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"Got mad respect for a smart move."
―Turk Barrett[src]

Turk Barrett is a small time crook from Hell's Kitchen and frequent enemy of Daredevil, often working for crime bosses Vladimir and Anatoly Ranskahov before betraying them and working for Wilson Fisk. He was later arrested by the FBI for his involvement in Fisk's criminal empire. Once freed on parole, Barrett continued his criminal ways, selling guns to criminals fighting the Punisher, but Barrett was soon found and stopped by Daredevil before being briefly kidnapped by the Hand, only to be rescued by Daredevil.

Biography

Working for Wilson Fisk

"Hey, hey, bitch shut up, we're getting a thousand dollars a head for ya'll, so you keep quiet, I'll let ya have a bucket."
―Turk Barrett threatens a group of women[src]
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Barrett threatens his prisoners.

Barrett was given the job of transporting a group of young women in a cargo holder to be used as prostitutes overseas. When the girls would not stop screaming due to the traumatic ordeal, Barrett held a gun at their heads and threatened them; he then promised that if they stopped screaming, he would be kind enough to give them a bucket to use as a toilet. In order to stop their screams, Barrett stunned one of the girls with a taser before ordering his men to put them in the cargo hold to begin their journey.

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Barrett tries to kill the Masked Attacker

Before the girls could be taken away, Barrett and his men were attacked by a man in a mask; although Barrett fired his gun at his attacker, he seemingly dodged the bullets before hiding amongst the cargo holds. Barrett continued to search for his enemy but was quickly disarmed by the man who beat him senseless before rescuing the girls. Barrett was forced to contact his employers, Vladimir and Anatoly Ranskahov, and inform them of what he had witnessed. Despite the strangeness of the story, the Ranskahovs believed him and informed Madame Gao, Nobu Yoshioka, Leland Owlsley and James Wesley of the attack.

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Barrett buys guns

Although Madame Gao questioned Barrett's claims, in the end, the Ranskahov brothers were able to convince the rest of the group that Barrett was to be trusted and he was allowed to continue his work for their organization. With his broken nose now bandaged, Barrett later met with a group of small-time arms dealers in a darkened alley where he purchased a box of handguns which he intended to sell himself to assassins hired by either the Ranskahovs or their employer Wilson Fisk.[1]

Gun Supplier

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Barrett sells John Healy a gun

"Love that smell. Metal and oil, fresh, never been fired."
―Turk Barrett describes his guns[src]

Barrett supplied an assassin named John Healy with a gun when was hired by Wilson Fisk and the Ranskahov brothers to assassinate a rival mobster. While Barrett enjoyed commenting on the smell of a new, unfired handgun, Healy argued that the guns were not up to standard, mentioning he preferred revolvers as there was no chance of them jamming. Barrett however assured him that the guns had his seal of approval and would never jam. Healy purchased the gun from Barrett, however it did indeed jam during the attack, leading to Healy's arrest.[2]

Tricking the Russians

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Barrett speaks to Vladimir Ranskahov

"I never liked those borscht eating bastards."
―Turk Barrett to James Wesley[src]

Barrett visited Vladimir Ranskahov as he was cleaning the corpse of his murdered brother Anatoly, Ranskahov asked Barrett what information he had for him. Barrett revealed that someone who he knew from Ryker's Island, now working as a mechanic, had had an SUV come in for cleaning covered in blood and brains; the person who owned it was apparently a large-framed bald white man. Ranskahov asked if the man was Wilson Fisk but Barrett could not confirm the name; he also claimed that the man claimed to be close to the man in the black mask. With this information Ranskahov became convinced that Fisk was working with the man in the mask and declared war with his former employer.

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Barrett meets with James Wesley

Barrett later met with James Wesley in a limo and received his payment for leaking the information to Vladimir Ranskahov. Wesley thanked him for his work before Barrett questioned why they needed to trick Ranskahov instead of blowing him up from the start, Wesley explained they need Ranskahov to be emotionally off balance as it led to his predictable actions of gathering all his men together in his warehouses, allowing for Wilson Fisk to arrange for them to be killed. Barrett noted he was always impressed and happy to work for a man with a plan like Fisk.[3]

Encounter with the Masked Man

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Barrett escapes from the Masked Man

"What're you beating on me for? I ain't done nothing!"
"It's not about you, I want information."
"What do I look like? Public damn library?"
―Turk Barrett and the Masked man[src]

One night, Barrett was attacked by the masked man, but was able to escape and went on the ran through the city; however, the masked man continued to chase him. Barrett ran up a rooftop and attempted to shoot his attacker but when Barrett attempt to jump to a second rooftop, he fell hard on the ground and was caught and disarmed.

