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Gao's Faction


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    In General 
  • Arc Welding: Gao's organization is retconned into a faction of the Hand in Season 1 of Iron Fist
  • Cult: Gao states that her blind followers actualy blinded themselves as an act of faith.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Season 1 of Iron Fist reveals that not all of its members are Chinese and Chinese-Americans, with Gao employing mooks of other ethnicities as well.
  • Enemy Civil War: Involved in one with Bakuto's faction in Iron Fist.
  • Triads and Tongs: In Seasons 1 of Daredevil it seems to be entirely composed of Chinese and Chinese-Americans. In Season 2, they have moved from Hell's Kitchen and into the Manhattan Chinatown.
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Leader

    Madame Gao 
See the Five Fingers page

Lieutenants and Underlings

    Harold Meachum 
See the Rand Enterprises page

    The Veznikov Brothers 

Andrei and Grigori Veznikov

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Andrei (top) and Grigori (bottom)

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Nikita Bogolyubov (Andrei) and Stan Demidoff (Grigori)

Appearances: Iron Fist

A pair of Russian brothers who Danny Rand fights as part of a challenge by the Hand.


  • Bash Brothers: Two brothers who work together to kill people.
  • Canon Foreigner: The two characters are not based on any characters from the comics and are exclusive to the show.
  • The Dividual: "It's a tag team, except we are not two. We are one."
  • Knife Nut: Both brothers use knives when fighting Danny.
  • Twin Telepathy: While they're not twins, they seem to have some form of telepathy given they communicate wordlessly in-between themselves.
  • Underestimating Badassery: They have trouble believing that Danny is the Iron Fist, thinking he's just some rich guy. Danny fixes their perceptions.












    Bride of Nine Spiders 

Alessa / The Bride of Nine Spiders

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"A gift I freely give."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Jane Kim

Appearances: Iron Fist

An assassin of the Hand who uses spider venom to kill her opponents. She fights Danny as part of a challenge by the Hand.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics, the Bride was a incredibly creepy Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette whose torso is revealed to be a hollow shell filled with vicious spiders. Not only she lacks this characteristic here, but is more conventionally attractive.
  • Adaptational Nationality: Is Nepalese in the comics, but Korean in Iron Fist.
  • Adaptational Villainy: She was always on the heroes side in the comics, being a Immortal Weapon and a defender of one of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven. Here she's an assassin of the Hand.
  • Adaptation Species Change: From Ambiguously Human in the comics to a regular mortal woman in the MCU.
  • Animal Motif: Spiders, obviously.
  • Faux Action Girl: Initially gets the upper hand using trickery and poison, but when Danny actually recovers enough to fight her, she goes down laughably easily in seconds.
  • Goth: Her outfit when facing Danny.
  • Master Poisoner: Uses spider venom when fighting.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Subverted; unlike the Veznikovs and Scythe, the Bride doesn't dismiss Danny as some rich guy playing fighter.
  • The Vamp: When she first comes face to face with Danny, she doesn't try to attack him, she tries to seduce him. It was part of a ploy to stab him in the neck with some needles laced with spider venom.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Has Danny at her mercy for an extended period of time after poisoning him, and instead of finishing him she taunts and plays with him, giving him a chance to recover.
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    Scythe 

Scythe

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"When does the real warrior get here?"

Species: Human

Portrayed By: David Sakurai

Appearances: Iron Fist

"I serve the one who called me here. Without question. Without doubt. With a desire to serve... until death."

One of the assassins of the Hand, sent to battle Danny Rand as part of a challenge by the Hand.


  • Actually Pretty Funny: After wondering when the real warrior would arrive, Danny says that it's like they all trained on the same playground. Scythe can't help but chuckle.
  • Adaptational Nationality: He appears to be Japanese in this version. He's a white American in the comics.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He underestimates Danny due to his hubris.
  • Beard of Evil: An assassin of the Hand with a goatee.
  • Blood Knight: Anyone who breaks into karaoke mid-bloodbath is clearly very much enjoying himself.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Scythe's first scene has him singing karaoke, then the camera pans down to reveal the bodies of people who had been partying that he killed. Then Scythe walks over to the last guy living, and uses the cord of the microphone to strangle the last guy.
  • Final Boss: He's the last opponent of the grand duel and by far the toughest.
  • Psycho for Hire: He's a sadistic assassin in the Hand's employ.
  • Race Lift: He was a white guy in the original story.
  • Undying Loyalty: When the Hand calls, he answers without question.

    Zhou Cheng 

Zhou Cheng

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"Care for a taste?"

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Lewis Tan

Appearances: Iron Fist

"I am Zhou Cheng, disciple of my master Chi'n-Lin, sworn defender of the Hand."

