Appearances: Daredevil (2015) | The Defenders (2017)
A clan of warriors formed centuries ago when the Hand's leaders were expelled from K'un-Lun, swept across Asia killing all who stood in their way. A single boy who survived the massacre of his village managed to slay many members of the Hand and he became known as the Chaste, whom the organization was later named after. In Daredevil Season 1, their presence is hinted when Stick travels to New York in search of something known as the Black Sky, which is highly sought by their enemies. In the following season, their background and role are fully unveiled.
- Arc Welding/Connected All Along: The Defenders reveals The Chaste serves the Order of the Crane Mother, actively fighting the Hand while the Iron Fist defends the city of K'un-lun.
- Ancient Tradition: They have operated in secret for centuries.
- Child Soldiers: They recruit and train prepubescent boys and girls. This also prevents its members from developing personal attachments.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: By The Defenders, all of its members have been wiped out, except for Stick, and he dies towards the end too. Unless Stick was mistaken or someone decides to rebuild it (which is unlikely), it's the end of the Chaste.
- Foil: To K'un-L'un. Both factions are sworn enemies of the Hand and are absolutely ruthless in their methods. The difference is that the Chaste are far more proactive in hindering their enemy's plans, while K'un-L'un is content to sit back and let the Hand overrun the world as long as they leave them alone. Later subverted when it's revealed they're the foot soldiers of K'un-Lun.
- Good Is Not Nice: Their training is brutal and they are willing and expected to carry out assassinations, but are ostensibly on the side of good.
- McNinja: Their fighting styles are ninja-like, and they are multi-racial.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Some of the members' name appear to be just a nickname, such as Stick, Stone, Star, and Shaft.
- Secret War: Involved in one with the Hand.
- The Spartan Way: Apart from the brutal training, they are expected to sever and avoid personal or sentimental attachments and devote entirely to the fight against the Hand.
Leaders and Trainers
Portrayed By: Scott Glenn
Voiced By: Paulo Castro (Latin-America Chilean Spanish dub)
Appearances: Daredevil | The Defenders
- "You gonna spend your life crying and rocking yourself to sleep at night? Or are you gonna dig deep and find out what it takes to reshuffle those cards life dealt you?"
A blind man who trained a young Matt Murdock to fight after realizing the boy has Super Senses. He is a key leader of The Chaste, and as such has been spearheading the war against The Hand for many, many years. Also served as somewhat of a foster father to Elektra.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Stick in the comics, for all his rough talk and behavior, believed in the sanctity of human life and only killed when necessary. This Stick advocates killing as a matter of course, and even tries to kill Iron Fist at one point as he knew the Hand needed him for a purpose.
- Affectionate Nickname: As much as an asshole that he is, Stick does care a great deal about Matt and Elektra and calls the both of them, Matty and Ellie respectfully.
- An Arm and a Leg: In The Defenders, he chops off his hand in order to escape The Hand.
- Arch-Enemy: To Alexandra. The two have been waging war for a very long time and have a very personal animosity. Alexandra taking his surrogate daughter Elektra and turning her into the Black Sky is just the icing on the cake.
- Badass Baritone: A superb fighter and assassin with a deep voice.
- Badass Normal: A master fighter in a world of superhumans. He doesn't even have the chemicals that enhanced Matt's other senses, but he's still taking Matt to school in the main narrative. And according to him, he was killing immortal Hand ninja as a child while armed with nothing but a knife and pure rage. Of note, he was able to get the upper hand on the resurrected and superpowered Elektra, with one hand, and only lost the fight because he hesitated when he had her at his mercy.
- Big Good: He's a lead authority figure for the Chaste, the one organization that has kept the Hand at bay. He also acts as a wise mentor/Nick Fury type character for the Defenders, informing them off their purpose.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Matt notes that his sense of morality is strange. For instance, befriending a nurse that can be both The Medic and a Secret Keeper is bad because relationships of any kind are weakness; cotton sheets feeling like sandpaper is good because it keeps the sleeper tough.
- Broken Pedestal: Between abandoning him and his contrasting world view it'd be an understatement to say Matt no longer looks up to him.
