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United States Military

United States Army

    Col. Nicolas Fury 

See Allies


     Col. George Howe 

See Allies


    Cpt. Martin Vanheim 

Debut: The Punisher Vol. 7 #13

"I am Delta Force. The best of the best. I have what it takes and I will do what it takes."

An elite Delta Force operative, who along with Frank was hand picked to participate in "Operation Barbarossa." A covert military operation that involves rescuing a six year girl (whose blood contains an experimental super virus) from Russian captivity.


  • The Captain: Before taking part in Operation Barbarossa. He was a Captain in Delta Force.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: During a Bar Brawl in a Siberian pub, he can be seen swinging a chair at a pub dweller.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Despite his muscular build, and combat prowess, he gets his ass handed to him on a number of occasions.
    • First, against the Mongolian who makes short work of him without even breaking a sweat.
    • Ditto for his brief fight with Frank.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: When Frank catches him doing something he really shouldn't be doing. Vanheim shouts at Frank, telling him. "Back Off! Don't make me fuck you up!" Frank just kicks him in the face and knocks half his teeth out.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: He's a Delta Force soldier by way of the 82nd Airborne Division.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Averted; the man was about to give a little girl a poison that would kill her and stabilize the supervirus in her blood. Had it not been for Frank, he would have gone through with it. Eventually he settles for helping Frank in his plan to threaten Russia with nuclear war. A few arcs later, his squadmates refuse to believe that he'd go through with it.
  • Guns Akimbo: At one point he dual wields a pair of AK's when firing at some hapless guards.
  • Heroic Build: The man is over six feet tall, built like a linebacker, and sports a very noticeable Lantern Jaw of Justice. Everything about him just screams Action Hero.
  • Hollywood Action Hero: Amusingly this is the reason behind why Frank doesn't like him. As Frank thinks that Vanheim's action star good looks make him stand out too much.
  • Hunk: He's six feet tall, blonde, and according to Frank, is built like an "action figure."
  • It's Raining Men: In order for him and Frank to covertly make their way into Siberia undetected. They sneak aboard a Commercial Airliner and HALO jump unto their target. Later on, when they have to sneak out, they do so by HALO jumping out of a nuclear missile. What's more, before joining Delta Force, he was once a paratrooper in the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division.
  • Just Following Orders: When Frank catches him trying to inject Galina with a lethal poison that will kill her, he tries using this as an excuse for his actions. Naturally Frank isn't having any of it.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: To go along with his traditional Hollywood good looks.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Had he not preemptively fired at a pair of unsuspecting guards, he and Frank could have easily walked out of the nuclear silo base without a hitch. By killing them he jeopardizes the entire mission, forcing him and Frank to come up with an alternative means of escape.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: His shapely build doesn't mean much when it comes right down to it. First he gets his ass kick by the Mongolian who sports a far slimer build. The second time he gets trounced by the much older Frank.
  • Over Shadowed By Awesome: Vanheim is a legitimate badass in his own right, but he is easily overshadowed by his partner Frank. In both skill, and body count.
  • Overt Operative: Apparently this is one of the things about him that annoys Frank to no end. In Frank's monologue he talks about how back in his day, the Spec Ops guys did their best to keep a low profile. Chastising Vanheim, for looking like a "walking action figure."
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no problem trying to injecting a six year old girl with a lethal poison that will almost certainly kill her. That is until Frank stops him.

    The Eight Generals 

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AKA: Generals Bobby van Abst, Bradley Landers, Don Kent, Jake Farmington, Joe Vraciu, John Archer, Kurt Perino, and Paul Vertraeus
Debut: The Punisher Vol. 7, #13


