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[[folder: The Punisher]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Francis David Castiglione/Frank Castle
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #129

A traumatized former Marine turned brutal vigilante, Frank Castle lost his family in the crossfire from a Mafia conflict, and declared his own personal war on the criminal underworld using a vast arsenal of weaponry. He mainly works alone, his relations with the superhero community being strained at best.
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* AntiHero: Varies between an UnscrupulousHero and NominalHero in the MarvelUniverse.
* AxeCrazy: DependingOnTheWriter.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard: On occasion when it goes beyond his usual PermaStubble. He sported one for most of Creator/GregRucka's run.
** BadassLongcoat: He frequently dons a black trenchcoat.
** 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.
* BerserkButton: Hurting kids.
* BloodKnight: Why does Frank kill? 33% justice, 33% [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge,]] 33% because he likes it, and the other 1% is just plain AxCrazy.
* BrooklynRage
* ByronicHero
* CelibateHero: Frank doesn't seem to have much interest in the ladies, but this is most likely justified by the fact that he still thinks about his family and/or he's too busy killing scum. Now, if you're not talking about a [[SexForServices long term relationship on the other hand . . .]]
* ChestInsignia: The Punisher's iconic skull. Like Batman, it serves as a heavily armored target and in the earlier issues the teeth were spare ammo magazines.
* ColdSniper: Has the persona and was one in Vietnam.
* ColonelKilgore: Even though he was only a Captain in Vietnam, he still fits this trope
* CombatPragmatist: The following quote from "Welcome Back, Frank" sums it up:
-->'''Frank Castle''': "When you're on your own, behind enemy lines, no artillery, no air strikes, no hope of an evac, you don't fight dirty. You do things that make dirty look good."
* CrusadingWidower
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DarkIsNotEvil
* DeadpanSnarker: Frank occasionally shows a sense of BlackHumor.
* DeathSeeker: It has been suggested more than once that Castle's ultimate goal in life is [[SuicideByCop suicide by gangster]].
* DespairEventHorizon
* TheDreaded: ''Every'' crook and mobster (and most "street" level supervillains) brown their trousers at the mere mention of Frank.
* EvilWearsBlack: He's easily the darkest of Marvel's nominally heroic characters, and his all black costume (military-goth chic, as Spider-Man dubs it) is intended to contrast with the brightly colored outfits of the more traditional superheroes.
* EyepatchOfPower: Sported one for most of Greg Rucka's run, after he nearly lost an eye during a battle with the sixth Vulture.
* FriendToAllChildren: While not necessarily good with kids, Frank nonetheless is shown to have a soft spot for them.
* GoodIsNotNice
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Skirts the line here a ''lot''.
* IconicItem: His skull T-shirt.
* ImmunetoMindControl: Once {{No Sell}}ed a sexuality-based mind control power from two villainesses who ordered Spider-Man to attack him ([[TechnoBabble something about his using his reptilian brain more than other brain functions]]).
* IWorkAlone: Repeatedly discussed. In his opinion "no one should be like me."
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Frank's a big fan of this
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He may be a violent, deranged sociopath and a jerk to almost everyone he meets but it's shown that Frank does genuinely care about the people he saves and his few friends.
* KarmicThief: He swipes the cash that he finds on his raids to finance the war.
* KnifeNut: If Frank uses a close combat weapon, it'll be a knife.
* KnightInSourArmor
* KnightTemplar: At his most brutal, he's this. He's still on the side of good, but his methods are ''way'' beyond what most people find acceptable and his [[TautologicalTemplar moral absolutist]] tendencies generally don't help sway anyone.
* LightningBruiser
* {{Mentor}}: To Rachel Cole-Alves. Might qualify as an EvilMentor depending on how you want to look at it.
* MoreDakka: His solution to most problems
* NeverHurtAnInnocent: One of the reasons why the Punisher is an Anti ''Hero''. Well, he won't ''kill'' innocents, and he probably won't give them any ''permanent'' injuries.
* NinetiesAntiHero: The UrExample
* OneManArmy: Toyed with. So long as Frank remains within his own weight class (baseline human and just above), his Marine training, tactical skill, and vast arsenal will give him a significant edge, and enable him to mow down {{Mooks}} as if it were going out of style. Put him up against a superhuman adversary, conversely, and it's frequently all he can do to stay alive.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: This trope defines him
* PapaWolf: As the eponymous bad guys found out in "The Slavers" arc, Castle does not take kindly to kids being threatened or murdered, as they [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge found out]] [[TranquilFury for themselves.]]
* PermaStubble: Quite regularly.
* PerpetualFrowner: Frank's default expression.
* PhraseCatcher: When Frank enters a room, the response is usually some variation of...
-->'''Mobster''': [[OhCrap Holy shit]]! It's the [[TheDreaded fucking Punisher]]!
* PragmaticHero
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight
* SemperFi: Frank was a marine.
* SexForServices: While Frank would never consider a serious relationship with any woman, he isn't above doing the mattress mambo. Generally he does this as part of a cover when getting Intel on the various criminals he does surveillance on (he once bedded a Mafia don's daughter to get in said don's organization better). In other instances it was with women he met and liked but it was a one time thing (like with Suspiria or O'Brian) and they in turn assisted him on a specific mission. Also, Frank tends to use hookers on occasion but for him it's just satisfying an urge.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Frank definitely fits the bill. After three brutal tours of duty in The Vietnam War, Frank Castle lost his wife and children to Mafia thugs and now wages a one-man war on crime. Various authors have toyed with Frank's mental state, and Creator/GarthEnnis has suggested that in Vietnam, Frank started to [[BloodKnight love combat and killing people]], with the death of his family possibly being only the final straw that caused his killing sprees.
* SociopathicHero
* TheStoic: Frank is either calm, detached, and homicidal, or (much more rarely) [[TranquilFury pissed off and homicidal.]] That's it. To quote the videogame (written by Garth Ennis):
-->''*after blasting Bushwacker through a wall*'' I don't smile much. Don't smile ever. But if I did, [[SlasherSmile this would be one.]]
* ThatManIsDead: A favorite saying of his. Frank Castle died with his family. He's the Punisher.
* TragicHero
* TortureTechnician: Push one of his {{Berserk Button}}s, and you'll wish he was just using the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.
* UngratefulBastard: Rare 'heroic' version. If you aid the Punisher, even save his life repeatedly, don't expect him to show much gratitude if you're on his 'bad' list. Or his 'good' list either, as Yorkie has found out.
* VigilanteMan: One of the ultimate examples in the MarvelUniverse
* VillainProtagonist: Sometimes, most notably in Greg Rucka's ''War Zone'' when he goes up against the Avengers.
* VillainousUnderdog: Given how underpowered he is compared to most superheroes, any story in which he's the bad guy is likely to make him this. Notable examples include his early Spider-Man and Daredevil appearances, and especially ''War Zone'' where he goes up against the Avengers with nothing but his guns and his tactical acumen.
* VillainousVidowsPeak: When Frank was still an antagonist in his early appearances, he had a pronounced widow's peak.
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* WouldHitAGirl: Castle has no problems killing female villains.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Allies]]

