An Unlikely Career Path
The daughter of renowned scientist Paxton Page, Karen Page came to New York seeking an acting career, but had little luck. While considering her options at a diner, the criminal Kruel burst in with his employer Wilson Fisk, the future Kingpin, behind him. After savagely beating Kruel, Fisk drugged Karen, the only patron who dared to stand up to him, and other witnesses to forget the encounter. Months later and her prospects still dim, Karen set acting aside and found work at the fledgling law firm Nelson & Murdock. She quickly befriended her two employers, Franklin “Foggy” Nelson (another unknowing witness to Kruel’s fate) and Matt Murdock, who was secretly using his heightened senses to fight crime as Daredevil.
Karen was on the receiving end of romantic interest from both men but her interest soon centered on Murdock, who mistook her growing love for pity. Her relationship with Matt Murdock was a happy one that included a lot of mutual heartache. This joy was not to last: in the middle of wedding preparations, Karen asked Matt to give up his Daredevil alter-ego. When he refused she ended the engagement and entered a long vicious cycle of self-destruction. Embarking on a career as an actress, things went badly. As a film and TV work dried up, she became involved in the porn industry and turned to heroin. At her lowest, Karen told a dealer Matt’s secret identity in exchange for drugs. After Matt helped her kick the habit, their relationship continued intermittently until she was killed by Bullseye.
Karen Page (like Foggy Nelson) has no superpowers, but is a capable legal assistant, actress, and radio talkshow host, able to quickly adapt to new assignments.
An Easy Target
Karen makes many, many enemies the day she decides to romantically pursue Matt Murdock. In the beginning, when she doesn’t know that Matt is moonlighting as Daredevil, Karenunwittingly becomes the target of Daredevil’s enemies. Her work with Nelson & Murdock also create some legal adversaries, namely Wilson Fisk.
Friends from Work
Karen’s biggest allies, not to mention friends, are her two employers: Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock. While her romantic relationship with Matt Murdock sometimes results in heartbreak, they are still each other’s staunch supporters.