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A list of trivia related to Daredevil.

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  • Daredevil is the first of the TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe whose main cast is entirely comprised from characters derived from the comics.
  • Daredevil's first outfit is inspired by one of Frank Miller's stories, The Man Without Fear.
  • Many locations have been taken directly from the comics, like Fogwell's Gym, Josie's Bar, Matt Murdock's Apartment, Nelson and Murdock Law Office and Metro-General Hospital.
  • Matt Murdock's alias as "Mike" is an homage to the storyline where he had to pose as his own twin brother "Mike Murdock" to deflect suspicion from him being Daredevil.
  • Vanessa Marianna explains to Wilson Fisk she once dated a man in a white suit and an ascot, which is Fisk's usual outfit in the comics.
  • Ben Urich mentions having investigated Karen Page's past activities, which in the comics involve drugs and pornography.
  • Though not directly derived from the comics, the character of John Healy, a hitman that killed one of its victims in a bowling alley crushing his victim's skull with a bowling ball, shares his last name with Elton Healy and Alvin Healy, two brothers and costumed criminals. Alvin used bowling tenpins as throwing weapons, matching the scene depicted in the TV series.
  • Melvin Potter's workshop has many references to his identity as the Gladiator in the comics, such as the symbol of his costume being present in one of his designs, blueprints for his buzz-saw arm weapons and a poster for a movie, Revenge of the Gladiators.
    • It also has references for another villain Stilt-Man, by having buzz saws created by Kaxton Industries, and the set of legs used in the Stilt-Man Suit. By Season Two, the suit seems to be updated and the torso completed.
    • The woman that cares about Potter, Betsy Beatty, is the social worker that helped him rehabilitate from his criminal past in the comics.
  • The colors of the vest that Melvin Potter creates for Leland Owlsley are the same ones used by his Owlsley's comic counterpart as a costumed criminal nicknamed the Owl.


  • Foggy Nelson talks about a "Greek girl" that Matt Murdock dated back in college. Though her name was never stated, Steven S. DeKnight confirmed it was a reference to Elektra.
  • Wilson Fisk's Japanese associate, Nobu, was heavily hinted in the first season, to belong to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of the Hand, with his name being based on Kagenobu Yoshioka, and his death being burned to ashes as a reference of how members of The Hand are reduced to ashes as they die. In the second season, it is revealed that he is indeed a version of Kagenobu Yoshioka and his previously unnamed clan is, in fact, the Hand.
  • Elektra's death accidental by the hands of Nobu Yoshioka is very similar to her death in the comics, where she's killed by Daredevil's archnemesis Bullseye with her own sai.
  • Kirigi, one of the Hand's most memorable assassins in the comics, was almost introduced as Daredevil's opponent instead of Nobu in the episode Speak of the Devil. Curiously, Kirigi once survived being impaled by Elektra, but was decapitated and seemingly killed, only to be ressurected by the Hand later and then burned to death. Nobu's multiple deaths seem to be an homage to Kirigi's ones, albeit in the opposite order, as he first experimented death by fire in the first season and was then impaled and decapitated by Stick in the second one.

Iron Fist

  • Wilson Fisk's associate, Madame Gao, is heavily hinted to tie-in with the Iron Fist comics, with her birthplace being "considerably farther" than China as many people assumed, and the heroin she manufactures bearing the symbol of Steel Serpent.
  • In Kinbaku, an article on the New York Bulletin refer to a mysterious lost city. This might is a reference to the mystical city of K'un-Lun.


  • In Dogs to a Gunfight, Frank Castle and an elderly man named Jerry, both former members of the United States Marine Corps, have a chat about their military carriers. While Castle served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jerry talks about his miltary service in the Vietnam War. This is a reference to the original Punisher from the comics, who served in Vietnam as well before his backstory was updated in recent times.
  • The first four digits of Frank Castle's trial are 1986, the year of the release of the first Punisher comic book series.
  • The term Warzone is used multiple times throughout the second season to describe Frank Castle's actions, a reference to The Punisher War Zone comic book series.



Casting Decisions

Crew Members

  • Drew Goddard was initially hired as the showrunner, but had to withdraw because of his directing commitment to The Sinister Six, another Marvel property owned by Sony. Goddard remained on as a consultant while Steven S. DeKnight was hired as a replacement.

