Billy "The Beaut" Russo
"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.
- Abusive Parents: 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.
- Affably Evil: 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 Evil Counterpart and, in his mind, The Only One Allowed to Defeat You.
- Axe Crazy
- Badass Normal: Enough so to threaten Spider-Man during his early appearances.
- The Big Bad: Of most arcs he appears in.
- Bishōnen: Billy used to be this. Then the Punisher got his hands on him...
- Butt Monkey: Sometimes played this way.
- Chest Insignia: When dressed in his knockoff of the Punisher's costume.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He and The Hood inflicted this on Tigra when they captured her.
- Evil Counterpart: 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.
- Genre Savvy: Every now and then. In the Suicide Run 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.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His scars are about as evil as you can get, horribly disfiguring his face.
- In-Series Nickname: Before his run-in with Frank, he was known as Billy "the Beaut".
- Joker Immunity: Jigsaw even lampshades this and the Punisher justifies letting him live since Jigsaw is more of a danger to his fellow criminals than innocents.
- Mad Eye: The reconstruction of his face left his left eye larger in appereance.
- Man in White: Favours white suits, and a colour inverted Punisher costume much of the time.
- Nightmare Face: He's been mutilated to a grotesque degree, to the point that his surgeons were forced to reconstruct his features from scratch.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: When he heard that Castle had been fried in electric chair, he started killing those responsible while ranting how inappropiate it was that he didn't get to kill him.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He's very racist and misogynistic in the MAX series, referring to Mexican women as "spic bitches", "coozes", and "whores".
- Professional Killer: Was an assassin for the Maggia before reaching his current station in life.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Like the Punisher, he was an antagonist in The Amazing Spider-Man. When Frank got his own book, Billy's villainy was taken there.
- Took a Level in Badass: Has gone from a failed assassin to one of the few criminals who can match The Punisher's combat skills.
- Unknown Rival: Frank only sees him as just a mid-level mafiosi. In fact, he doesn't even remember their initial meeting.
AKA: Lieutenant Burt Kenyon
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.
- Badass Bandolier: Two.
- The Cameo: Appears in a flashback in Punisher: Return to Big Nothing.
- Cool Bike: A jet-powered motorcycle.
- Cool Plane: His base of operations is a jet.
- Disney Villain Death: Fell off the Statue of Liberty.
- Dissonant Serenity: When he gunned down a group of enemy soldiers which had surrounded Frank in Vietnam.
- Evil Versus Evil: In his first appearance, he is hired by a mobster with a grudge against the Vulture.
- Face-Heel Turn: A soldier turned contract killer.
- Human Shield: Enjoyed making one out of J. Jonah Jameson.
- The Mentally Ill: Section 8'ed, meaning he was deemed mentally unfit for military service.
- Monumental Battle: His final battle with Spidey and the Punisher occurs on top of the Statue of Liberty.
- Jack the Ripoff: An unnamed criminal became the third Hitman after buying the name and gear from the Hobgoblin.
- Pet the Dog: The Punisher owed his life to the Hitman. While dangling from the Statue of Liberty, the Hitman informs Frank that he owes him a life, not his life, and tells him to save Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson instead.
- Professional Killer: Hence the name.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Introduced as a new Spider-Man villain, he was given ties to the Punisher in his second appearance.
- Rooftop Confrontation: With Spider-Man and the Punisher, on top of The Daily Bugle.
- Tracking Device: Employed these against Spider-Man and the Vulture.
- Walking Arsenal: He whips out a lot of gadgets and weapons.
AKA: Samuel Smith
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
, and returned later with a plan to sterilize the American populace.
AKA: Rich von Burian
Von Burian was part of Frank's military unit in The Vietnam War
. 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.
Damage was a gang member who was caught by Punisher's battlevan's defense-mechanisms. In act of Cruel Mercy
, Frank decided to leave him into a life in agony, and dropped his crushed body to a nearby hospital. He was then recruited to a project of Kingpin's that rebuilt him into a killing machine.
AKA: Muzzafar Lambert
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.
- Badass Moustache: Saracen was an evil, evil guy, but there was no denying that both he and his moustache were very badass.
- Badass Normal: 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 sizeable portion of the population can shoot lasers out of their orifices and throw cars around like dolls.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He kills without remorse, but he refuses to be unfaithful to his wife.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Has a classically evil moustache.
- Greed: His primary motivation.
- Happily Married: Apparently, given his refusal to betray her.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Highly visible assassin anyway. Saracen's purple costume is pretty obvious.
- Hired Guns: Lambert has no particular allegiances, save to his money.
- It's Personal: Gets this way with The Punisher when he kills his aunt and uncle, Frank's last remaining family members.
- Killed Off for Real
- Master Swordsman: Saracen was very proficient with his scimitar.
- The Mole: 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.
- Only in It for the Money: Saracen was loyal only to his paycheck.
