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"I was just out of law school. No one here took me seriously. They had every right not to. The job just didn't come naturally to me like it did for you. So I worked my ass off to learn this business. And then, I won the respect of my colleagues. And, yes, part of me wants to stay because I feel connected to Dad. But the other part wants to stay for me. For what I achieved. I earned my position. I'm not gonna just walk away. Not without a fight."
―Joy Meachum to Ward Meachum[src]

Joy Meachum is the daughter of Harold Meachum, who, together with her brother Ward, spent her life building Rand Enterprises to its current position. However, upon Danny Rand's return, the Meachum siblings saw their work put in jeopardy as Rand planned to claim his birthright within the company.

Having experienced the loss of her father again alongside the betrayal of her brother, she aligns herself with Davos in an effort to seek revenge while starting anew and independent from Rand Enterprises. With the Iron Fist removed from Rand, she quickly regrets the partnership with Davos and sought the aid of Mary Walker for protection.

Biography

Early Life

Along with her brother, Ward Meachum, Joy was raised by Harold Meachum without mother who eventually died. Harold brought up his children into a business world and they wrere groomed to take over the Rand Enterprises someday. As such, she and her brother became associated with Danny Rand, the child of Harold's colleague, Wendell Rand. While Joy became Danny's close friend, Ward was abusive towards him and would often bully him.[2] When Joy was twelve, Harold took them to summer vacation in The Hamptons. She was very impressed by horses which she saw and said to her father that she wants to became a horse breader when she grew up.[3]

Danny and Meachums

Joy spent her time with Ward and Danny

Then Harold was diagnosed with terminal cancer and he didn't have long to live. For three years he suffered from illness and Joy visited him every day. Joy turned him over in bed to stop him getting bed sores and sang him "Crazy In Love" however eventually, her father died from cancer.[4]

When she grew up, Joy studied in Pierson College and made friends with Mika Prada. However, Prada stole at least three her boyfriends and her favorite teacher. Joy hated her with a passion but pretended that she liked her.[5] After Pierson, Joy studued law at Columbia University. Following her graduation, Joy inherited Rand Enterprises because Rand family gone missing and presumed dead. Alongside Ward, who became CEO, Joy worked at Rand as Chief Council.[2]

Running Rand Enterprises

Danny Rand's Return

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Walking into Ward Meachum's office, Joy meets eyes with the stranger that claimed to be Danny Rand. Visibly disturbed, she shied away from him when he attempted to embrace her. After asking to speak with Harold Meachum, she and her brother informed him that he had passed away from cancer and demand that he leave the premises. Becoming frustrated, she was frightened by his movement before security escorted him out. Later, she conversed with her brother about the incident and went home.

Arriving at Rand Enterprises Building and into her office, she is surprised by the appearance of Danny Rand. When asking him how he managed to get inside without being detected, he responded that he knew all the entrances and exits, perceiving it as his second home. She agreed to speak with him but warned him that she was armed with mace and had a button to alert security. Pouring him a cup of water, Joy explained that while Ward was persistent that he was not Rand, she partially believed that he was Rand by appearance but accepted that he died in the crash. She listened as Rand began to divulge his experience during the day of his parents' death. She watched as he became dizzy and collapsed on the floor, standing over him next to Ward. While he lie unconscious, the two had him transported and enlisted as a patient at Birch Psychiatric Hospital for treatment.[2]

Joy, later, regretted the decision to drug him; however, Ward reassured her that she did the right thing and that they could have reproted him directly to the police.[6]

Raj Patel

Assisting her brother with a business situation with Raj Patel, Joy joined the two for an approaching dinner. Dress formally, the two appraoched a limo, inside Patel awaited them with champagne and glasses. They traveled to Metro-General Hospital, where Joy told him about Kevin Kennedy, a dying boy whom was an organ donor that possessed O-negative blood. Upon his death, she informed him that his liver would go directly to Patel's nephew Terence Patel, but only if he were te sell Red Hook Pier to Rand Enterprises.[1]

