This page is for characters appearing in the Marvel comic book series Daredevil.For characters in the Netflix original series adaptation, see Characters.Daredevil 2015
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AKA: Matt Murdock
The 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.
- Alliterative Name
- 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.
- Being Good Sucks: Especially if you're named Matt Murdock.
- 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
- 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.
- Brooklyn Rage
- Butt Monkey: 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. So much so he's practically a deconstruction, as 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.
- Cane Fu
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's a normal person who is strong enough to lift and turn over a limo.
- The Chessmaster: When pitting all of the criminal organizations against one another.
- 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 — 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.
- 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.
- Covered with Scars
- 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
- 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: Doesn't even begin to describe him. It's practically a superpower.
- Death by Origin Story: His dad, Jack.
- Disability Superpower
- 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 doesn't kill, but he can still deliver beatdowns 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.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: In the movie anyway, his costume is basically a modified biker getup.
- Heroes Want Redheads: As his relationship with Black Widow proved.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Foggy and Spider-Man.
- 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.
- Hypocritical Humor: He once told Moon Knight that his secret identity as Marc Specter is the worst kept secret in the hero community.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- The Irish Diaspora
- 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.
- 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: He can determine if someone is lying by listening to their heartbeat.
- Missing Mom
- Nice Guy
- 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.
- 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.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Samaritan Syndrome
- 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.
- The Stoic
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He tries to abide by this, but unlike most superheroes, he will kill when there are no alternatives.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 wait 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: Often.
- Nice Guy: Also as often.
- Parental Abandonment
- Secret Keeper
- 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.
- 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
- Secret Keeper: For Matt. He may also know that Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
Grace Murdock/Sister Maggie
- 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/protestor.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Obi-Wan: Was the man who taught Matt Murdock to be a skilled warrior.
AKA: Elektra Natchios
- Action Girl
- Anti-Hero: A definite Type IV.
- Ax-Crazy: Not always, but she has her moments of this.
- Back from the Dead
- Breakout Character
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Dating Catwoman: Daredevil and Elektra's relationship.
- Femme Fatale
- Guns vs. Swords: Subverted. She is a master of both and will use either. She normally relies on bladed weapons, but that doesn't means she isn't going to pull out an Uzi.
- Knife Nut
- Magic Knight: Has some minor Ki Attacks and magical abilities, most of which are used to enhance her battle prowess, as well as some low-level Psychic Powers. Most of these come from training with the mystical evil ninja sect The Hand.
- McNinja: A Greek Ninja.
- Professional Killer
- Sai Gal: Her Weapon of Choice. (Jennifer Garner even cut her leg with one shooting the movie).
- Sociopathic Hero
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
Karen PageMatt 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
- Drugs Are Bad
- Killed Off for Real
- 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.
- 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
- Action Girl
- Badass Normal
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Distracted by the Sexy
- Femme Fatale
- Fiery Redhead/ Redheaded Hero
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Really Gets Around: She's a connecting point between Matt Murdock and Tony Stark, two prominent male examples of this trope.
- Sensual Slav
- Spy Catsuit
- Stealth Expert
AKA: Maya Lopez
The 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 memorise actions by sight alone, making her a formidable fighter.
- Action Girl
- 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.
- 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 honoured 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.
- Foil: Daredevil's a blind man with superacute hearing, smell, touch, and taste. She's a deaf woman with superactue eyesight and a photographic memory.
- Handicapped Badass: While Matt Murdock is blind, Echo is deaf.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Alcoholic
- Broken Bird
- Driven to Suicide
- Really Gets Around: Dated Tony Stark, and cheated on Matt several times.
- Uptown Girl
Kirsten McDuffyThe 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 siccing Spider-Man on him. Since, the two have been on pretty good terms.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very fond of teasing Matt about totally not being Daredevil.
- 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".
- 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 FiskGrowing 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.
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.
- Acrofatic: Remarkably agile for a man of his bulk.
- Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: Which he is varies Depending on the Writer.
- Arch-Enemy: One of two with Bullseye, though between the two the war between Fisk and Murdock is a closer example of this trope. He'd also rank around fourth on Spider-Man's enemies list.
- Badass: A master of jujitsu, hapkido, and unsurprisngly, sumo wrestling, Fisk is one of the most capable fighters in the Marvelverse, capable of fighting Daredevil, entire teams of Hand ninjas, and actual superhumans.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Often.