- Professional Killer: As a terrorist-for-hire, assassination is certainly within his purview.
- Recurring Character: Made sixteen appearances, which for a Punisher villain is pretty good.
- Sinister Scimitar: As part of his stereotypically Arab persona.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: As seen in the picture, Saracen's uniform is void of sleeves.
- Terrorist Without A Cause: A terrorist-for-hire to be exact, with his only cause being enriching himself.
- You Killed My Father: You killed my aunt and uncle, actually. There's a reason Castle wanted this guy dead.
Rosalie was the spoiled daughter of Julius Carbone, who had fling with Frank during his infiltration of her organization. After death of her father, she swore revenge on the Punisher after his part in dropping the Carbone family from top of the foodchain.
- Arranged Marriage: 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.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Even though she was just a pawn for her father, she still wants to avenge him.
- Genre Savvy: Since she has personal experience with Punisher, she is smart enough not to take a part in the skyscraper trap in Suicide Run.
- The Informant!: Frank, as Johnny Tower, used their relationship to get information out of her family's businesses.
- Killed Off for Real: Since Frank has an aversion to kill women, it took a while before she met her end at the hands of Leslie Geraci.
- Mafia Princess: Was one before Punisher became part of her life.
Salvatore "Sal" Carbone
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.
"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.
- 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!).
- Affably Evil: Murderous, violent and psychopathic. He is, nonetheless, incredibly friendly to his enemies, actively complimenting and joking with them mid-fight.
- Ascended Fanboy: He is a huge fan of the Fantastic Four, X-Men and Spider-man and is the president of his local chapter of the "Daredevil: Man Without Fear" fan club.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Blood Knight: He went to Afghanistan for a vacation and is described as taking jobs for money or for fun.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- The Brute
- Came Back Wrong: The resurrection process gave him ridiculously huge breasts, but he's the only one not to care. In fact, he likes them.
- Dirty Commies: Expresses some Communist sentiments, though he's also a big fan of capitalism and consumer society.
- Dumb Muscle
- Foil: The always happy Russian makes for an effective comedic foil to the grim and serious Punisher.
- Go Out with a Smile: Was last scene hanging onto an ICBM, laughing and waving as it detonated.
- Husky Russkie: Eight feet tall, five hundred pounds, and hailing from Smolensk, Russia.
- Immune to Bullets: Doesn't react at all when shot.
- Joker Immunity: He's been stabbed, shot, beaten, burned, decapitated, and nuked. Only the last one seems to have taken, and even that may be temporary.
- Made of Iron: May actually stray into Made Of Titanium territory, if it is a superpower.
- Nuke 'em: His most recent exit was at the hands of an atomic missile.
- Off with His Head!: How he died the first time.
- Super Strength: 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.
- Theres No Kill Like Overkill: It took being chained to a dropped atomic bomb to kill him for good. Maybe.
Dr. Stephanie Gerard
A former AIM scientist, Stephanie Gerard left her parent organisation to set up a new criminal organisation, 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.
Christian "Chris" Poulsen
A one-time operative for SHIELD, Chris Poulsen is Stephanie Gerard's partner, confidante, and muscle. He handles the wetwork for The Exchange, and has a massive crush on Stephanie.
- Axe Crazy: By the end.
- Badass: Takes on Castle, Cole-Alves, and half the police force during his last appearance.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Chris' killing spree in issue fifteen gets him everything he wanted, leaving The Punisher and Cole-Alves are on the run from the police, their relationship with law enforcement apparently ruined.
- Berserk Button: Hurting Stephanie. When The Punisher kills her, Chris goes on a rampage that results in a double-digit bodycount.
- Bodyguard Crush: On Stephanie
- The Coats Are Off: Ditches his Badass Longcoat and his suit during his last battle with Castle and Cole-Alves.
- Cop Killer: Guns down two police officers, and, as a bonus, sets up the events that result in Rachel Cole-Alves killing Detective Walter Bolt.
- The Dragon: To Stephanie, whom he allows to take the lead in most of their operations, while serving as her muscle.
- Dragon Ascendant: Following Stephanie's death, Chris goes on a massive rampage that caps off the arc, and kicks off the events of War Zone.
- Dragon Their Feet: He was absent during Gerard's last confrontation with Castle and Cole-Alves, for which he blames himself.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His crush on Gerard.
- Frame-Up: 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).
- Hand Cannon: His modified nine milimetre, with which he's able to hit police officers on the street from several stories up in an office building.
- More Dakka: Especially during
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on a killing spree after Dr. Gerard is killed, ending with his own death.
- Sanity Slippage: After Stephanie Gerard's death.
- Suicide by Cop: Suicide by Frank Castle. With Stephanie dead, Chris doesn't have much to live for.
- Villainous Breakdown: Undergoes a massive one when Stephanie dies.
- Villainous Friendship: Type I with Stephanie Gerard.