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City Government

New York City Council

    Councilwoman Mariah Dillard 

    Councilman Damon Boone 

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

    Samantha Reyes 

Manhattan District Attorney Samantha Reyes

Portrayed By: Michelle Hurd

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015) | Daredevil (2015)

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 but is a supporting character in the second season of Daredevil.
  • Asshole Victim: Seeing that she's been nothing but a lying, manipulative careerist who pulled way too many strings to get what she wanted from threatened to tear down Nelson & Murdock, did multiple scandals to boost her own career aside from getting innocent people killed and Frank's family killed after she neglected to clear out the park during the sting operation. After admitting her involvement for that, she gets riddled with bullets in her own office, and no one mourns what happens afterwards.
  • 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 (2015) 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. She only regrets it once what she did when she has absolutely zero control of the situation.
  • Famous Last Words: Just before she gets gunned down by the Blacksmith's men.
    Reyes: Look, I... I know what I have done but please. I don't give a shit about my job anymore. I just want to keep my family safe.
  • First-Name Basis: Reyes and Jeri Hogarth are implied to have some history, given 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: When Karen was discussing with Tower that Reyes always has a giant track record for throwing her own coworkers under the bus whenever she mishandles a case and pins the blame on her own employees while walking away scott-free. Even When she tries to have Grotto killed to go after Punisher not only failed but she went against the Grotto's deal to put him in witness protection. Not very surprising that she got so many people killed at Central Park along with Castle's family when she botched 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.
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. 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.

    Blake Tower 

District Attorney Blake Tower

Portrayed By: Stephen Rider

Appearances: Daredevil | Luke Cage

Reyes' assistant district attorney, who later steps up to become District Attorney following Reyes' 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.

New York City Police Department

    New York Police Department 

New York City Department of Correction

Northeastern Correctional Facility

    Dale Holiday 

Dale Holiday
"Eat your protein, 46592!"

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.
  • "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."
  • 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.
  • 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 a corrections officer who tortures immates to death.
  • You Are Number 6: Alisa is nothing more than #46592 to him.

Rikers Island



Portrayed By: Steve Sanpietro

Appearances: Daredevil

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.

    Roy Olsky 

Roy Olsky

Portrayed By: Steve Sanpietro

Appearances: Daredevil

A corrupt corrections officer at Riker's Island Correctional Facility on Fisk's payroll.

  • Dirty Cop: He's one of the many guards at Rikers that has been bought out by Fisk. He has become another of Fisk's goons, just in uniform.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Fisk has him deliver a message to Frank prior to his testimony at trial in order to ensure Frank's conviction.

New York State Department of Health

Birch Psychiatric Hospital

    Dr. Paul Edmonds 

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 existance 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.



Species: Human

Portrayed By: Michael Maize

Appearances: Iron Fist

A patient at Birch.

  • Psycho for Hire: He's a literal psycho who tries to murder Danny at Ward Meachum's behest.

    David Kawecki 

David Kawecki

Portrayed By: Daniel Everidge

Appearances: Jessica Jones

A former janitor at IGH.

  • The Fall Guy: He took the fall for Luanne's death, which was actually the work of Jessica's mother.
  • Idiot Savant: Despite his reduced IQ, he was very close with Dr. Karl Malus, and has encyclopedic knowledge of octopuses.

Metro-General Hospital

    Claire Temple 
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    Shirley Benson 

Shirley Benson

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.

    Louisa Delgado 

Louisa Delgado

Portrayed By: Marilyn Torres

Appearances: Daredevil

An nurse at Metro-General Hospital and a friend of Claire Temple

  • Four Is Death: Appears in four episodes. Enough said.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: After being established as a friend and of colleague of Claire's and appearing in four episodes, she's killed during the Hand attack on the hospital.

    Dr. Christine Palmer 

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

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Derailing Love Interests: It starts once Stephen shoos away Christine following his accident that cost him his hands. Even after Strange reconciles with Palmer, she drops her romantic interests for him, though they parted on good terms this time unlike at the beginning.
  • 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.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Only really exists story-wise in relation to Stephen.

    Dr. Nicodemus West 

Dr. Nicodemus West

Portrayed By: Michael Stuhlbarg

Appearances: Doctor Strange

A surgeon who had a rivalry with Dr. Stephen Strange.

  • Adaptational Heroism: He was a villain in the comics he appeared in, but here 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.
  • The Rival: So much so that Strange believes West is also the Romantic False Lead, which Christine says otherwise.

