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** Some overlap remains in the actual comics - "Yorkie" Mitchell is first introduced in the Northern Ireland-related issue #18 of Ennis's pre-MAX ''Punisher'' series, the Russian is seen in a flashback in the final arc, and the social worker Jen Cooke plays a prominent role in both the pre-MAX story "The Hidden" and the MAX story "The Slavers".

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** Some overlap remains in the actual comics - "Yorkie" Mitchell is first introduced in the Northern Ireland-related issue #18 of Ennis's pre-MAX Marvel Knights ''Punisher'' series, the Russian is seen in a flashback in the final arc, and the social worker Jen Cooke plays a prominent role in both the pre-MAX Marvel Knights story "The Hidden" and the MAX story "The Slavers".


* RoguesGallery: Frank Castle doesn't have much of a rogues gallery for [[CaptainObvious obvious reasons.]] However, there are a ''few'' villains who prove clever and tenacious to come back for a couple more arcs. Chief among them are: Nicky Cavella (who's in two story arcs), the Man of Stone (two story arcs as well), Barracuda (also two story arcs) and lastly the Kingpin, who appears in the most arcs (four of them to be exact), including the last one.

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* RoguesGallery: Frank Castle doesn't have much of a rogues gallery for [[CaptainObvious obvious reasons.]] reasons. However, there are a ''few'' villains who prove clever and tenacious to come back for a couple more arcs. Chief among them are: Nicky Cavella (who's in two story arcs), the Man of Stone (two story arcs as well), Barracuda (also two story arcs) and lastly the Kingpin, who appears in the most arcs (four of them to be exact), including the last one.


When you take a DarkerAndEdgier Creator/MarvelComics character like Comicbook/ThePunisher, and make him even Darker and Edgier''er'', you get what is collectively called "The Punisher MAX".

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When you take a DarkerAndEdgier Creator/MarvelComics character like Comicbook/ThePunisher, and make him even [[UpToEleven Darker and Edgier''er'', Edgier]]''[[UpToEleven er]]'', you get what is collectively called "The Punisher MAX".


** Some overlap remains in the actual comics - "Yorkie" Mitchell is first introduced in the Northern Ireland-related issue #18 of Ennis's pre-MAX ''Punisher'' series, and the social worker Jen Cooke plays a prominent role in both the pre-MAX story "The Hidden" and the MAX story "The Slavers".
* AmazonBrigade: Averted by the five Mafiosi wives in "Widowmaker". With the exception Shauna, none of the other wives have any combat experience.

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** Some overlap remains in the actual comics - "Yorkie" Mitchell is first introduced in the Northern Ireland-related issue #18 of Ennis's pre-MAX ''Punisher'' series, the Russian is seen in a flashback in the final arc, and the social worker Jen Cooke plays a prominent role in both the pre-MAX story "The Hidden" and the MAX story "The Slavers".
* AmazonBrigade: Averted by the five Mafiosi wives in "Widowmaker". With the exception of Shauna, none of the other wives have any combat experience.



** Perhaps ''the'' definitive example of this trope in popular media. New York as a whole is depicted as a rancid squalor, filled with Pimps, hookers, [[TheMafia Mafiosi]], [[DirtyCop crooked cops]] and just about every other vice imaginable.

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** Perhaps ''the'' definitive example of this trope in popular media. New York as a whole is depicted as a rancid squalor, filled with Pimps, hookers, [[TheMafia Mafiosi]], Mafiosi]] (and organized crime of other ethnicities), [[DirtyCop crooked cops]] and just about every other vice imaginable.



** Basically. if a goon is able to go Mano-A-Mano with Frank and ''not'' end up a red smear, they fall into this trope.

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** Basically. Basically, if a goon is able to go Mano-A-Mano with Frank and ''not'' end up a red smear, they fall into this trope.



* DirtyCommies: General Zakharov and his men were this in the worst kind of way during the Soviet-Afghan War were, having [[spoiler:gathered up entire villages and forced them off the edge of a cliff, with Zakharov himself callously murdering an infant while her mother watched in horror.]]

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* DirtyCommies: General Zakharov and his men were this in the worst kind of way during the Soviet-Afghan War were, having [[spoiler:gathered up entire villages and forced them off the edge of a cliff, cliff (in order to draw the Afghan soldiers out of hiding), with Zakharov himself callously murdering an infant while her mother watched in horror.]]



