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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: 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: His super senses are his only real power. Everything else (his incredible athletic ability, his amazing strength) is all him.
- Badass Bookworm: Works as a lawyer by day.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: Doesn't even begin to describe him. It's practically a superpower. It doesn't matter what you to Daredevil, nothing stops him. Ever.
- 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 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.
- 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: 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.
- 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 crims 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.
- 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: 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.
- 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: Has red hair.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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: His first story involved him deducing Daredevil's secret identity. The scoop on Kingpin nearly cost him the life.
- 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.
- 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."
AKA Samuel Chung
- 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.
- 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 minus his mask invisible
- Student and Master Team: He's Daredevil's apprentice
AKA: Elektra NatchiosSee this page to relative tropes.
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
- 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.
- Killed Off for Real: Murdered by Bullseye.
- 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 RomanovaSee this page to relative tropes.
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: 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).
- 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: When she date Tony Stark, both were heavily involved with alcohol abuse.
- 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.
- Driven to Suicide: At the end, she committed suicide.
- Really Gets Around: Dated Tony Stark, and cheated on Matt several times.
- Uptown Girl
- Damsel in Distress: Matt had to rescue her on a number of occasions.
- Fiery Redhead: Has red hair.
- Killed Off for Real: She is killed by Victor Krueller. The Kingpin is even indirectly responsible.
- Replacement Love Interest: She dump Matt and Foggy briefly becomes this to her.
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.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.
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. Even being doped out on antipsychotics 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.
- 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 hi min 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 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 brutally 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
- The Dreaded
- Greater Scope Villain: 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).
- 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
- 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: 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
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: 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 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.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Deadpool.
- 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: 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.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Depending on the Writer, he's often potrayed as such due his inexplicable one-track obsessioon with owls and making himself similar to them.
- 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 Owsley. 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, Owsley 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.
- 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 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: 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 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.
The Purple Man
AKA: Zebediah Killgrave
Originally 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.
- 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.
- 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 nonconventional 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 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 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 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: 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.
- Affirmative Action Legacy
- Badass Bookworm: Lawyer by day, psychotic ninja assassin by night.
- Badass Normal
- Berserk Button: Touching her without permission. In any way.
- 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.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Bullseye as says her name.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
- A Load of Bull: He was hired by Mister Kline to round up people to test an experimental serum (taken from bulls) made by his agent The Professor. Although assisted by Itch and Freak Face his attempts were thwarted by Daredevil. As a result, Bill ended up being a guinea pig for the serum which turned him into a humanoid 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.
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.
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: Matador is trained bullfighters and skilled swordsmen.
- 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.
- Ascended Extra
- Butt Monkey
- 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.
- 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.
AKA: Frank Simpson
- 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.
- 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.
Eric SlaughterA old school crimelord Matt sometimes tangled with.
- Affably Evil: All in all he's very reasonable and levelheaded.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Slaughter correctly antecipates pretty much every ambush Elektra or Daredevil set up for him.
- 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 classic The 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.
- Worthy Opponent: He holds a grudging respect for Daredevil.