Spoilers for all works set prior to end of Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.
New York City Council
- See the Stokes-Dillard Gang Ring page
Councilman Damon Boone
Portrayed By: Clark Jackson
Appearances: Luke Cage
- "You can't stay on top forever, Mariah. You're gonna fall. And I'll enjoy every second when you do."
A city councilman from Harlem and a political rival of Mariah Dillard.
- Category Traitor: Mariah considers him as such because of his Stanford education and the fact that he's not a Harlem native. She keeps referring to him as "carpetbagger".
- Corrupt Politician: Inverted. He has nothing but contempt for Mariah Dillard and her family's connection to organized crime.
- Just Between You and Me: Diamondback tells his whole backstory directly to Boone, as well his true relationship with Luke. Damon realizes this and asks why he is doing this, and then Diamondback kills him with one hit.
- Megaton Punch: Diamondback kills him with his armored glove with such strength his entire chest gets caved in, both to incriminate Luke as well as cover up his own role in the hostage crisis.
- The Rival: Even though they're from the same party, Boone and Mariah are political enemies and can't stand each other.
New York County District Attorney's Office
Manhattan District Attorney Samantha Reyes
Portrayed By: Michelle Hurd
Appearances: Jessica Jones | Daredevil
The District Attorney for Manhattan.
- Amoral Attorney: In contrast with Matt and Foggy, Reyes is ready to go through anything, including illegal measures, to get by. Matt says she wouldn't even buy a pack of gum if it didn't further her career.
- Ascended Extra: Has one scene in the last episode of Jessica Jones (season one) but is a supporting character in the second season of Daredevil.
- Asshole Victim: She's been nothing but a lying, manipulative careerist who pulled way too many strings to get what she wanted, threatened to tear down Nelson & Murdock, and initiated multiple scandals in the course of boosting her own career, the worst of which being getting Frank Castle's family killed after neglecting to clear out the park during the sting operation. After admitting her involvement in that, she gets riddled with bullets in her own office, and no one mourns at all.
- Big Bad Wannabe: She is an Amoral Attorney in position of power who wishes to promote a struggle against vigilantes like Daredevil, the Punisher or Jessica Jones, making it seem like she will be a major player in the show, and the 2017 mayoral cycle. However, in the end, she is completely overshadowed by other, bigger villains, and ends up gunned down by the Blacksmith's assassins before she can fully accomplish her ambitions.
- Break the Haughty: After Frank's escape from prison, Reyes is understandably terrified out of her wits.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: As Matt puts it, Reyes "wouldn't buy a pack of a gum if it didn't further her career" when Karen fills him in on Grotto's plea deal. Karen and Foggy are furious when they realize that Reyes tricked them into letting the NYPD use Grotto as bait for the Punisher rather than rat out a fellow dealer, especially as she acts all smug to them. Karen goes on the Internet, and does some basic digging, then goes straight to Blake Tower.Karen Page: Your boss said she could take down a firm like ours pretty quickly?Blake Tower: She wasn't lying.Karen Page: Huh. So....she could also take down someone like you? [takes some file folders out of her purse] ADA Elliott James. Took the fall after Reyes mishandled informants in the, uh, Teller case about a year ago. [passes another folder] Nicole Kent. Got booted from your office after she failed to quiet the Ensent scandal. [passes another folder] And Chris Davidson. Did you meet him? [beat] Fired after the State Supreme Court disqualified her entire office from the Pell case due to "widespread misconduct". Widespread! But not everyone got fired. See, Reyes walked out in one piece. She's good at throwing people to the wolves. So sure. She can take down Nelson & Murdock this month. But how long before you are getting pulled into the shit with the rest of us?
- Dark Secret: She admits that the Central Park massacre that took Frank Castle's family was in fact a sting operation that went awry. An operation that she let happen, despite the presence of civilians. Since then, she's been trying to have Frank killed so that the truth would die with him, and playing into Rawlins' and Russo's hands.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She appeared in the season finale for Jessica Jones before her proper introduction in season 2 of Daredevil.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her one redeeming quality seems to be that she genuinely cares about her family. When Castle escapes jail, one of her last actions before being killed is to have her daughter moved outside New York to protect her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Having standards is just downright pushing it. Though despite being genuinely obnoxious and more concerned with her career, she does genuinely regret that Frank's family died in the crossfire of her sting. Subverted in that she only regrets it once what she did results in her losing total control of the situation.
- First-Name Basis: Reyes and Jeri Hogarth are implied to have some history, given that they refer to one another by their first names. However, Marci hints in "Kinbaku" that Jeri and Reyes have had a falling out in the aftermath of Kilgrave's death, given Reyes' anti-vigilante platform and efforts at persecuting Jessica.
- Foreshadowing: Karen discusses with Tower that Reyes has a long track record of throwing her co-workers under the bus whenever she mishandles a case and pins the blame on her own employees while walking away scot-free. Even when her scheme to have Grotto killed to get to the Punisher not only fails, she goes against the Grotto deal to put him in witness protection. Not very surprising that she gets so many people killed at Central Park along with Castle's family when she botches the entire sting operation on the Blacksmith case and tries to have Frank killed to cover her own mistake.
- Gone Horribly Right: From a certain point of view, her sting operation did eventually (and indirectly) lead to the downfall of the Blacksmith. Just not remotely in the way she would have wanted and at cost of her own life. To wit: the disastrous operation caused the death of Frank Castle's family, pushing him to become the Punisher and hunt down all those responsible for their deaths. For added irony, while Reyes is murdered by the Blacksmith to silence her, Castle ends up unwittingly avenging her death by killing the Blacksmith at the end, and then dismantles the other plotters in Operation Cerberus.
- Hate Sink: Smug, vindictive, frequently abusing her power, ready to do anything (including endangering other people's lives) to preserve her career, and trying to create a mayoral campaign platform for 2017 by promoting a struggle against vigilantes (including people like Daredevil and Jessica Jones), she comes out as designed to be as unlikable as possible.
- Ivy League for Everyone: She wears a Fordham Law (one of the "Catholic Ivies") sweatshirt in her death scene, implying she graduated from there.
- Karmic Death: What goes around comes around. Even if she managed to get Frank killed or sent to prison, it wouldn't really matter for her anyways because she's the only loose end left for Operation Cerberus to tie up, since Schoonover and Rawlins knew about the sting operation Reyes began before everything became a slaughterhouse, though she tries to cover her tracks by falsifying the evidence. Tower mentions that the trail just keeps on getting bigger and wider, which lead to him slipping the files to Karen since he really doesn't want to be dragged down along with Reyes considering that she has a habit of throwing her own employees to the wolves. See Laser-Guided Karma right down below.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She indirectly was responsible for the death of Frank's family because of her carelessness, and spends most of the season trying to get Frank executed, or at least sentenced to life in prison, just to cover up her own mistake. In the end, all of her actions just allow Schoonover and Rawlins (the very drug lord she was trying to catch by putting the Castle family at risk) to have her gunned down by killers, while putting the blame on Frank after he escaped from jail.
- Somewhat subverted when it's revealed that Schoonover and Rawlins set up the sting to kill Frank and make it look like collateral damage in a sting gone bad. Even so, her being threatened by someone completely beyond her ability to control or threaten was long overdue karma.
- Jerkass: Hoo, boy. Reyes is a smug, self-satisfied and politically-motivated corrupt hell-beast. She is very easy to dislike and even her own subordinate Blake Tower doesn't have any flattering things to say about her.
- Mama Bear: After finding a copy of Frank Castle's skull x-ray in her daugher's backpack, an indication that he's coming for her, she sends the daughter to a safe location "surrounded by men with guns" to keep her safe.
- OOC Is Serious Business: She's usually seen wearing a power suit and a smug, self-satisfied bitchy smirk. She's wearing a Fordham Law hoodie and jeans in her last appearance, as well as being scared out of her life.
- Properly Paranoid: Played with. As soon as she learns that Frank has escaped, she barricades herself in her office, believing that he's going to come after her. Though she does get gunned down, it's not Frank that pulls the trigger.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: Technically, she does succeed at getting Castle sent to jail and covering up the Dark Secret threatening her career... however, Castle escapes barely a few days later, and she is gunned down soon after, making the salvation of her job pointless.
- Redemption Equals Death: Reyes is killed by the Blacksmith assassins when she confesses she was partly responsible for the deaths of Frank Castle's family in a undercover operation gone wrong. Though it's not all that redemptive, since she's not really remorseful about her crimes, just afraid of their consequences.
- Revealing Cover-Up: By episode 10 of the second season, we learn that she orchestrated a cover up of the fact that the shoot out at the carousel where the Castle family was murdered was instigated by police in a sting operation. It's a classic political fiasco, in that it was terrible politically, but not a crime... until she instigated the coverup. And then the coverup for the coverup. And then... etc.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: To an absurd degree. She can eliminate files held not just at her own office, but at the courts and the US Attorney's office. She can get a high-profile case with more than a hundred felony charges pushed up in the crowded courts to a week after the filing of the charges (rather than the months or years that should have been needed). She can even somehow get the poor and indigent clients crowding Nelson & Murdock to stay away. It's like she's a mutant whose superpower is manipulating the system.
District Attorney Blake Tower
Portrayed By: Stephen Rider
Reyes' assistant district attorney, who later steps up to become District Attorney following her death.
- Ascended Extra: He has a larger part in season 3 when Foggy is encouraged by Marci to run against him in a special election, although he only appears in the same number of episodes as he did in season 2.
- Advertised Extra: Stephen Rider is in the opening credits for every episode that Tower is in, but Tower himself doesn't do much other than share scenes with Reyes and act as a Friend on the Force for Nelson & Murdock. He leaves town after Reyes's death and has a much smaller role than Royce Johnson's Brett Mahoney, even though Brett has never been in the opening credits. Blake does, however, come back during Luke Cage during Diamondback's hostage situation. He has a somewhat bigger role in season 3, although his episode count stays the same.
- Friend on the Force: The lawyer equivalent, he acts as an insider at the District Attorney's for Karen, Foggy and Matt, albeit more reluctantly than most examples.
- Good Is Not Nice:Even though he agreed to help Foggy and Matt to help bring down Fisk, he is never gonna go easy on Nadeem no matter how hard Matt and Foggy push for his immunity. The best he can do is offer him a five-year sentence where Ray accepts the deal and go through with it. Justified, given how Nadeem is solely and unwittingly responsible for Fisk being out of prison in the first place and has proven to be an accessory to multiple murders. Earlier, Tower even bluntly tries warning Nadeem that cutting a deal with Fisk isn't going to end well, but Nadeem's pride keeps him from listening to Tower's advice.
- Hypocrite: Tower's attitude towards Nadeem's predicament gets hypocritical when you consider that he stood idly by and let Reyes repeatedly abuse the office of District Attorney for her own gain without ever bothering to take her to the Bar Association. Meaning that Matt's defense for Nadeem's complacency in Fisk's activities is just as applicable against Tower for his own complacency in Reyes' activities. Tower's cowardice is his most defining character trait, after all. Matt knows full well that Tower was in the same position as Nadeem and made the opposite choice, and he even tries to call Tower out on it without revealing it to Nadeem:Matt Murdock: He didn't say a damn thing because he was afraid for his family! Fisk tried to kill them all last night, and Agent Nadeem is here telling you everything. Can you say you'd do the same thing, Mr. Tower?
- Jerk Ass Has A Point: Not really a Jerkass per se. But in spite of Matt and Foggy's lawyering skills, truth be told Tower does have a point that people cannot walk away from murder after Nadeem confesses to be an accessory in numerous of homicides, especially when it's a Class-A felony. Full-immunity only works if it is a corruption or larceny case,note but looking the other way when Nadeem was an accomplice to Fisk's crimes, drove Dex to the church where Dex killed Father Lantom, and kept quiet about it. The best thing Tower can do is offer him a five year sentence which Nadeem goes through with the deal and accepts it even if it meant sacrificing his freedom for his family safety.
- Only Sane Man: Literally in one of the moment when the FBI are discussing the terms and release of Wilson Fisk with Tower and the Police Commissioner by having him put on house arrest and getting him back on the street if he continues on giving valuable information of other criminal organizations. Tower and the police commissioner grudgingly agree with Nadeem and Hattley unwillingly, much as an annoyance to Tower who knows it's one of the most foolish idea for Nadeem or anyone in the FBI to even broker such a deal to Wilson Fisk and believe it would do a lot more good; knowing full well what Fisk is truly capable of when he's let out of his cage.
- Race Lift: He's white in the comics, but played by African-American Stephen Rider here.
- Rank Up: He becomes District Attorney after Reyes dies.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He spends most of Diamondback's hostage situation warning about the consequences of Judas bullets getting out to the street, saying that if Frank Castle was capable of wiping dozens of people with regular bullets, exploding bullets would just make things worse. After a heated moment with Foggy in Season 3, he decides to hear him out on what he has to say when it comes to taking down Fisk and listen to what Nadeem has to testify about. After Fisk is put away again, he also happily agrees to Foggy's request to make sure that no charges of any kind get filed against Foggy's brother and parents for the book-cooking that Fisk tricked them into committing.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Blake leaves town briefly after Reyes's death. But Luke Cage suggests he was only out for a week or so tops, returning right before Diamondback's hostage situation.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Subverted, even though when Fisk is out on the street and being called out by Foggy just for doing nothing and only concerned about gathering voters and being re-elected. Tower fires back at Foggy that the feds have Fisk under their thumb, and nothing much his office can do about it. He does admit that it's a ridiculous idea for Nadeem to make a deal or give Fisk preferential treatment, which given what Fisk ultimately does, is a pretty reasonable opinion.
- See the New York City Police Department page
New York City Fire Department
Portrayed By: Clayton English
A firefighter and a member of the New York City Live Action Role Players who stole the Ronin suit from Kate Bishop's apartment.
- Adaptational Curves: Grills in the comics is fat while MCU Grills is lanky.
- Age Lift: In the Fraction comics, Grills is middle aged, while here he appears to be in his 20's.
- Ascended Extra: In the comics, he was Clint's chummy neighbor who never got involved with his superhero business (until he was murdered by the Clown, that is). In the show, he actively supports Clint and Kate in their fight against the Tracksuit Mafia, and even joins them during the final mission.
- Ascended Fanboy: He got to meet an actual Avenger, beat him in a fight and (pretend to) kill him. As far as he's concerned, it was the best day of his life. Later, he and a few of his friends actually help the Hawkeyes on a mission during the finale, where they use their LARPing skills to help evacuate civilians and knock out a few Tracksuit Mafia. When they are seen speaking to the police at the scene afterwards they explain that they are with Hawkeye, which means they are "basically Avengers".
- Black and Nerdy: A black firefighter who enjoys LARPing, geeks out over a cool ninja costume he found (read:stole), and is ecstatic to meet a real-life Avenger.
- Canon Character All Along: His name, or at least nickname, is only revealed when he and Clint bid farewell to each other. Although eagle-eared viewers can hear him say his nickname earlier in the scene where Clint sees he has the Ronin suit.
- Composite Character: He's a combination of two of Clint's neighbors from the comics; he has the same name and role as Grills, but is an African-American man like Deke.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He remarks that LARPing is the closest he'll ever come to being a real superhero like Clint and asks to kill him in a roleplay.
- Nice Guy: When Clint demands him to return the Ronin suit, Grills only asks for a small favor in exchange. Later episodes have him aiding Clint and Kate in their quest, even helping them to watch over Lucky.
- Race Lift: Grills is a black man here, while he was a white man in the Fraction comics.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the Fraction series, Grills was infamously killed by Kazi halfway through the story. Not only does Grills survive in the show, he actually gets to assist the Hawkeyes even during the final battle.
New York City Department of Correction
Northeastern Correctional Facility
Portrayed By: Brian Hutchison
Appearances: Jessica Jones
- "But one word from me, and visitation with that daughter of yours, it's over. Forever. So you gonna eat your protein or not?"
A sadistic corrections officer at the Northeastern Correctional Facility, assigned to guard Alisa Jones.
- Accidental Murder: Jessica accidentally kills him in self-defense with his own baton.
- Asshole Victim: He's an abusive murderer who enjoys torturing his victims. He doesn't treat his fellow guards well, either. None of them even try pretending to be sad when they learn of his death. It's also implied that the police aren't treating his investigation too seriously either.
- Canon Foreigner: There's no Dale Holiday in the comics.
- The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: After accidentally killing him, Jessica covers up her presence at the scene by staging his death to look like a suicide. This involves wiping all traces of herself from the apartment, typing a "suicide note" on his computer, and throwing his body off the roof.
- Creepy Souvenir: He keeps a piece of the prison uniform (specifically the part with the number on it) of the people he's killed.
- Hated by All: He evidently didn't treat his co-workers much nicer than he treated the inmates, since none of the other prison guards even pretend to feel sad over his death.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: He only ever addresses Alisa by her inmate number, to dehumanize her, as he later plans to kill her."You're gonna learn my rules, 46592."
- Kick the Dog: After Alisa defends herself against him, he has her strapped in superpower-proof restraints, tortures her with electric shocks and destroys several of her personal items, including a picture of her and Jessica.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He brutally murdered his prisoners and made all their deaths look like suicide. His fate is exactly the same as his victims after Jessica killed him out of self defense.
- Playing the Victim Card: As Holiday beats Jessica, he says he'll tell everyone she broke into her house to kill him.
- Serial Killer: He's killed four inmates in other prisons and staged their deaths to look like suicide. Then he collects their inmate numbers for trophies.
- Torture Technician: He really likes the shock torture on Alisa.
- Wardens Are Evil: He's in charge of guarding Jessica's mother and is a horribly sadistic piece of work. Later it turns out he has murdered several other inmates and kept their numbers as trophies!
- You Are Number 6: Alisa is nothing more than #46592 to him.
Portrayed By: Jennifer Fouché
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Holiday's replacement after his death.
- Replacement Goldfish: After Holiday's death, she takes his place in watching over Alisa Jones.
Portrayed By: Steve Sanpietro
The Warden at Rikers Island Correctional Facility at the time of Wilson Fisk's incarceration.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's not clear how involved he's with Fisk or the reasons for turning a blind eye to Jasper Evans' release. After Nadeem reveals to Riggle he has evidence of Fisk's arranging Jasper Evans' shanking on him and his release, Riggle simply lawyers up.
- Dirty Cop: He's corrupt, though whether he's in Fisk's or anyone else's pockets is unclear.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His whereabouts after calling for a lawyer are unknown, meaning he may have cut a deal or had been quietly disposed of.
Portrayed By: Steve Sanpietro
A corrupt corrections officer at Rikers Island Correctional Facility on Fisk's payroll.
New York State Division of Parole
Elizabeth "Betsy" Beatty
Portrayed By: Karina Casiano
Melvin Potter's parole officer and secret girlfriend.
- Adaptational Job Change: In the comics, she's a therapist and social worker.
- Alliterative Name: Two Bs
- Forbidden Love: As a parole officer she risks her career by being involved with Melvin.
- I Have Your Wife: While she's not being held captive, the threat of her death is how Fisk keeps Melvin in line.
- Love Interest: To Melvin Potter.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After Melvin is arrested by the FBI, she chews out Matt for not sticking up for Melvin and accuses him of using him the same way Fisk did.
New York State Department of Health
Birch Psychiatric Hospital
Dr. Paul Edmonds
Portrayed By: Murray Bartlett
Appearances: Iron Fist
A psychiatrist working at Birch Psychiatric Hospital.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Subverted. He's aware of the existence of superpowers, aliens and the like. Yet, ever since the Incident there's also more mental patients claiming to possess superhuman abilities. This is why he doesn't believe Danny when he talks of having spent the last 15 years in Another Dimension being trained by warrior monks.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Once he confirms Danny is who he's claiming and not delusional, Edmonds says he'll release him. However, Danny makes him think he's got other delusions talking about being in Kun'Lun, which he says is a part of Heaven.
Portrayed By: James Hindman
Appearances: Iron Fist
A patient at Birch Psychiatric Hospital.
- Mr. Exposition: Gives Danny the lay of the land.
Portrayed By: Michael Maize
Appearances: Iron Fist
A patient at Birch.
Portrayed By: Daniel Everidge
Appearances: Jessica Jones
A former janitor at IGH.
Portrayed By: Suzanne H Smart
Appearances: Daredevil | Jessica Jones | Iron Fist
An administrator at Metro-General Hospital
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Played with. She sympathizes with Ben Urich's pushes to get Doris hands-on care, but points out all the bureaucratic red tape that has to be cut through.
- Thicker Than Water: When Claire and Colleen show up at the hospital with a crippled Radovan, Shirley has Radovan fast-tracked for surgery in spite of the less-than-amicable circumstances of Claire's departure from Metro-General.
Portrayed By: Marilyn Torres
An nurse at Metro-General Hospital and a friend of Claire Temple
Dr. Christine Palmer
Portrayed By: Rachel McAdams
Voiced By: Edurne Keel (Latin-American Spanish dub), Isabel Valls (European Spanish dub), Élisabeth Ventura (French dub), Geneviève Désilets (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Doctor Strange | Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
A fellow surgeon (and ex-girlfriend) to Stephen Strange who tethers him to his old life, even after he turns to mysticism.
- Amicable Exes: She's Stephen Strange's ex and they still maintain an amicable friendship. She even does her best to help him adjust to his life-altering injury, but a bitter Stephen rejects her help and insults her, something he comes to deeply regret. After some time in Kamar-Taj, he apologizes and they manage to resume their friendship, though Christine makes it clear that their romance won't resume. Strange reasserts that they're amicable exes when he attends her wedding in Multiverse of Madness.
