->''Those who do evil to others - the killers, the rapists, psychos, sadists - you will come to know me well. Frank Castle is dead. Call me... The Punisher.''

The second film adaptation of ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'', released in 2004.

FBI agent Frank Castle (Creator/ThomasJane) retires just after an undercover assignment that lead into the death of Bobby Saint, the son of famous Tampa crime boss Howard Saint (Creator/JohnTravolta). Holding Castle responsible for the death of his son, Saint orders Frank's entire family to be butchered during a family reunion; the kill squad leaves Frank for dead after slaughtering his family and killing his wife and son right before his eyes. Burnt out and taunted by memories of his murdered family, Frank returns to Florida and sets out to avenge his family. Becoming a one-man judge, jury and executioner, Frank decides to punish Howard Saint and his associates for their crimes -- and he isn't willing to give up until they're all dead.

Has an unofficial/unauthorized sequel starring Creator/ThomasJane and Creator/RonPerlman, [[WritingAroundTrademarks titled]] ''Film/DirtyLaundry''. However, the 2006 video game ''VideoGame/ThePunisher'' is technically considered to be the only known official follow-up to the movie.
!!This film has the examples of:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Joan the Mouse in the comics is a small, quiet, frumpy woman. In the movie she's played by Rebecca Romijn--freaking [[Film/XMen Mystique]] herself. Also, Bumpo is much less {{Gonk}}ish when played by John Pinette.
* AdaptationDistillation: The film is largely composed of many characters or scenes from Creator/GarthEnnis' "ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank" arc. Frank's next-door neighbors in particular, The Russian, and Harry Heck (who even gets an upgrade over his original appearance where he was merely one of many hitmen that was hired to kill Frank that Frank assassinates in a single panel).
* AdaptedOut: Frank's daughter Lisa from the comics.
* AdaptationNameChange:
** Mickey Fondozzi becomes Mickey Duka in the film.
** Frank Castle is Frank Castle '''''Jr.'''''. He's apparently born with that name as his father is Frank Castle '''''Sr.''''' instead of Mario Castiglione. And Frank's mother is Betty Castle instead of Louisa Castiglione.
** Frank's son is Will instead of being Jr.
* AdaptationOriginConnection: The film makes CanonForeigner and film BigBad Howard Saint the man who ordered Frank Castle's family killed, thus setting off his RoaringRampageOfRevenge as the titular VigilanteMan.
* AltumVidetur: ''Si vis pacem, para bellum'' [[note]] If you want peace, [[DareToBeBadass prepare for war]].[[/note]]
* AncestralWeapon: Frank's pistols come from his father.
* ArchEnemy: Frank's is Howard Saint, the mob boss who killed his family.
* ArmoredClosetGay: [[TheDragon Quentin Glass]], a secret that Frank used for his advantage.
* BadassBaritone: Frank's voice becomes much gruffer after his family dies.
* BadassBoast: The page quote, which double as the last lines of the film.
* BadassLongcoat: Castle himself, as the poster above shows.
* BatmanGambit: Castle's plot relies on Howard not trusting his own closest associates and loved ones.
* BeardOfSorrow: Castle returns to explore the aftermath of the attack on his family while sporting one of these.
* BigApplesauce: Averted. Frank is nearly always depicted as a New Yorker, but this flick moves his story to Tampa. [[WordOfGod The DVD commentary]] reveals that the main reason to move to Tampa was Florida's tax incentives for film productions. The budget was too tight to film anywhere else. {{Hand Wave}}d by an exchange between Frank and his son, suggesting that his line of work has required the family to move several times.
* BigBad: Howard Saint, the mob boss who killed Frank's family.
* CarFu: Harry Heck started his assault by driving his CoolCar into Frank's own. [[spoiler:A case of TRAIN Fu happens when Saint kills his wife by dropping her off a bridge, directly in the path of a speeding locomotive]].
* CarpetRolledCorpse: BigBad Howard Saint has the body of his associate Quentin wrapped in a carpet when he confronts his wife Livia over her supposed infidelity.
* ChekhovsArmoury: With the exception of the ballistic knife, nearly every weapon Castle uses is shown beforehand either in a montage or as part of a scene.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Frank does this by hanging his victim upside down, threatening to burn him with a torch. He goes into agonizing detail about how a blowtorch is so hot that it destroys nerve endings before they can register heat so the end result is that all you actually feel is cold. [[spoiler: He then runs a Popsicle up and down the guy's back]].
