[AP European History] Oliver Cromwell Superhero

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The Punisher
Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell
Comic #1, Backstory of The
Punisher v.s. The Uneducated
British Empire
Character Design by:
Tim Williamson
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1
2NG, United Kingdom
Preface: Oliver Before Resurrection
Before Oliver Cromwell’s Resurrection and complete transformation into
the punisher, here is everything that leads up to his change.
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Oliver Cromwell| “The Punisher”
After Cromwell was resurrected by “a mysterious man” the soul stone that
would then be found by Red Skull in Marvel’s Captain America, apart of him
was never the same… he saw his body mutilated by his fellow countrymen
and was forced into cast iron prosthetics.
Taking influence from his previous life, punishing King Charles I for
disbanding Parliament, punishing Ireland for an uprising and punishing
Scotland for an invasion, he took the alialis “The Punisher” punishing
catholics and people who stray from Puritan views to “better the
commonwealth….” killing when necessary, and it is usually necessary.
- He wears the executioner’s robes that his executioner wore to
mutilate his already dead body, all black with a masked face. Nobody
knows Oliver is still alive but that mysterious man always seen
smoking.
“The Punisher”
*Also every Christmas he tends to kill every drunkard he sees… kind of the day he can get all of his rage out*
Appearance| “The Punisher”
When The Punisher was brought back to life, the mysterious smoking man set him on a
mission to remember what happened. To do so, he was sent to his grave where his body
was finally put to rest. There, the sword that pranced his severed head around still lay and
once he touched it everything came rushing back to him. The executioner who ran the
cemetery approached the naked man squatting over the disgraced grave and once The
Punisher saw his face, killed him immediately for what he had done to his body losing
almost all sense of right and wrong in the process.
From that point on, he wore the executioners clothes, the same dark black clothes he wore
for Cromwell’s execution brandishing the same German Executioner’s Sword that severed
his head.
Superpower| “The Punisher”
After being revived from the soul stone, The Punisher received the power of
superhealing being able to eventually regenerate his whole body to a much
stronger form.
This stone may also be a cause of this superpower due to how Cromwell
himself died. Cromwell died of a sickness called Malaria that his super
healing could have cured him of which the stone could have chosen
because of its irony to further fuel The Punisher’s rage. With his super
healing, his regenerated form gave him the strength of 10 men (not a
second superpower, still apart of super healing) allowing him to punish any
“enemy of the commonwealth” by any means necessary.
Sidekick?| “Gollum”
It is believed that the night when Cromwell was revived, the
same “mysterious man” revived King Henry VIII as well but
Henry was in a deformed, grotesque state looking Gollum from
lord of the ring and not receiving any powers. When Gollum
came to his senses, the mysterious man sent him on his way to
find Cromwell and help him on his mission to better the
commonwealth being the creator of The Church of England.
Gollum now servers as the Jiminy Cricket for The Punisher
however after years of being dead with continued rot of his
brain, his judgement is skewed.
Nobody has seen Gollum because he never leaves the HQ but is
in constant contact with The Punisher and the mysterious man
usually seen smoking a pipe.
Utility| “The Punisher”
The Punisher still has his trusty all black horse named “Death”
that Cromwell himself rode into battle against both Ireland in
their little uprising and Scotland that allowed the Commonwealth
to rule over the country however that is not what is unique about
is loadout.
Instead of a musket, “The Punisher” uses the executioner’s
blade that was used to chop off his head as Oliver and was used
to prance his severed head from place to place. The sword is
used as a source of anger fueling his rage towards the “enemies
of the commonwealth” in his pursuit to make England the best it
can be.
Headquarters| “The Punisher”
St. Ives
St. Ives was the farmstead of Oliver Cromwell in
which he moved to too essentially escape gentry life
and live a simpler one selling eggs and raising
chickens/sheep. This was his home before he go
wrapped up in to much politics and his escape.
It is no wonder why someone who got his body
mutilated because of these politics would want to
return to where life was simpler. Underneath the
farmstead is a set of catacombs in which The Punisher
trains and Gollum acts as his conscience, something
The Punisher lost when he was brought back to life.
“Enemies of the
Commonwealth”
Puritan Religion
England’s actual topography gives merit to this since of the
extensive amount of cave networks still undocumented in
England which even travels beneath the city of London.