- Badass Normal: Can hold his own against actual superhumans, though how well is Depending on the Writer (he has held his own in fights against Spider-Man, but it was made clear later on that Peter was just holding back to a huge degree and that Spidey is way out of Fisk's league when he's not restraining himself). Once outsmarted Iron Man, despite the latter being far more intelligent, by tricking him into taking out some of his rivals. While in prison.
- Bald of Evil
- Bear Hug: A crushing bear hug is his signature move.
- Big Bad: Of numerous arcs in the comics, including most famously "Born Again". He's also The Big Bad of the series as a whole. Most bad things that happen in-series are because of him, he can never truly be removed, and it is on him that Daredevil's attentions are most focused.
- Better The Devil You Know: While the Kingpin is ruthless, he has also shown honor at times, and has shown some standards many of his opponents do not. Ultimately, the Marvel superhero community has accepted that even if they could take Fisk down permanently, someone even worse would just take over.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: How he became The Kingpin of Crime in the first place — by betraying the don he was supposed to be bodyguarding and usurping his position.
- Cane Fu: Has regularly used his walking stick as a weapon, which given his mastery of hapkido, a Korean martial art that features cane fighting as one of its techniques, shouldn't be surprising.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Can veer into this at times, though it was more prominent when he was a Spidey villain.
- The Chessmaster: He's always this, but in his prime in particular he controlled nearly all organized crime on the East Coast, and even had a general in his pocket.
- Classic Villain: As Spider-Man's nemesis. Who better to counteract a short, skinny teenager than a towering, middle-aged body builder? This still works in many ways with Matt, as a blind athletic lawyer who isn't really that handicapped is opposed by a sighted but grotesquely fat gangster who isn't nearly as out of shape as he looks.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Sometimes. His reaction to the Never Found the Body trope is "Oh Crap!".
- Deuteragonist: After Matt himself, nobody is more important to Daredevil and its ongoing story arcs than Wilson Fisk. We've seen him build, run, lose, and rebuild his empire, have witnessed the messy details of his personal life, and have experienced his triumphs and failures with him. When he's not a part of the story, it frequently feels as though something is missing.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- The Don: Up to Eleven. At his height he ran all organised crime on the East Coast.
- Enemy Mine: He and Daredevil have allied several times, against other organisations like The Hand, against gangsters like The Owl, and in order to escape prison. These alliances almost inevitably end in a betrayal by one or both parties.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His wife and son, even after both tried to kill him. Also Marta and her children, who were killed by Lady Bullseye.
- Evil Gloating: His love of this is almost always what undoes him in the end.
- Evil Is Petty: He seems to really have it in for costumed crimefighters and can never simply try and "kill" them; he has to utterly humiliate them and ruin their lives first. This goes about as well as you'd expect.
- Evil Power Vacuum: One of the fears of the superhero community is that if the Kingpin were to be permanently removed from the board, as in killed, the sheer fallout from the potential gang war that would result would be enough to keep SHIELD and the Avengers busy for years. In other words, The Punisher refuses to kill Fisk because his death would make things worse for everybody.
- Fat Bastard: Possibly one of the most iconic examples around, alongside the likes of Jabba the Hutt.
- Genius Bruiser: He's both a hulking man with the build of a sumo wrestler and a criminal mastermind who once controlled the underbelly of the American East Coast.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Often pictured smoking imported cigars.
- Greed: Matt puts it best: "He won't stop. He'll never stop. He'll just keep murdering. And hurting. And taking. And taking and taking and taking. He thinks he's entitled. He thinks he deserves everything he takes. And he will never stop."
- Hoist by His Own Petard: You'd think he'd have learned not to piss off people who can bench press cars by now.
- Honorary Uncle: To Marta's children, who dub him "Uncle Willie" during the prologue of "Return of the King".
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Kingpin is one of the largest non-superhumans in the Marvelverse. His wife Vanessa, and his eventual girlfriend, Marta, are both tiny women.
- It's Personal: Both Fisk and Murdock can go to pretty extreme lengths to get at each other. Both have went out of their way to ruin each other's businesses, several times. Fisk has set Matt up with girlfriends who were secretly assassins after Daredevil; Matt made Fisk miss his own wife's funeral; Fisk has Matt's friends beaten up; Matt beats up Fisk...it goes on. On at least two occasions Kingpin was on the verge of getting his old empire back, and Matt stopped him by taking it for himself. Both were What the Hell, Hero? moments — he did it mainly just to screw Fisk over.