* ComicbookAdaptation: Like with the previous adaptation, it featured material that was left out from the theatrical cut. See ReCut down below for more.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Zig-zagged. During a monologue, Frank himself insists that "[[ThatManIsDead Frank Castle is dead]]," and that he should be called "The Punisher." Everyone else, however, uses his real name.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Howard Saint is [[GreenEyedMonster violently vindictive]] towards anyone he suspects of going after his wife. Castle [[BatmanGambit exploits this]] as part of his plot.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The film was basically this for the entire comic-book movie slate up to that point save for ''Blade'' and its sequels.
* DeadpanSnarker: Frank's entire family may have been slaughtered in cold blood, but he still retains something that resembles a sense of humor, albeit rarely (see DiagnosisFromDrBadass and NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight below for examples). He also makes a friendly, sarcastic remark to Jimmy Weeks during a going-away party (this happens before the hit on the Castles was executed):
-->'''Weeks:''' To Frank Castle the finest soldier, the finest undercover op, the finest man I've ever known. What will I do without you?\\
'''Castle:''' Get a girlfriend.
* DiagnosisFromDrBadass: Frank takes a blowtorch to Mickey Duka's back and describes what he's doing in great detail, including telling him that it's not painful yet because the nerve endings are seared and when the flame's that hot, it actually feels cold. [[spoiler: This turns out to be a subversion, as the Punisher is really just swiping a popsicle across the man's back to create the described symptoms, while simultaneously using the blowtorch on a steak to create the smell of charred flesh]].
-->'''Castle''': Isn't science fun, Mickey?
* DisproportionateRetribution: The reason Saint killed Castle's family was because he thought Castle killed his son. HE DIDN'T (a thug was shot by the FBI team and fired his gun on to Bobby Saint)!
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Jimmy Weeks]] in the Extended Cut.
* EvilMatriarch: Livia Saint. The reason why Frank's family was wiped out, rather than just Frank as originally planned, was because she ordered it.
* FlamingEmblem: At the end of the film, Punisher sets off a series of car bombs that form his iconic skull symbol.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Even before Frank planted evidence, at one scene Howard noticed how close his wife and best friend were becoming.
* GuileHero: Frank Castle. As part of his BatmanGambit, Frank's plan for revenge was that after returning to the States, [[spoiler:make it appear to Howard Saint that his wife and his right-hand man are having an affair. After Saint kills both of them for the perceived betrayal, Frank makes his final assault on Saint's posh nightclub; Castle kills Saint's other son, tells Howard he killed his wife and best friend for nothing (he framed Saint's wife as cheating with his best friend, not knowing his friend was gay), then sends him to a fiery death]].
* GunsAkimbo: Punisher uses a pair of pistols once to dispatch two Saint goons. Rest of the time, he's using one pistol.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: During his fight against The Russian, Frank lobs a grenade at him, [[OhCrap but has to scramble for cover]] when The Russian [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turns the tables]], using a crowbar to knock the grenade back at Frank like it's a baseball.
* ImmediateSelfContradiction: Played for laughs and drama after Frank defeats The Russian while his neighbors watch in disbelief:
-->'''Frank:''' I'm fine. ''[looks down at The Russian's body]'' He's not. ''[Frank falls over, unconscious]''
* ImplacableMan: The Russian, a massive behemoth of a man who shrugs off punches, kicks, blunt force trauma, stab wounds, and ''walls'' as if they were minor nuisances. The first thing that seems to faze him is getting several quarts of boiling water thrown in his face.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Frank, at one point, uses a paper-cutter blade to kill a {{mook|s}}.
* KarmaHoudini: Jimmy Weeks, in the theatrical version. It leaves out a sub-plot where Howard Saint had blackmailed Weeks over the latter's money issues, making it seem like Weeks was innocent and Glass was able to figure out how to find Castle on his own, appearing with a file in hand. In the Extended Cut, it restores the sub-plot and [[spoiler:Frank would figure it out and went to Weeks's apartment where he subtly killed him through DrivenToSuicide.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: Saint's wife has one. The Punisher himself gets a [[AwesomeMusic very memorable]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np2_9JcVZaA one]].