- Character Death: Is killed by Elektra in Episode 6 of Defenders.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His own incredible physical abilities and those he passed on to Matt were entirely gained through training, unlike Matt, who was seeminlgy mutated by the chemicals that blinded him. And he's been killing the Hand since he was a child.
- Child Soldiers: Every trope that applies to Stick's interactions with Matt, applies to Elektra as well. Matt even accuses Stick as being a Cult leader that picks up lost and hurt children to train them in his made up war.
- Composite Character: Uses the general attitude of the comics version of Stick, but the weapon and attitude toward killing of Master Izo, a similar character who is also a sensei to Matt Murdock and associated with the Chaste. The combination make for a significantly darker take on the character. (In the comics, Stick is a foul-mouthed, abusive asshole, but he believes that all life is sacred and considers the loss of even one life, no matter whom, to be a tragedy. Not that this stops him when he deems it necessary.)
- Cool Old Guy: Said by his actor to be in his late 90s but still has the strength of a man in his 20s.
- Cryptic Conversation: Much to Matt's annoyance, Stick can never seem to be clear when he talks about the "oncoming war".
- Cynical Mentor: He is upfront in letting his student know that the world is unfair and dangerous, and certainly doesn't mollycoddle Matt despite his youth.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was a petty crook in his youth and spent some time in jail (and points out how being blind made it even worse), before the Chaste took him in.
- Deadpan Snarker: Oh yes.Young!Matt: (Sensing a woman on a date) Her skin's too hot, Her heart's beating fast. Is she sick?
Stick: Worse. She's in love.Sowande: That army you used to fight alongside...the Chaste. They captured me once. This was years ago. Long before you were born. I had been captive three days when they heard my soldiers approach. The fortress fell silent. The gate remained locked. The Chaste couldnt comprehend it, but the soldiers outside, they were following my orders. They sealed the gates, allowed no one in or out. On the third day, your soldiers turned on each other. By the fourth, theyd run out of water. By the sixth, no food. I believe it was the tenth day when they knelt before me. Begging to make it stop.
Stick: Well...if I kneel before you right now, shithead, will you shut up?
- Death by Disfigurement: He loses one of his hands in Defenders and is killed in it too.
- Determinator: The other thing Stick shares with Matt, after teaching Murdock to use his Super Senses. After Matt stops him from killing the Black Sky, Stick tracks the boy down and finishes the job off screen. An ancient blind man with a bow and arrow manages to catch up with a caravan of automobiles on foot and assassinates a human weapon being guarded by half a dozen yakuza with machine guns. Then he escapes without a scratch.
- Establishing Character Moment: Maiming, coldly threatening and subsequently beheading a Yakuza boss all while complaining he's a disgrace for his weakness. That's how we first meet Stick.
- Fake Guest Star: He's more or less a member of the Defenders in all but name. He's with them one episode after the Defenders first meet, continues fighting alongside them and guiding them all the way until his death. The only reason he isn't an official Defender is because he didn't have his own show and backstory to build up until The Defenders.
- Fatal Flaw: His all-or-nothing attitude is repeatedly shown to be so detrimental to his mission and his well-being that it's basically self-destructive. Best shown when the Hand captured him, he resorted to cutting off his right hand at the wrist to escape. This action was not only rash but rather unnecessary, as breaking - or, more drastically, cutting off - his thumb would have allowed him to escape and not risk shock or blood lose or, y'know, lose a limb. This bites him in the ass later when he faces a brainwashed Elektra, and he doesn't have his other hand to rely on.
- Granted, he had very little time to attempt either of those maneuvers as he would have died before then. And anyway, it is not this act that gets him killed, but ultimately his compassion.
- Fingore: After being captured by the Hand members, he is tortured by having little bamboo sticks being shoved under his fingernails.
- Foil: To Nick Fury. Both serve as mentors to their respective Super Teams, both have eyesight disabilities, both are in charge of organizations that directly fight the main villainous force (SHIELD for Nick Fury, The Chaste for Stick), and both have resorted to morally questionable means. Nick Fury personally visits and recruits the Avengers one by one, while Stick only had history with one of the Defenders. Nick inspires the Avengers to be heroes by reaching for their inner goodness, while Stick pushes them to be hardened soldiers who must do what is necessary to fight a war.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's crass, caustic, and brutally honest to offensive levels. And those are his good points. But you'll never find a stauncher ally against the forces of evil.
