bullseye.
- And I Must Scream: As of Daredevil 27, he's blind as well as totally paralyzed. He has lost all five senses and is now, in the words of Daredevil, "a living brain in a flesh and bone coffin."
- Asshole Victim: Murdered by Daredevil the same way he killed Elektra in Shadowland. He came back, but see And I Must Scream above.
- Ax-Crazy: One of the single most psychotic characters in the MU.
- Badass Biker: An element from his film appearance filtered its way into the comics.
- Badass Longcoat: In his modern appearances.
- Badass Normal—>Empowered Badass Normal: He is at the absolute peak of human physicality and possesses astonishing skill with weapons, but had no real powers until part of his skeleton was laced with adamantium.
- Back from the Dead: Lady Bullseye resurrected him and he returned to seek revenge on Daredevil. He failed, miserably. Again, see And I Must Scream.
- Bastard Bastard: His mother was a hooker and he never knew his father.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Previously.
- Bald of Evil: Currently, now with a bonus bullseye that was once tattooed but is now scarred onto his forehead.
- Brooklyn Rage
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He had tremendous potential as an athlete and baseball player due to his expert marksmanship, but his psycopathic nature came out and he killed a player. He actually does make a lot of money as an assassin, but he never spends any of it (He believes he may have more money than Norman Osborn from his jobs).
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Dragon: To Kingpin. note
- The Dreaded: At the start of Brubaker's run, he is transferred from the Raft to Ryker's Island. Absolutely everyone in Ryker's — even a guard and a prisoner in the middle of a savage brawl - -drops what they're doing and stares blankly in horror when they find out.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the "Shadowland" arc. He got better.
- Enemy Mine: Forced to team up with Matt when the two of them and Kingpin stage a breakout from Rykers in Brubaker's run. Neither he nor Matt is happy about it.
- Evil Cripple: Since coming back, he has been confined to an iron lung. Eventually, it gets even worse. See And I Must Scream.
- Faux Affably Evil: He loves acting friendly and humorous to taunt Matt, whom he knows won't kill him.
- For the Evulz: Bullseye is a paid mercenary and earns a sizable fee for his murders.... But he recently revealed he barely ever spends it since he'd rather spend his time killing even more people. He even states that he's gotten so much cash over the years for his various jobs he's probably richer than Norman Osborn.
- Once it's even established that one of the reasons why his services are so sought out by the criminal underworld is because he kills so many people "off duty" that it's next to impossible for the police to discern whether his latest victim was a hired hit or not.
- Freudian Excuse: His parents were abusive drunks. When Matt finds out, he uses it to taunt him in a fight and throw him off.
- Genius Bruiser: He's fiendishly intelligent and an excellent planner. For example, he once fired on Daredevil with a revolver which he then discarded after one shot. When Karen Page thinks she has an advantage and tries to shoot him, he reveals that it intentionally only contained one round. Furthermore, he's also a very adept hand-to-hand combatant, which has caught more than a few people by surprise.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: They don't call him "Bullseye" for nothing.
- Improvised Weapon: Things that Bullseye has used as weapons include, but are by no means limited to, playing cards, paperclips, toothpicks, paper airplanes, golf balls, peanuts, and several of his own teeth.
- Improbable Weapon User: Listing all the things he can kill you with would take up this entire page. To quote when he was in prison once:
They have me on stool softeners and liquid food because they're afraid that if I have a solid bowel movement I'd kill someone with it. And I would, too.
- Kick the Dog: Where to even begin? In the interest of saving time, we'll only mention his murder of a church full of nuns and Karen Page in Kevin Smith's run.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Bullseye may be crazy, but he's not stupid. He knows when it's time to retreat. He was also was the one to tell Osborn that his plan to invade Asgard was insane.
- Knife Nut: He's an expert marksman and uses firearms on occasion but prefers to use blades and improvised weapons instead.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Ask him for his backstory and he'll give a different story each time. The only thing that ever remains consistent any time he talks about his past is that he had Abusive Parents, that he kills his parents, and that he was a baseball player before becoming a Killer for Hire.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He's been on the receiving ends of some absolutely devastating ones from Matt. Taken up to eleven in Bendis' run when he not only beats him nearly to death, but carves a bullseye symbol into his head and gives him a vicious "Reason You Suck" Speech. This was when Bullseye tried to kill Milla and caught Matt at the end of his tether.