Managing Ward

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Removal of the Meachums

Reviewing the story written in New York Bulletin by Karen Page, Joy experessed admiration for what published but was quickly taken aback when Lawrence Wilkins arrived in her office with security, telling her that the Board had an emergency meeting and voted the Meachums out of Rand Enterprises.[7][3]

Meeting Her Father

Ward's Initial Interaction

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Curiosity

Returning to the building, Meachum was led up the elevators and stairs to the penthouse. Entering inside, she stood shocked to find Harold Meachum living inside.[8]

Deal with the Devil

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Hospitalized

Meachum was carried by Harold and accompanied by Ward into Metro-General Hospital, rushed for the bleeding wound to her abdomen.[4]

Seeking Revenge

Recruited by Davos

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Joy speaks to Davos about killing Iron Fist

"He destroys everything he touches. Isn't it true your world fell apart after his return?"
"Things changed for me."
"And you know that if you have any hope of returning to your old life, he must be removed."
Davos and Joy Meachum[src]

Upon learning that her father had once more died for good, Meachum met with Davos, whom persuades her that the return of Rand has altered her life twice, spiraling everything downwards. She is quickly convinced that it would be best if he was removed from existence.[9]

Long Awaited Meeting

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Meachum mets with Ward and Danny Rand

"All I want is what I've worked my entire life for. And a chance to make something of my own."
"And to punish me."
"It's not about you."
"Didn't we put all this nonsense behind us?"
"All the years that you lied to me about our father? That doesn't qualify as nonsense, Ward."
―Joy Meachum and Ward Meachum[src]

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Dinner with Enemies

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Meachum and Davos tell tales of their meeting

"Danny called earlier and invited us to dinner at his place tonight."
"How would he know we know each–"
"He ran into Ward at the auction. He must've said something. We have to go. They're obviously suspicious of our friendship."
―Joy Meachum and Davos[src]

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Dealing with Walker

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Meachum tells Davos she will handle Walker

"You didn't give Danny the photos. But you did. And Danny's met you... but he hasn't met you."
"In a manner of speaking."
"I have so many questions."
"Do not ask them. I need the job."
―Joy Meachum and Mary Walker[src]

Meachum and Davos paid Mary Walker a visit at her Apartment, both confronting her on Danny Rand's possession of the photographs she had been tasked to take. Though Walker denied actively giving the photos to him and Davos attempted to attack her, Meachum advanced that the two calmed themselves; the three remained in the apartment throughout the night in an effort to gain some explanation to Rand knowing about her presence.[10]

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Meachum being chocked out by Mary Walker

While Davos left the apartment for the bowl, Meachum stayed with Walker. As she conversed her, she poked around her belongings, eventually coming across a letter that detailed Walker's disorder. She was briefly clutched and choked by Walker before cowering away into the floor. Quickly, Meachum reasoned that Walker had not purposely given away the photos and allowed her to continue her task of capturing Rand, requesting that she did so as Walker.[11]

A Dissolving Partnership

"Look, you have your Iron Fist. I'm very happy for you. Every good boy deserves one. But this cannot blow back on me. I am building something."
"You can't compartmentalize who you are, Joy. You don't just get to pretend this never happened."
"That's exactly what I get to do. This is my life we're talking about. Everything that I've worked for."
"This is my life. Everything I've worked for. I'm the Iron Fist, Joy. A sacred duty, passed down for generations. And you could be part of it."
―Joy Meachum and Davos[src]

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Offer for Protection

"I need protection. At least until I figure out an exit plan."
"I can take your money, run protection, but it's a Band-Aid. If this guy Davos decides he wants to hurt you, all bets are off. And if you don't want to run, you need to eliminate the threat."
"Eliminate is a word with connotations."
"No, it isn't. It's just what it sounds like. You can look over your shoulder day and night forever, or you can hire me to make the problem go away."
―Joy Meachum and Walker[src]

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Interrogated by Misty Knight

