When it comes to superheroes, there aren't many as dark as Daredevil. Yeah, Batman gets a lot of attention for his work in the shadows of Gotham City, but he has high-tech weapons, a souped-up car and body armor on his side. Daredevil roams the rooftops of Hell's Kitchen with nothing but a billy club, heightened senses and martial art skills. At the same time, he's more than willing to go places that Batman won't, and that includes execution.
For the most part, Daredevil is one of those heroes who has a no-kill policy, but it's not set in stone. Some of the villains he's faced have been killed by his hand or were killed by circumstances he set in motion. Other people were complete accidents and left him wracked with guilt while others he was glad to see go. We're also covering alternate realities where a very different Daredevil faced a different set of circumstances. Daredevil has suffered a lot, but he's not above making other people suffer, and that's what we'll be reviewing today. With Daredevil shining in the miniseries Netflix's Defenders, CBR is here to showcase 15 people that Daredevil killed in cold blood.
15 THE FIST
The Hand is an ancient Japanese group of ninjas, thieves and assassins who have been sworn enemies of Daredevil and other Marvel heroes for years. In 2016's Daredevil #4 (Charles Soule, Ron Garney, Goran Sudzuka), the Hand tried to create a new and deadly weapon known as a Fist. A Fist is created by sacrificing one of the Hand's members and bringing them back to life, which makes the Fist stronger and more powerful.
In this issue, the Fist was made from the body of one of their own former members, and was sent by The Hand to kill a crime boss in Chinatown known as Tenfingers. The Fist also went after other followers of Tenfingers' church. Though the Fist was tough, Daredevil killed the monster by impaling it on its own weapon.
Created by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. in Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #4 (1994), the Kingpin's best assassin was a man known only as Larks. Since he was a child, Larks was trained by Wilson Fisk to be the perfect and soulless assassin. For Larks, killing was as natural as breathing, and ending a life was the only thing that made him happy.
In the issue, some of the Kingpin's men went rogue by kidnapping and holding a little girl for ransom, and the Kingpin sent Larks to clean up the mess by killing everyone involved. Matt Murdock went to stop him before he became Daredevil. As Murdock chased Larks with the girl, they confronted each other and Larks fired a shot that Murdock reflected to hit the assassin right between the eyes.
13 FISK'S MEN
During the fight to rescue a kidnapped girl in Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #4, Murdock found her at what seemed to be an abandoned warehouse. In reality, the warehouse was a storage facility for kidnapped children held by Fisk. They never said why Fisk wanted to keep a warehouse full of children, but we can only imagine the worst. That's why Murdock, who wasn't in the best of moods to begin with, came down hard on the men at the warehouse.
With his heightened senses and ninja-like training, Daredevil got the drop on two of Fisk's men on the docks. He took them down quickly, sending both into the water. With one man, his weight forced him underwater until he drowned, and Murdock made no attempt to save him. Murdock stabbed the other with the crook's own knife, leaving the bodies floating behind him.
12 WILSON FISK
One of Daredevil's arch-enemies is the Kingpin, better known as businessman Wilson Fisk, who ran most of the crime in New York City. Daredevil has killed him in many alternate universes, but we'll focus on one of the most important in 1989's What If #2 with the title "What if Daredevil Killed the Kingpin" (Danny Fingeroth, Greg Capullo, Keith Pollard).
At one point in mainstream continuity, Murdock's secretary Karen Page sold his identity as Daredevil to Fisk, who used the knowledge to destroy the superhero's life. He ruined Murdock's law firm and his home, and Murdock fought Fisk and lost. In the alternate history, Murdock just shot and killed the Kingpin. In the aftermath, New York City fell into a gang war and Daredevil sought his own death as punishment for his "sins." He imagined himself on trial and begged the Punisher to kill him.
