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Captain Steven Grant "Steve" Rogers, US Army / Captain America

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"When I went under, the world was at war. I wake up, they say we won. They didn't say what we lost."

Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed By: Chris Evans

Voiced By: José Antonio Macías (Latin-American Spanish dub), Raúl Llorens (European Spanish dub), Yuuichi Nakamura (Japanese dub), Maël Davan-Soulas (French dub; Phase 1), Alexandre Gillet (French dub; Phase 2 onwards) Alexandre Fortin (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: Captain America: The First Avenger | The Avengers | Thor: The Dark Worldnote  | Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Ant-Mannote  | Captain America: Civil War | Spider-Man: Homecomingnote  | Avengers: Infinity War

"I know I'm asking a lot. But the price of freedom is high. It always has been. And it's a price I'm willing to pay. And if I'm the only one, then so be it. But I'm willing to bet I'm not."

A sickly young man from Brooklyn turned into a perfect soldier by a government project. Unfortunately, the creator of the project was murdered, leaving Rogers as the only result of the project. Because of this, he was initially used as a propaganda tool to sell war bonds. He eventually earned his stripes as a soldier by rescuing an entire platoon from a HYDRA factory, where he first encountered the Red Skull.

After defeating the Red Skull, Cap crashed his Valkyrie aircraft into a glacier where he went into a hibernation state and written off as KIA for nearly 70 yearsnote  before being found by S.H.I.E.L.D. in the modern day. His weapon of choice is a Vibranium shield designed by Howard Stark that can absorb all energy directed at it, making it ideal as both protection and as a projectile (as it does not lose energy when it makes contact with another surface when thrown).
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  • Action Hero: First he's a war hero, then he joins the Avengers and later does stuff for S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Adaptation Name Change: A mild example. In the comics, Steve has no middle name, though for a while, he thought he was an upper-middleclass kid from Maryland called Steven Grant Rogers, which turned out to be fake memory implants. The movies make Grant his actual middle name, being mentioned as an initial in the first film and showing up in supplementary material.
  • Adorkable:
    • Even after receiving the Super Soldier serum, he's so adorkable, he has no idea how to spread propaganda, even for a cause he believes in.
    • See also: "fonduing".
      Howard Stark: Fondue is just cheese and bread, my friend.
    • The obvious joy he has in The Avengers when he finally gets a pop culture reference to The Wizard of Oz demonstrates this as well - he's just so honestly happy to finally get what people are talking about.
  • All-Loving Hero: Steve is a very idealistic person and always tries to see the best in everyone.
  • Always Someone Better: It's not given a lot of screentime, but Tony seems to think of Steve this way. Not hard to imagine why, since he grew up hearing stories about how great Captain America is from his father. Tony sees Steve as someone who was simply born a good person while Tony only wised up after his experience in captivity.
  • Amazon Chaser:
    • He first notices Peggy when she punches a recruit square in the face after he made some sexist remarks. Steve's smile says everything.
    • Though they end up becoming Platonic Life Partners, Steve certainly doesn't mind getting a kiss from Natasha (the Action Girl of the MCU) while undercover.
    • He later gets a kiss from Sharon Carter, former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D and Peggy's niece who fought with Winter Soldier.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: In the second film, Steve is suffering from several signs of being a Shell-Shocked Veteran. He's not sure of his place in the world, he laments that the world he once knew is gone, and he has trouble sleeping in a civilian bed. He plays this so straight that Sam Wilson, who counsels people with PTSD and other disorders, finishes his sentences for him. Some viewers have even mentioned that he shows signs of being a Death Seeker, particularly during his final battle with Bucky.
  • Apologetic Attacker: He's visibly disheartened at having to fight S.H.I.E.L.D. colleagues ordered to detain him in Winter Soldier, noticing one of them literally sweating from fear of confronting him.
    Steve: Before we get started, does anyone want to get out?
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Played both in his first movie and The Avengers. It takes Steve infiltrating a HYDRA base and rescuing a battalion's worth of soldiers for others to take him seriously in the former; in the latter, it takes him a brief skirmish (and a torn arm or two) with the invading aliens for the New York authorities to listen to what he's trying to tell them. Demonstrated to hilariously awesome effect during the climactic battle when Steve earnestly rattles off a strategy to some NYPD officers on how best to evacuate some civilians and form a battle line:
    Cop: Why the hell should I take orders from you?
    [cue a horde of Chitauri warriors going berserker at Steve, and Steve effortlessly fending them off]
    [beat]
    Cop: [begins repeating Steve's orders verbatim into his walkie-talkie]
  • Badass Adorable: A sweet-tempered, well-mannered and kind-hearted Boy Next Door who just happens to also possess a body rebuilt to the pinnacle of human perfection.
  • Badass Baritone: Played with: In Battle, Steve shouts commands in a deep, booming and confident tone. Off-duty however, he speaks with a warm and gentle, almost musically soft voice.
  • Badass Biker: He lacks the "bad boy" image, but Steve's ride of choice is a motorcycle — whether he's just cruising or dodging machine-gun fire.