* MagicalNegro: There is [[ChekhovsGunman a brief reference to a 'Witch Doctor']] living off on an island near the Puerto Rico resort. [[spoiler: He later saves Castle after he gotten a round straight to the chest, near the heart, and left to die after a massive explosion on the pier he was on. After Frank's recovery,]] he then proceeds to never show up again. The novelization explains that he simply likes his privacy.
* MercyKill: Upon finding out Frank's alive, Howard Saint believes that he's invoking this trope aside from his revenge.
-->'''Howard:''' He misses his family and he wants to die. He's asking for help so let's help him.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Mickey turns into TheMole for Frank, who correctly guesses that Mickey doesn't want to spend the rest of his life as Howard Saint's lackey. He plays a crucial part in getting the pieces together to make Frank's BatmanGambit against Howard Saint work.
-->'''Mickey''': I hate the Saints. All of them.
* MsFanservice: Livia Saint, played by former Miss USA Laura Harring.
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: The colossal blond hitman known simply as "The Russian" (who is almost impervious to pain).
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: Joan's crazy ex-boyfriend (cited on [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0330793/ IMDB]] as "Tattooed Mike") shows up in her apartment building, harassing her, with only her front door between him and her. An unarmed Frank casually tells him to leave.
-->'''Frank:''' Hey... get out.\\
'''Mike:''' ''[approaches Frank, brandishing a butterfly knife]''\\
'''Frank:''' ''[punches Mike in the face, then takes the knife from his hands as he staggers]'' [[DeadpanSnarker You shouldn't play with knives]]. ''[bops Mike on the nose with the hilt]''
* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight: "You are one dumb son of a bitch. Bringing a knife to a gunfight." [[SubvertedTrope Little did Harry Heck know, it was a spring-loaded ballistic knife]].
* NoSell: The Russian takes a knife to the shoulder and appears to be more annoyed than hurt.
* PapaWolf: Not just the title character, but Saint is a dark example since his son's death is what triggered his vendetta against the Castle Family. There is also Frank Sr. who along with Frank were able to take out many of Saint's {{mooks}}. Even though he took a shotgun blast to the back, Frank Sr. used the last of his strength to knife a man that was going after Frank.
* ProtagonistTitle
* ReCut: An extended cut of the film was released on DVD in 2006; it featured seventeen minutes of additional footage that fills in some of the plot holes (such as one that revolves around Jimmy Weeks, Frank's best friend, [[spoiler:and Frank realizing that it was Weeks that sold him out to Howard Saint]]), features an animated introduction that follows Frank's time in Kuwait (based on the work of artist Tim Bradstreet), and generally improves on the film as compared to its theatrical cut. (This version of the film often airs on the FX network as well.)
* RevengeByProxy: Howard was content to simply have Frank killed in return for the death of his son, but it was his wife who insisted that Frank's [[DisproportionateRetribution entire family]] had to die, too.
* RichBitch: Livia Saint. She was the one who expressed desire to see Frank's family dead in retaliation for him killing her son in the first place.
* ShoutOut:
** Harry Heck is a tribute to Music/JohnnyCash's character in ''Five Minutes to Live'' (a.k.a. ''Door to Door Maniac'').
** Frank Castle's wife and son are run over by a vehicle, and Frank arrives too late to save them. [[Film/MadMax Wonder where that came from]]?
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Frank's BatmanGambit against the Saints is very similar to Iago's plan in {{Theatre/Othello}}. See GuileHero above for how.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Castle's fight with The Russian is drowned out by Verdi's "[[StandardSnippet La donna è mobile]]".
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Harry Heck sits down in a diner, whips out a guitar, and proceeds to sing a song to Frank that basically sums up Frank's character in a nutshell, then leaves. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment This serves no purpose except maybe to try and throw Frank off his game.]]
* SuspiciousSpending: Inverted in the Extended Cut. Frank doesn't suspect anything about Weeks until he notices that his former partner no longer owns many of his luxury items, including his Rolex and his beloved Porsche. [[spoiler:He sold them off to cover his immense gambling debt, which is what Saint used to blackmail him into betraying Frank.]]
* ThatManIsDead
--> '''The Punisher''': Those who do evil to others-- the killers, the rapists, psychos, sadists-you will come to know me well. Frank Castle is dead. Call me... the ''Punisher''.