  • Armchair Military: Both Frank and Fury note none of them have ever seen combat. This does not stop them from trying to tell Colonel George Howe, who is tasked with capturing Frank, how to do his job.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The all use their position and contacts to service their own interests.
  • Hate Sink: War profiteer, racist, zero empathy toward the people they send to die and all of them combined don't have half of Rawlins' backbone. They are the personification of everything wrong in the U.S army high command.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Cowardly opportunists they may have been, they did have a point when they mentioned that sending a man like The Punisher to a nuclear missile silo isn't conductive to a quiet operation.
    What the fuck is wrong with you, Fury? What kind of demented asshole puts the Punisher in a missile silo?!
  • Never Live It Down: Invoked. The general who'd come up with the terrorist plot after getting his face wrecked by Nick Fury. Characters in the story (especially Rawlins) repeatedly bring up his humiliating beating and he reacts predictably in each case (i.e. sniveling).
  • No Name Given: Their names aren't all that relevant to the story, and only in the tenth arc is the ringleader named; Kurt Perino. The tape Rawlins was forced to make in the fourth arc names the other seven as well; Jake Farmington, Bobby Van Abst, John Archer, Paul Vertraeus, Joe Vraciu, Bradley Landers and Don Kent. All Fictional Counterparts Ennis had a beef with.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Perino refers to Howe after a phone call with him as "He's wonderful, isn't he? Almost white". Later, when Howe already had doubts about the whole operation, calling him a "fucking stupid black fuck" when he reported Frank had escaped was not the best choice.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: How they meet their end. Eight bullets for eight targets - Frank does not mess about.
  • Smug Snake: A cabal of them.
  • War for Fun and Profit: They had Rawlins train a terrorist cell simply for the thoughts of having their own suicide bomber (Rawlins explained that they had no goals ready for them when they tasked him for it, stupidly believing terrorist would stay on standby) and set up operation Barbarossa solely so they have something cool on their resumé for when they go to better jobs.
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    Lt. Wood 

Debut: The Punisher Vol. 7 #56

Delta Force Soldier: Woody, you admire this son of a bitch or somethin'?
Wood: You ever seen Alien?
Delta: Long time back.
Wood: My kid brother was crazy for it growing up. Line I always remember: "I admire its purity".

A Delta Force officer assigned to the unit that has been tasked with bringing in The Punisher .


  • Admiring the Abomination: The above quote references a conversation between him and one of his fellow Delta commandos. Where he expresses very obvious admiration for Frank's ruthless vigilante methods.
  • Badass Mustache: He sports a sweet looking one.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: He and his squad all wear identical gas masks during their first attempted raid on Frank's warehouse.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Along with being an elite Delta Force operative, he also has an affinity for the cinematic works of Ridley Scott.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: An officer in the Army's highly prestigious Delta Force.
  • Hero Antagonist: Although he and the rest of his boys are tasked with taking down Frank Castle, they are all depicted as honest, law abiding soldiers who are deeply loyal to one another. And are only following orders.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Frank tosses a grenade in a crate full of flashbangs. He realizes that Frank won't kill them but feels like they are old enough to handle some roughhousing.
  • Sherlock Scan: He shows off some serious Sherlock-level detective skills when he is examining the aftermath of one of Frank's attacks. Correctly deducing Frank's point of entry, method of attack, and weapons used.
  • Shout-Out: He name drops the Ridley Scott classic Alien, in a conversation with a fellow soldier. Comparing Frank with the eponymous alien.

United States Marine Corps

     Cpt. Frank Castle 

    Pfc. Stephen Albert "Stevie" Goodwin 

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Debut: Born #1

"I will not die in Vietnam. My name is Stevie Goodwin and I am so short I can taste it. I am down to thirty-nine days and a wake-up, and on that magic day I will step aboard the big freedom bird and leave this place forever. On the great silver craft that carries me home I will sleep the sleep of the just, and beautiful roundeye angels in stewardesses' outfits will smile with joy and bring me cold, cold beer. I will not die here. I will escape these fields of slaughter. I will not re-up and serve a second tour, will not become a combat-junkie like so many of the others — forever jonesing for their next sweet firefight, their lethal speedball of adrenaline and tracer. I will not fall in love with war like Captain Castle."

A young US Marine serving under Frank Castle at Firebase Valley Forge in the final years of the Vietnam War. He eagerly anticipates being able to return home from the war, counting down the days until he is discharged. Stating that he has no wish to experience the terror of combat ever again.