- Anywhere but Their Lips: When Stephen attempts to kiss her on the lips, she pointedly avoids it and kisses him on the cheek, instead, before he decides to leave for good.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Extremely guilty, as her first reaction to Strange explaining what he's been up to in his absence has her jump to "cultist" despite coming after Strange was explaining to her via an Astral Projection that he's dying and what she needs to do to save him being the last thing they were doing together, along with some poltergeist-like happenings in the spirit realm between Strange and one of Kaecilius's zealots. Luckily, she gets over it rather quickly and the next time they see each other (which is maybe an hour later when Strange rushes the dying Ancient One into her operating room) she elevates to Seen It All when passing by the Cloak of Levitation idly floating nearby and only pays it the briefest of minds.
- Composite Character: It was another of the Night Nurses, Linda Carter, who had a relationship with Strange.
- She may have also taken the role of Dr. Gina Atwater, who was Steven's love interest in the 2007 animated movie.
- Decomposite Character: She's one of the Night Nurses in the comics, but that role has more or less gone to Claire Temple in the MCU. Here, she's simply a surgeon.
- Demoted to Extra: In Multiverse of Madness she only appears briefly when Strange attends her wedding, with her variant from Earth-838 playing a bigger role in the story.
- Fantastically Indifferent: While she's a little startled when Strange teleports into the hospital after having been stabbed and uses his astral form to talk her through removing the blood that's compressing his heart, and is clearly shaken when Strange's astral form gets in a ghost battle with one of Kaecilius's goons, she quickly gets over that. When she spots the Cloak of Levitation floating behind Strange a short while later, she doesn't even blink; her expression says she's 100% done with being shocked by anything connected to this man.
- Hospital Hottie: You're gonna get this when Rachel McAdams is playing a doctor.
- Last Kiss: At the end of Doctor Strange, she kisses him on the cheek after Strange decides to leave for good.
- One Steve Limit: The MCU's second Christine, after Christine Everhart.
- The One That Got Away: She and Strange used to date, but broke up, though it's heavily implied that Strange stills holds a torch for her, keeping a watch she'd gifted him even after it breaks and being left with tears in his eyes after Christine declines to rekindle their romance. She marries another man in Multiverse of Madness and Strange attends her wedding, telling her he only wants her to be happy.
- Satellite Love Interest: Only really exists story-wise in relation to Stephen.
- Wedding Episode: She marries another man at the beginning of Multiverse of Madness and Strange attends the wedding.
Dr. Nicodemus West
Portrayed By: Michael Stuhlbarg
Appearances: Doctor Strange | Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
A surgeon who had a rivalry with Dr. Stephen Strange.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He has blond hair in the comics, but brown hair in the movie.
- Adaptational Heroism: He was a villain in the comics he appeared in, but here, he is just another well-intentioned doctor.
- Adaptational Wimp: The comics' version of West was another student of the Ancient One who also could hold his own in a fight. He's a normal civilian in the film.
- Armor-Piercing Question: In the sequel, he demands to know if there was any other way to stop Thanos than what happened with the Blip. Strange, still deeply shaken by his orchestration of Thanoss demise, is slow to respond in the positive.
- Beard of Sorrow: In Multiverse of Madness, he has a noticeable stubble and longer hair in contrast to having short hair and being clean-shaven in the first film. This is to reflect how bitter and depressed he's become after getting dusted out of existence and losing his brother and cats in the five years he was gone.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Implied, as hes still extremely bitter about having lost his brother and cats while he was snapped out of existence.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Even though we know Strange made the right call given the astronomical odds against the heroes during their war with Thanos, West still subtly points out how cold it was that victory came at the cost of five years of the Blip and untold numbers of people who still perished or suffered during that time. And though he doesnt know it, we know that victory also came at the cost of Tony Starks life.
- Kick the Dog: When Strange insists that things in the war with Thanos unfolded how they had to, West rubs it in that despite him saving the world, he still Did Not Get the Girl. He also blames him for the deaths of his cats and brother. The former couldve been because they starved to death without him to care for them, but the latters circumstances of death are not elaborated. Neither of which are Stranges fault.
- No Body Left Behind. He was a victim of the Snap.
- The Resenter: To Stephen Strange. While Nic had to deal with losing his brother and cats after getting blipped back to existence, Stephen became a renowned surgeon and superhero when he was blipped back, which he bitterly remarks.
- The Rival: So much so that Strange believes West is also the Romantic False Lead, which Christine says otherwise. The sequel shows both of them attending Christines wedding, reaffirming he never was on the table romantically for her.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: By the sequel hes much more spiteful towards Strange, holding him responsible for the death of his brother and cats during the Blip.
- You Killed My Father: He blames Strange for the deaths of his brother and cats.
Portrayed By: Ben Kahre
Appearances: Jessica Jones
A former ambulance driver at Metro-General Hospital.
- A Fate Worse Than Death: Kilgrave makes him give up both his kidneys. He's only alive thanks to a dialysis machine procured for him by Dr. Kurata but still suffered a stroke that has left him unable to speak and barely able to move his hands.
- And I Must Scream: Not only must he live permanently hooked to a dialysis machine, the stroke he suffered has left him unable to speak and barely able to move.
- Death Seeker: He really wants to die, asking Jessica to kill him when she shows up asking about Kilgrave.
- Mind Rape: Kilgrave made him donate both of his kidneys.
Portrayed By: Thom Sesma
Appearances: Jessica Jones
A former transplant surgeon at Metro-General Hospital.
- Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: After Kilgrave made him do the kidney transplants, he spiraled downhill, and went from being one of the best transplant surgeons in the Tri-State Area to dissecting frogs with undergrad college students.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once he sees Jessica enter his classroom, he books it out of there before Jessica can give chase. He's also so afraid of Kilgrave finding him that upon giving Jessica information about the surgery Kilgrave made him perform, he immediately flees to India, where Kilgrave will be unable to find him.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only has one scene, but he gives Jessica the idea of using surgical anesthesia to knock out Kilgrave's powers.
Dr. Krista Dumont
Portrayed By: Floriana Lima
Appearances: The Punisher
A therapist at Metro-General assigned to treat the amnesiac Billy Russo.
- Abusive Parents: They cause some long-lasting trauma.
- Ax-Crazy: Slips into this by the end of Season 2.
- Canon Foreigner: She has no counterpart in the mainstream Marvel comics.
- Designated Girl Fight: With Madani at the end of Season 2.
- Destination Defenestration: Courtesy of her father and later Madani.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: In a very dark version of this trope.
- Freudian Excuse: Her earlier childhood traumas deeply harm her mental state, although they're hardly a true excuse.
- Insane Troll Logic: If you're not her or Billy Russo, you're in the wrong. Why? Because reasons.
- Lady Macbeth: Disturbingly encourages Russo in his ruthless behavior.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Inverted, she's already insane, but it's her feelings for Billy that cause her to eventually shed the Mask of Sanity.
- Made of Iron: Survives a long fall, twice.
- Mask of Sanity: Beneath her professional, empathetic persona, lies a traumatized woman whose early experiences have left her devoid of actual empathy except for those she regards as a kindred spirit.
- Not Quite Dead: She survives being thrown off a window by Madani.
- Offing the Offspring: Her father is a traumatized Vietnam veteran, who tried to kill her as part of his suicide in order to punish Krista's mother for trying to divorce him.
- Psycho Psychologist: Gradually revealed to be this.
- Sanity Slippage: She undergoes it throughout season 2 as she falls deeper for Russo.
- Self-Harm: Has prominent self-harm scars on her forearms.
- The Sociopath: Let's just say she's well matched with Billy Russo. Krista has no empathy for the women murdered by Russo to trick Frank Castle into believing he's murdered them, dismissing them simply because she didn't know them.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Billy.
- Walking Spoiler: All these tropes listed spoil her actions throughout season 2.
Dr. Christine Palmer
Voiced By: Rachel McAdams
Appearances: What If...?
The Christine Palmer of Earth-91223, whose death in a car accident drove her colleague and would-be lover Stephen Strange to study the mystic arts to find a way to bring her back.
- Alternate Self: To the Christine Palmer of the Sacred Timeline, coming from a universe where she properly hooks up with Stephen Strange, only to tragically die no matter what the former does to stop it.
- Dead Alternate Counterpart: In one timeline, she was present with Strange during the fateful car accident. Unlike her spouse, she wasn't so lucky and died.
- Everyone Has Standards: When Strange Supreme finally rescues her from her death, she's absolutely horrified to see what he's become, and her last words are of her asking what he did.
- The Lost Lenore: Her entire purpose in her reality is to be this. According to the Ancient One, she has to die in order to motivate Strange to become a hero which means that no matter how hard he tries he can't prevent her death.
- Morality Pet: In one timeline examined in What If...?, Christine's death in the car accident that stripped Stephen of the use of his hands in the Sacred Timeline sends Strange down a dark path trying to prevent her death, which unfortunately results in The End of the World as We Know It.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Christine dying in a car crash led Strange to go down a dark path that resulted in the destruction of his universe.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Despite Strange Supreme devoting centuries of his life to get enough power to bring Christine back to life, she still dies at the end of her episode, due to Strange's actions causing a Reality-Breaking Paradox that results in the rest of the world destroying itself and the people who live in it.
- Starcrossed Lovers: Unlike her other variants, this Christine Palmer managed make her romantic relationship with Stephen Strange work out. But it also means that she is doomed to die so Strange would have the motive to become the Sorcerer Supreme. And no matter what Strange does, he cannot prevent her death. Strange's obsession to save Christine ends up destroying the entire universe, and it's all for nothing because revived-Christine gets erased from existence when the universe collapsed, leaving Strange Supreme alone forever.
- You Can't Fight Fate: No matter what Strange tries, the timeline will inherently correct itself and find a way to kill her, since her death is so important to his own heroics that it's an unbreakable Absolute Point.
Dr. Nicodemus West
Voiced By: N/A
Appearances: What If...?
The Nicodemus West of Earth-91223, who shows up at Christine's funeral.
- See the The Illuminati
Portrayed By: Donté Grey
Appearances: Iron Fist
A pupil of Colleen Wing.
Father Paul Lantom
Portrayed By: Peter Mc Robbie
Appearances: Daredevil | The Defenders
- "Few things are absolute, Matthew. Even Lucifer was once an angel. It's why justice and vengeance are best left to God."
Matt's priest, who Matt comes to in times of personal and spiritual crisis.
- Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-96283 as an unnamed Oscorp representative.
- Belief Makes You Stupid: Inverted. When Father Lantom was in seminary, he was among the more skeptical candidates, and questioned the existence of Satan. His doubts were dispelled during his time in Rwanda during the 1994 genocides, when he witnessed a particularly horrific murder.
- Confess in Confidence: He's Matt's first and best outlet for his mixed feelings over his vigilantism, and takes the confessional seal very, very seriously.
- Confessional: The first shot of the series is of Matt and Father Lantom in the confessional, with Matt attempting to rationalize the vigilante quest he's about to embark upon.
- Cool Old Guy: He's very understanding of Matt's actions, if not entirely accepting, and constantly challenges Matt to question his assumptions, which ends up making him a better Daredevil. He's also something of a father surrogate, representing the moral, Catholic side of Jack Murdock.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Dex impales him with a blunt baton thrown with enough force to break through his rib cage.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments, though they're uncommon. For instance, when presiding over Ben's funeral:Father Lantom: How are you holding up?
Matt Murdock: Like a good Catholic boy.
Father Lantom: That bad, huh?
- Demoted to Extra: In Season 1, he's a supporting character. In Season 2, he only appears for Grotto's funeral. In season 3, he gets a lot more scenes focusing on his past with Matt, only to be killed by Dex while shielding Karen.
- Determinator: He will get that cup of coffee with Matt. That is, he knew Matt was planning on doing something dangerous, and he was determined to guide him through it.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He gets impaled by one of Dex's batons trying to stop Dex from killing Karen.
- Give Me a Sign: Unintentionally, but when he worked in Rwanda around the time of the genocide in 1994, he knew a very respected local elder, whom no one would harm. Eventually, the commander of the Hutu militia met with the elder, and they talked for hours. Then the commander hacked the elder and his family to death in front of the whole village, which Lantom witnessed. He took this as a sign from God that his doubts about the existence and nature of Satan (and, therefore, ultimate evil) were wrong, and that he saw the face of evil in that commander.
- God Is Flawed: Father Lantom is fairly critical of some of God's actions, especially allowing for the existence of evil, which he concludes must have been part of God's plan (since God is omnipotent). He decides that God's reason for allowing evil to exist is to terrify humanity into following "the Path of the Righteous" i.e. become better people. Lantom isn't happy about this, but realizes that God is equally responsible for the good as the bad.
- God Is Good: Lantom believes that God is a fan of Tough Love. Everyone is created for a purpose, a reason for being, and He provides guidance to those seeking it. This purpose may be difficult (just ask the martyrs who died "bloody and alone") and the guidance might be graphic but it's there.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: He once doubted true evil to exist, that there couldn't be people that dark and dangerous. Then he saw the brutal murder of a good man by a very evil person.
- Good Shepherd: Invites many of his parishioners in for a talk over coffee, including blind vigilantes. He also agrees to shelter Karen in the church after she makes herself a target of Fisk's, which gets him killed when Dex tracks her down.
- Morality Chain: Helps convince Matt of his better nature, and prevent him from crossing the line into killing.
- Named by the Adaptation: He was only known as Lantom in the comics, but is given the first name Paul in the MCU.
- Secret-Keeper: It's mostly because of the seal of confession, but he's one of the few that know of Matt's vigilantism. He and Maggie also keep Matt's living status quiet while he's recovering from Midland Circle. Finally it turns out that he is one of the few people in the world who knows that Maggie is actually Matt's mother but kept that information to himself in the hopes she would reach out to her son herself.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: He easily figured out that Matt was "the Devil of Hell's Kitchen" from their confessionals, but didn't say anything until Matt was about to reveal the secret.
- Taking the Bullet: He is killed by Dex, who threw his baton at Karen.
Sister Margaret "Maggie" Grace
Portrayed By: Joanne Whalley, Isabella Pisacane (young)
- "When someone in need tries to push you away, you have to find the strength to hold on tighter."
Matt Murdock's mother, a nun who helped raise and care for him after he was orphaned and blinded. She cares for him again after he's gravely injured in Midland Circle.
- Adaptational Name Change: Not exactly a name change, since her name in the comics is also Maggie Grace, but she never married Jack Murdock in this adaptation, and thus has a different last name than her son, Matt.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She gets teased a few times prior to being introduced in season 3:
- In season 1, Jack leaves an answering machine message to her prior to his match with Creel, asking her to take care of Matt.
- In the last shot of The Defenders, a nun can be heard saying "Get Maggie, tell her he's awake" as Matt regains consciousness in the convent. This shot is repeated for Daredevil season 3 but with more context.
- Deadpan Snarker: She tends to snark at Matt when he is high on his pity parade.Maggie: I just want you to know I think you're a real hero, sitting down here feeling sorry for yourself.
- Depression: Maggie suffered from postpartum depression shortly after giving birth to Matt, sadly it was during a time when such things weren't well known so she left Matt and Jack believing that she would hurt her son.
- Hypocrite: She chides Matt for wallowing in self-pity, after he had lost Elektra and got seriously injured, even though she abandoned Matt and retreated into the church when she was suffering from post-partum depression.
- It's All My Fault: Maggie beliefs that all of the pain that Matt suffers is because she abandoned him as a child and her failure to reach out to him at any point since then led to him nearly killing himself as a vigilante.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Comic book readers know she would be revealed as Matt Murdock's mother at some point.
- Long-Lost Relative: Matt finds out she is his mother midway through season three. He doesn't take it too well.
- The Lost Lenore: She teaches Matt his loss isn't unusual by relating how she loved Jack so much that she nearly gave up on becoming a nun after giving birth to Matt. Her decision to take vows meant the two could never be together, and worse, he died shortly after Maggie left him.
- The Medic: She is in charge of caring for Matt in the weeks he spends recovering from having a building drop on him. It doesn't take long until he goes out on the streets to fight goons and from there, she's almost always sewing new wounds shut in her scenes with Matt. Her medical care gives her the in she needs to try and help Matt spiritually when he insists cosplaying Satan is the best way to live.
- Meta Casting: She's a nun played by an actress who attended convent school.
- Missing Mom: Zig-zagged. She left Jack when Matt was a baby. When Stick asks about her to the nuns when first approaching Matt, the nuns tell him that "it's a long story". But it turns out, she did raise Matt, albeit in secret and as a nun, when he grew up at the orphanage.
- Morality Pet: Maggie helps Matt with his questionable activities as the Devil at the cost of insisting he get back in touch with his friends and keep his faith in God. Matt spends most of the season ignoring her and the few times he agrees to reach out tend to go badly. Her most successful call to morality is actually towards Nadeem, getting him to turn against Dex and Fisk after Maggie pins Father Lantom's murder on him.
- Naughty Nuns: As a novitiate she talks her friends into going to a boxing match, where she meets and later falls for Jack Murdock. However she interprets her postpartum depression as a sign from God that she made a mistake and should return to the Church.
- Secret-Keeper: Father Lantom tells her about Matt's secret identity so she knows why he showed up to the church half-dead. After cursing Father Lantom out, she swears all the sisters to secrecy and maintains her own even as Matt slowly kills himself by picking fights in Hell's Kitchen.
Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz LLP
The former law firm of Jeri Hogarth.
- The Ghost: Due to the name Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz, it's clear that Hogarth has partners in her firm, even though they remain unseen throughout the first season of Jessica Jones, the second season of Daredevil, and the first season of Iron Fist. They finally show up in the second season of Jessica Jones.
Portrayed By: Angel Desai
Appearances: Jessica Jones
The second name partner at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz.
Portrayed By: Maury Ginsberg
Appearances: Jessica Jones
The third name partner at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz.
- Amoral Attorney: He's been funneling drug money into offshore accounts with the help of Linda Chao. Though he's not as enthused about it given how easily he gives up information on her to Malcolm.
- Armored Closet Gay: He's deeply closeted and cheats on his wife with men, which Jeri uses as blackmail against him. But since she's gay herself, she has a tiny shred of sympathy for him and outright tells him he'd be saving a lot of trouble and would be less vulnerable to blackmail if he just came out rather than keeping it a secret. Even Malcolm says this when approaching Benowitz at Whisker's.
- Season 3 reveals that he has come out of the closet, much to his wife's relief. He even attributes his courage to come out to the advice Jeri gave him.
- The Beard: He's married to a woman but is actually gay.
- Has a Type: He loves black men and often hangs out at a gay bar that caters to them.
Portrayed By: Susie Abromeit
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Jeri's secretary and mistress.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: When Wendy starts dragging her feet on the divorce, she demands that Jeri use the ruthlessness that first made Pam attracted to her. Jeri's actions as a consequence of this end up getting a whole lot of people killed and Pam herself prosecuted for murder.
- Everyone Has Standards: She has no problem dating Jeri while Jeri's still married to Wendy, but even she thinks Jeri taking her on a date to the restaurant where she proposed to Wendy is insensitive.
- Taken up to eleven after she discovers that Jeri takes Kilgrave to Wendy's house in order to get her to sign the divorce papers, knowing how dangerous he was. She's disgusted and cuts all ties with Jeri.
- Iconic Outfit: Pam is almost always seen wearing very loud wraparound, patterned dresses. Jessica even mocks her for it.Pam: She won't wait. She wouldn't listen.Jessica: I couldn't hear you over that print.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She's a lesbian and very feminine.
- Morality Pet: Plays this role to Jeri. Subverted in that while she does have standards, she does encourage Jeri's more ruthless side.
- The Mistress: Wendy isn't too happy to discover their affair.
- Ms. Fanservice: Tends to wear low-cut dresses at work.
- Sexy Secretary: Hard to blame Jeri for being tempted.
- Sleeping with the Boss: She's in a relationship with Jeri, her boss.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She encourages Jeri to be a bit more cutthroat in dealing with her divorce, having no idea that Jeri has access to an imprisoned Kilgrave, let alone that she would help him escape just so he can expedite her divorce.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She's arrested for Wendy's murder and her fate isn't elaborated on in the season finale, and while she does kinda have a credible self-defense justification, the fact she doesn't have a bunch of witnesses like Jessica and wants absolutely nothing to do with the one witness that could defend her certainly don't help. The second season mentions that she apparently got away more or less clean after a three day stay in jailnote , and is suing Jeri for workplace harassment.
- You Can Always Tell a Liar: She can tell when Jeri's being dishonest. This comes back to bite Jeri hard when Pam is arrested for Wendy's death.
Portrayed By: Mark Lotito
Appearances: Jessica Jones
A divorce attorney at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz.
- Divorce Assets Conflict: This is the field of expertise that Tobey is involved in, helping Jeri with her divorce from Wendy, while also referring Audrey Eastman to Jessica.
Portrayed By: Amy Rutberg
Appearances: Daredevil | The Defenders
- "Where is your sidekick? Didn't break it off with him already, did you? Fog has commitment issues..."
Foggy Nelson's girlfriend, a young attorney in Manhattan cutting her own path through white collar law.
- Amoral Attorney: Invoked by Foggy when he and Karen meet Marci for Elena's case. "You used to have a soul." But it turns out Marci has standards, and is easily persuaded to turn against her partners who are in Wilson Fisk's pocket.
- Ascended Extra: Marci spends the first two seasons as a recurring character and One-Scene Wonder, with four episodes in season 1 and two in season 2. In season 3, Marci has a somewhat larger presence at five episodes, and actively plays a part in Foggy's storyline, being the one to suggest that he run against Blake Tower as a write-in for District Attorney, while a case she's working on ends up being the key that allows Foggy to figure out that Fisk is planning to make himself the man that all criminals will have to turn to to get protection from prosecution.
- Beta Couple: With Foggy, as their relationship is much more steady than the rocky Will They or Won't They? that Matt and Karen.
- Canon Foreigner: Marci has no comics equivalent. Although her role in Foggy's campaign for District Attorney in season 3 does give her some traits of Deborah Harris, Foggy's first wife from the comics.
