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Daredevil and The Punisher - The Punisher

Daredevil and The Punisher

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The Punisher and Daredevil have to be the comic book world’s best frenemies ever.

Not only have they fought on countless occasions but every time the Punisher has been in legal trouble, Daredevil’s alter ego, Matt Murdock, lawyer extraordinaire, has defended Castle. The two grew to be friends…at least acquaintances the two had a mutual respect for one another and knew that ultimately the other guy was on the side of good.

That isn’t to say that they haven’t had a a colorful time together.

Daredevil and The Punisher have gone toe-to-toe with each other dozens of times, the two fight each other like it’s fun. The Punisher winning some, Daredevil winning others. They’re both incredible fighters with power and speed on their side, it can’t be fun fighting either. Nor can it be fun to be in the middle of a fight between these two crazed individuals who either a) spend their time killing criminals with extreme prejudice or b) spend their nights beating criminals to a pulp.

As enemies they clash like the worst of them, vicious fights and doing everything to bring the other down. At one point Daredevil helped organize the “Marvel Knights” a rag-tag team of various heroes who work together on occasion. During one of the mission the Marvel Knights, headed by Daredevil take aim at bringing the Punisher down, it’s an ironic turn of events because the Punisher actually worked with them originally.

During another face-off the Punisher forces Daredevil to break his “No Kill” policy and shoot him with a gun. Punisher has rigged the game from the beginning by removing the firing pin from the pistol and wanted to force Daredevil into shooting him, thus breaking him. Making Daredevil rethink himself and get off of Punisher’s back for a time while Frank was busy fighting the Gnucci crime family.

And during theĀ Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe series, Punisher saves Daredevil for last. Killing hims swiftly then removing his mask, it was here that the Punisher discovers Daredevil secret identity as Matt Murdock. Remorseful of his actions Punisher realizes that he has one superhuman left to kill: himself. And he does so.

The two have intertwined storylines and history together as heroes, as people, as vigilantes fighting crime relentlessly. Daredevil and the Punisher are comics best frenemies and should remain so, maybe even working together with a bit more frequency.

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