  • Bayonet Ya: How he dies. His brother Michael noted that this is probably the most merciful death compare to the other kinds of deaths inflicted in the war.
  • Dying Dream: When he dies, it is depicted with a fantasy sequence where the "big freedom bird" swoops down, and takes him away while he is reassured that he made it safe.
  • Naïve Newcomer: The newest addition to the Valley Forge Firebase, and he is very well aware of his status as the newcomer to the squad. And tries his best to avoid attracting any unwanted attention.
  • Nice Guy: One of the very few kind and idealistic characters in the entire series.
  • Peaceful in Death: Stevie's last moment is envisioning himself being on a plane bound for the United States with beautiful stewardesses tending to his every whim.
  • Semper Fi: Subverted; he makes it clear that he is an unwilling conscript who wanted nothing to do with the war. And whose only wish is to live long enough to go back home.
  • Shout-Out: Possibly; he shares a surname with famous comic publisher Archie Goodwin.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Averted. It's for this reason that he hopes to be discharged and returned home as soon as possible. Out of fear that he will become another "combat junking, forever jonesing for his next firefight."
  • Token Good Teammate: One of the better natured and genuinely likable of all the Marines in the base with a strong moral compass to boot. Unlike the rest of the Marines, he keeps away from heroin.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He's by far the most optimistic and positive of all the Marines. And sincerely believes in the ideals and values that his country was founded on.

    Pvt. James "Angel" Morris 

Debut: Born #1

A bitter young Marine, who alongside Stevie Goodwin is stationed at the Valley Forge Firebase, in the final years of the Vietnam War.


  • Angry Black Man: He's young, black, and mad as hell. Although seeing as how he's stuck in the hellhole that is the Vietnam War, and only "a ghetto full of death" is waiting for him back home, it's not hard to see why he is so pissed off.
  • Boom, Headshot!: While ranting to his friend Stevie, in the middle of an all out NVA assault on the Valley Forge Firebase, about how there will be no cavalry to come and save them , he ends up getting his head completely blown off.
  • Black Best Friend: To Stevie.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Like half of the other Marines at the base. He has developed a heroin habit much to the chagrin of his friend Stevie.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Throughout the Born miniseries, he is only ever referred to by his nickname. It's only till later on, in the Valley Forge arc do we learn that his name was, James Morris.
  • Straw Nihilist: His impoverished upbringing has left him with an extremely bitter and cynical outlook on life. At one point he tells Stevie that the only thing waiting for him back home is "a ghetto full of death."
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    Col. Ottman 

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Debut: Born #2

"So... when are we all expected to die?"

The commander of the Valley Forge firebase and Frank's superior officer. A bitter defeatist who appears well aware that the war in Vietnam is already lost and spends most of his time piss drunk.


  • The Alcoholic: As stated above, the man spends most of his time drunk off his ass.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: He's very blatantly modeled after actor William H. Macy. The resemblance is so obvious it's surprising that Macy hasn't sued by now.
  • The Cynic: In case you couldn't already tell from the quote above. The man has more or less already admitted defeat and is just waiting to be killed or stationed somewhere else. Whichever comes first.
  • Driven to Suicide: When the NVA start rushing the Valley Forge base, they are shown discovering Col. Ottman after he has shot himself.
  • Only One Name: His first name is never revealed.

    Coltrane 

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Debut: Born #2

An undisciplined thug stationed at Valley Forge Firebase, and the main heroin smuggler at the base.


  • The Bully: And a drug dealer as well.
  • Drugs Are Bad: It's stated that the heroin he's smuggled into the Firebase is one of the contributing factors behind why the base is in such bad shape.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He makes no attempt at masking his overt racism. Referring to Angel as a "jungle bunny" and even calling his right-hand man a "spic".
  • Semper Fi: Subverted; he's a Marine in name only. Lacking any of the discipline or honor associated with the Corps.
  • Shovel Strike: How Frank finishes him off.

    Sgt. Sal Buvoli 

    Mario Lorenzo Castiglione 

    Fourth Platoon, Kilo Company, 3/ 26 Marines 

Debut: Punisher: The Platoon #1-6

An understrength Marine platoon stationed on Hill 861 near Khe Sanh in Vietnam. During the Tet Offensive, they were placed under Frank Castle's command.


