Appearances: Iron Fist, The Defenders (2017)
K'un-Lun is a mystical lost city located in a different dimension, which can be accessed in China. It is home to the Order of the Crane Mother.
- Adaptational Heroism: Of a sort; in the comics, K'un-Lun is quite conservative in its values, to the point women don't get names if they're not born into the higher class and for the most part, the only non-natives are the Rands and Orsen Randall, who only survived because the leadership basically adopted them. On top of this, the ruling class became very corrupt by the time Danny was Iron Fist. None of this is shown in the show's first season and only vaguely touched on in the second; for the most part, K'un-Lun is presented as completely righteous in its behaviour, with no signs of corruption or inequality.
- Adaptational Villainy: Conversely, the show Deconstructs the Proud Warrior Race Guy Training from Hell aspect of their culture, presenting it as barbaric and abusive, and as a result has caused a severe psychologically damaging effect on both Danny and Davosnote
- Arch-Enemy: To the malevolent cult of undead warriors known as the Hand.
- Challenging the Chief: According to Danny, challenging and being challenged for rank is the way of life in K'un-Lun.
- Demoted to Extra: On the whole, K'un-Lun is far less important to the present-day than it is in the comics. We only see very brief flashbacks to the city, and its seemingly destroyed by the Hand offscreen by the end of the first season.
- Emotion Suppression: The Order of the Crane Mother teaches its members to suppress their emotions in order to better combat the Hand. Obviously, this has done a number on Danny's anger over the death of his parents. Davos also showed some signs of cracking over Danny gaining the Iron Fist and abandoning K'un-Lun.
- To the society of Kamar-Taj. Both are cloistered secret societies that practice magic and martial arts, but differ strongly in their ideologies, methods, and attitudes towards the outside world. Kamar-Taj's purpose is to protect the world from mystical threats like Dormammu, while K'un-Lun is a borderline-fanatic enemy of the Hand, dedicated to solely protecting their own village. Kamar-Taj makes use of modern technology like tablets or the Internet and accepts newcomers, while K'un-Lun is isolated and archaic, with outsiders being a rare sight (this is at least somewhat justified, as K'un-Lun spends most of its time in another dimension). While Kamar-Taj teaches the mystic arts to all of its students, K'un-Lun has only a single mystically empowered champion (the Iron Fist).
- To the Chaste. While they're both sworn enemies of the Hand, the people of K'un Lun are content to allow the organization to run amok on the rest of the planet so long as their city remains safe. However, its revealed in The Defenders that the Chaste are actually servants of K'un-Lun, subverting this trope since they are on the same side.
- To Wakanda. Both are secretive lands that have isolated themselves from the outside world. However, outsiders aren't unwelcome to K'un Lun, them rarely being there is mostly due to K'un Lun residing in another dimension, while Wakanda very much rejects outsiders to protect their secrets. K'un Lun, a mysterious place of the mystical, after being left behind by their greatest defender, has an uncertain fate after being attacked, while Wakanda, the most technological advance country in the world has begun opening up themselves to the world at the besets of their king and greatest warrior.
- Good Is Not Nice: They might be sworn enemies of the Hand and dedicated to oppose them, but they are not kind people by a long shot, as characters from K'un-Lun introduced were shown to be fairly ruthless and hard-line knight templars.
- Hidden Elf Village: Its inhabitants live secluded from civilization and almost nobody else knows its existence. It's so obscure, no one even heard its legend.
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Invoked and justified; the city is in another dimension with a portal somewhere in the Himalayas and is where Danny learns Chinese martial arts, Tibetan mysticism, Edo-era Japanese Ronin Samurai traditions (ex: challenging a school master to try to get a position to teach), and Hindu meditative practices. Davos appears to be Indian. The Defenders (2017) further proves K'un L'un has a pretty diverse population since the "Five Fingers of the Hand" were revealed to be former citizens of K'un L'un. This includes Alexandra (European), Sowande (African), Bakuto (Latino), Gao (Chinese), and Murakami (Japanese). This is because they've been taking in strays for millennia; anyone who can aid in their battles with the Hand can achieve status in the city.
- Not So Different: Colleen accuses them of brainwashing Danny as if they were a cult just like the Hand.
