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The Defenders
Stick: You think the four of you can save New York? You can't even save yourselves.

Appearances: The Defenders

"More death is coming, and the only thing keeping Manhattan from crumbling into a pile of dust is the four of you."

A team of street level heroes defending the mean streets of New York from more grounded threats.

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  • 10-Minute Retirement:
    • Jessica Refuses The Call when she gets overwhelmed by the massive amount of information being hurled at her in the restaurant. A few hours later she finds out the Hand are watching Raymond's family, so returns to the restaurant just in time for the fight.
    • Matt at the start of the show hasn't done anything Daredevil-related since telling Karen his secret, out of guilt over Elektra's death and also over losing Nelson & Murdock. While getting ready for a court appearance, he briefly pauses mid-rehearsal when he hears a fight breaking out, but relaxes when he hears the police arriving to defuse the situation and resumes his rehearsing. After the earthquake, the amount of cries for help overwhelms him and he can't resist running to stop some looters and a store owner trying to shoot them with a shotgun.
  • Alliterative Name: Matt Murdock and Jessica Jones.
  • Anti-Hero Team: They're a much darker, morally grey team compared to the Avengers.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite living through the Incident, to say nothing of their own super powers and dealings with the Hand, Kilgrave, and Diamondback respectively, Matt, Jessica, and Luke have a hard time believing in Danny's super powers.
    Jessica: What are you on, lithium?
  • Badass Crew: Composed of four of New York's deadliest fighters.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Matt and Danny have a few fights where they have to fight in civilian clothing, hence, suits and ties.
  • Blood Knight: One trait that they all share in common. They are all broken people who have violent tendencies.
  • Canon Immigrant: The MCU version of the Defenders made it into the mainstream comics, featuring the same quartet.
  • Civvie Spandex: Matt is the only member that wears a superhero outfit, the rest wear ordinary clothes.
  • Color Motif: All defenders have their own colors frequently used as Color Wash or in uniforms. Matt uses red, Luke yellow, and Danny green. Jessica starts her series with Kilgrave's purple, but ditches it for blue (with an occasional flash of purple) by the time of The Defenders.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • Matt is associated with the color red. His necktie, glasses, cane, and Daredevil armor are all red. While we don't see it here, we know that he sees the world in red flames, and his motif evokes a lot of imagery of rage and punishment. His scenes, such as the church, are shot with red colors.
    • Jessica is connected with tones of blue - but no longer purple (except for a flash in her intro), due to her triumph over Kilgrave. Scenes focusing on her tend to look cold and unwelcoming, but her scenes which don't focus on her tend to show blue, hopeful colors, like the sky. She mostly wears entirely black clothing, except for her blue jeans, and scenes featuring her tend to feature blue furnishings and blue-filtered light or water.
    • Luke has a lot of warm, welcoming yellow colors in his scenes - he wears a yellow shirt, his hoodie has yellow accents, and he's introduced wearing an orange jumpsuit. His scenes show a lot of natural sunlight or lights through yellow shades, and most furnishings in his scenes are yellow or a light wood.
    • Danny primarily is shown with green, a very rich color, and he is the Defender with the most money. He wears green sweaters or jackets, his scenes such as Colleen’s dojo tend to have a lot of green hues, and his employees are also aware enough to compliment his company's green office space with green shirts.
    • Fittingly, the Royal Dragon where the four of them regroup, rest, and eventually decide to work together has all of the above colors in its decor and lighting. Even the neon dragon sign is lit only with red, blue, yellow, and green bulbs.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Only Matt and Danny go by actual superhero codenames.
    • Jessica turned down the idea of the codename "Jewel".
    • Luke has been casually called "Power Man" as a tongue and cheek reference to the comics but typically he simply goes by "Luke Cage". Of course, "Luke Cage" in and of itself is an alias taken to disguise his true identity as Carl Lucas, so technically he is using a codename after all.
    • "The Defenders" is never actually brought up In-Universe, despite not only being the name of the series but also its final episode (much like in Daredevil, where in its own respective titular episode the codename was first brought up).
  • Composite Character: Bears the name of the Defenders, but the "street-level" themed team more closely resemble the Heroes for Hire or the Marvel Knights.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: They're presented - first in their own individual shows and in this show - as gritty and urban crimefighters as opposed to the planet-level Avengers and the space-level Guardians.
  • The Cowl: In contrast to the Avengers who get to show off their heroics in public, saving lives and getting wide recognition. The Defenders hunt down criminals and typically sneak about in an effort to keep a low profile. Even with Luke and Danny who lean towards The Cape with the hope they inspire, they still primarily operate by barging in on the villain's turf and bringing them down.
  • Deadpan Snarker: An entire team of them. Jessica, being the most cynical of the group, puts extra emphasis on deadpan.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Each of the four team members has a Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Matt was blinded in a car accident when he was nine years old. His boxer father was killed shortly thereafter for refusing to take a dive.
    • Jessica lost her family, had to live with Trish's abusive mom, and has PTSD because she spent almost a year being mind-controlled by a sociopath.
    • Luke is an ex-Marine who later became a sheriff's deputy, then got framed for murder by his own half-brother. While in prison, he got subjected to beatdowns, was forced to fight in an underground boxing ring, and got his powers in a special experimental operation meant to save his life. He then broke out and spent the next few years on the run.
    • Danny is a billionaire heir whose parents were murdered by his dad's business partner. He has PTSD from surviving the same plane crash where he watched them die. The monks who raised him didn't help, as they beat him with sticks and taught him to suppress his childhood trauma instead of facing it.
    • As Stick puts it:
      Stick: You think the four of you can save New York? You can't even save yourselves.
  • Fights Like a Normal: All of them, except perhaps Luke, predominantly rely on ordinary punches when fighting crime. Though Danny can enhance his with the Iron Fist when required.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: By the end of The Defenders, they become this: Jessica and Luke are true friends, Matt admits that he's glad to have met them all, Matt and Jessica manage to earn respect for one another and see how they aren't so different, Danny and Luke get a budding bromance, and Danny is inspired by Matt to carry on his mission to protect the people of Hell's Kitchen and New York after Matt's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Danny is the Optimist, Jessica is the Cynic, Matt is the Realist, and Luke is the Apathetic.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
  • Geodesic Cast: They form a team that contrasts with the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Glass Cannon:
    • Jessica is strong, but she lacks the superhuman durability of Luke, the protective armor of Matt, or the defensive chi applications of Danny's powers, meaning she's still vulnerable to blades and gunfire and a car impact can badly weaken her until she recovers.
    • Danny's not nearly as durable as Luke or Jessica, and doesn't have protective armor like Matt, but at full power, his punches can far exceed the former two's Super Strength, as seen when he punches the floor of the Rand boardroom hard enough to upheave everyone standing on it and blow out all the windows with the shockwave.
  • Heartbroken Badass:
    • The trauma of Kilgrave is still hovering over Jessica, and her alcoholism has gotten worse. Her apartment is still damaged from the fight with Will Simpson.
    • Matt is still mourning over Elektra's death, to the point that he's given up on being Daredevil completely. In the meantime, he's doing pro bono law work for disadvantaged people in Hell's Kitchen. He and Karen Page are back on speaking terms, but are not quite sure about resuming their romantic relationship. In the first episode, he is seen going to confessional and opening up to Father Lantom about how difficult Elektra's death has been on him:
      Father Lantom: This other life you led. Is your heart still with it [Daredevil], or is your heart with the one who walked through it by your side?
      Matt: Elektra?
      Father Lantom: Yeah.
      Matt: I do miss her. But how do I know that the things she brought out of me were wrong?
      Father Lantom: From what you've told me about her, I think she'd be happy about how well you're doing.
      Matt: Maybe. Or maybe she'd tell me I'm abandoning that life and with it, her memory.
      Father Lantom: You're not abandoning Elektra, you don't have it in you. What you're doing, we call that 'moving on'. Purgatory is a place for the dead, Matthew, not the living. There's nothing wrong with letting people go. She'll find her peace. I pray you find yours as well.
  • Heroes Act, Villains Hinder: A sharp contrast to their Avengers counterparts. These heroes don't wait around for the villain to make a move, and actively take steps in bringing an established successful villain down. They do so by picking off the villain's lowly minions, slowly working up the hierarchy, until being able to confront the Big Bad themselves.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Not that Jessica is short (5'9), but the guys mostly tower over her (5'10 Matt, 6'0 Danny, 6'3 Luke). That being said, Jessica has Super Strength powers that put her on-par with the others in terms of power.
  • In Name Only: They have nothing in common with the Defenders team in the comics which was far from "street level", originating with most members being powerhouses like The Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Dr Strange. If anything the MCU team more closely resemble the Heroes for Hire, a for-profit superhero team founded by Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Basically, they are Heroes for Hire calling themselves "The Defenders".
  • Knight in Sour Armor: They've all been broken by the world around them, but they continue to fight for what they think is the right thing.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Several of these.
    • Jessica and Luke are forced to fight when Luke gets put under the control of Kilgrave, the fight ends with Jessica knocking Luke out with a point blank shotgun blast to the head.
    • Luke and Danny fight each other the first time they meet, with Luke mistaking Danny interrogating a Hand member as a mugging. Danny ends up using the Iron Fist technique on Luke, which actually works.
    • When Danny tries to leave the complex, Matt tries to keep him there for safety. Danny doesn't cooperate and attacks, leading Matt and Danny to fight it out, with Matt mostly kicking Danny's ass. The other Defenders intervene, to which Danny eventually knocks everyone back with the Iron Fist. However Jessica ends the fight by knocking Danny out with a punch to the face.
  • Mythology Gag: Matt and Jessica's first meeting, with Matt showing up while Jessica is being interrogated is a scene lifted right out of the comics, complete with the line "Jessica Jones, stop talking."
  • New York Is Only Manhattan: Justified. Every member of the Defenders is from the New York borough of Manhattan, which is where the events of The Defenders take place. Matt and Jessica were born and raised in Hell's Kitchen while Luke is a proud native of Harlem and Danny simply lives in Manhattan itself as opposed to a specific neighborhood.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: In a world of super beings, the Defenders are the "street level" heroes and far beneath the Avengers weight class, but they typically deal with villains and criminals with either less or no powers as well, hence are still able to be "super" in their own right.
  • Not Wearing Tights: Unlike their comic counterparts, Daredevil is the only one who regularly wears a costume.
  • One-Man Army: All of the Defenders are capable of serving as this, taking on whole squads of mooks on their own. The one time they couldn't fight the fight solo is when they are forced to form the team.
  • Outside-Context Problem: As a group, to the Hand. While the organization had experience with fighting Daredevil in his own second season, and a long history of being opponents to the various Iron Fists, most of the opponents they had been fighting so far were the Chastes, who were regular humans with ninja training. The current Iron Fist being backed-up by a team of other superhumans is something entirely new for them, and clearly something they aren't prepared for.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The Defenders are usually a team of powerhouses and mystical heroes, while here they are composed of street level heroes.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits:
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jessica and Danny are the hot-headed and reckless Red to Luke and Matt's rational and controlled Blue.
  • Similar Squad: The team holds a roster of similar roles to The Avengers.
    • Matt fills the role of Iron Man. Being the premiere hero and Breakout Character, first introduced in their respective franchises. Both excel at their day jobs which allow them to be both heroes in their secret identities and their alter egos. Both are one of the possible leaders for their respective Super Team, while both were also given their superhero codenames by the media.
    • Danny takes after Thor. Both are from a mystical culture that are trained to fight, with their powers derived from mystical means, and has trouble adapting to modern society. Both also have the most personal connection with the Big Bad that caused the team to form for the first time.
    • Luke is in the seat for Captain America. Both were experimented on to be Super Soldiers and have their physical attributes enhanced to superhuman levels. Both are idealistic heroes who want to see the goodness in people. Luke is even called "Harlem's Captain America" by Cottonmouth.
    • Jessica is in the seat of Black Widow. Both are (initially) the sole female members of their teams, but can kick ass just as fine as the other members. Additionally, both have a Dark and Troubled Past and have dealt with being Brainwashed and Crazy.
    • Stick is the stand-in for Nick Fury. The defacto mentors of the team who inform them of their purpose and guide them through their mission. Both have eye-sight problems, both are leaders of an organisationnote  that rivals the villains organisationnote , and both have resorted to morally questionable means.
    • The only member of the core Avengers who's absent is a Bruce Banner/Hulk figure.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Danny -> Luke -> Matt -> Jessica.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Jessica's and Luke's Super Strength as well as the latter's Nigh-Invulnerable skin are glossed over in some fights. Although one could make an argument that the Hand's members are somewhat superhuman themselves considering their resurrection and enhancements, the same people then also fight on par with Badass Normal's like Colleen or Matt. Justified in Luke's case: Stick says he could do a lot more damage if he didn't pull his punches, but Luke says he doesn't want to kill anybody. In fact, he very likely would've been able to subdue Elektra if Stick hadn't gassed him with that incense.
  • Super Strength:
    • Luke and Jessica's main strength.
    • Danny when he's using the Iron Fist.
  • Superhero Speciation: Played with, as most of the Defenders powers amount to some form of hitting people.
    • Jessica and Luke have superhuman strength as their main powers. Matt and Danny have vastly different powers (super-senses, the Iron Fist) but use martial arts as their main mode of attack.
    • On the other hand, Jessica is not bulletproof like Luke (Audrey Eastman called her bluff), but can run more quickly and jump higher than he. Although Matt doesn't have Danny's mystic abilities, he makes up for it with his heightened senses.
    • In a way, the whole team forms a spectrum from Badass Normal to flat-out superpowered:
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: They deal with the smaller threats local to New York that get overlooked by the Avengers.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Despite the Defenders series being billed as a superhero team-up, and all four heroes getting equal screentime, it mostly revolves around Matt, Danny, and the mystical war between the descendants of K'un-Lun. Once the initial incidents draw them into the investigation, Luke and Jessica are mostly muscle, and their Myth Arc about IGH and Reva's experiments go unmentioned and unrelated to the Hand's plan.
  • The Team: When faced with a threat that none of them can deal with on their own, they band together to fight in the "War for New York".
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Much like the Avengers, they don't all get along with each other immediately. Jessica was weirded out by Matt when he abruptly shows up in her life, while Luke and Danny get into a fight with each other. Jessica also keeps her cold snarky attitude towards the rest of the team.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: As noted in their individual sections, all four of them have codes about killing their enemies, though to varying degrees; Matt openly touts it as his number-one rule and even goes out of his way to prevent allies from landing kills. Luke also actively refuses to kill and has to restrain himself during fights to avoid landing fatal blows on his opponents. Jessica killed Reva on Kilgrave's orders, and only killed Kilgrave after all other non-fatal attempts to stop him failed. Danny almost killed Harold Meachum but was spared the blood of murder by Ward showing up to finish him off. After all the atrocities that the Hand commit while coming after them, and with their global power and influence, the Defenders ultimately conclude that they have no choice but to kill the Five Fingers of the Hand just to make the nightmare stop.
  • The Three Faces of Adam: Danny is The Hunter (righteous, but naive), Matt is The Lord (represents the law) and Luke is The Prophet (the everyman from the streets).
  • True Companions: As much as Luke and Jessica don't want to admit it, they do end up becoming this to Danny and Matt. Colleen says that she and the Defenders are starting to fill the hole that the death of Danny's parents left him with, which means that they're as important to Danny as Colleen is. Later, Matt admits that while he wished the circumstances of meeting them were different, he is ultimately glad that he managed to find people like him.
  • Token Minority: Luke is the sole non-white Defender. Matt could also be included, as he is the only one with a physical disability thanks to his blindness. Jessica is also the sole female member.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Luke and Jessica have some shade of this, as Jessica still shows some level of attraction to Luke, but he's currently hooked up with Claire.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to Luke and Jessica, this is Matt and Danny. Danny has access to super-strength when he wields the Iron Fist, but that's inconsistent. Matt is this again compared to Danny, which he demonstrates by handing Danny his ass before taking cover from the Fist.
  • White Male Lead: Matt is the most conventionally super-heroic of the four, while the Hand's scheme was started in Daredevil season 2 and Iron Fist season 1. Matt even symbolically passes the torch to Danny at the end, despite his competence having been called into question through most of the series. Jessica and Luke have some cool moments, but have to be brought in to help via cases that are tangential to the plot.
  • Working-Class Hero: All of them save for Danny come from these roots. Matt comes from a working-class background and mostly handles pro bono legal work for disadvantaged people in Hell's Kitchen who can't afford the higher-priced firms. Luke deals with street crime in Harlem. Jessica is a private investigator who has clients of all backgrounds, both rich and poor.
  • Working the Same Case: Each of the four are investigating the criminal activities of the Hand, and find themselves in Midland Circle at the same time.
    • Jessica is tracking down John Raymond, after receiving a threatening call from someone using a voice scrambler to not take the case. When John kills himself rather than let Elektra kill him, she gets brought in by Misty, who caught her stealing evidence from the crime scene. Matt gets dragged in through this case as Foggy sends him to be Jessica's attorney, and he follows her to Midland Circle.
    • Luke is working with Misty Knight to track down Cole, after Cole's brother becomes the most recent victim in a string of murders in Harlem of young men who are getting recruited into a mysterious well-paying job associated with the Hand and then get killed off very shortly thereafter. He and Danny end up encountering each other while coming upon a “clean-up” project sponsored by The Hand. After Luke and Danny get into a fight caused by Luke interrupting Danny's attempt to interrogate Cole, Claire and Colleen get them into the Chikara dojo and force them to realize they're on the same side.
    • Danny and Colleen are already investigating the Hand, and have had a setback when, while following up on a lead in Cambodia, Elektra attacks them, wounds Danny, and kills the man they were seeking to get information out of.
  • You All Meet in a Cell: Matt and Jessica meet when Matt, out of the blue, shows up to provide impromptu legal counsel while Misty is interrogating her.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: Played With. They don't all actually meet up in the Royal Dragon, but immediately after all four do meet in Midland Circle, they run into the Royal Dragon to lay low. Danny convinces the owner to let them stay by paying his rent for the next six months, and ordering "four of everything." Stick finds them shortly thereafter, and thus begins an Info Dump that sets up our heroes teaming up to defeat the Hand.




