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The Five Fingers of the Hand

Appearances: Daredevil | Iron Fist | The Defenders

The five founders of the Hand. Originally members of the Order of the Crane Mother and residents of K'un-Lun, they betrayed the order in their search for immortality.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the comics they are known as Daimyos, as the Hand is mostly led by Japanese nationals.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: In the MCU, they are former inhabitants of K'un-Lun and members of the Order of the Crane Mother. In the comics, the Daimyos have no link to either.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Together, they serve as the main antagonists of The Defenders.
  • Canon Foreigner: With the exception of Bakuto, all of them are completely original to the MCU.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: They run the Hand as equals - though Alexandra holds a position of Primus Inter Pares among them - and belong to different ethnicities: a Japanese man (Murakami), a Chinese woman (Gao), an African man (Sowande), an Ambiguously Brown man portrayed by a Latin American actor (Bakuto), and a Caucasian woman (Alexandra)
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Averted. After Murakami's faction is all but destroyed in Season 2 of Daredevil, Gao and Bakuto begin a war over whose faction rules over New York and this rivalry affects their actions in The Defenders (2017).
    • Played more straight With the death of Sowande. When Sowande's head is sent to the other fingers, they are visibly distraught. While Alexandra tries to bush it off since, in the past, they have made attempts to impede one another and possibly kill each other, the rather quick and dismissive way she delivers her repsonce makes it seem like she's trying to move through the issue quickly without dwelling on it. It may simply be that his death reminds her of her own fate with her body quickly breaking down but one should keep in mind that these guys have been together for hundreds if not thousands of years while sharing the same homeland. As twisted and messed up as the situation is, no one else can understand them because no one else has been through what they have. The loss of Kung'Lun which they desperately long to return to, feeling the weight of centuries while the world begins to drastically change around them. The only constants in their likes are each other an suddenly one is now gone forever. It's seems that they do have a bond that's like family..just a really messed up version of evil is one big happy, several dysfunctional family.
  • Immortals Fear Death: Their main drive is to ensure their supply of dragon bones, which they use to concoct "the Substance" that makes them immortal and is used for resurrection in case they are killed.
  • It's All About Me: They insist that they have vaguely benevolent motives and that their true purpose is to serve the cause of "life itself", but in practice what they mean by this is that they are simply afraid of death and they, personally, want to live forever , and they don't care how many people they have to kill to achieve this. Quite possibly they rationalise their actions by thinking that since they are the oldest human beings on the planet (so far as they know at least), they are the only "life" that truly matters.
  • Off with His Head!: Decapitation is the only way to actually kill them.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The five are extremely old, as a result of achieving Resurrective Immortality through their use of "the Substance".
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The fingers seem to only tolerate each other at best and they have spent untold number of years trying to murder each other. Murakami is very critical of pretty much every decision Alexandra makes as the Hand's leader, while Gao and Bakuto had a bitter rivalry between each other during the events of Iron Fist. Nonetheless by the time of The Defenders all of the members are forced to work together in order to get more of the Substance and fight the Defenders.
  • There's No Place Like Home: The Fingers all came from K'un-Lun originally and their stated desire in The Defenders (2017) is to eventually return home. Many of them show a fondness for their place of origin and long to return.
  • With Friends Like These...: Aside from the Chaste it seems like the biggest threat to the organisation is, ironically, its own members. According to Alexandra, the other Fingers have tried multiple times to usurp power from her and skirmish's between factions are common. After Sowande is killed Alexandra brushes off his death and points out that there was little love lost between members, and they are all expandable.



"The more connections you have, the easier it will be to break you."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Sigourney Weaver

Appearances: The Defenders

"It's just a city. You'll get used to watching them fall."

The ringleader of the Hand, who oversees the entirety of the Hand's operations in New York City.

