Jessica Jones, also known as Jessica Cambell as a teenager, lived in Forest Hills, New York, where she attended Midtown High, where a certain wall-crawling hero also attended at the same time. On a family drive one day, her father lost control of the vehicle and collided with a military convoy carrying radioactive material. Her entire family (father, mother, and little brother) were killed and she ended up in a coma. When she awoke, she was adopted by the Jones family and she soon discovered she had superpowers.
She soon put on a costume and created a heroic identity: Jewel. She had a pretty low-key career and was somewhat known to the New York superheroes, especially Carol Danvers until she encountered the Purple Man, who seized control of her mind for eight months and subjected her to psychological abuse. He sent her to The Avengers' Mansion in order to kill Daredevil and she attacks the only person wearing red at the mansion: the Scarlet Witch. Jessica endures a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by Iron Man and The Vision until Carol Danvers saves her. Jessica slips back into a coma and is brought out only by psychic therapy by Jean Grey. Soon after therapy, and after a short stint as a hero named Knightress, Jessica decides to hang up the cape for good.
She goes on to start Alias Investigations, a private detective agency where she soon finds out she cannot outrun her past as a superhero (as it's brought up by almost everyone she meets). In between solving cases and snarking, she vacillates between romantic feelings for Scott Lang and for Luke Cage. By the end of the book, she realizes she's pregnant with Luke's child and the both of them start a romantic relationship.
After Alias, she was a character in The Pulse (a series focusing on the Daily Bugle), in which she and Luke are a couple and she gives birth to their daughter, Danielle. She later marries him in New Avengers and is a sometimes member of the team, when she's not being a mother. She also played a significant role in the first few arcs of Young Avengers.
A television show based on this character, originally intended for ABC, was said to languish in development hell for years ... until Netflix finally dusted it off for their line of shows set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Jessica being portrayed by Krysten Ritter. The entire first season of Jessica Jones (2015) was released on November 20th, 2015, to wide critical acclaim, and the show was renewed for a second season as of January 2016. Jessica teamed up with Matt Murdock, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand in a mini-series called The Defenders, based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name.
In October of 2016, Jessica once again got her own solo series. After Brian Bendis left Marvel to go to DC Comics; Kelly Thompson took over the title by his request.
Jessica Jones appears in:
- Alias (2001 — 2004)
- The Pulse (2004 — 2006)
- Young Avengers vol. 1 (2005 — 2006)
- New Avengers vol. 2 (2010 — 2012)
- Jessica Jones (various runs):
- vol. 1 (2016 — 2018)
- Jessica Jones: Blind Spot (2018)
- Jessica Jones: Purple Daughter (2019)
- The Defenders vol. 5 (2017)
- Marvel Future Fight (2015)
- Marvel: Contest of Champions (2015)
- Marvel Puzzle Quest (2018)
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (2019)
Jessica Jones provides examples of the following tropes:
- Action Mom: She's a superheroine/detective and fiercely protective of a daughter.
- Alliterative Name: Jessica Jones.
- The Alcoholic: Several dialogue bubbles had Jessica say, "Where is mu $%&/()(/&% drink!?"
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Inverted when Jennifer gives Danielle a birthday present and informs the two-year-old that it's a magic object that will make her strong. Jessica has to confirm that it's just the kind of thing you tell small children. Then subverted when Thor sees it and identifies it as an object that summons "trickster gods". At least it doesn't make you strong.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When the Purple Man walks in the door with the cupcake store doorbell still on it, Jessica laments internally that he's threatened her husband, her baby, and her life and now he's ruining bakeries for her too.
- Atrocious Alias: Loan Shark. Apparently he meant it to be "Lone Shark", similar to 'lone wolf', but nobody realizes the spelling and thus frequently mistake him for a finance theft villain instead of a shark-themed one.
- Berserk Button: Bringing up the Purple Man incident was a big one in Alias.
- Break the Cutie: One of the more extreme examples in the Marvel Universe.
