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Crime Syndicates

The Manfredi Crime Family

    In General 

The Manfredi Crime Family

Appearances: Spider-Man: Far From Home (Peter's To-Do List blu-ray short film)

A crime family operating in New York City after the Blip. For the Maggia, see the Criminal and Terrorist Organizations article.


  • All Webbed Up: At the end of their fight against Spider-Man, almost all of them ended up ensnared in webbing and either stuck to a wall or suspended to the ceiling.
  • Bit Part Bad Guys: They're just a minor gang of criminals who briefly appears in one scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home to be beaten by the hero. In fact, they have so little impact on the movie's plot that their scene got deleted.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Thanks to his Iron Spider Armor, Peter has an extremely easy time beating them all. He even treats the whole thing like a fun game and makes plenty of jokes throughout.
  • Diner Brawl: Their fight with Spider-Man takes place in a local restaurant they own.
  • Dramatic Ammo Depletion: After shooting Spider-Man with a machine gun, one of the goons runs out of ammunition and gets knocked down by Spidey before he can reload.
  • Deleted Role: Their scene was cut from the theatrical release of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The Manfredi name had previously appeared in Agent Carter, with Joseph Manfredi as a member of the Maggia Crime Syndicate in Los Angeles.
  • Improvised Weapon: One of them tries to attack Spider-Man from behind with a fire extinguisher, but the young hero uses one of the spider-limbs of his Iron Spider Armor to protect himself.
  • The Mafia: They are an Italian-American crime syndicate.
  • Mooks: Their only role is to serve as yet another group of evil henchmen who get easily defeated by the hero.
  • Shooting Superman: Several of them try to shoot Spider-Man while he's wearing his Iron Spider Armor. At one point, Spidey even has fun pretending to be badly shot and to fall dead, only to then points out that it's actually bulletproof.
    Spider-Man: Just kidding, it's bulletproof!
  • The Stool Pigeon: One of them is a snitch. Spider-Man accidentally blurts it out in front of the others, so he suggests that the police put him in a separate cell.
  • Unwilling Suspension: Most of them get caught by Spidey's webs and then suspended to the ceiling.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They all repeatedly try to kill the young Peter Parker, although he was wearing his Iron Spider Armor at the time so it's possible that they didn't actually realize his age.

The Yangshi Gonshi

    In General 

The Yangshi Gonshi

Appearances: Iron Fist | Luke Cage

A crime syndicate formed by Chinese and Chinese-Americans.


  • An Axe to Grind: Similar to real-life Chinese criminal gangs, hatchets are their signature weapon.
  • Enemy Mine: They briefly ally with Danny Rand to carry out an attack against the Hand. Later, they form a newalliance with Rand and Colleen Wing to face Davos' reign of terror.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: They are also known as the "Hatchet Men" or the "Hatchet Gang".
  • Pragmatic Villainy: If someone is trying to attack them, there's always one to offer himself up to let the others live. When Harold visits them to kill the leader of the guys who went after Joy, the guy who did it steps forward so Harold can split his head open. In the ninth episode of season 2, one of them directs Sherry and the others out of Bayard and then fights Davos to give them time to flee, in spite of knowing he will die doing so.
  • Triads and Tongs: They are a Chinese crime syndicate.

    Hai-Qing Yang 

Hai-Qing Yang

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Species: Human

Citizenship: Chinese

Portrayed By: Henry Yuk

Appearances: Iron Fist | Luke Cage

The leader of the Yangshi Gonshi clan.


  • Affably Evil: Despite being a gangster, he can be fairly reasonable and respectful and only resorts to violence to protect his business interests.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: He's afraid to go after the Hand, knowing what they are capable of.
  • Bald of Evil: He's a crime lord with a balding head.
  • Enemy Mine: Danny and Colleen work with him to attack a Hand base and get Radovan, but are too late to save Radovan's life.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's a crime lord well over 70 years.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has a nephew whose death in an armored car robbery that Danny thwarted is prompting him to go to war with the Golden Tigers. He also loves his wife Sherry, who takes over the crew after his death.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Davos kills him this way.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Gangster: When compared to the likes of the Hand, he comes off as far more civilized.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Mariah is pitching her sale to him, he comments about how he's old enough to remember Mama Mabel and Buggy Stokes and their insistent refusal to enter the drug game.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He appears in Iron Fist season 1 and Luke Cage season 2, and finally bites the dust after a couple episodes in Iron Fist season 2.

    Sherry Yang 

Sherry Yang

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Species: Human

Citizenship: Chinese

Portrayed By: Christine Toy Johnson

Appearances: Iron Fist

Hai-Qing Yang's wife, who later becomes matron of the Yangshi Gonshi after her husband's death.


  • Enemy Mine: The threat that Davos poses to them is how Sherry's able to get a peace talk with the Golden Tigers settled.
  • Lady of War: She leads the Hatchets and Tigers in the alliance against Davos.
  • Neighborhood-Friendly Gangsters: She does charity events for Chinatown.
  • The Queenpin: She becomes the sole leader of the Hatchet Men after the death of Hai-Qing.
  • You Are in Command Now: She takes over leadership over the Hatchet Men after the death of Hai-Qing
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    Liu 

Liu

Species: Human

Citizenship: Chinese

Portrayed By: Andrew Cao

Appearances: Iron Fist

Sherry Yang's security chief.


  • Blood Knight: He constantly argues to employ violence against any threat.
  • The Dragon: Fills this position to Sherry Yang, as her head of security and topmost enforcer.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The camera cuts away and doesn't show the result of Davos driving the Iron Fist through his head.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears an elegant suit - which he takes off to fight Davos - and suspenders.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Sherry.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: When Davos attacks the Bayard community center, he volunteers to make a stand against Davos alone.

The Golden Tigers

    In General 

The Golden Tigers

Appearances: Iron Fist

Another Chinese crime organization.


  • Knife Nut: Just like the Yangshi Gonshi carry hatchets as their signature weapons, the Golden Tigers employ knives
  • Mob War: They are involved in one with the Hatchet Men in the second season of Iron Fist. And this is not the first time its happened.
  • The Rival: They are rivals of the Hatchet Men for control of Chinatown.
  • Triads and Tongs: Like the Hatchet Gang, they are a Chinese and Chinese-American criminal organization.

    Ho 

Ho

Species: Human

Citizenship: Chinese

Portrayed By: Marcus Ho

Appearances: Iron Fist

The leader of the Golden Tigers.


    Chen Wu 

Chen Wu

Species: Human

Citizenship: Chinese

Portrayed By: Funan Chien

Appearances: Iron Fist

A member of the Golden Tigers.


  • Becoming the Mask: Chen Wu originally only sides with Davos to save his own ass, appeasing him in the hopes that it would spare him from his wrath. As the season progresses he comes to sincerely believe in Davos's cause and serves him out of ideological devotion.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Exclusively fights with hand-to-hand arts. After snatching Misty's gun from her hand mid-battle, he looks at it with disdain and tosses it away instead of using it against her.
  • The Dragon: He was one to Ho and ultimately becomes Davos' .
  • The Driver: After Davos recruits him, he functions as Davos' driver.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is vocally disturbed when Davos goes from killing Triads to offing a bunch of junkies.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears one after he joins Davos's service. Before that he was simply wearing a simple patch of linen.
  • Eye Scream: Sherry Yang stabs him in the left eye with a pin to stop him from killing Colleen.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side!: The minute he sees Davos killing many Golden Tigers, including his boss, Chen Wu offers to aid him in his crusade to wipe out the Triads.
  • The Kid with the Remote Control: Alluded to with Chen Wu's notebook. Davos assassinates anyone whose name is written down in the book, giving Chen Wu some form of control over who Davos targets and therefore a tremendous amount of power. He threatens to add Joy's name to the list when she crosses him.
  • Mercy Kill: Walker shoots him after he's heavily wounded by Ward, arguing he would have bled out before paramedics arrived anyway.
  • The Quisling: He allies himself with Davos to save his own skin, but ultimately becomes a true believer in his philosophy.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: He constantly makes sarcastic comments to himself regarding Davos' uptight code.
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    Frank Choi 

Frank Choi

Species: Human

Citizenship: Chinese

Portrayed By: Les J.N. Mau

Appearances: Iron Fist

The owner of Frank Choi's Furniture and documents forger for the Golden Tigers.


  • The Ghost: For most of the second season of Iron Fist', which has Colleen looking into his whereabouts.
  • The Stool Pigeon: He's under the custody and protection of the FBI in exchange of information against the Golden Tigers.

Rynho's Gang

    Ryhno 

Ryhno

Species: Human

Citizenship: Chinese

Portrayed By: Jason Lai

Appearances: Iron Fist

The leader of a teenage gang .


  • Big Bad Wannabe: Ryhno is constantly boasting of how he and his gang are gonna become top players in Chinatown. But in reality they are little more than hoodlums preying on those unable to fight back or scavenging whatever is left behind by the Hatchets and Tigers and are way over their head with regards to the Hatchets or the Tigers.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even though he has no problem with assaulting and stealing money from Henry Yip, he is genuinely shocked when Davos murders him.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam : Just when he realizes how messed up Davos truly is and decided to quit, he gets killed by Crank.
  • Slashed Throat : How Crank kills him.

    Crank 

Crank

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Sky Lakota-Lynch

Appearances: Iron Fist

A member of Ryhno's gang.


  • Mook Lieutenant: After killing Ryhno, he becomes the unofficial leader of the gang
  • The Starscream: He betrays and murders Ryhno when the latter decides to quit Davos' cult.

    BB 

BB

Species: Human

Citizenship: Chinese

Portrayed By: Giullian Yao Gioiello

Appearances: Iron Fist

A member of Ryhno's gang.


The Gnucci Crime Family

    In General 

The Gnucci Family

Appearances: The Punisher

An Italian-American crime family and one of the major criminal societies based in New York City.


  • Adaptational Wimp: In the comic they did manage to put up a fight before being wiped out in a matter of minutes, in the series they lasted only a couple of seconds getting steamrolled by Frank. That being said, they were blindsided by Frank.
  • Den of Iniquity: They run periodical private poker games in which its members and associates.
  • The Mafia: They are an Italian-American crime family, and some of its members look like stereotypical mobsters.
  • Mugging the Monster: They fit the trope because the only guns allowed on the premises during their games is the sole guard outside.

    Tony Gnucci 

Tony Gnucci

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"You have any idea whose game this is? I guess not, otherwise you wouldn't be here."

Species: Human

Citizenship: Italian-American

Portrayed By: James J. Lorenzo

Appearances: The Punisher

A caporegime of the family who oversees the poker game that Lance and his buddies.


  • Boom, Headshot!: How Frank Castle takes him out.
  • Canon Foreigner: Tony isn't one of the the seven named Gnuccis from the comics.
  • Villainous Valor: He remains very composed as Paulie holds a shotgun to his head, as he notices they are amateurs, specially Donny, who drops his wallet in the course of the robbery.

    Moose 

Moose

Species: Human

Citizenship: Italian-American

Portrayed By: Christopher R Ellis

Appearances: The Punisher

A member of the family.


  • Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of Frank Castle.
  • The Brute: He's the sole armed guard at the poker game. Being a member of a crime family, it is obvious he can do some serious violence.
  • Meaningful Name: "Moose" is an stereotypical nickname for large sized men, particularly mobsters, in fiction.

The Blacksmith's Organization

The Rivals

    In General 

Appearances: Luke Cage

A now-defunct gang led by Shades, Comanche and Romeo - the father of Zip, who would grow up to become a gangster working for Cottonmouth and Diamondback.


  • Adapted Out: Cage and Diamondback were members in the comics.
  • Catchphrase:
    - Rivals?
    - We ain't got none.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the comics they had a bigger role. In the MCU they are just part of Shades' and Comanche's backstory
  • Gangbangers: They were a gang operating in New York.
  • Ironic Name: Their name is a Badass Boast about no gang or antagonist being on their level.

    Shades 
See the Harlem's Paradise page

    Comanche 
See the Harlem's Paradise page

    Romeo 

Romeo

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: N/A

Appearances: Luke Cage note 

Zip's father. A member of the Rivals along with Shades and Comanche. Also an ally of Turk Barrett.