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Bears a number of similarities to Ra's Al-Ghul. The technically immortal leader of an ancient organization of assassins with untold influence, depends on a mystical substance to preserve their immortality, and exerts some kind of control over a hero's love interest (Elektra for Alexandra, and Talia for Ra's).
  • Arch-Enemy: To Stick. Being the leaders of the two opposing organizations at war. They know each other well enough to refer to each other by name and have been at it for a very long time.
  • Big Bad: She serves this role for the events of The Defenders, and is the overarching villain behind most of the events in Daredevil and Iron Fist. Ultimately, she's killed in the sixth episode of The Defenders and Elektra takes her place as leader of the Hand.
  • Canon Foreigner: Alexandra is a completely original character brought in for the Netflix series, along with most of the Hand's leadership.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: Her very first scene is being told she only has months or even weeks to live. She is in fact centuries old, but The Substance that keeps her alive has largely run out, and she is hoping to cheat death again by finding more of it under New York.
  • Decomposite Character: In the comics, Nobu is the one behind the Hand's creation. In the Netflix shows, Nobu is a lieutenant of Murakami's while Alexandra is portrayed as the group's ancient founder and leader.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: She's killed by Elektra in episode six, leaving the heroes to battle her and the three surviving Fingers in the final act.
  • The Dreaded: Kinda. Madame Gao is seemingly fearful of her, but it's just an act and all of the other members of the Hand make it clear that they're willing to challenge her rule.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Two in her introduction episode; the first shows that she is dying and the second is a conversation with Gao, who can only be described as servile and scared, much in the way Fisk was when dealing with Gao herself.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Her company Midland Circle assists the Hand in Season 2 of Daredevil. She also has a deal going with Rand Enterprises in Iron Fist.
  • Evil Counterpart: Just like Danny, she's a Westerner that gained a considerable amount of influence over an ancient, mystical organization and lives as a powerful resident of New York City in the present.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She claimed that she once had a daughter who passed away long ago with K'un-Lun being unable to save her. She clearly views Elektra as some sort of daughter substitute, though she insists that if Elektra proved to be a failure or disloyal, she wouldn't hesitate to kill her.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Tries to keep Elektra under her thumb by raising her as a surrogate daughter and even implying that she'll kill her if she's ineffective in her role. Elektra kills her and ousts her as leader of the Hand instead.
  • Exposition of Immortality: Alexandra reminisces about the distant past a lot in The Defenders such as the time when Manhattan was a forest before being urbanized and visiting Constantinople before becoming renamed Istanbul.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her absolute fear of death is her motivation for hastening carefully laid out plans into a wild west shooting gallery.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For the Hand arcs of Daredevil and Iron Fist. While Nobu, Madame Gao, and Bakuto were part of the Big Bad Ensembles of those shows, they were all reporting to Alexandra, who leads the Hand as a "first among equals" with regards to the other four "Fingers". The building built by Nobu becomes the headquarters of Alexandra's front company Midland Circle Financials.
  • I Have Many Names: According to Stick, Alexandra is simply the identity she's taken up in the current era. Based on the documents Jessica manages to find at the New York City archive of public records, she's been through many names since 1820, and has resided in Manhattan since around the time the Dutch colonized the island. Though she's always stuck to first names that start with the letter 'A'.
  • Ill Girl: Her first scene in Defenders is her visiting a hospital where they tell her she has months at best left of her life.
  • Immortals Fear Death: It was what kicked off the events of The Defenders in the first place. When her immortality started fading and leaving only few months or even weeks to live, her desperation to live led to her rushing the search for the dragon bones just to prolong her existence, provoking the earthquake in Manhattan that led to the heroes teaming up.
  • Informed Ability: She is described as being extremely dangerous to fight, but ultimately the only thing she does in direct combat is disabling Elektra after she is resurrected. Most of her threat comes instead from her connections, knowledge, manipulation skills, and her willingness to go to extreme lengths to get what she wants. This could be justified in that, as noted above, she's terrified of dying for good and her body was already on the verge of giving out with the doctor that examined her saying many of her vital organs were close to failing. Given her situation and the fact that without her they may not be able to get the substance needed to resurrect her should she die or that the other fingers might leave her dead to take her postion and consolidate their power, she would most likely try to avoid any physical confrontation at all cost.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Elektra impales and decapitates her in the midst of speaking to the other three Fingers.
  • Minored in Ass-Kicking: Although her medical condition has taken its toll on her abilities as a fighter, she was at one point at least capable enough to disable a wary Elektra.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: She never gets physical with the heroes. This is her Fatal Flaw that her subordinates repeatedly point out. Murakami mocks her for not liking to get her fingers dirty and Gao praises only her skill as a manipulator and deal-maker. This leads to much discontent within the Hand ranks, and she is quickly killed by Elektra when she regains her memories and her violent impulses as the Black Sky. Her disabling a wary and recently resurrected Elektra shows that, at one point, she was a skilled or at least capable hand-to-hand fighter, but her medical condition has eroded even that away.
  • Off with Her Head!: As with all of the other high-ranking Hand members, she can only be killed by decapitation. After being mortally stabbed by Elektra, she's then beheaded to finish the deed.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The reason she knows so much about ancient civilizations is because she was there when they existed.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Marco Ramirez describes her (or rather, Weaver) as "the kind of person you can buy as the smartest person in the room, who you can also buy as a person holding a flamethrower."
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Killed mid-conversation by Elektra.
  • Theme Naming: All of her known aliases are names that begin with "A".
  • The Unfought: Never fights any of the Defenders, and with her death, we'll never know how skilled she was.
  • Wicked Cultured: She's shown to have a refined taste and knowledge in many areas, such as cuisine, art, and music.
  • Woman in White: Tends to wear white outfits in scenes. Note that white is a color associated with death in some Asian cultures. This aspect is later emphasized when she's stabbed in the back by Elektra.