** The slavers from the arc of the same name have one of these on their payroll who helps them keep tabs on the affairs of the NYPD. However, they aren't as common as one might expect. In fact, the majority of the cops in the series aren't "dirty" so much as they are... well... [[{{Jerkass}} assholes]].

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** The slavers from the arc of the same name have one of these on their payroll who helps them keep tabs on the affairs of the NYPD.NYPD ([[ContemptCrossfire and even they don't like him]]). However, they aren't as common as one might expect. In fact, the majority of the cops in the series aren't "dirty" so much as they are... well... [[{{Jerkass}} assholes]].



* TheDogBitesBack: Zakharov and Dolnovich get bitten back in the worst way by SmugSnake Rawlins after attacking his groin several times, wiping blood on his shirt, and generally kicking him around. Granted, Rawlins is such a bastard that they probably would've gotten a knife in the back ''regardless'', but their treatment of him didn't help.

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* TheDogBitesBack: Zakharov and Dolnovich get bitten back in the worst way by SmugSnake Rawlins after attacking his groin several times, wiping blood on his shirt, and generally kicking him around. Granted, Rawlins is such a bastard that they probably would've gotten a knife in the back ''regardless'', ''regardless'' (and Zakharov actully cites this as the reason he doesn't want Rawlins on the payroll), but their treatment of him didn't help.



* GeneralRipper: General Nikolai Zakharov ''built his reputation on this''. He was at his worst during the Soviet-Afghan War, where his monstrous actions earned him the nickname "The Man Of Stone". His various atrocities include [[spoiler:gathering up entire villages and forcing them off the ledge of a cliff, as well as callously murdering an infant while her mother screamed in horror]]. In fact, his actions were so bad that the [[EvenEvilHasStandards Soviets had him fired]].

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* GeneralRipper: General Nikolai Zakharov ''built his reputation on this''. He was at his worst during the Soviet-Afghan War, where his monstrous actions earned him the nickname "The Man Of Stone". His various atrocities include [[spoiler:gathering up entire villages and forcing them off the ledge of a cliff, as well as callously murdering an infant while her mother screamed in horror]]. In fact, his actions were so bad that the [[EvenEvilHasStandards Soviets had him fired]]. One Russian even says that if they'd kept him, they'd have kept Afghanistan... it's just that there'd be nothing left of Afghanistan worth keeping.

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* MalMariee: Mal Mariée means "badly married" in French and the trope refers to a young wife unhappily married to an older jealous guy. The Barracuda arc has Harry's TrophyWife who gleefully sleeps with her CorruptCorporateExecutive husband's NumberTwo. Oddly enough, the husband is apparently impotent so he forgives her (although the jealousy manifests when he has her one-night-stands murdered), he's completely oblivious to her latest affair, and actually commits suicide when he finds out. The wife and her lover are eaten by sharks.


** Some overlap remains in the actual comics - "Yorkie" Mitchell is first introduced in the Northern Ireland-related issue #18 of Ennis's pre-MAX ''Punisher'' series, and the same social worker character plays a prominent role in the pre-MAX story "The Hidden" and the MAX story "The Slavers".

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** Some overlap remains in the actual comics - "Yorkie" Mitchell is first introduced in the Northern Ireland-related issue #18 of Ennis's pre-MAX ''Punisher'' series, and the same social worker character Jen Cooke plays a prominent role in both the pre-MAX story "The Hidden" and the MAX story "The Slavers".

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** Some overlap remains in the actual comics - "Yorkie" Mitchell is first introduced in the Northern Ireland-related issue #18 of Ennis's pre-MAX ''Punisher'' series, and the same social worker character plays a prominent role in the pre-MAX story "The Hidden" and the MAX story "The Slavers".


** Nick Cavella gets special mentions as he was an arrogant mobster who had the ‘’bright idea’’ of digging up Frank’s family and pissing on the remains then sending a recording on TV. Once Punisher responds violently by killing off all the mobsters Cavella’s basically been using as meat shields, he goes after him next. Punisher then drags a tied up Cavella in the middle of the wilderness, who immediately began pleading for his life. He gets a bullet in the gut and stranded in the woods to die slowly and painfully from severe blood loss.
** In “The Slavers”, Punisher goes after Vera, the one behind the human trafficking ring. She was the one who had gang-raped repeatedly in order to break them, show them they are powerless to do anything. Once Punisher catches up to her, she pleads for mercy, saying she was just “running a business”. This doesn’t fly with Frank, who bodily smashes her against shatterproof glass before busting her out the window of her skyscraper office.

