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  • Author's Saving Throw: After fans reacted negatively to the changes made in The Punisher: Purgatory, this story undid in its opening issue by having Frank once again a human, mafia-hunting anti-hero.
  • Memetic Mutation: The panel of Frank punching a polar bear has easily become one of the character's more obscenely hilarious moments. Due to the Bear's reaction and the absurd nature of it all. [1]
  • Narm: The Elite (and, in the sequel, his son) showers with his mask on for no discernible reason beyond preventing the reader from seeing his face, which turns out to be completely inconsequential.
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  • Tearjerker: The back-alley doctor who fixes up Dave and removes the bullets from Frank's body. The circumstances that led to his fallen state - ending up as an outlaw doctor who patches up wounded mobsters with no questions asked - are hinted at throughout his appearance, namely his perpetually morose and haggard expression and bearing, as well as him taking a swig of whisky before starting to operate on Frank (Frank lampshades this by saying to himself that there are better and more sober doctors out there... but all of them would rat him out to the Gnuccis). The real clincher, though, is this exchange after the operation:
    Frank Castle: Four thousand?
    The Doctor: That's what we agreed on.
    Frank Castle: Joan.
    Joan: Um... Yes?
    Frank Castle: Money's in a bag at the back of the refrigerator. Give him ten thousand (turns to look at the Doctor). For keeping your mouth shut.
    The Doctor: (With a sad, downcast look) No, son. For buying whiskey.
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  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character/Creator's Pet: Entire "The Reason You Suck" Speech for Mr. Payback, a Working-Class Hero vigilante against corporate greed, can come off to many readers. When the Punisher met the coalition between him, The Elite and The Holy; each of them were given reasons (The Elite for being classist, The Holy for being religious nuts for his disgust, and Mr. Payback was simply given relatively-lenient accusation for being reckless). This felt more like a last-minute add-on to make Mr. Payback as a villain since the death of innocent bystanders were only Show, Don't Tell. Not to mention that there are actions that he can be called out; such as his glaring hypocrisy to join with someone who kills poor criminals out of petty reasons.
  • What an Idiot!: If Spacker Dave had kept his cool and not shouted out that he knew Ma Gnucci's men are not NYPD and he would never sell out the Punisher to them, the Russian probably wouldn't have come into play.

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