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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:350:''[[{{Tagline}} Justice is blind]].'']]²->''"I'm not seeking penance for what I've done, Father. I'm asking for forgiveness... for what I'm about to do."''²-->-- '''Matt Murdock'''²²''Daredevil'' is a Creator/{{Netflix}} original series adaptation of the long-running [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} comic book series]], and the first entry in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse's ''Series/{{The Defenders|2017}}'' franchise, followed up by ''Series/{{Jessica Jones|2015}}'', ''Series/{{Luke Cage|2016}}'', ''Series/{{Iron Fist|2017}}'' and ''Series/{{The Punisher|2017}}''. ²²The show follows Matt Murdock (Creator/CharlieCox), a blind lawyer with [[DisabilitySuperpower heightened]] [[SuperSenses senses]], as he works alongside his girlfriend Karen Page (Creator/DeborahAnnWoll) and his best friend and law partner Foggy Nelson (Creator/EldenHenson) to fight the criminal activities of [[ComicBook/TheKingpin Wilson Fisk]] (Creator/VincentDOnofrio) in the courtroom and on the streets of Hell's Kitchen as the masked vigilante "Daredevil". ²²Rather fittingly, it was the first Netflix series to receive descriptive audio to enable blind people to follow along properly. It's also notable for being the first MCU property to break from the franchise's overall lighter tone, offering a {{darker and edgier}} take of the universe that hadn't yet been seen when it debuted in early 2015. ²²''Daredevil'' was renewed for a second season a week after its debut, which premiered on March 18, 2016. It introduces two major characters from Marvel lore: [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] (Creator/JonBernthal), and [[ComicBook/{{Elektra}} Elektra Natchios]] (Creator/ElodieYung). The near-unanimous praise for Bernthal's performance as Castle led to him getting his own spinoff show, ''Series/{{The Punisher|2017}}'', released on November 17, 2017. ²²A third season of ''Daredevil'' was released on October 19, 2018, and introduces several more characters of Daredevil lore, including Creator/WilsonBethel as [[ComicBook/BullseyeMarvelComics Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter]], Joanne Whalley as Sister Maggie, and Jay Ali as Ray Nadeem. A month after the third season dropped, Netflix announced they had officially canceled ''Daredevil,'' but claimed the character would "live on in future projects for Marvel." [[note]] Though Disney contractually has to wait two years before they can do anything live action with the character. [[/note]]²²[[ Season 3 Teaser 1]], [[ Season 3 Teaser Poster]], [[ Season 3 Teaser 2]], [[ Season 3 Trailer 1]], [[ Season 3 Wilson Fisk Featurette]]²²²'''As ''Daredevil'' is part of ''The Defenders'', the second season sets up things in ''The Defenders'', and ''The Defenders'' influences the plot of ''Daredevil'' season 3, spoilers from that series are included in some of the examples, and they are marked as such.'''²----²!!Tropes featured in ''Daredevil'' include:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:A-F]]²* AbandonedWarehouse: ²** "Condemned" sees Matt holing up with Vladimir in an abandoned building to get information on Fisk. Things get complicated when a rookie police officer stumbles upon them and Matt is forced to overpower him, leading to a hostage situation drawing in the various crooked cops Matt was trying to avoid.²** For the duration of season 1, Fisk has meetings with other associates in a warehouse by the docks. ²** The season 2 finale sees Karen and a bunch of other Daredevil survivors get held hostage by the Hand in one of these.²* AbortedArc:²** Fisk mentions the hammer he used to kill his father was saved by his mother. Then Karen also brings him killing his father as a possible case against him. But this Chekhov's Hammer hasn't hit.²** Early in season 3, Matt believes the key to defeating Fisk is finding out why he snitched on the Albanians specifically. During the investigation he finds another lead and doesn't look into Fisk's snitching rationale again. [[RightForTheWrongReasons Matt was right to be suspicious of Fisk's target]], but it plays into his long-term goals, not anything that can immediately be used against him.²* AdaptationalHeroism: ²** In the comics, Gladiator is a career criminal and supervillain, albeit one who attempts to mend his ways. In the show, Melvin Potter is a somewhat innocent idiot-savant who is forced to serve Fisk to protect his girlfriend, and then turns to being Matt's fulltime armorer once Fisk is arrested. Even his return to working for Fisk is against his will.²** Karen's father was a supervillain named Death's Head in the comics, but here, he's just a diner owner who doesn't know how to be fiscally responsible with his cash.²* AdaptationDyeJob: ²** Matt has red hair in the comics, with his fiery coloration being an intentional artistic play on the devil motif. This would look incredibly silly on Charlie Cox, so he just sports his natural brown hair color with a bit of copper-red tinting.²** Wilson Fisk normally wears white suits in the comics. Here, he wears black in his earliest incarnation to show his transformation to his full Kingpin persona. When he takes his relationship with Vanessa to the next level, he begins to wear lighter shades. In Season 3, Fisk is seen primarily in white suits, having completely become the Kingpin.²* AdaptedOut: ²** The ''Daily Bugle'', Ben Urich's employer in the comics, is renamed the ''New York Bulletin'', due to Spider-Man not being rolled into the MCU until after that season was produced. This also includes Urich's boss, J. Jonah Jameson, who was replaced with the CanonForeigner Mitchell Ellison.²** In the comics, Frank Castle's family was killed by thugs working for the Costas, an Italian mob family. In the show, they were instead killed during a three way shoot-out between Irish mobsters, a Mexican cartel, and the Dogs of Hell biker gang. [[spoiler: It's ultimately revealed that the entire shootout was orchestrated by Colonel Schoonover, Frank's former commanding officer from Iraq, and in ''The Punisher'', it's revealed that Frank was targeted because the plotters of Operation Cerberus thought Frank leaked footage of the execution of Ahmed Zubair.]]²** Frank Castle's traditional sidekick David "Microchip" Lieberman doesn't appear in season 2, instead making his debut in [[Series/ThePunisher2017 Castle's solo show]]. However, he is hinted at with a CD labeled "Micro" in Castle's house, which is revealed in the solo show to have been left by David.²** In an inversion, characters from Garth Ennis' ''Kitchen Irish'' story arc are incorporated into the first act of season 2, a story which, despite the Hell's Kitchen setting, did not feature Daredevil.²** Foggy Nelson's mother in the comics is Rosalind Sharpe, another lawyer, and Anna Nelson was his stepmom. In the show, Anna Nelson becomes Foggy's biological mom and Rosalind is nowhere to be seen.²** Much like the MCU films, the show was unable to use the fictional metal Adamantium due to its association with the ''[[Film/XMenFilmSeries X-Men]]'' movies. [[spoiler: This meant that the substance Professor Oyama binds to Bullseye's spine had to be changed to Cogmium, another existing (but far less notable) fictional alloy from the Marvel comics.]]²* {{Adorkable}}: ²** Matt tends to act like a dorky puppy whenever he's around Karen, unable to resist flirting with her, and becoming unspeakably shy.²** Fisk acts like a big shy dork while trying to ask Vanessa out.²** Foggy is made of this and not ashamed to admit it.²* TheAdjectivalMan: "The masked man" is a common nickname for Matt before the papers take up using the "Devil of Hell's Kitchen" as a better nickname. ²* AdvertisedExtra: ²** Creator/RosarioDawson as Claire Temple only appears in five out of 13 episodes in the first season of ''Daredevil'', and she doesn't have any big impact on the plot after Matt saves her from the Russians. She has a similarly brief run in the second season. Her role is essentially an EarlyBirdCameo for her appearances in other series associated with ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', such as ''Series/JessicaJones2015''. It wouldn't be until ''Series/LukeCage2016'' that Claire finally began to take on a more prominent role, functioning as Luke's sidekick for the second half of season 1.²** Stephen Rider as Blake Tower gets this a bit. He's only in seven episodes of season 2 and primarily acts as a subordinate to Reyes. In season 3, he has main credits billing but is only in five episodes, although he admittedly has a bigger part in the season's narrative as Foggy is encouraged by Marci to run against him for District Attorney as a way of getting Tower's refusal to go after Fisk into the spotlight. ²* AffablyEvil:²** Leland Owlsley has a genial, avuncular personality in spite of being a crooked banker for organized crime.²** Madame Gao is a kindly old lady, always smiling, ever polite, and often dispensing sage wisdom to her partners. She's also one of the Fingers that comprise the leadership of the Hand. ²* AgeLift: Leland Owlsley is usually depicted as being in his late 30s or early 40s in the comics, but in the series, he is played by septuagenarian Bob Gunton. Given that he mentions his son [[spoiler:shortly before his death]], it's possible that Leland Owlsley, Jr. will appear as the MCU version of the comic book character.²* AlasPoorVillain: Quite a number of the antagonist characters are humanized and their deaths are treated as tragic.²** Detective Hoffman is very bitter over Fisk forcing him to kill Blake, his partner and best friend of 35 years. Hoffman even tearfully says "I'm sorry" as he's injecting the poison into Blake's IV line, and this bitterness leads him to eventually turn on Fisk.²** Wesley's death at Karen's hands was heavily justified. But for Fisk, Wesley was his closest friend.²** Despite Grotto being a criminal who killed people, Matt, Karen and Foggy feel guilty enough about their failure to protect him from the Punisher to hold a funeral service for him. [[LonelyFuneral They're also the only three who even bother to show up for the service]].²* TheAlcoholic: Everyone at Nelson & Murdock is a heavy drinker. They seem to spend most nights getting drunk at Josie's, to the point that they rack up a gigantic tab. Foggy explains Matt's frequent injuries to Karen as him being an alcoholic, which Karen seems to accept for a time. For himself, Foggy is such a hard drinker that Marci smuggles him a bottle of liquor while he's recuperating from getting shot during the Reyes assassination, and they both sip it straight from the bottle. Karen proves resistant to the drugs James Wesley uses to sedate her because alcoholics are resistant to sedatives, and after killing Wesley, she spends several hours drinking every piece of alcohol in her apartment. TruthInTelevision for Matt, Foggy, and Marci, given that in real life, there is a lot of unadmitted alcoholism in the legal community.²* AllBikersAreHellsAngels: The Dogs of Hell biker gang in season 2 are among the Punisher's targets. They're a crossover from an episode of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''.²* AllForNothing:²** All of Nelson & Murdock's work taking down Wilson Fisk in season 1 is rendered worthless when he regains his power through a bunch of behind the scenes plays in season 2, and then is released early in season 3.²** Matt's defeat of Nobu and the Hand in season 2 is rendered this trope by ''Iron Fist'' and ''The Defenders'', which reveal Matt only defeated a faction of the Hand, and never got close to touching the other factions led by Bakuto, Madame Gao, Sowande, and Alexandra. Heck, he didn't even touch (or ''find out about'') the leader of the Hand faction he spent the bulk of season 2 fighting.²* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: In the episode 9 of season 3, Matt has the perfect opportunity to kill Fisk, having managed to infiltrate into his suite, where there are no cameras... Then he hears that [[spoiler:the FBI has located Karen, and Shelby informs him that Fisk wants Karen dead.]] He leaves the hotel immediately.²* AmbiguousDisorder: Melvin Potter is brilliant at making stuff, be it technology or clothes. He also comes off as having some sort of intellectual disability.²* AmbiguouslyHuman:²** Nobu is noted to have an unusual heartbeat, seems completely unaware of any pain or discomfort he should be experiencing, and in general creeps out everyone who meets him (in his very first scene, Owlsley says to him "Can you at least ''pretend'' to be cold? It's unsettling!"). Season 2 reveals that [[spoiler:he regenerates after seemingly fatal injuries, and he remarks that there's "no such thing" as death]]. The other ninjas of the Hand make no sound and can even conceal the beating of their hearts. It's hinted that [[spoiler:at least some of them have returned from the dead. One even has scars from an autopsy]]. ''Series/IronFist2017'' and ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' establish that yes, the Hand can resurrect the dead. ²** Madame Gao, who claims that her homeland is not China but somewhere considerably "farther away." [[note]] China is about the farthest you can get from New York City and still be on Earth.[[/note]] She also [[IHitYouYouHitTheGround knocks down Matt in one hit]] despite being an [[NeverMessWithGranny old woman who walks with a cane]], and claims to [[{{Omniglot}} speak ALL languages]]. ''Series/IronFist2017'' reveals [[spoiler: she's from K'un L'un, she's several centuries (if not ''millennia'') old, and [[SwordCane her cane conceals a sword]], and ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' ultimately reveals she's one of the Hand's founders.]]²** The Black Sky that Nobu transports is meant to be a very rare and dangerous weapon, but appears to be just a young boy. Stick insists that he's not a person. [[spoiler:Nobu ''also'' insists that Black Sky was "very valuable" and will be "difficult to replace" after Stick kills the boy, and seems upset enough to lend a lot of weight to Stick's argument. Then in season 2, Elektra turns out to be a Black Sky.]]²* AmoralAttorney:²** 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 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.²** Subverted with Marci Stahl, who reveals when push comes to shove that she has a guilty conscience and ends up helping Foggy take down her Landman & Zack colleagues who are in Fisk's pockets. Her turning against her corrupt bosses gets her hired by [[Series/JessicaJones2015 Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz]], and is able to persuade [[Creator/CarrieAnneMoss Jeri Hogarth]] to bring Foggy into the firm as well following Nelson & Murdock's closure. She is then a firm ally to the main trio in season 3 when Fisk gets out of prison.²** 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.²** Reyes, a District Attorney who will resort to illegal tactics and backstabbing to save her ass and achieve her ambitions. Even "sharks" like Marci and Jeri Hogarth are disgusted with her.²* AnachronicOrder: The end of the second season overlaps significantly with ''Series/LukeCage2016''. Claire mentions the Hand's hospital attack to her mother when she first appears in "Just to Get a Rep". Likewise, Matt revealing his secret identity to Karen in "A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen" takes place after the police car dashcam video of Luke overpowering two police officers in "DWYCK" (the dashcam footage is stamped as taking place on December 1st, 2015, while the last scene in "A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen" is established by preceding dialogue to take place during the week of December 20, 2015).²* AndStarring: "And Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk"²* AndTheAdventureContinues:²** The season 1 finale ends with Matt hearing a cry for help and rushing to the rescue with his escrima sticks in his hands.²** The season 3 finale ends with Matt, Foggy, and Karen deciding to go back into business together, this time as Nelson, Murdock, & Page. And Matt, in his black BetaOutfit, once again watching over Hell's Kitchen as Daredevil.²* AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: Twice in "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S2E8GuiltyAsSin Guilty as Sin]]":²** Stick tells a story about how a child began fighting the Hand, killing them until they were driven out and this act of defiance was the origin of his organization, the Chaste. Matt assumes that Stick is talking about himself and sarcastically compliments him on keeping himself at the center. What the audience sees of the Chaste later in this show and in ''The Defenders'' indicates Stick isn't its leader, suggesting this assumption may well be wrong.²** At Frank Castle's trial, Colonel Schoonover testifies as a character witness, and tells a story about a stupid officer who got Castle's squad into an ambush (we later see the exact details of the ambush in a flashback during ''Series/ThePunisher2017''), that caused said idiot officer to lose his right arm. When Reyes claims no one can really know what happened if they weren't there, Schoonover clarifies that ''he'' was that idiot officer, completely undercutting Reyes' argument (and making her wonder how she managed to overlook his prosthetic arm in the first place).²-->'''Blake Tower:''' How did you miss that in his file? ²-->'''Samantha Reyes:''' All the names were redacted. ²-->'''Blake Tower:''' Not good. ²-->'''Samantha Reyes:''' No shit.²* AndYourLittleDogToo:²** Many of the people who end up working for or helping Fisk do so because he threatens their families. Some such examples among major characters include forcing Melvin Potter to make his suits by threatening to hurt his girlfriend, Betsy, if he doesn't, and [[spoiler:forcing Ray Nadeem to join the ranks of the corrupt FBI agents working for him partially through blackmail and partially by threatening his wife and son if he doesn't cooperate]].²** When Wesley kidnaps Karen and she realizes he knows about her visiting Fisk's mom, she is initially DefiantToTheEnd about the fact that she's probably going to die and tells him to GetItOverWith; however, Wesley tells her that first they'll kill Ben, then Foggy and Matt, then her family, and only kill her after she has "no more tears to shed". These threats against everyone she loves is what causes her to [[TheDogBitesBack snap and kill Wesley]] as soon as she manages to get her hands on his gun.²** At the end of season 3, Matt and Fisk pull this on each other. First Fisk [[spoiler: tries to goad Matt into killing him by promising that, as long as he lives, no prison cell will hold him, and he'll never stop targeting Foggy and Karen to get to him, and will expose Daredevil's identity to the world]]. However, Matt counters by [[spoiler:promising that if Fisk ever targets Foggy, Karen, or anybody else, or outs him, he'll make sure Fisk's wife Vanessa gets thrown in prison for ordering a murder]], which leaves them at a stalemate.²* AntiHero: Matt breaks his oath as a lawyer to be a vigilante who punishes criminals, despite that making him a criminal too. This is lampshaded by Claire at the beginning of "World on Fire", where she points out this contradiction, and he tells her that he's still "figuring it out".²* AntiVillain: Wilson Fisk has a sympathetic backstory, a number of people he cares about, seems to legitimately believe that he's doing what's best for Hell's Kitchen, and even undergoes a bit of positive CharacterDevelopment. Rather than a simple greedy mob boss, he's portrayed as a curiously vulnerable and damaged man with a misguided vision and one hell of an anger management issue.²* AnyoneCanDie:²** In Season 1, there is at least one death in every episode (when flashbacks are counted). There's [[spoiler:Anatoly and Vladimir Ranskahov, Elena Cardenas, Nobu (who gets better), Fisk's [[TheDragon right-hand man]] James Wesley, Ben Urich, and Leland Owlsley.]]²** Season 2 has [[spoiler:a great majority of the Kitchen Irish, Samantha Reyes, The Blacksmith, Nobu...again (this time [[OffWithHisHead permanently]]), and finally Elektra herself (only to be revived by the Hand for ''Series/TheDefenders2017''.]]²** Season 3 sees the deaths of [[spoiler:several reporters at the New York Bulletin, Jasper Evans, Julie Barnes, Father Paul Lantom, and Agent Ray Nadeem.]]²* ApologeticAttacker: When Claire is kidnapped and tortured by the Russians, Sergei is uncomfortable having to rough up a woman, and begs her to just answer the questions.²* ArbitrarySkepticism:²** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in "In the Blood". When Karen tells Ben that she was saved by a man in a mask, he at first is skeptical, but concedes that a masked vigilante is not the craziest thing in the world. Ben would know a thing or two about that, as he has framed front-page articles in his office about [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk the Harlem Terror]] and [[Film/TheAvengers2012 the Battle of Midtown]].²** Played with in another case from "In the Blood": Wesley questions Anatoly and Vladimir as to why [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong their gang]] is having so much trouble with one man running around in a mask, then adds, "I mean, if he had [[Film/IronMan an iron suit]] or [[Film/{{Thor}} a magic hammer]], ''maybe'' that would explain why you keep getting your asses handed to you."²** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] with Fisk's "You really think one man in a silly little costume can make a difference?" Fisk gained his foothold in Hell's Kitchen in part because of the Chitauri invasion. From his perspective, guys like the Avengers might save the world, but they don't do shit about the crime, corruption, greed, poverty, and urban decay at street level. [[Series/TheDefenders2017 Until now, that is]].²** In Season 2, Matt is extremely skeptical about mysticism, even when directly confronting the Hand and seeing things that should be impossible like resurrection of the dead, even when the world has faced several alien invasions and Norse Gods walk the streets. Even Claire as a medical professional is more willing to point out the weirdness surrounding the Hand. Stick also notes that as a Catholic, Matt shouldn't have a problem with believing resurrection can happen, since his faith is based on [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} one person]] doing that. ²* ArcadeSounds:²** In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm", Healy stashes a faulty pistol inside a 2014 ''Pinball/MustangStern'' pinball game so the police won't find it when he's arrested. When James Wesley visits the bowling alley the next day to pick up the gun, however, it plays electro-mechanical chimes from fifty years ago.²** A Chinese gangster's smartphone is making a bizarre combination of blooping sounds that ends with the distinctive "Game Over" noise from Pac-Man.²* ArmorIsUseless: ZigZagged. Claire suggests multiple times that Matt should get some body armor if he's going to keep being Daredevil, but Matt insists armor would hamper his mobility and make him less effective. Wilson Fisk, however, wears a cutting-edge armor lining that's indistinguishable under his suit. It can stop knives, as first demonstrated when Anatoly swings at him with a switchblade, and later when Matt attempts to slice at him with a ''kusari-gama''. Witnessing this, Matt wants some similar armor of his own, even getting Fisk's tailor to create the suit. It saves him in the final fight from a fractured skull when it partially deflects Fisk's head-shot with a piece of rebar. It also saves Matt's life when Frank Castle shoots him in the head, though he has a pretty serious concussion and needs a new helmet.²* ArmorPiercingQuestion: The end of Matt and Foggy's fight in "Nelson v. Murdock" is Foggy flipping Matt off and demanding, "How many fingers am I holding up?" Matt, of course, ''can tell''. Earlier in the same episode, Foggy asks Matt "Are you even really blind?" [[DisabilitySuperpower The answer to that question is very complicated.]]²* ArmorPiercingResponse: In "Nelson v. Murdock," when Foggy asks Matt if he was responsible for Fisk's bombings of the Russian hideouts or the shooting of several police officers, Matt asks if Foggy really needs to hear the answer from him. When Foggy says yes, a tear slides down Matt's cheek as he realizes just how betrayed his best friend feels.²* TheArtifact: Ben Urich still works at the ''New York Bulletin'', even though it's 2015. Ellison repeatedly points out that print is dying and how the news is becoming more about clickbait than useful information. Right up until Ben's last words, in fact. Come season 2, Ellison, feeling guilty over not having backed Ben's investigation, has a big change of heart, and backs Karen's investigation into Frank Castle's family the whole way.²* ArtisticLicenseBiology: ²** Although he's supposed to be blind, Matt's eyes look perfectly normal and show no sign of discoloration. (According to Charlie Cox, he tried for a bit to wear special contact lenses that clouded his eyes to achieve the right effect, but they made it too hard for him to find his mark while filming scenes, so he quickly ditched them)²** Matt could have been deafened by the exploding warehouse in "World on Fire". In fact, he should be deafened whenever in a room with gunfire. It's possible that some of the training offscreen from Stick may have involved consciously inducing [[ auditory exclusion]], an 'auditory blink' typically seen in police officers under high stress situations.²* ArtisticLicenseGeography: ²** The warehouse where Matt holes up with Vladimir in "Condemned" is said to be at the northwest corner of 47th Street and 12th Avenue. That would be impossible as 12th Avenue at Hell's Kitchen is the West Side Highway, as opposed to a regular street. On the opposite side of the street from the buildings should be the USS Intrepid Museum, which is not visible in any shots. The West Side Highway is also eight lanes at this point, not a two lane road with buildings on both sides. This part of Hell's Kitchen is also primarily residential buildings, and no industrial warehouses.²** "Bang" opens with a WalkAndTalk of Matt and Foggy walking to work, ostensibly in Hell's Kitchen. However, a street sign for East 116th Street appears in the background, betraying the Upper East Side filming location.²** The newspaper article on the death of Karen Page's brother in "Seven Minutes in Heaven" reports that he had been "heading east on Vermont Route 12 from the Hill Road exit ramp off Interstate 89". Vermont Route 12 is a north-south highway that runs parallel to Interstate 89 for much of its length, with the two highways only crossing at the state capital in Montpelier. There's also no direct off-ramp between VT-12 and I-89. There also is no Windler County in Vermont, as Montpelier is in Washington County.²** Early in "Into the Ring," we see Foggy meet with Brett as Brett emerges from what is supposedly the 50th Street station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line. The entrance signage on the stairwell is accurate, but the landscape of the surrounding buildings isn't. The area around 50th Street and Eighth Avenue in the show is depicted as lowrises that don't exceed five stories at most. In reality, this area is primarily composed of highrises exceeding 20 stories. The scene itself was actually shot at Bedford Avenue on the BMT Canarsie Line.²* ArtisticLicenseHistory:²** After his father's death, young Matt is shown to be living in an orphanage. The United States got rid of its orphanage system in favor of foster care and group homes in the early 1980s. If Matt is in his mid-30s in the present day, that system would have been well in place by the time he became a ward of the state, circa the 1990s.²*** Season 3 explains this away by showing that Matt was raised in a Catholic run orphanage attached directly the the church he goes to confession at, run by the priest who hears his confessions... and [[spoiler: his own mother.]]²** When Matt is growing up in the 1990s, Hell's Kitchen is portrayed as a lower-class neighborhood of Irish immigrants. This is based on the comics, which were created in the 1960s, when this was still true. In reality, Hell's Kitchen gentrified in the 1990s and is something of a {{Gayborhood}} now. The show justifies the neighborhood's crapsack portrayal in modern times by saying that [[Film/TheAvengers2012 the "Incident"]] caused a lot of property destruction here.²* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: When testifying on the stand at Frank Castle's trial, we learn that Colonel Schoonover was wounded in combat and lost his right arm. That meets the criteria for a Purple Heart. Yet when in uniform, his ribbon rack does not include the award. The first ribbon in the top row is crimson, indicating a Legion of Merit award.²* ArtisticLicenseSports: No boxer of any repute has a losing record. "Battlin' Jack" Murdock is said to have a losing record, yet posters on gym walls show that he's headlined events, and he's still fighting televised matches against notable boxers, even being paid to take a dive. Real journeymen boxers, the kind with losing records, fight in obscurity, matched against other no-names or young prospects looking for easy victories before becoming a name.²* ArtShift: In contrast with the warmer film-like quality of previous MCU entries, ''Daredevil'' has a starker and darker color palette with harsh lighting and has a rawer video quality. It also relies more on handheld cameras than on steadicams to increase the sense of unease that exists in the neighborhood.²* AscendedExtra: ²** [[SexySecretary Karen Page]] was Matt's longest love interest in the comics yet never really was an active character. Here, she's the secondary lead of the show, with her providing as much contribution to bringing down Fisk through the media as Matt is doing with his Daredevil activities; and in season 2, Karen is the main protagonist of the Punisher plotline after Elektra is introduced into the show. In season 3, she also takes over Ben Urich's comics role as Matt's newspaper ally in addition to her role as his love interest.²** [[TheDragon James Wesley]] was a one-off right-hand in the comics, only appearing in the ''[[ComicBook/DaredevilBornAgain Born Again]]'' story where he was tasked with tracking down Nuke[[note]]The character on whom Will Simpson from ''Jessica Jones'' is based[[/note]] for the purpose of setting him loose on Hell's Kitchen, before quietly disappearing. In the show, Wesley is Fisk's closest friend and the one in charge of carrying out a lot of Fisk's orders. In fact, this version of Wesley would be transplanted back into the comics, where he's a criminal lawyer for Fisk and anyone under his payroll.²** [[DaEditor Mitchell Ellison]] is initially a recurring character in season 1, there to be an interference in Ben Urich's investigations into Fisk to mislead the viewers into thinking he's Fisk's mole in the paper. The mole is actually Ellison's secretary. In season 2 and season 3, Ellison gets a much larger role, which coincides with Karen taking Ben's job and office, while Ellison himself ends up filling Ben's place as mentor to Karen. ²** [[LovableAlphaBitch Marci Stahl]] is initially a recurring character in season 1, first introduced as Foggy's ex-girlfriend from college[[note]]In fact, according to Amy Rutberg, Marci was originally only supposed to have that one scene, but her performance led to them giving Marci additional scenes later on[[/note]]. Foggy rekindles his flame with Marci as he persuades her to help Nelson & Murdock take down Fisk by turning on her corrupt partners. In season 2, she only gets two scenes but is established to be working at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz. Foggy later joins her at HC&B at the end of the season following the closure of Nelson & Murdock, and the two of them are established by dialogue in ''The Defenders'' to be back to fulltime dating. They're already considering marriage by season 3, where Marci has a somewhat bigger presence, suggesting Foggy run a write-in campaign for D.A. against Blake Tower to bring the issue of Fisk being released into the public spotlight, and a case of hers being what leads Foggy to realize Fisk is setting himself up to be the go-to man other crimelords will have to depend on for protection from prosecution.²** When introduced in season 2, Blake Tower has a fairly minimal presence, mostly being a subordinate to Reyes and a reluctant ally to Nelson & Murdock after Karen confronts him with evidence of Reyes being a backstabber. He has a much larger presence in Season 3 due to Foggy running against him for District Attorney.²** Felix Manning was a one-time character who appeared in "Born Again" to shadow Matt. In season 3 of the show, Felix Manning is a fixer and has more or less taken over all of the duties of both Wesley and Owlsley. ²* AssholeVictim: ²** In "Dogs to a Gunfight," Frank Castle [[EstablishingCharacterMoment kills a Neo-Nazi pawn shop owner who tried to sell him child pornography]]. Pretty much ''everyone'' he kills is one of these. Justified, as it's The Punisher's ''raison d'être''.²** [[spoiler: In "The Man in the Box" District Attorney Reyes definitely had it coming one way or another for being partly responsible for the Castle family's deaths, by botching the sting operation as well as getting other innocent people killed in the 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.]] ²* AudibleSharpness: In Matt's fight with [[spoiler:Healy]], a dagger of broken glass sings at the edge of hearing. [[JustifiedTrope If anyone can hear it, Matt would be the one.]]²** In Season 2, [[spoiler:Stick]] blows on the edge of a sword he's just sharpened, producing an audible (metal-on-metal) "ching".²** Also in Season 2, it becomes a plot point. In a fight with [[spoiler:The Hand]] they start tossing away their weapons to fight hand to hand, realizing that Matt is relying on hearing their weapons to actively fight them. It works as Matt starts getting decimated in the next encounter. He has to learn how to listen to their breathing in order to properly fight back.²* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Every leader of a major criminal faction operating in Hell's Kitchen is an extremely competent combatant [[spoiler:including a seemingly frail Madame Gao, who is one of The Hand's founders.]]²* BackFromTheDead: A minor subplot about season 2 concerns Matt learning that the Hand have the ability to bring people back from the dead, a topic that ''Iron Fist'' and ''The Defenders'' later explore in detail. ²* 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.²* BadassInANiceSuit: ²** Wilson Fisk has a large wardrobe filled with immaculate ''bulletproof'' dark suits. The show implies that he generally picks the same ones, but Vanessa encourages him to try some different offerings. In season 3, he switches to his iconic white suits.²** In Season 2, Episode 8, [[spoiler:during the courtroom scene, Frank Castle is called to the stand and he is brought by two officers. He is wearing a suit and has cleaned up very nicely. Considering that it is the Punisher who is wearing a suit, he fits this trope pretty well.]]²-->'''Foggy:''' He looks better than I ever have and he's not even wearing a tie.²* BadassPacifist: Foggy. Despite not having Matt's training, he's shown early in season 2 walking into a Dogs of Hell club to get information about a Punisher massacre despite not having any weapons or training, and coming close to death in doing so. Later, in "New York's Finest," he visits Claire at the hospital trying to find Matt. The hospital happens to have just received a mass influx of patients from a gang shootout and the blood is so bad that two guys decide to settle a score right there on the emergency room floor. Foggy gets them to drop their weapons by appealing to their pragmatism, something the hospital's security guards weren't able to do. When Dex attacks the ''Bulletin'' in season 3, Foggy lands a few punches on Dex before being overpowered. ²* BaddieFlattery: Wilson Fisk compliments Matt's decision to wage a one-man war to change Hell's Kitchen.²-->'''Wilson Fisk:''' I respect your... conviction; the lone man who thinks he can make a difference.²* BaldOfEvil: ²** Wilson Fisk has no hair, as usual.²** Subverted with Melvin Potter, as he's actually a good guy who's been threatened into working for Fisk. ²* BallisticDiscount: Subverted by the pawn shop owner who made sure to unload the shotgun before giving it and waiting for the payment. Frank kills him with a baseball bat for a completely different reason.²* BallroomBlitz: Fisk's wedding in the season 3 finale becomes one as Dex decides to crash the wedding so he can exact revenge on Fisk for assassinating Julie Barnes.²* BattleCouple: ²** Matt and Elektra during season 2, as Elektra and Stick recruit Matt into Stick's war against the Hand.²** Matt and Karen have a few moments of these in season 3, such as working together to fight Dex when he comes after Karen in the church, or when they're tracking down Matt's lead on Jasper Evans (the inmate Fisk paid to shank him).²* BatmanGambit: ²** By the end of ''World on Fire'', Fisk reveals that the entire time we thought the Russians were gaining the upper hand on him, they were actually playing straight into his plan to remove them from the picture entirely. He had not only anticipated, but ''planned'' on Vladimir reacting to the revelation that he was Anatoly's real murderer by assembling his troops and putting a price on Fisk's head.²** Leland's gambit to poison the champagne at the gala is supposed to kill Vanessa and spare Fisk. This counts on Fisk not drinking the wine and Vanessa having some. Either by luck or design, Fisk is generally uninterested in wine and too busy to drink, while Vanessa enjoys wine and has little to do but sip a glass while she waits. ²* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: ²** A number of people are attacked with intent to murder them over the course of the first season. Unless they die, the intended victims don't end up with scars. This includes many of the recurring protagonists, but the most egregious example is Matt himself, beginning in his backstory when he's doused in chemicals that blind him but leave him otherwise unblemished. ²** For the most part, Matt actually is an aversion. He usually keeps all the scars he's sustained from knife fights hidden under his shirts.²** Averted with Frank Castle in season 2, who spends the second half of the season with his face badly bruised after his fight with Wilson Fisk.²* BeneathSuspicion: Blind people. ²** Matt is beneath suspicion for being the Devil of Hell's Kitchen because he's just a blind man. ²** Madame Gao's heroin is packaged and delivered by blind Chinese mules. When 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.²* BerserkButton:²** Matt's is harm to vulnerable people. The Russians kidnap a child to lure Matt into a trap in the first episode. In "Speak of the Devil," Wilson Fisk has Elena Cardenas killed to lure Matt into the ambush from Nobu. Fisk even identifies Matt's button ("Women... children... I assumed it would extend to the elderly...").²** Wilson Fisk has a couple of his own:²*** Embarrassing him in public (while he's on a date) is enough to provoke him to beat Anatoly unconscious and then decapitate him with a car door. ²*** [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Go anywhere near one of Fisk's women without his permission, or (worse) harm them]], and he'll kill you, as Fisk's own father, Anatoly, and Ben Urich could tell you. ²*** 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 himself (through the head!) on a fence spike after giving Fisk's name to Matt under torture.²** Frank Castle despises all criminals. But don't admit to having child porn in his presence, especially since he was a father. This is shown when he visits a pawn shop run by a very sleazy broker to get stolen police equipment. As Castle is about to leave, the broker tries to sell him child pornography ("She's barely twelve, guaranteed!"). [[TranquilFury Without saying a word, Castle promptly flips the sign in the door to "Closed", walks back towards the desk]], [[BatterUp picks up a baseball bat and uses it to beat the pawnshop guy to death]].