- He was also on the receiving end of one during the Civil War storyline, when he was working for the Thunderbolts and tried to kill American Eagle, a super-powered and short-tempered Native American. It started with American Eagle grimly pointing out to Bullseye that there is a world of difference between going after people like Daredevil, who doesn't have superpowers, and someone like him, who does. American Eagle also does not hold back when fighting someone who doesn't have superpowers, unlike many heroes. What American Eagle then did to Bullseye went beyond a beatdown and into a Curb-Stomp Battle: It was even more brutal than what Spidey delivered to the Kingpin during Back in Black. Bullseye has since avoided American Eagle like the plague, and is even more careful in picking his targets.
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Bullseye is known to turn down jobs if he thinks killing the target will be too easy or simply no fun at all. This trope is also the reason why he quit playing baseball — because his skills made the game too easy.
- But see the entry on No-Holds-Barred Beatdown above. He's too smart (or too cowardly) to go after a target that is way out of his league, or if retribution is assured. You won't see him going after the Hulk or Wolverine, because he knows he'll get his ass kicked. You also won't see him go after Captain America, because even if he succeeds every hero in the Marvel Universe will be out to kill him.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: We've never found out his real name.
- He does respond to "Lester," but it's unknown if this his name or a frequent alias.
- Not Wearing Tights: He originally wore the blue spandex costume pictured above. In more recent years, however, he has donned a costume based on his appearance in the film, consisting of motorcycle clothes, a trenchcoat, and a bullseye symbol on his forehead.
- Professional Killer: Probably the best assassin in the Marvel Universe.
- Psycho for Hire: At one point, he reveals that he has spent basically none of the money he has made from his assassinations over the years. Money is just a handy way to keep score.
- Sadist: To the point where he'll still murder and torture people even when he's not on the job.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: He will find you even if it takes him to the ends of the earth.
- Self-Made Orphan: Details about where and when vary, but he does often state how he murdered his parents.
: And you say your father beat you? Bullseye
: Yes, until I was fourteen. Psychologist
: Hmmm. I see. And what happened then. Bullseye
: (kills psychologist with a voice recorder
) I killed him.
- Slasher Smile
- The Sociopath: The most obvous example among Daredevil's rogues, with his short temper, need to hurt people, and malignantly antisocial behaviour.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: He's done some stuffing in his time. Running tally of hero's girlfriends gruesomely murdered: Daredevil - 2 (Elektra and Karen Page) The Sentry - 1 (Lindy Reynolds). He also attempted to do this to Milla Donovan.
- Villain with Good Publicity: When he was "Hawkeye" of the Dark Avengers.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Deadpool. He has admitted that Deadpool is the only person he likes. They're still perfectly okay with the idea of killing each other, though they tend to have more fun doing it to each other than anybody else.
- Would Hurt a Child
Everybody was kung-fu fighting...
An ancient organisation of Japanese nationalist ninja, The Hand were corrupted from the inside by the Snakeroot, a clan of demon worshippers who aimed to bring their master, The Beast, into the world. They have opposed Daredevil on many occasions, aiming always to increase their own power and free The Beast from its imprisonment.
- Ancient Conspiracy
- Archenemy: Of the organistion known as The Chaste, of whom Matt's mentor, Stick, was one. The group as a whole is third on Daredevil's hit parade after Wilson Fisk and Bullseye. They've fought him many times, a number of his enemies (Elektra, Lady Bullseye, Kingpin) have been members of the group or have tried to take control of it, they're linked to his mentor, and they want Matt to be their leader.
- Bigger Bad: The Beast, their evil master. He has only appeared in two stories, and most of the time he uses Demonic Possession rather than his true form (a large, green, ogre-like monster with a bit of a hunchback).
- Black Magic: Fond of this.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: A favourite tactic of theirs; they kill you, and then resurrect you as a Nietzsche Wannabe Ax-Crazy Blood Knight loyal to them. Elektra went through this twice, though the second time apparently she had developed a resistance to it and Out-Gambitted them.
