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The Main Character
AKA: Matt Murdock
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #1The son of a washed-up ex-prizefighter, Matt Murdock was blinded in an accident involving radioactive waste. Said accident, however, also heightened his remaining senses, allowing him to develop superhuman agility and combat skills based upon them. Initially wary of using his abilities publicly, Matt became a crimefighter after his father was killed for refusing to throw a fight, becoming the vigilante Daredevil.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Matt had been contemplating retiring the Daredevil persona (assumed killed in a battle with Death-Stalker), as Foggy Nelson's running for district attorney provided a more conventional means to fight crime. One of Nelson's political rivals hired Jester to assassinate him (or at least harass him until he dropped out of the race), prompting Matt to suit up as Daredevil again to take him down.
- All Guys Want Bad Girls: He made a life out of having affairs with bad girls such as the Black Widow, Elektra, or Typhoid Mary.
- Alliterative Name: Matt Murdock.
- Amoral Attorney: Averted. Matt refuses to represent anyone who is guilty and he can always tell.
- Anti-Hero: Doing what's right despite the crap he's put through. He starts to Pay Evil unto Evil to borderline Nominal Hero levels during the Shadowland event.
- Badass Bookworm: Works as a lawyer by day.
- Badass Normal: His super senses are his only real power. Everything else (his incredible athletic ability, his amazing strength) is all him.
- Being Good Sucks: His life as both a crime-fighter and lawyer have caused tragedy in his life. Being good sucks but it really, really sucks when you fight crime with both identities in "Hell's Kitchen".
- Beneath Suspicion: In many ways, Matt Murdock has the best time of any Marvel hero keeping his identity secret. Who would ever suspect a blind man of being a costumed crimefighter?
- Berserk Button: Matt does not like the idea that the only way you can be a driven hero is to have suffered from some form of tragedy.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a very nice, noble guy most of the time, but when he loses his temper, it's best not to be a bad guy anywhere near NYC. Bullseye and Kingpin learned this the very hard way after trying to kill Milla.
- Blessed with Suck: Well, would you trade in your eyesight for improved touch (everything HURTS more!), taste, smell, hearing, and a nebulously-defined "radar sense"? While Stick taught Murdock to control his senses enough to function normally, The Movie has his senses seem to cause chronic pain, so he chomps painkillers like candy and he can only get to sleep in a sensory deprivation tank. Or next to a smoking hot babe. Guess natural dopamine still trumps artificial.
- Boxing Battler: His fighting style is described by Danny Rand as "old-school jujutsu- - with a little New York Irish Boxer thrown in for good measure." Makes sense, considering his father was a professional boxer.
- Cane Fu: He sometimes does this with his cane when trouble arises in his civilian identity as Matt Murdoch. Before he got his fancy combat staff, he fought with a cane as the Daredevil as well. And of course his billy clubs are his cane in his civilian life.
- Cartwright Curse: Four of his major love interests have died, and a fair number have gone insane. In the fourth volume of Daredevil, it's revealed that Matt Murdock wasn't ready to take the next step with his now-girlfriend Kristen Mc Duffie because he was aware of his bad luck with love interests, or to be more accurate, his love interests' bad luck.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's a normal person who is strong enough to lift and turn over a limo, toss 400lbs bar across the room, kick off car doors and defeat actual superhumans in fistfights. Miller's run explained this as abilities inherent to all humans, which Matt unlocked in himself through the chemicals that blinded him.
- The Chessmaster: When pitting all of the criminal organizations against one another in Waid's run.
- Clark Kenting: While his costume covers his body, most people figure out he is Daredevil anyway. Lampshaded by Spider-Man, who calls it "The worst kept secret identity since Hannah Montana". The trope itself is an aversion since his Secret Identity and costume in and of themselves are both very efficient.
- In this case, it's because — in one of the most groundbreaking story arcs in superhero fiction during Bendis's run — his identity was discovered by a mid-level gangster and publicly exposed to the entire world. He eventually "proved" in court that he wasn't Daredevil, but the damage had been done and by the end of the ordeal nearly all of his allies and enemies knew who he really was, and still do. Not to mention civilians.
- Clear My Name: As a defense lawyer, Matt Murdock often does this in his day job. He's also one of the few people who's done it to members of his own Rogues Gallery. When he was appointed as Mister Hyde's attorney, Matt made an effort to prove that Hyde was innocent of the crime he was accused of. And Hyde really was innocent this time, even though he's otherwise a sadistic monster who gets his jollies from beating up people who can't fight back.
- Combat Pragmatist: As previously mentioned, he's a Badass Normal. He kinda has to be this to be able to keep up with the likes of Spider-Man or Wolverine.
- Cool Shades: Almost always wears his sunglasses when not fighting crime.
- Cover-Blowing Superpower: He must be very careful to play a plausible blind man, lest he accidentally reveal that he can 'see' just fine.
- The Cowl: He's basically Marvel's Batman. Well, one of them.
- Crusading Lawyer: And he puts the rest to shame. Lots of fictional hero attorneys will bend the law or risk their lives for the sake of their innocent clients, but how many will kick the ass of crime lords, ninja zombies, or superhuman assassins in the process?
- Dark Is Not Evil: He dresses up like the Devil and inspires tremendous fear in criminals due to his intense bravery and vicious fighting style but is a hero who stands up for the oppressed both as a hero and civilian and sacrifices himself for others on multiple occasions.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's usually very stoic and serious, but when he wants to, Matt can easily outsnark the likes of his good friend Spider-Man. He was always like this, but it was seen more in his early years and showed up more in Mark Waid's run.Matt: "You must be real proud of yourselves, gents... With a little luck, you may actually defeat a blind man... if you work together!"
- Determinator: In some respects, this is Daredevil's defining character trope. He's had to adjust to being blinded and having his senses dramatically enhanced, having his secret identity exposed and his girlfriends murdered, losing his law license and practice, being possessed by demons, and fighting villains and heroes who by all rights should be completely out of his league. But no matter what, Matt Murdock just Keeps. On. Going.
- Matt goes so far with this trope, it actually enabled him to save New York City when he ended up fighting Namor the Sub-Mariner. Although Daredevil lost the actual fight, Namor was so impressed with Daredevil's refusal to give up that he decided to spare the city.
- Did the same with the Incredible Hulk, lasting long enough for the green guy to calm down and end his rampage. DD went straight to the hospital, but it worked.
- Death by Origin Story: His dad, Jack.
- Disability Superpower: He was hit in the face by a radioactive canister and went blind. His other senses became super-powerful, and he acquired a "radar sense" that let him "see" objects, much like echolocation. (Frank Miller's influential run took him closer to this trope, partially explaining the radar sense as a Charles Atlas Superpower resulting from training with his enhanced senses.) He can also read normal books by feeling the ink, because his touch is so sensitive.
- Interestingly, late in Miller's run, Daredevil's mentor tells him that EVERY human has the potential to experience sense the way he does, it's just an ability that's become dormant. The radiation didn't give him his powers, it just unlocked them. Sadly, Stick is killed soon afterward, and this plot point was never brought up again.
- The Dreaded: To the criminals of Hell's Kitchen. Unlike Spider-Man, they genuinely fear him.
- Fighting Irish: Matt is Irish-American and definitely one of Marvel's tougher heroes. Which is not to say he enjoys inflicting violence at all.
- Fights Like a Normal: Given that his power adds up to "not being blind".
- Fire-Forged Friends: One of his closest (and probably only) friends is Spider-Man.
- First-Name Basis: He always calls his enemy The Punisher "Frank". Frank never seems to tell him not to.
- Genius Bruiser: Is an accomplished lawyer who can also hold his own in a fight against a good portion of the MU.
- Good Is Not Soft: He tries to avoid killing, but he can still deliver beat downs like no one's businessMatt: Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. So, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...
- Guile Hero: Mark Waid seems determined to make this his superpower. Not that it's exactly out of character.
- Handicapped Badass: Rendered blind after an accident in his youth, but was trained to utilize his hearing to make up for it.
- Heroes Want Redheads: As his relationship with Black Widow proved.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners:
- Matt's relationship with his law partner Foggy Nelson.
- Also DD and Spider-Man, who know each other's secret identities. Until they don't (or, rather, until no one knows Spidey's).
- And now that's been reversed.
- Honor Before Reason: Matt often off faces against enemies who are a lot more powerful and capable of incredible damage, physically and personally. He even refuses to defend guilty clients, which is why his law firm is usually broke.
- Hurting Hero: Matt could seriously challenge Spider-Man's place as the "Most Unlucky Hero". If something good happens, you can bet it won't last and will be swiftly followed by an unexpected punch to the gut, spiritually speaking. "Born Again" is the most famous example, but there are many, many others. Many issues have shown him as being so emotionally damaged that he is almost incapable of feeling happiness and he feels like he can do little more than brace himself for the next trauma or humiliation.
- The last couple of writers on Daredevil (Bendis and Brubaker) have seemingly competed to see just how much pain they can put Matt Murdock through. Just in the last two runs, he's gone though a mental breakdown over the death of his longtime girlfriend Karen Page, his secret identity was blown and he was sent to a high security prison (filled mostly with crimes he'd put away) for obstruction of justice, his wife was driven insane by a supervillain and committed to a mental hospital and his best friend was stabbed and assumed to be killed.
- Hypocritical Humor: He once told Moon Knight that his secret identity as Marc Specter is the worst kept secret in the hero community.
- Immune to Mind Control: He is shown as immune to mind control, particularly that of the Purple Man. Explained as being blind means he literally can't look into someone eye's when they're trying to mind control him, and this allows him to focus completely on ignoring their commands.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His exceptionally violent and brutal murder of Bullseye was supposed to show he had gone off the deep end, but considering who Bullseye is, there isn't a person alive who can fault Matt for doing what he did.
- Most of the negative reactions from others fall less into "how is that action morally justifiable" and are more concerned with out out of character the action was.
- Knight in Sour Armor: You could probably count the number of times Matt's been happy on one hand. He could be written as a villain and you'd still be sympathetic to him. Despite this, he keeps on going. This trope could probably be renamed "Knight in sour red leather".
- Starting with Mark Waid's run, he starts subverting this because he felt like his attitude was a self-fulfilling prophecy, outright telling Foggy "I didn't want to be that guy anymore."
- Knight Templar: Became one briefly when he overthrew Fisk and took over Hell's Kitchen, brutally beating up anyone in his way and chastising other heroes who criticized him.
- Living Lie Detector: By listening, feeling and/or smelling, he can tell whether a person is lying by sweat, changes in body temperature and heartbeats (though he can be fooled by a pacemaker and those able to keep calm under pressure.)
- Missing Mom: His mother went completely unmentioned for over twenty years before finally showing up out of the blue; turns out that she abandoned her child to become a nun. Original Sin later revealed that she abandoned him because she was hit with a major case of Post-Natal Depression that drove her to nearly kill him.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He really tries to avoid killing, but if you piss him off, he won't hesitate to beat the shit out of you. Kingpin, Bullseye, Punisher, and the Owl have all found this out the hard way, but they're hardly the only ones who have been on the wrong end of a beating from him.
- Real Men Love Jesus / Religious Bruiser: Matt is often presented as a devout Catholic; in fact, his faith and how he deals with it while being a vigilante is a main source of drama in his comics.
- Really Gets Around: It really wouldn't be surprising to learn Matt has slept with every attractive woman in the Marvel Universe. Or at least, New York City. Really, general consensus places Matt second only to Tony Stark for Marvel's biggest playboy.