A guard at one of the Hand's factories in China. He is also an alcoholic. A really big alcoholic.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The Zhou Cheng of the comics is just a emotionless killing machine willing to kill any innocents in his path. This Zhou Cheng is a lot more civil and Affably Evil.
  • Affably Evil: Pretty nice guy for a Hand assassin. He even offers Danny a drink during their fight.
    Zhou Cheng: Care for a taste?
  • The Alcoholic: Oh and how. Given he's a Drunken Master he has to.
  • Berserk Button: When Danny smashes his booze recipient, Zhou Cheng noticeably starts fighting with more anger.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He mercilessly snarks at Danny's expense.
  • Drunken Boxing: His primary fighting style.
  • Drunken Master: The fact he's absolutely shitfaced does not keep him from trashing Danny.
    Danny: What would your master say if he saw you drinking so much?
    Zhou Cheng: Oh he insists upon it!
  • Evil Counterpart: He's to the Hand what Danny Rand is to K'un-Lun: a man sworn by oath to protect and serve his master by guarding a path.
  • Functional Addict: Being an alcoholic doesn't impede his fighting. If anything, he's made it part of his fighting style.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sports a nasty, massive burn on the left side of his face that makes him look almost Two-Faced.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Uses his bottle as a flail during his fight with Danny.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Zhou Cheng serves the Hand, no matter what. He points out to Danny he's made a vow that cannot be broken.
  • Mythology Gag: Zhou Cheng saying that his master is named Ch'i-Lin and his claim that he's perpetually drunk to keep something very dangerous inside of him from being awaken are references to how in the comics Zhou Cheng is the host of a mystical dragon monster named Ch'i-Lin, who seeks to kill every Iron Fist on the day of their 33rd birthday to absorbs their chi in order to open a door to K'un-Lun.
  • Noble Demon: As he points out he's a man of honor acting under a sacred oath. He just happens to have made it to the evil people.
  • Not So Different: He points out he and Danny are basically the same.
    Zhou Cheng: We both have sworn an oath of loyalty and protection.
  • Precision F-Strike: Also doubling as an Establishing Character Moment. When Danny wakes him from his drunken stupor, he squints in agony from his perpetual hangover and snarls, "Arsehole!"
  • Restraining Bolt: Zhou Cheng implies he's perpetually drunk not just because of his fighting style, but also because he has to be otherwise something very dangerous inside of him will awaken.
    Zhou Cheng: Some chase the dragon. I've got to keep him sedated. Bad things happen if I don't.
  • Troll: He mocks Danny relentlessly, which is aided by his mocking fighting style.
  • Undying Loyalty: He has sworn an oath to serve The Hand, and takes it very seriously.
  • Unexplained Accent: While it is the actor's natural accent, it is still a little distracting that Zhou's thick English accent goes completely unacknowledged.
  • Weirdness Coupon: Why does the Hand tolerate such a drunken lout? He's unquestionably loyal, and is a very good fighter because of his alcoholism.
  • Villain Has a Point: Zhou Cheng is actually correct in his assessment that Danny has abandoned his oath to protect K'un-Lun in the search for vengeance and his own interests.

    Sophia 

Sophia

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Jeanna de Waal

Appearances: Iron Fist

A follower of Madame Gao infilitrated within Rand Enterprises.


  • Faux Action Girl: She has some martial arts training but is no match to Danny Rand.
  • Mouth of Sauron: She's one of Gao's three "sales representatives" offering the synthetic Steel Serpent.

    Radovan Bernivig 

Radovan Bernivig

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Olek Krupa

Appearances: Iron Fist

A chemist kidnapped by the Hand to engineer their synthetic heroin.


    King 

King

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Sala Baker

Appearances: Iron Fist

A follower of Madame Gao tasked with guarding Radovan Bernivig.


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    Alexi 

Alexi

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Solomon Shiv

Appearances: Iron Fist

A follower of Madame Gao tasked with punishing Harold Meachum and partnered with Vando.


  • Mouth of Sauron: Acts as an envoy from Gao to Harold to get info on Danny Rand and inform him of his punishment.
  • Foil: While Vando is silent and physically imposing, Alexi is slimmer and talkative.

    Vando 

Vando

Species: Human

Portrayed By:

Appearances: Iron Fist

A follower of Madame Gao tasked with punishing Harold Meachum and partnered with Alexi.


  • Bald of Evil: He's the member of an evil organization. and bald.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports a goatee and is a member of vast evil organization.
  • The Brute: He's one of the many underlings of Madame Gao who serve her as muscle.
  • Foil: To Alexi, who is slim and talkative whereas Vando is silent, large and imposing.
  • Tongue Trauma: Gao had his tongue removed as punishment. And two of his fingers, too.
  • The Voiceless: As a result of his mutilation, he doesn't speak.
  • You Have Failed Me: In the past, he had his tongue and two fingers removed as a form of punishment.
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