Kilgrave (also known as Purple Man) is a supervillain from Marvel Comics. In all of his incarnations, he has the ability to control minds, which he uses to further his villainous schemes. He is almost always depicted as an openly sadistic and self-absorbed sociopath, who delights in finding darkly creative ways to abuse his powers and inflict suffering on others (such as in the Jessica Jones TV show forcing people to kill or maim themselves in various brutal or gruesome ways). He will also use his powers to abuse women, such as he did with Jessica Jones (leading to her retiring from superheroics and turning to hard drinking as a means of coping).
The Purple Man was created by Stan Lee and Joe Orlando.