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You're good Daredevil, I'll grant you that! But I'm better and I'll prove it!

Bullseye is a Marvel Comics character created by Marv Wolfman and John Romita Sr., first appearing in Daredevil #131 (dated March 1976).

Similarly to the distinguished competition's Joker, Bullseye's true origin isn't known, and his multiple-choice past is part of the character's appeal. In the past, he's answered to the names Lester, Leonard, and Benjamin Poindexter, but none of them have ever truly been established as his real one. Instead, he's defined by his trademark skill: the ability to use anything as a projectile weapon.

He's also well-known as one of Daredevil's most frequent rogues, often antagonizing the Man Without Fear, and he infamously killed both Elektra and Karen Page — two of Daredevil's most prominent love interests. After the Skrull invasion of Earth, he even (briefly) became the "new" Hawkeye, as part of Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers.


As one of Marvel's most popular villains, Bullseye has appeared frequently in other media. He was portrayed by Colin Farrell in the 2003 Daredevil movie, and Wilson Bethel plays him in the third season of Netflix's Daredevil.

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He provides examples of:

  • Card-Carrying Villain: He even states that his childhood ambition was "to be the bad guy." And then there's the fact that he enjoys his Ax-Crazy psychopathy.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: While weaker than Daredevil, he is actually quite close to him in strength, and at times has showings like neck lifting people easily with one hand and breaking their necks, and impaling them with him fingers, or impaling a Swat helmet with a truncheon, in addition to throwing his improvised weapons with extreme piercing power
  • Crazy-Prepared: The two issue comic Bullseye: Perfect Game showed that Bullseye can go to ridiculous extremes in preparing for a job. A job required him to go undercover as a baseball player, so he hired Satana to make his soul look different in case Doctor Strange or some other magic user was in the audience and he hired Taskmaster to teach him how to move and even pitch differently.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He had tremendous potential as an athlete and baseball player due to his expert marksmanship, but his psychopathic nature came out and he killed a player. He actually does make a lot of money as an assassin, but he never spends any of it (He believes he may have more money than Norman Osborn from his jobs).
  • Deadpan Snarker: On a good day or when he is hanging out with Deadpool, otherwise he is more psychotic than deadpan.
  • Death Dealer: One of Bullseye’s more common weapons are playing cards.
  • The Dragon: To Kingpin. note 
  • The Dreaded: At the start of Brubaker's run, he is transferred from the Raft to Ryker's Island. Absolutely everyone in Ryker's — even a guard and a prisoner in the middle of a savage brawl - -drops what they're doing and stares blankly in horror when they find out.
    "I know something is wrong that morning, because a silence spreads through the prison. It starts at the transfer gate and then moves through the cell blocks, level by level... No matter where they are, slowly all the convicts in Rykers stop what they're doing... They stop yelling, they stop playing ball, they stop hurting each other... They just stop. But their pulses start racing. That's how I know that Bullseye had come to Rykers."
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the "Shadowland" arc. He got better.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He is at the absolute peak of human physicality and possesses astonishing skill with weapons, but had no real powers until part of his skeleton was laced with adamantium. However, the emphasis here is on normal, and he knows it. He is, as American Eagle put it before beating him into paralysis, a cowardly piece of crap who is very careful to avoid opponents who are out of his weight class. Daredevil and the Punisher are pretty much the upper limit of what he can safely handle. You won't see him going after any of the heavy hitters in the Marvel Universe.
  • Enemy Mine: Forced to team up with Matt when the two of them and Fisk stage a breakout from Ryker's in Brubaker's run. Neither he nor Matt is happy about it.
  • Evil Counterpart: One of the most iconic examples of this to Daredevil, if not the main one. He's a crazed killer with nearly perfect aim, contrasting the blind hero with superhuman senses. In addition, Daredevil himself is not immune to feeling a little crazy from time to time.
  • Evil Cripple: Since coming back, he has been confined to an iron lung. Eventually, it gets even worse. Then in the third volume of Elektra's book, he got completely better.
  • Evil vs. Evil: His own limited series has him bringing down a Colombian drug cartel led by a Bad Boss drug lord with a penchant for torture.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He loves acting friendly and humorous to taunt Matt, whom he knows won't kill him.
  • Foil: Post "Shadowland", he becomes one to Daredevil himself. While DD has all senses and capabilities but his sight, Bullseye has only his sight left, stuck inside of an iron lung and can only watch everything before him. And then he loses even that, until the Hand comes in to fix him up.
  • For the Evulz: Bullseye is a paid mercenary and earns a sizable fee for his murders.... But he recently revealed he barely ever spends it since he'd rather spend his time killing even more people. He even states that he's gotten so much cash over the years for his various jobs he's probably richer than Norman Osborn.
    • Once it's even established that one of the reasons why his services are so sought out by the criminal underworld is because he kills so many people "off duty" that it's next to impossible for the police to discern whether his latest victim was a hired hit or not.