- Secret Identity: Had one for a while, but it wasn't a particularly well kept secret. Eventually he was outed, and while he "proved" that he wasn't Daredevil in court, he himself commented "good luck getting that genie back in the bottle." Eventually, he outed himself in court.
- Sunglasses at Night: Justified considering he's blind.
- Super Reflexes: Possibly due to his exposure to the radioactive waste that caused his blindness, Matt's reflexes is enhanced to the degree where he is quick enough to catch catches a sai thrown by Bullseye, easily dodge gunfire, dodges point-blank gunfire when his back was turned, easily and repeatedly deflect point blank gun shots.
- Super Senses: Although he is blind, his remaining four senses function with superhuman accuracy and sensitivity, giving him abilities far beyond the limits of a sighted person.
- He have a radar sense that he has described as "like touching everything at once". It is a form of echolocation via low radio wave projection, according to one theory, an energy wave within certain portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The signal emanates radio waves from regions of his brain, after which it travels outward, bounces off objects around him, and returns to receiving regions of his brain as well as use of his superhuman hearing. In any event, with this ability, Murdock synthesizes a very close analogue of three-dimensional 360% human sight.
- His sense of touch is so acute that his finger can feel the faint impressions of ink on a printed page allowing him to read by touch, though laminated pages prevent him from touching and thus reading the ink impressions at a much faster pace than a normal person would be able to read. The rest of his skin is equally sensitive, enabling him by concentration to feel minute temperature and pressure changes in the atmosphere around him. Even with his senses of smell and hearing blocked, he can feel the presence of a person standing five feet away from him simply by his or her body heat and disturbance of air
- His sense of hearing enables him to detect an acoustic pressure change of one decibel at a pressure level of seven decibels (whereas the lowest threshold for average human hearing is twenty decibels.) He can hear a person's heartbeat at a distance of over twenty feet, or people whispering on the other side of a standard soundproofed wall. Through practice, Matt is able to control his hearing acuity, mentally blocking out specific sounds like his own breathing and heartbeat, all ambient sounds to a normal human level of perception, or all sounds but a particular sound he is concentrating upon.
- The Nose Knows: His sense of smell is so acute that he can distinguish between identical twins at twenty feet by minute differences in smell. He can detect odors of an atmospheric concentration of thirty parts per million. Further, his ability to remember smells enables him to identify any person he has spent at least five minutes with by smell alone, no matter how he or she might try to camouflage his or her natural odor. His powers of concentration are such that he can focus upon a single person's smell and follow it through a crowd of people at a distance of fifty feet
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Matt used to have a typical view of killing, claiming that it wasn't his place to pass judgment, but he has killed when the situation called for it. And when the situation has called for it, he has hated but not regretted doing it. That said, he does not endorse wholesale murder as the answer to his, or anyone else's, problems.
- Well and truly averted after he finally killed Bullseye.
- Upbringing Makes the Hero: His father Jack raised him on his own and taught Matt not to use violence and that he could be someone great one day. Fittingly, Jack's murder is what convinced Matt to become Daredevil.
- Weaksauce Weakness: His main weakness is his vulnerability to powerful sounds or odors that can temporarily weaken his radar sense. This weakness is often used to immobilize him.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Deadpool was not all that impressed with Daredevil on hearing about his first meeting with (the girl who would become) Typhoid Mary.
- Matt got this a lot during the Miller era, particularly for things like making an alliance with the Kingpin and ruining his girlfriend's career.
- Worthy Opponent: This is essentially his relationship with the Punisher. Matt thinks Frank is a psychopath whose methods are far too brutal to be justifiable, while Frank thinks that Matt is a self-righteous asshole who needs to mind his own business and stay out of his way. While they dislike each other immensely and come into conflict enough to practically be members of their respective rogues galleries, they respect each other just enough to abstain from killing or permanently crippling one another.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Milla Davis with Dakota North when Milla was confined to a mental institution. This is what gives her parents the ammunition they need to have Milla transferred to their custody.
Franklin "Foggy" Nelson
Franklin "Foggy" Nelson
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #1Foggy is Matt's best friend and, for most of the series, his law partner.
- Badass Bookworm: Okay, he's not really a great physical fighter, but when it comes to standing up for Matt, nobody does it better than good old Foggy.
- Faking the Dead: In the All-New Marvel NOW! run, had to do this as to not be targeted by Matt's enemies after he outed himself, since he is Matt's closest friend and the most vulnerable.
- Fat Best Friend: He is Matt's best friend, and he is Type B (Shrinking Violet).
- Fat and Proud: Not extremely fat, but definitely a bit chubby.
- A running gag in Waid's run is Matt putting Foggy on a diet and exercise regimen, and Foggy's attempts to get out of it. He does it in part because Foggy is an extremely loud chewer and it disrupts Matt's senses.
- He finally does lose weight during Waid's run due to cancer, however.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is shown to be very supportive of Matt, even though they have their ups and downs.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold / Nice Guy: Foggy was portrayed as a deeply conflicted character, continuously caught between his strong vocational disagreements with Matt, their rivalry for the affections of Karen Page, and his loyalty to his friend.
- Parental Abandonment: It is later revealed that Rosalind Sharpe is Nelson's biological mother: she divorced her husband and abandoned her son in order to be able to pursue her career as a lawyer. It was Sharpe's career that enticed her son to become a lawyer.
- Secret Keeper: He know that Matt is Daredevil.
"Battlin'" Jack Murdock/Jonathan Murdock
"Battlin'" Jack Murdock/Jonathan Murdock
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #1The father of Matt Murdock who boxed for a living. Often broke, he worked nights as a leg-breaker for the local crime boss "The Fixer". Despite his profession, he encouraged Matt towards a life of pacifism, and pushed Matt heavily in his studies. He was told by his boss to take a fall in a boxing match but, knowing Matt would be there, refused. For his insubordination, he was murdered.
- Boxing Battler
- Death by Origin Story: Dies in Daredevil #1. His death is what inspires Matt to become a crimefighter.
- Honor Before Reason: Wont throw a fight, even if it means his death.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: Is aware that his window of opportunity is closing fast, if it hasn't closed already. It's because of his son's moral support that convinces him to really take boxing seriously again.
- So Proud of You: Pushes Matt in his schoolwork so that he'll be successful and have all the things he could never provide for him. When Matt announces he made it into Harvard, he's overjoyed.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Inverted. He refused to throw his final match so Matt could be happy that his father got a victory for once.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Subverted, as Matt is fully aware of he and his dad'a financial situation, and understand that his father must work late.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #153Urich is a chain-smoking, tough-as-nails investigative journalist for the New York newspaper The Daily Bugle. Urich deduced the secret identity of Daredevil and has used him as a source of information and vice versa. To a lesser extent, he has a similar relationship with Spider-Man, whose alter ego Peter Parker was a photographer for the Bugle who occasionally accompanied Urich on assignments. Urich has used these connections to expose supervillains posing as businessmen including Kingpin and Green Goblin.
"Listen, if you have a story for me, cut the mystery man crap and just tell me straight."
- Action Survivor: How many times this guy has risked his life?
- Badass Normal: Not for his fighting skills (he doesn't have any) so much as his guts; be you Wilson Fisk or Norman Osborn, even if you put the fear of God into him, sooner or later this man will stand up to and expose you, knowing full well that he is risking his life by doing so.
- Beware the Nice Ones: One time over, Ben did beat a crooked cop to death after the officer tried to assassinate him.
- Cool Uncle: To his sometime superhero nephew Phil (at least, until Phil went Ax-Crazy, did a Face–Heel Turn, and became the newest Hobgoblin).
- Intrepid Reporter: His first story involved him deducing Daredevil's secret identity. The scoop on Kingpin nearly cost him the life. He (with Sally Floyd) has also covered some of major Marvel's events like Civil War and World War Hulk.
- Pals with Jesus: ben, who is about as normal as you can get, is on a real-identity basis with both Daredevil and Spider-Man.
- Secret Keeper: He knows Matt Murdock is Daredevil. And may also know that Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #155While in college, Rebecca "Becky" Blake was sexually assaulted in an attack that left her unable to use her legs and confined to a wheelchair. She joined Nelson and Murdock as their legal secretary, where she worked for several years before leaving to pursue her own career in law. She would return some time later under invitation as the third partner at the new "Nelson, Blake and Murdock".
- Badass Bureaucrat
- Disabled Means Helpless: Both played straight and subverted. By nature, she is a shy and reclusive woman, and requires rescue by Daredevil on a number of occasions; however, in those circumstances she was not the only one in danger, and the use of her legs wouldn't have played much of a difference anyway. As well, once, when their offices are attacked by the Ani-Men, she manages to fight off Bird-Man long enough for Black Widow to arrive and subdue him.
- Put on a Bus: Twice. First, after appearing for almost the entirety of Frank Millers run, she's not seen for almost fifteen years until a brief cameo in the late 90's. She then disappears again until the mid-Aughts when she becomes a partner at "Nelson, Blake and Murdock", becoming a core cast member again.
- And again after Shadowland.
- Rape as Backstory: While attending college, she was viciously assaulted by Michael Reese, a large man with a penchant for sadism towards women. The attack left her crippled and traumatized; she was left without the use of her legs, permanently bond to a wheelchair, and suffering severe PTSD.
- Rape as Drama: Her assault, which cost her the use of her legs, is treated very seriously. When she first joins Nelson and Murdock, she is still clearly traumatized by it, though she tries to hide it.
- Stepford Smiler: In her early appearances.
- Will Not Be A Victim: After joining Nelson and Murdock, she tries her best to be. But then a serial rapist starts making the papers...
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #176Stick is a blind sensei who trained Matt Murdock. Stick has made it his mission to keep the Chaste pure and clean from any evil infection. He forbade another of his prominent students, Elektra Natchios, from remaining in their ranks because of her vengeful personality, in spite of her formidable progress
- Badass Grandpa: Is quite old, and probably one of the greatest martial artists in the Marvel Universe.
- Cynical Mentor: Stick may have trained Matt to be a skilled fighter, but he was a very harsh teacher, often being verbally abusive towards Matt and had a sink or swim attitude towards Matt's training.
- Handicapped Badass: Stick may be blind, but he is one of the most skilled martial artists in the Marvel Universe.
- Hustler: In his spare time, Stick would hustle people at Josie's Bar. He challenge them to games of pool, playing up the fact that he was blind and then completely humiliate them over the course of the game, taking their money in the process.
- Handy Helper: When Daredevil lost his radar senses for a brief time, Stick taught him to fight without them.
- Healing Hands: Cures Black Widow of the Hand's poison by, from all appearances, just laying his hands on her for a few moments. He explains later that he was curing her by manipulating her ki.
- Mentor Archetype: Was the man who taught Matt Murdock to be a skilled warrior.
- Soul Power: A part of his ki manipulation.
- Super Senses: Stick possessed a "Radar" that enabled him to perceive the shapes and locations of objects in his vicinity despite his blindness. The limits of his "radar sense" are unknown, but it was more acute even than Daredevil's "radar sense."
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Stick posits as to whether or not the chemicals that blinded Daredevil really gave him his powers, or merely opened his mind to abilities he already possessed. Due to Stick having some magical abilities of his own, along with his radar sense, it's left ambiguous.
Grace Murdock/Sister Maggie
Grace Murdock/Sister Maggie
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #229She is the ex-wife of Jack Murdock and the mother of Matt Murdock.
- The Atoner: After attacking Jack and Matt due to her postpartum depression, she became a nun.
