"Battlin'" Jack Murdock/Jonathan Murdock
Alter Ego: Jonathan Murdock
Notable Aliases: Jack Murdock, Battlin' Jack, The Devil, Kid Murdock
First Appearance: Daredevil #1 (April, 1964)
The father of Matt Murdock who boxed for a living. Often broke, he worked nights as a leg-breaker for the local crime boss "The Fixer". Despite his profession, he encouraged Matt towards a life of pacifism, and pushed Matt heavily in his studies. He was told by his boss to take a fall in a boxing match but, knowing Matt would be there, refused. For his insubordination, he was murdered.
- Boxing Battler: His job. He was a middleweight.
- Death by Origin Story: Dies in Daredevil #1. His death is what inspires Matt to become a crimefighter.
- Honor Before Reason: Won't throw a fight, even if it means his death.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: Is aware that his window of opportunity is closing fast, if it hasn't closed already. It's because of his son's moral support that convinces him to really take boxing seriously again.
- So Proud of You: Pushes Matt in his schoolwork so that he'll be successful and have all the things he could never provide for him. When Matt announces he made it into Harvard, he's overjoyed.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Inverted. He refused to throw his final match so Matt could be happy that his father got a victory for once.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Subverted, as Matt is fully aware of he and his dad's financial situation, and understands that his father must work late.
Sister Maggie/Grace Murdock
Alter Ego: Margaret Grace Murdock
Notable Aliases: Sister Maggie, Maggie Murdock, Maggie Grace
First Appearance: Daredevil #229 (April, 1986)
She is the ex-wife of Jack Murdock and the mother of Matt Murdock.
- Alliterative Name: Maggie Murdock, just like her son.
- The Atoner: After attacking Jack and Matt due to her postpartum depression, she became a nun.
- Cool Old Lady: Her main characteristic. Is also a self-admitted crusader/protester.
- Missing Mom: Left Jack and Matt when he was just a boy. Matt never asked why. For a long time it was believed that Jack abused her. Later, however, it was shown in the Original Sin tie-in that the situation was quite more complicated: Maggie suffered postpartum depression and tried to attack both her husband and son in a fit of irrational rage. Jack was forced to defend himself and Matt (but never attacked her), and Maggie ran away after coming back to her senses.
- Secret Keeper: Knew Matt was Daredevil.
Matt's twin brother who used to be an alias that was made real by The Reader and then canonized himself using the Nornstone.
- Alliterative Name: Just like his brother.
- Cosmic Retcon: He owes his existence as a separate person to one as "Mike" was originally just an identity that Matt made up as part of a Fake Twin Gambit. Said events also caused Mike to still be alive as Matt faked "Mike's" death to end the gambit.
- Fake Twin Gambit: How he originally started as Matt created "Mike" after Foggy and Karen got to close to figuring out he was Daredevil and wanted to throw them off.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After using the Norn Stone to write himself into Matts history, hes overcome with guilt when its revealed hes partially responsible for Matts accident and his father's murder.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Even as children, Matt was a well-behaved child while Mike was a delinquent.
- Pretending to Be One's Own Relative: Part of how Mike originally was during the Fake Twin Gambit: Matt pretending to be him.
Nelson and Murdock
Franklin "Foggy" Nelson
First Appearance: Daredevil #1 (April, 1964)
Foggy is Matt's best friend and, for most of the series, his law partner.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Foggy" is one given to him by Matt. It's got nothing to do with his perceptiveness; it's actually short for "Foghorn" and comes from his being an atrociously loud sleeper in their college days.
- Badass Bookworm: Okay, he's not really a great physical fighter, but when it comes to standing up for Matt, nobody does it better than good old Foggy.
- Big Eater: Foggy really likes his food.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: As a running gag, Foggy is fond of eating bizarre and horribly smelly food combinations that make normal people gag and cause absolute havoc on Matt's enhanced senses.
- Faking the Dead: In the All-New Marvel NOW! run, had to do this as to not be targeted by Matt's enemies after he outed himself, since he is Matt's closest friend and the most vulnerable, as well as undergoing cancer treatment - in his weak condition, it would make him easy prey for any villain to find him at the hospital he'd be going to and take him out to get to Matt.