Introduced in Daredevil

    Frank Castle / The Punisher 

    Foggy Nelson 

Franklin Percy "Foggy" Nelson
"We're gonna make a difference. I know it doesn't feel like it some times, but we are."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Nelson's Meats, Columbia University, Landman and Zack, Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz, Nelson, Murdock and Page

Portrayed By: Elden Henson

Voiced By: Daniel Streeter (Latin-America Chilean Spanish dub)

Appearances: Daredevil | The Defenders | Jessica Jones | Luke Cage

"Come on, we're gonna be business partners. We're gonna share everything with each other. Our thoughts, our dreams, bills, crushing debt... There is no one I'd rather be doing this with, buddy. Seriously."

Matt's best friend and business partner at Nelson & Murdock.

  • Adaptation Name Change: He's still Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, but his middle initial "P." is now given a full-fledged middle name, in this case, "Percy".
  • The Alcoholic: He's such a hard drinker that Marci smuggles him a bottle of liquor while he's recuperating from getting shot during the Reyes assassination, and they both sip it straight from the bottle.
  • Badass Bookworm: Graduated from Columbia Law cum laude, defends Karen from two guys with his softball bat, even talks down two gangbangers trying to settle a score in an emergency room by appealing to their inner pragmatism.
  • Bash Brothers: Take Foggy on in a legal battle, and he will dance circles around you. Get Foggy and Matt to tag-team against you, and you won't even have time to catch your breath before they hand you your ass.
  • Best Friend: He and Matt have been best friends ever since they met at law school.
  • Beta Couple: He and Marci are this to the alpha couple of Matt and Karen.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite looking like a pushover, he's willing to stand up and deliver a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to bullies.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Foggy is pretty handsome, to say the least, and manages to attract not one but two very beautiful women, Marci Stahl and Karen Page.
  • Bromantic Foil: Zig Zagged Trope. Foggy comes across as a money-obsessed Unlucky Every Dude, and Lovable Coward compared to the morally-upright, Chick Magnet, and stoic Matt, and is often used as comic relief. In later episodes (especially after his and Matt's falling out), it's revealed that he's not quite any of those things. Under the right conditions, Foggy is far more selfless, attractive, and brave than the average person. However, he still fits this trope in comparison to Matt, so he acts as a competent foil.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: People underestimate Foggy at their peril. As goofy and silly as he is, when time calls, Foggy can still lay down a beating on some street thugs with a bat. Or talk them out of trying to fight each other in a crowded emergency room. And while it may seem at first glance that Matt is the brains of their operation, Foggy is an extremely capable attorney who repeatedly leaves rivals up to and including the corrupt and connected Manhattan DA wondering what the hell just happened as he mops the floor with them, which is probably why said corrupt DA quickly resorts to under-the-table methods of screwing with Nelson & Murdock to avoid having to match wits face to face.
  • Deadpan Snarker: This seems to be his natural state of being, he drops it only when things get really serious. Mostly.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Foggy Bear", his ex-girlfriend Marci's nickname for him, is this at first. Once they get back together, though, it becomes more of an Affectionate Nickname.
  • Fat Best Friend: Foggy is a bit chubby compared to Matt, no surprise thanks to Matt having to be fit to go out as Daredevil. He also seems aware of it, as he insists that Matt is always more lucky than him at scoring girls.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Has this with Marci after his near-death experience at the Bulletin.
  • Gold Fever: Foggy can be subject to this on occasion, trying to balance getting billable clients to keep the lights on at Nelson & Murdock with being ethical and helping people. He eagerly accepts James Wesley's check because of the large sum he's offering, but immediately decides he wants out once he sees that Wesley wants them to defend an obviously guilty sociopath.
  • Guile Hero: Foggy's main gimmick in the series has him going up against people who have far more power and money than he does, standing in their way, and taking their legs out from under them with his thorough understanding of the legal system and a sheer inability to be intimidated.
  • The Heart: As Foggy is packing his boxes in "The Dark At The End Of The Tunnel", Matt points out that Foggy was always the one who would stand up for anybody and appeal to the inner goodness of each and every person.
  • Hero of Another Story:
    • Whatever he legally did prior to the start of The Defenders, he manages to get Luke Cage out of prison at the start of the series.
    • Aside from a single appearance in Jessica Jones Season 2 to remind us that he still works at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz, Foggy doesn't have any role in that show's narrative, other than to establish that this is still the same universe Daredevil takes place in.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Foggy and Matt have been hanging out since law school and are as thick as thieves, until the strain of representing Frank Castle and Matt's Daredevil work causes them to decide to move on from the firm and each other. Luckily, they still remain (awkward) friends by The Defenders, and are basically back to this by the end of Season 3 after reconciling, even deciding to go into business together once more.
  • How Many Fingers?: Tries to test if Matt's blindness is legit by Flipping the Bird at him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Early on he seems more interested in money than in helping people, but he's immediately uncomfortable with dealing with the mob and Frank, and goes out of his way to help others who are being pushed around by shady people, even outside of work. He even spends an episode working on Elena's plumbing. In the first episode, he openly needles and insults Matt over the phone in a playful way in order to get him out of bed.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He has his moments. The first one, and one of the most memorable, is the "The Reason You Suck" Speech he gives to Marci.
  • Like Brother and Sister: After receiving a lot of Ship Tease with Karen for much of Season 1, they end up as this by the end of the season when Foggy gets back together with Marci while Karen and Matt begin to develop a romance, and they remain as this in all subsequent seasons.
  • Lovable Coward: Zig Zagged Trope. Foggy is not as eager as Matt or Karen to put himself in danger, but he can easily be persuaded to do the right thing to help people, and he risks his life to save others during the aftermath of Fisk's bombings.
  • Mistaken for Gay: When he first meets Matt in his college dorm room, he compliments Matt on being a very, very, good looking guy, causing Matt to stammer, but he quickly corrects himself and tells Matt that they'll make great wingmen for each other.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Foggy's not a secret vigilante like Matt, or a crusading investigator like Karen. He's just a lawyer trying to do the best he can.
  • Nerves of Steel: He isn't fit, isn't that intimidating, and has no superpowers, but Foggy faces many very powerful foes on both sides of the law, often scared out of his mind, but stands his ground until he gets to the truth.
  • One Degree of Separation: Along with Jeri Hogarth and Claire Temple, Foggy is one of only three people who have direct ties to every Defender: he is Matt's best friend and former law partner, his new law firm works with Jessica and Danny, and Foggy himself is Luke's attorney.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Although people will refer to him as Mr. Nelson, including folks like Wilson Fisk, everyone else, including his friends, call him by nickname of Foggy.
  • Only Sane Man: Unlike Matt or Karen, Foggy doesn't like to actively seek out dangerous situations, though that's not to say he can't handle himself when he is put on the defensive.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Foggy graduated cum laude from a prestigious law school and was offered a partner track at a major law firm immediately after his internship. For most people, this would be lighting the world on fire, but Foggy's best friend and partner Matt Murdock is smarter than he, more handsome and also a superhero, so Foggy always comes across as a bit of a loser by comparison.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: A fellow lawyer who's willing to help Matt despite his mysterious disappearances and unorthodox beliefs.
  • Romantic False Lead: Ends up being this to Karen. He and Karen receive a lot of Ship Tease in the beginning and middle of Season 1, but he instead ends up with Marci, and Karen becomes a Love Interest to Matt (whom she had a very obvious crush on from the beginning).
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Less than Matt, but it is there. When James Wesley hires them to defend John Healy, Foggy wants to accept simply due to the size of their check. Once he meets Healy, he quickly realizes the man is an obviously guilty sociopath and he doesn't want anything to do with him, money be damned.
  • Secret-Keeper: Eventually, once he and Matt mend their friendship. He is one of Matt's first ones, as Father Lantom and Claire are the only two major characters who learn the secret before he does.
  • Sex God: According to Marci, he's really great in bed.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: In Season 3, when he mounts his District Attorney campaign, he begins sporting three-piece suits tailored by Martin Greenfield Clothiers.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Despite his acting annoyed, Foggy sincerely gives Matt the best of luck in having a relationship with Karen, and can't help but smile when Matt and Karen are flirting in his presence.
    Foggy Nelson: Careful, Matt.
    Matt Murdock: What's that?
    Foggy Nelson: Keep going like this, you just might end up happy. And for a Catholic boy, that's a very dangerous thing.
    • When Matt and Foggy meet up for drinks at Josie's after the quake, Foggy can't help but ask Matt how he and Karen are doing, relationship-wise.
    Foggy Nelson: I talked to Karen. She said you two grabbed coffee. I don't mean to pry, but where are you guys at? Relationship status?
    Matt Murdock: We're uh, "figuring ourselves" out.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Once Nelson & Murdock is dissolved and he accepts Jeri Hogarth's offer, Foggy starts wearing smarter, more formal clothing, gets a haircut, and begins slicking back his hair.
  • Spanner in the Works: Foggy is responsible for Matt getting involved with the Hand, having sent him to be Jessica's lawyer when she gets arrested by Misty Knight.This subverted when you consider that Matt (as Daredevil) was on the Hand's radar as far back as Season 1, when he "killed" Nobu, not to mention the countless Hand ninjas he took down in his efforts to redeem Elektra. And Stick made it clear that by virtue of who Matt is, a clash and ultimate showdown with the Hand was inevitable.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He really comes into his own as a lawyer when he defends Frank Castle, more or less by himself, since Matt was busy investigating the Hand. And though he loses the case (through no fault of his own), Jeri Hogarth is impressed enough that she offers to make him a partner at her firm. It's also revealed in The Defenders that all those times Claire told Luke she knew a great lawyer who could fix his problems with the law, she was talking about Foggy rather than Matt. And in Season 3, we see him use this as a platform to run for District Attorney after some words of encouragement from Marci.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Foggy sees himself as this, but how true it might be is all relative. Compared to Matt, he doesn't seem to attract that many dates, but he has a gorgeous girlfriend in Marci Stahl, and Elena Cardenas briefly acts as a Shipper on Deck for him and Karen.
  • Undying Loyalty: No matter how hurt he is by the secrets Matt keeps from him, or how strained their friendship becomes, Foggy never stops looking out for Matt and tries to help him however he can. This is most pronounced in Season 3, where, even after Matt coldly tries to push him away for his own safety and even steals his wallet to break into a prison, Foggy acknowledges that Matt's been a crappy friend but still refuses to follow suit and give up on him. Karen puts it best near the end of the season:
    Karen Page: Despite the fact that you've been a complete asshole to him, he'd still follow you over a cliff.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Is understandably hurt when he learns Matt is a vigilante, and asks if he's been lying about his blindness since they met.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Once he learns Matt's the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, Foggy ends up regularly delivering these to Matt for getting hurt or compromising the firm's integrity.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    • He tells Marci this when he needs help exposing her firm's dealings with Wilson Fisk. And it works.
    • Foggy himself is on the receiving end of this from both Karen and Marci regarding his skills as a lawyer.

    Karen Page 

Karen Page
"I don't see the city anymore... there's only dark corners."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Penny's Place, Union Allied, New York Bulletin, Nelson, Murdock and Page

Portrayed By: Deborah Ann Woll

Voiced By: Daniela Palavecino (Latin-America Chilean Spanish dub)

Appearances: Daredevil | The Defenders | The Punisher

"There's nothing worse, feeling choices are made for us."

Matt Murdock's girlfriend, Matt and Foggy's office assistant/secretary at Nelson & Murdock, and currently a reporter at the New York Bulletin.

