History YMMV / ThePunisher

18th Jun '16 4:04:58 PM Anicomicgeek
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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.
21st Apr '16 6:25:47 PM DarkGidora
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** For instance, in an early appearance, he tried to kill people for running stop signs and littering (this was HandWaved in ''Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood'' by saying he had been drugged by Jigsaw to make him more violent and hardline).

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** For instance, in In an early appearance, he tried to kill people for running stop signs and littering (this littering. This was HandWaved by his next appearance in ''Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood'' by saying he had been drugged by Jigsaw to make him more violent and hardline).hardline.
24th Mar '16 7:31:32 PM WoozySloth
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** ''Punisher: Year One'' has yet another take on Frank's character - he goes vigilante only after all other methods of bringing the mobsters who killed his family to justice fail spectacularly (the police is ineffective and corrupt; an attempt to do an independent investigation leads only to death of the reporter whom Frank briefly befriended).

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** ''Punisher: Year One'' has yet another take on Frank's character - he goes vigilante only after all other methods of bringing the mobsters who killed his family to justice fail spectacularly (the police is are ineffective and corrupt; an attempt to do an independent investigation leads only to the death of the reporter whom Frank briefly befriended).
5th Mar '16 2:50:28 PM erforce
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* MagnificentBastard: Frank himself. Agree with his methods or not, but either way he is ''damn'' good in what he does. Just try to keep tally of the times where he got out of a seemingly impossible situation or pulled off a complicated plan to get to his target. Occasionally he even outsmarts super-powered beings far more mighty than him. What Reed Richards is to Science and Tony Stark to Mechanics, Frank Castle is to Warfare and Survival.

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* MagnificentBastard: Frank himself. Agree with his methods or not, but either way he is ''damn'' good in what he does. Just try to keep tally of the times where he got out of a seemingly impossible situation or pulled off a complicated plan to get to his target. Occasionally he even outsmarts super-powered beings far more mighty than him. What [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Reed Richards Richards]] is to Science and [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark Stark]] to Mechanics, Frank Castle is to Warfare and Survival.



* MyRealDaddy: He's had a few writers over the years who have done well with the character, though the ones that most readers will think of are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Grant Steven Grant]], Creator/ChuckDixon, and Creator/GarthEnnis..
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The Punisher's willingness to kill made him a novel character when he was first introduced, thanks to UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks much of this novelty has worn off.
* SequelDisplacement: While Frank was one of Marvel's cash cows back in the early nineties (alongside Spider-Man and Wolverine), many of his modern fans know nothing about his stories before Ennis. Sadly this means that a lot of his gentler characterizations are overlooked, as well as the fact that he actually did have something of a supporting cast.

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* MyRealDaddy: He's had a few writers over the years who have done well with the character, though the ones that most readers will think of are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Grant Steven Grant]], Creator/ChuckDixon, and Creator/GarthEnnis..
Creator/GarthEnnis.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The Punisher's willingness to kill made him a novel character when he was first introduced, but thanks to UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, much of this novelty has worn off.
* SequelDisplacement: While Frank was one of Marvel's cash cows back in the early nineties (alongside Spider-Man FComicbook/SpiderMan and Wolverine), Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}), many of his modern fans know nothing about his stories before Ennis. Sadly this means that a lot of his gentler characterizations are overlooked, as well as the fact that he actually did have something of a supporting cast.
8th Dec '15 12:40:52 PM Austin
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* WriterOnBoard: Garth Ennis hates conventional superheroes. You cannot help but notice that whenever any of them appears in an issue of the main Punisher series written by him.
28th Sep '15 1:48:59 PM CL
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** Most notoriously, ''Comicbook/ThePunisherPurgatory'' turned the gritty, mafia-killing VigilanteMan into an EmpoweredBadassNormal with divine abilities, which literally ended up more or less killing The Punisher as both a character and a series...at least, until Creator/GarthEnnis [[ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank brought him back]].

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** Most notoriously, ''Comicbook/ThePunisherPurgatory'' turned the gritty, mafia-killing VigilanteMan into an EmpoweredBadassNormal with divine abilities, which literally ended up more or less killing The the Punisher as both a character and a series...series... at least, until Creator/GarthEnnis [[ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank brought him back]].



** The most overt instance of this probably the first issue of ''War Zone'', where Frank and Micro bickering over Micro sneaking off to see a therapist comes off like a couple cracking up due to one member uncovering another's infidelity.
--> '''Microchip:''' ¢%$#! I don't need this, I'm going out.
--> '''Punisher:''' Where? I might need you later.
--> '''Microchip:''' Just out. *¢%, we're not married, Frank.



** Many people feared the worst at the announcement of [[FrankensteinsMonster Franken-Castle]]. Surprisingly, the change has been immensely popular. So much so that his ongoing series was renamed Franken-Castle for a little while.

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** Many people feared the worst at the announcement of [[FrankensteinsMonster Franken-Castle]]. Surprisingly, the change has been immensely popular. So much so that his ongoing series was renamed Franken-Castle for a little while.relatively popular.
7th Jul '15 5:26:56 AM CL
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--> '''Punisher:''' No matter where you turn, there's a decision to be made. Life or death. Right or wrong. Regular or crunchy. Up for thirty-six hours watching a crack lab, and Micro calls me with a grocery list on the way home. Sometimes having Microchip is like having a wife.

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--> '''Punisher:''' No matter where you turn, there's a decision to be made. Life or death. Right or wrong. Regular or crunchy. Up for thirty-six hours watching a crack lab, and Micro calls me with a grocery list on the way home. Sometimes having Microchip is like having a wife.



* MyRealDaddy: He's had a few writers over the years who have done well with the character, but in recent years the one that most readers will think of is Creator/GarthEnnis.

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* MyRealDaddy: He's had a few writers over the years who have done well with the character, but in recent years though the one ones that most readers will think of is Creator/GarthEnnis.are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Grant Steven Grant]], Creator/ChuckDixon, and Creator/GarthEnnis..
26th Jun '15 2:30:02 PM comicwriter
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* MisaimedFandom: Gerry Conway has stated he's uncomfortable with how popular the Punisher is with members of the American military, as he is very anti-war. He intended for the Punisher to be a bad guy, partially to show how horrifying a violent, well-trained soldier could be if he used his skills outside of a war zone.
14th Apr '15 6:48:45 PM nombretomado
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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The Punisher's willingness to kill made him a novel character when he was first introduced, thanks to TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks much of this novelty has worn off.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The Punisher's willingness to kill made him a novel character when he was first introduced, thanks to TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks much of this novelty has worn off.
4th Apr '15 6:01:01 AM ACW
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*CompleteMonster: See [[Monster/ThePunisher here]].
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