!! Microchip

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-> '''AKA:''' David Linus Lieberman
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher'' Vol. 2, #4

--> ''"I hacked computers to find him targets. I customized guns and ammunition. I put him in the right place at the right time to kill the maximum number of people; without me the body count for those ten years would be a third of what it is. I turned a lone gunman into a machine that runs at optimum efficiency. Because of me, what he does can be truly defined as war."''

A computer and engineering whiz, Linus "Microchip" Lieberman joined the Punisher's crusade after his nephew was murdered under orders of the Kingpin, and worked alongside the vigilante for years, becoming the closest thing Frank had to a best friend. Unfortunately, a series of tragedies and clashing ideologies led to the two butting heads, and becoming bitter enemies, which ultimately led to Micro's death at the hands of a rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agent called Stone Cold.

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* BackFromTheDead: During ''ComicBook/DarkReign''.
* FakingTheDead: In the MAX continuity, although how isn't specified.
* KilledOffForReal: So far. Given how many of the Punisher's most well known stories feature Frank solo, it seems unlikely that any writer will be motivated to bring him back long term.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Even people who didn't know about his activities usually just called him "Micro" or "Chip". Frank refers to him by his first name ''once'' during their entire partnership.

!! Mickey Fondozzi

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-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher War Zone'' #1

A low (almost subterranean) level criminal, Mickey was strong-armed by the Punisher into helping him infiltrate the Carbone crime family. After that misadventure, the Punisher reluctantly kept Mickey around as a source of information regarding the various goings-on in the criminal underworld.

* AccidentalMisnaming: Mickey usually referred to Frank as "Johnny", the alias he was using when they first met.
* ChronicVillainy: Despite being a main source of information for '''the Punisher''', he tended to be embroiled in various petty crimes whenever Frank contacted him. He had to remind him of their arrangement.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the original ''Marvel Knights'' series, he got hit by one of [[ComicBook/CloakAndDagger Dagger's]] light daggers, which sometimes cure someone's criminal impulses. Seeing that he genuinely turned over a new leaf, Frank let him be.
* TheInformant

!! Martin Soap

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-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher'' Vol. 5, #2

--> ''"You know how they say it can't rain all the time? They're lying through their teeth. Really. I should know, I've been getting rained on my whole life."''

