In the TV version of Jessica Jones, it seems that Kilgrave could simply be defeated by wearing strong ear protection so that you couldn't hear his commands.

Would this work, or does his power affect your mind directly?

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    Obviously, you cannot fulfill an order you cannot understand or that you don't know it's been issued. Which makes us go to why the hell they didn't got a pair of industrial security headphones and kicked his ass on the fourth episode.
    – Bardo
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 13:45
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    @Bardo Because at the time they still wanted to take him alive. In retrospect they probably should've rejected that idea much sooner.
    – Ixrec
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 13:53
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    Just a note: an ear plugs (even the best ones) doesn't completely block the sound, because the air vibration get as well transferred through the skull bones directly to eardrum. Headphones with loud music would work much better as a way to block Killgrave's voice
    – Yasskier
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 19:59
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    @rickster AYE AYE CAPTAIN!!
    – user20155
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 23:42
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    Just a note, sure this would make you immune to his effects yourself, but he almost always has others around who are not currently wearing earplugs as a contingency plan, or some other way of dealing with a single person immune to his powers, so using this method to "defeat" him is not a given.
    – Nacht
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 3:43

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Yes, this would work.

In fact, they attempt some version of this a couple of times:

  • Part of the point of the makeshift Kilgrave-prison is that it's soundproofed:

    Jessica: This is a safe house? It looks like a '70s furniture outlet.

    Simpson: The second floor is a decommissioned CDC facility. One of my boys was their investigator, held some patient zeroes here. It has a hermetically sealed room.


    Simpson: It's soundproof, too.

    Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 5: "A.K.A. The Sandwich Saved Me"

    Kilgrave can scream at you until he's blue in the face (and he does), and he can't compel you to do anything

  • In the finale, a character walks into a Kilgrave encounter wearing headphones blaring loud music. Despite him shouting numerous commands in their presence, they're only vulnerable when the headphones later fall off
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    Would they really need to be completely soundproof? Having worn regular in-ear earplugs, I had plenty of times where I had to look at someone and ask them to repeat themselves. Granted, Kilgrave would be talking much more emphatically, but this goes back to the above comment about "you have to know/understand a command has been given".
    – krillgar
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 14:33
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    Decent in-ear (plug-style) headphones and LOUD music might be a better bet.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 14:51
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    @JasonBaker Head cannon wise JJ could have been aware from her past association that "sharing air" was required to be influenced (ie, she might easily have witnessed him yelling at someone on the far side of a sealed glass window and it not working). This doesn't require knowledge of the virus, just extrapolation of previous failed control attempts.
    – Yakk
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 15:45
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    jessica seemed to know that the shared airspace was required, as she wasn't concerned with kilgrave exerting control over anyone when he called trish's radio show.
    – phantom42
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 19:39
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    I don't know that Jessica had narrowed it down to specifically "shared airspace" before we learned about the virus. What she definitely did work out was that physical proximity had something to do with it, since right from the beginning she says that it takes time and distance for the power to wear off.
    – Ixrec
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 21:34

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