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** Nick Cavella gets special mentions as he was an arrogant mobster who had the ‘’bright idea’’ of digging up Frank’s family and pissing on the remains then sending a recording on TV.TV, confident he could take him on. Once Punisher responds violently by killing off all the mobsters Cavella’s basically been using as meat shields, he goes after him next. Punisher then drags a tied up Cavella in the middle of the wilderness, who immediately began pleading for his life. He gets a bullet in the gut and stranded in the woods to die slowly and painfully from severe blood loss.
** In “The Slavers”, Punisher goes after Vera, the one behind the human trafficking ring. She was the one who had unlucky women lifted from the streets gang-raped repeatedly by groups of her men in order to break them, show them they are powerless to do anything. Once Punisher catches up to her, she pleads for mercy, saying she was just “running a business”. This doesn’t fly with Frank, who bodily smashes her against shatterproof glass before busting her out the window of her skyscraper office.

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* VillainsWantMercy: A lot of the criminals Punisher faces off against fall into this once they get cornered by him, pathetically begging for their lives. Punisher outright ignores them and gives them a painful death instead.
** Nick Cavella gets special mentions as he was an arrogant mobster who had the ‘’bright idea’’ of digging up Frank’s family and pissing on the remains then sending a recording on TV. Once Punisher responds violently by killing off all the mobsters Cavella’s basically been using as meat shields, he goes after him next. Punisher then drags a tied up Cavella in the middle of the wilderness, who immediately began pleading for his life. He gets a bullet in the gut and stranded in the woods to die slowly and painfully from severe blood loss.
** In “The Slavers”, Punisher goes after Vera, the one behind the human trafficking ring. She was the one who had gang-raped repeatedly in order to break them, show them they are powerless to do anything. Once Punisher catches up to her, she pleads for mercy, saying she was just “running a business”. This doesn’t fly with Frank, who bodily smashes her against shatterproof glass before busting her out the window of her skyscraper office.
** In “Welcome to the Bayou”, the father of a hillbilly family hunts down Frank. They thought they had the advantage in numbers and firepower, but Frank dispatched them all regardless. Once he disarms the father, he immediately pleads for Frank not to kill him. Frank answers with a BoomHeadshot.


--> '''John Chadwick''': If I'm proud of anything, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming it's that my men all made it home]]. That was more Walt Mayne's doing than mine, but of what I did do, I'm proud. Because the war wasn't worth it, you see. Not one life. Not your brother's nor anyone else's. Not ours, not theirs. It wasn't worth a single human life.

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--> '''John Chadwick''': If I'm proud of anything, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming it's that my men all made it home]].home. That was more Walt Mayne's doing than mine, but of what I did do, I'm proud. Because the war wasn't worth it, you see. Not one life. Not your brother's nor anyone else's. Not ours, not theirs. It wasn't worth a single human life.



* ItsRainingMen: When Frank and a Delta Force operative need to sneak into Siberia, they do so by HALO jumping out of a commercial plane. Later on they [[UpToEleven up the ante]] [[spoiler:''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by HALO jumping out of a launched nuclear missile]]'']].

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* ItsRainingMen: When Frank and a Delta Force operative need to sneak into Siberia, they do so by HALO jumping out of a commercial plane. Later on they [[UpToEleven up the ante]] [[spoiler:''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by [[spoiler:by HALO jumping out of a launched nuclear missile]]'']].missile]].



** All of the above examples pale in comparison to what General Zakharov got up to in Afghanistan. In "Man of Stone", a British journalist calmly describes to Frank the sort of "tactics" that Zakharov would routinely employ against the Afghan fighters. [[spoiler:The most infamous of these was the way he decided to goad the local Afghan rebels out of hiding. He did this by gathering up the entire population of a local Afghan village and having them forcibly thrown off a cliff one by one, much to the horror of the Afghan fighters. But the crowning moment would have to be when an Afghan woman begs Zakharov that he spare her infant son. How does Zakharov respond to this woman's plea? By taking the infant into his hands, and '''''chucking the baby off a cliff'''''.]] The scariest part is that we later learn that he did this to ''another six villages''.

