History Comicbook / ThePunisher

31st May '17 4:27:36 PM SilentStranger
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* DrugsAreBad: To an almost cartoonish degree in the 80's, Frank apparently considered drug dealing to be the worst crime a person could commit this side of the Nurmberg trials. Has lessened since them, though he's not exactly thrilled about people using or selling drugs now either, he'll usually just go after dealers who are also killers.



** In a ''What If'', Castle visits the Our Lady of Saints church a few minutes before Eddie Brock does and winds up becoming Comicbook/{{Venom}}.

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** In a ''What If'', Castle visits the Our Lady of Saints church a few minutes before Eddie Brock does and winds up becoming Comicbook/{{Venom}}. Not knowing what the symbiote is (he thought it might be some sort of SHIELD experimental weapon) he uses the suit to it's full extent, until it starts going out at night when he's asleep to kill people, and at one point even hits Microchip. When the symbiote is cornered by Spiderman, MoonKnight and Daredevil, Frank regains consciousness and realizes what has happened. He undergoes a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind and regains control of his body, and tells the symbiote that he will literally blow his brains out rather than let it control him, and basically forces it to obey him.



* EatTheRich: Copycat vigilante Mr Payback, who targeted corrupt businessmen and other rich people who prey on the poor. A good deal more sympathetic than his fellow copycats The Holy and The Elite. However, he accidently killed an innocent cleaningwoman during one particular killing spree, something Frank considers unforgivable.

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* EatTheRich: Copycat vigilante Mr Payback, who targeted corrupt businessmen and other rich people who prey on the poor. A good deal more sympathetic than his fellow copycats The Holy and The Elite. However, he accidently killed an atleast four innocent cleaningwoman people during one particular his killing spree, sprees, because, as Frank points out, he doesnt bother to actually PLAN anything, he just bursts in and goes nuts. As such, he's just as bad as the people he killed (not helped by him trying to justify himself that "losses has to be expected", something Frank considers unforgivable.Elite and the Holy also tries).



* FalseReassurance: If you're a criminal and The Punisher promises you something like "''scratching your name from his list''"... you better talk anyway, even if you are sufficiently GenreSavvy to recognize what that means, as being shot right after giving him the necessary information is still preferable to his [[ColdBloodedTorture other methods]] [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique of loosening tongues]].
* FillerArc: The "Taxi Wars" arc in the Marvel Knights run, those issues(and the one-shot where Frank travels back in time to kill Al Capone) are the only ones during that period not written by Garth Ennis and are also the only Knights issues to not be reprinted.

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** Frank is well aware that he has zero chance of ever actually winning his war on crime, or even making a serious dent in the criminal population. MAX Microchip calculates that Frank has killed about 800 people in the 30 years he's been active (in that continuity, mainstream canon is all over the place). Anyone with even a passing understanding of population statistics can tell you that is less than a fraction of a fraction of 1% of the U.S professional criminal population, much less the rest of the world.
* FalseReassurance: If you're a criminal and The Punisher promises you something like "''scratching your name from his list''"... you better talk anyway, even if you are sufficiently GenreSavvy to recognize what that means, as being shot right after giving him the necessary information is still preferable to his [[ColdBloodedTorture other methods]] [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique of loosening tongues]].
tongues]]. Frank might feel generous if you're a random thief or dealer, but if you're a killer, you're basically already dead.
* FillerArc: The "Taxi Wars" arc in the Marvel Knights run, those issues(and the one-shot where Frank travels back in time to kill Al Capone) Capone ([[spoiler: which was AllJustADream]]) are the only ones during that period not written by Garth Ennis and are also the only Knights issues to not be reprinted.reprinted. They're not bad, they just stick out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the series.



** Frank's ComicBook/UltimateMarvel counterpart may be even more fanatic about his crusade than Frank is. Even having the Ultimate Marvel version of ComicBook/GhostRider, an agent of {{Satan}}, telling him "''keep up the good work''" doesn't dissuade him from his killing spree. He thinks the message comes from his family, or maybe even God himself.