- Demoted to Extra: After playing a somewhat major part in the resolution of season 1, Marci only gets two scenes in season 2: having drinks with Foggy at Josie's to give him some information about Reyes, and later visiting him at the hospital after he gets shot. In Defenders she just gets mentioned by Foggy, confirming the two are still dating, and a two second scene of talking to Foggy in the background that's interrupted with Jeri taking Foggy aside to ask him to babysit Jessica. Season 3 reverses the trend and gives Marci five episodes.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- Marci 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. Given Fisk's smear campaign against Matt's alter ego, she's also initially hesitant to trust the information that Matt manages to obtain from Owlsley. In the season 3 finale, she accepts Foggy's invitation to come to Father Lantom's funeral.
- Marci has disdain for Reyes. The fact that Reyes has a serious shot at the Mayor's chair in the 2017 elections off an anti-vigilante platform is enough to make her desire a very bitter drink.
- Foil: To Jeri Hogarth. Both are women in a very male-dominated profession who have to put up a front of ruthlessness to be taken seriously by male lawyers. Where they differ is that Jeri ended up becoming a ruthless shark willing to do outright illegal things for her own selfish reasons, while Marci has managed to avoid that.
- Hello, Attorney!: She's a stunning blonde who rocks powersuits, which doesn't escape Foggy's notice.
- Hero of Another Story: Much like her boyfriend, Marci has never appeared in Jessica Jones despite the fact that she joined Hogarth Chao & Benowitz right after Fisk was arrested and thus was around while the saga with Kilgrave was going on in Jessica Jones season 1, plus Jeri's involvement in the IGH case in Jessica Jones Season 2. And her and Foggy's employment status following the dissolution of Hogarth Chao & Benowitz is unknown. note
- High-HeelFace Turn: The only female attorney we've seen at Landman & Zack, and she's the one who sells out the ones doing Fisk's dirty work.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Downplayed. When Foggy demolishes her legal arguments on the tenement case, and, for good measure, mixes in a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, Marci's reaction demonstrates both respect and attraction.Marci Stahl: You would've killed it here, Foggy Bear! You never should've left.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She tends to push Foggy to do things that she thinks will be great for his career, like recommending him to Jeri Hogarth, or suggesting he run against Blake Tower for the office of D.A. to get Tower's inaction against Fisk out in the spotlight.
- Jerkass: In her time working for Landman & Zack, she seems to have become the same sort of apathetic asshole as her partners. However
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Foggy's appeals to the fact that she used to "have a soul" get the better of her and she begins to question her superiors and collaborate with Foggy and Matt to expose Fisk. Really, she's the only white collar lawyer in the Netflix shows who is a genuinely nice person and is not driven by greed or selfish motivations. In season 3, she even motivates Foggy into running for District Attorney.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."
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She certainly looks the part, and 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 endearing.
- Meal Ticket: While she genuinely loves Foggy, her push for him to run for District Attorney has some degree of being motivated by the logic that if Foggy wins, then her being the DA's girlfriend could provide her with new career opportunities. After Foggy officially drops out of the race at the end of season 3, she admits she was just starting to get adjusted to the idea of being married to the district attorney.
- MookFace Turn/High-HeelFace Turn: After Foggy convinces her that her bosses are corrupt, she gets Matt and Foggy information of Wilson Fisk's dealings with Landman & Zack.
- Office Romance: Marci and Foggy begin dating seriously while they're working for Jeri Hogarth.
- Relationship Upgrade: Or re-upgrade, as Marci rekindles her flame with Foggy between Seasons 1 and 2, and they've moved in together at the start of Daredevil season 3.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When her bosses and other people of Landman & Zack are indicted she resigns, disgusted at having worked at such a corrupt place. She later takes on a job at Jeri Hogarth's firm.
- Sheep in Wolf's Clothing: Marci is the only white collar attorney we've seen across the Netflix shows who displays compassion and selflessness towards others and isn't willingly engaging in illegal activity (unlike Joy Meachum, Jeri Hogarth, Ben Donovan, or Chao and Benowitz).
- Sleek High Rise Apartment: She lives in an Upper East Side high-rise in season 1. By season 3, she and Foggy are living in a condo in Williamsburg.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Foggy's appealing to Marci having "used to have a soul" really gets to her. In both of her appearances in season 2, we can see that since joining HC&B, Marci has become considerably nicer and has a more amicable relationship with Foggy. They also go back into a committed relationship once Foggy joins her at HC&B.
Donovan & Partners
Benjamin "Big Ben" Donovan
Portrayed By: Danny Johnson, Chaundre Hall Broomfield (1980s)
- "Next time, it would behoove you to have actual evidence. Y'know, something besides the dogged harassment of a misguided beat cop."
The Stokes family lawyer, as well as the senior counsel on Wilson Fisk's legal team.
- Adaptational Villainy: Donovan in the comics had Luke Cage for a client. This version has only ever provided legal services for crime lords. Though by the end of Luke Cage season 2, he is working for Luke as Luke acquires Harlem's Paradise.
- Adaptational Wimp: Donovan has none of the physical prowess of his comic book counterpart. He also easily spills the beans when Matt garrotes him in his car.
- Amoral Attorney: Mama Mabel put him through law school and groomed him to be the family lawyer and fixer for the Stokes family. Misty Knight calls him a "snake" and a "flunky" when he shows up during Candace's interrogation, indicating that his reputation is pretty well known to the NYPD. In time, his reputation as a crooked lawyer becomes known enough that Fisk hires him to handle his defense.
- Badass Baritone: Donovan has one to rival James Earl Jones.
- Brutal Honesty: He is always willing to tell Fisk things as they are, cautioning him about his limited funds and the fact that his efforts to get Fisk out of jail are going to take a while due to the strength of the state's case against him.
- Compensating for Something: Mariah insinuates that he used to be called "Big Ben" for this.
- The Consigliere: He definitely is serving Fisk in this capacity, and is one for Mariah to a lesser extent.
- Danger Takes a Backseat: He's on the receiving end of this when Matt, who's learned about Fisk's snitching on the Albanians, hides in the backseat of his car and strangles him from behind when he gets in. Matt chokes Donovan until he admits the truth about why Fisk snitched (to get Vanessa's legal issues resolved), and is then forced to abandon his interrogation when an FBI unit monitoring Donovan show up to rescue him.
- Don't Answer That: His go-to remark when getting Stokes associates out of interrogations.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
Benjamin Donovan: This guard you've spoken to...do I want to know what he will be asking him to do?
- He almost shits himself when Mariah orders the elimination of any and all witnesses who could testify against her, until Mariah tells him that he's exempt, owing to attorney-client privilege as well as the other criminals he has connections with.
- He's uneasy about Fisk's plan to use Frank Castle to dispose of Dutton, as evident in the tone when Fisk is discussing arranging payments to the guards to get Frank to blow his trial.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humour:
- Before letting Matt see Fisk, he gives Matt a lengthy spiel about how he is to not to discuss this meeting with Fisk to anyone in any official capacity, and when Matt points out that that's a lot of rules, quips "Rules are what separate us from the animals, Mr. Murdock."
- Joins in with the other cops in making several ill jokes towards Misty's missing arm.
- Family Business: Mama Mabel put him through law school, and he's been the Stokes family lawyer for 25 years.
- Foil: He's a lot like Fisk, just more in control. And he's filling Wesley's old role, but not with the overconfidence or cruelty that cost Wesley his life.
- Groin Attack: Mariah at one point squeezes his family jewels in order to intimidate him, while saying, "I thought they called you Big Ben."
- Playing Both Sides: He temporarily drops Mariah as a client after Bushmaster steals all of her money, and signs on with Bushmaster. Then it turns out he was simply looking for a way to reverse the theft. Or so he claims.
- Smug Snake: He oozes smugness in near-every scene he's in, with all the satisfaction of a man who knows damn well he's pissing off everyone in the room and that they can't do a damn thing about it.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Fisk, he's taken over some of James Wesley's former duties, including the arrangement of payments to his underlings. Most of Wesley's other duties, though, are now handled by Felix Manning.
Portrayed By: Stephen Rowe
A colleague of Donovan's at Donovan & Partners.
Zoye Lyonne Foundation
Portrayed By: Sarita Choudhury
Appearances: Jessica Jones
A cellist and music teacher and ex-girlfriend of Jeri Hogarth.
Portrayed By: John Benjamin Hickey
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Kith's husband, a lawyer and professor.
- Dirty Old Man: He's in his late fifties/early sixties and gets involved with students less than half his age.
- Driven to Suicide: After Jeri ruins his reputation by revealing he was embezzling money from the foundation named after his late daughter and Kith leaves him, he ends up committing suicide.
- Polyamory: He has an open marriage with his wife Kith, which explains his relationships with his students.
- Sugar Daddy: He uses the money he embezzles from the foundation to buy gifts for his girlfriends and pay their rents.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Thanks to his open marriage with Kith, he gets involved with his female students.
Portrayed By: Michael Hsu Rosen
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Peter and Kith's son.
- The Woobie: He's pretty shaken up first by his parents' divorce and later by his father's suicide.
Hogarth and Associates
Portrayed By: Tiffany Mack
Appearances: Jessica Jones
A partner at Hogarth and Associates.
New York Bulletin
Portrayed By: Geoffrey Cantor
Appearances: Daredevil | The Punisher
- "We're hanging on by our fingertips, Ben. Do you really want to be greasing that ledge?"
The editor-in-chief at the New York Bulletin.
- Ambiguously Jewish: He greets Karen a Happy Hanukkah when giving her a present.
- Ascended Extra: He gets much more presence in Daredevil seasons 2 and 3, once Karen gets hired on at the Bulletin.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created because during production of Daredevil season 1, Marvel Studios didn't have the rights to Spider-Man yet and hence, neither J. Jonah Jameson nor the Daily Bugle could be used. The New York Bulletin itself, however, isn't a Canon Foreigner and has been around in the mainstream comic since 2009.
- Canon Immigrant: Downplayed, he's mentioned in the mainstream comic Kingpin in 2017, but has yet to make a proper onscreen appearance.
- Character Development: In Season 2, he's far more helpful towards Karen's investigation and willing to investigate the truth, filling in for Urich.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: By Ellison's own admission, he can remember the dates of important news stories off the top of his head, but has a hard time remembering his own kids' birthdays.
- Cynical Mentor: For all he's a Reasonable Authority Figure and a Grumpy Bear, he's also driven by the needs of the market and the reality that the newspaper's archives are all kept on paper. He has to ride herd on the bitter old extreme Ben Urich and the young and driven Karen Page... but he manages them both.
- Da Editor: To Urich's (and later Karen's) Intrepid Reporter.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's more pronounced in Season 2, but he's always been a snarker.
- Decomposite Character: With Jameson making his proper debut as conspiracy-driven news host, it becomes evident that Ellison inherited all of Jameson's good attributes, such as caring for his employees and belief in honest press.
- Distressed Dude: He's left in such a position when Fisk sends Dex to his newsroom to eliminate Jasper Evans. He ends up being stabbed with a pencil, but survives, while Foggy and Karen are overpowered, and Jasper is killed.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Urich accuses Ellison of being paid off by Fisk and ensuring that his remaining career is limited to fluff pieces. After Urich's death, Karen angrily confides in Matt that Ellison shouldn't have even been at Urich's funeral pretending to be his friend. The arrests, however, prove that he's not complicit. Fisk's mole was his secretary. Leading to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it My God, What Have I Done? durin the last episode of the first season of Daredevil.
- Expy Coexistence: He was created to replace J. Jonah Jameson, as Marvel Studios had not yet aquired the rights to Spider-Man and most of his supporting cast. Jameson would end up making a cameo in Spider-Man: Far From Home, albeit reimagined as an Alex Jones style Pompous Political Pundit. This character is far more reasonable and supportive and a kind mentor than any JJJ we've seen in any spiderverse movie.
- A Father to His Men: It's made pretty clear he cares for his employees. He takes it especially hard in Season 3, after he is wounded and several of his employees are killed by Dex.
- Happily Married: To his wife Lily, who runs a magazine.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first, Ellison comes off as a moronic jerk who cares only about readership; in reality he's a sharply intelligent journalist who cares deeply about the reporters who work for him and believes in the value of the press. This becomes much more apparent once Karen begins working for him.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- He's correct to call Ben out on his attempts to run stories about Fisk's mother without reliable sources.
- While he refuses to let Karen participate in stories pertaining to Fisk, he's right to say that her past association with Fisk means that it's a conflict of interest for her to be writing stories about him.
- Last-Name Basis: Everyone only addresses Ellison by his last name. His first name of Mitchell is only brought up in credits during Daredevil season 2, and only spoken out loud in season 3 when Karen is having dinner with his wife and nephew.
- Like a Son to Me: He never says it out loud, but Ellison clearly sees Karen as a surrogate daughter.
- The Matchmaker: Ellison and his wife, a magazine publisher, were set up by their college newspaper editor. He tries to use a dinner to set up Karen with his nephew, but it goes nowhere due to Karen still grieving Matt and the dinner being cut short by the news of Fisk's release. The fact that Lily spills the beans during dinner, making everything super awkward, doesn't help.
- The Mentor: Becomes this for Karen Page, filling in the void left by Urich's death.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Upon learning Ben was right about Fisk when Ellison's secretary is outed as The Mole; Ellison can only lower his head in absolute shame, realizing his inaction played a part in Ben's death.
- Not So Stoic: The normally reserved Ellison is livid about Fisk sending Dex to kill several of his employees, especially when he realizes Karen knows Daredevil's real identity and is refusing to tell him it.
- The Pen Is Mightier: Dex stabs him with a pencil during his attack on the Bulletin.
- Pet the Dog: For all his griping over keeping the paper lucrative in wake of the rise of social media, he's also concerned with Urich's wellbeing and that of his wife. Though it is soured by the fact that it sometimes comes across as Condescending Compassion. His mentoring Karen in season 2, however, further emphasizes this status, as is his anger over Fisk attacking the paper.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's trying his best to keep the Bulletin in business in the face of social media and the growing disinterest in important stories. This brings him into conflict with Ben. In season 3, even after Karen quits because she refuses to sell out Matt, Ellison is still willing to listen to Karen when she comes to him to tip him off about Ray Nadeem testifying before the grand jury and agrees to call a press conference for her to denounce Fisk. He also assists Karen with ensuring Nadeem's death confession gets posted on the Internet.
- Red Herring: After it is hinted he may be Fisk's mole in the newspaper, it turns out it was not him but Caldwell.
- Shipper on Deck: At the start of season 3, he invites Karen to dinner with his wife and nephew. An accidental slip of the tongue from Lily, though, causes Karen to realize Mitchell is trying to set her up with Jason, which she takes issue with as she's still hung up on her grief from losing Matt.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Season 1 depicted him as rather unsympathetic as a way to set him as a Red Herring for Fisk's mole inside the Bulletin. When Karen approaches him in season 2, he is much more helpful, genuinely shows concern for her and expresses regret about Urich's death. A freeze-frame of an assignment board in one episode will show that he also has revamped the editorial priorities to focus on important events instead of fluff pieces.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He orders sauerkrauts from a particular food cart every day at around 11:40 am, making it easy for Karen to track him down when she needs to tip him off about Ray Nadeem's impending grand jury hearing as well as arrange a press conference for Karen to publicly denounce Fisk for trying to have her killed.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He calls out Ben for trying to push an uncorroborated story about Fisk. In The Punisher, he also puts Karen on notice when he realizes she secretly has been helping Frank. It gets much, much worse in Daredevil season 3, after Fisk sends Dex to attack the Bulletin, during which several employees are killed and Ellison is put in the hospital. While recovering, he realizes that Karen knows the real Daredevil's identity, and fires her when she refuses to give up Matt.
Portrayed By: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Ben: That's usually right around the time you know the story's getting interesting.
A veteran reporter for the New York Bulletin who mentors Karen as she throws herself into cleaning up corruption in Hell's Kitchen.
- Celebrity Paradox: The Die Hard films exists in the MCU, due to being referenced by Ant-Man in Avengers: Endgame. Curtis-Hall played one of Colonel Stuart's soldiers in Die Hard 2.
- Cool Old Guy: He's in his mid-60s and has quite the reputation in Hell's Kitchen, with good reason.
- Decomposite Character: Because of Ben's early death, his role as Matt's newspaper ally and confidant is instead given to Karen.
- Death by Adaptation: His comics counterpart is alive and well.
- Death by Irony: In Ben's first scene, he meets with an old mafia contact, Silvio, who says he's grateful to Ben for not dragging his family through the mud when he got out of prison. He ultimately meets his death due to speaking to Fisk's mother.
- Have You Told Anyone Else?: He's on the receiving end when Fisk asks him if anyone else was with him when he spoke to Marlene. Ben lies and says he was alone, to ensure that Fisk won't know about Karen snooping around.
- Intrepid Reporter: He's chummy with old crime lords to get the scoop. He used to be more intrepid in his younger years. He's a bit slower with age, but no less determined to cover important stories.
- Knight in Sour Armor: In his prime, Ben was a crusading reporter who singlehandedly brought down corrupt institutions wherever he saw them. He still is, but he deeply regrets the mistakes he's made along the way, is a lot more jaded about the way the world works and isn't the idealist he once was, to the point where he actively tries to keep Karen from making the mistakes he did and worries about her safety.
- The Last DJ: Still believes in reporting the news that people need to hear, instead of the news they want to hear, unlike seemingly everyone else at the New York Bulletin.
- Married to the Job: Says as much himself in one of his conversations with Karen. His wife encourages him to go after the stories.
- Mentor Archetype: For Karen, in ferreting out corruption without getting killed.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Wilson Fisk ultimately kills him. Fisk does not know he was mentoring Karen but said mentoring indirectly lead to the situation where Fisk killed him.
- Properly Paranoid: Ben is well aware that the man in the mask could be playing him and doesn't take anything he says at face value, he knows this is just another source of potentially tainted information and he needs to pursue and verify.
- When Fisk confronts him in his home, he knows he's speaking to a very dangerous man, so plays his cards close to the chest and doesn't let Fisk know he has a partner. As a result, even though he only thought he was being threatened and not moments from death, he kept Karen safe from Fisk's rage.
- Race Lift: Normally depicted as a white man, here he's played by African-American Vondie Curtis-Hall.
- Sacrificial Lion: Wilson Fisk chokes him to death as he becomes increasingly desperate to keep his secrets hidden.
Portrayed By: Kassia Miller
A reporter in the New York Bulletin.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Not only does she has a wholesome and professional look, she's never shown doing anything suspicious, asking questions or much of anything.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She's... just sort of there for most of the New York Bulletin scenes. Who would've thought she would be The Mole?
- False Friend: She shows up at Ben's funeral, but it turns out she's The Mole planted by Fisk to report on Ben's actions.
Portrayed By: Russell Arden Koplin
Appearances: Iron Fist
A reporter at the Bulletin and a colleague of Karen Page and Mitchell Ellison.
Portrayed By: Miki Ishikawa
Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
An Asian-American waitress/bartender at a restaurant called Izzy.
- Innocently Insensitive: Her thanking Bucky for taking care of Yori after the death of his son and her continued speech about how hard it must be for him to cope with it is noble, but unbeknownst to her, she's saying all this to Yori's son's killer, who already feels immensely guilty over what he did.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Friends with Yori to the point that she is comfortable with him setting her up on a date with Bucky.
Portrayed By: Ian Gregg
Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Yori's neighbor who gets into an argument with him over trash.
Portrayed By: Ken Takemoto
Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
A neighbor of Bucky Barnes.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Yori is an elderly man who forms a friendship with a physically younger man. He's also good friends with Leah.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His son RJ was killed after, unbeknownst to Yori, being a witness to one of the Winter Solider's assassinations.
- Shipper on Deck: He arranges a date between Bucky and Leah.
Portrayed By: Benjamin Bratt
Appearances: Doctor Strange
A paraplegic who learned how to use sorcery to heal himself from the Ancient One.
- Expy: He is mainly based on Doctor Druid, a fellow medical acquaintance of Strange who went to Kamar-Taj and learnt magic.
- Disability-Negating Superpower: He managed to throw off his full body paralysis through magic energy channeling. Mordo reverses this and leaves him helpless.
- Mundane Utility: Gifted with borderline-Reality Warper powers, he simply uses them to make his damaged legs work again.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His helping of Strange and his hands that leads him to Kamar-Taj where he becomes the superhero we all know eventually results in having his paralysis to come back after Mordo, likely not just because of "too many sorcerers," but also blaming Pangborn for leading a rule-breaker like Strange into Kamar-Taj where he changed everything including the reveal that the Ancient One also broke natural law, removes his Disability-Negating Superpower.
- Oh, Crap!: Has an understated but definite one when he encounters Mordo in Doctor Strange's stinger. He's on guard as soon as he sees Mordo, quickly deduces that Mordo is not here for a friendly visit, and gets ready to defend himself. All for nothing, as Mordo easily takes away his magic...
- The Resenter: He's not pleased to see Strange when they meet at first, since he declined to treat or even see him when he came to him for help because Strange didn't want to lose his perfect record. However, he is mollified when Strange reveals that what happened to his hands has left him in in a similar predicament to the one Jonathan faced, so he tells him where to find Kamar-Taj.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Not everyone who knows sorcery wants to spend the rest of their days fighting spirits.
Portrayed By: Hal Ozsan
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Trish Walker's new boyfriend in Season 2, a journalist at ZCN.
- Intrepid Reporter: He's a noted war correspondent, who has reported from several warzones, including the Syrian Civil War.
- Nice Guy: Griffin is genuinely nice and supportive of Trish, even if he's worried that she may be in way over her head with the IGH investigation. Jessica, who's always had to protect Trish from her own vagina, admits she can't find anything bad about Griffin no matter how hard she tries.
- Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: He's very suspicious early in the season when he uses her computer behind her back or has a shaddy conversation on the phone. It turns out he was planning a public proposal and wanted to invite Trish's familly.
Portrayed By: James Chen
Appearances: Iron Fist
The operator of the Bayard Community Center who becomes an ally of Danny and Colleen.
