Jessica Jones Month: AKA Resisting the Purple Man

Posted: October 30, 2015 in Comic Book Study, In Actuality
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Welcome to Day 9 of Jessica Jones Month! Time and time again, I’ve mentioned how Purple Man has the ability to control the minds of others and force them to do anything he wants. I’ll do a bio post on him eventually, but for now, I wanted to answer one specific question: can anyone resist the control of the Purple Man? Turns out, yes, a ton of people have resisted him over the years. The reason? Sheer force of will.

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Image taken from Daredevil #4, via

So who’s been able to best the control of Purple Man? For starters, his arch-nemesis Daredevil. During their first confrontation in 1964’s Daredevil #4, Daredevil found that he could ignore the villain’s commands, knocking him out instantly. However, this wouldn’t last; over the years, Purple Man’s power grew naturally, to the point where even Daredevil would fall to his will. However, Moon Knight was able to beat him this time around due to the use of ear plugs (a sound system, given to him by the Kingpin, boosted Purple Man’s voice, and therefore his power).

Speaking of the Kingpin, he too proved strong enough to resist the will of the Purple Man. During their first encounter, after Purple Man was brought to him, Kingpin was nearly coerced into committing suicide before shaking off the mind control. Afterwards, he set up the encounter between Purple Man, Daredevil, and Moon Knight as mentioned above.

Probably one of the most impressive feats of willpower comes from Victor von Doom. In the graphic novel Emperor Doom, the good doctor found Purple Man relaxing on a beach and kidnaped him, intending to use him in a plot to control the world. Before Doom activated the machine intended to boost his power, Purple Man claimed that even Doom would obey his commands if the armor weren’t in the way. Removing his mask, Doom stands inches away from Purple Man, and…does nothing. Shocked, Purple Man claimed that “No one has a will that strong!” before Doom calmly flipped the switch on his machine, enslaving the entire planet.

In the same story, Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, also proved resistant to Purple Man. Thanks to his unusual metabolism (his body being made of pure ionic energy), Wonder Man helped those in the Avengers with the strongest wills, including Captain America, Iron Man, and the Wasp, to break free and take down Doom. This is despite the fact that Doom’s use of Purple Man’s power was actually beneficial for humanity (war was made obsolete, nuclear weapons were destroyed, and everyone lived happy lives). Thanks a lot Wonder Man.

Do you think you could beat Purple Man’s powers? Let me know, either in the comments below or with a tweet through that widget on the left. Better yet, like the Comic Books vs The World Facebook page, and subscribe to the official Youtube channel to keep up with all the latest on Comic Books vs The World. Keep coming back for more of Jessica Jones Month!


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