Melvin Potter was a professional criminal who designed a suit of battle armor for himself, complete with deadly wrist blades, and became known as the Gladiator. He battled Daredevil in his first criminal outing and was defeated. Gladiator went against Daredevil a few more times, before deciding to reform. He began undergoing therapy from Betsy Beatty, whom he later married. Now reformed, the Gladiator later allied with Daredevil and Elektra against the Hand.