  • Bad Liar: Because he's so honest. This is lampshaded by Natasha in The Winter Soldier, then both played straight and subverted in Civil War: it's revealed that despite knowing for over two years that HYDRA was responsible for murdering Tony's parents, Steve never told him about it. While Steve deliberately didn't reveal the information, he isn't able to convincingly lie or pull off Exact Words when asked point-blank. Tony is as enraged by this deception as he is by the act itself.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Deconstructed. The reason behind Steve's strong devotion to Bucky is because the latter was always there for him, especially in the hardest times. However, it's because of this that Steve also has the amount of loyalty towards his friend...which proves to be a Fatal Flaw for him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's one of the nicest, sweetest guys in the world, but may God help you if you decide to hurt innocents.
    Tony: I don't trust a guy without a dark side. Call me old-fashioned.
    Steve: Well, let's just say you haven't seen it yet.
  • Birds of a Feather: Bird puns aside, he and Sam click almost immediately because of their common ground as returning war veterans.
  • Black and White Morality: He has a pretty firm moral codex, which causes problems for him, as the world he wakes up to only believes in grey.
  • Blessed with Suck: His metabolism is four times faster than the average human, so he Never Gets Drunk. This means he can't drown his sorrows in the bottle when Bucky "dies" in The First Avenger. This probably also means that he's not cheap to feed.
  • Blood Knight: Downplayed, but present. He doesn't like killing anyone, but he's become dependent on having an enemy to fight. Rogers fears being a super soldier in a world that no longer needs soldiers: being a soldier is the only thing he has left.
    • In The First Avenger, pre-serum Steve keeps taking on bullies even though he's no physical match for them. Bucky even asks if he likes getting smacked into the pavement over and over again.
    • In The Winter Soldier, Steve admits to Sam that he doesn't know what makes him happy, but the parts when he's the happiest are when he's in the field leaping out of planes and beating up bad guys. Even Black Widow notes when he learns that HYDRA survived to the modern day that he doesn't seem outraged or disillusioned.
      Natasha: Well you seem pretty chipper for someone who just found out they died for nothing.
      Steve: Well... guess I just like to know who I'm fighting.
    • In Age of Ultron, Ultron accuses Steve of lying to himself that he still matters without a war. Tony also keeps from telling Steve about his plan to automate world peace with Ultron because he knows Steve will object to disbanding the Avengers. Sure enough, when Scarlet Witch shows Steve a vision of his worst fear... it's a swinging '40s dance hall, with the war over and everyone celebrating, except him. Even dancing with Peggy can't cheer him up; he sees death and wounded soldiers everywhere. Towards the end of the film he admits to Tony that he probably once wanted a family, a home, and peace, but the man who wanted that was frozen more than 70 years ago and now he's Married to the Job.
    • In Captain America: Civil War, he's even asked by Natasha when she confronts him if he's "going to punch his way out" from the Accords, which more or less sums up his actions after that point. Spider-Man later lampshades it when they cross blows.
      Captain America: Did Stark tell you anything else?
      Spider-Man: That you're wrong. You think you're right. That makes you dangerous.
      [Spidey moves in to attack, but Cap kicks him into a gangway's leg]
      Captain America: Guess he has a point.
  • Blue Oni: To Tony Stark's Red Oni. Boy, does it show between the two. Heck, looking at their suit colors can make this become more visual/literal of an approach to the trope.
  • Brooklyn Rage: While he's not bad-tempered or violent, Steve still has the absolute determination and utter refusal to turn down a challenge that goes with this trope. "If you start running, they'll never let you stop."
  • Bully Hunter: "I don't like bullies. I don't care where they're from."
  • The Cape: Initially invoked for the USO show and after the timeskip he wonders if this sort of hero is old-fashioned. Regardless, he's a great example of the honest and noble hero fighting For Great Justice.
  • The Captain: Phillips refers to him as "Captain Rogers" in his letter to the Senator, so it's safe to assume he really does hold the rank, despite never having any formal officer training or education.
  • Captain Geographic: Take a wild guess.note 
  • Captain Patriotic: At first, the USO shuffles Steve into this role as a mascot for War Bonds sales, but he soon becomes the real thing after he "borrows" some military equipment and sneaks into a HYDRA prison camp to single-handedly free Bucky and other Allied troops.
  • Captain Superhero: Aside from his title, "Captain" is also his military rank in World War II.
  • Cassandra Truth: Subtle, but in The Avengers, Steve is the first to pinpoint both a) Loki's plan to divide and conquer the group and b) the scepter's connection to the Tesseract (noting it reminds him of HYDRA weaponry, which was derived from exactly that). He's dismissed amid the group's squabbling.
  • Casual High Drop: Thanks to his Super Toughness, he can survive falls and jumps that would kill anyone else.
  • Catchphrase: "I can do this all day." Normally said after taking a beating and getting back up for another round.
  • Celibate Hero: During Winter Soldier, when Natasha tried to get him a date, again, he insists that he's "too busy" for a relationship. Civil War shows that he might not be too busy for Sharon Carter.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Not only does Steve have to adapt to a world where everything he knows is 70 years gone or dead, but has to get a Norse god, an egotistical genius who's jealous of the relationship between Cap and his father, and a scientist with... anger issues to work together as something resembling a team alongside two hard-nosed assassins, while earning all of their respect and he succeeds.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome:
    Steve: If I see a situation pointed south, I can't ignore it. Sometimes I wish I could.
    Tony: No, you don't.
    Steve: ...No, I don't.
