Karen Page

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Name: Karen Page
Occupation: Reporter,
Former secretary and paralegal
Relationships: Matt Murdock (Love interest & friend),
Foggy Nelson (Friend), Frank Castle (Love Interest)
Fandom: Daredevil (TV series), Punisher (TV series),
The Defenders (Netflix TV series) (MCU)
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Karen Page is a Marvel Comics character and also appears in the Daredevil, The Defenders and Punisher TV series, which is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


TV Series

Karen is Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson's first client. They represent her when she's framed for murder, but it is the Devil of Hell's Kitchen who clears Karen's name by releasing incriminating evidence to the press. Karen then goes to work at the Nelson & Murdock law firm as a secretary.

Karen starts investigating her old company and the corporation that owns it. She digs deeper and deeper. She gets Matt and Foggy invested in cases they've never heard of because she thinks it might be related. She hides things. She lies. She suffers from a pretty horrible case of PTSD that she tries to keep a lid on around her bosses. She fusses over the boys and cares for them when they're hurt and does secretary stuff, but that is by no means the sum total of her contribution to the story.

Karen digs so hard and so deep that she gets herself put on lists. She bands up with Ben Urich, star investigative reporter, to write the story of the century. She does corporate espionage. While Foggy and Matt are sorting out their emotional problems and Matt is off being frustrated at things as Daredevil, Karen is the only one driving the plot forward.

Seriously, I can't stress this enough, there is no takedown of Wilson Fisk without Karen.[1]

In season 2, Karen began working at the New York Bulletin, taking over from Ben.


TV Series

Common Storylines & Tropes

  • PTSD- Karen Page suffers with PTSD or displays symptoms of the same, as a result of the laundry list of bad things that have happened to her in canon
  • Karen Page's Backstory - Some fics build upon hints in canon that Karen had a traumatic and possibly criminal past.
  • Missing Scenes and fics written between seasons
    • Some post season 1 fics examine Karen's guilt at killing Wesley. Other works examine the consequences for Karen if the truth was discovered.
    • Post season 2 fics often focus on reconciling Karen with a character or characters she had distanced herself from, usually Matt Murdock or Frank Castle.


Popular Pairings

The gen pairings of each of these pairings are also quite popular.

Rarer Pairings


Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.


  • After Visiting Hours by irishcookieKaren pushes when she knows she shouldn't. She knows one day someone is going to try to get to the bottom of why she runs toward danger instead of turning her back on it. She just didn't expect that someone to be Frank Castle. She just didn't expect it to be in the middle of the night while she is confined to a hospital bed.
  • We Mean It, But I Promise We're Not Mean by patster223“I want you to teach me to fight,” Karen says again. “And what makes you think that I can teach you?” Matt says.
  • The Fusion Job by Tam_Cranver – "Karen Page, computer hacker extraordinaire, is bored with retirement–she’d rather use her skills and money to take down corrupt corporations and politicians and give the little guy a hand. Her first target is Rand Enterprises, a chemical company with a spotty safety record and feuding executives. But in order to help the victims of Rand Enterprises’ malfeasance, she’ll have to reconnect with the con artist, ex-assassin, thief, reporter, and nurse who helped her on her last job, convince them to work together again, and figure out just what Rand’s executives are up to. (A Daredevil Leverage AU)"



Archives & Fannish Links




  1. ^ Strong Female Character Friday - Karen Page (June 2015) Accessed on 3/2/2018