Martin Soap was dropped on his head seconds after being born, and things just went downhill from there, from being abandoned as a child to becoming the New York Police Department's biggest joke, and the sole member of the pointless "Punisher Taskforce". After the Punisher dismantled the Gnucci crime family, the hapless Soap became his informant within the NYPD.
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* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Apparently. At the end of the series he's left the force and found a career in porn.
* ButtMonkey: He's the biggest joke in the [=NYPD=]. Some of his highlights include getting dropped on the head as a newborn, finding an ax murderer by getting drunk and sleeping with him, going out with an obvious crossdresser, and accidentally dating his own mother.
* TheChewToy
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: A variation of the trope occurs: We see the nurse dropping him on his head just after being born, but he doesn't end up with any mental handicap for it (it's just there to show the crap life shoves on him started very early and never let up).
* InterruptedSuicide The first time he tried to commit suicide, the Punisher talks him out of it and convinces him to be a mole for him. The second time, he AteHisGun in the restroom of his favorite bar, but the bartender stops him, though only so he wouldn't have to clean up the blood. This leads to...
* TookALevelInBadass: He threatens the cruel bartender, breaks the nose of a snitch, and even ''shoots the Punisher and almost arrests him.'' Then subverted almost immediately as the Punisher just gives him a mean look in the middle of his attempted arrest and Soap breaks down whimpering.

!! Colonel Yorkie Mitchell

-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher'' Vol. 6, #18

--> ''"He's going to kill you. Not over me. You're going up against him, so he'll kill you. Because you're a joke in spite of it all, and he's the most dangerous man that ever walked this earth."''

A British officer who served with Castle in Vietnam. Shows up periodically to provide intelligence or recruit Frank for a mission in Britain.
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* MisterExposition: When it comes to TheTroubles.
* OldSoldier
* SecretIntelligenceService: Although still very much on the military side.

!! Rachel Cole-Alves

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-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher'' Vol. 9, #1

A Marine sergeant and decorated Afghan War veteran, Rachel saw her husband and entire wedding party die when they got in the way of a gangland hit ordered by Stephanie Gerard and Chris Poulsen. She worked alongside the Punisher for a time, eventually donning the same skull insignia worn by him.
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* [[AntiHero Anti-Heroine]]: [[UnscrupulousHero Unscrupulous Heroine]]. Possibly a [[NominalHero Nominal Heroine]] by the end.
* BrokenBird
* CaptainErsatz: Her backstory is lifted from the Bride from ''Film/KillBill''.
* ChestInsignia: Castle allows her to wear a copy of his chestplate and its skull insignia.
* DarkActionGirl: Given her general instability she fits this better than ActionGirl.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Frank Castle.
* EvilWearsBlack: Mimics Frank in this regard.
* FieryRedhead: Rachel's even less stable than Frank, and has flaming red hair.
* {{Foil}}: To Castle, with her fiery temper and immediate need for revenge, contrasting his cold-blooded pragmatism. She's him as he was at the start of his career.
* GunsAkimbo: As prone to Frank at charging in with a weapon in each hand.
* HotBlooded: Contrasting the far icier Castle.
* LegacyCharacter: Proceeded Lynn Michaels as the "Lady Punisher".
* MoreDakka: Shares Castle's conviction that bullets solve all problems, and that more bullets solve more problems.
* MurderByMistake: Kills Detective Walter Bolt when she panics and mistakes him for Poulsen.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Evokes this in her mimicry of Castle.
* {{Revenge}}: Wants revenge on Gerard and Poulsen.
** RevengeBeforeReason: Repeatedly jeopardizes her own safety and Frank's in order to get at Gerard and Poulsen.
* SemperFi: Like Castle she's a former Marine.
* ThatManIsDead: Forced to cut all ties to her past by Castle.
* WomanInBlack: Wears a black special ops suit at first, and then dons a replica of Castle's Punisher costume.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Villains]]

-> ''"My own list of troublemakers? Let's just say it's getting shorter all the time. However, some of them seem to keep coming back, like the pain from an old wound..."''
-->-- '''The Punisher''', ''The Punisher'' Annual Vol. 2, #5 ("The Punisher's Top Ten Villains!")

!! Jigsaw

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-> '''AKA:''' Billy "The Beaut" Russo
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #161

--> ''"You may not remember my name-- but does my '''face''' seem familiar?"''