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Barrett is threatened by the man in the mask

Barrett was told that if he went for any of his back-up weapons, the man would either break his arm or throw him off the roof; not wanting either situation to happen, Barrett surrendered. The man asked Barrett who supplied Wilson Fisk with his body armor, when Barrett claimed to have no idea the man picked him up and threatened to drop him off the roof. Terrified, Barrett revealed the name Melvin Potter, whom he believed was the man who made the suits and gave him the location of Potter's Workshop.[4]

Arrest

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Barrett attempts to escape the FBI

When Wilson Fisk's organization's true intentions were discovered by the media and the FBI due to Carl Hoffman's testimony, Barrett's part in Fisk's plans was revealed. The FBI was sent to arrest everyone associated with Fisk, including Barrett. Knowing he was caught and would be sent back to Ryker's Island, Barrett attempted to escape, running as fast as he could away from the FBI agents who were hot on his heels and jumping over the police cars, but in the end he was knocked over by a police officer and arrested.[5]

Another Brawl with Daredevil

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Daredevil confronting Barrett.

"What happened to you Turk?"
"D-Devil, the Devil in Hell's Kitchen, he's everywhere."
Jessica Jones and Turk Barrett[src]

Having escaped from jail once again, Turk Barrett went to collect money from one of his clients who owed him. However, almost immediately after he arrived, he was ambushed by Daredevil who at first threw one of his batons at him before smashing through a window and fighting the mobsters inside before beating Barrett almost to death.

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Barrett is visited by Jessica Jones

The brawl brought Barrett to the hospital, which was brought to the attention of Jessica Jones, who approached him in the hospital. Her first question to him was who had beaten him up, which he revealed to be the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, warning that he was everywhere. Jones revealed that she was hired by a woman with whom he had a baby and took his wallet to give to the woman. She then disconnected Barrett from the IV and escaped.[6]

Return to Hell's Kitchen

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Barrett sells protection against the Punisher

"I gave you what you wanted, my hands busted, got all this glass I gotta replace now, maybe just let a brother go? Come on D, I'm out on parole man, I can't go back to jail, please. I missed Hell's Kitchen."
"Yeah, it didn't miss you."
―Turk Barrett and Daredevil[src]

Barrett was once again selling guns to potential buyers, as the mobsters were scared of a new enemy who had recently attacked and almost wiped out the Kitchen Irish, including their leader Nesbitt. As Barrett recommended which guns the mobsters should use, they were intercepted by Daredevil who quickly knocked out the mobsters.

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Barrett is confronted by Daredevil once again

As Barrett attempted to escape, Daredevil broke his hand and threw him out of his car window. He forced Barrett to tell him information he heard from a man on Ryker's Island regarding Wilson Fisk's stolen ammunition, with Barrett admitting that the Mexican Cartel may have more information. Barrett pleaded for Daredevil to release him as he has missed New York City, to which Daredevil refused and threw away Barrett's car keys. Barrett then mentioned he would be out by the end of the month and was knocked out unconscious with Daredevil replying that he would see him on that day.[7]

Kidnapped by the Hand

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The Hand kidnap Barrett and Karen Page

As an attempt to lure out Daredevil, the Hand, under the orders of Nobu Yoshioka had kidnapped everyone Daredevil had saved and put away in New York City, including Barrett and Karen Page. Barrett was on house arrest at the time he was kidnapped, which gave Page the idea that the New York City Police Department were monitoring him. However, Barrett revealed that he had tampered with the device so that the police could not track him and did not want to turn it on again as he did not want to go be killed by the Hand. After seeing one of the innocents kidnapped get shot by Tyler, Barrett was convinced enough to turn his tracker back on. Two policemen eventually tracked down Barrett to the Hand's hideout but were killed. One of the Hand's men discovered the tracker on Barrett's ankle but the latter claimed that it was a family heirloom. The men were not easily fooled and proceeded to try and cut off Barrett's foot with a knife. However, before they could do it, Daredevil arrived and saved Barrett and the other hostages.[8]

Equipment

Weapons

  • Smith & Wesson 5946: Barrett carried this handgun while committing crimes, as a means of threatening his victims and defending himself. He tried to shoot at the man in the mask to prevent him from rescuing a group of women he intended to sell as slaves, and also when the masked man chased him to obtain information about Wilson Fisk's armorer.
  • Heckler & Koch P30: Barrett sold the Heckler & Koch P30 is a semi-automatic pistol to John Healy to use in an assassination, although Healy claimed he would have preferred to buy a revolver because it had no chance of jamming up, but Barrett assured him the pistol would not jam up.

Relationships

Family

  • Child

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Turk Barrett

In chronological order:

Trivia

  • In the comics, Turk Barrett is a crook who steals villains' suits to fight Daredevil. He was also a friend of Grotto.

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