    Madame Gao 

Madame Gao
"It is the clever man who plays the fool. And a foolish woman who does not recognize it."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Wai Ching Ho

Appearances: Daredevil (2015) | Iron Fist | The Defenders (2017)

"Man cannot be both savior and oppressor, light and shadow. One has to be sacrificed for the other. Choose and choose wisely. Or others shall choose for you."

The second Finger, Madame Gao runs a faction of the Hand under the guise of being a member of the Chinese Triads. She runs the drug trade in Hell's Kitchen, primarily dealing in heroin with the assistance of Wilson Fisk and Harold Meachum. She's also known for using the blind as couriers and workers. Though appearing to be a frail old woman, she is in fact the most feared of the crime bosses, with the others clearly terrified of crossing her.

  • Ambiguously Human: She's capable of knocking Matt on his behind in one hit, claims to speak "all" languages, and obliquely mentions to Owlsley that she's from "far away". The Steel Serpent markings on her heroin give a good indication as to where she's from. During Iron Fist, she confirms she is from K'un-Lun.
  • Bad Boss: She has no problem mutilating or murdering underlings for minor transgressions and failings, ruling by fear motivating them not to fail her.
  • Badass Boast: She claims to be several centuries old and fluent in all languages, among others.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: When Owlsley asks if she killed Wesley, she honestly says she didn't, because he treated her with respect, and seems genuinely appalled by the idea.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Of Iron Fist Season 1, along with Bakuto and Harold Meachum. Of the three, she's the most dangerous, and controls the Hand's influence in Rand Enterprises. She also supplied the poison Harold used to kill the pilots of the Rands' plane.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In Chinese her name can translate to "tall" or "high", which matches her position of authority.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As she comments to Fisk, she's fully aware of how odd her somewhat mystical trappings make her seem to others, which sometimes lets them underestimate her as a shrewd, intelligent businesswoman.
    Gao: [mockingly, in Mandarin] Did I divine the location [of your penthouse] from bones and spells, chanted beneath the moonlight? No. I discovered it because you have grown sloppy. [clicks tongue] And emotional.
  • The Bus Came Back: After leaving New York in the later half of Daredevil Season 1, she returns in season 2, now competing with "The Blacksmith" for control of the New York heroin trade.
  • Break Them by Talking: It's a bad idea for any one person to be alone in a room with her, as she will use words to get in their heads and target their sensitive areas.
  • Canon Foreigner: There may be inspirations from existing characters, but there is no character in the comics who goes by the name Madame Gao.
  • Clairvoyance: Has some level of this. Several times she is aware of hidden people around her location before she should, and later in the season she communicates with Danny through a one-way video feed, instantly knowing he's watching and can somehow hear what he's saying.
  • Connected All Along: Iron Fist reveals that she is actually part of the Hand, a connection never mentioned or even implied in either her or the Hand's previous appearances, even when they had shared scenes.
  • Cult: She claims that the blind heroin workers willingly serve her through faith, and that they blinded themselves in the name of faith. And said cult is part of the Hand.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Her heroin can be administered via patch and also stops the body to build a tolerance. Not only would it be cleaner than infected syringes lying in parks but will be a miracle for palliative care. Instead she uses it to give junkies an eternal high.
  • Dark Chick: Madame Gao is the only female crime boss among Fisk and his associates, she is also good at reading people and knowing what to say them to throw them off. She also serves this role for the Five Fingers, being the only female member besides Alexandra, who fills the position of Big Bad.