  • Communications Officer: Molland's role.
  • Foil: To the Marines at Firebase Valley Forge. While far from enthusiastic about being in Vietnam, the men of Kilo Four are generally decent and entirely professional in combat.
  • The Medic: The role occupied by Capa
  • Sergeant Rock: Sgt Dryden fits nicely into this.

Central Intelligence Agency

    Robert Bethell 

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Debut: The Punisher Vol, 7 #1

"I need a killer, Castle — I need someone to do the job they gave me, and you are itAnd anyone gets in the way of that, I will fucking liquidate them"

A corrupt CIA officer in charge of a black ops unit charged with assassinations. He has a peculiar interest in recruiting operatives of "questionable" character. Among them is a certain individual who he hopes to recruit to his special unit. That individual is Frank Castle.


  • Death by Irony: He made a career out of performing countless covert operations throughout the years. So it's only fitting that he would meet his end when a pair of Homeland Security agents execute him under orders from the very same government he pledged allegiance to. And just to rub it in. No one will ever know the truth behind it.
  • Drugs Are Bad: He had absolutely zero qualms about using smuggled heroin to fund his illegal operations. Once this information becomes public, it eventually dooms him, his squad, and Microchip.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Not only is he a CIA operative, but he was also once apart of the elite US Army Grey Fox unit. Where he took part in numerous black ops operations.
  • Informed Ability: Frank is told by Microchip that Bethell is actually a highly trained CIA operative with years of experience. He was even apart of the highly secretive US Army unit, Gray Fox unit. However, we never get to see his combat skills in action. He can man a turret gun though.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He really should've heeded Kathryn's advice when she tried warning him that Frank Castle is not a man to be fucked with. Instead he arrogantly dismisses her warning and writes Castle off as just another "super grunt".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Like many other villains in the series. Whatever cool, collective demeanor he has at the beginning is all but lost near the end of the arc.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Judging from his cavalier demeanor that borders on arrogance, he appears to be under the impression that he's the star of some sort of Tom Clancy action thriller. He is in an action thriller... Just, not the one he has in mind.

    Kathryn O'Brien 

See Allies


    Microchip 

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Aka: David L. Lieberman
Debut: The Punisher Vol, 7 #1

"I know how he operates I know his routine. In as much as he has one. I can take him. When the time comes I can put him down like a rabid dog. I'm his only friend in all the world."

One of Frank's old partner's and presumedly, his only friend in the world. He has returned to Frank's life in an attempt to recruit him into a CIA Black ops unit.


  • Badass Boast: When Roth makes the mistake of bad mouthing him. Microchip responds by (quite literally) grabbing him by the balls and telling him this:
    Micro: I think you've gotten the wrong idea about me, Roth. First of all, I'm not what I look like. But that must be all too apparent right now. Second of all, my name is Micro. Not Fat boy. The third thing is that I worked with Frank Castle for ten years. I helped him kill over eight hundred people. Anyone who knows him better than I do is long dead. I hacked computers to help find him targets. I customized his guns and ammunition. I put him in the right place at the right time to kill the maximum number of people: Without me the body count for all those years would be a third of what it is. I turned a lone gunman into a killing machine that runs at optimum efficiency. Because of me, what he does can truly be defined as war.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Castle disposes of him. Given the context, it's also a case of You Have Failed Me.
  • Everyone Has Standards: This is the reason why he forbids his CIA colleague's from ambushing Frank during his visit in the graveyard. He feels that doing so would be, "indecent".
  • Face Death with Dignity: Even though he was brutally killed off by his former ally. At the very least, he had one of the more dignified deaths in the series.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever it is that caused him and the Punisher's relationship to turn sour, leading Micro to fake his own death, and Frank to become willing to kill him on sight.
  • Oh, Crap!: The look on his face when he realizes that Frank is serious about killing him for being a willing accomplice in the CIA's illegal schemes.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Wears a pair of thick rims, and is one of the smarter characters in the series.
  • Sudden Name Change: His real name is changed from "Linus Lieberman" to "David L. Lieberman".
  • True Companions: Averted. He seems to believe that he and Frank are this, even going so far as to call himself Frank's "only friend in the world". He finds out the hard way that the feeling isn't mutual.

    William Roth 

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Debut: The Punisher vol. 7 #1

A surly and uncouth CIA agent who is a part of a covert task force, dedicated to taking the Punisher into custody.


