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"I do what I have to. And the only way to live with it is not to wallow in it."
―Alisa Jones to Jessica Jones[src]

Alisa Jones (née Campbell) was Jessica and Phillip Jones' mother. She was seemingly killed in a car accident along her husband and son, with her daughter as the sole survivor. However, unknown to Jessica, she was brought back to life by Karl Malus' illegal experiments at IGH, which also gave her superhuman abilities. After escaping and accidentally killing Jessica's boyfriend, she stayed in the shadows with Malus, becoming life partners.

However, after Jessica and Trish Walker began to investigate IGH, Alisa's instincts to protect Malus overwhelmed her, willing to kill whoever she needed to. Once she revealed her true nature to her daughter, she was soon arrested and taken into custody, only to go insane and escape after hearing of Malus' demise. She then sought to kill Walker, whom she blamed for Karl's death, but was stopped by Jessica. Alisa then killed Detective Ruth Sunday in retaliation and later kidnapped Jessica and took her on a 'mother-daughter road trip' to escape the police. In her final moments, Alisa told her daughter that being a hero isn't a bad thing, and then she was shot in the head and killed by Trish.

Biography

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Early Life

Raising a Family

"I was ambitious. I felt stifled by him. He felt berated by me. And maybe he was. I could have been on the tenure track in the math department at the University of Michigan. But he wouldn't move. So I stayed. And I taught junior college to a bunch of underachievers. And I hated him for that. And he hated me for making him feel inadequate."
―Alisa Jones to Jessica Jones[src]

Alisa Campbell was a mathematics teacher. She married Brian Jones and together with him she had two children: a daughter, Jessica Jones (whose middle name was Alisa's maiden name), and a few years later a son, Phillip Jones. They all lived together in Caldwell, New Jersey.[3][4]

Fatal Accident

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Alisa and her family before the accident.

"I always hated Florida. But our marriage counselor suggested the trip. She said it would be a bonding opportunity. In a split second, I lost everyone. I lost myself."
―Alisa Jones to Jessica Jones[src]

Brian Jones, along with his wife and children, were going on a vacation. On the road, Jessica and Phillip got into an argument in the backseat. Alisa told Jessica to give Phillip the gameboy, which she did not do. Brian then turned around to stop the fight. In doing so he took his eyes off the road. Alisa, who was still watching the road, tried to warn Brian about a truck in front of them. Sadly, he was too late and the family crashed on the truck carrying a container of chemicals. The accident supposedly killed her, her husband and her son and left Jessica in a coma.[3]

Experimentations

First Days

Doctor Malus and Alisa in IGH

Jones and Doctor Karl Malus in the labs of IGH.

"When we got you, you were pretty much a goner. We had to induce a coma after each treatment to manage the side effects. But the way you've come through it... it's mind-blowing."
"Come through what, exactly?"
"Cutting-edge genetic editing. It stimulates healing through cell regeneration."
Karl Malus and Alisa Jones[src]

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Jessica and Stirling

"You don't get to screw her over and then just walk away."
"What are you talking–"
"Jessica thinks you love her."
"You were listening?"
"She is not your whore to pimp out!"
―Alisa Jones and Stirling Adams[src]

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Protecting Karl Malus

"I ignored Trish Walker's investigation. Alisa knew Trish could expose me. I'm all Alisa has."
"You made sure of that."
"Look, I didn't want anyone dead. Even Kozlov. Opportunistic prick stole my formulas to develop drugs for the military."
"But you didn't want him dead?"
"No! Like, Alisa was afraid that he'd blab, and she'd end up a government lab rat. She was protecting herself. And me. And you."
Karl Malus and Jessica Jones[src]

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Incarceration

"You can leave here whole, or you can leave in pieces. But one thing you will never do is control me."
―Alisa Jones to Dale Holiday[src]

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Hunting Trish Walker

"I think she might go after Trish."
"Why?"
"It makes sense. In her mind, Trish's investigation ruined her life. Forced her to kill all of those people to protect him. She probably thinks that Trish is also responsible for Karl's death."
Jessica Jones and Eddy Costa[src]

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Mother-Daughter Trip

Rescue on the Highway

"That family can describe us. And after that car flip, the cops are gonna know it's us. We need to get to the border."
"Wait, what? "We"? Then
we are doing this?"
"Don't get choked up. We still have to get out of this shitstorm."
Jessica Jones and Alisa Jones[src]

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Playland

"You are far more capable than I ever was. Maybe I don't have to be amazing. Maybe I just made you."
―Alisa Jones[src]

Alisa and Jessica Jones reached the Playland amusement park upon abandoning their RV. Though her daughter tries to plead that they escape to the docks, Alisa broke the chains that locked the gates and entered the park, heading towards the Ferris wheel. Despite being repeatedly told by Jessica not to turn the wheel on and attract attention, she expressed that she had gone as far as she could go. The mother and daughter then boarded a Ferris wheel seat together for the final time.

