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Punisher (Frank Castle)

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| identity = Publicly known
| identity = Publicly known
| occupation = Vigilante; former Special Forces instructor, U.S. Marine
| occupation = Vigilante; former Special Forces instructor, U.S. Marine
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| citizenship = U.S.A. with a criminal record, listed in Marine records as a deserter
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| citizenship = U.S.A. with a criminal record; wanted as a serial killer
| place_of_birth = Queens, New York
| place_of_birth = Queens, New York
| relatives = Maria Elizabeth Castle (wife, deceased), Lisa Barbara Castle (daughter, deceased), Frank David Castle (a.k.a. Frank Jr., son, deceased), Mario Lorenzo Castiglione (father, deceased), Louisa Castiglione (mother, deceased), Fredo and Rocco Castiglione (paternal uncles, deceased)
| relatives = Maria Elizabeth Castle (wife, deceased), Lisa Barbara Castle (daughter, deceased), Frank David Castle (a.k.a. Frank Jr., son, deceased), Mario Lorenzo Castiglione (father, deceased), Louisa Castiglione (mother, deceased), Fredo and Rocco Castiglione (paternal uncles, deceased)
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| groups = None; Formerly [[Secret Avengers]], [[Marvel Knights|Daredevil's Unnamed Super-Hero Team]], Green Berets, U.S. Marine Corps
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| groups = None; Formerly [[Secret Avengers]], [[Marvel Knights|Daredevil's Unnamed Super-Hero Team]], U.S. Marine Corps
| education = Extensive military training, partial priesthood training
| education = Extensive military training, partial priesthood training
| height = 6'1"
| height = 6'1"
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| powers = None
| powers = None
| abilities = Punisher is the recipient of multi-disciplinary military training from the U.S. Marine Corps. While a Marine, he also received training from the U.S. Army and Navy. From this training, Punisher is proficient in not only basic infantry skills, but in special operations, which includes the use and maintenance of specialized firearms and explosive ordnance. He is highly trained in infiltration into heavily-guarded enemy territories and structures for the purpose of assassination, captures, and military intelligence. Also, he is trained in various forms of camouflage and stealth.  From his airborne training, Punisher is able to pack and maintain his own parachute rigs, as well as professionally control his landings, in daylight and at night. From his Navy UDT training, Punisher is well-skilled in extended underwater operations, including demolitions. He is skilled with a great many types of explosives, ranging from simple dynamite to plastique to improvised explosives. His hand-to-hand combat skills are more then sufficient to allow him to incapacitate and kill men much stronger than he is, as well as to deal with groups of armed and unarmed enemies, killing them all without weapons if he deems it necessary. He is also extremely deadly in knife training, preferring the knife he learned to fight with in the USMC: the ka-bar. Additionally, he is a preternaturally-precise marksman. He is thoroughly trained and experienced in unconventional ("guerilla") warfare. He is an armorer, a gunsmith, and an expert in field medicine.
| abilities = Punisher is the recipient of multi-disciplinary military training from the U.S. Marine Corps. While a Marine, he also received training from the U.S. Army and Navy. From this training, Punisher is proficient in not only basic infantry skills, but in special operations, which includes the use and maintenance of specialized firearms and explosive ordnance. He is highly trained in infiltration into heavily-guarded enemy territories and structures for the purpose of assassination, captures, and military intelligence. Also, he is trained in various forms of camouflage and stealth.  From his airborne training, Punisher is able to pack and maintain his own parachute rigs, as well as professionally control his landings, in daylight and at night. From his Navy UDT training, Punisher is well-skilled in extended underwater operations, including demolitions. He is skilled with a great many types of explosives, ranging from simple dynamite to plastique to improvised explosives. His hand-to-hand combat skills are more then sufficient to allow him to incapacitate and kill men much stronger than he is, as well as to deal with groups of armed and unarmed enemies, killing them all without weapons if he deems it necessary. He is also extremely deadly in knife training, preferring the knife he learned to fight with in the USMC: the ka-bar. Additionally, he is a preternaturally-precise marksman. He is thoroughly trained and experienced in unconventional ("guerilla") warfare. He is an armorer, a gunsmith, and an expert in field medicine.
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| weapons = The Punisher's ever-changing arsenal of weaponry includes various automatic and semi-automatic rifles, and an array of handguns, fragmentation and tear gas grenades, other explosives, and combat knives. A personal favorite is his ballistic knife, which can launch its blade with lethal force. He commonly uses M16 .223 caliber automatic rifles, the belt-fed M60 light machine gun (a favorite of Castle's since his days in Vietnam), Sterling Mark 6 9mm, semi-automatic rifles, 9mm Browning Llama automatic pistols, .45 caliber automatic frame rechambered for 9mm. ammunition, .223 caliber Derringers, and Gerber Mark II combat knives.  