* TheTheTitle
* ThinkHappyThoughts: At the end of the film, Castle has killed all the criminals responsible for his family's deaths, and thinks he has nothing further to live for. He puts a gun to his own head, but a memory of his wife prevents him from pulling the trigger.
--> '''Joan''': Good memories can save your life.
* TitleDrop: At the end of the film, Frank Castle [[ThatManIsDead accepted his fate as a wanted vigilante]] by forsaking his name and calling himself ''The Punisher''.
* TortureForFunAndInformation: The Punisher strings a man up by his ankles and explains that a blowtorch will kill nerves so quickly that the victim doesn't feel pain so much as a sense of numbness. He then lights his blowtorch behind the victim so he can't see, directs it at a raw piece of meat, and drags a Popsicle along the man's back. The victim almost instantly gives up everything he knows, totally convinced he can smell his flesh burning even as it's numbed by the intense heat. In this case, the Punisher used intense mental anguish rather than physical agony, but the pain was just as real and probably more severe. This is directly taken from the comic book.
* ToThePain: Frank Castle interrogates low-level mob gofer Mickey Duka by making a show of turning on an oxy-acetylene torch and going behind the mook to burn his back, explaining to him that "You won't feel the pain at first, you'll just feel... Cold." He pretends to start burning off his skin as he asks questions, all the while he's just pointing the torch at a raw steak and touching his victim's skin with a popsicle to simulate being burned. ''Mickey talks''.
* TortureIsIneffective: In contrast to the blowtorch-and-popsicle scene, the one scene of actual torture proves completely useless. Quentin Glass rips all David's piercings out with pliers, one by one, and when he still refuses to give up Frank's location Quentin wrongly infers that Dave doesn't know anything.
* TranquilFury: While Frank's entire revenge is one big example, special mention goes to the scene where Quentin Glass and his gang torture Frank's neighbor David for info. David says nothing to rat out Frank and has all his piercings removed -- [[ColdBloodedTorture with pliers]]. In return, the henchman left guarding the complex gets brutally cleaved in the head with a paper cutter by Frank, who moments before was forced to watch the poor guy through the entire torture, even blaming himself for the whole ordeal.
* TrappedByGamblingDebts: Some deleted scenes show how Howard Saint found Frank's hideout. He blackmailed Frank's FBI buddy into telling him, which he did because of his gambling addiction.
* TrueCompanions: Frank doesn't believe he's friends with his neighbors. That changes when he gets to know them after he helped with Joan's boyfriend problem and [[spoiler:left them some of the stolen mob money he took early in the film]]. This is cemented for him after the bad guys round up his neighbors and apply some ColdBloodedTorture to Dave to find out where Castle is. The guy doesn't talk. Later, Castle demands to know why. The reply? ''"Because...you're one of us. [[FamilyOfChoice You're family."]]''
* UpToEleven: The movie's version of Frank's Origin. Not only do the Saints kill his wife and kid, they kill his mother, father, siblings, in-laws and their children. Turning his simple sad story into a miniature genocide.
* VillainousBreakdown: Saint suffers one once Frank is alive and well, and had begun targeting his criminal empire. It comes to a head when Saint [[spoiler:kills his best friend and cruelly kills his wife, after being led to believe they've been cheating on him.]]
* VillainousVirtues: Howard Saint loves his family very much, and grieves greatly when his son Bobby is killed early on. Unfortunately, he is also a cruel and vindictive gangster.
* VillainSong: "In Time" sung by Harry Heck.
* WhatTheHellHero: The Punisher to the Tampa Police. Before he even plans his revenge, he wanted to check how the cops were looking into it and judging by how mad he looks, they didn't even start.
--> '''Frank Castle:''' It's been five months since my family's been murdered.\\
'''Chief Morris:''' [[CaptainObvious Obviously]] [[{{Understatement}} you're upset.]]\\
'''Frank Castle:''' Upset? Is that the word? I used to get upset. When I got a flat tire, when a plane was delayed. I used to get *upset* when the Yankees won the series. So if that's what upset means, [[TranquilFury what am I feeling now?]] If you know the word, tell me because I don't.
* WifeBasherBasher: Joan and Frank meet for the first time when he runs off her abusive ex-boyfriend with a haymaker to the face.