- Fat Best Friend: He is Matt's best friend, and he is Type B (Shrinking Violet).
- Fat and Proud: Not extremely fat, but definitely a bit chubby. A running gag in Waid's run is Matt putting Foggy on a diet and exercise regimen, and Foggy's attempts to get out of it. He does it in part because Foggy is an extremely loud chewer and it disrupts Matt's senses. He finally does lose weight during Waid's run due to cancer, however.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is shown to be very supportive of Matt, even though they have their ups and downs.
- Hopeless Suitor: In the early days, he had a crush on Karen, but she only had eyes for Matt.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold / Nice Guy: Foggy was portrayed as a deeply conflicted character, continuously caught between his strong vocational disagreements with Matt, their rivalry for the affections of Karen Page, and his loyalty to his friend.
- Parental Abandonment: It is later revealed that Rosalind Sharpe is Nelson's biological mother: she divorced her husband and abandoned her son in order to be able to pursue her career as a lawyer. It was Sharpe's career that enticed her son to become a lawyer.
- Secret Keeper: He knows that Matt is Daredevil. After Secret Wars, he's the only one of Matt's Secret Keepers that remembers that Matt is Daredevil.
First Appearance: Daredevil #1 (April, 1964)
Matt and Foggy's former secretary, Karen suffered from a serious drug problem following their breakup. She sold Matt's identity to Kingpin and was eventually murdered by Bullseye.
- The Atoner: She eventually realizes that she is too dependent on Matt and that her past is a constant barrier between them. Karen leaves Matt to accept a talk show host position in Los Angeles.
- Damsel in Distress: Karen was kidnapped quite often during Daredevil's battles, first by the Owl and again by the Purple Man.
- Drugs Are Bad: Karen becomes addicted to heroin and starts making pornographic movies. In need of a fix, she sells Daredevil's secret identity to a drug dealer, who in turn sells it to the Kingpin. Matt helps Karen beat her addiction and later founds a free drug and legal clinic where she counsels drug addicts and Matt provides legal advice and "ghost lawyering".
- First Love: Though it was later retconned to be Elektra, the trope still applies. Matt fell in love with her the moment he met her, and held a torch for her long after she left. When she returns to New York after selling him out, he instantly forgives her and picks up right where they left off. Her death causes Matt to have a Heroic BSoD, and he clearly still hasn't gotten over her, as he unconsciously compares all his subsequent girlfriends to her.
- Killed Off for Real: Murdered by Bullseye in "Guardian Devil".
- My God, What Have I Done?: You sold your ex-boyfriend's Secret Identity to his Arch-Enemy for a drug fix, that's what you did.
- Sexy Secretary: When she was Matt and Foggy's secretary.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: The second of Matt's girlfriends to be killed by Bullseye.
- Taking the Bullet: Bullseye was aiming for Daredevil's mom (he didn't know it was her, but didn't care either). For once, he isn't bothered that he missed.
- Wet Blanket Wife: Early on, when they started dating, she tried to convince Matt to give up being Daredevil. Didn't work.
Rebecca "Becky" Blake
First Appearance: Daredevil #155 (November, 1978)
While in college, Rebecca "Becky" Blake was sexually assaulted in an attack that left her unable to use her legs and confined to a wheelchair. She joined Nelson and Murdock as their legal secretary, where she worked for several years before leaving to pursue her own career in law. She would return some time later under invitation as the third partner at the new "Nelson, Blake and Murdock".
- Badass Bureaucrat
- Disabled Means Helpless: Both played straight and subverted. By nature, she is a shy and reclusive woman, and requires rescue by Daredevil on a number of occasions; however, in those circumstances she was not the only one in danger, and the use of her legs wouldn't have played much of a difference anyway. As well, once, when their offices are attacked by the Ani-Men, she manages to fight off Bird-Man long enough for Black Widow to arrive and subdue him.
- Put on a Bus: Twice. First, after appearing for almost the entirety of Frank Miller's run, she's not seen for almost fifteen years until a brief cameo in the late 90's. She then disappears again until the mid-Aughts when she becomes a partner at "Nelson, Blake and Murdock", becoming a core cast member again. And again after Shadowland.