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| weapons = The Punisher's ever-changing arsenal of weaponry includes various automatic and semi-automatic rifles, and an array of handguns, fragmentation and tear gas grenades, other explosives, and combat knives. A personal favorite is his ballistic knife, which can launch its blade with lethal force. He commonly uses M16 .223 caliber automatic rifles, Sterling Mark 6 9mm, semi-automatic rifles, 9mm Browning Llama automatic pistols, .45 caliber automatic frame rechambered for 9mm. ammunition, .223 caliber Derringers, and Gerber Mark II combat knives.  
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| paraphernalia = The Punisher has a Kevlar uniform which protects him from most gunfire, though he can still suffer concussive injury or penetration from sufficient or repeated impacts.
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| paraphernalia = The Punisher’s infamous battlesuit is a multi-layered, multi-weave garment, designed specifically to aid him, as much as possible, in combat situations.
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The base layer (the layer that is against his skin) is woven combination of a 15% polyester/5% cotton/40% Kevlar/40% Nomex threads.  The combination of the polyester and cotton make for a somewhat stretchable garment that does not readily absorb large amounts of moisture, leaving such things as perspiration to pass from Punisher’s skin, through the garment, allowing it to breathe (as well as keeping him relatively warmer in colder climates, and cooler in hotter ones, as the sweat buildup does not contribute to the possible significant skin temperature increases and drops).  The Kevlar weave increases the strength and durability of the garment, giving it “rip-stop” capabilities, as well as providing protection from abrasion-related injuries.  The Nomex-Kevlar gives Punisher’s battlesuit significant resistance to heat and open flame. 
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The torso (shirt) of Punisher’s battlesuit is especially thickened, having several layers of Kevlar bonded to them, rendering it bullet-resistant and considered Type IIIA body armor, by DoJ (Department of Justice) ratings.  This means that the Punisher’s battlesuit shirt will protect him from 9mm FMJ-RN (Full Metal Jacket, Round Nose) rounds, with nominal masses of 8 grams (124 grains), at reference velocities of 436 meters/second (1430 feet/second +/- 30 feet/second).  It will also stop .44 magnum SJHP (semi-jacketed hollow-point) rounds with nominal masses of 15.6 grams (240 grains) at a reference velocity of 436 meters/second (1,430 feet/second, +/- 30 feet/second).  This is sufficient to protect his vital organs against most handgun threats, as well as the threats covered by types I, IIA and II body armors.  The Kevlar layers have alternating layers of padding between them, in order to help attenuate the shocks of bullet impacts.  The chest and back of Punisher’s shirt contains pockets for special “trauma plates”, which further enhances protection from gunfire.  These plates are ceramic-based composite armor pieces, elevating the protective value from Level IIIA to Level IV, protecting Punisher from .30 caliber AP (armor-piercing) rounds with nominal masses of 10.8 grams (166 grains), striking at minimum velocities of 869 meters/second (2,850 feet/second), or less.  These trauma plates will survive approximately 4-5 strikes, before breaking, and that will still leave the layers of Kevlar to protect the body.  Not the entirety of the shirt has the multiple layers; it is roughly shaped like a vest, leaving the arms outside of the protected areas.  Naturally, inserting the plates in the front &/or back increases the weight of the shirt to approximately 17 pounds.  Often, Punisher would not insert the back plates, and only use the front for the trauma inserts, unless expecting extreme resistance, from extremely large numbers of armed opponents.  Though Punisher is certainly strong enough to bear the weight, the weight and heat generated were undesirable, and often avoided, whenever feasible.
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Punisher’s gloves were Kevlar gloves, with a soft lining, suitable for handling hot objects, as well as resistant to cuts, abrasions and some sharp object penetration.  The inner hand areas had special dotting materials, improving grip surety.
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Punisher also employs a more “standard” bulletproof vest, identical to the specifications of his shirt, and capable of going over his armored shirt, even if the shirt has all front and back trauma plates in place.  In recent years, Punisher has worn the battlesuit less, cutting back to only the shirt (and still only occasionally wearing the back trauma plates).  Also, he has worn conventional t-shirts that are not made of any special materials, but are worn under the outer tactical vest.  Punisher has learned how to construct these garments, himself, after raiding Stark Industries storehouses to acquire materials, and closely examining the products, themselves.  He can purchase the materials on the open market, as well, from cash taken from criminals he’s killed.
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        Punisher has also acquired other U.S.M.C. (United States Marine Corps) and U.S.A. (United States Army) equipment, including Improved Outer Tactical Vests, PAGST and ACH Kevlar combat helmets, etc.
| debut = Amazing Spider-Man #129 (1974)
| debut = Amazing Spider-Man #129 (1974)
| origin = Marvel Preview #2 (1975); Marvel Super Action #1 (1976); Punisher: Year One #1-4 (1994-1995); Nam #52 (1991)
| origin = Marvel Preview #2 (1975); Marvel Super Action #1 (1976); Punisher: Year One #1-4 (1994-1995); Nam #52 (1991)