- Cool Old Lady: Her main characteristic. Is also a self-admitted crusader/protester.
- Missing Mom: Left Jack and Matt when he was just a boy. Matt never asked why. For a long time it was believed that Jack abused her. Later, however, it was showed in the Original Sin tie-in that the situation was quite more complicated: Maggie suffered postpartum depression and tried to attack both her husband and son in a fit of irrational rage. Jack was forced to defend himself and Matt (but never attacked her), and Maggie ran away after coming back to her senses.
- Secret Keeper: Knew Matt was Daredevil.
Debut: Dakota North #1Dakota North had a successful career as a fashion model. Despite her fame, she wanted something with more depth, more importance, and become a private investigator and opened her own agency. She has worked as an investigator for a number of heroes, including Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Daredevil.
- Badass Normal: Doesn't have any powers, but still runs in the same circles as Luke Cage and Daredevil.
- Badass Longcoat: Her modern look.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Though technically she is hired as Matt's wife Milla's bodyguard, to keep up appearances she serves as Matt's bodyguard for a time.
- Bodyguard Crush: Her and Matt end up sleeping together.
- Captain Ersatz: During her initial solo book, she was a near copy of Ms. Tree, an indie comic character by Max Collins and Terry Beatty. This would get lampshades years later by Ms. Tree parodying the original covers for Dakota North's book.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Established herself as her own unique character in later appearances by subsequent writers.
- Fad Super: In her early appearances, where she was part-investigator, part-supermodel, she was trying to cash in on both the Buddy Cop trend and Vogue's popularity.
- Good Bad Girl
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: During her debut series, being a fashion-model-superhero in The '80s, of course she'd wear nothing but this.
- The Mistress: Unintentionally becomes this after she starts sleeping with Matt while he and Milla are going through a rough patch. She considers her actions a betrayal of both Milla and Matt, and has Matt fire her.
- Private Detective: And is quite good at her job. When Jessica Jones is busy or out of commission, she'll always recommend her clients to Dakota.
- Unequal Pairing: During her and Matt's affair, she is working for him. Subverted in that she wants it. Doubly subverted when it dawns on her she's a home wrecker, and she wants out.
- X Meets Y: Her solo series was Beverly Hills Cop meets Vogue Magazine.
- Your Cheating Heart: She and Matt Murdock have an affair while he and his wife Milla are going through divorce proceedings. She doesn't see any problem with this until Matt points out that he hasn't actually signed the divorce papers yet, meaning he just cheated on his wife. Cue Oh, Crap!.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 2) #112Izo was a member of the organization known as the Hand, over hundreds of years ago. He chose to leave the group when the leader died and it devolved into a ninja cult criminal organization, prone to serving a demon. Around that time he cut out his eyes. He later formed the Hand's rival group, the Chase, where he trained Daredevil's own master, Stick. He was voted out of the group for his unprofessional behavior.
- All for Nothing: By the end of Shadowland, Izo laments all his schemes ended up going to waste.
- Badass Grandpa: Is several centuries old.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Stops a sword bare handed during a fight.
- The Chessmaster: During the end of Brubaker's run, it is revealed that he orchestrated several gambits to put Matt Murdock in charge of the Hand. It is strongly implied he was working with Lady Bullseye all along to cause the Kingpin's return (and thus kickstart the chain of events that'd lead to Matt being forced to assume the control of the Hand). He also planted several moles within the Hand.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's as caustically sarcastic as the day is long.
- Defector from Decadence: He defected from the Hand once they saw they became corrupt and cruel. A similar process happened with The Chase, which he left after realizing they were going through a He Who Fights Monsters phase regarding the Hand.
- Drunken Boxing: His style of martial arts is very similar, with his often incorporating blades.
- Drunken Master: Is almost always drunk, but it doesn't slow him down in a fight.
- Expy: He appears to essentially be a replacement for Stick in his initial appearances (the trickster old man with deep knowledge of the Hand), though Divergent Character Evolution kicks in and he quickly becomes a much more different character.
- Foil: To Stick. While Stick was an ardent Knight Templar with a very Spartan and ascetic worldview, Master Izo is noticeable for his much more nuanced worldview and his fondness for booze and the pleasures of the flesh.
- Handicapped Badass: He may be blind, but he can kick all kinds of ninja butt.
- Hustler: Stick learned it from him.
- Manipulative Bastard: Izo plays everyone like a fiddle in his quest to fight the Hand.
- Master Swordsman: No one is able to beat him in a swordfight.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His gambit to put Matt in charge of the Hand ends up leading to the apocalyptic Shadowland.
- Really 700 Years Old: Was a member of the original Hand from centuries past, and has lived to the modern day.
- Shout-Out: Izo is clearly a reference to the Zatoichi film series, more specifically to Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi (2003): Izo is a blind swordsman with a trickster streak who wields a sword disguised inside a sword cane. He noticeably resembles◊ Takeshi Kitano's portrayal◊ of the character (notice the same cane and haircut).
- Sword Cane: His weapon of choice.
- Trickster Mentor: In contrast to Stick's Cynical Mentor.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Izo is attempting to redeem the Hand. This proves to be a terrible idea.
AKA: Samuel Chung
Debut: All-New, All-Different Marvel #0.1Samuel Chung was an illegal immigrant from China who invented a suit that allows him to become invisible. Under the guidance of Daredevil, he becomes a vigilante known as Blindspot.
- Defector from Decadence: His mother was The Dragon for a corrupt church leader named Tenfingers. Sam himself spent his days as an enforcer for him, while spending his nights as Blindspot fighting his influence in Chinatown.
- Eye Scream: Muse blinds him by gouging his eyes out.
- Gadgeteer Genius: To an extent. He built his invisibility suit himself, one that runs on D-cell batteries.
- The Illegal: The reason he works using a mask and refuses to give Daredevil his real name.
- Invisibility Cloak: His outfit renders his entire body invisible
- Student and Master Team: He's Daredevil's apprentice
- White Mask of Doom: Heroic example. His invisibility suit includes a white mask. It even includes a setting that leaves only the mask visible for when he wants to talk to someone.
AKA: Elektra Natchios
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #168See this page to relative tropes.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #1Matt and Foggy's former secretary, Karen suffered from a serious drug problem following their breakup. She sold Matt's identity to Kingpin and was eventually murdered by Bullseye.
- The Atoner: She eventually realizes that she is too dependent on Matt and that her past is a constant barrier between them. Karen leaves Matt to accept a talk show host position in Los Angeles.
- Damsel in Distress: Karen was kidnapped quite often during Daredevil's battles, first by the Owl and again by the Purple Man.
- Drugs Are Bad: Karen becomes addicted to heroin and starts making pornographic movies. In need of a fix, she sells Daredevil's secret identity to a drug dealer, who in turn sells it to the Kingpin. Matt helps Karen beat her addiction and, more later, she founds a free drug and legal clinic where she counsels drug addicts and Matt provides legal advice and "ghost lawyering"..
- First Love: Though it was later Retconned to be Elektra, the trope still applies. Matt fell in love with her the moment he met her, and held a torch for her long after she left. When she returns to New York after selling him out, he instantly forgives her and picks up right where they left off.
- Her death causes Matt to have a Heroic B.S.O.D., and he clearly still hasn't gotten over her, as he unconsciously compares all his subsequent girlfriends to her.
- Killed Off for Real: Murdered by Bullseye in "Guardian Devil".
- My God, What Have I Done?: You sold your ex-boyfriend's Secret Identity to his Arch-Enemy for a drug fix, that's what you did.
- Sexy Secretary: When she was Matt and Foggy's secretary.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: The second of Matt's girlfriends to be killed by Bullseye.
- Taking the Bullet: Bullseye was aiming for Daredevil's mom (he didn't know it was her, but didn't care either). For once, he isn't bothered that he missed.
AKA: Natasha Romanova
Debut: Tales of Suspense #52See this page to relative tropes.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #126A former girlfriend of Matt Murdock. She was a head of the now closed Glenn Industries, before her father committed suicide and she was forced to sign away the company. Suffering from depression, she grew more and more dependent on Matt, and ended up committed suicide after she thought that Matt had ended the relationship.
- The Alcoholic: When she dated Tony Stark, both were heavily involved with alcohol abuse.
- All Take and No Give: Both her and Matt have played both roles at different time.
- When they first started dating, Matt tried to be the perfect boyfriend, looking past Heather's rudeness towards him and his friends, and tolerated her constant partying.
- Later, when Heather lost her father, despite very clearly being in an emotionally vulnerable state, Matt strong armed her into living with him and cutting her off form her former socialite friends. Even Foggy and Glorianna called him out on it.
- Broken Bird: Heather was the flighty fun loving former girlfriend of Matt. Subsequently, Matt uncovered a criminal conspiracy involving her father, who was under the control of the Purple Man. Despite the efforts of Murdock's alter ego, Daredevil, who tried to find evidence to exonerate him without exposing his secret identity, Heather's father committed suicide and Heather started to abuse alcohol.
- Destructive Romance: After losing her father and his company in quick succession, she grows overly reliant on Matt for emotional support, an attitude which he unconsciously encourages. When the two of them separate, she doesn't take it well.
- Driven to Suicide: At the end, she committed suicide.
- Really Gets Around: Dated Tony Stark, and cheated on Matt several times.
- Uptown Girl
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #205Matt Murdock's girlfriend for a time, before becoming Foggy's girlfriend. She was killed by one of the Kingpin's goons.
- Amateur Photographer
- Back for the Dead: After being absent from the comics for several years, she is brought back for roughly two issues before being killed off.
- Damsel in Distress: Matt had to rescue her on a number of occasions.
- Fiery Redhead: Has red hair.
- Intrepid Reporter: Dabbles in this from time to time, usually resulting in her being put in danger and having to be rescued by Matt.
- Killed Off for Real: She is killed by Victor Krueller. The Kingpin is even indirectly responsible.
- Replacement Love Interest: She dumped Matt and Foggy briefly becomes this to her.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Killed off after being absent from the comic just to be killed off to give Daredevil more reasons to angst.
AKA: Maya Lopez
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 2) #9The daughter of the Kingpin's one-time partner, Maya Lopez was raised as Fisk's daughter following his murder of her father. Although she is deaf, she possesses the ability to memories actions by sight alone, making her a formidable fighter. She also became part of the New Avengers with the identity of Ronin.
- Action Girl: Thanks to her ability, she became a strong martial artist. She has gained Bullseye's uncanny aim and Daredevil's acrobatic abilities after watching tapes of their fights.
- Anti-Villain: Briefly. She was pitted against Daredevil by the Kingpin, but had no idea that she was working for a criminal (or at least, how bad a criminal he was) and mistakenly believed that Daredevil killed her father. A solid Type 4.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After Secret Invasion. Lampshaded by Spider-Man asking if anyone knew where she'd gone; and again with her reappearance when Luke Cage and Jessica Jones were looking for a Nanny, as she angrily asks if Cage even remembers that she used to be on the team.
- Dating Catwoman: Like Typhoid Mary, she dates Matt Murdock while trying to kill Daredevil. Unlike her, she only does so because she was tricked.
- Deceptive Legacy: The Kingpin murdered her father, but honored the dying man's wish that he take care of her and raise her as his own. Then he told her that Daredevil killed her father.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him / Stuffed into the Fridge: Echo was killed by Count Nefaria in the Moon Knight series.
- Foil: Daredevil's a blind man with super acute hearing, smell, touch, and taste. She's a deaf woman with super acute eyesight and a photographic memory.