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Jones is shot and killed by Trish Walker

As the two conversed, Alisa was shot in the head by Trish Walker, who stood feet below the duo. After angrily commanding Trish to run away, Jessica sobbed over her mother's corpse as Eddy Costa and the NYPD arrived at the scene. Costa concluded that Jessica had killed Alisa and that she did the only thing that she could to end Alisa's killing spree.

Alisa's death by her own best friend and adoptive sister left Jessica unable to see Trish as anything more than the person who killed her mother. Despite Trish's efforts, the friendship between the two ended.[5]

Personality

"You're not the first psychopath who's wanted to team up with me. The last time one of us ended up dead."
"You really think I'm like Kilgrave?"
"Only if killing is still a viable option in your mind."
Jessica Jones and Alisa Jones[src]

Alisa Jones was an intelligent woman with a deadpan snark like wit similar to her daughter, Jessica Jones, who greatly loved her family. After her life was saved, the experiments granted Alisa a high level of strength that came with a deadly rage due to her brain damage.

Unlike Jessica, however, Alisa looked at life far more optimistically and hated being confined: to counter Jessica's preconceived notion that the Jones led a perfect life in the past, Alisa revealed that she desired to teach mathematics to a university, but was unable to because of her husband, Phillip Jones, and was struck teaching math to underachieving students. Alisa grew to resent her suburban life as a result and was considering a divorce out of a desire to do something with her life.

Despite her initial fear of her powers, Alisa desired to become a hero of sorts and use her powers for the good of others, a dream she was never able to realize due to her uncontrollable rage causing her to hurt anyone, friend or foe. However, Alisa's love for her daughter eventually allowed her to regain some control of her sanity, which Alisa decided to stop attempting to run away with Jessica and turn herself in to the authorities so her daughter would be free to live her own life, despite knowing that they would kill her.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

"We were just putting her to bed, and... she threw me like I was a ragdoll. Ten feet into a glass cabinet. I broke my back, glass ripped me to shreds. Then she got Luanne, the other nurse. She twisted that poor girl's head clean around."
Inez Green, to Jessica Jones and Trish Walker[src]
  • Superhuman Strength: Alisa possesses incredible strength that, to Jessica's own admission, far surpasses Jessica's, as gently bumping into Malcolm Ducasse caused him to go flying into a motorbike. She was easily able to throw Jessica around a bar and completely demolish a grand piano with seemingly little effort when upset. Alisa, much like her daughter, was able to forcefully open doors with little effort, and could break glass at an aquarium. She was also strong enough to be able to twist the head of Will Simpson around with minimal effort, killing him instantly. She often loses control of her strength when upset or enraged, due to her brain damage and the traumatic events that she had previously experienced.
  • Enhanced Speed: Thanks to her super strong legs, Alisa is able to move faster than a regular human. She was able to outrun Jessica Jones after being subdued at a bar. Despite sustaining an injury to her right thigh, Alisa was able to still escape the scene upon falling out of the hospital window.
  • Enhanced Durability: Thanks to the experiments from IGH, Alisa was a lot more resistant to injury compared to regular human beings, being able to jump from high places without breaking her legs and withstanding hits from Jessica. However, like Jessica, she appeared to be vulnerable to gunshots, as Trish Walker ultimately killed her when the latter shot her in the head.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: The experiments at IGH healed Alisa's skin and body from the car accident. She was unable to grow hair, however, but her healing ability allowed her to recover from gunshot wounds and any other injuries in a faster rate than what normal human beings are capable of.
  • Flight: Alisa appears to possess the ability to fly, similar to how her daughter Jessica can fly, as she was able to leap over Jessica and Trish after murdering Will Simpson. Alisa was also able to propel herself to the top of a high building in order to escape Jessica. The extent of this ability remains unknown, as she did not often demonstrate this power.

Abilities

  • Gifted Intelligence: Alisa was a candidate for a tenure-track professorship in mathematics at University of Michigan, though she did not take it because her husband Brian did not want to relocate. She was stated to be able to do cube roots in her head by Karl Malus.
  • Combatant: While not trained in martial arts or any other form of fighting, Alisa is still a dangerous combatant, using her brute strength to often overpower and brutally murder her enemies.
  • Bilingual: In addition to her native English, Alisa could fluently speak Spanish, when she met Oscar Arocho.

Equipment

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Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances of Alisa Jones

In chronological order:

Trivia

  • In the comics, the name of Jessica Jones' biological mother was never revealed, and was only referred to as Mrs. Campbell. She was going with her family on a trip to Disney World with tickets given to her husband by his boss Tony Stark.
  • Her name is an homage to Alisa Bendis, wife of Jessica Jones's creator Brian Michael Bendis.
  • Alisa's appearance in the first season compared to the second season is due to the experiments on her DNA: while the experiment healed her, the virus caused her genes to change and retain only her voice, which was able to convince her Jessica that she was truly her mother.
  • Alisa is a vegetarian.[6]

Behind the Scenes

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