Matthew Michael Murdock was born to Jonathan Murdock and Grace Murdock in the Hell's Kitchen of New York. Grace left Jonathan Murdock before too long - mostly because of his career of choice and the violent life he led. Jonathan 'Jack' Murdock was a boxer who also worked part time for Wilson Fisk - indirectly - going by the name 'Battling' Jack Murdock when in the ring. Jack's proximity to Wilson Fisk wasn't quite like the majority of Fisk's interests. Fisk had bookies working straight off of the boxing circuit and roped an unwitting Jack in through his manager (who, strangely enough, was equally unwitting as far as Fisk's intents went). By arranging matches (and, without Jack or his manager's knowledge, wins) for Jack, Fisk built him up as a heavyweight contender; and as Jack was the perpetual underdog in his fights, Fisk made a mint on him through the bookies.
Despite his career of choice - or, more likely, because of it - Jack impressed on Matt just how important it was that he have a different sort of life than the one he was leading himself. He pushed Matthew toward his studies, driving him on to be more and more successful in his efforts and his education. Though Matt loved his father and was entirely willing to do as he wanted to keep Jack happy, there was a slight hint of resentment toward it. Not toward his father, but toward the attention his avid pursuit of his education earned Matt. Namely, that of the neighborhood children; in his studies Matt neglected simple games with children his age and the like, and was as a result seen as cowardly - labelled derisively and sardonically as the 'Daredevil'. Needing a release for the frustration it built within him, Matt trained in secret in his father's gym.
Still, all this aside Matt continued to lead a fairly normal life. Of course, fate has a way of intervening with that. Matt woke up to another typical day that turned around and defied all of his expectations; a blind man began to cross the road, just as a disposal truck was passing it. Matt dove forward to push the man out of the way, just as the truck swerved to try and avoid both Matt and the blind man. The radioactive isotope the truck was carrying fell out of it and struck Matt across the face; managing to blind him. That wasn't all it did, though; as he lay in the hospital, his eyes bound, he could hear everything around him... smell everything around him... the first night was excruciating. It, as all things, passed, though.
Eventually, Fisk gave Jack the title shot itself - but by this stage, Jack had long since lost his 'underdog' status. In fact, he was the clear favorite for the match as far as the bookies were concerned... so Fisk stood to make a mint by betting against him. Fisk told Jack to throw the match, but Jack refused and won by a knockout. He didn't have long to celebrate... the Kingpin had him murdered for it. Orphaned now, Matt didn't know what to do with himself for a time. He ambled through his education, still managing to get high grades, but he couldn't see any point in it. Couldn't find any purpose. Until he met Stick; someone who would train him to make true use of his abilities.
Even with that, though, Matt had his promise to his father - to make something of himself through his education. He enrolled at Columbia Law School, where he met and became enamored with Elektra Natchios. A string of violent occurrences at the school tore them apart, though. It started when one of Elektra's friends was raped by an influential, rich boy called Trey. Her friend went and pressed charges against Trey, backed up by Elektra, but Trey's father had them buried. Unable to accept that, Elektra snuck into his room one night and threatened Trey; something that only earned her and her family more pain when Trey hired thugs to burn down her father's business. Matt managed to draw a connection between the thugs and Trey, having him arrested again. And, once again, the charges were dropped.
Deciding that he would never stop, Elektra tricked Trey into a confrontation. As soon as Matt caught wind of it, he intervened to try and save Elektra's life... and keep Elektra from becoming a murderer. Refusing to listen to someone she didn't know, Matt had to reveal himself to Elektra - and his abilities - in a bid to gain her trust. Unfortunately, it only served to condemn him somewhat; she couldn't trust someone who had been lying to him through omission for this long. She cut Trey's femoral artery and fled, leaving Matt a choice; go with her, or save Trey's life, effectively ending things between her and Matt. It wasn't any choice at all. Even when it was someone like Trey, he couldn't let him die.
Elektra withdrew from the college as Matt stayed on, furthering his education until he came to a point where he and his best friend - Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson - had the opportunity to intern beneath a fairly renowned lawyer; William Savage. Elektra and his paths crossed again before too long, though; under the pretense of helping recover her father's business, her cousins Paul and Leander Natchios used it as a front to launder money through it. Their bookkeeper, though, took the ledger and intended on taking it to the authorities. The ledger gave information on not only Paul and Leander, but the Kingpin and various other individuals; as a result, the Kingpin told Leander to get a hold of it, or Leander's life would be forfeit.
Since Elektra had been trying to find a way to have Leander release her father from Leander's debt, he saw this as a perfect opportunity; he sent Elektra to retrieve the ledger. The Kingpin, however, didn't trust Leander, and sent an assassin of his own to take care of it; Benjamin Poindexter, also known as Bullseye. Both trying to steal the ledger at the same time, Bullseye killed the bookkeeper and very nearly killed Elektra too. Bullseye took the opportunity for another type of mischief, though - he left an anonymous phone call, intending to frame Elektra for the bookkeeper's murder. Instead, her father was arrested for it.
Cue Matt; Elektra called on his aid to try and clear her father of the charges. It wasn't altogether too difficult to discover Bullseye's connection to the Kingpin; the trouble was trying to find a way to clear Elektra's father's name through that. As luck would have it, an opportunity arose; William Savage, the lawyer Matt had been interning under, had also been the bookkeeper's lawyer and had a second copy of the ledger, as well as a series of notes and testimonial tapes. Savage, however, wanted to profit from it; looking to sell the ledger to the Kingpin. Instead, the Kingpin had Bullseye kill Savage.
Elektra managed to get the ledger before Bullseye could, and she decided that her and Matt's paths had once again diverged. She knocked Matt out with a couple of sucker blows and the last Matt knew she left with the ledger to give it to the Kingpin in exchange for her father being released from prison and all charges against him being dropped. Later, Matt confronted her once more. Having run through what was left of Savage's notes and tapes, Matt told Elektra about them, telling her that they alone would have been more than enough to clear her father's name. There was another way, he told her. She could have done it without selling her soul. She could have done it without throwing in with Fisk.
Having stolen both his father from Matt, and as far as Matt's concerned, Elektra's soul, Matt's made it his life's work to take down the Kingpin, and to keep Hell's Kitchen safe.
Matt Murdock was one of the millions of people who perished when Magneto's "Ultimatum Wave" devastated New York City. His body was found by Spider-Man. After his death, his mentor, Stick, found his replacement, he discovered Raymond Conner, a 12-year old boy that developed abilities similar to Matt and groomed him take the mantle of Daredevil.
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AbilitiesAn accomplished acrobat and fighter, Daredevil is an Olympic-level athlete and gymnast. He is also a skilled attorney.
Loud Sounds can stun him.
TransportationJumping off rooftops with his Billy Clubs
Daredevil carried a Billy Club, disguised as a cane in civilian garb.
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