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Murakami's Faction


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    In General 

  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With the Blacksmith's organization in Season 2 of Daredevil.
  • Characterization Marches On: They are implied to be the entirety of the Hand, not just a faction, in the first two seasons of Daredevil.
  • The Clan: Gao refers to them as such in Season 1 of Daredevil.
  • Faceless Mooks: Their mooks fight wearing ninja outfits that cover everything except their eyes.
  • Yakuza: They operate under this guise. Some of its members and underlings even believe they are working for a Yakuza syndicate.
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Leader

    Murakami 
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Lieutenants

    Nobu Yoshioka 

Nobu Yoshioka

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"I show you respect. You would be wise to return the courtesy."
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Nobu's Hand outfit

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Peter Shinkoda

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

"Each man must stand for himself or fall with the unworthy."

Murakami's top lieutenant and the leader of the Hand's New York operations, who serves as their representative to Fisk.


  • Adaptation Name Change: He is named Kagenobu in the comics. Then again...
  • Adaptational Wimp: Traditionally Kagenobu is the founder of the Hand, while here's he's The Dragon to one of the true leaders.
  • Always Someone Better: Absolutely dominates his fight with Matt, losing only to a sheer stroke of luck on Matt's part. When they face off again season 2, he at first still proves to be a better fighter than Daredevil, although they are a lot closer and Daredevil actually defeats him one-on-one, by kicking him off a great height. During the season finale, Daredevil mainly stands his ground because his new armor keeps Nobu from landing the crippling blows he was able to land before. He's even able to fight off Matt and Elektra at the same time. After he kills Elektra, however, Matt manages to defeat him one-on-one.
  • Ambiguously Human: He's able to stand in freezing cold weather wearing only a business suit, and is later shown to be able to slow his heart rate and lower his body temperature. Not to mention his (lack of a) reaction to being on fire. It is later explained that this is the result of the Hand's resurrection rituals.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The local leader of the Hand, and fully capable of fighting both Daredevil and Elektra.
  • Back from the Dead: After seemingly burning to death in his fight with Matt in season 1, he is resurrected by the Hand to continue leading their New York operations in season 2.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Alongside the Blacksmith. As the leader of the Hand he becomes this for season 2 following the reveal of his Back from the Dead.
  • Blade on a Stick: Uses a kyoketsu-shoge during his fight with Matt to horrific effect.
  • Composite Character: He kills Elektra with her own weapon, an action done in the comics and the Daredevil film by Bullseye, who was implied to be one of Fisk's men in Season 1 but otherwise has yet to be mentioned.
    • His position as the apparent leader of the Japanese faction of the Hand, instead of being the founder of the Hand itself, seems to be taken from the comics version of Hirochi.
  • Costume Evolution: Favors light suits sans ties in season one, or wears his red ninja gear. In season 2, after pulling a Back from the Dead, he wears darker, heavier outfits and gloves, likely to cover his burn scars. He also avoids the ninja gear, even as other members of the Hand wear theirs.
  • Decapitation Required: Because of the Hand's resurrection ritual, this is the only way to actually kill him.
  • The Dragon: Nobu oversaw and commanded Murakami's men.
  • Disney Villain Death: He gets thrown off a rooftop by Matt during Season 2's climax, seemingly breaking his no-kill rule. It turns out he survived, but not long before running into Stick, who quickly beheads him.
  • Foil: Shown as one to Fisk. Nobu is abrasive and stern, but also has a strict code of honor and respect towards his opponents. Wilson Fisk spends much of his screen-time as stuttering and reluctant, but he is ruthlessly pragmatic and fearsome when dealing with his opponents (while Nobu would rather fight Daredevil fairly, Fisk doesn't mind ambushing him when he's weakened).
    Wilson Fisk: Nobu didn't mind, he meditated for hours. I find it difficult to meditate. My mind won't quiet.
  • Foreshadowing: Nobu is initially seen on a freezing-cold rooftop, completely unaffected by the temperature, causing Owlsley to mutter "You can at least pretend to be cold. It's unsettling." Later, Matt identifies his heartbeat as being "Different. Stronger."
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Every single other remaining member of the crime bosses is either totally apathetic to his presence or despises him. Wesley even asks why they tolerate him, and Fisk responds that he is a "Necessary Evil".
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: During season 2, he has burn scars on his face and neck. Exactly how far those go isn't shown.
  • The Heavy: While high ranked enough to be the leader of the New York group, Nobu makes it clear that he ultimately answers to superiors in Japan. The Defenders reveals his direct superior is Murakami, and his efforts to find and recruit the Black Sky were on behalf of Alexandra.