- Broken Bird: After the incident with the Purple Man, leading her to quit being a superhero.
- Byronic Hero: She means well and tries to help people, but she's an internally traumatized and considerably temperamental wreck and alcoholic who struggles with her tragic superhero past and future as a detective and mother of a child out of wedlock.
- Cassandra Truth: Jessica took the case of a woman whose husband (a regular joe) claimed to come from Another Dimension. This being Jessica Jones, she took it with Arbitrary Skepticism. This guy killed his wife in a gruesome manner before the case could be completed. He was detained, and Jessica was called to hear his testimony. Yes, he claims to come from another dimension... which was destroyed, as part of a huge conspiracy between heroes of this dimension, who plotted to bargain the death of countless dimensions so that this one could live. In the face of such cosmic horror, his petty murder is nothing. Nobody can ever believe such a story, right?
- Character Development: Thanks to the need to lighten her so she could appear in stuff outside of the MAX imprint (see bellow in Lighter and Softer), the Jessica of Alias is very different than the Jessica of New Avengers. As a result, it ends up looking like her relationship with Luke and the ending of Alias helped her get out of her depressed state and grow as a person.
- Chew Toy: The Armadillo. Even heroes just assume he's a villain fighting the cops when he's just an ordinary giant armadillo-man going about his business surrounded by the police and trying not to get shot, and beat him up.
- Child Hater: Discussed. Jessica denies having hated babies before she had one. Carol claims she doesn't hate them so much as she just doesn't like being around them, speculating whether it has anything to do with that time she thought she was pregnant, but it turned out to just be her alien boyfriend regenerating himself inside her womb.
- Closest Thing We Got: Killgrave orders Jessica to go to the Avengers mansion and kill Daredevil... ignoring the fact that Daredevil was not an Avenger, had never been before that point, and there was zero reason to expect to find him there. But, as Killgrave has a Compelling Voice, she has to obey his orders anyway, somehow. So she attacked the Scarlet Witch, simply because she also has a red suit.
- Conspiracy Theory: A man smoking with his friends suddenly declares that he thinks humanity isn't going to get taken over by mutants, but by spider-people.
- Dirty Mind-Reading: Emma Frost in Purple Daughter #3 finds it quite amusing to telepathically overhear Jessica musing that Emma has a pretty impressive rack.
- Drowning My Sorrows: She drank quite a lot in Alias to mask the emotional pain.
- Earth All Along: Jessica is kidnapped by someone, and held at a warehouse in some unknown location. The kidnapper actually just wanted to talk, making sure that she wouldn't run away. Once they are done, the kidnapper gives a proof of good will by simply releasing Jessica and letting her go, with no problem whatsoever. The warehouse? It was at the next street to Jessica's home.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Loan Shark is an enormous vicious villain with no reservations about killing Jones and Cage in their own home... until he sees they were setting up their daughter's birthday party and so retreats ashamedly.
- Expy: She shares a lot of similarities with Bendis's version of Spider-Woman, both with the private detective background, the friendship with Carol Danvers and the snarky Knight in Sour Armor demeanor. In fact, Alias was originally going to star Jessica Drew, but Bendis could not use her, so Jessica Jones was created instead. The two team up at one point during Alias.
- First-Person Smartass: Her narration in Alias. Spider-Man has a rival to the throne of Marvel's premier Deadpan Snarker.
- Flight: She says she can't fly very well, though it seems that she's just out of practice. In her early days as Jewel, she flew just fine.
- Flying Brick: Flight? Check. Super Strength? Check.
- Happily Married: Her marriage to Luke Cage has a lot of love. In fact, their love for each other and their daughter has helped them defeat a lot of problems together.
- Infodump: When someone takes a chair at Alias and starts to explain what the case is all about, get ready for this.
- Insult Backfire: Inverted in the last issue of Bendis's run. A client calls her a "magnificent, fabulous bitch" over the phone. Jessica starts to apologize, then realizes it was intended as a compliment.