- The Shangri-La: An outworldly city located somewhere in the far East where Danny gains his mystical power.
- Training from Hell: In order to be considered someone in this place, you must be put through the grinder to become a better warrior. If you fail, you will be subjected to beatings. Joy Meachum accurately describes this as abuse.
- Uncertain Doom: At the end of Iron Fist Season 1, Danny and Colleen discover that the city has vanished after being attacked by the Hand. In The Defenders, Elektra tells Danny that she had personally killed everyone in the city, but its unknown if she was telling the truth or merely provoking him.
- Vanishing Village: The city only appears once every fifteen years as it mostly resides in another dimension, which is why Danny disappeared as a child; he took shelter there after the plane crash that orphaned him, and this was his first opportunity to leave.
Order of the Crane Mother
The Iron Fists
Recent Iron Fists
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Past Iron Fists
Wu Ao-Shi / The Pirate Queen of Pinghai Bay
Portrayed By: N/A
Appearances: Iron Fist
The first Iron Fist, also known as the Pirate Queen of Pinghai Bay.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Her legend states tghat she defeated a pirate king to rescue her love and took over his ship. his place
- The Chosen One: As the Iron Fist, naturally.
- Our Founder: She was the first one to defeat Shou-Lao, becoming the first Iron Fist.
- Famous Ancestor: She may have been an ancestor of Colleen Wing.
- Forbidden Love: According to legend, she was in love with a fisherman, which, due to her status, was a huge issue.
- Posthumous Character: She's centuries dead by the time of Iron Fist.
- Warrior Princess: According to legend, she was a princess.
The Iron Fist (1948)
Portrayed By: Michael Lehr
Appearances: Iron Fist
Danny's predecessor, who appears in a video clip.
- Always Someone Better: Appears to have a greater mastery of the Iron Fist power than Danny, wielding it with both hands.
- The Chosen One: As the Iron Fist, naturally.
- Decomposite Character: In the comics, Danny's predecessor as Iron Fist is a man called Orson Randall. In the MCU, this Iron Fist is dead in the present, whereas Orson Randall is mentioned as a black market figure who owned the Iron Fist's corpse and is currently alive. Likewise, Orsen Randall's backstory of being the child of an industrialist who's plane crashed into the mountains and was adopted and raised by the leadership of K'un-Lun, is given to Danny in the show (in the comics, Danny's parents were hiking through the mountains with him when they died, and his father was intentionally trying to reach K'un-Lun).
- Dual Wielding: Of a sort. Unlike Danny, who can only use the Iron Fist with one hand, he seems capable of using both hands.
- Legacy Character: Only one of a long line of individuals to take up the mantle of the Iron Fist.
- One-Man Army: Takes out an entire battalion of Chinese soldiers single-handedly.
- Race Lift: Possibly. The timestamp (1948) makes him a dead ringer for Orson Randall, Danny's direct predecessor as Iron Fist and another white man; this Iron Fist's actor is of East Asian descent.
Lei-Kung the Thunderer
Portrayed By: Hoon Lee
Appearances: Iron Fist
Danny's mentor and sifu.
- Badass Baritone: Lei Kung speaks in a very thundering baritone.
- Big Good: He seems to be the primary force behind the defenses of K'un-Lun, and the Iron Fist defers to him in authority.
- Black and White Morality: Lei Kung believes in the utter destruction of the Hand, no matter the cost.
- Demoted to Extra: Along with the rest of K'un-Lun; Lei-Kung is probably the most prominent part of Danny's supporting cast from K'un-Lun, which means far more in the comics where K'un-Lun plays a bigger part.
- Good Is Not Nice: A cold and hard man despite fighting for the forces of good.
- Knight Templar: While he does not seem very evil, Lei Kung is fully convinced in the righteousness of K'un-Lun and the evil of the Hand and given his advice to Danny, admits no middle ground.
- Love Is a Weakness: One of his lessons to Danny is that emotions like grief and love are not suited for an Immortal Weapon.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In one episode Danny seems to imagine Lei-Kung's presence, being real enough to Danny that he converses with him even while nobody else can see him and thinks Danny is crazy. But Danny never exhibits these kind of hallucinations otherwise, and with a nickname like the Thunderer, it doesn't seem all that strange that perhaps Lei-Kung can make his presence felt over long distances.