- Came Back Wrong: Invoked. They resurrect you to be one of their evil warriors.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Played dead straight.
- The Corruption
- The Dreaded
- Nebulous Evil Organization
- Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy: They have a long, complex history with HYDRA and the latter is more or less a breakaway group of the more politically minded members, though they still co-operate from time to time. They often ally with other evil groups, and a branch are controlled by the Kingpin.
- Night of the Living Mooks
- Ninja Zombie Pirate Robot: Undead brainwashed demon-worshipping ninja cult.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: What you become if the Hand brings you Back from the Dead.
- Off with His Head!: What you have to do to the corpse if you don't want the Hand to get their hands on a new toy.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: All Hand warriors and their demon masters have red eyes (Depending on the Artist).
- Religion of Evil: They worship an ancient demon known only as The Beast. In the Wolverine story arc Enemy of the State, their Jounin, their highest ninja masters, are clearly not human and implied to be demons as well.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: They've fought pretty much everyone at this point, from Matt and Elektra to Wolverine, the Avengers, and beyond.
- Shrouded in Myth
- The Undead
- World Domination
AKA: Wilbur Day
Short-man syndrome personified
A loser in civilian life, Wilbur Day turned to crime, only to become a loser there as well. Donning a mechanical exoskeleton equipped with telescopic legs, he tried to become a professional criminal, only to be thwarted by Daredevil again and again. A joke in-universe and out, he was eventually killed by the Punisher.
- Butt Monkey: Nothing good ever happened to Stilt-Man.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Never explained why he couldn't use his engineering skills to make money legitimately.
- It's actually Justified in his first appearance, where it turns out he's actually stolen the inventions he uses — including his stilts — to try and frame his bitter, condescending boss. Later stories turned him into more of a typical Gadgeteer Genius, however, putting him squarely within the trope.
- Dumb Muscle: For a supposedly capable inventor, Wilbur Day was remarkably dense, and usually ended up as the unthinking (and ineffective) muscle for whatever criminal group was using him today.
- Enemy Mine: Once aided Daredevil when an impostor stole his armour.
- Harmless Villain
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- Joke Character: Reduced to this, especially in his later career.
- Killed Off for Real: By the Punisher.
- Meaningful Funeral: One that was attended by many other also-rans of the criminal world.
- The Napoleon: Wilbur Day was a very short man. This played into his desire to wear a suit that made him taller.
- Only in It for the Money: Day was just greedy. He wasn't out to hurt people or Take Over the World — just get rich quick.
- Powered Armour: His suit was equipped with a number of weapons.
- Punch Clock Villain: According to Spider-Man, he was a pretty nice guy — apart from the whole "bank robbery" thing.
- Shrink Ray: Made several attempts at stealing one from his former partner, Carl Klaxon.
- Size Shifter: Downplayed. Day's legs could extend, but the rest of his body could not.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Somehow managed to marry Princess Python, who while a similarly ineffective villain, was a knockout in the looks department.
- Villain Team-Up: Regularly recruited into team-ups by more competent villains.
AKA: Mary Walker
Mary, Mary, quite contrary...
A mentally ill woman with a badly factured identity, Mary Walker is a threat to everyone around her. Boasting low-level psyonic powers, excellent combat skills, and three separate identities (the timid Mary Walker, the violent Typhoid Mary, and the sadistic
Bloody Mary), Mary has worked for Kingpin and others as an assassin, and has a long and ugly love/hate relationship with both Daredevil and Matt Murdock.
AKA: Leland Owlsley
A little wisdom can be a dangerous thing
Daredevil's Silver Age
archnemesis, Leland Owlsley was a Wall Street financier turned would-be crime lord, who ingested a special serum that gave him the power to glide. After years of experimenting on himself, and a great deal of Sanity Slippage
, Owlsley has become a mutant birdman, with talons, natural flying ability, and a hunger for live mice.
- Animal Motifs: Unsurprisingly, an owl.
- Archenemy: Stan Lee created him to fill this role, though he's fallen by the wayside since thanks to the presence of better known and more thematically appropriate candidates like Kingpin, Bullseye, and the Hand. That said, of the long-running Daredevil villains he's still consistenly portrayed as the most dangerous, with even Kingpin treading lightly about him, and has the best claim to the title of any of them.
