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* {{Hypocrite}}: Frank himself, but it's not revealed until issue 16 of ''Punisher MAX'', where it's revealed that he [[spoiler:had decided to divorce his wife and leave his kids with her]] in order to satisfy his bloodlust. Way back, in the fourth issue of the original MAX series, Frank had told Microchip how he had almost killed his neighbor because said neighbor had left his wife for another woman. Ultimately, Frank proved to be no different from his victim, with [[spoiler:both of them willing to abandon their spouses to satisfy their own lusts]].

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Frank himself, but it's not revealed until issue 16 of ''Punisher MAX'', where it's revealed that he [[spoiler:had decided [[spoiler:his last words to divorce his wife and leave his kids with her]] in order to were "I want a divorce"]] so that he could satisfy his own bloodlust. Way back, in the fourth issue of the original MAX series, Frank had told Microchip how he had almost killed his neighbor because said neighbor had left his wife for another woman. Ultimately, Frank proved to be no different from his victim, with [[spoiler:both of them willing to abandon their spouses to satisfy their own lusts]]. Doubles as an one–sentence HannibalLecture since [[spoiler:this sentence is enough for Bullseye to kill Frank Castle from beyond the grave. For the short amount of time that he has left, Frank ''never'' recovers from hearing those words, and his last words are a scrawled "I'm sorry" on his family's old house as he lays dying in the street.]]


* ContrivedCoincidence: Rawlins (the [=CIA=] agent who was responsible for putting together the false flag terror cell that was deployed during the Punisher's mission in "Mother Russia") is blackmailed into dealing with the Punisher at the same time Nicky Cavella returns to also deal with the Punisher. The two happen know each other and team up to kill Frank, only to have their plan botched by Kathryn O'Brien, who happens to be Rawlins's ex-wife who had coincidentally escaped from prison at the same time her ex-husband was assigned to kill the man who she and her team had attempted to recruit during an operation that was crashed by her ex's ex-lover[=/=]accomplice Cavella. [[OneDegreeOfSeparation Whew]].

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* ContrivedCoincidence: ContrivedCoincidence:
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Rawlins (the [=CIA=] agent who was responsible for putting together the false flag terror cell that was deployed during the Punisher's mission in "Mother Russia") is blackmailed into dealing with the Punisher at the same time Nicky Cavella returns to also deal with the Punisher. The two happen know each other and team up to kill Frank, only to have their plan botched by Kathryn O'Brien, who happens to be Rawlins's ex-wife who had coincidentally escaped from prison at the same time her ex-husband was assigned to kill the man who she and her team had attempted to recruit during an operation that was crashed by her ex's ex-lover[=/=]accomplice Cavella. [[OneDegreeOfSeparation Whew]].Whew]].
** A line of dialogue in "Barracuda" reveals that literally everyone--including, somehow, the waiting staff--who was aboard the Dynaco yacht at the end of the story was aware of and complicit in the company's illegal activities, which makes it okay when the Punisher blows up the boat and lets everyone on it be eaten by {{Threatening Shark}}s.

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** While Konstantin Pronchenko from the ''Soviet'' miniseries is fine with ''ordering'' atrocities, he is ''not'' fine with actually committing them himself, so the Punisher punishes him by [[spoiler:forcing him to skin a man alive. Pronchenko cries, begs, vomits, urinates, and defecates the entire time, and by the end is left so traumatized by the ordeal that he becomes a mute wreck who gets dumped in an insane asylum]].


* TheWarOnTerror: The effects and ramifications of 9/11, and the subsequent war that followed it, play a big role in the overall series. The very first story arc deals with the CIA attempting to recruit Frank so he may aid them in their hunt for Osama Bin-Laden. "Man of Stone" has Frank going over to Afghanistan to deal with General Zakharov and his squad of renegade Russian commandos. But the most notable example would have to be when Frank and Nick Fury talk about the potential blowback of the war. The conversation they have is down right [[HarsherInHindsight chilling in hindsight when one considers the events that were born out of the war in the Middle East.]]
-->'''Fury:''' You ever think we might have something coming to us for this shit?
-->'''Frank:''' What shit?
-->'''Fury:''' That.
-->[Points at a television broadcast that is covering the war in Iraq, along with a description on the screen that reads that the death toll for US troops has now risen to 4000]
-->'''Fury:''' Fuck... we invent a war and we invade. And how many of them are dead now? Half a mil or something like that?
-->'''Frank:''' Depends on who you believe.
-->'''Fury:''' Leaves a lot of pissed-off people with nothing to lose. I don't know what it'll be. Guy with something in a briefcase wandering into Times Square. A plane again. But we've got something coming, that I know.



--> '''Frank:''' Russian military never was too sentimental about spending lives.
--> [''Frank finishes slaughtering the current wave of Russian troops'']
--> '''Frank:''' I'm not too sentimental either.

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--> '''Frank:''' Russian military never was too sentimental about spending lives.
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lives.\\
[''Frank finishes slaughtering the current wave of Russian troops'']
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troops'']\\
'''Frank:''' I'm not too sentimental either.



** Ennis tends to alternate between general "organized crime" targets and villains [[TakeThat modeled after]] real groups, including [[{{Film/EnronTheSmartestGuysInTheRoom}} Enron]] and even contemporary U.S. military personnel.