- Kingpin in His Gym: Trope Namer.
- Large and In Charge: 6'7 and 400lbs of pure muscle.
- Left for Dead: Some of his underlings make the mistake of doing this to him.
- Lightning Bruiser: When Spidey, Daredevil, and other heroes had their first fights with him, what surprised them most was how damn fast he was.
- Man in White: Almost always wears a white suit coat.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Near Villain Victory: Often, but most notably at the end of Brubaker's run when the only way Matt can stop him from becoming leader of The Hand is by taking the job himself.
- Necessarily Evil: He was once forced into retirement by his wife after she found out about his life of crime; he was then forced back out of retirement because of threats against him and his family, made by an underling who thought he was doing Fisk a favour. Which was a textbook case of Too Dumb to Live.
- His status has also made him this by default and is the reason why no one has made any attempt to dethrone him for good: if anyone actually did, the power struggles caused by the inevitable rush of people trying to take his place would cause far more damage than Fisk himself ever could.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gave one to Daredevil in "Born Again" and was on the receiving end of one from him in Brian Michael Bendis' run (though that was after putting up a very good fight for most of the battle), and he's also been on the wrong end of several from a very pissed Spidey.
- Pride: Easily his greatest flaw, outstripping even his greed. Fisk needs to be in control and to dominate those around him, and he can't take being slighted or thwarted in any way.
- Revenge Before Reason: In Born Again, his underlings kept calling him out on it — this was a mistake, but they were right and his revenge scheme blows his plans to move into legitimate business out of the water, as they result in him being publicly exposed as a crime lord. In Civil War, he has Spider-Man's Aunt May shot, to goad Spidey into a fight so he could show all the goons in prison he was still in charge — Spider-Man beats the hell out of him, and warns the crowd if he or anyone tries something that again he'll come back and kill them.
- Revenge by Proxy: The Aunt May example, but he's went after Matt by attacking Foggy Nelson before, and through his girlfriends and other associates.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Perhaps the most successful example of this trope. Started out as an A-list Spiderman villain, then was promoted to Daredevil's Arch-Enemy. Even Stan Lee noted that in retrospect he makes much more sense as a Daredevil villain. His rationale was that a villain whose facade is a businessman works better with a superhero who, as a day job, is a lawyer instead of a journalist.
- Secret Keeper: For Matt, in a villainous example. He paid for it eventually.
- Self-Made Man: Got where he is today on his own initiative.
- Stout Strength: Kingpin is both very overweight and very strong. He's even learned to weaponise this, practising sumo wrestling and other martial arts that make full use of his immense size and power.
- Super Strength: Sometimes portrayed as possessing this.
- The Syndicate: Personified.
- Tragic Villain: Has been played this way at times, with his attempts at getting out of the criminal life inevitably failing, and seeing him hauled back in.
- Tranquil Fury: During Brubaker's run Daredevil notes that Fisk is a master at a variant of this —no matter how enraged he might appear on the surface, his pulse always remains steady and his adrenaline at a minimum.
- Villainous Valor: Can be generally counted on to keep his word, genuinelly cares for his own family, sees his enemies in Worthy Opponent terms (sometimes), and will treat his underlings with respect so long as they don't fail or betray him. There's also no denying his bravery or his willingness to confront heroes like Daredevil head-on.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Previously.
The best assassin in the Marvel Universe, Bullseye is a contract killer with perfect and lethal aim with any weapon or throwable object who has, at various points, been retained by most of Daredevil's biggest adversaries, most notably The Kingpin. After killing both Elektra and Karen Page, and making numerous attempts on the lives of Matt Murdock's other loved ones, Bullseye has ensured he is the one person that Dardevil hates more than Wilson Fisk.
- Abusive Parents: One of the few constants to his Multiple-Choice Past is that one or both of his parents beat him when he was a kid. Another constant is that they stopped doing it because he murdered them.
- Arch-Enemy: While Murdock and Fisk have drifted into Worthy Opponent territory at times, only pure hatred will ever exist between Murdock and Bullseye.
- And I Must Scream: As of Daredevil 27, he's blind as well as totally paralyzed. He has lost all five senses and is now, in the words of Daredevil, "a living brain in a flesh and bone coffin." He has gotten better thanks to the hand.
- 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.
- Badass Biker: An element from his film appearance filtered its way into the comics.