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** Frank's ComicBook/UltimateMarvel counterpart may be even more fanatic about his crusade than Frank is. Even having the Ultimate Marvel version of ComicBook/GhostRider, an agent of {{Satan}}, telling him "''keep up the good work''" doesn't dissuade him from his killing spree. He thinks the message comes from his family, or maybe even God himself. He's also even more suicidal than the regular Frank, to the point that, when he thinks he's accidentally killed an innocent person, he demands to be "Punished".



* GasStationOfDoom: Frank Castle runs into one in Louisiana, that's actually a front for an inbred CannibalClan.
* GenreBlind: The numerous gangsters, mobsters, and other crooks who think that ''they'' [[AttackAttackAttack will be the one to finally bring Frank down]].

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* GasStationOfDoom: Frank Castle runs into one in Louisiana, that's actually a front for an inbred CannibalClan.
CannibalClan (MAX only).
* GenreBlind: The numerous gangsters, mobsters, and other crooks who think that ''they'' [[AttackAttackAttack will be the one to finally bring Frank down]].



* IrishExplosivesExpert: The "Kitchen Irish" arc has one ... though his face is mangled from a bomb that blew up in his face, so either he had a bad day or the "Expert" part of the trope name doesn't quite fit.

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* IrishExplosivesExpert: The "Kitchen Irish" arc has one ... though his face is mangled from a bomb that blew up in his face, so either he had a bad day or the "Expert" part of the trope name doesn't quite fit. To be fair, homemade explosives are volatile at the best of times, and being an expert wont keep them from backfiring on you.



** Frank come off as this sometimes, especially towards Soap, who he's even stated that he keeps him around because Soap's whiny personality makes it harder to feel bad in case criminals use Soap to get to him. He's also needlessly antagonistic towards Spiderman and Daredevil, who's sole crime is trying to keep Frank from turning New York into a slaughterhouse.
** His time on General Ross's Thunderbolts has a rather nasty scene where GhostRider is killed when his powers mysteriously fail in the middle of a crocodile-infested river (secretly sabotaged by The Leader who had found some mystical way of disrupting them), and his only response is a snide remark about how superpowered individuals have no idea how their powers work and how he'd rather trust in his guns. Fittingly, this storyline has both him and Electra, the BadassNormal's of the group, die when they're stuck in a pit trap in an ancient temple, a trap that Ghost Rider could easily have escaped (not that either of them mind all that much, being DeathSeeker's). This entire timeline is erased when Ross ends up rewinding time with the help of an infant Celestial.



* LighterAndSofter: After getting his own series, Punisher became a good deal more sympathetic, to the point that he rarely used real bullets in crossovers. This reached it's hightpoint in a crossover with ''PowerPack'' (Frank does have a soft spot for kids, but that usually extends to just avoiding them so they wont get caught in the crossfire and protecting them from bad guys, not teaming up with them).



* MadeOfIron: To an absolutely '''insane''' degree, The Punisher can take a ''lot'' of [[{{Pun}} punishment]]. He has survived falls from considerable heights, countless gunshots (even unarmored), being stabbed, being [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown brutally beaten]] up and much, ''much'' more during his career. He has even tangled with super-powered beings more often than the Average-Joe {{Badass Normal}} of the Marvel Universe.

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* MadeOfIron: To an absolutely '''insane''' degree, The Punisher can take a ''lot'' of [[{{Pun}} punishment]]. He has survived falls from considerable heights, countless gunshots (even unarmored), being stabbed, being [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown brutally beaten]] up and much, ''much'' more during his career. He has even tangled with super-powered beings more often than the Average-Joe {{Badass Normal}} of the Marvel Universe.Universe (with the possible exception of Daredevil).
27th May '17 12:33:03 PM nombretomado
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Frank Castle is a [[TheVietnamWar Vietnam War veteran]] who saw his wife, son and daughter slaughtered in a Mafia hit gone wrong. So he got himself a black shirt with a scary white skull on the front and a whole [[MoreDakka lot of guns]], and started a one-man war on crime.

