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"I didn't want my son to see me as just an average federal employee. I messed up. I destroyed my life. My family's life. And I would do anything to take it all back again."
―Ray Nadeem to Matt Murdock[src]

Special Agent Rahul "Ray" Nadeem was an FBI agent whose attempts to provide a comfortable life for his family had led to him to taking on the case of Wilson Fisk, supplying Fisk with all of his demands in exchange for damning evidence on other crime syndicates. However, as Nadeem's investigations had led him to looking into Benjamin Poindexter's true connection with Fisk, he then discovered that Fisk had already taken over much of the FBI, and forced Nadeem to become an unwilling pawn. In his final efforts to bring down Fisk's criminal empire, Nadeem joined forces with Matt Murdock, Karen Page, and Foggy Nelson to give up evidence in court, however as this failed, Nadeem recorded a confession which leaked online, before allowing Poindexter to kill him.

Biography

Early Life

Ray Nadeem was born and raised in New York City in an Indian-American family. As a child, Nadeem was a neighbor of Jack Kem, known by everyone from their block as Jiggy. Kem proved to be a very generous man who supported a lot of his neighbors what made Nadeem see him as his personal hero. However, much to Nadeem's disappointment, Kem turned out to be a criminal who used his neighbors to cover his crimes.[3]

Many years later, Nadeem fell in love with a woman named Seema. With Seema's father's blessing, they married and gave birth to a child named Sami Nadeem.[2] In order to provide for his family, Nadeem joined the FBI New York Crime Division as a Special Agent and was stationed under Tammy Hattley's direct commands. Due to his service within the FBI, Nadeem and his family befriended with several agents, such as Benjamin Poindexter.

Saanvi's Diagnose

"There's no way out, Ray. Fisk's had you marked for more than a year."
"What do you mean, had me marked?"
"Why do you think your sister-in-law lost health coverage? He made you desperate for this job."
Tammy Hattley and Ray Nadeem[src]

Much to his horror, Nadeem was informed by his brother Nihar that his wife Saanvi was diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, Saanvi's health coverage was denied for unknown reasons and they had no money to pay for medical treatment. Nadeem financially supported his brother what eventually buried his family in debt. For several months, Nadeem was requesting for promotion at the FBI, however, for some reason, his performance reviews were deferred by Tammy Hattley.[4]

Deferred Reviews

"Your reviews have been deferred for reasons having nothing to do with scheduling or restructuring or whatever bullshit I fed you at the time. It's because I'm trying to protect you."
"Protect me?"
"Do you have any idea what your FICO score is? 557. Your FICO score is 557."
"So it's not stellar. You know, I–"
"You're buried in debt, and that makes you a recruitment target. It's Bureau policy not to promote someone with that level of vulnerability."
Tammy Hattley and Ray Nadeem[src]

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Protecting Wilson Fisk

Fisk Detail

"You tell D.C. that none of this could have happened without the unexpected connection between me and Wilson Fisk. Because that's the truth. And then none of the other shit in my file will matter. Come on, Tammy. How am I supposed to get out from under?"
"Okay, he's yours. But you need to keep him talking, Ray."
―Ray Nadeem and Tammy Hattley[src]

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Interrogating Karen Page

"Well, instead of letting Fisk use you and the FBI to retaliate against innocent lawyers who put him in prison, why don't you ask him if he hired a fixer named Felix Manning to launder money through Red Lion? Ask him if he's the true owner of a shell company called Vancorp."
"Why would I do that?"
"Because it just bought the Presidential Hotel."
"Where are you getting this from?"
"I ask questions for a living. I just ask better ones than you do."
Karen Page and Ray Nadeem[src]

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Interrogating Foggy Nelson

"With all due respect, I think you have Matt Murdock all wrong."
"Yeah, well, I don't think I do. I think Matt Murdock is hiding a double life. Lawyer by day and criminal by night. And you and Ms. Page both know all about it. It makes you uncomfortable. And complicit. And that's why you're no longer law partners or friends. Because once he's finally caught, you know you're on the hook as an accessory to his crimes. Or, if you're lucky, simply aiding and abetting."
Foggy Nelson and Ray Nadeem[src]

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Promotion

"Congratulations, Ray."
"What?"
"You were right. Your work with Fisk trumped your credit issues. The EAD approved your promotion."
Tammy Hattley and Ray Nadeem[src]