"Some people never have a chance. Bad-luck parents, crap schools. Life gave them lemons and nobody taught them how to make lemonade. Some people have it all and still end up a worthless piece of shit."
"I know my rights."
"Here we go."
"I haven't been arrested, I haven't been Mirandized, and I haven't spoken to my lawyer."
"I will just call this you and I having a chat in a mutual friend's apartment."
"And if I try to leave?"
"We'll see how far you get."
Misty Knight and Joy Meachum[src]

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A Possible Future

"I was gonna get out. Start my own business. See what my life could look like. My life. 'Cause only then could I even consider coming back and seeing where we stood. Two people, fully independent, trying and seeing what fences we could mend."
"I want that. Yeah."
"I know you want that, Ward. You've made your wants perfectly clear. What I'm saying is that maybe I could someday want that, too. But it has to be on my time. Not when you're ready. When I am ready."
―Joy Meachum and Ward Meachum[src]

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Rejoining Davos

"I think I was more afraid of letting go than I was of you. Fate brought us together for a reason. I can't keep ignoring that. I told you I was done and that what we did to Danny was enough. Maybe it wasn't. I heard what you did to his leg."
"He gave me no choice. What I'm planning, Joy, goes so far beyond revenge. It's about building a future we could be proud of."
"But you had to start with yourself first. Become the person you wanted to be. So if I want to make the world better, I have to be better."
―Joy Meachum and Davos[src]

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Betraying Davos

"You're out of your mind and someone has to stop you. Denigrate Danny all you want, you stole the Fist from him. You stole it. Which means you're no better than the criminals you claim to despise. It makes sense that you hang out with a bunch of teenagers, because any adult, one-eyed sycophants excluded, would instantly see how full of shit you are."
―Joy Meachum to Davos[src]

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Visited by Walker

"I think I'm gonna leave that money here and draw it out later. You know, you're one of the few people who knows both sides of me. I could use that. I could use your influence, your connections... your reach. It's not over between us, Joy."
"Don't I get a say in that?"
"That's one of the things I love most about you... is your sense of humor."
Mary Walker and Joy Meachum[src]

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Personality

"In our dealings, you present strength. You ask no quarter, give no ground. You see victory in your mind's eye, and you make it real. I respect that."
Davos[src]

Joy is a woman who feels she has no control over her own destiny. Given a company in her father's will and forced to work a job she was terrible at, she fought tooth and nail to climb the ranks and gain respect from her co-workers, learning business solely for that reason.

In the business room, she has a steely strong personality, but outside of it she is constantly searching herself, prone to bouts of staring and hesitation. She can also be quite timid around others, and will only believe someone when shown definitive proof. She even regretted drugging Danny Rand and leaving him to be taken to Birch Psychiatric Hospital, since she held a strong belief in who he really was. In truth, Rand became a reminder of the family members she had lost and the goodness in herself that she suppressed and the morality that she tries to ignore for the sake of business.

On the bright side, she is an expert detective and extremely resourceful. Every time she wants something done, she proves that she is more capable of it than even her brother Ward, proving to her father that she was a far more worthy successor to his legacy.

She is abhorrent of dishonesty, which caused her to push away her brother and Danny for lying about Harold being alive, even when they explained that they were doing so to keep her away from the Hand. Despite walking out on her father after discovering his ruthless and manipulative nature in betraying Danny after the latter had helped him escape the Hand, she later came to regret turning her back on her father right before his death. Leaving the company, she would grow to harbor a deep resentment to Danny Rand for "ruining her life", more than eager to accept Davos' offer to kill him whereas before she would have been repulsed at the very thought, such as when she would not approve of her father and Danny's plans to kill Bakuto and the Hand.

Abilities

"Yeah, I didn't go to war school, but I have an MBA and I know a little something about assessing risk."
―Joy Meachum to Davos[src]
  • Expert Businesswoman: To be added

Facilities

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Joy Meachum

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Trivia

  • In the comics, Joy Meachum was a brilliant business woman who was set to take control of Rand-Meachum, Inc. one day.

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