A hitman for the Maggia and the Costa crime family, pretty-boy Billy "The Beaut" Russo had his face mangled when the Punisher shoved him through a plate glass window. Left with a tattered mess of a face, Billy took the name Jigsaw, and set about doing his best to ruin Castle's life.
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* AbusiveParents: Billy abused his son Henry, even forcing him to kill a cat that he had let inside by telling him that he'd kill his mother if he didn't.
* AffablyEvil: In Matt Fraction's ''The Punisher War Journal'', he's extremely personable (if still a psychotic sociopath). Probably because he's tired of the whole "try to kill the Punisher" circus and just wants to move on with his life.
* {{Archenemy}}: He's the closest thing that Castle has to one, being one of his few recurring enemies, his EvilCounterpart and, in his mind, TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou.
--> '''Jigsaw:''' So the guy--the guy who kills so many, so often--me he decides not to kill. Me he decides to just put through a window again and again and again. Frank Castle just kinda drives me a little crazy, see?
* AxeCrazy
* BadassNormal: Enough so to threaten Spider-Man during his early appearances.
* TheBigBad: Of most arcs he appears in.
* {{Bishonen}}: Billy used to be this. Then the Punisher got his hands on him...
* ButtMonkey: Sometimes played this way.
* ChestInsignia: When dressed in his knockoff of the Punisher's costume.
* ColdBloodedTorture: He and the Hood inflicted this on Tigra when they captured her.
* EvilCounterpart: Often wears an inverted version of the Punisher's costume (white with a black skull on the chest) and has trained himself to be Frank's physical match.
* GenreSavvy: Every now and then. In the ''Comicbook/SuicideRun'' arc, Jigsaw shows up at a meeting between several big wig criminals for the sole purpose of telling them that no matter what they have planned; Frank will turn it back on them and kill them. During John Ostander's run, when Jigsaw has kidnapped a mafia family Frank has befriended and hears that Frank is coming for the hostages, he orders his men to kill them because he knows that Frank can't win if he can't save his friends.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: His scars are about as evil as you can get, horribly disfiguring his face.
* InSeriesNickname: Before his run-in with Frank, he was known as Billy "the Beaut".
* JokerImmunity: Jigsaw even lampshades this, and the Punisher justifies letting him live since Jigsaw is more of a danger to his fellow criminals than innocents.
* MadEye: The reconstruction of his face left his left eye larger in appearance.
* ManInWhite: Favors white suits, and a color-inverted Punisher costume much of the time.
* NightmareFace: He's been mutilated to a grotesque degree, to the point that his surgeons were forced to reconstruct his features from scratch.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: When he heard that Castle had been fried in an electric chair, he started killing those responsible while ranting about how inappropriate it was that ''he'' didn't get to kill him.
* ProfessionalKiller: Was an assassin for the Maggia before reaching his current station in life.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Like the Punisher, he was an antagonist in ''[[Franchise/SpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]''. When Frank got his own book, Billy's villainy was taken there. [[http://www.sidekickcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/untitled.png Distance did not make the heart grow fonder]].
* {{Supervillain}}: One of the few in Punisher's limited rogues gallery. He's a classic, Batman-style freak, with no actual powers, a grotesque physical deformity, and a seeming inability to be put down for good.
* TookALevelInBadass: Has gone from a failed assassin to one of the few criminals who can match the Punisher's combat skills.
* UnknownRival: Frank only sees him as just a mid-level Mafiosi. In fact, he doesn't even [[ButForMeItWasTuesday remember their initial meeting]].

!! Hitman

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-> '''AKA:''' Lieutenant Burt Kenyon
-> '''Debut:''' ''Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man'' #4

A Marine in Vietnam, where he saved the life of Frank Castle, Burt Kenyon became a costumed assassin for the underworld after the war, bringing him into conflict with Spider-Man and the Punisher.
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* BadassBandolier: Two.
* TheCameo: Appears in a flashback in ''Punisher: Return to Big Nothing''.
* CoolBike: ''A jet-powered motorcycle''.
* CoolPlane: His base of operations is a jet.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Fell off the Statue of Liberty.
* DissonantSerenity: When he gunned down a group of enemy soldiers which had surrounded Frank in Vietnam.
* EvilVersusEvil: In his first appearance, he is hired by a mobster with a grudge against the Vulture.
* FaceHeelTurn: A soldier turned contract killer.
* HumanShield: Enjoyed making one out of J. Jonah Jameson.
* TheMentallyIll: Section 8'ed, meaning he was deemed mentally unfit for military service.
* MonumentalBattle: His final battle with Spidey and the Punisher occurs on top of the Statue of Liberty.
* JackTheRipoff: An unnamed criminal became the third Hitman after buying the name and gear from the Hobgoblin.
* PetTheDog: The Punisher owed his life to the Hitman. While dangling from the Statue of Liberty, the Hitman informs Frank that he owes him ''[[ExactWords a]]'' life, not ''his'' life, and tells him to save Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson instead.
* ProfessionalKiller: Hence the name.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Introduced as a new Spider-Man villain, he was given ties to the Punisher in his second appearance.
* RooftopConfrontation: With Spider-Man and the Punisher, on top of ''The Daily Bugle''.
* TrackingDevice: Employed these against Spider-Man and the Vulture.
* WalkingArsenal: He whips out a lot of gadgets and weapons.

!! The Rev

-> '''AKA:''' Samuel Smith
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher'' Vol. 2, #4

Sam Smith was the leader of a would-be suicide cult called Church of the Saved, whose zealousness was stopped by the Punisher. He struck a deal with Satan [[note]](Actually the demon [[Characters/XMenVillains Belasco]] posing as him)[[/note]], and returned later with a plan to sterilize the American populace.
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* AlliterativeName: Just like his real life counterpart.
* BigBad: Of two separate storylines.
* DarkMessiah: Fashions himself as a savior of his people, while being completely insane.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: He is a crazy cult leader who has HealingHands, which he notably uses to resurrect Jigsaw when he was working for him.
* HollywoodSatanism: After his cult fell apart, he became a worshipper of Satan.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Of Jim Jones, the leader of People's Temple cult whose base of operations was also in South America.
* SinisterMinister: They don't call him "The Rev" for nothing.