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** Ennis tends to alternate between general "organized crime" targets and villains [[TakeThat modeled after]] real groups, including [[{{Film/EnronTheSmartestGuysInTheRoom}} Enron]] Film/{{Enron|TheSmartestGuysInTheRoom}} and even contemporary U.S. military personnel.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In ''Platoon'', one of FRank's squad is falling asleep in his chair, with a squadmate sticking a cigarette in the sleeping man's ear and lighting it.


* NeverLiveItDown: Invoked with the general who'd come up with the terrorist plot after getting his face wrecked by Nick Fury. Characters in the story repeatedly bring up his humiliating beating and he reacts predictably in each case (i.e. sniveling).


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* OnceDoneNeverForgotten: Invoked with the general who'd come up with the terrorist plot after getting his face wrecked by Nick Fury. Characters in the story repeatedly bring up his humiliating beating and he reacts predictably in each case (i.e. sniveling).

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** ''Punisher: The Platoon'' briefly features a group of Green Berets who everyone in the room shows respect/aversion for, and who made an effort to evacuate a village of friendly civilians but were prevented from doing so by some Marines (which nearly causes them to pick a fight with Castle's men).


* BadassGrandpa:
** While this isn't as prominent in the mainstream universe thanks to ComicBookTime, in MAX, Punisher is drawn to look like the fifty-to-sixty-year-old man that he is, and his age is mentioned from time to time.
** Taken to [[UpToEleven even greater levels]] with [[PintSizedPowerhouse Pittsy]]- a fat, balding, sixty-something-year old, short-tempered, foul-mouthed, [[HeManWomanHater he-man women-hating]] tough little son of a gun who, at one point, comes damn close to actually ''choking the life'' outta Frank.
** Nick Fury definitely qualifies. The man looks like he's pushing eighty, and he's still scary enough to have the other Generals walking on eggshells whenever he's around.



* EvilOldFolks: A few, most notably [[AxCrazy Tiberiu]] [[BloodKnight Bulat]]. Interestingly [[BadassGrandpa Frank]] himself may count, for a [[AntiHero given]] [[VillainProtagonist quan]][[NeverHurtAnInnocent tity]] [[ALighterShadeOfBlack of]] evil.

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* EvilOldFolks: A few, most notably [[AxCrazy Tiberiu]] [[BloodKnight Bulat]]. Interestingly [[BadassGrandpa Frank]] himself may count, for a [[AntiHero given]] [[VillainProtagonist quan]][[NeverHurtAnInnocent tity]] [[ALighterShadeOfBlack of]] evil.


** Jason Aaron's continuation of the main series introduced MAX version of numerous Spider-Man and Daredevil-related characters like the Fisks, Don Rigoletto, Bullseye, and the Enforcers.

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** Jason Aaron's continuation of the main series introduced MAX version versions of numerous Spider-Man and Daredevil-related characters and organizations like the Fisks, Don Rigoletto, Bullseye, the Hand and the Enforcers.


** Frank himself arguably qualifies because he knows he's a monster and has a strict code against harming innocents.

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** Frank sees himself arguably qualifies because he knows he's as a monster and but has a strict code against harming innocents.innocents and doesn't want to drag other people in his crusade.

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** Subverted when Barracuda recognizes him, without even particularly looking for him (or ever having met him face-to-face), in a crowded airport.

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* PaperThinDisguise: If you could even call it a disguise... but as long as Frank isn't wearing his skull insignia shirt (and even sometimes when he is), apparently nobody can recognize him despite being an infamous global mass murderer whose mugshot has been plastered across the world.


* AgonizingStomachWound: In MAX, this is how [[spoiler:Nicky Cavella]] goes out [[spoiler:after he makes the mistake of digging up Frank Castle's family and pissing on their remains]]. Castle was not happy about this asshole doing this, and did not want to make his end a quick one, leaving him in the wilderness to die of infection or blood loss after gut-shooting him.

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* AgonizingStomachWound: In MAX, this This is how [[spoiler:Nicky Cavella]] goes out [[spoiler:after he makes the mistake of digging up Frank Castle's family and pissing on their remains]]. Castle was not happy about this asshole doing this, and did not want to make his end a quick one, leaving him in the wilderness to die of infection or blood loss after gut-shooting him.


* AgonizingStomachWound: In MAX, this is how [[spoiler:Nicky Cavella]] goes out [[spoiler:after he makes the mistake of digging up Frank Castle's family and pissing on their remains.]] Castle was not happy about this asshole doing this, and did not want to make his end a quick one, leaving him in the wilderness to die of infection or blood loss after gut-shooting him.

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* AgonizingStomachWound: In MAX, this is how [[spoiler:Nicky Cavella]] goes out [[spoiler:after he makes the mistake of digging up Frank Castle's family and pissing on their remains.]] remains]]. Castle was not happy about this asshole doing this, and did not want to make his end a quick one, leaving him in the wilderness to die of infection or blood loss after gut-shooting him.

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* AgonizingStomachWound: In MAX, this is how [[spoiler:Nicky Cavella]] goes out [[spoiler:after he makes the mistake of digging up Frank Castle's family and pissing on their remains.]] Castle was not happy about this asshole doing this, and did not want to make his end a quick one, leaving him in the wilderness to die of infection or blood loss after gut-shooting him.

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