  • Combat Pragmatist: While Steve's weapon of choice is his shield and fists, he has no qualms with using a gun when needed, on top of other improvised weaponry.
  • The Comically Serious: He's not trying to be funny about his pop cultural ignorance and that's why it's funny.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Played with. During World War II, "Captain America" is just his stage persona. On-duty he's simply Capt. Steve Rogers, US Army. However, after his disappearance, comics using the name "Captain America" start being published. This is the identity that gets passed down to the younger generations (like Phil Coulson), so it sticks when he returns.
  • Composite Character: Since he forms the Howling Commandos in The First Avenger, he serves as the MCU's counterpart to the original Nick Fury from World War II.
  • Cool Mask: The famous blue mask, which also doubles as a Cool Helmet.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • He's grabbed into a forceful kiss by a secretary, and while initially startled by the suddenness, isn't unhappy that it happened. He also immediately assumes that a French word ("Fondue") he's never heard before has something to do with sex. Though do cut the kid some slack; before becoming Mr. Muscles Steve was invisible to and intimidated by women, and that kiss the secretary gave him is more than likely his first.
    • Years later, Black Widow kisses Steve as they're dissuading a search party. He says something with a slight implication he really enjoyed the deal. When she points out that a scar on her stomach means "Bye-bye bikinis", he sarcastically says that she probably looks terrible in them now.
  • Cultured Badass: Not only is Steve strong and tough, but he's also a great motorcyclist, draws great sketches, and speaks French. His upbringing having been in the 40s has also led him to collect music and clothing from that period, giving him a nice vintage feel. However, he can't dance.
  • Cursed with Awesome: His fast metabolism allows him to drink Thor's Asgardian mead with no issues, unlike muggles who become stupor-drunk after one sip.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's one of the few cases in which said snarker can achieve the exact same results by being completely sincere about what he says. Though he's not above very, very dry irony. Such as:
    Captain America: [staring helplessly at a panel of circuits] It appears to run on some kind of electricity!
  • Determinator: His signature trait — he doesn't give up. Ever. His laundry list of ailments combined with the fact that grew up during The Great Depression alone qualifies. Imagine having health conditions like stomach ulcers and irregular heartbeat when you have no guarantee of finding work to pay for treatment, and, in some cases, effective let alone affordable treatment hasn't been invented yet.note  Steve had to be a Determinator just to live long enough to be Captain America.
    Captain America: I can do this all day.
  • Dork Knight: Both absolutely noble and heroic and a huge puppy-dog of a man. Even post-defrosting (when he's obviously had a tough time coping with the modern day and the personal tragedies he suffered getting there), he's at all times earnest, humble, kind-hearted and devoted to defending the innocent.
  • The Dreaded: To any of his enemies familiar with his reputation. Even one highly trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agent was sweating in fear when attempting to detain him in Winter Soldier.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He tries it after Bucky is killed, but because of his accelerated metabolism he finds he's unable to get drunk.
  • Due to the Dead: He helps bury Peggy Carter after she dies in her sleep.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: General Ho Yay magnetism aside:
    • In Agent Carter, Howard Stark tells Peggy: "I knew how much Steve meant to you, because I know how much he means to me." Basically equating himself with Steve's canon love interest.
    • During Civil War, Scott not only shakes his hand for an inordinate amount of time, but once he stops, he squishes Cap's arms with an appreciative "wow", reminiscent of Peggy's reaction after first seeing the results of the super-soldier treatment.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Sports a more modern haircut by The Winter Soldier, showing that he is beginning to adapt to the 21st Century.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: At first, after Steve takes the serum, he's banded about as a hero on stage and in film. Then he becomes the mask.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • His Martyr Without a Cause tendencies, to the point that he neglects the possibility of another option that protects both him and others. This is highlighted in The Avengers, when he calls Tony out for not being the kind of person who would lay down on a wire and let other people crawl over him and Tony quickly points out that he could simply cut the wire. Cap's response (accusing Tony of always having a way out) implies that this would never have occurred to him, despite being a valid option.
    • Being Married to the Job is highlighted in The Winter Soldier and directly called out in Age of Ultron. After 70 years on ice, losing everything he cared about and waking up in a world that no longer fits his ideals, Steve can only define himself through conflict and would be lost without it.
    • His Undying Loyalty to Bucky. A major part of the reason the conflict in Civil War escalates to such extreme levels is because he refuses to give up on his old pal. Chris Evans has even said Steve is somewhat biased and selfish when it comes to matters involving Bucky.
  • A Father to His Men: He holds the rank of Captain and is one of the co-leaders of the Avengers who cares for his comrades. In Civil War, after the anti-Accords Avengers who helped Rogers and Barnes escape gets imprisoned in the Raft for their loyalty to him, Steve returns the favor at the end by breaking them out. The knowing smile on Sam's face says he didn't expect anything less.
  • Female Gaze: In The First Avenger, there are some very nice shots of his bare chest post-serum, and Peggy Carter reaching out to touch it was not scripted. In The Avengers and The Winter Soldier, there are several shots of his rear.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Captain America is easily confused for a Badass Normal, but he isn't — given that he has a super serum that gives him the ability to be at the peak of human condition.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With both The Avengers and his friends from the war, especially Tony Stark.