Revision as of 06:26, 3 July 2008

 

Universe
Marvel Universe

Real Name
Frank Castle (born Castiglione)

Aliases
Big Nothing, Major Bateman, Ted Bishop, Cliff Callador, Castigo, Chaloner, Fred D'Amato, Eastman, Charles Fort, Frank Loomis, McRook, Melchior, Joe Rainey, Frank Rook, Richard Rook, Tony Knowlen Ross, Francis Stronghold, Johnny Tower, Dmitri Velikoff, Frankie Villa, Yousoufian; numerous others

Identity
Publicly known

Citizenship
U.S.A. with a criminal record; wanted as a serial killer

Place of Birth
Queens, New York

First Appearance
Amazing Spider-Man #129 (1974)

Origin
Marvel Preview #2 (1975); Marvel Super Action #1 (1976); Punisher: Year One #1-4 (1994-1995); Nam #52 (1991)


Born in New York to parents of Italian ancestory, Francis Castiglione is a former U.S. Marine Captain. Before Frank joined the Marines, he was studying to become a Catholic priest but changed his mind because he was unable to forgive those who did evil. Also prior to his enlistment, he married his wife Maria who was already pregnant with their first child. During his time in the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Castle graduated from Basic Training, then went on to Infantry School. Immediately following that, he went through the USMC's Reconnaissance, Force Reconnaissance, and Sniper Schools. Attaining dockets, Castle was permitted to go through U.S. Army Airborne School, and U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team training, becoming qualified as a Navy SeAL (Sea, Air and Land). He served in the Vietnam War in a special forces unit as a point man. For heroism in the line of duty, he was decorated with numerous medals, inlcuding the Purple Heart.

Shortly after a tour in Vietnam, Castle, his wife, Maria and their children were in New York's Central Park for an afternoon picnic when they witnessed a Mafia gangland execution; an informant had been hanged from a tree. Seeking to eliminate all witnesses, the Costa crime family murdered them on the spot. However, Castle survived. Even though Frank was able to identify all of the shooters the police were unable to help Castle in his quest for justice; they were tied in too deeply to the powerful Costa family. He decided that the only punishment criminals might receive is that of physical destruction. Shortly thereafter, he emblazoned his body armor with a symbol of a death's head, and exacted his revenge. Since then he has waged a one-man war upon crime, taking the name Punisher.

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In his vigilante endeavors, Castle has crossed paths with several costumed crimefighters, most notably Spider-Man and Daredevil. These encounters have often resulted in his incarceration. While he is known to be significantly inferior to Daredevil in hand-to-hand combat skills, Punisher has been rated as one of the most dangerous criminals alive. When he was incarcerated in New York's Riker's Island Prison, though heavily outnumbered in gang-fights, Punisher has routinely killed armed, homicidal criminals with frightening ease, sustaining no injury. Due to his proficiency in fighting, he is rarely so accosted in prison environments. Adhering to his military philosophies, Punisher is constantly training whenever he is not out on actual maneuvers. He exercises fanatically to maintain his impressive physical conditioning and sticks to a balanced diet whenever possible.



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