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Frank Castle is a [[TheVietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam War veteran]] who saw his wife, son and daughter slaughtered in a Mafia hit gone wrong. So he got himself a black shirt with a scary white skull on the front and a whole [[MoreDakka lot of guns]], and started a one-man war on crime.
27th May '17 10:10:00 AM rmctagg09
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* DecapitationStrike: The Punisher often pulls these off, as disorganized crime is easier to deal with.
** ComicBook/ThePunisherMax begins with Frank sneaking up on the birthday party of the centenarian Don Cesare, shooting him and as many of the invited high-rankers as he can. The resulting power vacuum fuels much of the series.
** In ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank, Frank goes to a lot of trouble to rescue a Don being held hostage from a South American rebel camp. The UngratefulBastard betrays Frank and returns to New York, where he calls a meeting of the Mafia to deal with the Punisher once and for all. Frank calls him at that moment to ask him ''why'' he'd been rescued, if not as the best way to put a lot of high-ranking Mafia goons in the same room. Then shows up with an M-60.
** Yet another has Frank booby-trap a building where various organized crime members are having a meeting. He pushes down the detonator, making it clear that if he dies, ''everyone'' dies, and promptly starts shooting the helpless criminals.
** [[AffablyEvil Barracuda]] once sent out invitations to multiple mob bosses in a single location in order to mow them down... and as bait for Frank.
24th Apr '17 2:46:06 PM Frankencastle
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* ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn Born]]'' (2003) -- A four issue mini series that details Frank's third and final tour of duty in Vietnam. Also written by Creator/GarthEnnis
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'' (2004-2009 and 2010-2012) -- AlternateContinuity series set in the Marvel's DarkerAndEdgier MAX imprint. The page also lists the various oneshots and miniseries set there.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisherTheEnd'' (June 2004) -- A special one shot featuring an elderly Frank Castle in a post-apocalyptic New York.



* ''ComicBook/ThePunisherTheEnd'' (June 2004) -- A special one shot featuring an elderly Frank Castle in a post-apocalyptic New York.
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'' (2004-2009 and 2010-2012) -- AlternateContinuity series set in the Marvel's DarkerAndEdgier MAX imprint. The page also lists the various oneshots and miniseries set there.
20th Apr '17 5:10:44 AM CL
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* ComicBook/DeadpoolVsThePunisher'' (2017) -- A five-issue miniseries that pits the One Man War on Crime against the Merc with a Mouth.

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* ComicBook/DeadpoolVsThePunisher'' ''ComicBook/DeadpoolVsThePunisher'' (2017) -- A five-issue miniseries that pits the One Man War on Crime against the Merc with a Mouth.
20th Apr '17 5:09:48 AM CL
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* ComicBook/DeadpoolVsThePunisher'' (2017) -- A five-issue miniseries that pits the One Man War on Crime against the Merc with a Mouth.
18th Apr '17 2:59:28 PM Frankencastle
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* ''ComicBook/ThePunisherPresentsBarracuda'' (2007) -- A five issue miniseries starring everyone's favorite psychopath.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisherTheEnd'' (June 2004) -- A special one shot featuring an elderly Frank Castle in a post-apocalyptic New York.
20th Mar '17 10:08:37 AM quackytrope
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* SpinOff: Of ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', believe it or not.
5th Mar '17 10:13:35 PM Phoenixion
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** ''Series/ThePunisher'' (2017)

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** ''Series/ThePunisher'' ''Series/{{The Punisher|2017}}'' (2017)
18th Jan '17 3:59:17 PM Taskmaster123
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** Nick Fury is well aware of Frank's capabilities, and despite him having no superpowers, he states that Frank's training, fighting skills, use of weaponry, and ability to carefully plan his attacks make him the equal of many supers. He even goes so far as to tell his people that if they even really needed to take out Doctor Doom, part of the plan would be to drop both the Hulk ''and'' the Punisher into Latveria and turn them loose. This actually makes very good sense, as Doom would likely focus all his efforts on the Hulk and not have the time to realize how much Frank was fucking things up under the radar or the resources to spare in order to deal with him.

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** Nick Fury is well aware of Frank's capabilities, and despite him having no superpowers, he states that Frank's training, fighting skills, use of weaponry, and ability to carefully plan his attacks make him the equal of many supers. He even goes so far as to tell his people that if they even ever really needed to take out Doctor Doom, part of the plan would be to drop both the Hulk ''and'' the Punisher into Latveria and turn them loose. This actually makes very good sense, as Doom would likely focus all his efforts on the Hulk and not have the time to realize how much Frank was fucking things up under the radar or the resources to spare in order to deal with him.
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