Matt Murdock was blinded as a child by radioactive waste while saving an elderly man. The radioactivity enhanced his remaining senses to superhuman levels. As an adult, Murdock became a lawyer in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, while secretly operating at night as the crime-fighting vigilante Daredevil.
His father, “Battling Jack” Murdock, was a boxer who raised Matt alone after his mother left them. Matt took up boxing himself but urged his father to get out of the corrupt business. When Jack refused to throw a fight, he was killed by gangsters. This spurred Matt to dedicate his life to justice.
|Matthew “Matt” Murdock
|Daredevil, The Man Without Fear, The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen
|Defenders, Marvel Knights, Nelson and Murdock Law Office
|Active as a superhero and lawyer
|Daredevil (TV series, 2015-2018), Daredevil (2003 film), The Defenders (2017), Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022), Echo (2024)
|Charlie Cox, Ben Affleck
|Blinded as a child by radioactive waste, enhancing senses. Became lawyer by day, vigilante Daredevil by night. Trained in martial arts. Fights crime in Hell’s Kitchen with billy club weapon. Struggles with morals of vigilantism. Complex guardian known for faith, principles.
While still studying law at Columbia University, Matt trained hard to develop extraordinary martial arts skills. He operates at peak physical condition, using his superhuman senses and agility to outfight numerous opponents.
With his billy club as a signature weapon, Daredevil patrols Hell’s Kitchen, using his lawfirm Nelson & Murdock as a base. He faces enemies like Kingpin, Bullseye, and Elektra, while trying to balance his superhero and civilian life. A devout Catholic, Murdock struggles with the moral dilemmas of vigilantism.
His faith and principles drive him to protect Hell’s Kitchen as both a lawyer and costumed hero, becoming a streetwise, complex guardian idolized by fans as “The Man Without Fear.”
Daredevil’s Powers & Abilities
|Highly enhanced senses (hearing, smell, taste, touch) due to exposure to radioactive material. Can detect minute details.
|Exposure to radioactive isotope as a child
|Awareness of surroundings based on enhanced senses. Functions similar to echolocation.
|Training over many years
|Peak Physical Condition
|Through intense training, possesses strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes at peak human level.
|Rigorous physical and combat training
|Master Martial Artist
|Extensive skill in martial arts including boxing, ninjutsu, capoeira and others.
|Intensive training since childhood
|Remarkable agility, coordination, balance, and reflexes.
|Natural ability enhanced by training
|Skilled in stealth tactics, infiltration, and escape artistry.
|Self-taught and modified for blindness
|Ability to perform flips, jumps, rolls with superb coordination and balance.
|Natural ability and self-training
|Skilled in wielding clubs, sticks, knives in combat. Expert marksman with billy clubs.
|Training since childhood
|Sharp lawyer’s mind adept at investigation, deduction, strategy, and reasoning skills.
|Natural intelligence and legal training