|Citizen of Yugoslavia with an international criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Base of Operations|
Chemically altered human who emits a pheromone capable of sapping the will of others leaving them highly susceptible to the power of suggestion. The duration of a person being susceptible to the will of the Purple Man is limited after they are no longer in his presence and the effect eventually dissipates.
Purple Gas: Chemical derived from the same formula that gives Purple Man his powers.
Daredevil Vol. 1
|Daredevil Vol. 1 #4 (Oct. 1964)|
|Stan Lee & Joe Orlando|
Zebidiah Killgrave was an espionage agent assigned to steal a sample of an experimental nerve gas from a military base. Confronted by a guard, Killgrave was fired upon and the bullet struck a canister of the compressed gas. Bathed in the liquid form of the nerve agent, the spy's skin was indelibly dyed purple.
During interrogation, Killgrave offered an inadequate alibi, but to his surprise he was believed and released. After several more incidents of having people accept implausible stories, Killgrave had verification of his abilities. With the power to command people to do his bidding without question or concern to their own safety Killgrave embarked on a criminal career as the Purple Man.