  • First Love: To Peggy Carter, who eventually moved on while he was frozen and married someone else.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Most evident in The Avengers, where he's only just out of the ice and still catching up with the intervening pop culture. By Winter Soldier, Steve catches up with pop culture, but that doesn't change the fact that everyone he knew is either dead or, in Peggy's case, now decades older than him.
  • Foil:
    • To Tony Stark. Steve's an old-fashioned idealist who grew up poor and sickly, while Tony's a tech-savvy pragmatist who grew up in absurd wealth. For example, while both are shown to be dolls of the public (featured at big show events complete with dancing girls), Steve is visibly uncomfortable with the spotlight and would rather be on the front lines whereas Tony eats up the attention.
    • To Natasha Romanoff. She lies for a living and he can't tell a lie to save his life, but their partnership in The Winter Soldier shows that they're still both agents with issues adjusting to their current lives.
  • Folk Hero: Steve is this in the Marvel universe; he's a Living Legend with his own merchandise and even trading cards (as Coulson can attest). He seems taken aback by their existence in modern times and tours a Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian while soul searching in The Winter Soldier.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: With the exception of his old-fashioned costume-uniform in The Avengers, all his modern day clothes hug his body very tightly.

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  • Genius Bruiser: Steve has intelligence to complement his physical ability. He's an excellent tactician, learns quickly, and in one case is instantly able to determine that he is being deceived by picking out a distinct moment of a baseball game that he had attended within seconds. His artistic skills come into play as well, as he's able to memorize all of HYDRA's bases on a map of Europe after a glimpse. Later on, when he discovers the Winter Soldier's identity, he quickly deduces that whatever Zola did to Bucky helped him survive his fall. His knowledge of NYC also lets him use sidestreets and shortcuts to catch up with Kruger who's in a speeding vehicle — while he's on foot — and immediately come up with a plan to contain the invading Chitauri in The Avengers.
  • Gentle Giant: Post lab procedure he's a tall, muscled, teddy bear of a man.
  • The Good Captain: Gentle, heroic, and yes, he does hold the rank.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Despite being an idealist in a Grey and Gray Morality world, he's not naïve. He knows when to not trust certain people, and he can spot an ambush coming a mile away.
  • Good Is Not Soft: A nice and sweet man, who over two movies, has shot, stabbed, and exploded villains, thrown bad guys out of airborne aircraft, set them on fire, and hacked opponents' arms off.
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: But not obsolete, as Coulson points out in The Avengers. In an often cynical world, Captain America is the incarnation of Greatest Generation, the idealized men and woman who won WWII, essentially the Goodest of the Good. His antiquated mannerisms only reinforce this, giving Steve a higher moral authority than anyone else. After the attack in New York, when people are fearmongering and pointing fingers, a common citizen says on TV that all she knows is that Captain America saved her life. That's good enough to reassure her everything will be alright. When Steve goes on air to expose HYDRA as having taken over S.H.I.E.L.D., with nothing but his own words to back him up, the loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents all side with him.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: When the time comes, Steve has no problem pounding away with his fists.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Steve is the kind of person who swears when he needs to, and doesn't when he doesn't. He's not above using "damn" and "hell" to emphasize a point, but he conserves his usage of stronger language for when he really means it, and if he can get away with saying "Son of a gun" instead of "Son of a bitch," he will. This is delightfully played in Age of Ultron when he tells off Tony for shouting "Shit" in combat like a sweet-old schoolteacher ("Language!"). Afterwards, Tony just won't stop reminding everyone how dorky Steve is for refusing to use bad-language, but Steve later shows that if he feels the need to call someone a "son of a bitch," he'll do that, too.note 
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Peggy is quite the crack shot while Steve prefers to use only his shield when in combat. The only exception to this being his war days, where he was armed with an M1911 most of the time.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He fits this trope much better than 99% of all live-action blond-haired film protagonists. Steve is honestly noble, pure, selfless, and heroic; not to mention a total teddy-bear and sweetheart.
  • Has a Type: He's an Amazon Chaser.
  • The Heart: On the Avengers.
    Captain America: We have to put that behind us and get this done.
  • The Hero: A staple of the character. Of all the MCU protagonists introduced so far, Cap is the best example of the standard heroic archetype. The others are diverse anti-heroes.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.:
    • Hits one hard when he figures out that the figure he had been fighting, the Winter Soldier, is Bucky Barnes. He completely shuts down and allows himself to be caught.
    • He has another when Scarlet Witch uses her Mind Rape powers to incapacitate him that he has a nightmare that he's a living weapon made for war and does not know what to do next when the fighting stops, leading him (and Thor and Black Widow, who also had fallen victim) to go into a temporary catatonic state until he soon recovers the night later.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A Late-Arrival Spoiler if you see The Avengers, but he pilots Red Skull's ailing HYDRA jet to crash somewhere in the Arctic Circle in order to avert a catastrophe on the coast of the United States.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He's branded a traitor in The Winter Soldier, forcing him to go on the run. It's subverted in the end when he reveals that HYDRA is back, when he is instantly believed by the public. He comes back to this again in Civil War, due to his determination to protect Bucky from the world that's still pursuing him from the decades of terrorism he committed during his time as the Winter Soldier.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • With Bucky Barnes. Pre-serum, Bucky used to defend Steve from bullies; post-serum, Steve breaks into Nazi strongholds to rescue him. Really exemplified in The Winter Soldier, after learning that the eponymous character is his best friend.