- Rape as Backstory: While attending college, she was viciously assaulted by Michael Reese, a large man with a penchant for sadism towards women. The attack left her crippled and traumatized; she was left without the use of her legs, permanently bond to a wheelchair, and suffering severe PTSD.
- Rape as Drama: Her assault, which cost her the use of her legs, is treated very seriously. When she first joins Nelson and Murdock, she is still clearly traumatized by it, though she tries to hide it.
- Stepford Smiler: In her early appearances.
- Will Not Be a Victim: After joining Nelson and Murdock, she tries her best to be. But then a serial rapist starts making the papers...
First Appearance: Daredevil #166 (September, 1980)A famous and controversial attorney from Boston, Rosalind Sharpe entered the life of Daredevil when she made an offer to Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson to become her associates. Daredevil was surprised to find that Sharpe and Foggy knew one another until it was later revealed that she was Foggy's birth mother.
First Appearance: Daredevil Vol 3 #1 (September, 2011)
The assistant D.A. Matt meets at the beginning of Mark Waid's run. Eventually moves with him to San Francisco as his law partner.
- Amicable Exes: Well, after accidentally sicking Spider-Man on him. Since, the two have been on pretty good terms.
- Black Bra and Panties: Shows them off to Matt, just to see if he's faking the blind-man routine.
- Daddy's Girl: Used to be one as a kid. While they still get along, she would rather she didn't have to depend on him for anything, considering she's an assistant D.A.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very fond of teasing Matt about totally not being Daredevil.
- One of the Boys: Likes sports and practical jokes, and seems to actively enjoys hanging out with Matt and Foggy. She's also a lot more tolerant of Foggy's antics than some of their other bosses, and even Matt at times.
- Power Trio: With Matt and Foggy. Notable in that not since Karen has a female character really filled this role.
- Secret Keeper: For Matt, until that secret was officially and irreversibly outed.
- The Tease: Loves teasing Matt, even before they got into a relationship. She even unbuttoned her shirt to show him a bra that said "you are Daredevil".
- ¡Three Amigos!: Matt and Foggy were already Heterosexual Life-Partners, but once they got to know her they became this.
- Working with the Ex: Replaces Foggy as Matt's partner, since he was being treated for cancer then had to fake his death.
Alter Ego: Jessica Campbell Jones Cage
Notable Aliases: Jewel, Knightress, Power Woman
First Appearance: Alias #1 (November 2001)
See the Jessica Jones page for more info.
First Appearance: Daredevil Vol 2 #112 (December, 2008)
Izo was a member of the organization known as the Hand, over hundreds of years ago. He chose to leave the group when the leader died and it devolved into a ninja cult criminal organization, prone to serving a demon. Around that time he cut out his eyes. He later formed the Hand's rival group, the Chase, where he trained Daredevil's own master, Stick. He was voted out of the group for his unprofessional behavior.
- All for Nothing: By the end of Shadowland, Izo laments all his schemes ended up going to waste.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Stops a sword bare handed during a fight.
- The Chessmaster: During the end of Brubaker's run, it is revealed that he orchestrated several plans to put Matt Murdock in charge of the Hand. It is strongly implied he was working with Lady Bullseye all along to cause the Kingpin's return (and thus kickstart the chain of events that'd lead to Matt being forced to assume the control of the Hand). He also planted several moles within the Hand.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's as caustically sarcastic as the day is long.
- Defector from Decadence: He defected from the Hand once he saw they became corrupt and cruel. A similar process happened with The Chase, which he left after realizing they were going through a He Who Fights Monsters phase regarding the Hand.
- Drunken Boxing: His style of martial arts is very similar, with his often incorporating blades.
- Drunken Master: Is almost always drunk, but it doesn't slow him down in a fight.
- Eccentric Mentor: Deconstructed along with Mr. Vice Guy badly. Hes a wise old martial artist master but his irreverent gambling, whoring, and drinking habits became so intolerable Stick and the rest of Izos students voted to kick him out of his own group. Instead of being endearing, he comes off as thrill seeking old jerk who just happens to want to fight the bad guys.
- Expy: He appears to essentially be a replacement for Stick in his initial appearances (the trickster old man with deep knowledge of the Hand), though Divergent Character Evolution kicks in and he quickly becomes a much more different character.
