History Comicbook / ThePunisher

25th Apr '16 11:50:44 AM SilentStranger
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** KillThePoor-themed vigilante The Elite's son comes after Frank for killing his father, using the same identity. It didnt work out for him either.



* ButtMonkey: Detective Soap, the biggest joke of NYPD, is the prime example. For that matter, if you're a police officer and The Punisher's case is assigned to you, it's a sure sign that you're in danger of becoming this. Charlie Schitti would be another great example of ButtMonkey, if not for the fact that just still being alive at the end is remarkably lucky for a (former) mobster.

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* ButtMonkey: Detective Soap, the biggest joke of NYPD, is the prime example. For that matter, if you're a police officer and The Punisher's case is assigned to you, it's a sure sign that you're in danger of becoming this. Charlie Schitti would be another great example of ButtMonkey, if not for the fact that just still being alive and not crippled or disfigured at the end is remarkably lucky for a (former) mobster.mobster. Of course


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* EatTheRich: Copycat vigilante Mr Payback, who targeted corrupt businessmen and other rich peopel 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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* HumiliationConga: Detective Soaps entire life, to the point where it eventually stops being funny and just becomes depressing. Fortunatly, his life gets better once he decides to walk away from his job as a police officer. His new occupation? Porn star. Turns out he had unusually large genitals, but was unaware that they were bigger than average.
** When Punisher ran into Wolverine, he took full advantage of the fact that he couldnt permanently kill or maim him. Blew off his face, blew off his crotch and ran him over with a steamroller. When Wolverine appears the next time, he understandably holds a grudge. Then Frank blows him up with a rocket launcher and has the Hulk punch him halfway across the east coast.


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* KillThePoor: The Elite, a rich vigilante who starts out targeting any drug dealers who try to move into his neighborhood, but eventually branches out into anyone he considers "lower class", including a ''hot dog vendor''. His personal philosophy is basically Nazi Lite. His son is even worse.


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** Used for practical purposes when Punisher fought Electro during the 2011 series. Electro's powers makes it impossible to kill him with metal bullets, so Frank switched to rubber ones. It wont kill him obviously, but it hurt like hell.


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* NotSoDifferent: Many villains will cry and scream about how Punisher is just as bad as them. While Punisher acknowledges that this is probably true, he just doesnt ''care'' about true justice anymore, only vengeance.


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** The Holy, a catholic priest who is secretly a psycopath vigilante targeting gang members and murderers who confess their crimes in his church.


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* StrawmanHasAPoint: The liberal social worker who Frank meets in one storyline points out that Punisher kills society's victims more often than he kills true villains. He even acknowledges that she has a point when he later confronts a group of murderous homeless and find it difficult to pull the trigger, since most of them are too far gone to understand what they're doing anymore. In an uncharacteristic move, he gives them all a chance to flee, a chance most of them take.


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** This problem is finally dealt with in Punisher War Zone where the Avengers capture Punisher and Iron Man puts him in a highly technological custom prison with no other inmates for him to kill and no loose parts for him to break and free himself with.
23rd Apr '16 11:17:42 AM Taskmaster123
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* ImmuneToMindControl: The Punisher NoSells every attempt to control his mind. He's so focused on his mission of killing criminals that ''nothing'' can distract him from it. Forget mind control, anyone who tries to extort or manipulate him will find out that he doesn't play along and they're going to wish they'd left well enough alone.

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* ImmuneToMindControl: The Punisher NoSells no sells every attempt to control his mind. He's so focused on his mission of killing criminals that ''nothing'' can distract him from it. Forget mind control, anyone who tries to extort or manipulate him will find out that he doesn't play along and they're going to wish they'd left well enough alone.
23rd Apr '16 11:16:39 AM Taskmaster123
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* ImmuneToMindControl: The Punisher NoSells every attempt to control his mind. He's so focused on his mission of killing criminals that ''nothing'' can distract him from it. Forget mind control, anyone who tries to extort or manipulate him will find out that he doesn't play along and they're going to wish they'd left well enough alone.
11th Apr '16 12:19:48 PM erforce
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* WhatADrag: Punisher does this once to a homophobic priest who had killed a young gay man, sparking a near-war between the sheriff (the victim's lover) and the military supplies dealer (the victim's mother).