- Adaptation Distillation: In the comics, he's an undocumented immigrant from China. That aspect of his character has yet to come up in the shows.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, Sam is introduced as Blindspot, a martial artist (and Daredevil's new apprentice) with the ability to make himself near-invisible to the eye. Here, he's a mere civilian with no powers or training, and has (presumably) never met Matt Murdock.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: A rare, non-villainous example, as Sam Chung is a Daredevil character and not an Iron Fist one.
Portrayed By: James Chen
Appearances: Iron Fist
The owner of the Silver Lotus.
- Butt-Monkey: Gets constantly threatened by criminals, and dies at the hands of Davos.
- Canon Foreigner: While the Silver Lotus has appeared in a single issue of Uncanny X-Men: First Class, Yip is yet to make an appearance in the mainstream comics.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: After refusing his "protection", an angry Davos murders him by punching through his chest with the Iron Fist.
Portrayed By: James Hiroyuki Liao
Appearances: Iron Fist
The owner of Royal Al Moving, and the employer of Danny Rand.
- Benevolent Boss: Is a pretty easy-going Nice Guy who has a good work relationship with Danny.
- Casanova Wannabe: Played for laughs, as he jokes to Danny that Colleen will be his future wife and then later chides him for his luck with women when Mary is obviously much more interested in talking to him instead of Albert.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When he was 12 years old, he almost got recruited into a Triad war. His best friend did, and was killed shortly afterwards. The sight of his dead body in a casket was what kept him straight and narrow.
Dave "D.W." Griffith
Portrayed By: Jeremiah Richard Craft
Appearances: Luke Cage
A Harlem street vendor who sells bootleg recordings of "The Incident", and later Luke Cage merchandise.
- Ascended Extra: After a few sporadic appearances throughout season 1, he becomes a prominent character in season 2, wherein he's now Luke's videographer, and also sells Luke Cage merchandise out of Pop's Barbershop.
- Fair Weather Friend: He is pretty self-serving in his relationship with Luke, as best seen when he immediately sells the footage of Bushmaster ambushing him on the street.
- Get Out!: While he isn't malicious about it D.W. tells Luke that, if he is going to go ahead with taking over Harlem's Paradise, then he can't talk shop in Pop's Barbershop anymore.
- Race Lift: African-American here, Caucasian in the comics.
- Secret-Keeper: Promises to not tell on Luke when Luke returns after being framed for killing a police officer. He also keeps his mouth shut about Danny Rand being the Immortal Iron Fist.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Luke is not happy with DW selling his footage of Luke being defeated by Bushmaster to the media. He also gives Luke one when Luke's idea of maintaining peace in Harlem is to take over Harlem's Paradise.
Portrayed By: Ron Cephas Jones
Appearances: Luke Cage
A old friend of Pop's, who hangs out at the barber shop stomping anyone foolish enough to play him in chess.
- Canon Foreigner: Like Pop, he has no comic counterpart.
- Cool Old Guy: Takes over this role after Pop dies.
- The Dandy: A sharp dresser and is good friends with one of Harlem's most famous tailors.
- Disappeared Dad: Bobby has a daughter that he never saw after she was born. He eventually leaves Harlem and moves to San Diego to be with her when she is in need of surgery.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves Harlem and Luke in episode 4 of season 2 in order to reconnect with his daughter and provide her with a kidney for surgery with Luke's pleasing.
- The Smart Guy: He was taking care of Pop's taxes and is really savvy about how to deal with Stokes and and Diamondback.
- Smart People Play Chess: Most of his screentime shows him playing chess with other characters and he beats everyone in at. He does share a name with Bobby Fischer, a Real Life World Chess Champion, as Turk points out.
Connie "Genghis Connie" Lin
Portrayed By: Jade Wu
Appearances: Luke Cage
Luke's first landlady.
- Cranky Landlord: Don't ever be late with rent, because she will hunt you down and berate you the whole time.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She eventually warms up to Luke Cage.
- Distressed Damsel: Mostly averted. Sure, Cottonmouth's thugs terrify her when they try to shake her and her husband down. But she does not beg or grovel. More importantly, she does not give in.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She disappears from the narrative of season 1, after Luke pulls her out of the remains of her building. Subverted as she does ultimately return in season 2, which reveals she re-opened elsewhere as Genghis Connie's Too.
Henry "Pop" Hunter
Portrayed By: Frankie Faison
Appearances: Jessica Jones note | Luke Cage
A reformed gangster who owns a barber shop that Cage works at, and is considered Harlem's father figure.
- Accidental Murder: He's killed when hit in the neck by a stray round from one of Tone's twin submachine guns during a botched assassination attempt on Chico.
- Alliterative Name: Henry Hunter.
- Canon Foreigner: He has no counterpart in the comics.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a well-respected former gangster who looks after the wayward kids in Harlem. He's so cool that even Cottonmouth loved him, and cries after his death.
- Death by Origin Story: He is killed toward the end of the second episode, and his death helps inspire Luke Cage to be a hero for Harlem, based on advice he doled out while alive.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: After being gunned down by Tone in his own barbershop, Pop expires in Luke's arms.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In Jessica Jones, Pop was mentioned by Luke during a conversion with Jessica at the bar he was bar tending, referring to an idiom of his.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He was beloved by many of the criminals in the area.
- The Heart: Of Harlem, everyone born in the neighborhood knows him and considered his barber shop neutral ground out of respect for the man. He's so beloved that when Cottonmouth learns Tone killed him, Cottonmouth throws Tone right off the roof, and later cries about Pop's death.
- HeelFace Turn: He used to be an infamous gangbanger, but a stint in prison changed his ways.
- Intergenerational Friendship: The senior Pop forms a strong friendship with the younger Luke Cage.
- Ironic Name: Ironic on multiple levels, thanks to time. His nickname is "Pop," which sounds like a reference to the fact that's the Cool Old Guy and a father figure to the youth of Harlem. It's actually a reference to his particularly brutal way of punching people back when he was younger and a gangster. The only person who knows it's true meaning in the present is Cottonmouth, and the fact that he still thinks of Pop that way is shown to bother Luke.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: For the first two episodes he's Luke's closest friend, confidant, and adviser. And then Tone kills him.
- The Nicknamer: He's fond of giving people nicknames, including calling Luke "Power Man" at one point.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In his younger days, Pop was known as a street brawler, who delivered vicious smackdowns on enemies. It's even where he got his nickname, because of the noise of his fists crashing into someone: snap, crackle, pop.
- Sacrificial Lion: He dies relatively early on, but his death has a huge impact on the cast.
- Parental Substitute: He is considered a father figure to the youth of Harlem, many of whom do not have fathers in their lives.
- Team Switzerland: He explicitly refers to his barber shop as such, specifically set up as a place off limits from the city's various gang wars.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Everyone was devastated when he got killed.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only lives for two episodes before he is killed off, and his death is the catalyst for Luke to go to war against Cottonmouth and later, against Diamondback.
Wilfredo "Chico" Díaz
- See the New York Criminals page
Portrayed By: Debbi Morgan
Apperances: The Defenders
Mother to Candace and Cole Miller.
- Outliving One's Offspring: She lets out a gutwrenching wail after Cole is killed in jail, as he was her last child and all three of them - Cole, Candace and Sean - died as victims of criminal violence.
Portrayed By: Deborah Ayorinde
Appearences: Luke Cage
A Harlem's Paradise employee who is forced to play along in the schemes of Harlem's top players.
- Boom, Headshot!: Shades shoots her in the back of the head.
- Distressed Damsel: During a hostage situation where Diamondback takes over the club, in which she is among the many people trapped inside it, Diamondback threatens to drop her from the balcony in front of Luke.
- Kill the Cutie: Just a poor young woman in the wrong place and the wrong time, she ends up being killed by Shades in the final episode.
- Must Make Amends: She decides to testify against Mariah for Cottonmouth's death in gratitude to Luke for saving her life, after she was paid to implicate him in Cottonmouth's murder.
- Paid Harem: Subverted. Misty thinks Candace is one of Cottonmouth's girls, but she only works in the establishment and she is most definitely not with him (she being afraid of him enough that she needs to ask Luke to accompany her when delivering some expensive champagne to Cottonmouth's private table, and spends the exchange being leered at by Tone). She laments that she will be labelled a whore because of her false testimony that says she was with Cottonmouth when he was killed.
Portrayed By: J Mallory Mc Cree
Appearances: The Defenders
A brother of Candace Miller. He joins a Clean Up Crew in Harlem, and does muscle work for "White Hat", one of the leaders of the Hand.
- Clean Up Crew: He's part of a crew that cleans up the sites of the Hand's massacres in New York.
- He Knows Too Much: The Hand have him killed after he gets arrested cleaning up the bodies of Chaste soldiers killed by the Hand.
- Killed Offscreen: Cole is killed in jail for speaking to Luke.
- Suspicious Spending: Luke comments on the flashiness of the things he buys even though he's between gigs, which is an indicator that he's taken up his brother's former job.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He knows he's committing a crime, but isn't actually evil. He's just motivated by money and lack of opportunities.
Portrayed By: Sedly Bloomfield
Appearances: Luke Cage
An undertaker working in Harlem.
- Creepy Mortician: Averted. Spurlock is a just professional mortician.
- Clean Up Crew: However, he's also employed by Cottonmouth to disappear the bodies of some of his victims.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: A small business version, as he's in Cottonmouth payroll whenever he needs to make a corpse disappear without leaving a trace.
Portrayed By: Sharon Hope
Brett Mahoney's mother.
- Alliterative Family: With her son Brett.
- Cool Old Lady: Foggy speaks very fondly of her.
- Intergenerational Friendship: She seems to be close to both Foggy and Matt, the former more so.
- Smoking Is Cool: She loves smoking cigars and Foggy loves giving here these, much to the dismay of both her son and Matt.
- Unseen No More: She's mentioned multiple times in season 1 but she doesn't appear until late in season 3, when Matt and Foggy get her and Brett to shelter Nadeem's family after Fisk makes an attempt on their lives.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Heavily implied through character dialogues. Foggy thinks she's a Cool Old Lady while her son is presented as a straight forward person.
Portrayed By: Judith Delgado
An old woman living in a rent-controlled tenement and friend of Bess Mahoney, she seeks help from Nelson & Murdock when Wilson Fisk tries to force her out of her apartment.
- Granny Classic: She is an old religious woman who rewards people with dinner.
- In-Series Nickname: Referred to as "Carnitas" by Marci Stahl, though Marci later drops the act after Elena's death.
- Language Barrier: She has a rather flimsy grasp on English and mostly speaks Spanish, peppered with the occasional English word. Nelson & Murdock is still able to get around this, as Matt is fully fluent in Spanish and Karen at least can speak it at high-school level. The trope is however fully in effect with Foggy, who is only capable of stammering broken Spanish at her every time he tries to talk with her.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Wilson Fisk has her killed shortly after Foggy convinces her to stand firm and refuse another buyout offer.
- Shipper on Deck: Briefly tries to get Karen and Foggy together, up to cooking them dinner for an impromptu "date" that is interrupted by Fisk's bombs.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Elena only appears in a couple episodes, but with her death, the Hand are able to go through with their plans to build Midland Circle.
Theodore "Theo" Nelson
Portrayed By: Peter Halpin
Foggy's older brother, who runs a butcher shop in Hell's Kitchen.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Seems nice but knowingly commits fraud and tricks his parents into signing the papers. Then has the gall to blame his brother for doing the right thing and helping to take down a dangerous criminal.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Is to some degree the foolish one to Foggy's responsible one.
- Theme Naming: He and Foggy are named after the Roosevelts who served as presidents.
- Unwitting Pawn: Fisk manipulates Theo into near-bankruptcy by coercing the suppliers to Nelson's Meats to stop doing business with him, driving the shop to near-bankruptcy. At this point, Fisk then has his contacts at Red Lion Bank reach out to Theo, and trick him into cooking his books to make the shop's finances look healthier than they really are before granting them a loan. Now that Fisk has ironclad evidence of him committing a crime, he lets the old suppliers return, and has something to blackmail Foggy with.
Portrayed By: Domenick Lombardozzi
- "It's people like this that wanna keep you down. Keep you afraid. You have to show 'em that that can never happen. You gotta show 'em that you're a man."
Wilson Fisk's abusive father, who beats his wife and son both physically and verbally for every minor perceived weakness.
- Abusive Parent: Bill's idea of "making a man" out of Wilson involves demeaning him, teaching him to blame others for his problems (including blaming Wilson himself for his own problems) and playing cruel jokes on him.
- Adaptational Heroism: While he's definitely no hero, Bill never becomes a part of the mafia like his Spider-Man: The Animated Series counterpart.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Is this compared to his Spider-Man: The Animated Series counterpart. While his counterpart was hardly father of the year material, this version's abuse of Wilson is more horrible. And with his animated counterpart having his son take the fall for his crime, that's saying something.
- Asshole Victim: When he goes missing, everyone who knows him assumes that he left the city to get away from mobsters to whom he owed money, or that the mobsters killed him and buried him on the other side of the New Jersey Turnpike. Either way, no one loses sleep over it and there didn't seem to be much investigation into his disappearance.
- Bald of Evil: Well, balding. He is certainly a Jerkass Domestic Abuser, however.
- Corrupt Politician: He has aspirations to be one, which is why he runs in the local elections. He funds his campaign by borrowing money from Rigoletto with the understanding that if elected he will repay the money through kickbacks. However, he loses and Rigoletto wants his money back.
- Domestic Abuse: He beats his wife savagely, in addition to being verbally abusive to her and their son.
- Evil Counterpart: He and Jack Murdock were complete opposites when it came to certain things they did with their kids. When Jack offers Matt a sip of alcohol, it looks like father and son bonding. When Bill does it to Wilson, it looks more like peer pressure. While both try to teach values to their kid despite hard living conditions, Jack wanted Matt to be an educated man who wouldn't have to take beating for a living like him, while Bill wanted Wilson to be just like him.
- Hated by All: His campaign ratings aren't exactly clear, but if his general community opinions are anything to go by, he's not well liked and for good reason.
- Hate Sink: Bill is nothing more than a petty, hateful, cowardly abusive loser who makes his crimelord of a son look better in comparison. Not a single person in Hell's Kitchen misses him after he dies.
- Hypocrite: He lectures his son about giving respect to get it, but shows nobody respect while expecting it from others.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: For every time he gives a nugget of advice to his son or shows affection, there's an imminent swing in the opposite direction, or it's given at the expense of his wife.
- Jerkass: Bill is a pathetic, smug, childish, cowardly ass-clown who abused his family over any petty slight he could think of, if he wasn't tormenting them for fun. It gets to the point that when Wilson fatally whales on his ass and makes a missing person out of him, most people, if not everyone who has ever associated with him, don't give a toss that he's gone.
- Karmic Death: You wanted to toughen your son up, Bill? Congratulations! You did exactly that, and he has your blood on his hands to prove it! Oh, and your biggest wish about being known and respected? Well, Wilson's had all public records of you erased, making sure no one remembers you, and those who do remember you only remember you for your bad traits.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: To a minor extent. Bill forces Wilson to beat up a kid who was messing with his campaign signs...after the election was over. However, said teenager was picking on Wilson, wasn't exactly being respectful even when Bill intervened, and was dumb enough to mess with a politician's son in the first place. So while his beating was horrible, you're more likely to feel bad for Wilson than the kid he's forced into kicking.
- Never My Fault: Bill believes that the reason he lost the election is because his wife and son don't show him enough respect at home. Not because he's a vile, vicious, petty loser.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Invoked. When he goes missing, everyone assumes that he did this to get away from the mobsters to whom he owed money or, alternatively, that the mobsters caught him attempting to do this and killed him. His wife and son do nothing to dissuade people from this assumption since Wilson killed him to protect his mother and they both disposed of the body. It helps that everyone knew Bill was just the type of Dirty Coward to abandon his family in order to save himself.
- Too Dumb to Live: Using money he borrowed from an infamous mob boss to fund his political campaign was a lose-lose situation. Aside from the possible scandal that could have arisen if Bill had been exposed, there was no guarantee he would win, especially given the community's opinion on him. Naturally he loses, and given what his wife said, Bill likely would have ended up dead even without his son's involvement.
- Unperson: Wilson has all public records of Bill erased. Ben Urich has trouble finding any records or photos of him.
- Would Hurt a Child: In addition to the verbal and psychological abuse he levels at Wilson, he beats up a teenager for knocking down his signs. After the election is over. And he forces Wilson to participate.
Marlene Fisk Vistain
Portrayed By: Angela Reed (1960s); Phyllis Somerville (2014)
Wilson Fisk's beloved mother.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: After young Wilson beats his father to death, Marlene holds him as he sobs and says it'll be all right...then calmly tells him to get a saw so they can dispose of Bill's corpse. No one found out the truth of Bill's death, assuming he'd moved to escape the mob.
- Broken Bird: Due to the abuse suffered at Bill Fisk's hands. She tries to raise their son with gentleness and compassion, but Bill thinks it makes him too soft and less of a man.
- Domestic Abuse: On the receiving end of this from her husband, Bill, both verbally and physically.
- Killed Offscreen: Fisk reveals that sometime during his stay in prison, she passed away in exile.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Despite being pretty old, she is able to remember enough of Karen and Ben to be able to describe them aptly to Wesley.
- Put on a Bus: Wilson has her moved to Italy right before he gets arrested, promising her that they have good zuppa inglese there. Unfortunately, she dies there before Wilson can get out of jail.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She inadvertently plays a small role in the demise 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.
Battlin' Jack Murdock
Portrayed By: John Patrick Hayden
Matt's father, who was a boxer. He died before the start of the series, not long after Matt lost his sight.
- Badass Normal: He was tough as nails in the boxing ring, noted to specialise in soaking up punches until his opponent tires. In his last fight he beat Creel, a superhuman at least half his age.
- Book Dumb: Acknowledges himself as only good for his fists, and thus pushes Matt to try hard in school so he doesn't end up like him.
- Death by Origin Story: His death is a major part of Matt's backstory.
- A Death in the Limelight: Is heavily featured in flashbacks in the second episode, and dies at the end of it.
- The Determinator: Matt got the trait from him. He never was knocked out in the ring. Even when he took dives.
- Face Death with Dignity: He faces his impending demise with no fear, knowing that his son had got to hear the crowd cheer for him one last time.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. He knew fully well that not throwing the match would have fatal results, but he wanted his son to be proud of him, at least once.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He decides not to lose in the fifth round as ordered to so that his son can hear the crowd cheering for him one more time, and also to set up his son with a trust fund by betting everything on himself. He is predictably killed for it.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Stick suggests that Jack was at least partly motivated in his sacrifice to earn respect and glory for the first time in his life. The fact that Jack stops in his escape from the gym changing room to soak in the crowd's cheering suggests it played a part.
- Jobber: Took falls for a living. Even when he didn't he was more of a journeyman.
- Mythology Gag: His yellow boxing shorts and red boxing gloves match the color scheme of the Daredevil costume as it first appeared in the comics.
- Nice Guy: A devoted father and all-around nice guy.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He defeated Carl "The Crusher" Creel, a boxer known for cheating by turning his hands under his gloves into fists of steel.
- Ordered to Cheat: It was his turn to take a dive. However, he decided to win instead and was killed for it.
- Posthumous Character: He died long before the start of the series and is only shown in flashbacks.
- Throwing the Fight: Roscoe Sweeney wanted Jack to go down in the fifth to Creel. Jack instead TKO'd Creel.
Portrayed by: Ray Iannicelli
A former Vietnam War veteran in Hell's Kitchen.
Portrayed By: J. R. Ramirez
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Jessica's new superintendent.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: He starts wary of Jessica after discovering she is a gifted and constantly antagonizes her in the building, to the point he almost made her evicted for running a business in a residential building. They later develop a mutual attraction to each other after setting their differences aside.
- Expy: Shares some characteristics with Scott Lang, Jessica's love interest other than Luke in the comics. Both are divorced dads with criminal pasts, but since Scott's attentions are elsewhere in the MCU, Oscar was created in his place.
- I Owe You My Life: He changes his opinion of Jessica after she saves Vido from falling from the window, and promises to help her in everything she needs because of this.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: His son is enamoured by Jessica and her abilities, while Oscar himself exercises caution being near Jessica, given the disasters that tend to follow her. He eventually changes his opinion of her.
- Love Interest: After resolving his differences with Jessica, he becomes her romantic interest.
- One Steve Limit: Averted within Jessica Jones, where he shares a first name with Oscar Clemons.
- Parents as People: He is a good father completely devoted to raising his son Vido, despite having his baggage as an ex-convict and document forgery. He only starts trusting Jessica after she saves his son's life.
- Starving Artist: He is a very talented artist, having done plenty of beatiful paintings, but to make ends meet, he does document forgery under the table, which allowed him to land the superintendent job at Jessica's building.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Played by the 6'1" J. R. Ramirez and is definitely a looker.
- Taking the Kids: He is in a huge feud with his ex-wife over Vido's custody, which escalates when she descides to kidnap Vido to avoid sharing the custody with Oscar. Jessica has to locate her and stop them from leaving the country.
Estevido "Vido" Arocho
Portrayed By: Kevin Chacon
Appearances: Jessica Jones
- Hero-Worshipper: He gets impressed by Jessica's powers and asks her if she knows Captain America. He also has an action figure of Cap he never leaves home without it.
- Tag Along Kid: He gets attached to Jessica pretty quick, despite his father against it.
Portrayed By: Colby Minifie
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Jessica's upstairs neighbor in Season 1, and the twin sister of Ruben.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Robyn doesn't seem to have complete control over her anger, so she's constantly screaming at her brother. Plus her general self-centered behavior.
- Big Sister Instinct: Robyn is very protective of Ruben, stating that she only guards him so fiercely because he is incapable of taking care of himself. Of course, her protectiveness also has quite a bit of Incest Subtext to it.