²* BetaCouple: Foggy and Marci have a pretty steady romantic relationship compared to Matt and Karen's very rocky WillTheyOrWontThey / {{UST}} relationship. By the end of Season 3, they're more in love than ever, and while Foggy has not officially proposed, both of them are definitely thinking about marriage, going by Foggy's reaction after they have GladToBeAliveSex following his near-death experience in Dex's attack on the ''Bulletin''.²* BetaOutfit: ²** In season 1, Matt wears a utilitarian, ninja-like outfit which includes a mask without eyeholes, which serves as an homage to his getup in ''The Man Without Fear''. There is even a {{running gag}} wherein people tell Matt that his costume really sucks, to which Matt sheepishly admits it's a "work in progress". In the season 1 finale, Melvin Potter tailors the iconic red devil costume for Matt prior to his final showdown with Fisk. Melvin later tailors Matt an upgraded helmet partway through season 2 after his first helmet takes a bullet to head during an altercation with Frank Castle. In the season 2 finale, Melvin also tailors Matt his signature billy clubs.²*** In season 3, [[ Matt reverts back to his original season 1 costume]], given that his season 2 costume was destroyed in Midland Circle. Although instead of his original mask, he's relying on the fabric of a nun's habit. The red Devil costume does appear...on Dex, who gets Melvin to build him such a suit so he can commit crimes as Daredevil as part of a scheme by Fisk to tarnish Matt's reputation.²** A flashback in "Nelson v. Murdock" reveals that Matt had an even cruder outfit before the ninja look, which basically consisted of some dark, baggy clothes and a blindfold. ²** Frank Castle wears a variety of black tactical jackets throughout season 2. [[spoiler: Come the end of the season, he manages to find a bulletproof vest in the Blacksmith's weapons stash, which he spraypaints his skull insignia on and wears under a trench coat.]]²*** Lampshaded when he [[spoiler:kills the inmates that Fisk sends to attack him in prison and ends up with the bloody face print of one of them on his white overalls.]]²** Elektra starts out with a black vest and pants and a red scarf for her face, and then in the season 2 finale, alongside Matt's billy clubs, Melvin tailors for Elektra a more ninja-esque red and black outfit.²** At the start of season 1, Wilson Fisk is wearing all-black suits. After he takes his relationship with Vanessa to the next level, he begins wearing lighter shades, which lasts until his arrest. After he manipulates his way out of prison in season 3, he finally adopts the white suits that he's known for wearing in the comics.²* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: After telling Matt who Wilson Fisk is, Healy impales his own head on a fence so that Fisk can't make an example out of him.²* BettyAndVeronica: In season 2, Matt is involved in a LoveTriangle between the fair-haired everywoman Karen and the dark-haired ActionGirl Elektra.²* BigApplesauce: The show picks up with Hell's Kitchen rebuilding after [[Film/TheAvengers2012 the "incident"]], and there's the bombings Fisk carries out to wipe out the Russians' manpower.²* BigBad: Wilson Fisk is the main antagonist of the show. He is behind most of the illegal operations Matt targets.²** Season 2 doesn't have a main BigBad, but it does have a BigBad for the two main plotlines. One plot has the Yakuza [[spoiler:(actually the Hand), lead by Nobu]], who fill the EvilPowerVacuum left by Fisk's incarceration as part of their continuing plan to [[spoiler: mine for dragon bones under Manhattan,]] while Frank Castle's plot has a drug lord known as The Blacksmith [[spoiler: aka Colonel Schoonover]] as the mastermind behind his family's death. And Fisk himself, despite having a reduced presence, still gets to be the overall BigBad because both of those storylines still tie back in with him: he's connected to the Hand storyline due to his season 1 ties with Nobu and Madame Gao, and he also uses Frank as a pawn in his scheme to get rid of Dutton and take over the prison's underground scheme, which is setup for his return to being the main villain for season 3.²** Season 3 has Fisk as the Big Bad again for most of the season, with Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter, the up-and-coming Bullseye, as his [[TheDragon Dragon]] and [[TheHeavy Heavy]]; however, at the end of the season, Dex turns on Fisk (after Matt reveals to Dex that Fisk ordered the murder of [[MoralityChain Julie Barnes]], a woman Dex has been obsessed with) leading to a BigBadEnsemble between the two of them.²* TheBigGuy: Vladimir and Anatoly Ranskahov, and for that matter, most of the Russians. But only when they're operating on their own. [[BigBadWannabe To Wilson Fisk, they mostly provide muscle and wheels.]]²* BigRedDevil: In the season 1 finale, Matt gets Melvin Potter to tailor him such a suit for his final fight with Fisk, built from the same material that lines Fisk's suits. ²* BilingualBonus:²** In "World on Fire," Karen claims that she only speaks Spanish at a high-school level. However, Deborah Ann Woll's command of it is quite impressive, as she understands Spanish vocabulary beyond what most high school classes would teach. On the other side of the spectrum, despite the show suggesting otherwise, Charlie Cox's rapid-fire Spanish isn't actually ''that'' good.²** The Ranskahovs' taxicab front business is known as Veles Taxi. Veles is a Russian deity similar to Loki. He is a wooly dragon sometimes depicted with the head of a bear. It opposes its brother Perun, the Thunder God.²** Anyone fluent in the languages can tell that James Wesley [[TactfulTranslation often declines to quite translate them accurately]]. Also, the Russian used by Vladimir and Anatoly is very colloquial (and somewhat broken), whereas the subtitles are more straightforward.²** The Japanese characters written over the block of tenements on Nobu's map read "kuro sora" — literally, "black sky".²** As the FBI starts dismantling Fisk's organization, we hear the aria "Nessun Dorma" from ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}''. The final word of the aria is a triumphant "Vincero!" repeated three times. "Vincero" translates into "I Will Win", and at this point the heroes seem to be victorious. Fisk, of course, still has one last-ditch effort to make with his attempted escape from custody.²** When Wilson Fisk bombs the Russians' hideouts during Foggy and Karen's dinner, Elena rushes into the living room and shouts, "[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The heavens are opening up again!]]" in Spanish.²** Being French herself, Elodie Yung speaks perfectly unaccented French as Elektra. As does Jacques, the assassin Stick sends after her.²** In Season 2, Hirochi, a member of [[spoiler:the Hand]] calls Daredevil "Akuma-san." ''Akuma'' means demon/devil in Japanese. ''-san'' is a polite honorific title, roughly equivalent to ''Mr./Ms.'' He's calling him '''''Mr. Devil.''''' [[AffablyEvil They're really polite, that way]].²** The Nelsons use ''Sláinte'' as a toast, the Irish word for "health".²* BilingualDialogue: Quadrilingual, actually. Throughout season 1, meetings between Wilson Fisk's cronies involve English, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian (although Vladimir and Anatoly speak English when directly speaking to Leland, Fisk, or Wesley), with Wesley being the only one who can understand what everyone is saying. Or so it seems. Fisk and Madame Gao can also understand and speak all four, and Nobu knows English as well, but all keep it a secret. Wesley's a bit disappointed when he realizes he's a CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator.²* BirdsOfAFeather: Matt and Karen. They are both driven by a sense of justice, they both have an inner struggle about life and death (Matt fears crossing that line because he knows there's no return; Karen is racked with guilt after killing James Wesley). They both think other people's lives are worth saving (Grotto and Frank Castle) even if they've done bad things, and they want to seek justice in their own way. They even like the same kind of simple "cheap" life. ²* BittersweetEnding:²** Season 1 ends with something of a Pyrrhic victory. Matt, Karen and Foggy succeed in bringing down Fisk's operations within the law, and Daredevil stops Fisk when he makes a run for it. However, a lot of people suffered and died along the way, including Mrs. Cardenas and Ben Urich. Also, Karen killed Wesley, and Fisk will have her killed if he ever finds out. Further, the most powerful of Fisk's partners, such his allies within The Hand (Madame Gao and Nobu), are still out there.²** Season 2 is even starker. [[spoiler:Nobu is killed again and [[DecapitationRequired he won't be coming back this time]], while Frank has exacted his revenge on the Blacksmith. ''However''...(deep breath) Frank was released from prison with Fisk's help, and he knows his crusade against organized crime will only serve to help Fisk regain control of his criminal empire once he's out of prison. Matt and Elektra rekindled their relationship only for her to die saving him and then her body is taken by the Hand, a fate she was trying to avoid in the first place. Nelson & Murdock dissolve in both business and friendship, and while Karen goes on to become a reporter for ''The New York Bulletin'' and Foggy takes a lucrative position at Hogarth, Chao, and Benowitz, Matt is left with only Karen, out of a job, and facing a dark future as his enemies are growing in power. So for him it's a straight-up DownerEnding, though that's mitigated by ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' which show that Matt is doing very good running a solo law practice out of his apartment and he is still on amicable (albeit awkward) speaking terms with Karen and Foggy.]]²** Season 3 has the most unambiguously happy ending, but even it isn't immune to this trope. [[spoiler: Fisk is in prison, seemingly for good this time as Matt has leverage to ensure his scheming days are over. Matt, Foggy, and Karen have reconnected as friends and plan to re-open Nelson and Murdock as Nelson, Murdock, and Page, with Karen as a professional private investigator. Matt has cleared Daredevil's name by handing the police Dex in a Daredevil suit with a broken back (courtesy of Fisk) as Matt in his BetaOutfit walks off the scene. Matt's reconnected with his mother, a nun, who will provide the guidance and wisdom Matt used to rely on Father Lantom for. And finally, Daredevil, in his black starter outfit, is seen once more standing watch over Hell's Kitchen. But. . . Father Lantom is dead at Dex's hands. A chunk of the FBI has been arrested for collusion with Wilson Fisk, adding to the general corruption at all levels of government in the MCU. Fisk's rise to power involved creating a deliberate power vacuum that he could slip into, and that vacuum is again vacant, and we saw how that turned out in Season 2. Melvin Potter has been arrested for violating parole in working with Fisk again and trying to frame Matt as "murderous Dex" Daredevil, so it's unlikely Matt will be getting a new costume anytime soon (and even if he did, there may be lingering resentment against that particular suit). Finally, Dex is undergoing experimental surgery to repair his broken back, and as the doctors debate whether it'll work at all, Dex's eyes flare open and we see a Bullseye reflected in them, indicating Daredevil hasn't seen that last of his greatest foe. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh, and Netflix cancelled the show, so whatever continuation Daredevil's story will have will be in a different format.]]]]²* BlackAndGrayMorality:²** The show dramatizes the ethical dilemma of Matt Murdock, a lawyer sworn to uphold the law, who is routinely breaking it as a [[VigilanteMan vigilante]].²** Matt also fights a second ethical dilemma under this same trope. As a Catholic, murder is a mortal sin and would damn his soul, but with all the pain and death Fisk is causing, Matt feels he may be obligated to kill him anyway.²** Wilson Fisk was written to be well-intentioned in order to highlight and intensify Matt's moral dilemmas.²* BlackBestFriend: ²** Sgt. Brett Mahoney is one to Nelson & Murdock. ²** While not strictly a friend, Ben Urich functions as an ally for Karen. ²** The first ally Fisk is able to make in prison is Stewart Finney, a black accountant. ²* {{Blackmail}}: Fisk uses a lot of this, often combined with [[AndYourLittleDogToo threats to their loved ones]], to get people to cooperate with him. The most notable example is [[spoiler:the dozen or so FBI agents he gets to work for him in season 3; it's pretty clear that only Dex is working for him of his own free will (and even that took manipulation on Fisk's part, including murdering Julie), and all the other agents were forced into doing his bidding this way. This ''is'' definitely the main reason Ray Nadeem briefly ends up forced to work for him]].²* BlasphemousBoast: Matt's despair leads him to denounce {{God}}, attribute all his goodness to himself, and say that even TheOmnipotent can't change who Matt has made himself.²-->''"I'm Daredevil, and not even God can stop that now."''²* BloodierAndGorier: Season 2 is much more bloody and violent than the previous one, especially for the debut of Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, a brutal {{vigilante}} who tortures and kills criminals.²* BloodStainedGlassWindows: Season 3 features a brawl that breaks out in Matt's church as Fisk sends Dex there to kill Karen as revenge for Wesley's death. Dex makes his attack as Father Lantom is starting evening mass. Almost everything in the church is desecrated as rosaries, pews, collection plates, and devotional statues are all turned into murder weapons. [[spoiler:Father Lantom]] is killed during the fight as he shields Karen from one of Dex's batons.²* BodyguardingABadass: ²** Fisk is more than capable of brawling on his own yet still has bodyguards to protect him.²** At the start of season 3, the FBI function as bodyguards to Fisk as they move him to a safe location after an attempt on his life in jail. When the convoy is ambushed by Albanian gangsters trying to assassinate Fisk, Dex is the one to kill them as Fisk is trapped in his car and unable to get a gun to fight back.²* BolivianArmyEnding: "Condemned" ends with Vladimir holding off a corrupt ESU unit while Matt escapes through drainage tunnels. The last thing heard in the episode is Vladimir continuing to fire his weapon.²* BookEnds:²** In the first episodes, Karen asks if Matt and Foggy are Good Samaritans, setting up that they are the good guys. In the FBI transport at the end, Fisk realizes that he's a bad guy by relating the story of the Good Samaritan. Likewise, Fisk's life of crime begins with him staring at a wall, thinking about the man he will become. [[spoiler:It ends with him in prison, staring a blank wall, clearly thinking about what man he will be once he leaves prison.]]²** In the first and last episode, Matt is seen working out at the ring where his father trained.²** Episode 12 starts with [[spoiler:Karen, after killing Wesley, having a nightmare where Fisk invades her home, talks to her calmly and then kills her. The episode ends with Fisk invading Ben Urich's home, talking to him calmly, and then killing him.]]²** "Shadows in the Glass", Fisk's DayInTheLimelight episode begins and ends with his morning routine. The first step of which is to stare momentarily at his new painting, which resembles the wall he was supposed to stare at on the evening he killed his father. His last scene in season one is staring at a very similar wall in prison.²** In the first fight scene of the series, Matt opens his fight with Turk and his men with a leaping downward punch. [[spoiler:He uses exactly the same move to finish his climactic fight against Fisk]].²** James Wesley is introduced strong-arming a guard into carrying out a hit on Karen by threatening the life of his daughter. In his last scene, Karen kills Wesley after he tries to strong-arm her into backing off by threatening the lives of her bosses.²** The beginning of Season 1 had Matt and Foggy first opening their law practice together and hiring Karen to work for them as an office manager, and the end of Season 2 saw them dissolving Nelson & Murdock and going their separate ways (which remained the case for ''Defenders'' and any series they've appeared in before this season). [[spoiler:At the end of Season 3, with Foggy growing weary of his current job and Matt and Karen both unemployed, the three of them once again decide to go into business together, this time as Nelson, Murdock, & Page, with Karen as an investigator]].²** Season 3 begins and ends with a CrucifiedHeroShot. The first episode has Matt doing this, as he is swept into a sewer, [[Series/TheDefenders2017 while trapped in the explosion and demolition of Midland Circle]]. The last episode has this happen to [[spoiler:Dex, a rare villainous example, as he is seen strapped face-down on an operating table in the aforementioned pose, his damaged spine being replaced with [[MythologyGag Cognium steel by two surgeons]]. Of course, being a villain, it's an [[TheAntiChrist inverted cross]].]]²* BoomHeadshot: A common method of execution.²* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: When Karen and Foggy enter the lobby of Landman & Zack, Karen says, about the architecture, "Feels like a place in a movie where you'd buy a clone. Maybe a robot baby. Or the clone of a robot baby."²* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: For season 3, Matt returns to his old ninja costume from season 1, as the red devil suit that Melvin built him was damaged beyond repair in Midland Circle.²* BreatherEpisode:²** "Stick" in season 1 takes a break from the Fisk storyline to set up the Hand storyline that's going to come into play in season 2 and ''The Defenders''. At least on Matt's end, that's the case, as Karen keeps the investigation going through meetings with Ben Urich and Elena Cardenas.²** "Kinbaku" in season 2 has no scenes of Matt in costume. The episode is primarily spent establishing Matt's past relationship with Elektra while he also begins dating Karen.²* BrickJoke: ²** In the first episode, Foggy steals some tea from the financial office across the hall form Nelson & Murdock to brew for Karen. Later, in the "Nelson v. Murdock" flashbacks, Matt and Foggy have a similar exchange when Foggy is stealing bagels to fit into his box as they prepare to quit Landman & Zack.²** In the "Nelson v. Murdock" flashbacks, Matt and Foggy joke about being "Avocados at Law" after Foggy mispronounces "abogado" (the Spanish word for lawyer). In the season 1 finale, Matt makes the joke to a confused Karen as they're admiring the newly erected Nelson & Murdock placard on the street.²** Throughout Season 1, Foggy goes on about how his family, the 'whole extended brood' wanted him to be a butcher. In Season 3, we finally see the shop; as well as his large family.²** During their study date in the midst of Frank Castle's trial in season 2, Matt, seeing Karen's due dilligence with the case, jokes that Nelson & Murdock might be more fun as "Nelson, Murdock & Page". In the Season 3 finale, with Karen out of a job at the ''Bulletin'' in light of Dex's attack, and Foggy having come to be dissatisfied with white collar law, Foggy proposes that the three of them go back into business together as Nelson, Murdock & Page. And much like when Foggy doodled an outline for his proposed Nelson & Murdock plaque in the "Nelson v. Murdock" flashbacks, he writes their names down on a napkin. ²* BrooklynRage: Wilson Fisk has shades of this (incidentally, Vincent D'Onofrio is a native of Brooklyn's Bensonhurst neighborhood. In flashbacks, his father is played by Domenick Lombardozzi, a native of The Bronx).²* BurnerPhones: Matt gives a burner phone to Claire so she can keep in touch with him, and uses one himself. Foggy teases him about calling girls on it.²* ButtMonkey:²** Detective Christian Blake. First he gets utterly humiliated by Matt and Foggy's rule-fu regarding Karen's Union Allied matter. Then he gets his right arm broken by Matt outside the precinct, leading to Matt obtaining the list of the Russians' hideouts. Because the information fell into Matt's hands, Fisk decides to have him killed. Thus he orders an ESU sniper to gun Blake down outside the scene where Matt is holed up with Vladimir. But Blake manages to survive this. So his best friend/partner Hoffman is sent to poison him, finishing him off for good.²** After the introductory episode, a lot of Turk Barrett's appearances involve things going south for him. His guns don't work properly, he gets beaten up by Matt really thoroughly twice, and then the FBI arrests him. Right after making parole, he continues the streak by having Matt break his hand and then throw his car keys in the water. Then he gets kidnapped by the Hand for being connected to Daredevil, and his foot is almost cut off when Karen activates his tracking bracelet. This reputation as a chew toy then proceeds to follow him to every one of the other shows.²* CallBack: ²** In the first part of season 2, characters make repeat references to Wilson Fisk, making clear that Fisk had major influence in the criminal underworld and the power vacuum left open in its wake.²** In "Semper Fidelis," Matt and Karen reminisce about the night they first met. The cinematography is very similar, but the roles are reversed (Matt gets a glass of water from the sink in the first scene; the second time around, it's Karen. Their positions on the couch are switched, with Karen sitting on the end closer to the window and Matt sitting on the end closer to the door).²** In the very end of season two the theme for [[spoiler:Jack Murdock's death]] plays during Karen's monologue.²* CallForward: When Karen reveals she can speak Spanish, just like Matt, Foggy quips that if the firm needs anyone to speak Punjabi, he's their man. Later, when we see a flashback to how they met in law school (as roommates) Matt says he's taking Spanish class, whereas Foggy is taking Punjabi.²* TheCameo:²** Creator/StanLee makes an appearance as a photo at the 15th Precinct.²** Stone, one of Stick's pupils from the comics, also makes a cameo at the end of the episode "Stick."²** [[Creator/CarrieAnneMoss Jeri Hogarth]] appears in the Season 2 finale to [[spoiler:offer Foggy a job at her firm.]]²* {{Cancellation}}: Which leaves the SequelHook TheStinger of Dex becoming Bullseye dangling.²* CanonForeigner: ²** The majority of Wilson Fisk's associates are all-new characters created exclusively for the show.²** Marci Stahl is a new character created for the show, but she does have some traits of Deborah Harris (Foggy's wife in the comics). This is very apparent in season 3 after she encourages Foggy to run for District Attorney.²** All of the FBI agents in season 3 with the exception of Dex are original characters.²** Foggy's family is introduced in season 3 and is somewhat different from the comics. Here, Anna Nelson is his biological mom instead of his stepmom. And instead of having his sister Candace, he has an all-new brother named Theo.²* CardboardBoxOfUnemployment: ²** Matt and Foggy pack some Banker's boxes as they prepare to quit their internship at Landman & Zack to go strike out on their own.²** After getting fired from the ''Bulletin'', Ben Urich is shown bringing home a Banker's box with all his office memorabilia including his framed front page articles, just in time for Wilson Fisk to choke him to death.²** Season 2 episode 12 sees Foggy packing up his office knick-knacks in a Banker's box as Matt pulls the plug on Nelson & Murdock.²* TheCartel: A Mexican drug cartel is another target of the Punisher, who hangs them up on meat hooks in their own locker after killing them. ²* CatapultNightmare: Karen has one after she kills Wesley and imagines Fisk telling her that it will be easier for her to kill in the future.²* CelebrityParadox: In "World on Fire," when hinting that they know Piotr is about to say Wilson Fisk's name, Detective Blake says "He'd have to be King frickin' Kong." Creator/AndySerkis, who plays the motion capture for King Kong in [[Film/KingKong2005 the 2005 remake]], is Ulysses Klaue in the MCU.²* CharlesAtlasSuperpower:²** [[{{Reconstruction}} Reconstructed]]. Matt's physical strength is that of a normal human, albeit a very fit one with an entire life of martial arts training. Because of this, he is constantly shown being exhausted, getting wounded, and requiring dozens of blows to take down even a single foe.²** Stick lacks Matt's chemically-enhanced senses, yet can still fight him to a standstill because of his Spartan lifestyle.²** {{Downplayed}} with Wilson Fisk. He is frighteningly strong, but it's not more than the strength you would expect of a really big, really burly man; and he augments this strength with a lightweight body armor sewn into his suits.²** Frank Castle is just as dangerous as Matt, even without enhanced senses or ninja training (although he does have combat training). In melee combat Frank trades off agility and martial arts for sheer brutality and pragmatism.²* ChekhovsGun:²** Leland Owlsley quips about dusting off his old taser in "World on Fire" in light of Matt's conflict with the Russians, and Fisk having just killed Anatoly. Two episode later, in "Stick", he gets to use it on Matt when Matt is distracted by Stick showing up. In the season 1 finale, he tries to use it to stun an enraged Fisk, [[NoSell to no effect]].²** Foggy remarks to Matt early on in "Stick" about how Karen carries mace on her keychain, while also holding his softball bat. Later in the episode, when Karen gets jumped outside Elena's building, she uses the mace to stun her attackers, though it doesn't do much to stop them until Foggy shows up to provide some assistance with his softball bat.²** At the beginning of season 2, Turk, due to being out on parole, references how he will be put on house arrest after Daredevil beats him up. [[spoiler: In the season 2 finale, his ankle monitor is used by Karen to call for help when Turk and Karen are kidnapped by The Hand.]]²* ChekhovsGunman:²** Marci Stahl, who appears originally just to demonstrate that Landman & Zack are shady attorneys and provide humor at the idea of her being Foggy's ex-girlfriend, turns out to be vital in locating Hoffman and taking down Fisk by copying files on Fisk and Owlsley's finances because Foggy reminds her of how she "used to have a soul."²** Brett Mahoney, Matt and Foggy's FriendOnTheForce; he is one of the few clean cops in the NYPD that Hoffman can safely turn himself in to.²** Detective Hoffman, initially just one of various corrupt cops on Fisk's payroll, later becomes the key to dismantling Fisk's criminal empire.²** Colonel Schoonover, [[spoiler: who appears to be a CoolOldGuy character witness during Frank Castle's trial, is actually the druglord who killed Frank's family. Or one of three main players, as Frank's own show reveals.]]²** Turk Barrett, a minor criminal Matt encounters in seasons 1 and 2, actually plays an important role in the season 2 finale as Karen uses his parole bracelet to notify the police of their location.²** When Fisk is removing his personal possessions as he is being admitted to Rikers, there's a very brief and seemingly pointless shot of an inmate sweeping the floor nearby who is staring at him intently. Moments later, he's seen again as a guard is getting Fisk his new white institutional apparel. This inmate turns out to be Stewart Finney, who introduces himself to Fisk shortly thereafter at the cafeteria and appeals to Fisk as a fellow businessman. He ends up becoming Fisk's new right hand man who assists him in collecting intelligence on Dutton and the other inmates for the duration of his stay in Rikers.²** The ESU sniper hired to shoot Detective Blake has an Ace of Spades playing card in his backpack, that is visible when he's assembling his rifle. It's a subversion though, as Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter is an FBI agent in this adaptation.²** When Dex is introduced in season 3, he looks like just another SWAT officer assigned to the FBI detail transferring Fisk to the Presidential Hotel. Then the Albanians ambush the motorcade while it's in transit, and just as all seems lost, we see Dex kill the entire squad with cold and calculated precision and some very insane trick shots.²* TheChosenOne: It's strongly implied that [[spoiler:Matt may unknowingly be this, given Stick and Stone's comments about how he needs to be ready when "[[VaguenessIsComing the doors open]]"]].²* ChronicHeroSyndrome: A prerequisite to working at Nelson & Murdock. Matt and Karen feel obligated to right wrongs and protect the weak and the abused, even at the risk of their own safety and well-being. Foggy does so too, but not to the reckless extents that the others do. ²* CivvieSpandex: During season 1, Matt's superhero costume is just [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack black]] civilian clothing and a hood. Following his return to Hell's Kitchen in season 3, he returns to the old costume, as the red armor was damaged beyond repair under Midland Circle.²* ColdBloodedTorture: In contrast to Matt's preferred JackBauerInterrogationTechnique (the 'heroic'' kind of torture!), some of the more vicious villains are singled out with this;²** Finn Cooley tortures Frank Castle with [[ThisIsADrill an electric drill to the kneecaps.]]²** [[spoiler:The Hand torture Stick]] by forcing bamboo under his fingernails.²* ColdSniper: Frank in season 2, and Dex in season 3.²* ColorMotifs:²** Matt Murdock is frequently associated with red (primarily) and black, naturally. When Claire asks him what he sees, he states that he sees a "world on fire".²** Likewise, [[DarkIsEvil Wilson Fisk is wearing an all black suit for most of the season.]] He later starts wearing an even fancier gray suit after he begins a relationship with [[LightIsGood Vanessa, who is often wearing a white dress to contrast Fisk.]] In addition, Fisk is fond of a painting of a white background which he says embodies his loneliness.²* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: The first season has been called "Year One" for Daredevil and his RoguesGallery so no one ''has'' their codenames yet.²** Matt only gets his nickname "Daredevil" from the media after he takes down Fisk. Till then, he's just "the Devil of Hell's Kitchen," "the Masked Man", or "the Black Mask," even in subtitles. Even after he acquires his name, the main characters have a conversation about whether it sounds dorky. And even with the 'Daredevil' name, the old 'Devil of Hell's Kitchen' moniker lingers on, with Karen, Brett, Frank, even Matt himself using the old name, and even in ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', the Hand leaders use the Devil of Hell's Kitchen name. ²** Wilson Fisk is never referred to as 'Kingpin' in season 1. Although there are many references to his nickname in season 1: Ben Urich uses a playing-card motif to chart out the conspiracy, and refers to Fisk as "the King of Diamonds"... with a large white ''pushpin'' stuck through the card; at one point Blake calls him "King Freakin' Kong". In season 2, Fisk finally adopts it as a moniker after having disposed of Dutton, the previous kingpin of the drug trade in the prison, and finally gets his signature white suits when he gets out of prison in season 3. Ultimately in season 3, the "Kingpin" name becomes the codename that dirty FBI agents on his payroll use to describe him in briefings and whatnot.²** The Owl is only referred to by his real name of Leland Owlsley. Though in this case he's an old man with no powers instead of a supervillain... but he mentions a son...²** The Fixer, Roscoe Sweeney, is only referred to by his last name.²** Melvin Potter is never referred to as "The Gladiator," but he keeps posters of Roman gladiator movies on the walls of his garage, and in "Penny and Dime" in season 2, he's wearing the Gladiator armor under his work shirt and offers to show it off to Matt.²** Strongly subverted with Frank Castle, as his nom de guerre "The Punisher" is a nickname created by the DA's office, but is commonly used by the public (even Matt, Karen and Foggy on occasion), not to mention the criminal underworld. The news media fervently embraces it. And Castle himself [[IAmTheNoun screams that he is this]] when he snaps during his trial.²** Bullseye is introduced in season 3, but only goes by his legal name Benjamin Poindexter, and is usually just known as Dex for short. The closest we come to getting to him being called "Bullseye" is a visual nod when Fisk is walking through Dex's medical records, and is interpreting the incident where Dex killed his baseball coach with a baseball. Said coach was wearing a cap with a bullseye on it. ²** While individual members of The Avengers are alluded to several times, only Captain America is mentioned by name all of once, when Foggy says, "I might as well be Captain America. Doesn't put wings on my head."²* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: Wilson Fisk's allies all have varying degrees of fluency in each other's languages that they've deliberately kept secret, to Wesley's embarrassment.[[note]]Though one could argue Wesley is annoyed at Madame Gao figuring out his and Fisk's act[[/note]] The Russians speak broken English, Nobu speaks it fluently, and both Fisk and Gao understand all four languages.²* CompromisingCall: While in the midst of threatening Karen, Wesley's phone picks an incoming call from Fisk. Wesley looks down at his phone and prepares to answer it, which is enough of a distraction for Karen to grab his gun and shoot him to death with it. Karen brings it up later when taunting Fisk with the details of Wesley's death:²-->'''Karen Page:''' What was it like for you when he disappeared? Really, it’s those first 24 hours that are the worst, aren’t they? When you call and you call and you call, and there’s just NO answer. It becomes an obsession. The calling. The never-ending loop of a ghost’s voice wail in your ear. You worry. You wonder. You swear "Goddammit if he’s still living I’m gonna kill him myself." Is that what it was like for you? Did you rage at him? ‘Cause you thought he betrayed you? Because I wonder what would be worse for you? His duplicity or his death?²* CompositeCharacter: ²** Claire Temple's role of patching up Matt after fights makes her similar to the minor Marvel character Night Nurse.²** While Karen Page maintains her initial job as Nelson & Murdock's secretary and Matt's love interest, she ends up taking over Ben Urich's duties as Matt's newspaper informant beginning in season 2.²** Bullseye's arc in season 3 is similar to Nuke's role in the ''Born Again'' comic storyline.²** Nobu Yoshioka is a mixture of the various [[KingMook Hand Daimyōs]] Daredevil has squared off against in the comics. ²* CommutingOnABus: Fisk in season 2 only gets two episodes due to being locked up awaiting trial, [[SmallRoleBigImpact but in that limited screentime, he single-handedly sets up the third act of the season]] and orchestrates a major retaliatory move against Nelson & Murdock. It also sets things up for his return to being the main antagonist in season 3.²* ConfrontingYourImposter: [[spoiler:The fight between Matt and Dex when Dex is masquerading as Daredevil to ruin his reputation.]]²* ConservationOfNinjitsu: ²** In season one, Matt was nearly killed by Nobu. In season two, he fights groups of ninjas and despite protective gear, being more experienced, and having Elektra by his side, he still has trouble beating them until he learns how to focus his senses in such a way as to trace them.²** In the season 2 finale, Matt goes head-to-head with Nobu, holding his own fairly well, a ''ton'' of Hand ninjas go after Elektra. She handles them all fairly easily... until there's only two of them left, and they actually manage to pin her to the ground (albeit briefly.)²* ContinuityNod: Has [[ContinuityNod/Daredevil2015 its own page]].²* ContinuityReboot: The series is completely unconnected to the 2003 ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' movie. It also counts for the Punisher in season 2 onwards, who is completely unrelated to any previous versions of the character.²* ContinuitySnarl: Despite being shown in multiple posters for the show, Avengers Tower is nowhere to be seen in the show itself. Instead, what really exists there, the [=MetLife=] Building, is seen in its place (look at the Midtown skyline in the background when Karen is meeting with the Union Allied lawyer in "Rabbit in a Snowstorm" for a good example).²** Flashbacks to the time Matt met Elektra indicate they happened "ten years ago." Except season 2 is implicitly set in 2015, and Matt (who is shown to be friends with Foggy at the time) only started college in Fall 2010. And a look at Foggy's Bar card in season 3 (when Matt steals it to gain access to the prison for a lead on Fisk) shows that Matt and Foggy passed the Bar in 2012.²* ContrivedCoincidence: In season 2, the fact that the druglord responsible for the shootout that got Frank's family killed was [[spoiler:Castle's former CO who had gone into the heroin business]]. At least, until ''Series/ThePunisher2017'' reveals it's not so coincidental at all...²* TheCorrupter: In season 3, Daredevil gets a [[GoodAngelBadAngel devil over his shoulder]] in the form of a fantasy of Wilson Fisk, who pressures Matt to give into his blood-thirst. The fantasy is effective enough to tempt Matt into beating down a group of FBI agents and considering breaking his rule against killing.²-->''"Yes, let the Devil out!"''²* CorruptPolitician:²** Wilson Fisk has numerous city officials, cops, and at least one state senator (Senator Cherryh) in his pocket who use their influence to change the zoning regulations in Hell's Kitchen on his behalf.²** Fisk's father was a CorruptPolitician-wannabe. He ran for office specifically so he could then become wealthy from the bribes and kickbacks.²** Samantha Reyes, the District Attorney of Manhattan, has a reputation for backstabbing her own subordinates to save her own ass.²** Rosalie Carbone, a political fixer and crime lord who is an associate of Fisk's in season 3, and who used to do business with the late Mariah Dillard in Harlem.²* CostumeEvolution: Matt starts with a black athletic outfit with a black bandana serving as a skullcap, which he adds additional protective gear to over the course of season 1. After meeting Melvin Potter, he gets a red devil costume made of a custom Kevlar-esque fabric, an armored helmet and armor plates. In season 2, Melvin continues upgrading Matt's costume with new gauntlets, boots and padding, and gets a new helmet after Frank Castle cracks his old one.²** Fisk wears all black suits at first until Vanessa picks some out for him in lighter shades. When he is released in season 3 his suits start as a mix of black and mostly white. When he [[spoiler:and Vanessa get married in the finale]] he finally wears an all white suit. This transition reflects him coming out of obscurity and into the public eye.²* CrapsackWorld: How New York City and Hell's Kitchen is portrayed in the show. The whole show does a good job of depicting an environment so dark and corrupt for so long, [[DarkAndTroubledPast it actively creates people like]] [[VigilanteMan Daredevil, The Punisher]], and [[TragicVillain Wilson Fisk]] himself. To clarify, the city is infested to the brim with gangs, criminal organizations, mobsters, gangsters, drug lords, [[AxCrazy extremely violent people]], corrupt officials, [[DirtyCop dirty cops]] and junkies. There is vulnerability of rights in many of its citizens, particularly those with few opportunities, and most people live in constant terror because of the ineptitude of the authorities and rampant corruption. The first season already presented us with a very dark environment, where many criminal organizations want control of Hell's Kitchen and half of the police are blackmailed by the mob. Basically, [[TheDon Wilson Fisk]] and his mob control the police and the press. And that's not to mention [[TheMafiya the Russian mob]], a heavily armed syndicate of ruthless gangsters [[HumanTraffickers who kidnap and sell women and children on a regular basis]]. Season 2 gives us ''an even worse view'' of the city, even without Wilson Fisk's involvement. After the imprisonment of Fisk, we have an extremely brutal vigilante known as [[VigilanteMan The Punisher]] fighting TheIrishMob, [[TheCartel the Mexican cartel]], and practically ''everyone'' involved in the death of his family. And it is without mentioning [[TheSyndicate The Hand]], a ''very'' powerful Asian crime syndicate that kidnaps and poisons kids. And finally, in the third season, Wilson Fisk makes all his effort to get out of jail, establishes a criminal conspiracy that involves other mob bosses, and this time he's in charge of the FBI for his protection. You know that something is ''really wrong'' when the same law enforcement agencies are vulnerable and many of them '''serve as minions of the same mobsters they fight with'''. To say that the city is a modern {{Gangsterland}} is an {{Understatement}}.