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"Alias Investigations. How can we help?"
―Malcolm Ducasse[src]

Malcolm Joseph Ducasse is a neighbor of Jessica Jones, who suffered from drug-addiction ever since falling under the power of Kilgrave. Once he had broken his connection with Kilgrave with the help of Jones, he set about righting his wrongs by helping others affected by Kilgrave's powers, including Jones.

Biography

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Early Life

Wanting to Help People

"They're idiots and I'm just the only asshole in the world that didn't know it?"
―Malcolm Ducasse[src]

Malcolm Ducasse grew up in a household that was conscientious toward helping others. His mother said prayers in church for the sick and dying; his father worked on community projects for the poor. These experiences helped to shape an individual who desired to help others and abhorred selfishness.[1]

Kilgrave's Slave

Stalking Jessica Jones

Ducasse was once a social worker. While out and about one evening, Ducasse was cornered by two thieves demanding his wallet. They beat him up and decided to kill Ducasse before Jessica Jones arrived to stop them. Before she could help him any further, Kilgrave arrived and took off with her.

Once Jones was released from Kilgrave's control, Kilgrave found Ducasse and put him under his control. Ducasse became a junkie and Kilgrave became his primary source of drugs, which the latter supplied in exchange for pictures of Jones. Ducasse spied on her and even moved into her apartment building. Ducasse and Kilgrave met everyday around 10 in the morning at varying locations for the exchange.[2]

Creamy Peanut Butter

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Ducasse in Jessica Jones' apartment

"God damn it, Malcolm. You scared the shit out of me."
"What are you doing in my apartment?"
"This is my apartment."
Jessica Jones and Malcolm Ducasse[src]

One morning, Ducasse mistakenly entered Jessica Jones' apartment instead of his own, went into her refrigerator, and, with a knife, began eating her peanut butter, noting that it was creamy, not crunchy, as he usually had. Jones approached him, causing Ducasse to jump back in shock and ask why she was in his apartment; Jones corrected him. Jones then escorted him from her apartment as a couple knocked on the door, wondering if they had found Jones in order to hire her as a P.I..

A few days later, Ducasse entered the elevator that contained Jones and noticed that she looked disheveled; Jones told him that she was in need of money, so Ducasse offered her a television that he had stolen earlier. Jones refused the offer and rode silently beside Ducasse.[3]

Hearing Noise

Ducasse heard the arguments of Robyn and Ruben on the floor above his apartment; Ducasse was so high though that he could not distinguish those sounds from his own mental chaos. As he stepped into the hallway, he saw Jessica Jones passing and asked her which was true; she told him both.[4]

Creating Distractions

"You're a good person, Jessica Jones."
"You're high."
―Malcolm Ducasse and Jessica Jones[src]

Ducasse was high one day when he attempted to cross a street; a bicyclist nearly collided with him and fell from his bicycle. Though Ducasse apologized profusely, the bicyclist cornered and lectured him about their differences. Jessica Jones saw the confrontation and grabbed the bicyclist, forcing him to leave Ducasse alone and continue his journey.

Later, Ducasse was hungry and went to the apartment of Robyn and Ruben while she slept to obtain peanut butter. His presence scared Robyn, but Ruben escorted him from the apartment downstairs. As they entered the fifth floor of the apartment building, Ducasse was given instructions on how to walk by Ruben who was holding him upright. Jones came over to assist and placed Ducasse inside his apartment.

Soon after, Jones took Ducasse to a hospital; he did not understand why he was there because he felt that he only needed sleep and he disliked hospitals. Suddenly, Jones pushed him down and he collided with a nurse pushing a medicine cart. Ducasse and the nurse were surrounded by others who attempted to help them. As Ducasse sat with someone assisting him, Jones looked towards him as she left the hospital.[5]

The next day, Ducasse was attempting to enter his apartment, but could not find the right key; he worked on locating the right key on his keychain for almost five minutes. Meanwhile, a woman stood outside the Alias Investigations Office. Jones walked and spoke briefly to the woman before letting her inside. Jones then approached Ducasse and used a key she had to let him inside his place. When Jones asked about his welfare, he wondered why she was asking; she said that she did not want to be his excuse to get high. Ducasse told her that he did not need a reason.[6]

Suspected to Spying

Ducasse was at the entrance of Jessica Jones' Apartment Building when Jessica Jones and Will Simpson entered. Simpson noticed that Ducasse seemed to be observing them and demanded to know what Ducasse was doing. Jones separated the two and told Ducasse to get some sleep; Ducasse noted that Simpson did not like him.