- Canon Foreigner: Neither of the twins seem to be based on anybody from the comics.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She's prone to bizarre non-sequiturs that she seems to think are common sayings.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted; Robyn's emotional, financial, and verbal abuse towards Ruben are treated as very wrong and she's called out on them, with Jessica physically threatening her to shut up (though, mostly because she's finding the noise annoying), while Ruben is viewed with sympathy. She's still treated sympathetically when he dies and she's left struggling to deal without him in her life.
- Fiery Redhead: A Hot-Blooded and ill-tempered woman with red hair.
- Happily Failed Suicide: Well, given how bitter Robyn is, not that "happy", but surviving a forced self-hanging does make her value her own life.
- Humans Are Bastards: As she tells Malcolm in "AKA I've Got the Blues," Robyn's life philosophy boils down to "humankind is made of selfish assholes."
- Incest Subtext: With her brother; on top of their rather odd behavior, they act a lot like a couple, which causes many a raised eyebrow when they mention they are twins.
- Jerkass: Robyn is a rude, self-centered and judgmental misanthrope to anyone within earshot, and even when she's otherwise sympathetic she's still horrible to everyone around her. This backfires when she starts rallying Kilgrave's victims against Jessica. She ultimately reveals to Malcolm that she resents herself for being the way she is and believes that Ruben would be disappointed in her.
- Jerkass Has a Point: For all her egocentrism, hearing how her missing brother is casually revealed to be dead and his body dumped by Malcolm during the Kilgrave victim support meeting gives her reason to demand answers from Jessica. Jessica herself acknowledges that Robyn is "a very perceptive asshole."
- Living Emotional Crutch: Robyn's a bit too protective of her brother, which Malcolm points out as being ridiculous, given his age.
- The Nicknamer: Robyn constantly nicknames people (mostly in an insulting way).
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Robyn is the quick-tempered Red to Ruben's more even-tempered Blue.
- Spanner in the Works: Once she decides to exact revenge on Jessica, she releases Kilgrave mistaking him for just another guy Jessica was abusing. This backfires on Robyn's face as Kilgrave makes her nearly hang herself if not for Jessica's intervention. It also leads to Hope's suicide and Kilgrave's father being recaptured.
- Theme Twin Naming: With Ruben.
- Woman Scorned: Robyn's reaction to Ruben's disappearance. Odd, since this trope usually applies to romantic pairings...
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Her whereabouts are unknown as she doesn't appear or is even mentioned or referenced to in any way throughout Season 2. Her absence has allowed Oscar to take over her old apartment.
Portrayed By: Kieran Mulcare
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Jones' upstairs neighbor and the twin brother of Robyn.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Ruben expresses some qualities of a person with autism or Aspergers, such as his Brutal Honesty and Dogged Nice Guy-ness.
- Brutal Honesty: Ruben appears a little too out there to properly filter what comes out of his mouth, so he will often say just whatever is on his mind, often resulting in Rhetorical Question Blunder and Too Much Information.
- Canon Foreigner: Neither of the twins seem to be based on anybody from the comics.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Due to his Manchild tendencies.
- Decapitation Presentation: Jessica shows Ruben's severed head to Clemons to get herself arrested.
- Decomposite Character: Malcolm's crush on Jessica seems to have been transferred onto Ruben.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Ruben admits to being in love with Jessica, who doesn't return the affection. And revealing this to Kilgrave proves fatal.
- Hopeless Suitor: to Jessica.
- Incest Subtext: With his sister; on top of their rather odd behavior, they act a lot like a couple, which causes many a raised eyebrow when they mention they are twins.
- Manchild: Kilgrave outright calls Ruben a "milquetoast man-boy".
- Nice Guy: For all of his eccentricities, Ruben is far easier to be around than his sister. Robyn even says as much after his death.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death affects Jessica, who tries to get herself arrested to evade Kilgrave. Once that fails, it all escalates to the plot where Kilgrave is kept captive. And Ruben's death comes into play again as a vengeful Robyn accidentally sets Kilgrave free.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Kilgrave makes him cut his own throat in Jessica's bed.
- Supreme Chef: Malcolm says that Ruben's banana bread tastes so good he thought there was crack in it. It's actually nutmeg.
- Theme Twin Naming: With Robyn.
Portrayed By: Holly Cinnamon
A girl that Dex is obsessed with.
- Boom, Headshot!: How she's shot by Fisk's assassins.
- Career-Ending Injury: She wanted to be a dancer but tore her ACL which forced her to abandon her dream.
- Morality Chain: Dex considers her to be his one, even though he's stalking her rather than dating her.
- Nice Girl: She's very friendly and even remembered Dex from when they worked together at the Suicide Hotline. Despite being freaked out by his stalking she agrees to try and help him get better once he explains his situation to her.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears a few times before her death, but 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.
Portrayed By: Susan Varon
Appearances: Daredevil | The Defenders
The proprietor of Josie's Bar, a local watering hole in Hell's Kitchen.
- Adaptational Heroism: While Josie isn't a villain in the Marvel Universe, she is extremely apathetic to the amounts of drugs, weapons, and even worse stuff that her patrons tend to sell or trade at her bar. Here, there is no shady business being conducted (at least, not that we see) and Foggy even takes the time to point out the good people in the bar.
- Good-Guy Bar: Josie's Bar is regularly frequented by Matt, Foggy, and Karen. Foggy also points out other patrons such as the guy who arranges the community Thanksgiving meal every year.
- Pet the Dog: She's less caustic to Foggy, Matt and Karen when they go out drinking after Mrs. Cardenas' death.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She's caustic to both Matt and Foggy, but they helped her out a few times when the city has tried to shut down the bar, so Foggy claims they get to drink there for free (According to Josie they definitely do not get this privilege.) Season 2 has Foggy closing the firm's tab when they go their separate ways, giving that the sign clearly says no tab in the back and Josie's reaction she never expected it to be paid.
Portrayed By: Matt Gerald
A somewhat mentally challenged craftsman, with a talent for making light-weight armor, in the forced employ of Wilson Fisk.
- Adaptational Heroism: Where as in the comics Melvin started out as a supervillain, here he's an innocent soul who's forced to work for Fisk and gladly helps out Matt when given an alternative.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He seems to have some sort of mental handicap or illness, but what exactly he suffers from is never stated. In Season 1 it's shown that he acts childish at times, and he claims he gets "confused" when he's off his medication.
- Bald of Evil: Subverted; initially he seems to be another bad bald guy, but he's really a vulnerable, mentally ill fellow being forced to work for Fisk due to Fisk keeping his girlfriend Betsy Beatty under his thumb.
- The Blacksmith: A modern day equivalent; He's incredibly good at making custom armor. He even ends up creating Matt's billy clubs.
- Characterization Marches On: Melvin is far more in control of his faculties in season 2, certainly because he no longer is being pressured by Fisk or withheld his medication. He also has a better understanding of how dangerous associating himself with Daredevil is and doesn't trust him blindly.
- Dumb Muscle: Melvin is looked down upon for his mental challenges by people other than Fisk and Matt and proves to be a very physical threat when he attacks Matt for breaking into his workshop, being strong enough to throw him around like a ragdoll. He also demonstrates decent aim and a killer throwing arm when he hurls a buzz-saw with deadly force at Matt's head.
- Dumbass No More: Since he no longer has the burden of Wilson Fisk's threats on him, Melvin is not as fragile mentally in Season 2, compared to Season 1 where he started sobbing when Daredevil defeated him. He even guessed right that the Punisher did not try to kill Matt on purpose and can even snark at him.Matt: I'm not a criminal, Melvin.
Potter: You don't have a badge, either.
- Forced into Evil: Wilson Fisk has forced him to make armored suits for him by threatening someone he deeply cares for. He dislikes working for Fisk and otherwise wouldn't be involved with him.Matt Murdock: So you do work for Fisk.
Melvin Potter: I said no, when he asked. Said no, Betsy wouldn't like it. She wants me to be good. I gotta be good. So I, I make things. I'm good at making things.
- In Season 3 he's once again coerced by Fisk, via Felix Manning, to make a Daredevil suit for Dex and to set up a trap for Matt.
- Foreshadowing: Is wearing the Gladiator suit underneath his shirt in "Penny and Dime" and offers to show Matt the whole thing. Matt respectfully declines. Also keeps posters of Roman gladiators on his wall.
- Idiot Savant: He's a genius in his field, but otherwise has a rather child-like mind.Owlsley: Kid's half an idiot.
Fisk: It's the other half that counts.
- The Mentally Ill: Apparently, he "gets confused" when off his medication.
- Mythology Gag: He throws a buzzsaw blade at Matt, which was part of his weaponry in his comic Gladiator supervillain identity. He also has a tendency to go for one when agitated.
- Sarcasm-Blind: He nervously tries to answer Owlsley and Elektra's rhetorical questions.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate after being arrested in season 3 is left unclear. With the show's cancellation it is unlikely it will ever be answered.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Where do Wilson Fisk and Matt get their armored clothes and costume from? Melvin.
Portrayed By: Daniel Marcus
Appearances: Jessica Jones
A morgue attendant at Riverbank Medical Center.
- Big Eater: In season 1, Trish gets him to allow her and Jessica to search the morgue by bribing him with a reservation at Per Se. Later, she bribes him again with a dinner reservation to get a charred human head identified. His computer password is also "Food82".
- Comically Small Bribe: Because of his job and how lonely it can get, Maury can be bribed with just food. Other times, it can be also a woman's heels.
Portrayed By: Shohreh Aghdashloo
Appearances: The Punisher
Dinah Madani's mother, who runs a psychiatric practice
- What the Hell, Hero?: She is not happy that Dinah and David bring a dying Frank to the apartment, and not too happy Hamad insists on helping him.
Portrayed By: Houshang Touzie
Appearances: The Punisher
Dinah Madani's father, and a successful medical doctor.
- Chekhov's Gunman: His job as a doctor is mentioned several times before Dinah calls on him to save Frank's life.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Despite the fact that Frank is a convicted murderer and wanted felon, Hamad still refuses to turn him away when Dinah and David bring him to the Madanis' apartment. As far as Hamad is concerned, Frank is a patient who needs aid.
Portrayed By: Rebecca De Mornay
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Trish Walker's abusive mother and talent agent who became Jessica's foster mother when she was young.
- Abusive Parents: Not exactly the most loving mother somebody could have. She forced Trish into bulimia just because she was apparently getting fat, and that's just once incident shown.
- Alas, Poor Villain: She was highly abusive towards Trish and Jessica throughout her life, but she didn't deserve to be horrifically murdered by Salinger.
- The Atoner: The first season ends with Dorothy giving Trish Jessica's medical files, showing that her bill was paid by the mysterious IGH; the only thing she wants in exchange is to have a relationship with her daughter. The second season makes Dorothy a tiny bit more sympathetic a character than the first.
- Composite Character: With the comics version of Alisa Jones, who becomes Jessica's adoptive mother following the accident that killed her biological parents.
- Hypocrite: She regularly insists that Jessica is harming Trish's life or otherwise damaging her, when she's actively a toxic influence. It's also revealed that she pimped an underage Trish out to perverted directors and producers to secure roles, but as an adult, she slut-shames her daughter for going to one of them for a lead on her story.
- It's All About Me: Forced Trish to become a child star just to earn herself fame and money. She adopted Jessica not out of charity but because Trish had passed out in a club and she needed some good publicity.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When she reminds Trish of the one-room apartment they used to share. Perhaps she forced Trish into show business so they would never again live in poverty.
- Though everything else she does is a massive Kick the Dog moment, she is still the first person to recognize that Trish is spiraling back into drug abuse and calls her on it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Surprisingly, yes. Given her Stage Mom persona, she did care about her daughter somewhere within her. People at her funeral even go as far as telling stories of her, saying all the good she did even if a lot of it was from her shrewed Hollywood business point of view.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: When Trish is hospitalized following Karl Malus's operation on her, she doesn't blame Jessica for what happened, but when Alisa tries to kill Trish, and in the process kills Detective Costa's partner, Dorothy goes right back to treating Jessica like shit.
- Kick the Dog: As if her abuse of Trish wasn't bad enough, when a young Jessica intervenes once on Trish's behalf, Dorothy tells her to butt out because it's a family thing and Jess doesn't have one.
- Missing Mom: When Jessica meets with her in "Top Shelf Perverts," she claims Trish hadn't reached out to her in three years.
- Never My Fault: The only times she does accepts blame are when she thinks it will benefit her, such as admitting to a drinking problem or being a terrible mother to guilt trip her daughters. It quickly falls apart when people call her on it.
- Parental Substitute: Took Jessica in, after her family died. However, that's all she did for her; the two having nothing but contempt for one-another.
- Punched Across the Room: When she tries to force Trish to vomit one too many times, Jessica throws her out of the bathroom and into the hallway wall.
- Stage Mom: Entirely responsible for Trish's childhood career, as well as all the bruises, bulimia and drug problems. There's an implication that her talent agency also sees a lot of these.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She basically kicked off the entire plot of the second season by giving Trish her copy of Jessica's medical files.
Upper West Side
Portrayed By: Alex Moggridge
Appearances: The Defenders
An architect at Duncan & Dotter Design, a Manhattan building designer firm.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: He shoots himself in the head with a revolver rather than let Elektra kill him.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's been targeted because he is trying to blow the whistle on the Hand's Midland Circle business.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His death is what causes Jessica to end up meeting Matt, as Foggy sends Matt to represent Jessica, while Colleen ends up using his plan to destroy Midland Circle and the Hand's dragon bone mining cave.
Dr. Samuel Sterns
Species: Enhanced human
Portrayed By: Tim Blake Nelson
Appearances: The Incredible Hulk | The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week comics
- "I've always been more curious than cautious, and that's served me pretty well."
A scientist who helps Bruce under the moniker "Mr. Blue". Bruce communicates with him wirelessly while in Brazil in hopes of developing a cure for his condition, but necessary ingredients for the formula require him to return to the United States. There, he discovers that Sterns has more than just curing the Hulk on his mind.
- Aborted Arc: A tie-in comic establishes he was taken into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D. shortly after the events of The Incredible Hulk, but any influence he may have on future Marvel projects is dubious since he otherwise hasn't been mentioned. This also makes it unlikely he's going to become The Leader any time soon.
- Admiring the Abomination: Well, not the actual Abomination, who he's pretty horrified by, but Sterns is in complete awe of Banner as the Hulk, calling it "god-like" and "Olympian", and comparing Bruce to Prometheus giving man fire.
- Adaptational Comic Relief: He's a odd scientist with an eccentric and careless personality, but mostly harmless with some funny moments, unlike the comics where The Leader was a more serious and threatening villain.
- Adaptational Heroism: Samuel Sterns is an eccentric and careless, but mostly harmless scientist in this movie who tries to cure Banner, while in the comics, he is one of the more diabolical villains in that universe. The comic tie-in shows he eventually turned evil, so it's more like his origin story than a true morality shift.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Instead of working at a nuclear facility as a mentally handicapped janitor, he's already a science genius and university professor.
- Alliterative Name: First and last names starts with S.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's an odd scientist to be sure.
- Cassandra Truth: When Blonsky demands to have the Hulk's blood and gamma radiation applied to him, Sterns argues against it, claiming that the gamma-blood combined with Blonksky's experimental super-serumed body might turn him into "an abomination". Blonsky doesn't care, and holds Sterns at gunpoint to transform him anyway.
- Code Name: Mr. Blue.
- For Science!: Downplayed. While he is fascinated by Hulk blood he is thrilled by its practical applications.
- Keet: Very hyperactive, especially when it comes to science.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He wants to cure Banner and find similar cures for diseases but wants to use gamma-irradiated blood to do so which always has unfortunate consequences.
- Motor Mouth: He can get carried away discussing the merits of Hulk blood; the result is a fast-flowing stream of science.
- My Brain Is Big: Caused by Banner's irradiated blood coming in contact with a head wound caused by Abomination.
- Nice Guy: Other than Bruce, he knows how dangerous Hulk blood is better than anyone but instead of treating Bruce like a menace he's 'hail fellow scientist! Well met!'
- We Can Rule Together: To Black Widow when she finds him in Fury's Big Week. She responds by shooting him in the knee and taking him into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate after being taken into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s custody - particularly in the wake of the HYDRA uprising - hasn't been mentioned.
Portrayed By: Mat Vairo
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Jessica's first boyfriend, a bartender at a nightclub who wants to open up his own club.
- Accidental Murder: Alisa doesn't plan on outright killing him, only roughing him up. Too bad she has Super Strength...
- Ambiguous Situation: He was clearly a toxic influence on Jessica, but it's not clear if he genuinely loved her and was just a screw up, or if he was intentionally just using her so he could live easily without working.
- The Corrupter: He meets Jess when she is a struggling college student when she is tearfully being rejected by Trish. A month later she is paying for both of them through stealing and has dropped out of college.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Has the feel of this regarding running a club. He claims to know the 'art' of running a club (something he thinks his former boss didn't), but his actual approach appears pretty incompetent (as his former boss points out, he's not so much 'building loyal customers' as he is just trying to get laid). Despite this, he tells said boss to his face about how he's going to open his own club, despite having no actual understanding of the business.
- Manipulative Bastard: Zigzagged and potentially averted. Even though he's nice to Jessica, it is implied he was also manipulating her into stealing stuff for them both, and he later pimps her out to Wyatt as a bodyguard not just to save his own ass, but also demands a cut of whatever Wyatt gets. Then again, he may have simply pretended to go along with it 'to save his ass.'
- Posthumous Character: He died long before the ) of the first season.
- Secretly Selfish: He appears to be a charming Nice Guy who paints himself as chasing a dream of running a bar, but underneath he's using his charms to get Jessica to steal anything they need so he doesn't have to get an actual job, borrows money from gangsters he's unable to pay off (and later agrees to pimp Jessica out to them as muscle), and apparently puts very little effort into opening up his club. He also encourages Jess to reconnect with her sister solely so he can network and get Trish to invest in him. Of course, Jess had no problems with breaking ATMS, stealing dresses and other things, so it wasn't like she didn't know. Suffice to say, it was always a messed up relationship. Even after Jessica found out about the circumstances of Stirling's death, she hated Alisa for doing it all the same.
- Mostly made worse by the ambiguity caused by his death, we never get to see if he was just only said those things because he was surrounded by the gangstars and get away but Jessica is still righteously angered because it was her life and problem to fix and he didn't deserve to die for them both being young idiots who hadn't figured life out.
- Start My Own: He wants to open his own place, Club Alias, but he's had to borrow money from some gangsters to finance his investment.
Portrayed By: Ashley Johnson
Appearances: The Avengers | Loki note
A waitress who works in New York City and is rescued by Captain America during the Battle of New York.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde and very kind and polite.
- Hostage Situation: She and many other New Yorkers were captured by Chitauri until Captain America saved them.
- I Owe You My Life:Beth: Captain America saved my life. Wherever he is... wherever any of them are... I just want to say: thank you.
- Nice Girl: She's kind and polite when she talked to Steve Rogers; and later after she learned he saved her and many others, she wholeheartedly thank him and the other Avengers.
Dr. Reva Connors
Portrayed By: Parisa Fitz Henley
Appearances: Jessica Jones | Luke Cage
A former counselor at Seagate Penitentiary, later wife to Luke Cage, with ties to Kilgrave and Jessica Jones.
- Ascended Extra: She's obviously still dead, but her character is somewhat expanded upon in Luke Cage via additional flashbacks.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While she may have developed real feelings for Luke, her role at Seagate was to be a warm, pretty face for the prisoners to open up to... with the full knowledge that those who opened up (and looked strong enough) would be picked as fighters in the underground ring and then used as guinea pigs for Seagate's experiments.
- Broken Pedestal: Luke discovers she actually was an active participant in the Seagate experiments, providing him with the final push to be able to move on from her.
- Fake Cutie: She was used as this by the conspiracy in Seagate, using her therapy session to select good candidates for the experiments. This was all done with her full knowledge and consent, and she repeatedly lied to her patients' faces, particularly Carl, and used their trust against them.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: Falls in love with Luke Cage while he is in Seagate.
- High-HeelFace Turn: It's revealed that she was a full and willing participant in everything that went on at Seagate, until she fell in love with Luke Cage.
- The Lost Lenore: Luke is still very haunted by her death.
- Love Redeems: Falling in love with Luke caused her to regret her part in everything that happened at Seagate. Which, we learn, she was perfectly aware of every step of the way and not merely an innocent patsy.
- Posthumous Character: She's dead before the events of Jessica Jones.
- The Shrink: Was a prison psychologist at Seagate, where she first met Carl Lucas, the man who would eventually be Luke Cage.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Killing her was such an anathema to Jessica that she becomes immune to Kilgrave's powers after doing it. She was also married to Luke and had files on, among others, Kilgrave's childhood experiments.
- Unwitting Pawn: She didn't know about the fighting ring or the extent of the experimentation done on the prisoners of Seagate, and merely did her job in providing them hope. Subverted and revealed to be a lie. She knew what she was doing from the beginning, and lied flat out about it.
Portrayed By: Jessica Hecht
Appearances: Jessica Jones
A jewelry manufacturer that hires Jessica to find out if her husband is cheating on her. She's actually setting a trap to kill her for having powers.
- Bullying a Dragon: She can't really target the Avengers, so she chooses someone who she thinks will be an easier target. She's very wrong. Jessica is much more morally grey than the Avengers.
- Fantastic Racism: She has an attitude about superhumans is driven by hatred and fear.
- Hate Sink: She thinks lowly of people with powers and pulls Jessica away from her hunt for Kilgrave for a petty and misplaced grudge. In addition to her Fantastic Racism towards superhumans, she's also proudly ableist, suggesting her attitude towards superhumans is at least partially a product of her generally being bigoted. Her only tragic quality, her mother's death, is nullified by how she's fine with getting her husband endangered.