  • Dirty Coward: Despite calling Danny to an official duel, she has no problem breaking the honor of the duel she appointed by holding an innocent girl hostage to force Danny to back off. Then again, she only said her master agreed to Danny's terms. Gao didn't say she herself agreed to Danny's terms.
  • The Dreaded: Fisk treads very lightly around her, more so than any of his other associates, and when she makes it known in "Shadows in the Glass" that she's uncertain about his handling of things (by seeking him out in his own house), Fisk is clearly terrified — lashing out in rage after she leaves.
  • Elderly Immortal: She's the oldest-looking of the Fingers despite all of them being hundreds of years old.
  • Enemy Mine: She makes a single appearance in Daredevil Season 2, when Matt discovers she's a major competitor of the mysterious drug lord responsible for the deaths of Frank Castle's family and asks her to help take him down, not even trying to do anything against her for the moment.
  • Evil Cripple: She walks with a cane. She doesn't really need it. And it conceals a sword.
  • Evil Is Petty: According to Danny her heroin deals double as a middle finger to Kun Lun, as she uses one of their logos as a drug brand.
  • Evil Old Folks: She and Leland have this in common. The difference is Gao is far more dangerous than Leland could ever hope to be.
  • Evil vs. Evil: She's the head of a faction of the Hand, and is involved in a personal war against Bakuto and his own faction.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Not that the other villains in Iron Fist are pushovers but Gao is the darkest and most despicable one out them all.
  • The Exile: She was born in K'un-Lun and there's not a day she doesn't long to return... but can't. Being a high ranking member of their mortal enemy might have something to do with that.
  • Face Death with Dignity: As one of the last standing members of the Five Fingers, she calmly accepts her imminent demise as Midland Circle is blown up.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Her sweet little grandmotherly Chinese woman facade is extremely convincing right up until the second she drops it.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • While Fisk doesn't directly work for her, she's the only crime boss he answers to, since her heroin is the backbone of his criminal dealings. And he's genuinely distraught by A) her ability to find out where he lives, and B) her disapproval of the way he's handling things.
    • She gave Harold Meachum the poison he used to kill Danny's parents, and brought him into the Hand.
  • Hannibal Lecture: She excels at giving these, as Danny, Claire, and Colleen can attest.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: We have no idea why she was in the city, dealing drugs, or working with Fisk. In her last scene, she implies that the whole thing was little more than a game to her, and seems unconcerned with her losses.
  • Karma Houdini: She is the only one of the villains of Daredevil to get away intact, with Matt's actions having barely inconvenienced her. And again in Iron Fist, where she escapes from her enemies with absolutely no consequences whatsoever.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: The Defenders finally appears to kill her off, albeit in a vague enough fashion that some fans still aren't convinced. Considering Matt survived despite not even trying to get out from the rockfall, it's entirely plausible that she and Elektra did too.
  • Ki Manipulation: Gao can manipulate and project her Chi as concussive force to blast away objects, which makes it appear as if she has Mind over Matter powers.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After her and Owlsley's attempted murder of Vanessa fails and Matt destroys her warehouse, she concludes that Fisk's obsession with Vanessa and Matt's interference are going to bring him down and gets out while the getting is good.