- Badass Longcoat: In his modern appearances.
- Badass Normal—>Empowered Badass Normal: He is at the absolute peak of human physicality and possesses astonishing skill with weapons, but had no real powers until part of his skeleton was laced with adamantium.
- Back from the Dead: Lady Bullseye resurrected him and he returned to seek revenge on Daredevil.
- Bastard Bastard: His mother was a hooker and he never knew his father.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Previously.
- Bald of Evil: Currently, now with a bonus bullseye that was once tattooed but is now scarred onto his forehead.
- Brooklyn Rage
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He had tremendous potential as an athlete and baseball player due to his expert marksmanship, but his psycopathic nature came out and he killed a player. He actually does make a lot of money as an assassin, but he never spends any of it (He believes he may have more money than Norman Osborn from his jobs).
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Dragon: To Kingpin. note
- The Dreaded: At the start of Brubaker's run, he is transferred from the Raft to Ryker's Island. Absolutely everyone in Ryker's — even a guard and a prisoner in the middle of a savage brawl - -drops what they're doing and stares blankly in horror when they find out.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the "Shadowland" arc. He got better.
- Enemy Mine: Forced to team up with Matt when the two of them and Kingpin stage a breakout from Rykers in Brubaker's run. Neither he nor Matt is happy about it.
- Evil 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.
- 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.
- He was also on the receiving end of one during the Civil War storyline, when he was working for the Thunderbolts and tried to kill American Eagle, a super-powered and short-tempered Native American. It started with American Eagle grimly pointing out to Bullseye that there is a world of difference between going after people like Daredevil, who doesn't have superpowers, and someone like him, who does. American Eagle also does not hold back when fighting someone who doesn't have superpowers, unlike many heroes. What American Eagle then did to Bullseye went beyond a beatdown and into a Curb-Stomp Battle: It was even more brutal than what Spidey delivered to the Kingpin during Back in Black. Bullseye has since avoided American Eagle like the plague, and is even more careful in picking his targets.
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Bullseye is known to turn down jobs if he thinks killing the target will be too easy or simply no fun at all. This trope is also the reason why he quit playing baseball — because his skills made the game too easy.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: We've never found out his real name.
- He does respond to "Lester," but it's unknown if this his name or a frequent alias.
- Not Wearing Tights: He originally wore the blue spandex costume pictured above. In more recent years, however, he has donned a costume based on his appearance in the film, consisting of motorcycle clothes, a trenchcoat, and a bullseye symbol on his forehead. 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
- The Sociopath: The most obvous example among Daredevil's rogues, with his short temper, need to hurt people, and malignantly antisocial behaviour.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: He's done some stuffing in his time. Running tally of hero's girlfriends gruesomely murdered: Daredevil - 2 (Elektra and Karen Page) The Sentry - 1 (Lindy Reynolds). He also attempted to do this to Milla Donovan.
- Villain with Good Publicity: When he was "Hawkeye" of the Dark Avengers.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Deadpool. He has admitted that Deadpool is the only person he likes. They're still perfectly okay with the idea of killing each other, though they tend to have more fun doing it to each other than anybody else.
- Would Hurt a Child
An ancient organisation of Japanese nationalist ninja, The Hand were corrupted from the inside by the Snakeroot, a clan of demon worshippers who aimed to bring their master, The Beast, into the world. They have opposed Daredevil on many occasions, aiming always to increase their own power and free The Beast from its imprisonment.
- Ancient Conspiracy
- Archenemy: Of the organistion known as The Chaste, of whom Matt's mentor, Stick, was one. The group as a whole is third on Daredevil's hit parade after Wilson Fisk and Bullseye. They've fought him many times, a number of his enemies (Elektra, Lady Bullseye, Kingpin) have been members of the group or have tried to take control of it, they're linked to his mentor, and they want Matt to be their leader.
- Awesome Mccool Name: "The Hand," a name so simple, and yet so loaded with understated menace and strength.
- Bigger Bad: The Beast, their evil master. He has only appeared in two stories, and most of the time he uses Demonic Possession rather than his true form (a large, green, ogre-like monster with a bit of a hunchback).
- Black Magic: Fond of this.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: A favourite tactic of theirs; they kill you, and then resurrect you as a Nietzsche Wannabe Ax-Crazy Blood Knight loyal to them. Elektra went through this twice, though the second time apparently she had developed a resistance to it and Out-Gambitted them.