- Insane Troll Logic: She wants to kill Jessica as a preventative measure against gifted/powered people, as the "incident" caused her mother's death under the rubble of a destroyed building. Apparently, calling it the "incident" lets her conveniently ignore the fact there was an alien invasion happening at the time, and that the Chitauri were targeting everyone in sight until the Avengers arrived to draw their attention from slaughtering everyone. Plus, if the usage of a nuclear missile to close the portal the Chitauri came through was made public knowledge, then there is the likely probability that the WSC/S.H.I.E.L.D. could have used the missile to level the city, Avengers or no Avengers.
- Irony: She hires Jessica to find out if her husband is sleeping with another woman, thinking he might ask for a divorce. When Jessica proves to her why it was a really, really bad idea to do all of that, her husband asks for a divorce.
- Misplaced Retribution: She blames "gifted" individuals for the death of her mother rather then, you know, the aliens that invaded the Earth. Especially considering that Loki was the one who initiated the invasion
- Politically Incorrect Villain: She cements her position as an unlikable person by comparing the word "gifted" to "special", and talking about it being a euphemism for "retarded".
Portrayed By: Meagen Fay
Appearances: Agent Carter
The owner of the Griffith Hotel, a boarding house for women in which Peggy Carter lives.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first she seems like a strict but fair landlady, then we realize she's anything but.
- Control Freak: Has a strict curfew for her residents and insists that no gentlemen callers are allowed above the first floor.
- Cranky Landlord: Strictly controls the schedules of the girls in her boarding house and forbids men higher than the first floor.
- Female Misogynist: She treats her tenants (all grown women with jobs) like particularly dim children, because she doesn't believe they're capable of knowing what's best for them. She also seems to believe that once a lady has compromised her virtue, she's unworthy of basic respect.
- Grande Dame: Not an aristocrat, but she's very concerned with respectability and a bit of a snob as well, and she has the overbearing attitude.
- Hidden Depths: She tries to bring up Sigmund Freud to rationalize her oppressive rules.
- Hypocrite: Despite knowing who Sigmund Freud is, she claims its "unbecoming" of a lady to know about him.
- Jerkass: At breakfast she publicly humiliates a tenant who had a gentleman caller in her room and evicts her on the spot, to serve as an example to the others.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She forbids men above the first floor of the Griffith because she believes women cannot control their sexual urges until they are married or reach a certain age. She's pretty nasty about this, but when Peggy sneaks Howard into the building, he quickly becomes acquainted with many of the residents, and he implies that this is not his first time at the Griffith Hotel. She was also unintentionally accurate in keeping Mr. Mink from seeing Peggy, not that it stopped him from breaking in.
- Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: She treats the tenants like they were school girls in a dormitory rather than adults living on their own.
- Satellite Character: Is only relevant to the story as Peggy's landlady. Once Peggy moves out, she ceases to be important and stops appearing.
- Single-Issue Landlord: Basically one rule and that rule is "no men above the first floor ever".
- Skewed Priorities: She's more affected by Peggy making a hole on her wall than about having a tenant who is being pursued by federal agents.
- Slut-Shaming: Public evictions for... daring to have a man in your room.
- Sour Prude: She believes that All Women Are Lustful so they are incapable of controlling their urges until they're married or reach a certain age. Hence why they need someone like her to keep them in line.
- Spear Counterpart: As much a Female Misogynist as she is, she's also living proof that misogyny isn't the only brand of sexism to be featured in the series.
Angela "Angie" Martinelli
Portrayed By: Lyndsy Fonseca
Appearances: Agent Carter
An aspiring actress who works as a waitress at an automat Peggy frequents, who invites her to stay at the Griffith Hotel.
- The Bro Code: Gender-flipped. Her previous best friend abruptly left her after getting married, so Angie is distrustful of friends who appear to be dating. At times she raises suspicion about Jarvis, but Peggy reassures her that they're just business partners.
- Deadpan Snarker: She always has a sarcastic remark ready.Dottie: [about the boarding house] This place is pretty swell, huh? Seems like one big happy family.
Angie: That wears off.
- Demoted to Extra: Her role had to be significantly reduced in Season 2 as Fonseca got a role on another show.
- Drama Queen: Peggy calls her this when she says she's "too consumed by ennui" to go to work.
- Fake Guest Star: Lyndsy Fonseca regularly appeared through the first season and yet she was not included in the "regular cast" line-up.
- Large Ham: She is an actress after all. Her acting comes into play when she helps Peggy in evading the SSR.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She had no idea about Peggy's double life until "A Sin To Err", although she claims that she suspected something was off.Angie: I knew you didn't work for the phone company!
- Muggle Best Friend: She quickly becomes Peggy's closest friend but she has no idea about the world of espionage she's involved in. After what happened to Colleen, though, Peggy is reluctant to let her any closer.
- Nice Girl: Very friendly, cheerful and helpful to Peggy.
- The Nicknamer: She calls Peggy "English," refers to Jarvis as "Mr Fancy," and calls Dottie "Iowa."
- The Not-Love Interest: Fulfills several of the roles typical of love interests in action, spy, and superhero films. She gets annoyed when the hero's double-life keeps them from spending time together, provides Peggy with emotional support after Ray is killed, and helps Peggy escape from the SSR agents hunting her without ever questioning her innocence.
- Put on a Bus: Inverted; the rest of the cast of Agent Carter (and the show itself) hopped a bus to LA, leaving Angie behind. It's a little jarring considering that Angie could have been relocated to LA, due to being an aspiring actress.
- She Really Can Act: In-universe. We first see Angie practicing for an audition, but her line reading is fairly stiff. All her previous auditions went badly too, and Angie seriously considers quitting acting and going into secretary school. When she needs to distract the SSR, though, Angie wills herself to turn on the waterworks and burst into tears over a fake anecdote about her grandma, making the agents too uncomfortable to keep questioning her. Peggy overhears it, and encourages her to keep trying out for theater after that.
- Waiting for a Break: She works as a waitress in a restaurant while waiting for her big break in show business.
Portrayed By: Ashley Hinshaw
Appearances: Agent Carter
Peggy's first roommate.
- Boom, Headshot!: How she was killed.
- The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: At the beginning of the second episode, we see an obituary stating she "died suddenly in her bed". Well, she did die in her bed all right, and it was sudden - but it involved a bullet to the middle of her forehead.
- Dies Wide Open: Peggy finds her corpse with a shocked look in her face.
- Ill Girl: Colleen was rather sick when the show starts, and worried she might have tuberculosis. It's implied to be because of substandard conditions at the factory she worked at.
- Kill the Cutie: Colleen was one of the nicest people Peggy knew, and still optimistic despite their hardships. Because of her death Peggy is reluctant to let other friends of hers be put in danger.
- Muggle Best Friend: Deconstructed. Colleen had no idea Peggy was an SSR agent, believing she worked at the phone company. This lack of knowledge about her friend's dangerous job led to her death.
- Nice Girl: Colleen was friendly and compassionate to Peggy, and often suggested friend dates they could go on after work.
- One-Shot Character: Due to dying in the same episode she is introduced in.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Colleen dies early to emphasize the danger of Leviathan, whose agent was ruthless enough to follow Peggy home and murder her sleeping friend.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She is killed in the very episode she first appears, after having two scenes. Even Peggy admitted she had only known her for a few months.
- Wrench Wench: Worked as a riveter during the war but was replaced by a man. By then she was much more experienced and had to teach him how to use it.
- You Need to Get Laid: Downplayed. Colleen wanted to see Peggy get married, and viewed staying independent as the road to spinsterdom.
Dr. Wendy Ross-Hogarth
Portrayed By: Robin Weigert
Appearances: Jessica Jones
A New York City doctor and Jeri's estranged wife.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Said almost word-for-word when Jeri asks why Wendy married her, knowing she was a ruthless bitch. She was a bitch to everyone, except Wendy. Later on, Pam says something similar.
- Break the Cutie: She was once a devoted and (apparently) loving wife, and then she found out her partner was cheating on her with a much younger and prettier woman, flat out didn't love her anymore, and sent a superpowered "thug" to serve her the divorce papers. And then her ex-wife literally brings Kilgrave to her door.
- Foot-Dragging Divorcee: She demands a considerable portion of Jeri's assets in the divorce, and won't sign the divorce papers without a settlement. Then after Jessica threatens her, she increases the demand.
- Trauma Conga Line: It's hard not to feel sorry for Wendy after everything she's put through, and the way she dies.
- You Never Did That for Me: Defied. Jeri tries repeating the same romantic gestures she used with Wendy on her new squeeze, Pam, but Wendy calls her out on this in front of Pam and lets the latter know she's getting a "leftover romance."
Portrayed By: N/A
Appearances: Jessica Jones note
A local private investigator whom Jessica Jones refers to Luke Cage.
- The Ghost: Is only referred to through dialogue, and not seen.
Portrayed By: Lesley Ann Warren
A Polish-American immigrant whose family originally owned the "Rabbit in a Snowstorm" painting that Fisk covets.
- Dark and Troubled Past: "Rabbit in a Snowstorm" was taken from her family by the Nazis during the invasion of Poland, who killed her father in doing so.
- Killed Offscreen: Dex kills her to obtain the painting, not realizing that Fisk no longer desires it. Fisk sees the bloodstain on the frame of "Rabbit in a Snowstorm" and realizes exactly what happened to her.
- Nerves of Steel: Enough to get Fisk to relent on his efforts to reclaim the painting.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: She has enough guts to refuse Fisk's increased efforts to bribe her out of "Rabbit in a Snowstorm"
Portrayed By: Johnny Pozzi
Appearances: The Punisher
A citizen who harasses the amnesiac Billy Russo.
J. Jonah Jameson
Portrayed By: J. K. Simmons
Appearances: Spider-Man: Far From Home note | TheDailyBugle.Net | Venom: Let There Be Carnage note | Spider-Man: No Way Home
A controversial internet personality who hosts a news podcast on DailyBugle.net, where he rants and raves against anything he believes to be a threat to society. His latest target: that wall-crawling menace Spider-Man.
- Adaptational Dumbass: Most versions of J. Jonah Jameson are the respected head of a long-running newspaper, with the Sam Raimi version in particular boasting that he hadn't needed to print a retraction in 20 years (before Eddie Brock happened). This Jameson is a sensationalist conspiracy theorist who is considered extremely controversial and is in no way a respected source of news.
- Adaptational Jerkass:
- In most continuities, Jameson is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who, if pressed, will grudgingly admit that Spider-Man is a hero, he just dislikes his methods, and he's also very close with Peter (though he'd never admit it) to the point of being willing to risk his life to protect him. In the MCU, Jameson unmasks Spider-Man to the world without hesitation and labels him a public enemy, ruining the life of a teenager that helped save the universe. He's even worse in No Way Home, where he's constantly trying to get video evidence to "prove" Spider-Man is a menace, and blames him for a villain attack where Aunt May died. The latter is especially egregious, since in the comics Jameson will usually not stoop to using someone's death to inflame tensions or sell papers, but in No Way Home he not only does exactly that but is doing so knowing that he's directly and knowingly blaming Peter for his aunt's murder.
- Jameson usually has a fairly strong code of journalistic ethics; he may put his own spin on the truth or allow his personal opinions to distort it, but he won't outright lie to sell papers. In the comics he'll often defame Spider-Man but print retractions if proven wrong, and his previous portrayal in the Spider-Man Trilogy had him fire Eddie Brock because he doctored a photo of Spider-Man, and he was very unhappy the Daily Bugle had to print its first retraction in decades. In these movies, Jonah shows no such morals and is more interested in convincing people that Spider-Man is evil no matter what he has to say to do it.
- Adaptational Job Change: He's an internet personality rather than an editor-in-chief of a newspaper company.
- Adaptational Ugliness: Jameson wasn't particularly handsome in the comics, but he had a full head of hair; in contrast, this version is going bald.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His iconic salt-and-pepper hair from the comics was recreated to perfection in Simmons's previous turn as the character; though this version has lost most of his hair, it's clearly brown.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Peter's most famous job is as a photographer working for J. J. at The Daily Bugle. This doesn't happen in the MCU, because J.J. is given Spider-Man's Secret Identity and outs him to the world before ever meeting, knowing, and employing Peter Parker in any capacity. In comics, when Jameson got to know Peter as an employer and a one-sided surrogate son-nephew in Ultimate Spider-Man and Chip Zdarsky's run on Spectacular Spider-Man, he actually became Peter's friend and confidant.
- Age Lift: While most versions of the character are middle aged, this JJJ is a balding man in his sixties due to being reprised by J.K. Simmons after twelve real-world years.
- Alternate Self: Despite being played by the same actor as in the Spider-Man Trilogy's universe, he's clearly been reimagined as a different version of the character native to the MCU, a fact worth mentioning because his first non-cameo appearance features a number of actual characters from that trilogy coming in via the multiverse.
- Ascended Extra: He has a much larger presence in No Way Home, acting as a minor recurring antagonist who continues to drag Spider-Man's reputation through the dirt. At one point, he even leaves the studio to hunt down the Spider out in the field.
- Bald of Evil: "Evil" is stretching it, but his transformation from the obnoxious but lovable blowhard of the comics and Simmons' previous version, to an inflammatory and unethical conspiracy nut, also sees the character's iconic salt-and-pepper flat-top replaced with a bald pate. Looks like he couldn't trust his barber after all.
- The Cameo: He makes a brief appearance in the mid-credits scene of Far From Home.
- Composite Character: He has the actor and mannerisms of the Jameson from the Sam Raimi trilogy, his job is changed to being the host of an internet news media outlet like in Spider-Man (PS4), and he outs Peter as Spider-Man while framing him as a murderer like in the non-canon story "What If Gwen Stacy Had Lived?" from What If? vol. 1 #24.
- Conspiracy Theorist: This version of the Daily Bugle appears to be a less than reputable media source.
- Darker and Edgier: This version of Jameson isn't really a comedic jerk like his previous incarnations, but more in line with present day extreme news hosts who verbally bludgeon their target without mercy and are more interested in their personal beliefs and biases than factual accuracy. Though of course, J.K. Simmons going full ham with him is as entertaining as always to see.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Peter's just enjoying being back from a hectic vacation, and then suddenly Jameson shows up out of nowhere, painting him as a murderer and revealing his secret identity to the world.
- Dramatic Irony: He calls Mysterio "the greatest superhero of all time" during his big tirade against Spider-Man. He didn't get the memo. Or maybe he did, but discrediting Spider-Man just meant a lot more to him.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: No Way Home establishes that he goes from being a relatively minor figure on the internet who films a show in front of a greenscreen in his basement to a rising media mogul who runs a massive news operation that can afford to hire multiple reporters and film crews on top of having them outfitted with news vans and helicopters — all funded through the money he's made by exposing Spider-Man's secret identity and then covering him in a negative light.
- Hate Sink: Unlike most versions of J. J., this version doesn't have any understandable reason to hate Spider-Man in the first place, most of his sympathetic traits are non-existent and his hatred for Spider-Man is not Played for Laughs. Even knowing that Spider-Man is actually a teenager doesn't stop Jameson from hating him even more, and he puts all his resources into ensuring Peter's life and those closest to him are ruined.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Trusting Mysterio over Spider-Man? Really, Jonah? Of course, this is Jameson we're talking about here, that's been a consistent thing with him since Day One.
- Inspector Javert: He firmly believes Spider-Man to be a menace, and thanks to the Manipulative Editing on Mysterio's video, he appears to be correct.
- In Spite of a Nail: While Spider-Man: No Way Home confirms that Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy takes place in an Alternate Universe, J. Jonah Jameson still looks and acts the same way as his Alternate Self in that trilogy. This is noticeable as the three versions of Spider-Man in No Way Home don't have the same appearance and by extension, all Spider-Man related characters that have appeared in multiple iterations of the franchise don't share the same appearance.
- Irony: His Daily Bugle platform is deemed controversial by mainstream news here, yet every other universe that came into contact with the MCU always has the Daily Bugle (at least when it exists) as a highly respected news authority.
- Jerkass: Him taking no issue with potentially ruining the life of one of the Avengers speaks volumes about the kind of person that he is. Of course, as far as he knows, Spider-Man is a minor-league Avenger, and it is his duty to report on a story that suggests that the webslinger is some murderer. Of course, Mysterio's tech fooled everybody else (including Peter himself at first, who only learned the truth thanks to MJ, Talos, and Soren).
- Jerkass Has a Point: The MCU Spider-Man in both Homecoming and Far From Home makes a lot of blunders and mistakes and in the first movie, at least was responsible for defacing a national monument and nearly sinking a ferry boat with passengers on it. So it's not too much of a stretch for those on the outside to see Spider-Man as a threat or menace.
- Karma Houdini: Neither he, or the Daily Bugle no major retribution or comeupperance of any kind despite his actions damaging Peter, especially due to his reduced focus later on.
- Kick the Dog: Outing a minor — who served as one of the key Avengers that saved the entire universe less than a year ago — as a seeming supervillain and putting him in danger is a real dick move.
- Knight of Cerebus: Surprisingly enough, Jameson does more harm to Spider-Man than most of the other villains in the entire Spider-Man film franchise by outing his identity as Peter Parker. While he's still in high school, nonetheless. Granted, it was still Mysterio that provided him with the information, but he obviously knew how useful it was for a news story against the wall-crawler.
- Large Ham: J.K. Simmons clearly hasn't lost his touch. Even with only under a minute of screentime in Far From Home, he chewed the scenery to bits.
- Mythology Gag:
- His new role as an online personality who publicly rants about Spider-Man is similar to his Insomniac counterpart, who hosted a podcast with the same agenda.
- In this online exclusive DailyBugle.net clip, Jameson calls Spidey a "criminal, a miscreant, a masked marauder", and of course, "A MENACE!"
- And of course, he's played by the same actor that defined the character for an entire generation in the Spider-Man Trilogy, and reprised the role in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! and Ultimate Spider-Man (2012).
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Jameson and his show are clearly modeled after small-time hard-right talk show hosts, complete with a specific presentation style similar to Info Wars, right down to peddling pharmaceutical nutrients of dubious quality.
- In No Way Home, Jameson has upgraded his operation significantly resembling outlets such as Newsmax or The Blaze.
- Oblivious to Their Own Description: Jameson considers Spider-Man's supporters to be gullible fools easily misled by an obvious murderer. In other words, exactly what Jameson himself is for buying into Mysterio's version of events.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He's considerably more subdued and somber after the condo disaster and seems genuinely shaken by the event.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Seems to have an agent tailing Peter and his loved ones so that he can have fresh anti-Spider-Man material to report on.
- Plot-Irrelevant Villain: While Jameson's demonization of Spider-Man/Peter Parker is despicable and greatly affects him in No Way Home's first act, he mostly ends up taking a backseat once the multiversal shenanigans start up, with him being a minor annoyance at most as he tries to find more ways to badger Spider-Man publicly.
- Reimagining the Artifact:
- Like in Spider-Man (PS4), he's changed from the editor of a respected newspaper to an influential internet pundit.note
- Also, The Daily Bugle itself is considered a controversial news source based on sensationalist media outlets across the internet, as opposed to being a newspaper company that everyone trusts. Consider the term "controversial", as people today are far less likely to blindly trust news sources as they were when The Daily Bugle was most relevant in the comics.
- Signing Off Catchphrase: "Good night, and God help us all."
- Small Role, Big Impact: In Far From Home, he only appears in the mid-credits, yet he's instrumental to setting the stage for the post-Infinity Saga movies by outing Peter to everyone as Spider-Man and branding him from A Hero to His Hometown to a Hero with Bad Publicity. No Way Home continues this trope, as his influence in demonizing Peter causes the webslinger to turn to Doctor Strange for some mystical help, only to cause a multiversal crisis instead.
- Snake Oil Salesman: Just like InfoWars, his show contains ad breaks in which he shills questionable nutritional supplements.
- Truer to the Text: Unlike his previous portrayal in the Sam Raimi trilogy, largely based on later interpretations that showed there was a more caring side to the character, this version is a more accurate adaption of Jameson's original portrayal as a greedy and selfish person willing to make all sorts of lies and not caring about his employees as shown in the tie-in material for No Way Home with Betty Brant.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Labeling one of the key Avengers — who just ensured that the entire universe wasn't destroyed — as a public menace without even trying to get his side of the story reeks of this. Not surprising, though; after all, this is JJJ we're talking about here.
- Unknown Rival: Peter Parker doesn't know or work for Jameson in this setting. As far as JJJ and the rest of the world knows, Spider-Man is a Small Steps Hero sensation on the internet mainly known in Queens who occasionally works with the Avengers. Yet once this influential online personality comes across incriminating information about the web-slinger (including his true age), he decides to come out of nowhere and overturn his life. Despite this, in No Way Home, where Jameson spends every moment he's onscreen demonising him, Peter doesn't seem to pay him much particular attention, placing the blame on Mysterio rather than Jameson. Even when calling into the Bugle as part of his plan to solve the surrent crisis, Peter doesn't respond to Jameson's taunts and instead addresses the pundit's audience.
- Unwitting Pawn: Presuming that Mysterio isn't dead (and even if he is), Jonah totally played right into his hands.
- Vocal Evolution: Downplayed. While this Jonah sounds exactly the same as his variant did back in the Raimi-verse, J. K. Simmons speaks noticeably slower and more concise than he did back in the early 2000s.
- Walking Spoiler: His last-minute cameo in Far From Home comes out of absolutely nowhere, and what he ends up doing in the movie completely flips the script on Peter's life ahead of No Way Home.
- We Will Not Use Photoshop in the Future: It either doesn't occur to him that the footage of Spider-Man ordering the London attack could have been faked, or he doesn't care whether or not it's real because it serves the narrative he's interested in presenting.
- Would Hurt a Child: While it doesn't harm Peter in a physical sense, Jameson has no qualms publicly selling out the teenager's identity. It shouldn't be a leap of logic to Jameson that this means criminals Spidey has busted may come after him. Not only that, but the footage also implicates him in a murder, possibly putting vigilantes — which sensationalist news programs like his tend to inspire — on Peter's trail, too.
