5. That time Daredevil was an actual demon

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Spider-Man is usually the one portrayed as down-on-his-luck, but Peter Parker's financial issues and girl troubles pale in comparison to the apocalyptic gas station toilet that is the life of Daredevil. For decades, writers/sadists Frank Miller, Brian Michel Bendis and Ben Affleck have been putting poor Matt Murdock through a physical and psychological wringer that would have toppled almost any other hero. The problem is, comics universes don't end -- after seeing the world shit on Matt's soul year after year, you start to get some diminishing returns.

In an effort to give DD a soft reboot (a.k.a. writing him out of a corner), Marvel released a miniseries that saw Daredevil possessed by a demon. A demon that could suck the hellfire off of Ghost Rider's head. 

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See, just before this, Daredevil had assumed control of The Hand, an evil ninja organization that had previously terrorized New York and the greater Marvel Universe. Though he wasn't thrilled with the idea of leading a band of murderers, it was either that or let them run amok in his city. It was kind of a deal with the devil, which became all the more literal when The Beast, a demon which The Hand had spent centuries worshipping, decided to take up residence in the body of one Matt Murdock.

This not only made Daredevil act like a prick, but it also dressed him up like an Evanescence music video. The whole mystical angle of the storyline is very strange and uncharacteristic for a hero who has been grounded and street-level for so long. So it's probably for the best that Matt got the asshole punched out of him.

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After Iron Fist used a ki-infused super punch, Matt Murdock was back to normal and even had a spring in his step. The comic that came after this reboot has a refreshing outlook and an engaging personality, but it took a lot of ridiculous and awkward preening to get to that point. We humans call this phase of our lives "puberty."

 

4. Daredevil battles Stilt-Man

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Batman has some corny villains for sure, but at least The Joker showed up in Batman #1. Daredevil, on the other hand, had to wait over a hundred issues for Bullseye and Kingpin to show up. Instead, for years DD was plagued with an awful rogue's gallery, with one of the key players being none other than the dastardly Stilt-Man. At some point, an editor thought "Hey, remember that story where Daredevil battled a guy whose main power was extending his legs like Inspector Gadget? Let's bring that guy back."

The worst part? Despite the fact that Stilt-Man's biggest defense is ducking really fast, even that throws Daredevil off his game.

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It's unclear as to whether Stilt-Man was always a joke, or if there was a turning point somewhere along the line. Either way, he's shown up a to battle DD several more times, mostly the remind us the the vast majority of Daredevil's best villains are from other comics. Not only has Stilt-Man gone on to fight other superheroes, the maniacs at Marvel even went so far as to create Lady Stilt-Man

Then again, that did bring us Deadpool riding Spider-Man in a sea of glue. 

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Alright, sometimes comic books aren't so bad.