When the spy known as Killgrave became exposed to chemicals, his skin turned purple and his body began to release chemicals that sap the willpower of those around him. Anyone in the vicinity of The Purple Man is helpless, completely subject to his verbal commands. Only those with exceptional willpower can overcome this, which has made him a dangerous threat despite his lack of fighting skill. The Purple Man went from a sort of joke character in the 20th Century to one of Marvel’s most despicable villains in the pages of <i>Alias</i>, where he used his powers in ways one would expect a depraved, power driven man to use them. If you want to have a punchable villain to beat up, you can’t do much better.
Zebediah Killgrave: 15 Hit Points, Melee, Green Deck
4x THE PURPLE MAN: Move any character on the board up to six spaces. If they end their movement adjacent to Killgrave, they take 3 damage.
3x DO WHAT I TELL YOU: Choose a character. That character attacks a character of your choice with a card of your choice. If there are no other characters on the board besides Killgrave, the chosen character takes 3 damage.
3x DON’T TOUCH ME: D0 Choose the target of the card this defends against. It must be either the attacker or a character the attacking character could attack. The new target may defend.
2x ABSOLUTE CONTROL: Until the start of Killgrave’s next turn, all players can only take one type of action, of your choice: Play Special Cards, Draw Cards, or Play Attack Cards. Any character who cannot do this action loses the action and takes 1 damage.
2x VIOLET PUPPETEER: Play on any character’s Life Card. As long as it is on a character’s Life Card, they may not attack Killgrave until they attack one of their allied characters. If they have no allies, they may attack themselves but cannot defend. Discard this card when one of these conditions are met.
1x I’LL DO IT MYSELF: A8 If the defending character has VIOLET PUPPETEER on their Life Card, the attack cannot be defended.
Theme: Mind controlling his allies and his enemies
Strengths: Excellent board control, high direct damage potential, redirects attacks, difficult to actually attack
Weaknesses: Very low hit points, no movement, no draw power, limited attack and defend options
Complexity – High: I would recommend all players feel comfortable at the game before using Purple Man
Path to Victory: Direct damage early, VIOLET PUPPETEER + I’LL DO IT MYSELF late
Playing as Zebediah Killgrave: The Purple Man is a character that loves to be in control, and stay out of the fight as much as possible. THE PURPLE MAN and DO WHAT I TELL YOU is obviously effective for manipulating opponents, but it can also mobilize your allies and give them extra attacks, making him a good friend for a high damage melee character with little movement. ABSOLOUTE CONTROL is a truly menacing card, as you can force an opponent to draw cards when they’d rather attack, or make them play Special cards when they don’t have any. You’ll want to know your ally and your opponents inside and out.
Playing Against Zebediah Killgrave: Killgrave is one of the most disruptive decks in the game, and he’s surprisingly durable with his Green Deck and three copies of DON’T TOUCH ME. The flip side of this is that he isn’t the most offensively gifted deck in the world – if you focus on taking out his allies, he won’t usually have enough to win a 2v1. Beware I’LL DO IT MYSELF – it’s often worth taking a smaller hit to get rid of VIOLET PUPPETEER instead of eating the unblockable A8.