  • Accidental Murder: Not watching the road while driving causes Karen to crash her car with her brother Kevin as a passsenger. Kevin doesn't make it.
  • Action Survivor: Karen barely survives Fisk's attempt to have her killed in jail by clawing at Farnum's eyes hard enough to draw blood with her nails. James Wesley underestimates just how far she'd be willing to go to protect her friends and family, and she steals his gun and empties it into him.
  • Adaptational Badass: She's far more of an active character than her original comic book incarnation, and with a frequently fierce attitude to match.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Compared to her comics counterpart, Karen is practically a superhero without the superpowers, even having a storyline that's very parallel to Matt. A breakdown of MCU characters by screentime shows that Karen has more screen time than any Netflix MCU character who isn't one of the titular protagonists.
  • Alone with the Psycho:
    • In Season 1, when being held captive by James Wesley. In Season 2, she has one when she realizes Colonel Schoonover is the Blacksmith. In Season 3, she purposely invokes this, with FBI camera surveillance, with Fisk, hoping to provoke him into attacking her, with mixed results.
    • Arguably, any time she spends alone with Frank "The Punisher" Castle is this.
  • Amicable Exes: After a rather bitter break-up between her and Matt during Season 2 of Daredevil, they are back on friendly terms in The Defenders with them figuring out if they want to get back together. Matt revealing his identity by the end of the second season certainly helped a lot with their relationship.
  • Ascended Extra: Compared to the comics, this version of Karen takes on a much more active role in the events going on around her, and is the co-protagonist of Daredevil.
  • Advertised Extra: Her appearance on The Punisher. Despite Deborah Ann Woll getting title credits billing, Karen only shows up in four episodes and her primary contributions to the plot include giving Frank information about Micro, and later getting targeted by Lewis Wilson.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Karen is annoyed at Matt for dropping the bombshell that he's starting up Daredevil again to take down the Hand, just days after she had been led to think he'd left that behind, but is understanding when Matt says he has to do this. She takes a harsher tone, though, when Matt tells her that the Hand may know that he is Daredevil, because this is incredibly reckless of Matt to do and Karen doesn't want him to get hurt or all the work they did to put away Fisk get undone.
  • Betty and Veronica: Karen is the Betty to Elektra Natchios' Veronica and Matt Murdock's Archie. In contrast to Elektra, Karen's blonde, middle-class, kindhearted, and moral.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Outwardly kind and compassionate, but physically attacking her is a very bad idea. Four times in the first season, she was physically attacked. Only half of those times (Rance, the guys that attack her outside Elena's apartment) did someone else save her (Matt in the former case; Foggy in the latter). The other two times, with Clyde Farnum and James Wesley, she saves herself. On all four occasions, she makes her attackers suffer. By Season 2, she carries a gun around at all times and is perfectly willing to use it on Frank. And in Season 3, she's willing to use the gun to protect Jasper Evans when Fisk sends Dex to the Bulletin to get rid of Evans and discredit Daredevil. Later, when Dex tries to kill her in the church, she uses herself as a distraction for Dex to let the congregation escape or to let Matt get a second wind, and she's the one who pulls the finishing move of the fight by knocking Dex off the balcony to stop him from killing Matt.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She often gets saved in the nick of time by Matt. In "Karen", she gives Matt one back by knocking Dex off a balcony when he's about to shank Matt.
  • Big "NO!": When Father Lantom gets impaled by a billy club meant to hit her.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards her younger brother Kevin. When her boyfriend, Todd, got into a physical fight with Kevin and was beating him with a tire iron, Karen saved her brother by threatening Todd with a gun, then actually shooting him in the arm when he still tried to beat Kevin up anyway.
  • Birds of a Feather: Karen has quite a lot in common with Matt: both driven by a sense of justice, they both have an inner struggle about life and death. They both think other people's lives are worth saving, even bad guys like Grotto and Frank Castle, and they want to seek justice in their own way. They even like the same kind of simple "cheap" life. Where they differ is that Karen actually has killed someone (James Wesley).
  • Break the Cutie: A lot of horrific things happen to her, starting from day one. And in all likelihood, it's not about to stop any time soon.
  • Broken Bird: Karen's appearance in The Punisher, as she's in the midst of mourning Matt and can't stop thinking about losing him. She keeps a photo of her with Matt and Foggy placed on a tabletop by the TV, her new apartment looks very similar to Matt's apartment, and her talking with Frank about not wanting to be alone suggests she also hasn't spoken much with Foggy at all since the events of The Defenders. At the start of Season 3, she's struggling not to succumb to her grief over not having Matt around.
  • Character Tics: Karen tends to run her fingers through her hair when she's anxious or unsettled.
  • The Charmer: Karen has a tendency to bat her big blue eyes at people and convince them to help her. She's about as good at it as Matt and Foggy, who are, you'll recall, lawyers.
  • Character Development: Not only is Karen's role massively expanded from the comics, she also probably undergoes the most Character Development of any character throughout the show, changing from a scared (though very brave) office worker on the run from her past, to a Badass Normal heroine in her own right. She also does not suffer her comic counterpart's fate and finishes the show on equal grounds with Matt, with them having worked out their issues with each other with them being very close but not together romantically in the series finale (with the possibility that they could make it work this time if they ever chose so). Not bad for a character who was initially dismissed as nothing more than a boring love interest (and a Damsel Scrappy to boot) by fans.
  • Color Motif:
    • Most of the time, Karen wears very neutral colors, symbolic of her moral ambiguity.
    • Her association with Matt's life is shown in The Defenders, where her clothes match the colors of Matt's Daredevil armor: a red skirt and a black coat with red inner-liner and red sash.
    • In Season 3 of Daredevil, she tends to gravitate towards juxtapositions of white and black, much like Matt and Fisk are doing, representative of her efforts to do good in spite of her troubled past and killing Wesley. There are actually a lot of scenes in Season 3 where she's wearing outfits that have the same colors as outfits Matt is wearing in the same episode.
    • In The Punisher, she wears a lot of black clothing, symbolic of her visible grief over losing Matt
  • The Confidant: Functions as a confidant and informant for Matt, Frank, and Danny.
  • The Cutie: The picture of her that Foggy uses as her contact photo on his phone is possibly the cutest thing in the entire MCU.
  • Cry Cute: Her crying face upon seeing Mrs. Cardenas' body is pretty cute, while still conveying massive amounts of grief.
  • Crusading Lawyer: Karen is just the secretary rather than one of the attorneys, but Matt and Foggy ultimately view her as equal to them in this regard. Indeed, within Season 1, much of Wilson Fisk's downfall is the result of Karen's exposure of him through the law and the press, moreso than anything Matt or Foggy contribute.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Karen doesn't have Matt's fighting skills and needs to be rescued at times (from Rance, the Hand, Lewis Wilson, Dex, etc.), but what she lacks in power, she makes up for in determination and ingenuity, and has several times managed to get herself out of dangerous situations without help.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was an addict involved with a drug dealing boyfriend when she lived in Fagan Corners, shot said boyfriend in self-defense of her brother, and then accidentally killed her brother by taking her eyes off the road in the midst of an argument. One of the reasons Karen pushes Ben so hard to expose Wilson Fisk is that she believes that no one will believe her if she goes public with the story herself. Karen implies that what Ben knows about the whole situation makes her an unreliable witness... and Ben seems to silently agree. And right before she kills James Wesley, she says, "Do you really think this is the first time I've ever shot someone?"
  • Dark Secret: At the end of Season 1, no one else knows she killed James Wesley, and at least her friends don't know that she was indirectly responsible for her brother's death. Though it's no longer a secret at the end of Season 3, since she separately tells Foggy, Fisk, and Matt about killing Wesley, and also tells Matt about her brother.
  • A Day in the Limelight: While she's already a major character, Episode 10 of Season 3, aptly named "Karen", revolves entirely around her. The first half hour is an extended flashback showing her backstory, including her brother's death. The last 15 minutes involves Fisk sending Dex to attack Karen as revenge for Wesley's death, and Matt rushing to stop the attempt.
  • Determinator: Karen refuses to let go of an investigation no matter how many other people try to convince her otherwise and no matter the personal cost.
  • Deuteragonist: Karen's headstrong, investigative nature causes her to advance the plot forward as much as, if not more than, Matt himself. In Season 1, the exposure of Wilson Fisk is as much the result of Matt's interventions as Daredevil as it is Karen's use of the media. It's more apparent in Season 2 of Daredevil, where Karen keeps the Punisher plotline going while Matt becomes involved with helping Elektra fight the Hand. In Season 3, she is very active in trying to get Fisk put back in prison, and even gets an entire episode named after and primarily focusing on her.
  • Death Seeker: Losing Matt causes Karen to turn into one by the time of The Punisher, with her outright provoking Lewis Wilson into gunning for her and Senator Ori simply so she can get an adrenaline high to take her mind off the emptiness she feels without Matt in her life. Fisk getting out of prison, and ordering an attack on her colleagues that also costs her the lead on Jasper Evans, is enough for her to decide to confront Fisk in his penthouse and provoke him into trying to kill her by revealing her part in Wesley's death, a decision that would've almost certainly gotten her killed if not for Foggy's intervention, and which ultimately culminates in Fisk ordering a hit on her and several more innocent people (including Father Lantom) getting killed in the process. When Dex seems ready to kill her, she seems resigned to her fate as he's readying his baton to strike.
  • The Dog Bites Back: She kills James Wesley when he abducts and threatens her, in the third attempt on her life that Fisk's men have made.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After killing Wesley, she spends several hours drinking every piece of alcohol in her apartment. Matt and Foggy notice, but don't know why. In fact, it's implied that this happens quite a lot.
  • Establishing Character Moment: While locked up in a jail cell, Karen fights back against the guard who tries to kill her and scratches his eye, showing that she's resourceful and capable of getting out of her own messes. Later, as Matt takes her back to his apartment, she starts asking questions about his blindness, establishing that she's very curious and inquisitive about things around her.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Dex faces to kill her after temporarily incapacitating Matt, Karen simply closes her eyes and waits for Dex to deal the killing blow... only for Father Lantom to get in the way and take the blow himself.
  • Foil:
    • To Elektra Natchios. Both are love interests for Matt, both have very troubled childhoods, both have a "my way is the right way" attitude towards what they do, and both have killed people. Where they differ is that while Karen is wracked with guilt over killing James Wesley, Elektra has no remorse and actually enjoys killing.
    • To Trish Walker. Both are blonde reporters. Both are also the biggest advocates of their superhero friend (boyfriend in Karen's case). But whereas Karen desperately warns Matt to be cautious so he doesn't get killed or exposed, Trish has always wanted Jessica to do more with her powers and once even crafted a superhero persona for Jessica. Trish and Karen are also both people who have experienced extreme degrees of powerlessness. The difference is that Karen, who only recently entered a world containing superheroes, seeks a mundane type of power: investigative journalism. While Trish, who grew up living in Jessica’s shadow and experienced a far greater degree of powerlessness than Karen, longed for the extreme: superpowers.
    • To Jessica Jones. Both have working relationships with Matt that begin with him coming to represent them after they get arrested (John Raymond's suicide and evidence tampering for Jessica; getting framed by Fisk for Karen). Both of them are alcoholics with dark and troubled pasts that include the death of family members in a car accident (Jessica's brother and father; Karen's brother). Both of their dark pasts include a Kevin in their life (Kilgrave aka Kevin Thompson; Karen's brother Kevin Page). Both Jessica and Karen have each killed people (Jessica killed Reva, Kilgrave, and Dale; Karen has killed James Wesley and is implied to have killed someone else in her past). And they both are skilled investigators. Where they differ is that Karen is bright and perky, while Jessica is sour and crass.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Season 3 reveals that she used to be a hard partier and drug user who didn't want to go to college. Kevin's accidental death manages to set her straight and ditch her rebellious behavior.
  • Frame-Up: Wilson Fisk frames her for stabbing a co-worker to death in an attempt to discredit her for whistleblowing.
  • Functional Addict: After killing James Wesley, Karen's shown to be functional after a night of drinking so bad that Foggy remarks that he stopped drinking the night before, while Karen smells like a distillery. When Wesley has Karen kidnapped and sedated, rather than physically bind her, he relies on her drugged state to protect him, a fatal error since chronic alcoholics have resistance to sedatives.
  • Genre Blind: She's quite naive at first about how dangerous going after Wilson Fisk will be, until Ben Urich sets her straight by pointing out what happened to other whistleblowers who decided to expose corruption by speaking to him. Of course, Karen fails to consider what Fisk will do when he learns that she and Urich found and spoke with Fisk's mother. Namely, he kills Ben. She also tricks Ben into going with her, telling him that they are going to a hospice that might be good for Ben's Alzheimer's-suffering wife, meaning he doesn't even know what he is getting into until he's already started speaking with Fisk's mother, and by then it was too late for him to save himself. Karen learns from her mistake, and come Season 2, is more meticulous in her investigating and less willing to drag others in.
  • The Ghost: Karen is mentioned a few times in Iron Fist as the reporter that publicized Danny's plans to close down the chemical plant, but doesn't show up onscreen there. She's also briefly mentioned in Luke Cage to be covering the story of the Rum Punch Massacre, and her offscreen acquisition of a source mentioning Ingrid's survival ends up tipping off Mariah and Shades to the existence of a surviving witness.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Karen has long flowing blonde hair and is one of the kinder and compassionate characters in the show.
  • He Knows Too Much: Her discovery of corruption at Union Allied causes Wilson Fisk to try to have her killed or discredited. She also ends up being targeted when she begins digging too deep into Frank Castle's past.
  • He's Just Hiding!: In-Universe. Following Matt's "death" in Midland Circle, Karen refuses to believe he's gone in the absence of a body, and goes around to hospitals in search of him, while also paying the rent and utilities on his apartment so that it's waiting for him when he comes back. This has strained things between her and Foggy, who has resigned himself to Matt's demise and is trying to move on.
  • Hero with an F in Good: You could almost make a Drinking Game about how many times Karen's attempts at doing the right thing end up killing, or at the very least seriously harming, someone else.
  • Hidden Depths: While never touched upon, Karen is a very skilled artist. She has several well-crafted hand drawings scattered around her apartment, and she's seen sketching the outlines of the buyers at the Union Allied auction with a fine attention to detail.
  • Hide the Evidence: She throws the gun she took from and used to shoot and kill James Wesley with into the ocean.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: She shot and killed Wesley with his own pistol.
  • Hot-Blooded: She has a fierce temper and low impulse control, which gets her into trouble on multiple occasions.
  • Hot Scoop: Once she gets a reporter job, given her sex appeal is very prominent.
  • Human Shield: Lewis Wilson uses her as one when he comes after her during an interview with Senator Ori.
  • Hurting Hero: She's been one from the beginning, having killed her brother and been disowned by her father when she was 20. She spends all of The Punisher visibly hurting over losing Matt, and using her work with Frank to try and work through that grief.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Especially as Season 2 progresses, Karen gets a case of this, blasting Foggy and Matt relentlessly for lying and keeping secrets from her, despite keeping some very big secrets of her own from them as well as telling a couple pretty big whoppers. Namely, killing James Wesley, and saying Frank Castle kidnapped her when she really ran off with him.
    • Becomes even more blatant in the first season of The Punisher where she continues to aid and abet Frank despite swearing to cut all ties with him for murdering the Blacksmith in the previous season of Daredevil, as well both supporting and condemning his murderous vigilantism throughout the season. She even has to take a brief pause when she harangues Lewis Wilson for his murderous bombings and reasons, despite already supporting Frank who's arguably killed many more people than Lewis did in one bombing spree.
  • Improvised Weapon User: She uses a cross and swings it at Dex to stop him from shanking Matt. It sends Dex falling but doesn't kill him.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Karen believes at points that Matt is too good for her and fears he'll judge her over killing Wesley. Matt is much the same way, but it's about his Daredevil stuff. Only once they get to see each other at their lowest, while hiding from Dex in the church, are they able to plant the seeds for a stronger relationship.
  • Intergenerational Friendship:
    • With Ben Urich, who becomes a mix between a mentor and a friend to her.
    • After Ben is killed, Karen forms another one with Mitchell Ellison in Season 2. Ellison views her kinda like a surrogate daughter.
    • Also forms this with Frank Castle, who notes at one point that she reminds him of his daughter. This continues into his own series.
  • Intrepid Reporter: In Season 2, she works with Ellison to investigate Frank Castle, and he is so impressed with her investigatory skills that he hires her. She continues to work at the Bulletin until midway through Season 3, when she's fired following Dex's attack on the Bulletin because she refuses to divulge the real Daredevil's identity to Ellison. Although she and Ellison reconcile towards the end of the season to speak out about Fisk (and he even attends Father Lantom's funeral), Karen has realized that the reporter job stifles her truth-finding abilities, and she's much better suited to being a freelance investigator.
  • It's All My Fault: Ben Urich's death is this to her. She believes that her pushing him into the story is what lead to Ben getting killed by Fisk, but his wife insists that it wasn't her fault because no one has ever pushed Ben into doing anything he didn’t want to do.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: Her mentor-like relationship with Ben extends to this. During Ben's funeral, Doris tells Karen that if she and Ben had a daughter, Ben would've wanted their daughter to be someone like Karen.
  • Like Brother and Sister: After receiving a lot of Ship Tease with Foggy for much of Season 1, they end up as this by the end of the season when Foggy gets back together with Marci while Karen and Matt begin to develop a romance, and they remain as this in all subsequent seasons.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: By the end of Season 1, she's the only surviving member of the good guys to still not know Matt's secret. This ends in the Season 2 finale.
  • Love at First Sight: Karen has a very noticeable crush on Matt from the moment they first meet.
  • Love Interest: During the first part of Season 1, Karen seems to be one for Foggy. By the Season 1 finale, Foggy has gotten back together with Marci, and Karen has become a love interest for Matt. Throughout Season 2, Karen starts dating Matt, and while they're briefly driven apart by his nighttime crusades with Elektra (not helped by Karen finding Elektra in his bed), they reconcile when Matt discloses his secret to her in the Season 2 finale. They haven't begun dating again as of the end of Season 3, but it's clear that they still mean a lot to each other and the attraction is certainly still there.
  • Meta Casting: Deborah Ann Woll's husband EJ Scott is blind. Karen is dating Matt, a blind lawyer.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
  • Morality Pet:
    • To Frank Castle in Season 2; his fondness for her clearly goes beyond a simple refusal to harm civilians, and he is always polite and sincere with her.
    • To Matt, as she's the only one he allows to see his vulnerable side.
  • Moral Myopia: Karen takes being lied to and being manipulated very seriously to the point of briefly quitting Nelson & Murdock as a result of Matt and Foggy's constant lying. At the same time, Karen constantly both manipulates people and lies, and is now currently in Ben's job, and she did play a minor role in the events that led up to his death by taking him to see Fisk's mother under false pretenses. While Karen does feel bad about her actions, she doesn't hold herself anywhere near the same standards that she holds others.
  • Muggle-and-Magical Love Triangle: Karen is the Muggle end of this as Matt begins dating her in Season 2 while also working with Elektra to fight the Hand.
  • Multiple Gunshot Death: How she killed James Wesley. As she puts it to Fisk:
    Karen:He died quickly. If you were wondering. Didn't suffer much. You see, Wilson, Matt Murdock isn't the person you should be worried about. I killed Wesley. I shot him seven times. Because the clip ran out. He deserved more.
  • My Greatest Failure: As much as she denies any responsibility for it, Kevin's death was this to her. She eventually accepts that it was her fault.
  • Never My Fault: Repeatedly claims it wasn't her fault that her brother died. Except her actions, bad choices and refusal to accept her brother and father's help directly resulted in Kevin's death. That being said, she fully admits to having killed her brother when she and Matt are hiding from Dex, hinting that the Trauma Conga Line she's endured over the course of Season 3 from Dex and Fisk have pushed her to accept responsibility.
  • Never Suicide: Fisk arranges for Farnum to hang her in her jail cell. It almost works, only Karen goes for Farnum's eyes and then screams for help while he is out.
  • Neutral Female: Karen has a habit of telling off men like Matt, Frank, and Ellison when they treat her like this. After Wilson Fisk tries to have her framed up and twice attempts to have her killed for exposing corruption at Union Allied, she becomes feverishly devoted to bringing down Fisk and ending corruption in Hell's Kitchen, single-handedly pushing Foggy and Ben into helping her uncover Fisk's secrets and expose him. She ends up feeling guilty later on about Ben though, since she blames herself for pushing Ben into writing about Fisk and therefore his death, but it doesn't stop her from fighting on.
  • Nice Girl: Karen has a strong morality, and she's also nice to those around her, such as respecting Elena's dislike of swearing. Matt says her compassion is one of the better qualities he likes about her.
    Matt Murdock: It's a good quality, Karen. The stuff of saints.
    Karen Page: Yeah, well I'm no saint.
    Matt Murdock: I can't tell you how glad I am to hear that.
  • Not His Sled: Unlike her comics counterpart, Karen isn't killed by Bullseye, with Dex killing Father Lantom instead. In fact, the scene where this was supposed to happen even remakes the comic panel featuring Karen's death, but switches her and Matt's positions; Matt is instead a bloody mess being cradled in her arms, this time around.
  • One Degree of Separation: Between two of the Defenders, as she is dating Matt and also is Danny's media contact.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She helps Danny Rand force his company to shut down a cancer-causing plant by preemptively publishing an article about the shutdown before he even tells the board.
  • Parental Abandonment: Karen's mother died from cancer and her father refuses to have a relationship with her, ever since Karen accidentally caused her younger brother's death. When Karen attempts to leave New York, she calls her father and asks to come home, only for him to come up with a flimsy excuse why she can't.
  • Passing the Torch: At the end of Season 2, Karen takes over the role Ben Urich played in the comics as Matt's newspaper confidant and informant.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Foggy and Frank, though it doesn't stop her from having a little Ship Tease with both of them.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Matt and Karen begin dating partway through Season 2. Though it's unfortunately downgraded again shortly thereafter when they break up due to Matt becoming unreliable in his day job and being busy helping Elektra fight the Hand. They do reconcile after Matt reveals his secret identity to Karen, but have not officially gone back to dating as of the end of Season 3.
  • Secret-Keeper:
    • Between when the Blacksmith's boat explodes and when Frank Castle shows up to aid Matt in taking out the Hand ninjas, she, Matt, and Curtis are among the few who know that Frank is still alive.
    • Becomes one for Matt after he reveals his secret identity to her.
  • Sexy Secretary: Both Matt and Foggy are attracted to her. Matt even courts her. Ironically she repeatedly insists she's an "office manager", not a secretary, presumably because of the lewd associations of this trope.
  • Ship Tease: Karen regularly seems to get flirtatious and interested in the men she works with, but is afraid of commitment because she doesn't think she's worthy of love.
    • There are regular teases about Karen being attracted to Matt before they begin dating, from changing into one of Matt's dress shirts in front of him in his living room, to Karen thinking Elena is talking about Matt when talking about "the handsome lawyer" instead of Foggy. While talking with Trish in the precinct, Trish even compares her relationship with Jessica to Karen's relationship with Matt.
    • Karen also has some teasing moments with Frank, but it goes nowhere, neither in Daredevil or The Punisher, because while both Frank and Karen may care for each other, their interactions all happen at times when they both are occupied by their own personal issues. Frank shuts it down for good in Punisher Season 2, telling her that Matt is the better man for her.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Her kindness and femininity conceal her strong convictions and passion for justice.
  • Statuesque Stunner: In addition to being good looking, at 5'10" she's by far the tallest female character on the show.
  • Survivor Guilt:
    • Karen's borderline obsessive pursuit of taking down Wilson Fisk is because she's desperate to find justice for Daniel Fisher; the nice guy who worked in Legal, who got killed because she asked him for advice on that weird file.
    • After killing Wesley, and being indirectly responsible for getting Ben Urich killed it only increases.
    • In Season 2 it's strongly hinted that the reason she tries to convince herself that Frank Castle is a good person is because, having personally killed Wesley, she needs to believe it's possible to be a good person after killing people to validate her own actions. Too bad Frank doesn't exactly help after she sees his handiwork at the diner.
    • Her backstory reveals that she definitely has this with regards to Kevin, her younger brother, who was killed in a car accident that she caused.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She gets a gun in between Daredevil Seasons 1 and 2, and shows a willingness to use it to protect herself and the people around her when Fisk makes later attempts on her life. She even teams up with Matt for a bit in locating Jasper Evans, and despite throwing no punches, plays as big a part in trying to help Matt stop Dex when he comes after her in the church.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Still attractive even with an NYPD t-shirt, messy hair, and reddened eyes from crying.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Due to Daredevil being cancelled, her relationship with Matt ends up as this.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: From offscreen in Luke Cage Season 2, she accidentally endangers Ingrid's safety. By passing the word that someone survived the Rum Punch Massacre, Mariah and Shades end up learning of Ingrid's survival after a reporter brings it up at a police press conference.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Her arc in The Punisher falls victim to this, as Karen more or less disappears from the show after Frank saves her from Lewis Wilson.note 
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Karen is the most idealistic of all the characters and this manifests in her determinator style dedication to bringing down people like Fisk. It's dangerous, and it doesn't pay well but it needs to happen because Wilson Fisk is a dangerous criminal.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She poses as Frank's hostage to help him escape from the police following his thwarting of Lewis Wilson's bombing plot.

