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"I figured it was easier to not give a shit. Not caring about anybody, running from all sorts of feelings, worrying about nobody but yourself. Sounds miserable as hell, but easy."
―Curtis Hoyle to Frank Castle[src]

Curtis "Curt" Hoyle is a former Navy SARC who had lost his leg during his service. Following a discharge from his military service, Hoyle set up counselling for other veterans suffering with PTSD, including Lewis Wilson. Having found out that his friend, Frank Castle, was alive following the massacre of his family, Hoyle agreed to assist him with returning to the world, only to get drawn into a new conflict as Wilson was influenced by O'Connor and became a terrorist, which led to Hoyle's life being put in danger. Hoyle's connection with Castle led to him being targeted by his former friend, Billy Russo, who had tried to use Hoyle to kill Castle, only for Castle to save Hoyle's life and in return, Hoyle had convinced Castle to come to therapy sessions in order to begin dealing with all of his trauma.

Despite Hoyle attempting to focus on helping people, he was drawn back into conflict when Russo had escaped his police custody and was attempting to remember his forgotten past, while Castle asked for Hoyle's help in tracking him down and killing him. With the help of Dinah Madani, Hoyle focused on protecting Amy Bendix from John Pilgrim, while Castle then targeted Russo. As Hoyle became more involved, he became disgusted by Castle's desires for violence, having witnessed the kidnapping of David Schultz, as well as Hoyle having also killed Phillip during a mission with Castle, much to his horror. Once Hoyle had completed all of his obligations to Castle by helping him to find and execute Russo, Hoyle decided to turn his back on his former friend for his own peace of mind.

Biography

Navy Life

"Somewhere on a Baghdad rooftop is a size 11 shoe with my foot still in it."
―Curtis Hoyle to Lewis Wilson[src]

Following the footsteps of his father who was a Viernam War veteran[1], Curtis Hoyle had joined the United States Navy. When he trained as a corpsman, Hoyle was given a goat which he named Cassius. Cassius was used as a living test dummy for Hoyle to practice healing serious injuries where the goat was subjected to forced abuse that was designed to emulate war injuries from bullets, knife slashes, explosions and the like. Eventually, the wounds put a toll on Cassius and he passed away. While Hoyle was traumatized by this situation, the exercises had served their purpose and Hoyle became a brilliant physician and medic.[2]

During his military service, Hoyle made a strong friendship with members of the United States Marine Corps, Frank Castle and Billy Russo. Together with Castle, Hoyle was sent to Baghdad where they dealt with a improvised explosive device that was planted in a local market. Castle was tasked to protect a perimeter while Hoyle treated injured civilians. However, he saw a pregnant suicide bomber coming to them but hesitated to shot her. She eventually blew herself up, killing several civilians and blew off Hoyle's leg, forcing him to use a prosthetic leg from here on. Because of his new disability, the military discharged Hoyle and he returned to New York City.[3]

Returning to Civilian Life

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Hoyle talking with his support group members

"Got a couple of new faces in here today. Welcome. If you wanna talk, talk. If you just wanna listen, that's all good, too. No judgment here, just brothers and sisters who understand."
―Curtis Hoyle[src]

In New York City, Hoyle reunited with Billy Russo who left the Marine Corps and founded Anvil. With Russo's financial assistance, Hoyle rented a room in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church where he provided support for the homeless and organized group therapy sessions for United States Army veterans.[4] Hoyle befriended Clay Wilson who confessed that he needed advice on taking care of his son, Lewis who returned from Iraq with Posttraumatic stress disorder.[1]

Several months later, Hoyle met with Frank Castle who was presumed dead after his crusade against the criminals who killed his family. Castle claimed that he had abandoned his former life as the Punisher and that he wanted to return to regular life. Hoyle helped him to change his identity and Castle became known as "Pete Castiglione".[5] Hoyle also promised to keep Castle's return a secret, even from Russo, in order to protect him.[6]

Hoyle invited Wilson to one of his regular group meetings in the church where Isaac Lange, O'Connor and several new arrivals were in attendance. Hoyle started off his session in what appeared to be his usual way, with a story and an explanation to new members that they were welcome to contribute or were free to choose only to listen. O'Connor expressed his point of view that the liberal government was running the country to the ground before he was confronted by Lange. Hoyle stopped Lange, noting that if O'Connor had the right to speak.