- Came Back Wrong: Invoked. They resurrect you to be one of their evil warriors.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Played dead straight.
- The Corruption
- The Dreaded
- Nebulous Evil Organization
- Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy: They have a long, complex history with HYDRA and the latter is more or less a breakaway group of the more politically minded members, though they still co-operate from time to time. They often ally with other evil groups, and a branch are controlled by the Kingpin.
- Night of the Living Mooks
- Ninja Zombie Pirate Robot: Undead brainwashed demon-worshipping ninja cult.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: What you become if the Hand brings you Back from the Dead.
- Off with His Head!: What you have to do to the corpse if you don't want the Hand to get their hands on a new toy.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: All Hand warriors and their demon masters have red eyes (Depending on the Artist).
- Religion of Evil: They worship an ancient demon known only as The Beast. In the Wolverine story arc Enemy of the State, their Jounin, their highest ninja masters, are clearly not human and implied to be demons as well.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: They've fought pretty much everyone at this point, from Matt and Elektra to Wolverine, the Avengers, and beyond.
- Shrouded in Myth
- The Undead
- World Domination
AKA: Wilbur Day
A loser in civilian life, Wilbur Day turned to crime, only to become a loser there as well. Donning a mechanical exoskeleton equipped with telescopic legs, he tried to become a professional criminal, only to be thwarted by Daredevil again and again. A joke in-universe and out, he was eventually killed by the Punisher.
- Butt Monkey: Nothing good ever happened to Stilt-Man.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Never explained why he couldn't use his engineering skills to make money legitimately.
- Dumb Muscle: For a supposedly capable inventor, Wilbur Day was remarkably dense, and usually ended up as the unthinking (and ineffective) muscle for whatever criminal group was using him today.
- Enemy Mine: Once aided Daredevil when an impostor stole his armour. 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 the thief instantly learned that it is 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
- Joke Character: Reduced to this, especially in his later career.
- Killed Off for Real: By the Punisher.
- Meaningful Funeral: One that was attended by many other also-rans of the criminal world.
- The Napoleon: Wilbur Day was a very short man. This played into his desire to wear a suit that made him taller.
- Only in It for the Money: Day was just greedy. He wasn't out to hurt people or Take Over the World — just get rich quick.
- Powered Armour: His suit was equipped with a number of weapons.
- Punch Clock Villain: According to Spider-Man, he was a pretty nice guy — apart from the whole "bank robbery" thing.
- Shrink Ray: Made several attempts at stealing one from his former partner, Carl Klaxon.
- Size Shifter: Downplayed. Day's legs could extend, but the rest of his body could not.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Somehow managed to marry Princess Python, who while a similarly ineffective villain, was a knockout in the looks department.
- Villain Team-Up: Regularly recruited into team-ups by more competent villains.
AKA: Mary Walker
A mentally ill woman with a badly factured identity, Mary Walker is a threat to everyone around her. Boasting low-level psyonic powers, excellent combat skills, and three separate identities (the timid Mary Walker, the violent Typhoid Mary, and the sadistic Bloody Mary), Mary has worked for Kingpin and others as an assassin, and has a long and ugly love/hate relationship with both Daredevil and Matt Murdock.
- 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.
- Axe Crazy
- 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.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Dating Catwoman: Matt does this with a lot of his female villains.
- 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.
- The Dragon: Once fullfilled this role for Kingpin.
- 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.
- Mind over Matter
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Typhoid Mary and Bloody Mary
- Nice Girl: The Mary Walker persona.
- Psychic Powers
- Psycho for Hire: The Typhoid Mary and Bloody Mary personas.
- 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 personailities.
- Stripperiffic: Most of Typhoid and Bloody Mary's costumes.
- Talkative Loon: At least when Bendis writes her.
- Villainous Crush: On Daredevil.
AKA: Leland Owlsley
Daredevil's Silver Age archnemesis, Leland Owlsley was a Wall Street financier turned would-be crime lord, who ingested a special serum that gave him the power to glide. After years of experimenting on himself, and a great deal of Sanity Slippage, Owlsley has become a mutant birdman, with talons, natural flying ability, and a hunger for live mice.
- Animal Motifs: Unsurprisingly, an owl.
