Typhoid Mary (Marvel)
Real Name: Mary Alice Walker
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* Fire Control
* Heat Generation
* Super Speed
* Unarmed Combat
* Weapon Master
Typhoid Mary has a low level of psionic ability which she can use to convince strong willed men to believe she loves them.
*** ORIGIN ***
Mary Walker was born into an abusive home. Her parents would furiously argue with each other, traumatizing her as an infant. Abused as a child, one day when a hand (possibly her father’s) reached into her crib the first of her multiple personalities manifested itself in a wild, clawing rage that lashed out. Mary was found to have telepathic, telekinetic and pyrokinetic abilities and was taken away and institutionalized. Her persona as Mary was gentle and cooperative, but weak and prone to seizures and other disorders. Her second identity was uncontrollable and murderous, and constantly ran a fever, giving rise to her name: Typhoid. While in the institution, she was trained in her telepathy, but also experimented on and abused.
Eventually she escaped and woke up one morning to find herself in a hotel room with rope burns and a bruised lip; as Mary, she was totally unaware of what had happened while as her other persona(e). Mary tried to become an actress and was good at it but this was short-lived and she disappeared.
Re-emerging as a prostitute working in a brothel and going by the name Lyla, Daredevil (Matt Murdock) came across her while on the hunt for one of the Fixer’s associates. Mary and her fellow prostitutes attacked Matt, fearing a police raid and she was thrown from a window. Recovering from near death after that fall, Typhoid re-took control of Mary, swearing never to be hurt by a man again and beginning her criminal career.
Typhoid Mary is an enemy and former lover of Daredevil with psionic powers, including telekinesis. She is also truly gravely mentally ill, and not entirely responsible for her actions as a result.
Suffering from dissociative identity disorder, Mary Walker has 3 other abnormal personalities in addition to her seemingly healthy one. Her "Mary" personality is a timid, quiet, pacifist; her "Typhoid" personality is adventurous, lustful, and violent; and her "Bloody Mary" persona is brutal, sadistic, and hates all men. Aside from highly developed martial arts skills, Walker also possesses telekinetic powers and, more dangerously, pyrokinesis, the ability to set people or objects in her immediate vicinity aflame.
A favorite pawn of the Kingpin, Typhoid did frequent battle (and had a love-hate relationship) with Daredevil before disappearing. Through hypnosis, her abnormal and psychotic personalities were suppressed and Mary Walker's consciousness gained dominance. She then began to lead a normal life, even becoming a soap opera star.
However, this was not to last. The Kingpin fell from power in a violent coup and was left in a coma near death. When he recovered he started rising back to power, taking out his enemies. To distract Daredevil while he retook his criminal empire, the Kingpin paid a visit to Walker while she was doing her show, and with a brunt slap released the abnormal personalities. After confronting Daredevil in his secret identity (Matt Murdock) and setting him on fire, his bodyguards Luke Cage and Jessica Jones managed to take her down. Mary was imprisoned on the 'Raft', a maximum security prison for superpowered criminals.
Electro later led an attack on the Raft, helping the prisoners break out. While the Avengers came on the scene and managed to stop some of the prisoners, Mary was one of the ones that managed to escape. She also had a brief and disturbing relationship with Deadpool.
*** MAJOR STORY ARCS ***
Typhoid Mary's criminal career brought her through Chicago and New York. Enlisting a mugger called Rip as her accomplice, she killed a group of drug dealers for their money. In Hell's Kitchen she proceeded to do the same to various criminal operations belonging to the Kingpin, to the extent that the New York press approved of her and the police tolerated her activities. As Typhoid had become a noticeable annoyance for the Kingpin and upon hearing that she was an alluring woman, he researches her and senses the perfect opportunity to bring down Daredevil and satisfy his own inner desires, inviting her to his building and offering her a million dollars to play a cruel game with Daredevil by charming him as Mary Walker and tormenting him as Typhoid. Mary manipulated her way into Matt's affections by pretending to help a young blind man named Tyrone Janson. Typhoid's apparent sickness and delirium inducing abilities along with a completely different voice, scent and changed personality kept Daredevil's super senses from determining that Mary Walker and Typhoid were the same person when she attacked him later as Typhoid. Her behavior came across to Matt as disgusting. While Matt's relationship with Mary grew, behind the scenes Typhoid was manipulating the court case involving the criminal who blinded Tyrone. Matt was successful in convicting the criminal, but Typhoid continued to try to break Matt, while at the same time keeping the Kingpin satisfied. Typhoid and Mary struggled for control of her mind as Mary's feelings for Matt gave her strength to resist Typhoid's power. When the Kingpin's skepticism in her ability to stay as typhoid reaches the point of physical abuse, while being frustrated that she couldn't have Matt and that Mary wouldn't allow her to harm him personally, Typhoid sends the Wildboys with Ammo, Bullet and Bushwacker after Daredevil. The villains batter Matt before Typhoid drops him off a bridge. Without making sure Matt was dead, she informs the Kingpin of the good news.
The demon invasion of New York in Inferno then begins. Mary regains control of her mind and ponders committing suicide to defeat Typhoid for good. Finding Matt's broken body, she approaches but a demon attack allows Typhoid to briefly retake control. Mary eventually brings Matt to the hospital and tells him about her true nature as Typhoid Mary. When Matt wakes up, his girlfriend Karen is present but he calls out for Mary instead, breaking her heart. Typhoid Mary returns to the Kingpin to inform him that Matt is still alive, but doesn't tell him that it was Mary who saved him.
Mary Walker first appeared in Daredevil #252 in March 1988 and was followed by the debut of Typhoid Mary in #254 released in May of that year. She was created by writer Ann Nocenti and artist John Romita Jr.
First Appearance: Daredevil (1964) #254
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