    • During the final fight below Midland Circle in The Defenders, when it's become clear that things aren't going her way, she slips into the shadows and doesn't appear for the rest of the fight. As such, by the end, she's the only finger of the Hand still alive and uninjured - at least until the building collapses on top of her.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: She knows pretty much everything there is to know about everyone she talks to, which makes her an extremely effective negotiator and adept at breaking people by talking. It's never explicitly stated whether her intelligence network is just that good or if it's tied to her mystical origins.
  • Mistaken Nationality: Was believed to be Chinese by Owlsley. She's actually K'un-Lunan.
  • Nerves of Steel: She isn't remotely bothered by Matt getting the drop on both of her guards, or advancing on her. Nor is she bothered by being face to face with Danny Rand. The only time she ever comes close to losing her cool is when it looks like Danny is about to hit her with the Iron Fist.
  • Never Mess with Granny: An old, polite woman who walks with a cane — yet she's perhaps the most dangerous of Fisk's partners, and when she comes up against Matt, she lays him on his ass with a single hit. And again with Danny Rand, she taps him and sends him flying into a wall.
    • Cranked up to eleven in The Defenders, which shows that her telekinesis is strong enough to blast down doors and shift cars. And then she takes on both Jessica Jones AND Luke Cage by herself, briefly overwhelming them.
  • Oh, Crap!: Despite otherwise having Nerves of Steel, she appears genuinely scared for a few seconds when Danny finds out she killed his family and is ready to hit her with the Iron Fist.
  • Omniglot: She demonstrates fluency in Mandarin, Japanese, and English. And maybe more.
    Wilson Fisk: How many languages do you speak?
    Gao: All of them.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: In-Universe. She starts off as an enemy for Daredevil, before Iron Fist has to deal with her.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's several centuries old.
    Gao: Did you really think your drugs would affect me? I spent most of the 17th century being interrogated.
  • Sherlock Scan: She can instantly tell that Fisk is faking not being able to understand her Chinese, but plays along with the ruse until it's no longer of use to her. She also manages to zero in on Claire and Colleen's insecurities in seconds, though it's helped with Colleen that she knows about her past.
  • The Starscream: She loves playing the part of the ever loyal adviser slash partner, but she is usually also scheming behind her allies' backs to take power. Alexandra is rather amused when Gao calls herself her most loyal ally when in the past Gao led a coup against her.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: She can do this on Matt, who typically does it to other people. Despite his enhanced senses, she disappears the moment he loses focus on her.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: Her palm strikes are capable of sending people or objects flying, presumed to be enhanced by her chi. She first demonstrated this when meeting Daredevil, sending him skidding across the floor, and later managed to send Danny Rand flying with a light tap. In The Defenders, it's potent enough to move not only cars, but allow her to solo Luke Cage and Jessica Jones in a fairly even fight. Only the Iron Fist is shown to be more powerful.
  • Sword Cane: The true purpose of the cane she has, since she doesn't need it.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She wasn't nice person to begin with in Daredevil, but her portrayal in Iron Fist really exemplifies her more corrupted and twisted side. She's now portrayed as a Bad Boss who lives off the suffering of others, a Manipulative Bitch who keeps people in check through fear and is fond of breaking others with words.
  • Uncertain Doom: She was caught at the bottom of Midland Circle when it collapsed, but seen as how Matt survived, she may have as well, especially since she was not exhausted or injured like Matt or Murakami, respectively.
  • Villains Never Lie: She prides herself in always telling the truth and she is extremely apt at using it to mess with people's heads.


