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Leadership

    Dr. Karl Malus 

Dr. Karl Malus

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Portrayed by: Callum Keith Rennie

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

The head scientist at IGH. He's a geneticist who developed a genetic editing therapy that saved Jessica.


  • Accomplice by Inaction: He denies that he told Alisa to kill anyone and although he took some measures to try to prevent her from killing, he ultimately did nothing more once the killings started.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: His comic book counterpart never had any medical goals with his research.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Unlike in the comics, this version of Malus does not appear to have anything to do with Spider-Woman, instead being more closely tied to Jessica Jonesnote .
    • The comic version of Malus eventually acquired powers similar to those of symbiotes after being ingested by Carnage. As Carnage does not appear to exist in this universe, this does not happen, and Malus dies without ever gaining said powers.
  • Affably Evil: He's a genuinely nice guy, and is doing all of his work to save lives. He just can't control the monsters he accidentally created with his revolutionary medical techniques.
  • Anti-Villain: Malus is more criminal than villain really. He went way too far in trying to save lives, even experimenting on people who couldn't consent on the justification that they would absolutely have died without his help. He isn't directly responsible for the murder and only covers them up to keep Alisa safe. By the time of the series he has admitted to himself that what he did was wrong and shut down the illegal experiments to focus on protecting Alisa. Even once he gets a willing subject to continue his work he tries to talk her out of it.
  • The Atoner: By present day, he has given up his life as a doctor and scientist and has devoted himself entirely to taking care of Alisa and trying to make her better, wracked with guilt over what he's done - but also because he's in love with her.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Alisa Jones in Season 2, though calling him a Big Bad is very much pushing it. While he's done some seriously questionable things, he's done them for noble reasons and has in Alisa's words very much paid the price for them. That said, none of the events in the series would have taken place without his experiments, and it was his research that Kozlov appropriated for the military.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: He lives with some comforts thanks to the support of Justis Ambrose, but still wears 70s bands t-shirts, smokes pot and holds progressive views like being against children taking drugs for supposedly having ADD.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike the nomadic Kilgrave, he's an established citizen of New York City with recorded accomplishments. While Kilgrave used his powers to control others, specially women, Malus makes use of drugs and withholds information from the people he takes advantage of. Finally, while Kilgrave sought self-gratification, Malus' goals were saving lives and then protecting Alisa.
    • Also while Kilgrave enjoyed forcing people to protect him the numerous people who defend Malus, even to the point of violence, really are doing it because they are grateful for what he's done.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's extraordinarily patient, and is overall just very chill with a fondness for classic rock and weed.
  • Driven to Suicide: He eventually gives up on the notion that there are positive outcomes for his experiments and blows himself up along with the IGH facility and its genetic editing equipment.
  • Heel Realization: The near death of Trish makes him come to the conclusion his experiments haven't done any good.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Taking terminal patients from the hospital to use for illegal genetic experiments was definitely not his best moment. On the other hand he definitely saved their lives and those of other patients who were taken to his clinic. By giving Jessica her abilities, he technically saved even more lives through her actions.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Between his shaggy hair, faded jeans and various rock T-shirts, he looks more like a 60's has-been than a brilliant geneticist. It does help with his image as an easy-going Nice Guy.
  • Nice Guy: He genuinely wants to save lives and has devoted his entire life to it, even if his methods are extremely outside ethical boundaries. He is also unfailingly polite and noble and just comes off as extremely chill. The fact that he never once abandoned or considered abandoning an extremely unstable and volatile Alisa speaks volumes about him, even if Jessica refuses to admit it.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast/Non-Indicative Name : Subverted. Having a name that means "evil" and sounds like "malice" seems like a guarantee of being as bad as Kilgrave but while he's not a great person he's hardly dangerous.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: In the comics, he's more associated as a villain to Spider-Woman and Spider-Man, even becoming Carnage at one point.
  • Second Love: For Alisa.
  • The Smart Guy: He's humble and chill, but his research is groundbreaking to the point where it's on the same level as somebody like Wolfgang von Strucker. To record, his research not only heals people, but makes them superhuman.
  • Unholy Matrimony: He and Alisa genuinely do love one another, to the point that the possibility of Malus being harmed in any way can drive Alisa to murderous violence.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He has experimented on comatose patients without their consent and covered up murder with the intention that his experiments will help save lives.
  • Villains Never Lie: When Jessica confronts him with the fact that Jeri is trying to use Shane's healing powers to save herself, he insists that he never created a healer, let alone performed experiments on someone named Shane. As it turns out, Shane is indeed a fraud who is manipulating Jeri. It's otherwise played with; while Karl rarely tells direct lies, he tends to leave important information unsaid and hides incriminating material.
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    Dr. Miklos Kozlov 

Dr. Miklos Kozlov

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"We're going to do important things together."

Portrayed By: Thomas Kopache

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

A scientist working for IGH and leads the super soldier program to which Simpson belonged.


    Dr. Leslie Hansen 

Dr. Leslie Hansen

Portrayed By: Renata Hinrichs

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

A trauma surgeon that joined IGH.


