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** ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'' (2016)
** ''Series/{{The Punisher|2017}}'' (2017)




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The tone of the stories vary from violent pitch-black comedy to intensively grim-and-gritty noir tales to attempts to make him a full-on SuperHero... who just so happens to kill people. His enemies have ranged from sex slavery rings (the MAX arc "The Slavers" being possibly one of the single darkest stories in the history of comics, if not the history of fiction) to gigantic Russian hitmen augmented with cyborg body parts and enormous breasts... both of them written by Ennis.

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The tone of the stories vary from violent pitch-black comedy to intensively grim-and-gritty noir tales to attempts to make him a full-on SuperHero... who just so happens to kill people. His enemies have ranged from sex slavery rings (the MAX arc "The Slavers" being possibly one of the single darkest stories in the history of comics, if not the history of fiction) rings to gigantic Russian hitmen augmented with cyborg body parts and enormous breasts... both of them written by Ennis.


* NormalFishInATinyPond: Inverted. Frank’s military training, combat skill, bulletproof costume and arsenal of weapons make him a OneManArmy who steamrolls standard street thugs. In RealLife or a more grounded work of fiction he’d be one of the most dangerous people in the world. In the Marvel Universe he is... a man who happens to own a gun; he wouldn’t last two minutes against the likes of ComicBook/DoctorDoom, the [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] or ComicBook/{{Sabretooth}}. Which is probably why he almost never fights actual supervillains.

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* NormalFishInATinyPond: Inverted. Frank’s military training, combat skill, bulletproof costume and arsenal of weapons make him a OneManArmy who steamrolls standard street thugs. In RealLife or a more grounded work of fiction he’d be one of the most dangerous people in the world. In the Marvel Universe he is... a man who happens to own a gun; some guns; he wouldn’t last two minutes against the likes of ComicBook/DoctorDoom, the [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] or ComicBook/{{Sabretooth}}. Which is probably why he almost never fights actual supervillains.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: These days it's generally accepted that Frank doesn't kill children or teenagers and if any writer contradicts that, they must hate him (this is commonly said about Frank's appearance in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' for example). However, back before he even got his first book and was being used by Creator/FrankMiller as a rival and foil to ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}, there was a story where he hunts down and murders a drug dealer stated to be between 13 and 15 years old and then rants how [[NeverMyFault it wasn't him who killed the boy but Crime itself]]. ''Really'' early in his run, he once shot a guy for ''jaywalking.'' It is safe to say Frank has since switched to decaf.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: These days it's generally accepted that Frank doesn't kill children or teenagers and if any writer contradicts that, they must hate him (this is commonly said about Frank's appearance in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' for example). However, back before he even got his first book and was being used by Creator/FrankMiller as a rival and foil to ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}, there was a story where he hunts down and murders a drug dealer stated to be between 13 and 15 years old [[note]]for context, that would make him younger than all but one of the Runaways when Frank has met them[[/note]] and then rants how [[NeverMyFault it wasn't him who killed the boy but the Crime itself]]. ''Really'' early in his run, he once shot a guy for ''jaywalking.'' It is safe to say Frank has since switched to decaf.


-->'''-- Megadeth, 'Holy Wars...The Punishment Due''''

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-->'''-- Megadeth, Music/{{Megadeth}}, 'Holy Wars...The Punishment Due''''



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->''[[FamilyExtermination They killed my wife and my baby]]''
->''[[DespairGambit With hopes to enslave me]]''
->''[[ItsPersonal First mistake]]''
->''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Last mistake]]''
-->'''-- Megadeth, 'Holy Wars...The Punishment Due''''


* TooDumbToLive: Quite a lot of villains. One minor gangster was dumb enough to brag about how he would take over his boss' territory and "business" when Frank (who had just offed said boss) was still right there; this was met with the predictable results:
--> '''Gangster''': I-I-I...I mean I'm gonna leave all this shit behind me. Get a job. Leave town.\\

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Quite a lot of villains. One minor gangster was dumb enough to brag about how he would take over his boss' territory and "business" when Frank (who had just offed said boss) was still right there; this was met with the predictable results:
--> ---> '''Gangster''': I-I-I...I mean I'm gonna leave all this shit behind me. Get a job. Leave town.\\



** Frank himself at times. He's ussually smart enough to understand that he's just a normal man with guns so picking a fight with superpowered beings is a bad idea. But some writers having [[IdiotBall throw common sense to the wind]] and do it anyways, with predictable results.

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** Frank himself at times. He's ussually usually smart enough to understand that he's just a normal man with guns guns, so picking a fight with superpowered beings is a bad idea. But some writers having [[IdiotBall throw common sense to the wind]] and do it anyways, with predictable results.


