Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Matthew Murdock—Daredevil

Important edit: I've gone back and rebuilt Daredevil from the bottom up, slightly modifying his powers to make better represent his abilities (which, unfortunately, includes scrapping his baton swinging thing out for more super skills :(. Sorry, he never uses it in the show). The definitive Daredevil profile will be hosted there and I'll leave this up for folks that want to see an older iteration of the character.


One last Marvel hero in preparation for Ant-Man! Sorry to people that were hoping to see Vision or Scarlet Witch hit the list first, but I haven't seen enough use or variety of either of their powers or skills to confidently build either of them yet (though I have some preliminaries set up already—Vision is really scary). This is through the end of Season 1 of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix.

Name: Matthew Murdock
Race: Human
Experience: 89 (Legendary)
Agility d12; Smarts d8; Spirit d8; Strength d6; Vigor d8
Pace 6; Parry 8; Charisma 2; Toughness 10 (4)
Hindrances: Blind, Heroic, Poverty, Vow—no killing (minor)
Edges: Arcane Background (Super Powers), Alertness, Brave, Fast Healer, Improved First Strike, Martial Artist, Acrobat, Charismatic, Improved Nerves of Steel, Counterattack, Improved Frenzy, Elan
Skills: Climbing d8, Fighting d10, Intimidation d8, Investigation d4, Healing d6, Knowledge (Law) d8, Notice d8, Persuasion d8, Stealth d6, Throwing d10, Tracking d4
Inventory: Daredevil Armor (Armor +4, Armor +2 against a Raise), Daredevil Batons (melee attack, ranged attack, swinging)
Super Powers:
  • Awareness (3): Heightened senses.
  • Attack, Melee (2): Str+d6, Multiple Attacks. Device (–2, Batons)
  • Attack, Melee (2): Str+d6, Reach 3. Device (–2, Batons), Limitation (–1, cannot use his other melee attack or his ranged attack).
  • Attack, Ranged (1): Range 3/6/12, Str+d6, Thrown. Device (–2, Batons)
  • Danger Sense (2): Heightened Senses.
  • Heightened Senses (5): Super Hearing, Super Smell, Super Taste, Super Touch, Tracking. Spatial Senses. Limitation (–2, if this power is negated, all non-Device powers are negated as well).
  • Super Attribute (6): Agility +3. (Exceptional equilibrium.)
  • Super Edges (2): First Strike.
  • Super Skills (7): Climbing +1, Fighting +2, Throwing +3, Tracking +1. (Heightened senses training.)
  • Uncanny Reflexes (4): –2 to hit. (Heightened senses and enhanced balance.)
  • Swinging (1): Device (–2, Batons).

Matthew Murdock is a Street Fighter with Super Karma (and a hell of a Hindrance for it, too; Blind basically eats up three Power Points just to get Alertness to offset it).

The son of a boxer, Matt's heroic spirit cost him his vision when he was nine, saving a man from a car accident and having chemicals splashed into his eyes for the effort. His father was shot and killed after refusing to give up a fight so Matt could receive the money from the rigged match. Soon after, Matt was approached by Stick, a blind master of stick fighting and general badassery. The old coot left soon after, but not before training Matt to be a hell of a fighting machine.

More recently, Matt graduated from law school with his friend Foggy Nelson. They now own a law firm in Hell's Kitchen, New York, but by night Matt works to clean up his city's streets by beating the living sh*t out of any criminals he can track down. This has gotten him in over his head against Wilson Fisk, one of the most powerful mob bosses in the country, though following a series of loose ends and broken teeth has led to Fisk being behind bars. For now. It is a comic-book show, after all.

Matt has impeccable balance and is an expert combatant, taking on more than a dozen men at a time and coming out on top, albeit with a fair number of cuts and bruises for it. Stick taught him a meditative technique to help him heal more quickly (Fast Healer). Despite his blindness, he can move and fight like a man with perfect vision due to his unnaturally powerful senses ("seeing" the world as a painting of fire); in fact, these senses are so strong that he can feel the words on a page, or hear the heartbeat of people he's speaking with. Even given the badass that he is, he is an extremely charming and persuasive individual that refuses to kill if he can ever avoid it.

I've upgraded his batons, likely to the ones he'll have in Season 2 (and the ones he has in the comics, where he can use the to swing and such), simply to keep a coherent hero, instead of 31 PP now and 35 later on.

There's my best build of Daredevil—the man without fear (notably doesn't posess Fearless, though; I'm not convinced any normal human can have that power). Leave questions, comments, and Season 2 hype below!


  1. This looks awesome, definitely stealing this. I wonder, if you've read the comics, if you could do w write up of Domino. That'd be awesome.

    1. I'm not a huge comics reader, but at first glance, we're looking at Great Luck, Major Phobia (Chickens), Jinx with the Improved Jinx modifier, Malfunction, high Spirit, Uncanny Reflexes, a bit of Super Agility, probably Quick, at least a d8 in Shooting, d6 Climbing and Swimming (maybe even a d8), a Ranged Attack Device (–2; probably no more than 3d6 damage, but the wiki doesn't have any examples of the staff's power), and either awareness, danger sense, or some heightened senses (also part of the staff, though danger sense might be just part of her luck.

      I hope that at least gives you a baseline to work with! It sounds like you know Domino better than I do.