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Attack on the New York Bulletin Building

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Nadeem is informed of an attack on the New York Bulletin Building

"What the hell happened? Who did this?"
"It was Daredevil."
FBI Agent and Ray Nadeem[src]

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Realization

"There's a damn good chance that Fisk is manipulating us."
"If it's true, every asshole we put away with Fisk's help will be back on the street by morning. Everything we've done, the people we've lost, it will all be for nothing. You can't unring that bell. Just give me a chance to figure out if it's true."
Tammy Hattley and Ray Nadeem[src]

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Meeting Daredevil

"Who are you?"
"I'm Daredevil. The real one."
"You don't look like–"
"I buried the red suit. The man who attacked the Bulletin, he resurrected it."
"You do, however, match the description of a guy who's been tuning up FBI agents."
"Which is the last thing I ever wanted, but you people haven't left me any choice. If you'd just wake the hell up instead of playing right into Fisk's hands. He's using you, and I think you know it."
―Ray Nadeem and Daredevil[src]

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Investigating Poindexter

"We're gonna slip into his place. Look for any evidence that ties him to the Bulletin attack or to Fisk. If we find any, we leave it where it is. And we set off his fire alarm on our way out."
"The fire department arrives, and you circumvent a search warrant."
"But if we don't find anything... the guy goes on with his life."
"Spit it out. Who is he?"
"Special Agent Ben Poindexter."
Daredevil and Ray Nadeem[src]

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Kingpin's Enforcer

Forced into Subordination

"Do you understand your situation now? Ray? You get this?"
"Yeah, boss. I understand."
"I'm not your boss anymore. Wilson Fisk is."
Tammy Hattley and Ray Nadeem[src]

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Kingpin's Mission

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Nadeem feigns arresting Rosalie Carbone

"You could've gone to Homeland Security or the NYPD. Not take me down with you. Not murder an agent. You make a report. You get your family somewhere safe. Jesus."
"That's not an option with Fisk."
―Ray Nadeem and Tammy Hattley[src]

As the plan was put in motion, Nadeem and Benjamin Poindexter led the group of the FBI agents to arrest John Hammer. The agents stormed his workshop where Poindexter brutally beat Hammer before apprehending him, to Nadeem's horror. Driving to Everett Starr's residence, Poindexter arrested Starr on the spot while Nadeem was suspicious of his actions as he handcuffs Starr. They then arrived at the charity ceremony hosted by Rosalie Carbone, but Nadeem stopped Poindexter and went to arrest Carbone himself. He whispered to Carbone that she should go with them and Carbone chose not to resist.

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Nadeem speaks with Tammy Hattley about Kingpin

Returning to Presidential Hotel, Nadeem joined Tammy Hattley in the elevator as they were heading to Wilson Fisk's suite. Nadeem asked Hattley how she joined with Fisk and murdered Winn, but she replied that it was the only way to safe Nadeem from the death, as he should not investigate Poindexter in the first place. Nadeem was confident that they could still defeat Fisk, however, Hattley explained that he manipulated Nadeem for over a year, taking away Saanvi Nadeem's health insurance and making Nadeem being desperate for promotion, which brought him to Fisk's case.

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Kingpin orders Nadeem to remove his ankle monitor

Despite Nadeem was shocked, he still argued with Hattley, stating that she could contact the Homeland Security or the NYPD and testify against Fisk. However, she informed Nadeem that is impossible, as Fisk had her own child killed and threatened to murder her daughter, what she can do with Nadeem's family, so he has to obey. As they entered Fisk's suite, he ordered Nadeem to remove his ankle monitor, which humiliated him and then headed to the Red Fish Blue Restaurant where the criminal bosses were waiting.

Offer with the Crime Syndicates

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Nadeem lures Daredevil into the trap

"If you tipped him-"
"I said exactly what you told me to say. You were there."
Benjamin Poindexter and Ray Nadeem[src]

As they arrived at the Red Fish Blue Restaurant, Kingpin ordered Nadeem to contact Daredevil and lure him into the trap. Nadeem called Daredevil, telling him that Fisk organized a criminal meeting and sent him the address, hoping that Daredevil will understand that this was a trap. Nadeem joined the FBI agents inside the restaurant where they were guarding Rosalie Carbone, Everett Starr, and John Hammer, as well as Latimer Zyl and Sophia Carter.