²-->'''Frank Castle''' to '''Matt''': "Look around, Red. This city, it stinks. It's a sewer. It stinks and it smells like shit and I can't get the stink out of my nose. I think that this world, it needs men who are willing to make the hard call. I think you and me are the same!"²* CrossThrough: ²** Samantha Reyes in season 2 started out in the season 1 finale of ''Jessica Jones''.²** Karen has a recurring role in ''The Punisher'' season 1, set in between ''The Defenders'' and season 3 of ''Daredevil''.²** Rosalie Carbone in season 3 crosses through from ''Luke Cage'' season 2.²** Benjamin Donovan is a back-and-forth type, introduced here in season 2 as Fisk's replacement consigliere, but then having a recurring role in the first two seasons of ''Luke Cage'' prior to coming back to season 3 of ''Daredevil''. ²* CrucifiedHeroShot: The first shot of season 3 is of a silhouette of a cross falling towards the camera. As it gets closer, it becomes clear the cross is Matt Murdock with his arms outstretched, right after his legal death in ''Series/TheDefenders2017''. The symbolism is a little confused, since while Matt did sacrifice himself for Elektra in ''The Defenders'', his sacrifice didn't save her. In fact, his real death in the season is a spiritual one that leads him to renounce {{God}}, the exact type of thing Jesus died to save humanity from. Ultimately, though it takes longer than three days and doesn't happen in the episode "Resurrection," [[spoiler:Matthew Murdock does rise from his personal Hell and ascend even beyond his former glory.]]²* CruelToBeKind:²** Matt keeps Foggy and Karen out of his superheroics to keep them safe(r), even if it means pushing them away. Stick recommends this. By the season 2 finale, he realizes that shutting his friends out doesn't make anything better, leading him to come clean with Karen. In season 3, he vacillates frequently between doing this, deciding to let his friends help him, and going back to this when they're put in danger. Ultimately, he abandons it by the end of the season and reconciles with them instead.²** 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 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.²** Tammy Hattley denies Ray Nadeem promotions on the grounds that she's trying to protect him, as his poor FICO scores make him a recruitment target for criminals. [[spoiler:Which turns out to be a ruse as she's working for Fisk]].²* {{Cult}}: Madame Gao, as one of the Hand's founders. She claims her employees serve her due to faith. Her runners voluntarily blind themselves, thinking it will free them from worldly distractions and are willing to blow themselves up on her command.²* DaChief: Tammy Hattley is the SAC for the branch of the New York FBI office that Nadeem and Dex work for. [[spoiler:She has also been blackmailed into working for Fisk]].²* DarkAndTroubledPast:²** Matt was blinded in a car accident at the age of 9, and his father shot dead after refusing to take a dive not long after that.²** Karen was a drug addict when she lived in Fagan Corners, and shot her drug dealing boyfriend in defense of her brother, only to end up accidentally killing Kevin in an accident just minutes later when she took her eyes off the road.²** Wilson Fisk killed his own father when he was a child, to save his mother.²** Dex is a sociopath who killed his baseball coach with a ball to the back of the head because the coach wanted to give the other players a turn. While he was trying to get better with help from a therapist, once she retired due to a terminal illness, he was left feeling lost once again and struggling not to backslide into his own ways.²* TheDarkChick: ²** Madame Gao manufactures heroin to provide funding, but that clearly isn't the limit of her capabilities, as she is one of the Hand's leaders.²** Elektra, natch.²* DarkerAndEdgier:²** Thanks to Netflix's laxer broadcast standards, the show can get away with violence and mature content never seen in the 2003 ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' film, the MCU movies, ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' or ''Series/AgentCarter''. This is subtly reflected in the writing, which has far fewer jokes and gags than other MCU works.²** Matt himself becomes this in season 3 as a result of his near-death experience at the end of ''The Defenders'', where he has [[TookALevelInCynic taken a level in cynic]] as he undergoes a crisis of faith, is cold and distant with his friends in an effort to push them away, and plans on killing Fisk as he believes it's the only way to stop him.²* DatingCatwoman: ²** Foggy has Marci Stahl, who works for rival firm Landman & Zack in season 1, and later goes to work for Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz after much of L&Z is indicted for aiding Wilson Fisk. This is mostly because Landman & Zack have hated Foggy and Matt ever since they chose to start their own firm rather than join the team.²** Platonically, there's Matt and Foggy's friendships with Sgt. Brett Mahoney, a police officer. Brett's a cop and Foggy and Matt are defense attorneys, two professions that generally make enemies of each other (which they even lampshade).²** Also, Matt and Elektra, though who's "corrupting" whom at any given moment is matter for some debate.²* ADayInTheLimelight:²** "Shadows in the Glass" in season 1 is primarily focused on Wilson Fisk and explores his relationship with Vanessa, and flashbacks to his childhood.²** "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. ²* DeadlineNews: Midway through season 3, Fisk sends Dex, dressed in a Daredevil costume, to assassinate Karen at the ''Bulletin'' offices as well as get rid of Jasper Evans, the inmate Fisk paid to shank him and who Matt and Karen have managed to track down. Matt shows up just before he can kill Foggy with a baton, and a fight of cat-and-mouse breaks out as Dex and Matt chase each other around the newsroom and Dex turns anything and everything that isn't tied down into a weapon. The fight ends with Dex incapacitating Matt by stabbing him in the collarbone with a pair of scissors and dropping a bookcase on him, then he goes into the room where Karen, Foggy, Ellison and Jasper are hiding. He disarms Karen, overpowers Foggy, stabs Ellison with a pencil, and finally shoots Jasper in the head with Karen's gun. He then flees, fighting off his FBI colleagues on the way out. ²* DealWithTheDevil: Fisk at the start of season 3 meets with Ray Nadeem and offers to become an informant for him, selling out his competitors who are in the way of his return to power. Nadeem is skeptical about working with Fisk, but given the criminals Fisk is selling out are ones with open investigations against them, has no choice but to agree to his terms.²* DeathByAdaptation:²** Ben Urich is killed off by Wilson Fisk in the penultimate episode of season 1, when the comics counterpart is still ticking on. As a result, Karen ends up being shifted into the role Ben plays in the comics.²** Leland Owlsley, if he is indeed the MCU's version of The Owl, doesn't outlive the first season. However, he mentions a son, who may become the actual Owl later on.²* DeathByOriginStory: Quite a few. Matt Murdock's father Jack, Wilson Fisk's father Bill, Frank Castle's whole family, [[spoiler:Benjamin Poindexter's baseball coach and later [[MoralityChain his therapist]] as well, and Karen Page's little brother Kevin]].²* DeathInTheLimelight: A massive subversion with Karen in season 3 episode 10 "Karen". The episode opens with a 30 minute flashback about her backstory, she's currently hiding from Fisk in the church, and Fisk has tasked Dex with getting rid of her as revenge for Wesley's death. But just when it seems like Karen's about to bite it, [[spoiler:Father Lantom]] is the one who dies instead.²* DecapitationRequired: Stick seems confident that cutting [[spoiler:the supposedly immortal Nobu]]'s head off will be enough to make sure he's KilledOffForReal. ''Series/IronFist2017'' eventually confirms that decapitation is the only way to permanently kill off those resurrected by the Hand. That, or mutilating the body in such a way that resurrection is impossible.²* DemotedToExtra: Season 2's focus on Punisher pushed some prominent characters into the background:²** With major roles as Matt's conscience in seasons 1 and 3, Father Lantom only appears once in season 2, for Grotto's funeral. He's also only in one scene at the start of ''The Defenders''.²** Combined with CommutingOnABus: After being the main antagonist of season 1, Wilson Fisk only appears in two episodes in season 2. However, the impact of his removal from the streets is shown in great detail. He returns as the primary villain in season 3.²* DeliberatelyMonochrome: In season 3 episode 5, we have the scene where Fisk reads through Dex's backstory, with Fisk's deciphering of what's in Dex's medical records being depicted as a stage play shot entirely in black-and-white.²* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: The incident that spurred Matt to vigilantism was when he called child protective services on a father that was molesting his kid, but they couldn't find proof of abuse, so they were powerless to stop it.²* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In one of the "Nelson v. Murdock" flashbacks to Matt and Foggy's law school days, Foggy claims "I'll have you know that Punjabi is the future language of the future." To be fair, he was drunk at the time...²* DestructiveRomance: Matt and Elektra; when they were together in college its said Matt nearly ruined his future because of how much of a bad influence she was on him, and when they reunite in the present, his career and budding relationship with Karen are ruined as a direct result. Meanwhile, Matt's ''positive'' influence actually has a ''negative'' effect on Elektra; she's shown struggling with self-loathing because Matt's restraint makes her feel like a monster, her strive to be better because of him causes her to reject her teachings and puts her in the crosshairs of the Chaste (who consider her too dangerous to leave as a WildCard), and ultimately [[spoiler:results in her death and resurrection by the Hand when she chooses to side with him against them.]]²* {{Determinator}}: Matt regularly continues fighting even after taking massive physical injuries.²** Even being maimed, cut up, and barely able to stand won't stop Matt from taking on ''an entire hideout of Russian thugs'' to save a kidnapped boy.²** During the fight with [[spoiler:Nobu]], Matt gets slashed open half a dozen times, stabbed in the abdomen, and then still manages to defeat his enemy, ''and'' start a fight with Fisk. From that point forward in the season, the large gash he received remains constant, and we see that it ''tears back open'' every time he gets into a fight. In season 2, he still has the scars and shows them to Elektra at one point.²* {{Deuteragonist}}: Karen's headstrong, investigative nature causes her to advance the plot forward as much as, if not more than, Matt himself. In season 1, the exposure of Wilson Fisk is as much the result of Matt's interventions as Daredevil as it is Karen's use of the media. It's more apparent in season 2, where Karen keeps the Punisher plotline going while Matt becomes involved with helping Elektra fight the Hand. In season 3, she gets an entire episode dedicated to exploring her mysterious backstory.²* DiedInYourArmsTonight: ²** True to fashion, Elektra's first death is in Matt's arms after jumping in front of Nobu to stop him from killing Matt with one of her sais.²** Played straight and subverted in season 3 when Fisk sends Dex to kill Karen in the Clinton church as retaliation for Wesley's death, a scene lifted right out of "Guardian Devil". It's played straight when Dex kills Father Lantom as he tries to shield Karen, and he slowly bleeds to death in her arms. At the end of the fight, after Karen knocks Dex off the balcony to stop him from killing Matt, we get [[MythologyGag a recreation of the panel of Karen dying in Matt’s arms after sacrificing herself to save him from Dex]] (which is what Father Lantom's death took the place of), [[SwappedRoles but with the roles switched]] so that instead, we have Karen sobbing over an unconscious Matt.²* DirtyCop: ²** In season 1, Wilson Fisk has ''dozens'' of NYPD officers working in ''teams'' in his pocket. They're so corrupt that they're even willing to ''murder fellow officers'' who are liabilities. In the finale, he even turns out to have bribed some of the FBI agents in the convoy.²** In season 2, Fisk is warned by Stewart Finney to be careful around the prison kingpin Dutton, because Dutton runs over 80% of the contraband in Riker's, and owns the majority of the guards. After Fisk manages to arrange for Frank Castle to dispose of Dutton and Dutton's entire gang, it seems he has ''all'' of the guards in his pocket, and they actively smuggle Castle out of the prison.²** In season 3, Fisk manages to use a combination of blackmail and manipulation to get the dozen or so FBI agents assigned to protecting him to do dirty things for him. The only one of them who's willingly doing anything for him is Dex, but even that was thanks to manipulation.²* DisabilitySuperpower: In the show itself, how Matt sees things isn't explained until "World on Fire" halfway through the first season. Unlike the 2003 film where it is mostly sonar, here it's a bit more realistic as a conglomeration of all his remaining senses including smell and touch. It's represented mostly through sound effects, especially heartbeats, and occasional lens focusing effects as Matt hones in on a particular thing. We only get one POV shot, where to him it's like a "[[TitleDrop World on Fire]]."²* DiscOneFinalBoss: Finn Cooley in "Penny and Dime". [[spoiler:He's established as the returning leader of the Kitchen Irish, a ruthless and unbalanced mob boss with a vendetta against the Punisher, but he's killed at the end of his introductory episode. With him, the Irish, Dogs of Hell and cartels are all dismissed as villains in favor of larger concerns]].²* DisproportionateRetribution:²** Wilson Fisk is feared because he won't just stop with you if you fail or snitch on him, he will come for everyone you know.²** Fisk bashes Anatoly's head in with a car door all because the poor bastard had the nerve to interrupt his dinner date with Vanessa, to the point of reducing it to goop. And then he proceeds to bomb all of the Russian gangs' hideouts and kill off Vladimir.²** When they've finally had enough of him in Season 2, [[spoiler: Nobu and The Hand go after Daredevil by kidnapping two dozen people he's saved. You'd think Nobu, [[ManOnFire of all people,]] would know what a bad idea it is to hit DD's BerserkButton.]]²* DownerBeginning: The beginning of season 3. Matt is recovering in a convent from his near-death experience in Midland Circle. Foggy is trying to find his footing to make sense of who he is without Matt and has accepted that he isn't coming back, which is greatly straining things between him and Karen as Karen is still holding out hope that Matt is still alive. And Fisk makes a deal with the FBI to get himself out of prison.²* DownerEnding: Season 2's ending is closer to this than BittersweetEnding. [[spoiler:While Frank does survive and escape to go start his own series and Nobu finally dies for real, Elektra is dead and her corpse is taken by The Hand, Nelson and Murdock is finished with Matt and Foggy possibly becoming irreparably estranged, and Matt reveals that he's Daredevil to Karen, which as ''The Defenders'' shows is the start of the mending process. On top of all of that, Claire lost her job at the hospital (though ''Luke Cage'' shows that she's taken up working with Luke and found a better calling), and Fisk is running his prison with ease and will be gunning for both Matt and Foggy the absolute second he's released due to Matt infuriating him even more.]]²* TheDragon: Nobu, Fisk's criminal partner whom Daredevil has the most trouble with (outside of Fisk himself). [[spoiler:Nobu gets upgraded to the main villain in the second season when the Hand becomes the primary antagonist]]. ²* DramaticGunCock: Right in the opening teaser of the pilot episode, Turk loads his bullet with the slide conveniently letting Matt know where he is and that he has a gun. But two minutes later [[GunsDoNotWorkThatWay he does it again]] even after having fired bullets and not putting in a new magazine.²* TheDreaded:²** Wilson Fisk has this reputation in the criminal underworld of Hell's Kitchen, to the point where even mentioning his name is taboo.²** Nobu and his organization are feared by even Fisk, to the point he doesn't dare to cross them personally.²** Madame Gao even moreso. Wesley is prepared to oppose Nobu's organization if necessary[[note]] Though it's implied he's vastly underestimating them[[/note]], but when Owlsley suggests that Madame Gao might have decided to turn against them, Wesley simply says that in that case, [[ItHasBeenAnHonor it's been an honor working with him]].²* DrivenToSuicide: Healy, upon giving up Fisk's name to Matt under torture, promptly [[{{Squick}} impales his head on a spike]] so that Fisk won't murder him or anyone he loves for naming him.²* DwindlingParty: [[spoiler:Over the course of season 1, Fisk loses a lot of his criminal associates. In order: first the Russian brothers, Anatoly and Vladimir, go down, killed by Fisk's machinations as retribution for Anatoly interrupting Fisk's date with Vanessa. Then Nobu dies, set on fire in the midst of his fight with Matt. Then Wesley is killed by Karen. Madame Gao splits town. Vanessa and Fisk are separated when Fisk is arrested. This is lampshaded by Leland Owlsley, who says: "We're all in this together. What's left of us, anyway," not too long before Fisk throws him down an elevator shaft, leaving Fisk LonelyAtTheTop]].²* EarlyBirdCameo: Similar to how season 1 of ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' introduced Luke Cage well before he got his own show, season 2 of ''Daredevil'' was used to introduce Frank Castle, ostensibly as a test to see if he was worth giving [[Series/ThePunisher2017 his own show]], which he passed.²* EarnYourHappyEnding: Unlike [[BittersweetEnding the first two seasons]], the third season ends on a mostly happy note. [[spoiler:Fisk is back in prison (likely for good this time) and the corrupt FBI agents working for him are arrested and turning evidence on Fisk. Dex and Fisk are both defeated, and Matt avoided crossing the line and murdering either of them; furthermore, he ensures that Fisk will keep his identity secret and never target Foggy or Karen again by promising that he'll make sure Vanessa ends up in prison if Fisk violates this deal. He delivers a touching eulogy for Father Lantom, forgives him and his mother Maggie, and makes it clear that he wants Maggie to still be in his life. Best of all, after being angry and teetering on the edge of losing himself all season, Matt finally returns to mostly how he used to be and seems to regain his faith in God, and also mends his relationships with Foggy and Karen, to the point that the three of them plan to go back into business together]]. Really the only less-than-happy things about the ending are that [[spoiler:Ray Nadeem is dead (though not before making a posthumous confession video for bringing Fisk down), and Dex is being experimented on and is clearly going to come back to be an enemy again]].²* EleventhHourSuperpower: ²** It is late in season 2 when Stick teaches Matt a way to track the ninjas through their breathing. (The ninjas make no sound when moving and can conceal their heartbeats so Matt can't track them like he usually does.)²** Similarly, Matt doesn't get his iconic grappling-club until the finale of season 2.²* EmbarrassingNickname: "Foggy Bear". Foggy doesn't let anyone but Marci Stahl call him that.²* EnemyCivilWar: ²** Matt's actions against the Russians destabilize their relationship with Wilson Fisk, in turn causing rifts between the Russians and Fisk, and then between Fisk and the other factions in TheSyndicate, and finally rifts between Fisk and his own underlings.²** At the start of season 2, new gangs are moving in to fill the vacuum caused by Fisk's downfall. The Punisher's attacks on them ultimately causes a gang war to break out, with the blood getting so bad that at one point, Foggy has to break up a skirmish on an emergency room floor.²* EqualOpportunityEvil: Wilson Fisk's syndicate is ethnically diverse. In season 1, the main gangs he works with are the Russians, the Chinese, and the Yakuza. It's mentioned early in Season 2 that some of the Kitchen Irish even went to work for him. In addition, he gets two African-Americans as allies, in the form of his lawyer Big Ben Donovan (on loan from Harlem, and who is taking up a lot of the consigliere duties Wesley used to hold) and incarcerated accountant Stewart Finney. On his release from prison, he starts organizing parlays to impose his new "protection from prosecution" tax on other criminals, resulting in him presiding over a secret meeting that includes members of the Maggia, plus a black gangster, and a Rabbi.²* EstablishingCharacterMoment:²** In Matt's first three scenes he saves a stranger, at the cost of his sight, takes confession with his priest, and [[BloodierandGorier snaps a human trafficker's femur with his bare hands.]]²** The first thing we see Foggy doing is waking up Matt with a phone call, making fun of his (supposed) sex life, and soft-bribing Sgt. Brett Mahoney with cigars for his mother.²** Karen fights off a guard who tries to kill her in her cell, establishing [[BewareTheNiceOnes that she's capable of defending herself]] and has a history with violence. Later, when Matt takes her back to his apartment, she starts asking him questions about his blindness, showing that she's curious about people around her.²** After several episodes establishing Wilson Fisk's fierce reputation, Fisk is introduced at an art gallery, awkwardly hitting on Vanessa and showing very little self-confidence, establishing that he's not your standard mob boss. A short time later, he decapitates Anatoly with a car door for embarrassing him, establishing that his terrifying reputation is ''well'' founded.²** Dex gets two ones that establish his different main character traits. The first is in episode 2 when he singlehandedly kills a team of Albanians who try to assassinate Fisk during his transfer to an FBI safehouse, and executes the last two survivors as they're preparing to surrender, establishing that he is a very formidable killer. The second is in episode 4, where he pulls a prank on Fisk by taking a bite out of his burger before sending it in, and then watching Fisk through the cameras to see just how he reacts, which shows that he has a fondness for doing petty things for his own amusement. ²* EstablishingSeriesMoment: For some, the opening fight scene with Matt attacking Turk's gang of human traffickers at the docks, as it is far more brutal than we're used to from the MCU, giving people a taste of just what they're in for with this one. For others, it's the one-take hallway fight with the Russians. And for others, it's when Wilson Fisk kills Anatoly by decapitating him with a car door.²* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: ²** Wilson Fisk killed his abusive dad to defend his mother.²** Fisk exploits this trope to get power in jail, enlisting the Valdez brothers as his personal bodyguards by arranging for their mom's rent to be paid out permanently.²* EvilBrit: Felix Manning, Fisk's new fixer in season 3, is an AffablyEvil Brit responsible for making problems disappear.²* EvilCounterpart: Matt and Fisk.²** Both have the desire to "make their city a better place" and don't hesitate to use brutality if needed. However, Matt generally stops shy of lethal force and tries to direct his brutality towards criminals while Fisk's ambitions often impact everyone including innocent lives.²** Fisk started off as a meek child who abhorred violence and gradually became murderous. The Murdocks' familial dark side is a penchant for brutality, yet Matt keeps it in check despite being trained as a warrior.²** Fisk's father was abusive and coerced him into violence, while Matt's father was very loving and never wanted him to fight.²** Both men were shown to be offered alcohol as kids. When it's shown with Matt, it's a touching scene of father-son bonding. When it's done to Fisk, it's shown as a case of peer pressure.²** Matt's faith is a major reason he stays on the side of angels. Fisk claims he's never had the mind for prayer or religion, and in the Season 1 finale invokes a bible passage in his "I am the ill intent" speech in the convoy.²* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:²** Vladimir and Anatoly Ranskahov are very close to each other, and Vladimir is devastated following his brother's death at Fisk's hands.²** Discussed by Matt in conversations with Father Lantom. Matt considers Fisk to be truly evil, but Fisk has people he cares about, specifically Vanessa, Wesley, and his mother, for whom the feelings are mutual. This makes it much more difficult for Matt to paint Fisk as the monster he wants him to be. Fisk is distraught when Karen kills Wesley, as Wesley was the closest thing he had to a friend. ²*** In season 3, Fisk's love for Vanessa is strong enough that when he learns she'll be facing accessory charges for her part in his enterprise, he agrees to turn informant for the FBI in exchange for the charges against her being dropped. This ultimately puts Fisk in a place where he can wrap the FBI around his thumb and can also sell out competitors who will pose an obstacle to his empire. ²* EvenEvilHasStandards: In "Speak of the Devil", Father Lantom talks about witnessing an event in the Rwanda genocides of 1994 where a militia tried to kill a village elder by cutting his head off with a machete. Then after seeing how much his followers loved him, they couldn't go through with it and just wanted to give him a quick death by shooting him instead. Their leader...he had no such standards.²* EveryoneHasStandards: ²** Marci Stahl stops mispronouncing Elena Cardenas's name after she gets murdered, since she thinks it's cruel to make jokes about people who have been murdered. When she thinks Daredevil caused the bombings, she's reluctant to work with him. She also has disdain for Reyes and her response to the fact that Reyes has a serious shot at the Mayor's chair by building an anti-vigilante platform off Frank Castle's conviction or persecution of types like Jessica Jones, is to take a very bitter drink.²** Frank has no interest in killing Matt, even when he has Matt at his mercy, as even after all the people he has killed, he only cares about targeting the gangs affiliated with the Central Park shootout. He also doesn't unmask Matt despite having him at his mercy since he doesn't care who he is under the mask. He later tells Karen that he wasn't trying to kill her when he was chasing down Grotto, whom she was protecting at the time, because he only goes after criminals who deserve it. In addition, he has a bit of extra hatred for anyone who'd deal in (or presumably make or read, etc.) child pornography. After buying supplies from a pawn shop dealer, the dealer offers him child porn. He responds by killing the guy with a baseball bat.²*** One of Frank's victims at the Kitchen Irish bloodbath is the son of Finn Cooley. A few episodes later, Finn Cooley captures Frank and is preparing to torture him for...his money that Frank stole. Even though Frank is making it his mission to kill people like this, he's still rather incredulous about this kind of attitude. ²-->'''Frank Castle:''' Your kid's in a box. But you want your money, huh? ²* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: One of Matt's favorite moves in the series is a spinning kick, with the [[RuleOfCool number of spins varying for effect.]]²* EverytownAmerica: Karen comes from Fagan Corners, Vermont, a town she describes on her first date with Matt as being less than 400 people and where the most ethnic food was french fries. She doesn't like talking about her life before she came to the big city, given what happened that caused her to leave town: she was an addict, shagging a dealer named Todd Neeman, and who deferred going to Georgetown twice because she knew her father and brother wouldn't be able to run the family diner without her. One night, after a heated argument, her brother burned down Todd's trailer and Karen shot Todd with the gun in his truck as he tried to kill Kevin with a tire iron. While driving home with Kevin afterwards, Karen took her eyes off the road to argue with him at a bad time and ended up crashing into the guardrail of a bridge, flipping the car over several times and killing Kevin (while high, which didn't help). ²* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The Rwanda militia leader Father Lantom mentioned in "Speak of the Devil". Whatever they were talking about, the conversation ended with him beheading the local elder ''and his family''.²* TheEvilGenius: Owlsley, the money launderer who stays out of the day-to-day activities of the group.²* EvilIsNotAToy: {{Downplayed|Trope}}, but Fisk eminently realizes that he shouldn't have relied so much on someone as inestable as [[spoiler:Poindexter]], as the only reason [[spoiler:Vanessa survives the season is thanks to Daredevil saving her from Bulleye's knife in the nick of time]].²* EvilPowerVacuum: By the beginning of season 2, various formerly low-profile gangs are fighting over the territories left open due to Wilson Fisk being taken off the streets and his allies having been killed or gone into hiding.²* ExpositoryThemeTune: "Beautiful Crime" by Tamer, which was used in number of promotional materials, talks about Matt and Fisk and their world's GreyAndGrayMorality.²-->''We fight every night for something.''\²''When the sun sets [[NotSoDifferent we're both the same]],''\²''Half [[TheCowl in the shadows]].''\²''Half [[SelfInflictedHell burned in flames]].''²* EyeScream:²** As a child, Matt got blinded by a poisonous and corrosive chemical being splashed right into his eyes²** When Clyde Farnum, the guard Wesley blackmails into hanging Karen, carries out the attempt, Karen defends herself by clawing at his face hard enough that her nails draw blood from his right eye. We see that Farnum is still wearing an eyepatch bandage over that eye when Fisk has him killed off later.²** Matt, at Claire's suggestion, tortures Semyon by stabbing him through the top of the eye socket²** Healy impales himself on a metal spike through the head, the spike entering between the eyes, rather than let Fisk go after his family.²** Madame Gao's heroin workers are all blind, with scars around their eyes, implied to have ''blinded themselves'' after she showed them something. With her advanced age, and it being revealed in ''Series/IronFist2017'' that she is a member of the Hand, the implications are disturbing.²** In the opening to "Penny and Dime," Finn Cooley kills an underling by stabbing him through the eye with an ice pick. At the end of the episode, Finn himself meets such a fate at the end of the episode when Frank Castle shoots him in the left side of his face with a shotgun.²** Elektra kills one Hand ninja by stabbing him in the eye with her sai and ''twisting the blade to burrow it in farther.'' The sound effects are incredibly gruesome, including [[UpToEleven the sound of the sai tip scraping against the back of the skull.]]²* FakeGuestStar: Despite Sgt. Brett Mahoney having a larger role than many of the main cast members in season 2, Royce Johnson still doesn't get main credits billing.²* FalseFlagOperation: ²** In season 3, Fisk pays Jasper Evans to shank him to manipulate the FBI into putting him up in the penthouse of one of his own properties.²** Whereas Fisk merely used his contacts in the media to smear Matt's reputation in season 1, he goes a step farther in season 3 by having Dex attack people at the ''Bulletin'' dressed up in a red Daredevil costume to turn public opinion against Matt. In the process, Dex also ends up killing Jasper Evans, who Matt and Karen have tracked down and convinced to go on record. ²* FamilyBusiness: Foggy's family is introduced in season 3 and is revealed to run a butcher shop. Foggy's relationships with the rest of his family are strained owing to his decision to be a lawyer rather than help them run the shop. It doesn't help that Fisk has also managed to use the shop as leverage against Foggy by tricking his brother and parents into committing fraud.²* FBIAgent: ²** With large portions of the NYPD are in Fisk's pocket, Nelson & Murdock have Detective Hoffman strike a plea deal with the FBI in which he gives up Fisk and most of the key players in his organization. Fisk is arrested and put into the back of an armored truck guarded by an FBI SWAT team. Unfortunately, one of the agents in the truck is on Fisk's payroll, and kills the other agents riding with him when the convoy is ambushed by mercenaries working for Fisk, who also kill the other agents and NYPD cops escorting the truck to Riker's. ²** In season 3, Fisk cuts a deal with the FBI to become an informant in exchange for Vanessa's protection. After an attempt on his life in jail, the FBI move him to a penthouse in one of his own hotels, putting him under 24 hour surveillance with an FBI team positioned in an adjoining room. Two of the agents involved in protecting Fisk comprise the new series regulars for the season. The first is Ray Nadeem, a down-on-his-luck agent with financial difficulties who starts the season as Fisk's handler. The other is Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter, who is corrupted over the course of the season into becoming the assassin better known as Bullseye.²* FeeFiFauxPas: There's quite a bit of attention drawn to the visually oriented gestures and sayings most people make without a second thought, causing them to feel quite awkward when they do it with Matt. The real estate agent tells him that he and Foggy can fight over the office with the better view. Karen nods in response to a "yes/no" question Matt asks her, then laughs in embarrassment when she realizes he didn't see that. Karen holds a newspaper to his face to show an article about Fisk. Ben Urich shrugs instead of verbally answering. Matt isn't bothered by it; in fact, in the "Nelson v. Murdock" flashbacks, he says to Foggy that he'd rather people engage in faux pas on him than treat him like he's made of glass.²* FictionalCounterpart: The ''New York Bulletin'' appears to be the equivalent of the ''New York Post''.²* FlippingTheTable:²** When Madame Gao tells Wilson Fisk he will be removed if he does not reassert control over his criminal alliance, he ends up flipping his massive metal dining table in rage seconds after she leaves.²** When Fisk goes public before Matt's group exposes him, Matt angrily knocks everything off his kitchen table.²** In the last episode of Season One, Matt flips over a table covered in playing cards when he finally gets to Hoffman, who he needs to take down Fisk's whole operation. Takes on extra symbolic significance given the Playing Card Motifs of Fisk's criminal empire.²* {{Foil}}:²** Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk. They're both defined by their past experience with their fathers, leading up to both deciding to do whatever it takes to make their city a better place. However, their methods of doing vary widely. Fisk's NotSoDifferent observation is all the more poignant.²** Leland Owlsley and Foggy Nelson. The respective snarky, cynical sidekicks to Wilson Fisk and Matt Murdock. However, Leland is a cynical dick who's been laundering criminals' money for decades, while Foggy quit Landman & Zack after Matt pointed out they weren't going to change the world that way, and is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.²** Karen Page maps more onto Vanessa than to Wesley, what with their unflagging loyalty to the Devil of Hell's Kitchen and Wilson Fisk, despite what others may say and do.²** As a trio, Matt, Foggy, and Karen; to Fisk, Wesley, and Vanessa respectively. The leader (Matt and Fisk), the right-hand man (Foggy and Wesley), and a woman who is brought into the conflict by Fisk (Karen through getting framed up by Fisk; Vanessa through Fisk asking her out on a date). ²** Stick and Madame Gao are this as well- they are both elderly, members of ancient societies at war with each other (the Chaste and the Hand) tenuously allied with Matt/Fisk, though they eventually betray them, and they both tell Matt/Fisk to focus on their respective missions and sever their ties with the ones they love.²* {{Foreshadowing}}:²** A [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Punisher]] skull logo can be spotted on the wall of one of the access tunnels at the end of "Condemned".²** In one of the motion posters, a glimpse of the red Daredevil costume can be seen in the muddy reflection of a puddle.²** In Ben Urich's discussion with Silvio, the retired mobster, Silvio mentions that he's always had respect for Ben because he was the only reporter to never mention or go after his family (his kids in this case) in his articles. Fisk ends up killing Ben because he tried to use Fisk's mother in his expose.²** A potentially unintentional example: when Karen opens the door to invite Wesley into Nelson & Murdock in "Rabbit in a Snowstorm", Wesley does what looks like a FingerGun gesture with his left hand that's pointed at Karen. Several episodes later, it is Karen who ends up killing Wesley. ²** In "World on Fire," Foggy responds to Karen's frustration with the "new" (as in, "bought secondhand at auction") copier and fax machine by making some jokes about [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron machines taking over the world]].²** In "Nelson v. Murdock," Foggy at one point says while berating Matt, "[[Series/TheDefenders2017 You're going to get yourself killed if you keep this up. You know that, right?]]"²** "The Ones We Leave Behind" opens with Karen imagining Fisk appearing in her house killing her for killing Wesley. At the end of the episode, Ben goes home, and finds Fisk in his study, who kills him for involving his mother. For bonus points, Wesley got killed after he learned Karen and Ben went to talk to Fisk's mother and confronted her.²** That Elektra is in alliance with Stick is more noticeable if you notice that one of the first things Elektra says - that Matt's German beer "tastes like piss" - was one of the first things Stick says in his first appearance.²** A careful viewer will realize [[ObfuscatingStupidity Fisk is pretending not to understand Japanese or Chinese]] long before Madame Gao calls him on it: when Nobu speaks angrily to him in Japanese early in "Shadows in the Glass," Fisk's facial expression darkens ''before'' Wesley even starts translating. And Wesley's remark once Nobu leaves ("Did you get that last part?") is him asking if Fisk got everything Nobu was saying without Wesley watering it down. ²** During "Dogs to a Gunfight," when Karen visits Matt to check in on him as he's recuperating from getting shot by the Punisher, she says "Okay, um, let's say this: when or if you ever feel like you can tell me what's going on with you, I promise that I'm here. Is that a deal?" to which Matt replies, "That is a deal." In the last scene of the season 2 finale, we see that despite everything that's gone on, Matt holds up the end of that deal by revealing his secret identity to her, and Karen holds up her end by agreeing to meet with him despite her reservations about Matt.