      Captain: Even when I had nothing — I had Bucky.
    • He also quickly becomes this with Sam Wilson, who notes on two occasions that he's unsure why people are asking for his input on the situation at hand, since he's just going to side with Cap. It helps that they're both Shell-Shocked Veterans who share the mutual trauma of losing a close friend on the battlefield.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • It's only shown once (twice if you count deleted scenes), but Steve's also an artist, and both scenes of him drawing while brooding are post-serum — he didn't lose his taste for softer pleasures afterward.
    • The fact that he can date a particular baseball game he went to after only hearing a few snippets of the play-by-play also suggests he's a huge baseball fan. Since he grew up in the 1920s and 1930s, his home team would have been the Brooklyn Dodgers, who have since moved to Los Angeles. In Age of Ultron, he says his teammates are "not the '27 Yankees," referring to what is considered one of the best teams in the history of Major League Baseball.
    • As of The Winter Soldier, he apparently speaks French. Maybe he wanted to know what "fondue" means? He can also hotwire a car (useful skill behind the lines in Nazi Germany).
  • Honor Before Reason: More like he believes reason and honor are the same thing, and you can't have one without the other.
  • Hope Bringer: His greatest superpower: the ability to inspire courage and hope through his nobility and heroism.
  • Human Popsicle: Or "Capsicle", as Tony puts it. As in the source material, it's made clear that he only survived the process thanks to the serum - an ordinary human would've just died.
  • Humble Hero: It's why the serum worked so well on him and why Dr. Erskine chose him. Steve isn't proud or arrogant, he's just a man who wants to serve his country and do the right thing for the sake of doing it. The following exchange sums it up perfectly:
    Schmidt: What makes you so special?
    Capt. Steve Rogers: Nothing; I'm just a kid from Brooklyn.
  • Hunk: Post-serum, he becomes the tall, handsome, muscular form of the archetype.
  • Hurting Hero: Imagine waking up after a 70 year coma to find that everyone you loved and cared for has died of old age or is about to... except the best friend you thought you'd lost. He's spent the past seventy years as a brainwashed, tortured killing machine, courtesy of the organization you nearly died stopping. And you go on fighting.
    Sam: But seriously, you could do whatever you wanna do. What makes you happy?
    Steve:...I dunno.
  • Hypocrite:
    • As Ultron points out, he preaches peace and love, but deep down he needs war and conflict to feel whole. This causes problems in Civil War. Steve insists that the heroes are best suited to deciding when and where to intervene, believing that governments have agendas which might not be in the best interests of the people. The entire hero vs. hero conflict in fact boils down to Steve being the one who's unwilling to stop while Tony (though guilty of his own extremes) is trying to protect Steve from governments that are increasingly intolerant of the collateral damage he's causing. Though Steve's motives are pure, he'd rather fight than compromise.
    • Also when it comes to secrets. Both Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron show Steve doesn't like it when others keep secrets from him. However, Civil War reveals Steve has been keeping a secret from Tony: HYDRA was responsible for the death of his parents. Needless to say, Tony did not take the news well. He does admit he was wrong to do this in his letter and apologizes.
  • Ideal Hero: He had the core from the start; it's why he was chosen to be Captain America because the super serum would only enhance his overwhelmingly positive qualities. This becomes an Indecisive Deconstruction in later films, where Steve's idealism clashes with the pragmatism of the 21st century. Steve thinks in terms of black-and-white; even the slightest gray to him is immediately treated as black at the earliest opportunity. Whether this attitude is right or wrong is up for interpretation (in Civil War in particular), but Steve is trying as hard as he can to do good.
  • The Idealist: This is why he finds Tony's materialistic cynicism twice as grating as most people would. It also causes some conflict with Nick Fury on more than one occasion, due to Fury's cynical attitude and Manipulative Bastard tendencies.
  • Ill Boy: Before the serum, he had a long list of medical problems, which would have kept him out of the army under normal circumstances.
  • Immune to Drugs: He shrugs off alcohol and can survive exposure to a room full of poison gas so long as it's brief. He simply tells Wanda to draw it out telekinetically, then goes in and starts kicking ass with no ill effects. Ordinary soldiers, by contrast, start choking as soon as he yanks off their gas masks.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: His shield, which is made of Vibranium. Not even Thor's hammer can put a dent in said shield.
  • In a Single Bound: Well, he can't leap tall buildings, but he can make jumps no ordinary athlete could possibly do.
  • In Harm's Way:
    • By the time of The Winter Soldier, Steve doesn't know what to do with himself if he's not in the field fighting bad guys. The problem is, he doesn't know who the bad guys are anymore. A flabbergasted Natasha flat out asks Steve why he looks so happy after finding out that his Heroic Sacrifice was for nothing, and that everything he believed in was crashing around him. He just says, "I guess I like to know who I'm fighting." For better or worse, fighting the good fight has become who Steve is.
    • In Age of Ultron, his greatest fear is shown to be victory: he's terrified of being a soldier in a world that no longer needs soldiers, and can't imagine being anything but a soldier. Word of God says that Steve is "comfortable with [chaos]". He doesn't know how to deal with a world in relative peace, but chaos is something he can throw himself into.
