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* SmallTownBigHell: "Little Girls In White Dresses" has Frank get called to the rescue of a tiny backwater near the Mexican border that's been converted to the mass production of drugs, holding their children hostage if they don't cooperate. He even ends up facing Jigsaw again, although they don't speak or even identify each other. It ends with Frank shooting up the place, and the BigBad getting ripped apart by the mob of freed villagers.

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* FakeFaint: After Barracuda is (finally) knocked out, Frank breaks one of his fingers to make sure it's not a feint. He still wakes up a few minutes later, until Frank kills him for good.


* BaitTheDog: In General Zakharov's first appearance, while there's some whispering of his reputation and he does use the WeHaveReserves trope (though he was trying to dislodge terrorists from a nuclear silo), Zakharov in the end did stop a nuclear confrontation and showed '''way''' more patience with TheStarscream than he had a right to. Later, when we see him again, we find out [[MoralEventHorizon just how]] [[InfantImmortality he fought]] [[SubvertedTrope in Afghanistan]].

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* BaitTheDog: In General Zakharov's first appearance, while there's some whispering of his reputation and he does use the WeHaveReserves trope (though he was trying to dislodge terrorists from a nuclear silo), Zakharov in the end did stop a nuclear confrontation and showed '''way''' more patience with TheStarscream than he had a right to. Later, when we see him again, we find out [[MoralEventHorizon just how]] [[InfantImmortality he fought]] fought [[SubvertedTrope in Afghanistan]].



* DeathOfAChild:
** Frank Castle's children, Lisa and Frank David Castle. The former was shot in the belly, while the latter was shot through the mouth.
** In "The Slavers", one escaped victim recounts the time when a pair of slavers sent her an email... that included an image of '''''her baby's lifeless corpse'''''.
** Wilson Fisk's 8-year old son has his throat slit by Don Rigoletto. Fisk realizes that he doesn't really care that his son is dead. Unfortunately for him, the death of their son also set his wife Vanessa against him, which would eventually result in his downfall and gruesome death.



* InfantImmortality: Averted with '''''[[DeathOfAChild extreme prejudice]]'''''. In fact, it seems like the series goes out of its way to avert this trope whenever possible. Notable aversions include:
** Frank Castle's children, Lisa and Frank David Castle. The former was shot in the belly, while the latter was shot through the mouth.
** The fate of Joseph Kai's youngest son. See ImAHumanitarian below for more details.
** In "The Slavers", one escaped victim recounts the time when a pair of slavers sent her an email... that included an image of '''''her baby's lifeless corpse'''''.
** Wilson Fisk's 8-year old son has his throat slit by Don Rigoletto. Fisk realizes that he doesn't really care that his son is dead. Unfortunately for him, the death of their son also set his wife Vanessa against him, which would eventually result in his downfall and gruesome death.

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** Happens in "The Slavers" when Frank is ambushed by the Slavers' soldiers and he realizes he's sorely outgunned. They're not using HollywoodTactics or MookChivalry either. They're a trained army of killers and he's only got a pistol on him. All he can do for now is run.


** He's on the end of another during the "The Slavers" arc. Frank attempts to ambush the eponymous slavers the same way he would his normal gangbangers, forgetting that these are the normal skittish drug dealers he's used to. They are hardcore survivors of the Yugoslavian wars and well-versed in tactics of battle.

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** He's on the end of another during the "The Slavers" arc. Frank attempts to ambush the eponymous slavers the same way he would his normal gangbangers, forgetting that these are aren't the normal skittish drug dealers he's used to. They are hardcore survivors of the Yugoslavian wars and just as well-versed as him in the tactics of battle.

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* BittersweetEnding: At best, when it doesn't go full-on DownerEnding (see below)


** Ditto for Barracuda. The man was a Sergeant Major in the US Army, and is every bit as hardcore as Frank Castle.
* AxCrazy: Oh, ''so many''. Fun game: Take a drink everytime you see a villain who is 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}}.

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** Ditto for Barracuda. The man was a Sergeant Major in the US Army, Army and is every bit as hardcore as Frank Castle.
* AxCrazy: Oh, ''so many''. Fun game: Take a drink everytime every time you see a villain who is 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}}. This also, naturally, applies to Castle himself.


