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"They laugh at the law. The rich ones who buy it and twist it to their whims. The other ones, who have nothing to lose, who don't care about themselves, or other people. All the ones who think they're above the law, or outside it, or beyond it. They know all the law is good for is to keep good people in line. And they all laugh. They laugh at the law. But they don't laugh at me. "
― Frank Castle/The Punisher (Marvel Comics)

The archetype of the avenger archetype.

Also Called

  • Punisher
  • The Breaker

Properties

The character is an avenger, meaning that they have devoted themselves completely to getting revenge on someone or something that has wronged them.

The character will stop at nothing of fulfilling his desire for retribution, and resort to unsavory tactics to assure it. The user is someone who has a one-track mind when it comes to this, usually manifesting into their lives as the only thing they do, and the only thing it gives them purpose.

Associations

Relationships

  • Anti-Hero
    • Many avengers may be Anti-Heroes who are tired of their environment's corruption or were victim to it.
      • (Example: Red Hood, Guts, Team Dark)
  • Assailant
    • Many avengers are maledicted individuals corrupted by a foul power, driven further and further off the brink of sanity by a taunting reminder of what they lost. Compelling them to commit atrocities in the possessing forces name.
      • (Example: John Jaspers/Faust, Faust: Love of the Damned)
  • Barbarian
    • In the most primeval sense an avenger can be a vicious brigand with a weary guile yet not lacking a semblance of honor.
      • (Example: Tien, Ong Bak 2)
  • Rebel
    • Usually, their desire for vengeance manifest as jumpstarting an insurrection or a revolution, to get back to a bureaucracy or system that personally wronged them.
      • (Example: Lelouch vi Britannia, Code Geass)
  • Ronin
    • The Samurai version of the Avenger archetype.
      • (Example: Afro, Afro Samurai)
  • Vigilante
    • A typically outside the law type knowledgeable in a number of fields, starting out with nothing until they gain access to resources and contacts when a devastating travesty drove them to work beyond faulty legal systems after they let them down.
      • (Example: La Muerta, Ajay Mehra, Ninjak)

Variations

Limitations

  • Could be blinded by their desire for revenge.
    • May deny help that they are offered.
    • May betray allies in the quest for revenge.
    • May end up killing the wrong person.
    • May make things worse for everyone around them.
  • May inadvertently begin or continue a cycle of revenge.
  • Upon succeeding in revenge, the user may be left with no further purpose.

Example Characters

Anime/Manga

  • Afro (Afro Samurai)
  • Nami Kusunoki (Alive: The Final Evolution)
  • Tenzen Yakushiji (Basilisk)
  • Guts (Berserk)
  • Gin Ichimaru (Bleach)
  • Kūgo Ginjō (Bleach)
  • Kōga Kuchiki (Bleach)
  • Ōko Yushima (Bleach)
  • Chunwoo Han (The Breaker series)
  • Clare (Claymore)
  • Ophelia (Claymore)
  • The One Being Sought (Code:Breaker)
  • Aoba Takatsu (Code:Breaker)
  • Lelouch vi Britannia (Code Geass)
  • Akira Fudo (Devilman); after Miki’s death
  • Piccolo Jr. (Dragon Ball)
  • Dr. Gero (Dragon Ball Z)
  • Baby (Dragon Ball GT)
  • Kenshiro (Fist of the North Star)
  • Rei (Fist of the North Star)
  • Jagi (Fist of the North Star)
  • Shinsuke Takasugi (Gintama)
  • Enshou (Gintama)
  • Goblin Slayer (Goblin Slayer)
  • Jean Pierre Polnareff (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part III: Stardust Crusaders)
  • Kyou Kai (Kingdom); formerly
  • Oyuki (Lady Snowblood)
  • Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
  • Nagato (Naruto)
  • Obito Uchiha (Naruto)
  • Madara Uchiha (Naruto)
  • Donquixote Doflamingo (One Piece)
  • Trafalgar D. Water Law (One Piece)
  • New Fish-men Pirates (One Piece)
  • Lady Oyakata (Rosario + Vampire)
  • Hokuto Kaneshiro (Rosario + Vampire)
  • Gyokuro Shuzen (Rosario + Vampire)
  • Alucard (Rosario + Vampire)
  • Enishi Yukishiro (Rurouni Kenshin)
  • Tokagero (Shaman King)
  • Köinzell (Übel Blatt)
  • Thorfinn (Vinland Saga); formerly
  • Heidi (Vinland Saga)
  • Thief King Bakura (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
  • Tragoedia (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX)

Cartoons/Comics

  • Maria Diaz/La Muerta (Coffin Comics)
  • The Crow (Crow Franchise)
    • Alex Corvus
    • Ashe Corven
    • Eric Draven
    • Jimmy Cuervo
  • Black Manta (DC Comics)
  • Jason Todd/Red Hood (DC Comics)
  • The Specter (DC Comics)
  • The Phantom Blot (Ducktales 2017)
  • Albert Simmons/Spawn (Image Comics)
  • Frank Castle/Punisher (Marvel Comics)
  • Ghost Riders (Marvel Comics)
  • Saint of Killers (Preacher)

Folklore/Mythology

  • Gawain (Arthurian Legends)
  • Nemesis (Greek Mythology)
  • Sekmhet (Egyptian Mythology)
  • Vidar (Norse Mythology)

Live Television/Movies

  • Connor MacManus (Boondock Saints)
  • Murphy MacManus (Boondock Saints)
  • Paul Kersey (Death Wish franchise)
  • John Jaspers/Faust (Faust: Love of the Damned)
  • Aditya Singh Rajput (Gabbar)
  • Britt Reid/Green Hornet (The Green Hornet)
  • Ajey Mera (Ghayal)
  • John Wick (John Wick)
  • Rohan Bhatnagar (Kaabil)
  • Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride (Kill Bill)
  • John Reed/Lone Ranger (Lone Ranger)
  • Officer Matthew Cordell (Manic Cop)
  • Tien (Ong Bak 2)
  • Riley North (Peppermint)
  • Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
  • Sam Winchester (Supernatural)

Video Games

  • Asura (Asura's Wrath)
  • Count Bleck (Super Paper Mario)
  • Ragna the Bloodedge (Blazblue)
  • Doom Slayer (Doom franchise)
  • Kratos (God of War)
  • Hisako (Killer Instinct)
  • Caleb (Monolith Production's Blood)
  • Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
  • Avenger-class Servants (TYPE-MOON)
    • Alcides
    • Aŋgra Mainyu
    • Antonio Salieri
    • Edmond Dantès
    • Gorgon
    • Jeanne D’Arc Alter

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