Episode Titles

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  • The title of episode 1.01, Into the Ring, is a reference to Matt Murdock's rise as a vigilantee opposite to Wilson Fisk and his allies, being compared to a new boxer stepping into the ring against his opponent and also Matt's father, a boxer himself.
  • The title of episode 1.02, Cut Man, is a reference to the wounds Daredevil sustains during the episode, and also to the assassination of Jack Murdock for not giving up his fight against Carl Creel, thus being cut from Roscoe Sweeney's schemes.
  • The title of episode 1.03, Rabbit in a Snowstorm, is a reference to the painting that Wilson Fisk starred at the end of the episode, that was described for him by Vanessa Marianna.
  • The title of episode 1.04, In the Blood,
  • The title of episode 1.05, World on Fire, is a reference to the way that Matt Murdock uses to describe how he sees the world, and also to the series of explosions in Hell's Kitchen that are caused in the episode.
  • The title of episode 1.06, Condemned, is a reference to the hunt of Daredevil and Vladimir Ranskahov by the police throughout the episode.
  • The title of episode 1.07, Stick, is a reference to Matt Murdock's old mentor, Stick, who reappears in his life during the episode.
  • The title of episode 1.08, Shadows in the Glass, is a reference to the reflection of the past that hunts Wilson Fisk, and that often sees reflected in his own mirror as a younger and bloodied version of himself.
  • The title of episode 1.09, Speak of the Devil, is a reference to the idiom Speak of the devil and he doth appear, used when an object of discussion unexpectedly becomes present during a conversation. It could be a reference to the suddening apperance of Wilson Fisk after the duel beetween Daredevil and Nobu Yoshioka. Fisk was also referred as "the Devil" in a conversation beetwen Matt Murdock and Father Lantom, during the episode.
  • The title of episode 1.10, Nelson v. Murdock, is a reference to the conflict between Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock brought in the episode, and written in the same style as used in trials.
  • The title of episode 1.11, The Path of the Righteous,
  • The title of episode 1.12, The Ones We Leave Behind, is a reference to Ben Urich's death by the end of the episode, and possibly to all the other friends and allies of Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson and Karen Page whose lifes were forsaken in their search for justice, like Daniel Fisher and Elena Cardenas.
  • The title of episode 1.13, Daredevil, is a reference to how the newspapers and general public decided to call the man in the mask after he defeated Wilson Fisk. It also references the first time in the series Matt puts on his red suit, which is closer in appearance to the classic Daredevil suit from the comics.
  • The title of episode 2.01, Bang, is a reference to the first word spoken by the Punisher in the series, when he shoots Daredevil in the forehead at the end of the episode.
  • The title of episode 2.02, Dogs to a Gunfight, is a play to the idiom "don't take a knife to a gunfight", usually referred when someone enters a fight without being adequately equipped. This is a reference to the New York City Police Department's ambush to the Punisher, that whose easily outmatched by the vigilante. It also a reference to the Punisher's dog, Max, who also appears in the episode.
  • The title of episode 2.03, New York's Finest, is a slang term referred to the New York City Police Department, usually in a dispregiative way, as a group of people who put themselves above the Law. This definition applied to both Daredevil and the Punisher.
  • The title of episode 2.04, Penny and Dime, is a reference to "One Batch, Two Batches, a Penny and Dime", Lisa Castle's favourite nursery rhyme repeated by his father before every shot.
  • The title of episode 2.05, Kinbaku, is a reference to a japanese style of bondage used for artistic or sexual purposes. In the episode's flashbacks, Roscoe Sweeney was tight by Elektra following the principles of the Kinbaku.
  • The title of episode 2.06, Regrets Only,
  • The title of episode 2.07, Semper Fidelis, is a reference to United States Marine Corps's motto.
  • The title of episode 2.08, Guilty as Sin,
  • The title of episode 2.09, Seven Minutes in Heaven, is a reference to the party game "Seven minutes in heaven". In the episode, Frank Castle had seven minutes to move in Block A in Ryker's Island to gain the informations he wanted from Dutton.
  • The title of episode 2.10, The Man in the Box,
  • The title of episode 2.11, .380,
  • The title of episode 2.12, The Dark at the End of the Tunnel, is a play to the idiom "the light at the end of the tunnel"
  • The title of episode 2.13, A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen, is a reference to the play a Cold Day in Hell, indicating something that would never happen under any circomstances. At the end of the episode, Elektra's body is recovered by the Hand and possibly resuscitated, a fact that it's considered scientifically impossible. The title also referred to the episode ending on Christmas Day, and it forms a symmetry with the beginning of the season, who started in a 100 F°-hot day.

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