The Yardies

    In General 

Appearances: Luke Cage

A Jamaican-American gang based in Brooklyn, planning to expand into Harlem.


    Neville Barnwell 

Neville Barnwell

See the Harlem's Paradise page

    Nigel Garrison 

Nigel Garrison

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"Who you think you talking to? Me from the Rock too, y'know!"

Species: Human

Citizenship: Jamaican-American

Portrayed By: Macc Plaise

Appearances: Luke Cage

The head of the Yardies following the death of his brother Neville. He has a considerable turf that encompasses Crown Heights and Jamaica, Queens.


  • Decapitation Presentation: Nigel's head is placed in one of the satchels of money Bushmaster delivers to Shades.
  • Eye Scream: Bushmaster kills him by slicing across his eyes with a knife.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Inverted. He and Neville Barnwell are siblings despite their different surnames.
  • Threat Backfire: What gets him killed.
    Nigel Garrison: Who you think you talking to?! Me from the Rock too, y'know!
    Bushmaster: I AM the Rock. [attacks Nigel and his guards]
  • Trespassing to Talk: On the victim end of this from Bushmaster.
  • You Are in Command Now: Nigel took over from Neville Barnwell after his brother's death at Diamondback's hands.

Carbone Crime Family

    Rosalie Carbone 

Rosalie Carbone

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"You don't know your price yet."

Species: Human

Citizenship: Italian-American

Portrayed By: Annabella Sciorra

Appearances: Luke Cage | Daredevil

A criminal leader with an eye on Harlem and Hell's Kitchen.


  • Advertised Extra: She was announced early on for the second season of Luke Cage along with Bushmaster and Tilda Johnson, but she only appears in the last two episodes. Likewise, her role in the third season of Daredevil is also a very minor one.
  • Age Lift: In the comics, Rosalie Carbone was in her mid twenties. Here, she's in her late 50s.
  • Casting Gag: Guess Gloria Trillo moved out of Jersey to be become a crime boss elsewhere after being threatened and traumatized by Tony's goons.
  • Cultural Posturing: Engages in a skewed version of this in her first appearance, extolling the greater competence of the Italians for organized crime when compared to African Americans.
  • The Don: She is one of the most important and influential crimeladies in Manhattan.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She's set up for her role in Daredevil season 3 through her appearances in the last two episodes of Luke Cage season 2.
  • The Mafia: She's a mob boss of Italian origin.
  • Nerves of Steel:
    • She watches Luke Cage rip through her office and guards and never even flinches, despite watching Luke get brutal and knowing how easily he could do the same or worse to her. She stares him down and calls his bluff, getting Luke to make a deal with her instead.
    • When Fisk has Dex kill a mouthy boss at his forced meeting of crimelords he's extorting protection money from, Rosalie barely flinches, compliments Fisk on his ability to put on a show, and inquires on how to transfer money to him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: She has a very low opinion of African Americans' competency vis-à-vis organized crime, and no scruples about telling Mariah Dillard this to her face.
  • The Queenpin: She's the boss of her own The Mafia crime family.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: In the comics, she's an enemy of Punisher. In the show, she's not involved with Frank in any form, instead getting tangled with Luke Cage and Mariah Dillard, and, later, with Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: When Ray Nadeem's dying confession is leaked and widely disseminated during Fisk's wedding, Carbone is the first person seen to be noping out of there before the NYPD move in to arrest him.
  • Villainous Crush: She wants to have coffee with Luke.
  • Villainous Legacy: Shades claims that her main motivation for making moves on Harlem is to accomplish the conquest of the area that her father attempted and failed to complete back in the day due to the opposition of Mama Mabel.
  • The Woman Behind the Man: After Mariah goes to jail and the Stokes empire starts to crumble, Rosalie provides backing for Anibal Izqueda and the Puerto Rican mafia to assassinate Eric Hong and make a move on Harlem. She later becomes an associate of Fisk's empire when he gets out of prison.
  • Woman Of Wealth And Taste: She is always dressed in fashionable clothes and lives in a massive loft full of exquisite artwork and so impeccably furnished that even Luke is impressed.

The Kitchen Irish

    In General 

The Kitchen Irish

Appearances: Daredevil | The Punisher

One of the crime syndicates operating in Hell's Kitchen. It is formed by Irish and Irish-Americans.


  • Bus Crash: Nearly all of its remaining members are killed in between Punisher's last appearance in Season 2 of Daredevil and the first episode of The Punisher.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: They are one of the groups seeking to fill the vacuum left after Wilson Fisk is sent to prison and the Hand factions of Nobu and Gao retreat into the shadows.
  • The Irish Mob: They are a crime syndicate formed by Irish and Irish-Americans and operate both in New York and Ireland.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In the original MAX comic arc, the Irish gang wasn't named or mentioned and the arc name came from the fact a Hell's Kitchen Irish bar was bombed with the Punisher inside. Here, however, they are outright called the Kitchen Irish, with Finn Cooley leading the gang.

Leadership

    Finn Cooley 

Finn Cooley

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"Generosity is my defining trait."

Species: Human

Citizenship: Irish-American

Portrayed By: Tony Curran

Appearances: Daredevil

"Man takes my son. I lose a boy. He takes my money. I'm getting it back! We will beat every mother's son in this city till I have my money in my hands, and this shooter's on his knees, alive. Or there'll be more of you shining the inside of a box!"

An Irish mobster with interests in both Ireland and New York.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Finn Cooley in the comics was an ex-Irish Republican Army bomber who was disfigured by one of his own bombs. In the show, he looks normal. Although he does eventually get his face blown off like his comic book namesake, it's by a shotgun, and he doesn't survive it.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He is prone to sudden bursts of violence and takes unidentified pills afterwards. Then again, it might be something purely physical like a heart condition where he needs to be careful about getting worked up. Or it could be some drug that he's addicted to that has a calming effect.
  • Ax-Crazy: He comes off as more than a little unhinged when he suddenly and brutally murders an old friend at his son's funeral.
  • Bad Boss: The man does not give a solitary shit about the people under his command; he threatens them with death should they fail, and it's not an idle threat. Best demonstrated when he nonchalantly thanks Castle for "thinning the herd" after he kills a few of his men. Either because he's happy he has less overhead to pay off when he gets his money, or because he considered them weak and better off dead than a burden to him. Neither are hallmarks of great leaders.
  • Beard of Evil: Finn is a violent, sadistic, psycho murderer with a full beard.
  • Berserk Button: His son. He kills a friend who suggests he just accept his son's death, and takes a drill to Frank's foot when Frank implies he didn't care about his son.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of Frank.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Replies to Frank asking who killed his family, his response is 'Who cares?' He might just be saying so as one last middle finger to him though.
  • Decoy Antagonist: The manner of his arrival and his status as as The Leader of the Kitchen Irish sets him up as a major antagonist for both Frank Castle and Daredevil. And then he's killed in the same episode.
  • Defiant to the End: Even when Frank turns the tables on him and has him at gunpoint demanding to know who killed his family, Finn doesn't flinch or beg.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He turns up at his son's funeral, stabs an underling through the eye with an ice pick before popping pills for his nerves, turns over a filled coffin, and shrieks that he wants his money back. All of this establishes him as psychotic, cruel, unhinged and greedy.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Finn wants his money back, and puts that first, but his son's death is still a very touchy subject.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Promises Frank a quick end if he does as he's told, and spares Frank's dog when he finally agrees to do so.
  • Evil Redhead: He has red hair and is a violent crime boss.
  • Eye Scream: When Seamus tells him that his son's death was just an occupational hazard of the business, Finn proceeds to kill the guy by stabbing him in the left eye with an ice pick, driving it all the way into his skull. Finn meets his own end with a point-blank shotgun round to his left eye courtesy of Frank Castle.
  • Kick the Dog: A literal case; he breaks Frank by threatening to torture his dog in the same way he tortured Frank.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: He makes it clear to everyone around him that he is displeased about his son's death. Of course, he is more concerned about his money than he is about his kid.
  • Skewed Priorities: Subverted; despite how generally erratic and violent he is, he knows that no gang war could ever return his son, so instead he pursues his lost money, which he can get back, with the added zeal of a man avenging the death of a loved one.
  • This Is a Drill: In true IRA style he bores through Frank's foot with a drill.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He tells the guy with a shotgun point blank to your head on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for his family's death 'who cares' in response to being asked about said family's death. While getting mercy from the Punisher was highly unlikely, if he stalled for few seconds his minions would've been there.
  • Torture Technician: He's handy with a drill.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed in his first appearance. But damn if he didn't leave a memorable impression.
  • We Have Reserves: Naturally, when the Kitchen Irish corner Frank at the carousel, he manages to kill and wound a couple of them before they take him down with multiple tasers. Finn doesn't seem at all concerned about just having several of his men killed.
    Finn: Thanks for thinning out the herd a little!

    Nesbitt 

Nesbitt

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"Anyone crosses us, we'll paint the streets red with their blood."

Species: Human

Citizenship: Irish-American

Portrayed By: Andy Murray

Appearances: Daredevil

An Irish-American mob boss in Hell's Kitchen.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While he is a ruthless gang boss, he is nowhere near as disgusting as his comic counterpart, who was abusive to his relatives and sexually abusive to the female ones. He also never promises an inheritance that turns out to be explosives, instead that is vaguely adapted when the Punisher robs money from the Kitchen Irish after the massacre and booby traps it.
  • Age Lift: He's a few decades younger than his comic counterpart.
  • Bad Boss: He clearly was about to use that bottle to kill an unruly member of the inner circle for an implied past betrayal, as a cap to his speech. He doesn't get the chance.
  • Bald of Evil: He's a high-ranking mobster with a balding head.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Nesbitt is an intimidating crime lord about to launch a campaign of violence to win back Hell's Kitchen for the Irish. The Punisher makes short work of him and his inner circle within a space of three minutes. Furthermore, during a prison conversation between Fisk and Stewart Finney later on, Fisk implies that when he was on the street, he never did business with the Kitchen Irish because Nesbitt was too problematic.
  • New Era Speech: After the fall of Fisk, he gives a speech to his underlings about how the Irish will rise again and take control of Hell's Kitchen. He and all his men are then killed in a span of about five seconds.

    Cullen 

Cullen

Species: Human

Citizenship: Irish-American

Portrayed By: Stephen Lee Anderson

Appearances: Daredevil

One of the bosses of the Kitchen Irish.


  • Bald of Evil: A mob boss with a heavily balding head.
  • Category Traitor: Seems Nesbitt was about to hit him with a wine bottle before Frank attacked, indicating he's one of the Irish who had joined Fisk.
  • Villainous Friendship: He's a close ally and friend of Nesbitt.

    Seamus 

Seamus

Species: Human

Citizenship: Irish-American

Portrayed By: John Joseph Gallagher

Appearances: Daredevil

One of the bosses of the Kitchen Irish.


  • Cruel and Unusual Death: An ice pick through the eye, then plunged deeper into the skull to reach the brain sounds like a nasty way to die.
  • Eye Scream: Cooley stabs him through the eye with an ice pick, then plunges it deeper into his skull to kill him.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Trying to comfort an Ax-Crazy criminal who has lost a son by saying that death is part of business as usual is a sure way to get killed.

Other Members

    Kelly Cooley 

Kelly Cooley

Species: Human

Citizenship: Irish-American

Portrayed By: Paul Drechsler-Martell

Appearances: Daredevil

The son of Finn Cooley, following his father's footsteps as a member of the Kitchen Irish.


  • Adaptational Badass: Even though he's not particularly impressive the way he gets gunned down along with the other Kitcher Irish members, it's still better than his comics counterpart who screamed from just having his bandages torn off.
  • Adaptation Name Change: His closest counterpart in the Punisher MAX comics is Peter Cooley.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Finn didn't want his son to follow in his criminal footsteps but Kelly insisted.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the Punisher MAX comics, Peter is Finn Cooley's nephew instead of his son.

    Johnny 

Johnny

Species: Human

Citizenship: Irish-American

Portrayed By: Gregory Dann

Appearances: Daredevil

A member of the Kitchen Irish.


