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** "The Defenders" is never actually brought up InUniverse, despite not only being the name of the series but also its final episode (much like in ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'', where in its own respective titular episode the codename ''was'' first brought up).

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** "The Defenders" is never actually brought up InUniverse, despite not only being the name of the series but also its final episode (much like in ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'', ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'', where in its own respective titular episode the codename ''was'' first brought up).


* SuperheroSpeciation: Played with.

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* SuperheroSpeciation: Played with.with, as most of the Defenders powers amount to some form of hitting people.


* FourElementEnsemble: Matt is fire, Jessica earth, Luke water and Danny air.


*** Danny Rand uses Supernatural Martial Arts (see below). The Iron Fist gives him some level of Super Strength[=/=]EnhancedPunch, but that's not his main power.

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*** Danny Rand uses Supernatural Martial Arts (see below). The While the Iron Fist gives him some level of Super Strength[=/=]EnhancedPunch, but that's not his main power.he usually FightsLikeANormal.



---->'''Jessica Jones:''' Jesus, am I the only one left who doesn't know karate?!* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: They deal with the smaller threats local to New York that get overlooked by the Avengers.
* SupportingProtagonist: Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Despite the series being billed as a superhero team-up, and all four heroes getting equal screentime, it mostly revolves around Matt, Danny, and the mystical war between the descendants of K'un-Lun. Once the initial incidents draw them into the investigation, Luke and Jessica are mostly muscle, and their MythArc about [=IGH=] and Reva's experiments go unmentioned and unrelated to the Hand's plan.

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---->'''Jessica Jones:''' Jesus, am I the only one left who doesn't know karate?!* karate?!
*
SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: They deal with the smaller threats local to New York that get overlooked by the Avengers.
* SupportingProtagonist: Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Despite the ''Defenders'' series being billed as a superhero team-up, and all four heroes getting equal screentime, it mostly revolves around Matt, Danny, and the mystical war between the descendants of K'un-Lun. Once the initial incidents draw them into the investigation, Luke and Jessica are mostly muscle, and their MythArc about [=IGH=] and Reva's experiments go unmentioned and unrelated to the Hand's plan.

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* FightsLikeANormal: All of them, except perhaps Luke, predominantly rely on ordinary punches when fighting crime. Though Danny can enhance his with the Iron Fist when required.


* TenMinuteRetirement:
** Jessica [[RefusalOfTheCall Refuses The Call]] when she gets overwhelmed by [[TheReveal the massive amount of information being hurled at her]] in the restaurant. A few hours later she finds out the Hand are watching Raymond's family, so returns to the restaurant just in time for the fight.
** Matt at the start of the show hasn't done anything Daredevil-related since telling Karen his secret, out of guilt over Elektra's death and also over losing Nelson & Murdock. While getting ready for a court appearance, he briefly pauses mid-rehearsal when he hears a fight breaking out, but relaxes when he hears the police arriving to defuse the situation and resumes his rehearsing. After the earthquake, the amount of cries for help overwhelms him and he can't resist running to stop some looters and a store owner trying to shoot them with a shotgun.



* ArbitrarySkepticism: Despite living through [[Film/TheAvengers2012 the Incident]], to say nothing of their own super powers and dealings with the Hand, Kilgrave and Diamondback respectively, Matt, Jessica and Luke have a hard time believing in Danny's super powers.
--->'''Jessica Jones:''' What are you on, lithium?



* BadassInANiceSuit: Matt and Danny have a few fights where they have to fight in civilian clothing, hence, suits and ties.



* ColourCodedForYourConvenience:
** Matt is associated with the color red. His necktie, glasses, cane, and Daredevil armor are all red. While we don't see it here, we know that he sees the world in red flames, and his motif evokes a lot of imagery of rage and punishment. His scenes, such as the church, are shot with red colors.
** Jessica is connected with tones of blue - but no longer purple (except for a flash in her intro), due to her triumph over Kilgrave. Scenes focusing on her tend to look cold and unwelcoming, but her scenes which don't focus on her tend to show blue, hopeful colors, like the sky. She mostly wears entirely black clothing, except for her blue jeans, and scenes featuring her tend to feature blue furnishings and blue-filtered light or water.
** Luke has a lot of warm, welcoming yellow colors in his scenes - he wears a yellow shirt, his hoodie has yellow accents, and he's introduced wearing an orange jumpsuit. His scenes show a lot of natural sunlight or lights through yellow shades, and most furnishings in his scenes are yellow or a light wood.
** Danny primarily is shown with green, a very rich color, and he is the Defender with the most money. He wears green sweaters or jackets, his scenes such as Colleen’s dojo tend to have a lot of green hues, and his employees are also aware enough to compliment his company's green office space with green shirts.
** Fittingly, the Royal Dragon where the four of them regroup, rest, and eventually decide to work together has all of the above colors in its decor and lighting. Even the neon dragon sign is lit only with red, blue, yellow, and green bulbs.



* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: They're presented - first in their own individual shows and in this show - as gritty and urban crimefighters as opposed to the planet-level Avengers and the space-level Guardians.



* DysfunctionJunction: There's a reason the miniseries' working title is "Group Therapy":
** Matt was blinded at the age of 9 and whose father was killed shortly thereafter for refusing to take a dive.
** Jessica lost her family, had to live with Trish's abusive mom, and spent almost a year being mind-controlled by Kilgrave.
** Luke is an ex-Marine, who later became a cop, and was framed by his own half-brother for a crime he didn't commit.
** Danny is a billionaire heir whose parents were murdered by his dad's business partner, because Harold Meachum didn't want his dirty dealings coming to light, and had to spend 15 years away from his home with everyone he knew thinking he died as well.
** As [[OldMaster Stick]] puts it:
-->'''Stick:''' You think the four of you think you can save New York? You can't even save yourselves.

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* DysfunctionJunction: There's a reason Each of the miniseries' working title is "Group Therapy":
four team members has a DarkAndTroubledPast:
** Matt was blinded at the age of 9 and whose in a car accident when he was nine years old. His boxer father was killed shortly thereafter for refusing to take a dive.
** Jessica lost her family, had to live with Trish's abusive mom, and has PTSD because she spent almost a year being mind-controlled by Kilgrave.
a sociopath.
** Luke is an ex-Marine, ex-Marine who later became a cop, and was sheriff's deputy, then got framed for murder by his own half-brother for a crime half-brother. While in prison, he didn't commit.
got subjected to beatdowns, was forced to fight in an underground boxing ring, and got his powers in a special experimental operation meant to save his life. He then broke out and spent the next few years on the run.
** Danny is a billionaire heir whose parents were murdered by his dad's business partner, because Harold Meachum partner. He has PTSD from surviving the same plane crash where he watched them die. The monks who raised him didn't want his dirty dealings coming to light, and had to spend 15 years away from his home help, as they beat him with everyone he knew thinking he died as well.
sticks and taught him to suppress his childhood trauma instead of facing it.
** As [[OldMaster Stick]] Stick puts it:
-->'''Stick:''' --->'''Stick:''' You think the four of you think you can save New York? You can't even save yourselves.



* FourElementEnsemble: Matt is fire, Jessica earth, Luke water and Danny air.



* GeodesicCast: They form a team that contrasts with Film/{{the Avengers|2012}} and the Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy.
* GlassCannon:
** Jessica is probably the strongest in terms of raw physical power and strength, but she lacks the superhuman durability of Luke, the protective armor of Matt, or the defensive chi applications of Danny's powers, meaning she's still vulnerable to blades and gunfire and a car impact can badly weaken her until she recovers.
** Danny's not nearly as durable as Luke or Jessica, and doesn't have protective armor like Matt, but at full power, his punches can far exceed the former two's SuperStrength, as seen when [[spoiler:he punches the floor of the Rand boardroom hard enough to upheave everyone standing on it and blow out all the windows with the shockwave.]]
* HeartbrokenBadass:
** The trauma of Kilgrave is still hovering over Jessica, and her alcoholism has gotten worse. Her apartment is still damaged from the fight with Will Simpson.
** Matt is still mourning over Elektra's death, to the point that he's given up on being Daredevil completely. In the meantime, he's doing ''pro bono'' law work for disadvantaged people in Hell's Kitchen. He and Karen Page are back on speaking terms, but are not quite sure about resuming their romantic relationship. In the first episode, he is seen going to confessional and opening up to Father Lantom about how difficult Elektra's death has been on him:
--->'''Father Lantom:''' This other life you led. Is your heart still with it [Daredevil], or is your heart with the one who walked through it by your side?\\
'''Matt Murdock:''' Elektra?\\
'''Father Lantom:''' Yeah.\\
'''Matt Murdock:''' I do miss her. But how do I know that the things she brought out of me were wrong?\\
'''Father Lantom:''' From what you've told me about her, I think she'd be happy about how well you're doing. \\
'''Matt Murdock:''' Maybe. Or maybe she'd tell me I'm abandoning that life and with it, her memory.\\
'''Father Lantom:''' You're not abandoning Elektra, you don't have it in you. What you're doing, we call that 'moving on'. Purgatory is a place for the dead, Matthew, not the living. There's nothing wrong with letting people go. She'll find her peace. I pray you find yours as well.



