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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; wanted as a serial killer
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| citizenship = U.S.A. with a criminal record, listed in Marine records as a deserter
| 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]], U.S. Marine Corps
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| groups = None; Formerly [[Secret Avengers]], [[Marvel Knights|Daredevil's Unnamed Super-Hero Team]], Green Berets, 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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| 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.
| 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.  
| 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’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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| 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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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.
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| 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)
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[[image: punisher01.jpg|left|thumb|200px]]In his vigilante endeavors, Castle has crossed paths with several costumed crimefighters, most notably [[Spider-Man (Peter Parker)|Spider-Man]] and [[Daredevil (Matthew Murdock)|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.
[[image: punisher01.jpg|left|thumb|200px]]In his vigilante endeavors, Castle has crossed paths with several costumed crimefighters, most notably [[Spider-Man (Peter Parker)|Spider-Man]] and [[Daredevil (Matthew Murdock)|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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More recently old Frank resurfaced in the thick of the [[Civil War]] that divided the various heroes of earth. The Punisher sided with [[Captain America]], but was denied membership to the resistance because of his no-holds barred killing techniques for the villians he fought. During his early return the Punisher killed [[Stilt-Man]], fought the [[Rhino]], and when Captain America was killed he donned a Captain America-esque costume obviously inspired by the hero and took on the the white-supremacist Hate Monger down by the Mexican/U.S. border. He fought some of the incredible [[Hulk]]'s warbound in [[World War Hulk]], and in [[Secret Invasion]] he gunned down skrulls an amalgamation of what seemed to be three kingpin's of crime put together: [[Silvermane]]; [[Hammerhead]] and Wilson Fisk, the [[Kingpin]] himself. During yet another encounter with his archnemesis [[Jigsaw]], Jigsaw went after the Punisher with a young officer he brainwashed to be a sort of "new version" of the Punisher. Once again Frank spared Jigsaw's life, and Jigsaw was tken into [[S.H.I.E.L.D.]] custody. After finding out the uniform of Stilt-Man had fallen into the hands of some low class thugs, the Punisher resolved to take them out, but was talked out of the christmas killing by none other than the Rhino himself.
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In the wake of [[Dark Reign]] Frank found himself trying to take out [[Norman Osborn]], leader of most of the new free world. He was stopped by the Sentry and almost killed for it, but the Punisher escaped. Norman ordered the [[Hood]] to take out the Punisher at any cost. The Punisher also gained a new ally, the son of the original [[Microchip]]. Frank is then newly acquipped with all kinds of gadgets like the Avengers used. The Hood uses his demonic powers to ressurrected several villians that the Punisher supposedly killed a long time ago. Villians like the [[Fly]], [[Lascivious]], [[Deathadder]], and [[Basilisk]] to name a few. The attacked the Punisher several times and were outsmarted by the vigilante. Basilisk and Deathadder went out of the way and tortured [[G.W. Bridge]] and his family in order to get lure in Frank. The Punisher tried to save G.W. Bridge but was captured, but not before taking out a few of the ressurected villians in the process. The Hood tried to make a deal with Frank, telling him that he could give up and live a happy life with his family, or die. Living with his family being the fact the the Hood was goign to ressurect Frank's family. The Punisher made a hard decision but in the end he chose to end it once and for all with the Hood and he killed his own ressurrected family. The ensuing battle also resulted in the death of G.W. Bridge. The Punisher escaped and left his sidekick to go into hiding alone. Beaten and broken, with less than the will to live after killing his own family, the Punisher was cornered yet again by the young, fresh, new Wolverine: his son, Daken or [[Dark Wolverine]]. Daken killed Frank by cutting him to pieces, and Frank's remains were shot down into the sewers of New York.
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The Punisher's remains were found by various members of the [[Legion of Monsters]], who are now using the Morlock tunnels as a hideaway from the world above after being chased off Monster Island; hunted by a japanese cult calling themselves the Monster Squad. [[Morbius]] the living vampire, and the [[Werewolf by Night]] use their own scientifics to bring the Punisher back to life, now as a frankenstein type monster. He has to take mysterious pills in order to regain conrtol of himself and his speech. The creatures of the Legion of Monsters have asked Frank to help them protect all the monster creatures of the world, keep them safe from the Monster Squad, so that they all may live in peace. At first the Punisher was against the idea of helping, he just wanted to be left alone. But after the Monster Squad invades their sanctuary, and one of the little [[Moloids]] Frank befriends is killed, the Punisher resolves to be back in business. Albeit, still frankenstein looking. Let the hunt begin.
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Revision as of 02:41, 1 February 2010