²** In the newspaper that Foggy reads in "Kinbaku" about Frank Castle's arrest, there's an article to the side that reads "New Theories Shed Light on Lost City", possibly referring to [[Series/IronFist2017 K'un L'un]].²** Though it's only visible in production stills (and impossible to see in the actual show due to bad camera angles), the chemical truck that hit Matt and was responsible for giving him his superpowers was owned by [[Series/IronFist2017 Rand Enterprises]].²** The blueprints that Nobu and his men are looking over in the first episode of season 1 are for [[Series/TheDefenders2017 Midland Circle Financial]]. ²** Atreus Plastics, the company whose logo is on one of the trucks that make up part of Fisk's attempted escape in the season 1 finale, will be playing a big role in Mariah Dillard's story arc in ''Series/{{Luke Cage|2016}}'' season 2.²** At the start of season 3, when Father Lantom brings a boxer over for Matt to spar with, Matt is wearing black gloves and his opponent is wearing red gloves, foreshadowing the nature of Matt's fights with Dex.²** During season 3, multiple hints exist that [[spoiler:Tammy Hattley]] is working for Fisk well before it's revealed:²*** Dex showing up to attack the ''Bulletin'' and kill Jasper Evans, despite not being present when Nadeem learned from Foggy about Jasper, foreshadows the reveal of a mole in the FBI. [[spoiler:The only person Nadeem ever tells about Jasper Evans is Hattley]].²*** In her intro scene, [[spoiler:Hattley]] finds Ray, who is under a mountain of debt, and tells him he can't get promoted because he'd be easy pickings to be corrupted. Just a few sentences later, she sends him to the most notorious corrupter of government officials in the city to make a deal.²*** When Ray meets with [[spoiler:Hattley]] after the Albanian bust on Fisk's information, she tells him he's still being denied promotion because of that poor FICO score. She says, "I've got a boss too, and he's got a hard-on for agents in financial holes." We later learn that [[spoiler:Fisk manipulated Nadeem's finances to make him desperate enough to want to make this informant deal work. And true to what Hattley tells him later, she's just trying to keep him out of the hands of Fisk's machinations, but Nadeem still charged right into that trap.]]²*** At the hospital in episode 3, Nadeem speaks with [[spoiler:Hattley]], who tells him not to blame himself for the Albanians' attack, as [[spoiler:she]] is the one who arranged the details of Fisk's transfer from Rikers to the Presidential Hotel.²*** In episodes 6 and 7, just as the Jasper Evans lead comes out to suggest that Fisk is playing the FBI, Nadeem magically gets his promotion from [[spoiler:Hattley]]. Meaning [[spoiler:her offer to run the Fisk intel up the food chain is nothing more than a bluff to make Nadeem actively choose not to report it. She is more than likely setting Nadeem up to be a fall guy, so that if word gets out that Fisk is using them, Nadeem will take the fall, and the press will see him as an agent struggling with debt who made a deal to get Fisk out of prison and has been covering for his illegal activities.]]²*** In episode 9, as Ray and [[spoiler:OPR Agent Winn]] are being led into [[spoiler:Hattley]]'s house, you can see that the room they do the interview in is covered in plastics and saran wrap, just like the corridor in the previous episode where we saw Fisk's "painters" kill Julie. It's a kill room. [[spoiler:And seconds later, Hattley kills Winn with Nadeem's gun]].²** When Matt is being led to the prison doctor as he's seeking out information about Fisk's shanking, he passes a row of criminals lined up against the wall, including some of the very inmates he's going to fight on his way out. As Matt's being led past the cells, the prisoners whisper and whistle at him. Anyone who knows prison culture knows that whispering is a big red flag because it can signify that you're a "stool pigeon," AKA a snitch. They're inmates loyal to Fisk, telling him they know why he's there and that he'll have to be killed.²* ForWantOfANail: ²** If Karen's boss at Union Allied hadn't accidentally copied her into the email of that pension file by accident, or if Elena Cardenas had gone to any other law firm to complain about her landlord, then it's possible that Wilson Fisk's plans would have succeeded without Matt or anyone else connecting enough of the dots.²** If, after escaping the Punisher's bloodbath, Grotto hadn't stumbled into Josie's while the Nelson & Murdock trio were there playing pool, the firm wouldn't collapse under the strain of Matt trying to balance out defending Frank Castle and helping Elektra.²** Fisk's plans for getting out of prison would've been thwarted by the Albanians' ambush on his motorcade if Dex hadn't intervened and killed the assailants.²* FourEyesZeroSoul:²** James Wesley, the textbook definition of a sociopath, uses his glasses and flat expressions to greatly unnerve many of those around him.²** Leland Owlsley wears thick glasses that mask the eyes of a well-dressed white-collar crook.²** Stewart Finney, a crooked accountant that Fisk meets in jail in season 2, is a downplayed variant. He's soft-spoken, but not a sociopath. He comes off more like a criminal who just happened to get into some bad luck.²* FourLinesAllWaiting: Season 3 does this as it juggles the storylines for Matt, Karen, Foggy, Fisk, Dex, and Nadeem.²* FrameUp: ²** The plot of season 1 is kicked off when Wilson Fisk has Karen Page framed up for murder when she attempts to blow the whistle on corrupt activities at Union Allied.²** After Wilson Fisk kills Anatoly Ranskahov, he has a piece of fabric planted on the body so that Anatoly's brother Vladimir will think Matt is responsible. This is to distract Vladimir while Fisk makes preparations to send bombers to wipe out Vladimir's entire operation. After the bombings themselves, Fisk runs a smear campaign with his connections in the ''Bulletin'' to paint Matt as responsible for them, and for the shooting of Detective Christian Blake.²** In an effort to ruin Matt's life and get revenge on him for the events of seasons 1 & 2, Fisk does this to both his personas--Matt Murdock ''and'' Daredevil--in season 3:²*** He initially just tries to have Matt killed, but when this fails multiple times, he takes advantage of his status as an informant to the FBI to falsely "inform" them that Matt is a crooked lawyer who worked for him on various illegal schemes; the FBI agents take this at face value and start hunting for Matt, making his civilian identity a wanted fugitive.²*** Since Fisk has figured out by now that Matt is Daredevil, he has his [[TheDragon Dragon]], Ben "Dex" Poindexter, attack multiple respected institutions (namely, a newspaper office and a church) and kill or maim numerous civilians there while wearing a Daredevil costume in order to turn the press and the public against Matt's superhero identity as well.²* FriendlyEnemy: Sgt. Brett Mahoney (a cop) and Foggy Nelson (a defense attorney).²-->'''Sgt. Brett Mahoney:''' Officer of the law. Defense attorney. [[LampshadeHanging We're supposed to be enemies.]]²-->'''Foggy Nelson:''' First off, we've been enemies since we were four, Brett. So let's not blame it on career choices. Secondly, I'm not a particularly ''good'' defense attorney! So helping me is like helping yourself! And finally, ''[hands Brett a paper bag of cigars]'' these are for Bess.²* FriendOnTheForce: Sgt. Brett Mahoney tips Matt and Foggy off on potential cases and is one of the few non-corrupt cops on the force, to the point that when Matt and Foggy need to have someone to turn Hoffman over to, Brett is the one they send him to. He also lets Matt go after his fight with Fisk. In season 2, Brett becomes a reluctant ally to Matt-as-Daredevil. In season 3, he offers Foggy the floor at a police union gathering so Foggy can give a speech rallying the NYPD behind his District Attorney campaign. Later in the season, he comes through for Foggy and Matt by "arresting" Karen so that she can be removed from the church and safely moved away from Dex.²* FriendsRentControl: Somewhat justified by lines in the first episode about property in Hell's Kitchen being cheaper due to the destruction caused by the Incident. However, the show still contains some examples:²** Matt Murdock gets his large apartment much cheaper not only because of the above, but because, as he shows to Karen, there's an incredibly bright and gaudy electronic billboard right across the street. Pretty undesirable for anyone other than a blind tenant. A fake Craiglist ad put out for the apartment right before the release of season 3 lists the rent as being around $2,000 a month, which ain't exactly cheap.²** Karen's various apartments are all large for the job she currently has. In season 1, working an entry-level job at Union Allied, her apartment is quite big, with a distinct bedroom. In season 2, as a secretary for a struggling law firm, she's downgraded to living in a large studio apartment. In ''The Defenders'' and season 3, she's living in a large, well-furnished apartment, even though she's a brand-new newspaper journalist (not a high-paying job) and somehow also starts paying Matt's rent on top of her own. They do suggest she's financially strained in season 3 (she comments when having dinner with Ellison's family that this is her first home-cooked meal in months; while the first episode of season 3 sees her asking Foggy to chip in a bit to help with the rent).²* FullCircleRevolution: Nelson & Murdock's successful takedown of Wilson Fisk at the end of season 1 leaves a vacuum for several new syndicates like the Kitchen Irish, Dogs of Hell, and at least one faction of the Hand, to move into Hell's Kitchen. All of these are wiped out over the course of season 2 and ''The Defenders'' by a combination of Matt and Elektra's work against the Hand, and Frank Castle's crusade to avenge his family, leaving a new opening for Fisk to rebuild his criminal empire with minimal obstruction when he gets released at the start of season 3. Fisk also is taking advantage of the vacuum left by the death of Mariah Dillard in Harlem in ''Luke Cage'' season 2 as well as the Triad gangs that Davos caused damage to in Chinatown during ''Iron Fist'' season 2.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:G-J]]²* GeniusBruiser: Fisk. The man may be a mighty brawler, but Fisk's greatest strengths are his ability to [[ManipulativeBastard control people through money, fear, and influence]]. In season 3, he only has three action scenes (an attempted shanking [[FalseFlagOperation on himself]], an assassination attempt by the Albanians, and a three way fight with Matt and Dex at the end) yet still proves difficult to take down because of how much puppeteering he's been doing behind the scenes.²* GilliganCut: At the beginning of "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," John Healy pulls a gun on a guy at a bowling alley and is about to fire. As he pulls the trigger, the show cuts back in time to 36 hours, when he's buying the weapon from Turk. Healy looks at the gun and says [[RevolversAreJustBetter that he'd prefer a revolver]] as they don't jam.²-->'''Turk Barrett:''' Man, look at this! ''[racks the slide]'' This is top of the line. I guarantee, this baby will not jam, or my name ain't Turk Barrett. ²-->''[Cuts to Healy pulling the trigger in the bowling alley, and it jams on him. He has enough time to think "Oh, fuck!" before engaging his target in fisticuffs]'' ²* GladToBeAliveSex: Marci and Foggy have this after Marci is relieved to see Foggy alive following Dex's attack on the ''Bulletin''.²* GodIsGood: ²** In season 1 and 2, it is God's call to justice that motivates Matt to save lives as Daredevil and the indestructible goodness he created man with that keeps Matt on his ThouShaltNotKill policy.²** After losing so much just before season 3, Matt renounces God just as he cuts himself off from his friends, contemplates committing murder, and generally acts self-destructively. Father Lantom and Sister Maggie insist Matt is wrong about God and wrong in general, a view the show ultimately confirms when Matt realizes men only see part of the tapestry God is making of their lives.²* GodzillaThreshold: Matt admits that his personal code is failing in locating the Blacksmith, deciding to put his morals aside and kill him; Frank manages to talk him out of it.²* GoodAngelBadAngel: At his lowest points in season 3, Matt imagines his father and Wilson Fisk. lecturing him from over his shoulder. Both figments of the imagination are always in the background and almost always out of focus, letting the audience know they aren't as real as our characters in the foreground.²* GoodFeelsGood: Despite embracing her lifestyle as an AmoralAttorney, Marci Stahl helps Foggy with his investigation, and she's smiling as she watches the FBI arrest Parish Landman at his private parking space.²* GoodGuyBar: Josie's is a pretty seedy dive, and Karen expresses her reservations about the place, but Foggy explains that the regulars are all decent people. He and Matt have even helped a few people out with their legal problems, so they're comfortable there. By season 2, we see the trio play pool after work, and later watch news on Frank Castle's arrest there.²* GoodShepherd: Father Lantom knows who Matt really is and regularly provides him with moral guidance in an attempt to keep him both alive and on the right side.²* 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. ²* {{Gorn}}:²** "Rabbit in a Snowstorm" opens with Prohaska getting his arm gruesomely broken by Healy with the bone sticking out, and then having his head smashed in with a bowling ball.²** "In the Blood", Fisk kills Anatoly by beating him unconscious, then bashing his head in with a car door, so devastatingly that his brain is seen falling onto the ground afterwards. [[DisproportionateRetribution All for interrupting Fisk's date with Vanessa]]. In the next episode ("World on Fire"), we're treated to several shots of the headless body as Vladimir cleans it. When Fisk meets with Madame Gao, Nobu and Leland in an underground garage, Fisk's mechanics are shown washing blood from the door well with a fire hose.²** The opening flashback in "In The Blood" has Vladimir pulling out a deceased prisoner's ribs in a Siberian gulag to use as an ImprovisedWeapon, in all its gory detail.²** "Stick" begins with Stick slicing off a Yakuza associate's gun hand, and a quick shot of the stump (with the bone sticking out, no less), before decapitating him. ²** "Speak of the Devil" has [[spoiler:Matt, already sliced open half a dozen times by Nobu, stabbed by his chained weapon, and then dragged across the room, leaving a big trail of blood.]]²** Season 2 has plenty, thanks to The Punisher. Of special note is "Seven Minutes In Heaven" [[spoiler: where Frank Castle kills his way through Dutton's cell block using a combination of shivs, pipes, his bare hands, and a hatchet]], and ".380" [[spoiler: where after defeating two of the Blacksmith's thugs in the diner (one by stabbing multiple times with a butcher knife), he shoots one in the head and then bashes another's face into a bloody pulp in an attempt to get him to talk]].²* GoryDiscretionShot:²** Wilson Fisk smashing off Anatoly's head with a car door is partially obscured by the car chassis proper.²** Despite hardly any gore implied, they also avoid showing the effect of Matt dropping a fire extinguisher Patrick Bateman-style and nailing a fake cop on the way out in the second episode.²* GoshDarnItToHeck: Although the language is harder than network television, with "shit" used without restraint, there is occasional use of "freakin'" and even "motherfreakin'" instead of the F-bomb. The one exception is a muffled "What the fuck!" that is visible in the subtitles.²* GratuitousNinja: The Hand, including their local leader Nobu, are all ninja who fight with ancient weapons in the modern age.²* GreasySpoon: ²** The Square Diner, an actual establishment in Tribeca, is used in "In the Blood" for several meetings between Ben Urich and Karen, and in season 2 is where Matt rips into Elektra for invading his life.²** When we see Karen's hometown of Fagan Corners in season 3, her family owns a diner known as Penny's Place, named after her now-deceased mother Penelope. It's struggling to turn a profit, with Karen being incensed when her dad buys some new grills they can't afford.²* GreaterScopeVillain: Wilson Fisk is the biggest name in the show. Although there are some bigger and more dangerous ones.²** [[spoiler:The Hand]], Nobu's employers. Only one of their agents is seen in season one and the name of the organization isn't even mentioned, but their presence can be felt everywhere, as if they're always lurking just off-screen.²** Madame Gao counts as well. She's the only crime boss Fisk answers to, since her heroin is the backbone of his criminal activities. She later implies that she isn't entirely of this world and is part of something much bigger than mere drug trade. [[spoiler:''Series/IronFist2017'' reveals that she is also part of the Hand, and ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' reveals that Madame Gao is a subordinate to Alexandra.]]²* GreyAndGrayMorality: Taken to its natural extreme with Season 2 revolving around the arrival of The Punisher. It goes so far as to recreate an infamous comic storyline[[note]]Where the Punisher restrained Daredevil so that the only way to stop him from assassinating a mob boss was to shoot him, either allowing a death, or becoming a murderer himself[[/note]] between the two called "The Choice" which was all about their clashing morality. While [[BothSidesHaveAPoint both sides bring up valid points]], Matt is clearly presented as ALighterShadeOfGrey.²* HairTodayGoneTomorrow:²** [[BaldOfEvil Wilson Fisk]] had a full head of hair as a child.²** While Foggy is clean-shaven in the present day, he had a scraggy goatee when he and Matt were in college and looked like a bit of a hippie.²** In an inversion, flashbacks to Matt and Foggy's time in college in season 1, and Matt's initial relationship with Elektra in season 2, show that Matt didn't have his PermaStubble then.²* HallwayFight:²** In [[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E2CutMan "Cut Man"]], Matt Murdock fights his way through a hallway full of Russian mobsters, which was TheOner, as well as an homage to ''Film/{{Oldboy|2003}}''.²** In [[Recap/Daredevil2015S2E3NewYorksFinest "New York's Finest"]], after freeing himself from Frank Castle, Matt fights off Dogs of Hell bikers in the hallway of an apartment building, which eventually leads to a stairwell fight. This is an homage to ''Film/TheRaid''.²** In [[Recap/Daredevil2015S2E9SevenMinutesInHeaven "Seven Minutes in Heaven"]], Wilson Fisk tricks Frank Castle into entering Dutton's cellblock. After Frank mortally wounds Dutton, Fisk locks him in, and releases all the prisoners who are quick to get revenge on him for killing their boss. He ends up having to go down a corridor, stabbing his way out with a shiv.²** In season 3, Matt has one where he's ambushed in a Riker's corridor by a bunch of inmates loyal to Fisk, and has to fight them off.²** In season 3, Dex has one when he's escaping his attack on the ''Bulletin'' and fights off a bunch of his own FBI colleagues responding to the 911 calls. ²* HandicappedBadass:²** Matt is blind, but he doesn't let that stop him from fighting crime. Nor his intelligence, as he graduated ''summa cum laude'' from Columbia Law School. ²** Stick is also a blind badass and he taught Matt how to be a blind badass.²** Madame Gao walks with a cane (that, as ''Iron Fist'' reveals, conceals a sword) [[spoiler:but, as a leader of the Hand, also sports SuperStrength and knocks Matt down in one blow.]]²* HandyCuffs: When he's being escorted to an FBI safehouse after an attempt on his life in prison, Fisk is riding with his hands cuffed in front of him. The FBI agents riding with him are all armed with guns in case he tries to make a break for it, or defend him against any attacks. ²* HappyEndingOverride: Season 2 gradually undoes Matt, Karen and Foggy's triumphant takedown of Fisk in season 1, showing Fisk just rebuilding his empire from prison. By season 3, he's out and seeking revenge.²* HatesMySecretIdentity: {{Inverted}}. Foggy is best friends with Matt, but has great distaste for Daredevil. This is especially so when Matt's moonlighting affects their handling of the Frank Castle trial.²* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: How Karen is able to avoid getting killed after she manipulates Ben Urich into going with her to interview Wilson Fisk's mother.²** First, Wesley kidnaps Karen, takes her to an abandoned warehouse, and tries to blackmail her into backing down. She asks him if he's told Fisk about her involvement in visiting Fisk's mother. Wesley says he hasn't. Then Wesley's phone rings, as Fisk is trying to call him from the hospital. [[TheDogBitesBack Having been victimized by Fisk one time too many]], Karen grabs the gun Wesley had placed on the table and shoots him to death, guaranteeing that this doesn't happen. ²** In the next episode, Fisk learns about Karen and Urich's visit from his mole at the ''Bulletin''. Fisk breaks in to Urich's apartment, and asks Urich if there was anyone else there when he talked to Fisk's mother. Urich, knowing full well that Fisk has come to kill him, and will probably go after Karen if he mentions her, lies and says he was alone. Fisk then gets up, wrestles Urich to the floor, and chokes him to death with his bare hands. As a result, Karen is still alive, aware of Fisk's childhood actions, and forced to live with the guilt of having gotten Urich killed. That is, until season 3, when she rubs the details of Wesley's death into Fisk's face in an attempt to provoke him into trying to kill her.²* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Thematically appropriate given Matt's super-hearing.²* TheHeavy: Dex is this to Fisk in Season 3. Since Fisk is under house arrest, he's unable to directly go after his targets, and thus sends Dex after them instead. Both of the major character deaths in the season ([[spoiler:Father Lantom]] and [[spoiler:Ray Nadeem]]), as well as a large number of minor character or RedShirt killings or hospitalizations (Ellison, Jasper Evans, etc), are committed by Dex. [[ Someone did a body count: it's 30 people in all]].²* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Elektra. To whit: [[spoiler: she only got close to Matt in college to try and lure him back to Stick, then after she comes back into Matt's life tells Stick to take a hike so she can be with Matt, who then rejects her when she kills a Hand assassin in cold blood. Then Stick tries to have her killed, so she tries to kill him, then the Hand reveal that Elektra is Black Sky, and offer to serve her. Then, Matt convinces Elektra to go back to his side through ThePowerOfLove. Finally, Elektra is killed, but her body taken by The Hand in preparation for [[VaguenessIsComing resurrecting her as a ruthless assassin of Alexandra's.]]]]²* HeelFaceTurn:²** [[spoiler:Vladimir switches sides once he realizes that Matt wasn't responsible for his brother's death, although he tries to attack him once more anyway for "fun" before committing SuicideByCop at the hands of Fisk's corrupt cops so that Matt can make his escape through the tunnels]].²** [[spoiler:Marci Stahl rediscovers some of her old idealism when presented with solid evidence of Fisk's crimes, and helps take him down even though she's also burning most of her law firm in the process. She earns a job at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz in the process, hooks up with Foggy again when he joins her there at the end of season 2, and then in season 3 is the one to push him into running for District Attorney.]]²* HeelRealisation: Fisk, when forced to choose between accepting legal punishment for his crimes or killing his way to safety, finally accepts that he's better at hurting people than helping them.²-->'''Fisk:''' I [[WrongGenreSavvy used to think]] I was the Good Samaritan in that story... I am not the [[GoodSamaritan Samaritan]]. And I am not [[BystanderSyndrome the priest, or the Levite]]. [[IAmTheNoun I am the ill intent]], who set upon the traveler...²* HesJustHiding: InUniverse, Season 3 opens with Karen still fervently believing that Matt's alive and in hiding after Midland Circle, and even taking care of his apartment so it's waiting for him when he comes back. Foggy on the other hand is resigned to Matt being gone and has moved on, which puts him and Karen on uneasy speaking terms.²* {{Hell}}: The first argument between Matt and the imaginary Wilson Fisk ends with Matt realizing that {{God}} wouldn't let the Kingpin go free out of love, but would do so to turn Daredevil's world into a personal Hell. Matt later articulates this point to Sister Maggie, but she dismisses the idea as narcissistic on Matt's part.²* HellIsThatNoise: Dex' [[SanitySlippage psychotic episodes]] are accompanied by a frantic buzzing noise that can be best described as a mix of PsychoStrings and a swarm of angry hornets.²* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Zigzagged. Matt usually wears his mask or helmet while out on heroics and the latter sometimes saves his life, but particularly in season 2, and during interactions with Elektra, he tends to take it off for no real good reason, other than so that Matt can be expressive with his eyes in addition to his mouth. Elektra doesn't use an actual helmet, but does something similar with the scarf she wears on her face to protect her neck.²* HeroWithBadPublicity: ²** In season 1, Fisk uses the media against Matt when he tries to pin the destruction of all of the Russian mob hideouts on 'the Man in the Mask'. Matt's vigilante identity is even referred to as a terrorist.²** In season 3, Fisk tries again, this time making his claims more credible by having Dex go out in a Daredevil suit to attack the ''Bulletin'' in an attempt to kill a witness who planned to go on record against him, and later having him wear the suit again while attacking the church in an effort to kill Karen. ²* HeroicSacrifice: ²** In "Condemned", [[spoiler:Vladimir holds a corrupt ESU team off so Matt can escape through the drainage tunnels underneath the abandoned building]].²** In "A Cold Day In Hell's Kitchen" [[spoiler: Elektra throws herself in front of Nobu just as he's about to kill Matt, taking a fatal stab wound]]. ²** In "One Last Shot," after the grand jury is tampered with, [[spoiler:Nadeem records a dying confession video on his phone confessing to all the things Fisk made him do, which will be exempt from the hearsay rule]].²* HighHeelFaceTurn: Marci Stahl, the only female attorney we see at Landman & Zack, turns out to be Foggy's former girlfriend and proves instrumental at helping Nelson & Murdock take down Fisk. She later becomes Foggy's girlfriend and staunch ally.²* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler: Nobu, a major antagonist in the first season who was accidentally killed by Daredevil, [[BackFromTheDead is resurrected]] in season 2 and returns as the [[BigBad main antagonist]], once again leading The Hand's operations in New York City]]. ''The Defenders'' then reveals he's just a subordinate to Murakami.²* HollywoodHealing:²** In "Cut Man," Claire gives Matt a needle chest decompression for the pneumothorax his three broken ribs gave him. He gets on pretty well with beating people up afterwards - in reality, he would need more hospital treatment before he could go back to bruising baddies.²** After the beatdowns from Fisk and Nobu, Matt definitely would need a lot of surgery and blood transfusions for all his wounds instead of stitches and magic meditation. His meditation must be ''that'' magical. Matt should be recovering in a hospital rather than at his apartment.²** Frank Castle averts it in season 2. The injuries to his face sustained in prison are substantial enough that people don't recognize him in public. That said, he plays it straight: he gets drilled through his foot when Finn tortures him, and does spend time in the hospital, but even though the trial takes place less than two weeks after the torture scene, Frank never is shown wearing a cast on his injured foot or having a limp. It's further established in his own show that Frank just is that formidable at enduring injuries, though also averted as Frank also sports scars from injuries here in ''Daredevil''.²* HollywoodLaw:²** Brett Mahoney ostensibly gets a promotion midway through season 2 for capturing Frank Castle, supposedly going from "Sergeant" to "Detective sergeant," and transitioning from a uniform to plainclothes suit-and-tie. In the NYPD, that's not a promotion, but a lateral transfer - Brett's rank actually is still Sergeant, but he's now the supervisor to a squad of detectives in the Detective Bureau rather than a group of ten to twelve uniformed cops in the Patrol Bureau. This does slightly line up with the comics, where Brett is a Detective instead of a patrol officer. Also, the rank title isn't "Detective sergeant," but "Sergeant - Supervisor Detective Squad". In season 3, he's officially ranked as a Detective with a Detective's shield, which would be a ''demotion'' as Sergeant is a supervisory rank while Detective is the same rank as Patrol Officer.²** The trial of Fisk's assassin John Healy seems to happen within a week of the original crime, given that Ben Urich's subway line piece, discussed early in the episode when Healy has just been arrested, is visible in the issue of the ''Bulletin'' on his desk when Karen visits his office at the close of the trial. Murder cases, if not plea bargained, are seldom heard in less than a year after the event. However, it is clear that Fisk had bribed and/or intimidated a number of the jurors, and it is also heavily implied that he may have also bribed the district attorney and prosecutors to fast-track Healy's trial. Why neither Matt or Foggy thought the unusually fast turnaround time was suspicious is another question.²** A justified example: in "World on Fire," Detectives Christian Blake and Carl Hoffman, two corrupt cops working for Fisk, shoot and kill a Russian thug in a precinct interrogation room for speaking Fisk's name. If it weren't for the fact that Fisk has the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau in his pocket, Blake and Hoffman would have been placed on modified assignment and administrative leave while an investigation was conducted into their actions. Because of Fisk's connections, Blake and Hoffman remain on active-duty, allowing them to participate with the other corrupt cops to kill the survivors of Fisk's bombings of the Russians' hideouts. It's lampshaded by Ben Urich when he sees Blake and Hoffman assuming command of the scene where Matt has holed up with Vladimir and a police officer who stumbled upon them, and comments "Detectives! I'd thought IAB would have you riding a desk after that thing with the Russians at the station", to which Blake says "You see what's going on here? No one's riding a desk tonight."²** On a sidenote, Blake and Hoffman giving orders at the standoff. NYPD Detectives are at the same level in the chain of command as regular Patrol Officers, and technically can't give orders to anyone but junior detectives. Only those in the supervisory ranks (Sergeant and upward) can give orders to other cops. Then again, they and many of the other cops in their precinct are on Fisk's payroll, so they probably know that they're breaking protocol.²** In season 1, Marci Stahl could have faced disbarment for handing over confidential work product. However, lawyers have an obligation not to participate in crimes and to tell the police if they have reason to believe their client will commit a crime. Landman & Zack has failed in both obligations (by not reporting that they are doing legal business for Wilson Fisk and not reporting his crimes to the cops), and it's her responsibility, legally, ethically, and professionally, to hand over all the information she can to the proper authorities. That she handed that information over to the lawyers on the opposing counsel (one of whom she used to have a romantic relationship with) is ''very'' questionable, but the New York Bar Association probably gave her a free pass given how extensive Fisk's corruption of the legal system went. ²** Fisk is incarcerated at Riker's Island in season 2. However, that is a state correctional facility. In real life, Fisk would probably be housed in a federal penitentiary, maybe even on death row, especially given that many of Fisk's crimes in season 1 were federal offenses, such as the bombings of the Russians[[note]]Since 9/11, the bombs would be considered as weapons of mass destruction[[/note]]; racketeering and money laundering (which fall under RICO statutes), and capital FelonyMurder charges (for each of the FBI agents killed by Fisk's mercenaries during their ambush on the convoy).²** Because the NYPD does not allow real-life precinct numbers to be used in works of fiction, the police station shown in this show and ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' is designated as the '15th precinct'. Hell's Kitchen is actually serviced by the Midtown North precinct.²** The botched sting using Grotto as bait for the Punisher. Reyes appears to give orders to the ESU to shoot to kill when they open fire on the Punisher, while the Punisher is busy fighting with Matt. The goal of the ambush is to kill Frank Castle, not arrest him. This is a blatantly illegal attempted extrajudicial killing. The circumstances under which the police are allowed to use lethal force do not include “because he did some bad stuff before.” While defense of others (Grotto) could be used as a justification, the police opened fire before that was established. Furthermore, the operation was overseen by Reyes. In real life, the police department and the prosecution are separate entities, explicitly for this reason.²*** In real life, Reyes would be lucky if she just got disbarred for this. Using a man as bait for a killer is illegal, as is misleading said guy's defense attorneys. Nelson & Murdock arguably would have a case to file a wrongful death suit against Reyes and probably would have prevailed, and that probably would've gone down if, well, Frank's trial didn't come in the way.²** The ''People of the State of New York v. Frank Castle'' [[ is an]] [[ exercise in this trope]]:²*** After Frank is arrested, Matt, Karen and Foggy discuss the case with Frank's public defender (who is taking Karen's statement on the hospital shooting), who considers the case open and shut: Frank will plead guilty and be sentenced to death for murders he committed in Delaware, which has the death penalty. In real life, in Delaware, and every other state that has the death penalty, the decision to impose the death penalty must be determined by a separate hearing. And that hearing normally includes a jury, even if the defendant pleads guilty. It is possible for both the State and the defendant to waive a hearing before a jury, but even then there will be a hearing before the judge. The defendant can’t plead straight to the death penalty.²*** When Nelson & Murdock first attempt to approach Frank at the hospital, Reyes attempts to intervene, arguing that speaking to Frank without his attorney present would be a violation of ethical rules. This is simply not true. Ironically, it ''would'' be an ethical violation for Reyes to do the same thing because she represents an opposing party (i.e. the People), per N.Y. Rule 4.2(a). And indeed, Matt correctly tells her as much. At the same time, Reyes fails to note that Matt and Foggy's conversation with Frank might be an ethical breach for a different reason, namely that it’s an inappropriate in-person solicitation under Rule 7.3(a)(1).²*** While negotiating over a plea deal with the District Attorney for Frank Castle, Foggy mentions that one thing Reyes didn't go for is having him in protective custody. However, it's the New York Department of Corrections who determine which prisoners get put in protective custody. Castle is suspected to have killed a bunch of gangsters from three different gangs, so he would almost certainly be placed in protective custody, since these gangs undoubtedly have incarcerated associates who would be itching to kill him in revenge for murdering their comrades.²*** The DA argues that Nelson & Murdock can’t represent Frank because it would be a conflict of interest given their representation of Grotto. This is very wrong for several reasons. For one, Grotto isn’t a current client, since a) he summarily fired the firm in no uncertain terms, and b) he is dead. This still makes Grotto a ''former'' client, which could cause conflicts under Rule 1.9, but those can be avoided in this case. The main concerns are 1.9(a)[[note]]A lawyer who has formerly represented a client in a matter shall not thereafter represent another person in the same or a substantially related matter in which that person’s interests are materially adverse to the interests of the former client unless the former client gives informed consent, confirmed in writing[[/note]] and 1.9(c)[[note]]which limits the use or disclosure of the former client’s confidential information[[/note]]. Representing Frank would not require doing anything materially adverse to Grotto’s interests, especially given that he is dead and had no family or estate (remember that Matt, Karen and Foggy were the only attendees at his funeral). Neither would it require disclosing anything that Grotto told the firm in confidence. So Nelson & Murdock are clear to take Frank’s case.²*** Nelson & Murdock are literally given ''one week'' of prep time before the trial. In real life, following the arraignment (i.e. when Frank pleaded "not guilty") and assuming Frank waived grand jury proceedings, a complex trial like this would be preceded by several weeks or even months of depositions, motions, and hearings, mostly to establish what kind of evidence could be presented to the jury. This is especially in important in cases like this one that rely heavily on expert testimony. Corrupt or not, Reyes wouldn’t want to rush this, either. And even if they did, it would be extremely unusual (and likely appealable) for the judge not to grant the defense an extension of time before the trial started. [[note]] For a real life comparison, Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes was arrested immediately after killing 12 people and injuring 58 more on July 20, 2012 and didn't even start discussing plea deals with the district attorney until March 27, 2013 -- more than eight months later, and his actual trial didn't start until two years later, and just the process of jury selection took three months.[[/note]] From a narrative standpoint, this shortened prep time is somewhat justified, due to the necessity to keep the trial on pace with the Elektra storyline. On the other hand, it does help explain in part why Nelson & Murdock’s defense of Frank Castle was essentially malpractice-level awful. ²*** "Fast tracking" in most states means means getting it to trial in fewer than 12 months, not a week. It involves a shit ton of discovery (basically searching and sifting through all sorts of potential evidence, along with answering questions, producing documents, and depositions). That takes MONTHS if not over a year to go through. ²*** At the start of the trial, the judge remarks about the difficulty of selecting jurors, because "everyone has an opinion" about the Punisher. Such a situation should have been handled with a change of venue, the process of moving a jury trial away from a location where a fair and impartial jury may not be possible due to widespread publicity about a crime and its defendant(s) to another community in order to obtain jurors who can be more objective in their duties. This change may be to different towns, and across the other sides of states or, in some extremely high-profile federal cases, to other states.²*** The seal behind the judge implies that the trial is in federal court. If it were in federal court, the prosecution would not be done by the District Attorney but by the United States Attorney. The seal also identifies this court as the "United States District Court for the District of New York City." There is no such court, the correct district in Manhattan would be the "Southern District of New York."