- Handicapped Badass: While Matt Murdock is blind, Echo is deaf. A deaf who posses "photographic reflexes" that allow her to mimic the feats of those around her.
- Multi-Ethnic Name
- Pay Evil unto Evil / Laser-Guided Karma: Once she finds out what really happened to her father, she responds by putting a bullet between Kingpin's eyes. He survives, but was blinded, just like Matt, except without the super-senses.
- Photographic Memory: Maya possess "photographic reflexes" or the uncanny ability to perfectly copy other people's movements, similar to that of the Taskmaster. Just by watching other people, she has become a concert-level pianist, a strong martial artist, a highly skilled acrobat, and a gifted ballerina (and on one occasion even piloted a Quinjet for a few minutes).
- Put on a Bus: She was written out from New Avengers and eventually joined the cast of Moon Knight. And then died.
- Twofer Token Minority: Deaf, part-Hispanic, part-Native American.
- You Killed My Father: Believed this to be Daredevil, later learnt it was actually the Kingpin.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 2) #41A blind woman who Matt Murdock saved from a speeding truck. They quickly fell in love and were privately married. Believing that she was just a replacement for Karen Page, along with the dangers of being Daredevil's wife, Milla filed for divorce, despite both her and Matt still having feelings for one another.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Milla herself admits that she has a history of going after bad boys and part of her initial attraction to Matt was this.
- Amicable Exes: For a given value of "amicable".
- Disabled Love Interest: Is blind.
- Fourth Date Marriage: One of the many, many reasons it didn't work out.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Defied, in a Tempting Fate sort of way.
- Love Hurts
- Love Martyr: Was driven insane by Mr. Fear.
- Replacement Goldfish: For Karen Page, which is partially why she decides to divorce Matt.
- Revenge by Proxy: On the receiving end of this after Matt Murdock was accused of being Daredevil, such as when Bullseye broke into her room and nearly racked his list of "number of Daredevil's girlfriends I've killed" up to 3.
- Mr. Fear decided to use her in his revenge scheme against Matt, driving her slowly insane with his gas. Turns out, he never had a cure.
- Trauma Conga Line: During Brubaker's run, had to deal with Matt being in prison, then him being a fugitive, then his fling from his time as a fugitive who has the scent of Karen Page comes back into their lives, then Mr. Fear causes her to kill someone, then she's kept on drugs in a barely aware state, and is eventually driven insane because what Mr. Fear used on her never had a cure, even though Matt promised he'd get her better.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 3) #1The assistant D.A. Matt meets at the beginning of Mark Waid's run. Eventually moves with him to San Francisco as his law partner.
- Amicable Exes: Well, after accidentally sicking Spider-Man on him. Since, the two have been on pretty good terms.
- Black Bra and Panties: Shows them off to Matt, just to see if he's faking the blind-man routine.
- Daddy's Girl: Used to be one as a kid. While they still get along, she would rather she didn't have to depend on him for anything, considering she's an assistant D.A.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very fond of teasing Matt about totally not being Daredevil.
- One of the Boys: Likes sports and practical jokes, and seems to actively enjoys hanging out with Matt and Foggy. She's also a lot more tolerant of Foggy's antics than some of their other bosses, and even Matt at times.
- Power Trio: With Matt and Foggy. Notable in that not since Karen has a female character really filled this role.
- Secret Keeper: For Matt, until that secret was officially and irreversibly outed.
- The Tease: Loves teasing Matt, even before they got into a relationship. She even unbuttoned her shirt to show him a bra that said "you are Daredevil".
- ˇThree Amigos!: Matt and Foggy were already Heterosexual Life-Partners, but once they got to know her they became this.
- Working with the Ex: Replaces Foggy as Matt's partner, since he was being treated for cancer then had to fake his death.
AKA: Wilson Fisk
Debut: The Amazing Spiderman (vol. 1) #50Growing 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.For more information on him, please refer to his page.
Kingpin: The reason you and your brethren in the Federal Bureau of Investigation are always and forever unsuccessful in your pursuits... is that you do not understand, or refuse to admit to yourselves, how badly a city like this needs men... like me. Not wants. Needs. This city was literally built by my people. Brick by blood soaked brick. And decade after decade the city tells you, screams at you, that it cannot function financially without men... just like me. The city is structured socially, politically, economically around us. Through us. Because of us. What I am telling you is that when you finally do understand this... your life will become a lot less stressful.
Agent: Wow. You really are as arrogant a fat #$%@ as they say.
Kingpin: I really am.
AKA: The Fixer
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #1Roscoe Sweeney, or "the Fixer", was a crooked fight promoter who was famous for tricking in boxing matches, extortion and gambling. He won lots of money doing this, and became a influential figure in the criminal scene in New York. When Jack Murdock, Matt Murdock's father, refused to take a dive, Roscoe had him killed.
AKA: Leland Owlsley
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #3Daredevil's Silver Age arch-nemesis, 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.
"A little wisdom can be a dangerous thing."
- 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 consistently portrayed as the most dangerous, with even Kingpin treading lightly about him, and has the best claim to the title of any of them.
- Ax-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: Almost never without his trademark green one.
- 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.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Depending on the Writer, he's often portrayed as such due his inexplicable one-track obsession with owls and making himself similar to them, to the point of eating vermin recreationally.
- 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
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": In most portrayals, do not call him Owlsley. His name is The Owl.
- 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.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was a corrupt but otherwise unremarkable Wall Street mogul, but after charges of corruption were brought against him, Owlsley decided to become a criminal mastermind. He turned out to be exceedingly good at it.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He's always had anger issues, but the treatments he's had have made him even more volatile over time.
- Knowledge Broker: Oftentimes his specific niche in New York's crime scene is knowledge (as befitting the owl motifs). He controls the flow of information.
- Lightning Bruiser: After the treatments.
- Mood-Swinger: Infamously unstable, and it's only getting worse.
- Ominous Owl: Once again a character's owl theme portends bad things.
- 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.
- Underestimating Badassery: On the receiving end. Daredevil, more often than not, treats him as a minor nuisance and doesn't really give him his full attention. This always proves to be highly unwise.
- 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.
- Villainous Breakdown: Happens quite a lot with him.
- Villains Never Lie: The Owl has a admitted distaste for lies, so he tends to be straight with Daredevil. Which of course doesn't impede him from using From a Certain Point of View to his favor.
- Villain Team-Up: Once recruited Stilt-Man, Gladiator and a one-time Daredevil foe Copperhead who came back from the dead as a zombie 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.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #69Turk was a small time crook who frequently clashed with Daredevil and Black Panther. And by clashed, we mean they would intimidate him into spilling whatever criminal operation his bosses were planning that week. Turk eventually stole a set of Mauler armor and fought Daredevil hand to hand, which did not go over very well. When he's not drowning his sorrows in a bar, he's planning his latest scheme to get in Kingpin's good graces.
- Ascended Extra: Has a prominent role in Kingpin's Civil War II arc.
- Been There, Shaped History: When he was working for the Fixer, Turk gave Jack Murdock the offer to take a dive. Jack pretty much told him to fuck off, and the rest is history.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Increasingly slipped into this during Frank Miller's run. The guy stole Powered Armor twice and still got treated as a joke by ol' hornhead.
- The Dragon: To Eric Slaughter, during Slaughter's introductory arc.
- The Informant
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Was modeled after Carl Weathers likeness.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Managed to stab Daredevil in the Born Again story line.
- Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction when he realizes that he and The Punisher are both at the same prison.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: Frank Miller's first issue (as writer) gave him one named "Brutus". He's never seen again after that issue, possibly because he moved on to a smarter master.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Those Two Bad Guys: Often paired up with another criminal named Grotto.
- Villain Decay: As an ordinary Mook, Turk was always pretty badly outmatched against Daredevil, but his first couple appearances portrayed him as reasonably competent and pragmatic. Later issues had him taking levels in dumbass and ego to the point where he actually tried to team up with the Punisher just to make a rep.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #161A old school crimelord who had largely retired from organized crime until Bullseye hired him to help set a trap for Daredevil. Slaughter, viewing Bullseye as unstable and unreliable, takes charge of the operation himself, and officially comes out of retirement for the challenge of fighting Daredevil.
- Affably Evil: All in all he's very reasonable and levelheaded.
- Evil Cripple: He has a noticeable limp, and thus walks with a cane.
- Evil Old Folks: Eric's ancient.
- The Don: A classic archetype old-school mobster.
- Glory Days: He sometimes expresses fondness for the old days, when mobsters had style and honor, as befitting his image of a classic Don.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Eric Slaughter.
- Noble Demon: Eric is a ruthless crimelord, but it's sometimes shown he has his own code of honor. Once he refused to attack Daredevil after Bullseye set a trap for him, because it wouldn't have been fair.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Slaughter's entirely concerned with profit only, and the moment anything stops being profitable he'll just drop it and walk away.
- The Starscream: Has occasionally been one to Kingpin.
- Worthy Opponent: He holds a grudging respect for Daredevil.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #168Grotto is a friend of Turk Barrett and an occassional henchman for various crime lords.
- Bad-Guy Bar: His typical hangout.
- Book Dumb: Isn't too bright.
- Butt-Monkey: Not to the same level as Turk, but pretty close.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Beat the crap out of Matt Murdock during the Born Again storyline.
- Salt and Pepper: Is best friends and partners-in-crime with Turk Barrett.
- Those Two Guys: With Turk during Frank Millers run.
AKA: Buck Cashman
Debut: Marvel Age Annual #3A covert operative from an unnamed government agency, Buck Cashman tells his autistic son that he's a James Bond expy that is doing his part to prevent World War III (which his son is irrationally afraid of). In reality, Cashman receives most of his orders from a corrupt Pentagon official with ties to the Kingpin, and most of his missions are False Flag Operations designed to protect Fisk's criminal interests. Having clashed with Daredevil numerous times, Bullet is one of the few villains Matt cannot truly bring to justice, as his position in the agency grants him immunity from prosecution even when he is captured.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Wades hip deep in toxic waste just so he can drown a target in said sludge. Suffers no ill effects.
- Badass Moustache: Occasionally lets it grow into a Badass Beard.
- False Flag Operation: Most of his assignments fall into this category.
- Lies to Children: Tells his son that he's a Secret Agent rather than a hitman.
- Lightning Bruiser: Has superhuman agility despite his size.
- Morality Pet: His autistic son Lance, who he cares about deeply.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Harbors no real hatred for Daredevil, and only fights him when his job necessitates it.
- Professional Killer: Has even worked for the Assassins Guild.
- Stout Strength: That considerable bulk is mostly muscle, and he is capable of lifting 1000 lbs.
Debut: Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #4A deadly and cruel killer, Larks serves as Wilson Fisk's right-hand man while he is still establishing himself as New York's Kingpin of Crime. Not long before first putting on the tights, Matt Murdock comes into direct confrontation with him while trying to rescue a friend of his, a young girl named Mickey, from a child-slavery racket.
- Comicbook Fantasy Casting: See Expy below.
- Expy: Is Derrick O'Conner with a ponytail.
- Hollywood Silencer: Averted; after ambushing one of his victims outside their apartment, the gun shot can clearly be heard from the bottom of the staircase next to them. He instantly looks down and starts shooting at the eavesdropper.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies at the end of The Man Without Fear.
