Frank Castle Syndrome

In psychological terms, "Frank Castle Syndrome" pertains to a condition that many heroes and would-be-heroes have where they are a bit too overzealous in their wars on the forces of evil, as in, possessing a "kill most or all bad guys" mentality. Named after the most well-known sufferer of the condition, Frank Castle, better known as the Punisher. Future updates are a possibility.

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  • Duh. He's the guy this condition is named after.

  • This one shouldn't come as any surprise. Blade's basically to vampires what Punisher is to ordinary criminals, so it makes sense that he'd be here.

  • Punisher may be the guy this condition is named after, but this dude has an even worse case of it. Why? Let me put it to you this way: as bad as he is, Punisher does not fight cops. He's actually surrendered to them before rather then fight them. As for Rorschach, there was a time when he was framed for the murder of a retired supervillain and SWAT cops were converging on his location. Now did Rorschach choose to handle the situation in an even remotely intelligent or civilized manner? BALLS NO. He killed as many SWAT cops as he could before they managed to put the maniac down.

  • Since Judd Winick brought him back, Jason Todd has pretty much been the Frank Castle of the DC Universe, so it makes perfect sense that he be on the list.

  • Batman Knightfall. Nuff said.

  • This new Azrael makes the first one look mentally stable by comparison.

  • They even tried to have the president killed!

  • Member of the Authority. Don''t let his being the light to Midnighter's Dark fool you: he kills people too.

  • Member of the Authority. Known for punching people's heads off, among other things that would make him a natural fit for the Mortal Kombat universe.

  • When his mental instability is particularly bad. The Ultimate Marvel Universe version also fits this.

  • The Lethal Protector.

  • Even when trying to walk a more heroic path, she rarely if ever seems inclined to stay her killing hand.

  • They both had this in their early years but were also nowhere near as bad as Punisher himself, who was particularly nuts back in the 80s.

  • The Ultimate version has shades of this

  • The latest iteration of the team's whole purpose is to "eliminate potential threats to mutantkind with extreme prejudice"

  • Current leader of X-Force

  • Member of X-Force.

  • Wolverine can have a bad case of this, depending on the writer. Thing is though, unlike Punisher, Wolverine (at least to a certain level) knows that what he does is not a good thing and tries to reign it in and mitigate it to an extent, ensuring that most of his kills are heat-of-the-moment affairs and/or on guys who probably deserve it.

  • Well with a name like that...

  • Frank Castle's successor to the Punisher legacy.

  • Has shades of this in the Dark Knight movie

  • Claims that "those who do not value life do not deserve to have it".

  • After Kee'han was killed and the GLC were permitted to use lethal force against members of the Sinestro Corps, Laira killed more Sinestro Corps goons then any other GL. And then she became a Red Lantern...

  • In Mass Effect 2 only. People compare the way he was in that game to Batman, but really the Punisher is a much better comparison.

  • Revealed to have a serious case of this in his first appearance. He got better in his later appearances, but as his obsession with exposing Zuko and Iroh as firebenders showed, he still had a long way to go.

  • Yes, believe it or not, the big blue boyscout actually fit this once upon a time, long before the Punisher had ever been created. In the first few issues of Action Comics, he did kill people, and his personality came off as more of a merciless crusader then a righteous boy scout. But of course, this was eventually retconned away, replaced with the idealistic symbol we all know and love.

  • When replacing a then-deceased Kal-El as Superman. To be fair, the name is kind of a give-away.

  • Again, not who you expected to be on a list like this right? While its true that 616 Cap tries to avoid killing people if at all possible, the same can't really be said for his Ultimate Universe counterpart, who is frequently shown to be quite comfortable with using lethal force. This was intentional on Millar's part, due to his wanting this version of Cap to A: Be more like the members of his Authority, and B: to have more emphasis on the pragmatic and sometimes ruthless soldier and less on the idealistic patriot and symbol.

  • Like Captain America, Ultimate Hawkeye has little to no compunctions about using lethal force.