    Claire Temple 

Claire Temple
"I'm not special. I just keep running into special."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Metro-General Hospital, Chikara Dojo

Portrayed By: Rosario Dawson

Voiced By: Cecilia Valenzuela (Latin-America Chilean Spanish dub), Esther Solans [Daredevil], Noemí Bayarri [Jessica Jones, Luke Cage] (European Spanish dub)

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

"Sometimes, if you want justice, you have to get it yourself."

A nurse contracted to treat the numerous injuries Matt ends up receiving during his nights of crime-fighting. From there, she manages to be pulled into the lives of all of New York's street-level superheroes. She also has a romantic relationship with Luke Cage.

  • Action Girl: After receiving self-defense training by Colleen Wing, she is capable of going toe-to-toe against Hand ninjas and come out unscathed.
  • Action Survivor: Claire is by no means able to fight on the level of Matt or the other Defenders, but she's still able to stay alive and occasionally defend herself when the need arises. And as of the end of Luke Cage Season 1, she's apparently deciding to become a full Action Girl.
  • Advertised Extra: By all marketing appearances, she's one of the main protagonists of Daredevil along with Matt, Foggy and Karen. While she's an extra by no means, she only shows up in five episodes and in one of them only for one scene. Urich, Vanessa, Wesley, and even Owlsley have much more screen time than she does. Then in Jessica Jones (2015) she only appears in the season finale, though she does rack up more screentime in that one episode than you'd expect. Then she only shows up in three episodes in Season 2 of Daredevil. It's finally averted in Luke Cage, where she shows up in eight episodes (episodes 5-11, and the Season 1 finale) and almost never leaves Luke's side.
  • Ambiguously Brown: As a character played by Rosario Dawson, this is a given. It's not until Luke Cage where it's confirmed that she's Hispanic on her mother's side. A remark by her mother about Luke resembling her father and being raised in Harlem suggests she may be African American as well, just like her actress. Season 2 confirms that she's Afro-Cuban.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: By the latter half of Iron Fist, she's seen a lot of strange things. She still has trouble believing Danny Rand got the Iron Fist from defeating a dragon called "Shao-Lao the Undying", thinking Davos is talking about something the size of a komodo-dragon, even though she already knows about K'un-L'un.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: She becomes this as time goes on, using her medical skills to patch up anyone with whatever she can scrounge up.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • She's none too happy when Matt asks her to help save Vladimir, and takes quite a bit of pleasure in instructing Matt to cauterize his wound with a road flare.
    • In her first appearance, Claire used her medical knowledge to help Matt find Semyon's trigeminal nerve and inflict a rather painful torture on him for the location of a kidnapped boy and bashed the head of her kidnapper with the same steel bat he used to beat her up earlier after Matt came to her rescue. This woman is tougher than she looks.
    • In Season 2, she takes down a Hand ninja by pushing him out of a window. This, right after she lets out a roar of utter fury after the same person killed her friend/colleague.
    • When she makes her intro in Luke Cage, she's introduced chasing down and beating up a mugger who tried to steal her purse. During the hostage situation at Harlem's Paradise, she knocks out one of Diamondback's goons and, with help from Misty Knight, fights Shades to a standstill. At the end of the season, she's seen checking out a poster for self-defence classes.
    • After said training, she manages to acquire a pair of claws and fight Hand ninjas. Successfully.
  • Breakout Character:
    • After many complaints about her Advertised Extra status, the show producers confirmed her return in Season 2 of Daredevil, before they announced any of the other cast members, excluding the titular hero.
    • She's also become the Netflix shows' equivalent of Agent Coulson, going on to appear in Jessica Jones and being a major character in Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
  • The Bus Came Back: She returns in the season finale of Jessica Jones, which sets her up to have a larger role in Luke Cage.
  • But Not Too Black: She is lighter-skinned than her comics counterpart. Justified because this incarnation's mother is a light-skinned Latina.
  • Butt-Monkey: It's a Running Gag that in her first appearance each season on any show, we get an update on how things have gone downhill for her since last time:
    • Jessica Jones: She's lost her lease due to constantly using her apartment as a makeshift emergency room for Matt.
    • Daredevil Season 2: She's been relegated to the graveyard shift for removing Luke from the hospital.
    • Luke Cage: Metro-General has gotten her blacklisted at every hospital in New York City for refusing to go along with the coverup of the Hand's attack.
    • Iron Fist finally breaks the pattern, as she's come to terms with her apparent fate of being the medical assistant of New York's superheroes, and can even fight alongside them.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Iron Fist shows her twice using Luke's infamous "Sweet Christmas!"
  • Composite Character:
    • She is a combination of two obscure characters from the comics: Dr. Claire Temple who was Luke's on-and-off girlfriend before he married Jessica, and Linda Carter aka Night Nurse, a nurse who made a name for herself patching up New York superheroes who didn't want to risk their secret identity going to a regular hospital.
    • In Iron Fist she quite unexpectedly adds to this a Decomposite Character vibe as she gains a pair of bladed gauntlets, which is reminiscent of the Defenders' Hellcat, even though Trish Walker is also in the franchise. Though that is subverted as Trish's transformation to Hellcat unfolds after this during Jessica Jones Season 2.
  • Dare to Be Badass: During Luke Cage, she's fully embraced the fact that she's a Weirdness Magnet and decides to use her talents to help the Gifted (in particular, Luke) and spurs him to be a badass protector of the city. She is often the one making the speeches about how the Gifted she meets like Luke and Danny should use their powers to fight criminals in NYC.
  • Damsel in Distress: Gets kidnapped by the Russians, who try to get information on the man in the mask out of her. She gets her revenge in Episode 6 when guiding Matt through cauterizing Vladimir's bullet wound.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially when she hears about Matt's powers.
  • Demoted to Satellite Love Interest: By The Defenders and Season 2 of Luke Cage, the narrative treats her mainly as Luke's girlfriend and not much more.
  • Doom Magnet: As Brad Jones noted while binge watching Iron Fist and The Defenders, if the credits show Claire is set to appear, expect that someone will get a grisly injury only her medical training can fix. At least, that's the case most of the time. (see also Weirdness Magnet)
  • Eating the Eye Candy: She enjoys watching Matt and Luke shirtless.
  • The Everyman: She fits the bill even more than Coulson, just being a regular civilian trying to live her life until Matt was thrown in her building's dumpster. Ever since, she just can't stop running into superheroes in trouble.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect:
    • She and Matt develop feelings for each other while she's stitching him up but knows that she can't have a relationship with him.
    • This is followed by her saving Luke Cage, which leads to a romance.
  • Foreshadowing: The training she receives from Colleen Wing, while incomplete, is enough to let her fight defensively against Hand agents, who are highly skilled assassins. It turns out, the reason Colleen's techniques are so effective at countering those of the Hand is because they are OF the Hand.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Her main reason for supporting Matt. She believes in his ideals and thinks these people who wreck Hell's Kitchen deserve punishment and need to be stopped.
  • Here We Go Again!: She gives this vibe after meeting Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in the first season of Jessica Jones. When she meets Malcolm Ducasse later, both of them lament their mutual statuses as a Weirdness Magnet. Then she can only Face Palm at finding out her martial arts teacher is friends with Danny.
  • Hospital Hottie: Being played by the gorgeous Rosario Dawson does this for Claire.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Madame Gao tries playing on her insecurity about this, suggesting Claire hangs around Gifted folk because she wants to be a hero with powers like Matt or Luke, and is upset that she hasn't become one. Doubles as a "Reason You Suck" Speech because Gao describes this desire as a selfish attempt at feeling special, that if her moment of being special was going to happen it would have happened already, and that she is trying to use the experiences of the Gifted for her own gain.
  • Irony: Claire takes up self-defense classes with Colleen Wing to protect herself and perhaps even repel further dangerous weirdness in her life, and winds up getting dragged into Danny's war with the Hand because he and Colleen need her medical expertise in saving Radovan's life.
  • It's Personal: As much as she doesn't want to get involved, the Hand attacking Metro-General and Claire's colleague Louisa Delgado getting killed gives her personal reason to fight the Hand.
    Claire: They came at me in my home. Attacked my hospital, murdered my friend.
  • Love Interest: Starts as one for Matt, until they end it, and later becomes one for Luke, which sticks.
  • Love Triangle: With Jessica and Luke. Unbeknownst to Jessica.
  • The Medic: She ends up becoming the medical support to all of the local Gifted heroes of New York. Sews up Matt's wounds, which is handy considering how often he gets the living hell beat out of him. By Luke Cage, she has quit her job at the hospital due to the events of Daredevil Season 2.
  • Morality Pet: More or less one for Luke.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Living in a world of superheroes hasn't been good for her. Fixing Matt's injuries in her apartment gets her evicted, then walking out on her job to save Luke Cage forces her into a hellish schedule to make it up. Her indignation at the orders to keep quiet about The Hand attacking the hospital and killing three of her coworkers pushes her to quit her job.
  • Only Sane Woman: She is the one who points out to Matt that he needs body armor, as well as the fact that he doesn't really have any plans to significantly improve Hell's Kitchen, and the city will never be safe. And in Iron Fist, while everyone around her is playing their roles straight out of a kung-fu revenge movie, she consistently tries to point out the more sensible, practical options available to them.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: To Matt Murdock in the MCU continuity, though only briefly. They would be considered a crack pairing in the comics. She then becomes the canon love interest for Luke Cage.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • She leaves town toward the end of Season 1 of Daredevil. She leaves again towards the end of Season 2, to appear in Luke Cage. (Although, "leaving town" is relative, since she's still in Manhattan, just a few miles and a simple ride uptown on the 2 train.)
    • She's still with Luke at the start of Luke Cage, but their bridges burn very quickly after a fight over Luke's decision to beat Cockroach to a pulp. It culminates in Claire leaving town to visit relatives in Cuba.
  • Race Lift: The comics version of Claire Temple is African-American, while MCU version is half-Latina and half-African-American.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: A common theme for her, at least once per season.
    • She helps Matt because she believes in his cause despite most of what he does being completely illegal.
    • In Jessica Jones Season 1, she assists Jessica in sneaking Luke out of the hospital when the police show up, looking for him because of what he did before Jessica managed to knock him out.
    • In the second season of Daredevil, this causes her to quit when the hospital administration not only intends to cover up the killing of three employees by the Hand by claiming it was a junkie but also ignore the body of one of them had already undergone section.
  • Secret-Keeper: She knows Matt's doing something questionable, but keeps quiet about it out of respect.
  • Seen It All: She starts out awestruck by Daredevil's abilities. By the time she meets all the Defenders...
    Danny: I am the Iron Fist.
    Claire: What the hell does that mean?
  • Technical Pacifist: Claire is staunchly against killing, and violence in general. By the time she meets Danny, she's still against killing, but she is willing to fight if the need arises. However, she somewhat averts the trope when she prods Danny and Colleen into allowing her to come with them to enact a plan to capture Madame Gao by beating up her thugs and taking her hostage strictly out of revenge for her fallen friend, making her a pacifist in name only.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: She does however continually advocate for not killing people, including members of the Hand.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After three seasons of just patching heroes up, her first appearance on Luke Cage has her chasing down a would-be mugger and giving him a beating. She later helps a severely wounded Misty fight Shades to a standstill in the club. Afterwards, she takes up martial arts classes if this is going to be her life now. After some of Colleen Wing's training, she's able to fight a Hand goon without taking a scratch.
  • Transplant: She debuted in Daredevil, then joined the casts of Luke Cage and Iron Fist. She also guest-starred in the series finale of Jessica Jones.
  • True Love Is Boring: After spending the second half of Luke Cage Season 1 establishing a relationship with Luke, Claire abruptly dumps him and leaves the show at the beginning of Season 2.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Often is the one to reprimand the heroes for morally reprehensible behavior from recklessness to excessively violent tendencies, having done so for Matt, Luke, Danny, and Colleen whether they heed her words or not.
  • Weirdness Magnet: She's naturally pretty nonplussed about working on Luke's Judas bullet wounds, after a stint as Matt's regular medical assistant. When she meets Danny, she's a little plussed about how this keeps happening to her.
  • Wet Blanket Wife:
    • She is very displeased with Matt's vigilantism — in particular because he admits to having no long-term plan. When it's clear that he won't stop what he's doing, she ends their relationship before it ever really has a chance to start.
    • Her encounters with Matt and Jessica eventually cause her to accept the lifestyle of being an assistant vigilante, leading her to constantly push Luke to help innocent people and use his powers to their full potential. That is, until Luke's vigilantism causes him to become more and more like Daredevil Season 1 Matt, and a fight over Luke's near fatal beating of Cockroach drives her away.
  • Wolverine Claws: She swipes a pair of bladed gauntlets from the Hand when forced into combat in China, and decides to keep them.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Attempts to convince Matt to change his brutal vigilante ways by using their relationship as leverage. This might have worked if Matt weren't a Blood Knight.

