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|“||How is he still alive? I don't know, Quentin, I wasn't there. Why is he still alive? Now that's an interesting question. Maybe he's still alive because he was meant to suffer more, I don't know. But how do we make him suffer if we can't find him?||„|
|~ Saint to his right-hand man, Quentin Glass, speaking on how to kill Frank Castle.|
Howard Saint is the main antagonist of the 2004 Marvel movie The Punisher. He is the boss of the Saint crime family, a powerful businessman and money launderer who was responsible for Frank Castle's family massacre at Puerto Rico due to holding him responsible for the death of his son, Bobby Saint (when it was actually Bobby's own carelessness that got him killed).
He was portrayed by John Travolta, who also portrayed Castor Troy in Face/Off, Billy Nolan in Carrie, Vic Deakins in Broken Arrow, Ryder in The Taking of Pelham 123, Gabriel Shear in Swordfish and Terl in Battlefield Earth.
Howard Saint is a crime boss of the Saint family in Miami. He and his criminal organization operate out of a dance club named Saints & Sinners.
Howard's son, Bobby goes out on a deal without his knowing and consent. While at the deal, Bobby discovers what he thinks is a bust, which in reality, was a sting with the dealer being Frank Castle, an undercover FBI agent.
Bobby dies during the deal when he waves and points his gun at some of the actual Russian gun dealers (that Castle also duped into working with him), and due to some of them not understanding what Bobby says, he accidentally causes a shootout that costs him his own life. Back at the station, Frank retires and goes to a family reunion in Puerto Rico. While attending Bobby's funeral, Howard suggests to kill Frank. His wife Livia, however, requests he kill all members of Frank's family. The massacre of the Castle Family is carried out by Howard and Livia's surviving son John Saint, Howard's best friend and right hand man Quentin Glass and two other men (one named Lincoln).
After Frank tricked him to kill Quentin and Livia by making him thought that they were having an affair, Frank storms his HQ, kills all his men and John.
When they meet face-to-face, Castle guns Howard down in a duel due to his superior reflex. Before Frank ends his life, he reveals that he had been manipulating Howard the whole time about the fake affair. As Howard sobs tearfully for his mistakes and cruel life, he is eventually killed when Frank ties him to the back of a slow-moving car which drags him through a car park filled with exploding bombs, incinerating him showing the burning skull face.
Despite being seen as an affable and calm man for his family as well as for the Turro brothers, Howard Saint is actually an extremely ruthless, brutal, murderous, greedy, callous, and destructive sadist from the most diabolical kind.
He is mostly enjoying loving his wife Livia, antagonizing and trying to kill Castle, antagonizing the Turro brothers who are his own business partners and the film's minor villains, and also he is enjoying gaining much more power and money.
He is also a devastatingly intelligent, sophisticated, competent, cunning, and knowledgeable mastermind, which adds on to his menacing criminal reputation.
- Howard Saint's character had never appeared in Marvel Comics as well as not appeared on the Punisher's comic books. He was specifically created for the film.