  • Butt-Monkey: Just about all of his appearances end with him being somebody's proverbial punching bag. Either verbal or physically.
  • Cowardly Lion: He may be a CIA operative but he's got a cowardly streak that runs a mile long.
  • Humiliation Conga: Oh dear lord does he ever. The guy may have been a bit of a jerk, but he still didn't deserve half the crap that happened to him.
  • Jerkass: He starts off as one towards Microchip, but wisely mellows out after a "humbling experience" with Micro causes him to reconsider his dickish ways.
  • Killed Offscreen: We never see him die on panel, but when Kathryn discovers his body, it appears that his neck was snapped by Rawlins.
  • The Men in Black: Subverted. Although he is a CIA agent in a black ops unit, he doesn't fit the image of this trope at all.
  • Neck Snap: His body seems to have a broken neck when O'Brien shows up.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Despite O'Brien warning him about Rawlins he falls for Rawlins pleading him to at least escort him to the bathroom. It doesn't end well for him.

    William Rawlins 

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Debut: The Punisher Vol. 7, #13

"You tell that Ruskie son-of-a-bitch. Rawlins is my fucking name."

An exceptionally vile and morally depraved CIA operative, who has participated in countless amounts of horrific covert operations throughout the years. He is without conscience, and will take any job as long as there's something in it for him.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: True to his cowardly streak, he doesn't hesitate to beg for his life whenever he finds himself in a tight spot.
  • Asshole Victim: Quite possibly the greatest example in the series. He suffers a ludicrous amount of punishment throughout the various story arcs but he's such a scum bag that he practically brings it upon himself.
  • Badass Longcoat: Played with; although the coat he wears is badass. Himself however? Not so much.
  • Bait the Dog: Uses an extremely obvious one on Frank in Up is Down, Black is White, while Frank is gunning for Nicolas Cavella. Fortunately for him, Frank is half-mad with rage by that point, so it almost works.
  • Beard of Evil: Just in case you need to be reminded that he's a bad guy.
  • Boomerang Bigot: He uses racial slurs when discussing Arabs and other Middle Easterners despite being half Arab on his mother's side.
  • Butt-Monkey: It starts with an eye being gouged out, and escalates from there.
  • Catchphrase: "Rawlins. Rawlins is my fucking name." Unfortunately, this bites him in the ass hard when he tells this to General Zakharov.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He has this bad. He'll fuck over anyone he's working with (or sleeping with) to get ahead or save his own ass.
  • Cornered Rattlesnake: He can get his hands dirty when his back is against the wall, he is not afraid to pitifully beg for his life just to slit the person's throat and taunt him the next moment.
  • Cower Power: He may act like a smugly arrogant prick but the moment he is in the presence of someone like the Punisher or General Nikolai Zakharov, he immediately breaks down and starts pleading for his life.
  • Depraved Bisexual: He uses sex as a means of furthering his own agendas, be it with a man or woman.
  • Dirty Coward: Catch him with his guard down and he becomes nothing but a sniveling, pathetic coward who'd sell out his own mother to lengthen his own life a few more minutes.
  • Eyepatch of Power: After having his eye ripped out by the Punisher. He begins wearing an eyepatch not unlike the one worn by Nick Fury.
  • Eye Scream: Frank cut out his eye while torturing him for information about Project Barbarossa.
  • Famous Last Words: "Oh no."
  • Greed: The definitive reason behind nearly all of his actions. He doesn't give a damn about morals or laws, so long as what he does benefits him in some way. He will gladly do it.
  • Groin Attack: The Man Of Stone arc, sees him suffering multiple attacks to his groin area. Given that he's such a bastard, its kinda hard to feel sorry for him.
  • Hate Sink: Easily one of the most hated Punisher villains. Some of the other villains can be Laughably Evil, have Pet the Dog moments or have Freudian Excuses. All we see of Rawlins is a greedy, cowardly, backstabbing asshole. Even the Eight Generals kind of divvy the hate between them as a kind of demented camaraderie of loyalty; Rawlins' only loyalty is to himself.
  • Humiliation Conga: After being held captive by Zakharov, he endures a never ending series of abuses. Such as nearly getting castrated, requiring stitches on his balls, getting kneed in his balls, and etc.