- Leotard of Power: In the framing story of "Blind Spot", Jessica has been chained to a chair and forced to wear a knockoff Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) leotard. After she escapes from Evil!Jared, she actually keeps the leotard on just so he can be seen being beaten down by her in it.
- Lighter and Softer: An Enforced Trope via Marvel Comics' policies on their MAX publications, in which Jessica started. Marvel only permitted a limited few of their characters (such as Luke Cage, Punisher and Jessica herself) from making extended appearances in a MAX book outside of being The Cameo. Due to the mature language, sexual content, and other things, the vast majority of their exhaustive cast of characters were not allowed to participate. When Bendis felt he had done all he could with the character under these limited conditions, he ended Alias and integrated Jessica into the main Marvel Universe. As a result, she had to become a much lighter and softer character.
- Love Triangle: In Alias, she was caught in between Ant-Man and Luke Cage. She also had a interest in Matt Murdock.
- Mama Bear: Do not mess with her daughter. Norman Osborn and Kang the Conqueror both found this out the hard way.
- Meaningful Name: Miss Schilling is loaded.
- Mind Rape: The extent of the Purple Man's mental torture was so severe, she couldn't tell whether or not she was doing things with her own will or his.
- Mugging the Monster: In the first book of Alias, a Corrupt Corporate Executive sends a goon after her, who taunts her about being a necrophiliac rapist. Unfortunately for him, Jessica is much stronger and much tougher than he is and it doesn't go well.
- Notice This: A comicbook example. In the 2018 run, details about people and places are highlit in the form of polaroids with descriptive text. Being an investigator made her see things that way and she says she can't turn it off. This is a carryover of the Sherlock Scan used in Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, a series Brian Michael Bendis liked so much that when he left Marvel, he personally asked Kelly Thompson to take over Jessica.
- No, You: The Purple Man does a version of this. When trying to convince Jessica to use him as her personal genie, she argues that he would likely turn on her the moment he became annoyed with her, because he is volatile. He retorts that so is she, as if that has anything to do with anything.
- Parental Favoritism: It's highly implied from the statements of one of Killgrave sons is that out of all children he has sired, Zebediah views Kara Killgrave (who was a member of Alpha Flight and a hero) as the favorite despite the fact she is (morally) nothing like him.
- Pregnant Badass: During The Pulse. She beats the daylights out of Norman Osborn for a while after she thinks he caused a miscarriage.
- Properly Paranoid: When Maria Hill turns up in the 2016 series, Jessica speculates that she has faked her injuries to trick her into some ploy that will end with her dying in a Latverian prison. As it happens, Hill is (relatively) honest this time, but Jessica's suspicions were reasonable.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Subverted. Several people ask her if Kilgrave ever raped or sexually abused her while under his control, and she insists that he never did. However, she also insists that she feels no less humiliated, traumatized and violated than if he did.
- Remember the New Guy?: She was retconned into Marvel continuity as a Midtown High student who had a crush on Peter Parker (she was even there when he was bitten by the spider). From there, she was supposedly a minor superhero known by Carol Danvers since The Bronze Age of Comic Books. Jessica's Anti-Hero stint as Knightress before she started Alias investigations was also retconned into The Pulse.
- The Reveal: Purple Daughter Chapter 4 (second half of issue #2) reveals that the Purple Man has been alive and has been used by his newly-revealed son Benjamin to create a special serum with their blood to create stronger mind-controlled people.
- School Newspaper Newshound: Her Ultimate Marvel universe counterpart, who also attends school with Peter Parker.
- Shameless Self-Promoter: One issue has a background TV announcing that "Brian Michael Bendis saves the world"
- This line:Agent Carter: Yeah, to quote the great General Solo: That is not how any of this works
- Jessica's mother thinks Danielle's newly acquired walking skills look more like falling forward.Jessica: With style
- When Jessica shows up at the police station to see a homicide detective about a recent case, they're bringing in a woman who is cosplaying as Gwenpool.