Introduced in Jessica Jones

    Malcolm Ducasse 

Malcolm Joseph Ducasse
"I don’t want powers. I mean, I do not want to be on the receiving end of them either, but I don’t know, I just like people too much."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Kilgrave Victim Support, Cheng Consulting Management, Hogarth and Associates, Alias Investigations

Portrayed By: Eka Darville

Voiced By: Darwin Le Roy (Latin-America Chilean Spanish dub)

Appearances: Jessica Jones | The Defenders

"So what, it's just every man for himself, then, huh? Everything I learned in church, all the praying that my mom did for the sick and the dying, all the... all the community projects my dad worked on, basically, everything that they taught me... it was all bullshit? They're idiots and I'm just the only asshole in the world who didn't know?"

A social worker who lives down the hall from Jessica and is her assistant at Alias Investigations.

  • Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, his name was Malcolm Powder.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the comics, Malcolm is a socially inept, mildly creepy Stalker with a Crush who repeatedly expresses inappropriate thoughts, and writes Daredevil off as a pussy because of his handling of his identity being outed. The show has him as a much nicer guy with much better social skills, with his creepiness being from his drug use and is only temporary, before he gets over it.
  • Addled Addict: He's got a drug problem when we first meet him. It turns out that Kilgrave had ordered him to become a junkie. Season 2 then reveals that he actually had been a bit of a drug user even before Kilgrave came along.
  • Ascended Extra: Malcolm gets to play a much more proactive role in the events of Season 2.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Attempts to help Jessica in the later parts of the season because she rescued him from Kilgrave.
  • Beneath Notice: No one notices a junkie, not even when he's taking covert pictures of his superpowered neighbor for months.
  • Break the Cutie: Kilgrave forced him to become an addict. After Jessica saves his life and helps him get clean, he has a new lease on life and tries to do as much good as he can with the Kilgrave support group. All his attempts to help others go horribly awry, and after a misanthropic speech from Robyn he ultimately crosses the Despair Event Horizon, comes to resent Jessica for a time and nearly leaves town; albeit to a life Jessica believes would have been better for him. After a more uplifting talk with Claire he decides to stay on as Jessica's assistant, though he seemed willing to stick around beforehand.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reveals Power Rangers series exist In-Universe. Eka Darville portrayed Red Ranger (Scott Truman) in Power Rangers RPM.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His Dogged Nice Guy persona notwithstanding, Season 2 of Jessica Jones reveals that he played around with drugs and hurt people (albeit much more mildly) before meeting Kilgrave. In Season 3, Erik (human evil detector) notes that Malcolm gives him a headache (3 out of 10).
  • Darker and Edgier: His counterpart in the Alias comic mostly served as comic relief; this version of the character has a bit more weight to him.
  • Decomposite Character: His Dogged Nice Guy socially inept tendencies from the comics seem to have been transferred onto Ruben.
  • Distressed Dude: Being a Non-Action Guy, he requires Jessica to save him a few times from Kilgrave. He also gets held hostage by John Raymond.
  • Due to the Dead: Attempted, even when he's throwing what's left of Ruben's corpse into the harbor.
    "Bel anteman pa di paradi."note 
  • Girl Friday: Slides into the role of Jessica's assistant in Season 2, taking her calls and helping her through a Heroic BSoD.
  • Going Cold Turkey: One night is all that it takes to break him off his drug addiction. Given that the addiction was only because Kilgrave was giving him orders to do so in the first place and he's probably fighting the urge daily even when not under Kilgrave's control, but he's mostly clean by the end of the first season.
  • The Hedonist: Jessica Jones Season 1 implies that Malcolm was a good kid with a bright future before Kilgrave ruined his life by turning him into a junkie, only for Season 2 to establish that he was a college dropout who was a notorious partier long before he met Kilgrave (explaining Kilgrave's excuse "He was an addict waiting to happen!"). And when he kicks the heroin addiction, it's suggested that he simply replaced it with sex.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Happens a couple times in Season 2. The first time is a somewhat humorous occasion when Jessica sends him to talk to their landlord about Oscar. The landlord, unbeknownst to Malcolm, is gay, and Jessica was hoping that the man would take a shine to the attractive Malcolm. The second time takes a darker turn where, after tracking down Benowitz to a gay night club, a group of bigots harasses and attack Malcolm, and Trish is forced to save him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He has many shirtless scenes in Season 2.
  • Nice Guy: He was planning on getting into social work before Kilgrave ordered him to get addicted to drugs. After being freed from Kilgrave, he proves to be one of the most altruistic people in the series. He suffers a lot for it, but in the end his good heart won't let him walk away.
  • Race Lift: He's white in the comics, but black here.
  • Really Gets Around: In Season 2 of Jessica Jones he's recovered, but still struggling, and seems to have turned to casual sex as a coping mechanism.
  • Recovered Addict: Jessica's able to help him go cold turkey. For the small appearances he makes in The Defenders, he looks much healthier and happier than he ever did in Season 1 of Jessica Jones (2015).
  • Scary Black Man: Invoked by Jessica in one of her more Anti-Hero moments, where, after Ruben tells her "everyone is a little racist", she pushes a drugged-up Malcolm into a (young, attractive) white nurse at a hospital, causing a scene that allows her to steal some sufentanil from a medical supply cabinet. It obviously doesn't sit well on her conscience, but she saw it as necessary to stop Kilgrave.
  • Swapped Roles: After getting clean from his drug addiction, Malcolm attempts to become the emotional support to Jessica. Even giving her advice on how to beat her alcohol addiction.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Season 3 ends with Jessica leaving Malcolm the keys to Alias while she plans to run away to Mexico, essentially leaving the firm to him. While she changed her mind about running away, the fate of Alias remains unknown.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By Season 2, Malcolm has gotten himself into shape, works out regularly, and has apparently learned how to fight. He throws down three on one with a group of homophobic thugs who had mistaken him for gay and only gets overwhelmed when they hit his injured shoulder.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He seems to have a preference for peanut butter.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: From what Jessica's able to dig up, he seemed like a pretty stand-up guy until Kilgrave recruited him as a spy and got him hooked on drugs.
  • We Used to Be Friends: At the end of Jessica Jones Season 2, his relationship with Jessica is pretty much destroyed, with him going so far as to accept Pryce Cheng's job offer.

    Trish Walker 

Patricia "Trish" Walker / The Masked Vigilante
"No one touches me unless I want them to."

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Hollywood Records, WNEX New York

Portrayed By: Rachael Taylor, Catherine Blades (young)

Voiced By: Jessica Toledo (Latin-America Chilean Spanish dub)

Appearances: Jessica Jones | Luke Cage note  | The Defenders

"We should have a codeword. If you say it, you're still you. Something you would never say. Like 'pickle juice' or 'sardines.'"

A former model and child star known as "Patsy" who is Jessica's adoptive sister and best friend. Formerly the host of the popular radio show Trish Talk on WNEX radio, currently selling women's fashion and uplifting quotes on a home-shopping-network show.