Weakness| “The Punisher”
Conscience
Gollum, though his “conscience” is no Jiminy
Cricket. His death and lack of an heir deeply disturbed
him and makes The Punisher do disturbed things in the
name of the Commonwealth. Yes, The Punisher is in
control of Golem being much stronger and fighting for
the Commonwealth and not a monarchy, but since
Cromwell lost his conscience (when killed executioner)
after he was revived makes him so easy to be
manipulated into doing such awful acts in the name of
good. This brought him into run ins with the law and
close calls that could have exposed him being just
creating unnecessary risk. His sidekick is one of his
biggest enemies that he cannot realize just yet...
Mortal Enemy| “Parliament”
Parliament
Sure, he may have been apart of Parliament once, but that was the same Parliament that
reinstated the monarchy as well as executed his body after he was already dead. He had
fought for his country, did everything Parliament wanted and that is the respect he gets
especially after rebuilding the country after a Civil War. He wants everyone in Parliament
gone, he wants to create a new Parliament and bring back the Commonwealth as Parliament
passes law after law trying to prevent this new serial killer dubbed “Punisher” from being
able to strike again.
Gollum
As mentioned before, though not necessarily an enemy of The Punisher, he is still apart
of the reason that there is greater risk involved with each trip out at night as well as why
Parliament is cracking down so hard on The Punisher. Keep in mind they are seeing their
own horrifically murdered in some cases. [though benefiting England, still awful]
Mortal Enemy| “Parliament”
Parliament
Sure, he may have been apart of Parliament once, but that was the same Parliament that
reinstated the monarchy as well as executed his body after he was already dead. He had
fought for his country, did everything Parliament wanted and that is the respect he gets
especially after rebuilding the country after a Civil War. He wants everyone in Parliament
gone, he wants to create a new Parliament and bring back the Commonwealth as Parliament
passes law after law trying to prevent this new serial killer dubbed “Punisher” from being
able to strike again.
Gollum
As mentioned before, though not necessarily an enemy of The Punisher, he is still apart
of the reason that there is greater risk involved with each trip out at night as well as why
Parliament is cracking down so hard on The Punisher. Keep in mind they are seeing their
own horrifically murdered in some cases. [though benefiting England, still awful]
Code to Live By| “I am a gentleman but not gentry.”
This comes from a quote of his when he was Oliver Cromwell stating that, “I was a
gentleman by birth neither in considerable height nor yet in obscurity.”
When he came back to life, he went full Puritan with his views seeing himself as a
“gentleman” but living the simple lifestyle trying to save the country in which he loves. His
headquarters is simple, he does not take more then he needs and still cares for his farm at
St Ives. He does not see himself as apart of that upper-class, the people who mutilated his
body and by using this code of arms, justifies all the acts he commits.
He is of equal status of them even though they do not know who he is, but he is better than
them… or that is his justification at least. It is a simple life tending your livestock by day
killing every enemy you spot by night in the name of “the Commonwealth.”
Catch Phrase| “God, Country & Me”
This is a spoof off of the idea of the phrase “God, King & Country” that was developed
soon after Oliver Cromwell’s death which he heard and began mocking it. To him, there
shouldn’t be a monarchy but a continuation of the Commonwealth… and he was the
Commonwealth.
In his order, God came first, then the betterment of the country, England then himself
being “The Commonwealth” as the only ruler of England under that form of government.
Before anything he did, The Punisher would tell himself this loud enough for anyone around
him to hear to further better his country in the name of God and The Commonwealth, the
only two things that mattered to this broken man now.
*Note* The smoking man brought the quote “God, King & Country” to his attention
years before it became used publically.
Citations
Ashley, Maurice, and John S. Morrill. “Oliver Cromwell.” Encyclopædia Britannica,
Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 14 Sept. 2018,
www.britannica.com/biography/Oliver-Cromwell.
Biographics, director. Oliver Cromwell: The Man Who Killed a King. YouTube, YouTube, 21 Oct. 2018,
www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8qRbxKARKY.
Kagan, Donald, et al. The Western Heritage. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010.
Worden, Blair. “OLIVER CROMWELL AND THE PROTECTORATE.” Transactions of the Royal
Historical Society, vol. 20, 2010, pp. 57–83. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/41432386.
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