- That same homicide detective tells her it's not like on Law & Order.
- Jessica refers to Carol as "Miss Bippity Boppity Boo".
- Raindrop's security guys sit around claiming they are, respectively, Emma Stoned, Sharon Stoned and Oliver Stoned. After sharing his spider-people conspiracy theory, the others concede that the last one is Oliver Stoned.
- Maria Hill claims not to have slept since Cold Case went off the air.
- Maria Hill calls Jessica "more human than human".
- Jessica tells Miles she doesn't want him getting in detention and joining The Breakfast Club.
- This line:
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: One of Marvel's biggest examples, and certainly the biggest female one. She curses very frequently in Alias. She was cursing even as a teenager, and even after she moved beyond MAX's mature imprint and onto the G-Teen rated comics, she kept it up, sometimes being covered up by Symbol Swearing.
- The Snark Knight: Not just a Deadpan Snarker, but she had some serious self-esteem issues before finally working on them at the end of Alias.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Jessica and Vernon Hill separately arrived at the conclusion that, 1) Maria Hill and the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D. people are professional liars, and 2) there is no special secret club for people with children.
- Superdickery: In Purple Daughter #1, the issue opens with Jessica seemingly drowning a woman while musing this is how she becomes a supervillain. In context, it turns out the woman is Kara Killgrave, who Jessica is dousing to make sure Kara can't use her mind control powers. That said, it was still quite a dick move since Kara had no hostility towards Jessica and was perfectly willing to help her.
- Super Strength: An undefined amount, thought it's at least enough for her to lift and toss cars.
- Super Toughness: Jessica is much tougher than an ordinary person, and though she survived being beaten by Iron Man and the Vision, she sustained serious injuries. She also admits that she is unsure of whether or not she is bulletproof. As of Blind Spot, it turns out she's not bulletproof. Jessica was killed by a bullet to the head from Evil!Jared, but then resurrected by Good!Jared.
- Time Travel: Dreams of an encounter with an adult version of her daughter Dani in issue 3 of her 2016 series. She's from around 30 years in the future, and has the combined powers of Jessica, Luke, and Captain America.
- The Unhug: When people give her hugs, Jessica tends to accept them passively with her arms hanging at her sides.
- Unreliable Narrator: In the first arc of the 2016 series, Sophie Brownlee tells Jessica her husband has decided he's from another world where his wife's name is Gwen and his daughter's name is Norma. When Jessica actually meets Mr. Brownlee, he informs her that his daughter's name is Lily.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Benjamin Kilgrave, Purple Man's son, is this, as he doesn't have his skin color and seemingly not his powers. He tells Jessica that Kilgrave was always disappointed in him because of this. He gets his revenge by putting Kilgrave in an induced coma and stealing his blood to create a stronger hypnosis serum by mixing it with his own.
- Wham Shot:
- The final page of Issue #6 of the 2018 series shows Dani returning home with purple skin, causing her to visually resemble the Purple Man.
- The last panel in Issue #2 of Purple Daughter shows that the Purple Man is no longer purple.
- Where da White Women At?: Jessica says to her daughter that being the product of an interracial relationship and two superheroes is enough to make her life hard. The new Power Man also had a problem with the original, her husband Luke Cage, for dating a white woman.
- Who's Your Daddy?: In Purple Daughter, this becomes a question. Danielle has always looked like a mixed-race black and white baby, but one day her skin turns purple, and her parents start to wonder if they have been hallucinating the whole time. At the end of Purple Daughter, it's revealed that Danielle is still Jessica and Luke's biological daughter and that the purple effect was a cry for help from Zebediah Kilgrave while he was kept in a coma by his son, Benjamin. At any rate, Luke has said he considers her his whether or not the biology checks out.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As part of her Jewel costume, she dyed her hair a purplish pink.