    • In Civil War, he becomes a fugitive in his defense of Bucky, because no one but him and those steadfastly loyal to him believe that Bucky is innocent of the crimes he's been framed for. At the end of the film, he's still a fugitive, along with nearly half the Avengers and their allies.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness:
    • This is why the Super Serum was so effective; there's nothing bad in him to amplify, leaving only the good qualities.
    • This also comes into play throughout Civil War and previous modern-era films. Despite everything that has happened to him, he only fights to defend, and never goes more violent than necessary. Whether against friend like Tony, or an enemy like Ultron, he never thinks of revenge or being overly aggressive. However, he has been shown to be willing to lie or omit the truth if it suits his own purposes, as he did about the real cause of Howard and Maria Stark's deaths.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: To match his Hair of Gold. Steve is the epitome of kindness and goodness.
  • Insult of Endearment: Trades this with Bucky to highlight their powerful friendship.
  • Irony: A tall, muscular, blond, blue-eyed, ideal Aryan-Ubermensch fighting Nazis. It's double ironic when you consider that this "ideal Aryan Ubermensch" came from a sickly, physically unimpressive orphan — the exact type of human the Nazis would've deemed inferior. According to some interpretations, this is precisely the point.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Non-game example, relative to the his position and strengths/weaknesses on the Avengers:
    • He's physically stronger and faster than human Bruce Banner, Tony Stark out of the suit, and other humans, but Thor, Iron Man and Hulk out-rank him in raw damage output, speed and strength.
    • He is intelligent and quick-thinking, not brilliant on-par with Bruce or Tony or cunning like Black Widow, but enough to assess a situation and develop a good solution in the heat of battle. He is also more culturally-adapted than Thor.
    • His shield is also a great weapon capable of offense and defense, but it isn't as strong as Thor's hammer (though it can withstand it) or Hulk's fists, and he lacks the variety of weapons Clint, Natasha, and Tony have.
  • Jumped at the Call: He'll always answer the call to heroism, even if it initially means putting on a goofy outfit and doing a silly show about war bonds.
  • Jumping on a Grenade: Does this when Phillips throws a dud grenade. In The Avengers, it serves as the central theme of a "The Reason You Suck" Speech as Steve asserts that Tony Stark doesn't have the sense of self sacrifice it would take to lie on top of barbed wire while others crawled over him. Tony counters by saying he would simply cut the wire... but in the climax of that film, Tony does "lay down on the wire."
  • The Kirk: The best description of his leadership style. He'll always put lives first, but he maintains the rationale of a seasoned soldier, which enables him to make tough decisions, such as ordering Natasha to close the Tessaract portal with Tony still on the other side.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Whedon considers "the greatest jaw in [The Avengers]" the main reason why Chris Evans can play a superhero and he himself can't.
  • Large and in Charge: Of the original Avengers, the only one taller than him is Thor (and Nick Fury; and the Hulk, but not Banner). Helps him be The Leader.
  • The Leader: Overlaps all Types. He's level-headed but also inspiring and capable of pushing a plan through opposition.
    • He was one to the Howling Commandos back in WWII.
    • In the modern era as New York City is invaded by the Chitauri, he gives orders to the other Avengers on how to contain the attack and to the NYPD on how to protect the civilians. The Avengers — who, aside from established Platonic Life Partners Clint and Natasha and instant Science Bros Bruce and Tony, have been squabbling like children for the whole movie — shut up and do exactly as they are told without a word of argument. Tony even says, "Call it, Cap," conceding command of the situation to Steve in three syllables.
    • During Ultron's attack on South Korea, he's quick to give orders to the newly defected Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch to stop a derailed train and prevent civilian casualties.
  • Leitmotif: The Captain America March and its subtler variations, a modern-day Aaron Copland-esque theme that embodies the purity and patriotism that makes up Steven Grant Rogers. Also, The Star-Spangled Man has become a leitmotif for the legend of Captain America, used in-universe as the theme for the radio shows based on his adventures.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The serum made him much faster, much stronger and much tougher.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Bucky Barnes, who is probably the most important person in Steve's life. According to Bucky's actor, one of the main reasons why Bucky refuses to bite the bullet is because of how much it would hurt Steve. Steve himself is just about willing to do anything for Bucky, to the point that he'd (metaphorically) take a bullet for him, even if Bucky was the one behind the trigger.
  • Living Legend: By the 21st century he has trading cards. Tony Stark even refers to him as "a Living Legend that kind of lives up to the legend." It also serves as a parallel to the Winter Soldier's own Shrouded in Myth reputation. Most of the intelligence community doesn't believe he exists, but the ones who do are terrified of him and his reputation as an near-supernaturally skilled, covert and ruthless assassin established over five decades, contributing to modern-day paranoia. Compare that to Steve, who is known everywhere and helped inspire old-fashioned idealism due to his own heroic actions during World War II.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: A symbolic weapon for him, since he's more about defending the innocent than punishing the guilty. He often uses it for a Shield Bash and a throw against his foes.

    M-R 
  • Magnetic Hero: In both Winter Soldier and Civil War he has recruited people to his cause on the strength of 'Captain America needs your help'.
  • Married to the Job: Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, the latter moreso than the former, explore the idea that Steve can no longer see any role for himself except as a fighter after being frozen. He admits to Sam that he wouldn't know what to do with himself if he stopped, and a nightmare induced by Scarlet Witch shows him having nothing to do but share the dance he missed with Peggy. When the original Avengers disband at the end of Age of Ultron, Steve sticks around to lead the new recruits, telling Tony that he thinks of it as home.