- Graceful Loser: Once Matt manages to inflict a significant amount of damage on him, he backs down and grins, commenting maybe Matt isn't entirely lost yet.
- Handicapped Badass: He is blind, and unlike Matt he was born that way, using it to show him there are some people less lucky than he. He later loses a hand in The Defenders and is still capable of putting up one hell of a fight, including getting the upper hand on the resurrected and superpowered Elektra.
- Hero of Another Story: He's been traveling the world killing bad guys linked to some mysterious plot involving the Black Sky.
- Hyper-Awareness: He has the same degree of awareness as Matt only without Matt's Super Senses.
- Hypocrite: For all his talk to Matt about severing emotional attachments because they make a person, Stick lets his fondness for Elektra get the better of him, and his hesitation when she comes to capture Danny allows her to kill him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Elektra finishes him off with her sword.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: A blind archer is going to have these by default, and it's best displayed when he ricochets a bottle cap around the room and into the bin. He's also incredibly capable with a crossbow while in a moving car, killing a Hand ninja while shooting ''behind'' him.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Strongly believes in averting this trope, and teaches Matt to do the same.
- Jerkass: He really is quite an asshole, and even Matt can barely stand him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Broke off training with Matt when Matt gave him a bracelet he made, showing that Matt was growing too attached. When he turned up 20 years later, he and Matt got into a fight and trashed Matt's apartment. After Stick left, Matt found the bracelet in the wreckage, showing that Stick had carried the bracelet around for all those years and that the feeling was mutual after all. He also seemed to sound impressed with the whole fight before leaving.
- Comes up again in The Defenders. For all his talk that Elektra wasn't Elektra anymore and needed to be killed, he hesitated when he had her at his mercy. This gets him killed.
- Katanas Are Just Better: His Establishing Character Moment has him cleanly cutting off a man's hand and head with his katana.
- Knight in Sour Armor: You will not find a savior with less faith in humanity than Stick.
- Knight Templar: He's dedicated to a his own cause on behalf of an order, with talk of an upcoming ominous war and the need for soldiers.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: He cuts off his right hand to escape Alexandra's imprisonment.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Doesn't really seem bothered by the loss of his hand at all. Jessica's a little unnerved by this.
- Master of Your Domain: uses meditation to heal injuries and live longer than he has any right to.
- McNinja: A Caucasian martial arts expert and stealthy assassin.
- Mentor Archetype: A grizzled fighter who trains Matt from a young age to use his gifts.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Elektra ends up killing Stick.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Killing is often his first answer to most problems, which puts him at odds with Matt a lot. He comes to the conclusion that killing Danny is the only way to keep the Hand from using him and the Iron Fist to achieve their goals. He also thinks that the resurrected Elektra can't be saved and must be put down. To his credit, his hesitation to kill Elektra when he gets the chance to do so ends up getting him killed.
- No Name Given: Everyone just calls him "Stick", even the show credits.
- Older Than They Look: According to Scott Glenn, Stick is in his late 90s yet has the strength and physicality of a twenty two year old.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Just call me... Stick," he says when he talks with Matt. And true to his words, everyone does.
- The Order: Stick belongs to the Chaste, an order of warriors dedicated to stop the Hand and had waged a long war against them.
- Papa Wolf: While he has a bad way of showing it, he is extremely protective of both Matt and Elektra. When a Chaste member realizes what Elektra is and says she needs to be killed, Stick kills him instead.
- Parental Substitute: Unwittingly becomes one to Matt. When he finds out about this, he leaves because it interferes with his spartan method of teachings. He was also one to Elektra too, only much nicer to her than he was to Matt.
- Pet the Dog: When he and young Matt started having genuine affection for each other, he decided to stop training Matt to be one of the Chaste and leave him to grow up semi-normally.