²*** There's a long, dramatic sequence where Frank is brought into the courtroom in chains and a prison jumpsuit, which would never be done in real life because it could bias the jury. The Supreme Court has ruled that the State isn't allowed to make a defendant wear that in court. A prisoner may choose to appear that way, if for some reason they want to bias the jury or just don't know what they're doing. But preventing a defendant from appearing in the dehumanizing garb of a prisoner is so crucial that ''public defenders'' often hold clothing drives to make sure their clients can dress up.²*** More egregious is that what is shown of the trial on-camera ''isn't even about the crimes that Frank had committed''. Everyone acts as if what had happened to Frank’s family is far more relevant to the current case than it should have been. Having a trial about what kind of man he was when his character wasn’t on trial was just weird. His sanity maybe, but the evidence against him was staggering.²*** When Frank takes the stand, spectators in the gallery are holding signs decrying him as a vicious murderer who should be burned at the stake. Such signs should '''not even be allowed in the courthouse''', never mind an actual courtroom. At another point, a person in the gallery begins shouting that Castle killed his father. The judge orders the person removed, but Nelson & Murdock should have seized the opportunity to request a declaration of a mistrial. Even if they didn’t get it, it would be yet another issue they could appeal if the trial went badly (which it does).²*** Matt and Foggy's defense of Frank centers around Extreme Emotional Disturbance, hoping that if they prevail they can get him the help he needs rather than sending him to prison. Per the New York State penal code, an EED defense merely mitigates a Second or First Degree Murder charge to First Degree Manslaughter, which would still mean Frank would go to prison rather than a mental hospital. Although manslaughter carries a shorter sentence than murder, the fact Frank is being charged with 37 counts of it would presumably keep him away for a long time especially if served consecutively - which may almost be the equivalent of a life sentence (not to mention the fact that Matt and Foggy wanted to keep him out of prison due to the fact that he'd be a walking target for other inmates). ²*** A key part of Nelson & Murdock’s defense strategy was convincing Dr. Gregory Tepper, the medical examiner, to come clean about being asked to falsify the records of the deaths of Frank's family. Initially hesitant, the medical examiner decides to change his story on the stand and tell the truth. The judge clears the courtroom (although in reality she almost certainly wouldn’t just because a witness was testifying unexpectedly), and the medical examiner spills the beans and explains that he was forced to confess because Elektra had threatened him the night before. The judge strikes Tepper’s testimony…and Matt and Foggy do nothing but have a fight in the courthouse bathroom, rather than appeal the judge's motion. This is a concept in civil and criminal procedure known as “preserving an issue for appeal.”[[note]]Basically, if the judge makes an error during the trial, if one side doesn’t object during the trial, then it’s much harder or even impossible to appeal the error to a higher court later.[[/note]] Doing nothing, not even giving a verbal objection, about an issue this important, which could have affected the outcome of the trial, is a colossal screwup.²*** There is the issue of whether Tepper altering the medical records is relevant to the case at hand. In federal courts and many states like New York, a witness’ veracity for truthfulness is relevant. Even if Elektra hadn't threatened him, Dr. Tepper's altering medical records would discredit his testimony, which could be introduced on cross-examination. Confronting Dr. Tepper with evidence of falsifying medical records would be potentially devastating and extremely relevant to Frank’s case. However, as the medical records would have been collateral, the Judge would have limited questioning to avoid confusing the jury with facts not material to Frank’s case.²*** Expert witnesses, such as the doctor who testified regarding Frank’s brain injuries, are allowed to give their expert opinion regarding facts (e.g. Frank suffered a brain injury that affects his judgement) but not legal conclusions (e.g “any infractions would be considered crimes of passion”). Drawing a legal conclusion from the facts (e.g. whether Frank was legally insane) is the job of the judge or jury, not the witness. Also, "crimes of passion” really only applies to converting murder to manslaughter, which is still a serious crime, and murder is not the only crime that Frank Castle has committed onscreen (false imprisonment, torture, etc).²*** It is generally a bad idea for criminal defendants to testify in their own case. It opens the door to uncomfortable questions from the prosecution, and there is rarely much the defendant can say that will help rather than hurt their case. This is true in Frank’s case, yet Nelson & Murdock have Karen talk Frank into testifying. This is arguably a breach of ethics, because although Matt and Foggy treat Karen as if she is a partner with equal weight in decision-making, she is a secretary, not a lawyer. Per NY Rule 1.2(a), the decision of whether to testify in one’s case is, ultimately, the client’s decision, not the attorney’s. And not only do the rules specifically contemplate that the client will consult with the lawyer, but it’s implicit that this consultation is a core part of advising (though not deciding for) a client in a criminal case. Thus, what Karen did likely constitutes unauthorized practice of law. And it's a breach of ethics for Matt and Foggy to have someone else doing their dirty work.²*** Not only that, as Frank was so opposed to the PTSD defense, they should have had him removed from the court so he couldn’t talk even if he wanted to. Lawyers are not allowed to let their clients sabotage their own cases; that’s just super bad lawyering. There also may be an issue of perjury going on, since Matt, Foggy and Karen know their client is guilty of crimes, but has pleaded not guilty.²*** Matt’s disastrous examination of Frank is worth pointing out. After a few questions, Matt asks the judge for permission to treat Frank as hostile, then launches into a long, rambling expository speech. In real life, permission to treat a witness as hostile means "treat the witness as though he or she had been called by the opposing party." This doesn’t change much. Mainly it means that Matt can now ask Frank leading questions (i.e. questions that suggest a particular answer is desired). It definitely does not mean Matt can ask “questions” that are long speeches better suited for a closing statement. The only thing that saves Matt is Reyes failing to object to just about every sentence he utters...²*** ...and Reyes' only objections are to Matt's cross-examination questions, citing them as “leading.” When the entire point of cross-examination is to ask leading questions to control the witness, which is allowed. It is equally wrong to object to cross-examination as argumentative, because cross-examination by its very nature is supposed to be argumentative to discredit the witness.²*** Somehow, Nelson & Murdock are able to get Colonel Schoonover as a character witness and not have his deposition. Reyes gets tripped up and embarrassed by the "actually I ''was'' there" trap. This doesn't happen in real life because there's a pretrial deposition of any and all witnesses so that neither defense nor prosecution are just playing a guessing game. It doesn't matter if Schoonover's name was redacted on classified mission reports. Deposition questions from Reyes would be like "what's the nature of your relationship to Castle?" "Why do you endorse his character?" "Were you there to personally witness the mission?" Etc etc. This is simple stuff that non-attorneys should think, "there's no way that this happens in real life." You can't just plop a witness on the stand who hasn't been deposed.²*** Matt and Karen going over strategy for the medical examiner. "Who doctored those certificates? And if he says 'no one' then we already got him admitting they were doctored!" Uh, Matt, Karen, that's gonna be shouted down by Reyes as "Objection. Assumes facts not entered into evidence," as in assuming the "fact" that the certificates were doctored at all. You have to lead to it, i.e. Establish and enter it as evidence by asking all sorts of boring questions leading to "were the reports in any way doctored?" You don't get to say "so, who doctored them?" That's assuming something not yet in evidence. It's like asking a murder suspect "so, when you killed the victim, did you do it with a candlestick or a bat?"²*** Sentencing for Frank after he got himself convicted would take several weeks of more hearings, although one could assume Fisk was pulling strings to get Frank to him before the sentencing could send him to another prison.²*** There are an insane number of conflicts of interest on hand for Nelson & Murdock: ²*** 1) Karen was among those caught in the crossfire when Frank was shooting at Grotto in the hospital. ²*** 2) As well as Foggy and Karen having been present for the attempted police ambush. ²*** 3) Frank asks Foggy to leave the room so he can speak with Karen alone. While Karen works at a law firm, and Matt and Foggy do treat her as if she's a partner with equal footing in decisions, she is a secretary / office manager, not a lawyer. She doesn't have a law degree. Without a lawyer present, anything Frank says to Karen might not protected by attorney/client privilege, and she could be subpoenaed to testify under oath about what he said to her. In fact, her one-on-one conversations with Frank without Matt or Foggy being present may constitute [[ Unauthorized Practice of Law]]. So unless Karen is a certified paralegal, it's unlikely she would be permitted to take statements as she did with Frank both at the hospital and in jail on her own, and it's very unlikely that she would be able to sit at the defense bench in a criminal trial.²*** 4) Matt personally witnessed Frank kill Grotto. So he knows the guy is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. ²*** 5) Frank was caught because Matt performed a citizen's arrest of him while in costume as Daredevil.²** Several episodes feature police cars with forward-facing blue and red lights. New York state law prohibits forward-facing blue lights on police vehicles.²** It's very unlikely in real life that a white-collar criminal like Stewart Finney would end up in the same prison as violent murderers like Wilson Fisk. Finney, however, explains when he introduces himself to Fisk that he got caught because he double-crossed the brother of a very influential Justice Department official, so it's possible the official in question pulled strings.²** At the beginning of the season 2 premiere, we see Matt and Foggy arrive at the office and Karen fills them in on the clients in their waiting room. While the scene is funny and is meant to convey the eccentricity of Nelson & Murdock's clientele, Karen is publicly disclosing each individual’s legal problem in earshot of the other clients, [[ potentially a violation of a New York attorney’s duty of confidentiality to a prospective client]].²** As [[ this]] and [[ this]] demonstrate, almost ''everything'' about the way the series presents the law is not just wrong, but wildly wrong.²** In season 3, when Fisk has the FBI go after Matt's friends, Karen asks Foggy to be her attorney as she fears that Nadeem will find out she killed Wesley and either send her to jail or have her killed. Foggy asks her to give him money as that will officially make him her lawyer. In real life, you do not have to give an attorney money for attorney-client privilege to be in effect.²** At the end of season 3, Foggy sketches a doodle for the trio's new firm on a napkin, calling it Nelson Murdock & Page. Thing is, Karen is not a lawyer, and in New York, it's actually a violation of ethics for a non-lawyer to have a partnership stake in a law firm. ²** [[ As this article points out]], the circumstances behind Wilson Fisk's release from prison in season 3 are semi-plausible but there are some liberties.²*** One example being that the sort of deal Fisk makes (information on the Albanians in exchange for charges against Vanessa being dropped) would more likely be made with the DOJ or the U.S. Attorneys’ office, not with the FBI. Decisions to charge or not to charge lie with prosecutors, not investigators.²*** Another example is the decision to put Fisk up in a penthouse at the Presidential Hotel, following two attempts on his life (one of which was a FalseFlagOperation). The Federal Bureau of Prisons has an established protocol for protecting prison informants and has special housing units available to keep them safe. Simply put, there should be no need and no reason to move Fisk to a hotel penthouse. A lot of this can be explained away as being because of Fisk's machinations (since [[FalseFlagOperation Fisk had paid Jasper Evans to shank him]], and the agent in charge of Fisk's protection detail [[DirtyCop is actively working for him]]), but not all of it.²*** Once Fisk gets his conviction overturned, the authorities suddenly act like they must get him on new charges. Unless the judges ruled that there was insufficient evidence against him for any reasonable jury to convict him though (quite unlikely) a retrial on the same charges could take place. He could also be tried on state charges in New York without regard to the outcome of his federal case.²* HollywoodTactics: In the first season finale, the mercenaries rescuing Fisk are standing out in the open, unloading at the FBI agents while slowly advancing in a line. Despite this, the FBI agents get mowed down without giving the mercenaries much trouble. There's at least an attempt at realism, where one or two of the mercenaries ''do'' get hit and go down, but considering that they are exposed, and the FBI agents are mostly behind cover of some kind, means this should not have gone as easily for them as it did.²* HonorBeforeReason: Ben Urich not taking the editor job despite the pay raise which would allow him to better take care of his wife because he wants to continue chasing stories with more value than puff pieces. [[spoiler:He gets killed after he decides to start a blog and post his article about Fisk on the internet.]]²* HospitalityForHeroes: {{Played for laughs}} when Foggy takes Karen to Josie's. He says that since he and Matt helped the owner with legal trouble, they drink for free. Then Josie herself comes by, as if on cue, and says they absolutely do ''not'' get to drink for free. However, Season 2 reveals that she allows them to rack up a gigantic tab with little indication that she expects them to pay it off. When Foggy closes it out and implies that he won't be coming back for a while, she seems disappointed. She's still warm and friendly when Matt and Foggy come by Josie's for drinks in ''The Defenders''.²* HypocrisyNod: Matt acknowledges the hypocrisy of being a lawyer dedicated to the law who is also a vigilante.²* HypocriticalHumor: In episode 5, Fisk tells the other crime lords that he killed Anatoly. He explains that they'll make Anatoly's brother Vladimir think the Devil of Hell's Kitchen was responsible, at least, until they are ready to make a move against him, saying "We all knew that we would need to eliminate the Russians one day. They were too unpredictable." This, as Leland points out, comes from a man who just decapitated Anatoly with a car door because the guy interrupted his date with Vanessa. ²* {{Hypocrite}}: ²** A lot of attention is called to the fact that Matt enforces the law as a lawyer, while simultaneously breaking it with reckless abandon by acting as a superhero. Similarly, he and his priest struggle with the fact that he's a Catholic who may have to actively kill a man.²** Even Foggy can sometimes get this. Yeah, in "Nelson v. Murdock" he's right to call Matt out for being Daredevil, but Foggy is guilty of doing the same thing (going out and putting a stop to crime) to a lesser extent, if his using a softball bat in "Stick" on a pair of thugs trying to jump Karen are any indication. ²** While Karen is one to call Matt and Foggy out for holding secrets, she's seemingly ignoring the fact that she's kept secret from them the fact that she killed James Wesley, as well as her secret past regarding her brother Kevin.²** Leland Owlsley calls Fisk out on his relationship with Vanessa, thinking that she's distracting him from getting on with his criminal ventures. Fisk points out that Leland has a son, which means at some point he met a woman and fell in love.²* IAmTheNoun: ²** [[VillainousBreakdown "I am the ill intent,]] who set upon the traveler on a road that he should not have been on..."²** Season 2 also has this with Frank embracing the Punisher name as he starts raving at his trial.²* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: While Fisk is in prison awaiting trial, he makes sure Vanessa is looked after by using the majority of his remaining money to set up a protection fund for her. When he learns the FBI plan to have her arrested on accessory charges if they manage to track her down, he immediately makes a deal with the FBI to sell out other criminals (who just so happen to be competitors of his) in return for her continued protection.²* IfWeGetThroughThis: [[spoiler:The season 2 finale has Matt declaring his love for Elektra and her talking about traveling abroad, right before they face off against Nobu. She dies protecting Matt from Nobu.]]²* ImpersonationGambit: Fisk has Dex dress up in a red Daredevil suit and commit crimes to smear Matt.²* ImprobableAimingSkills: Dex's specialty is that he's able to pull off virtually impossible trick shots when he's got a gun. And when he doesn't have a gun, he's still able to easily turn anything that's not bolted down into a projectile that he can aim at Matt and other targets with deadly accuracy. ²* 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.²* InformedAttractiveness: Lots of people talk about how handsome Matt is. It's even one of the first things Foggy says to him.²* InformedAttribute: Foggy rarely hesitates to mention how Matt is a consummate ladies' man with tons of short-term relationships, but we rarely see Matt so much as hit on anyone outside of Karen. The characterization goes toward the theme that Matt keeps most people at arm's length due to the advice of Stick, and he allows Foggy to assume that his nights are spent in the company of dates rather than running around beating the shit out of criminals. Season 2 further complicates this characterization when it's revealed that Matt was in a long-term relationship with Elektra during college, and Foggy recalls how miserable Matt was after the relationship ended. But Matt's supposed "intrigues" could be seen as his way of compensating...²* InsecureLoveInterest: Matt and Karen are the "two people who are obviously in love with each other but afraid to show their feelings (for various reasons)" type of couple. Much of their sexual tension stems from them each feeling the other is too good for them, due to their dark secrets causing them to put on metaphorical masks where they hide their darker side around each other. Even after Matt does come clean to Karen about his secrets, Karen's still insecure during ''The Defenders'' about her feelings for Matt not because she knows he cares for her, but because she's now afraid of how he'll react if he ever learns about what she did to Wesley. ²* InsistentTerminology: Wilson Fisk is, and should be only, called James Wesley's "employer." It's something that is so entrenched in Wesley that long after Fisk has become a public figure, he inadvertently makes a slip ([[LampshadeHanging "sorry, old habits"]]) while threatening Karen.²** In the 3rd season Karen repeatedly refuses to acknowledge she was a secretary for Nelson & Murdock. Instead she insists she was "Office Manager"²* InstantSedation: Averted in "Penny and Dime". One of the Kitchen Irish goons manages to stick a syringe in Frank Castle's neck containing a sedative, but with his Marine training and adrenaline, it takes a full minute for him to go completely down during which he gradually grows more unsteady, and he's able to still kill a couple of the Irish. It takes a couple of them firing tasers at him to actually bring him down..²* InterchangeableAsianCultures: InUniverse:²** Leland Owlsley seems to think that Nobu would speak Chinese, despite his being Japanese. And he still seems confused even when Anatoly points it out to him.²** Philip Cabroni, the slimy college professor in "Semper Fidelis" that Elektra roughs up to decode a Hand ledger, tells the two Asian prostitutes he hired that he wants to eat moo goo gai pan off their naked bodies. When one of the women tells him they aren't Chinese, he just shrugs it off and says all Asians look alike to him anyway. ''[[TooDumbToLive He teaches Asian Studies at NYU]]''.²* TheInternetIsForCats: As Ben Urich prepares to launch his war against Wilson Fisk in bloggerspace, Fisk dismisses his efforts since people only use the Internet to look at "celebrity weddings and videos of cats." ²* IntrepidReporter: By the end of season 2, Karen has moved into Ben's old job and office. As season 3 progresses, though, she becomes disillusioned with the job as Ellison refuses to let her pursue leads on Fisk, and she's fired after Dex attacks the ''Bulletin'' and she refuses to give a wounded Ellison the real Daredevil's identity. She ultimately settles on returning to Nelson & Murdock.²* TheIrishMob: After Wilson Fisk is taken down, the Triads and Yakuza leave. Season 2 starts with the Kitchen Irish and the Dogs of Hell taking Fisk's departure as a prime opportunity for them to move back in. They're attacked by Frank Castle before it can happen. Later the Kitchen Irish regroup and hunt Frank down to get back the money he stole from them after massacring some of their men. ²* {{Irony}}: During the rooftop argument between Matt and Frank Castle, Frank says, "You throw 'em in jail, everybody calls you a hero, right? And then a month, a week, a day later, they're back on the streets doing the same goddamn thing!" Fast forward to Frank himself getting into jail after being manipulated by Fisk into throwing his trial. He's out within a few days without even actively trying, and proceeds to do the same things that put him there in the first place. ²* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: When Wesley takes Karen hostage, Karen is able to take his gun from him and holds him at gunpoint. Wesley quips that he'd never leave a loaded gun sitting within reach of a captive. Except he doesn't realize that Karen, who had previously shot a boyfriend of hers to protect her brother, does know the difference in weight between an unloaded and loaded handgun.²* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Almost every episode contains some form of torture. Whether you're a hero or a villain, the best way to get information in this version of Hell's Kitchen is to just start beating on someone.²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: ²** For the first couple of episodes, Foggy seems more interested in money than in helping people,[[note]]If only for pragmatic reasons, since he says to Matt at a few points that they'll need to take a few not-so-innocent clients if they want to be able to pay the bills[[/note]] but he's immediately uncomfortable with dealing with the assassin that James Wesley hires them to defend (this after having eagerly accepted Wesley's paycheck while Matt had been wary of Wesley), has reservations about defending Frank Castle, and goes out of his way to help others who are being pushed around by shady people, even outside of work. He even spends an episode working on Elena's plumbing.²** Marci Stahl, Foggy's ex who works at [[AmoralAttorney Landman & Zack]], and later Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz. Comes across as a straight AlphaBitch, but when the chips are down cares about doing what's right. To quote Amy Rutberg, "Marci is always straight and brutally honest with Foggy, more so than Matt or Karen in a way. She has his best interest at heart because she loves him and knows him. She may not always be right about what he needs, but it comes from the right place — protection and love."²* JuryAndWitnessTampering: ²** In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," Nelson & Murdock gets hired by Fisk (by way of Wesley) to defend John Healy, an assassin of Fisk's that has been arrested for bashing a gangster's head in with a bowling ball, mostly to learn more about his boss. Though he knows his client is guilty as sin, Matt is committed to playing his part in a fair trial, so when he discovers one of the jurors is being coerced by Fisk's men, he forces the thug blackmailing her to tell her to get herself excused. The jury hangs anyway, with strong implications that Fisk just found other jurors to coerce, and more strings are pulled behind the scenes to get Healy off without a retrial. Matt coerces Healy into revealing Fisk is his boss soon after, and he kills himself in fear of Fisk's retaliation.²** Elektra tampers with the crooked medical examiner before he testifies at Frank Castle's trial, rendering his testimony inadmissible and driving a wedge between Matt and Foggy.²** When Matt and Foggy are successfully able to get [[spoiler:Ray Nadeem]] to testify against Fisk, Fisk simply [[TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive threatens the jurors]] to keep them from indicting him.²* JustAFleshWound: Nadeem gets shot in the side midway through season 3 and bites through the pain for several episodes. We never see him get any medical treatment, but after a while the show just stops acknowledging that he still has an open bullet wound.²* JustTrainWrong: A minor one, but in "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," Mitchell Ellison tells Ben Urich to do the subway line piece ("Rumors Bubbling: Will Hell's Kitchen Finally Get a Subway Line?"). He tells Urich to take a poll on what color people in Hell's Kitchen might like, saying "Y'know, we've got a blue line, we've got a yellow line, we're running out of colors." New York City's subway lines are not referred to by colors, but by a letter or number. The line colors, aside from the G train and the shuttles, are based on which trunk line they use in Manhattan.[[note]]So the "blue lines" are the IND Eighth Avenue Line, the "yellow lines" are the BMT Broadway Line, etc.[[/note]]²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:K-U]]²* KarmaHoudini:²** Vanessa and some of Fisk's men escape the city before they can be arrested for their roles in Fisk's conspiracy.²** Invoked by Matt at the end of season 3. Even though he knows that [[spoiler:Vanessa ordered the murder of Ray Nadeem]], he plans to keep this secret and let her go free as leverage against Fisk; if Fisk ever tries to out Daredevil's identity, or hurt his friends again, Matt will in turn reveal what he knows about Vanessa and get her thrown in prison.²* KavorkaMan: At the start of season 1, Foggy has two sexy women (Karen and Marci) interested in him, despite his doughy physique and being characterized as less attractive than Matt (he is more charming, personable, and friendly though). When Elena talks about the "handsome lawyer," Karen assumes she's talking about Matt. Elena clarifies that she's calling Foggy handsome because he's in love. With Marci, as it ultimately turns out to be.²* KeepingSecretsSucks: Throughout season 1, Matt keeps his second identity as Daredevil a secret from Foggy and Karen. When Foggy learns about it, as the result of finding Matt bleeding out from getting attacked by Wilson Fisk and Nobu, he is pissed off, and while they do reconcile in time to take down Fisk, their friendship is on noticeably thin ice. In season 2, the strain of Matt's double life and the reappearance of Elektra causes him to falter in contributing to the Frank Castle trial and almost costs him the new romantic relationship he was beginning to have with Karen. The realization that he's been driving them away leads Matt to decide to willingly tell Karen his secret, with everything hinting at a future reconciliation.²* KilledOffForReal: While there have been deaths of a couple characters that have been undone by the Hand, each season has some significant character deaths that stick: there's the Russian brothers (Anatoly and Vladimir), Elena Cardenas, James Wesley, Ben Urich, and Leland Owlsley in season 1; Samantha Reyes, Colonel Schoonover, and Nobu in season 2; and [[spoiler:Julie Barnes, Father Lantom, and Ray Nadeem]] in season 3.²* KingpinInHisGym: [[spoiler: Frank Castle is introduced to the man himself lifting weights in prison.]] ²* KnifeNut: Rance, the assassin sent after Karen when she's retrieving the Union Allied flashdrive, is ''particularly'' fond of the knife, especially given that when Wesley threatens Farnum's daughter to get his cooperation, he explains that Rance's methods are "unpleasant".²* {{Koan}}: Many characters use flowery and/or metaphoric expressions sprinkled in their dialogue. A few, such as Stick and Madame Gao, drop these in every conversation.²-->'''Matt Murdock:''' [[LampshadeHanging Stick likes his fortune-cookie wisdom.]]²* LadyKillerInLove:²** Karen is suggested to be the first woman Matt has dated seriously since his breakup with Elektra.²** Foggy has a one-night stand with Marci to take his mind off dealing with learning the truth about Matt, though they don't rekindle their romance until the end of season 2, due to Marci being very busy with her job at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz. ²* TheLancer: Foggy and Karen function as confidants to Matt in different ways.²* LargeAndInCharge: Wilson Fisk. He isn't ''quite'' as big as the Kingpin in the comics since nobody could be that big without critical health issues, but he's still visibly bigger than all of his underlings.²* LastNoteNightmare: Fisk donning his iconic white suit for the first time is accompanied by Bach's Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 in G, BWV 1007: III. Courante, but rather than its normal ending, it gradually descends into a darkly discordant finale. The notes and tempo seem to distend and detune as the camera pans up on Fisk's face, as if Fisk himself is the one sour note in his luxury penthouse.²* LawmanGoneBad: Dex in season 3 starts as an FBI agent who has a few screws loose but is otherwise competent at his job. By the end of the season, he's a murderous psychopath.²* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: ²** The scene in Season 2 where [[spoiler: jurors are screened for Frank Castle's trial]] mirrors a lot of the greatly differing opinions real life comic fans have on the Punisher. Some of the people interviewed say that the Punisher should be applauded because he takes the extra steps cops and other heroes won't, while others say that he's a bully and a violent fascist who shouldn't be idolized.²** "Penny and Dime" has Matt commenting to Foggy and Karen, "I think that's enough Punisher for one evening," while watching the news of Castle's arrest, which is a nod to the fact that that episode in particular is an ideal stopping point for a binge-watcher and marks the end of the first act for season 2.²** When Nadeem is blackmailed into a task force of FBI agents who have similarly been blackmailed into working for Fisk, Dex says that one of the rules in this room is that they are to only refer to him by his [[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames codename]]: [[spoiler:Kingpin]].²* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: ²** The first flashback to Wilson Fisk's childhood in "Shadows in the Glass" starts with an establishing shot of kids playing in the street in Hell's Kitchen while "Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones plays in the background. The scene then cuts to the Fisk family's apartment, where the song is playing on the radio and Marlene asks Bill to turn the music down. ²** "Date with the Night" plays in the opening of "Regrets Only" as the ninjas race through the streets on their motorcycles, then cuts as they park outside Elektra's penthouse, implying that one of the riders was listening to it.²* LighterAndSofter: Season 3, [[GrandFinale the final season]]. Despite the increasingly growing cynism of Matt Murdock, it's still light compared to the previous seasons. With most enemy factions weakened or completely destroyed following the events of season 2 and ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', what season 3 gives us most is idealism and hopes for Matt to win against the bad guys, not to mention Karen Page's contribution in discovering much of Fisk's corruption. That, and [[spoiler:[[EarnYourHappyEnding the happy ending]]]].²* ALighterShadeOfGrey: Matt Murdock compared to Frank Castle. Matt grapples with the fact that he's a law-breaking vigilante in spite of being a lawyer during the day, but he looks like a boy scout in the second season next to Frank, who tortures and kills the criminals from the Central Park shootout without any remorse. ²* LightningBruiser: Wilson Fisk can move ''very'' fast in fights despite his large size.²* LiteralMinded: Melvin struggles to understand sarcasm. When Elektra meets him for the first time and he gives Matt a new billy club with a grappling hook feature, this exchange happens:²-->'''Elektra Natchios:''' Where is mine?²-->'''Melvin Potter:''' It's a prototype, I only made one.²* LovableAlphaBitch: Marci Stahl. When we first meet her in "World on Fire," she makes no secret of being selfish and mostly interested in her own career, but she has moral standards and her open bitchiness can be strangely charming. Karen is incredulous that Foggy used to date her. Marci eventually drops the selfishness act after Foggy persuades her to turn against her colleagues at Landman & Zack and sell them out for aiding Fisk. By season 2, she's been hired on at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz and has become a somewhat nicer person. By the time of ''The Defenders'', she and Foggy have rekindled a very healthy romance, to the point that they are both thinking about marriage by season 3.²* LoveAtFirstSight: Karen has a crush on Matt from the get-go. Throughout season 1, she is regularly giving starry-eyed looks at Matt whenever she's around him, and constantly feels the need to bring up Matt whenever she and Foggy are having a good time on their own. Partway through season 2, Karen and Matt [[RelationshipUpgrade begin dating]]. ²* LuxuryPrisonSuite: ²** {{Downplayed|Trope}}. Wilson Fisk has a large private cell and gets rare steak delivered to him... but he's still eating it off a tray while sitting on his uncomfortable-looking prison cot in an orange jumpsuit. [[RealityEnsues Having the guards on puppet strings gets you a lot of perks, but it still ain't the Ritz.]]²** In season 3, Fisk is released after agreeing to turn informant. He's confined to the penthouse of a hotel and placed under 24 hour surveillance by the FBI, who are working out of a surveillance room attached to the place. The FBI doesn't know that this hotel is secretly owned by Fisk. It becomes this even more once he has the penthouse fully furnished and filled with fine art, at which point it really begins to look a lot like his luxury apartment from the first season. (The exteriors are represented by the Lotte New York Palace)²* TheMafia: The Italian Mafia used to run the organized crime of Hell's Kitchen and are responsible for the death of Matt's father. In the present day, they are in decline and Fisk's organization is taking over their territory. Most of the old mafiosi are either in jail or choose to retire rather than go against Fisk. The last significant Mafia boss in the neighborhood was Rigoletto, who was killed on Fisk's orders and the Russians take over his drug distribution network. New crews move in at the start of season 2 after Fisk is arrested, only to get wiped out by the Punisher.²* TheMafiya: The Ranskahovs have a strong presence in Hell's Kitchen, with control over a chunk of its drug trade and a side business in human trafficking. [[RussianGuySuffersMost Too bad they make the mistake of pissing off Wilson Fisk]].²* ManChild:²** Wilson Fisk is socially awkward and prone to tantrums. When he gets really frustrated, he balls his fists and contorts his face in a remarkably babyish fashion, usually signalling the onset of a BerserkerRage.²** Melvin Potter comes across as a really big kid. When Matt shows up at his workshop, he acts like he's going to punished by his parent for it. By season 2, this character trait is dropped, since he doesn't have Fisk now pressuring him or threatening his girlfriend. In his case, it's a result of being mentally disabled.²* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Fisk, obviously. ²* ManlyTears:²** Vladimir, when he tells his crew they're declaring war on the man in the mask.²** Matt and Foggy do this in the tail end of "Nelson v. Murdock."²* TheMasochismTango: Both Matt and Elektra are actively dangerous for each other to be around; Elektra derails Matt's life every time she's in it, while he indirectly causes her to endanger herself trying to be better for him.²* MeaningfulEcho: ²** After Matt corners Fisk for the final battle, a dialogue exchange between the two is an exact match to an earlier one, with the roles now reversed.²--->'''Fisk:''' I'm gonna kill you!²--->'''Matt:''' Take your shot.²** Several of Matt's interactions with Karen as Daredevil are echoes of interactions he has with her out-of-costume. For instance, Matt and Karen walking out of Frank's hospital room arm-in-arm in "Regrets Only" gets echoed in the season 2 finale when he rescues her from the Hand, as he carries her to safety in the same arm-in-arm pose. Matt cupping Karen's face before he kisses her at the end of "Penny and Dime" gets called back in the season 2 finale, as he strokes her face again in a very similar way upon cutting her restraints. During the "You're not alone, Matt" conversation towards the end of "The Ones We Leave Behind," there's a shot of Matt standing in the foreground and facing away from a shaken-up Karen, staged very similarly to a shot from the first episode, when Karen interacts with him in the mask after he defeats the assassin Fisk had sent to her apartment. ²** Matt's exchange with Karen while she helps him get dressed for Grotto's funeral...²--->'''Karen Page:''' You okay?²--->'''Matt Murdock:''' Yeah. I'm just...recovering.²--->'''Karen Page:''' From what?²--->'''Matt Murdock:''' I don't really have a name for it.²--->'''Karen Page:''' But, you're feeling better?²--->'''Matt Murdock:''' Yeah. Now. With you.²** ...gets echoed nine episodes later when Matt locates Karen and the Hand's other hostages and checks to see that she's okay:²--->'''Matt Murdock:''' You okay?²--->'''Karen Page:''' Better. Now. ²** Claire's interaction with Foggy in "New York's Finest" when Foggy shows up at the hospital checking for Matt...²--->'''Foggy Nelson:''' So [Matt] hasn't been here?²--->'''Claire Temple:''' He have a reason to be?²--->'''Foggy Nelson:''' [[CutHimselfShaving Well, you know our friend is fond of extreme sports]].²--->'''Claire Temple:''' You can cut the shit, I know who you're talking about.²** ...gets echoed in "The Man in the Box" when Brett is asking her to admit into the hospital the kids Matt rescued from the Hand.²--->'''Brett Mahoney:''' And do me a favor, keep the details of this arrangement to yourself.²--->'''Claire Temple:''' Details?²--->'''Brett Mahoney:''' Our mutual friend.²--->'''Claire Temple:''' I don't know who you're talking about.²* MeaningfulName: Each episode's name is in some form relevant to the plot of the episode at hand:²** “Into The Ring” establishes Matt's origin story and sets up the theme of Matt being a boxer who gets knocked down and gets back up through the series.²** "Cut Man" is a boxing term for a ringside doctor who treats boxers' injuries in a fight. Matt is also a "cut man", and the episode introduces Claire.