Portrayed By: Vera Farmiga
Voiced By: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese dub)
Kate Bishop's mother and the head of Bishop Security.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first she seems like a simple loving mother, doting on Kate and worrying about her getting hurt. Late in the series, it's revealed that she's the one who hired Yelena to kill Clint and has had business dealings with the Kingpin for years.
- Casting Gag: This is not the first time Vera Farmiga plays a loving mother whose relationship with her daughter slowly becomes strained after losing a family member during a world-changing event, along with the fact that she is secretly in league with a notorious criminal following such tragedy.
- Composite Character: She takes elements of Derek Bishop in being a corrupt, antagonistic parent connected to Kingpin.
- Condescending Compassion: Once Eleanor's villainy is exposed, she treats Kate as little more than a child, justifying her crimes by claiming that they were meant to keep Kate out of poverty, something Eleanor is sure her daughter can't handle and brushing off Kate's condemnations by saying that she's simply too young to understand how the world works.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Discussed. Once she realizes Kate is actively in danger and isn't going to stop, Eleanor immediately attempts to cut ties with Wilson Fisk to prevent anything worse from happening. He doesn't take it well.
- Evil All Along: It's revealed that she's an associate of the Kingpin and hired Yelena to assassinate Hawkeye.
- Expy: She is practically the Moira Queen of Marvel: Both being part of a prestigious family (interestingly their last names are chess pieces) as well as the single mother of an archer-themed superhero. Their similarities do not stop there as despite loving their family, they secretly have business ties with the criminal underworld. They even give the same reason to their children when confronted.
- Eleanor constantly complains about how Kate is constantly putting herself into danger for no reason, and that her actions while attempting to be like her hero Hawkeye will eventually result in her getting hurt. Yet, she has no qualms with hiring an assassin to try to kill Clint, even as she knows her daughter is working with him to uncover what's going on.
- During Eleanor's attempt to justify of her actions to Kate, she once again lectures her daughter over being reckless and not understanding her actions have consequences; when the police show up to arrest her for Armand III's murder, Eleanor is stunned that Kate would have her face the consequences of her actions.
- From the beginning of the series, Eleanor complains about how Kate seems to think she's invincible, and that she needs to face the hardships of the real world. Yet, she continues to work for the Kingpin long after Derek's debt is paid off because she's afraid of her daughter being unable to handle things without any sort of wealth or privilege.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Deconstructed. For all of her actions, Eleanor claims that she's lived "with nothing" in the past and refuses to go back to it or allow the same thing to happen to Kate. Kate, understandably, doesn't see this as real justification for Eleanor's criminal deeds (especially murder) and is even more stunned with her mother's Condescending Compassion towards her during her explanation.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Eleanor is clearly trying to guilt-trip Kate and had no right to justify every amoral action she committed (especially murder), but she is correct that Kate has relied on her family's money all her life and will have to drastically adjust her lifestyle without it.
- Kick the Dog: Zigzagged. Eleanor reminds Clint about Natasha's sacrifice. It's unknown if it was to use Clint's grief over his best friend's death to make him cut ties with Kate to leave him by himself and/or as a vague death threat.
- Knight Templar Parent: Eleanor's association with Wilson Fisk and her hiring of Yelena to kill Clint was done partly due to Derek's leftover debt, but primarily out of concern for her daughter's safety. When Kate confronts her about this in the season finale, she claims it's because she doesn't know how the real world works, and that she needs to be protected from it.
- Mama Bear: Despite her flaws, Eleanor truly loves Kate and will do anything to protect her, which is proven when she smashes Wilson Fisk with her car when he tried to kill Kate.
- Never My Fault: By the season finale, she refuses to take responsibility for what she's done, insisting her actions were for Kate's sake and the results were merely "an unfortunate arrangement". As the police arrive and place her under arrest, she tries to guilt-trip her own daughter by asking if heroes "arrest their mothers on Christmas".
- Parents as People: It's clear she loves Kate, but can be very overbearing and underestimates what she's capable of, planning for Kate to take an administrative position in her company without asking if that's what Kate wants and insisting she knows best. Even as a mob-adjacent criminal, she still tries to look out for Kate and even tries to quit when her daughter is put into danger. But she also has blood on her hands and tries to rationalize her actions as just a bad strain of luck that she can shrug off when inconvenient. Kate, on her part, still loves her mother, but also sees that her mom needs to pay for what she did and has Eleanor arrested.
- Parent with New Paramour: She lost her husband Derek in the Chitauri invasion, but by the time of Hawkeye, she's become engaged to Jack Duquesne. Kate does not approve, especially since she knows Jack is up to some shady business. Turns out it's actually the other way around. Jack is just an Upper-Class Twit who Eleanor was manipulating into being the Fall Guy for her illegal activities.
- Psychological Projection: Eleanor repeatedly insists that she knows what it's like to go without and that Kate couldn't handle it, but it's implied that in reality, it's Eleanor who can't handle the idea of being without her wealth and she's just using Kate as an excuse.
- Put on a Prison Bus: In the final episode of Hawkeye, she's arrested for the murder of Armand by the police. It's implied Kate sent them incriminating evidence of her admitting to her crimes in conversation with Kingpin.
- Rags to Riches: She's made a few comments that hint that she wasn't born into wealth. And she ends up working for the Kingpin in order to keep it.
- Self-Made Woman: She built Bishop Security from the ground up after Derek's death. Her connection to the Kingpin brings up the question if the means she used were completely legal though.
- Tempting Fate: Accuses Derek of always expecting a solution to fall out of the sky. Immediately after the argument, the Chitauri come out of the sky and start wreaking havoc, killing Derek in the process.
- Trapped in Villainy: By the end of Hawkeye, we learn that her husband was deeply in debt with Wilson Fisk, who forced her to work for him for years as a result.
- Walking Spoiler: So much of her personality and role in Hawkeye is hard to talk about due to a late spoiler revealed in Episode 5.
Portrayed By: Brian d'Arcy James
Kate Bishop's late father.
- Adaptational Heroism: He's a Corrupt Corporate Executive in the comic, going as far as to approve of a gangland hit on Kate, but Kate on the show claims his life was about helping people. He's not all good however, since he was in debt with the Kingpin at the time of his death, implying that he had mafia ties.
- Death by Adaptation: In the comics, Derek is still alive; here, he died during the Chitauri invasion, which is what sets Kate on the path to becoming a costumed heroine.
- Death by Origin Story: His death during the Chitauri invasion prompts Kate to train extensively in martial arts and archery so she can protect her family.
- Old Money: Implied by Eleanor, who accuses Derek of always expecting a solution to fall out of the sky. Confirmed by Kate, who says her great-great-great-great-grandfather built the building they have the penthouse of.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Died in the Chitauri invasion, as seen in the prologue of Hawkeye.
Lucky the Pizza Dog
Breed: Golden Retriever
Portrayed By: Jolt
A stray, one-eyed dog who is taken in by Kate Bishop and has a love for pizza.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Kate playfully calls him "Pizza Dog" when they first meet. Episode 3 shows that he responds to that title more than any other names she tries to give him. Though by the final episode, Kate has settled on Lucky.
- Big Friendly Dog: After Kate rescues him, he is nothing but affectionate to the girl, which she happily returns. His personality is enough to even charm Clint.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: He bites one of the members of the Tracksuit Mafia on the leg.
- Eye Scream: He's clearly had a rough time living on the streets as his left eye is missing.
- Meaningful Name: He's named Lucky because his showing up in Kate's life brings the luck of her meeting her hero and getting to be mentored and taken under the wing of him, the less good but still for the better luck of Kate realizing the true nature of her mother, and the luck of Clint meeting someone who ends up improving his happiness and outlook on life. He himself is lucky because if he didn't show up in Kate's life, she wouldn't have been there to save him from traffic.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Loves pizza which is why Kate names him "Pizza Dog".
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Kate saves him from running out into traffic, and the act gets filmed and put on the news. Then, when Kate takes him back to her apartment, it allows the Tracksuit Mafia to find where she lives.
Jacques "Jack" Duquesne
Portrayed By: Tony Dalton
A talented fencer from a wealthy family, and Eleanor Bishop's fiancé.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, he's an Anti-Hero at best, but more often than not is a Psycho for Hire. Here, he is completely innocent of everything he seems to be guilty of, and the worst thing we see him do is cut down several Tracksuit Mafia members in self-defense.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the comics, he adopted and trained Clint Barton. In the MCU, they only meet long into Clint's career as Hawkeye, and even then their relationship is mostly as mutual acquaintances of Kate Bishop.
- Affably Evil: Though he presents himself as a kind and understanding man, his interactions with Kate give the impression of him being incredibly smug and condescending in private. The first episode also reveals he partakes in morally shady black market dealings, hinting at a much darker side to him which Kate spends most of the season hoping to uncover. It's ultimately revealed that he's innocent of the worst crimes Kate accused him of and the Nice Guy act he put on is completely genuine, meaning his earlier interactions with Kate were just a case of him trying and failing to bond with Kate.
- Ambiguously Evil: He acts pretty shady in the first few episodes of Hawkeye, and Kate suspects him of killing his uncle, but she's hardly unbiased and doesn't have much proof better than a monogrammed piece of candy and his skill in fencing. Halfway through the series, he's revealed to be running a front company for the Tracksuit Mafia, tying the two plots together and seemingly cementing his "evil" status properly... but then it's revealed that Eleanor was Evil All Along, and Jack was framed.
- Badass Normal: Jack has shown no evidence of superhuman abilities, but he is a very talented fencer. During the climactic fight at Rockefeller Center he dispatches numerous members of the Tracksuit Mafia with his sword.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He initially seems like a decent guy, but is clearly involved in shady business. Later subverted as he proves himself to be a decent guy after all, and helps fight the Tracksuit Mafia.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Although he is a swordsman, he has not yet been called the Swordsman.
- Cool Sword: Collects them. Also goes out of his way to first bid on then pilfer Ronin's retractable katana.
- Creepy Good: He's so nice it can be off-putting.
- Dashing Hispanic: As a result of being played by a Mexican actor affecting a vaguely Hispanic accent, Jack evokes the Dashing Hispanic archetype with his suaveness, class, and swordsmanship.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: His uncle Armand doesn't approve of him being engaged to Eleanor. Turns out he had a point, given Eleanor threw him to the wolves when the heat fell on her.
- Fall Guy: It turns out that Eleanor had framed him for the murder of Armand and funding the Tracksuit Mafia.
- Fanboy: Of Huey Lewis. He openly admits that he'd be a wreck if he met the man.
- Good All Along: After spending most of Hawkeye being presented as Ambiguously Evil, the last episodes confirm he's a good man whose fiancée is using him as her fall guy. He fully cements himself being a good person by taking on members of the Tracksuit Mafia and saving Kate when she's held at gunpoint by one of them.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Subtle, but present in the first two episodes. Jacques regularly favors his right hand- handing Kate a rose and holding Ronin's sword with his right, showing it's his dominant hand. However, when he faces Kate in a fencing duel in Episode 2, he uses his left hand.
- Jumped at the Call: Judging by the way he leaps into action when he gets to use his fencing skills to defend innocent people in the finale, he's apparently had a hankering to play the hero for a while.
- Just Toying with Them: He is clearly letting Kate win during their sparring match in the second episode, but Kate forces his hand by attacking him when he removes his mask. She clearly thinks he's got ulterior motives for hiding his skill, but ultimately it seems to have been just a poorly-thought-out attempt at bonding with Kate.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He really takes a shine to Ronin's katana when it is up for auction and eagerly steals it in the chaos. He also uses it to threaten Hawkeye.
- Malaproper: For some reason, he has a habit of muddling all the well-known phrases. Most likely to play up that he's an Upper-Class Twit.Jacques: I guess the beans are out of the bag.
- Master Swordsman: You will lose if you try to cross blades with him.
- Nice Guy: He presents the image of a pleasant and charming man who takes Kate's constant suspicion in stride. It's not an act - he also holds no obvious grudge over being wrongly imprisoned for fraud.
- Not So Above It All: When things become heated in the final episode, Jack becomes as giddy as a child (the opposite an Upper-Class Twit like him is usually portrayed) that he can finally use his sword to fight. He is later invited by a LARPer to join their group to which he seems excited upon hearing the request.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His name is Jacques, but he is exclusively called Jack.
- Papa Wolf: He uses his sword to protect and help Kate during their final battle against the Tracksuit Mafia.
- Red Herring: Kate repeatedly finds evidence that Jack is up to no good and maybe the culprit behind Armand the Third's death. It turns out Jack is completely innocent and he was actually framed by Eleanor.
- Rich Idiot With No Day Job: Jacques claims to be this while he's being arrested in Hawkeye's fifth episode, which one could reasonably expect him to be given his romantic and flattering personality, on top of him not appearing to be a hard worker on the surface. However, his unusually good skills with a sword, combined with his possible connections to the Tracksuit Mafia seem to hint otherwise. By the end, it's revealed his connections to the Tracksuit Mafia have been set up, and he apparently is just this trope, merely one with a fondness for fencing.
- Refuge in Audacity: It takes a special kind of person, to run around with a sword on your belt right after you were bailed out from the accusation of killing someone with one.
- Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Turns out he's just an Upper-Class Twit at worst, who does genuinely care about Kate and was framed by Eleanor for her crimes.
- Something About a Rose: His first appearance has him walk in with a rose in between his teeth for Eleanor.
- Sword and Fist: He socks one of the Tracksuit Mafia members in the face when one of them has Kate at gunpoint and proceeds to cut down the rest when more come in.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After being framed for murder by his own fiancee, Jack gets to show off his skills as a swordsman against the Tracksuit Mafia and even gets invited to go LARPing.
- Upper-Class Twit: His defense when accused of running a shell corporation laundering money for the Tracksuit Mafia is that it couldn't possibly be him because he hasn't worked a day in his life.
- Weapon of Choice: Largely prefers using swords. Goes into Heroes Prefer Swords route when we find out that he was Good All A Long.
Armand Duquesne III
Portrayed By: Simon Callow
Jack Duquesne's uncle and the patriarch of the Duquesne family.
- Adaptational Name Change: His name was simply Armand Duquesne in the comics, no regal Roman numeral afterwards.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In the comics, he was a corrupt government official who was killed by his manservant for mistreating him. In Hawkeye, he's portrayed as more pleasant and whatever shady business he's involved in if any is not clarified.
- Affably Evil: Despite implications of shady dealings on his part, he's pleasant enough to Kate during their brief interactions.
- Dirty Old Man: Shows some signs of it when he describes Eleanor as a "prize of a mother" right in front of Kate.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's appalled by his great-nephew's rude behaviour and scolds him for it.
- Evil Old Folks: "Evil" might be pushing it, but Armand is definitely shady, if the black-market auction he and Jack attended is any indication, and quite old.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's vocal about disliking Eleanor Bishop as a marriage prospect for his nephew, which at first seems to paint him in a bad light. Given Eleanor would go on to murder him on Kingpin's orders and frame Jack for it, though, seems he was right.
- Related Differently in the Adaptation: He's Jacques' father in the comics; here, he's his uncle.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Armand is introduced in the first episode of Hawkeye, given a small bit of characterisation and established relationships with Jack and Eleanor, and killed shortly before the end of the same episode.
Armand Duquesne VII
Portrayed By: Jonathan Bergman
Jack Duquesne's young relative and the latest in a long line of Armand Duquesnes.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He is an insufferable little shit during the Christmas party, treating his relatives and the people trying to help him like crap.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: While being taken to safety during the Tracksuit Mafia attack of Eleanor Bishop's Christmas party he throws a massive tamper tantrum and complains about being carried out.
- Potty Failure: During Eleanor's Christmas party Jacques shuts him up by loudly reminding him of the time he peed his pants during a family trip to the Hamptons.
- Spoiled Brat: Literally every moment with him in public involves him loudly whining about how bored he is and how much he hates it there, and he visibly displays the surly, entitled impatience of someone who is used to always getting what they want, when they want, how they want and thinks that any sort of inconvenience is an intolerable hardship that they should not have to stand for.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He was hoping that Jack would remain in jail for the Sloan money laundering so that he would be able to get Jack's wine collection.
Portrayed By: Sunita Deshpande
Ray Nadeem's wife.
- Crusading Widow: After Ray is killed, she slips into this when she goes to the FBI offices to discreetly slip Ray's dying confession to Foggy past a wary Dex.
- Happily Married: She and Ray have been together for seveal years. It's only as Nadeem falls deeper and deeper into Fisk's control that their marriage suffers.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Ray understandably keeps her out of the loop to protect her from Fisk, which she's not too happy about.
Portrayed By: Nandita Shenoy
Ray's sister-in-law through his brother Nihar.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She only appears in two episodes, but it turns out that Fisk cut off her insurance as a means to manipulate Ray for three years.
Portrayed By: Kelli Barrett
Appearances: The Punisher
Frank's late wife.
- Happily Married: She and Frank.
- Posthumous Character: She and the kids died in the assassination attempt on Frank in Central Park
Frank "Frankie" Castle, Jr.
Portrayed By: Aidan Pierce Brennan
Appearances: The Punisher
Frank Castle's late son.
- Posthumous Character: He died in the same shootout that killed his mother and sister and wounded his father.
- Toxic Parent Influence: Played with. He idolized his dad, painting a mural of a marine in their house, and bragged that his dad was "killing Hajjis." Frank was deeply disturbed by this and became convinced that he was a bad influence on the kid. Especially since Frank suspected himself of having participated in war crimes.
Portrayed By: Nicolette Pierini
Appearances: The Punisher
Frank Castle's late daughter.
- Daddy's Girl: Frank doted on her lovingly, and sees in Karen what Lisa could've grown up to be if she hadn't died so young
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Frank cradled her in her arms after she was mortally wounded in the crossfire of the assassination attempt on him
- Parting Words Regret: One of Frank's final moments with his daughter was refusing to read her favorite book to her before bed. She was killed in the attempt on him the next day.
- Posthumous Character: Obviously.
- See the Vulture's Gang page
Portrayed By: Hemky Madera
Appearances: Spider-Man: Homecoming | Spider-Man: Far From Home
The owner of Delmar's Deli-Grocery, a deli frequented by Peter Parker.
- Nice Guy: He has a friendly relationship with Peter.
Portrayed By: Shakina Nayfack
Appearances: Jessica Jones
The owner of Frankie's Famous 24-Hour Pawnshop.
- Large and in Charge: They're the rather tall owner of a pawn shop.
Portrayed By: James Colby
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Jessica's father, who died in the car accident.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, Jessica's father is called David Campbell.
- Composite Character: In the comics, David Campbell is Jessica's biological father, who dies in the accident, while Mr. Jones is Jessica's adoptive father.
- Posthumous Character: Dead before the events of Jessica Jones.
- Sexless Marriage: Brian and Alisa were having marital problems and were taking a vacation with the family to help resolve them.
- Tuckerization: Named after Jessica's creator, Brian Michael Bendis.
Portrayed By: Miriam Shor / Janet Mc Teer
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones's mother, who seemingly died in the car accident.
Portrayed By: Billy Mc Fadden
Appearances: Jessica Jones
Jessica's younger brother, who died in the car accident.
- See the Midtown School of Science and Technology page
David Linus "Micro" Lieberman
Portrayed By: Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. note | The Punisher
A former analyst of the National Security Agency, who faked his own death to hide from the government, and continue his work of exposure of the government's secret affairs, until the day Frank Castle comes across him.
- Adaptational Curves: The comics Microchip is a very heavy set man, while the MCU's take on Micro is a leaner but still scruffy looking man.
- Ambiguously Jewish: His actor is Jewish and he has an appearance of typical Jewish portrayal (which his comics counterpart doesn't have), but his ethnicity isn't mentioned or referenced nonetheless.
- Big Brother Is Watching You: He monitors Frank's attempts to track him down by hacking into city surveillance cameras.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: While drunk, he boasts to Frank that he's hung like a moose. Then he drops his pants to prove it, much to Frank's amusement.
- Birds of a Feather: With Frank. Both of them were involved with serious government conspiracies that costed them their families and forced them to live in hiding. Only difference is that Frank's family was Killed Off for Real, while David had to fake his own death to protect his family from getting killed.
- Brains and Brawn: While they're working together, he's the brains to Frank's brawn.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Micro has faked his own death to protect his wife and kids from harm.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He and his family don't return in The Punisher Season 2 and aren't even mentioned by anybody. Given what he had been through, it's probably best to leave him be with his family for once in peace.
- The Cracker: He's a former NSA analyst, and proves to be an extremely proficient hacker.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Micro is mentioned by Skye back in season 1 of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a crime scene junkie and member of the Rising Tide.
- Foil: To Frank. His situation is a reversal of Frank's situation: Frank lost his family, but Micro cut ties with his. Micro's still wrestling with the consequences of this decision when we first meet him, and he sees Frank as his way of getting his family back.
- Happily Married: He and Sarah have two kids as a product of their marriage, and David can't help but watch them on hidden cameras he placed in his house.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: But sometimes Icy Blue Eyes.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He quickly forgives Sarah for falling for Frank. Frank makes it clear he doesn't want anything to do with her as he will always love Maria.
- Mission Control: He provides the tech and observation for Frank's mission.
- Morality Pet: Ends up being this towards Frank. David has no ethical issue with Frank's methods and Frank doesn't stray too far away from his usual violent ways. But David and his family provide Frank with the first solid, human connection that he has been able to commit to in quite some time, and Frank makes more compromises with him in regards to his usual ruthless methods than with any other character. Hearing him say thank you to David or laugh at him is occasionally pretty jarring, given Frank's usual demeanor and standoffish behavior towards Matt and Karen. In fact, whereas Matt, Karen and Foggy had trouble throughout all of Daredevil season 2 getting him to cooperate with the system, Frank says he is willing to cooperate with Dinah Madani the instant that David exposes himself in a failed attempt to try to reach out to his son.