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** All of the above examples pale in comparison to what General Zakharov got up to in Afghanistan. In "Man of Stone", a British journalist calmly describes to Frank the sort of "tactics" that Zakharov would routinely employ against the Afghan fighters. [[spoiler:The most infamous of these was the way he decided to goad the local Afghan rebels out of hiding. He did this by gathering up the entire population of a local Afghan village and having them forcibly thrown off a cliff one by one, much to the horror of the Afghan fighters. But the crowning moment would have to be Then there's when an Afghan woman begs Zakharov that he spare her infant son. How does Zakharov respond to this woman's plea? By taking the infant into his hands, and '''''chucking the baby off a cliff'''''.]] The scariest part is that we later learn that he did this to ''another six villages''.



** [[spoiler:Frank]] himself is a victim of this trope, as he spends the latter half of ''Homeless'' dying a slow, painful death. In issue #21, still bloody and battered from his fight with [[spoiler:Elektra]], [[spoiler:Frank]] journeys over to his old house where the [[spoiler:Kingpin (AKA: Wilson Fisk)]] and half a dozen of his goons are waiting for him. Once there, the goons quickly surround [[spoiler:Frank]] and proceed to open fire on him...but [[spoiler:Frank]] ''[[TheDeterminator won't]] [[MadeOfIron go]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome down]]''. Fighting through the pain, [[spoiler:Frank]] manages to kill all the goons and engages [[spoiler:Fisk]] in a vicious street fight. The [[GilliganCut next page cuts to]] [[spoiler:Fisk]] just outside his tower, begging the guards to let him in. Unfortunately for [[spoiler:Fisk, Frank]] kills him before he can retreat inside. Having killed the [[spoiler:Kingpin]], [[spoiler:Frank walks all the way back to his old home before finally succumbing to his wounds and dying on the streets]].

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** [[spoiler:Frank]] himself is a victim of this trope, as he spends the latter half of ''Homeless'' dying a slow, painful death. In issue #21, still bloody and battered from his fight with [[spoiler:Elektra]], [[spoiler:Frank]] journeys over to his old house where the [[spoiler:Kingpin (AKA: Wilson Fisk)]] and half a dozen of his goons are waiting for him. Once there, the goons quickly surround [[spoiler:Frank]] and proceed to open fire on him...but [[spoiler:Frank]] ''[[TheDeterminator [[TheDeterminator won't]] [[MadeOfIron go]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome down]]''.go down]]. Fighting through the pain, [[spoiler:Frank]] manages to kill all the goons and engages [[spoiler:Fisk]] in a vicious street fight. The [[GilliganCut next page cuts to]] [[spoiler:Fisk]] just outside his tower, begging the guards to let him in. Unfortunately for [[spoiler:Fisk, Frank]] kills him before he can retreat inside. Having killed the [[spoiler:Kingpin]], [[spoiler:Frank walks all the way back to his old home before finally succumbing to his wounds and dying on the streets]].


* DrugsAreBad: A recurring theme throughout the series is the self-destructive effects of narcotics, not to mention that anything involving drugs is a ''very'' good way to [[BerserkButton piss Frank off]]. In the miniseries ''Born'', half of the Marines at Frank's base are strung out on heroin. In the first arc, Microchip reveals that the {{CIA}} sells narcotics on the side to help fund their covert operations. This is the info that more or less seals [[spoiler:Micro's fate.]] And in "The Slavers", the Romanian gangsters keep their girls doped up to help make them more "manageable".

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* DrugsAreBad: A recurring theme throughout the series is the self-destructive effects of narcotics, not to mention that anything involving drugs is a ''very'' good way to [[BerserkButton piss Frank off]]. In the miniseries ''Born'', half of the Marines at Frank's base are strung out on heroin. In the first arc, Microchip reveals that the {{CIA}} UsefulNotes/{{CIA}} sells narcotics on the side to help fund their covert operations. This is the info that more or less seals [[spoiler:Micro's fate.]] And in "The Slavers", the Romanian gangsters keep their girls doped up to help make them more "manageable".