    Grotto 

Elliot "Grotto" Grote

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"I got a pack of killers gunning for my men, my people think I'm a traitor or a rat."

Species: Human

Citizenship: Irish-American

Portrayed By: McCaleb Burnett

Appearances: Daredevil

An Irish-American mafia grunt, who manages to escape the Punisher and contacts Nelson and Murdock for a protection deal.


  • Consummate Liar: When conversing with Nelson & Murdock, he greatly downplays his role in the Irish mob. So well in fact that Matt's lie detector abilities fail him. As a result, Matt is shocked when Frank Castle gets Grotto to reveal that he killed people on his boss's orders.
  • Churchgoing Villain: He was a Catholic that went to Matt's church every Sunday, and always donated, hoping for redemption.
  • Death by Adaptation: While a recurring character in the comics as a frequent partner to Turk Barrett, here he's killed off after three episodes.
  • Lonely Funeral: Only Matt, Foggy, and Karen are at his funeral. Granted all his associates were dead.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He claims to be little more than a low-level thug who simply does some delivery work. Then Frank Castle manages to get him to admit to Matt that he has murdered under orders from his superiors and killed an old woman when she wouldn't keep quiet.
  • Reformed Criminal: He wants to be this, but he's too weak and greedy to really be successful. Self-preservation is more of a motivator than any hope of redemption.
  • Rejected Apology: Rejects Karen's attempts to apologize for lack of foresight regarding Reyes' double-crossing
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He wants to get out of Hell's Kitchen before the Punisher gets to him.
  • Sole Survivor: When the Punisher massacres the Irish mob meeting, Grotto has the good sense to take cover behind the bar and play dead. He is hit by a piece of shrapnel but manages to survive. Doesn't buy him much more than a couple of days.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Matt feels terrible after failing to save him from the Punisher. Followed up in his funeral.

    George 

George

Species: Human

Citizenship: Irish-American

Portrayed By: David McCrea

Appearances: Daredevil

Nesbitt: It is also a moment for sober reflection.
George: Sober my arse.

A member of the Kitchen Irish who abandoned his compatriots to work for Wilson Fisk and returned to them after Fisk's fall, only to get killed when the Punisher massacred most of the Kitchen Irish.


  • The Alcoholic: Implied by the way Cullen cuts him off, and his joke after Nesbitt mentions "sober reflection".
  • Category Traitor: Nesbitt indirectly calls him out for having sided against his fellow Irish.
  • Evil Redhead: A redheaded mobster.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side!: He abandoned his fellow Irish to join Fisk only returning after Fisk's downfall.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Returns to the Kitchen Irish who he betrayed, and makes jokes while Nesbitt was giving a speech. Needless to say he would have died even if The Punisher hadn't arrived.

    Rory 

Rory

Species: Human

Citizenship: Irish-American

Portrayed By: Joshua Bitton

Appearances: Daredevil

A member of the Kitchen Irish.


  • Beard of Evil: A violent mobster with a dark beard.
  • The Brute: Rory constantly resorts to violence when leading the rest of Cooley's thugs to track down the Punisher, killing or maiming someone in each attack.
  • The Dragon: To Finn Cooley. After Cooley orders the lesser Kitchen Irish to find the Punisher, Rory leads the assaults on the leads.

    Mickey O'Hare 

Mickey O'Hare

Species: Human

Citizenship: Irish-American

Portrayed By: Jon David Casey

Appearances: The Punisher

The last surviving member of the Kitchen Irish.


Colon Crime Ring

Leadership

    Domingo Colon 

Domingo Colon

See the Harlem's Paradise page

    Salvador Colon 

Salvador Colon

Species: Human

Citizenship: Puerto Rican

Portrayed By: N/A

Appearances: Luke Cage note 

A leader of the Colon crime family during the time of Mama Mabel and Pistol Pete. Older brother of Domingo Colon


  • The Corrupter: He sought to get Pistol Pete and the Stokes into the drug business.
  • Posthumous Character: He's dead by the first season of Luke Cage, with Domingo as his sole successor.

Members

    Ernesto & Ricardo 

Ernesto & Ricardo

Species: Humans

Citizenship: Puerto Rican

Portrayed By: Roberto De Felice (Ernesto), Edward Torres (Ricardo)

Appearances: Luke Cage

Two Puerto Rican thugs working for Domingo Colon as his bodyguards.


  • Beard of Evil: Both are bearded criminals, with Ernesto having the thicker beard and Ricardo having a thinner and lighter one.

Korean Mob (Kkangpae)

    Peter Hong 

Peter Hong

See the Harlem's Paradise page

    Eric Hong 

Eric Hong

Species: Human

Citizenship: Korean

Portrayed By: Marcus Choi

Appearances: Luke Cage

A Korean mobster, brother of the late Peter Hong and an ally of Rosalie Carbone.


Puerto Rican Mob

    Anibal Izqueda 

Anibal Izqueda

Species: Human

Citizenship: Puerto Rican

Portrayed By: Louie Gasparro

Appearances: Luke Cage

A leader of the Puerto Rican mob.


  • Bald of Evil: He's bald and the head of a dangerous criminal organization.
  • Evil Wears Black: He's a mobster that wears all-dark clothing.
  • You Are in Command Now: Based on his nationality, its likely he took over the place of Domingo Colón among the Puerto Rican crime organizations.

Albanian Syndicate

    Vic Jusufi 

Vic Jusufi

Species: Human

Citizenship: Albanian

Portrayed By: James Biberi

Appearances: Daredevil

The leader of the Albanian Syndicate, currently incarcerated at Ryker's Island.


  • Bald of Evil: He's a bald mob boss.
  • Enemy Mine: Helps Matt escape the prison riot so he can help him take down Fisk.
  • The Leader: Of the Albanian Syndicate.
  • The Rival: One of Wilson Fisk's rival mob bosses.
  • Tattooed Crook: A criminal with a number of tattoos on his arms and chest.

    'Mother Theresa' 

"Mother Theresa"

Species: Human

Citizenship: Albanian

Portrayed By: Ron Fehmiu

Appearances: Daredevil

A high-ranking member of the Albanian Syndicate, dubbed "Mother Theresa" by the FBI.


  • Bald of Evil: He's a bald mob boss.
  • Hookers and Blow: One of his criminal enterprises is a whorehouse, which caters to a number of corrupt New York city officials.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: His name isn't mentioned in the episode, just the nickname given to him by the FBI.
  • Tattooed Crook: He sports a large tattoo of Mother Theresa on his back, hence his nickname.

Associates

    Michael Kemp 

Michael Kemp

Species: Human

Citizenship: Albanian

Portrayed By: Luke Robertson

Appearances: Daredevil

A small time criminal who briefly worked with the Albanians.


  • Adaptational Dye-Job: MCU Kemp is blond whereas the original is red-headed.
  • Adaptational Heroism: He's much more sympathetic than his comic-books counterpart, a three-time felon that tried to kill Karen Page.

Jewish-American Mafia

    Latimer Zyl 

Latimer Zyl

Species: Human

Citizenship: Jewish-American

Portrayed By: Stephen Axelrod

Appearances: Daredevil

The leader of the Jewish-American Mafia in New York.


  • Canon Foreigner: There's no Latimer Zyl in the mainstream comics.
  • Kosher Nostra: A Jewish-American mob boss. He even wears the trappings of the Haredi, a fundamentalist branch of modern Judaism.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: He's one of the mob bosses blackmailed by Fisk into his "protection tax" scheme.

Russian Mafia

For the Russian Mobsters that collaborate with Kingpin, see the Fisk Crime Ring article

    Kazan 

Kazan

Species: Human

Citizenship: Russian

Portrayed By: Ilia Volok

Appearances: The Punisher

A member of the Russian Mafia with ties to Nikolai Poloznev.


  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's a criminal, but is genuinely concerned about his nephew, Sergei.
  • He Knows Too Much: He gets killed by John Pilgrim because he knows the secret Anderson and Eliza Schultz are tryuing to keep hidden.
  • Large and in Charge: He leads a group fo Russian mobsters and is large sized and strong.
  • The Mafiya: A mobster of Russian origin.

    Sergei Konchevsky 

Sergei Konchevsky

Species: Human

Citizenship: Russian

Portrayed By: Alex Notkin

Appearances: The Punisher

A nephew of Kazan, also involved with the Bratva.


    The Russian 

The Russian

Species: Human

Citizenship: Russian

Portrayed By: Keith Jardine

Appearances: The Punisher

An enforcer of Kazan's.


    Vor 

Vor

Species: Human

Citizenship: Russian

Portrayed By: Oleg Prudius

Appearances: The Punisher

Another of Kazan's enforcers.


Billy Russo's Gang

    In General 

Billy Russo's Gang

Appearances: The Punisher

A bunch of US military veterans, who band together under the leadership of Billy Russo to become a powerful criminal gang.


  • Badass Crew: A bunch of ex-military guys with high-end weaponry. It's not surprise that they manage to quickly establish themselves in the New York underworld, and nobody except Frank Castle himself is much of a threat to them.
  • Band of Brothers: Due to their shared experiences both in war and in civilian life, they form a very strong bond, seeing each other as brothers.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The crew is composed by veterans of many races.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: They are all disaffected veterans who have turned to crime as a reaction to being forgotten by their government despite their military service.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: At first they take to wearing Halloween latex masks and such during their robberies. Later on, they all take to wearing White Masks of Doom like Russo.
  • Replacement Goldfish: For Billy, they fill the emotional role fullfilled by Anvil, his defunct PCM, a private army/family under his command.
  • The Resenter: Many of them are resentful that they have been left out by society at large despite their service and believe they deserve better.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Some of them are members of Curtis' support group and have had trouble adjusting to civilian life away from war.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: They are military veterans with no qualms about injuring or killing civilians, even though they are the very people they were supposed to be protecting with their service.

    Billy Russo 

    Jake Nelson 

Jake Nelson

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Jordan Dean

Appearances: The Punisher

An Shell-Shocked Veteran in Curtis Hoyle's support group who introduces Billy to a number of like-minded veterans.


    José 

José

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Samuel Gomez

Appearances: The Punisher

A United States Army veteran who joins up with Jigsaw's Crew, and quickly becomes Billy's most trusted comrade.


  • Beard of Evil: A criminal with a thick black beard.
  • It's Personal: After Frank kills a large number of them and later escapes police custody, Jose wants to avenge his fallen brothers.
  • Karma Houdini: Gets away scot-free due to Billy providing him with a new identity and enough money to start a new life and urging him to leave town, so that Frank doesn't kill him.
  • Number Two: To Billy.

    Bobby 

Bobby

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Charles Brice

Appearances: The Punisher

Another ex-veteran and member of Billy's group, who participates in the group's robbery of the ReadyQuick Check Cashing.


  • Boom, Headshot!: How he meets his end at the hands of Billy, after questioning his leadership.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He tries to leave the gang out of fear for the Punisher.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Really, he should have known better than to mouth off to Billy like that, after clearly seeing that he was a deeply unstable individual.

    Anton Reed 

Anton Reed

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Brendan Ryan

Appearances: The Punisher

Another veteran who joins up with Jigsaw's crew. He's also an employee of ReadyQuick Check Cashing.


    Phillip 

Phillip

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Brett Bartholomew

Appearances: The Punisher

Another veteran and member of Billy's group, who tries to kill Curtis.


  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Doesn't get any deeper characterization before Curtis kills him in self-defense.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Gets shot and wounded by Curtis and then bleeds out in his arms while the latter is trying to save him, causing Curtis great pain.

    Moke 

Moke

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Brendan Ryan

Appearances: The Punisher

Another veteran who joins up with Jigsaw's crew.


The Diablos

    In General 

Appearances: Luke Cage note 

A now-defunct gang that Arturo Rey III belonged to.


Vulture's Gang

See the Vulture's Gang page.

Miscellaneous New York Criminals

Crime Bosses

    Dutton 

Dutton

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"Those you cannot teach to fly, teach to fall faster."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: William Forsythe

Appearances: Daredevil

"Cut the shit, fat man. I've known guys like you my whole life, I killed most of 'em. You ain't never seen a throne you didn't want to sit in. So I'm here to make myself crystal clear: there's only room for one of us in this prison and it ain't gonna be you, not ever. Because I'm the kingpin of this bitch."