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Nadeem is confronted by Benjamin Poindexter

While Nadeem was standing beside them, Fisk offered the bosses his protection from federal prosecutions, however, Starr dismissed his offer, so Benjamin Poindexter murdered him. Poindexter then noticed Daredevil is not there and confronted Nadeem, but he denied it, saying that he said exactly what Poindexter told him to do. Fisk then commanded Nadeem and Poindexter to leave the restaurant, as Daredevil avoided the trap. Nadeem and Poindexter then escorted Fisk out of the restaurant but did not head to the Presidential Hotel, as Fisk had another issue to deal with it.[5]

Exposing Kingpin's Conspiracy

Betraying Kingpin

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Nadeem asks Brett Mahoney for a private talk

"Listen to me very carefully. If we take Karen Page into custody, she'll be dead before she reaches HQ. No, don't react. Just get her the hell away from us."
―Ray Nadeem to Brett Mahoney[src]

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Allying with Daredevil

"If we're gonna get your family someplace safe, you're gonna have to trust me."
"I can't trust anybody."
"Well, I trust you. You saved Karen Page's life tonight. So I owe you one."
Daredevil and Ray Nadeem[src]

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Preparations to the Statement

"You tried to warn me about Fisk. I should have listened. And about what happened at the church-"
"Let's not... Let's not go there. In the end, you got me out alive, so I guess that means we're on the same side now."
―Ray Nadeem and Karen Page[src]

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Deal with District Attorney

"Five years, on all counts. Final offer."
"Thank you for coming by, Mr. Tower."
"Wait. He's right. I did the crime. And I need to keep my family safe. I'll take it. It's okay."
Blake Tower, Matt Murdock, Ray Nadeem[src]

As they were waiting for Blake Tower, Matt Murdock asked Nadeem is he ready to testify and Nadeem replied that he will do anything return on the right side of the line again. However, he was confronted by Murdock who reminded him that he still allowed Wilson Fisk to commit his crimes, and Nadeem insisted that he got Saanvi Nadeem's health insurance canceled and left his family with bills to pay.

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Nadeem is confronted by Matt Murdock

Murdock still claimed that Nadeem had other ways, instead of backing Fisk's play and he still did nothing when Fisk was murdering people. Nadeem finally admitted that he took Fisk's bait, as he wanted to prove to his son that he more than just the FBI agent, but instead lost everything he had, and know he will do anything to take it back. Murdock accepted his words and advised Nadeem to tell the same to Tower, so they were able to help him.

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Nadeem makes his statement to Blake Tower

Foggy Nelson walked Tower to the Fogwell's Gym where Tower asked Nadeem does he trust Nelson and Murdock, as they had their own agenda in that case, but Nadeem assured him that he trusts his lawyers. Nadeem then informed Tower about all crimes committed by Fisk during his sentence, as well as his manipulation of the FBI. Nelson offered Tower an official statement in exchange of full immunity, however, he insisted that Nadeem is a federal law enforcement officer that looked the other way while Class A felonies and homicides were committed.

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Nadeem accepts Blake Tower's conditions

Despite Murdock's objections, Tower told them that Nadeem has to spend five years in jail on each count what Murdock and Nelson did not accept. Murdock then told Tower to leave, however, Nadeem admitted that Tower was right about what he did and accepted his conditions, as it was the only way to stop Fisk and save his family. Nadeem then called Sami, leaving him a message about what bad things he might hear about his father, and assured him that he did not do them. However, he did nothing to prevent them what made him responsible, so Nadeem told Sami that the only thing he cares about is Sami's safety.[2]

Targeted by Kingpin

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Nadeem speaking with Matt Murdock about his double life

"We stick together. Understand?"
"I know what I'm doing. I'll get us to the courthouse."
"Stop, Ray. Listen to me. You need to trust me. You pretend to lead me, but you do what I say."
Matt Murdock and Ray Nadeem[src]

As Foggy Nelson and Blake Tower stayed to deal with some legal issues, Nadeem and Matt Murdock headed to the Supreme Court Building. However, instead of the police car, they got in the inconspicuous van, while the NYPD convoy organized a decoy to distract Kingpin's attention. While they were driving to the courthouse, Nadeem questioned Murdock about his vigilante life, noticing that his mistakes cost him his entire life, while Murdock is able to live two lives. Murdock answered that his mistakes almost resulted in the death of Nelson and Karen Page but they still chose to be with him.