- The Mentor: Was this to Danny and Davos, as well as numerous others.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Lei Kung the Thunderer does not sound like a very friendly name.
- Parental Substitute: Takes up this after finding Danny, whose parents both died at the plane crash. The mother of his own son outright calls Danny "his other son".
- Properly Paranoid: He advises Danny to be a walking ball of paranoia because the Iron Fist's enemies are everywhere. He's more or less correct, too.
- Red Baron: "The Thunderer".
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Particularly considering that the final test of his training is fighting a dragon.
- Stern Teacher: Lei Kung is very strict and very ruthless, but still righteous.
- The Stoic: He doesn't seem very open to demonstrating emotions either.
- Training from Hell: Subjects his students, such as Danny Rand, to this, although they still regard him with fondness.
A high-ranking member of the Order of the Crane Mother and mother of Davos.
- Abusive Parents: She beat Davos when he was a child to teach him to be undoubtedly merciless and was also verbally abusive towards him after he lost the duel for the right to face Shou-Lao.
- Hidden Depths: For all her cruel treatment of Davos, she's shown to regret her treatment of him but can't bring herself to demonstrate it when Davos tells her he's leaving K'un-Lun to go find Danny.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Is positively vicious towards Davos with her speech after he is defeated by Danny, and yet completely and accurately reads all the (debatably) weak excuses that are on her son's mind, flat-out (if harshly) telling him that's no good justification for losing in a fair match and acting like a Sore Loser.
- Knight Templar: Davos's Black and White Insanity is a result of Priya's upbringing.
- Second Place Is for Losers: She cruelly berates Davos after losing the duel with Danny, going as far as to say she'd rather be barren than give birth to a weak son.
An elder leader of the Order, holding the title of Yü-Ti
Portrayed By: Sacha Dhawan
Appearances: Iron Fist
The son of Lei-Kung and Danny's childhood friend.
- Adorkable: Has never had pizza before coming to New York, may or may not have a crush on Claire Temple, speaks like a D&D characters at times. Adorkable doesn't quite sum it up.
- Age Lift: In the comics, Davos was the Childhood Friend of Danny's father Wendall Rand, not Danny, who he's about twenty years older than, and his rivalry with Danny is a case of Revenge by Proxy.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Probably the most archetypal example of this in the MCU, and ticks virtually all the boxes for the trope. In season 2, he steals the Iron Fist, believing he is the worthy one, and then not only uses his combat skills to outright murder people (feeling he is helping to clean up crime), but starts a dojo with the intention of schooling disciples in these very same principles minus the actual Iron Fist itself, of course.
- Ax-Crazy: While initially partnering up with him, Joy and Walker both quickly come to the realization that Davos is dangerously unstable in his mission to claim the Iron Fist and carry out his crusade against injustice. What starts off as basic vigilantism against random Triad members quickly turns into a serial murder spree as he begins to indiscriminately kill insignificant chop-shop runners, pickpockets, and eventually even innocent people who simply wanted to stay out of having to pick a side.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Frequently, with Danny.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't have the power of the Iron Fist. Just the same training Danny received from Lei-Kung.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He steals the Fist from Danny in season 2 through a ritual.
- Bash Brothers: With Danny. They may disagree on almost everything, but there can be no denying that the two are deadly together.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Joy Meachum and Mary Walker for Iron Fist season 2. Though Davos becomes the bigger threat once he obtains the Iron Fist and both Joy and Mary break their ties with him.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Danny's Abel. They are not blood-related, but were raised in K'un-Lun together and regard each other as brothers.
- Childhood Friend: Danny's best friend growing up in K'un-Lun.
- The Chosen Wannabe: He wanted to be the Iron Fist, but he was not chosen.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Throughout the first two seasons he is never once referred to as the Steel Serpent, though the name is alluded to when he gets a serpent tattooed on his chest, insisting it be done with steel Tebori needles.
- Conflict Killer: Once he steals the Iron Fist from Danny, he starts killing Triads and Tongs left and right, which forces the two rival factions to put aside their differences in order to protect themselves from Davos. With Colleen's urging, this ultimately results in a permanent truce even after Davos has been stopped.