A successful drug dealer and an inmate at Rikers Island Correctional Facility who quickly becomes an enemy of Fisk's upon his arrival.


  • Bullying a Dragon: He has the great idea to try intimidating Wilson Fisk. Because his prison contraband ring totally outdoes Fisk's street smarts.
  • Canon Foreigner: There's no crime boss or Kingpin's enemy named Dutton in the comics.
  • Dying Alone: Averted; after being mortally wounded by Frank Castle, he's left by prison doctors to die in a hospital bed, but Wilson Fisk decides to stay by his side and gloat while eating his meal.
  • Evil Versus Evil: His conflict with Fisk boils down to a ruthless prison kingpin facing down a new, even smarter challenger.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Dutton comes to Fisk with a smile and "friendly" advice, but it's blatant intimidation tactics.
  • Number Two: The long-haired henchman who accompanies him when he greets Fisk and is seen in his cell when they are killed by Castle.
  • The Rival: He treats Fisk as a potential rival.
  • Smug Snake: He believes that with his limited resources, he can overthrow the criminal empire of Wilson Fisk. Unfortunately for him, his arrogance gets in the way of him giving Fisk as much credit as he should.
  • Villain Has a Point: He observes that Frank Castle's mission of revenge will never end. Frank, true to his nature, knows this, but doesn't care.

    Arturo Gomez III 

Arturo "El Rey" Gomez III

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"Who are you supposed to be, the short arm of the law?"

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Otto Sanchez

Appearances: Luke Cage

A Latino drug-runner and the owner of Merlin Discount Furniture. He uses his furniture chain to smuggle heroin.


  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Following the death of Domingo Colon at Diamondback's hands, El Rey takes over the Colon family's drug business, forcing Domingo's brothers to retire.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Shades shoots him in the head when he begins insulting Mariah and threatens to go to Misty with everything he knows.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Yes Arturo, insulting Mariah to her right-hand and acknowledged lover's face was going to end well, said no one ever.
  • Canon Foreigner: While the Diablos also appear in the mainstream comics, Arturo hasn't.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's using his chain of furniture stores as a front for a drug trafficking operation.
  • Gangbangers: He used to be a member of a Dominican gang called the "Diablos" (The Devils).
  • I Have Many Names: He goes by the aliases of "El Rey" (The King) and "El Tercero" (The Third). He was born Arturo Gomez III but had it legally changed to Arturo Rey III.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Openly racist against black people, judging by his tirade to Shades.
  • Theme Naming: The fact that the names of his legal and illegal businesses are connected to the King Arthur legend helps Luke to identify him.
  • This Is My Name on Foreign: The alias he is known by as the source of the "Luke Cage" heroin is "El Tercero", which is just a part of his name in Spanish: Arturo Gomez The Third.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He really should have known better than to threaten to snitch and then go on a racist tirade about Mariah to Shades' face in the same breath.

    Don Rigoletto 

Don Rigoletto

Species: Human

Citizenship: Italian

Portrayed By: N/A

Appearances: Daredevil note 

A "retired" mafia boss who preceded Wilson Fisk. In the past, Fisk's father owed him money.


  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Silvio mentions he was cut to pieces.
  • Deadly Euphemism: When threatening Farnum into carrying out a hit on Karen, Wesley claims that Rigoletto "retired". Because yeah, that's totally what being hacked to pieces constitutes.
  • The Don: He was a mafia boss until Fisk had him killed.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He was a member of the old-school mafia that believed in leaving made members' wives and kids out of the business.
  • The Ghost: He's never seen, just mentioned. Justified, partially, because he has already been Killed Offscreen by the time he's first mentioned.
  • Loan Shark: Bill Fisk borrowed money from him for his city council run. When Farnum is approached by Wesley to be strongarmed into the first attempt on Karen, he thinks Wesley is an enforcer of Rigoletto's come to check on the $30,000 he owes in gambling debts, to which Wesley replies "Mr. Rigoletto has retired. His books have been acquired by my employer."
  • The Mafia: He's a mob boss of Italian origin, even called "Don".
  • Posthumous Character: It's implied he's already dead by the time Wesley mentions he's "retired".
  • Predecessor Villain: He was the mob boss of Hell's Kitchen before Fisk "retired" him.

    Edgar Brass 

Edgar Brass

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: N/A

Appearances: Daredevil note 

A drug dealer with ties to the Kitchen Irish.


  • The Butcher: He has the reputation of being a drug dealing butcher
  • The Ghost: He's never seen, just mentioned. Also justified because the so-called sting operation to capture him using Grotto is actually a trap for the Punisher set up by DA Samantha Reyes.

    Prohashka 

Prohashka

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"This is how he negotiates, huh?"

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Peter Claymore

Appearances: Daredevil

A mobster active in Hell's Kitchen.


  • The Mafiya: His surname indicates he's Eastern European.
  • The Rival: To the Ransakhov brothers, who take over his front taxi company, which competed with their own, after he's killed.
  • Villains Out Shopping: His only scene is while he's bowling with his crew.
  • Villainous Valor: When Healy easily defeats his guards and comes at him, Prohashka puts up one hell of a fight. Even after getting his arm gruesomely broken, he just rams his forehead into Healy's nose.
  • Your Head Asplode: Prohashka gets his head smashed into pieces by a bowling ball.

    Everett Starr 

Everett Starr

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Ned Van Zandt

Appearances: Daredevil

An aged crime boss.


  • Bald of Evil: A balding crime boss.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Dex beans him in the forehead with one of his batons as a message.
  • Evil Old Folks: A mob boss in his sixties.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Thinks Fisk is simply a pampered informant, and refuses his proposed "protection tax", thinking Fisk will squeal on them to stay in the FBI's good graces. At this point Fisk has the FBI under his thumb and can prosecute them at his leisure. Fisk has Dex kill Starr immediately, then jacks up the tax rate to 25%, at which point everyone else at the table immediately gives in.

    John Hammer 

John Hammer

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Ezra Knight

Appearances: Daredevil

An African-American crime boss and owner of a chop-shop.


  • Bald of Evil: A bald gang leader.
  • Canon Foreigner: There's no John Hammer in the comics.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: He's one of the crime bosses who is arrested by Kingpin's co-opted FBI taskforce and blackmailed into handing him 20% (then 25%) of all their profit in exchange of protection from federal prosecution. Later, he's also coerced into attending Fisk's wedding to Vanessa.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with regards to the overall MCU. He shares the surname (and even the J.H. initials) with Justin Hammer.

    Sophia Carter 

Sophia Carter

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Cori Dioquino

Appearances: Daredevil

A crime boss operating in New York City.


  • Ambiguously Brown: Her ethnicity is not exactly clear, though her actress is Filipino-American.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: She's one of the crime bosses who is arrested by Kingpin's co-opted FBI taskforce and blackmailed into handing him 20% (then 25%) of all their profit in exchange of protection from federal prosecution.
  • The Queenpin: She's a crime boss in her own right, which is why she's arrested by Fisk's FBI cronies to be subjected to the Kingpin's extortion scheme.

    Nikolai Poloznev 

Nikolai Poloznev

Species: Human

Citizenship: Russian

Portrayed By: Dikran Tulaine

Appearances: The Punisher

A Russian oligarch and former policeman with ties to the Russian Mafia.


  • Dirty Cop: To rise from the police to an oligarch industrialist he had to be one.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: He has kept his daughter ignorant of his criminal activities and nurtures her dreams of becoming a violinist.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's an oligarch and businessman who seeks influence over the United States government by blackmailing the Anderson and Eliza Schultz, and their son through them.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When he was a 12 years old boy, Poloznev's father took him to the woods to teach him about justice by killing a rapist. Poloznev instead learned about power and vowed to never be the man facing the barrel of a gun.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After being kidnapped by Frank Castle, he remains stoic and collaborative despite being certain his time has come. Later when John Pilgrim appears before him and executes his bodyguards, he calmly accepts his fate.
  • Not in the Face!: He asks Frank not to shoot him in the face so he can be properly identified by his family.

Minor Gangsters and Criminals

    Lewis Wilson 

Lewis Wilson

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"All I know is that we risked our lives and we did terrible things and it meant nothing when we got home."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Daniel Webber

Appearances: The Punisher

"I don't have nightmares out here. I should never have discharged, Curtis. None of it, the heat, cold, sand, noise, fifty guys stinking up a dorm it never kept me up. Never bothered me. I slept good."

A young veteran with very severe PTSD struggling to adjust to civilian life.


  • Accidental Murder: Nearly shoots and kills his dad reflexively after waking up from a bad PTSD-induced dream.
  • Badass Bookworm: Is knowledgable about the American constitution as well as being an ex-soldier.
  • Blood Knight: Frank deduces that Lewis joined the Army because he wanted to fight and had a taste about how it feels, more than just serving the country.
  • The Corruptible: Lewis was not in a sound enough headspace to resist O'Connor's spiel. However, this doesn't mean corrupting vulnerable veterans is a safe pastime for would-be manipulators. PTSD is not a toy.
  • Dirty Coward: He is accused by Frank face-to-face, and by Karen on the radio, of rank cowardice for bombing innocent civilians from a safe distance.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: O'Connor lying about his service and using it to belittle actual combat veterans suffering from PTSD is heinous to be sure, but Lewis probably didn't need to stab him to death over it. Then again, O'Connor did reach for the knife first.
  • Driven to Suicide: Lewis ultimately blows himself up after Frank gets him away from Karen and locks him inside a freezer. Lamp Shaded by him reciting the Kipling poem 'The Young British Soldier' which is about a soldier in Afghanistan being encouraged to kill himself to spare himself from a worse fate.
  • Foil: To his corrupter O'Connor, who is undeniably racist. Lewis himself isn't actually racist, but it looks as if he was one since some of his victims are minorities. He also at least recognizes that Curtis was trying to help on the behalf of Lewis's own father no less, even if Lewis stubbornly refuses the help.
  • Hypocrite: For somebody talking so much about rights (including his freedom of assembly when he's arrested on the steps of the courthouse), Lewis seems pretty set on killing Karen because "she should not be allowed to write what she did."
    • What makes this hypocrisy especially galling is that all military personnel have to swear an oath to uphold the Constitution, which includes the First Amendment, which explicitly covers both Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, making him as Un-American as such "Patriots" get.
  • Insane Troll Logic: After realizing that O'Connor had lied about everything, one would think Lewis would re-evaluate his belief in O'Connor's "white Christians are oppressed, the government is coming for our guns" rhetoric. But no, after O'Connor was exposed, Lewis became even more dedicated to the views that he espoused, to the point of becoming a Mad Bomber.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: The result of his crummy life as a veteran, PTSD flashbacks, and O'Connor's toxic influence and right-wing rethoric.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: For all his flaws, his killing of O'Connor is very damn satisfying.
  • Mad Bomber: He sets off several bombs targeted at law enforcement and then mails a manifesto to Karen. Later, he tries to target Karen and Senator Ori during an interview.
  • Madness Mantra: Begins to recite poems to try and keep his mind in balance the more unhinged he became.
  • Men Don't Cry: He refuses to take the real help when offered it. Staying with the group and taking Curtis' "touchy-feely" advice to work on himself would have been the better thing to do than Just Blame Everybody.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Frank explains to Lewis that his crimes have ensured his father's life will be ruined, it reduces him to a complete breakdown capped off by suicide.
  • Never My Fault: Frank remembers him as a kid who blames everyone else for his problems.
  • Not So Similar: Despite claiming to Frank that they're not so different Lewis never truly suffers real loss like Frank had and never takes responsibility for his actions.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Lewis appears to be heavily inspired by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Frank is actually able to convince him to tell him which wire to cut so he can save Curtis' and his own life.
    • After he kills an Anvil employee at his home, he notices two budgies in a cage and spends a good while trying to convince them to fly away to freedom.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: Lewis's subplot is, on the face of, very detached from the main story arc of the first season which centers on Frank's revenge against a Government Conspiracy, with just a few interactions with the A-plot. However, it does illustrate what Frank maintained in Daredevil — his is not simply a case of willfully-ignored PTSD gone terroristly ballistic.
  • Prefers Rocks to Pillows: One of the early signs he's becoming unhinged is that he cannot sleep well on his home's bed, so he digs a foxhole in the backyard and sleeps there (even if it's November and it's freezing outside, as Curtis points out when he finds him there).
  • Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: His entire subplot is his road to becoming one of these, from regular "something is not right with my life" pitiful veteran through "loose-cannon risk" veteran (which prevents him from being hired by Anvil) and straight to "the system is shit and it's best I kill everything that I think is corrupt" veteran.
  • Sanity Slippage: He grows more and more unhinged on account of his PTSD, eventually becoming a mass murdering terrorist who's convinced himself he's a freedom fighter.
  • Shadow Archetype: The entire purpose of his subplot seems to be an answer to the accusations of fascism that the Punisher has long faced, letting Frank himself refute this ideology and show what makes him someone worth rooting for on some level.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's having difficulty getting readjusted to life back home, and is attending Curtis Hoyle's support group. He eventually loses his chance to work for Anvil because Curtis sees all of the signs of severe (as in "on the road to becoming a Sociopathic Soldier") PTSD and warns Russo of it.
  • Shout-Out
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's small potatoes compared to Agent Orange and Billy Russo but his attack on the Senator is the catalyst that leads to Frank and Madani learning the truth about Russo as he attempts to kill both of them in the chaos of Lewis' bombing.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Lewis begins believing O'Connor's rhetoric about the decline of their country and the need to change it. Word of God even says things might've turned out differently for him if he hadn't met O'Connor.
  • Western Terrorists: He eventually becomes one, hoping to use fear to tear down what he views as a corrupt system.

