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Matt Murdock


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Name:Matt M. Murdock
He dwells in a world of eternal night -- but the blackness is filled with sounds and scents, tastes and textures most men cannot perceive. Although attorney Matt Murdock is blind, his other four senses function with superhuman sharpness. He stalks the streets at night, a relentless avenger of justice: Daredevil, the Man Without Fear!

Real Name: Matthew Michael Murdock
Occupation: Lawyer, adventurer

Powers: Although Daredevil is blind, his other four senses function with superhuman sharpness. His fingers can feel the faint impressions of ink on a printed page, allowing him to read by touch. The rest of his skin is equally sensitive, enabling him to perceive minute changes in the temperature and pressure of the surrounding atmosphere. Daredevil can identify individuals by smell alone, no matter how they might try to camouflage their natural odor. He can hear a person's heartbeat at a distance of 20 feet, tell whether someone is lying by listening to changes in the heart's rhythm and identify people by the specific patterns of their heartbeats. Also, Daredevil developed the ability to sense the proximity and arrangement of objects as a result of the mutagenic effects of his exposure to the same radiation that heightened his senses. Daredevil possesses the acrobatic ability of a circus performer and the pugilistic skills of a heavyweight prizefighter. Though he has studied various Asian martial-arts techniques and American boxing, his fighting style is unique; it includes movements and blows from many disciplines. Daredevil is also a highly accomplished weightlifter.

Weapons: Daredevil wields a single weapon, his billy club. As Matt Murdock, he carries it disguised as a blind man's cane. The implement separates into two parts: The straight portion contains a metal shaft and can be used as a weighted fighting baton, while the other section incorporates a grappling hook and cable mechanism that Daredevil uses to traverse the city skyline.


The son of a small-time boxer, Matt Murdock was taught by his father that fighting was not the answer to life’s problems. A poorly educated but noble man, Battlin’ Jack Murdock encouraged his son to achieve great things with his mind, rather than his fists. Idolizing his father, Matt took the advice to heart. As a result, his fellow students mockingly dubbed the introverted bookworm “Daredevil.” Humiliated, Matt began training without his father’s knowledge so he could stand up to the bullies in school.

As raised by his father, Matt was selflessly noble. This was never more apparent than when he pushed an elderly man out of the path of a runaway truck. Matt’s kindness was cruelly repaid by fate when radioactive waste from the vehicle’s payload splashed onto his eyes, blinding him. Devastated at first by his apparent handicap, Matt slowly came to realize that the accident had radically augmented his ability to perceive the world around him. His vision was gone, but the radioactivity had heightened his other senses to a superhuman degree.

Unable to adjust to his overdeveloped senses, the terrified Matt eventually came under the tutelage of the blind martial-arts master Stick. A stern, unrelenting taskmaster, Stick educated Matt in both the spiritual and physical aspects of the martial arts, refusing to let him think of himself as a helpless victim. Matt emerged as an Olympic-class gymnast and formidable hand-to-hand combatant.

As a student at Columbia University Law School, Matt met and fell in love with Elektra Natchios, the daughter of a Greek diplomat. Their happiness was shattered when Elektra’s father died during a hostage crisis. Elektra withdrew emotionally from both Matt and the world at large. Fleeing to the Far East, she buried her feelings and honed her fighting skills to razor-sharp perfection.

The loss of Elektra wasn’t the only pain Matt would suffer during his college years. Past his prime as a fighter, Jack Murdock had fallen in with a shady crowd and was ultimately murdered for refusing to throw a fight. Not satisfied with the police investigation, Matt hid his identity beneath a mask and took it upon himself to track down the criminals who had set up and murdered his father. Taking the name Daredevil, he brought those responsible to justice.

Finding satisfaction and release in his extracurricular activities, Matt adopted the costumed identity on a permanent basis. During the day, he worked within the judicial system, aided by college roommate and fellow attorney Foggy Nelson. But at night, freed from the constraints of the courtroom, Matt pursued those criminals who had slipped through the system’s cracks. For a time, he knew happiness as Daredevil, living out his fantasies as a swashbuckling crimefighter.

But Daredevil’s efforts to undermine New York’s crime infrastructure attracted the attention of the Kingpin, who made it his personal mission to destroy the hero. Hiring Elektra as his chief assassin, the Kingpin set in motion a chain of events that led to her death at the hands of Bullseye. Although she later returned to life, Elektra’s murder nearly crippled Matt emotionally—touching off a vicious cycle of violence, loss and pain.

[Matt Murdock is not mine. He is from the movie Daredevil. This journal is solely for RP. Muse and mun 18+]
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