- The Cynic: Has seen just enough of the world to think it isn't worth saving.
- Deadpan Snarker: Wow, you're the worst Iron Fist ever.
- Dual Wielding: Like the 1948 Iron Fist, Davos is able to use the fist with both hands after he gains it in season 2.
- Evil Brit: He's from K'un-Lun, and Sacha Dhawan uses his natural British accent. He's half-Indian by his mother's side, and India used to be a British colony, so it's not too strange.
- Evil Costume Switch: In Season Two, he's introduced wearing a suit instead of the old shirt he wore while trying to get Danny to come back to K'un-Lun.
- Expy: Very easy to compare to Mordo from Doctor Strange. Both are the hero's Arch-Enemy in the source material, but made into the hero's allies when they debut in the MCU. However both come to question the hero's irresponsibility and unorthodox methods, before eventually turning on the hero and being built up to be the next villain they face.
- FaceHeel Turn: In the end of season 1, he decides to kill Danny for abandoning K'un-Lun and jealousy he had gotten the Iron Fist instead of him.
- To Trish Walker. Both grew up with a Defender (Danny Rand and Jessica Jones respectively) whom their family adopts, were best friends with them but grew envious of their superpowers and wanted superpowers themselves. However, Trish wanted to find the person gave Jessica her powers so he can give her powers in her desire to become just like Jessica, while Davos wanted to steal Danny's powers because he believes himself to be more deserving of them.[[note]] Then again, the methods which Trish employed to get them were no less selfish or traitorous. While the process of getting powers seemed like it failed for Trish she does them later on, while the process to steal the Iron Fist from Danny proved to be successful for Davos, he would loose the Iron Fist leaving him powerless once more.
- To the Punisher as well. Both start out as extremists with a purpose to "cleanse" New-York by way of killing criminal gang members, both attack the vigilante hero and give a speech how the "no kill" method does not work. The difference is that Frank Castle doesn't kill innocent bystanders and petty criminals whereas Davos jumps off the slippery slope pretty fast.
- Good Is Not Nice: "I'm not sure this world is worth fighting for." Plus, he frequently acts like an all-around prick.
- Green-Eyed Monster: "The Iron Fist was my birthright... You took that from me."
- Does Not Like Spam: Has nothing but contempt for food in the world outside K'un-L'un and isn't afraid to say so. When Claire introduces him to New York pizza though, he admits it to be "not horrible."
- Instant Expert: After stealing the Iron Fist from Danny he has no problems learning how to summon it at will, despite Danny requiring an entire season plus The Defenders (2017) to do the same. Considering his fanatical obsession, this is justified.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Danny did vow to protect K'un-Lun as the Iron Fist, a promise that he broke without a word when he ran off to New York. The Wham Shot at the end showing that the city has vanished after being attacked by the Hand proves that he was justified in constantly chewing Danny out over this.
- Knight Templar: Like Lei Kung, he only sees the Hand as a mortal enemy of K'un-Lun that must be destroyed and has no compunctions about killing any members he runs across.
- In season two, after stealing the Iron Fist from Danny, he decides to use its power to cut a bloody swathe through the Triads as he believes it's the best way to prove himself as a righteous warrior.
- The Lancer: Danny's polar opposite in many ways, but also among the people he trusts most and basically his right-hand man in the mission against the Hand.
- That Man Is Dead: How Davos justifies his motivation to kill Danny.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Inside the dojo, he and Danny were the pinnacles of discipline as children. They were quick to get into mischief once outside of it: stealing sacred wine, recklessly driving their shared donkey cart, and trying to catch glimpses of the girls in their village bathing. This is seemingly averted in his adult life, though.
- Muggle Best Friend: Well, comparatively. Danny Rand is the vaunted and legendary Iron Fist, while Davos... is just Davos. However, he is still a powerful and skilled warrior of K'un-Lun.
- My Beloved Smother: His mother arguably caused most of his adult issues.