    Maximilian Tatum 

Max Tatum

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: James McCaffrey

Appearances: Jessica Jones

A movie director with a past preying on young actresses.


    Jace Montero 

Jace Montero

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Chaske Spencer

Appearances: Jessica Jones

A real estate developer and arsonist.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He begs after Trish begins to beat him.
  • Asshole Victim: An arsonist responsible for the deaths of fourteen people and gets beaten to death by Trish Walker. However, his murder is still treated as a wrong thing due to Trish going off the deep end.
  • Batter Up!: He uses a baseball bat to defend himself from Trish.
  • Canon Foreigner: There's no Jace Montero in the comics.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Through his company, Jace Montero Properties, he purchases buildings and secretly sets them on fire, disregarding who gets killed in the process, to then develop new projects.
  • Villainous Gentrification: His M.O. is a minor version of the same plans Wilson Fisk had for Hell's Kitchen. One of the buildings he burned down was a landmark building.

    Sal Blaskowski 

Sal Blaskowski

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Barbara Tirrell

Appearances: Jessica Jones

A bookie and loan shark to whom Erik Gelden is indebted.


  • Evil Old Folks: She's in her sixties and a sadistic criminal.
  • Evil Redhead: She's a redheaded criminal and loan shark.
  • Fat Bastard: She's an overweight criminal who has those indebted to her weighed down into a pool to get tortured or murdered.
  • Loan Shark: She's a bookie but operates like a loan shark when her gamblers fail to pay their debts to her.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She gets accidentally impaled on her own crowbar when Trish defends herself from Sal.

    Reid Pearson 

Reid Pearson

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Spencer House

Appearances: Jessica Jones

A rapist represented by Hogarth and Associates.


  • Date Rape: He's doing a six-years stint on date rape after Trish Walker trashes him and has his would-be-victim, Birdie, denounce him to the police.
  • Serial Rapist: Birdie wasn't his first victim. Prior to that, Hogarth had him avoid prison on a technicality.

Brooklyn

    Lance 

Lance

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Chris Critelli

Appearances: The Punisher

A construction worker who needlessly antagonizes Frank Castle.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Being hit with a sledgehammer crushes bravado too.
  • Asshole Victim: He and his crew are brutally beaten to death by Frank, but their actions across the episode showed they deserved it.
  • Bald of Evil: A jerk thief and petty criminal willing to kill his own a accomplices, with a bald head.
  • Big "NO!": Shouts one right before Frank finishes him off.
  • Bullying the Dragon: Even without knowing "Pete Castiglione" was really a mass-murdering vigilante, he did know that Frank spent entire workdays tearing down concrete walls with just a sledgehammer. In fact, that is one of the things he chooses to pick fights with Frank over.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He and his men are very easily beaten and killed by Frank, even when one of them gets his gun back and tries to shoot him.
  • Dirty Coward: He talks big, but folds easily when he is in trouble.
  • Jerkass: Just a bullying dick and petty criminal, with no shown redeeming features.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: Is perfectly willing to kill Donnie in order to cover his tracks. Is also on the receiving end of this when his surviving henchmen attempts to abandon him to die at Frank's hands.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ends up receiving a very nasty one from Frank after attempting to murder Donnie, getting his legs, arms and spine broken before Frank finally kills him by smashing his head in.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has two of them, first when Donnie accidentally drops his wallet while robbing the Gnucci's, and later when he's beaten within an inch of his life by Frank and is seconds away from being murdered by him.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Though he's killed by the end of the first episode of the Punisher series, his actions lead to Frank killing the Gnucci's in order to protect Donnie, which catches Micro's attention and kicks off the plot for the rest of the season.
  • Smug Snake: He thinks it's a smart idea to rip off the very loan shark he owes money to.
  • Stupid Crooks: Decides to rip off a bunch of Mafiosi in a badly-managed hold up, including bringing along Donnie, a civilian who clearly has no criminal experience (as a last minute replacement because the fourth man broke his arm in an accident on the work site earlier that day), who he then tries to kill when things go south.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Stealing from a poker game hosted by the Gnucci crime family probably would have qualified, had Frank Castle not run into them first.

    Paulie 

Paulie

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Tyler Elliot Burke

Appearances: The Punisher

A co-worker of Lance who joins his plot to steal off the Gnucci Crime Family.


  • Boom, Headshot!: Gets one from Frank.
  • Dirty Coward: While Paulie was unlikely to kill off Frank, the fact is that he was still willing to let his friend get killed by the vigilante while he rushed to his car in a vain effort to get away. Thankfully, Frank wasn't letting him get off that easy.
  • Evil Redhead: He shares many of the same character tropes as Lance, being a jerk thief and petty criminal that goes along with the attempted murder of Donny Chavez, but he's a redhead instead of bald.
  • Friend in the Black Market: His cousin is the one who gets the guns for the robbery of the Gnucci poker game.
  • Jerkass: Same as Lance. He laughs his ass off when Lance needlessly harasses and teases Frank at the construction site in which they all work.
  • Lean and Mean: Paulie is the skinniest of Lance's gang.

    Leo 

Leo

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Jason Hite

Appearances: The Punisher

Another co-worker of Lance who joins his plot to steal off the Gnucci Crime Family.


  • Beard of Evil: A jerkass petty criminal and would-be-murderer with a thick bird.

    Otto Mink 

Otto Mink

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"The time for money has passed. No one crosses me."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Gregory Sporleder

Appearances: Agent Carter

"Well, Mr. Mink is a greedy, black-market smuggler, sure, but he got me back into the country, and he's predictable in his greed."
Howard Stark

A smuggler hired to sneak Howard Stark back into the US. After Peggy and Jarvis defy his demand for a higher ransom, he goes hunting for them.


  • Bad Boss: Mink executes his own men for failing him.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He's a fairly intimidating criminal, but he's in way over his head when it comes to Carter's world of spies and subterfuge. In the end, he's killed off before Carter is even aware he's after her.
  • Canon Foreigner: He has no known counterpart in the comics.
  • Gatling Good: Carries a weapon that resembles an old-fashioned pepperbox revolver but functions like a miniature Gatling gun.
  • Greed: It's what prompts him into Moving The Goal Posts. Howard Stark comments on his greed.
  • Honor Before Reason: He's more concerned with the issue of personal pride than money.
  • Moving the Goalposts: Demands more money than what was agreed upon after getting Stark into the country.
  • Neck Snap: How he's killed by Dottie.
  • You Have Failed Me: He kills two of his own men for getting beaten by Howard and Carter.

    Jerome Zandow 

Jerome Zandow

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"I'm not afraid to kill a woman!"

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Rob Mars

Appearances: Agent Carter

Jerome Zandow was hired by Leet Brannis to guard The Heartbreak as it contained the inventions that Brannis stole from Howard Stark's mansion. He was killed alongside Ray by the Hidden Killer.


  • Death by Secret Identity: Just after he started to reveal that Peggy was at The Heartbreak before the S.S.R., he and Kreminski were shot.
  • Giant Mook: He was the biggest and strongest crook Peggy had fought up till that point, and so strong he completely overpowered her. It took Jarvis distracting him and Peggy using the Constrictor afterwards to take him down.
  • His Name Is...: Almost revealed who attacked him to Ray until the Hidden Killer showed up.
  • He Knows Too Much: Was killed for this reason; can't let someone who guarded The Heartbreak live.
  • Mythology Gag: Jerome is based on the obscure Zandow the Strong-Man, a circus performer in 40s Marvel Comics who was hired by the Nazis. When arresting him, Thompson mentions that Jerome used to work as a strong-man performer at Coney Island.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Only known as "Zandow" in the comics.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He boasts to Peggy that he's not afraid of fighting a woman.
  • You Have Failed Me: He frantically claims to his would-be-killer that he didn't tell Ray anything. It doesn't save him.

    Arthur Walsh 

Arthur Walsh

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Thomas G. Waites

Appearances: The Punisher

A former caretaker at Ray of Hope Group Home, who sexually abused the boys there.


  • Asshole Victim: Arthur Walsh, Billy's abusive and child-molesting baseball coach, gets murdered by him after one too many taunts. Even Frank doesn't care that Russo killed him and if anything, seems glad that he did his job for him.
    Frank: I'm not gonna lose sleep over a goddamn child molester.
  • Bullying a Dragon: After meeting Billy Russo, who went after him with a bat as a child and is now a trained Marine, he taunts him about the way he abused him and the other boys. He ends up skewered on a plunger for troubles.
  • Depraved Homosexual: A gay pedophile and child molester, he had a particular liking to Billy Russo when he was a child.
  • Hate Sink: Arthur Walsh is a former worker at the Ray of Hope group home, he molested the boys until he was arrested and had a stint in Sing-Sing. When confronted by former victim Billy Russo, insists that he was a good caretaker, who "loved you kids" and that they were "happy to love me back. He blames the boy who reported Walsh's abuse for his current circumstances. He also mocks Russo for the time that he broke his arm for defending himself, and makes racist comments when asking about Russo's scars. Billy Russo is pushed over the edge and stabs Walsh with a plunger, and When Frank Castle finds out, he is glad he is dead.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Arthur Walsh, who initially seems like a decent guy turns out to have not changed since his days as a sexually abusive coach at all.
  • Karmic Death: Years later after having his career in tatters, Arthur gets killed by the same kid who he broke the arm of and whom before getting scarred, had a much more successful career than Arthur ever did.
  • Never My Fault: Arthur Walsh apparently sees himself as being the victim for ending up in prison and losing his pension, going on at some length about how wronged he was by the kids telling people what he did to them.
  • Pedophiles Are Evil: An old child sex offender living in poverty and disgrace after serving time in prison for his crimes. A particularly vile example of his actions was injuring Billy Russo when he was a child after he attempted to fight off his advances, Billy remarks that his shoulder always hurt when he pitched in baseball games after his arm was healed and the pain and memories of the incident took away any joy he got from the game. Upon hearing of his death, Frank simply remarks that he is glad Walsh is dead and he deserved what he got and Madani was only upset being unable to prevent his death because she failed to capture Billy.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: What Arthur thinks the kids (including Billy) he molested are, after everything he's done for him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: What he did throughout his career before Billy and the other kids thankfully ended it.

Manhattan

Greenwich Village

    Clint 

Clint

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Clyde Baldo

Appearances: Daredevil

A pawn shop owner based in Greenwich Village.


Harlem

    Turk Barrett 

Turk Barrett

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"I guarantee this baby will not jam or my name ain't Turk Barrett."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Rob Morgan

Appearances: Daredevil | Luke Cage | The Defenders | The Punisher | Jessica Jones | Iron Fist

"That tin in my trunk couldn't kill a rabbit."