- Karmic Death: After establishing himself as a cold, merciless killing machine hidden behind dark sunglasses, he meets a pre-Daredevil Matt Murdock, who establishes himself as a cold, merciless fighter hidden behind a dark mask as he easily makes his way through all of Lark's goons. With his cold exterior melted away, he breaks down and tries to shoot Matt, only to have his own bullets deflected back at him, hitting right between the eyes, shattering his sunglasses.
- Pretty Little Headshots: Specializes in these, executing several targets in quick succession after ambushing them at their homes. See Karmic Death.
- Psycho for Hire: Of the cold-and-collected variety, though this is most likely an act.
- Sinister Shades: Never removes his sunglasses, and is as cold-blooded as they come.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Oversees the Kingpin's slave rackets, including the kidnapping and selling of children. When he is inspecting the warehouse's "stock", the kids begin to sing, tears in their eyes, in a vain attempt to keep their spirits up; he seems to enjoy it.
- Why Won't You Die?: Says this almost verbatim after Matt plows though a warehouse full of thugs, chases him halfway across the city, and shrugs off several stab wounds.
- Would Hurt a Child: Oh, very much so.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #338Vic "Kruel" Krueller betrayed his boss, the Kingpin, by skimming profits from the crime lord's enterprises. Attempting to escape the Kingpin's thugs, Kruel crashed his car into a diner, setting it ablaze. Beaten to near death by his pursuers in public view, he was left for dead, no witnesses coming forward in his defense. Years later, he returns to New York, now scarred and deformed, to take revenge on the Kingpin and those who witnessed his assault.
- Covered with Scars
- Facial Horror: After his beating, his face is left broken and burned near to the bone, leaving him with a mangled skull-like face.
- It's Personal: While he does have a personal vendetta against the Kingpin and wants him dead, he is arguably more obsessed with the witnesses to his attempted murder, both for not coming to his aid and as they are now the only living people who can identify him.
- After he kills Gloriana, he becomes personal for Daredevil
- Nightmare Face
- Serial Killer
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Kills Gloriana O'breen, Foggy's then girlfriend and Matt's former love interest. Of particular note as she hadn't appeared in the comic for years, being brought back just to be killed off.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 2) #26Sammy Silke is the childhood friend of Richard Fisk, the Kingpin's son. Being a son of a mob boss himself, he was raised to expect certain privileges in his home city of New Jersey. After an undisclosed "error" back home, Sammy is invited to work under the Kingpin in New York, as a favor to his father. Reuniting with Richard, Sammy learns that Matt Murdock is Daredevil. Infuriated by this betrayal to their family honor, Sammy orders the Kingpin murdered in a grab for power. When his co-conspirators are all unexpectedly killed, Sammy has nowhere else to turn but the cops. In an attempt to gain protection, Sammy outs Daredevil's identity, revealing Murdock's secret to the world.
- Ambition Is Evil: Wants to run the Kingpin's territory, and tries to murder him in order to do it.
- He Knows Too Much: Ultimately ends up getting him killed. He would never rat on his own father, but the crime family just can't take the risk.
- Klingon Promotion: Seems to think murdering a crime boss makes him the new boss. As Vanessa Fisk makes very clear, it doesn't work that way.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After betraying the Kingpin his associates are all killed, the cops refuse to give him protection, and he's eventually murdered in prison.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He is the one who outs Daredevil's secret identity to the public, something that would loom over Matt Murdock's life for years to come.
- Trauma Conga Line: Lets see:
- After murdering the Kingpin, he sends his men after Daredevil, only for Daredevil to beat the crap out of him instead.
- His co-conspirators all get murdered, courtesy of Vanessa Fisk, meaning he has no one backing him as the new boss.
- Daredevil, as well as every criminal in New York, is out for his head. When he tries to call his dad for help, he tells him he isn't welcome in Chicago anymore and hangs up.
- He turns himself into the police for protection; they proceed to belittle him, as well as deny him protection despite him telling them Daredevil's identity, breaking the deal they had made.
- In prison, nobody comes to see him, not even his father. When somebody finally does come, it's to kill him.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #168An ancient organisation of Japanese nationalist ninja, The Hand were corrupted from the inside by the Snakeroot, a clan of demon worshipers who aimed to bring their master, Kemono (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: About 400 years old.
- Archenemy: Of the organisation known as The Chaste, of whom Matt's mentor, Stick, was member. 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.
- Awesome Mccool Name: "The Hand", a name so simple, and yet so loaded with understated menace and strength.
- Black Magic: Fond of this. Upon the mutinous murder of Yoshioka (first father of the group), the Snakeroot ninja clan took control of the Hand and corrupted it by imposing the cult of a demon known as The Beast, which imparted them with dark magic. One of these black spells causes a Hand ninja's lifeless body to return to dust and prevent another from directly gazing at the Beast itself.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: A favorite 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 she apparently 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 group is almost nothing but cannon fodder. The willingness to die seems to be more important in membership consideration than skill, considering how many hundreds (perhaps thousands) of these guys characters like Wolverine and Elektra have waded through. These were, at least in part, the inspiration for the Foot Clan, below.
- Their earliest appearances, during Frank Miller's run on Daredevil, more or less codified the trope. Daredevil and Elektra would periodically face whole armies of Hand mooks and win fairly easily, then the Hand threw a few elite swordsmen at them and gave them a serious fight, and a little after that they produced a named super-ninja for a downright difficult boss fight.
- The trope was later somewhat handwaved in a Wolverine comic "... [the mooks] have to be careful they don't chop one of their own by mistake. While I can hit anyone I please."
- Speaking of Wolverine, the Hand averted this one once by ambushing him with enough ninja to cripple his movement and leave him defenseless, allowing the Gorgon to chop his head off. He gets better, then plays the trope straight for six issues of glorious payback that practically wiped the ninja clan out.
- The Corruption
- Cult: A demonic one.
- The Dreaded
- Elite Mooks: Fist, a reanimated corpse powered by the souls of 100 fallen warriors.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The Beast, aka Jakkaru No Musuko (Son Of Jackal), 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).
- 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.
- Nebulous Evil Organization
- Night of the Living Mooks: They have undead mooks.
- Ninja Zombie Pirate Robot: Undead brainwashed demon-worshiping 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 non-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: Members of the Hand are practitioners of powerful occult magic and can murder a person and bring that person back to life as a servant of the Hand.
- World Domination: Their main goal.
AKA: Maki Matsumoto
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 2) #111A 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.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: A Japanese female successor (well, more a copycat) to a white male villain.
- Badass Bookworm: Lawyer by day, psychotic ninja assassin by night.
- Badass Normal: She has no apparent superhuman powers, but she in an expert martial artist. It has been noted that she is faster than both Bullseye and the Kingpin. However, she is also less powerful.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In "Return of the King" when she lures Fisk back to New York in order to play he and Matt against each other. In the end, she's outmanoeuvred by both Kingpin, Daredevil, and Master Izo and forced out of The Hand.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrays The Hand, Daredevil, and The Kingpin.
- Combat Pragmatist: She has little patience for Hand ritual, and she will take advantage of enemies who expect her to fight like a typical Hand ninja.
- Dark Action Girl: She is a master of several martial arts and a proficient hand-to-hand combatant, and specializes in using both a katana and shuriken.
- Dark and Troubled Past: As young girl, she was imprisoned by the Yakuza, who planned to sell her and many others into sexual slavery. However, Bullseye, on an unrelated errand, arrived to slaughter the mobsters. The sight of Bullseye effortlessly killing her captors inspired the girl to escape and become a killer.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Bullseye as says her name.
- Does Not Like Men: The side effect of her past where she has risked to become a sexual slave. The only man she seems to respect is Bullseye.
- Fragile Speedster: Comparatively. Matt notes that while she's faster than the likes of Bullseye or Kingpin, she can't take a hit the way they can.
- Freudian Excuse: Captured by slavers as a child and saved (accidentally) by Bullseye.
- Guns vs. Swords: Like Elektra, she is proficient in both. She prefers swords and shuriken but will pull out firearms if the situation calls for it, such as when she shot Pepper Potts with a sniper rifle.
- Hates Being Touched: Touching her without permission is her Berserk Button. In any way.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Bullseye, but a Lady.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Her reaction to seeing Bullseye in action.
- Legacy Character: An odd case; she is inspired by Bullseye (when he accidentally saved her from Yakuza sex slavers), but unlike other examples Bullseye was still very much active and didn't train her or anything.
- Manipulative Bitch: As lawyer, she targeting Daredevil by assisting the parents of Murdock's mentally-ill wife Milla Donovan in gaining custody of her.
- Painted-On Pants: You see that outfit there? And how you could be forgiven for thinking she wears nothing? It is consistently drawn that way. The thing never, ever has any kind of loose fabric of any kind.
- Psycho for Hire
- Professional Killer
- Secret Identity: Her alter ego is a lawyer, opposing Matt Murdock in the courtroom, thereby attacking Daredevil on two fronts.
- The Sociopath
- Unwitting Pawn: For most of her life. Master Izo told her she would lead the Hand, but never intended for that to happen.
- Would Hurt a Child: One of the very first things we see her do is murder the Kingpin's newest adopted family.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 2) #505Bakuto was the ignoble leader (Daimyo) of a branch of The Hand based in South America who stood against Daredevil after he took control of the Hand.Bakuto would make his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe during the first season of Iron Fist (2017) as the sensei to Colleen Wing.
- '50s Hair: Greased back in a typical '50s punk fashion.
- Absolute Cleavage: A rare male example.
- Enemy Civil War: While acting leader of the South American branch of the Hand, he attempted to assassinate Daredevil, who was the leader of the New York City branch at the time, causing a brief civil war amongst the group. Once he is killed, his death is announced as an honorable suicide so as to bring the two sides together.
- Facial Markings
- Killed Off for Real: Killed in battle by White Tiger.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: His murder was staged to look like an honorable sacrificial suicide (a common practice amongst the Hand), so as to bring in his followers to Daredevil's side without starting a gang war.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 3) #25A 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.
- Badass Normal: Well, is basically Daredevil with sight.
- Blessed with Suck: Averted. Matt assumes he's blind, but it turns out, he can see.
- The Dragon: Acts as Bullseye's top fighter.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: His severed head is shown among Kraven the Hunter's trophies in Waid's Captain America.
- Dual Wielding: Dual-wields Kusurigama blades.
- Evil Counterpart: Blatantly and intentionally an evil version of Daredevil, right down to the costume.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Is only ever called Ikari, which means Fury in Japanese.
- Secret Identity: Nothing is known of his life before he became Ikari.
- Wham Line: "Try the red one."
- To elaborate, after dealing with a group of criminals who are blind but with heightened senses like himself, Daredevil, upon fighting Ikari, assumes him to be blind as well. After being on the receiving end of a lengthy beatdown, Daredevil hides in a sporting goods store and turns the sprinklers on, knowing it will effectively cancel out Ikari's radar sense (but also his own). After getting within striking distance of his foe, Daredevil reaches for a rack of baseball bats, upon which Ikari says the above line, revealing to Matt that he could see the whole time.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 5) #1A Chinatown crime boss with ten fingers on each hand. He runs the Church of the Sheltering Hands, which primarily targets the Chinese American community. He was a former member of the Hand before he left, stealing some of their magic.
- Body Horror: Has ten fingers on each hand.
- Bus Crash: Revealed to have been killed between issues by Muse.
- Dangerous Deserter: He was a former member of the Hand.
- The Don: He's a Chinatown crimeboss.
- Fingore: He cuts off his henchmen's fingers as a reward. They'll even beg him to remove them.
- I Banged Your Mom: Sam walks in on him having sex with Lu Wei.
