Frank CastleSecret or Public Identity:
Public, Presumed DeadPower Tier:
Tier OneOrigin of Powers:
Physical TrainingDescription (Appearance):
Frank Castle is intimidating. He is tall, dark, and grizzly, with a palatable coldness about him. His prodigious musculature is functional and disciplined. In his work, he adorns his government issue with a white skull. He wears a black uniform with a MOLLE vest with various lanyards and harnesses sustaining a variety of weapons and tools.Powers:
None.Special Skills and Background Perks: Master Martial Artist:
Castle is a very thoroughly seasoned combat veteran of exceptional skills. He is very well-versed in the arts of warfare, several forms of martial arts and hand-to-hand combat. His styles of choice being Nash Ryu Jujutsu, (the four-style martial art founded by his Sensei Adam Nash and the Marine Corps LINE/MAPS combative systems) Ninjutsu, Shorin-ryu Karate, Hwarang-Do, and Chin Na. He is an exceptional knife fighter who carries up to 3 or 4 different types of edged weapons, preferring the knife he learned to fight with in the USMC: the Ka-bar.Expert Marksman:
He is an exceptional marksman of every type of firearm who is sometimes depicted as being ambidextrous in this respect. He is skilled in sharpshooting and knife throwing as well.Expert Pilot:
Castle received helicopter training with the U.S. Army and U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command.Interrogation Expert:
Castle uses his interrogating skills to get information from people who has links to criminals through very creative use of torture as well such as water boarding, electrocution, suffocation, sleep deprivation, starvation etc.Extensive special ops training:
Besides his Marine training, Castle also received U.S. Navy SEAL/UDT (Underwater Demolition Team) training, EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) training, U.S. Army Ranger training, U.S. Army Airborne School training, U.S. Army Special Forces Q-Course training, and LRRP (Long Range Recon Patrol) training. He also took part in cross-training with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment.Expert Tactician:
Armed solely with conventional weapons and motivated by a fanatical hatred for criminals like those who murdered his family, the Punisher has single-handedly incapacitated up to a dozen well-armed and experienced opponents in a single encounter and escaped uninjured. It is his military training and his attention to detail that allows him to achieve this.Special Equipment:
The Punisher deploys various NATO weapons in his war against crime, including the M-16, M-4, and M-60. Most of his arsenal has been modified to accept either 7.62×51mm NATO rounds or 5.56×45mm rounds. Apart from his automatic rifles, the Punisher employs various explosives and incendiary devices, including claymores, grenades, mines, and flashbangs. When operating with heroes, the Punisher is known to use mercy bullets.Brief History:
Born in New York to parents of Italian ancestry, 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 Gulf War in a special forces unit as a point man. For heroism in the line of duty, he was decorated with numerous medals, including the Purple Heart.
Shortly after a tour in Iraq, 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.
When the Kree attacked New York City, the Punisher fortified an apartment building in Queens and led a group of civilians in defending it with small-arms fire. Though his small group suffered extensive casualties, they managed to fend the Kree off from the neighborhood.