* FramingDevice: In "Valley Forge, Valley Forge", the last arc written by Creator/Garth Ennis, the brother of one of the marines who fought alongside Frank during his last tour in [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]] has written a book about what happened to his brother under Castle's command. Excerpts of the book and of interviews with other soldiers, including the guys who picked up the SoleSurvivor, are interspersed throughout the main story.

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* FramingDevice: In "Valley Forge, Valley Forge", the last arc written by Creator/Garth Garth Ennis, the brother of one of the marines who fought alongside Frank during his last tour in [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]] has written a book about what happened to his brother under Castle's command. Excerpts of the book and of interviews with other soldiers, including the guys who picked up the SoleSurvivor, are interspersed throughout the main story.



* 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.

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

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** Of course, that 2,000 dead figure may only be counting deaths that can be definitely traced back to Frank. Itís possible that many of the criminals heís killed were dealt with in a way that ensured their bodies were never found and/or identified. Also, keep in mind that Frank rarely leaves survivors behind and he doesnít exactly broadcast his killings; for example, if he were to kill a group of gangbangers, who is to say that a rival gang doesnít claim responsibility for it and Frank receives no credit for it?

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* WritersCannotDoMath: It's said that in thirty years Frank has killed about 2,000 people. Given the rate at which we see him kill that number seems improbably low. In the Ennis run alone, excluding ''Born'', he kills over 400 people in a five year span.


Much like the original comics, the [[Creator/MarvelMAX MAX]] imprint version of Frank Castle became [[VigilanteMan a vigilante]] when his family was gunned down by mobsters in 1976. What sets him apart from his mainstream counterpart is that this version, written almost exclusively by Creator/GarthEnnis for four years, features no superheroes and is deeply rooted in more disturbing forms of crime and horror -- including but not limited to: TheMafia, [[WesternTerrorist Irish terrorist cells]], Eastern European slavers, corporate tycoons and real life wars. It is also considerably less funny than the mainstream Marvel series, though there are touches of [[BlackComedy dark humor]] here and there.

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Much like the original comics, the [[Creator/MarvelMAX MAX]] imprint version of Frank Castle became [[VigilanteMan a vigilante]] when his family was gunned down by mobsters in 1976. What sets him apart from his mainstream counterpart is that this version, written almost exclusively by Creator/GarthEnnis for four years, features no superheroes and is deeply rooted in more disturbing forms of crime and horror -- including but not limited to: TheMafia, [[WesternTerrorist [[WesternTerrorists Irish terrorist cells]], Eastern European slavers, corporate tycoons and real life wars. It is also considerably less funny than the mainstream Marvel series, though there are touches of [[BlackComedy dark humor]] here and there.

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** He's on the end of another during the "The Slavers" arc. Frank attempts to ambush the eponymous slavers the same way he would his normal gangbangers, forgetting that these are the normal skittish drug dealers he's used to. They are hardcore survivors of the Yugoslavian wars and well-versed in tactics of battle.

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** Tommy Monaghan, the titular character from Ennis' previous series ''ComicBook/Hitman1993'', is mentioned by O'Brien, who herself is something of a transplant from that series as well.


* GeneralFailure: The over-arching [[BiggerBad cabal of crooked Generals]] take this to an [[UpToEleven entirely new level]], being a group of incompetent idiots who have ''never seen any real combat'', having ascended through the ranks entirely through mundane service. By the time the final arc takes place, the Generals end up opposing Frank Castle for the sole purpose of saving their own asses from the massively bad decisions they've made throughout their careers. There's even a scene where Nick Fury whips the head general half to death with his belt for his stupidity during one military operation. The entire group is eventually [[spoiler:slaughtered by Castle]].

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* GeneralFailure: The over-arching [[BiggerBad cabal of crooked Generals]] Generals take this to an [[UpToEleven entirely new level]], being a group of incompetent idiots who have ''never seen any real combat'', having ascended through the ranks entirely through mundane service. By the time the final arc takes place, the Generals end up opposing Frank Castle for the sole purpose of saving their own asses from the massively bad decisions they've made throughout their careers. There's even a scene where Nick Fury whips the head general half to death with his belt for his stupidity during one military operation. The entire group is eventually [[spoiler:slaughtered by Castle]].

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