    Jack Denton 

Jack Denton

Portrayed By: Ben Kahre

Appearances: Jessica Jones

A former ambulance driver at Metro-General Hospital.

  • A Fate Worse Than Death: Kilgrave made 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.

    David Kurata 

David Kurata

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 the best transplant surgeon 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 

Dr. Krista Dumont

Portrayed By: Floriana Lima

Appearances: The Punisher

A therapist at Metro-General assigned to an amnesiac Billy Russo.

Private Organizations

Chikara Dojo

    Colleen Wing 
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Portrayed By: Donté Grey

Appearances: Iron Fist

A pupil of Colleen Wing.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's very arrogant about his fighting abilities and defies Danny. This leads to him receiving some harsh discipline.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Not even that. Danny sweeps his leg out from under him after he starts acting immaturely.

Clinton Church

    Father Paul Lantom 

Father Paul Lantom
"Another man's evil does not make you good."

Portrayed By: Peter McRobbie

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."

A Catholic priest in Hell's Kitchen.

  • 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.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He gets impaled by one of Dex's batons trying to stop Dex from killing Karen.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 inadvertently leads to him being killed when Dex tracks her down.
  • Morality Chain: Helps convince Matt of his better nature, and prevent him from crossing the line into killing.
  • 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 Maggie 

Sister Margaret "Maggie" Grace
"I'm impervious to bad attitude."

Portrayed By: Joanne Whalley, Isabella Pisacane (young)

Appearances: Daredevil (season 3)

"When someone in need tries to push you away, you have to find the strength to hold on tighter."

A nun who helped raise and care for Matt 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 led to him 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.
  • 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

    Linda Chao 

Linda Chao

Portrayed By: Angel Desai

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

The second name partner at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz.

  • Amoral Attorney: She's laundering drug money for international cartels.
  • Jerkass: She's not above taunting Jeri over Wendy's death.

    Steven Benowitz 

Steven Benowitz

Portrayed By: Maury Ginsberg

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

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.
  • 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.


"Yes, why be polite to the lowly secretary?"

Portrayed By: Susie Abromeit

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

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.
  • Raised Catholic: Played for Laughs. She notes she's Catholic as her only excuse for not accepting Jeri's wedding proposal before the divorce from Wendy.
  • 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.

    Desmond Tobey 

Desmond Tobey

Portrayed By: Mark Lotito

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

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.

Former employees

    Jeri Hogarth 
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    Foggy Nelson 
See the Defenders Allies page

    Marci Stahl 

Marci Stahl
"You would've killed it here, Foggy Bear! You never should have left."

Portrayed By: Amy Rutberg

Appearances: Daredevil (2015) | The Defenders (2017)

"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.
    • To Will Simpson. Both are blondes and a love interest of the secondary lead who are involved in morally shady activities (Marci's work at Landman & Zack, Simpson's Special Ops work). But Marci is an amoral corporate lawyer who is convinced to do the right thing and help her boyfriend with exposing Fisk, and becomes a nicer person in the process. Whereas Simpson is ostensibly a war hero cop with a dark past who eventually flies off the rails when his attempts to kill Kilgrave literally blow up in his face.
  • 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-Heel–Face 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 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."
  • 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.
  • 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 his 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.
  • Mook–Face Turn/High-Heel–Face 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.
  • Sleek High Rise Apartment: She lives in an Upper East Side high-rise.
  • 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.
  • A Wolf in Sheep'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).

Donovan & Partners

    Big Ben Donovan 

Benjamin "Big Ben" Donovan
"Rules are what separate us from the animals on the inside, Mr. Murdock."

Portrayed By: Danny Johnson, Chaundre Hall-Broomfield (1980s)

Appearances: Daredevil | Luke Cage

"Next time, it would behoove you to have actual evidence. Y'know, something besides the dogged harassment of a misguided beat cop."

A crooked criminal defense attorney who looks after Fisk's affairs, and until recently, those of Mariah Dillard.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Donovan in the comics had Luke Cage for a client. This version has only ever provided legal services for crimelords. 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:
    • 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.
    Benjamin Donovan: This guard you've spoken I want to know what he will be asking him to do?
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor:
    • 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.
  • Shoot the Messenger: As a precaution, when dealing with Fisk's affairs in Daredevil season 3, he brings in Nicholas Lee as a right-hand, just because of Fisk's reputation for shooting messengers.
  • Skunk Stripe: He has a large grey patch at the front of his otherwise black hair.
  • 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.