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Hoyle talks with Lewis Wilson

Wilson took the floor to say that he fought for his country yet felt that there was no longer a place for him in the normal world. Wilson commented on O'Connor's thoughts with the phrase "sic semper tyrannis", which Hoyle recognized as "thus always to tyrants". Wilson explained that this was a reference to the terrible acts of war meaning nothing during times of peace. Hoyle grew concerned with Wilson's mindset but expressed support.

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Hoyle talks with Frank Castle

After the meeting, Hoyle was visited by Castle, who Hoyle confided in about his worries regarding Wilson. Hoyle warned that Castle would only punish himself if he continued with his vigilanteism as it was understood that everyone who was responsible for the death of Castle's wife and his children were dead.[5]

Mysterious Hacker

"Castle has you in his crosshairs right now, buddy. If you shoot me, you will be next."
"Why isn't he here?"
"He decided he doesn't like what you're selling. Frank's in the wind. If you try to find him again, he will visit Sarah. He said you'd know what that meant."
―Curtis Hoyle and Micro[src]

To be added

In Mourning

"Why didn't he come to us, man? After Maria and the kids? Why didn't he come to us? He didn't have to be alone. We could've helped him."
"Yeah, he didn't want any help. He wanted to kill every bastard who had a hand in it."
"I miss him."
Billy Russo and Curtis Hoyle[src]

To be added

Treating Frank Castle

"Does he need blood? I'm a universal donor."
"Blood's not the problem. His temperature is 104. He's septic."
"I've been giving him fluids and antibiotics."
"None of that's gonna do any good until we get that arrow out of him. It's a foreign object filled with bacteria. The body's trying to fight it but can't, so white blood cells, fever, systemic inflammation..."
"Right."
"Antibiotics are fighting a losing battle."
Micro and Curtis Hoyle[src]

To be added

Altercation with Lewis Wilson

"There's a dead guy in that chair. Seem like he's been there for a while."
"None of that matters now."
"We could still figure this out. It's not too late to do the right thing."
"Oh, I am doing the right thing."
"I can't leave here without you, buddy. You know that, right?"
―Curtis Hoyle and Lewis Wilson[src]

To be added

Twisted Friend Visits

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Hoyle attempting to hide from Billy Russo

"You know, you two You two are almost exactly alike. There's just one difference. Frank would never betray a brother."
"Yeah, well that's why I'm here, Curtis. I'm gonna make you betray a brother. Where's Frank?"
"So what? You gonna kill me with my own gun?"
―Curtis Hoyle and Billy Russo[src]

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Return of Russo

"See, whatever it is that you wanted him to live with, you knocked it clean out of his head. And that's the irony. See, now, everybody but him has to live with what he did. And what you did, too, Frank. You should've put him down for good."
―Curtis Hoyle and Frank Castle[src]

To be added

Aiding the Punisher

"I told you to stay in the car."
"I did. I did. Until I saw a sniper about to blow your head off. You see, here's the thing, Frank. You keep telling people to stay out of it, but they care about you, whether you like it or not. And I wasn't about to see you die."
Frank Castle and Curtis Hoyle[src]

To be added

Ambush at the Valhalla

"I know I killed a man and shot others. That's what I know. I've held men as they were dying, many men... but never one that I put there myself, not one with my bullet still in him. I never realized how different it would feel."
―Curtis Hoyle to Amy Bendix[src]

To be added

Ambush on Amy Bendix

"I have no quarrel with you, but I also have very little time. So, if they're your friends, and you're thinking of showing them loyalty, of protecting them, it would be better if you didn't."
"Still, I don't know anything about any Castle or girl."
John Pilgrim and Curtis Hoyle[src]

To be added

Liberation of David Schultz

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Hoyle hands David Schultz to Brett Mahoney

"Senator, do you want me to arrest this man?"
"No, I don't. He's just trying to fix someone else's mistakes. And for what it's worth, Officer, I think that Curtis is just trying to find a way to do the right thing."
Brett Mahoney and David Schultz[src]

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Called by Russo

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Hoyle is called by Billy Russo

"Can you promise me that you won't call the cops, at least? Can you do that? Can you do that?"
"I promise, I won't call the cops."
"Look, I know that I probably don't deserve it after what I've done but if you can find it in yourself to be a brother one last time I don't want to die alone."
Billy Russo and Curtis Hoyle[src]

Once the whole situation with David Schultz was finished, Hoyle finally returned to his apartment to take a nap. Much to Hoyle's surprise, he was suddenly called up by Billy Russo who informed Hoyle that he was dying. Hoyle asked Russo where he was, and Russo replied that he reached the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and at this moment, he was dying from blood loss.