- This dynamic itself is also lampshaded when he has a nightmare of him being forced to watch not just his own family being murdered, but Micro's as well.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: With his looks and his being pushed out of the NSA, Micro has heavy Edward Snowden vibes.
- Non-Action Guy: The reason he needs Frank's help. As his wife puts it, "David didn't like to get his hands dirty." When Frank tries to force him into the field, things don't work out well and he nearly kills Madani by ramming her car.
- Odd Couple: So, this spook thought it a good idea to buddy up with a wet works specialist... Black Comedy-style Hilarity Ensues. Complete with bickering over almost everything.
- Pocket Protector: The reason Wolf's bullet didn't kill David is because it was stopped by the cell phone in his breast pocket.
- Relative Button: He flips out when he sees Frank near his wife's house, willing to face the Punisher with a gun if needed.
- Schrödinger's Canon: His appearance and mention in The Punisher neither acknowledges nor denies his off-screen involvement in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a contact of Skye and member of the Rising Tide. As he's only referred to by nickname in S.H.I.E.L.D., it could be that Skye was referring to a different "Micro".
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Subverted, as his apparent death right after his family finally learns he's alive is revealed to be fake as part of Frank's plan. Still, that ten minutes before the reveal is painful.
- Tritagonist: For Punisher Season One, being the most important character next to Frank and Madani.
Portrayed By: Jaime Ray Newman
Appearances: The Punisher
David's wife, a hospital nurse.
- Accidental Adultery: She kissed Frank while drunk and remembering her husband whom she thought to be dead. Frank is understandably disturbed.
- Adaptation Name Change: A renamed version of Jan O'Reilly, Micro's comics fiancee
- Birds of a Feather: Just like David, she endorses Frank's goal of killing Rawlins and Russo, after everything they did to her family.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Micro faked his death to protect her and their kids from harm.
- Broken Bird: Sarah's become this ever since her husband faked his death, being shown as clearly incapable of raising and disciplining her children, taken up drinking, and relying on Frank almost immediately after he starts helping her out to the point of sharing a kiss out of sheer desperation for a husband surrogate.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: When Frank brings flowers as an Apology Gift, it's not a surprise the lonely widow makes a pass at this man who has been repeatedly turning up under various flimsy pretexts to offer help and sympathy.
- Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: After reuniting with her husband and put into safehouse with him, she asks him to follow her into restroom so they can have a private moment.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Sarah is unaware that her husband is still alive, and Frank is involved in getting them back together.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: From her perspective, most of the season is a Nicholas Sparks-esque drama where she struggles to keep raising her kids after her husband's death, and then has a Meet Cute with a dashing stranger. Then she's abruptly thrown into the real story in the last few episodes.
Zachary "Zach" Lieberman
Portrayed By: Kobi Frumer
Appearances: The Punisher
Micro and Sarah's son.
- Adaptation Name Change: From Louis Frohike to Zachary Lieberman.
- Big Brother Bully: He hits his own sister when he thinks she snitched on his bully behavior.
- The Bully: Steals a skateboard and intends to bully people with a military knife.
- Disappeared Dad: Due to Micro having faked his death.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He acts like a jerk to everyone because he's in so much pain over losing his father. Frank eventually helps him subvert this and gives him the closure he needs to move past his father's "death".
- Never My Fault: Uses his father's death to explain his failing grades, even if it has been around a year.
Portrayed By: Ripley Sobo
Appearances: The Punisher
Micro and Sarah's daughter.
Affiliation(s): Salvation Army, F.E.A.S.T.
Portrayed By: Marisa Tomei
Voiced By: Diana Alonso (Latin-American Spanish), Ando Mabuki (Japanese)
Appearances: Captain America: Civil War | Spider-Man: Homecoming | Avengers: Endgame | Spider-Man: Far From Home | Spider-Man: No Way Home
Peter Parker's aunt, with whom he lives in Queens.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: May Parker was always shown as an old woman in the comics but it's a fact that the young May Parker when she married Ben was blonde. As in the case of changing May's ethnicity here, she has become a dark haired woman.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Aunt May was a typical doddering and oblivious old woman in the early comics before the writers made her a Cool Old Lady later on, although she's usually a passive character. In the MCU, thanks to an Age Lift, Aunt May is an assertive and spirited maternal figure who's not afraid to F-Bomb in shock when she discovers her nephew is a superhero, something that her soft-spoken comic counterpart would never do. MCU May also shows support for Peter's superhero life in Far From Home, whereas in the comics she's fearful of him getting hurt or outright against it like in Ultimate Spider-Man.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: A given when you cast Marisa Tomei as a character who's usually a Cool Old Lady. Even more than the Younger and Hipper Ultimate Marvel version! This is lampshaded to hell and back in her cameo in Captain America: Civil War, with Tony practically having his tongue hanging out while talking to her.Tony: It's so hard for me to believe that she's someone's aunt.May: Yeah, well, we come in all shapes and sizes, you know.
- Age Lift: Seems like Aunt May gets a decade younger with each adaptation◊ (Rosemary Harris was in her seventies, Sally Field in her sixties, and Marisa Tomei was only 51.) At least it's not an Improbable Age, given Tom Holland was at the time of Civil War 19 playing the 15-year-old Peter.
- And Starring: Marisa Tomei gets the "with" credit in the end titles of all three Spider-Man films.
- Back from the Dead: Is resurrected by Professor Hulk in Endgame. Unfortunately, it doesn't stick as Green Goblin murders May a year later, this time for good.
- Bus Crash: Though May herself doesn't actually appear in Infinity War, Far From Home director Jon Watts stated that she was among those turned to dust by Thanos' Badass Fingersnap. Confirmed in Far From Home, as May's first scene is her recalling how she blipped back into her apartment, to the confusion of its new tenants, who mistook her for a man's mistress or a ghost.
- Calling Parents by Their Name: In a bit of a departure from most depictions of Spider-Man, Peter, his friends, and Peter's Raimi-verse variant primarily address her as "May" instead of "Aunt May". This seems to be a change that was born from Spidey's solo films, as both Peter and Tony call her "Aunt May" in Civil War.
- The Cameo: May appears in two scenes in Captain America: Civil War to establish her role in Peter's life. She also appears briefly in Endgame comforting Peter at Tony's funeral.
- Characterization Marches On: From Homecoming onwards, May is noticeably a more traditional mother figure whose emotional well-being is one of Peter's primary concerns. Compare her rather laid-back reaction to hearing about him getting into a fight and getting a black eye from it to her angrily confronting Peter about being out late. That said, once May actually finds out that her nephew is Spider-Man, she's nothing but supportive for Peter's career in crimefighting, to the point of even secretly packing his suit for him when he's going to Europe just in case he needs it.
- Clueless Dude Magnet: She seems unaware of just how attractive men find her.
- Composite Character: Oddly enough, she takes on the role Uncle Ben has in most Spider-Man media with her death teaching Peter what he'd been learning over the course of his tenure in the MCU: "With great power, comes great responsibility." May's demise is a result of his impulsive actions trying to get Strange to wipe everybody's memories and tampering with the spell, starting a string of events that leads to the Green Goblin killing her with his glider. Uncle Ben is confirmed to have existed in the MCU thanks to What If...? (2021), but it's unclear what impact he had on Peter and his decision to become Spider-Man.
- Cool Aunt: So much so that, when Peter comes back bruised from an obvious fight, instead of telling him the usual shtick of "fighting is wrong", she asks him if he at least got some hits in. In Homecoming, she quickly shifts gears upon realizing how upset Peter is over losing the "Stark Internship", and later helps him get ready for his date with Liz without a moment's hesitation. By Far From Home, May has grown comfortable with the idea of her nephew being a superhero, acting as a publicist of sorts for Spidey and scheduling an appearance for him at a local homeless shelter. She also encourages Peter (still shell-shocked from the events of Endgame) to take his suit on his trip to Europe, and ends up packing it for him herself when he leaves it behind. In No Way Home, she cleans Peter's suit after it was ruined by someone getting paint on it and later assists him in transporting the villains to Happy's apartment and trying to cure them of their afflictions.
- She does have her limits though, as in Homecoming May's initially fed up with Peter sneaking out of the house all the time and skipping school, and in No Way Home, Peter mentions she didn't take it so well when she first found out he was Spider-Man.
- Dead Alternate Counterpart: Her Earth-89521 counterpart was mentioned by Peter to have died during the Zombie Apocalypse. May also dies in No Way Home, whereas both her Earth-96283 and Earth-120703 counterparts are last seen alive. Doubling as Kill the Cutie since she's the bubbliest of the three.
- Death by Adaptation: May is still alive in the comics, but she's Killed Off for Real in No Way Home, a first for any live-action Spider-Man film.
- A Death in the Limelight: She gets more screen-time and plot relevance in No Way Home than any of her previous appearances, and dies halfway through the film.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in her nephew's arms after being mortally wounded by the Green Goblin's attack.
- Dies Wide Open: In No Way Home, her eyes remain open as she dies.
- Disappointed in You: She has a look of disapproval when Peter tells her that the multiverse villains aren't his problem and the best thing they can do is to just send them back to their home universes as they are.
- Doomed by Canon: Tearfully Lampshaded by the alternate Peters. Due to her being Peter's caretaker, and hence his only domestic role model, she takes the place Uncle Ben does in other continuities. This is really highlighted in No Way Home, and needless to say, she imparts the lesson of "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" and ends up getting killed by a criminal Peter helped. In this case, she ended up dying much later than the start of Peter's career, and she wasn't killed by a desperate petty criminal but by an Alternate Universe Green Goblin that she and Peter were trying to rehabilitate.
- Dude Magnet: Tony, Mr. Delmar, the Thai restaurant waiter, Ned, and Happy have all expressed attraction towards her, usually right in front of Peter.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Her initial appearance in Civil War had her in more fashionable 2010s clothes and heavier make-up. Stating with Homecoming, her wardrobe is changed to '90s clothing, she wears big glasses, and her make-up is toned down.
- Former Teen Rebel: Implied, when she tells Peter that she also used to sneak out at night when she was younger. This is similar to her Ultimate counterpart who was a former hippie who once got arrested at a protest.
- Friends with Benefits: She and Happy were apparently this while Peter was away on his trip in Far From Home. Happy is under the impression that they are in a serious relationship and admits to being in love with her, while May insists it was more of a casual thing.
- Good Parents: Despite not being Peter's biological parent, May is extremely open and supportive with him.
- Hidden Depths: She seems to have a decent amount of legal expertise, as shown when she is being interrogated by federal agents in No Way Home. She's also on a First-Name Basis with Matt Murdock, hinting she already knew him before he was called to act as Peter's lawyer.
- Hope Spot: After being struck full-on by the Goblin's glider and nearly blown up by one of his pumpkin bombs, May is still able to get to her feet and at first it seems she will be fine. She imparts some wisdom to her nephew and prepares to exit the building with him. Then she collapses on the ground and Peter realizes she was mortally wounded by the glider.
- Hotter and Sexier: Lampshaded in-universe. Aunt May is a middle-aged woman here, instead of the kindly old lady from both the original and Amazing Sony series of Spider-Man movies. Tony, who constantly hits on her, calls her "Aunt Hottie" and notes that he can barely believe she's Peter's aunt. This is taken Up to Eleven in Homecoming, when several characters comment on her attractiveness or hit on her.
- Killed Off for Real: She's mortally wounded by the Green Goblin's glider near the third act of No Way Home, causing her to bleed out and die in Peter's arms. And unlike her previous death at Thanos's hands, it's made clear that May isn't coming back from this one.
- Kill the Cutie: A ray of sunshine to anyone she meets, May gets killed by the Green Goblin to torment her nephew.
- Lethal Chef: Tony reproves of her date loaf in Civil War, and her first scene in Homecoming has May burning dinner, forcing her and Peter to go out to eat.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Played for Drama when she's hit by the Green Goblin's glider. May gets back up and says that she's fine to Peter, and the audience is also led to believe this but then she collapses while repeating that she needs to catch her breath, and passes away seemingly unaware that her injuries were fatal.
- Mama Bear: Fully showcases her Mama Bear credentials in No Way Home when she helps her beloved nephew Peter fight off Norman Osborn aka Green Goblin, despite lacking any superpowers and only armed with a pipe.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Falls victim to this in No Way Home, where her lesson that everyone deserves a second chance influences Peter's decision to try to save the villains. She also gives him the famous "with great power" quote before dying from the Green Goblin's attack.
- Morality Chain: The Goblin recognizes her as Peter's, which is exactly why he kills her. After May dies, Peter wants nothing more than to kill Goblin with his own hands and would have gone through with it had he not been stopped by Raimi Peter.
- Mortal Wound Reveal: Happens in No Way Home when May collapses after being seemingly unfazed from getting hit by the Goblin's glider. Peter is confused until he realizes his hand is covered in his aunt's blood, and she dies about a minute later.
- Ms. Fanservice: In Far From Home, the camera lingers on a few shots of her wearing tight jeans while she addresses Peter on the phone.
- Nice Girl: One of the nicest characters in the film series, naturally people-oriented, kind and sweet to everyone she meets, very supportive and protective towards Peter.
- Nerd Glasses: She sports a pair of positively gigantic glasses in several scenes.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Showing kindness to Norman Osborn causes the Goblin persona to realize she is Spidey's Morality Chain and makes him decide to "free" Peter by killing May.
- Official Couple: Subverted; she gets into what she calls a "summer fling" with Happy in Far From Home, but they are still figuring out where it'll go from here. The start of No Way Home reveals they've broken up.
- Older Than They Look: Tony can barely believe she is Peter's aunt, but May is actually in her 50s.
- Open-Minded Parent: Despite her initial shock at it, she's accepting of Peter's vigilantism as Spider-Man and helps him out when he needs it. In Homecoming, she finds Peter almost naked with Ned in his room, and simply keeps smiling as she gently suggests he put some clothes on. In No Way Home, when she bursts in on what appears to be Peter and MJ about to have sex, she calmly tells Peter there's nothing wrong with it and is completely supportive.
- Out of Focus: She has a less prominent role in Far From Home due to her nephew spending most of the movie overseas.
- Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: In No Way Home, she and Happy intrude on Peter changing out of his suit with MJ there, and assume the two of them are about to have sex. May quickly closes the door while warning Peter to wear protection... only to walk back in again when she realizes that the girl in the room is the famous MJ, and is excited to meet her for the first time.
- Precision F-Strike: Of the Curse Cut Short variety, but she comes pretty close to dropping the first F-bomb in an MCU movie at the very end of Homecoming, in response to seeing a maskless Peter in the Spider-Man suit.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Downplayed. She has a brief relationship with Happy Hogan in Far From Home; their comic counterparts don't have anything to do with each other.
- Race Lift: Dialogue confirms that May is Italian-American in this continuity (Mr. Delmar calls her "a hot Italian woman"), similar to her actress. In the comics, May Reilly Parker was Irish-American. It's likely that her maiden name is different or she has mixed Italian and Irish heritage similar to many Italian-Americans, especially in the Northeast (such as Robert De Niro himself).
- Reimagining the Artifact:
- Behind-the-scenes material for Homecoming notes that in a modern adaptation, Aunt May would no longer be the same kind of character, since the original Aunt May was rooted in a pre-feminist Greatest Generation idea of an ideal maternal figure, whereas in The New '10s, an aunt figure who looks after an orphaned kid as a single parent would be closer to a "big sister" in dynamics, owing to the slowing down of the aging process and the erosion of The Generation Gap. Thus, May is portrayed as Younger and Hipper.
- Also, since May isn't an elderly woman in this incarnation, Peter's concerns about her discovering his superhero identity is now less about potentially shocking an already frail old woman and more about not wanting to add extra stress to who is heavily implied to be a widow still grieving for her late husband.
- Sacrificial Lion: Her death in No Way Home at the Goblin's hands has a huge impact on Peter and fuels his emotional arc for the rest of the film.
- Secret-Keeper: May learns what her nephew has really been up to at the very end of Homecoming. Ironically, May does a better job of keeping Peter's secret than Peter himself.
- Shipper on Deck: For Peter and MJ, as shown when May offers her nephew advice in confessing his feelings for MJ during their summer trip in Far From Home. In No Way Home, she is delighted to meet MJ in person, and while their screentime together is brief, the two seem to get along great.
- Ship Tease: Tony flirts with her in Civil War; however, in Homecoming, May says that she's not a fan of him. Also, in the two months between Civil War and Homecoming, Tony has gotten back together with Pepper.
- Stacy's Mom: Tony even describes her to Peter as "Aunt Hottie". For a case of a younger person also falling for her, there's Peter's friend Ned.
- Stuffed In A Fridge: She's targeted by Green Goblin explictly so he can kill her to make Peter "stronger". He succeeds.
- Time-Delayed Death: After being hit by the Goblin glider, she gets to her feet and walks around for at least a minute, seemingly not realizing how serious her injuries are. Sadly Truth in Television, as it's completely possible for someone to survive a bit longer thanks to a boost of adrenaline from the body going into a state of shock.
- Wham Line: Spouts off the most famous quote in Spider-Man history, trying to teach Peter what it means to do the right thing. Then she dies.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In Avengers: Infinity War, a major plot thread involving her in Homecoming is not addressed at all — specifically, her learning about Peter being Spider-Man, probably because there are much bigger issues for everyone to worry about. It's resolved in Far From Home, which shows she has come to accept it in the wake of everything that's happened since. Granted, Homecoming took place in 2016, while Infinity War took place in 2018, meaning by the time of the latter film, she'd had 2 years to come to terms with Peter's secret.
- Widow Woman: We all know what happened to her late husband. It isn't directly stated that he's dead, but in her very first scene, she's seen wearing her wedding ring on a necklace. Peter implies during his conversation with Tony his guilt regarding his Uncle Ben's death, and later mentions to Ned that May would flip out if she learned Peter was Spider-Man after "everything that's happened".
- Younger and Hipper: May is much younger here than in any prior adaptation and is closer in spirit to a Cool Big Sis instead of the grandmotherly figure she is usually portrayed as.
Portrayed By: Himself
Appearances: Luke Cage
Luke Cage: No man... it's you! Oh man, "P.L.O. Style" was my joint back in the day.
The real-life rapper makes a cameo appearance in Luke Cage during an armed robbery that Luke Cage stops.
- The Cameo: He gets jacked up in a convenience store robbery, but Luke thankfully comes and saves his life.
- I Am Spartacus: He trades his hoodie with Luke to help him hide from the cops. After that, he freestyles on the radio, and his words inspire black men all over Harlem to wear bullet-ridden hoodies too in order to confuse the police and show solidarity with Luke.
Portrayed By: N/A
Appearances: Daredevil note
A wealthy NY resident.
- The Ghost: He's mentioned by Vanessa Mariana when she's organizing a guest list for a gala event for Wilson Fisk.
Portrayed By: Ben Van Bergen
Appearances: Jessica Jones
A noted hypnotherapist scheduled to appear on Trish Talk to discuss the effects of trauma affecting superpowered people.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Maynard Tiboldt is a supervillian known as the Ringmaster, who used a hypnotic hat and later was surgically altered to gain a hypnotic stare.
- Demoted to Extra: Has a brief appearance in Jessica Jones when Trish contacts him to hypnotize Jessica in an attempt to help her regain memories from her time in IGH.
Portrayed By: Jay Hieron
Appearances: Iron Fist
A fighter in the underground cage matches that Colleen participates as the "Daughter of the Dragon".
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's never referred to as Hitman, as he doesn't get involved in vigilantism like his comic book counterpart.
- Fight Clubbing: He's a participant in underground cage matches.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: A rare, non-villainous example, as Jim Pierce is a Punisher character and not an Iron Fist one.
Portrayed By: Natalie Smith
Appearances: Iron Fist
An anesthesiologist and Ward Meachum's NA sponsor and lover.
- Did Not Get the Girl: She ultimately rejects Ward to raise their baby on her own.
Ernest Koenig / Gemini
Portrayed By: Patton Oswalt
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The owner of a speakeasy during Prohibition and the grandfather of the Koenig siblings.
- Identical Grandson: He's identical to his grandsons due to being portrayed by the same actor.
The Crane Sisters (Avalon, D.K., Aiko)
Portrayed By: Lori Laing (Avalon), Lauren Mary Kim (D.K.), Jean Tree (Aiko)
Appearances: Iron Fist
A trio of tattoo artists.
- Adaptational Wimp: They have no mystical abilities in the MCU, unlike their comic book counterparts.
- Adaptation Name Change: Known as the Crane Daughters in the comics.
- Adaptation Species Change: They appear to be regular humans in the MCU, unlike the Ambiguously Human daughters of the Crane Mother from the comics.
- Badass Normal: Despite having no abilities, the three are proficient martial artists.
- Race Lift: While the Crane Daughters all appear Asian in the comics, Avalon is African-American while D.K. seems of mixed race. Only Aiko retains the fully Asian features of the comic book Crane Daughters.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: Seems they are just business and artistic partners in the MCU instead of actual siblings.
- Wild Card: At first they work for Davos to aid him in gaining the Iron Fist through the ritual tattoo of the Steel Serpent symbol, but later they work with Danny and Colleen to strip Davos of the Iron Fist by performing another tattoo on Colleen.
Dr. Christina Raynor
Portrayed By: Amy Aquino
Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Bucky Barnes' appointed shrink.
- Iron Lady: She takes no crap and will call out BS without a moment's hesitation. She browbeats both Sam and Bucky into a therapy session while barely giving the former a chance to object.
- Shout-Out: Dr. Raynor shares her last name with Jim Raynor, similarly a foul mouthed military veteran who serves as an advisor to the protagonist.
- The Shrink: She's a court-appointed therapist for Bucky, doing her best to help him reintegrate.
- Warrior Therapist: She's a former soldier, having been in combat and even been on a few missions with John Walker.
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