- Leave No Witnesses: Tenfingers orders the Eights to kill the entire congregation after they witness him failing to defeat the Fist.
- Sinister Minister: He's a crime boss that runs a church as a front.
- The Worf Effect: Proves no match for his former Masters when they come to reclaim the powers he stole from them.
- You Have Failed Me: Averted. He is patient and understanding towards henchmen who fail in their tasks. He even gives Samuel a second chance after he disobeys a direct order in the name of the church's interests.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 5) #3Blindspot's mother and a member of the Church of the Sheltering Hands. She is one of the "Eights", warriors who have been given a portion of Tenfingers' powers.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: She's old enough to be the mother of Blindspot, who is in his late teens or early twenties, but she doesn't look like it.
- Body Horror: While not to the degree of her master, her and the other Eight's, as their name suggests, have eight fingers on each hand.
- The Dragon: One of three to Tenfingers.
- Dual Wielding: Carries two swords.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Tenfingers orders her to kill Blindspot, who she just realized is her son. She kills the other two Eights at the last minute, saving his life.
- Painted-On Pants: Her outfit does an excellent job of showing off her curves.
- Redemption Rejection: Blindspot tries to get her to leave the Church by showing her all the good he's done as Blindspot. She refuses.
AKA: Lester; Benjamin Poindexter
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #131The 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 Daredevil 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." He has gotten better thanks to the Hand.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: To Hawkeye during his time in the Dark Avengers.
- Asshole Victim: Murdered by Daredevil the same way he killed Elektra in Shadowland. He came back, but see And I Must Scream above. He has since been healed, thanks to the Hand.
- Ax-Crazy: One of the single most psychotic characters in the MU. Even being doped out on anti-psychotics didn't do much, if anything, to curb his homicidal sadism.
- 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.
- However, the emphasis here is on normal, and he knows it. He is, as American Eagle put it before beating him into paralysis, a cowardly piece of crap who is very careful to avoid opponents who are out of his weight class. Daredevil and the Punisher are pretty much the upper limit of what he can safely handle. You won't see him going after any of the heavy hitters in the Marvel Universe.
- Back from the Dead: Lady Bullseye resurrected him and he returned to seek revenge on Daredevil.
- Bald of Evil: Currently, now with a bonus bullseye that was once tattooed but is now scarred onto his forehead.
- Brooklyn Rage
- Card-Carrying Villain: He even states that his childhood ambition was "to be the bad guy." And then there's the fact that he enjoys his Ax-Crazy psychopathy.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: While weaker than Daredevil, he is actually quite close to him in strength, and at times has showings like neck lifting people easily with one hand and breaking their necks, and impaling them with him fingers, or impaling a Swat helmet with a truncheon, in addition to throwing his improvised weapons with extreme piercing power
- Crazy-Prepared: The two issue comic Bullseye: Perfect Game showed that Bullseye can go to ridiculous extremes in preparing for a job. A job required him to go undercover as a baseball player, so he hired Satana to make his soul look different in case Doctor Strange or some other magic user was in the audience and he hired Taskmaster to teach him how to move and even pitch differently.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He had tremendous potential as an athlete and baseball player due to his expert marksmanship, but his psychopathic 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: On a good day or when he is hanging out with Deadpool, otherwise he is more psychotic than deadpan.
- 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."I know something is wrong that morning, because a silence spreads through the prison. It starts at the transfer gate and then moves through the cell blocks, level by level... No matter where they are, slowly all the convicts in Rykers stop what they're doing... They stop yelling, they stop playing ball, they stop hurting each other... They just stop. But their pulses start racing. That's how I know that Bullseye had come to Rykers."
- 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 Ryker's in Brubaker's run. Neither he nor Matt is happy about it.
- Evil Counterpart: One of the most iconic examples of this to Daredevil, if not the main one. He's a crazed killer with nearly perfect aim, contrasting the blind hero with superhuman senses. In addition, Daredevil himself is not immune to feeling a little crazy from time to time.
- Evil Cripple: Since coming back, he has been confined to an iron lung. Eventually, it gets even worse. Then in the newest Elektra book, he got completely better.
- 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. Certain heroes, primarily Daredevil, do give him trouble in this department however.
- 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:Bullseye: 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.
- 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.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Has used the alias "Ben Poindexter" numerous times, but 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. He'll still use his costume depending on the story.
- 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.
- Slasher Smile: Almost his default expression
- The Sociopath: The most obvious 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.
- Villainous Crush: Varies on writer, but Bullseye seems to have an attraction to Elektra since her resurrection.
- 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, and he even attended his funeral and mourned him in secret. 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
AKA: Frank Castle
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #129Frank Castle was a career U.S. Marine whose wife and children were caught and killed in the crossfire between two warring factions of drug dealers. When the police failed to bring the killers to justice, Frank became the Punisher, using the skills he learned in the Corps to fight a one-man war of attrition against the criminal underworld. Though they fight for similar goals, Castle's use of lethal force is something that Daredevil cannot abide. Likewise, the Punisher sees Daredevil as naive for refusing to kill criminals that cannot stay locked up. Haunted by his failure to steer Castle toward a less lethal path, Daredevil believes it is his responsibility to find a humane way to end Castle's violent crusade. With each (usually) seeing the other as a Worthy Opponent, the two have had a long history as bitter enemies, uneasy allies, and everything in between.See his page for more details.
Blindspot: Hold on— the Punisher? Isn't he, you know, a good guy? Goes out and catches the bad guys. Just like you?
The Purple Man
The Purple Man
AKA: Zebediah Killgrave
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #4Originally a spy, Zebediah Killgrave got into an accident with chemicals which..well...turned his skin purple. As a side effect though, the chemicals gave him the power of mind manipulation, able to have people believe him or follow his commands without much effort on his part. Now able to take whatever he wanted, Killgrave gave up being a spy, instead taking up a full life of crime.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: Purple.
- Compelling Voice/Mind Control: His power. It was more his presence that bent people to his will, but he still had to order them around verbally. Which he did.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Invoked. He retired for a while in The '70s, 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His ex-wife and their daughter, though both hate him for good reason and while Killgrave would like to reconcile with them, he's made no real effort to and it's been made clear (via Nate Grey reading his mind) that he prioritizes taking over the world and continuing to do things For the Evulz over them. And while he was initially fond of the Purple Children, that got thrown out the window when they turned on him, leading him to abandon his Evil Is One Big, Happy Family plans for them in favor of just weaponizing or outright killing them.
- Evil Is Petty: Perhaps the grand champ of the Marvel universe. He could do unbelievable things with his powers, but always uses them for petty reasons.
- For the Evulz: That didn't stop him from doing really, really nasty things to people just because he could.
- Glorified Sperm Donor: Thanks to the fact that he frequently abuses his powers to turn women into Sex Slaves, he's actually got a fair number of kids knocking around, most of them with at least some of his powers. None of them are quite as monstrous as him.
- 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.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Deep, deep, deep down he's secretly obsessed with being loved unconditionally, and this longing for genuine affection occasionally surfaces, albeit in ways twisted by his sociopathy. He released a woman who he had taken as his wife from his control because the genuine fondness that he had developed for her led him to believe that she could reciprocate his feelings in spite of what he had done to her. Obviously, her immediate response to being freed was to take off as quickly as possible (Killgrave doing nothing to stop her). He eventually also started rounding up his children, wanting to form a family with them... and also have them help him Take Over the World.
- 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: A dark example of this in Alias where he is fully aware that he's in a comic book. He made Jessica Jones believe her life was a comic book, with an audience of loyal readers, and that every time he made her strip for him, she was taking her clothes off for them.
- 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?
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Any A-list or B-list hero with psionic abilities could crush him effortlessly (he's no threat to the likes of Jean Grey or Psylocke, and he'd be an amoeba next to Charles Xavier). However, he's a significant threat because he's pitted against "street level" heroes like Daredevil and Jessica Jones, being smart enough to avoid drawing the attention of the larger fish in the sea.
- No-Sell: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, the Kingpin, and Dr. Doom have all proven able to resist his powers. Daredevil's non-conventional senses allow him to concentrate on resisting his commands, Jessica Jones received psionic shielding from Jean Grey, and the Kingpin was able to resist through sheer force of will (albeit with some obvious struggle). Dr. Doom however takes the cake, as he was able to easily ignore his power without any visible effort, all while he was connected to a device that amplified his ability to planet-influencing levels.
- 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, 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. has a look of sheer terror before Cage moved in on him and proceeded to deliver a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, and from the looks of it, possibly might have killed him if Captain America did not interfere
- 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 by Proxy: Killgrave never actually raped Jessica Jones. What he did do was bring many women back to bed with him and rape them, while making her watch and using his powers to force her to feel upset that it wasn't her being raped.
- 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 committing 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.I.E.L.D, The Avengers, and other Marvel folks several times. And to say nothing for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
- Serial Rapist: Why he is so reviled.
- The Sociopath: He uses his mind control pheromones to rape and kill women For the Evulz, he made an entire restaurant stop breathing because he wanted to eat in peace, and tortured Jessica Jones by raping captured women in front of her and making her watch it all.
- 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 His 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: Manuel Eloganto
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #5A 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.
- Dashing Hispanic: Matador is a trained bullfighter and a skilled swordsman.
- Harmless Villain: His early track record against Daredevil was actually pretty decent, but it didn't take him long to turn into a lightning rod for beatings and swift defeats.
- Retired Monster
- Toros y Flamenco: Deliberately played up the stereotype of the Spanish matador.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In his first appearance, the Matador presented himself as a Robin Hood-like Gentleman Thief, gaining the admiration of the New York City public. Daredevil was eventually able to defeat him and show the Matador for the Jerkass he was.
AKA: Wilbur Day
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #8A 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.
- He did eventually marry Princess Python.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Never explained why he couldn't use his engineering skills to make money legitimately.
- 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 Turk Barrett (see below) stole his armor. In fact, all Day had to do is tell Daredevil where the essential gyroscopic mechanism is in the suit so he could rip it out and Turk instantly learned that it's impossible to keep balance without it. Of course, Day later modified the suit so DD couldn't pull that move on him.
- Harmless Villain
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: One of the more baffling villains of his era, writers gave up on revamping him into a serious threat a long time ago. Since then, whenever you needed a really pathetic villain to beat up, Stilt-Man was your guy. Eventually, The Punisher killed him.
- Joke Character: Reduced to this, especially in his later career.
- Killed Off for Real: By the Punisher.
- Legacy Character: Now, while Stilt-Man may be dead, his legacy lives on in... Lady Stilt-Man! Her first appearance consisted of being mocked by Spider-Man (who thanked her for improving the miserable day he was having), and being defeated by stepping into an open manhole. Even Spider-Man felt sorry for her when she started crying. This change in her next appearance in "Villains for Hire", where she upgraded her armor and Took a Level in Badass.
- 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 boss, Carl Kaxton.
- 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.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #10A group of criminals were gathered and given specialized suits in order to commit crimes for... well, whoever needed them, really. While the initial team wore animal themed power suits, they eventually gained powers and appearances based around their animal likenesses.The initial line-up was made up of Frog-Man, Ape-Man, Cat-Man, Bird-Man and later joined by Dragonfly. The team would evolve into a revolving caste of members, with later additions like Giraffe-Man, Great Horned Owl-Man, Pig-Man, and Rabbit-Woman.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: After being granted powers by Count Nefaria, they became much more overtly animal like.