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: Trish absolutely mangles Sallinger's face with just her fingernails.
  • Abusive Parents: Upon seeing the bruises from her Krav Maga training, Jessica assumes they're from her mother. In a flashback to their teenage years, she tells Jessica that her mother hit her with a People's Choice Award. We later see her mom trying to make Trish vomit because she ate something unapproved. And Dorothy even pimped Trish out to Max Tatum for roles.
  • Action Girl: Despite several characters (including Kilgrave) having superpowers that vastly outclass her, Trish manages to be useful to Jessica and other characters through her other traits, such as guile, fame, and money. She's also a practitioner of Krav Maga.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Trish has Rachael Taylor's natural blonde color. However, she wore a red wig in the It's Patsy days, much to her annoyance. She has to don one to perform at a kid's birthday party in Season 2 as a favor for a Metro-General staffer.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Her comic counterpart is a moral superhero, while Trish as her vigilante alter ego ends up becoming murderous in her methods.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Played with. While she's referred to as "Trish" — instead of "Patsy" as in comics — the latter was her Stage Name as a kid. Her birth name, Patricia, remains the same.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: While Patsy Walker and Jessica Jones do have a bit of history, their backstories were never this heavily entwined to the point that they knew each other from childhood, and they were most certainly not adoptive sisters.
  • Addiction Displacement: She used to be addicted to alcohol and drugs, which she replaced with Simpson's inhaler, and then finally superheroics.
  • Addled Addict: She takes a whiff of Simpson's inhaler in Season 2. She enjoys the perks, but the side-effects get worse and worse, until she can no longer function and almost dies.
  • Attention Whore: While Trish has already acclaimed fame as a national TV and radio star, she seeks attention as a hero. In Season 3, she actively shows herself on camera in her disguise multiple times, which severely puts a dent to Jessica's relationship with the police and takes away Detective Costa's resources to handle Sallinger.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Trish's brief experience with Simpson's super-empowering pills nearly kills her. Following his death, she starts using his inhaler that has a similar but weaker effect. Her powers fully manifest and she begins beating suspects to death. The series ends with her going to the Raft.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Gregory Salinger for Season 3 of Jessica Jones. While Gregory serves as the Arc Villain for the first half, the second half features Trish Walker killing criminals and becomes another threat that Jessica has to face, along with Salinger. Trish eventually becoming the sole Big Bad of Season 3 after she kills Salinger.
  • Big Bad Slippage: Trish starts out season three slowly mending her relationship with Jessica while moonlighting as a vigilante. After Salinger kills her mother her sanity begins to degrade, going on to become a Serial Killer as she murders criminals. Her murder of Salinger once he's already been aprehended cements her spot as the main antagonist.
  • Black-and-White Morality: In-contrast to the cynical Jessica, Trish has a much simpler idea of right and wrong and genuinely believes that she knows which is which, something that she is called out on repeatedly by Jessica and the various other Grey and Gray characters. This is taken to its natural conclusion by the end of Season 2, shooting Jessica's mother without hesitation and becoming an Unscrupulous Hero.
  • Blatant Lies: When Malcolm finds out she's using Simpson's inhaler, Trish claims it is perfectly safe despite admitting she has no idea what it actually does, only that it makes her feel good and does not see it as an addiction. Malcolm doesn't buy a word of it.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: She becomes obsessed with being a hero, and eventually needs to escalate to the point of killing whoever she believes deserves it.
  • Composite Character:
    • This iteration of the character seems to blend the "former child star" aspect of mainstream Patsy, the "media personality" aspect of Ultimate Patsy, and being Jessica's blond-haired best friend in place of Carol Danvers.note  She is also a composite character of Jessica's unnamed adoptive sister.
    • While she does become Hellcat in Season 3, This version of Trish actually draws more similarities from Yuri Watanabe/Wraith, being an ally to a superhero before turning against them upon losing faith in the system and becoming a murderous vigilante dispatching her own twisted sense of justice.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She's turned her apartment into a fortress, with a reinforced front door and windows, security cameras, and a panic room.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Trish shoots and kills Jessica's mother, because the police were after her mother and would have killed them both otherwise. Jessica has a hard time even looking at Trish afterwards.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: She's never referred to as "Hellcat" in-universe, just as "the masked vigilante" and later "the masked killer.
  • Decomposite Character: Claire gets Hellcat's clawed gauntlets in Iron Fist, implying that it's going to be her rather than Trish who ultimately takes the role. However, Trish gradually slips into the Hellcat persona in Season 2 as she gets high off Simpson's inhaler, and at one point uses her fingernails to claw at the face of one of the homophobes that attacks Malcolm outside a gay bar. By the end of the season, she has obtained superhuman reflexes as a result of the operation performed on her by Dr. Malus.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Trish was not very welcoming or nice towards Jessica when her mother first adopted her, but she started to defrost after Jessica defended her against her mother.
  • Disappeared Dad: No mention is made of her father. Her mother's treatment of her implies that her childhood starlet career was their primary financial source.
    • Subverted in Season 3, when she finally tells the story of why her father was gone — apparently he was even more abusive than her mother, but that her mother 'took all the beatings' for her and Trish, but was too proud to inform the authorities. Taking matters into her own hands, Trish covered herself in her mother's blood, ran to a neighbor, and told them her father had just beaten her.
  • Distaff Counterpart: By Season 3, Trish has become one to Davos, being a Defender's adopted sibling and closest friend before go against them once they develop powers and become murderous vigilantes.
  • Easily Forgiven: She's very quick to forgive Simpson for trying to kill her, even becoming lovers with him. Jessica does take concern over this.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Trish hates being called Patsy, since she doesn't like being reminded of her abusive childhood. Especially when it gets used by sleazy guys when sexually harassing her.
  • Empowered Badass Normal:
    • When Simpson beats the tar out of an injured Jessica, Trish takes the same Super Serum he did and thoroughly kicks his ass. It's Jessica who beats him, though.
    • In Season 2, her jealousy of Jessica's superpowers comes to a head after she runs out of Simpson's inhaler, and she has Karl Malus perform the same procedure he used to give Jessica and her mother powers. Jessica tries to interrupt it and it nearly kills Trish, but the end of the final episode reveals she has started developing superpowers.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • She becomes one for Jessica Jones after developing super powers. Both are female vigilantes in New York City who fight crime to make their home a better place, but while Jessica's experience gives her a Grey-and-Gray Morality view of things, allowing Jessica to develop restraints to keep her from loosing her moral compass such as not killing criminals unless its completely necessary, Trish's naivety causes her to have a Black-and-White Morality view, and quickly believes that Murder Is the Best Solution when dealing with criminals.
    • She has also becomes one for Matt Murdock. Both have similar fighting styles, powers, and reflexes, and both take up vigilante crime fighting while having a Secret Identity. However Matt Murdock has a much stronger moral code and Morality Chains that prevents him from becoming no better than the people he's fighting, while Trish would sacrifices hers for a more lethal approach, eventually driving her friends away and becoming the bad guy.
    • Trish can also be considered this for John Walker. Both are blond, share the last name "Walker", have celebrity statuses and would eventually get superpowers where they can fulfill their dream of becoming superheroes, but would eventually be Jumping Off the Slippery Slope seeking revenge against the person who killed a loved one of theirs, while also putting their morals into question, after they killed someone. However, John would choose to abandon his vendetta against Karli and to save innocent lives, thus redeeming himself and giving him second chance in being a hero, while Trish chooses Revenge Before Reason and kill Salinger even when he was already brought to justice, and by the time she has a Heel Realization, she is already sent to prison cementing her status as "the bad guy".
  • Face–Heel Turn: Has one in Season 3 after going too far and killing three criminals. She eventually attacks and threatens numerous people while she carries out her own twisted definition of justice.
  • Fangirl: Just look at her face when Matt appears to help Jessica protect her from Murakami. Starstruck doesn't begin to do it justice.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Due to her vigilante killing spree she ultimately ends up imprisoned in the Raft for the rest of her life.
  • Final Boss: In Season 3, after killing Salinger she becomes the main antagonist in the final episode. Her masked vigilantism has become murderous and Jessica decides she has to either convince her to turn herself in or take her down herself.
  • Foil: To Matt Murdock. Both are willing to disappoint/disregard their closest friends in their need to play the hero, and while exhibiting no sense of self-preservation. Both are also adrenaline junkies, although Matt has a slightly (if not considerably) stronger sense of justice than Trish. Likewise, while the very much normal Foggy is constantly trying to talk down his pal with heightened senses, it's the gifted Jessica who is constantly trying to talk down her 'normal' sister.
  • Former Child Star: Though she initially seems to be better adjusted to the world than some other examples of this trope. This is primarily due to Jessica's influence, as she was full-blown this trope in the flashback when she was under her mother's thumb.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Season 3 explores this in-depth. At the very beginning, she was a child to a single mom struggling to make ends meet. Through her childhood she built up to celebrity status. She continues this until she finally gains super powers. She falls down the slippery slope, beating suspects to death, and eventually going to super villain prison.
  • Good Feels Good: Deconstructed, and in a pretty cynical way. Trish genuinely wants to help people, but mostly not out of any real altruism, but because it makes her feel special and loved. Her forceful upbringing as a child celebrity by her mother Dorothy played a big part in this.
  • Graceful Loser: After Jessica stops her in the Season 3 finale and she is arrested, Trish finally understands that her crazed revenge spree was wrong. She willingly accepts her sentencing to The Raft and gives Jessica an accepting smile when she is hauled off.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: To the point she wanted to have Jessica's powers in order to be a proper hero, something her adoptive sister avoids. Subverted when her desire for powers begins to show that she's not nearly as altruistic or considerate as she insists she is.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Despite spending months with training and honing her new abilities, she is still no match for Jessica whatsoever.
  • Hates Being Touched: Due to being abused by her mother. At one point, Trish throws a fan who unwisely touches her shoulder to get an autograph.
  • Heel Realization: It takes a beating from Jessica, an arrest and being sentenced to imprisonment on The Raft, but at the end of the third season, Trish understands that her murder of several criminals and fighting the law has made her one of the bad guys. When Costa reads her the list of charges she's facing, the final reading of the attempted murder charge against her own sister really hammers home the realization.
  • Heroic Rematch: When Trish first meets Simpson, it's during a moment where he beats her in a fight and almost kills her, only to be saved by Jessica. Later on, an empowered Simpson is trying to kill Jessica, but Trish takes his Super Serum and fights him, but is unable to beat him.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: When Jessica expresses her lack of desire to be a superhero, Trish can't believe she doesn't want that responsibility, and openly wishes she had powers too. To the point that she takes, and then gets hooked on, Simpson's inhaler, trying to get powers. As pointed out by Jessica's mom, the only reason why Trish is so desperate to capture Karl Malus is because she wants him to give her powers. Furthermore, not only is Alisa correct in making this call, but Trish's desperation for powers causes her to take increasingly unsavory actions to get them. This involves manipulating Malcolm's desire to protect Jessica, and his affection for her, to get him help her track Dr. Malus down. Then she knocks out, ties up and stuffs Malcolm in the trunk of her car when he tries to bring Dr. Malus in. Then finally, she kidnaps Dr. Malus and threatens to shoot Malcolm if he tries to stop her. She, eventually, even admits she wants to be special, stating "Haven't you ever felt powerless?"
  • The Idealist: Such that, after a passionate speech, Simpson says that all she needs is "a flag and a horse." She's constantly pushing Jess to be the hero she sees her as. Season 2 casts some doubt on this, as while she claims she wants to do the right thing and help people, the moment she confronts Karl Malus, someone she's been intent on stopping as part of IGH, she instead uses him as a way to get herself superpowers and after the process nearly kills her, she accuses Jess of ruining everything and calls her a coward for not using her powers for heroism.
  • Innate Night Vision: One of the powers she develops in Season 3 is the ability to see in the dark, efficient enough that she no longer even bother with switching the light on in her appartment to read. It's her one advantage over Jessica when they ultimately come to blows, as her agility otherwise can't match Jessica's strength.
  • It's All About Me: In Season 2, her developing insecurities and constant usage of Simpson's inhaler result in her attempting to desperately acquire powers for herself while using those around her and disregarding their view points. After waking up and learning from Jessica that Dr Malus (who she kidnapped so he could give her powers) was dead, her first response was regret that the experiment had failed.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her murder of Sallinger is brutal and a bit terrifying, but it's hard to feel much sympathy for a psychopathic Serial Killer who tortured and murdered several people, including Dorothy.
  • Morality Pet: For Jessica. Early on we see their bond and Trish helps her become more heroic. Even Kilgrave is aware that Jessica doesn't seem to love anyone but Trish, which is why he intended to leave New York together with Trish and make her his plaything, to torture Jessica.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: At the very end of Season 3, when she finally realizes that all her extreme vigilantism and murdering has made her the "bad guy".
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When presenting Jessica with a prototype Jewel costume, she briefly dons the blue mask it comes with, reminiscent of her Hellcat persona in the comics. Trish wore a red wig for her "Patsy Walker" role. In the comics, Patsy has red hair.
    • After getting powers of her own in Season 3, Trish tries on several super outfits of her own. One of them is a complete replica of the Hellcat costume, sash and all. Her reaction is an emphatic "hell no".
  • Narcissist: In Season 3, Trish fully develops into one.
    • Trish fully believes that she has the high ground and makes the world better by killing criminals, viewing herself as a hero.
    • Having gained the powers she always wanted, she seeks "justice" by fighting crime, but is upset that she does not get the gratification of recognition by the public. It's telling that whenever she seemingly does a good deed and is thanked for, she responds with a "You're welcome."
    • Despite Jessica managing to gather the evidence to lock Sallinger in prison forever, Trish chooses to get Revenge Before Reason and brutally murders him in cold blood.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: She puts on a strong front, but Trish is clearly shaken by years of living with Dorothy, the attempt on her life by a superpowered Simpson, and the constant threat of Kilgrave. To the point that she becomes obsessed with getting superpowers, even telling Dr. Malus that she feels "powerless."
  • Never My Fault:
    • Throughout Season 2, Trish constantly manipulates people in her quest for powers, and never outright takes responsibility for them; and when confronted with her actions either downplays her role or gives a weak apology. Even her mother calls her on it.
    • Again in Season 3, Trish tries to reconcile with Jessica, and in a letter that she intended to send to Jessica she eventually thinks that she perhaps was wrong to kill Jessica's mother... only to delete the part she just wrote and instead insisting that she saved the world from a mass murderer.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: As "Patsy" sings about wanting to be everyone's friend, Trish sneers at attending her sister's convalescence for publicity reasons.
    • Lampshaded when she's forced to headline a Metro-General staff member's kid's birthday party as Patsy to get the employee to give her Metro-General files on Jessica's hospital stay, and curses in earshot of kids, prompting one of the adults to say, "Patsy's kinda mean..."
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: It's Patsy was more like a Hannah Montana ripoff, though the dating is a bit off. And Trish's mother is a frightening Dina Lohan figure, who spends her days counting her cash and brainstorming new ways to pimp out her family.
  • Not Wearing Tights: Once she becomes a vigilante. Although it's not fully Movie Superheroes Wear Black given Trish's makeshift costume still has Hellcat's blue and yellow colors.
  • One-Hit Wonder: In-Universe. Her movie career never did pan out, with Snatch and Grab being her only box office success.
  • Only Friend: Before Malcolm became Jessica's friend and assistant, Trish was Jessica's one and only friend, and Trish really was the only family she had.
  • The Paragon: In Season 1. Trish has Karen Page's levels of idealism, and always keeps it no matter what happens to her. Her idealism and goodness are so infectious that it's what drives Simpson insane and what helps Jessica overcome her apathy and cynicism and ultimately defeat Kilgrave. This trope becomes deconstructed and subverted to Hell and back in the following two seasons.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: All three characters that she ends up killing in Season 3 of Jessica Jones are written to be as loathsome as possible, to make it clear that her moral compass is more or less on par with The Punisher.
  • Phrase Catcher: "It's Patsy" from her child star days.
  • Properly Paranoid: She knows what Kilgrave can do. So she's set up a safe house and learned Krav Maga.
  • Rage Quit: Her addiction to Simpson's inhaler in Season 2 leads her getting increasingly aggravated until she blows up in the middle of a radio interview, quits the show and storms out of the studio.
  • Real Life Superpowers: Trish is beautiful, wealthy, famous, charismatic, extremely clever, a great fighter. She's halfway to being her own superhero. Oh wait...
  • Recovered Addict: Was addicted to pills for a spell. In the present, she very consciously does not drink alcohol, and only keeps liquor around for Jessica. Until she gets addicted to Simpson's power-inducing inhaler and things go from bad to worse.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's the levelheaded Blue Oni to Jessica's hot-tempered Red Oni.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Despite having literally no connection to Jessica in the comics, she's her adoptive sister in the TV show.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Trish hooks up with Malcolm midway through Season 2 after calling things off with Griffin. Then it gets deconstructed in that it starts because of their sexual urges. Trish instigates it when she takes another dose of Simpson's drug inhaler, and sleeps with Malcolm on impulse. As time goes by, it's clear that they've been overcome by their negative traits and current issues (Malcolm having traded his drug addiction for sex; Trish's addiction to Simpson's drug inhaler and insecurity about having no powers). Even Malcolm realizes this and how toxic their relationship is, but initially can't bring himself to resist. The final straw is when Trish manipulates Malcolm into finding Dr. Malus so she can use him to get superpowers, knocks Malcolm out and tosses him in the trunk of her car, and threatens him with a gun when he breaks out.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: In Season 3, Trish goes too far in bringing criminals to justice, starting with accidentally killing two. However, she eventually comes to think that by killing bad people, she is making the world better, and permanently goes off the deep end when she beats Sallinger to death.
  • Sibling Team: Trish helps Jessica out whenever she is needed, like when they tried catching Kilgrave or locate IGH. In Season 3, she teams up with Jessica to catch Gregory Sallinger. However, Trish's acts of vigilantism eventually force Jessica to arrest Trish.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Trish serves as a foil to Jessica. While Trish is blonde, feminine, idealistic and very energetic, Jess is raven-haired, a tomboy, pessimistic and more calm and reserved. Jessica didn't ask for powers and doesn't want to be a hero, while Trish actively wants powers to become a hero. And while Jessica is ultimately a selfless Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Trish turns out to have a very narcissistic nature. Jessica also was able to handle the trauma she endured without losing her way, while Trish completely snaps and willingly goes the extra mile to kill the people she deems evil.
  • Sleek High Rise Apartment: She lives in a nice apartment in Tribeca. Following Jessica's experience with Kilgrave, Trish turns the place into a fortress, outfitting the place with bulletproof windows and a steel-reinforced front door with a security camera system, and converting Jessica's old bedroom into a private gym where she practices krav maga lessons.
  • Super Reflexes: Part of the powers she gains in Season 3.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Trish has trained extensively to become a formidable combatant but when she comes up against a Kilgrave-controlled Simpson, an individual with considerable military training and superior strength, she finds herself easily overpowered during their confrontation and is nearly strangled to death.
    • In Season 2, Simpson's inhaler eventually runs out on her and she goes through a period of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Sympathy for the Devil:
    • She believes that Will Simpson was a good guy before being involved in the military program. Jessica, on the other hand, disagrees.
    • Subverted when it comes to Alisa Jones, however, who Trish dismisses and practically demonizes despite the situation being obviously very complicated and painful for Jessica. She also shows no remorse for killing her and has the audacity to believe this is something she and Jessica can just hash out over coffee.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Jessica's tomboy. She wears bright clothing and is far more prim than Jessica. Granted, the same could be said of the Hulk.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She was a victim in the past, but by the time we meet her she's become proficient in Krav Maga, a form of martial arts that the world's most elite special forces are trained in.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Season 2 sees Trish spiralling after continuous use of the combat enhancement inhaler culminating in her threatening and manipulating those around her all in an effort to gain powers. And she only gets worse in Season 3.
  • Vigilante Man: Turns into one in Season 3. She is the one who kills Jessica's mother, Alisa, at the end of Season 2 and in Season 3 eventually goes so far to murder the people she thinks are evil.
  • The Voice: She has a voice-only role in Luke Cage, discussing Luke on her show after he reveals himself to the public.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • Trish does not have super powers, but has been training in Krav Maga. She's able to easily flip Jessica onto the ground.
    • Also becomes this in Season 3 after gaining super powers. She still lacks super strength and can't hope to win against Jessica in a straight fight, but her enhanced agility and Super Reflexes combined with her training allow her to fight efficiently, and her Innate Night Vision means she can easily use the dark to her advantage while not being bothered by it. When facing Jessica in later episodes, her primary strategy is to shut off the lights to give herself an edge.
  • Weight Woe: Projected. It is so far unknown whether Dorothy forcing Trish to throw up when she believed her daughter had eaten too much resulted in actual bulimia, since the flashback shows Trish resisting.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Jessica disowns her after the Season 2 finale for shooting her mother. They reconcile in Season 3, but eventually fall apart again.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: She goes about assuming all the events in Season 3 are culminating into her Superhero Origin Story. She ends up hindering Jessica's efforts and even after murdering Salinger, she still thinks she can continue leading a double life, and that Jessica will eventually back off. It's not until after she is arrested and the list of her crimes is read to her that reality sinks in and she realizes she has become "the bad guy."
  • You Killed My Mother: Once Gregory Salinger offs Dorothy, Trish first attacks him, and then downright murders him.

    Jeri Hogarth 

Jeryn "Jeri" Hogarth
"The real world is not about happy endings. It's about taking the life you have, and fighting like hell to keep it."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Rand Enterprises, Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz, Hogarth and Associates

Portrayed By: Carrie-Anne Moss

Voiced By: Maureen Herman (Latin-America Chilean Spanish dub)

Appearances: Jessica Jones | Daredevil | Iron Fist note  | The Defenders

"My firm is going to need a very resourceful attorney, someone like you, who's not afraid to take on riskier, non-traditional cases."