²** “Rabbit in a Snowstorm” introduces the titular painting, as well as its impact on Fisk (caught up in something bigger/what man you want to be).²** “In The Blood” deals with the Ranskahov brothers, as well as the idea of not being able to run from something because it’s in the person's blood (Ben Urich takes the case; Fisk's criminal enterprise; and Matt's fighting)²** “World On Fire” is how Matt describes his form of sight to Claire. The episode ends with Fisk literally setting most of Hell's Kitchen on fire as he blows up the Russians' hideouts.²** “Condemned” sees Fisk use the media and police reception in order to make Matt a terrorist. It's also an apt decription of the dilapidated building where Matt is holed up with Vladimir and a police officer who stumbles upon them.²** “Stick” introduces Matt’s mentor of that name, as well as arms Matt with a primitive version of his trademark escrima sticks²** “Shadows In The Glass” reveals Fisk’s insecurities and how he is haunted by shadows of his former self²** “Speak of the Devil” not only deals with personal demons, but also weighs heavily on the old saying “Speak of the devil and he shall appear” (ie: Fisk appears at the art gallery when Matt asks Vanessa about him, Fisk appears on TV while they’re talking about him at Josie's, etc)²** “Nelson v. Murdock” - Matt and Foggy have a heated argument now that Foggy has learned Matt's secret. The title also frames this conflict along the lines of how actual court hearings are named (''Party A v. Party B'').²** “The Path Of The Righteous” plays upon the idea of "becoming the devil so that others fear you enough to be good people". Additionally, it deals with the continuing costs of walking this path (ie: Claire leaves Matt, Fisk loses Wesley and almost Vanessa)²** “The Ones We Leave Behind” deals heavily with those lost as well as whom they’ve left behind. Continuing from the previous episode (ie: Vanessa saved, Wesley killed), the episode also shows how one is almost lost at the start of the episode only to have another truly lost at episode’s end (Karen dreams Fisk is about to kill her in her apartment, Fisk actually kills Ben Urich in his apartment)²** “Daredevil” - Matt is no longer the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen and earns the title of Daredevil in both the media as well as resembling his comic appearance (red horned costume with balanced beat sticks)²** "Bang" - Frank Castle says "bang" before shooting Matt in the head²** "Dogs to a Gunfight" - Frank Castle uses the dead body of a Dogs of Hell biker as bait for the NYPD and engages in a fight with Matt while under fire from the ESU teams²** "New York's Finest" - The motto for the NYPD is applied here to Matt and Frank, two vigilantes, but can also apply to Claire²** "Penny and Dime" - Refers to the children's book that Karen finds in Frank's house, as the last book Frank ever read to his daughter before her death²** "Kinbaku" - This type of bondage appears in visual form with the knots Elektra uses to tie Roscoe Sweeney to a chair²** "Regrets Only" - as in "the past catching up with you". Matt is starting to drift apart from Karen and Foggy as he gets more and more focused helping Elektra.²** "Semper Fidelis" - The episode marks the start of the trial of Frank Castle, a former Marine, who use this phrase as a motto²** "Guilty as Sin" - Frank sabotages his own trial. Karen catches Matt looking "guilty as sin" when she sees Elektra in his bed and thinks Matt is cheating on her²** "Seven Minutes in Heaven" - Refers to Frank's massacre of Dutton and the prisoners in his cell block²** "The Man in the Box" - Ostensibly refers to Wilson Fisk, who is able to cause a lot of carnage from the closed walls of prison by arranging Frank's escape²** ".380" - Refers to the caliber of the gun Karen carries in her purse²%%"The Dark at the End of the Tunnel"²** "A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen" - The episode takes place around December, and sees Karen and other Daredevil survivors get taken captive by the Hand as bait for Matt²* MetaCasting:²** Creator/{{Deborah Ann Woll}}'s real life boyfriend EJ Scott is blind as the result of choroideremia, and she raises public awareness of the disease as a pet cause. This was lampshaded by Woll, [[ as EJ actually dressed up as Matt for the season 1 premiere]]. And the show takes this full-circle partway through season 2, once [[RelationshipUpgrade Matt and Karen start dating]].²** Deborah Ann Woll has an aunt who teaches journalism and who she regularly consulted for advice on Karen's actions in ''The Punisher'' and in ''Daredevil'' season 3:²-->'''Deborah Ann Woll:''' My aunt teaches journalism in Washington. So I have picked her brain a ton. In ''The Punisher'', we had the guy who wrote in a threat to the paper. She gave me a lot of information about the Unabomber. We wanted to make sure we follow the line on it. Obviously, it’s TV, you have to take poetic license here and there. It’s been nice to finally play that archetype.²** Just like Matt Murdock, Creator/CharlieCox was RaisedCatholic. ²** Creator/VincentDOnofrio incorporates a good amount of his own social anxieties into his portrayal of Wilson Fisk, like difficulty maintaining eye contact, odd speech inflections, and, despite taking precautions, having a set routine. He has trouble "clearing his head" at times, and is insecure when out in public. ²** Marci Stahl is played by Amy Rutberg, whose father is an actual judge in Los Angeles.²* MidseasonUpgrade:²** Stick drops by in the 7th episode, not only to give Matt back his escrima sticks, but remind him that meditation can help him accelerate his healing.²** Matt slowly upgrades his costume after the first episode. First he uses rope to create pseudo-boxing gloves in episode 2, then gets padded gloves. Later he adds pads for the wrists, and elbows, as well as the escrima sticks. Finally, Melvin crafts Matt's signature red suit in the first season finale.²** Early in season 2, Melvin builds a replacement for Matt's first mask after getting shot by Frank Castle, simultaneously very subtle while making it look ''dramatically'' better. By the finale, Melvin also builds Matt a new billy club that incorporates a reel of high-tensile wire, allowing him to swing around like his comic book counterpart. He also provides Elektra with a more protective outfit.²** Matt ends up ''downgrading'' back to his old costume in season 3, due to his season 2 costume being destroyed in Midland Circle. Midway through the season, he starts wearing muay Thai ropes around his hands and forearms for added protection.²* MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll: Wilson Fisk doesn't initially seem to have any ambitions in this respect, as he's lost a lot of his resources and is mainly focused on protecting Vanessa. But when Dutton, who runs the prison's underground economy, unwisely attempts [[BullyingADragon to intimidate Fisk]], he quickly seizes control and starts making outside arrangements through his crooked lawyer.²* MilesGloriosus: When testifying at Frank's trial, Colonel Schoonover implies this was the reason he walked his men into an ambush that Frank rescued them from. He's lying to cover up the fact that he was forced into it by Rawlins and disregarded protests from Frank and Billy Russo that they were walking into a trap. ²* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A construction numbers racket being exposed courtesy of Karen equals the uncovering of [[ComicBook/TheKingpin a powerful figure controlling Hell's Kitchen]].²* MissingMom: Throughout seasons 1 and 2, nothing is known about Matt's mom. She's not in the picture during any of the season 1 flashbacks, and when Stick asks the nuns about her prior to meeting Matt, they tell him "it's a long story". It's not until season 3 that his mother finally makes her onscreen debut, tending to Matt following Midland Circle. Even then, Matt doesn't learn she's his mother until over halfway through the season. [[spoiler: It turns out that she's a nun who'd been involved with his father while she was a novice, but suffered postpartum depression from his birth and wasn't able to take care of him. She took her vows and went out of their lives, though it's shown she feels guilty about it.]]²* MistakenForGay: When they first meet, Foggy compliments Matt on how handsome he is. Matt's expression and stuttering indicate that he thinks Foggy is coming onto him. Foggy is quick to realize the mistake and correct it.²* MistakenForRacist: Foggy is worried he'll be mistaken for ableist after he compares Matt to a bat.²-->'''Foggy Nelson:''' Guy's like a bat! ''[to Matt]'' Not blind like a--I mean, you know, with the hearing-²-->'''Matt Murdock:''' [[AnalogyBackfire Bats aren't blind, Foggy.]]²-->'''Foggy Nelson:''' They're not?²-->'''Matt Murdock:''' It's a myth. ²* MisterSandmanSequence:²** The flashbacks to Wilson Fisk's childhood in the 1970s, using "Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones to establish the setting.²** Played with in the flashbacks of Matt and Foggy meeting in law school. Foggy's blasting a Train song from the early 2000s...while trying to register for Fall 2010 classes.²* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Fisk is brought down when Hoffman, bitter over Fisk forcing him to kill his own partner and best friend of 35 years, betrays him to the FBI.²* MobBossSuitFitting: There's a variant involving Fisk introducing Leland to Melvin Potter, his tailor. Fisk himself doesn't need a fitting, of course, because Melvin already makes all of his suits and knows his measurements. The scene is used more to introduce Melvin, as he's the source of all of Fisk's knife and bullet resistant clothing.²* TheMole: Ben Urich believes that there's one who works at the ''Bulletin'' that's keeping him from publishing anything involving the state of crime in Hell's Kitchen. He accuses his editor Mitchell Ellison of this, leading to him getting fired. After he's killed by Fisk, Karen firmly believes that Ellison is on Fisk's payroll, but the FBI arrests prove that while Urich was wrong about Ellison, he was right in believing there was a mole in the office: Ellison's ''secretary''.²* MoleInCharge: Tammy Hattley, the SAC in charge of Fisk's FBI detail in season 3, has been blackmailed into working for Fisk.²* MookChivalry: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with interestingly]]. Henchmen will often NOT observe MookChivalry early in a fight, and Matt can get beaten to shit as a result. After the first flurry of combat most mooks will be down, and the remainder of the fight will involve them recovering enough to rejoin the fight one or two at a time. An excellent example is the iconic hallway fight against the Russians.²* MoralityPet:²** Vanessa Marianna for Wilson Fisk. Many of his actions in all three seasons are motivated by his love for her, and while he acknowledges that this LoveIsAWeakness, he still refuses to give it up.²** Elektra was this to Stick, as he treated her much more kindly than he treats Matt or most other people. [[spoiler:And as we see in ''The Defenders'', despite knowing what she's become, he still can't bring himself to kill her when it comes to that]].²** Karen is this to Frank. He is very gallant towards her and appreciative of her helping him and seeing good in him. This continues into his own series.²** In a very dark example, Julie Barnes was this for Dex. After Dex's therapist died, she advised him to find a new "North Star" to guide him to moral actions, and he came to see Julie as being it due to her kindness and compassion. While he stalked her and acted rather creepy towards her, he never actually harmed her at all, and finding out [[spoiler:from Matt that Fisk had her killed is what got him to finally turn on Fisk]].²* MorningRoutine: Fisk makes an omelette every morning like clockwork, then dresses his closet for a standard three piece suit. ²* MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: ²** In season 1, Matt wears a black costume based on his prototype outfit from Creator/FrankMiller's ''Daredevil: Man Without Fear'' limited series, an even closer version during a flashback of his first night out. Only prior to his final bout with Fisk does Matt finally get his iconic BigRedDevil costume, which still has more black in it than it does in the comics.²** In season 2, the "big red devil" costume has a lot of black highlights, but the red is also a much darker burgundy than it is in the comics. [[spoiler: When Melvin builds a similarly-protective suit for Elektra, it's almost all black with some maroon highlights.]]²** By season 3, Matt is back in the black costume, as his red one was destroyed in the Midland Circle collapse.²* MundaneMadeAwesome: The show often shifts into this in the vicinity of Fisk, with sumptuous montaged close-ups of fabric and food accompanied by stirring classical music. ²* MythologyGag: Has [[MythologyGag/Daredevil2015 its own page]].²* NamedByTheAdaptation: ²** Foggy Nelson's middle initial "P." initially didn't stand for anything in the comics. In "The Man in the Box," when Fisk is throttling Matt, it's revealed that the "P" stands for "Percy".²** In the comics, "Benjamin Poindexter" was just one of several different alias names that Bullseye used, rather than his actual legal name. The comics Bullseye never has had his real name revealed.²* NayTheist: Matt begins to think God is cruel and uncaring in Season Three after his experiences, citing the story of Job and saying he shouldn't have kept faith with a being who'd inflict such things on him. He changes his mind by the end of Season Three though.²* NestedOwnership: Fisk has shell companies that have shell company subsidiaries of their own.²** Nobu is retroactively revealed to be one, as despite being the apparent main leader of the Hand during season 2 and one who controls a large number of men, ''The Defenders'' establishes he's just a ''capo'' to Murakami. ²** In season 3, Fisk gets the FBI to put him under house arrest in a hotel he secretly owns through a series of nested shell companies. ²* NeverMyFault:²** Wilson Fisk's father was one of these kinds of people. Bill's idea of "making a man" out of Wilson involved demeaning him, teaching him to blame others for his problems (including blaming Wilson himself for his own problems) and playing cruel jokes on him. When he lost the city council election, he believed that the reason he lost was because his wife and son didn't show him enough respect at home, not because he was a vile, vicious, petty loser. This led to him beating his wife with a belt, and caused Wilson to snap and kill him with a hammer.²** In the present day, Fisk tends to operate on the principle that he should do the opposite of what his father would do in a situation. As such he owns up to his mistakes and then moves on, eventually. But he has his moments: after Matt foils Fisk's attempt to escape from police custody, Fisk goes on a villainous rant, clearly blaming Matt for the downfall of his operation. While it is true that Matt was the driving force, both in his civilian and vigilante lives, behind Fisk getting arrested, this is ignoring that the major factors that led to his descent were due to his own temper tantrums for minor slights (to elaborate, a string of events that began with Fisk brutally murdering Anatoly for simply crashing Fisk's date with Vanessa, which led to Fisk bombing the Russian mafia's hideouts, then sending in corrupt cops to finish off the survivors, then ordering the shooting of Detective Blake for accidentally leaking info to Matt, having Blake be killed in the hospital by his own partner Hoffman when this fails, Hoffman being stashed away by Leland Owlsley, then Hoffman selling Fisk out to the FBI after Fisk kills Leland in another tantrum). Not to mention the fact that he's, y'know, a criminal, and thus deserves to get arrested.²** Nobu has an example of this in "Shadows in the Glass," after his Black Sky is killed by Stick, when he angrily confronts Fisk about not providing the Black Sky more protection. Fisk points out that Nobu only asked for the docks to be cleared of police interference and he held up that end of the deal, and it was Nobu's responsibility to inform Fisk of the importance of the incoming cargo.²** Karen repeatedly claims it wasn't her fault that her brother died, despite the fact it was her actions (doing drugs and hooking up with Todd), bad choices (driving while angry and under the influence) and refusal to accept her brother and father's help that directly resulted in Kevin's death. She finally owns up to it when she and Matt are hiding from Dex in the church basement in episode 11 of season 3.²* NeverSuicide: The first episode alone had not one, not two, but ''four'' attempts to cover up a murder as a suicide. Only the attempt on Karen is a failure.²* NewscasterCameo: [=NY1=] reporter Pat Kiernan appears in several episodes of seasons 1 and 2, reporting on the shootings of the cops in "Condemned," Wilson Fisk's attempted escape in the season 1 finale and on the capture of Frank Castle in season 2, among other things.²* NewsMonopoly: In season 3, Fisk has a room in his penthouse with a row of TV screens. After Dex attacks the ''Bulletin'' posing as the red Daredevil, we see Fisk watching the screens, all tuned to different stations reporting on the attack.²* NiceJobBreakingItHero:²** Karen tricking Ben into visiting Fisk's mother with her gets Ben killed, and gets her kidnapped and almost killed by Wesley (and leads to her killing him in self-defense, which she feels guilty about).²** Similarly, in season 3, Karen telling Fisk that she killed Wesley in an attempt to provoke him into attacking her not only doesn't work, [[spoiler:but gets him to send Dex after her to kill her, which ultimately results in the death of Father Lantom [[HeroicSacrifice (who dies protecting her)]] and several other attendees at the church]].²* NiceJobFixingItVillain:²** With the lawyers he could still afford to hire, Fisk ''might'' have been able to beat the rap on the charges for which he was originally arrested, especially since [[TheConsigliere Wesley]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Owlsley]], the two people who knew the most about his rackets, are [[DeadlyEuphemism "unavailable" to testify.]] However, orchestrating the murder of a half-dozen honest cops and FBI agents in an escape attempt ''on national television''? Not so much. In season 3, his way of getting out of prison is to manipulate the FBI into releasing him into house arrest.²** Ultimately, [[spoiler: Vanessa ends up being the reason Fisk is taken down in Season 3. If they had gone with Fisk's original plan to simply discredit Nadeem he still would've been out of the way, and any attempts of him going public with his accusations wouldn't have gotten anywhere. But because she orders the hit, she inadvertently allows his final video filled with his accusations to become admissible in court and because it went viral there's no possible way to cover it up after the fact. Furthermore, her doing so in front of Felix Manning means that Matt finds out about this after torturing Felix for info, and he is able to use this against Fisk to make sure that the latter will never reveal his identity or target his friends again, since if he does, Matt will make sure Vanessa goes to jail]].²* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown:²** Done repeatedly by Matt to the various criminals, partly out of rage and partly because he's an otherwise-normal man who needs to hit them multiple times to keep them down. Does this a lot to Frank during the first of the second series.²** Wilson Fisk's favored method of execution (when doing it himself and not through one of his henchmen) is to simply pummel the person to death with his bare hands.²* NonSpecificallyForeign: Vanessa speaks with a foreign accent but only speaks English. She's mentioned to be in the country on a visa, but we never learn what country she hails from. The actress is Israeli.²* NotHisSled: [[spoiler: Elektra is killed in this series, which reflects the original comics and the 2003 movie, and then is resurrected by The Hand for ''Series/TheDefenders2017''. The difference is that Elektra is killed by Nobu, well before Bullseye makes his debut in season 3.]]²* NotSoDifferent: Wilson Fisk claims this about himself and the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, though Matt aggressively denies it. "Condemned" has both Vladimir and Fisk claiming this about him, although he repeatedly tells them they're not the same.²-->'''Fisk:''' You and I have a lot in common.\²'''Matt:''' We're nothing alike.²** A major theme throughout the show is the similarities Matt and Fisk share. Both had traumatic experiences in their childhoods that have shaped who they are, both were strongly influenced by their fathers, both believe they are helping the city become a better place and use unlawful means to do so. At one point, Foggy even questions how Matt's methods are any different from Fisk's. ²** Frank Castle also states how he sees Matt and himself to be very much alike. In his own words: "you know you're one bad day away from being me."²** Season 2 in general expands on this. Frank Castle, Elektra, and Stick all argue that Matt is NotSoDifferent from them, and Matt finds himself straying closer to them at times. For instance: [[spoiler: Agreeing with Frank that Matt's way isn't working, so "just this once" he'll help Frank find and kill the Blacksmith. Later, Matt apparently having his "one bad day" and throwing Nobu off a roof by his neck. Matt finally pushing Foggy and Karen almost completely out of his life, just as Stick suggested, and finally agreeing to run away with Elektra, wherever she wants to go to stay hidden from The Hand.]]²** In season 3, Fisk recruits [[spoiler:Agent Poindexter]] to his side by showing him how much they have in common.²** On the heroes' side, [[OfficialCouple Matt and Karen]]'s individual pursuits of justice (through Daredevil and through investigative reporting, respectively) are very similar in their determination and unwillingness to stop even when it means jeopardizing their own safety. This is especially noticeable in season 1, where her quest for justice is very much parallel to Matt's:²*** Both Matt and Karen have the tragedy of a car accident in their past. Matt was blinded by one, while Karen killed her brother in one.²*** Just as Jack Murdock’s death profoundly changed Matt, the murder of Daniel Fisher wakes Karen up to the reality of the corruption and violence that’s taking place in Hell’s Kitchen. While she gathers other people later who serve as motivation for her cause, from the very beginning it’s Daniel Fisher’s inescapable ghost that prompts her to fight back. His memory keeps her going out there, even after two attempts are made on her life and after she is bribed to keep silent. Just like Matt's memory of his father.²*** Ben encourages Karen to hide her nighttime activities, but as a person already prone to keeping secrets due to the events that happened in her past, it’s likely that she would have done so anyway. She lies to Matt and Foggy from the day she meets them, and this continues even after she begins working to bring down Fisk. The parallels with how Matt hides his Devil of Hell's Kitchen activities from Foggy and Karen are obvious, and there’s dramatic irony in one scene where Foggy tells Matt that he thinks Karen is up to something and Matt dismisses his concerns saying, “Everybody has secrets, Foggy.”²*** Just like Matt, Karen manages to keep her friends in the dark for about half of the show until Foggy discovers the truth on his own due to finding them having just been attacked by Fisk's thugs (discovering Karen being menaced by thugs; finding Matt bleeding out from being maimed by Nobu and beaten up by Fisk). ²*** Just like Matt is not dissuaded by Foggy's concerns about what he does at night, Karen is not dissuaded by Matt's concerns about what she's doing. She comes back at him with a very Daredevil-esque response: "Y'know, I don’t care what I signed or how much money they paid me to forget, I don’t. And I’m not just going to stick my head in the sand and let it happen to somebody else because I am scared! Which I am… a lot.” ²*** As Karen goes out there and takes risks and digs deeper into Fisk’s business, she gets noticed. While Fisk’s immediate priority may be dealing with the damage Matt is doing to his organization, it’s not long before he notices the other, much more subtle type of vigilante showing up where she doesn’t belong. Just like Foggy's "You're gonna kill yourself if you keep this up" to Matt, Ben warns Karen to be careful, but she knows that care won’t get her the results she needs, and so she takes risks. Just like Matt gets a bit too confident and careless and ends up being maimed in a fight with Nobu, Karen gets a little too confident and careless and ends up being threatened at gunpoint by Wesley. Unlike Matt, though, it is Karen who gets the honor of receiving the standard supervillain threat of "Back off or I'll kill everyone you care about".²*** Wesley threatens to have Matt killed to scare Karen and cause her pain. The fear of Karen getting killed when she's kidnapped by the Hand in season 2 is enough that Matt can't focus and Elektra needs to rein him in.²*** In a show that deals extensively with Matt’s internal conflict about killing, it’s Karen who actually takes that step, and must deal with the consequences. Killing Wesley, although saving her life, takes a toll on Karen: Clearly traumatized, Karen resorts to alcohol to avoid the chronic anxiety that now colors every moment of her life. And Matt burning Nobu alive, although saving his life, takes a toll on him as Foggy finds him bleeding out in his apartment right afterwards.²* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: For the main trio of Matt, Karen and Foggy, the first big change of dynamics is when Foggy learns Matt's secret identity in "Nelson v. Murdock" and the second big change is when Karen finally learns it in the season 2 finale. ²* NotWhatItLooksLike: In season 2 Karen walks into Matt's apartment and sees a wounded Elektra recuperating in Matt's bed, but Matt doesn't explain beyond invoking the trope name and Karen, while clearly upset, says she doesn't want to know. Karen and Matt don't really reconcile until the season finale.²* ObfuscatingStupidity:²** Wilson Fisk allows Madame Gao to believe he cannot understand Chinese, but later reveals that he is somewhat fluent. [[CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator His obfuscation has mostly been so that he has an excuse to have Wesley around for their meetings.]] Madame Gao, who also pretends that she does not speak English and requires a translator, can see through Fisk's ruse.²** Matt uses obfuscating ignorance in everyday life. He can effectively "see" just fine, can hear conversations from blocks away, and can tell whenever anybody is lying to him, but he has to act like an average blind man anyway and play along.²* ObviousStuntDouble: Averted during most of Matt's action sequences thanks to the mask, dim lighting, and the fact that Charlie Cox and his stunt double Chris Brewster share a vague resemblance, although it's clear that Cox didn't do much of the second season finale's climactic fight scene. Played painfully straight with Stick, whose action sequences are mostly of a much younger double wearing a wig with a few insert shots of the real Scott Glenn.²* 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.²* OfficialCouple: Matt Murdock and Karen Page. While their instant attraction to each other in season 1 is not initially obvious due to their preoccupation taking down Fisk, it's still apparent (Karen thinking Elena is talking about Matt when she refers to "the handsome lawyer" instead of Foggy; Matt insisting Karen continue translating for Elena because he likes the sound of her voice). By season 2, it's been six months since Fisk has been locked up, giving them more time to explore their feelings for each other, and they finally get a moment of intimacy by sharing [[RomanticRain a first kiss in the rain]] after Frank Castle is arrested.²* OfficialCoupleOrdealSyndrome: Once Matt and Karen begin dating, Elektra reenters Matt's life and essentially hijacks him, causing him to falter in contributing to Frank Castle's trial. It doesn't help when Karen stumbles upon a wounded Elektra in Matt's bed and [[MistakenForCheating thinks he's cheating on her]]. While they're estranged for most of the third act of the season due to this and their own individual pursuits of the Hand and the conspiracy behind the death of Frank's family, in the final scene of season 2, Matt privately meets with Karen to reveal his secret identity, hinting at the possibility of them reconciling. By the time of ''The Defenders'', they're back on speaking terms, and their interactions are very intimate, but things fall apart again as Matt is "killed" in the destruction of Midland Circle. By the end of Season 3, while they're back on good terms again, they're still not back in an official relationship.²* OfficeRomance: ²** Both Foggy snd Matt are attracted to their secretary Karen. While Karen establishes that she and Foggy are just friends, she and Matt have a lot of {{UST}} that culminates in a date in season 2. However, the complications of Matt's crime fighting and love life turn their relationship into a WillTheyOrWontThey throughout the series.²** Foggy and Marci by the end of season 2, now that both are at Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz and are established in ''The Defenders'' to be back to full-time dating. ²* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome:²** Matt's father beating Carl "the Crusher" Creel in the ring. Even better since from ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' we know that Creel had the power to turn any part of his body into any material, and typically hid steel fists under his gloves. The Murdock boys can take a hit indeed.²** Several moments in the famous one-take hallway fight have Matt disappear through a doorway and continue fighting, sometimes flinging a mook back out the door. These offscreen moments also function as points for Charlie Cox to switch places with his stunt double Chris Brewster.²** Matt's takedown of the corrupt cops trying to kill Hoffman is only heard, not seen, with the camera instead focusing on Hoffman's closed eyes and fearful expression.²* OhCrap: A subtle one during "Guilty as Sin" when Reyes is cross-examining Colonel Schoonover. As she tries to discount his knowledge of what Frank did, he reveals that [[AndThatLittleGirlWasMe he was the "idiot that got them trapped there in the first place"]]. And she seems to react accordingly, thinking, "How the hell did we miss his prosthetic arm?"²* OldMaster: Stick is a visibly muscular old man who can wipe the floor with Matt or ninjas and is at least a match for anyone he fights, knows how to counter poison on weapons, and is able to resist torture. He is the one who trained Matt in the first place and is still able to match him decades later when Matt is in his prime. ²* TheOner: A repeated element.²** The entire end of Season 1 episode "Cut Man" shows Matt beating on the Russians in a hallway without change in camera angle.²** The cab scene in "World on Fire," including several orbital rotations, and the start of another fight.²** Madame Gao's heroin base, and Matt's entry into it in "The Ones We Leave Behind" is another.²** Matt's escape from the Dogs of Hell in Season 2 episode "New York's Finest" is cut together to be seem like a one-take fight between DD and an entire [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels group of bikers]], starting in a hallway and progressing down a spiral stairwell. There are actually several obvious cuts and wipes used to transition between locations and sequences requiring complicated stunt work.²** Season 3 episode "Blindsided" went to top all that, featuring an epic tracking shot fight that was ''fifteen minutes'' long.²* OneManArmy:²** ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} really is one the MCU's top fighters. A fully geared up SWAT team waltzing into a Russian Mob hideout and taking down every single mobster with no casualties on their side would be impressive. Matt Murdock did it by himself, unarmed, nonlethally, and only hours after receiving injuries that would've killed him without medical aid that came from a nurse with whatever first-aid supplies she happened to have in her home. Keep in mind that this is very early in his vigilante career.²** Frank Castle's antics are initially mistaken for those of a highly trained team. Colonel Schoonover's story shows that he was almost literally this in the Marine Corps. And unlike Daredevil, the Punisher has no absolutely compunction about killing people if he thinks they've earned it.²* OneSteveLimit: ²** Averted as the show has two characters named Blake. There's Detective Christian Blake, and ADA Blake Tower. It's a pretty subtle case as the former is an original character and Blake is his last name (though the only one he's ever called by), and the second is a character from the comics. Also, Detective Blake is dead by the time Blake Tower shows up.²** Averted. There is Franklin "Foggy" Nelson and Frank Castle in season 2, mitigated by Foggy being OnlyKnownByTheirNickname.²** Another aversion is that there are three different "Ben" characters: Ben Urich, Big Ben Donovan, and Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter.²* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Foggy's real first name, Franklin, is said in a flashback to his and Matt's law school days, when he's talking with Reyes in season 2, and when Fisk is threatening Matt in "The Man in the Box" in season 2, but is otherwise unmentioned.²* OnlySaneMan: Foggy is probably the only member of the Nelson & Murdock trio to not have a DarkAndTroubledPast (as shown heavily with Matt, and heavily hinted with Karen) or to have an incredible knack of leaping into danger without a parachute. In "Kinbaku," his reaction to Karen admitting that she broke into Frank Castle's house is an exasperated, "No-no, we successfully dodged a metaphorical bullet and quite a few literal ones. We need to be done with the crazy, you guys! We ''need'' normal!" clearly reprimanding both Matt and Karen for their own [[ChronicHeroSyndrome chronic hero tendencies]]. ²* OohMeAccentsSlipping: ²** Charlie Cox's natural English accent frequently pushes through the American accent he puts on to play Matt Murdock in much of the first episode. It's become less and less detectable as time as progressed, especially since Cox now resides in New York.²** During season 1, certain syllables are difficult enough that James Wesley lapses into Toby Leonard Moore's native Australian accent.²* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Hand perform certain rituals to reanimate their dead. They keep their scars and some are even missing organs as is usually the case with reanimated corpses, but they retain their own personalities and intelligence and are as skilled as ever. ''Series/IronFist2017'' expands on this further and shows that the process can even be applied before death. ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' then shows the resurrection process in detail when Alexandra is reviving Elektra.²* OutOfGenreExperience:²** The Black Sky plot in "Stick" hints at more mystical elements that aren't present anywhere else in the show (or the rest of the MCU) as of yet, setting up the more mystical elements in ''Iron Fist'', ''The Defenders'', season 4 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', and ''Film/DoctorStrange2016''.²** The raid on the heroin plant is close to cultist horror and has more hints of supernatural elements.²** In the Season Two episode ''Regrets Only'' sees Elektra and Matt going undercover in a fancy dress party to steal secret information, making it seem more like a TuxedoAndMartini style spy thriller.²** Season 3 episode 5 "A Perfect Game" has the unique sequence wherein Fisk walks through Dex's backstory using nothing more than Dex's medical records. To see how Fisk is processing what he reads, we are treated to a black-and-white stageplay.²** Season 3 episode 10, "Karen", opens with an extended 30 minute flashback of Karen's backstory, which feels like a family drama set in the countryside.²* OverlyNervousFlopSweat: In the season 1 finale, as Leland passes some ledgers over to Fisk, Fisk notices that Leland's hands are trembling. Leland tries to pass this off as shivering due to the cold...until Fisk points out that he's also sweating profusely, forcing Leland to confess to his duplicity.²* OvershadowedByAwesome: ²** Foggy Nelson. Graduating ''cum laude'' from Columbia University and getting a job offer at Landman & Zack right after internship would be a spectacular beginning to any law career, yet Foggy is always playing second fiddle to the genius and superpowered Matt Murdock.²** Season 2 goes a good way into subverting this. While Matt is still extremely competent when need be, due to [[spoiler:Elektra coming in and basically hijacking him]] he becomes unfocused and all but useless during "The Trial of the Century", leaving Foggy to step up. He does so remarkably, outright impressing the legal world while Matt looked terrible. By the end of it [[spoiler:Foggy is recruited by Jeri Hogarth, to the point of her even offering to eventually make him named partner, while Matt is left having to run a solo pro-bono practice from his apartment due to his mistakes in the trial. In season 3, Foggy is convinced by Marci to build a campaign for District Attorney off of this.]]²* LeParkour: Matt is pretty good at it and puts it to good use when following a car through the city, leaping across rooftops to keep pace.²* PayEvilUntoEvil: Matt believes that beating on criminals is okay, because they are criminals. Father Lantom tells him otherwise: "another's evil does not make you good". The Punisher takes it further, and simply kills them. ²* PermaStubble: Matt always sports a few days of stubble, even when he's practicing law. He must be a damn good lawyer.²** Justified, as he's blind.²* PetTheDog: ²** When he's not strong-arming people, James Wesley tends to be good at this when it comes to helping Wilson Fisk, such as bringing Vanessa over to ease Fisk's anguish after Madame Gao threatens him. ²** After wiping out a Kitchen Irish meeting, Frank Castle adopts one of the dogs they used in their dog fighting rings, and tries to keep it from harm. When the Irish catch up to him and torture him, he only gives up the money he stole from them when they threaten the dog, but even then has anticipated this, by planting a bomb in the briefcase containing the money.²** After arranging for Dutton to be assassinated by Frank Castle in his cell, Wilson Fisk decides to spend the time Dutton has left near him in the hospital bed so he doesn't die alone. Of course, it's as much an opportunity to indulge in EvilGloating as anything else.²--->'''Wilson Fisk:''' The physician says that your condition is grave, that your lungs are filling with liquid. In a few hours, you're likely to suffocate in your own blood. But you won't suffer alone. I'll be here. [[IronicEcho Because you were right. In prison, there's only room for one kingpin.]]²** In season 3, Fisk devotes a considerable amount of effort to reclaiming a painting that Vanessa was fond of that was taken from him when his assets were seized after his arrest. When the new owner refuses to sell the painting even for several times it's monetary value, Fisk decides to pay her a visit, with the implied intent of threatening or killing her. However, when he hears the reason she's so attached to it -she was a Holocaust survivor, and the painting had been in her family for years before it was taken from them by the Nazis- he decides to let her keep it. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Agent Poindexter later finds out about this and, in a desperate attempt to impress Fisk, kills the woman and steals the painting]].²** Stick displays some genuinely fatherly affection towards Elektra when she is a child. He is the only one among the Chaste to show her kindness, while everyone else fears and is repulsed by her due to Elektra being a Black Sky. After she kills one of the students in self-defense when he tries to kill her, the Chaste sentences her to death and Stick saves her by delivering her to a wealthy Greek couple to keep her safe.