  • Martial Pacifist: As the embodiment of freedom and justice, Captain America tries to let his enemies live when possible. However, unlike most superheroes, he is a soldier and kills when necessary, nor will he interfere if his more morally ambiguous teammates decide that somebody must die.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Steve has the tendency (left over from his skinny and sickly days) to consider his own life expendable, and risk it without considering another solution first. Best emphasized in The Avengers.
    Steve: You're not the guy to make the sacrifice play, to lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over you.
    Tony: I think I would just cut the wire.
  • Messianic Archetype: Born of humble origins, sacrificed himself for the good of the world, and returned in our Darkest Hour.
  • Military Superhero: He joined the American military as Captain America, the super soldier.
  • Moment of Weakness: Ninety percent of the time, Steve dislikes keeping secrets and won't hesitate to jump on a grenade for you (literally). The one time he does keep a secret for personal reasons, it blows up in his face. He knew HYDRA had Tony's parents killed and convinced himself telling Tony wouldn't fix anything. As he admits, he was really sparing himself - he knew that they'd most likely used Bucky to do it.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Fun fact: the pre-super-serum Steve Rogers was the CGI one. Chris Evans earned those abs to make that Shirtless Scene work. While it isn't quite a case of the Hello, Nurse! trope, women in-universe definitely notice Steve/Cap.
    • Why does Steve ditch his jacket right before the helicopter scene in Civil War? Because the directors insisted Chris Evans do that scene with exposed biceps.
  • Muscle Angst: Until he becomes a Super Soldier, he's insecure about his scrawniness, unable to believe he has anything to offer the world.
  • Nerves of Steel: No-one is braver than Captain America, not a man in Powered Armor, nor a green humanoid beast who can punch through mountains, or even a thunder god, and hence it is he, a mere mortal in comparison, who leads the Avengers. Best of all? He was already this brave when he was still a ninety-pound asthmatic weakling.
  • Never Gets Drunk: A side effect of the serum's effects on his body, mentioning that his metabolism burns through it too fast. He tries to drown his sorrows only to find out it won't work.
  • Nice Guy: He's not just 'nice', he's the paragon of traditional American virtue.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Steve finds out in Winter Soldier that Howard and Maria Stark were killed by HYDRA and, as discovered in Civil War by Bucky himself. While Steve only suspected the fact that HYDRA used Bucky do it, the fact is that Steve knew how Tony's parents died for about two years and never told him. Sure enough, Tony eventually learns the truth in the worst way possible, goes ballistic, and tries to murder Bucky right there and then, which demolishes their friendship.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: When he rescues prisoners of war from HYDRA, and refuses to leave any civilians on the floating Sokovian city.
  • Now, Let Me Carry You: Pre-serum, Bucky always protected Steve from bullies. Post-serum, Steve protected Bucky by getting him out of the HYDRA facility where he'd been captured.
  • Odd Friendship: With Natasha Romanoff by The Winter Soldier. He's a straightforward soldier and she's a chameleon-like spy.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Atypically, not upperclass, but a common man of the people. He is, however, certainly a gentleman and most assuredly an officer, although he doesn't have the formal education or officer training.
  • One-Man Army: Ten highly-trained agents ambush him at close-quarters. They have tazers, he can't use his shield. Exactly one minute later, they're unconscious on the floor and Steve is barely winded.
  • One True Love: Believes in this to an extent. Part of why Steve was so nervous and awkward around women is because he, unlike Bucky, was not the type to have short flings — rather, he was waiting for, as he put it, "the right partner". He thought he found that with Peggy Carter, but fate had other plans. Though he was denied that future, it's possible he might have a second chance with Peggy's grandniece, Sharon.
  • Painful Transformation: During Project Rebirth, he has the serum and Vita-Rays pumped through his body — about halfway through the procedure it becomes a lot more intense and he is heard screaming from within the pod. The scientists immediately get up to shut down the machine — but Steve yells at them to keep going despite the pain. Fortunately, it pays off.
  • The Paragon: Steve is such an ideal of heroism and justice that when he outs HYDRA's presence within S.H.I.E.L.D., everyone who isn't a HYDRA agent immediately takes action against the villains. No one doubts Steve's word for a second. Deconstructed in Civil War, where Steve is shown going to questionable extremes to protect Bucky, which plays a major role in ripping the Avengers apart.
  • Parental Abandonment: His father died of mustard gas in the first World War, while Rogers would've still been a baby. His mother was a nurse for patients with tuberculosis, caught it herself, and died when her son was a young adult.
  • Parental Favoritism: He's not Howard Stark's biological son or even related to him, but Steve meant a great deal to the man who would father Tony Stark. Tony in turn would eventually come to resent Steve; according to Robert Downey, Jr., Steve is "the brother Tony could never live up to." To make things worse, Steve is ostensibly oblivious to this dynamic, given that he was frozen at the time.
    Tony: Oh, really? You two knew each other? He never mentioned that. Only a thousand times. God, I hated you...
