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Me and You, Frankie... We're the same.
~ Billy to Frank during the final showdown.
Trust me when I tell you that if Frank doesn't come after my guy today, nobody will be more relieved than me. That's the nature of the lives we chose, I guess. Make tough decisions. Live or die by it.
~ Jigsaw to Dinah.

William "Billy" Russo is one of the two main antagonists, along with Agent Orange, of the first season of 2017 Marvel TV series The Punisher.

He was the best friend and squad mate of Frank Castle during their time in the U.S. Special Forces. He also leads Anvil, a private military contractor in New York City. Despite their friendship, Billy would be revealed to have betrayed Frank to his boss Agent Orange during an operation overseas called Cerberus which results in Frank not only losing his family but also setting him on the path to become the vigilante known as Punisher. By doing so, he becomes one of Castle’s main targets. Russo also sets out to kill Castle before Castle can do the same to him.

He was portrayed by Ben Barnes, who also portrayed Dorian Gray.

History

Marvel's The Punisher (Season 1)

Russo had a difficult childhood in New York City. Growing up, he was very poor. His mother was a meth addict who emotionally neglected her children.

Later, he was put in foster care and lived in a group home. Russo was also a victim of attempted child molestation; luckily, he was able to defend himself, but not without being severely injured by the perpetrator.

Billy became a lieutenant in the U.S. Special Forces and befriended Frank Castle. During one mission, Russo and Castle became trapped in house in Basra and saved each other's lives multiple times.

Russo and Castle joined several other soldiers for a briefing by Agent Orange, who explained they would helping to end the war, as Major Ray Schoonover explained they had joined Operation Cerberus, although Russo continued joking.

To be added Cornered by Frank Castle at the carousel where Frank’s family was killed a plot Billy, who had been Frank’s closest friend in the military, knew about the suave former special-ops soldier pleads for Frank to kill him, only to be denied an easy way out. Instead, Frank smashes Billy’s face into a mirror, scraping it against shards that slice his face apart, leaving him alive but mangled beyond recognition.

Personality

Billy is an arrogant, confident and intelligent man. Whilst in Afghanistan, he befriended and betrayed Frank Castle to Agent Orange for his own good. He is nicknamed "The Beaut" for his good looks.

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Trivia

  • In the comics, Billy Russo was a ruthless gangster nicknamed "The Beaut" for his good looks, not a war veteran or a businessman. After his initial altercation with Punisher, his face was horrifically disfigured and henceforth went by the alias of Jigsaw.
  • This incarnation of Billy Russo shares many similarities with fellow MCU villain Grant Ward. Both are protagonists revealed as villains in the first season of their respected shows; both had a tragic backstory relating to their families; both had sex with major female protagonists in order to manipulate them; both of them were friends to the lead protagonists before later betraying them; both of their leading partners are Pure Evil (John Garrett and Agent Orange); and both of them were brutally defeated in their shows' season finales.
    • The only differences are that while Ward was an original character, Russo was not; while Ward only helped Garrett because he felt he owed him his life, Russo only did it for fame, fortune and success; and while Ward was only revealed as the secondary antagonist, Russo was revealed as the season's other main antagonist alongside Orange.

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