²* PoliceAreUseless: Depending on how much influence Fisk has on the outside at any given time, the cops in Hell's Kitchen are either incompetent or outright corrupt. In the first season, the NYPD are very ineffective at doing their jobs because so many cops in the 15th Precinct are in Fisk's pocket. In the third season, Fisk is able to use his influence to turn the FBI into his glorified bodyguards and henchmen.²** Ray Nadeem becomes a more specific example in season 3. When Fisk "names" Matt Murdock as a faciliator, Nadeem doesn't even bother doing any fact-checking of Fisk's information to observe that Matt worked for the law firm that took down Fisk, and that Fisk could be using him as part of a vendetta against Matt. It's only after he ends up learning the truth about Jasper Evans that Nadeem begins to realize that Fisk has been playing him.²* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: ²** In season 1, one gets the impression that Nelson and Murdock: Attorneys At Law, spend a lot of time around their office instead of practicing law. This is justified, given that they're a fledgling startup law firm struggling to find clients. And their first two clients both turn out to be cases that are tied to Wilson Fisk. [[LampshadeHanging All of its employees are fully aware of this]].²** Subverted then played straight in Season 2. The season opens with Nelson and Murdock swamped with clients, who sadly still mostly cannot pay for legal fees steeper than home-baked peach cobbler pie. Once they take on Frank Castle's case, Reyes starts trying to shut them down, and their perceived bungling of the case (or the fact that they took it at all) drives all clients from their door. [[spoiler: It folds by the season finale.]]²* PlayingTheVictimCard: After his racketeering conviction gets overturned, Fisk claims he was framed by Daredevil on the government's behalf because he opposed them.²* PlayingCardMotifs: Ben Urich uses playing cards and newspaper clippings when trying to suss out Wilson Fisk's criminal empire. When Matt finally gets to Hoffman, the one guy that will topple Fisk's empire, he tosses a card table aside and sends Hoffman's game of solitaire flying.²* PlotThreads: Season 3 juggles six main characters and uses "Deep POV" storytelling where each character is treated as the protagonist of their own story: Matt, Karen, Foggy, Dex, Nadeem, and Fisk, with the six stories weaving into and out of one another.²* PoorCommunicationKills: ²** Officer Sullivan would not have died if Matt had simply told him that the cops in his precinct were crooked and were going to kill him when they responded.²** It's unlikely that Ben would've died if Karen had immediately told Matt about killing Wesley when he found her in the office, as knowing what had just happened with Karen would've tipped Matt off to the danger that Ben was in. It's implied Karen is aware of this too.²** Matt has a big problem with this, due to trying to keep his nighttime activities as Daredevil separate from his day job as an attorney. A lot of the conflict in season 2 would not have happened, and Nelson & Murdock's breakup would've been avoided, if Matt had just told Foggy and Karen right away that Elektra was back in town when she deposited the money into their bank account, rather than wait until Elektra threatened their key witness in Frank Castle's trial to do so. By doing so, he'd also have saved his relationship with Karen because she'd not be led to think he was cheating on her with Elektra.²* PragmaticAdaptation: The various changes in history in the MCU, such as the Chitauri invasion of New York City, are used as the justification for why Hell's Kitchen in the series is a WretchedHive similar to its reputation for most of the 20th century instead of the gentrified area that has seen development and rental prices skyrocket in the same time period in real life.²* PrayerIsALastResort: In "Please", a flashback shows young Matt using his SuperSenses to hear the desperate prayers of every person in his church. Daredevil says it was hearing people so humiliated and needy that inspired him to become a warrior for {{God}}. In the modern day, this very humility convinces him that God has abandoned his people and is silent in the fact of their worst sufferings.²* PrecisionFStrike: Frank Castle drops only the second usage of the F-Bomb in the entire MCU. It's sort of easy to miss, though, as he mutters it under his breath while Matt is in the process of very loudly chewing him out. ²* PrisonsAreGymnasiums: Fisk spends about half of his scenes in prison in the weight room, doing bench presses. In fact, he's never shown lifting weights outside of a prison.²* ProductPlacement: Foggy and Matt use Dell computers, various characters use Samsung Galaxy phones, and Melvin Potter is shown drinking a bottle of Yoo-hoo with the logo prominently displayed. There's a can of Progresso bread crumbs highly visible on the shelf in Nelson & Murdock's kitchen, even though there's no conceivable use for them there. In season 3, we see that Foggy has upgraded to an iPhone X. Sysco is mentioned as the food supplier to the Page family's diner in a flashback to Karen's past. ²* ProtagonistTitle: Matt is the eponymous [[HandicappedBadass blind vigilante]].²* In season three this is the ultimate goal of Wilson "The Kingpin" Fisk, in Foggy Nelson's words, to became a "one-stop shop for bribery and protection". He becomes an FBI informant [[spoiler:and blackmails his handlers to get them under his thumb, so he can prosecute any of his rivals at his leisure. He then gathers his rival crime bosses, offers then 20% of all their profits, and then kills the man who refuses so he can jack the price to 25%]].²* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The Prelude from Bach's "Cello Suite 1 in G Major" underscores Wilson Fisk's MorningRoutine. "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}'' is used during the montage of the FBI arresting Fisk's associates in the season 1 finale.²* PutOnABus: ²** Madame Gao skips town shortly before Fisk is arrested. She returns briefly in season 2.²** Fisk arranges for Francis and some of his bodyguards to safely get Vanessa out of the country as he's being arrested. During season 2, she's hiding out overseas, living off a special protection fund Fisk has set up for her with what assets of his weren't seized. She returns in season 3, after Fisk is able to broker a deal with the FBI where he will sell out competitors of his in exchange for accessory charges against Vanessa being thrown out. ²* RaceLift:²** Ben Urich, normally a white guy in the comics, is now played by African-American Vondie Curtis-Hall.²** The Night Nurse and Claire Temple, who are white and black in the comics, respectively, are consolidated into Afro-Latina Rosario Dawson.²** Elektra, a white Greek woman in the comics, is now Greek by adoption, and played by French-Cambodian Élodie Yung.²* RailroadPlot: Wilson Fisk's master plan is to raze down Hell's Kitchen and replace it with his own building plans.²* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The act that finally drove Matt to put on a mask and start beating criminals half to death with his bare hands was the rape of a little girl by her pedophilic father.²* RealIsBrown: Nighttime shots are typically nothing but shadows and muddy yellow lights, leaving a brown tinge to everything.²* RealMenLoveJesus: Matt is a devout Catholic as well as an ass-kicker.²* RealityEnsues: Has [[RealityEnsues/Daredevil2015 its own page]]. ²* ReallyGetsAround: True to the comics, Matt has a way with the ladies, though this remains an InformedAbility in the first season. He hasn't actually been shown to sleep with any yet (except with Elektra in a flashback).²* RevolversAreJustBetter: Fisk's assassin Healy thinks so, as they have no chance of jamming up.²* {{Reconstruction}}: The damage from the Incident has turned Hell's Kitchen back into the crime-ridden cesspool it was in the 1960s rather than the respectable neighborhood it is in real life. However, the flashbacks to Fisk's and Matt's respective childhoods show the neighborhood was much rougher than it is in the present, meaning that the 90s gentrification ''did'' happen, the alien invasion just wrecked the area pretty bad.²* RedHerring: Mitchell Ellison keeps forcing Ben off stories that could hurt Wilson Fisk, until Ben finally outright accuses him of being in Fisk's pocket, which gets him fired. Then it turns out Fisk's mole at the paper is actually M. Caldwell, Ellison's secretary. Out of guilt for not backing Ben's research, Ellison cleans up his act and does everything to back Karen's investigation into Frank Castle. ²* RelationshipUpgrade:²** Fisk and Vanessa get one after Wesley takes the initiative and reaches out to Vanessa to calm Fisk down after he's intimidated by Madame Gao. Vanessa's calming influence allows Fisk to go public, painting himself as a savior and painting the Devil of Hell's Kitchen as a terrorist.²** Matt and Karen are a bit more flirtatious around each other by the start of season 2, and celebrate Frank Castle's arrest by having [[RomanticRain a passionate first kiss in the rain]]. However, this is subverted not long afterwards. They are temporarily driven apart in the second half of season 2 by Matt's nighttime activities and Karen finding Elektra in Matt's bed, and while Matt privately meets with Karen to disclose his secret and it's later confirmed that they reconcile, they don't fully re-enter an official relationship, and still have not done so by the end of season 3, despite their obvious care for each other.²* {{Retcon}}: ²** The "Nelson v. Murdock" flashbacks in season 1 get subject to this in season 2, due to the writers having to retweak things incorporate Matt's college relationship with Elektra. When they were writing Season 1, the writers had no idea if there would be a Season 2, or that it would contain Elektra, and so Foggy's “Greek girl” line was another nod for the comics fans. Additionally, in the "Nelson v. Murdock" flashbacks, Foggy suggests that Elektra was in Spanish classes with Matt, when the flashbacks of Matt and Elektra's college relationship establish that while Elektra was financially connected to the college, she wasn't actually attending classes.²** Flashbacks in season 3 show Matt acquainted with Father Lantom when he was still in his teens, whereas season 1 seemed to suggest Matt didn't know Father Lantom for that long at all. ²* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: When Matt patches up Claire's injuries from her time as the Russians' captive, she briefly wonders whether Matt is one of those playboy types she keeps hearing about on the news. Matt assures her that he does have a day job.²* RightForTheWrongReasons: ²** Ben suspects that Ellison is stifling his attempts to investigate Fisk because he's on Fisk's payroll. It costs him his job. Because Fisk kills Ben that night, he never gets to know that although he was wrong to suspect Ellison as being dirty, his suspicion that someone in the ''Bulletin'' was working for Fisk was quite accurate. It was actually Ellison's secretary Caldwell.²** In the first episode of season 2, Brett and Turk mention to Matt on separate occasions that they hear rumors of a new crew in town with military precision. It's then established that these killings are solely the work of Frank Castle. But then, towards the end of the season, Colonel Schoonover's crew turns up, made up of former soldiers who served alongside Frank in Operation Cerberus. Meaning the rumors of a new gang with military training were true, just not in the way everyone else was thinking.²* RippedFromTheHeadlines: In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm", Shirley Benson, the Metro-General administrator, bemoans to Ben Urich about having to deal with a serious measles outbreak due to parents not vaccinating their children.²* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Rosalie Carbone in season 3 is from the ''Punisher'' comics and had previously appeared in ''Luke Cage'' season 2.²* RomanticRain: At the end of "Penny and Dime," a rainstorm provides the setting for Matt and Karen's first kiss.²* RonTheDeathEater: InUniverse, Matt ends up getting a case of this in Foggy's eyes in the later stages of season 2, after the fallout from Frank Castle's trial. Yes, Matt lies, yes he isn't always the best friend he could be, and yes, he makes some pretty big mistakes. But he is, in the end, only human, and isn't alone. And Foggy is certainly justified in having a few issues with the things Matt does, in and out of costume. However, the fact that Matt isn't fully deserving of Foggy's trust does ''not'' make Matt fully deserving of Foggy's unyielding, unending condemnation, especially when these criticisms start becoming less and less about what Matt ''does'', and more about who he ''is''. Eventually, in "Seven Minutes in Heaven," Matt's response to getting yet another lecture from Foggy isn't to argue back, but to calmly respond, "I'm not gonna stop, Foggy. Not anytime soon. And to be honest, I'm done apologizing to you for who I am."²* RoomFullOfCrazy: Ben Urich keeps corkboards at work and at home outlining Wilson Fisk's operation.²* RuleOfThree: Wilson Fisk kills three people for interfering with the women he loves most in the world: Anatoly (for interrupting Fisk's date with Vanessa), Owlsley (for conspiring with the Hand to poison Vanessa), and Ben (for speaking to his mother).²* RunningGag:²** Whenever being a lawyer is getting particularly stressful, Foggy will remind you that his mom wanted him to be a butcher.²--->'''Matt Murdock:''' [[HereWeGoAgain Oh God, not the butcher story again...]]²*** All of which [[BrickJoke ultimately pays off]] in season 3, where we're introduced to the rest of Foggy's family, and yes, the Nelsons run their own butcher shop.²** The fact that Foggy studied Punjabi in college.²** "Nelson and Murdock, Avocados at Law!"[[note]]An inside joke Foggy and Matt came up with in college, after Foggy butchers the Spanish word for lawyer, "abogado", as "avocado".[[/note]]²** When someone makes a gesture Matt's way, Foggy will sarcastically describe it.²--->'''Foggy''': [''after the realtor curtsies at Matt''] She just curtsied. It was adorable.²** In the second season, referring to Matt's upgraded Daredevil suit as "pajamas."²** Someone telling Matt that his costume sucks and Matt replying that he's working on it.²** Frank Castle likes calling people he doesn't approve of (whether criminals or just low-lifes) "shitbags".²** People criticizing Foggy for his choice of using cigars for Bess to bribe Brett.²* RuthlessForeignGangsters: As part of his plans to get out of prison in season 3, Fisk snitches on a particularly violent Albanian crime syndicate. While D.A. Blake Tower is unhappy about Fisk being released from prison and moved to an FBI safehouse, Nadeem argues that Fisk is doing them a favor as the Albanian syndicate he's giving up happen to be connected to a large swath of murders including those of several cops, have several politicians and cops in their pockets, and are deeply involved in other criminal activities. The Albanians even send a hit squad to try and assassinate Fisk as the FBI are moving him to his penthouse, but Dex manages to foil the attack. That said, though, Vic Jusufi, an incarcerated Albanian boss at Riker's, proves to be a very reasonable man and Matt is able to convince Jusufi to have his men smuggle Matt out of the prison during a riot orchestrated by Fisk, after Matt agrees to let them have a turn with Fisk once he's reincarcerated and gets them to reveal Jasper Evans' name.²* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Ben Urich]] is murdered by Wilson Fisk near the end of season 1.²* SaltAndPepper: In season 3, Fisk has a pair of crooked lawyers who are this trope, with Benjamin Donovan (the pepper) and Nicholas Lee (the salt). Lee is a newcomer that Donovan has brought on-board as insurance because of Fisk's tendency to ShootTheMessenger. ²* SatelliteLoveInterest: ²** Elektra gets shades of this in season 2, since a lot of her characterization is built around her relationships with the male figures in her life, namely her ex-boyfriend (Matt) and her surrogate father/sensei (Stick), and those are the two people she primarily interacts with.²** Marci Stahl has shades of this for the first two seasons, since she only ever interacts with Foggy, and the only time she has interactions with someone who isn't Foggy is in her intro scene, where in addition to Foggy, she also gets to interact with Karen. By her own admission, though, she just doesn't want to be sucked into Foggy's drama with Matt, though not knowing what the cause of this is. This changes in season 3, which adds much to depth to Foggy's relationship with her as well as his relationships with his own family as he mounts his D.A. campaign.²* TheScottishTrope: ²** In this show, and every one of the other Netflix shows, the alien invasion of two years ago is referred to as "The Incident" ("Is that what we're calling it now?") that drove down property prices and has brought in so much construction to Hell's Kitchen. The original season 1 scripts openly called it an alien invasion, but it didn't match the show's more realistic tone, including the [[NotWearingTights lack of spandex]], [[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames code names]] and overt superpowers. So it was switched with a nondescript moniker. ²** For the first part of season 1, Wilson Fisk is a taboo subject, and he has a reputation for ordering hits on anyone who speaks his name. In season 3, the FBI agents under his control have a special task force dedicated to doing Fisk's bidding, and they aren't even allowed to say his name.²-->'''Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter''': That's one of the rules, Ray. [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall We only refer to him by his codename.]]²-->'''Ray Nadeem:''' What codename?²-->'''Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter:''' [[MythologyGag Kingpin]]. ²* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules:²** Played with in Battlin' Jack Murdock's decision not to throw the fight against Creel. He knew it would cost him his life but he could not let his son down, which leaves his son with a load of money but no father.²** Matt and Foggy were about to be offered a corner office at Landman & Zack, but after seeing their bosses seeking damages against a man who suffered terminal illness due to the shady practices of an L&Z client, they decided to start their own firm instead. Which was also a good thing in the long run since most of L&Z turns out to be in Wilson Fisk's pocket.²** Wilson Fisk's people try to bribe Karen into silence after she leaks evidence of corruption at Union Allied to the media. James Wesley makes this clear before Karen kills him for threatening Matt's and Foggy's lives. [[RealityEnsues Unfortunately, bribes don't work on someone]] [[BribeBackfire who doesn't care about money]] and is determined to make those responsible for the attempts on her life pay for their wrongdoing. Karen makes this clear when Matt tries to lecture her for almost getting attacked:²--->'''Matt Murdock:''' This is what I'm talking about. There are things out there. You can't be doing this. You're gonna get yourselves hurt-²--->'''Karen Page:''' ''[angrily]'' No I--I have already been hurt by those bastards! You know what, I don't care what I signed or how much money they paid me to forget, I don't. And I'm not just going to stick my head in the sand and let it happen to somebody else because I am scared! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Which I am. A lot.]]²--->'''Foggy Nelson:''' ''[to Matt]'' If you could see her face, you'd know she means it.²* SecretIdentityApathy: Frank Castle doesn't care about Matt's identity beneath the mask, and passes up the chance to unmask him even when it would be at no risk to himself.²* SecretKeeper:²** Claire, Foggy and Father Lantom eventually become this for Matt about his Daredevil secret identity. Only Father Lantom figured it out himself; Foggy found him beaten up from his fight with Nobu and Claire after he was lured into a trap by the Russians.²** Season 2 adds Karen to this list, becoming the first one where Matt openly admitted the secret. Elektra and Stick also know, though they're more minor examples since they're not involved all that much in Matt's day-to-day life.²** It's also implied that Frank Castle figured it out when he first meets Matt out of costume, and if he didn't [[spoiler:he probably saw Matt's face through his scope]] at the end of season 2.²** In ''The Defenders'', the other three Defenders ([[Series/JessicaJones2015 Jessica Jones]], [[Series/LukeCage2016 Luke Cage]], and [[Series/IronFist2017 Danny Rand]]) find out (Jessica figures it out with her investigative skills, and he eventually admits it to Luke and Danny as well), as do some of their allies, but like Stick and Elektra, this is fairly downplayed since Matt doesn't interact with them here in his own series.²** Season 3 also adds Sister Maggie, Agent Ray Nadeem, and possibly Marci, based on Foggy's conversations with her. Fisk, who finds out fairly early in the season (if not before that) is also forced to become this by the end of the season, when [[spoiler:Matt promises to out Vanessa as the one who ordered Nadeem's murder if Fisk ever outs him or goes after his friends again]]²* SecretSecretKeeper:²** Father Lantom easily figures out that Matt was "the Devil of Hell's Kitchen" from their confessionals, but doesn't say anything until Matt is about to reveal the secret.²** While he never says it out loud, it's very obvious that Frank Castle figures out Matt's secret identity as Daredevil during their interactions at the hospital and during the trial, but he won't say a word about it because he just doesn't care about Matt's secret identity.²** In the season 1 finale, when Foggy finds Matt blowing off steam at Fogwell's Gym, Matt asks how he found him. Foggy admits he's known for a long time about Matt's visits for years, but never spoke up because he was under the impression that Matt went here out of sentimental attachment to the place, not knowing about his other uses of the place.²* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: ²** In season 1, Claire Temple is introduced in the second episode. The third episode introduces Ben Urich, Mitchell Ellison, Vanessa Marianna, and the first on-screen appearance of Wilson Fisk.[[note]]Fisk technically was in the first episode, albeit voice-only appearance during a phone call with Wesley at the end of the episode[[/note]] ²** In season 2, Samantha Reyes and Blake Tower are introduced in the second episode. Subverted in Reyes' case, as she actually made her debut in the season 1 finale of ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' in the epilogue scenes following Jessica's defeat of Kilgrave.²** In season 3, Dex is introduced in the second episode when he kills a team of Albanian gangsters that try to assassinate Fisk by ambushing his FBI transport. ²* SelfDeprecation: Matt isn't too fond of his original black costume, describing it as a work-in-progress when someone tells him it sucks. He also has no problem with jokes about Catholics. Neither does Father Lantom.²* SequelHook:²** Season 1²*** The AncientConspiracy between Stick's order and Nobu's, which comic fans will know are [[spoiler:the Chaste and the Hand]], respectively, is left unresolved.²*** Madame Gao [[spoiler:leaves to go back to her homeland]]. When Owlsley questions if her homeland is China, she says it's "some place much further away". Given her use of the Steel Serpent symbol, it's most likely she is referring to K'un-Lun. She's back in New York in time for ''Series/IronFist2017''.²*** Fisk never gets a chance to find out that it was Karen who killed Wesley, as he's incarcerated mere days after the event.²*** We never found out exactly why the Hand wanted Elena's property. [[spoiler:''The Defenders'' reveals that they used it to build Midland Circle and dig a tunnel down to a cache of dragon bones[[/note]]²** Season 2²*** [[spoiler:Frank Castle officially embraces his Punisher persona and goes off to clean up the streets. He's last seen looking at a disc labeled "Micro", left there by David Lieberman. Before he dies, Schoonover says that something happened on that mission in Kandahar that "they won't let go" of, which ''The Punisher'' reveals to have been the execution of Ahmed Zubair.]].²*** [[spoiler:Elektra dies, but says that this isn't the end. The members of the Hand later dig up her corpse and place it in the sarcophagus that was receiving devotee blood earlier in the season, so they can revive her for ''The Defenders'']].²*** [[spoiler:Fisk says that he plans on destroying Matt and Foggy's lives when he gets out of jail in season 3. He is last seen asking his men to bring him information on Matt, with it implied that he's recognized Matt's fighting style.]]²** Season 3:²*** [[spoiler:By the end of the season, Matt finally regains his faith and loses the anger that's been plaguing him, Foggy has grown dissatisfied with how impersonal his job is at his law firm, and Karen has left the ''Bulletin''. The three of them then decide to go back into business together once again, this time as Nelson, Murdock, & Page]].²*** [[spoiler:Dex, who has his spine broken by Fisk during his fight with him and Daredevil, is being operated on by a couple of shady doctors (presumably giving him his metal spine from the comics), and the last shot of the season is his eyes shooting open]].²* SeriesFauxnale: The final episode of season 1 leaves on a perfectly fine place to end things, albeit with a few arcs left hanging that aren't part of the greater ''Defenders'' arc (for example, Karen's past).²* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: ²** When Detective Blake becomes a liability to Fisk, Fisk has a corrupt ESU sniper shoot him.[[note]]Blake survives, forcing Fisk to send Hoffman to finish him off at the hospital.[[/note]] However, if only Blake gets shot, any reasonable investigator will know he was specifically targeted, and will comb through Blake's life and eventually find evidence linking him to Fisk. Thus, after shooting Blake, the sniper also fatally shoots two uniformed cops nearby. Thus, it looks like Blake was randomly targeted. The public become aware that Blake was specifically targeted when Nelson & Murdock get Hoffman to snitch on Fisk. ²** When Madame Gao and Owlsley conspire to have Vanessa poisoned, they spike not just her wine, but several other guests' wine, so that Fisk will think he miraculously survived an attempt on ''his'' life.²** In season 3, Dex's attack on the ''Bulletin'' functions as one. He enters the newsroom, killing several security guards and reporters, fights off Matt, then bursts into the room where Karen, Foggy, Ellison and Jasper Evans are hiding. He overpowers Foggy, disarms Karen, stabs Ellison with a pencil, and then shoots Jasper in the head with Karen's gun. The massacre before killing Jasper serves two purposes: to discredit the real Daredevil (which is why he's come in a Daredevil suit), and to hide the fact that Jasper is the main target.²* SexWithTheEx: At one point, Foggy ends up having a one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend Marci Stahl. By the end of the finale, she rediscovers her soul and helps Nelson & Murdock dismantle Wilson Fisk's organization. Her relationship with Foggy is still nebulous, but they are both working at Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz by the end of season 2, they are back to full-time dating by the start of ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', and by season 3, have a close and loving relationship to the point that they're both thinking about marriage.²* SexyShirtSwitch: When Matt is leading Karen into his apartment in the first episode, she asks him if he has a shirt she can borrow since the t-shirt and clothes she borrowed from Foggy got wet while they were walking over from the office. Matt laughs and says, "Well don't tell Foggy. Let me grab something for you." He disappears into his bedroom to grab her one of his dress shirts. The audience then gets treated to a moment of [[MsFanservice topless Deborah Ann Woll from behind and the front, at distance and slightly out-of-focus]] as Karen pulls off her T-shirt in front of Matt, and begins buttoning her new shirt. With his heightened senses, it's pretty clear Matt is thinking, "Oh great, Karen's totally naked right now, isn’t she? Don't get sexual urges, Matthew..." Matt and Karen then proceed to sit down on the couch and have a very intimate conversation about Matt's blindness.²** Season 3 features a role reversal of this same scene, when Matt changes in front of Karen into a new T-shirt supplied to him by Sister Maggie as they hide from Dex in the church basement. The camera angles are very much identical, and Karen simply mutters "Jesus, Matt..." as she sees all the scars on his chest.²* ShaggyDogStory: ²** All the clues suggest Wilson Fisk is the keystone of organized crime in Hell's Kitchen, and the heroes suffer and sacrifice greatly to defeat him because they all think his removal will collapse the criminal underworld. But the season 1 finale suggests--and the first few episodes of season 2 confirm--that Fisk and his associate gangs are just one syndicate that stands at the center of a bunch of converging criminal agendas. With him gone, the crime rate actually goes up as new gangs move in. And Fisk is just biding his time until season 3, when he gets released and begins plotting revenge on Nelson & Murdock.²** It's revealed during Fisk's brief arc in season 2 that the Castle trial was always going to be a loss. Castle would either plead guilty, and end up meeting Fisk, or plead not guilty and be coerced by Fisk into throwing his own trial. The trial was a loss from the start, even with Matt's double-life stuff causing issues for the defense.²* ShellShockedVeteran: {{Defied}}. Frank Castle sneers at the idea of exploiting the [[DeadHorseTrope over-used cliche]] for his own gain, and expresses the rather progressive view that it would be unfair to [[HurtingHero those who actually suffer from PTSD]]. Karen clearly admires him for this stance, and the viewers are supposed to as well. No one seems aware that PTSD can result from ''any'' sufficiently traumatic, say, seeing your own family die in front of you a hail of gunfire. And it's made even more clear in [[Series/ThePunisher2017 his own show]] that this is ''precisely'' what he suffers from: vivid recall of the trauma ("reliving" the moment), hypervigilance, fixation on the event, insomnia, a dramatic change in personality--all are symptoms of PTSD.²** Although this is more a case of ExactWords. Frank seems to have issues with them claiming it was the violence he experienced on the battlefield as a soldier that was giving him problems. Frank corrects them by saying "It wasn't on the battlefield where my life went to shit". True enough in that his own show establishes that only what he went through under Rawlins' illegal CIA program and the murder of his family seem to be what's giving him nightmares. Frank's issue is probably not wanting to go with what he sees as a lie. He is suffering PTSD, just not as a result of what Foggy and Matt were trying to pin it on.²* SharpDressedMan: Foggy spends most of season 3 sporting three-piece suits by Martin Greenfield Clothiers. This leads to some noticeable contrast whenever he's having scenes with his brother Theo, who still wears his hair shaggy and disheveled.²* ShirtlessScene: Matt sleeps shirtless, showing off his sculpted pecs and abs along with a collection of scars. Claire jokes that [[FemaleGaze the view]] is why she keeps treating his injuries.²* ShipperOnDeck:²** James Wesley is the only person who sees Fisk's relationship with Vanessa as a plus rather than a liability. He even eases his boss's anguish by bringing her over when Fisk gets upset after being threatened by Madame Gao.²** Foggy is one for Matt and Karen. He's visibly trying to fight a smile whenever they're flirting in front of him. Even in ''The Defenders'', he's still doing this.²--->'''Foggy Nelson:''' Careful, Matt.²--->'''Matt Murdock:''' What's that?²--->'''Foggy Nelson:''' Keep going like this, you just might end up happy. And for a Catholic boy, that's a pretty dangerous thing.²** Frank Castle is one for Matt and Karen as well. During the diner scene in ".380", when Karen bitterly says that she's hurt by Matt's behavior, Frank points out that the only reason why she feels so strongly is because she trusted Matt enough to open herself up to such emotions and that her anger is a sign that she truly loves Matt. ²** In season 3, Sister Maggie is quick to realize that Matt means something to Karen and vice-versa, with her words of wisdom being enough to encourage Karen to help Matt with bringing in Jasper Evans to learn what Evans has to say about Fisk. And later, Maggie helps protect Matt and Karen when they're hiding from Dex in the crypt. ²** On a meta-level, Creator/CharlieCox [[ is]] [[ very]] [[ enthusiastic]] [[ about]] [[ the]] pairing, [[ and hopes season 3 of the show will give Matt / Karen room to grow]]:²--->"I have small thoughts that I would like to see happen ... I'm invested in the Karen / Matt relationship. I'd like to see that figure itself out somehow. I feel like they could really help each other. And I think that they love each other a great deal. So I would like for that relationship to get back on track somehow..."²* ShoutOut: Has [[ShoutOut/Daredevil2015 its own page]].²* ShownTheirWork:²** Charlie Cox studied with actual blind people to master Matt's habits. Ironically, Matt Murdock is also mostly acting out those same habits.²** Father Lantom mentions that "Satan" is derived from the Hebrew word for "adversary," and is applied often to random people in the Old Testament.²** Matt mentions in one of the "Nelson v. Murdock" flashbacks that he can still get the spins, as the condition is due to the fluid in the head being unbalanced rather than anything to do with the eyes.²** Matt says he is seeking forgiveness for something he is about to do, and Father Lantom says it doesn't work that way. You can't seek Catholic Reconciliation for future acts because part of what makes a good confession is resolving to never repeat whatever it is you are confessing to. It could also be an oblique reference to the medieval abuses of the concept of [[ "indulgences,"]]: forgiveness that was frequently sold, either to fund Church projects or line the pockets of less-scrupulous authorities. Sometimes, these were sold in advance of the buyer actually doing anything wrong.²* SickbedSlaying: ²** Fisk forces Hoffman to kill his own partner Blake in this way after Blake survives getting shot by a crooked ESU sniper. The guilt over doing so prompts him to later turn on Fisk. ²** Frank Castle's first attempt on Grotto is supposed to be this, but Karen manages to get him away in the nick of time.²* SinisterSurveillance: The first episode sees Foggy hang up his wakeup call to Matt by saying he's going to bribe a cop[[note]]a box of cigars for Brett's mom[[/note]]. ²-->'''Matt Murdock:''' ''[groans]'' Foggy...²-->'''Foggy Nelson:''' Kidding, NSA, if you're listening! But seriously. Yeah. I gotta go bribe a cop.²* SignificantWardrobeShift:²** Matt spends the first season fighting in an all-black ninja costume with an opaque mask over his head. In the season 1 finale, Melvin tailors him his signature red Devil costume.²** Following Nelson & Murdock's dissolution in season 2, Foggy moves to Hogarth Chao & Benowitz and starts wearing smarter, more formal clothing, gets a haircut, and begins slicking back his hair. He sports this haircut through ''The Defenders'', a cameo in ''Jessica Jones'' season 2, and season 3.²** Karen generally wears bright print dresses when she's working at Nelson & Murdock. In moving to the ''Bulletin'', she starts dressing more professionally in skirts and shirts, and in jeans and shirts by the time season 3 rolls around.²** For his first few episodes, Wilson Fisk is only ever seen wearing [[DarkIsEvil all-black suits]] and [[AbusiveParents his father]]'s cufflinks. As his relationship with Vanessa blossoms, he starts wearing lighter shades, and a new pair of cufflinks. And by season 3, he's wearing his iconic white suits.²** Brett Mahoney gets a promotion and transfer to a plainclothes unit for taking the credit in arresting Frank Castle. So he switches out his patrol officer uniform for a suit and tie, and that's what he's always wearing from that point forward. It's a sudden enough change that Foggy is surprised by it.²-->'''Foggy Nelson:''' Brett, you're wearing a tie and it's...not a clip-on. ²* SmallRoleBigImpact:²** Karen's late brother Kevin only appears in one episode, the flashback episode "Karen" in season 3, and it shows how Kevin's death greatly shaped Karen.²** She's only in four episodes, and only one or two short scenes each in those episodes, but Elena Cardenas becomes on retroactively in ''The Defenders'' as her death is what makes it possible for the Hand to go through with their plans to build Midland Circle.²** Fisk's mother only appears thrice onscreen, in a childhood flashback and twice in the present day, but she inadvertently plays a small role in the setback of her son's empire, as her tipping off Wesley to the visit Karen and Ben made to her ends up getting Wesley killed, and that greatly destabilizes Wilson's ability to work on his criminal ventures.²** Julie Barnes, a girl that Dex is stalking in season 3, only appears a few times before Fisk has her [[StuffedIntoTheFridge unceremoniously killed]]. Her death ultimately proves key to Matt taking down Fisk, as Matt is able to use Felix Manning's information about the murder to get Dex to turn against Fisk.²** Within Season 2, Fisk only appears in two full episodes, but he also plays a major role in the breakup of Nelson & Murdock by manipulating Frank Castle into throwing his trial, and is responsible for the Blacksmith's death due to arranging Castle's escape. And his scenes here are what set up his impending rivalry with Matt in season 3.²** John Healy only appears in one episode of season 1, and isn't missed by anyone after biting it, save for the one detail he gives to Matt before killing himself: Fisk's name.²** Despite only being in two episodes, Jasper Evans' death is what finally convinces Nadeem to realize that Karen is being truthful in saying that Fisk is manipulating the FBI.²** Semyon, the Russian who Matt tortures on Claire's roof for info, only has one scene afterwards when Anatoly and Vladimir wake him from his coma to get information about his attacker. His letting slip about Claire starts a chain of events that ends with Wilson Fisk killing Anatoly, and in the long run, Fisk's own downfall.²** Piotr is partially responsible for Anatoly's death, due to telling him and Vladimir about the restaurant where Fisk was on a date with Vanessa. Also contributes to Fisk's downfall, as Matt's interrogation of Blake over Piotr's murder leads to Blake getting shot, Hoffman being forced to kill Blake, and Hoffman turning on Fisk.²** In season 3, Vanessa doesn't actually return to the screen until the final two episodes, but it's Fisk's desires to protect her that end up kicking off the season as it is the reason he makes his informant deal with Ray Nadeem. She also ends up causing her fiancee/husband's downfall by being the one to order Nadeem's assassination.²* TheSmurfettePrinciple: There's that one girl with blue lipstick, part of the Yakuza group who attack Elektra, who is apparently the ''only'' female Mook in the entirety of Hell's Kitchen. Though given the complexity of the stunts in the show, as well as the need for the Yakuza faction of the Hand to at least appear Japanese, the showrunners likely had a limited pool to choose from.²** Elektra has a bad case of this as her interactions with characters who aren't thugs or ninjas are all primarily with Matt and Stick. (Obviously averted in ''The Defenders'', where she gets to interact with both Madame Gao and Alexandra, but true here in ''Daredevil'')²** Karen, Marci, and Vanessa are this to some extent, as their interactions with other characters are primarily with men.