A former intern from the legal department of Rand Enterprises, now a managing partner at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz LLP and recurring client of Alias Investigations.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Carrie-Anne Moss is more of a looker than Jeri's comic counterpart, a schlubby middle-aged man.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Though he could be a jerk, Jeryn Hogarth was a relatively Nice Guy who looked out for Danny, was loyal to him and his friends, and was a highly moral figure. Jeri, on the other hand, starts Jessica Jones considerably less moral than her comic counterpart, cheats on her wife, engages in criminal behavior and betrays Jessica to Kilgrave without Kilgrave using his powers on her, resulting in three people's deaths. Wendy's death shakes her considerably, though, and also kickstarts her Character Development, so by the time of Iron Fist, she's more like Jeryn.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Played with. Jeryn's a straight male in the comics, while Jeri is lesbian here. Ultimately, they're both characters attracted to women.
  • Admiring the Abomination: When faced with a room full of people detailing their horrifying encounters with Kilgrave, she's more impressed than anything.
  • Amoral Attorney: Jeri is the kind of lawyer who manipulates juries into thinking “beyond a reasonable doubt” means you need thirty witnesses or a video of the defendant doing it. She is willing to hire a clearly unstable Jessica Jones as a PI (even wants to bring her in-house); why would anyone be surprised that she'd try and take advantage of Kilgrave's powers? Even Pam ends up disgusted with her.
  • The Cameo: Her appearance in the Season 2 finale of Daredevil (2015) to hire Foggy Nelson.
  • Characterization Marches On: Her appearance in the first season of Jessica Jones was that of a Jerkass Amoral Attorney and borderline villain with what she tried to do with Kilgrave. From Daredevil and Iron Fist onwards, she's portrayed as a somewhat gruff, but well-meaning woman firmly on the side of good. It's implied that the entire situation with Kilgrave made Jeri reconsider her life choices.
  • The Chessmaster: In Season 2, after Jeri was tricked by a conman and his girlfriend, Jeri tracks them down and buys an untraceable gun from Turk. Then she tells the girl that he tricked her, that her boyfriend supposedly cheated on her, manipulates her into killing him with the gun and then calls the cops so they can arrest her.
  • Complexity Addiction: Doubles with It's All About Me. When Jeri tries to win back her first love, Kith Lyonne, who's now married, the lengths Jeri goes to win her back and sink her marriage to Peter ultimately drive him to suicide by revealing his embezzling scheme. And when Jeri siccs Trish on a former benefactor suing Kith, Kith realizes Jeri's actions were all self-serving from the start and wants nothing to do with her. Considering Kith and Peter had an open marriage and Peter had nothing but respect for Jeri, Jeri could have done none of the above and Kith would have been happy to stay in her life as a Friend with Benefits and be by her side in her final days.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: What Kilgrave orders Wendy to do to her. Wendy only makes it to 30 cuts before Pam takes her out in self-defense.
  • Despair Event Horizon. Almost. It almost broke Jeri. Building her wealth, firm and reputation from nothing but her wits, at the start of Season 2 Jeri gets a brutal wake-up call when she learns that she is suffering from incurable ALS and has at most eight more years to live. She slowly is about to lose control of her body and her firm from her other name partners and resorts to drugs and prostitutes, until she hears from IGH and their miraculous treatments that saved, amongst others, Jessica's life when her family had an accident. When Jeri is sheltering a former IGH employee (with whom she eventually starts a sexual relationship), while Jessica is supposed to get some leverage on Jeri's partners, Jeri learns of a healer, who could heal even the worst injuries and diseases, and Jeri bails him out of jail and makes him heal her. Feeling now better and having a new perspective on life, it all comes crashing down when Jessica tells Jeri that her so-called healer is a conman and Jeri was tricked. When Jeri gets home, her apartment robbed of everything valuable and the conman and his girlfriend now gone, Jeri breaks down on her knees and starts crying. She eventually recovers after getting her revenge on the people that tricked her, and takes away a good amount of money from her partners as severage, leaving the firm with all her clients and 62% of her partners' business.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: While they did screw her over pretty badly, Jeri manipulating Inez into killing Shane and then calling the cops on her was pretty extreme, especially since she could have just have them arrested.
  • Dying Alone: It's her fear of this that causes her to reach out to Kith in Season 3. When her selfish actions inevitably drive Kith away, Kith flat out tells her that this is what's going to happen.
  • Entitled to Have You: This is more or less how she feels about Kith in Season 3. She breaks up Kith's family using the excuse that her husband is a liar and a thief to justify it. When Kith makes it clear Jeri's actions weren't out of love and wants nothing to do with her, Jeri doesn't give up. She admits to cheating on her with Wendy when they were in school because she wasn't ready to come out or commit back then, but expects Kith to drop everything and run back to her now that she is ready, and because she is dying. She later uses Demetri, a business rival Kith has beef with to try and get back into her life. Only for Kith to uses this to her advantage and then leave her during the season finale, making it clear that she won't be there for her when she dies of her disease because of her selfish actions.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: She attempts to use Kilgrave's power first through his fetus and then through the man himself. The lesson is learned when Kilgrave almost has her murdered by her wife.
    • On the giving end of this when Inez and Shane tricked her into believing she had been cured of ALS, and then ransacked her apartment. It ends with her tricking Inez into killing Shane, and then calling the cops on her.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Danny called her "J-Money" when she worked on Rand Enterprise's legal team.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Jeri does some pretty amoral stuff during Jessica Jones without much remorse (at least until she realizes what a mistake it was to deal with Kilgrave), but even she and her partners despise district attorney Samantha Reyes' anti-vigilante stance, having warmed up greatly to Jessica. She also wasn't one to trust Harold Meachum when she interned at Rand.
    • This gets dropped completely when, in Season 3, she breaks up a marriage, causes a man’s death and, in a bid to get out of the bad PR from it defends a provable serial killer and begins a smear campaign against powered vigilantes.
  • Executive Excess: Downplayed (at first); despite being the deathly-serious head of a law firm, she does seem to spend an inordinate amount of time screwing her secretary, eventually resulting in trouble when Jeri's wife finds out. In the second season, though, a sudden diagnosis of ALS and an attempted takeover of the firm results in her going off the deep end of hedonism and indulging heavily in drugs and prostitutes.
  • Gender Flip: Her comic book version, Jeryn Hogarth, was male.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Jeri is capable of being a powerful force for good, a selfish schemer trying to get what she wants through any means, or a solid icon of responsible pragmatism. Which of the three she'll be at any given time is anyone's guess.
  • Hidden Depths: Jeri would obviously rather die than admit that she actually does care about Jessica as a good friend.
  • It's All About Me: Jeri's primary concern will always be to make sure she comes out on top. Not even people she actually cares for are safe from being sold down the river.
  • Jerkass: One of the most unpleasant people in her initial series.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Harold Meachum comes out of hiding and greets her, she quickly and rightfully points out that by Faking the Dead, he's committing fraud.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Hires on Marci Stahl after the FBI arrests most of Landman & Zack for aiding and abetting Wilson Fisk. And later hires on Foggy Nelson.
    • She later helps Danny's case to prove his identity pro bono out of respect for his father, and gives him money to buy him new clothes, though on the condition that if they are successful, he put her law firm on permanent retainer with Rand Enterprises. She was also the one paying for his parents' graves' upkeep all these years.
  • Just Think of the Potential!: Her reaction to Kilgrave when Jessica begins to enlighten her about his powers. It's also Foreshadowing: Jeri thinks she can control the danger posed by Kilgrave, and attempts to use him for her own ends.
  • Last-Name Basis: Jessica always calls her Hogarth, while everyone else sticks with Jeri.
  • Love Is a Weakness: At the end of Season 3 after Kith leaves her good, Jeri promises her she will never let herself become like this again. Especially, once it became clear that Kith was never going to go back to her and was using her to get rid of Demetri, a hated business rival.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: As a result of her trying to use Kilgrave for her own ends, she's nearly murdered and Wendy ends up dead, killed by Pam in an effort to protect Jeri. Jeri's left bleeding from several wounds and staring at her wife's corpse, horrified at what she's caused.
  • Not So Stoic: When we first meet Jeri in Jessica Jones Season 2, we see that she's been essentially masking at work that she still feels terrible over Wendy's death.
  • One Degree of Separation: Whereas Claire just happens to run into each Defender, Jeri has direct professional ties to all of them.
    • To Luke: Her firm defends Luke.
    • To Jessica: She is a professional acquaintance and recurring client of Jessica's.
    • To Danny: She used to work for Danny's father and is now Danny's lawyer.
    • To Matt: She now employs Foggy, Matt's friend and formerly his law partner at Nelson & Murdock
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Jeri personally offers to make Foggy a partner at her firm after being impressed by his showing at Frank Castle's trial.
    • She has been taking care of the Rand family's graves and caring for their estate for 15 years, and she even agrees to help Danny pro-bono out of respect for his father.
  • Poisonous Friend: "Friend" is stretching her relationship with Jessica, but they are ostensibly allies. Hogarth has no compunctions about doing abusive or amoral things to win, and she continuously says callous or toxic remarks about the traumatic situations Kilgrave puts people through. And then there's what she does later...
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The divorce ends in her favor, but Wendy is killed, Pam is arrested for the murder and refuses to have anything more to do with Jeri. Jeri realizes the mistakes she's made and turns over a new leaf. (Sort of.)
  • Token Evil Teammate: As the resident Amoral Attorney. Even Pam calls her a ruthless shark.
    • She convinces a junkie to kill her boyfriend, because they took advantage of her ALS to con her.
  • Tsundere: She cares about Jessica, but she would rather die then ever admit it. She usually hides behind looking out for the interest of her company when trying to control Jess, even though its doubtful there would be any fallout in their direction.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After the entire ordeal with Kilgrave, Jeri seems to have greatly cleaned up her act, hiring on Foggy with the explicit promise of making him a name partner at HC&B, and helping Danny recover his identity and his ownership of Rand Enterprises. Although the latter goes back to her having reason to be loyal to Danny's father, who gave her her first job, so it makes sense she would show a kinder face with Danny than with Jessica.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: Walks this back after getting her ALS diagnosis. She apparently decides that, if she's going to slowly die of a debilitating disease with no hope for a cure, then an It's All About Me attitude is fully justified.
  • Verbal Tic: Jeri tends to answer "It's complicated" if she's being untruthful or dodgy.
  • You See, I'm Dying: She is diagnosed with ALS in Season 2.

    Erik Gelden 

Erik Gelden
"Something always happens. Everything is terrible. Optimism is a lie. Expect the worst."

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Benjamin Walker

Appearances: Jessica Jones

"I just... I sense it. The darkness in people. The shit they've done, are doing, or will do. The worst ones, they have no guilt. What I see, I feel... is a void, a lack of humanity. And the closer they are, the sharper the needle in the back of my eye."

A man with the ability to tell whether someone is evil.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Gelden is known as the villainous Mind-Wave, but he's more or less one of the good guys here.
  • Blackmail: He uses his power to find people who have done something badly wrong, then pretends to know what it is to make them pay him off.
  • Blackmail Backfire: One of his intended victims turns out to be an Evil Genius who quickly tracks him down and tries to kill him.
  • Blessed with Suck: How he views his abilities, given that they manifest as physical pain.
  • Broken Pedestal: He loved and respected his father until he discovered he was molesting Erik's little sister.
  • Canon Foreigner: He has no direct counterpart in the comics, though he was loosely inspired by the villain Mind-Wave.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Never referred to as "Mind-Wave" here. Justified since he's not using an alter ego for heroics or otherwise.
  • The Cynic: He believes that nothing you do truly matters.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: He discovered his father was molesting his little sister Brianna and forced him to admit it, result in his father's incarceration. Unfortunately, after his father was arrested, Gelden's mother committed suicide by overdosing on pills. This caused Gelden and Brianna to have a falling out over Gelden exposing the truth which she felt wasn't his to expose. Since then, Gelden swore to never use his powers for good.
  • Detect Evil: His superpower. He gets headaches when being around evil people. The more evil they are, the worst the headache, with the very worst people causing him to bleed from his eyes if they touch him.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Prison. When Sallinger turned out to be smart enough to sneak away from a murder charge, Jessica hoped to pin a kidnapping charge on him against Erik. Problem was, Erik would have to confess to blackmail schemes for it to stick. But Erik experiences pain just being near bad people. Trapping him in prison with hundreds of them? Forget Fate Worse than Death... that might be And I Must Scream.
  • Good Feels Good: Played somewhat straight: being near someone like Jessica is enough to assuage his constant pain... giving a woman an orgasm gives him the opposite of a migraine. Also subverted: the death of someone like Sallinger clearly gives him a a euphoric experience.
  • The Hedonist: He tries to drown out his headaches through sex, drinking and gambling.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: We never find out how he got his powers, only that he's not always had them.
  • Love Interest: For Jessica Jones in the third season of her show.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: He sees exposing his father's sexual abuse of his sister as this, as it caused his mother to kill herself and his sister to hate him to this day.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: He can objectively tell the good people from the bad, but is a cynic who thinks the difference is largely irrelevant.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: His final appearance implies a future working with Detective Costa, using his powers to root out bad guys.
  • Supreme Chef: He can cook an extremely good burger.

Introduced in Luke Cage

    Misty Knight 

Mercedes Kelly "Misty" Knight
"Your ass might be bulletproof, but Harlem ain't."
Click here to see Misty with her bionic arm 

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): NYPD

Portrayed By: Simone Missick

Voiced By: Jessica Toledo (Latin-America Chilean Spanish dub)

Appearances: Luke Cage | The Defenders | Iron Fist note 

"I apply foot to ass. And match lead for lead. I put murderers in handcuffs. I don't just seek justice, I stalk it."

A tough-as-nails detective at the New York City Police Department's 29th Precinct and close ally of Luke's.

  • Academic Athlete: She went to Temple University on a basketball scholarship.
  • Afro Asskicker: Marvel's pre-eminent example, especially since Luke Cage doesn't have one in the MCU.
  • An Arm and a Leg: She comes very close to losing her arm after getting shot by Diamondback, thanks to Luke's amateurish first aid, but Claire is able to save it. Then it happens for real in Midland Circle, ironically while saving Claire from having her head cut off by Bakuto.
  • Artificial Limbs: As a natural extension of the above, she gets a shiny robotic right arm courtesy of Danny Rand's company.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Is able to recreate entire crime scenes in her head by looking at the photographs. It takes a hit after she loses her arm, but after some help from Colleen it comes back.
  • Boobs of Steel: Is a no-nonsense cop and with her artificial arm becomes the physically strongest of all the female Defenders allies. She's also by far the bustiest woman in all the MCU Netflix shows. Her enormous chest doesn't interfere with her performance in the field at all, though.
  • Break the Badass: Being so thoroughly at Diamondback's mercy does a real number on her, even driving her to assault Claire during an interrogation.
  • But Not Too Black: Is much lighter-skinned than her comic book self.
  • Butt-Monkey: She's the victim of a lot of mockery from other cops when she decides to go back into work.
  • By-the-Book Cop: At first she's obedient to the book, until Scarfe dies. Afterwards she mostly disregards the rules.
  • Character Development: Luke Cage Season 2 has her overcoming the trauma of losing her arm, and becoming less of a Cowboy Cop.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: She quits being a cop partway through Luke Cage Season 2, but all the other cops predict she'd be back within a week at least. She's back within 24 hours, following Ridenhour's death.
  • Cowboy Cop: Turns into one after Scarfe is killed. It gets her into trouble with Inspector Ridley.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Her first encounter with Diamondback (without powers or suit) had him effortlessly defeat her in fist fight and nearly killing her, giving her PTSD. She takes on him again with a gun in her hand, only for him to shoot her down with his Quick Draw skills. If not for Luke's ttimely arrival he would have shot her dead right there.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Scarfe getting killed and turning out to have been corrupt, causes her to lose her faith in the system, leading to a number of impulsive and renegade decisions.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: During a bar-brawl in Luke Cage series 2, she tries to punch someone with the arm she no longer has.
  • Deuteragonist: Of Luke Cage.
  • Death by Origin Story: Misty was inspired to become a cop after a childhood incident where her cousin was beaten, gang-raped and murdered by a group of local street punks.
  • Determinator: When it comes to justice and doing what's right.
  • Failure Hero: She's a great investigator, but not so good at other parts of being a cop, often letting her emotions get the better of her and losing convictions because of it.
  • Fair Cop: Her introduction in Luke Cage has her scoping out Cottonmouth's club wearing a very tight dress. Then she has sex with Luke.
  • Female Gaze: In Iron Fist Season 2, Misty repeatedly eyes up and expresses interest in Ward Meachum, much to Colleen's disgust.
  • Foil: To Jessica Jones. Both are skilled but cynical detectives, have trouble cooperating with others in their pursuit for justice, experienced moments of feeling powerless, and had a sexual relationship with Luke Cage before settling down as friends. However, Jessica is a self-employed Private Detective, while Misty works for the police.
  • Foregone Conclusion: For everyone familiar with her in the comics, it was only a matter of time before she lost her arm.
  • Friend on the Force: Of sorts. Her relationship with Luke is fairly rocky across the first season of his show, but she is a friend more often than not. In Season 2, she's definitely there.
  • Hidden Buxom: Zigzagged. She's introduced in a revealing low-cut dress that she makes clear she knows shows off her large chest, but this was to deliberately attract attention as part of undercover work at a club. During her day job and in all other instances, she dresses conservatively and usually pairs a collared top with a stylish jacket. Still, even in these shirts and especially during her sex scene it is made clear that she has by far the largest boobs of any female in the Netflix shows.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She has complete and utter faith in Scarfe, and doesn't believe he's a Dirty Cop until it's too late to save him. She also jumps to the worst conclusions as far as Luke is concerned, and only accepts him as a good guy after she learns who Willis Stryker is.
  • Hurting Hero: She becomes noticeably more aggressive after Scarfe is killed and it becomes knowledge that he had been corrupt. In Season 2, she finds herself not just dealing with her new disability, but also with Scarfe's old convictions (like Cockroach) being found tainted and overturned.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even after losing her right arm, she's still more than capable of holding her own in fights.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Much to her consternation, Misty ends up like this during the Hand case, despite her efforts to serve as their Friend on the Force. Because of the high stakes involving the Hand, Luke tries to keep Misty at arms length to keep her from being a target.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Her ability to recreate scenes from photos. Other cops repeatedly call it eerie; Lieutenant Perez calls her a "curandero" (witch doctor) when they're in Scarfe's apartment. Misty herself thinks it's just a "trick" that anybody can do if they know how, likening it to a specific way of looking at a picture. The viewer is left to decide for themselves if the photo recreation is a dramatization of her own reasonable deductions, or if she's some kind of latent/in-denial post cognitive.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • She comes close to losing an arm but it doesn't happen. Ain't so lucky in The Defenders, however, where she loses it for real at the hands of Bakuto.
    • Her last scene in Luke Cage Season 1 has her wearing an outfit that invokes her red comics outfit.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Her refusal to trust the system after Scarfe's death and Cottonmouth's release leads to her hiding Candace herself instead of placing her into police protection. This gets Candace killed and allows Mariah to walk free. Inspector Ridley calls her out on it, hard.
  • Plug 'n' Play Prosthetics: After losing an arm in the season finale of The Defenders, Misty spends the first few episodes of the second season of Luke Cage coping with this loss. She finally accepts an offer from Danny Rand for a high-tech prosthetic replacement, and becomes proficient enough to use it naturally one episode later.
  • Police Brutality: Downplayed. A night of getting shot at, threatened, and knocked unconscious by Diamondback, after dealing with the revelation of Scarfe being crooked, and no one wanting to cooperate with her, causes Misty to snap and get physical with Claire during questioning for being uncooperative about Luke's whereabouts. Inspector Ridley pulls her away, relieves her of duty and puts her in therapy.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Serves this role to the Defenders, being the only cop willing to help the heroes out, even though they have to keep her out of the loop to prevent her from being in danger.
  • Salt and Pepper: Both of her partners (Scarfe in the first half of Season 1; Bailey in the back part of Season 1 and part of Season 2) have been white.
  • Sherlock Scan: Misty has an intuitive ability to replay a crime scene in her head just by looking at evidence or photos.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Black and an amputee.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Scarfe and Bailey. They bicker constantly (helped no little by Scarfe being on Cottonmouth's payroll most of that time), but at the end they care for each other.
  • You Go, Girl!: When she needs information about Chico from a petty felon who plays basketball, Misty challenges him to a game of Horse. After she sinks the first shot, she calls him over and reveals that she used to be one of the legendary players whose initials are carved nearby. We never see how the match ends, but Misty got the information she needed, implying that she won. While wearing a suit and heels, no less.