Inside his apartment, Ducasse left pictures of Jones on his printer.[6]

Followed to Kilgrave

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Ducasse performed his usual routine of visiting Kilgrave for the exchange. At a newstand in Central Park, he stood by as the stand owner scolded and insulted Kilgrave, witnessing as he commanded him to throw hot coffee in his face before walking away.[2]

Saving Himself

Jessica Jones' Test

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Ducasse returned to his apartment and called Tweaky to bring him a supply of drugs, since he did not get the drugs that Kilgrave usually provided; Tweaky arrived, but became upset upon learning that Ducasse did not have any money. He tried to bargain with the drug dealer, telling her that she could have his television and computer printer in exchange for the supply; Tweaky laughed, citing that she did not need a printer and her television was better. Ducasse became anxious and thrashed his arms; the sudden move caused Tweaky to draw her gun and threaten to castrate Ducasse if he continued to act up. Suddenly, Jessica Jones entered the apartment and disarmed Tweaky. As Jones escorted Tweaky out, the drug dealer taunted Ducasse by saying that if Jones had money, she could buy the drugs for him.

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Ducasse suffers the withdrawal symptoms in Jones' bathroom

As Ducasse attempted to go after her, Jones proceeded to throw him against his bed; Ducasse told her that she could not save him again this time. Jones proceeded to handcuff Ducasse to the toilet in her bathroom to keep him from attempting to get high. Without the drugs, Ducasse's body began to suffer. Ducasse attempted to convince Jones that he was no longer a good person, pointing out that most of the time he took pictures of her for Kilgrave just so he would supply him with the drugs. Jones then proceeded to explain to Ducasse that during the months that she was enthralled by Kilgrave, that there was some part of her willpower that fought to escape from him and that she was still fighting. She further revealed that if Ducasse gave up on himself, then she will lose as Kilgrave only ruined him so that she would have another death on her hands. Jones presented him a choice: fight the addiction and become an altruistic and kind human being again or take the drugs that she had paid for him. After some initial thought, Ducasse took Jones words to heart and fought his addiction the entire night and threw the drugs away, effectively setting him on the path of getting himself clean through willpower.[2]

Helping Jessica Jones

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Search for Ruben

Knowing of Ruben's demise, Ducasse continued to keep his death a secret from Robyn, helping her out in posting flyers around the area for any information on Ruben's whereabouts.

One night with the remaining members of the Kilgrave Victim Support Group, Ducasse asked around if anyone wanted to continue to share their story. When no one volunteered, he willingly shared his story, mentioning his recent help with a friend; he told them that Kilgrave had planned to frame her for the death of their neighbor and that he kept it a secret for a while, having dumped his body in the river. Unaware, Robyn revealed that she had heard everything and intervened. Distrot, she quickly blamed Ducasse for betraying her in dumping his body and attack the group for their lack of anger for what they had gone through. Robyn continued to question Jones and her lack in informing the group on Kilgrave. Rebeling against Ducasse's wishes, she managed to bring Donald and Jackson alongside her to storm Alias Investigations Office to attack Jones.