- Foil: To Stick. While Stick was an ardent Knight Templar with a very Spartan and ascetic worldview, Master Izo is noticeable for his much more nuanced hedonistic worldview and his fondness for booze and the pleasures of the flesh.
- Handicapped Badass: He may be blind, but he can kick all kinds of ninja butt.
- Hustler: Stick learned it from him.
- Manipulative Bastard: Izo plays everyone like a fiddle in his quest to fight the Hand.
- Master Swordsman: No one is able to beat him in a swordfight.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His gambit to put Matt in charge of the Hand ends up leading to the apocalyptic Shadowland.
- Old Master: He is several centuries old and has learned much in that time. He trained Daredevil's own master, Stick.
- Really 700 Years Old: Was a member of the original Hand from centuries past, and has lived to the modern day.
- Shout-Out: Izo is clearly a reference to the Zatoichi film series, more specifically to Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi (2003): Izo is a blind swordsman with a trickster streak who wields a sword disguised inside a sword cane. He noticeably resembles◊ Takeshi Kitano's portrayal◊ of the character (notice the same cane and haircut).
First Appearance: Daredevil #176 (November, 1981)
Stick is a blind sensei who trained Matt Murdock. Stick has made it his mission to keep the Chaste pure and clean from any evil infection. He forbade another of his prominent students, Elektra Natchios, from remaining in their ranks because of her vengeful personality, in spite of her formidable progress
- Back from the Dead: In the third volume of Contest of Champions, he's resurrected by the Maestro to fight in the Contest.
- Cynical Mentor: Stick may have trained Matt to be a skilled fighter, but he was a very harsh teacher, often being verbally abusive towards Matt and had a sink or swim attitude towards Matt's training.
- Handicapped Badass: Stick may be blind, but he is one of the most skilled martial artists in the Marvel Universe.
- Handy Helper: When Daredevil lost his radar senses for a brief time, Stick taught him to fight without them.
- Healing Hands: Cures Black Widow of the Hand's poison by, from all appearances, just laying his hands on her for a few moments. He explains later that he was curing her by manipulating her ki.
- Hustler: In his spare time, Stick would hustle people at Josie's Bar. He challenges them to games of pool, playing up the fact that he was blind and then completely humiliate them over the course of the game, taking their money in the process.
- Ki Manipulation: His primary power.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Stick posits as to whether or not the chemicals that blinded Daredevil really gave him his powers, or merely opened his mind to abilities he already possessed. Due to Stick having some magical abilities of his own, along with his radar sense, it's left ambiguous.
- Mentor Archetype: Was the man who taught Matt Murdock to be a skilled warrior.
- Old Master: Is quite old, and probably one of the greatest martial artists in the Marvel Universe.
- Soul Power: He has ki manipulation.
- Super Senses: Stick possessed a "Radar" that enabled him to perceive the shapes and locations of objects in his vicinity despite his blindness. The limits of his "radar sense" are unknown, but it was more acute even than Daredevil's "radar sense."
First Appearance: Daredevil #187 (October, 1982)
Stone - Specializes in swords.
- Bald of Awesome: He's bald and a member of the Shaft.
First Appearance: Daredevil #187 (October, 1982)
Shaft Uses a bow and arrow.
First Appearance: Daredevil #187 (October, 1982)
Claw Uses handheld metal blades (similar to Wolverine's adamantium claws) in combat.
First Appearance: Daredevil #188 (November, 1982)
Flame Power of pyrokinesis.
First Appearance: Daredevil #296 (September, 1991)
Star Uses shuriken.
- The Faceless: His face is never seen.
First Appearance: Daredevil: Ninja #1 (December, 2000)
One of the last members of Stone's "The Seven", the order that Daredevils mentor, Stick, once ran.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only known female of the Chaste.
First Appearance: Daredevil #296 (September, 1991)
Wing Power of levitation.
- The Faceless: His face was never seen.
First Appearance: Daredevil #153 (July, 1978)
- "Listen, if you have a story for me, cut the mystery man crap and just tell me straight."
Urich is a chain-smoking, tough-as-nails investigative journalist for the New York newspaper The Daily Bugle. Urich deduced the secret identity of Daredevil and has used him as a source of information and vice versa. To a lesser extent, he has a similar relationship with Spider-Man, whose alter ego Peter Parker was a photographer for the Bugle who occasionally accompanied Urich on assignments. Urich has used these connections to expose supervillains posing as businessmen including Kingpin and Green Goblin.