!! Sniper

-> '''AKA:''' Rich van Burian
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher War Journal'' #4

--> ''"I know that slippery *#%&# as well as I know myself. I know how he feels - what he thinks. That makes him predictable to me. I'm ready to nail his hide."''

Van Burian was part of Frank's military unit in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. After the conflict, he was hired by the DEA for illegal drug operations. He later became a mercenary whose brand of work made him a target to the Punisher.
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: He is blonde, and completely amoral.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has some serious facial scarring in his last appearance, even missing his lips.
* TheGunslinger: As his mercenary-name suggests, he is quite handy with the sniper rifle.
* HiredGuns: He's loyal to anyone who pays him enough.
* KnifeNut: He uses a triangular punch-knife as a melee weapon.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: He feels that the Punisher owes him big time, and is not happy when the "honor" of killing him is given to someone else.
* TheVonTropeFamily: And definitely part of the evil side of the trope.

!! Damage

-> '''AKA:''' Jaime Ortiz
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher War Journal'' #8

Damage was a gang member who was mangled by the Punisher's Battle Van's defense-mechanisms. In an act of CruelMercy, Frank decided to let him continue to live in agony, and dropped his crushed body off at a nearby hospital. He was then recruited by a project of the Kingpin's that rebuilt him into a killing machine.
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* BadassMoustache: His former gang didn't allow its members to have beards or moustaches, but he was deemed tough enough to be an exception.
* EvilKnockoff: He is turned into a duplicate of the Punisher so that Frank can be framed for killing innocents.
* FireBreathingWeapon: One of his weapons is a flamethrower.
* GangBangers: Former member of the Bunsen Burners.
* ThePowerOfHate: He would have departed from life when he was comatose if it wasn't for the Kingpin's lackey [[ConverseWithTheUnconscious questioning him]] about the person he hated the most.
* ShockAndAwe: He can use his cybernetic features to generate electricity.
--> '''Damage:''' You look tired... no energy left? I can fix that! '''*TZZZAPP*'''
* ShoulderCannon: It's [[GatlingGood a minigun]].
* WeCanRebuildHim: He was rebuilt into a {{Cyborg}} with the Kingpin's money and [[Comicbook/XMen Reaver technology]], with a variety of tricks up his sleeve. After his defeat at the hands of the Punisher and Wolverine, it is suggested that he can be rebuilt again, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse if he ever was]].

!! Saracen

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-> '''AKA:''' Muzzafar Lambert
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher'' Vol. 2, #22

--> ''"You're an interesting man... life will be duller without you."''

A mercenary and terrorist-for-hire of Middle Eastern extraction, Muzaffar Lambert, alias Saracen, brooked no interference with his operations. When Frank Castle destroyed one of his missions, Saracen took it personally, kicking off a rivalry that would result in the deaths of Castle's only remaining relatives, and Lambert himself.
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* BadassMoustache: Saracen was an evil, evil guy, but there was no denying that both he and his moustache were very badass.
* BadassNormal: Like most of Castle's enemies, Saracen had no superhuman powers. He earns points, however, for being one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, in a 'verse where a sizable portion of the population can shoot lasers out of their orifices and throw cars around like dolls.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In his two-part debut he spoke slightly broken English, and displayed none of the traits he would later possess. Adding to the oddity is the fact that neither he nor the Punisher bring up their previous encounter when they meet face to face again in ''The Sicilian Saga''.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He kills without remorse, but he refuses to be unfaithful to his wife.
* GoodCounterpart: His equivalent on [[ComicBook/{{Exiles}} Earth-1009]] is a hero, and a member of the Royal [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]].
* GoodHairEvilHair: Has a classically evil moustache.
* {{Greed}}: His primary motivation.
* HappilyMarried: Apparently, given his refusal to betray her.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Highly visible assassin anyway. Saracen's purple and red costumes are pretty obvious.
* HiredGuns: Lambert has no particular allegiances, save to his money.
* ItsPersonal: He kills the Punisher's aunt and uncle, Frank's last remaining family members.
* KilledOffForReal: The Punisher hacked him to bits in a SwordFight.
* MasterSwordsman: Saracen was very proficient with his scimitar.
* TheMole: Castle first met Saracen when they were both infiltrating a so-called ninja school. They allied at the time, with neither aware of the other's real goals or reasons for being there.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Saracen was loyal only to his paycheck.
* ProfessionalKiller: As a terrorist-for-hire, assassination is certainly within his purview.
* RecurringCharacter: Made nine appearances, which for a Punisher villain is pretty good.
* SinisterScimitar: As part of his stereotypically Arab persona.
* SleevesAreForWimps: As seen in the picture, Saracen's uniform is void of sleeves.
* TerroristWithoutACause: A terrorist-for-hire to be exact, with his only cause being enriching himself.
* YouKilledMyFather: You killed my aunt and uncle, actually. There's a reason Castle wanted this guy dead.