  • The Ghost: She was a famous trauma surgeon in the 90s but after she joined IGH there's no record of her.
  • He Knows Too Much: Alisa kills her to keep IGH secrets.
  • Kill and Replace: Alisa briefly impersonates her to keep Jessica and and Trish from following IGH's trail.

Employees

    Inez Green 

Inez Green

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Portrayed By: Leah Gibson

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

A nurse who once worked for IGH and now lives on the streets as a result of the downwards spiral caused by the trauma of her experience with one of IGH's test subjects.


  • Bi the Way: She sleeps with Jeri while she has a boyfriend in prison.
  • Crazy Homeless People: Living in the streets has made her paranoid and a little violent. She justifies it because she's a woman trying to survive in the streets.
  • Foil: To Hope Schlotmann: both are victims of the season's main antagonist (Kilgrave for Hope and Alisa Jones for Inez), both are helped by Jessica and Hogarth, but Inez is way more jaded and cynical than Hope and Hope never tries to take advantage of Hogarth. And while Hope ultimately kills herself so Kilgrave can't use her against Jessica, Inez's main concern is to take care of herself.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For conning Jeri, Jeri replies by conning Inez into murdering her boyfriend.
  • Manipulative Bitch: After finding out that Jeri has ALS, she lies to her that there was a patient at IGH who could heal people, taking advantage of her desperation to find a cure, in order to get him out of prison. They then ransack Jeri's place while she's out.

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Subjects

    Jessica Jones 
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    Alisa Jones 

Alisa Jones (neé Campbell)

Portrayed By: Miriam Shor, Janet McTeer

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

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"You should be thankful! You should be counting your goddamn stars!"

Jessica Jones's mother. Supposedly killed in a car accident, she survived with grievous injuries and was subject to similar treatments to the ones that gave Jessica her powers, only to a greater degree than her daughter and with a dangerous Hair-Trigger Temper.


  • Adaptational Badass: Her comic counterpart never survived the crash and never got superpowers.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, Jessica's mother's name is unknown. Campbell is not her maiden surname, but the surname of her husband. In an inversion, Jessica's adoptive mother in the comics went from No Name Given to Alisa following the series.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Amusingly enough. She rags on a cab driver for using his phone while driving with Jessica to her apartment, while Jessica tries to point out that they're supposed to be keeping a low profile. You can even see Jessica fuming when Alisa pokes out to complement Oscar on his painting of his daughter.
    Alisa: (To a taxi driver on his phone while driving) Please get off your phone, that's dangerous.
    Jessica: How about we don't draw attention to ourselves?
    Alisa: No. I'm in the right.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Alisa suffers dissociative episodes and outbursts of violent rage. Malus ignores the cause as it can be the result of the extreme experiments required to save her life or brain damage caused by the accident.
  • Anti-Villain: She's willing to kill anyone she perceives as a threat, even outside of her rages, but it's all to keep herself, Jessica, and Malus safe. She's not a true villain and stops even being a true antagonist by the time her identity is revealed. Just a woman thrown into horrible, unfortunate situations.
  • Ax-Crazy: She's very prone to violent outbursts.
  • Bald of Evil: She lost all of her hair from the accident, and even with her surgery still has scars all over the back of her head that she keeps hidden with wigs. She's far more complicated than evil, however.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Once you get passed her homicidal rage issues, Alisa is actually a quite pleasant and reasonable lady to speak with. Provided you don't do or say anything that could even annoy her.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Karl Malus in Season 2. She is an Anti-Villain who just wants to protect Malus, but her homicidal tendencies and Hair-Trigger Temper don't help matters.
  • Body Horror / Facial Horror: She was revived by IGH after the car accident; however, her body, and especially her face, was burned and scarred beyond recognition to nightmarish proportions. She wasn't too happy when she caught a glimpse of her reflection while getting out of her hospital bed.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Tragically, by Trish. Right in front of Jessica.
  • Came Back Strong / Came Back Wrong: Of the Damaged Soul variety, with added superpowers.
  • Composite Character: Of both Jessica's biological (Mrs. Campbell) and adoptive (Alisa Jones) mothers in the comics.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike Kilgrave, she has the same powerset as Jessica and has a familial relationship with her. While Kilgrave had no moral compass and was firmly in control of himself, Alisa suffers from violent rages during which she does things she later deeply regrets, and she's actively (though unsuccessfully) trying to control them. Also, where Kilgrave was always dapper, suave and charming, Alisa looks so disheveled that she was initially believed to be homeless and is prone to Brutal Honesty and angry outbursts, giving her a generally offputting demenour.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As evident with Jessica, it's definitely hereditary.
    Alisa: (To Jessica) Jesus, you are good at shutting yourself down.
  • Death Faked for You: Karl Malus had her declared dead so that he could perform sketchy lifesaving operations on her.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: She fails epically at making breakfast because of this.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even with her rampages, she's disturbed at the notion that she's anything like Kilgrave.
  • Foil:
    • To Elektra Natchios. Both were presumed killed and then revived with superstrength and violent instabilities. The only difference being that Alexandra had Elektra's memories of Matt suppressed and Elektra actually died, while Alisa was just comatose and kept her memories of Jessica.
    • To Harold Meachum. Both were presumed dead, but revived with violent tempers. Both kept their daughter (Jessica and Joy) in the dark about them being alive for over a decade, only revealing themselves when said daughter becomes suspicious and ends up stumbling upon them in their residence. The main difference is that Harold was evil to begin with, whereas Alisa only turned evil as a byproduct of Dr. Malus's operation.
    • Also to Calvin Zabo. Both are extremely tragic figures and parents of respective heroes turned evil solely through unfortunate circumstances. Both are also extremely devoted to their respective life partners, willing to commit murder for them. And most notably, both are extremely violent and unstable.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's very easy to set her off, usually with at best considerable property damage and at worst battered corpses lying around.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Just when she and Jessica are starting to reconnect, she's suddenly gunned down by Trish.
  • Hidden Depths: She was a college math instructor before the accident, knows Spanish, and has a taste for art. Oscar's painting of Jessica reminded her of Helen Frankenthaler.
  • Like Father, Like Son: She certainly has a lot in common with her daughter, like the ability to snap a man's neck with her bare hands.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: Justified in the sense that she was horribly disfigured beyond recognition after the accident. She wears wigs to conceal the remaining scars on her head from the procedure.
  • Mama Bear: Deconstructed. When Alisa hears Stirling agreeing to let Jessica be used as gang muscle to pay off his debts, she smashes his head open against a wall. It's ambiguous as to whether he was serious or not, but it's another part of a long list as to why Jessica is as screwed up as she is now.
  • Never My Fault: Played in a weird way- she claims the car crash that killed her husband and son was her fault because her husband wouldn't let her drive, very clearly blaming it on him, but she only does so upon learning that Jessica has been blaming herself for the crash, so it could be an attempt to console her. In general, she considers herself to be smarter and overall superior to just about everyone else she meets and claims that everything that goes wrong is because someone else didn't listen to her or let her lead.
  • The Nth Doctor: The change in her appearance due to casting McTeer is explained as the result of the extreme genetic editing performed on her rebuilt bone structure.
  • Parent with New Paramour: She became involved with Karl Malus in the years she remained hidden,
  • Pet the Dog: She helps find Oscar's kidnapped son.
  • Sexless Marriage: Brian and Alisa were having marital problems and were taking a vacation with the family to help resolve them.
  • Shadow Archetype: Becomes one to Jessica after the accident. She's more or less who Jess could have been without the influence of Trish in her life.
  • Significant Anagram: An unintentional one, but her first name is an anagram of Alias, a word that's key to her daughter's character. It's not the source of Alias Investigations' name, though, as Jessica actually named that after Stirling's proposed nightclub.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Is later revealed to have survived the car accident, unlike her counterpart in the comics.
  • Super Strength: Twice as strong as Jessica.
  • Tragic Monster: She's not someone with villainous goals.
  • Tuckerization: Named after Brian Michael Bendis' wife.
  • Wicked Cultured: Post-ressurection, she's shown drinking tea, teaching herself how to play the piano, and complimenting Oscar's painting.