- Action Survivor: How many times has this guy risked his life?
- Badass Normal: Not for his fighting skills (he doesn't have any) so much as his guts; be you Wilson Fisk or Norman Osborn, even if you put the fear of God into him, sooner or later this man will stand up to and expose you, knowing full well that he is risking his life by doing so.
- Beware the Nice Ones: One time over, Ben did beat a crooked cop to death after the officer tried to assassinate him.
- Cool Uncle: To his sometime superhero nephew Phil (at least, until Phil went Ax-Crazy, did a FaceHeel Turn, and became the newest Hobgoblin).
- Intrepid Reporter: His first story involved him deducing Daredevil's secret identity. The scoop on Kingpin nearly cost him the life. He (with Sally Floyd) has also covered some of major Marvel's events like Civil War and World War Hulk.
- Pals with Jesus: Ben, who is about as normal as you can get, is on a real-identity basis with both Daredevil and Spider-Man.
- Secret Keeper: He knows Matt Murdock is Daredevil. And also knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. Well, he knew both of these things. His knowledge of Matt's identity was wiped from his mind after Secret Wars, and his knowledge of Peter's identity was wiped after One More Day.
Big Ben Donovan
Alter Ego: Benjamin Donovan
First Appearance: Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #14 (October 1973)
See the Luke Cage Allies page for more info.
Alter Ego: Felicia Hardy
Notable Aliases: Felicia Harmon, Felicity Harmon, Leesh, Party Hardy
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1, #194
See the Black Cat page for more info.
Alter Ego: Natalia Alianovna Romanova (Natasha Romanoff)
Notable Aliases: Natalie Rushman, Laura Matthers, Mary Farrell, Natasha Romanoff, Oktober, Yelena Belova
First Apperance: Tales of Suspense #52 (April 1964)
See the Black Widow page for more info.
First Appearance: Daredevil #124 (August 1975)
Blake Tower is a lawyer in New York City and helps Daredevil with information to capture criminals. He was also a runner-up to the position of District Attorney.
Alter Ego: Samuel Chung
Notable Aliases: Ghost Brother, Daredevil
First Appearance: All-New, All-Different Marvel Point One #1 (December 2015)
Samuel Chung was an illegal immigrant from China who invented a suit that allows him to become invisible. Under the guidance of Daredevil, he becomes a vigilante known as Blindspot.
- Defector from Decadence: His mother was The Dragon for a corrupt church leader named Tenfingers. Sam himself spent his days as an enforcer for him, while spending his nights as Blindspot fighting his influence in Chinatown.
- Eye Scream: Muse blinds him by gouging his eyes out.
- Gadgeteer Genius: To an extent. He built his invisibility suit himself, one that runs on D-cell batteries.
- The Illegal: The reason he works using a mask and refuses to give Daredevil his real name.
- Invisibility Cloak: His outfit renders his entire body invisible
- Student and Master Team: He's Daredevil's apprentice
- White Mask of Doom: Heroic example. His invisibility suit includes a white mask. It even includes a setting that leaves only the mask visible for when he wants to talk to someone.
First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents Vol. 2 #1 (November 2007)Detective Brett Mahoney is a member of the New York City Police Department and was stationed at the 27th Precinct. He's the partner of Stacy Dolan.
- Bald of Awesome: He's completely bald and one of New York's finest.
First Appearance: Daredevil Vol. 6 #1
A highly regarded detective, Cole North transferred to the NYPD from the Chicago Police Department. Due to having an extreme distaste for masked vigilantes, he was assigned to investigate a homicide committed by Daredevil. Despite this, Cole began to see Daredevil as a valued ally during his time navigating through a corrupt NYPD.
- Badass Beard: A full beard and he's a very capable detective.
- My Greatest Failure: He was transferred to New York because in Chicago he had shot and killed an unarmed teenager. He is extremely ashamed of this and the fact that the crime was so easily swept under the rug by his department made Cole become obsessed with accountability.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Is on the receiving end of this not just by several other officers for his standoffishness, but Spider-Man for wasting so much time and effort trying to arrest masked vigilantes.
