Mary Walker, better known as Typhoid Mary (alternatively Bloody Mary and Mutant Zero), is a Marvel Comics character created by Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr., first appearing in Daredevil #254 (dated May 1988).
Suffering from dissociative identity disorder that manifests as three distinct personalities note , Mary is a professional assassin whose services have been utilized by the likes of The Kingpin and Doctor Doom. Dangerous enough from extensive martial arts training, her mutant abilities which include super reflexes, telekinesis, pyrokinesis, and limited telepathy also make her a force to be reckoned with.
While most frequently associated as being a part of ex-lover Daredevil's rogues gallery, she's also tangled with Spider-Man, Deadpool, and the X-Men. For a brief period, she joined the Avengers' Initiative as Mutant X as a means of containing her more violent sides, but it only lasted for so long.
Mary has appeared in other media, most notably the second season of Iron Fist, as portrayed by Alice Eve. This version of the character, a former PoW whose time in Sokovia triggered the split, notably lacks her mutations and backstory with Daredevil. She also appeared in the 2003 Elektra movie as a secondary antagonist, portrayed by Natassia Malthe.
Typhoid Mary appears in:
- Elektra (2003), portrayed by Natassia Malthe
She provides examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: The "Typhoid Fever" crossover between Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Fist.
- Anti-Villain: Is sympathetic when you consider she really is criminally insane and her Mary Walker persona is actually a good person who has to deal with two evil personas.
- Ax-Crazy: Even before she shows her true colors Deadpool found her too crazy for him.
- Combo Platter Powers: Typhoid Mary possessed telekinesis, pyrokinesis, limited Mind Control powers, and outstanding swordsmanship skills. The catch was that her Split Personality disorder left her Ax-Crazy and possessing different levels of control over her abilities at different times.
- Create Your Own Villain: When Daredevil was just starting out he raided a brothel to catch the criminal running it. Much to his shock the girls began attacking him, and he accidentally knocked one out a window seemingly to her death. She would recover but the incident proved to be the final straw, and she suffered a total psychotic break becoming Typhoid Mary. However, when Mary confronts Daredevil about it, he refuses to take responsibility for what she became, telling her that no matter what happened to her, she ultimately made her own choices. This causes Mary to suffer a complete mental collapse.
- Dark Action Girl: As Typhoid Mary and Bloody Mary, she is very skilled in martial arts and the use of edged weapons.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Was a former prostitute before Daredevil kicked her out of a window by accident.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first few issues blurred the lines between the current characterization of Mary, and Typhoid; hinting that Typhoid was a more hidden aggressive persona, while the current Typhoid persona was in-fact Mary. However, later issues shifted Mary as a more timid and innocent personality, while Mary's original personality became Typhoid; and the more aggressive one became Bloody Mary.
- Does Not Like Men: The Bloody Mary persona hates all the men.
- The Dragon: Once fulfilled this role for Kingpin.
- The Dreaded: For Marvel's street-level superhuman community .New York's underworld panics when they heard she is coming back, trying to hire any muscles available in case she comes to kill them, one even tried calling Bullseye but he didn't pick up the phone.
- Evil Redhead: Particularly when she's in either of her not-so-good personalities.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Her costume usually invokes some leather.
- Jekyll & Hyde: The existence of her two or three distinct personalities often forms a key plot point.
- The Mentally Ill: Mary's one of the rare supervillains to be genuinely legally insane. Depending on the Writer, Typhoid Mary is depicted ether constantly switched between persona, unable to stop herself; or singing down the street burning people alive.
- Mutant: She is a mutant. The effectiveness of her powers differs on which personality is in control.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Typhoid Mary and Bloody Mary.
- Nice Girl: The Mary Walker persona.
- Playing with Fire: She has the power to ignite, extinguish, and control/manipulate fire.
- Psychic Powers:
- Mind over Matter: She can levitate small objects over short distances (such as weapons of under 10 pounds; knives, razors, etc.), making a knife spin in place or retrieving her weapons if they're dropped.
- Telepathy: She can implant mental suggestions in the minds of others. She can induce sleep in weak-minded individuals and most animals, or create "sensory ghosts" as a distraction, causing people to look away because they think they saw a flash or heard a noise.
- Psycho for Hire: The Typhoid Mary and Bloody Mary personas.
- Rape by Fraud: Typhoid Mary pulls this on Deadpool by disguising herself as Siryn. He does not take it well.
- Sadist: Bloody Mary, who just likes hurting people. To put this in perspective: she once scared off Deadpool, the one person who, due to his healing factor, could take all the punishment she could dish out.
- Shrinking Violet: Mary Walker is quiet, nervous, and timid.
- Split Personality: She has three separate personalities. The "Mary" personality is a timid, quiet, pacifist; her "Typhoid Mary" persona is adventurous, lustful, and violent; her "Bloody Mary" personality is sadistic, brutal, and hates all men. Typhoid was so different than Mary, that even Daredevil was, at first, unable to tell they were the same person, even with his enhanced senses. (It seemed that the change even affected her body odor somehow.)
- Stripperiffic: Most of Typhoid and Bloody Mary's costumes.
- Talkative Loon: At least when Bendis writes her.
- Tattooed Crook: She'a adorned with tattoos.
- Two-Faced: Traditionally, she sports white makeup on the right side.
- Villainous Crush: On Daredevil.
- Yandere: Because of her split personalities.