- Stick displays some genuinely fatherly affection towards Elektra when she is a child. He is the only one among the Chaste to show her kindness, while everyone else fears and is repulsed by her due to Elektra being a Black Sky. After she kills one of the students in self-defense, the Chaste sentences her to die and Stick saves her by delivering her to a wealthy Greek couple to keep her safe. Unfortunately, his hesitation to kill her after she's brought back by the Hand leads to her killing him instead.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: It's entirely possible that he was always an asshole and just happened to eventually become a senior. Either way, he's full of vicious insults, cynicism and obscenities.
- Shadow Archetype: By the end of his self-titled episode, it's clear that he's what Matt is afraid of becoming; a pure soldier with no trace of humanity.
- Sherlock Scan: Best demonstrated when he deduces the contents of an ice cream right down to how many different dairies the milk came from and the habits of the guy who sold it to them, and he teaches Matt to do the same.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: He doesn't go easy on Matt - what we see of his training could qualify it as Training from Hell. To his credit, Matt adapts quickly to his style.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: A significant number of his lines contain the word "shit" or "asshole" in some way.Stick: (to Sowande after a Breaking Speech) Well...if I kneel before you right now, shithead, will you shut up?Stick: (moments after revealing he serves the Iron Fist) Because, this one, the immortal Iron Fist, living weapon and protector of the ancient city, is still a thundering dumbass.
- Sole Survivor: Stick claims that by "The Defenders" all the members of The Chaste are dead, except for him. Then he also dies by the end of the miniseries.
- So Proud of You: In Season 2, he tells this to Matt after learning how to detect the Hand ninjas with their breathing and managing to save him just in time.
- The Spartan Way: He's a believer in this, and even stopped training Matt when the kid started looking at him as more than a combat instructor. He even mentions the Spartans when criticizing Matt's current life.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: He employs a bow and arrow when he needs to kill someone from a distance.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of Season 2, his relationship with Matt improved after working together to bring down the Hand in New York.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's every bit the remorseless killer for his cause that Matt isn't.
- Would Hurt a Child: Indeed, he would. In fact, he would kill one.
Portrayed By: Jasson Finney, David Sobolov (voice)
Appearances: Daredevil (2015)
- "Will he be ready when the doors open?"
Another member of the Chaste, working with Stick.
- Adaptational Badass: Is traditionally Stick's second-in-command in the comics, but his single appearance implies him being senior in this incarnation.
- Badass Baritone: Due to being voiced by David Sobolov, whose voice is deep enough to voice talking gorillas.
- Covered in Scars: His back is a road map of old wounds.
- The Unreveal: His face is never shown onscreen.
- What Happened to the Mouse?? Shows up at the end of the seventh episode of the first season of Daredevil; is never seen or even heard from again. In The Defenders, Stick claims that all the Chaste aside from himself are dead, meaning it's possible he was Killed Offscreen.
Portrayed By: Laurence Mason
Appearances: Daredevil (2015)
A member of the Chaste who helped Stick oversee Elektra's training.
Warriors and Operatives
- See the The Five Fingers page
Portrayed By: Gilles Marini
Appearances: Daredevil (2015)
An agent of the Chaste sent to kill Elektra after she goes rogue.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Fights Elektra in a suit.
- Canon Foreigner: There's no Jacques Duchamps in the comics.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed with his own sais.
- Honor Before Reason: Chooses to fight Elektra head on instead of stabbing her in the back when he has the chance.
- Race Name Basis: Other Chaste members call him the Frenchman.
- Sai Guy: Uses them against Elektra, who takes them after she kills him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Has Elektra convinced that he's just some rich French guy looking for a girlfriend. Instead of taking her off somewhere and killing her when she doesn't expect it, he ANNOUNCES that he knows who she is and that he's there to kill her. This ends predictably for him.
- Villain Ball: Despite having all but seduced her already, he decides to reveal to Elektra who he is and that he is going to kill her, which ends in his own death.
Portrayed By: Ben Thompson
A member of the Chaste operating in New York under Stick's guidance.
- Almost Dead Guy: He's mortally injured by Elektra but manages live long enough to to drive and crash outside Matt Murdock's apartment.
- Canon Foreigner: There's no member of the Chaste named Quinn in the mainstream Marvel Comics.
- Those Two Guys: He appears alongside a nameless member of the Chaste who perishes alongside him.
Portrayed By: Marko Zaror
Appearances: The Defenders
A member of the Chaste operating in Cambodia.