An independent low-to-mid level criminal in Hell's Kitchen and Harlem crime circles. Turk is an opportunistic bastard who has the uncanny (and unlucky) habit of running into super-powered people and getting beat up by them.


  • Agony of the Feet: The Hand takes to trying to cut off his foot once they find Karen has activated his ankle monitor that allows for their position to be tracked, and they make some progress before Matt intervenes.
  • Arms Dealer: He sells firearms illegally out of his car trunk. They don't work.
  • Bald of Evil: A bald man who's a criminal.
  • Beard of Evil: It goes with his beard.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • After the introductory episode, a lot of his appearances involve things going south for him.
    • His guns don't work properly, he gets beaten up by Matt really thoroughly twice, and then the FBI arrests him. Given what he gets up to, it's deserved.
    • This continues in the Jessica Jones prequel comic, where Jessica pays him a visit in the hospital where he's recuperating from being beaten up by Matt yet again. Jessica pulls out his IV and takes money from his wallet to pay off his child support.
    • Right after making parole, he's reduced to selling twenty-gauge shotguns out of his car. He doesn't last long before Matt breaks his hand and then throws his car keys into the water.
    • He gets kidnapped by the Hand for being connected to Matt, and his foot is almost cut off when they discover his tracking anklet.
    • In a matter of hours, he simply loses a game of chess to Bobby Fish. Then he's immediately threatened by Misty Knight to stay out of the neighborhood, and then, after snitching Chico out, he gets chased off by Cottonmouth without the money that Tone had promised, due to Cottonmouth killing Tone in front of him.
    • Luke interrogates him by crushing a dumpster with Turk inside and leaves him shut in there overnight, with baby diapers for company.
    • He gets roughed up by Luke behind an uptown bar for information on murders the Hand have been committing in Harlem.
    • Frank Castle goes to see him to get some guns for his one-man war on crime, only for Turk to have nothing since his supplier decided to go with a different distributor. Well, nothing but a bright pink Ruger rifle intended as a "sweet sixteen" present for a gangster's daughter. Turk actually gets out of this one surprisingly easily, considering who he's dealing with, as Frank apparently considers Turk too pathetic to be worth killing. But when he does return to the lair, Frank makes clear to David he won't be using the pink Ruger anytime soon.
    • Miraculously averted for the very first time in Jessica Jones Season 2, where he simply provides Jeri Hogarth with a gun, without any kind of humiliation whatsoever.
    • Back to it in the second season of Luke Cage, as he's now reduced to running a cannabis dispensary. Luke breaks one of his more expensive bongs for information.
    • Ward mocks his swing and the fact he sells guns from a van by the river.
    • In the second season of the Punisher, Turk finds Frank sitting in the back seat of his car. "Oh, hell no." is the first thing he says, and really, is pretty much the story of his life. Preceding this, Turk is blackmailed, threatened, held at gunpoint at the mercy of the Russians, nearly beaten, nearly killed, then used as bait all within the span of a single episode.
  • Characterization Marches On: He was introduced as a cruel man involved in human trafficking and sexual slavery. Later appearances depict him as a mostly Affably Evil ineffectual criminal and even a Friendly Neighborhood Gangster that hangs with Bobby Fish.
  • Chronic Villainy: No matter how many times he gets beaten up by superheroes and arrested, Turk somehow always finds his way back into crime, just in time to run into another (or the same) heroes again.
  • Disappeared Dad: He has multiple baby mommas, and yet despite being a moderately successful crook he hasn't paid child support to any of them.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While he's willing to work with guys like Diamondback and Fisk, even Turk views Zip as a disappointment compared to Romeo.
  • Hidden Depths: He's somehow actually able to sense Danny's chi and see his aura, instantly recognizing him as the one who fought Madame Gao. He actually catches Danny's interest for a second before Luke interrupts and shuts him up.
  • Hollywood Healing: You would never know Turk nearly had his foot cut off by the Hand, not even so much as having a limp, when Luke interrogates him for information on Diamondback's base. Note that this was an attack that seemed to have occurred fairly recently, as Claire came to Harlem shortly after the attack on the hospital.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Turk assures Healy that his black market guns will work perfectly (Healy's jams). Shown again in the Season 2 premiere, when Matt interrupts Turk while he's trying to sell a bunch of shotguns to potential customers, overly praising them, only to then admit to Matt they couldn't even kill a rabbit.
  • Humiliation Conga: Turk's entire life-story, back-to-front bound in leather. He exists solely to give out important pieces of information to the main characters at the cost of a humiliating, and usually painful, experience. The second season of The Punisher pretty much takes everything bad that's happened to Turk throughout the MCU, and resells it within the span of a single episode.
  • Jive Turkey: His demeanor, if not his lingo.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite all the humiliations he goes through, he always gets away unscathed in the end. Given that he was involved in things like human trafficking or Pop's death, the audience can get a tad bit annoyed by this.
  • Meaningful Name: Possibly nicknamed after the Turk, a chess-playing automaton of the late 18th century. It was a hoax, actually controlled by a secret operator. After all, Turk plays chess, and frequently lies to people.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While he gets the crap kicked out of him and proves to be a pretty incompetent arms dealer, Turk is still an unsavory criminal who gets involved in human trafficking and ends up being a vital part of Fisk's plan to wipe out the Russians. And while being a joke for Luke, Matt, and Misty, he remains stoic dealing with the likes of Cottonmouth and Diamondback and even has the nerve to get past Cottonmouth's office in Harlem's Paradise to ask for his money back.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Turk has an uncanny ability to pretty much appear anywhere. Cornell Stokes calls him out on this as he randomly and brazenly shows up during a tense scene demanding his money.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Turk tends to take dirty jobs rather than spearhead any plans himself. This is why he'll betray criminals to dangerous bosses, like selling the Russians out to Fisk, or ratting out Chico to Cottonmouth.
  • Pet the Dog: Offers Vladimir his condolences for Anatoly's murder.
  • Plot Armor: If Frank won't kill you after finding you dealing weapons, chances are nothing will.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He's introduced trafficking young women. On top of that, he's a neglectful father.
  • Recurring Extra: While the Hand are the Greater-Scope Villain of the Defenders Saga, Turk is the only villain that ends up appearing in all the Defenders shows.
  • Reformed Criminal: By Luke Cage season 2, he's apparently left his arms dealing business and has opened up a head shop. Immediately undone in Iron Fist season 2, as he is who Walker and Ward buy their guns from. Old habits die hard, though The Punisher season 2 establishes that he is still running his shop.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Turk plays. Badly.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Turk is one of the many with ties to Matt who get kidnapped by The Hand. After some coaxing from Karen, Turk activates his parole bracelet to notify the cops.
    • Turk accidentally stumbling into the barbershop while Pop and Luke are talking to Chico triggers a chain of events that gets Pop killed, Luke going all out against Cottonmouth, and a gang war between Cottonmouth and Domingo.
    • The infamous Tone incident also marks Turk as one of only five people who knew Cornell threw him off a rooftop. Given Turk's reputation, he's instantly ruled out as the snitch which ultimately means Comanche was Ridenhour's CI - all of which culminates into tragedy.
  • The Stool Pigeon: He has enough connections to know what's going on in New York's underworld and cowardly enough to talk under pressure from Matt or Luke.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He gets Pop killed by ratting out Chico and thus kickstarts a gang war in Harlem.
  • Villain Cred: He's pretty impressed when Wesley explains the plan that led to the destruction of the Russians and their operations.
    Turk: Got mad respect for a smart move.
  • Villain Decay: A rare example that works really, really well and makes the character more popular with the fan-base. He ends up the butt-monkey, working his way down the criminal food chain and always getting his ass kicked, but when we first meet him? He's participating in trafficking slaves at $1000 a head.
    Turk: If you keep quiet, I'll let you have a bucket. If not... [fires up cattle prod]
  • Villains Out Shopping: Sometimes he just wants to relax and play chess.
  • Wicked Cultured: Is versed in Greek mythology, as he has to explain to Zip who Icarus was.

    Shameek Smith 

Shameek Smith

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"Yo, I made a decision. I'm gonna be rich."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Jermel Howard

Appearances: Luke Cage

One of the boys who robbed Cottonmouth in the series premier of Luke Cage, friends with Dante Chapman and Chico Diaz. He is the one who shot first, and he shoots Dante when it looks like Dante might snitch.


  • Conspicuous Consumption: After stealing from Cottonmouth, he immediately starts spending copious amounts of cash at a local strip club. This gets him caught.
  • Defiant to the End: Spat in Cotton's face, which meant that he could start beating him like a man.
  • False Friend: He chose money over friendship and killed Dante when the latter freaked out, fearing Cottonmouth would realize the robbery was an inside job.
  • Jerkass: The first thing we see of him is him insulting Luke and getting into a petty argument with him, giving Luke a chance to show how noble he is in comparison. Specifically, he viewed himself as a successful rapper in New York City and often mocked Luke for his job, which he viewed as a lesser career than his own. A middle-class (if not low-class) young man with dirty job doing a Kick the Dog (not to mention Bullying a Dragon) to an older man with honest job? That's rich.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He robs from Cottonmouth, which is suicidal in of itself. He then starts spending his money foolishly and conspicuously, which gets him caught.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If not for his pulling his two friends into a plan to rob Cottonmouth, and his needlessly violent and traceable way of doing the job, he, his friends and Pop would've still been alive. Luke wouldn't have had a reason to get involved and so Cottonmouth and Mariah's rises to power may have gone on unabated - with Cottonmouth still alive - and Diamondback would never have found Luke and had a reason to inflict his swath of destruction upon Harlem. He dies quickly, but the entire plot happens because of him.
  • Young Gun: He did pull his heist and killed a few people but he isn't wise enough to survive the consequence.

    Dante Chapman 

Dante Chapman

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Hugues Faustin

Appearances: Luke Cage

A bartender at Harlem's Paradise who overheard of the arms deal between Cottonmouth and Domingo Colon and decided to rob it along with Shameek Smith and Chico Diaz. He freaked out that he realized Cottonmouth would find him out and is shot by Shameek.


  • The Bartender: His day job at Harlem's Paradise.
  • Deathbed Confession: After getting lethally shot by Shameek, he sends word to Tone about who are responsible for the robbery.
  • He Knows Too Much: Shameek kills him to keep him from confessing to Cottonmouth.
  • Inside Job: He overheard his employer about the guns deal and decided to rob it.
  • Oh, Crap!: He freaks out, fearing Cottonmouth would realize it was an inside job, so Shameek kills him to keep him from squealing.
  • Taking You with Me: Indirectly by selling out Shameek and Chico after being shot.

    Wilfredo "Chico" Díaz 

Wilfredo "Chico" Díaz

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Brian "Sene" Marc

Appearances: Luke Cage

Son of the late Wilfredo Diaz, an associate of Pop and Cottonmouth in his gangster days. He joins the robbery of Cottonmouth's gun sale along Dante and Shameek.


  • Disappeared Dad: His dad walked out on his family when he was nine years old.
  • He Knows Too Much: Is garroted by Scarfe's necktie to leave no witnesses alive.
  • Police Brutality: Is strangled to death by Scarfe.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Pop couldn't save him and his attempt at repenting himself ends with him being killed and giving Luke's name to Cornell.
  • Too Dumb to Live: While hiding in Pop's Barber Shop from gangsters he comes out to look at the TV, and inadvertently gives his location away to Tone.
  • Young Gun: Scarfe even mocks him when he thinks that being a "man" he can take care of himself when he is half naked, unarmed and has gangsters gunning for him.

    Mamba 

Mamba

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Alsharik Sejour

Appearances: Luke Cage

A thief in Harlem who threatens Luke Cage while the latter is staking out the Crispus Atticks complex.


    "Cockroach" Hamilton 

Dontrell "Cockroach" Hamilton

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Dorian Missick

Appearances: Luke Cage

A recently released criminal in Harlem and a gun buyer from Mariah.