!! Thorn

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-> '''AKA:''' Salvatore "Sal" Carbone
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher War Zone'' #1

--> ''"Cannot rest until the stone-face man dies. Cannot rest until I stand over him. Until I see him breathe his last breath."''

Sal was the younger brother of mob boss Julius Carbone, who was nearly killed when Frank (who was infiltrating the Carbone organization as Johnny Tower) chased him into a frozen lake. He barely survived, but now shows no reaction to pain, and has no memory beyond knowing who tried to kill him.
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* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: Develops these when he turns into what can be described as a walking corpse.
* FeelNoPain: Sal doesn't register any pain, no matter how often he's shot or hit.
* TheGunslinger: His last appearance shows him easily [[GunsAkimbo wielding dual assault rifles]].
* IdentityAmnesia: He doesn't (initially) know who he is, but he knows whom he's out to get.
* ImplacableMan: After his dip in the lake, Thorn would push through bullets, shark-infested waters, and even more bullets to get his revenge.
* LineOfSightName: When a trucker who is giving him a lift asks about his name, he gives out "Thorn", a word which he saw on a passing road sign.
* MilesToGoBeforeISleep: Thorn refuses to sleep while preying on his targets. This extends to refusing to die from his wounds and exhaustion.
--> '''Thorn:''' I was killed so long ago. But I cannot rest. Not until I have destroyed those who destroyed me.
* TheQuietOne: Speaks only when he has to, the rest is left to InnerMonologue.
* RevengeBeforeReason: He only wants to take revenge on those who left him for dead, nothing else.
* TheStoic: His near-death experience left him devoid of any emotion.
* ThatManIsDead: Even when he learns about his past, he rejects it and continues his quest.
--> '''Thorn:''' Name is Thorn now. Not Sal. Thorn.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After his last encounter with the Punisher, he lands on a moving vehicle which takes him into [[{{Joisey}} Newark]]. Presumably, he is still there.

!! Rosalie Carbone

-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher War Zone'' #2

--> ''"You stupid #$%@! Stop #$%@ing around and come kill this #$%@!!"''

Rosalie was the spoiled daughter of Julius Carbone, who had a fling with Frank during his infiltration of her organization. After the death of her father, she swore revenge on the Punisher due to his part in knocking the Carbone family from top of the food chain.
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* ArrangedMarriage: She was arranged to marry an Italian Mafioso's son, but the massacre at the Island of the Sleeping Sharks put a stop to that.
* DaddysLittleVillain: Even though she was just a pawn for her father, she still wants to avenge him.
* GenreSavvy: Since she has personal experience with Punisher, she is smart enough not to take part in the skyscraper trap in ''Comicbook/SuicideRun''.
* TheInformant: Frank, as Johnny Tower, used their relationship to get information out of her family's businesses.
* KilledOffForReal: Since Frank [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]] has an aversion to killing women, it took a while before she met her end at the hands of Leslie Geraci.
* MafiaPrincess: Was one before Punisher became part of her life.

!! Mondo Pain

-> '''AKA:''' Edmondo Paina
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher'' Vol. 2, #85

A demented psycho who was contracted to deal with The Punisher. After Castle humiliated him, Pain forced his way into another group that he knew The Punisher was targeting, in order that he might gain his revenge.
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* CombatSadomasochist: Getting hurt just gets him in the mood for more.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: If the info boxes are to be believed, Pain is his actual surname.
* NightmareFace: He likes to psyche out his opponents by displaying [[SlasherSmile a rictus grin]], which coupled with his [[GoodScarsEvilScars scarred face]] is enough to give them a pause. Except for the Punisher, who simply shoots him.
* PsychoForHire: And sometimes he won't even bother to wait for that pesky "hiring" part, he just walks up to someone and forces himself into their organization.

!! Olivier

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-> '''Debut:''' ''Marvel Super-Action'' #1 (as Frank Costa); ''The Punisher'' Vol. 4, #1 (as Olivier)

--> ''"The others... the big guys... the devils, they thought I got a little too big for my britches. So they threw me out. Trapped me in a stillborn baby, purged of my memory of Hell, and my ambition... they thought. Mephisto. Satannish. Lucifer. Satan. Murray. I'll bet they thought that was really funny. They didn't count on me being born into a mob family. They didn't count on me killing. They didn't count on the blood giving me back my memory. If I was going to go back, I needed an edge. I needed power. An engine of death and sacrifice. I made you that engine, and all it cost was your family's blood."''

The Prince of the Archangels, Olivier sided with Lucifer in his rebellion against God, and as such was cast down to the netherworld, where he became a Hell-lord. The other devils, disapproving of Olivier's ambitions and methods, temporarily banded together to banish him to Earth, where he was trapped in the body of the stillborn Frank Costa. After committing murder, Olivier's memories of his previous life returned, and he subsequently used his powers to become the head of the Costa branch of the Maggia, and to manipulate a young Frank Castle into becoming the Punisher as apart of a complex plan that would see Olivier very nearly conquering both Earth and Hell.