Alter Ego: Colleen Wing
Notable Aliases: Carol Speed, Lady Samurai
First Appearance: Marvel Premiere #19 (November 1974)
See the Colleen Wing page for more info.
First Appearance: Dakota North #1 (June 1986)
Dakota North had a successful career as a fashion model. Despite her fame, she wanted something with more depth, more importance, and become a private investigator and opened her own agency. She has worked as an investigator for a number of heroes, including Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Daredevil.
- Badass Normal: Doesn't have any powers, but still runs in the same circles as Luke Cage and Daredevil.
- Badass Longcoat: Her modern look.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Though technically she is hired as Matt's wife Milla's bodyguard, to keep up appearances she serves as Matt's bodyguard for a time.
- Bodyguard Crush: Her and Matt end up sleeping together.
- Captain Ersatz: During her initial solo book, she was a near copy of Ms. Tree, an indie comic character by Max Collins and Terry Beatty. This would get lampshaded years later by Ms. Tree parodying the original covers for Dakota North's book.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Established herself as her own unique character in later appearances by subsequent writers.
- Fad Super: In her early appearances, where she was part-investigator, part-supermodel, she was trying to cash in on both the Buddy Cop trend and Vogue's popularity.
- Good Bad Girl
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: During her debut series, being a fashion-model-superhero in The '80s, of course she'd wear nothing but this.
- The Mistress: Unintentionally becomes this after she starts sleeping with Matt while he and Milla are going through a rough patch. She considers her actions a betrayal of both Milla and Matt, and has Matt fire her.
- Private Detective: And is quite good at her job. When Jessica Jones is busy or out of commission, she'll always recommend her clients to Dakota.
- Unequal Pairing: During her and Matt's affair, she is working for him. Subverted in that she wants it. Doubly subverted when it dawns on her she's a home wrecker, and she wants out.
- X Meets Y: Her solo series was Beverly Hills Cop meets Vogue Magazine. Alternatively, as a character she can also be seen as one between Patsy Walker and Alias.
Alter Ego: Maya Lopez
Notable Aliases: Ronin
First Appearance: Daredevil Vol 2 #9 (December 1999) note ; The New Avengers #11 (November 2005) note
The daughter of the Kingpin's one-time partner, Maya Lopez was raised as Fisk's daughter following his murder of her father. Although she is deaf, she possesses the ability to memorize actions by sight alone, making her a formidable fighter. She also became part of the New Avengers with the identity of Ronin.
See the Echo (Marvel Comics) page for more info.
Alter Ego: Elektra Natchios
First Appearance: Daredevil #168
See the Elektra page for more info.
First Appearance: Daredevil #205 (April, 1984)
Matt Murdock's girlfriend for a time, before becoming Foggy's girlfriend. She was killed by one of the Kingpin's goons.
- Amateur Photographer
- Back for the Dead: After being absent from the comics for several years, she is brought back for roughly two issues before being killed off.
- Damsel in Distress: Matt had to rescue her on a number of occasions.
- Fiery Redhead: Has red hair.
- Intrepid Reporter: Dabbles in this from time to time, usually resulting in her being put in danger and having to be rescued by Matt.
- Killed Off for Real: She is killed by Victor Krueller. The Kingpin is even indirectly responsible.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Killed off after being absent from the comic just to give Daredevil more reasons to angst.
First Appearance: Daredevil #126 (October, 1975)
A former girlfriend of Matt Murdock. She was a head of the now closed Glenn Industries, before her father committed suicide and she was forced to sign away the company. Suffering from depression, she grew more and more dependent on Matt, and ended up committing suicide after she thought that Matt had ended the relationship.
- The Alcoholic: When she dated Tony Stark, both were heavily involved with alcohol abuse.
- All Take and No Give: Both her and Matt have played both roles at different time. When they first started dating, Matt tried to be the perfect boyfriend, looking past Heather's rudeness towards him and his friends, and tolerated her constant partying. Later, when Heather lost her father, despite very clearly being in an emotionally vulnerable state, Matt strong armed her into living with him and cutting her off form her former socialite friends. Even Foggy and Glorianna called him out on it.