  • Abusive Parents: He's abusive to his girlfriend and their son.
  • Asshole Victim: He's guilty of several murders, though not the one Scarfe framed him for. He's also decapitated by Bushmaster.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Along with Higgins and Ray-Ray, his severed head on a pike is sent to Mariah as a message.
  • Hate Sink: An unrepentant domestic abuser, raging misogynist, and sore loser with a flippant and astoundingly disrespectful attitude towards everyone he encounters (especially people who he knows hate him but can't touch him), he is, without a doubt, one of the most repulsive characters in the entire series.
  • I Call It "Vera": Has a six-barreled shotgun he calls "Josh".
  • Off on a Technicality: He was put away by Scarfe. In light of Scarfe's death and corruption, Dontrell's conviction has been overturned.
  • Smug Snake: He also gets off on verbally putting down Misty when he feels he's got the upper hand.
  • Would Hit a Girl: See above; this makes him unusually repulsive even by the standard of other street-level criminals.

    Mortimer "Mr. Fish" Norris 

Mortimer "Mr. Fish" Norris

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"No, I'm right where I need to be."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Hakim Callender

Appearances: Luke Cage

A gangster in Harlem with a grudge against Misty Knight.


  • Adaptation Species Change: In the comics, Mortimer Norris was mutated into a fish-like humanoid. In the MCU he seems like a regular human.
  • Bar Brawl: He and his men try to pick a fight against Misty and Colleen while they're having drinks at a bar. Despite Misty only having one arm, she's still able to disarm him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He hates Misty because she put his brother in prison several years ago.

    Raymond "Piranha" Jones 

Raymond "Piranha" Jones

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"A $20 million investment could be worth billions."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Chaz Lamar Shepherd

Appearances: Luke Cage

A Wall Street broker with ties to Harlem.


  • Anti-Villain: Despite being an unrepetant criminal, he is still presented in a somewhat sympathetic light, being a good and dutiful son and actually encouraging Luke to reconnect with his father.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his irritating, clownish behavior and propensity towards Alcohol-Induced Idiocy, he is an extremely competent financier, earning Mariah hundreds of millions of dollars in one move.
  • Childhood Friends: He and Mariah have been friends since he was 10 years old.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's a shady Wall Street broker helping Mariah and Shades with insider trading.
  • Decapitation Presentation: His severed head is placed in a fish tank for Luke and Misty to find.
  • Meaningful Name: He explains that his nickname comes from his career as a ruthless but comparatively small-scale financier, and that he's succeeded where the "sharks" have failed.
  • Motor Mouth: When he's got something to sell, invest in, or partake of, every word out of him is one, long breathless sales pitch hyping it up. He's a little more subdued in private, but not by much.
  • Shrine to Self: An entire wall of his office is covered in photographs of himself shaking the hands of prominent politicians from the Democratic Party, like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
  • Son of a Whore: His mother was one of Mama Mabel's prostitutes.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Leaves Reverend Lucas's church to go call his mom, gets scooped up by Bushmaster's crew.
  • White-Collar Crime: The only time he touches a gun is for private entertainment. All his criminal activities involve money laundering or insider trading.

    Spider Raymond 

Spider Raymond

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Andre Royo

Appearances: Agent Carter

The owner of a club called La Martinique and criminal fence targeted by the Strategic Scientific Reserve as a suspect of dealing with one of Howard Stark's stolen inventions.




Hell's Kitchen

    Roscoe Sweeney 

Roscoe Sweeney

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"Well, I hate to break it to you son, but I killed a lot of guys' dads."

Species: Human

Citizenship: Irish-American

Portrayed By: Kevin Nagle

Appearances: Daredevil

A corrupt box promoter of Irish origin.


  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Matt brings up his father's death at Roscoe's hands, Roscoe says he has killed the fathers of many people.
    • Subverted when Matt reveals to him that he hit hard... "like this!" Matt then punches him several times, after which Sweeney remembers him and vows revenge.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: There's no mention of his comic alias "the Fixer", though he does fix boxing matches.
  • The Ghost: Some time after the murder of Matt's father he vanished, leaving no trace. Turns out he was living under the alias of Al Marino and never left New York.
  • The Irish Mob: A well-connected mobster of Irish origin.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: By the time Matt's in college he's grown rich enough to buy himself a luxurious mansion. His kitchen is full of champagne and fine wine.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Is subjected to this by Matt, in revenge for his father's murder. It's not pretty.
  • Not Worth Killing: Despite killing Matt's father, Matt ultimately lets Sweeney live, albeit brutally beaten into unconsciousness, and to be arrested by the police.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, Sweeney died from a heart attack while running away from Daredevil. Here, he survives and is taken to prison.
  • You Killed My Father: He killed Matt's father for winning a match in which he was supposed to fake the fall.

    Samuel Silke 

Samuel Silke

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Peter Gerety

Appearances: Daredevil

An associate of Roscoe Sweeney involved in his rigged box fights scheme.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted, as both Silkes from the comics are more conventionally handsome.
  • Composite Character: Seems to be a composite of both Sam Silkes from the comics, who are father and son.
  • Demoted to Extra: Appears in a single scene whereas one of his comic books counterparts appeared in several storylines from 2001 to 2003.
  • Number Two: To Sweeney.

    Silvio 

Silvio

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Jack O'Connell

Appearances: Daredevil

Another retired mobster and one of Urich's sources.


  • Canon Foreigner: Unless he's supposed to be the MCU counterpart of Silvio Manfredi, aka Silvermane, with whom he shares the first name and gray hair, then he doesn't have a comics counterpart.
  • Due to the Dead: He shows up in the first season finale, coming back to New York for Urich's funeral.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Unlike the "new breed" of mobsters and criminals, which is why he's hoping to get out of the business.
    Silvio: Used to be when you killed a man you sent his wife flowers. Now? Now you send his wife with him!
  • Friendly Enemy: While he wasn't necessarily an enemy of Ben's, he was still a retired criminal that was still involved enough in the scene to act as Ben's informant. However, he was a good enough friend of Ben's to act as a pallbearer at his funeral.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Gangster: When compared to the likes of Fisk or Wesley, he's a downright chummy criminal.
  • Only One Name: His surname is never mentioned.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the death of Rigoletto he decides to flee New York City.

    Len Sirkes 

Leonard "Len" Sirkes

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"You rough up my employees, that hurts my professional reputation. That's all any businessmen has."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Brett Azar

Appearances: Jessica Jones

A loan shark operating in New York City who encountered Luke Cage and Jessica Jones while hunting a young man who had not repaid him.


  • Adaptational Wimp: His comic book counterpart is actually a mutate with shark-like features(A literal Loan Shark). In the MCU he's a regular human.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Goes by "Len" instead of "Lenny" in the MCU.
  • Badass Normal: He's skilled enough to hold his own against Luke Cage, who defeats him because of his enhanced strength and unbreakable skin.
  • Loan Shark: The criminal activity he's involved with.
  • Punny Name: A loan shark named Len Sirkes.

    Wyatt 

Wyatt

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Evan Hall

Appearances: Jessica Jones

A lowlife from whom Jessica's boyfriend Stirling is borrowing money to establish a nightclub.


  • Even Evil Has Standards: After his friends get their asses kicked by Jessica, he decides it's better to forgive Stirling's debts if Stirling loans Jessica over to him as an enforcer.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: He and his friends get arrested for Stirling's murder. They are guilty of shaking him down for money, and Stirling was last seen alive with them. The truth though is that Stirling was killed by Jessica's mother, who had eavesdropped on Wyatt and his pals talking about pimping out Jessica.
  • Loan Shark: Stirling borrowed money from Wyatt with the promise of paying them back after he opened his Club Alias. After a year with no sign of progress, his patience runs out and he comes to Stirling intending to collect.

    Gregory Sallinger 

Gregory Sallinger

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"I am asserting fairness in an unfair world."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Jeremy Bobb

Appearances: Jessica Jones

"All I am is a man with my feet on the ground and a brain in my head. And yet, I can bring pain to power just by getting close."

A Serial Killer who ends up in a feud with Jessica Jones. He has an obsession with people he thinks are getting more than their due.