Introduced in Iron Fist

    Colleen Wing 

Colleen Wing / Iron Fist
"Nobody is born a hero. And it's a difficult thing to become."

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Japanese-American

Affiliation(s): Hand, Chikara Dojo, Bayard Community Center

Portrayed By: Jessica Henwick

Voiced By: Gigliola Mariangel (Latin-America Chilean Spanish dub)

Appearances: Iron Fist | The Defenders | Luke Cage note 

"I can't believe I'm admitting this, but all I want is something stable. Something I can hold on to."

A martial arts expert running Chikara dojo from Chinatown, while also being Danny Rand's lover and partner in crimefighting.

  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Not her personally, but every student of hers she sent to the Hand compound turned into fanatical agents of the organization who wouldn't hesitate to kill her on behalf of Bakuto.
  • Action Girl: Comes with being a martial arts expert.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: She inherits the title of Iron Fist (and the powers attached) from Danny while he's off tying some loose ends with Ward in Asia, though he seemingly regains his powers as well as some point prior. It's also suggested Colleen's ancestor was the first female Iron Fist, and that's how she came to become one herself.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Her katana has been passed down her family for generations.
  • Anti-Hero: She believes in the honor of the Bushido and serving the community by helping people, but she's also shown to have Matt Murdock levels of bloodthirst. She is all too willing to kill Harold Meachum on Danny's behalf if it meant it would preserve the stability of his chi.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Jessica Henwick keeps her natural dark hair for the role, despite Colleen being a redhead in the comics.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Zig-zagged. She is initially with the Hand, thinking that Bakuto was part of a good faction, but she eventually sees what they really are.
  • Badass Bookworm: Skilled martial arts fighter, deadly with a katana, and her greatest wish if she had a million dollars? Go to the British Library and read every book in there.
  • Battle Couple: With Danny in the second half of the first season of Iron Fist, in The Defenders, and the most of the second season of Iron Fist.
  • Blood Knight: She started Fight Clubbing to make ends meet despite seeing it as dishonorable and a necessity, but then discovered she really, really enjoyed beating strangers to a bloody mess.
  • Broken Pedestal: She genuinely loved and respected Bakuto more than anyone, as he was both the man who essentially saved her and was her sensei. To learn that he was a lunatic who craved immortality and would sacrifice and betray anyone for that goal cut her deep.
  • Defector from Decadence: She turns her back on the Hand after learning just how evil they are.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it after Bakuto tries to kill her, to the point that she attempts to provoke Danny into killing her. Fortunately, said Iron Fist happens to be her Love Interest, and manages to pull her back.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Not to the same extent as Danny, but she does go barefoot a lot. Justified as she owns a dojo and is a martial arts traditionalist.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: A martial arts variant, when she's teaching others. Colleen intentionally distances herself emotionally from her students, and pushes them extremely hard so that they can fight to the best of their ability. She admits to Danny in Season 2 of Iron Fist that she shut down the dojo because she felt responsible for all of the Hand students that she had trained and that training Danny after Davos takes the Iron Fist and breaks his leg would mean uncomfortably distancing herself from him as well.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Claire takes a slip for lessons from her at the end of Luke Cage Season 1.
  • Fake Guest Star: While The Defenders keeps insisting that the titular group is a foursome, Colleen is the fifth member of the team in all but name. She's every bit as martially capable as the four leads, refuses to wait around in the safety of the precinct with the other heroes' loved ones, and it's she who comes up with the plan to blow up Midland Circle. The only reason she lacks top billing is because she's technically just a love interest and never headlined her own show, but as a former member of The Hand, she has a much more personal stake in the matter than Luke and Jessica.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After revealing herself to be part of the Hand, which Danny has been raised to fight, she helps Danny escape from them, but Danny rejects her. Then Bakuto tries to kill her for betraying the Hand. The slam is so hard that she tries to goad Danny into killing her. Fortunately, Danny is in a more forgiving mood at this point.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers a bad one when she learns that Bakuto is going to drain her blood, and the Hand really is as evil as Danny and Claire have been telling her. To the point that she attempts to goad Danny into killing her.
  • Hypocrite: Colleen participates in cage fights for money, and this is right after telling Daryl not to do this. When a YouTube surfaces of her fighting, she has to uneasily admit to her hypocrisy.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!: She refuses to finish off Bakuto after their duel using this reasoning. After his resurgence in The Defenders, she doesn't hold this sentiment anymore and actually kills him this time.
  • In Love with the Mark: Though the relationship between Danny and Colleen formed independently of the Hand, it is still used by Bakuto's faction to bring Danny to their side. However, Colleen truly falls in love with Danny and turns against the Hand after seeing how evil they truly are.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: She uses a katana, often as much sheathed as a blunt object as it is unsheathed as a sword. As Iron Fist, she gets to channel her chi into the katana.
  • Light Is Good: After she gets her powers, her first turns bright white when activated.
  • Love Redeems: A rather strange example of the trope. She was originally used by the Hand to convince Danny to join them while being convinced it was a benevolent organization, though the relationship formed independently of the Hand. It's the relationship that she develops with Danny that helps her realize the true nature of the Hand and causes her to defect from them.
  • Omniglot: Besides English, she speaks Japanese and Mandarin. Well she did speak Mandarin, but not since she was a child. When Danny uses that language she is unable to converse with him.
  • Power Glows: While Danny and Davos's fists glow yellow and red (respectively) when activated, Colleen's turns white.
  • Red Baron: While stepping into the cage while Fight Clubbing, the announcer calls Colleen the Daughter of the Dragon.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Zigzagged. One the one hand, Colleen's grandfather raised her on the Bushido code, which left her with a strong sense of never harming anyone for personal reasons, but she admits that she really wants to kill Bakuto for revenge, and is thankful that Davos does it instead out of fear that it would have eaten her up afterwards. On the other hand, she's fully willing to kill Harold Meachum out of fear that Danny killing him would corrupt his chi. In The Defenders, she's the one who comes up with the plan to blow up Midland Circle to kill the leaders of the Hand. Later, while planting the C4, she ends up killing not only a random Hand henchman to save Claire and Misty, but finally kills Bakuto by decapitating him. So Colleen will kill, it just hasto be in self-defense.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Colleen is worried that Danny's chi will be corrupted if he kills Harold Meachum in revenge, so she says that she will do it for him. In a more benign form, she's often seen standing up for Danny in conversations when they turn into a "Reason You Suck" Speech at his expense and often is the one to spew threats at enemies in his defense.
    Madame Gao: [to Danny] Why should I help you?
    Colleen Wing: Because if you don't, I'll cut off your head and feed it to the rats.
    Madame Gao: That sounds unpleasant.
  • Waif-Fu: Colleen's first major one-on-one in the cage is versus a huge underground cage fighter... and she can't take him directly. She had to use his power against him and go after pressure points to win.
  • Warrior Therapist: Helps Misty recover from losing her arm in Luke Cage Season 2, mainly by aggravating her.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Her katana is broken and reduced in size during her climactic clash with Bakuto, though it's still fully capable of stabbing Bakuto through the gut. Though it was repaired sometime in between Iron Fist and Defenders.

    Mary Walker 

Mary Walker
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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): US Army

Portrayed By: Alice Eve

Appearances: Iron Fist

"Know what it's like to wake up and not know where you are or where you've been or what you said to whom? Do you know what it's like to wake up hungry because some other part of you didn't bother to eat because she wanted to paint pretty pictures instead?"

A private investigator, mercenary, and former US Army special ops soldier with a dissociative identity disorder.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Typhoid Mary is an obsessive, psychotic, amoral Stalker with a Crush who's after Daredevil. Here, she's morally neutral and only works as a mercenary to get the money she needs to find a place where she can finally be at peace.
  • Adapted Out: In the comics, she is a mutant with low-level psychic and fire powers in addition to her split personalities. She doesn't have any powers here.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Neither Walker nor Mary have access to each other's memories. Truth in Television for DID. Becomes a plot point since both alters thought it was the other one who managed to escape from Sokovia, only to realize there is a bloodthirsty third alter and neither Mary nor Walker knows what triggers her.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's not clear which alter is actually the original. Mary seems younger and less experienced, but it also seems like her artistic tendencies were the only thing that let her cope with the horror of her capture in Sokovia. In her video message, Mary thanks Walker for protecting her in "Green Bay and Sokovia", which implies that Mary's childhood in Wisconsin is where her DID first started, and much of Walker's personality seems typical of the kind of harsh, ruthless alter created to help a child overcome and escape abuse, but she also seems to be the dominant persona — one who was able to join the US Army and serve for a number of years.
  • Anti-Villain: Whether as Mary or Walker, she's just a troubled woman fighting for control of herself.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Walker spent two months monitoring Danny's fighting style and observing how the Fist worked to come up with a plan to take him down.
  • Badass Normal: She has no powers in either personality, and yet as Walker she manages to fight toe-to-toe with the Immortal Iron Fist.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • Mary takes a liking to Danny for this reason and tries to warn him about Walker by leaving her surveillance photos with him.
    • Walker seems to take a liking to Joy, who trusted her to do her job even after learning of her DID. She goes out of her way more than once to give Joy advice and to help her when it was technically no longer her job. However when Joy wants to end their partnership she refuses to leave, putting herself in the same coercive partnership that Joy had with Davos.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Davos in Season 2 of Iron Fist (2017). While Davos becomes the bigger threat after he steals the Iron Fist from Danny, Walker's actions still put her in conflict with Danny and his allies.
  • Character Tics: Walker has a tendency to stand at parade rest (legs apart, hands folded behind her back, a classic military stance) while speaking with someone. She also cants her head to the side when talking with someone while wary or agitated.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As befits an assassin. Walker has no problem pulling out swords in a fistfight, striking at existing wounds, laying ambushes, or drugging her opponents to win.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: She's never referred to as Typhoid Mary, which is her alias in the comics. However, she refers to the actions of her potential third alter as a "bloody mess", a reference to her Bloody Mary alter in the comics.
  • Composite Character: While Typhoid Mary is an established character in the Marvel canon, the plot of an antagonistic organization hiring an agent with DID to fight a magic-powered hero whom they ultimately join forces with is pretty much a beat-for-beat recreation of how Moon Knight was introduced in Werewolf by Night. According to Word of God, Mary’s character was originally going to be Moon Knight, but was changed as his inclusion would’ve made the show feel "too busy."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Walker has flat affect and an acid tongue.
  • Duality Motif: Has heterochromia (her right is green, the left is blue) and a Split Personality.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Joy finds that Davos won't end their partnership because he wants to use her money and influence for his own schemes, so Joy hires Walker to deal with him, only to find herself in exactly the same position with Walker, who refuses to take her money and leave because she wants use Joy in the same way.
  • Evil Redhead: Walker is a cold-blooded mercenary who has no qualms about breaking the law if the price is right. It's not clear if she would have taken the hit on anyone other than Davos, but she had no problem assaulting and kidnapping Danny. There's also the question of just how violent her third alter might be.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change:
    • The way she keeps her hair is the main way to tell which personality is active at the moment: Mary keeps her long hair loose and sweeps her bangs to one side, while Walker wears it in a bun or ponytail and immediately musses her bangs upon taking control.
    • Invoked in Mary's self portrait where one half has silky straight hair while the other has wild dreadlocks. This is actually a shout-out to the comics where her hair changes textures that way depending on which alter is dominant.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted. Walker is stone cold, while Mary is a sweetheart. Walker can turn violent in an instant, but she's ruthless and calculating rather than hot-tempered.
  • Forgets to Eat: Mary often gets so preoccupied with her drawing that she forgets to eat, which annoys Walker to no end because it means that she regularly wakes up hungry.
  • Helpless Good Side: Mary is just a nice, shy girl-next-door type from the Midwest, and is completely incapable of violence. Walker is the one that's dangerous, so she's taken it upon herself to protect them both. Not without resentment on Walker's part, since Mary, while a talented artist, would rather draw than work or eat properly.
  • Hired Guns: Somewhere between this and the lighter end of Psycho for Hire. She came up on a list of operatives Rand had on file. Her exact job title is unclear, but she's a former soldier who doesn't come cheap or ask many questions. Over the course of the second season, her jobs include investigation, surveillance, kidnapping, bodyguard duty, and (attempted) assassination.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Played with. At first it seems rather clear-cut that Mary is the good side while Walker is the bad side, but as the season progresses it becomes clear Mary has her demons while Walker isn't without a few more noble qualities.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Walker isn't completely amoral or disaffectionate; after Davos shatters Danny's leg, she immediately prioritizes getting Danny to safety, calling an ambulance, and stabilizing him over actually finishing the job she was hired for.
  • Nice Girl: Mary is genuinely warm and goodhearted, if a bit scattered at times.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. No relation to Trish Walker.
  • Only in It for the Money: At first, Walker is here just to collect a paycheck. Over the season it becomes more personal.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: In the comics she's more associated with Daredevil, and much more villainous and overtly sexual in those appearances.
  • Shadow Archetype: She's one for Jessica Jones. Both are very skilled investigators and powerful fighters with Dark And Troubled Pasts that involved them getting raped before escaping and killing their tormentors. However, Jessica Jones was mentally strong enough to keep her sanity and identity (though she took the habit of heavy drinking), while Mary's mental state shatters and develops two (maybe three) Split Personalities as a result.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: As a soldier, she was captured, tortured, and raped in Sokovia for two years.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Walker maintains a calm, impassive tone (almost whispering at times) even when talking about and committing acts of startling brutality.
  • Split Personality: Switches between two main personalities: "Mary", a soft-spoken artist, and "Walker", a violent bruiser. And then there's "Bloody Mary", a bloodthirsty killer
  • Split Personality Make Over: Besides the change in hair, Mary and Walker have notable differences in wardrobe (Mary dresses in feminine, fashionable outfits while Walker prefers utilitarian clothing and military gear), body language (Mary is shy and defensive while Walker is confident) and voice (Mary has a warm tone while Walker has some dangerous whispering). They also have conflicting life goals — Mary wants to build a life in the city and escape her midwestern upbringing, while Walker dreams of living by herself in a house in the desert.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Played with. Walker has been stalking, studying, and photographing Danny with intent to capture him, and does not appear to have a crush on him. Her Mary alter, on the other hand, very obviously has a crush on Danny but isn't stalking him; them being two facets of the same person, however, makes her appear to be a Stalker with a Crush at first until her DID is revealed.
  • The Stoic: Walker has the Thousand-Yard Stare and flat affect of someone suffering intense PTSD.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Walker has a habit of staring unblinkingly into the middle distance with her mismatched eyes.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Becomes this — specifically in her Walker persona — when Danny offers to pay her more than what Joy does.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Walker is the tough, no-nonsense tomboy while Mary is a shy but sweet girly girl.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Walker keeps her hair in a loose bun or tight ponytail, while Mary wears her hair down.
  • Trigger Phrase: Walker surfaces when Mary is in danger or under intense stress — any time her adrenaline spikes. Walker's triggers for reverting to Mary on the other hand, are rushing water and flickering light. As noted, the latter are everywhere, which makes Walker's life... difficult, to say the least.
  • Wild Card: Ultimately she's in no side but her own, so her allegiance shifts at the drop of a hat. This even applies to Mary, who sabotages the initial attempt to capture Davos because succeeding would give Walker the means to take them both to a little cabin in the desert (read: where it doesn't rain often), if she has her way, never letting Mary surface again.

Alternative Title(s): MCU Defenders Allies, MCU Defenders