    Nicholas Lee 

Nicholas Lee

Portrayed By: Stephen Rowe

Appearances: Daredevil

A colleague of Donovan's at Donovan & Partners.

New York Bulletin

    Mitchell Ellison 

Mitchell Ellison
"Stories don't disappear, they... they change. They become different stories."

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 and Karen Page's boss.

  • Ascended Extra: He gets much more presence in Daredevil seasons 2 and 3, once Karen gets hired on at the Bulletin.
  • Badass Beard: Sports a very thick beard.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Skunk Stripe: There are some flecks of gray in his thick beard.
  • 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 Nadeem's impending grand jury hearing as well as arrange a press conference for Karen to publicly denounce Fisk.
  • The Pen Is Mightier: Dex stabs him with a pencil during his attack on the Bulletin.
  • 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.
  • 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 Dex attacks the Bulletin dressed as Daredevil on Fisk's orders, during which several Bulletin 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.

    Ben Urich 

Ben Urich
"People seek the truth no matter where they find it."

Portrayed By: Vondie Curtis-Hall

Appearances: Daredevil

Karen: I feel like it's falling apart, Ben. All of it.
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, as Urich's actor Curtis-Hall had played a Mook 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?: Is on the receiving end of such a question 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Karen Page 
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M. Caldwell

Portrayed By: Kassia Miller

Appearances: Daredevil

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.

    Jennifer Many 

Jennifer Many

Portrayed By: Russell Arden Koplin

Appearances: Iron Fist

A reporter at the Bulletin and a colleague of Karen Page and Mitchell Ellison.

  • Remember the New Guy?: Has been working at the Bulletin since Urich worked there, but never showed up in any of the Bulletin scenes of Daredevil.
  • The Rival: Appears to have some sort of workplace rivalry with Karen, since they both are in contention for the front page.




    Trish Walker 
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Greenwich Village

    Jonathan Pangborn 

Jonathan Pangborn

Portrayed By: Benjamin Bratt

Appearances: Doctor Strange

A paraplegic who learned how to use sorcery to heal himself from the Ancient One.

  • Canon Foreigner: He doesn't exist in the comics and largely exists to direct Strange to Kamar-Taj.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues: No, not everyone who knows sorcery wants to spend the rest of their days fighting spirits.
  • 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.

    Griffin Sinclair 

Griffin Sinclair

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.


    Sam Chung 

Samuel "Sam" Chung

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 Comic Book/Daredevil character and not an Iron Fist one.

    Henry Yip 

Henry Yip

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: It's only briefly alluded to, but he tells Danny that when he was 12 years old, he almost joined the Hatchet Gang. 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.


    D.W. Griffith 

Dave "D.W." Griffith
"Money IS the message, or should be!"

Portrayed by: Jeremiah Richard Craft

Appearances: Luke Cage (2016)

A Harlem street vendor who sells bootleg recordings of "The Incident", and later Luke Cage merchandise.

  • Ascended Extra: Becomes a more prominent character in season 2, wherein he's now Luke's videographer, and also sells Luke Cage T-shirts out of Pop's Barbershop.
  • Fair Weather Friend: He is somewhat self-serving in his relationship with Luke, as best seen when he immidiately sells and thus profits from the footage of Bushmaster beating the hell out of Luke.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunate Names: What self-respecting African-American parents name their son after the guy who directed The Birth of a Nation?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Luke gives him one for selling his footage of Luke being knocked down by Bushmaster to ESPN. He also gives Luke one when Luke's idea of maintaining peace in Harlem is to take over Harlem's Paradise.

    Bobby Fish 

Bobby Fish

Portrayed By: Ron Cephas Jones

Appearances: Luke Cage (2016)

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 tax 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 

Connie "Genghis Connie" Lin

Portrayed by: Jade Wu

Appearances: Luke Cage (2016)

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 just re-opened elsewhere as Genghis Connie's Too.

    Pop's Barber Shop 

Henry "Pop" Hunter
"Never backwards. Always forward."

Portrayed By: Frankie Faison

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015) (mentioned) | Luke Cage (2016)

A reformed gangster who owns a barber shop that Cage works at, and is considered Harlem's father figure.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Everyone in Harlem, both good and bad, adored the man and were likewise devastated when he was killed.
  • 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.
  • Heel–Face 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

    Miller family 

Dolores Miller

Portrayed by: Debbi Morgan

Apperances: The Defenders (2017)

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.

Candace Miller

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 laments that she will be labelled a whore because of her false testimony that says she was with Cottonmouth when he was killed.

