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** Wilson Fisk sees himself as this as well -- yes, he has people evicted, disappeared, even ''killed'', but all for the sake of helping the city "live up to its full potential". The omelette he makes every morning reflects this "you gotta break a few eggs" philosophy. After finding out the truth, Foggy asks Matt point-blank how his rationale is any different from Fisk's.

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** Wilson Fisk sees himself as this as well -- yes, he has people evicted, disappeared, even ''killed'', but all for the sake of helping the city "live up to its full potential". The omelette he makes every morning reflects this "you gotta have to break a few eggs" philosophy. After finding out the truth, Foggy asks Matt point-blank how his rationale is any different from Fisk's.


** Brett Mahoney, Matt and Foggy's FriendOnTheForce; he is one of the few clean cops in the NYPD that Hoffman can safely turn himself into.

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** Brett Mahoney, Matt and Foggy's FriendOnTheForce; he is one of the few clean cops in the NYPD that Hoffman can safely turn himself into.in to.


** While not a friend, Ben Urich functions as an ally for Karen.

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** While not strictly a friend, Ben Urich functions as an ally for Karen.


*** [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Going anywhere near Fisk's women without his permission, or harming her]], and he'll kill you, as Fisk's own father, Anatoly, and Ben Urich could tell you.
*** Saying Fisk's name in any sort of police/vigilante interview is also forbidden. Blake and Hoffman are instructed to kill the offender immediately, and regardless of where Fisk's name is said, he'll go after the offender and after any of the offender's loved ones to make an example of them. Healy immediately impales his head on a fence spike after giving Fisk's name to Matt under torture.

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*** [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Going Go anywhere near one of Fisk's women without his permission, or harming her]], (worse) harm them]], and he'll kill you, as Fisk's own father, Anatoly, and Ben Urich could tell you.
*** Saying Fisk's name in any sort of police/vigilante interview is also forbidden. Blake and Hoffman are instructed to kill the offender immediately, and regardless of where Fisk's name is said, he'll go after the offender and after any of the offender's loved ones to make an example of them. Healy immediately impales his head himself (through the head!) on a fence spike after giving Fisk's name to Matt under torture.


** Madame Gao's heroin is packaged and delivered by blind Chinese mules. When discusses the mules, Ben Urich even comments [[DramaticIrony to Matt of all people]] that no one looks twice at a blind man, which Matt doesn't dispute.

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** Madame Gao's heroin is packaged and delivered by blind Chinese mules. When discusses discussing the mules, Ben Urich even comments [[DramaticIrony to Matt of all people]] that no one looks twice at a blind man, which Matt doesn't dispute.


* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: Out of the four important figures in the various bad guy factions who die in Season 1[[note]]Technically a fifth, Nobu, (probably) does die by Matt's hand, but since he's from the Hand, [[BackFromTheDead it doesn't take]][[/note]], only one (Wesley) is killed by someone else (Karen). Fisk directly kills Anatoly and Leland; corrupt cops working for Fisk kill Vladimir. And [[CorruptCop Detective Blake]] is killed by his own partner and best friend Detective Hoffman, who was coerced by Fisk into doing so.



* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: Out of the four important figures in the various bad guy factions who die in Season 1[[note]]Technically a fifth, Nobu, (probably) does die by Matt's hand, but since he's from the Hand, [[BackFromTheDead it doesn't take]][[/note]], only one (Wesley) is killed by someone else (Karen). Fisk directly kills Anatoly and Leland; corrupt cops working for Fisk kill Vladimir. And [[CorruptCop Detective Blake]] is killed by his own partner and best friend Detective Hoffman, who was coerced by Fisk into doing so.


** [[spoiler: In "The Man in the Box" District Attorney Reyes definitely had it coming one way or another for being partly responsible for Castle's family's death, when she botched the sting operation as well as getting innocent people killed in the process, no ones going to be missing her after being gunned down in her own office by the very same crimelord she disastrously failed to go after.]]

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** [[spoiler: In "The Man in the Box" District Attorney Reyes definitely had it coming one way or another for being partly responsible for Castle's the Castle family's death, when she botched deaths, by botching the sting operation as well as getting other innocent people killed in the process, no ones process. No one's going to be missing her after being gunned down in her own office by the very same crimelord she disastrously failed to go after.]]


* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: At the start of season 3, Nadeem is summoned to Rikers to meet Fisk in prison. During the meeting, Fisk asks Nadeem if he has anyone in his life he loves and would do anything for. Nadeem thinks Fisk is threatening his wife, but actually, Fisk is referring to Vanessa, and wants to provide information on rival criminals in exchange for her continued protection.


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* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: At the start of season 3, Nadeem is summoned to Rikers to meet Fisk in prison. During the meeting, Fisk asks Nadeem if he has anyone in his life he loves and would do anything for. Nadeem thinks Fisk is threatening his wife, but actually, Fisk is referring to Vanessa, and wants to provide information on rival criminals in exchange for her continued protection.


** Matt and Foggy were offered spots at Landman & Zack, a large and prestigious law firm, but Matt did not like the type of cases and clients the firm took on, so he convinced Foggy that they could avoid this trope by starting their own business. Good things, since they find out later that Landman and Zack handles a lot of Wilson Fisk's legal business. The season one finale reveals that most of the firm's partners are arrested by the FBI due to being complicit in Fisk's illegal activities.

