The Punisher is arguably the biggest stone-cold badass in the Marvel Universe. Frank Castle has destroyed, blown up, and flat-out murdered thousands upon thousands of criminals in the name of justice. The Punisher has defeated many a mob boss, assassin, drug dealer, and, every now and then, a supervillain. But that doesn't make him invincible. There are plenty of people who have beaten the Punisher into the dust, leaving him humiliated in defeat.
A combination of lack of superpowers, poor planning, and just plain dumb luck has humbled the Punisher many times throughout his vigilante career. It seems like every epic murderous victory Frank achieves is matched with an equally embarrassing fight that ends with the Punisher getting his ass kicked into cookie dough. Keep reading below to see some of Castle's most epic and embarrassing defeats.
When Spider-Man Had Enough of His Bullsh*t
In Punisher: War Zone #1, Spider-Man became disgusted at the Punisher's murder-based vigilantism. The usually light and funny Spider-Man wasn't laughing in these panels. Instead, he webbed Castle up on the side of a bus and proceeded to beat him bloody. Spider-Man even let Castle hit him square on the chin, which only ended up injuring Castle's hand. The Punisher's saving grace was a stun grenade that allowed him to get one cheap shot on Spidey and make his escape. Even though Castle bounced back, he certainly felt and suffered every blow Spider-Man threw at him. And there were plenty.
When Captain America Had Enough of His Bullsh*t
When the Marvel Universe found itself divided over superhero registration in the original Civil War, Captain America felt that he needed as many allies as he could gather, including Frank Castle. Tony Stark had started recruiting villains to his side and to keep things even, two villains, Goldbug and Plunderer, approached Captain America about joining forces. Before Cap even had a chance to refuse, the Punisher shot them dead.
Furious, Cap rained blows onto Castle, rebuking him for coldly murdering the well-meaning criminals. Rogers turned Castle into a bloody, pulpy mess, and demanded that Castle fight back. The Punisher refused - saying he had too much respect for Cap to lay a finger on him.
When an 11-Year-Old Girl Gut Punched Him
The young group of teenage heroes known as the Runaways met with the Kingpin in New York, posing as a crime syndicate with the goal of taking him out. Sadly, no one clued in the Punisher about their plan, so Frank tracked them down and held a gun to the head of the eldest member, Chase Stein, in Runaways #26.
What Castle didn't realize was that the youngest Runaway, Molly Hayes, was a mutant with superhuman strength on par with the Hulk. One punch to the gut from this little girl had the Punisher struggling to stay on his feet. Castle's mistake wasn't just painful, but awfully embarrassing, too.
When Spider-Man Spoiled the Punisher's Debut
Even though the Punisher is currently one of Marvel's biggest badasses, he didn't start out that way. In his comic book debut, Amazing Spider-Man #129, Spidey cleaned Punisher's clock so hard that Castle's body smashed a brick wall. So while the Punisher has certainly redeemed himself and made a name for himself as an ass kicker, he started out at as just another guy for Spidey to pummel. And, boy was he pummeled.