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* WhatADrag: Punisher does did this once to a homophobic priest who had killed a young gay man, sparking a near-war between the sheriff (the victim's lover) and the military supplies dealer (the victim's mother).


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* WorfHadTheFlu: During a time when authorities were seriously breathing down on Punisher's neck, the SuperSoldier Comicbook/CaptainAmerica agrees to take him down. But since he is sick at the time (with a ClueFromEd urging to readers to find out why in Cap's own book), Punisher is able to elude capture.
4th Apr '16 11:20:03 PM Laevatein
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* DoomMagnet: Lampshaded in ''Marvel Year in Review 1993'':
--> ''You know, it's kind of a waste of time to create new characters for The Punisher's books. If they're Frank's enemies, they get shot dead after an appearance or two. If they're Frank's friends, they get shot dead after an appearance or two.''
29th Mar '16 8:30:02 AM Luc
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* MoralDissonance: Even as he's not ''quite'' an example himself (his morality is frequently called out by other characters), Frank's a frequent source of Moral Dissonance in the Marvel Universe; among other examples, the notable one is heroes (such as Spider-Man) who don't get along with Frank usually get along a-okay with Wolverine, who is also an unrepentant killer (if of significantly differing levels of moral culpability and dangerousness).
19th Mar '16 8:32:54 PM AriRockefeller
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-->''"[[Series/{{Daredevil}} You]]'re just one bad day away from being me..."''
18th Mar '16 8:34:23 PM Naoto_best_waifu
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* DarkIsNotEvil: The Punisher is an AntiHero example who only kills bad guys and he has black clothes with a skull. This, however, is often DependingOnTheWriter, as a lot of the time he practically qualifies as a VillainProtagonist.

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* DarkIsNotEvil: The Punisher is an AntiHero example who only kills bad guys and he has black clothes with a skull. This, however, is often DependingOnTheWriter, as a lot of the time he practically qualifies as a VillainProtagonist.DependingOnTheWriter.



** In Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe [[spoiler: Frank kills the X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants with s tactical Nuke he stole from Doctor Doom.]]

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** In Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe [[spoiler: Frank kills the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants with s a tactical Nuke nuke he stole from Doctor Doom.]](He killed Doctor Doom too, by the way.)]]
18th Mar '16 8:17:08 PM Naoto_best_waifu
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* CrisisCrossover: He tends to be left out of these big events, partly because they don't fit his "''realistic''" tone, and partly because, as mentioned above, most of the spandex set ''really'' don't like him, and would rather he was in jail. Two notable exceptions:

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* CrisisCrossover: He tends to be left out of these big events, partly because they don't fit his "''realistic''" tone, and partly because, as mentioned above, most of the spandex set ''really'' don't like him, and would rather he was in jail. Two Three notable exceptions:


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** In SecretWars2015 Frank takes advantage of the impending EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to [[spoiler: kill Kingpin, Green Goblin, Sandman, Lizard, Absorbing Man and Bullseye, who are celebrating the apocalypse at a super-villain party.]]
15th Mar '16 8:16:00 PM maximsk
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* BadassNormal: Castle has no superpowers of his own, and typically most of his foes are either just mooks or other badass normals. However, he has gone toe-to-toe with various superheroes and villains in the past. **Exemplified with his fight against [[FlyingBrick Sentry]] where Frank wins against the Cosmic - Level villain through a combination of guile and military grade C-4.

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* BadassNormal: Castle has no superpowers of his own, and typically most of his foes are either just mooks or other badass normals. However, he has gone toe-to-toe with various superheroes and villains in the past. past.
**Exemplified with his fight against [[FlyingBrick Sentry]] where Frank wins against the Cosmic - Level villain through a combination of guile and military grade C-4.
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