  • Above Good and Evil: How he sees himself as expressed in his conversation with Erik:
    Greg: Evil is the wrong word. I am asserting fairness in an unfair world. I'm vengeful. Without pity, appropriately cruel.
  • Abusive Parents: His father, was this, clearly favoring his brother Donny over Gregory. Sallinger describes how at the funeral lunchon, his dad told him You Should Have Died Instead, and then stabbed him in the chest.
  • The Ace: He's got degrees in four different fields, is a skilled wrestler and fighter, a master manipulator and deceiver, and just generally seems to be great at everything.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the comics, Gregory Salinger tends to go after supervillains and other odious people. In the show, his victims seem to be guilty of nothing worse than getting more praise than he thinks they deserve. This does make him more in line with the previous Foolkillers in the comics.
  • Adaptation Name Change: A one-letter change switches his surname from "Salinger", as it is in the comics, to "Sallinger".
  • Allegorical Character: Something here for everyone. He's the entitled white man who can't stand that anyone has as much as him, won't admit he has plenty, and won't accept that people want more out of someone than natural talent. He's also the brat who thinks he gets to decide what better people he's never met deserve. He only understands flaws, because if he acknowledged virtue, he'd have to admit his own.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's strongly suspected by Jess and Trish that his brother may have been his first victim, but no solid evidence of such ever comes up as apparently "tractor rollovers are totally a thing."
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Implied. One of his former targets is a gay chef, who thought that Sallinger had tied him up and beat him as part of a BDSM role play. When the chef kissed him, Sallinger freaked out so bad that he fled the scene immediately, and never came after the man again, leaving him as the only one of his victims to ever survive.
  • Asshole Victim: Deconstructed. His death by Trish was well-deserved, however, it is still treated as a bad thing within the show, as it shows Trish going off the deep end.
  • Ax-Crazy: The epitome of this. He's easily one of the most deranged enemies Jessica Jones had to face, and that's saying a lot!
  • Badass Normal: He has no special powers beyond normal training, education, and intelligence. He still gives several different superhumans a run for their money. In fact, it is the fact that he is normal that makes him feel superhumans have an unfair advantage, and are thus worthy of being his targets.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Salinger seems to have genuinely convinced himself that his killings serve a higher purpose rather than just being an outlet for his anger and an excuse for him to indulge his sadism.
  • Berserk Button: Being told how much killing people gets him off, not because of some righteous crusade. When being called out for killing an innocent like Dorothy Walker, he furiously held a knife to Jessica's throat, saying that he killed Dorothy to punish Jessica and Trish.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: While Gregory starts off as the Big Bad for Jessica Jones 3rd Season, Trish Walker starts going off the deep end and the two become individual threats that Jessica has to face. Then Trish kills off Gregory becoming the sole Big Bad for the final episode.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: While being a Serial Killer definitely makes him a dangerous threat, being a regular human being with minimal resources will only get you so far in the MCU. Then Trish kills him, already outranking him in terms of threat level.
  • Broken Ace: He's brilliant, accomplished, a talented athlete and a popular figure in his community. He's also a truly deranged and sadistic monster.
  • The Chessmaster: He's usually two steps ahead of everyone else and is skilled at predicting people's reactions.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's never referred to as "Foolkiller," his supervillain name from the comics.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To both the preceeding ones.
    • Kilgrave and Alisa were both superpowered people, while Sallinger is a Badass Normal who hates superpowered people.
    • Kilgrave was spoiled and entitled due to always having gotten everything he wanted due to his powers, while Alisa had tremendous brute force and no self-control, both of which are attributes Sallinger ascribes to all supers.
    • Kilgrave was suave and charming and Alisa had a tragic backstory that elicited sympathy, while Sallinger is a sullen Jerkass with no redeeming features.
    • Kilgrave and Alisa both didn't officially exist, while Sallinger uses the fact that he's a citizen in good standing to his advantage.
    • Kilgrave stood out as a British man in a purple suit, while Alisa was a tall woman who looked so disheveled she was mistaken for being homeless, (and that not including her baldness). Sallinger looks like a a normal middle-aged man, that allows him to blend in a matter of seconds.
    • Finally, both Kilgrave and Alisa were haunting figures from Jessica's past, while Sallinger is just a random Serial Killer that she ran into due to a chance meeting.
    • He's also a major one to Karl Malus. While both are extremely intelligent and capable, Karl used his intellect for groundbreaking research that, despite his questionable practices, really did help many people and even gave some enhanced abilities, Salinger meanwhile has not used his intellect for anything but his murders and bolstering his own ego and he absolutely hates people with enhanced abilities and shows no interest in anything but murder. While Karl had a respectful and mutually loving relationship with Alisa, Salinger never expresses any kind of interest in romance and physical intimacy seems to be the only thing that unsettles him. And while Karl was a kind, humble and sincerely charming older man, Salinger is spiteful, petty, sadistic, enormously egotistical younger man whose only acts of friendliness are just a facade.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He has four degrees, including one in law, but doesn't use any of them to find work, living off the settlement from his brother's death.
  • Defiant to the End: While at first Sallinger panics and asks for mercy, he actually puts up a fight against Trish and spitefully tells her that Jessica will now see her for what she really is when she is about to beat him to death.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Killing Dorothy wound up being rife with this. He fully expected Jessica to come after him for revenge and even planned to record a predicted assault by her to get her arrested. He made a glaring oversight in how close Jessica and Dorothy actually were but also clearly didn't consider that the rage he was hoping to incite might reach homicidal levels. He spends the entire time Trish is after him scared for his life.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He is the Big Bad for the 3rd season right up until the penultimate episode where Trish kills him. She then takes for as the main antagonist for the season finale.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His whole MO is to kill anyone who gets acclaim he feels they don't deserve. He even targets a Michelin star chef solely for making a steak that was slightly overdone.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Put simply his assessment of Jessica is not accurate. He pins down some of her flaws but is way off base about her other qualities.
  • Evil Counterpart: Unintentional, but he has a lot in common with Frank Castle, aka the Punisher. Both men are very intelligent, very strong physically, and live under their own philosophy and morals to punish those who deserve it according to them. However, the big difference is that while Frank Castle is a Vigilante Man who only kills criminals, Salinger is a perfectionist defined by envy and spite towards anyone he feels has more than him and considers the slightest imperfection proof of being a fraud.
  • Evil Genius: He's undeniably brilliant while also being an absolute monster.
  • Evil Is Petty: He often goes the extra mile to be needlessly unpleasant to people who annoy him. In fact, what started his career as a Serial Killer in the first place was being an unfavorite compared to his brother who didn't really accomplish anything, and now he takes it out on anyone he considers frauds.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Downplayed but he's a villain and his voice is noticeably deeper than other male characters on the show such as Erik or Malcolm.
  • Expy: As a brilliant but enormously arrogant man who hates super powered beings, supposedly for philosophical reasons but mainly because they threaten his fragile ego, and repeatedly shows he has no limits in what he'll do to hurt them, Salinger is arguably the MCU equivalent of Lex Luthor.
  • Fantastic Racism: He despises superpowered people, considering them the epitome of unearned privilege.
  • Fatal Flaw: He actually has a few that continually wind up self-sabotaging his plans.
    • His arrogance. He cannot resist running his mouth and proving how much smarter he is than those he looks down on. Jessica gets on his trail to start with because he outright admits to attacking her and gloats about how she won't be able to do anything about it rather than shake her off with the "scared mouse act" when he finds out she's investigating him. Erik's Detect Evil abilities left him as a possible suspect but Jessica had nothing concrete to believe he was responsible for attacking her until that moment.
    • Impulsiveness. When he feels slighted Salinger will seek revenge at the earliest possible opportunity, regardless of long term consequences. Jessica finally traps him because she knows he'll be coming after her soon enough and took precautions ahead of time.
    • Sadism. It's not enough for him to just kill people, they have to be broken wrecks by the time he's finished. If his Breaking Speech fails and his victims don't react as he wants, he tends to react badly. He actually left an intended victim alive because they mistook his methods for BDSM actions and responded intimately, freaking him out to the point he fled and never considered dealing with the loose end. Jessica exhorts his confession to Dorothy's murder by defying his Breaking Speech to her and delivering one of her own to him, leading to an angry admission because he can't stand that she's still fighting.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's capable of putting on a good act of being a likable, mild-mannered person and people who know him speak of him as such. He's managed to stay on good terms with people from his hometown, who have even described him as "sweet", and is popular among the kids he coaches in wrestling and their parents, none of whom have any clue what kind of monster Salinger truly is.
  • For the Evulz: For all his talk about asserting fairness, it's made abundantly clear that Salinger kills mainly because he enjoys inflicting pain on others. Best exemplified by the fact that he insists on his victims being mentally broken before killing them and seems unable to go through with if if they aren't.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was a "Well Done, Son!" Guy who was completely overshadowed by Donny, his Big Brother Bully. When Donny died, Mr. Salinger stabbed Greg at the funeral luncheon while telling him You Should Have Died Instead.
    Greg: I was the artist, I even won a contest once, but dad and Donny, they had said the judges had chosen the winner at random, they laughed at how proud I was.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's both very intelligent and physically strong, able to easily overpower most normal people he encounters.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: One of his defining character traits is his envy. He was always jealous of his father's favoritism towards his brother, a reaction acerbated by how abusive it was. He killed his first murder victim - his teenhood friend Nathan - because he received various recruiting offers on their wrestling team and he didn't. Overtime, his general envy to those with more talent and success than him warped into an overachievement streak and the desire to kill those he deems frauds.
  • Hate Sink: There's something truly despicable about how Sallinger has crowned himself the decider of who deserves what they have. His gloating as he gets away with his truly monstrous actions makes this even more pronounced.
  • The Heavy: He directly targets Jessica and her trying to indict him is what drives most of the plot for Season 3. He is also responsible for Trish's Face–Heel Turn by murdering her mother.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: One of Sallinger's favourite methods when going against Jessica and Trish is to bug his apartment, then play the victim as the two super-powered women's attempts to stop him are caught on tape. Jessica eventually gets him sent to jail by using the exact same trick to get an Engineered Public Confession out of him when he makes a final attempt on her life.
  • Hypocrite: He claims to be trying to expose people's true motivations. The hypocrisy comes from the fact that that is not his true motivation - he kills people because he gets off on it, and then dresses it up as a righteous crusade.
    • Related to the above, his anger at those who give out a false image to hide their true nature doesn't stop him from pretending to be a normal, law-abiding citizen or an innocent victim of harassment when he needs to or giving off a false image that he's a likable, good-natured person.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: It's heavily implied that his arrogance hides a very fragile ego that wants to drag other accomplished people down to keep them from overshadowing him.
  • Insufferable Genius: Is very smart, having gained a wide range of diplomas from different fields, and won't hesitate to remind you of that at any given opportunity.
  • Jerkass: Even when he's not killing people, he's generally rude, condescending, sullen and unpleasant.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: He spends almost the entire season narrowly avoiding being caught for the murders he has committed but finally winds up arrested because of Jessica. And brutally killed by Trish because of said arrest.
  • Karmic Death: Trish beats him to death as payback for killing her mother.
  • Knife Nut: His preferred weapons and method of torture he's quite skilled with them too.
  • Meaningful Name: He kills those he deems "frauds" and surname is the same as J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, a book about a character who hates those he deems "phonies".
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Sallinger is clearly not right in the head. In "I Wish," he is seen talking to himself weepingly at the beginning of the episode.
  • Muggle Power: While his victim may vary, he holds a particular hatred towards Enhanced individuals, seeing them as the embodiment of unearned privilege and source of all of the "unfairness" in society.
  • Narcissist: And how! He's enormously arrogant, has an absolutely massive yet extremely fragile ego, has an absurdly inflated opinion of himself, seeing himself as a noble crusader for fairness rather than a twisted sadist, expects respect while treating everyone he encounters like an insect and is incensed at the idea of someone getting acclaim he determines they don't deserve and sees them as a threat to his own ego.
  • Not Me This Time: Jessica believes that his first kill was his brother, who he envied for being their father's favorite. That particular death was actually an accident and he was away when it happened.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist : While he makes various good points about other people, his belief in unmasking the privileged and the fraudulent comes from a personal sense of envy and ignorance. Furthermore, his choice of victims however shows that what he does is less of a crusade and more of an excuse to kill, applying his homicidal desires under arbitrary standards of what is genuine and fraudulent.
  • The Perfectionist: A twisted version. He holds people to an impossible standard and considers the slightest imperfection proof of being a fraud. For example, he targets a renowned chef for execution because his steak is slightly too well done.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Salinger is remarkably immature, especially for someone with the intellect and achievements he has. Many of his scenes of him boasting about his genius make him seem less like an intellectual titan and more like a smug, gloating teenager and his obsession with seeing his victims at their lowest before killing them is similar to a schoolyard bully deriving pleasure from another's suffering. It's made clear that, for all his brilliance and his lofty opinion of himself, Salinger is ultimately nothing more than an overgrown child upset that others are getting more praise than him and taking his anger out on them as a result.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Never does he not have a little smirk on his face. It only adds to his insanity.
  • Refuge in Audacity: His first victim was a close high school friend. He buried the boy in his parents' back yard, helped them construct a gazebo over the grave, and aided the parents in searching for the son he had murdered.
  • Sadist: One of the most horrific examples of the MCU. His favorite hobby is killing and torturing people while mocking them with the moment of their despair.
  • Serial Killer: He kills people he considers to be "frauds", from those who make even the slightest mistake to Differently Powered Individuals.
  • Slasher Smile: He sports some truly nightmarish ones.
  • Smug Snake: Despite his undeniable skill and genuine menace, his childishness and the fact that he just won't stop gloating even when things are objectively going badly for him keeps him from being truly magnificent.
  • The Sociopath: He gives off this vibe, between his creepy stares, complete lack of empathy and exaggerated self-image. Unlike Benjamin Poindexter in Daredevil, he doesn't even bother with hiding it either. He is so bad that Erik Gelden feels significant pain from just being near him, to the point of Tears of Blood and a Psychic Nosebleed.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Never does he raise the tone of his voice to anyone; even when he about to kill someone, Sallinger keeps his cool. The only time he does emote and lose his cool is with Jessica when he gloats about killing Dorothy and when he knows Trish is about to attack him, ultimately killing him.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: One of the chilling things about Sallinger is how he looks like an average middle age man complete with thinning hair. One telling scene happens in an early episode. After he cleans up the crime scene of his latest murder victim, he leaves the man's apartment with his chopped up body in a carrying case and seamlessly blends into the New York crowd as he is leaving the area almost disappearing out of sight.
  • The Unfavorite: To his brother Donny, who he considered to be far inferior to him. This apparently started his obsession with people getting undeserved praise.
  • Villain Has a Point: He's genuinely good at seeing through the lies people tell themselves and spotting their hidden flaws and hypocrisies. He just can't turn it on himself.
  • Villain Respect: Jeri seems to be the only person in the series he has any respect for since he sees her as a kindred spirit, someone who earned her position and success through hard work. Of course he's still rude and dismissive even to her.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's got no criminal record and everyone who's met him (and lived) describes him as a Nice Guy.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem in killing women.
  • Would Hurt a Child: One of Sallinger's first victims was a boy.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: One of his go-to strategies. He's got a knack for presenting himself as the injured party, an easy thing to do when the attackers are vigilantes.

Northeastern Correctional Facility

    Sissy Garcia 

Sissy Garcia

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Charleigh E. Parker

Appearances: Jessica Jones

An inmate at the Northeastern Correctional Facility. She's hired by Hope Shlottman to get assaulted so Kilgrave's offspring is aborted.


  • Butch Lesbian: She's heavyset and tough, with a rather crude personality, and enjoys her fellow inmates.
  • Prison Rape: It is implied she engages in it when she desires a fellow inmate.

    Shane Ryback 

Shane Ryback

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Eden Marryshow

Appearances: Jessica Jones

An inmate imprisoned for assault that Inez Green claims was given the power to heal others by IGH.


  • Beard of Evil: has a thick beard and is a con man
  • Con Man: While he's not imprisoned on those charges, he's one.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For conning Jeri, Jeri replies by conning Inez Green into murdering Shane.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's the one who gets the idea of conning Hogarth into believing he will heal her from her ALS only to ransack her apartment once she's distracted.

Alternative Title(s): MCU Criminals Terrorists Kitchen Irish

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