- Axe Crazy: One thing that Daredevil and Kingpin both agree on is that The Owl is a homicidal maniac, rendered crazier by his abuse of himself.
- Badass Longcoat
- Bad Boss: His goons have an incredibly high turnover rate because of his explosive temper, constantly shifting and incredibly mercurial mood, and increasingly cruel and violently psychopathic tendencies.
- Beard of Evil: Often sports a classic evil goatee.
- Beast Man: Has become one of these through experimentation. Unlike most mutation-based examples, his intelligence has not diminished, but his sanity has to the point where even Kingpin exercises great caution when dealing with him.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Imagines himself to be the next Kingpin. He is still very dangerous, but pigs will fly before this happens. Not only are his resources far more limited than Fisk's (still impressive, but not "rule most of the East Coast's underbelly" impressive), but his rapidly eroding sanity means that even if he did have comparable resources, he wouldn't be able to keep it together.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He was an excellent businessman before turning to crime, though he was quite crooked even before his troubles with the IRS forced him out.
- Depending on the Writer: If he's a vicious psychopath that other criminals are fearful of or an ineffective buffoon. His explosive temper and unstable emotions are pretty consistent, however.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- Evil Cripple: For a time, Owlsley could not walk without the aid of leg braces and an exoskeleton.
- Evil Genius
- Fatal Flaw: His bad temper and murderous mood swings, which derail his attempts at holding gangs together. While he has always had these problems, his various alterations have not helped.
- Fat Bastard: In the Silver Age.
- Flight: Can glide under his own power. Initially, he did so slowly enough that it was all but useless.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He's always had anger issues, but the treatments he's had have made him even more volatile over time.
- Lightning Bruiser: After the treatments.
- Mood-Swinger: Infamously unstable, and it's only getting worse.
- Sanity Slippage: Owlsley's sanity has deteriorated as he's become less and less human, rendering him correspondingly more dangerous.
- Took a Level in Badass: Has gone from a fat guy who could fly to a vicious, sewer-dwelling madman whom even Kingpin is wary of.
- Transhuman Treachery: He's lost more and more of himself as his body mutates.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He doesn't work out very much and his formal combat training is virtually nil, but his enhancements allow him to go toe-to-toe with people like Daredevil quite easily.
- Villain Team-Up: Once recruited Stilt-Man and Gladiator in an attempt to overthrow Kingpin. This went about as well as you'd expect it to. He's been a part of several other team ups before and since.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The various treatments and procedures he's had done on himself over the years have made him a highly dangerous physical combatant without diminishing his intelligence in the slightest. His sanity has not fared quite as well, however; while he's still highly functional, his bestial tendencies have become increasingly difficult for him to deal with.
- Wolverine Claws: Possesses both steel gauntlets that roughly resemble those of yours truly and implanted talons in place of his nails ala Sabretooth.
- Would Hit a Girl: Threatened to torture and rape Dakota North to get information on Daredevil.
Mister Fear III
AKA: Larry Cranston
The only thing to fear is Mister Fear himself
A college mate of Matt Murdock's, Larry Cranston overheard Starr Saxon (Mister Fear II) murdering Zoltan Dragon (Mister Fear I). After learning of Saxon's death, Cranston stole his gear and became the third Mister Fear, using fear -inducing chemicals to scare the competition into submission. He eventually internalised the effects of these chemicals, and can now instill fear in anybody he meets.
AKA: Zebediah Killgrave
Dance monkeys, dance
A master manipulator with purple skin and the power to force others to do his bidding, Zebediah Killgrave is a professional criminal with a long list of nasty habits. He's clashed with Daredevil repeatedly and has always been frustrated by the fact that his commands do not effect the vigilante to the same degree that they do the general populace.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Go on, just guess how he got his name.
- Arch-Enemy: To Jessica Jones and her husband, Luke Cage.
- Back from the Dead: He died in Emperor Doom. They had a funeral in the pages of Alpha Flight and everything. Ten years later, he came back.
- Card-Carrying Villain: This should say it all.◊
- Color Character
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Invoked. He retired for a while in The Seventies, when he realized he didn't need to be a villain for the money when he could just make people give him what he wanted.