* SuperheroSpeciation: Averted. Pretty much all the Defenders have some variant of hitting people. Jessica and Luke both possess SuperStrength (with the latter also having NighInvulnerability). Matt and Danny are both highly trained in martial arts, although Matt possesses SuperSenses while Danny has KiManipulation.
* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: They deal with the smaller threats local to New York that get overlooked by the Avengers.

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* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Jessica's and Luke's SuperStrength as well as the latter's NighInvulnerable skin are glossed over in some fights. Although one could make an argument that the Hand's members are somewhat superhuman themselves considering their resurrection and enhancements, the same people then also fight on par with BadassNormal's like Colleen or Matt. {{Justified|Trope}} in Luke's case: Stick says he could do a lot more damage if he didn't pull his punches, but Luke says he doesn't want to kill anybody. In fact, he very likely would've been able to subdue Elektra if Stick hadn't gassed him with that incense.
* SuperStrength:
** Luke and Jessica's main [[JustForPun strength]].
** Danny when he's using the Iron Fist.
* SuperheroSpeciation: Averted. Pretty much all the Defenders have some variant of hitting people. Played with.
**
Jessica and Luke both possess SuperStrength (with the latter also having NighInvulnerability). have superhuman strength as their main powers. Matt and Danny are both highly trained in have vastly different powers (super-senses, the Iron Fist) but use martial arts, although arts as their main mode of attack.
** On the other hand, Jessica is not bulletproof like Luke (Audrey Eastman called her bluff), but can run more quickly and jump higher than he. Although
Matt possesses doesn't have Danny's mystic abilities, he makes up for it with his [[SuperSenses heightened senses]].
** In a way, the whole team forms a spectrum from BadassNormal to flat-out superpowered:
*** Matt Murdock is essentially just a BadassNormal. He has
SuperSenses while as well, but they don't augment Stick's training. He's also the only member to use weaponry (his billy clubs and escrima sticks).
***
Danny Rand uses Supernatural Martial Arts (see below). The Iron Fist gives him some level of Super Strength[=/=]EnhancedPunch, but that's not his main power.
*** Luke Cage is a MightyGlacier. He
has KiManipulation.
*
Super Strength, is ImmuneToBullets, and has a HealingFactor and SuperToughness in case anything ''does'' get through his skin. He also [[EmpoweredBadassNormal was a Marine]] but doesn't use his skills much.
*** Jessica Jones is a FlyingBrick. She has Super Strength, Super Toughness (though not as much as Luke), a Healing Factor, and [[NotQuiteFlight "guided falling"]]. However, she [[UnskilledButStrong doesn't know any fighting techniques]].
---->'''Jessica Jones:''' Jesus, am I the only one left who doesn't know karate?!*
SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: They deal with the smaller threats local to New York that get overlooked by the Avengers.Avengers.
* SupportingProtagonist: Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Despite the series being billed as a superhero team-up, and all four heroes getting equal screentime, it mostly revolves around Matt, Danny, and the mystical war between the descendants of K'un-Lun. Once the initial incidents draw them into the investigation, Luke and Jessica are mostly muscle, and their MythArc about [=IGH=] and Reva's experiments go unmentioned and unrelated to the Hand's plan.