- Archenemy: Stan Lee created him to fill this role, though he's fallen by the wayside since thanks to the presence of better known and more thematically appropriate candidates like Kingpin, Bullseye, and the Hand. That said, of the long-running Daredevil villains he's still consistenly portrayed as the most dangerous, with even Kingpin treading lightly about him, and has the best claim to the title of any of them.
- Axe Crazy: One thing that Daredevil and Kingpin both agree on is that The Owl is a homicidal maniac, rendered crazier by his abuse of himself.
- Badass Longcoat
- Bad Boss: His goons have an incredibly high turnover rate because of his explosive temper, constantly shifting and incredibly mercurial mood, and increasingly cruel and violently psychopathic tendencies.
- Beard of Evil: Often sports a classic evil goatee.
- Beast Man: Has become one of these through experimentation. Unlike most mutation-based examples, his intelligence has not diminished, but his sanity has to the point where even Kingpin exercises great caution when dealing with him.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Imagines himself to be the next Kingpin. He is still very dangerous, but pigs will fly before this happens. Not only are his resources far more limited than Fisk's (still impressive, but not "rule most of the East Coast's underbelly" impressive), but his rapidly eroding sanity means that even if he did have comparable resources, he wouldn't be able to keep it together.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He was an excellent businessman before turning to crime, though he was quite crooked even before his troubles with the IRS forced him out.
- Depending on the Writer: If he's a vicious psychopath that other criminals are fearful of or an ineffective buffoon. His explosive temper and unstable emotions are pretty consistent, however.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- Evil Cripple: For a time, Owlsley could not walk without the aid of leg braces and an exoskeleton.
- Evil Genius
- Fatal Flaw: His bad temper and murderous mood swings, which derail his attempts at holding gangs together. While he has always had these problems, his various alterations have not helped.
- Fat Bastard: In the Silver Age.
- Flight: Can glide under his own power. Initially, he did so slowly enough that it was all but useless.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He's always had anger issues, but the treatments he's had have made him even more volatile over time.
- Lightning Bruiser: After the treatments.
- Mood-Swinger: Infamously unstable, and it's only getting worse.
- 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.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He doesn't work out very much and his formal combat training is virtually nil, but his enhancements allow him to go toe-to-toe with people like Daredevil quite easily.
- Villain Team-Up: Once recruited Stilt-Man and Gladiator in an attempt to overthrow Kingpin. This went about as well as you'd expect it to. He's been a part of several other team ups before and since.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The various treatments and procedures he's had done on himself over the years have made him a highly dangerous physical combatant without diminishing his intelligence in the slightest. His sanity has not fared quite as well, however; while he's still highly functional, his bestial tendencies have become increasingly difficult for him to deal with.
- Wolverine Claws: Possesses both steel gauntlets that roughly resemble those of yours truly and implanted talons in place of his nails ala Sabretooth.
- Would Hit a Girl: Threatened to torture and rape Dakota North to get information on Daredevil.
Mister Fear III
AKA: Larry Cranston
A college mate of Matt Murdock's, Larry Cranston overheard Starr Saxon (Mister Fear II) murdering Zoltan Dragon (Mister Fear I). After learning of Saxon's death, Cranston stole his gear and became the third Mister Fear, using fear -inducing chemicals to scare the competition into submission. He eventually internalised the effects of these chemicals, and can now instill fear in anybody he meets.
- 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
- 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 consistenly 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
- Why Did It Haveto Be Snakes? His fear gas creates this reaction.
AKA: Zebediah Killgrave
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
- Compelling Voice/Mind Control: His power.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Invoked. He retired for a while in The Seventies, when he realized he didn't need to be a villain for the money when he could just make people give him what he wanted.
- For the Evulz: That didn't stop him from doing really, really nasty things to people just because he could.
- Healing Factor: Retconned to have one, Norman Osborn-style, when they decided to bring him back 10 years after his "death" in Emperor Doom.
- The Hedonist: Since coming back from retirement, he is rarely seen without a mind-controlled woman (or a harem of them) on his arm.
- Kick the Dog: He once stopped an entire restaurant from breathing so he could eat his eggs in peace.
- Love Is in the Air: He has super-enhanced pheromones.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Medium Awareness: In Alias.
- Mind Rape: Lots of people, but what he did to his wife and Jessica Jones stands out.
- Morality Pet: Subverted. Learning he has a daughter seems to have made him worse, since he thinks she'll love him if he can conquer the world.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Zebediah Killgrave?
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Writers have turned him from a camp, one note bad guy to a full-fledged monster.