 

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, listed in Marine records as a deserter

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.

More recently old Frank resurfaced in the thick of the Civil War that divided the various heroes of earth. The Punisher sided with Captain America, but was denied membership to the resistance because of his no-holds barred killing techniques for the villians he fought. During his early return the Punisher killed Stilt-Man, fought the Rhino, and when Captain America was killed he donned a Captain America-esque costume obviously inspired by the hero and took on the the white-supremacist Hate Monger down by the Mexican/U.S. border. He fought some of the incredible Hulk's warbound in World War Hulk, and in Secret Invasion he gunned down skrulls an amalgamation of what seemed to be three kingpin's of crime put together: Silvermane; Hammerhead and Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin himself. During yet another encounter with his archnemesis Jigsaw, Jigsaw went after the Punisher with a young officer he brainwashed to be a sort of "new version" of the Punisher. Once again Frank spared Jigsaw's life, and Jigsaw was tken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. After finding out the uniform of Stilt-Man had fallen into the hands of some low class thugs, the Punisher resolved to take them out, but was talked out of the christmas killing by none other than the Rhino himself.

In the wake of Dark Reign Frank found himself trying to take out Norman Osborn, leader of most of the new free world. He was stopped by the Sentry and almost killed for it, but the Punisher escaped. Norman ordered the Hood to take out the Punisher at any cost. The Punisher also gained a new ally, the son of the original Microchip. Frank is then newly acquipped with all kinds of gadgets like the Avengers used. The Hood uses his demonic powers to ressurrected several villians that the Punisher supposedly killed a long time ago. Villians like the Fly, Lascivious, Deathadder, and Basilisk to name a few. The attacked the Punisher several times and were outsmarted by the vigilante. Basilisk and Deathadder went out of the way and tortured G.W. Bridge and his family in order to get lure in Frank. The Punisher tried to save G.W. Bridge but was captured, but not before taking out a few of the ressurected villians in the process. The Hood tried to make a deal with Frank, telling him that he could give up and live a happy life with his family, or die. Living with his family being the fact the the Hood was goign to ressurect Frank's family. The Punisher made a hard decision but in the end he chose to end it once and for all with the Hood and he killed his own ressurrected family. The ensuing battle also resulted in the death of G.W. Bridge. The Punisher escaped and left his sidekick to go into hiding alone. Beaten and broken, with less than the will to live after killing his own family, the Punisher was cornered yet again by the young, fresh, new Wolverine: his son, Daken or Dark Wolverine. Daken killed Frank by cutting him to pieces, and Frank's remains were shot down into the sewers of New York.

The Punisher's remains were found by various members of the Legion of Monsters, who are now using the Morlock tunnels as a hideaway from the world above after being chased off Monster Island; hunted by a japanese cult calling themselves the Monster Squad. Morbius the living vampire, and the Werewolf by Night use their own scientifics to bring the Punisher back to life, now as a frankenstein type monster. He has to take mysterious pills in order to regain conrtol of himself and his speech. The creatures of the Legion of Monsters have asked Frank to help them protect all the monster creatures of the world, keep them safe from the Monster Squad, so that they all may live in peace. At first the Punisher was against the idea of helping, he just wanted to be left alone. But after the Monster Squad invades their sanctuary, and one of the little Moloids Frank befriends is killed, the Punisher resolves to be back in business. Albeit, still frankenstein looking. Let the hunt begin.



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