- For the Evulz: That didn't stop him from doing really, really nasty things to people just because he could.
- Healing Factor: Retconned to have one, Norman Osborn-style, when they decided to bring him back 10 years after his "death" in Emperor Doom.
- The Hedonist: Since coming back from retirement, he is rarely seen without a mind-controlled woman (or a harem of them) on his arm.
- Kick the Dog: He once stopped an entire restaurant from breathing so he could eat his eggs in peace.
- Love Is in the Air: He has super-enhanced pheromones.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Medium Awareness: In Alias.
- Mind Control: His power.
- Mind Rape: Lots of people, but what he did to his wife and Jessica Jones stands out.
- Morality Pet: Subverted. Learning he has a daughter seems to have made him worse, since he thinks she'll love him if he can conquer the world.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Zebediah Killgrave?
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Writers have turned him from a camp, one note bad guy to a full-fledged monster.
- Oh, Crap: In the first New Avengers arc, Purple Man appears and intends to use his powers to make Luke Cage attack the other assembled heroes. He also makes obvious threats toward Jessica Jones and her and Cage's unborn child. Cage then informs the unaware villain that his food contained special drugs designed to negate his powers. Purple Man has a look of sheer terror before Cage moves in on him.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Many times, most horrifically when he ordered thirty-odd innocent bystanders at a Denny's to stop breathing so he could enjoy his eggs in peace.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: One of the reasons why he is regarded as such a vile villain.
- Resignations Not Accepted: When he tried to retire from villainy, Big Bads like the Kingpin and Doctor Doom kept pulling him back in.
- Well, overt villainy anyway. He has never stopped commiting crimes or being evil; he just stopped picking fights with superheroes or trying to Take Over the World. Temporarily. He still conned, brainwashed, robbed, and murdered his merry way through life.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He's faced off against S.H.E.I.L.D, The Avengers, and other Marvel folks several times. And to say nothing for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
- Take Over the World: His motivation since coming out of retirement.
- Took a Level in Badass: The year-long Daredevil storyline where he manipulated the father of Daredevil's girlfriend (who was the CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation) into letting him take over the company and bankrolling his anti-Daredevil efforts. The story ended with the father being Driven to Suicide, the girlfriend breaking up with Daredevil, and the Horned One being whaled on by four of his toughest foes at the same time.
- Turn Out Like Her Father: One of several very good reasons why his ex-wife kept his daughter far away from him.
- Of course, in the new Alpha Flight book, she did a Face-Heel Turn and now calls herself Purple Woman, so the apple didn't fall far. And before even that once raped the gay Northstar, so she was never that good a person at her best.
AKA: Carl Burbank
AKA: Melvin Potter
"Ave, Cæsar, morituri te salutant"
A chemically unbalanced man who suffers from the delusion that he is an ancient Roman gladiator (or at least one as viewed through the lens of modern pop culture), Melvin Potter has been an ally and enemy of Daredevil depending on the state of his sanity, and whether he is taking his medication. Normally a non-violent individual, Melvin is easily manipulated by those who can persuade him that they serve the same "emperor" that he does.
- Anti-Villain: Gladiator's not evil, just insane and easily manipulated.
- Axe Crazy: When he's in his Gladiator persona.
- Bald of Evil
- Blade Below the Shoulder: As part of his costume. It features both buzzsaw blades and sword blades.
- Brainwashedand Crazy: After Melvin is exposed to Mr. Fear's chemicals, he experiences one of the worst psychotic breaks of his life.
- Breakthe Cutie: Poor gentle Melvin suffers another mental break down after being manipulated by both Alexander Bont and Mr. Fear.
- The Brute: When he was a villain, he often worked as muscle for other villains.
- Clothes Make the Superman: A firm believer of this. In his first appearance, he rants that all it takes to be a superhero or supervillain is a good costume, and became the Gladiator to prove this.
- Cool Helmet
- Dumb Muscle: Melvin is not especially bright (at least when off his meds) and can be easily tricked by those who understand his mania.
- Gentle Giant: Right after being cured of his insanity, Melvin was psychologically unable to attack others, even if his own life was being threatened.
- Heel-Face Turn: After being treated for his insanity, Melvin quit being a villain and became a tailor.