    Robert Coleman / "Whizzer"  

Robert Coleman

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Portrayed By: Jay Klaitz

Appearances: Jessica Jones

A victim of IGH who got empowered with superspeed, but it only works when he's afraid.


  • Acrofatic: He's suyperhumanly fast despite being overweight
  • Adaptational Curves: Comic book Whizzer is physically fit. MCU Whizzer is a bit overweight.
  • Adaptation Name Change: From Robert Frank to Robert Coleman.
  • Age Lift: In the comics, he was a superhero during his prime in the 40s.
  • Blessed with Suck: He's superhumanly fast but suffers from chronic pain as a result. Also, his powers only work when he's afraid.
  • Cassandra Truth: He comes across as paranoid, which results in Jessica and Malcolm not believing his claims. The fact taht he's an overweight man claiming to be superhumanly fast doesn't help him make his case.
  • Mythology Gag: He wears a yellow hoodie —a reference to his yellow costume in the comics— and his pet mongoose Emil is a reference to his origin, i.e. the mongoose blood transfusion that gave him his powers.
  • Super Speed: Though it only activates when he is scared.
  • Unexpected Character: Who would've expected a character from the "Golden Age Of Comic Books" mostly associated with The Invaders would get his MCU debut in Jessica Jones of all titles.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's abruptly killed by falling scaffolding while running away from Jessica.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He believes so as he has undergone Sanity Slippage due to being hunted down by Alisa.

    Will Simpson 
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    McManus 

McManus

Portrayed By: P.J. Griffith

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

A member of IGH's super soldier program and one of Kozlov's enforcers.


    Fortner 

Fortner

Portrayed By: Luke Lesko

Appearances: Jessica Jones (2015)

Another member of IGH's super soldier program and one of Kozlov's enforcers.


  • In the Back: Will Simpson shoots him while Fortner is trying to escape.
  • The Quiet One: Fortner remains silent while McManus is the one who does the talking.
  • Super Soldier: He's one of Kozlov's test subjects.

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