11 FELICIA HARDY
In Marvel's Mangaverse, everything is different with a more Japanese manga approach to the Marvel universe. In the Mangaverse, Spider-Man is a ninja of the Spider-Clan and Daredevil is called the Devil Hunter with a costume inspired by the Japanese "oni." Felicia Hardy also changed in 2002's Spider-Man: Legend of the Spider-Clan by Kaare Andrews and Skottie Young, where she was a thief posing as a high schooler to steal a magical amulet from Norman Osborn.
She really just wanted it for the money, but Osborn sent his Graffiti Ninja after her, and she had to work with Spider-Man to escape. She didn't count on Daredevil coming for the powerful amulet, and the Devil Hunter sliced her in half. Felicia returned later on with the help of the Kingpin, who rebuilt her with cyborg implants as the Black Cat.
10 NICK FURY
The story of Daredevil and Elektra is one of the most celebrated in comics, a tragedy about Daredevil and his lost love Elektra Natchios facing each other. When Elektra was killed, Daredevil was torn apart by grief and when she was brought back to life by the Hand and made a member of their evil clan, things were never the same between them.
In 2009, What If #1 (Karl Bollers, Rafael Kayanan) launched with "Daredevil vs. Elektra," an issue that turned their story upside-down. Instead of being star-crossed lovers where Elektra died, Daredevil was the one killed, brought back to life and turned against her. In the beginning of the story, a mysterious villain attacked the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier and cut off Nick Fury's head. When his mask fell off, the villain turned out to be Matt Murdock, but his murders were only beginning.
In part two of 2009's "Daredevil vs. Elektra," the ruthless Daredevil continued his reign of terror while Elektra (as a special S.H.I.E.L.D. agent) tried to stop him. One of those she met was Stick, the highly skilled blind martial artist who trained Daredevil himself.
In the "What If" alternate universe, he worked against Murdock (now called the Advocate with a devil mask) and helped Elektra stop him. Stick took Elektra under his wing and trained her for a year to fight Murdock. Stick also pointed Elektra to some people to help her, like Wolverine and Luke Cage. With her new allies, Elektra stormed Murdock's home, only to find Stick's severed head mounted on his wall. Murdock had killed him, but Elektra fought him and got revenge for her former master.
The 2010 storyline Shadowland was a major turning point for Daredevil and many other street-level heroes in New York. In Shadowland #1 (Andy Diggle, Billy Tan), Daredevil returned to Hell's Kitchen from Japan as a very different man. He became the leader of the Hand ninja clan, and had them build him a temple known as Shadowland in an abandoned basement in the city. He began taking a more brutal approach to crime and he started by killing his longtime enemy Bullseye.
Bullseye didn't stay dead for very long, though, because Daredevil began a ritual to bring Bullseye back to life as a soldier under his control. It took a group of heroes like Iron Fist and Moon Knight to free Daredevil of the Hand's influence and stop his reign of fear.
In 2011's miniseries Daredevil Reborn (Andy Diggle, Antony Johnston, Davide Gianfelice), Daredevil struggled to deal with the fallout from his corruption, death and resurrection after the events of Shadowland. He wandered out of New York to a Mexican town, which he discovered was in the grip of a powerful drug dealer named Calavera. Calavera's black eyes had the power to make people's fears come to life, and in the third issue, he used his powers on Daredevil.
Daredevil was haunted by a vision of himself still in the grip of the Hand and killing Spider-Man along with other superheroes who tried to stop him in Shadowland. The world he saw might have seemed like a hallucination, but it has its own designation, Earth-11053. Daredevil found himself in a dark alternate world where his worst nightmares came true, but thankfully, in the main Marvel universe, didn't.
6 RICHARD FISK
Wilson Fisk's enemies aren't just from the outside, but even within his own family. That's the case with his son Richard Fisk, who broke away from his father when he discovered Wilson was the infamous Kingpin of Crime. He returned as a rival gang leader, the Rose, in mainstream continuity, but he had a different fate in 1995's What If #73 by Tom Grindberg and D.G. Chichester.