²* SoLastSeason: In season two, Matt faces [[spoiler: Nobu, who has returned from the dead]]. While he does have trouble initially, he's not beaten as badly as he was when they first fought. By the end of the season [[spoiler: he is able to fight and defeat him fair and square.]]²* SoundtrackDissonance: [[spoiler:In the season 1 finale, "Nessun Dorma" from ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}'' plays as the Feds start dismantling Fisk's organization and making arrests based on Hoffman's information.]]²* SpotlightStealingSquad: Once the Punisher is captured, the show seems ready to move on to The Hand's plot... which keeps being interrupted every now and then with a subplot that seemed designed to remind the audience that Castle was still relevant, dammit. [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools However]], the focus on the Punisher helps to further explore the widening rift between Matt's two lives, as Elektra and Stick are prominent in one plot while Karen and Foggy are prominent in the other, because Matt has to constantly choose between the two.²* StarterVillain: ²** The Russians start as Matt's first opponents in season 1. After Wilson Fisk takes them out, he becomes the main antagonist for the rest of the season. Rance and Healy function as initial opponents for Matt from within Fisk's gang. ²** The Kitchen Irish and Frank Castle start off as antagonists for the first part of season 2. After Castle is captured, he moves to anti-hero status while the Hand and the Blacksmith move into the antagonist roles. ²* StartOfDarkness: Fisk's was when he killed his father, and Dex's was when he [[spoiler:[[DisproportionateRetribution killed his baseball coach]], with him getting even worse when his therapist died years later]]. Though Frank isn't evil and later becomes more of an anti-hero, his was when his entire family was murdered, leading him to become the Punisher to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against their killers.²* TheStoolPigeon: At the start of season 3, Fisk agrees to become an informant for the FBI in exchange for protection for Vanessa. He subsequently sells out a bunch of his potential criminal rivals so they won't be obstacles in his return to power.²* StoutStrength: Wilson Fisk is overweight, but has great strength. In fights, he relies on his brute strength to toss foes around. When Frank Castle first meets him in prison, he's seen rather casually bench-pressing several hundred pounds.²* StuffedIntoTheFridge: ²** In season 1, Fisk has an assassin kill Elena Cardenas to lure Matt into a fight with Nobu, as he's aware that elderly women and children are among Matt's weaknesses.²** In season 3, Fisk orders the unceremonious assassination of Julie Barnes, a girl that Dex is stalking and who Dex considers to be his own MoralityChain, so that Dex will be dependent on Fisk. He stores her body and the bodies of the assassins hired to kill her, in a giant walk-in freezer, where Matt ultimately finds them after torturing Felix Manning. ²* StunGuns:²** Leland Owlsley carries one around after Fisk kills Anatoly. He uses it to zap Matt in "Stick". In the season 1 finale, he tries to use it against Fisk, but the prongs fail to make a good contact, and Fisk thus shrugs it off and throws Leland down an elevator shaft.²** In "Penny and Dime," stun guns and anesthetics are used by the Kitchen Irish to subdue Frank Castle when they corner him at the carousel. They don't take him down immediately, and he's able to kill a few of them before finally being knocked out.²* SuperSenses: Matt has superhuman hearing that allows him to "see" the world through a form of echolocation and eavesdrop through walls or large crowds with ease. His other senses (other than sight) are enhanced as well. He can smell someone's cologne from two floors away and he says that cotton clothes feel like sandpaper against his skin.²* SuperheroesStaySingle:²** Played straight as of the season 1 finale. Matt and Claire Temple start to form a connection, but they quickly realize that Matt's constant need to put himself in mortal danger would never let it progress far.²** Matt begins dating Karen in season 2, but his refusal to tell her about his double life takes a toll on their relationship. The final straw comes when she finds Elektra in Matt's bed (though it's NotWhatItLooksLike). In the finale, Matt tells her his secret identity, with everything suggesting a future reconciliation, but they do not fully get back together, as ''The Defenders'' shows.²** Also played straight by the end of season 3. Matt has fully reconciled his friendships with both Foggy and Karen, and it's clear that the two of them do still have feelings for each other, but have not re-entered a relationship as of yet.²** It's also inverted with the super villains. Wilson Fisk, a megalomaniacal criminal mastermind, gets a (relatively) stable, healthy and fulfilling romantic relationship with Vanessa. ''Then'' [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies he has to send her away because of Leland's attempt on her life]]. She isn't able to return until near the end of season 3 when Fisk gets his conviction fully overturned. The season ends with [[spoiler: their wedding]].²* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: {{Discussed}}. Wesley is unimpressed that the Russians can't deal with a lone vigilante running around in a mask:²-->'''James Wesley:''' I mean, if he had [[Film/IronMan an iron suit]] or [[Film/{{Thor}} a magic hammer]], ''maybe'' that would explain why you keep getting your asses handed to you.²** ''The Punisher'' season 1 creates a retroactive case of this, as it's never explained in-universe why Billy Russo and Curtis Hoyle were never called upon as character witnesses to testify at Frank Castle's trial. The fact that Matt, Karen and Foggy were under pressure due to Reyes fast-tracking the trial is implied to be the reason that neither of them were brought up.²* SuspiciousMissedMessages: Throughout the entire series, Matt Murdock would leave his phone at work when he was out doing his vigilante work, making his friends very worried. Some occasions that deserve particular notice are:²** The first is in season 1, when Fisk bombed Hell's Kitchen. It was late at night, their client Elena Cardenas and Foggy both ended up in the hospital, and Matt was not answering his phone, which his friends took as him being potentially lost and injured. Made worse by the fact that Matt's blind and his friends didn't know about his SuperSenses at that point.²** Later in Season 1, Foggy, knowing Matt wouldn't pick his phone, sought after him in his apartment, and found him half-dead on the floor.²** In season 2, when Matt didn't pick his phone in the middle of the day, Foggy found him on the rooftops unconscious after being shot at the head by the Punisher.²* SWATTeam:²** "Condemned": An ESU team shows up at the scene of the standoff with Matt and Vladimir, ostensibly to rescue a rookie police officer that Matt had taken hostage, but in reality are working for Wilson Fisk. One of them goes to a nearby rooftop and snipes Detective Blake and two other uniformed cops, while the rest of the team kills the unlucky Officer Sullivan, before gunning down Vladimir in the tunnels. ²** "Daredevil": An FBI SWAT team is responsible for escorting to Fisk for jail... except one of the officers in the truck is on Fisk's payroll, and kills his fellow agents when the convoy is ambushed and wiped out by mercenaries coming to free Fisk from custody.²** "Dogs to a Gunfight" sees Reyes trick Grotto into being used by ESU as bait for the Punisher. Frank manages to use a semi truck with the dead body of a Dogs of Hell biker he killed earlier to distract ESU while he attempts to make another attempt to snipe Grotto. Matt interrupts this, and ESU snipers open fire on them as the fight progresses, with Matt at several times maneuvering Frank to keep him from getting shot. ²** "Regrets Only" shows that Frank Castle is considered enough of a flight risk to himself and to others that an ESU squad is assigned to guard his floor.²** In "The Man in the Box," ESU cops are shown outside the courthouse when Reyes is killed.²** Dex is an FBI SWAT sniper. He is introduced in this capacity as a seemingly random SWAT officer who singlehandedly takes out an Albanian hit squad trying to ambush Fisk. ²* {{Tagline}}:²** Season 1 has "Justice Is [[DisabilitySuperpower Blind]]."²** Season 2 has "NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished."²** Season 3 has "Do Not Fear the Dark. Become It."²* TakeAThirdOption: In "New York's Finest", Frank Castle has Matt chained to a chimney with his hand duct taped around a gun with a single round. He gives Matt the option either to violate his moral code and shoot him, or allow him to execute Grotto. [[spoiler:Matt shoots the chain, freeing himself and causing Frank to miss Grotto's head. It's not enough to stop Frank from fatally shooting Grotto in the heart.]]²* TakeOverTheCity: Fisk's goal through most of season 1 is to take over Hell's Kitchen and remake it in his own image.²* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: PlayedForLaughs in an early season 3 episode, where Dex decides to play a prank on Fisk while delivering him food. He takes a bite out of Fisk's burger and dumps the fries all in one tray, while a colleague takes everything but the tray off the table. Dex then puts a steel pan on top of the tray, before having the food sent in. Then he watches to see how Fisk reacts: Fisk just calmly brings the tray closer, breaks the bitten half of the burger apart with his utensils and dumps the pieces into another part of the tray one at a time with a spork. Then he starts eating the burger with the spork. Suffice to say, Dex is both disappointed and bewildered.²-->'''Dex:''' ...If I'm being honest, that's not the way I thought this was gonna go. Who eats a burger with a spork?²* TemptingFate: In "The Path of the Righteous", [[spoiler:when Karen grabs Wesley's gun, he attempts to talk her down by claiming that it would be stupid to put a loaded gun on the table. She then tells him that he isn't the first person she's shot, before unloading the entire magazine into his chest]].²* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Madame Gao tells Fisk that he can't be both savior and oppressor. He has to choose. At first, Fisk genuinely believes in improving Hell's Kitchen. After his arrest, he decides that Hell's Kitchen doesn't deserve his "better tomorrow." He also recites the story of the [[Literature/TheFourGospels Good Samaritan]] and wonders which character he is most similar to before deciding that he is the "man of ill-intent."²* ThisCannotBe: ²** The moment Matt (in his brand new Daredevil outfit) lands in front of Fisk to cut off his escape, all the stumbling gangster can manage to say is "''You?!''" as he realizes that the upstart meddler he thought he had left crippled and broken was responsible for his fall.²** Karen has a silent case of this when Matt's revealing his secret to her.²* ThouShaltNotKill: A recurring theme. In spite if his vigilantism, Matt maintains that murdering someone, even with good cause, is a mortal sin. The one time he actually [[BatmanGrabsAGun goes out with the intention to kill anyone]], it's a misguided attempt to [[MurderIsTheBestSolution murder Wilson Fisk]] to avenge Elena...a hit that Fisk had ordered both to allow the Hand access to their Midland Circle property and also to lure Matt into an ambush from Nobu. In the second season, Matt's belief gets contrasted with Frank Castle, who does kill people and criticizes Matt for holding back. Later he gives Matt the {{sadistic choice}} of killing him or letting him kill Grotto.²* ToAbsentFriends: Midway through the final episode of season 1, after Fisk's operation has been dismantled and he's been arrested, Matt, Foggy, and Karen are celebrating at the Nelson & Murdock offices, which eventually includes a toast to Elena Cardenas, Ben Urich and all the other people who have lost their lives because of Fisk.²* TokenMinority: Within each season, there are really only one or two non-white characters amongst the main characters. They would be Ben Urich in season 1, Elektra in season 2, and Ray Nadeem in season 3. Amongst the six main characters of season 3 (Matt, Karen, Foggy, Dex, Nadeem, and Fisk), only Nadeem is non-white (being Indian-American).²* TooDumbToLive:²** Wesley, leaving a loaded gun within reach of an unrestrained Karen. She gets his gun and empties the full seven rounds into his chest. It's in character seeing as he's a bit of a SmugSnake who is very rarely not in control and he clearly is thinking that Karen is just a scared little girl who's too afraid to pull the trigger.²*** To be fair, Karen ''was'' drugged, but Wesley, not knowing that her alcoholism and history with recreational drug abuse heightened her tolerance, likely assumed Karen would not be able to react swiftly enough to grab the gun.²** Ben Urich, who, after counseling Karen to exercise caution and restraint for a whole season, blabs about the latest information on Fisk in front of several witnesses, deliberately making a scene. This is how Fisk finds out that he talked with his mother; the mole was one of the witnesses.²** Leland admits to culpability in Vanessa's poisoning, believing himself safe because of a complicated insurance plan involving stashing away Hoffman. This after commenting repeatedly throughout the season on Fisk's violent temper and unstable, homicidal tendencies (he did call Fisk out on killing Anatoly), and his generally unpredictable behavior when emotional, ''particularly'' where Vanessa is involved. He does all this when he is alone with Fisk in an alley and Fisk confronts him on these charges. Fisk throws him down an elevator shaft with barely a second's hesitation and then orders a hit on Hoffman.²** The pawnbroker from whom Frank Castle acquires an NYPD communications rig. While he has no way of knowing that his customer is the Punisher, it's pretty reckless to openly admit that he deals in child porn and underaged prostitutes to someone who just walked in with a duffel bag full of weapons and bought stolen police equipment. Violent criminals, just like everyone else, take a very dim view of such matters.²* TookALevelInBadass: ²** Wilson Fisk is coming closer to his Kingpin persona after being in jail and losing most of his power. Like in the comics, defeat reverts him back to his brutish side instead of the AffablyEvil image he has when on top, and he learns from his mistakes. By season 3, he is a lot more influential with more hooks and pawns than previously imagined.²** Karen gets a gun after killing Wesley, and is proactive in her self-defense through the rest of the show. She even manages to help Matt take on Dex when he comes to kill her.²* TookALevelInKindness:²** In Season 1, Mitchell Ellison is depicted as rather unsympathetic, to make it seem like he was Wilson Fisk's mole at the ''Bulletin''. When Karen approaches him in season 2 to get his backing on the Frank Castle story, she's expecting him to see her as a replacement for Ben, and is surprised when Ellison instead proves much more helpful, genuinely shows concern for her and expresses great regret over not having backed Ben's work. A freeze-frame of an assignment board in "Seven Minutes in Heaven" shows that he also has revamped the editorial priorities to focus on important events instead of fluff pieces.²** Foggy's appealing to how Marci Stahl "used to have a soul" gets to her. Not only does she readily turn in her partners, but in both of her appearances in season 2, we can see that since joining Hogarth Chao & Benowitz, Marci has become considerably nicer and has a more amicable relationship with Foggy. While Marci only gets one shot in ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', it's clear she and Foggy are forming a healthy OfficeRomance at HC&B.²** During ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', Jeri Hogarth was incredibly amoral, even engaging in criminal behavior and trying to use Kilgrave to get Wendy to agree to lesser terms during their divorce. When she shows up in the season 2 finale of ''Daredevil'', it's pretty clear that she's cleaned up her act greatly, and is back to something very close to what she used to be like when she interned at Rand Enterprises, as she's impressed by Foggy's defense of Frank Castle to the point of hiring him on with the explicit promise of making him a name partner. Though ''Jessica Jones'' season 2 suggests that any change was probably just an act put on for Foggy. ²* ToplessnessFromTheBack: ²** Is used in the first episode to show Karen from behind [[SexyShirtSwitch while she's switching into one of Matt's dress shirts]].²** Used twice in "Kinbaku", first when Matt and Elektra have sex in the boxing ring at Fogwell's in the midst of a sparring match turned sexual foreplay. And at the end of the episode, it happens again as Elektra is stripping out of a red silk dressing gown as she heads to her bedroom to change into her combat outfit in anticipation of the ninjas' arrival.²* TortureAlwaysWorks: Justified by the fact that Matt is a LivingLieDetector. He just needs the perp to answer, and he'll know whether he's telling the truth or not; more often than not, as Matt himself admits, the violence is merely a way for him to let out his anger.²* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Wilson Fisk has a liking for [[ zuppa inglese]], an Italian custard dessert. As "Shadows in the Glass" shows, we learn that he acquired a taste for zuppa from his mother; when she's upset that Wilson is moving her to Italy to protect her from his criminal activities, Wilson assures her "They have zuppa in Italy. The real kind."²* TranquilFury: ²** When a pawn shop owner unwisely tries to sell Frank Castle child porn, the former dad responds by dropping his bag, flipping the open sign to closed, walking back to the counter picking up a [[BatterUp baseball bat]] along the way, and bludgeoning the owner to death. All without a single word or the slightest change of expression.²** By Season 3, Fisk has almost conquered his notoriously uncontrollable temper, turning his moments of rage into this. When Karen taunts him about how she killed Wesley, it's almost shocking to see that he manages to keep a lid on his homicidal fury for even a few seconds whereas before he probably would have lunged at her immediately. Of course, in that case he might have been simply too paralyzed by rage to do anything. It's played straighter three episodes later, when he receives news from Agent Waller that Karen escaped Dex's assassination attempt in the church and is now in the wind; Fisk absorbs this and then calmly, even casually, asks Waller for his jacket. He waits patiently as Waller removes the jacket and hands it over. Fisk proceeds to wrap said jacket around Waller's head and [[ShootTheMessenger beats him to death]].²** Karen's visit to Fisk in season 3 episode 8 has her also going into this state as soon as Fisk brings up his knowledge of Matt's secret.²* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The manhunt for Frank Castle makes up the sole plot for the first few episodes of season 2. In the fifth episode, Elektra is introduced and becomes the main plot, while the Frank storyline becomes the B-plot. The two are unrelated, and rarely intersect, aside from Madame Gao (herself a member of the Hand) giving Matt a lead on the Blacksmith.²* UnexpectedCharacter:²** Most had Rosario Dawson's character pegged as Echo, Comicbook/WhiteTiger, or even Comicbook/{{Elektra}}. Nobody considered the possibility of her playing an obscure character like Claire Temple / Night Nurse.²** Jon Bernthal as the Punisher in season 2 is a surprise considering the poor reception to every previous attempt to bring him to the screen.²** Season Two's reappearances of Wilson Fisk, Madame Gao, Nobu, and Jeri Hogarth from ''Series/JessicaJones2015''. In these cases, Fisk and Gao had been PutOnABus the previous season (in fact, Fisk's return was quite a major twist due to the fact that it was a complete surprise despite the intense scrutiny every MCU property has been put under these days; it helped that a lot of the marketing for season 2 revolved around the addition of The Punisher and Elektra), Nobu was seemingly burned alive, and Hogarth was from a different show, making them all a bit of a surprise to many viewers. Fisk's mini-arc in season 2 was primarily to set him up for his return as the main villain of season 3, considering that D'Onofrio was the first confirmed cast member outside of Matt, Karen and Foggy to be announced for season 3.²** Season 3's utilization of Rosalie Carbone as one of several crimelords who gets roped into a protection racket scheme that Fisk is running, after her prior role in ''Luke Cage'' season 2. ²* UrbanLegendLoveLife: At least as far as season one goes. Foggy makes several comments about Matt being a playboy, but we never see him romantically involved with anyone outside of Karen in season 2 and his flings with Elektra and Claire. He doesn't even seem interested in a relationship as he is busy being a vigilante.²* UnresolvedSexualTension: Matt and Karen. Even in their first scene, there's a clear attraction between the two, with their first scene alone being one lengthy dose of sexual tension (Matt is taking a gorgeous woman back to his apartment, [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed Karen being reluctant to take Matt's bed until she sees the billboard]], [[SexyShirtSwitch Karen changing into one of Matt's dress shirts in front of him]], [[MoralityPet Matt getting vulnerable around Karen]] and admitting he'd do anything to see the sky one last time). Yet Matt is hesitant about her finding out about his alter ego as the Devil of Hell's Kitchen. They do get close enough to begin dating partway through season 2, but this is short-lived before Matt gets sidetracked helping Elektra and ends up neglecting Frank's trial and his relationship with Karen. They do get closer together once Matt reveals his secret to her, and even in ''The Defenders'', the attraction between Matt and Karen is still evident in all their shared scenes, but now what gets in the way is the fact that Karen is still processing the whole matter of Matt being Daredevil and hasn't yet come clean with him about Wesley's death, followed by Matt's "death" under Midland Circle.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:V-Z]]²* VaguenessIsComing: According to Stick, some sort of war is coming, and Daredevil will be a vital part of it. [[spoiler:Season 2 reveals this war is against The Hand, but Stick continues to be vague as fuck. The Hand want to get their hands on a "Black Sky," which ''The Defenders'' reveals is meant to be a skilled fighter who assists the Hand in mining dragon bones under Midland Circle]].²* VehicularKidnapping: The pilot ends with a little boy being pulled from his father's car and dragged off by [[RuthlessForeignGangsters the Russians]]. Getting him back kicks off the plot of the second episode.²* VictorySex: Invoked. Anatoly agrees to make a deal with Fisk, [[spoiler:but gets killed for interrupting his date]]. Wesley covers for Anatoly's absence by telling his brother Vladimir that he might "have a girl or a boy he might be celebrating with", over the deal that he thought went through.²* VigilanteExecution: When Karen kills Wesley, she heavily implies that she may have done something like this in the past, and which Deborah Ann Woll has teased has greatly influenced Karen's sympathies for Frank Castle and vigilantes in general:²-->'''James Wesley:''' [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner Come on. Do you really think I would put a loaded gun on the table where you could reach it?]]²-->'''Karen Page:''' I don't know. ''[pulls back the hammer]'' [[PreMortemOneLiner Do you really think this is the first time I've shot someone?]]²* VigilanteMan: Daredevil, who heroically battles criminals. Also the Punisher, who is a far darker version. They have a long conversation about this in season two. ²* VillainBall:²** In "The Path of the Righteous", Wesley decides he has to personally deal with Karen Page talking to Fisk's mom without telling anyone else. But instead of [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim shooting her]], he kidnaps her and then attempts to threaten Karen into duplicity by placing a loaded gun on the table in front of her. Despite her only being drugged, rather than restrained. Karen proceeds to grab the gun and empties seven rounds into him, calling Wesley's attempt to bluff that the weapon isn't loaded.²** Officer Corbin, leader of the corrupt cops sent by Fisk to kill Hoffman before the FBI gets to him, manages to kill all of Hoffman's bodyguards, but when it comes to Hoffman himself, monologues for a few seconds before even beginning an attempt. This gives Matt enough time to show up and take down Corbin and his men.²* VillainHasAPoint: Fisk learns that Vanessa is facing accessory charges if she returns to the United States. This prompts him to want to make a deal with Nadeem to become an informant in exchange for Vanessa's charges being dropped. His rationale is that while he should be punished for his crimes, Vanessa shouldn't have to share that punishment since she had zero participation in any of his crimes. Of course, it's all lies and such, since Vanessa's hands aren't really as clean as they seem to be.²* VillainInAWhiteSuit: Fisk is given white InstitutionalApparel upon his arrival in prison, signifying his status as a newbie. Upon his release from prison in season 3, he dons the iconic white suits that are his signature trademark in the comics, which are symbolic of his VillainWithGoodPublicity status, as well as symbolizing his loneliness, what with Wesley's death and Vanessa's exile.²* TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive: Used in Season 3 after [[spoiler:Nadeem testifies before the grand jury against Fisk]]. During deliberations, one of the jurors starts reciting the names and addresses of the other jurors, implying that they will be targeted if they choose to indict.²* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Once Fisk decides to appear in public for the first time, he demonstrates great talent in manipulating the media.²* VillainousBreakdown: Fisk goes through one after Matt stops his attempt to escape.²-->'''Fisk:''' I wanted to make this city... something better than it is. Something beautiful! YOU TOOK THAT AWAY FROM ME! YOU TOOK EVERYTHING! I'M GONNA KILL YOU!²* VillainousFriendship:²** Fisk and Wesley are great friends. Fisk trusts Wesley with everything and Wesley goes way out of his job description to help Fisk when he's in a bad mood and risks Fisk's violent temper doing so. Fisk nearly beats Francis to death after Karen kills Wesley, with Fisk shouting "He's my friend!"²** [[CorruptCop Detectives Blake and Hoffman]] have been friends for 35 years. It takes an awful lot of money, a threat to his own life, and the knowledge that Blake would be killed by someone else anyway, to get Hoffman to turn on him. Even then, Hoffman is so wracked with guilt over doing so that he goes into hiding, stashed away by Owlsley, and later gives Fisk's operation up to the FBI.²* VillainsOutShopping: Wilson Fisk's first onscreen appearance involves him browsing in an art gallery, where he meets Vanessa. He later takes her out on a date, which is interrupted by Anatoly trying to barge in to speak with him. His ''second'' date goes a bit more smoothly due to buying out the restaurant, the bombing of Hell's Kitchen notwithstanding.²** Season 3 episode 11 has a subplot of Fisk seeking to reacquire the "Rabbit in a Snowstorm" painting from Esther Falb, the art collector who ended up in possession of the painting after Fisk was arrested. He is persuaded to abandon his efforts after he learns about the violent past surrounding the painting (it was created by Esther's father, and he was killed by the Nazis trying to keep them from taking it).²* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: ²** In "Nelson v. Murdock", Matt recounts the event that made him take up vigilantism: stopping a molesting father from harming his daughter again by beating him to the point that he spent a month in the hospital eating through a straw (Matt notes that before taking this step, he had called Child Services, but there was no actionable evidence). Foggy, who's been angrily chewing Matt out for the duration of the episode about his recklessness and perceived betrayals, can only muster a single horrified curse and shudder when he hears this.²** Then there's the season finale, where it's clear that Matt has no choice but to do this to stop Fisk from fleeing the country (and Matt similarly explains to Foggy when he goes out to rescue Hoffman from the corrupt cops sent to kill him). Most points in the show treat violence with ambiguity, but those two cases outright use it as a solution.²** In Season 2, with Matt's non-lethal methods going up against The Punisher's methods, the question starts to be deconstructed. Less the idea that violence can be answer, but more how much violence does it take to turn you into another problem? Even Karen admits that sometimes, the Punisher's methods do work (though she's channeling memories of killing James Wesley when doing so).²* VisualPun: On Ben Urich's [[TheBigBoard corkboard]], Wilson Fisk, known in the comics as "The Kingpin," is represented by... a King of Diamonds playing card, tacked on by a white pushpin.²* WeHaveToGetTheBulletOut: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. In "Condemned," Claire explicitly advises Matt against trying this when coaching him on how to treat Vladimir's bullet wound.²-->'''Matt''': Shouldn't we take the bullet out first?\²'''Claire''': Remember what I said about this not being a movie? You cut him open and start digging around, you'll kill him. This way, at least, he has a chance not bleeding out before you get what you need out of him. And it'll hurt like a son of a bitch so: bonus.²** A similar defied case happens in season 3 when Nadeem gets shot by Dex while he and Matt are searching Dex's apartment. He can't go to the hospital to get it removed as Dex calls the police and files an incident report, meaning that the police will be checking hospitals for walk-in patients with gunshot wounds.²* WeaknessTurnsHerOn: Upon first meeting Matt, Foggy says that women must love the "wounded duck" aspect of Matt being handsome and blind. Certainly applies to Karen, as she takes a habit of bantering and flirting with Matt on a fairly regular basis. ²* WellIntentionedExtremist: ²** A recurring theme in the series is how Matt is edging dangerously close to becoming worse than Fisk. When Foggy first finds out Matt's secret, and learns that Matt had been trying to kill Fisk in response to the hit on Elena:²--->'''Foggy Nelson:''' You tried to kill him, Matt. You told me yourself. How is that any different than the way he solves his problems?²--->'''Matt Murdock:''' I made a mistake. I know that.²--->''''Foggy Nelson:''' Misspelling "Hanukkah" is a mistake. '''Attempted murder''' is a little something else. You ever stop to think what would happen if you went to jail? Or worse?²** ComicBook/ThePunisher is an even more extreme version and plays foil to Daredevil.²* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In season 3, nothing is said of what happened to Stewart Finney, the accountant that Fisk recruited to be his right-hand in prison during season 2. He isn't even so much as mentioned. The same can be said of the Valdez brothers, Finney's friends who Fisk recruited to be his muscle by arranging for their mother to be taken care of.²* WhatTheHellHero:²** "Nelson vs Murdock" has Foggy give one to Matt [[spoiler:after discovering Matt is the Masked Man, circumventing the law by being a vigilante and invading people's privacy using his super-senses.]]²** Giving these to Matt becomes a recurring theme in season two, as convincing Nelson & Murdock to take the Punisher case — and then neglecting to help in favor of running around with Elektra as Daredevil — causes friction with Foggy and Karen.²* WhamEpisode:²** "The Devil You Know": The closest thing to the [[Series/GameOfThrones Red Wedding]] that Daredevil has ever done, [[FromBadToWorse making things much more difficult]] for the main cast in future episodes. [[spoiler: Dex makes a serious FaceHeelTurn and uses Daredevil's suit to storm the New York Bulletin. He slaughters almost everyone there, almost kills Foggy, seriously injures Matt, stabs Ellison, and kills Jasper Evans, [[HopeSpot who was supposed to prove that Fisk has been manipulating the FBI]]. Even worse, Daredevil has been accused for this slaughter because Dex was wearing his suit.]]²* WhamLine:²** From episode 8, "Shadows in the Glass". Fisk kills his father by striking him repeatedly with a hammer. Marlene comforts her distraught son, and then suddenly, in a flat tone of voice, tells him "[[DisposingOfABody Get the saw]]."²** From the very first episode of Season 2, when Matt is interrogating a dying cartel member about the (he thinks) team that's been killing criminals with military efficiency:²-->'''Matt Murdock:''' "Tell me who they are."²-->'''Cartel Member:''' "Not they. ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisher Him.]]'' It's one man."²** In Season 2:²---> [[spoiler:'''Stick''': Elektra works for me.]]²** From episode 12 of season 2.²---> [[spoiler:'''Matt''': What is it?]]²---> [[spoiler:'''Stick''': The end of the war you don't believe in. ''We just lost.'']]²** The final line of season 2 as Matt reveals his secret identity to Karen.²---> '''Matt''': I'm Daredevil.²** Season 3, Episode 8 -- "Upstairs/Downstairs". Sister Maggie is praying to keep Matt safe while Matt is downstairs practicing with a punching bag.²--> '''Maggie:''' [[spoiler: Our son is too much like you, Jack]]. ²** Season 3, Episode 9 -- "Revelations". Just as Nadeem is coming clean with Hattley and Agent Winn about what he and Matt uncovered about Dex, Hattley abruptly kills Winn with Nadeem's gun, and then Fisk's fixer Felix Manning comes in and bags the gun and Nadeem's fingerprints as blackmail.²-->'''Hattley:''' I'm not your boss anymore. Wilson Fisk is. ²* WhamShot: A very brief moment from the first episode that makes it clear that ''Matt'' is in real danger: When Rance, the knifeman who had just been trying to assassinate Karen, easily ''performs a midair somersault'' in the middle of the ensuing fight.²** In season 3, the reveal that Dex is this show's version of Bullseye is when we see the bullseye logo on the back of his baseball coach's hat.²* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Season 3 episode 10 "Karen". The first two thirds of the episode are made of a 30 minute long flashback to Karen's past in Fagan Corners. ²* WickedCultured: Apart from his appreciation of art, Fisk's morning routine involves preparing a homemade omelet and donning one of his many black suits, while [[StandardSnippet the prelude from Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite 1 in G Major]] is playing in the background. The rest of his culture comes from others like Vanessa (the art) and Wesley (the wine). After he takes over Rikers, he's able to maintain some semblance of culture behind bars, enjoying gourmet food, wine, and classical music.²* WillTheyOrWontThey: Karen spends all of the first season fawning over two different versions of Matt, the lawyer and the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, and there's a lot of {{UST}} between them in both personas. However, the introduction of Claire, as well as Matt's crime fighting delay any full relationship from blossoming. In season 2, the pair have their first date, but Elektra and more crime fighting split them apart. They're back to speaking terms in ''The Defenders'', but Matt is presumed dead at the end. Matt spends most of season 3 trying to flee his life as Matt Murdock and hides from Karen, causing her to be extremely angry with him when they do reunite. The season ends with them friends again.²* WorfHadTheFlu: For most of season 3, Matt suffered from the injuries he endured at the end of ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', which hindered his fighting throughout the season.²* WoundedHeroWeakerHelper: In "Cut Man," Matt is badly wounded during a failed attempt to rescue a kid. Claire Temple takes care of him for most of the episode while he's convalescing.²* WhoAreYou: Matt's reaction when he intercepts Poindexter during an attempt on Karen and Ellison at the ''Bulletin'' and realizes Poindexter is impersonating his red Daredevil armor.²-->'''Matt Murdock:''' Who are you?²-->'''Benjamin Poindexter:''' [[BlatantLies I'm Daredevil]]...²* WretchedHive: Hell's Kitchen. The producers have said they're trying to go for a gritty 1970s feel. It's PlayedWith, [[DeconReconSwitch deconstructed and then reconstructed.]] The Hell's Kitchen from Wilson Fisk's childhood of the 1970s, and Matt's in the early 90s, is much grittier than it is in present day. Even with the damage done by the Incident, it's clear the real-life gentrification of Hell's Kitchen happened in the MCU. It's just that the alien invasion undid a lot of that. Because of the real-life gentrification, Hell's Kitchen looks nothing like it did in the 1990s, so Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Greenpoint are used as shooting locations.²* XanatosGambit: Wilson Fisk is a master of this trope.²** When Nobu is becoming too much for Fisk to handle, he asks him to send a specialist to fight the Man in the Mask, who is also a problem. Nobu goes himself (Fisk knows he couldn't resist a challenge), and Fisk lets him burn when Matt sets him on fire. There is really no way that ''wouldn't'' work out in Fisk's favor.²--->'''Wilson Fisk:''' In a perfect world, you'd have killed each other. But then, we don't live in a perfect world.²** Fisk, through proxies, [[spoiler: convinces Frank Castle to throw his own trial so he'll be sent to prison. Once there, he tells Frank that his rival, Dutton, has information about the death of his family, and gets Frank into Dutton's cell block so he can interrogate and kill him. Fisk then double-crosses Frank by locking him in and releasing Dutton's men from their cells to kill him. When Frank kills them all instead, Fisk even turns ''that'' to his advantage by arranging for Castle to be smuggled out of the prison disguised as a corrections officer. Frank even realizes exactly what Fisk is doing: he wants Castle to resume his crusade against crime, weakening Fisk's rivals enough to put Fisk in a better position to strengthen his own operation once he's finally released. It also allows Fisk to get retribution against Matt and Foggy, the two lawyers defending Frank, and whose meddling with the tenement case caused Fisk's incarceration, by destroying their firm as collateral.]]²* {{Yakuza}}: They appear in season 1 as allies of Wilson Fisk, led by the sinister Nobu. Later they come back in season two after Matt thought he had them on the run. Ultimately {{Subverted|Trope}} when it's revealed that they are actually [[spoiler:the Hand]].²* YokoOhNo:²** Wilson Fisk's associates see Vanessa as this. It gets to the point that Owlsley and Madame Gao try to have her killed in a misguided attempt to get Fisk to focus more on his criminal activities. ²** Foggy sees Elektra as "bad news bears" when she pops back into Matt's life in season 2, since Matt nearly flunked out of Civics and torts when he was dating her in law school. ²* YoureInsane: Matt calls Frank insane in "New York's Finest". This [[BerserkButton angers]] Frank, who knocks him out.²---> '''Matt''': There is goodness in people, even in you. And you're gonna have to kill me, 'cause I'm never gonna stop coming for you, until I take you down. You wanna know why?\²'''Frank''': Why's that?\²'''Matt''': Because you're a nutjob!²* YouWouldntShootMe: Wesley tries this with Karen when she gets ahold of his gun, but she calls his bluff by shooting him to death with it.²* 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.²[[/folder]]²----²-->'''Matt Murdock:''' [[DespairEventHorizon I can't do this alone]].\²'''Karen Page:''' You're not [[Series/TheDefenders2017 alone]].


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