Cole Miller

Portrayed by: J. Mallory McCree

Appearances: The Defenders (2017)

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.

    Joel Spurlock 

Joel Spurlock

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.

Hell's Kitchen

    Bess Mahoney 

Bess Mahoney

Portrayed by: Sharon Hope

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

Brett Mahoney's mother.

  • Alliterative Family: With her son Brett.
  • Cool Old Lady: Foggy speaks very fondly of her.
  • The Ghost: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Elena Cardenas 

Elena Cardenas

Portrayed By: Judith Delgado

Appearances: Daredevil

An old woman living in a rent-controlled tenement and friend of Bess Mahoney, she seeks help from Nelson & Murdock when Fisk's men try 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 orders a hit on her 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 Wilson 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.

    Theo Nelson 

Theodore "Theo" Nelson

Portrayed By: Peter Halpin

Appearances: Daredevil

Foggy's older brother.

    Wilson Fisk's family 

Bill Fisk
"You want something out of life, you gotta put yourself out there."

Portrayed By: Domenick Lombardozzi

Appearances: Daredevil

"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.

  • 0% Approval Rating: 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.
  • 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 Jerkass: Is this compare to his Spider-Man: The Animated Series counterpart. While his counterpart was not father of the year, 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.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While he's definitely no hero, Bill never becomes a part of the mafia like his Spider-Man: The Animated Series counterpart.
  • 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.
  • Hate Sink: Bill is nothing more than a petty, hateful, cowardly abusive loser who makes his crimelord of a son look better in comparison. Even In-Universe, nobody 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the cash of 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: His son has all public records of Bill erased. It is so thorough that even 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
Click here to see Marlene in the 1960s 

Portrayed By: Angela Reed (1960s); Phyllis Somerville (2014)

Appearances: Daredevil

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 played 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 ended up getting Wesley killed, and that greatly destabilized Wilson's ability to work on his criminal ventures.

Wilson Fisk

See the Fisk Crime Ring page under Leadership.

    Jack Murdock 

Battlin' Jack Murdock
"Just once I want Matty to hear people cheer for his old man. Just once."

Portrayed By: John Patrick Hayden

Appearances: Daredevil

"Never got knocked out, my dad. Knocked down, sure, but he, uh, always got back up. He was always on his feet when he lost."
Matt Murdock

Matt's father, who was a boxer. He died before the start of the series, not long after Matt lost his sight.

  • A Death in the Limelight: Is heavily featured in flashbacks in the second episode, and dies at the end of it.
  • 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.
  • 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 drop 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 lose the wrestling match. 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

Appearances: Daredevil

A former Vietnam War veteran in Hell's Kitchen.

  • Sacrificial Lamb: He's killed by the Hand during their kidnapping of people with ties to Daredevil.
  • Semper Fi: He's a former fighter from The Vietnam War. Frank Castle even has a very cordial conversation with him, recognizing a fellow soldier.

    Jessica Jones's apartment building 

Jessica Jones

see her own page

Oscar Arocho

Portrayed By: JR 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.
  • Foil: To Luke Cage. Both were ex-convicts who had wives before loosing them. However, Luke is a black super-powered human who met his wife in prison before she died at the hands of Kilgrave and a brainwashed Jessica, while Oscar is a hispanic normal human being who whose wife left him when he was sent to prison. They both served as Love Interests for Jessica Jones, but whereas Luke was sympathetic and patient to Jessica before cutting all romantic ties of her upon learning she killed his wife, Oscar was initially hostile and prejudice towards Jessica until he saw her rescue his son, expressing his gratitude towards her, causing and romance between the two.
  • 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 (2015)

Oscar's son.

  • 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.

Malcolm Ducasse

See the Defenders Allies page

"At best, they're assholes. At worst, they're... zombie assassins."

Portrayed By: Colby Minifie

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

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?/Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: 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.

"Everyone's a little racist. Like, if you see someone like Malcolm, you make a snap judgement, you know? It's something to overcome."

Portrayed By: Kieran Mulcare

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

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 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 orders him to lie down on Jessica's bed and then cut his own throat.
  • 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.

    Julie Barnes 

Julie Barnes

Portrayed By: Holly Cinnamon

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

A girl that Dex is obsessed with.

  • Boom, Headshot!: How she's shot by Fisk's assassins.
  • Morality Chain: Dex considers her to be his one, even though he's stalking her rather than dating her.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Fisk has her killed so that she can't be a Morality Chain to Dex. He then has her body and the bodies of the assassins used to kill her all put in a freezer.
  • 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 (2015) | The Defenders (2017)

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.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: There may or may not have been an eel in one of her bottles. Then again, Foggy and Karen had already hit a few bars before they got to Josie's, so they were already plastered by that point.
  • 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.