!! Ma Gnucci

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--> '''AKA:''' Isabella Carmela Magdalena Gnucci
--> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher'' Vol. 5, #4

--> ''"You scum! You vicious, evil scum! You're no better than I am, Punisher! You think you're better, you think you're on the side of justice, but you're wrong! You're a serial killer, Punisher! You're insane! It's mass murder, whatever you want to call it! It's genocide! What'll you do, keep going 'til we're all dead? Will that make you happy, you sick, twisted creep?! You should put a bullet in your own head, Punisher! That's the only way you'll get any peace! And you know, it too! You're a dead man walking, Punisher! You are damned!"''

The cantankerous head of the Gnucci crime family, which rivaled the Maggia, Ma and her organization became the Punisher's primary targets when he returned to combating mundane crime following the events of ''Purgatory'' and ''Revelation''. After eliminating her three sons and her brother, the Punisher sicced a sleuth of zoo polar bears on Ma, but she survived (sans her limbs and scalp) and pooled all of her resources into taking down Castle.

Years after her fiery death at the hands of the Punisher, Ma supposedly came back from the dead seeking revenge, but this turned out to merely be an elaborate hoax orchestrated by the second Elite.

!! The Russian

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-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher'' Vol. 5, #8

--> ''"Hey Punisher, remember The Russian?"''

A hulking giant from Smolensk with clear, if undisclosed, superhuman powers, the relentlessly cheerful Russian exists to mock Frank Castle's ability to kill people. Initially hired by Ma Gnucci, the Russian has clashed with the Punisher on several occasions, and despite seemingly dying a number of times, always comes back.
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* {{Adorkable}}: A ''rare'' evil example. Affectionate towards his allies/friends, wants to get "lots of Levis and CD's" with a million dollar reward, and is openly a fan of GOOD superheroes (Mighty Thor Good Communist, with that Big Hammer of his!).
* AffablyEvil: Murderous, violent and psychopathic. He is, nonetheless, incredibly friendly to his enemies, actively complimenting and joking with them mid-fight.
* AscendedFanboy: He is a huge fan of the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and Spider-Man, and is the president of his local chapter of the ''Daredevil: Man Without Fear'' Fan Club.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* BloodKnight: He went to Afghanistan ''for a vacation'' and is described as taking jobs for money or for fun.
* BoisterousBruiser
* TheBrute
* CameBackWrong: The resurrection process gave him ridiculously huge breasts, but he's the only one not to care. In fact, he likes them.
** GagBoobs
* DirtyCommies: Expresses some Communist sentiments, though he's also a big fan of capitalism and consumer society.
* DumbMuscle
* {{Foil}}: The always happy Russian makes for an effective comedic foil to the grim and serious Punisher.
* GoOutWithASmile: Was last scene hanging onto an ICBM, laughing and waving as it detonated.
* HuskyRusskie: Eight feet tall, five hundred pounds, and hailing from Smolensk, Russia.
* ImmuneToBullets: Doesn't react at all when shot.
* JokerImmunity: He's been stabbed, shot, beaten, burned, decapitated, and nuked. Only the last one seems to have taken, and even that may be temporary.
* MadeOfIron: May actually stray into MadeOfTitanium territory, if it is a superpower.
* NukeEm: His most recent exit was at the hands of an atomic missile.
* OffWithHisHead: How he died the first time.
* SuperStrength: The Russian's strength crosses into the metahuman. He can punch through walls, ripped a toilet out of the floor and swung it like a club, and once crushed a man while trying to hug him.
* {{Supervillain}}: Possess superhuman strength and durability.
* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: It took being chained to a dropped atomic bomb to kill him for good. Maybe.

!! Doctor Stephanie Gerard

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-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher'' Vol. 9, #2

--> ''"If you want attention, feel free to dust off your costumes and go back to being beaten bloody by the likes of the Avengers. I'm sure A.I.M. or Hydra or even Hive will be glad to have you back. They're always looking for fresh cannon fodder. Meeting is adjourned. Happy Thanksgiving."''