"I think you'll find I'm much more easygoing than Gao. You see, she leads through fear. I find partnership to be a much more effective method."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Ramon Rodriguez

Appearances: Iron Fist | The Defenders (2017)

"The world we live in now is run by corporations, not governments. Oligarchies of the rich and powerful. But that's not gonna last much longer."

The third Finger, Bakuto runs a compound in New York City that recruits disadvantaged young people off the streets and offers them sanctuary and training. He then uses them to infiltrate institutions to spread the Hand's influence.

  • Ambiguously Brown: He has a Japanese-sounding name, but is played by a Puerto-Rican. In The Defenders, Alexandra refers to him and his forces as "reinforcements from South America."
  • Arch-Enemy: To Colleen, his former student.
  • Ascended Extra: In the comics, Bakuto is a minor villain, who only appeared in three issues of Daredevil in 2010, in the Left Hand Path storyarc.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Like Nobu, he's the best fighter while also the leader.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: One of the first season's major antagonists, along with Harold Meachum and Madame Gao, in Iron Fist.
  • Big Good: What he initially pretends to be to Danny, and believes himself to be.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares greatly about his subordinates. During his fight with Danny in episode 12 he becomes distracted when Colleen cries out in pain, showing that even after trying to kill her he still cares about her on some level.
  • A Father to His Men: He treats his subordinates with respect and patience.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Is very calm and polite with people (especially those loyal to him or that he thinks he can get to work for/with him), but is very quick to stamp out dissenters or execute innocent people if the need arises.
  • Foil: To Madame Gao. His way of leading the Hand is to inspire loyalty by giving young people with nothing a place to belong. Gao's way is to find those in the high arcs of society, feed their greed and lust for power and later control them through blackmail and fear.
  • Healing Factor: Though not outright stated, no injuries seem to stick, even outside of the Hand's infamous Resurrective Immortality. He outright tells Coleen that there's nothing she can do to him that he can't recover from, and shortly afterward, he completely ignores his wounds when Misty shoots him in the chest. The only way to make an injury stick is to completely decapitate him.
  • Hero Killer: He cuts off Misty Knight's right arm before Colleen is able to decapitate him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Twice. First by Colleen, who wins her fight with Bakuto by stabbing him through the gut with her broken katana. The second time occurs when Davos stabs him through the heart while Danny and Colleen are debating what to do with Bakuto.
  • Immune to Bullets: He pretty much just ignores it when guns are pointed at him. He's apparently able to either heal from or just completely ignore Misty's bullets.
  • Made of Iron: Even moreso than other Hand members, Bakuto can take hits that would drop normal humans. At the climax of The Defenders, Misty shoots him three times in the chest and he doesn't even flinch. It takes Coleen gutting him, slicing his throat, and then completely chopping his head off to finally end him.
  • Never Found the Body: Danny and Colleen discover that Bakuto's body disappeared while he and Davos were fighting. Colleen assumes that Bakuto's people took it, but Danny notes that Harold managed to come back from the dead. Sure enough, he is revived, and Colleen even finds herself fighting him again in The Defenders.
  • Off with His Head!: Colleen decapitates him the next time she faces off with him, but not before he manages to partially cut off Misty's right arm.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Bakuto is a Benevolent Boss in a huge contrast to Gao, inspiring loyalty from his underlings and sparing them when they fail instead of executing them, because he views this as a more effective manner of control than using fear. Make no mistake, he is no Anti-Villain and shares the same end goals as the Hand.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Like the rest of the Five Fingers, he's at least several centuries old.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he gets angry, it is like this.
  • Walking Spoiler: His role as a leader of the Hand is a major plot twist in the second half of the first season of Iron Fist.


"If you knew anything about me, you'd know I hunt the wolf."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Yutaka Takeuchi

Appearances: The Defenders (2017)

The fourth Finger of the Hand, Murakami is the most secretive of the Hand leaders.