- Oh Crap!: In the first New Avengers arc, Purple Man appears and intends to use his powers to make Luke Cage attack the other assembled heroes. He also makes obvious threats toward Jessica Jones and her and Cage's unborn child. Cage then informs the unaware villain that his food contained special drugs designed to negate his powers. Purple Man has a look of sheer terror before Cage moves in on him.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Many times, most horrifically when he ordered thirty-odd innocent bystanders at a Denny's to stop breathing so he could enjoy his eggs in peace.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: One of the reasons why he is regarded as such a vile villain.
- Resignations Not Accepted: When he tried to retire from villainy, Big Bads like the Kingpin and Doctor Doom kept pulling him back in.
- Well, overt villainy anyway. He has never stopped commiting crimes or being evil; he just stopped picking fights with superheroes or trying to Take Over the World. Temporarily. He still conned, brainwashed, robbed, and murdered his merry way through life.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He's faced off against S.H.E.I.L.D, The Avengers, and other Marvel folks several times. And to say nothing for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
- 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 Her Father: One of several very good reasons why his ex-wife kept his daughter far away from him.
- Of course, in the new Alpha Flight book, she did a Face-Heel Turn and now calls herself Purple Woman, so the apple didn't fall far. And before even that once raped the gay Northstar, so she was never that good a person at her best.
AKA: Carl Burbank
- Arm Cannon: Can transform his right arm into a giant gun.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul
- Fantastic Racism: Against Mutants.
- Psycho for Hire
- Rogue Agent: Was originally a CIA agent, before going rogue and becoming a freelance assassin.
- The Fundamentalist: at times
AKA: Melvin Potter
A chemically unbalanced man who suffers from the delusion that he is an ancient Roman gladiator (or at least one as viewed through the lens of modern pop culture), Melvin Potter has been an ally and enemy of Daredevil depending on the state of his sanity, and whether he is taking his medication. Normally a non-violent individual, Melvin is easily manipulated by those who can persuade him that they serve the same "emperor" that he does.
- Anti-Villain: Gladiator's not evil, just insane and easily manipulated.
- Axe Crazy: When he's in his Gladiator persona.
- Bald of Evil
- Blade Below the Shoulder: As part of his costume. It features both buzzsaw blades and sword blades.
- Brainwashedand Crazy: After Melvin is exposed to Mr. Fear's chemicals, he experiences one of the worst psychotic breaks of his life.
- Breakthe Cutie: Poor gentle Melvin suffers another mental break down after being manipulated by both Alexander Bont and Mr. Fear.
- The Brute: When he was a villain, he often worked as muscle for other villains.
- Clothes Make the Superman: A firm believer of this. In his first appearance, he rants that all it takes to be a superhero or supervillain is a good costume, and became the Gladiator to prove this.
- Cool Helmet
- Dumb Muscle: Melvin is not especially bright (at least when off his meds) and can be easily tricked by those who understand his mania.
- Gentle Giant: Right after being cured of his insanity, Melvin was psychologically unable to attack others, even if his own life was being threatened.
- Heel-Face Turn: After being treated for his insanity, Melvin quit being a villain and became a tailor.
- Lightning Bruiser: Big, strong, fast, agile, and well-trained, Melvin's a physical match for Daredevil when deep in his Gladiator persona.
- The Mentally Ill: Melvin suffers from serious delusions, triggered by a chemical imbalance. These are worsened when he gets a dose of Mister Fear's gas during Brubaker's run.
- Psycho for Hire: As the Gladiator.
- Redemption Failure: The ultimate result of Alexander Bont's and Mr. Fear's manipulations. Melvin's original Heel-Face Turn is undone after Melvin is forced back into a life of crime by Bont threatening his family and Mr. Fear driving him insane with his fear chemicals.
- The Mentally Disturbed: Melvin used to have psychotic episodes where he thought he was a Roman Gladiator.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Mister Fear. Melvin doesn't even realise he's working for him.
AKA: Maki Matsumoto
A Japanese assassin and member of The Hand, Maki Matsumoto was inspired to take her current path when, as a child, she witnessed Bullseye's massacre of the slave traders who had kidnapped her. A lawyer in her civilian identity, she has manipulated both Daredevil and Kingpin in order to move up the ranks of The Hand.
- 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 outmanouvered by both Kingpin and Daredevil, 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
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Distaff Counterpart: To Bullseye.