A former AIM scientist, Stephanie Gerard left her parent organization to set up a new criminal organization, the Exchange. Wearing civilian clothes instead of spandex, she and her allies recruit former AIM and Hydra personnel in the interests of creating a new force in the underworld.
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* AntiVillain: At least when compared to most of the Punisher's other foes. Stephanie has no interest in hurting innocent people (berating the men who shot up Rachel's wedding), tries to run her organization with a minimum of casualties, and in general tries to get things accomplished with a minimum of bloodshed and fuss.
* TheBigBad: Of Greg Rucka's sixteen issue run.
* TheChessmaster
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Is friends with Chris Poulsen, and may be starting to return his crush by the end.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Reads the henchmen who shot up Rachel Cole-Alves' wedding the riot act.
* EvilGenius
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* HimeCut
* HotScientist: Just look at her picture.
* MadScientist: She used to be.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: She's "Doctor" Gerard, used to work for AIM, and is now going into organized crime.
* NonActionBigBad: Stephanie's not a fighter, which is why she keeps [[{{Badass}}Chris Poulsen]] on the payroll.
* PragmaticVillainy: Gerard wants to get things done as efficiently as possible, with no unnecessary violence. The reason she left AIM was because she felt that status as borderline {{Card Carrying Villain}}s was preventing them from accomplishing anything.
* VillainousFriendship: Type I with Chris Poulsen.

!! Christian "Chris" Poulsen

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-> '''Debut:''' ''The Punisher'' Vol. 9, #2

A one-time operative for SHIELD, Chris Poulsen is Stephanie Gerard's partner, confidante, and muscle. He handles the wet work for the Exchange, and has a massive crush on Stephanie.
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* {{Antivillain}}: There was nothing particularly nasty about Poulsen, at least prior to his VillainousBreakdown.
* AxeCrazy: By the end.
* {{Badass}}: Takes on Castle, Cole-Alves, and half the police force during his last appearance.
** BadassInANiceSuit
** BadassLongcoat: Usually wore a trench coat over his suit.
** BadassMoustache
* TheBadGuyWins: Chris' killing spree in issue fifteen gets him everything he wanted, leaving the Punisher and Cole-Alves on the run from the police, their relationship with law enforcement apparently ruined.
* BerserkButton: Hurting Stephanie. When the Punisher kills her, Chris goes on a rampage that results in a double-digit body count.
* BodyguardCrush: On Stephanie
* TheCoatsAreOff: Ditches his BadassLongcoat and his suit during his last battle with Castle and Cole-Alves.
* CopKiller: Guns down two police officers, and, as a bonus, sets up the events that result in Rachel Cole-Alves killing Detective Walter Bolt.
* TheDragon: To Stephanie, whom he allows to take the lead in most of their operations, while serving as her muscle.
** DragonAscendant: Following Stephanie's death, Chris goes on a massive rampage that caps off the arc, and kicks off the events of ''War Zone''.
** DragonTheirFeet: He was absent during Gerard's last confrontation with Castle and Cole-Alves, and as such he blames himself for her death.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His crush on Gerard.
* FrameUp: Calls the police, claims Castle and Cole-Alves are attacking his office building, then proceeds to slaughter them all himself. The resulting shootout leaves sixteen dead, including Poulsen and three cops, and sees Castle and Cole-Alves hunted for murder (though Cole-Alves really did kill Detective Walter Bolt).
* HandCannon: His modified nine millimeter, with which he's able to hit police officers on the street from several stories up in an office building.
* HandicappedBadass: He's walking with a leg brace during his final confrontation with Castle and Cole-Alves, courtesy of injures from their first clash, and the subsequent torture he endured at the hands of Black Spectre. It doesn't slow him down much.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Goes on a killing spree after Dr. Gerard is killed, ending with his own death.
* SanitySlippage: After Stephanie Gerard's death.
* SuicideByCop: Suicide by Frank Castle. With Stephanie dead, Chris doesn't have much to live for.
* TakingYouWithMe: The purpose of his final rampage. He rants to The Punisher that he, Frank, and Cole-Alves are "going to die together. Like the bastards we are."
* UnstoppableRage: When Gerard dies, he ''flips out'' and goes on a rampage. The only thing ceasing it being his death.
* VillainousBreakdown: Undergoes a massive one when Stephanie dies.
* VillainousFriendship: Type I with Stephanie Gerard.
* WeHaveReserves: Baits a trap for Castle with The Exchange's less competent henchmen.

!! Vulture IV

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-> '''AKA:''' James "Jimmy" Natale
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #592

Originally a Spider-Man villain, the fourth Vulture, Jimmy Natale, was a freak science experiment gone horribly, horribly wrong. Contracted by The Exchange to put Frank Castle out of their misery, Jimmy was killed in aerial combat with The Punisher above the streets of New York.
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* AxCrazy: He doesn't have much in terms of sanity, if at all.
* AbsurdlySharpClaws: To the point of punching through Kevlar.
* BeastMan: Incredibly bestial, and barely capable of speech.
* CharacterDeath: Castle inflicted a mortal wound on him with his knife, which caused him to plummet to the streets and his untimely death.
* {{Flight}}: Thanks to his wings.
* HiredGuns: Worked for The Exchange as one.
* ObviouslyEvil: A slavering beastman dressed all in black and red and drooling acid? Pretty obviously evil.
* PsychoForHire: A cannibalistic monster hired to take out Frank Castle.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: A Spider-Man villain who was hired to deal with the Punisher.
* SuperSpit: Acidic spit to be precise.
* {{Supervillain}}: One of the few bonafide supervillains Castle has clashed with.
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