One Last Shot

Nadeem and Matt Murdock evade Kingpin's mercenaries

En route to the courthouse, the van got caught in traffic and Murdock suddenly covered Nadeem before the van was shot up by Felix Manning's mercenaries. As their driver was killed, Murdock told Nadeem to shoot back and instructed him about the hostiles' positions, so Nadeem was able to shoot them blind. Nadeem then left the van to fight against the mercenaries, however, one of them got him from behind and prepared to kill Nadeem. Nadeem was saved by Murdock once again, knocking the mercenary out and instructed Nadeem to do what he says to get to the courthouse in safety.

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Nadeem is fighting with the mercenary

Nadeem agreed to follow Murdock, who used his enhanced senses to inform Nadeem about the mercenaries' positions. With Murdock's pointers, Nadeem managed to kill several mercenaries on their way. Murdock then informed Nadeem that he found a way out, so they moved through the mercenaries, fighting them. Nadeem successfully killed more hostiles, before Murdock instructed him to get to the bus where Murdock played a simple blind man and lured the mercenaries inside the bus. They got inside where they were ambushed by Nadeem and Murdock, however, Nadeem had a problem in close combat with the mercenary before Murdock helped him. With all mercenaries taken down, Nadeem spotted the taxi and drove to the courthouse with Murdock.[2]

Testifying Against Fisk

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Nadeem is preparing to make his statement

"Fisk is unstoppable. My family's never going to be safe."
"Don't talk like that, Ray."
"I'm sorry."
―Ray Nadeem and Foggy Nelson[src]

Nadeem and Matt Murdock had arrived at the New York State Supreme Court Building just in time before a grand jury started. Murdock informed Foggy Nelson and Karen Page that Kingpin knows that Nadeem was going to testify and sent a kill squad to eliminate him. Blake Tower asked Nadeem is he able to testify as they had planned to what Nadeem answered positively. Nelson explained to Nadeem that he will be taken for arrangement after his statement and then they will bail him out. Nadeem asked them about his wife and Page said that she and Sami will depart to New Delhi to hide from Fisk.

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Nadeem tells the jury about Kingpin's crimes

Nadeem sincerely thanked Nelson, Murdock and Page for their help, and Murdock encouraged him to take down Fisk for good. Nadeem told the jury everything about Fisk's criminal conspiracy and corruption within the FBI, and Tower noticed that he was quite convincing. Murdock further confirmed it, hearing Nadeem from the wall (what was concerning for Nadeem) and said that his son will be proud of him. However, while Nadeem was speaking with Nelson, Murdock overheard the jury and realized that Fisk got to them, as they had elected not to indict Fisk.

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Nadeem punches Foggy Nelson and escapes

Frustrated Nadeem felt sick and went to the bathroom where he was confronted by Nelson and Murdock. Despite Nelson encouraging Naddem that they can fix it, Murdock was not so optimistic and went to speak with Tower about their situation. Nadeem understood that Fisk is unstoppable and his family is never going to be safe, despite Nelson tried to calm him. Nadeem apologized to Nelson before knocking him out with the punch in the face, so he could escape the courthouse. As their attempt to take down Fisk ultimately failed, Nadeem realized that he needs to go to extremes to protect his family and took the taxi to his home.[2]

A Dying Declaration

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Nadeem returns to his house

"I am guilty of a number of criminal acts, and I was in no way acting alone. Wilson Fisk coerced me and a number of fellow FBI agents into aiding and abetting a criminal conspiracy to extort protection money from New York crime organizations."
―Ray Nadeem[src]

Returning house, Nadeem took a look at his family pictures with Seema and Sami, feeling guilty for what his family had gone through because of him. Nadeem then took his phone to record his last message for his family, knowing that Kingpin will get rid of him to cover his tracks anyway. Nadeem spoke to Seema, reminding her about their wedding vows, as well as Sami, telling what his birth meant for his life.[2]

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Nadeem looks at his family pictures

As he recorded his message for Sami, Nadeem decided to strike against Fisk the last time and decided to record his dying declaration about Fisk's criminal conspiracy. Nadeem stated that he was guilty of a number of criminal acts, as well as his fellow FBI agents, such as Arinori, Johnson, Mockta, Ramsey, Markham, O'Connor, and Tammy Hattley who was responsible for Winn's death. Noting that he had no excuse for his actions, Nadeem also revealed that Fisk had Felix Manning as his assistant and Benjamin Poindexter who impersonated Daredevil to incriminate him, murdering Paul Lantom and several New York Bulletin employees.

