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"It won't make a difference, he owns the cops."
―Carl Hoffman to Masked Man[src]

Carl Hoffman is a former corrupt detective in the New York City Police Department who was forced to go into hiding after murdering Christian Blake. He was eventually located by Daredevil who convinced him to confess to his crimes, leading to the arrest of Wilson Fisk and everyone connected to Fisk's criminal empire.


Dirty Cop

Working for Wilson Fisk

"That's what I pay them for, isn't it?"
Wilson Fisk[src]

Carl Hoffman was a detective for the NYPD. Hoffman was recruited by Wilson Fisk along with Christian Blake to turn their heads to his illegal activities and tie up any of his loose ends in exchange for money.[1]

Arrest of Karen Page

Hoffman speaks to Nelson and Murdock

When Karen Page was arrested for murder of Daniel Fisher committed by Fisk's men, Hoffman and Blake were put in charge of the case. When Page was nearly assassinated by Clyde Farnum, Blake and Hoffman were left with no choice but to allow her attorneys, Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock, to take her from the prison on bail. Hoffman was slightly taken aback when Blake had tried to threaten Murdock in spite of his blindness.[2]

Executing Piotr

Hoffman and Blake question Piotr

"Do you know who I work for?"
"Couple of dip-shit brothers no one gives a wank about."
Piotr and Carl Hoffman[src]

Piotr was arrested after an encounter with the man in the mask and Hoffman and Christian Blake were assigned to question him. Piotr offered the detectives the name of the man in charge of the criminal organization in exchange for a deal. When he told them Wilson Fisk's name, Hoffman and Blake knew they would have to kill him for betraying Fisk and asked whose turn it was to be punched to give the illusion of a fight. Hoffman was selected as the one to be hit and Blake punched him in the face before shooting Piotr.[3]

War with the Russians

Blake and Hoffman search for survivors

When Wilson Fisk ordered the Russian Mafia's strongholds to be destroyed and Hoffman and Christian Blake were both sent to investigate the burning buildings to find survivors. They found Ivan who had been injured in the explosion and was unable to move. Hoffman and Blake began torturing the man by stepping on his wounds and asking where Vladimir Ranskahov had gone, as he had survived the explosion. Ivan claimed to not know so Blake shot and killed him before ordering the rest of the officers to kill anyone they find.

Hoffman and Blake organize the crime scene

Hoffman and Blake were sent to an abandoned warehouse where the man in the mask had taken Sullivan hostage while protecting Ranskahov. They had to deal with Ben Urich, who demanded to know information about the situation. When Blake and Hoffman mocked Urich for no longer mattering in the world of television media, Urich told them that he had plenty more stories in him and maybe the pair of them would make it in one day. Under Fisk's orders, they organized a SWAT team to arrive and kill everyone inside the building. Without warning, Blake was shot in the shoulder, with both Hoffman and Urich desperately attempted to save his life.[4]

Killing Christian Blake

Hoffman defends Blake

"See, he's more than my partner, alright, he's my friend. Known him since I was a kid, that's 30, 35 years."
"How much are each of those years worth to you?"
―Carl Hoffman and Wilson Fisk[src]

With Detective Christian Blake shot and in a coma, Wilson Fisk feared he would speak against him if he was ever to wake up, so he called for a meeting with Hoffman to discuss what to do about him. Fisk and James Wesley suggested that Hoffman kill Blake but Hoffman was reluctant as he told them of his and Blake's history of knowing each other for 35 years. Fisk was able to change his mind by pointing out Blake's flaws, claiming Blake was responsible for the masked man's gaining of valuable information from Vladimir Ranskahov. Fisk bribed Hoffman with a sum of his choosing into injecting poison in his partner's catheter to finish him off.

Hoffman kills Christian Blake

Hoffman reluctantly agreed after being threatened and arrived at the hospital; Brett Mahoney was guarding the door but allowed Hoffman in after inspecting his bag, which contained a sandwich with a syringe hidden inside. Hoffman injected Blake with the poison, but, to his surprise, Blake awoke. Before Blake could raise the alarm, Hoffman was knocked out by the man in the mask. The man questioned Blake. Although the man was able to gain information, Blake did indeed die and Hoffman was able to claim that the masked man was the one who assassinated his partner.[5]

Going into Hiding

Saved by Masked Man

Leland Owlsley approached Hoffman, knowing that the detective was disillusioned with Wilson Fisk's power and offered Hoffman a safe place to hide. They agreed to a deal in which Hoffman was paid ten million dollars and if Owlsley was ever killed by Fisk, then Hoffman would go to the police. Hoffman lived in hiding for the next few weeks, with a team of armed guards around him at all times. One day, however, a team of corrupt cops under Fisk's pay, led by Corbin, stormed the location and quickly shot Hoffman's guards, leaving Hoffman covered in his guard's blood. Before Hoffman himself could be assassinated, he was saved by the masked man.

Hoffman speaks to the man in the mask

The man offered Hoffman the chance to bring down Fisk, promising that he would be protected by Brett Mahoney and could use Nelson and Murdock as his lawyers as they could not be bribed. Hoffman was reluctant as he believed Fisk would have him killed for betraying him, but the masked man assured him that the alternative was worse. As Hoffman tried to stand, the masked man knocked him down, stating he would be tracking him on his way to the precinct and warned him not to flee otherwise the vigilante would make him wish he hadn't saved him.[1]

Bringing Down an Empire

Hoffman confesses his crimes

"I need to make a statement."
―Carl Hoffman to Brett Mahoney[src]

Hoffman traveled to the police station, face still wet with blood, and met with Brett Mahoney. After hiring Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson as his lawyers, Hoffman made a statement to the NYPD and the FBI in which he confessed to accepting bribes from Wilson Fisk and named all the people associated with Fisk's organization. This action resulted in the arrests of everyone involved with Fisk's plans, along with Fisk himself.[1]


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Despite being just as greedy and corrupt as his partner Christian Blake, Hoffman still retained a conscience and felt remorseful for his wrong doings. While he was willing to carry out any orders given to him by Wilson Fisk, Hoffman was still loyal to his best friend, Blake, and was distraught at having to kill his own friend to prevent him from exposing their illicit acts. Hoffman is also very cowardly and easily manipulated by anyone with power.


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Appearances for Carl Hoffman

In chronological order:


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