  • Hero Killer: A formidable adversary able to dominate the fights regularly. He gives more than pause to Daredevil and Elektra.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: His organization wants control of an entire, specific block in Hell's Kitchen, which is part of their terms with Fisk. No explanation for this is given, not even to Fisk. The Defenders reveals the site contained the buried skeleton of a dragon, which the Hand harvests for their resurrection rituals.
  • Hidden Depths: He seems to hold fighting worthy opponents to the death in high regard. When facing the man in the mask, he becomes much more polite and even bows to his opponent for the good fight before landing the finishing blow.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: More of a indirect example as the gasoline from a barrel that he accidentally pierces ends up setting him alight after he falls into the puddle leaked from it and then sparks ignite his gasoline-soaked clothes.
  • I Have Many Names: Stick claims that "Nobu" is just the name he's currently using, and has gone by many names over the years.
  • Jerkass: Dying and coming back repeatedly has made him all-round abrasive to everybody.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As much as it was Pride that compelled him to face the man in black himself, Nobu wasn't lying when he said that he had the skills to take down Daredevil.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's much faster than Matt. During their fight, he's able to strike Matt before he gets his guard up several times. Even when Nobu is on fire Matt can only just barely dodge getting hit. Nobu is also stronger and tougher than Matt. He gets terribly close to killing Matt in a one-on-one fight. Even in their rematches in season 2, Nobu is only defeated in the season finale after Matt gets into a rage-driven Heroic Second Wind after Elektra's death. He spends most of the fight previously fighting Matt and Elektra at the same time. Matt does defeat him fair and square in the previous episode, but even then Nobu loses mainly because he is kicked off a great height.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Thanks to whatever the Hand does to its members he barely registers major wounds that Daredevil causes him; he might not have even been aware he was on fire until his body gave up.
  • Man on Fire: Which doesn't seem to bother him, since he doesn't even cry out in pain; he just rushes Matt, and then quietly smoulders.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Quite understated, and definitely not out of remorse, but he's quite disturbed when he runs through Elektra in his attempt to kill Daredevil, depriving him of the Black Sky he's been seeking out for 2 seasons.
  • Mythology Gag: He is named after Kagenobu Yoshioka, the founder of the Hand in the Marvel Universe. Stick mentions that Nobu has used several names over the years.
  • Ninja: Of the Hand, judging by the getup.
  • Off with His Head!: His fate at Stick's hands in the Daredevil season 2 finale, thus preventing any future resurrections.
  • Pet the Dog: Gives Matt a measure of respect he rarely gives anyone else.
  • Rasputinian Death: After Daredevil throws him off a building, Stick finds him, stabs him through the chest, and then cuts his head off. So far at least this has proven to be his last death.
  • Really 700 Years Old: After the reveal that he came Back from the Dead in season 2, Elektra says he's lived at least 3 lifetimes.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: You wouldn't know it unless you spoke Japanese, but Nobu has an absolutely filthy mouth. At one point he gets fed up with Wesley's Tactful Translation and voices his opinion in obscenity-punctuated English.
  • Stealth Expert: He's able to control his body's functions (heart-beat, breathing, etc.) so well that he's the only one who's ever been able to sneak up on Matt.
  • Technicolor Ninjas: His ninja outfit is notably colored brightly red, which is traditional Hand attire.
  • Walking Spoiler: The revelation that Nobu was a member of the Hand was a huge spoiler for Season 1, considering that Daredevil at this point had no supernatural elements. Although he's killed in Season 1, he is resurrected and serves as the primary antagonist of Season 2.
  • Weapon of Choice: Favors the kyoketsu-shoge.
  • Worthy Opponent: Outright says that Matt is one, saying that killing him is an honor. Nobu shows nothing but respect towards him, in stark contrast to his manner around Fisk which is full of Japanese cuss words.
  • Yakuza: His faction of the Hand operates like the Yakuza and seems to promote this belief in others, like the Kitchen Irish and even some of their underlings.

    Hirochi 

Hirochi

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"Who said I was Yakuza?"

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Ron Nakahara

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

"The Rising is coming. You are but one man, akuma-san. You cannot stop what we have started."

A senior executive of the Roxxon Corporation and high ranking member of the Hand.


  • Affably Evil: Hirochi is a cheerful, polite fellow who cuts off fingers.
  • Creepy Souvenir: He has a little box in his office filled with the fingers of people who've displeased him.
  • The Dragon: Seems to be this to Nobu.
  • Foreshadowing: Before we know of his connection to the Hand:
    Hirochi: Who said I was Yakuza?
  • You Have Failed Me: He has Stan Gibson's bodyguards killed for failing to adequately protect him.
  • Yubitsume: Indulges in this, as shown by the box in his office.

    Tyler 

Tyler

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Maya Rosewood

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

A member of the Hand who primarily assists Nobu.


