A list of trivia related to The Punisher.
References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Micro was previously mentioned in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode The Writing on the Wall and the Daredevil episode A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen.
- The Dogs of Hell make an appearance, after appearing in both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil.
- WHiH World News, a recurring news network in the Marvel Cinematic Universe television series, is featured.
- NY1 reporter Pat Kiernan was previously featured in The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Doctor Strange and Daredevil.
- The Duel of Harlem from The Incredible Hulk and the Battle of New York from The Avengers are both seen on newspapers.
- The Kitchen Irish, Mexican Cartel and Russian Mafia make an appearance, after appearing in Daredevil.
- Punisher makes his second appearance in a TV series, the first being Daredevil.
- Karen Page makes her third appearance in a TV series, the first being Daredevil and the second being The Defenders.
- Brett Mahoney makes his third appearance in a TV series, the first being Daredevil and the second being Jessica Jones.
- Turk Barrett makes his fourth appearance in a TV series, the first being Daredevil, the second being Luke Cage, and the third being The Defenders.
References to Marvel Comics
- Characters from the comics adapted for the series are David Lieberman/Microchip, Billy Russo/Jigsaw, Curtis Hoyle, William Rawlins, Jan Frohike, Louis Frohike/Microchip Junior and Clay Wilson/Force in the first season; Amy Bendix, John Pilgrim and Rebecca Pilgrim in the second season.
- The web address for Ahmad Zubair's interrogation video is MP19752.net. The address is a reference to Marvel Preview Issue 2 (1975).
- The van that is used by Micro and the Punisher is based on the Punisher's battle van from the comics.
- William Rawlins' alias, Agent Orange, has been used by multiple characters in the comics, such as Roger Goshaw and Angelica Jones.
- Scene with the Assassination of Mickey O'Hare is a reference to Punisher Vol. 7 #42 where William Rawlins was killed by the Punisher in the bathroom of the Kabul International airport.
- Billy Russo tells Morty Bennett "You know, without us, Frank Castle would have your balls wired to a car battery by now.". This is a reference to the "Long Cold Dark" Punisher MAX comic where Castle tortured Barracuda by doing the same thing to him.
References to Real-World Events
- In Two Dead Men, Dinah Madani mentions September 11 attacks.
- In Kandahar, Billy Russo compares Operation Cerberus with Phoenix Program, CIA program during the Vietnam War.
- Storyline with Nikolai Poloznev's attempts to get compromising information on David Schultz refers to previous rumors about similar political situation between administrations of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.
- The title of episode 1.01, 3 AM, refers to F. Scott Fitzgerald's book The Crack-Up: "...in a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day."
- The title of episode 1.02, Two Dead Men, is a dual reference to poem that Frank Castle recited with his children: "Once upon a time, in the middle of the night, two dead men, they got up to fight.", and to both of Castle and Micro which were claimed as dead people.
- The title of episode 1.03, Kandahar, refers to Frank Castle's service in Kandahar within the Cerberus Squad during the Operation Cerberus.
- The title of episode 1.04, Resupply, refers to Frank Castle's line "You know what I believe in? Resupply and logistics."
- The title of episode 1.05, Gunner, refers to Gunner Henderson.
- The title of episode 1.06, The Judas Goat, refers to a goat trained to associate with sheep or cattle, leading them to a specific destination and used in general animal herding. Curtis Hoyle also mentioned that he used to treat goat named Cassius during his service within United States Navy.
- The title of episode 1.07, Crosshairs,
- The title of episode 1.08, Cold Steel,
- The title of episode 1.09, Front Toward Enemy, refers to a M18 Claymore mine with words "Front Towards Enemy" stamped on the front of every Claymore mine.
- The title of episode 1.10, Virtue of the Vicious, is a reference to Oscar Wilde's quote: "Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.".
- The title of episode 1.11, Danger Close,
- The title of episode 1.12, Home, refers to dialogue between Frank Castle and the illusion of Maria: "Come home, Frank. Let's go home." - "I am home."
- The title of episode 1.13, Memento Mori, is the medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on mortality, which can be translated as "Remember, you will die". This phrase was previously mentioned by Micro in Danger Close, referring to Punisher's Vest.
- The title of episode 2.01, Roadhouse Blues, is probably a reference to The Doors's song with the same name.
- The title of episode 2.02, Fight or Flight, refers to the fight-or-flight response, a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival.
- The title of episode 2.03, Trouble the Water, is a reference to Bible scripture (John 5:4): "For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had."; which was quoted by Potter.
- The title of episode 2.04, Scar Tissue, refers to Billy Russo's disfigured face, now covered by scars.
- The title of episode 2.05, One-Eyed Jacks, is a title of a 1961 Western film directed by Marlon Brando.
- The title of episode 2.06, Nakazat, is a transcription of the Russian word "Наказать" what translates as "To punish".
- The title of episode 2.07, One Bad Day, is a nod to the Punisher's line from the Daredevil episode New York's Finest
- The title of episode 2.08, My Brother's Keeper, is part of the Tyndale translation of the story of Cain and Abel that previously was referred in the first season of Luke Cage.
- The title of episode 2.09, Flustercluck, refers to Amy Bendix's quote about their situation with Frank Castle: "This is such a total flustercluck."
- The title of episode 2.10, The Dark Hearts of Men,
- The title of episode 2.11, The Abyss,
- The title of episode 2.12, Collision Course,
- The title of episode 2.13, The Whirlwind, refers to John Pilgrim who called Frank Castle "the whirlwind", begging him to spare his sons. Also, is a reference to Bible scripture (Hosea 8, verse 7): "He that sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind.", which Pilgrim quoted in Trouble the Water.