--> '''Fury:''' Whole agency's been a fucking joke for years. They put the fucking accountants in charge--then they wonder why the {{CIA}} beats us to the punch everywhere from Indonesia to Iraq.

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--> '''Fury:''' Whole agency's been a fucking joke for years. They put the fucking accountants in charge--then they wonder why the {{CIA}} UsefulNotes/{{CIA}} beats us to the punch everywhere from Indonesia to Iraq.



* MeleeATrois: The climax of "In The Beginning" essentially boils down to a giant, all-out war between the {{CIA}}, and [[TheMafia the Cesare Family]], both of whom are trying to get their hands on Frank with the intention of either killing him or recruiting him.

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* MeleeATrois: The climax of "In The Beginning" essentially boils down to a giant, all-out war between the {{CIA}}, UsefulNotes/{{CIA}}, and [[TheMafia the Cesare Family]], both of whom are trying to get their hands on Frank with the intention of either killing him or recruiting him.


* {{CIA}}: The Central Intelligence Agency has a strong presence throughout the series, and rarely in a good light. The first arc deals with them trying to recruit Frank into a black ops unit so he can help them track down terrorists. What's more, both [[ActionGirl Kathryn O'Brien]] and [[SmugSnake William Rawlins]] started off working for the agency before they went rogue.

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* KillEmAll: By the end of the second MAX series [[spoiler:Nick Fury]] is the only notable character still alive.


* AxCrazy: Oh, ''so many''. Fun game: Take a drink everytime you see a villain who is pathologically {{sadist}}ic, violent, twisted, and willing to kill many people without a single trace of guilt. To say that they are violent {{sociopath}}s could be a '''huge''' {{Understatement}}.

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* AxCrazy: Oh, ''so many''. Fun game: Take a drink everytime you see a villain who is pathologically frighteningly {{sadist}}ic, violent, twisted, and willing to kill many people without a single trace of guilt. To say that they are violent {{sociopath}}s could be a '''huge''' {{Understatement}}.


* AxCrazy: Given the nature of Frank's work and the [[CrapsackWorld world]] he lives in, he tends to run into these quite often.
** From "The Slavers" we have Tiberiu Bulat, the horrifyingly racist and sadistic old man whom Frank referred to as "a sick old fuck who still thought that he was a soldier".
** Russian General Nikolai "The Man of Stone" Zakharov, once we learn of his actions as a soldier in the Russian Army.
** Later on we are introduced to [[ScaryBlackMan Barracuda]], a man who ''thoroughly'' enjoys his acts of extreme bloodshed and sadistic slaughter, to the point that he makes the other examples on this page look fairly sane and normal by comparison.
** In "Welcome to the Bayou'", Frank meets the Geautreauxs, an insane, inbred hillbilly cannibal clan that is entirely made up of AxCrazy lunatics.
** Lastly we have Bullseye, who appears to have the lead as far as ax-craziness goes. While most MAX villains in the series are "merely" depraved sociopaths, Bullseye is ''genuinely insane.''

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* AxCrazy: Given the nature of Frank's work Oh, ''so many''. Fun game: Take a drink everytime you see a villain who is pathologically {{sadist}}ic, violent, twisted, and the [[CrapsackWorld world]] he lives in, he tends willing to run into these quite often.
** From "The Slavers" we have Tiberiu Bulat, the horrifyingly racist and sadistic old man whom Frank referred to as "a sick old fuck who still thought
kill many people without a single trace of guilt. To say that he was a soldier".
** Russian General Nikolai "The Man of Stone" Zakharov, once we learn of his actions as a soldier in the Russian Army.
** Later on we
they are introduced to [[ScaryBlackMan Barracuda]], violent {{sociopath}}s could be a man who ''thoroughly'' enjoys his acts of extreme bloodshed and sadistic slaughter, to the point that he makes the other examples on this page look fairly sane and normal by comparison.
** In "Welcome to the Bayou'", Frank meets the Geautreauxs, an insane, inbred hillbilly cannibal clan that is entirely made up of AxCrazy lunatics.
** Lastly we have Bullseye, who appears to have the lead as far as ax-craziness goes. While most MAX villains in the series are "merely" depraved sociopaths, Bullseye is ''genuinely insane.''
'''huge''' {{Understatement}}.

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