- Animal Wrongs Group: In their most recent incarnation, they are seen attacking a fashion show because of it's use and promotion of animal fur.
- Beast Man: An entire team of them.
- Cat Folk: Cat-Man
- Clothes Make the Superman: Before they were mutated into Beast Folk.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Ape-Man
- Frog Folk: Frog-Man
- Gang of Hats: Animal themed super villain team.
- Name's the Same: Bird-Man and Bird-Man.
- Petting Zoo People: Once they got past their power-suit faze, they fell firmly into this, possessing fur, claws, and other traits associated with their individual animal.
- Pig Man: Pig-Man, obviously.
- Playboy Bunny: Rabbit-Woman has traces of this, as she wears very little clothing. Possibly justified, as she is covered in fur already.
- Revolving Door Team: The team line-up is rarely ever the same between appearances.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Initially Daredevil and Spider-Man foes, they have since done battle with the X-men, and even the Great Lakes Avengers.
- Sixth Ranger: Dragonfly to the original team.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Great Horned Owl-Man for Bird-Man.
- Token Female: Dragonfly and Rabbit-Woman to their respective teams, as they've never been on the same lineup.
- Winged Humanoid: Bird-Man, Dragonfly, and Great Horned Owl-Man.
AKA: Melvin Potter
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #18A 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.
- Ax-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 realize he's working for him.
AKA: Vincent Patilio/Buford Lange
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #25A former toy inventer, Vincent Patilio set out to make some money by embarking on a criminal career after he created a pair of electrically-powered jumping coils. Encountering Daredevil, Spider-Man, and Iron Man, a string of comically embarrassing defeats soon followed, which caused him to retire eventually. Buford Lange, an abusive father, later found an abandoned Leap-Frog costume, adopted the persona and began robbing small-time businesses. Lange managed to be even more of a loser than his predeccessor though, as he got electrocuted by his own autistic son and fell from a rooftop to his death.
- 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^ a petty thief, and abusive towards his wife and son.
- Killed Off for Real: Lange died after his first appearance.
AKA: Philip Wallace Sterling
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #39Phil Sterling began his career as The Exterminator, using his time displacement blaster to "disintigrate" victims without actually killing them. After falling victim to his own technology, Sterling became trapped in the void between realities, but was able to manifest in our reality as a phantom-like figure.
- Avenging the Villain: His mom tried to avenge his death, by luring Daredevil to a house filled with death traps.
- Intangible Man: He was trapped in a dimension partially connected to Earth's dimension, and while naturally invisible and immaterial, could become visible and intangible, invisible and tangible, or visible and tangible for a few hours at a time.
- Killed Off for Real: In the last fight with Daredevil in a cemetery. Unable to overcome Death-Stalker's superior abilities, Daredevil knocked out the nearby street light, thus enclosing the cemetery in darkness. Fighting blindly, Death-Stalker dematerialized, unknowingly fell into a tombstone, and materialized while his waist was still intersecting with the tombstone. The impact cut Death-Stalker in half, killing him instantly. He is notable for being one of the very few Marvel super villains to actually stay dead!
- Legacy Character: A female Death-Stalker showed up working for the Purple Man, but her identity is unknown.
- Revenge Before Reason: Became obsessed with killing Daredevil after an accident left him "out of phase" with our dimension, giving him his powers, but cutting him off the rest from the rest of the world.
- Rich Boredom: Originally became a super villain because he was rich and bored.
- Science Versus Magic: Because of his spooky motif, he also fought the Ghost Rider and Doctor Strange; strangely, he could actually see Strange's astral form, suggesting that his powers were not entirely science-based.
- Touch of Death: His "cybernetic death-grip" device, stolen from AIM, was worn in his gloves, which emitted a dose of microwave radiation when activated by mental command, crippling or killing (depending on the duration of contact) any living creature in contact with it. This self-described "touch of death" energy has been described as microwaves, but seems to have properties of both lightning and truly intense cold.
- You Have Failed Me: Had a habit of killing any underling who lost a fight to Daredevil; at one point, DD let one of his goons go, knowing the Death-Stalker would just murder the man in his prison cell.
AKA: Jonathan Powers
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #42Jonathan Powers wanted to be an actor, but lack of natural talent, combined with a ridiculously high opinion of himself, made him a laughingstock of the industry. Powers assumed the mantle of the costumed criminal Jester to seek revenge on all who mocked him.
- 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: In the Dealogue story, he allows himself to be host to a demon, gaining great strength in the process. When the demon leaves him, Powers is apparently left comatose.
- Expy: Of The Joker, but more silly and less dangerous.
- Frameup: In his civilian guise as Jonathan Powers, he stages his own murder at the hands of Daredevil. However, Daredevil clears his name by defeating and then unmasking the Jester on live television, demonstrating that his "victim" was still alive.
- Happy Harlequin Hat: Would he be a jester without one?
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Retired from crime for a while in the 80s. It didn't last and he became a villain again in the early 2000s.
- Killed Off for Real: During Civil War II, Powers apparently retires from his former role until he is arrested as part of an entrapment operation set up by undercover police officers despite the fact that all he was doing was talking about his old days rather than actually planning a crime. Despite She-Hulk making a passionate argument about the need to believe in redemption and not condemn someone for their thoughts, Powers is sent to prison where he is stabbed during a riot a couple of days later.
- Killed Offscreen How his death in Civil War II was handled.
- Killer Yo-Yo: His favorite weapon. A yo-yo with a weighted knob and steel cable which emits earsplitting sounds when whirled at high speed.
- Legacy Character: Jonathan was the first of several costumed criminals to use the identity of the Jester.
- 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.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- The Prima Donna: Male example. He was a struggling actor of huge ego who finally got his lead break as the leading character in an off-Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac that end in a flop and Powers was fired after one performance. He turned down suggestions that he take actual acting classes, insisting that he already had more raw acting talent than anyone who'd ever lived. Still, Powers was only able to find employment as a stooge in a children's television show taped in New York and this lead to the criminal road.
- Villainous Harlequin: He wears and act like a classic jester. He used a variety of modified toys and gimmicks as weapons.
AKA: William Taurens
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #78Taurens, under the nickname Bull Taurus, was a legbreaker for Emil Borgdsky, who Taurens knew as "Mr. Kline". Kline sent Bull to round up people to be used as test subjects for an experimental serum (taken from bulls) made by one of Kline's clients, the Professor. Bull and his crew were thwarted by Daredevil, and as punishment for his failure, Bull became a guinea pig for the serum, which turned him into a human bull. Using his newfound strength, Bull sought revenge on Daredevil, but has occasionally also clashed with Iron Man and the Fantastic Four.
- A Load of Bull
- Beast Man: Man-Bull eventually began to turn savage; he lost the power of speech, sprouted a tail, and grew more inhuman.
- The Brute
- Dumb Muscle
- Horn Attack: He has a set of horns which he can use as weapons.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- Made of Iron: His dense flesh gives him a high degree of resistance to physical and energy attacks.
AKA: Frank Simpson
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #232A former sergeant in the US Army, Frank Simpson lost what was left of his sanity (already fractured by a traumatic childhood) when he was captured in Vietnam and tortured by a Russian intelligence liaison. After the war, Frank was inducted into the Weapon VII program. The program enhanced his physiology by grafting a bulletproof sub-dermal mesh into skin and giving him a secondary heart that, working in conjunction with some Adrenaline Pills, controlled his aggression, giving him an addiction that would (in theory) make him an effective puppet for his handlers. He eventually became too violent to control, and struck out on his own as a mercenary and terrorist, intent on destroying anyone he perceives to be "enemies of America."
- Abusive Parents: His mother was an abusive alcoholic.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: His newer backstory reveals that it was never the pills, just torture and conditioning.
- Captain Patriotic: A dark version.
- Catch Phrase: He often demands "Reds!"
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Averted. The cybernetics didn't make Nuke a crazy murderer. Years of systemic torture and brainwashing did that.
- Evil Counterpart: To Captain America.
- Magic Feather: Retconned so that the pills are placebos.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: As a boy, he had an unhealthy affection for his nanny. She exploited these feelings to get Frank to kill his mother, so she could be with his dad.
- Psycho for Hire: He is a Super Soldier driven insane from years of harsh experiments and being pumped full of drugs.
- Psycho Serum: How he is controlled.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: While he was introduced as a new Daredevil rogue, he's since become more associated with Captain America and Wolverine. In fact, he and Matt have not had any further run-ins at all outside of their initial one.
- Self-Made Orphan: Tricked into murdering his own mother.
- Sociopathic Soldier: He's totally off his rocker, thinks he's still fighting The Vietnam War, and will slaughter anyone he thinks is threatening "our boys"; his gun keeps a count of his kills.
- Super Soldier: A near-failed one, as he's dangerously unstable.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Has the American Flag painted on his face.
AKA: Carl Burbank
Debut: Marvel Age Annual #3A priest who abandoned his vows after the drug related deaths of his parishoners, Carl Burbank volunteered for a CIA experiment that replaced his skin with a malleable plastic that can stretch into a variety of shapes. With the ability to mutate his arms into any weapon he desired, Burbank became a mercenary, becoming a recurring foe to both Daredevil and the Punisher, among others.
- Arm Cannon: Can transform his right arm into a giant gun.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Looks like a bio-mechanical monstrosity, though some of his injuries also have a hand in that.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Disfigured after a fight with Wolverine.
- Fantastic Racism: Against Mutants.
- The Fundamentalist: At times.
- Made of Iron: Plastic, actually, but it's helped him survive numerous encounters with the Punisher, so whatever works.
- Psycho for Hire: Has worked for Baron Zemo, Kingpin, and the Hood.
- Rogue Agent: Was originally a CIA agent, before going rogue and becoming a freelance assassin.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Can turn his arm into any weapon he wants, but usually goes this route.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Bullseye.
- You Are What You Hate: He at some point discovered that the CIA didn't alter him much beyond activating his dormant X-Gene. He took this revelation surprisingly well, and now believes that he was born to kill rather than built to kill.
AKA: Mary Walker
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #252A mentally ill woman with a badly fractured 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.
"Monday, Monday, so good to me..."
- Anti-Villain: Is sympathetic when you consider she really is criminally insane and her Mary Walker persona is actually a good person who has to deal with two evil personas.
- Ax-Crazy: Even before she shows her true color Deadpool found her too crazy for him.
- Combo Platter Powers: Typhoid Mary possessed telekinesis, pyrokinesis, limited Mind Control powers, and outstanding swordsmanship skills. The catch was that her Split Personality disorder left her Ax-Crazy and possessing different levels of control over her abilities at different times.
- Create Your Own Villain: When Daredevil was just starting out he raided a brothel to catch the criminal running it. Much to his shock the girls began attacking him, and he accidentally knocked one out a window seemingly to her death. She would recover but the incident proved to be the final straw, and she suffered a total psychotic break becoming Typhoid Mary. However, when Mary confronts Daredevil about it, he refuses to take responsibility for what she became, telling her that no matter what happened to her, she ultimately made her own choices. This causes Mary to suffer a complete mental collapse.
- Dark Action Girl: As Typhoid Mary and Bloody Mary, she is very skilled in martial arts and the use of edged weapons.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Was a former prostitute before Daredevil kicked her out of a window by accident.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first few issues blurred the lines between the current characterization of Mary, and Typhoid; hinting that Typhoid was a more hidden aggressive persona, while the current Typhoid persona was in-fact Mary. However, later issues shifted Mary as a more timid and innocent personality, while Mary's original personality became Typhoid; and the more aggressive one became Bloody Mary.