  • It's All About Me: See Greed above.
  • Jerkass: Loud, obnoxious, and insulting to everyone he meets, even if they're his bosses.
  • Kick the Dog: He intentionally left O'Brien stranded in Afghanistan during a CIA operation years ago. Worse yet, they were married at the time. She was routinely raped and abused by her Taliban captors before escaping. In the present day, Rawlins actually mocks O'Brien for her experiences as a prisoner, referring to her as the "bukkake queen of Kabul."
  • Killed Offscreen: Frank corners him in a bathroom at the Kabul International airport and cuts off half of his right arm. The very last panel of the story is of Rawlins bleeding on the floor and very afraid of what Frank has in store for him. We're never shown or told how Frank actually finished him off, but it was no doubt a very unpleasant death.
  • Lack of Empathy: Everyone around him is just a means for him to get what he wants. The moment they're no longer useful, he throws them to the wolves.
  • Nothing Personal: This is his go-to excuse whenever he wants something from someone with a grudge against him. He tries to make Zakharov ignore his role in the Moscow terrorist attacks by saying this.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's a cowardly sniveling wretch, but underestimate or let your guard down around him and he will kill you.
  • Oh, Crap!: The look on his face when he realizes he just mouthed off to General Zakharov.
  • One Last Job: According to the Cabal of Generals, sending a group of homegrown terrorist to hijack a commercial airliner was meant to be his last job. Turns out that wasn't the case.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In order for us to get a glimpse of just how depraved he is, his first appearance has him dropping all sorts of of vile racial epithets directed at Arabs. Referring to them as "towelheads, sand niggers, and camel jockeys".
  • Pragmatic Villainy: When sent to whack the Punisher, he very sensibly tries to snipe him, rather than try and go one-on one; it would have worked but then his ex-wife (who's still understandably pissed at him for kicking her out of a helicopter into the hands of the Taliban) shows up...
  • Shadow Archetype: To Nick Fury. Rawlins is an experienced covert operative with absolutely uncanny skill in intelligence work and utterly lethal when pressed; among his accomplishments were subverting a Middle Eastern terrorist cell to carry out a Suicide Attack on demand and killing a Spetznaz and a Russian Army general — at the same time — with nothing but a pocketknife. Despite his myriad flaws and crimes, no-one would count "incompetence" as one of them. Cemented at the end of Up Is Down when Frank takes his left eye.
  • Slashed Throat: How he finishes off Zakharov's right hand man. He tries (emphasis on tries) doing the same thing to the Punisher, but predictably fails.
  • Smug Snake: So much so that he can't help but crack wise even as Frank rips out his eye. It would almost be badass if he wasn't such a pathetic coward otherwise.
  • The Sociopath: A classic example. In addition to being completely without empathy or scruples, O'Brien remembers him also being quite charming and adept at manipulating others. When that doesn't work, he switches to backstabbing them without batting an eye, such as kicking his own wife out of a stricken helicopter, rather than dumping its illegal payload.
  • Stealth Insult: At one point he refers to Nicky's henchmen as his "Elite Republican Guard". Knowing that the reference would fly right over their heads.
  • Would Hurt a Child: After cutting the throat of one of Zakharov's men, he steals his wallet and notices a picture of the man's son. He tells him that he'll look up his family and then rape and murder the young man For the Evulz. It's possible that this was simply a malicious taunt, but given Rawlins's track record, it's not entirely out of the question for him. Thankfully, Rawlins never makes it out of Afghanistan.
  • Villains Want Mercy: When Frank finally caught up to him and cuts his right hand off with a kukri, Rawlins begs to have O'Brien here to possibly vouch him, which almost certainly wouldn't have worked as he abandoned her. Frank simply replies that O'Brien is dead.

Russian Military

    Man of Stone 

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AKA: General Nikolai Alexandrovich Zakharov
Debut: The Punisher Vol. 7, #15

"After all these years, the Cold War may yet be turning hot."