- Broken Bird: Heather was the flighty fun loving former girlfriend of Matt. Subsequently, Matt uncovered a criminal conspiracy involving her father, who was under the control of the Purple Man. Despite the efforts of Murdock's alter ego, Daredevil, who tried to find evidence to exonerate him without exposing his secret identity, Heather's father committed suicide and Heather started to abuse alcohol.
- Destructive Romance: After losing her father and his company in quick succession, she grows overly reliant on Matt for emotional support, an attitude which he unconsciously encourages. When the two of them separate, she doesn't take it well.
- Driven to Suicide: In the end, she committed suicide.
- Really Gets Around: Dated Tony Stark, and cheated on Matt several times.
- Uptown Girl
Alter Ego: Daniel Thomas "Danny" Rand-Kai
Notable Aliases: Daredevil, The Living Weapon, Young Dragon, Daniel Thomas Rand, Daniel Rand-Kai
First Appearance: Marvel Premier #15 (May 1974)
See the Iron Fist page for more info.
Alter Ego: Luke Cage, Born Carl Lucas
Notable Aliases: Power Man
First Appearance: Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #1 (June 1972)
See the Luke Cage page for more info.
First Appearance: Daredevil Vol 2 #41 (March, 2003)
A blind woman who Matt Murdock saved from a speeding truck. They quickly fell in love and were privately married. Believing that she was just a replacement for Karen Page, along with the dangers of being Daredevil's wife, Milla filed for divorce, despite both her and Matt still having feelings for one another.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Milla herself admits that she has a history of going after bad boys and part of her initial attraction to Matt was this.
- Amicable Exes: For a given value of "amicable".
- Disabled Love Interest: Is blind.
- Fourth Date Marriage: One of the many, many reasons it didn't work out.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Defied, in a Tempting Fate sort of way.
- Love Hurts
- Love Martyr: Was driven insane by Mr. Fear.
- Replacement Goldfish: For Karen Page, which is partially why she decides to divorce Matt.
- Revenge by Proxy:
- On the receiving end of this after Matt Murdock was accused of being Daredevil, such as when Bullseye broke into her room and nearly racked his list of "number of Daredevil's girlfriends I've killed" up to 3.
- Mr. Fear decided to use her in his revenge scheme against Matt, driving her slowly insane with his gas. Turns out, he never had a cure.
- Trauma Conga Line: During Brubaker's run, had to deal with Matt being in prison, then him being a fugitive, then his fling from his time as a fugitive who has the scent of Karen Page comes back into their lives, then Mr. Fear causes her to kill someone, then she's kept on drugs in a barely aware state, and is eventually driven insane because what Mr. Fear used on her never had a cure, even though Matt promised he'd get her better.
Alter Ego: Mercedes "Misty" Knight
Notable Aliases: Maya Corday, Control
First Appearance: Marvel Premiere #21 (March 1975)
See the Misty Knight page for more info.
Alter Ego: Marc Spector
Notable Aliases: Steven Grant, Jake Lockley, Fist of Khonshu, Mr. Knight
First Appearance: Werewolf by Night #32 (August 1975)
See the Moon Knight page for more info.
First Appearance: Daredevil #285 (October, 1990)
Nyla Skin is a homeless girl who befriended Matt Murdock.
- Ambiguously Bi: The ending of Serpent's Crown implies she swings both ways based on the way she interacts with a couple of casino hostesses.
- The Bus Came Back: After not being seen in over 20 years, she returns as Conan the Barbarian's partner during the Serpent's Crown.
- Handicapped Badass: Because she listened too much Rock 'n' Roll, Nyla's hearing ability was significantly decreased. She remains a very capable thief.
- Odd Friendship: With Conan the Barbarian.
Alter Ego: Frank G. Castle (born Francis Castiglione)
Notable Aliases: Mr. Smith, Charles Fort, Frank Rook, Johnny Tower, Franken-Castle, War Machine
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #129
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Alter Ego: Peter Benjamin Parker
Notable Aliases: Bombastic Bag-Man, Ricochet, Dusk, Prodigy, Hornet, Ben Reilly, Scarlet Spider, Captain Universe, Liar
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (Aug. 1962)
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Alter Ego: Angela del Toro
First Appearance: Daredevil Vol. 2, #58
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