* AlwaysABiggerFish: Frank easily kills normal human villains. Put him against a genuine superhuman, though, and he's in trouble. Both ComicBook/TheMightyThor and ComicBook/IncredibleHulk have curbstomped him at least once apiece. Taken to its logical conclusion with the "Punisher vs. ComicBook/{{Daken}} (a.k.a. Franchise/{{Wolverine}}'s psychotic killing machine of a son with all of dad's powers)" story arc in ''ComicBook/DarkReign'': Daken takes Frank apart. ''Literally''. He's had bigger success against lower-level superpowered villains who don't know how to use their powers properly. One of his biggest victories was against ''Electro'', though this didn't result in Electro's death.



* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: ''What If... The Punisher Had Killed Spider-Man?'', Frank realizes that killing Spider Man was a mistake in more ways than one. Not only does he find out that he killed an innocent person, but Spider Man's '''many''' allies in the superhero come after Frank and quickly realizes he's out of his depth.



** ComicBook/TheKingpin is another Spider-Man villain who tore Frank a new one.

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** ComicBook/TheKingpin is another Spider-Man villain who tore Frank a new one. Frank has gotten into fights with Kingpin more than once, but it keeps ending the same way with Kingpin nearly killing Frank.


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** Frank easily kills normal human villains. Put him against a genuine superhuman, though, and he's in trouble. Both ComicBook/TheMightyThor and ComicBook/IncredibleHulk have curbstomped him at least once apiece.


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** Frank himself at times. He's ussually smart enough to understand that he's just a normal man with guns so picking a fight with superpowered beings is a bad idea. But some writers having [[IdiotBall throw common sense to the wind]] and do it anyways, with predictable results.


* PayEvilUntoEvil: Pretty much the cornerstone trope of The Punisher is doing bad things to even worse people.

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: Pretty much the cornerstone trope of The Punisher is doing bad things to even worse people. He even provides the trope's main image.


* FamilyExtermination: A key part of the Punisher's backstory is the death of his family at the hands of criminals regardless of who is responsible for their murders.



** Frank's ComicBook/UltimateMarvel counterpart may be even more fanatic about his crusade than Frank is. Even having the Ultimate Marvel version of ComicBook/GhostRider, an agent of {{Satan}}, telling him "''keep up the good work''" doesn't dissuade him from his killing spree. He thinks the message comes from his family, or maybe even God himself. He's also even more suicidal than the regular Frank, to the point that, when he thinks he's accidentally killed an innocent person, he demands to be "Punished".

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** Frank's ComicBook/UltimateMarvel counterpart may be is even more fanatic about his crusade than Frank is. Even having the Ultimate Marvel version of ComicBook/GhostRider, an agent of {{Satan}}, telling him "''keep up the good work''" doesn't dissuade him from his killing spree. He thinks the message comes from his family, or maybe even God himself. He's also even more suicidal than the regular Frank, to the point that, when he thinks he's accidentally killed an innocent person, he demands to be "Punished".


* WhatTheHellHero: The Punisher gets this from almost every superhero (and a few supervillains) he comes across. Frank himself occasionally gets to deliver these.

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* WhatTheHellHero: The Punisher gets this from almost every superhero (and a few supervillains) he comes across. Frank himself occasionally gets to deliver these.these, his most famous one occuring in his crossover with Franchise/{{Batman}} where Bats saves the Joker from him (and allows him to go scotfree), allowing him to continue killing as many innocent people as he can. Frank gives him one major calling out before he leaves Gotham.
--->'''Punisher''': [[NotSoDifferent You know... you and that giggling idiot deserve each other]].

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* NormalFishInATinyPond: Inverted. Frank’s military training, combat skill, bulletproof costume and arsenal of weapons make him a OneManArmy who steamrolls standard street thugs. In RealLife or a more grounded work of fiction he’d be one of the most dangerous people in the world. In the Marvel Universe he is... a man who happens to own a gun; he wouldn’t last two minutes against the likes of ComicBook/DoctorDoom, the [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] or ComicBook/{{Sabretooth}}. Which is probably why he almost never fights actual supervillains.


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** In ''What If... The Punisher Had Killed Spider-Man?'', Frank manages to kill ComicBook/SpiderMan via an explosive trap. This results in every single superhero in New York coming after him, and none of them are holding back this time. Frank is comically outmatched by even the likes of ''ComicBook/{{Hellcat}}'', and only manages to avoid being captured/killed on the spot is by hiding and running away if he’s spotted.

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