From Student to Sidekick
Foggy has compassion for the underdogs, though he had a ruthless mother Rosalind “Razor” Sharpe, who left Foggy’s father to focus on her law career. As a result, he was raised by his father and stepmother. Despite the fact that he was abjectly neglected by his biological mother, Foggy was fascinated with the legal profession and was accepted into a pre-law program at Columbia University in New York City.
While at Columbia, Foggy was bullied mercilessly, even by guys in his own fraternity, like Roger “Porkchop” Peterson. Luckily, he received protection from fellow law student and future best friend (and Daredevil) Matthew Murdock. When Matt began dating Elektra Natchios, Foggy did not approve. He believed her to be dangerous, which, in the end, turned out to be very true.
The two went to Harvard Law, where they took their bar exams. While there, Foggy exposed one of his instructors, Professor Golde, for committing plagiarism. He brought down Golde, even when the teacher threatened to tamper with his bar results.
While dealing with this dilemma, Foggy witnessed Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) mercilessly beating up the criminal Kruel (Victor Krueller). To keep the witnesses from squealing to the authorities, Fisk had Nelson drugged so he would not remember what he saw. Nevertheless, the incident stuck in the back of the lawyer’s subconscious, motivating him to pursue justice, no matter the cost. Where his fondness for bow ties originated from is anyone’s guess.
Foggy’s biggest foes are the ones he sees in the courtroom, namely other lawyers working against him. One of his earliest enemies, although he’d soon forget it, is Wilson Fisk, who had drugged him after Foggy witnessed the beating of Kruel. Not knowing it, Fisk created a highly-motivated crusader for justice that day as the incident remained in Nelson’s subconscious, driving his career as a lawyer from that point on.
Zebediah Killgrave (AKA Purple Man) seeks to use the legal services of Foggy and Matt, but only incurs their wrath when he kidnaps Karen. Other villains who become adversaries of Foggy are Melvin Potter, Leland Owlsley, the Jester (Jonathan Powers), and a time-traveling android known as Mr. Kline.
Foggy’s biggest ally is, of course, his best friend, Matt Murdock. Despite going their separate ways a few times over the years, the two have remained close chums since they first met in law school.
With Murdock as his friend, Foggy also gains Daredevil as a protector. Karen Page is another person on whom Foggy can rely, despite her not reciprocating his romantic feelings towards her. They can usually trust one another when the going gets tough. During the days of Nelson & Murdock, Nelson also represents a number of super powered clientele, like the Fantastic Four who became his friends and allies.