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Nadeem is recording his dying delcaration

Nadeem claimed that he knew what was going to happen but still let it happen which makes him guilty for all of Fisk's crimes, however, all other agents on Fisk's payroll must be punished as well. Nadeem told Seema to take the footage to his attorneys and instead of run and hide, cooperate with the FBI, as it was the only way for her and Sami to get through this. Nadeem finished the recording and left the footage for Seema, waiting for Fisk's next move.[6]

Murdered by Poindexter

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Nadeem speaking with Benjamin Poindexter

"As long as I'm alive, my family's at risk."
"Let's go, Ray."
"I'm not going anywhere with you, Dex. Whatever you need to do, you do it here."
―Ray Nadeem and Benjamin Poindexter[src]

Recording his declaration, Nadeem grabbed the bottle of beer and went to the backyard of his house where he was waiting for whoever Kingpin will send for him. Finally, Nadeem spotted Benjamin Poindexter who told him to enter the house for a proper talk, while holding him on a gunpoint. Poindexter's lie was too unconvincing for Nadeem, so he easily guessed that Poindexter simply wanted to kill him inside the house which would be much easier.

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Nadeem warns against trusting the Kingpin

Poindexter ridiculed Nadeem for his decision saying he was in a tough spot and how must have been really hard for him. Nadeem then told Poindexter that as soon as he becomes no longer useful for Fisk, he will be discarded too. Nadeem's words did not convince Poindexter but Nadeem insisted and tried to convince him to turn away from Fisk who manipulated Tammy Hattley and their colleagues within the FBI. Nadeem proposed Poindexter to cut a deal with Blake Tower and testify against Fisk, as the FBI agents.

Assassination of Ray Nadeem

Nadeem getting shot by Benjamin Poindexter

However, Poindexter rejected Nadeem's offer and informed Nadeem that he is more than an FBI agent and that he had never felt more than himself in his whole life. Understanding that he would not be able to convince him, Nadeem told Poindexter that as long as he is alive his family is at risk, while Poindexter continued to offer him once to leave with him. Nadeem told Poindexter that whatever needs to do he will do it where they are standing. Nadeem then pulled a gun and attempted to shoot him, only to be shot and killed by Poindexter who left his body in the hole.[2]

Legacy

Fisk's Downfall

"The court says that a person who believes that they're dying has less incentive to lie. Therefore, anything they say is-"
"You're telling me this is admissible in court?"
"Every damn word. It's the silver bullet to take down Fisk."
Foggy Nelson and Karen Page[src]

Since Benjamin Poindexter successfully assassinated Nadeem, Kingpin ordered Tammy Hattley to change the narrative of the events and keep his involvement from exposal. Hattley organized an official press conference and stated that Nadeem was charged with the murder of Winn, as his fingertips were found at his sidearm, and was killed by the FBI agents for resisting arrest.

However, Seema Nadeem found his declaration and went to New York City FBI Office to cooperate with Hattley and Poindexter, as Nadeem told her. They contacted Foggy Nelson and Seema secretly gave him Nadeem's phone with his declaration. Knowing that every Nadeem's word is admissible in court, Nelson and Karen Page realized that his declaration was able to take down Fisk. New York Bulletin uploaded Nadeem's confession online what allowed the NYPD to arrest Fisk, Poindexter, and every single agent on his payroll. Hattley also collaborated with Nadeem's declaration what allowed NYPD and Blake Tower to take down Fisk and his criminal network once and for all.[6]

Personality

"You confident this FBI agent can be trusted?"
"Nadeem's a ball breaker, but he seems genuinely interested in the truth. Yeah. I trust him."
Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson[src]

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Abilities

  • Expert Marksman: To be added
  • Bilingualism: Nadeem fluently speaks his native Hindi and English.

Equipment

Weapons

  • Glock 17: Nadeem used his handgun for self defense and protection as an FBI agent, working outside of the Bureau.

Other Equipment

Facilities

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Ray Nadeem

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Behind the Scenes

References

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