  • Bilingual Dialogue: Murakami exclusively speaks in Japanese, despite clearly understanding English.
  • Challenge Seeker: He regularly hunts dangerous animals in the Japanese forests, including a bear that he stalked for ten days before fighting it to death. Alexandra later notes that testing his strength has always been his "singular focus". When he fights the Defenders, he typically only attacks on his own, without summoning any help from his faction. This is exemplified in the opening montage of "Take Shelter," which shows Sowande and Gao rounding up their respective mooks to attack the Defenders, while Murakami approaches completely solo.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Worf Effect aside, he at least manages live up to his initial reputation at least once by curb stomping Jessica Jones in a few seconds and nearly killing her. Then Matt shows up and assists Jessica in scaring him off.
  • The Dreaded: The way Stick describes him while running down the Five Fingers paints him as this, a hermit who prefers to let his underlings run the show, but when he comes out of hiding, bad things happen. He fails to live up to this reputation.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Nobu was just The Heavy and Mouth of Sauron for his faction of The Hand, not the Big Bad as the episodes of Daredevil had led us to believe. It turns out Murakami was the one pulling the strings of in Daredevil.
  • The Hermit: Murakami prefers to keep to himself, leaving the operation of his branch to Nobu.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Is impaled on some rebar when he's thrown off the elevator at Midland Circle. The severity of his injury makes it unlikely he survived the collapse of the building.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Nobu, whom we believed led his own, Japan-based branch of the Hand, was actually subservient to Murakami.
  • Offstage Villainy: Unlike the other Fingers Murakami does nothing villainous until asked to attack the Defenders, yet Stick says he has a terrible reputation.
  • Reality Ensues: After having most of his Hand agents within his faction killed or arrested over the events of the second season of Daredevil, Murakami only fights on his own. Predictably, being a normal human being outside of his immortality, he gets thrashed pretty badly when fighting superhumans like Luke Cage or the Iron Fist.
  • Really 700 Years Old: At least several centuries old, just like the rest of the Fingers.
  • The Starscream: He doesn't even try to hide his ambitions to betray Alexandra or Elektra.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He mostly takes the place of Nobu in the greater scheme of things. His demeanor and talents are similar to the one of his subordinate as well
  • The Worf Effect: Despite taking down a bear, Murakami is constantly seen being hurt or beaten in combat. He does note that he nearly was killed and that this is common of his hunts, and that he prefers a close contest instead of an easy battle.


Sowande / "White Hat"
"It won't be long before your plan falls apart. Before the chair I'm on becomes a throne."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Babs Olusanmokun

Appearances: The Defenders (2017)

The fifth Finger of the Hand, Sowande is an African warlord and gun runner.

  • African Terrorists: Stick describes him as a warlord.
  • Arms Dealer: Stick also describes him as a gun runner.
  • Badass Boast: He really likes giving these out. Although he couldn't back the first one up and got captured for it.
    (To Luke Cage) They say you can't be broken. We'll see about that.
    (To Stick after informing him of his Paranoia Gambit below while tied to a chair) It will not be long before this chair becomes a throne.
  • Cleanup Crew: He hired young men in Harlem to dispose of the bodies of Chaste warriors the Hand killed. Said method involved spraying the corpses with acid. Once they had finished a few jobs, Sowande would have them killed.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's heavily implied to have been the militia commander that Father Lantom described to Matt in season 1 of Daredevil as having cut a village elder and his family to pieces.
  • Informed Ability: Stick claims that he's able to stop someone's heart in two blows, slowing their pulse until their heart fails. We briefly see Sowande overwhelm Luke with nerve strikes, and later subdues Danny with one hit, but it's otherwise a reputation he never quite lives up to. Downplayed, as those nerve strikes were enough to harm Luke, so it's safe to say any one of them would kill a normal person.
  • I Shall Taunt You: He spends his interrogation taunting Luke, Jessica and Danny over their previous failures to protect people and threatening the lives of their loved ones. He knows exactly where to hurt even bringing up sore spots like Kilgrave to Jessica.
  • Jerkass: This guy clearly enjoys mocking Stick and the Defenders.
  • Man in White: Wears a white suit and a Panama hat, hence his street name "White Hat".
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Sowande actually manages to stagger Luke with his blows and gives a Badass Boast about breaking him. One off-screen fight later, he is trashed and taken prisoner by Luke.
  • Off with His Head!: Stick decapitates him.
  • Paranoia Gambit: He once got captured by the Chaste, but his army sealed them in their fortress. Their fear got the better of them, and after ten days they bowed to him to make it all stop.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Very, very old, like the rest of the Five Fingers of the Hand.
  • Scary Black Man: Being a member of The Hand makes him pretty scary. He is implied to also be the ruthless militia commander Father Lantom described encountering in "Speak of the Devil".
  • Undying Loyalty: All the Defenders could do was either hear him talk or knock him out because torturing for information was not happening.


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Elektra Natchios/Black Sky

See the Chaste page


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