    Melvin Potter 

Melvin Potter
"I'm good at making things."

Portrayed By: Matt Gerald

Appearances: Daredevil

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 a 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.
  • 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 captured in season 3 is unclear.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Where do Wilson Fisk and Matt get their armored clothes and costume from? Melvin.

    Maury Tuttlebaum 

Species: Human

Portrayed by: Daniel Marcus

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

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".


    Dinah Madani's family 

Farah Madani

Portrayed by: Shohreh Aghdashloo

Appearances: The Punisher (2017)

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.

Hamad Madani

Portrayed by: Houshang Touzie

Appearances: The Punisher (2017)

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.

Murray Hill

    Dorothy Walker

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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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 recognise that Trish is spiralling back into drug abuse and calls her on it.
  • 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.
  • 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

    John Raymond 

John Raymond

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.

Other/Unknown Neighbourhoods

    Stirling Adams 

Stirling Adams

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: Jessica's mom killed him by accident.
  • 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 met Jess when she was a struggling college student when she was tearfully being rejected by Trish. A month later she was paying for both of them through stealing and had 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 events of the first season.
  • 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.
  • 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 Jess 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 Jess 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.



Portrayed By: Ashley Johnson

Appearances: The Avengers

Beth is a waitress who works in New York City.

  • 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-Cage 

Dr. Reva Connors

Portrayed By: Parisa Fitz-Henley

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015) | Luke Cage (2016)

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-Heel–Face 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.

    Audrey Eastman 

Audrey Eastman

Portrayed By: Jessica Hecht

Appearances: Jessica Jones

A jewelry manufacturer that hires Jessica to find out if her husband is cheating of 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 hates the "gifted".
  • Freudian Excuse: She blames all superhumans for a collapsing building that killed her mother during the Chitauri attack during The Avengers.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: However, Jessica calls her out by saying she has no right to harm people with powers because she wrongly blames the Avengers for her mother's death.
  • Hate Sink: She thinks lowly of people with powers and pulls Jessica away from her hunt for Kilgrave for a petty and misplaced grudge. Her only tragic quality, her mother's death, is nullified by how she's fine with getting her husband endangered.
  • Insane Troll Logic: She's not on speaking terms with reality. She blames the Avengers and by extension all superhumans for her mother's death during the Chitauri attack on New York, conveniently forgetting that the Chitauri were trying to kill everyone while the Avengers were doing their best to save people.
  • Irony: Her plan started with making Jessica believe her marriage is in danger. It ended with her husband deciding "I want 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: In addition to her racism, she compares the word "gifted" to "special", and talking about it being a euphemism for "retarded".

    Miriam Fry 

Miriam Fry

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.

    Angie Martinelli 

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.

    Colleen O'Brien 

Colleen O'Brien

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.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Killed by an assassin after Peggy, which prompts her It's Not You, It's My Enemies attitude.
  • 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 

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 portion of Jeri's assets in the divorce, and won't sign the divorce papers without a settlement.
  • 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."

    Angela del Toro 

Angela del Toro

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.

    Esther Falb 

Esther Falb

Portrayed By: Lesley Ann Warren

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

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"


    Ray Nadeem's family 

Ray Nadeem

Seema Nadeem

Portrayed by: Sunita Deshpande

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

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.

Saami Nadeem

Nihar Nadeem

Saanvi Nadeem

Portrayed by: Nandita Shenoy

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

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.

    Frank Castle's family 

Frank Castle

See the Defenders Allies page

Maria Castle

Portrayed by: Kelli Barrett

Appearances: The Punisher

Frank's late wife.

Frank "Frankie" Castle, Jr.

Portrayed by: Aidan Pierce Brennan

Appearances: The Punisher

Frank Castle's 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.

Lisa Castle

Portrayed by: Nicolette Pierini

Appearances: The Punisher

Frank Castle's 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.

    Aaron Davis 
See the New York Criminals page


Mr. Delmar

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.



Portrayed By: Shakina Nayfack

Appearances: Jessica Jones

The transgender owner of Frankie's Famous 24-Hour Pawnshop.

    Jessica Jones's Family 

Brian Jones

Portrayed By: James Colby

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

Jessica's father, who died in the car accident.

Alisa Jones

Portrayed By: Miriam Shor / Janet McTeer

Appearances: Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones's mother, who seemingly died in the car accident.