- Lightning Bruiser: Big, strong, fast, agile, and well-trained, Melvin's a physical match for Daredevil when deep in his Gladiator persona.
- The Mentally Ill: Melvin suffers from serious delusions, triggered by a chemical imbalance. These are worsened when he gets a dose of Mister Fear's gas during Brubaker's run.
- Psycho for Hire: As the Gladiator.
- Redemption Failure: The ultimate result of Alexander Bont's and Mr. Fear's manipulations. Melvin's original Heel-Face Turn is undone after Melvin is forced back into a life of crime by Bont threatening his family and Mr. Fear driving him insane with his fear chemicals.
- The Mentally Disturbed: Melvin used to have psychotic episodes where he thought he was a Roman Gladiator.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Mister Fear. Melvin doesn't even realise he's working for him.
AKA: Maki Matsumoto
Evil's biggest fangirl
A Japanese assassin and member of The Hand, Maki Matsumoto was inspired to take her current path when, as a child, she witnessed Bullseye's massacre of the slave traders who had kidnapped her. A lawyer in her civilian identity, she has manipulated both Daredevil and Kingpin in order to move up the ranks of The Hand.
AKA: Jonathan Powers
- Attention Whore: He mainly commits crimes to get attention.
- Classically Trained Extra: Jester thinks of himself as this, having got a role in Cyrano de Bergerac which was panned by critics, after which he couldn't get any roles besides being a side kick on a kid's show. However, it's a bit of a Subversion in that Jester has no real talent as an actor and refused to take acting lessons.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: It seems like he may have been successful as an actor if he had just taken acting lessons in the first place, which would have negated his reason for becoming a super villain in the first place.
- Demonic Possession: Was possessed by a demon in the Dealogue story.
- Expy: Of The Joker
- Happy Harlequin Hat: Would he be a jester without one?
- Heel-Face Turn: Retired from crime for a while in the 80s. It didn't last and he became a villain again in the early 2000s.
- Killer Yo-Yo: His favorite weapon
- Manipulative Bastard: In all three of the multi-issue Story Arcs he's had in Daredevil, he's proven to be an expert media manipulator capable of framing anyone for anything.
- Modern Major General: Took lessons in fencing and acrobatics to improve his acting career, but didn't take acting lessons.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Mark Waid turned him from a campy C-List villain to a scheming, sociopathic mastermind who loves fooling society into tearing itself apart and takes huge pleasure in torturing Matt when he can.
- Older Than They Think: Waid is actually following up on a similar use of the character in the 1970s, where he got the citizens of New York City so worked up with false newscasts that he could tell them to shoot policemen on sight and nearly lynch Daredevil himself in Times Square.
- The Prima Donna
- Villainous Harlequin
AKA: Buck Cashman
AKA: Philip Wallace Sterling
AKA: William Taurens
AKA: Manuel Eloganto
A matador banned from the sport of bullfighting in his native Spain for unsportsmanlike conduct, Manuel came to America to try his hand at being a dashing supervillain. Because no one in the United States knew about his shame, he was able to pass himself off as a Gentleman Thief
until Daredevil exposed him. Never a particularly effective villain, he eventually retired.
AKA: Vincent Patilio/Buford Lange
- Abusive Parent: Lange is very abusive towards his son Timmy, though Vincent Patilio is a actually a good father and kind towards his son Eugene.
- Bungling Inventor: Patilio thought he was a Gadgeteer Genius, most of his inventions did not work well, which is why he turned to crime in the first place; even his Leap-Frog suit was not very impressive.
- Butt Monkey: Patilio was so lame, even Silt-Man looked down on him.
- Heel-Face Turn: Patilio eventually retired from crime and his son is a D-list super hero.
- Harmless Villain: Patilio, though Lange was a Not-So-Harmless Villain, at least towards his son and wife.
- In a Single Bound: The Leap-Frog gave superior jumping abilities to those who wore it.
- Jerk Ass: Lange, petty thief, abusive towards his wife and son.
- Killed Off for Real: Lange died after his first appearance.
A man who was given Daredevil's powers, but retains his sight. The Dragon
to Bullseye during his elaborate revenge scheme, where he is shown to be at the very least equal in skill to Matt.