huh? isn't he more accurately an anti-villain? as in an antagonist with moral standards as opposed to a protagonist with very few? anti-hero = flawed hero, anti-villain = "honorable" or "dubious" villain.. if I remember right Unseelie-Queen (talk) 17:54, November 8, 2012 (UTC)
I'd agree to lable The Punisher as an anti-hero because he Isn't technically a villian. He's just a darker, villian-ish superhero. Like Batman with an machine gun, and less of a moral code. He is a flawed hero, he was never on the wrong side of crime until he became The Punisher, he was in the military not robbing banks.
Punisher is an anti-hero, stated as such in the wikipedia article: as a regular published work in Marvel he is a hero.. with flaws.. rather than a villain: he tends to fight guys that are far worse than himself as well, which means that we are meant to sympathize with him.. plus he saw his entire family get murdered for no good reason, that would drive many people to murderous rage.. he's a vengeful anti-hero rather than a protagonist villain Inferno Pendragon (talk) 05:06, November 10, 2012 (UTC)
Punisher varies depending on the writer but as far as I can tell in almost all mainstream depictions he is a violent, sociopathic vigilante that is hated and feared by many heroes but is nevertheless a "necessary evil" - compare him to Joker for example.. Joker was a "Protagonist Villain" in several comics, which showed him as the bad guy.. Punisher is not the "bad guy" of his stories, he's fighting guys that are sick, violent and/or worse than he is.. sometimes he may target people less "evil" than he is but I think on the whole Punisher is meant to be an anti-hero rather than an antagonist.. since he is the central character and all Queen Misery (talk) 23:16, November 13, 2012 (UTC)