- Does Not Like Men
- Femme Fatale
- 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.
- Improbable Aiming Skills
- In Love with Your Carnage: Her reaction to seeing Bullseye in action.
- Knife Nut
- 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
- Psycho for Hire
- Professional Killer
- Secret Identity
- The Sociopath
- Would Hurt a Child: One of the very first things we see her do is murder the Kingpin's newest adopted family.
AKA: Jonathan Powers
- Attention Whore: He mainly commits crimes to get attention.
- Classically Trained Extra: Jester thinks of himself as this, having got a role in Cyrano de Bergerac which was panned by critics, after which he couldn't get any roles besides being a side kick on a kid's show. However, it's a bit of a Subversion in that Jester has no real talent as an actor and refused to take acting lessons.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: It seems like he may have been successful as an actor if he had just taken acting lessons in the first place, which would have negated his reason for becoming a super villain in the first place.
- Demonic Possession: Was possessed by a demon in the Dealogue story.
- Expy: Of The Joker
- Happy Harlequin Hat: Would he be a jester without one?
- Heel-Face Turn: Retired from crime for a while in the 80s. It didn't last and he became a villain again in the early 2000s.
- Killer Yo-Yo: His favorite weapon
- Manipulative Bastard: In all three of the multi-issue Story Arcs he's had in Daredevil, he's proven to be an expert media manipulator capable of framing anyone for anything.
- Modern Major General: Took lessons in fencing and acrobatics to improve his acting career, but didn't take acting lessons.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Mark Waid turned him from a campy C-List villain to a scheming, sociopathic mastermind who loves fooling society into tearing itself apart and takes huge pleasure in torturing Matt when he can.
- Older Than They Think: Waid is actually following up on a similar use of the character in the 1970s, where he got the citizens of New York City so worked up with false newscasts that he could tell them to shoot policemen on sight and nearly lynch Daredevil himself in Times Square.
- The Prima Donna
- Villainous Harlequin
AKA: Buck Cashman
- Lies to Children: Tells his son that he's a Secret Agent rather than a hitman.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Morality Pet: His autistic son Lance, who he cares about deeply.
- Professional Killer
- Stout Strength: He is pretty fat, but also very strong.
AKA: Philip Wallace Sterling
- Avenging the Villain: His mom tried to avenge his death, by luring Daredevil to a house filled with death traps.
- Intangible Man
- Killed Off for Real: And notable for being one of the very few Marvel super villains to actually stay dead!
- 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
- 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: William Taurens
HellspawnDaredevil'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 which brings up some seriously Unfortunate Implications, makes him an Ethnic Scrappy and is a very good reason why he hasn't been seen since the 90s.
AKA: Manuel ElogantoA 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.
- Butt Monkey
- Dashing Hispanic
- Harmless Villain
- Retired Z-List Villain
- 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.
- Ascended Extra
- Butt Monkey
- Harmless Villain
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Managed to stab Daredevil in the Born Again story line.
- The Informant
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Was modeled after Carl Weathers likeness
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Those Two Bad Guys: Often paired up with another criminal named Grotto.
AKA: Vincent Patilio/Buford Lange
- Abusive Parent: Lange is very abusive towards his son Timmy, though Vincent Patilio is a actually a good father and kind towards his son Eugene.
- Bungling Inventor: Patilio thought he was a Gadgeteer Genius, most of his inventions did not work well, which is why he turned to crime in the first place; even his Leap-Frog suit was not very impressive.
- Butt Monkey: Patilio was so lame, even Silt-Man looked down on him.
- Heel-Face Turn: Patilio eventually retired from crime and his son is a D-list super hero.
- Harmless Villain: Patilio, though Lange was a Not-So-Harmless Villain, at least towards his son and wife.
- In a Single Bound: The Leap-Frog gave superior jumping abilities to those who wore it.
- Jerk Ass: Lange, petty thief, abusive towards his wife and son.
- Killed Off for Real: Lange died after his first appearance.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: His newer backstory reveals that it was never the pills, just torture and conditioning.
- Captain Patriotic: A dark version.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul
- Psycho for Hire
- Psycho Serum: How he is controlled.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Has more recently been tied in to Wolverine's history and, naturally, has had other run-ins with Captain America and U.S. Agent.
- Sociopathic Soldier
- Super Soldier
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Has the American Flag painted on his face.
IkariA 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.
- 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.