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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Luke and Jessica have some shade of this, as Jessica still shows some level of attraction to Luke, but he's currently hooked up with Claire.
* WeakButSkilled: Compared to Luke and Jessica, this is Matt and Danny. Danny has access to super-strength when he wields the Iron Fist, but that's inconsistent. Matt is this again compared to Danny, which he demonstrates by [[LetsYouAndHimFight handing Danny his ass]] before taking cover from the Fist.
* WhiteMaleLead: Matt is the most conventionally super-heroic of the four, while the Hand's scheme was started in ''Daredevil'' season 2 and ''Iron Fist'' season 1. [[spoiler: Matt even symbolically passes the torch to Danny at the end, despite his competence having been called into question through most of the series.]] Jessica and Luke have some cool moments, but have to be brought in to help via cases that are tangential to the plot.
* WorkingClassHero: All of them save for Danny come from these roots. Matt comes from a working-class background and mostly handles ''pro bono'' legal work for disadvantaged people in Hell's Kitchen who can't afford the higher-priced firms. Luke deals with street crime in Harlem. Jessica is a private investigator who has clients of all backgrounds, both rich and poor.
* WorkingTheSameCase: Each of the four are investigating the criminal activities of the Hand, and find themselves in Midland Circle at the same time.
** Jessica is tracking down John Raymond, after receiving a threatening call from someone using a voice scrambler to not take the case. When John kills himself rather than let Elektra kill him, she gets brought in by Misty, who caught her stealing evidence from the crime scene. Matt gets dragged in through this case as Foggy sends him to be Jessica's attorney, and he follows her to Midland Circle.
** Luke is working with Misty Knight to track down Cole, after Cole's brother becomes the most recent victim in a string of murders in Harlem of young men who are getting recruited into a mysterious well-paying job associated with the Hand and then get killed off very shortly thereafter. He and Danny end up encountering each other while coming upon a “clean-up” project sponsored by The Hand. After Luke and Danny get into a fight caused by Luke interrupting Danny's attempt to interrogate Cole, Claire and Colleen get them into the Chikara dojo and force them to realize they're on the same side.
** Danny and Colleen are already investigating the Hand, and have had a setback when, while following up on a lead in Cambodia, Elektra attacks them, wounds Danny, and kills the man they were seeking to get information out of.
* YouAllMeetInACell: Matt and Jessica meet when Matt, out of the blue, shows up to provide impromptu legal counsel while Misty is interrogating her.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: PlayedWith. They don't all actually meet up in the Royal Dragon, but immediately after all four do meet in Midland Circle, they run into the Royal Dragon to lay low. Danny convinces the owner to let them stay by paying his rent for the next six months, and ordering "four of everything." Stick finds them shortly thereafter, and thus begins an InfoDump that sets up our heroes teaming up to defeat the Hand.


* NormalFishInATinyPond: In a world of super beings, the Defenders are the "street level" heroes and far beneath the Avengers weight class, but they typically deal with villains and criminals of less physical power as well, hence are still able to be "super" in their own right.

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* NormalFishInATinyPond: In a world of super beings, the Defenders are the "street level" heroes and far beneath the Avengers weight class, but they typically deal with villains and criminals of with either less physical power or no powers as well, hence are still able to be "super" in their own right.


* TheSmurfettePrinciple: While quite a few of their major supporting characters are female and Colleen Wing is a pseudo-Defender, the official lineup only has one woman: Jessica Jones.


%%%* FourPhilosophyEnsemble:
%%%** The Optimist - Danny
%%%** The Cynic - Jessica
%%%** The Realist - Matt
%%%%%** The Apathetic - Luke

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%%%* FourPhilosophyEnsemble:
%%%** The Optimist - Danny
%%%** The Cynic - Jessica
%%%** The Realist - Matt
%%%%%** The Apathetic - Luke
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Danny is the Optimist, Jessica is the Cynic, Matt is the Realist, and Luke is the Apathetic.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: While quite a few of their major supporting characters are female and Colleen Wing is a pseudo-Defender, the official lineup only has one woman: Jessica Jones.


** They could even serve as this to Spider-Man. Spidey is a fellow local street-level hero much like them, is less known to the greater world, with a [[TheEveryMan relatively normal secret identity]], and has been forced to be on clean-up duty from the repercussions of the Chitauri Invasion. However, Spider-Man is AHeroToHisHometown and eagerly JumpedAtTheCall of being a superhero, while all of the Defenders largely took up superhero duty out of necessity rather than choice. Spidey also dreams of being on a SuperTeam and was determined to impress Tony Stark enough to let him join the Avengers but ultimately stayed a solo hero, while the Defenders were unwilling forced to band together to fight a common threat. Spidey also plays TheCape much like the Avengers do, while the Defenders are very much TheCowl.


* RecurringElement: The team holds a roster of similar roles to The Avengers.

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* RecurringElement: RedOniBlueOni: Jessica and Danny are the hot-headed and reckless Red to Luke and Matt's rational and controlled Blue.
* SimilarSquad:
The team holds a roster of similar roles to The Avengers.



* RedOniBlueOni: Jessica and Danny are the hot-headed and reckless Red to Luke and Matt's rational and controlled Blue.


--> '''Stick''': The [[RedBaron Devil of Hell's Kitchen]], the [[DeadpanSnarker smartass]] [[PrivateDetective detective]], the [[WrongfullyAccused righteous]] [[ClearMyName ex-con]], and [[TheBabyOfTheBunch the kid]] [[KiManipulation with a glowing fist]].

