Saturday, March 19, 2016

Frank Castle—The Punisher

So, it's finally here. Daredevil season 2. If you haven't seen it yet, stop reading this right now and go watch the living shit out of it; it's some of the best TV that I've ever seen. On top of that, we get nearly a full season of the best portrayal of the Punisher I've ever seen; he's brutal, ruthless, tragic, pragmatic, and extremely driven.

So, lots of spoilers below. Once you've gone to see how fucking awesome this season is, come back here to take a look at our MCU Punisher.

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Name: Frank Castle
Race: Human
Experience: 80 Experience (Legendary)
Power Level: Street Fighter (30 PP)
Agility d10; Smarts d6; Spirit d8; Strength d8; Vigor d10
Pace 6; Parry 7; Charisma 0; Toughness 11 (4)
Hindrances: Bloodthirsty, Loyal, Ruthless (M), Vengeful (m)
Edges: Arcane Background (Super Powers), Alertness, Brave, The Best There Is (super edge), Geared Up, Combat Reflexes, Harder to Kill, Improved Nerves of Steel, Level Headed, Martial Artist, First Strike, Counterattack, Rock and Roll! Improved Dodge, No Mercy, Elan, Killer Instinct, Combat Sense, Marksman, Accurate Attack (Shooting)
Skills: Driving d4, Fighting d10, Healing d6, Intimidation d10, Knowledge (Battle) d4, Notice d8, Persuasion d6, Repair d4, Shooting d12, Stealth d6, Streetwise d8, Throwing d4
Inventory: Kevlar Vest w/Inserts (Armor +4, Armor +6 vs ballistics, negate 4 ballistic AP), Sawed-Off Pump Action (1–3d6, 6/12/24, 6 Shots), Colt 1911 (2d6+1, 12/24/48, AP 1, 7 Shots, Semi-Auto), M4A1 (2d8, 24/48/96, AP 2, 30 Shots, RoF 3, Auto), 40mm Grenade Launcher (3d8, 12/24/48, 1 Shot, MBT, Heavy Weapon), M134 Minigun (2d8+4, 30/60/120, AP 2, 200 Shots, RoF 4, Heavy Weapon, Snapfire Penalty), and a fuckload of ammo.
  • Super Attribute (6): Agility +1, Spirit +1, Vigor +1.
  • Super Edge (14): Combat Reflexes, Harder to Kill, Improved Nerves of Steel, Level Headed, Martial Artist.
  • Super Skill (10): Driving +1, Fighting +2, Intimidation +1, Knowledge (Battle) +1, Notice +1, Shooting +2, Stealth +1, Streetwise +1.
Frank Castle was a soldier deployed to Afghanistan as a United States Marine Scout Sniper, accommodating his marksmanship and exceptional perception. He also has a reputation for being a fun guy, a wonderful family man, and more than willing to lay his life on the line for the men in his squad, including one Colonel Ray Schoonover.

In August 2015, Castle was shipped back home to New York and his family. After a heartfelt day of reuniting with his kids and wife, and quickly going to bed due to exhaustion, Frank brought his family to the park the next day. Unfortunately, the park was a staging area for a sting on the Irish, the Cartel, and the Dogs of Hell biker gang, that went horribly south. More than 100 gang members opened fire into the park, completely killing Frank's entire family as well as many others, and fatally wounding Frank himself. Soon after that, Frank was brought to the hospital, dying for a minute before his heart started to beat again on its own.

After leaving the hospital, Frank realized that his entire family was dead and went underground, getting himself a new apartment as well. He acquired several high-powered weapons, including a shotgun, an M4A1, and an M203 grenade launcher, and began his reign of terror, slaughtering members of the gangs that were involved in the deaths of his family. During his campaign, he was even mistakenly credited as an entire squad rather than one man.

Later on the same night after he took off the local head of the Irish mafia and stole more than a million in funds, Frank was confronted by the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, who intervened multiple times in the execution of one of the Irish's hitmen. During his second attempt, Frank captured and chained Daredevil down, and forced him to choose to shoot Frank or let him kill the hitman, where Daredevil took a third option and knocked Castle out. Castle made it out, alive, though, and moved to finish off the Irish. They convinced him to meet at the carousel where his family was killed and then tasered him multiple times, leading to the Irish boss torturing Frank for the location of the money he stole before Frank broke himself free. Frank and Daredevil worked together to decimate the Irish, though Daredevil refused to let him kill anyone. Frank allowed himself to be turned in shortly afterwards.

The small firm Nelson and Murdock worked to try and represent him in court, preventing him from receiving the death penalty, helped along mostly by Karen Page's efforts to connect with him. Unfortunately, Frank refused to be labelled as mentally ill, effectively throwing the entire trial and being sent to prison, where he was greeted by Wilson Fisk, and recruited to assassinate a rival prison-gang boss. After being left for dead (and surviving anyways), Fisk arranged Castle's release under the pretense that he continue to go after gangsters and criminals on the outside. While against working as a hitman, Frank took the deal anyways so he could escape and finally kill off the heroine broker that led to his family's deaths.

Frank was then implicated in several shootings, painted as a monster before saving Karen from an attempted assassination. He then used her as bait in a restaurant to pull in the attempted murderers and proceed to completely wreck their shit. As he interrogated one of the survivors, Castle acquired the name of a shipyard, where he decimated the guards and coated his target ship in gasoline, ready to die if it meant bringing down his target. Daredevil intervened again, however, and kept Frank from killing anyone else before a large squad of private soldiers, arrived to try and finish him off.

Frank survived again, however, and tailed Karen for a short while before she was kidnapped by Colonel Schoonover. He ended up being the drug lord, and was preparing to assassinate her before Frank wrecked their car, leading Schoonover to an abandoned shack and executing him. While looking around, however, the shack appeared to have a fake wall, where Castle discovered an armory of guns and ammunition, as well as the body armor that he painted his famous skull onto. Shortly afterwards, Frank showed up very briefly to assist Daredevil fight against the Hand on the rooftop before disappearing into the night, finally returning to his home and burning it to the ground.

He was last scene leaving his burning home, minigun in one hand, and presumably out to execute more criminals. Accurate Attack is a custom Edge that's detailed in Hawkeye's post.


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  2. Who's the actor in the picture?

    1. Jon Bernthal, who portrays Frank Castle in the Daredevil Netflix series. Highly recommended if you're interested in the character, it's his best film portrayal by far.

  3. What supplement(s) are the Geared Up and Combat Sense edges from?

    1. The Science Fiction and Super Power Companions respectively.