In the story called "What if Kingpin Owned Daredevil," Fisk intervened after Murdock's father was killed in the ring and raised the blind child as his own. Murdock became Fisk's personal lawyer and even convinced his adopted father to give up a life of crime. Unfortunately, Richard didn't want to lose the family business and killed his father. In a rage, Murdock killed Richard Fisk.
Alan Moore is known for both his dark stories and controversial persona, but he didn't always write stories about death and misery. In 1983's The Daredevils #8 (with art by Alan Davis), Moore wrote a rare parody of Frank Miller's Daredevil series called "Grit!" The story was about "Dourdevil," a man hit in the head by a radioactive Ray Charles record that gave him heightened senses and a great singing voice.
He began prowling the city of New Yawk City and ran into Tiepin, a possible crime lord that he didn't get to know very well because Dourdevil killed him. When trying to hold out a pen for Tiepin to sign an autograph, Dourdevil impaled the big man and left him dead from a gushing chest wound. It was a dark but funny take on the superhero.
4 TYPHOID MARY
In 1993's Daredevil: Man Without Fear #3 (Frank Miller, John Romita Jr.), Matt Murdock had to track down a thug known only as Angelo, one of the men who killed his father over a boxing match. Murdock followed the man to a brothel where he thought he would get his revenge and possibly women grateful for freedom.
Murdock was surprised when the prostitutes tried to stop him and defended the murderer Angelo. While Daredevil lashed out to defend himself, he knocked a prostitute out of the window. He was horrified by causing her death, but that was later retconned in Daredevil #254 (Ann Nocenti, John Romita Jr.) when a new villain appeared named Typhoid Mary. It was later said that the woman survived the fall and her trauma made her become one of his worst enemies.
In 1995, Scott Lobdell, Terry Kavanagh, Carlos Pacheco worked together on X-Universe #2, part of the "Age of Apocalypse" crossover event. In the AOA series, history was changed so that the mega-powerful Apocalypse took over and plunged the world into endless war. Mutants and humans alike were being rounded up and executed.
One mutant Empath (Manuel de la Rocha) was held prisoner by Colossus' brother Mikhail Rasputin, who hooked the mutant to his ship's systems to amplify his own empathic powers and control the entire Eurasian population. In Age of Apocalypse, Daredevil was Keeper Murdock, a warden for Rasputin who discovered Empath was in agony from the emotional feedback. When Murdock realized how much Empath was suffering, he did a mercy killing by beating the mutant to death with his billy club.
2 NUKE'S PILOT
In Daredevil #232 (1986), Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli first created the supervillain Nuke, a crazed Vietnam veteran who worked as a mercenary. Besides the American flag tattooed on his face, Nuke had red, white and blue pills that could give him heightened speed and stamina, along with a huge machine gun that keeps count of his kills. In his first appearance, Nuke was hired by the Kingpin to kill Daredevil.
Nuke rode a helicopter into Hell's Kitchen and basically turned the whole neighborhood into a war zone. When Daredevil fought Nuke and managed to knock him off a building, the superhero used Nuke's weapon to shoot down the helicopter firing overhead. Daredevil didn't sweat the pilot's death too much, knowing he was shooting at innocent civilians.
1 THE FIXER
Daredevil's father was a championship prize fighter known as "Battlin' Jack" Murdock, and he worked for a gangster named Roscoe Sweeney who was better known as the Fixer. The Fixer was involved in gambling and extortion, and wanted Battlin' Jack to throw a fight so he could clean up. Unfortunately, Battlin' Jack refused to throw his fight, and the Fixer sent his men to beat the boxer to death, leaving Matt an orphan.
As you can imagine, Daredevil hated the Fixer for causing his father's death and in 1980's Daredevil #164 (Roger McKenzie, Frank Miller), he finally got his revenge. Daredevil chased the Fixer into a subway station, but before he could catch the villain, the older man had a fatal heart attack and died. Daredevil didn't try to kill the Fixer, but he did strain the aging gangster's heart by chasing him around New York.
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