A brutal Russian Army general who participated in the Soviet-Afghan war and was responsible for numerous atrocities. These ranged from; genocide of civilians, pillaging of villages, and even infant homicide. These atrocities earned him the nickname, "Man of Stone". Due to the lack of emotion he expressed when committing these heinous acts. However, thanks to his connections in the Russian government, he was able to escape being jailed, and his actions where quickly covered up.

Recently he has been assigned by the Russian government to prevent the theft of a secret super virus they have been concocting.


  • Bait the Dog: In his first appearance, while there's some whispering of his reputation and he does use the We Have Reserves 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 The Starscream than he had a right to. Later, when we see him again, we find out just how he fought in in Afghanistan.
  • Bald of Evil: Much like another famed Punisher villain.
  • Big Bad: One of the few villains to play this straight. While most other examples end up being tough talking weaklings who pose no real threat to the Punisher, Zakharov is one of the rare enemies who Frank takes seriously.
  • Blood Knight: He's as addicted to war as Frank and Nick Fury and while he doesn't want to face nuclear annihilation he does want to expose the American involvement in the events of "Mother Russia" as a means to go to war again.
  • Death by Irony: "The Man of Stone" is killed when Castle crushes his head with a rock.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In Man Of Stone, he ends executing a war journalist not because the journalist planned on having him tried for his war time atrocities. But because he wrote an unflattering book about him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may be a evil war criminal, but even he thinks that Rawlins is the scum of the earth.
  • Expy: He's basically The Kingpin meets Col. Kurtz.
  • Face Death with Dignity: One of the very few villains who plays this trope perfectly straight.
  • A Father to His Men: A rare villainous example. Remorseless killers they have been, he does seem to genuinely care about their well being.
  • Four-Star Badass: An evil general, but a badass nonetheless. He fought head-on in Afghanistan and his MO was putting himself in harms way to expose his enemies.
  • Frontline General: He's demonstrated in his past and present military service that he prefers getting up close and personal with the enemy. As the unfortunate Mujahideen can attest to.
  • General Ripper The man practically wrote the book on this trope. He was at his worst during the Soviet-Afghan War, were his monstrous actions earned him the nickname: "The Man Of Stone". His various atrocities include gathering up entire villages and forcing them off the ledge of a cliff, to callously murdering an infant while her mother screams in horror. In fact his actions were so bad that the Soviets had him fired for his actions.
    Major Yeremin: Zakharov was in Kabul throughout the eighties. He did things that — Well, suffice it to say that if he'd been left to his own devices, we'd still have Afghanistan. It's just that there wouldn't be much of Afghanistan worth having.
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: After a confrontation with the SAS leaves several of his men dead, he uses this on Rawlings. He had zero intentions of letting the latter live anyway unless Rawlings came up with an epic plan under fear of death. It works.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How he rationalizes the numerous atrocities he committed in Afghanistan. He felt that only by resorting to the brutal methods that he did could the war be won and the people of Afghanistan could live in peace as a Communist nation.
  • Kick the Dog: Everything he did, he did in the name of the glory of Russia... except behead that journalist who wrote an unflattering book about him, that was personal.
  • Last Request: He ask Frank to find and kill Rawlins because he would continue to make the world worse "this way and forever."
  • Meaningful Name: His "Man of Stone" nickname came about when he stood on a cliff while Afghan resistance fighters were hidden on the other side. He rounded up the civilians and had them killed, even throwing a baby over the cliff. The Afghans lost it and started shooting, letting the Soviet helicopters move in and eliminate them. Zakharov didn't budge an inch while they were shooting.
  • Mercy Kill: After Rawlins throws him out of a helicopter, paralyzing him, Frank bashes his head in with a stone.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: The country HE wants though, not what Russia eventually became.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: The man is living proof of this, and he refers to Frank as a Russian who just happened to be born American.
  • The Dreaded: Even to his own people. Perfectly demonstrated in his introductory appearance, when a high ranking Russian Military Officer is practically shitting himself at the sight of him.
  • Pet the Dog: A very minor one, but he comforts one of his dying subordinates when Frank shows up to finish him off.
    Zakharov: Be strong, Captain. What is there to be afraid of? He is only Death.
  • The Unfettered: They call him "The Man of Stone" for a reason.
  • Renegade Russian: A low-key example. Its unlikely he'd ever openly move against the Russian government, but he despises The New Russia and its government, considering them traitors who threw away the sacrifices made for the Soviet Union and whored out the country for profit.
  • Semper Fi: Similar to Frank Castle, he too is apart of his countries Marine branch. Albeit the Black Sea Marines
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: He claimed that the atrocities he committed during the Soviet-Afghan War were done in an attempt to end the war and instill peace in the country. By carrying out such horrific acts, the enemy would become demoralized and surrender, thus ensuring that Afghanistan could become a prosperous Communist country.
  • We Have Reserves: In Mother Russia he doesn't hesitate to send out wave after wave of Russian conscripts to their likely deaths in an effort to try and prevent a group of would be terrorist from taking off with an experimental super virus. It's later revealed that he never expected any of the conscripts to be successful in taking down the trespassers. All he needed them for was to sneak in his right-hand man to get the job done.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He views himself as this. He justifies his crossing of the Moral Event Horizon in Afghanistan by claiming it would have brought peace sooner if the Mujaheddin could accept that the territory was now Soviet.
  • Worthy Opponent: His attitude towards Frank Castle.
    Nikolai: That was no American. It was a Russian who was born there by mistake.
    • In fact, he seems to view the Americans as a whole this way. Describing them as "clever, tenacious and enormously imaginative ".
    Zakharov: Americans are the most cunning enemies that our country has ever faced. One thing these men cannot disguise is just how good they are.
  • Would Hurt a Child: During the Afghanistan wars, he personally threw a baby off a cliff
  • Why We're Bummed Communism Fell: He makes no secret about his loathing for the New Russia and it government. Occasionally going off on a tangent about the "glory days" of the Soviet Union.
    Russian General: Sound like somebody misses the Cold War.
    Zakharov: I miss executing people out of hand, General.

