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Wake up, big boy! Yes, that's better! Remember me? Remember the Russian?
— The Russian

The Russian is a supervillain who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was a mercenary working as hired muscle for various crime organizations, which made him an enemy of the Punisher.

The Russian first became an enemy of the Punisher after crime boss Ma Gnucci hired him to kill the vigilante. The Russian tracked his target to one of his safe houses, where he was recovering from a previous fight with the Gnucci mob, and attacked him. Still recovering from his wounds, Punisher had struggled to defeat the Russian until he noticed the mercenary’s aversion to hot things. Using this to his advantage, Punisher blinded the Russian with a pizza once the fight had moved to the apartment of his obese neighbor called Mr. Bumpo before using Bumpo to suffocate him to death.

The Russian's body was later recovered by a paramilitary organization led by General Kreigkopf, who used stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. technology to revive him and modify him to be more resistant to damage. Upon recovering, the Russian agreed to join Kreigkopf's organization on the condition he would get the chance to take revenge on the Punisher. During his second fight with his nemesis, the Russian was thrown off the Empire State Building but survived due to his modifications.

Punisher and the Russian would fight for a third and final time on a plane Kriegkopf attempted to crash into the European Union council. The Punisher blasted the plane before it could take off, though the Russian survived and attacked the vigilante. A fight on a second plane ensued, which ended in the Punisher tying the Russian to a bomb before dropping it on Kriegkopf’s island base, destroying both it and the mercenary for good.

Battle vs. Jaws (by ChuchulainSetanta)[]

Russian: Red Red Red Red Red

Jaws: Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue

Two helicopters approach an off-shore oil rig, each unaware of the other. One contains Jaws and four international mercenaries, while the other contains the Russian and four mobsters. As the two choppers touch down, the Russian spots the opposing forces, and fires on them with an RPG-29. The chopper is hit and explodes, killing one mercenary who failed to get out soon enough. Blue One of the other mercs shoots at the Russian's team with an M2 Browning, but they take cover. As the merc stops firing in order to reload, the gangsters scatter.

Heading down to the second level, Jaws and a mercenary, both armed with M4s, come under attack by a gangster with an AK-74. Jaws dodges to cover, but the other mercenary is hit and injured. Thinking of a way to even the odds, Jaws snaps his ally's neck and takes his M4. Blue Now dual weilding, Jaws pops out and fires both guns, taking out the mobster. Red Smiling, Jaws continues on.

On the other side of the rig, the two other mercs have cornered three gangsters. The one with the Browning keeps supressing fire on the gangsters, killing one of them, while the other loads up his M79. Red Seeing this, one of the gangsters makes a break for it, but before his ally can join him, he is blown apart by the M79's grenade. Red The mercs prepare to head after the other gangster, but are stopped by the Russian, who guns them down with a PKM. BlueBlue

Down on the lowest level of the rig, Jaws confronts the escaping gangster, killing him with the dual M4s. Red However, the Russian arrives, just as Jaws runs out of ammo. Ditching the guns, Jaws prepares for hand-to-hand combat, as the Russian takes out his meat cleaver. The two juggernauts engage in a wicked battle, with the Russian getting in several good slashes on Jaws, cutting him up badly. However, Jaws powers through the lacerations, gets in close, and rips out the Russian's throat with his steel teeth. Red Spitting out the flesh, Jaws throws his enemy into the water, brushes himself off, straightens his tie, and walks back to the other helicopter.

Winner: Jaws

Expert's Opinion[]

Jaws' superior long-range weapons and steel teeth up-close contributed vastly to his victory.

To see the original battle, weapons, and votes, click here.

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