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** Matt and Foggy were offered spots at Landman & Zack, a large and prestigious law firm, but Matt did not like the type of cases and clients the firm took on, so he convinced Foggy that they could avoid this trope by starting their own business. Good things, thing, since they find out later that Landman and Zack handles a lot of Wilson Fisk's legal business. The season one finale reveals that most of the firm's partners are arrested by the FBI due to being complicit in Fisk's illegal activities.



** Introduced in season 2, Big Ben Donovan is Fisk's defense attorney, and also has taken up the ''consigliere'' duties that had been previously handled by Wesley. He had previously been put through law school by Mama Mabel Stokes and has been handling affairs for Mama Mabel, Cottonmouth, and Mariah Dillard for over 25 years by the time Fisk hires him.

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** Introduced in season 2, Big Ben Donovan is Fisk's defense attorney, and also has taken up the ''consigliere'' duties that had been previously handled by Wesley. He had previously been put through law school by Harlem crimelord Mama Mabel Stokes and has been handling affairs for Mama Mabel, Cottonmouth, and Mariah Dillard (Mabel's successors) for over 25 years by the time Fisk hires him.


* ADayInTheLimelight:
** "Shadows in the Glass" in season 1 is primarily focused on Wilson Fisk and explores his relationship with Vanessa, and flashbacks to his childhood.
** "Karen" in season 3 focuses, well, on Karen's mysterious past, previously only hinted at over the first two seasons. The first 29 minutes are dedicated to Karen's past, while the last fifteen minutes are about Fisk dispatching Dex to attack Karen, and Matt rushing to stop the attack at the church where Karen is hiding.


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* ADayInTheLimelight:
** "Shadows in the Glass" in season 1 is primarily focused on Wilson Fisk and explores his relationship with Vanessa, and flashbacks to his childhood.
** "Karen" in season 3 focuses, well, on Karen's mysterious past, previously only hinted at over the first two seasons. The first 29 minutes are dedicated to Karen's past, while the last fifteen minutes are about Fisk dispatching Dex to attack Karen, and Matt rushing to stop the attack at the church where Karen is hiding.


* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Fisk's downfall, repeatedly, is that he works hard to maintain an image of [[VillainWithGoodPublicity a well meaning philanthropist falsely accused of horrible crimes]], yet he invariably alienates those who actually work for or with him through his behavior (with the notable exception of Wesley, who dies early on anyway) to the point that some of his closest underlings are only there because he's bullied, blackmailed or manipulated them into working for him. This is especially notable in season 3 where he gets his entire FBI detail in his pocket by digging up dirt on them and / or threatening their families, leading to them testifying against him once [[spoiler:Nadeem's confession video goes public]] and he gets arrested anyway, and especially with Dex, who turns on him the moment he learns that Fisk killed Julie just to undermine his sanity further. The public at large alternates between loving him and loathing him depending on what they think about him is true, and at the end of the day he's just plain unable and unwilling to invest in genuine loyalty rather than mere obedience, basically giving members of his own organization every reason to want him to somehow fail.


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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Fisk's downfall, repeatedly, is that he works hard to maintain an image of [[VillainWithGoodPublicity a well meaning philanthropist falsely accused of horrible crimes]], yet he invariably alienates those who actually work for or with him through his behavior (with the notable exception of Wesley, who dies early on anyway) to the point that some of his closest underlings are only there because he's bullied, blackmailed or manipulated them into working for him. This is especially notable in season 3 where he gets his entire FBI detail in his pocket by digging up dirt on them and / or threatening their families, leading to them testifying against him once [[spoiler:Nadeem's confession video goes public]] and he gets arrested anyway, and especially with Dex, who turns on him the moment he learns that Fisk killed Julie just to undermine his sanity further. The public at large alternates between loving him and loathing him depending on what they think about him is true, and at the end of the day he's just plain unable and unwilling to invest in genuine loyalty rather than mere obedience, basically giving members of his own organization every reason to want him to somehow fail.

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** In season 3, Fisk recruits [[spoiler:Agent Poindexter]] to his side by showing him how much they have in common.


* GoodVsGood: Matt often finds himself at odds with the non-corrupt police officers in Hell's Kitchen. In season 1, he's forced to overpower and subdue Brett when Brett corners him while he's escaping Madame Gao's drug lab. He and Brett make a somewhat uneasy truce during season 2. In season 3, Matt finds himself sometimes in conflict with Agent Nadeem as their investigations into Fisk cross paths.

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* GoodVsGood: GoodVersusGood: Matt often finds himself at odds with the non-corrupt police officers in Hell's Kitchen. In season 1, he's forced to overpower and subdue Brett when Brett corners him while he's escaping Madame Gao's drug lab. He and Brett make a somewhat uneasy truce during season 2. In season 3, Matt finds himself sometimes in conflict with Agent Nadeem as their investigations into Fisk cross paths.


** ThePunisher is an even more extreme version and plays foil to Daredevil.

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** ThePunisher ComicBook/ThePunisher is an even more extreme version and plays foil to Daredevil.


* InPrisonWithTheRogues: Season 2 had Frank Castle being apprehended and put into the same prison as Wilson Fisk, who had managed to take over the compound and was running it as his own personal kingdom. There Frank is tricked into a trap where Fisk unleashes a whole block of angry inmates on Frank. However Frank manages to kill every single one of them with nothing but his bare hands and a few weapons he managed to snatch off the criminals.



* In the 3rd season Karen repeatedly refuses to acknowledge she was a secretary for Nelson & Murdock. Instead she insists she was "Office Manager"

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* ** In the 3rd season Karen repeatedly refuses to acknowledge she was a secretary for Nelson & Murdock. Instead she insists she was "Office Manager"

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