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Hoyle talks with dying Billy Russo

Russo asked Hoyle to come to the church and help him, however, Hoyle remained silent. Understanding that Hoyle is not going to help him, Russo asked him not to inform NYPD about him what Hoyle then accepted. Russo then asked Hoyle to come and share his last moments, and although he understands that he does not deserve it, Russo did not want to die alone. As Russo hanged up, Hoyle kept his promise, instead, he informed Frank Castle about Russo's whereabouts, so Castle arrived at the church and finished Russo.[7]

The End of Russo's Case

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Hoyle looking down at Billy Russo's corpse

"What part of this isn't clear to you?"
"Only who fired the bullets. Tell me how it went again?"
"Billy called me. Then I called you."
"That's right. Because you're done being involved with Frank."
―Curtis Hoyle and Brett Mahoney[src]

In the wake of Billy Russo's death, Hoyle called Brett Mahoney and Dinah Madani and told them to meet him at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. There, they discovered Russo's body, while Hoyle took a moment to close the eyes of his former friend. Mahoney wanted to preserve the crime scene, however, Hoyle insisted that every detail about Russo's death should be clear to him. At first, Mahoney expressed his doubt on the situation, asking who fired those last two bullets.

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Hoyle denies knowledge about Frank Castle

Hoyle then explained how Russo called him and then Hoyle called Mahoney, with Mahoney noting that Hoyle was done with Frank Castle. Madani then casually claimed that she could have possibly fired five bullets and kill Russo, stating that the case was now closed. As Mahoney asked about Castle and whether or not he was the one who shot and killed Russo, both Hoyle and Madani had mockingly denied knowledge of Castle, much to Mahoney's frustration, as he walked out of the church.[7]

Personality

"I checked you out, Curtis. Everyone says you're a good guy."
Brett Mahoney[src]

To be added

Abilities

"You're still the best corpsman I ever saw. Hell, I bet you'd have stitched your own damn leg back on, given a chance."
Billy Russo to Curtis Hoyle[src]
  • Expert Physician: Hoyle has been trained in the ability to perform medical procedures and heal those that have been wounded. In particular, he mentioned being tested to patch a goat during his time spent in the Navy. After nearly escaping a trap and suffering injuries, Hoyle was summoned by Micro to aid Frank Castle, extracting an arrowhead from his body and patching the wound.
"Back in the day, you know, I would have snapped him in two."
―Curtis Hoyle to Frank Castle[src]
  • Expert Combatant: As a member of the US military, Hoyle was trained at a close combat. At his skirmish with Lewis Wilson, Hoyle managed to overpower him, however Wilson used his prosthetic leg to beat him.
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Hoyle aims a sniper rifle at Jigsaw

"Next time I'm shooting to kill. Get your asses out of here!"
―Curtis Hoyle[src]
  • Expert Marksman: Hoyle is skilled in the use of pistols and sniper rifles. He was close to shooting Billy Russo in the head with a rifle he stole, and fired a warning shot at Brett Mahoney. He later used the same rifle to cover Punisher as he entered Valhalla. His medical expertise gives him knowledge of where to place bullets for a non-lethal effect, doing so with Phillip.
  • Businessman: To be added

Equipment

Weapons

"You gonna kill me with my own gun?"
―Curtis Hoyle to Billy Russo[src]
  • Kimber Warrior SOC: For safety and security precautions. Hoyle owns a pistol that he often keeps underneath a pillow adjust to him during his slumber. This pistol, however, was briefly taken away from him by Billy Russo upon his visit. He continued to use the pistol after Russo's downfall, keeping it aimed while answering door only to be relieved at the sight of Castle.
  • Remington R25: Curtis stole this gun off a member of Billy Russo's crew and used it when helping Frank fight Billy and his crew.

Other Equipment

"Don't be a wallowing asshole. Before I have to take this fake leg off and beat you to death with it."
―Curtis Hoyle to Frank Castle[src]
  • Prosthetic Leg: Hoyle became the owner of an artificial left leg after losing it in a wartime bombing.

Facilities

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Curtis Hoyle

In chronological order:

Trivia

  • In the comics, Curtis Hoyle was a partner of Frank Castle during the Vietnam War. He then joined and became the second in command of the Rockhouse Operation drug cartel, and was killed by Castle during his eradication of the cartel.
    • In Resupply, Hoyle mentions to Lewis Wilson that his father served in the Vietnam War, which is a nod to Hoyle's original backstory in the comics.
    • Additionally, Billy Russo's role in The Punisher mirrors Hoyle's role in the comics during Rockhouse Operation.

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