Only seconds ahead of them, Ducasse warned Jones that Robyn and two others were planning to attack. While Robyn had knocked Jones unconscious, Ducasse was unable to fend off Jackson and Donald. Now, a freed Kilgrave, Ducasse, Robyn, Donald, and Jackson were enthralled and taken away.[7]

Enthralled Again

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At Niku, he, alongside Donald, Jackson, and Robyn, were forced to stand atop a counter with nooses around their necks. They watched as Kilgrave dined with Hope Shlottman by his side. Eventually, Jessica Jones arrived with Albert Thompson. While the two negotiated, Kilgrave ordered the four to step forward when Jones threatened to harm him. After Thompson was forced to walk to his son's side, Jones had believed that Shlottman would freed; however, when Shlottman breaks a wine glass and used the stub to stab her neck, Ducasse and the others did as commanded and stepped forward, unable to free themselves. Jones managed to knock the pipe from the ceiling and grounded the victims before rushing to Shlottman, unable to save her from bleeding out. Ducasse comforted Robyn, having experienced Kilgrave's control.[7]

After Jones cleaned her hands of Shlottman's blood, she quickly tried to persuade the others to follow along and tell the police a lie: a girl came into Niku, had too many drinks, and willingly committed suicide before they could intervene. Despite a few protests, Ducasse convinced everyone to do so. Each told the story before separating.[1]

Robyn

Later, Ducasse informed Jones that he was leaving New York City after developing feeling lonely since meeting her. Ready to leave his apartment, he heard Robyn arguing with a postal delivery woman upstairs and descalates the situation, informing Robyn that the package was for Ruben.[1]

Alias Investigations

Having been freed by Hogarth, Jones returned to her apartment-office, stressed yet relieved that she had removed Kilgrave as a threat. Receiving a load of voice mails and calls from potential clients demanding her help, Jones sat at her desk, too drained to give any of them a response; Ducasse approached her phone and answered a call for Jones, asking the caller how the agency could help with their case.[8]

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Malcolm helps Jessica Jones in locating the origin of the call

John Raymond's Case

Letting himself inside Alias Investigations Office, Ducasse took the kitchen, informing Jones that he was only there for a soda. He traveled, however, to Jones and glanced over her shoulder at her laptop, questioning if she had taken another case. Requesting he not be by her shoulder, she informed Ducasse that she originally did not want to take the case but received a call warning that Jones not take the case on. He recommended that she should attempt to trace where the call was made. After learning it originated from a payphone, Ducasse disclosed a place he used to visit during his enthrall; Jones grabbed her jacket and left, asking Ducasse to leave as she went.[9]

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Malcolm is held hostage while Jessica Jones attempts to descalate John Raymond

When Jones returned to her apartment building, she takes note that the door was ajar and becomes alert. Entering inside, she sighed, believing it was Ducasse letting himself inside. However, she found Ducasse is taken hostage by her suspect John Raymond. As Jones tried to disengage Raymond, Ducasse made a comment that he was barely on the payroll for working for Alias Investigations. Soon, everyone witnessed as Elektra slashed the locks and Raymond fire a bullet into his head. Though Ducasse asked if Jones was well, she stormed after Elektra.[10] Both Jones and Ducasse are taken into police custody for questioning.[11]

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Malcolm and the others listen to an announcement from Misty Knight

Under Police Protection

Under the request of Jones, Ducasse went to the 29th Precinct Police Station, meeting with Trish Walker. He sat next to her and was asked by Walker if he knew that Jones had connections with Daredevil; she also believed that the tremors were associated with the people that threatened them.[12][13]

Continuing Helping

Ducasse, once more, stood inside Alias Investigations Office. Standing in a chair, he told Jones that he figured he would try to fix the gunshot patches in the wall, brushing plaster across the holes.[13]

Personality

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Abilities

"Malcolm's got a knack for spying. Could be his alt career if Kilgrave doesn't OD him first."
Jessica Jones[src]
  • Expert Spy: Under the thrall of Kilgrave and in his quest to buy drugs, Ducasse had proved to be a good spy, being able to take pictures of Jessica Jones, a master detective and highly observant person, without her noticing. Even when using police surveillance videos, Jones was not able to detect him until she was given other clues. He used the fact that most people ignored or excused him to his advantage. She told Trish Walker that Ducasse could make that a career under different circumstances.
  • Multilingual: Ducasse speaks to the corpse of Ruben in Haitian Creole before disposing of it.

Relationships

Family

  • Father
  • Mother

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Malcolm Ducasse

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Trivia

Behind the Scenes

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