- No Social Skills: Is noticeably more prickly than Danny. His Establishing Character Moment is bumping into Harold Meachum and giving him a dirty look instead of an apology.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: When Davos steals the Iron Fist from Danny, his crusade against evil becomes less motivated by the upholding of principles taught in K'un-Lun than just proving he is better than Danny.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Literally every scene he does something alongside Danny has someone greet them with something to the effect "Ah, the Immortal Iron Fist! And... who are you?" despite the fact Davos is a brilliant martial artist and skilled warrior. This feeds into his envy.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Davos is rather noticeably shorter then Danny and most of the cast for that matter. In Season 2 Ward lampshades this by lowering his hand close to the ground when referencing to him.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Davos doesn't really... get how the world works, or people for that matter. Unlike Danny, who makes an active effort to learn and understand, Davos lashes out violently against something he doesn't understand. In fact, he doesn't even make the effort to understand - it's either his way, or a violent and gruesome death.
- Race Lift: Comics Davos looks East Asian while his MCU counterpart is played by a British actor of Indian descent. This is interesting, considering how the other native inhabitants of MCU K'un Lun are shown to look East Asian. Season 2 confirms his mother was Indian.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Danny's red. Far more reserved and stoic than his friend.
- Shadow Archetype: To Danny. Both were candidates to become the Iron Fist, but Davos wasn't chosen. Their ideologies are also very different with Danny wanting more than the simple existence in K'un Lun, while Davos is fiercely loyal to the Iron Fist's duties. Danny dislikes killing even when it's his enemies, while Davos unhesitatingly does so as his first approach.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Aside from a brief glance at the back of his head, he appeared in none of the trailers. His appearance was so spontaneous, some people started mistaking him for Bullseye.
- Skilled, but Naïve: The way he attempted to murder Bakuto implies that he, and perhaps even a large amount to K'un Lun's citizenry, are unaware that the only way to truly kill a high-ranking member of the Hand is to decapitate them.
- The Stoic: Much better at restraining and repressing his emotions than Danny.
- Straight Edge Evil/The Teetotaler: In Season 2 he tells Joy that he doesn't drink alcohol and that he regulates his diet to keep his body in top condition.
- Thug Dojo: He starts one in season 2, mostly made up of members of Ryhno's gang.
- Training from Hell: Subjected to this, but the Thunderer wasn't nearly as much of a jerk as Stick, so he looks back on his lessons with more fondness.
- Troll: Makes throwing stars just to throw them at the wall near a guy's head for no discernible reason other than shits and giggles. Notice that the guy is bound, gagged, and clearly terrified for his life. On the side of good or not, Davos is a real asshole. There's also his rather mischievous behavior growing up, at least based on what Danny has to say about it.
- Villainous Breakdown: At the end of Season Two, when Colleen takes the Iron Fist from him, he's reduced to a screaming wreck who blindly rushes at Danny and Colleen, begging them to end him.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Although he won't admit it his real grudge is with his father Lei-Kung, not with Danny. He wanted his father's approval but during the fight to decide who would become the Iron Fist, Lei-Kung prematurely ended the match in Danny's favor, apparently to protect Davos (and even then it's debatable whether Lei-Kung made the right call). It's even worse with his mother, who tears him apart (emotionally) after he fails to beat Danny.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is very brutal and harsh, but only because he genuinely thinks wiping out the entirety of the Hand will keep his home and people safe.
Other residents of Kun'Lun
Appearances: Iron Fist | The Defenders (2017)note
A mythical dragon dwelling in a cave in K'un-Lun. Every generation, one person from K'un-Lun is chosen to face Shou-Lao to gain the power of the Iron Fist.
- The Ghost: Doesn't actually appear in the series proper, other than his eyes from when Danny had a flashback. There is also the implication that it wasn't really Shou-Lao's eyes, but a vision of the future that Danny saw.
- Living MacGuffin: Control of Shou-Lao is actually the endgame the Hand's war with K'un-Lun: the founders of the Hand were exiled from K'un-Lun because they discovered that Dragon bones can be used to achieve Resurrective Immortality. The Hand's ultimate goal is to return to K'un-Lun and acquire Shou-Lao, which would give them an infinite supply of dragon bones.
- Our Dragons Are Different: He's the power source of the Iron Fist.
- Red Baron: Known as "Shou-Lao the Undying".
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes. They're his only visible feature.
- Resurrective Immortality: The person who kills him becomes the Iron Fist. When they die, he is reborn and lives until it's time for the next Iron Fist to be chosen.