- Does Not Like Men: The Bloody Mary persona hates all the men.
- The Dragon: Once fulfilled this role for Kingpin.
- The Dreaded: New York's underworld panics when they heard she is coming back, trying to hire any muscles available in case she comes to kill them, one even try calling Bullseye but he didn't pick up the phone.
- Evil Redhead:
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- The Mentally Ill: Mary's one of the rare supervillains to be genuinely legally insane. Depending on the Writer, Typhoid Mary is depicted ether constantly switched between persona, unable to stop herself; or singing down the street burning people alive.
- Mutant: She is a mutant. The effectiveness of her powers differs on which personality is in control.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Typhoid Mary and Bloody Mary
- Nice Girl: The Mary Walker persona.
- Playing with Fire: She has the power to ignite, extinguish, and control/manipulate fire.
- Psychic Powers
- Mind over Matter: She can levitate small objects over short distances (such as weapons of under 10 pounds; knives, razors, etc.), making a knife spin in place or retrieving her weapons if they're dropped.
- Telepathy: She can implant mental suggestions in the minds of others. She can induce sleep in weak-minded individuals and most animals, or create "sensory ghosts" as a distraction, causing people to look away because they think they saw a flash or heard a noise.
- Psycho for Hire: The Typhoid Mary and Bloody Mary.
- Rape By Fraud: Typhoid Mary pulls this on Deadpool by disguising herself as Siryn. He does not take it well.
- Sadist: Bloody Mary, who just likes hurting people. To put this in perspective: she once scared off Deadpool, the one person who, due to his healing factor, could take all the punishment she could dish out.
- Shrinking Violet: Mary Walker is quiet, nervous, and timid.
- Split Personality: She has three separate personalities. The "Mary" personality is a timid, quiet, pacifist; her "Typhoid Mary" persona is adventurous, lustful, and violent; her "Bloody Mary" personality is sadistic, brutal, and hates all men. Typhoid was so different than Mary, that even Daredevil was, at first, unable to tell they were the same person, even with his enhanced senses. (It seemed that the change even affected her body odor somehow.)
- Stripperiffic: Most of Typhoid and Bloody Mary's costumes.
- Talkative Loon: At least when Bendis writes her.
- Tattooed Crook
- Two-Faced: Traditionally, she sports white makeup on the right side.
- Villainous Crush: On Daredevil.
AKA: Angeline Kutter
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 1) #305A cold-blooded woman who would remove the organs of healthy-looking victims and then sell them on the black market for profit.
- Battleaxe Nurse: An extreme example, as she not only abuses her patients, but is also a ninja, using scalpels as her main weapon.
- Deadly Doctor: Steals the organs of healthy patients to sell on the black market.
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses scalpels and serrated bone-saws as her weapons of choice.
- Meaningful Name: Angeline Kutter
- Meatgrinder Surgery: Harvests the organs of her captured patients for money.
- Monster of the Week: Only appears in a single story arc. The only reason she is arguably more well know than other one-off characters is because of her design, and because she was featured on Linkara's show.
- PunnyName: Her name is a play on words, as she is a surgeon (kind of), and she runs her operation like a military unit, with her hench-women dressed in matching nurse uniforms.
- Purple Prose: Her speech can divulge into this sometimes.
Debut: The Infinity War #1Daredevil's Evil Counterpart created by the Magus during Infinity War.
- Become a Real Boy: He wants to be human and thus mortal... it kills him.
- Black Magic: How he's created
- Demon Lords and Archdevils
- Evil Counterpart
- Hollywood Voodoo: He's able to be summoned this way.
- Scary Black Man: Despite being a morally inverted demonic Matt Murdock, he talks with a West African accent.
AKA: Quentin Beck
Debut: The Amazing Spider-man (vol. 1) #13See Spiderman Rogues Gallery for more info.
Mister Fear III
Mister Fear III
AKA: Larry Cranston
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 2) #88A 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 internalized the effects of these chemicals, and can now instill fear in anybody he meets.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In Brubaker's run, was able to drive Milla Murdock insane and was sent to Ryker's, where he's treated like a king due to using a perfume that brings up people's most happy memories. He lost his gang to the Hood, but he didn't care about them, and is happy with the Hood continuing to torment Matt after he goes to prison with both of their resources.
- Black Cloak
- Cool Mask: Resembles The Phantasm's from Batman
- Deadly Gas: His fear gas.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Is willing to try to kill and torment Matt Murdock and his loved ones because Murdock used to make him feel inferior back in university.
- Evil Is Petty: Has a very petty grudge against Matt Murdock, hating him for being a better lawyer than himself.
- Expy: Of DC's Scarecrow.
- In the Hood
- It's Personal: His motive is revenge against Matt Murdock; everything else is irrelevant to him.
- Jumped at the Call
- Legacy Character: The third person to don the mask and hood of Mister Fear. In a twist, he's the only one to consistently wear it.
- Also, Cranston's nephew Alan Fagan became the fourth Mr. Fear when Cranston was believed dead.
- The Man Behind the Man: The Gladiator's rampage in Brubaker's run.
- Manipulative Bastard: As shown when he impersonated Milla Donovan's psychiatrist and drove her to madness.
- The Resenter: Towards Matt Murdock.
- Revenge Before Reason
- Supernatural Fear Inducer: His trademark gas.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 3) #5A hitman who is able to shift his center of gravity to any part of his body. He is sponsored by several terrorist groups, which is why his costume is decked out in logos and patches.
- The Brute
- Corporate-Sponsored Supervillain
- Gravity Master: On himself, at least. He can shift his center of gravity, essentially making his unmovable. By applying this ability to his limbs, he can also increase the strength of his punches and kicks.
- Hired Gun: Works as a super villain for hire.
- I Just Want To Be Famous: Is in the super villain business for this reason.
- He even has a game plan: Start with some wins against low level villains to get his name out there. Then, defeat a few C-List heroes to create buzz. Now that he's more well know, win a few major victories against Avengers class heroes, and bada-bing-badda-boom, he's an A-List super villain with more money than he know what to do with. Getting his ass kicked by Daredevil put a bit of a damper on those plans.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Thinks he's strong enough to take on The Hulk.
- New Media: Embraces it, having a Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube page which he uses to advertise his skills and services to potential backers. He's apparently quite popular, as he has lots of subscribers.
- Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Gives a shout out to his channel and contact information while beating Daredevil half to death.
- Product Placement: His costume is adorned with advertisements for evil criminal organizations. It does it's job, as he is popular on social media.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 3) #19The man who would become Coyote was an expert their and smuggler before a shadowy organization put him through the same procedure that created the Spot against his will. With his new powers, he became both a mercenary and a human trafficker, and set his sights on Daredevil at the organization's behest.
- Dragged Off to Hell: When the Spot is released form his prison, he changes and proceeds to implode into his own portals, dragging Coyote with him.
- Losing Your Head: His main mode of human trafficking. By removing peoples heads and keeping them separate, the bodies act as perfect slaves, being unable to resist without their heads. The men's bodies are sold to work in mines and fields, while the women's are put to other uses.
- Human Pack Mule: By attaching his portals to other people, he can use them as pack mules delivering drugs over international borders.
- Portal Cut: One of the more twisted uses of his abilities, he can remove someones head from their body with a portal, and using a special collar, keep the head and the body alive while separate. He then sells the bodies as slaves, only having to occasionally feed the heads to keep the bodies alive.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: When Daredevil is exploring his underground lair, he find the original Spot hooked up to a machine, having gone mad from whatever horrible experiments were conducted on him. The machine seems to be running on him, and may be powering Coyote as well.
- Sex Slave: Makes the women he captures into these, which he sells to his equally twisted clients.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Is a human trafficker.
- Space Master: Creates a hideout inside of a rock formation with no entrances or exits, as he doesn't need them with his powers.
- Thinking Up Portals: Creates portals to anywhere in the world. Can also place portals onto other people.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: When he was a man Coyote was already a hardened criminal, but he seems to have become far more unhinged after gaining his powers.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 4) #14Jubula Pride is the daughter of Leland Owlsley, also know as The Owl. After her father was kidnapped she set out to find him by fighting her way through New York's underworld, attracting the attention of Daredevil. Unfortunately for him, the apple never falls far from the tree, and she has a lot more in common with her father than initially appears.
- Ambiguously Brown: It presumably comes from her mother's side of the family.
- Daddy's Little Villain
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Is the Owl's daughter. This comes as a big shock to Matt, who didn't even know Owlsley had a daughter.
- Family Business: In the alternative timeline, she takes it over after Owlsley passes away.
- Mixed Race: Her mother is unknown, but it's unlikely her dark skin comes from her father, who is very clearly caucasian.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In the present she is portrayed as skilled, but not a serious challenge for Daredevil. When she grows up in the alternative future, however, she becomes much more dangerous.
- Taking Up the Mantle: In a story set in the alternative future, she takes up her father's role as the new Owl.
- Villainous Legacy: Especially in the alternative future storyline, where she starts physically modifying herself, much the same way her father did.
Debut: Daredevil (vol. 5) #11A more recent addition to Daredevil's rogue's gallery, the Muse is a serial killer who turns his victims into works of art. He attracts the attention of Daredevil and Blindspot when he begins kidnapping Inhumans and turning them into his latest "masterpieces".
- Ambiguously Human: The source of his abilities remain unrevealed. We know that he isn't an Inhuman, but that's it.
- Arch-Enemy: Is shaping up to be a personal foe for Blindspot.
- Bald of Evil: Not a single hair on his head.
- Catch Phrase: "You're only as good as your last performance."
- Evil Albino: Revealed to be one when unmasked.
- Eye Scream: Gouges Blindspot's eyes.
- Faux Affably Evil: Almost never drops his pleasant demeanor, which is exemplified by him thanking his guards for their hospitality ("Art supplies, television, even the food's been good. The humanity you Inhumans show your prisoners... it's beyond reproach") right before killing a dozen of them during his escape from New Attilan. Later on, he takes a selfie with a pair of female admirers, but then at the drop of a hat decides to make them his next pieces, declaring that while they're both pretty, he can make them "beautiful."Admirer: Are you actually Muse?Muse: I just signed my name to this piece, didn't I? I would never take credit for someone else's work. That's a crime.
- Knife Nut
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Breaks his own fingers to avoid getting a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Daredevil.
- Lightning Bruiser: Singlehandedly dispatched six armed opponents with frightening speed.
- Looks Like Orlok: When unmasked, with a bald head, red eyes, black scarred eye sockets, and fanged teeth.
- Mad Artist: Complete with Motive Rant:Muse: There's this mystique about art. A shared fiction, if you will. An artist presents a piece to the world in its finished form, and pretends that it simply appeared that way, effortlessly birthed from his genius. Both artist and audience prefer to believe that's the truth. It's nice to think that the really good creators have some direct connection to the divine. But it's a lie. In reality, it's hours and hours of missteps, frustration, and bad ideas that get sliced away to reveal some kind of truth. It's never easy. In fact... It's agony.
- Make Way for the New Villains: Killed Ten Fingers prior to confronting Daredevil and Blindspot.
- Man of Kryptonite: A living black hole that can suck in every bit of sensory information around him, making Daredevil's enhanced senses hard to target him. He even appears distorted in photographs.
- Punny Name: Uses the alias "Vincent Van Gore" at one point.
- Refuge in Audacity: Goes back to the site of his original crime and replaces most of it with the above mentioned catchphrase.
- Tears of Blood: His mask is designed to create this effect.