    The Mongolian 

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Debut: The Punisher Vol. 7, #15

General Zakharov's personal aid-de-camp. A mysterious and lethal military officer with combat prowess to rival the Punisher.


  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: He ends up getting covered in gore after crawling through the mountain of corpses the Punisher left behind.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: The guy single-handedly took down both a Delta Force operative and The Punisher in hand-to-hand combat within a matter of seconds and without breaking a sweat.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Of all the characters in the series, he gets zero backstory, name, or any sort of explanation behind how he and Zakharov met or how he became his henchmen. Nor how this diminutive super agent possess immense fighting prowess, great enough to thrash both a Delta Force operative and The Punisher.
  • The Voiceless: Never once utters a single word throughout all his appearances.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no qualms about slapping a six year girl. Which ends up being his biggest mistake...

    Col. Semyon Lugansky 

Debut: The Punisher Vol. 7, #15

A Russian military colonel with a dry sense of humor, responsible for overlooking the Nuclear Missile Base in Siberia.


  • Colonel Badass: Averted. Although he certainly isn't a wimp, he's more or less an average Russian military officer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His most identifiable trait is his infamous sense of humor. Not that this endears him to Zakharov.

     Cpt. Dolnovich 

General Zakharov's right hand man and second in command. A fierce Black Sea Marine Captain who saw action during the Soviet-Afghan war.


  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Sports a blond buzzcut and is definitely of evil alignment.
  • The Captain: Holds the rank of captain and possess the tenacity one would expect from a Black Sea Marine.
  • The Dragon: To General Zakharov and by far his most loyal comrade.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: After having his throat slashed by Rawlins, his killer decides to take the time to taunt him by digging into his wallet and pulling out a photo of his wife and child. All the while telling him that he plans on paying his family a "visit".
  • Groin Attack: Delivers a swift knee to Rawlins' groin after he gave him an unflattering nickname, which just so happened to re-open the stitches he received from the time Dolnovich came close to castrating him.
  • Machete Mayhem: Puts one to good use when he decapitates an intrusive reporter.
  • Off with His Head!: Although we don't get to see the messy aftermath, its strongly implied that he cut the head off the British reporter when he sliced him with his machete.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Refers to Rawlins as a "faggot" on at least two separate occasions.
  • Slashed Throat: Ends up getting his throat sliced by Rawlins and is left bleeding to death believing that his only son is going to be raped to death by his killer.

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