  • The Dragon: Serves as Nobu's top enforcer and leads the Hand's ninja mooks in a series of kidnappings.
  • Evil Redhead: Has red hair and has no problem kidnapping and executing people.
  • Girl Friday: To Nobu.
  • Minored in Ass-Kicking: Is mostly an assistant for Nobu but also takes point during the Hand's mission to kidnap people that Daredevil helped.
  • Smurfette Principle: The Hand's only female member shown during the second season of Daredevil. The first season of Iron Fist expands on this, showing that the Hand was shown to have other female members but Tyler was the only female shown in Nobu's faction of the Hand.
  • Token White: The only white person shown working for the Hand willingly, initially. Iron Fist reveals other factions of the Hand are pretty multiracial and include white people as well. Tyler is still this trope to an extent, given that she's the only white person serving directly under Nobu.
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Underlings and Collaborators

    The Specialist 

The Specialist

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Takeo Lee Wong

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

A torturer serving under Hirochi.


    Stan Gibson 

Stan Gibson

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: John Pirkis

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

"I'm not like them."

An accountant for the Roxxon Corporation, as well as the Hand. He believes to be working for the Yakuza, however,


  • Forced into Evil: He might have been greedy, but he only started cooking the books for the Hand after they kidnapped his son.
  • Hope Spot: He is forced to serve the Hand because they kidnapped his son Daniel. Daredevil rescues Daniel, and Stan promises Daniel that things will be different. Then Daniel kills Stan, as he had been brainwashed into serving the Hand.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Gibson thinks he's working for the Yakuza, essentially believing he's trapped in a criminal thriller, and ignores he'sactually serving an organization straight out of Dark Fantasy Wuxia.

    Daniel Gibson 

Daniel Gibson

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Lucas Elliot Eberl

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

The son of Stan Gibson, kidnapped by the Hand.


  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Hand has brainwashed him into a loyal sacrifice, willing to kill his own father.
  • I Have Your Wife: He's the proverbial wife, imprisoned by the Hand to force Stan Gibson into working for them.
  • Patricide: After his father took him to the hospital, he stabbed him with a scalpel!

    Philip Cabroni 

Philip Cabroni

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Joe Forbrich

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

A NYU professor hired by the Hand to write a matrix to encode their ledger.


  • Cunning Linguist: He speaks a number of Asian languages, including Korean and Japanese.
  • Hookers and Blow: His Establishing Character Moment has this: after seeing out some hookers, he's about to snort some cocaine with a rolled up dollar bill before Daredevil and Elektra interrupt him.
  • Race Fetish: He has a fetish for Asian women.
    Philip Cabroni: I know I'm into some sick shit but next time I swear all I want to do is eat moo goo gai pan off your bodies. All. Day.
    Prostitute: We're not Chinese!
    Cabroni: Whatever, it's all hot to me.
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    The Black Sky 

Black Sky

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Bonale Fambrini

Appearances: Daredevil (2015)

A mysterious child smuggled by Nobu into the United States from Japan.


  • Ambiguously Human: Stick calls Black Sky a very rare and dangerous weapon, but he appears to be a young boy and nothing else, even to Matt's senses. Stick insists that he's not a person. Nobu also insists that Black Sky was "very valuable" and will be "difficult to replace" after Stick kills the boy, and seems upset enough to lend a lot of weight to Stick's argument. According to Nobu when talking to Elektra in "The Dark at the End of the Tunnel", the Black Sky is actually a Child Soldier trained to the pinnacle of being a human killing machine.
  • Creepy Child: Mostly due to how Stick talks about him rather than anything he does.
  • Enfant Terrible: According to Stick.
  • Humanoid Abomination: According to Stick, while he looks human he's something powerful and quite evil.
  • It Is Dehumanising: Stick only refers to the boy as "it", never as "he", even after he no longer has to obfuscate the nature of Black Sky from Matt.
  • Killed Offscreen: Courtesy of Stick.
  • No Name Given: Nobu's complaint to Fisk implies that Black Sky is a species or type of metahuman rather than the boy's name.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The audience is deliberately kept in the dark on what the boy is. His only appearance on screen has him sitting calmly in a shipping container and being moved to a car. The only hints to his powers or abilities are Stick's ominous references to him as a "bringer of shadows".
  • The Plan: Its importance to Nobu's plan is hinted by the writing of 'Black Sky' on his map in Japanese.
  • Slave Collar: Which keeps him bolted to the floor of the container he's in.
  • Superhuman Trafficking: It's implied that he is a superhuman of some kind and he was purchased by Nobu's organization.
  • There Is Another: In Season 2, we find out that Elektra is a Black Sky herself.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Onscreen once, then dies off-camera.


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