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Phillip Jones

Portrayed By: Billy McFadden

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

Jessica's younger brother, who died in the car accident.

    Midtown School of Science and Technology 

    Lieberman Family 

David Linus "Micro" Lieberman

Portrayed by: Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Appearances: The Punisher (2017)

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.
  • Badass Beard: Sports one that rivals Danny Rand's.
  • 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: Deconstructed, while he and his entire family don't return in The Punisher Season 2 and aren't even mentioned by anybody. Also, 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:
    Sarah Lieberman: David didn't like to get his hands dirty.
  • 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 gun if needed to.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sarah Lieberman

Portrayed by: Jaime Ray Newman

Appearances: The Punisher (2017)

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.
  • 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 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 (2017)

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.

Leo Lieberman

Portrayed by: Ripley Sobo

Appearances: The Punisher (2017)

Micro and Sarah's daughter.

    May Parker 

May Parker

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

"Yeah, [aunts] come in all shapes and sizes, you know."

Peter Parker's aunt, with whom he lives in Queens.

  • 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 50.)note 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: She does not take it well when she finds out that Peter is Spider-Man at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, as he was worried about. Although she's fine with it by the time of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
  • Bus Crash: Though May herself doesn't actually appear in the film, it has been confirmed by Far From Home director Jon Watts that she was among those turned to dust by Thanos at the end of Infinity 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.
  • Clueless Dude Magnet: She seems unaware of just how attractive men find her.
  • 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. By Spider-Man: Far From Home, she seems to be cool with the idea of her nephew being Spider-Man, and even encourages it.
  • Dude Magnet: Tony, Mr. Delmar, the Thai restaurant waiter, Ned, and Happy have all expressed attraction towards her, usually right in front of Peter.
  • 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.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Lampshaded in-universe. Aunt May is a middle-aged woman (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 considered their conversation a date, notes that he can barely believe that's Peter's aunt. This is taken Up to Eleven in Homecoming, when several characters comment on her attractiveness or hit on her.
  • Lethal Chef: Tony reproves of her loaf in Civil War, and her first scene in Homecoming has May burning dinner, forcing her and Peter to go out to eat.
  • Nerd Glasses: She sports a pair of positively gigantic glasses in a couple of scenes.
  • Older Than They Look: Tony asks how someone as young as her is Peter's aunt. She's actually in her 50s.
  • 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.
  • Race Lift: Dialogue confirms that May is Italian-American in this film (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 that she has mixed Italian and Irish heritage similar to many Italian-Americans (such as Robert De Niro himself).
  • Secret Keeper: She learns about what her nephew has really been up to at the very end of Homecoming, and let's just say that while she's less than thrilled, she won't be blabbing about who Spider-Man is.
  • Ship Tease: Tony goes on to flirt with her in Civil War. In Homecoming, she later 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. In Far From Home, she shares a flirtatious conversation with Happy Hogan, much to Peter's bemusement.
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In Avengers: Infinity War, a major plot thread involving her in Spider-Man: Homecoming is not addressed at all. Specifically, her learning about Peter being Spider-Man is never mentioned in the movie, probably because there are much bigger issues for everyone to worry about. This isn't addressed in Avengers: Endgame, either.
  • Widow Woman: We all know what happened to her late husband. While it wasn't directly stated, Peter implies during his conversation with Tony about his guilt regarding his Uncle Ben's death, and later mentions that she'd flip out if Ned told her that Peter was Spider-Man after "everything that's happened".

Staten Island

    Method Man 

Method Man

Portrayed By: Himself

Appearances: Luke Cage (2016)

Method Man: It's you.
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.

Unknown Boroughs

    Maynard Tiboldt 

Maynard Tiboldt

Portrayed By: Ben Van Bergen

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

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.

    Jim Pierce 

Jim Pierce

Portrayed By: Jay Hieron

Appearances: Iron Fist (2017)

A fighter in the underground cage matches that Colleen participates as the "Daughter of the Dragon".


Portrayed By: Natalie Smith

Appearances: Iron Fist (2017)

An anesthesiologist and Ward Meachum's NA sponsor and lover.

    Crane Sisters 

The Crane Sisters (Avalon, D.K., Aiko)

Portrayed By: Lori Laing (Avalon), Lauren Mary Kim (D.K.), Jean Tree (Aiko)

Appearances: Iron Fist (2017)

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 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.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. Seems they are just business and artistic partners in the MCU instead of actual siblings.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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