  • Freudian Excuse: His parents were abusive drunks. When Matt finds out, he uses it to taunt him in a fight and throw him off.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's fiendishly intelligent and an excellent planner. For example, he once fired on Daredevil with a revolver which he then discarded after one shot. When Karen Page thinks she has an advantage and tries to shoot him, he reveals that it intentionally only contained one round. Furthermore, he's also a very adept hand-to-hand combatant, which has caught more than a few people by surprise.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: It can be easy to forget that Bullseye not only debuted a decade after Daredevil but he wasn't even created by Stan Lee (his creator is Marv Wolfman).
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: They don't call him "Bullseye" for nothing. Certain heroes, primarily Daredevil, do give him trouble in this department however.
  • Improvised Weapon: Things that Bullseye has used as weapons include, but are by no means limited to, playing cards, paperclips, toothpicks, paper airplanes, golf balls, peanuts, and several of his own teeth.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Listing all the things he can kill you with would take up this entire page. To quote when he was in prison once:
    Bullseye: ... Instead of a toilet, I got this little hole in the floor—which could be a problem, except they got me on a liquid diet... and a lotta laxatives. See, they're afraid that if I have a solid bowel movement, I might just kill somebody with it. And I would, too... if for no other reason than just to say that I did. Because I'm like that.
  • Kick the Dog: Where to even begin? In the interest of saving time, we'll only mention his murder of a church full of nuns and Karen Page in Kevin Smith's run.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Bullseye may be crazy, but he's not stupid. He knows when it's time to retreat. He was also was the one to tell Osborn that his plan to invade Asgard was insane.
  • Knife Nut: He's an expert marksman and uses firearms on occasion but prefers to use blades and improvised weapons instead.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Ask him for his backstory and he'll give a different story each time. The only thing that ever remains consistent any time he talks about his past is that he had Abusive Parents, that he kills his parents, and that he was a baseball player before becoming a Killer for Hire.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He's been on the receiving ends of some absolutely devastating ones from Matt. Taken up to eleven in Bendis' run when he not only beats him nearly to death, but carves a bullseye symbol into his head and gives him a vicious "Reason You Suck" Speech. This was when Bullseye tried to kill Milla and caught Matt at the end of his tether.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Bullseye is known to turn down jobs if he thinks killing the target will be too easy or simply no fun at all. This trope is also the reason why he quit playing baseball — because his skills made the game too easy.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Has used the alias "Ben Poindexter" numerous times, but we've never found out his real name. The Netflix show made this official name.
    • He does respond to "Lester," but it's unknown if this his name or a frequent alias.
  • Not Wearing Tights: He originally wore the blue spandex costume pictured above. In more recent years, however, he has donned a costume based on his appearance in the film, consisting of motorcycle clothes, a trenchcoat, and a bullseye symbol on his forehead. He'll still use his costume depending on the story.
  • Practically Joker: With his insanity, Multiple-Choice Past and very personal attacks on Daredevil, he's considered Marvel's answer to the Joker.
  • Pragmatic Villain: One of the Marvel Universe's most triumphant examples. While Bullseye is a sociopath, he lacks the delusions of grandeur and lofty ambitions that crop up in his employers like Norman Osborn or Wilson Fisk, and sticks exclusively to his interest in murdering people for money. As mentioned elsewhere on this page, he cautiously avoids fighting anyone outside his weight class, and when his job starts to take him places that are clearly outside his pay grade, he'll happily bail. This can make him often more dangerous than his employers, since he knows when to lay low if that'll get the job done, and never making the classic supervillain mistake of letting his reach exceed his grasp.
  • Professional Killer: Probably the best assassin in the Marvel Universe.
  • Psycho for Hire: At one point, he reveals that he has spent basically none of the money he has made from his assassinations over the years. Money is just a handy way to keep score.
  • Sadist: To the point where he'll still murder and torture people even when he's not on the job.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: He will find you even if it takes him to the ends of the earth.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Details about where and when vary, but he does often state how he murdered his parents.
    Psychologist: And you say your father beat you?
    Bullseye: Yes, until I was fourteen.
    Psychologist: Hmmm. I see. And what happened then?
    Bullseye: (kills psychologist with a voice recorder) I killed him.
  • Slasher Smile: Almost his default expression
  • The Sociopath: The most obvious example among Daredevil's rogues, with his short temper, need to hurt people, and malignantly antisocial behaviour.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: He's done some stuffing in his time. Running tally of hero's girlfriends gruesomely murdered: Daredevil - 2 (Elektra and Karen Page), The Sentry - 1 (Lindy Reynolds). He also attempted to do this to Milla Donovan. His Netflix version has this subjected to him as Fisk has his girlfriend killed.
  • Villainous Crush: Varies on writer, but Bullseye seems to have an attraction to Elektra since her resurrection.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: When he was "Hawkeye" of the Dark Avengers.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Deadpool. He has admitted that Deadpool is the only person he likes, and he even attended his funeral and mourned him in secret. They're still perfectly okay with the idea of killing each other, though they tend to have more fun doing it to each other than anybody else.
  • Would Hurt a Child: And has.

Alternative Title(s): Bullseye


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