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--> '''Stick''': '''Stick:''' The [[RedBaron Devil of Hell's Kitchen]], the [[DeadpanSnarker smartass]] [[PrivateDetective detective]], the [[WrongfullyAccused righteous]] [[ClearMyName ex-con]], and [[TheBabyOfTheBunch the kid]] [[KiManipulation with a glowing fist]].



--> '''Danny''': We make quite a team.\\
'''Jessica''': No?\\
'''Danny''': What are you talking about? [[ImmuneToBullets Bulletproof]] (Luke), [[HandicappedBadass blind]] [[FightsLikeANormal ninja]] (Matt), [[AndZoidberg whatever it is you are]] (Jessica).\\
'''Jessica''': [[SarcasmMode Classy]].

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--> '''Danny''': --->'''Danny:''' We make quite a team.\\
'''Jessica''': '''Jessica:''' No?\\
'''Danny''': '''Danny:''' What are you talking about? [[ImmuneToBullets Bulletproof]] (Luke), [[HandicappedBadass blind]] [[FightsLikeANormal ninja]] (Matt), [[AndZoidberg whatever it is you are]] (Jessica).\\
'''Jessica''': '''Jessica:''' [[SarcasmMode Classy]].



* TokenMinority: Luke is the sole non-white Defender. Matt could also be included, as he is the only one with a physical disability thanks to his blindness. Jessica is the also the sole female member.

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* TokenMinority: Luke is the sole non-white Defender. Matt could also be included, as he is the only one with a physical disability thanks to his blindness. Jessica is the also the sole female member.member.

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* ColorMotif: All defenders have their own colours frequently used as ColorWash or in uniforms. Matt uses red, Luke yellow, and Danny green. Jessica starts her series with Kilgrave's purple, but ditches it for blue (with an occasional flash of purple) by the time of The Defenders.

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* ColorMotif: All defenders have their own colours colors frequently used as ColorWash or in uniforms. Matt uses red, Luke yellow, and Danny green. Jessica starts her series with Kilgrave's purple, but ditches it for blue (with an occasional flash of purple) by the time of The Defenders.



* TheCowl: In contrast to the Avengers [[TheCape who get to show off their heroics in public, saving lives and getting wide recognition]]. The Defenders hunt down criminals and typically sneak about effort keeping a low profile. Even with Luke and Danny who lean towards TheCape with the hope they inspire, are better known for barging in on the villain's turf and bringing them down.

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* TheCowl: In contrast to the Avengers [[TheCape who get to show off their heroics in public, saving lives and getting wide recognition]]. The Defenders hunt down criminals and typically sneak about in an effort keeping to keep a low profile. Even with Luke and Danny who lean towards TheCape with the hope they inspire, are better known for they still primarily operate by barging in on the villain's turf and bringing them down.



* FireForgedFriends: By the end of ''The Defenders,'' they become this: Jessica and Luke are true friends, Matt admits that he's glad to have met them all, Danny and Luke get a budding {{bromance}}, and Danny is inspired by Matt to [[spoiler: carry on his mission to protect the people of Hell's Kitchen and New York after Matt's HeroicSacrifice.]]

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* FireForgedFriends: By the end of ''The Defenders,'' they become this: Jessica and Luke are true friends, Matt admits that he's glad to have met them all, Matt and Jessica manage to earn respect for one another and seeing how they are NotSoDifferent, Danny and Luke get a budding {{bromance}}, and Danny is inspired by Matt to [[spoiler: carry on his mission to protect the people of Hell's Kitchen and New York after Matt's HeroicSacrifice.]]



** Jessica is in the seat of Black Widow. Both are (initially) the sole female members of their teams, but can kick ass just as fine as the other members. Additioally, both have a DarkAndTroubledPast and have dealt with being BrainwashedAndCrazy.

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** Jessica is in the seat of Black Widow. Both are (initially) the sole female members of their teams, but can kick ass just as fine as the other members. Additioally, Additionally, both have a DarkAndTroubledPast and have dealt with being BrainwashedAndCrazy.



* RedOniBlueOni: Jessica and Danny are the hot-headed and reckless Red to Luke and Matt’s rational and controlled Blue.

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* RedOniBlueOni: Jessica and Danny are the hot-headed and reckless Red to Luke and Matt’s Matt's rational and controlled Blue.



* TokenMinority: Luke is the sole non-white Defender. Matt could also be included, as he is the only one with a physical disability thanks to his blindness, and Jessica is the only woman.

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* TokenMinority: Luke is the sole non-white Defender. Matt could also be included, as he is the only one with a physical disability thanks to his blindness, and blindness. Jessica is the only woman.also the sole female member.

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