The first of many Creator/{{Capcom}} games to be based on a Creator/MarvelComics license, ''The Punisher'' is a ''VideoGame/FinalFight''-like BeatEmUp, in which two players can have ComicBook/ThePunisher team up with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent NickFury. (The two characters are identical in gameplay, though they have different dialogue when played alone.) Originally a 1993 ArcadeGame, a port for the SegaGenesis developed by Sculptured Software was released in 1994.
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!!This game contains examples of:
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Stage 5
* AmbidextrousSprite: Averted. Nick Fury's eyepatch stays on his left eye no matter which way he's facing.
* ArmCannon: Bushwacker
* BaitAndSwitchBoss: Bruno is replaced with the Kingpin's Guardroid as the boss of Stage 2.
* BatterUp: The mooks Dylan and Shone attack with wooden bats, which you can pick up and use.
* BonusStage: Shooting up barrels between stages 3 and 4.
* BossInMookClothing: Jigsaw, Punisher's iconic arch-nemesis from the comics, makes an appearance in the final stage, but the game treats him like a regular underling.
* BreakableWeapons: All the weapons that can be used by the player have limited durability that is displayed when wielded. After the limit has been reached, the weapon will no longer be usable. Some of the melee weapons, such as the baseball bat and the pipe, will break in its last use.
* ButtonMashing: Some attacks involve this.
* DarkActionGirl: The kunoichi enemies
* DegradedBoss: The first boss Scully reappears as an ordinary grunt in the final stage.
* DesperationAttack: The screen-clearing grenade attack can only be used when life bar is near zero.
* DistressedDamsel: The two "Barbara" women locked up in the Punta Verde mansion in Stage 2.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The underground cave (Stage 4).
* ExecutiveSuiteFight: The final battle with the Kingpin.
* {{Expy}}: The kunoichi enemies are loosely based on Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'s on/off love interest ComicBook/{{Elektra}}.
* GiantMook: Gus, Red and Scully.
* HeadSwap: Not only were most of the enemy grunts head-swaps of each other, but the two sole female [=NPCs=] (a bystander in Stage 1 and a hostage in Stage 2) are head ''and'' torso swaps of each other. They both wear the same type of skirt and high-heel pumps, but one of them is wearing a white blouse and the other a halter dress.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: Pick up food on the street to recover health.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Almost any item can be used as a weapon.
* {{Kiai}}: The karate mooks' "WAI-YAH!"
* MartialArtsUniform: The male karate mooks (Saxon, Hawke and Yan Lee).
* MechaMooks: The cyborg Pretty Boys.
* NinjaRun: The Kunoichi enemies (Midori, Mizuki, Luna, Misa). And they do this [[CombatStilettos in high heels]].
* ThouShaltNotKill: NickFury chews out The Punisher quite a bit for cranking up the body count more than necessary.
* SpinAttack: Both characters get a Roundhouse Kick and a radial throw to hit all nearby enemies [[CastFromHitPoints at the cost of some health]].
* SpinningPiledriver: The Izuna Drop.
* SuperWindowJump: Middle of Stage 1 onto a bus and in Stage 2 to get into Bruno's red-carpet mansion with a rousing "KA-BLAM!"
* TraintopBattle: Stage 4, "Death on Rails"
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