  • Patriotic Fervor: Played with considerable nuance. While Steve does love the American Way and is willing to protect his fellow Americans, he's not the jingoistic type who's in it to kill Nazis or force his patriotism down everyone's throat. This means that he's not an example of My Country, Right or Wrong the trope, but rather the original quote; "My Country, Right or Wrong. If Right, to be kept Right, if Wrong, to be set Right."note  This is best demonstrated in his second film, where Steve is happy to fight for virtues like freedom and human life, but is not so keen about over-policing and Realpolitik.
  • Personality Powers: The Super Soldier Serum "...amplifies everything inside. Good becomes great. Bad becomes worse." While Schmidt's megalomania escalated to full-on world domination, Steve is basically the same Bully Hunter as before, only now he can kick the bullies' asses.
  • Platonic Life Partners: He becomes this with Black Widow during The Winter Soldier. They open up emotionally to each other and end up as close friends.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: A side effect from being frozen in the Arctic for nearly seventy years. Except when talking about flying monkeys, he has no idea what anyone's talking about in The Avengers. He's taking steps to mend this problem in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He has a bucket list that he apparently takes everywhere and updates as needed, and when Natasha makes a WarGames joke, he cuts off her explanation with, "I've seen it."
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Due to his advanced skill and split-second timing, Steve can always bounce his shield so it comes back to him.
    Spider-Man: That thing does not obey the laws of physics at all!
  • Preemptive "Shut Up": He does this to a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who tries to keep him, Hawkeye, and Black Widow from stealing a jet to pilot to New York.
    Steve: Son, just don't.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Invoked by the guys designing his costume. He's a PR guy selling war bonds so the colors are important to connect with the in-universe audience. Steve keeps the color scheme even after switching to more practical gear, admitting to Bucky that it's at least partly grown on him.
  • The Protagonist: Of his own trilogy, but one of two main contenders for this for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole, the other being Iron Man. Steve is chronologically the first superhero in the MCU, and his films are arguably more critical to the MCU as a whole than those of the other Avengers. In addition, he serves as The Leader in both Avengers films, and had slightly more screen time than Tony Stark, his main rival for the title, before Spider-Man: Homecoming.
  • Rated M for Manly: Action Hero soldier fighting in wars and doing missions for the MIB.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Thanks to his 70-year slumber, Cap is technically the oldest of the Avengers (not counting Thor, who's a centuries-old Asgardian), but was physically the youngest until Scarlet Witch joined.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Although his comic incarnation is the son of Irish Catholic immigrants, his dog tags mark him as a Protestant. The appearance of Thor invites Cap to express his Christian monotheism.
    Black Widow: These people come from legend. They're basically gods.
    Steve: There's only one God, ma'am, and I'm pretty sure He doesn't dress like that.
  • Religious Bruiser: Ultron mockingly calls him "God's righteous man, pretending that he can live without a war."
  • Required Secondary Powers: Steve would not be able to use his shield as effectively if not for his super-strength. As seen when Bucky tries to use it against a HYDRA trooper, the shield may be able to absorb the blast, but the recoil still sends him flying. Additionally, a lot of his ricochet throws and other tricks would require lightning-fast geometry skills and a heightened sense of anticipation and hand-eye coordination.
  • Retired Badass: Based on Word of God, when he left his shield behind in Civil War, it symbolizes that he gives up being Captain America.
  • Returning War Vet: Leading Commando units in WWII preps you for leading superheroes against invading alien hordes.

    S-Y 
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: When the situation calls for it he will ignore orders to do what he thinks is the best course of action. But he still honors those rules: when he returns from singlehandedly rescuing the POWs, the very first thing he does is submit himself for disciplinary action. The fact he doesn't turn himself in at the end of Civil War shows you how serious the situation is.
  • Secret Keeper: By the end of The Winter Soldier, he is one of the few who know that Nick Fury is still alive.
  • Seen It All: After being asleep for seventy years and, before that, everything he saw on the front-lines, he thinks he has. In a conversation with Nick Fury, Fury bets him ten bucks that he'd prove him wrong. Cap then witnesses an entire aircraft carrier sprout propellers and take to the skies. Fury wins the bet.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Emphasized in The Winter Soldier. Even before waking up seventy years in the future, Steve spent years fighting on the front lines of World War II and has never had a real opportunity to decompress. One interpretation of his hallucination in Age of Ultron is the fear that he'll never be able to leave the war behind him.
  • Sherlock Scan: He first shows this in the epilogue of The First Avenger where he quickly deduces that the reality of "40s New York" is a simulation and that he's out of his time. By The Winter Soldier he's shown to easily survey his surroundings for any tactical threats, even in a seemingly safe environment, such as a S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ elevator.
  • Shipper on Deck: He gently but bluntly encourages Banner to try for a relationship with Natasha, knowing how much it hurts to wait too long and miss your chance altogether.
  • Signature Move: As always, throwing his shield. He also likes to use a forward push kick to knock bad guys across the room.
  • Significant Birth Date: According to his army enlistment form, his birthday is July 4, 1918.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: A key character point about Captain America is his firm idealism — he not only has ideals, he represents them. However, they are a product of a war that threw them away even before it was over and a time that was much less informed and cynical about the realities of warfare. He often wonders if the ideals he grew up with mean anything in today's world, or if they ever meant anything even in the old days.
  • Small Steps Hero:
    • Attempts to rescue a boy held at gunpoint by a Nazi spy and is willing to let the spy shoot him. (The spy is out of bullets.) Then he tries to rescue the drowning boy at the risk of letting a Nazi escape with the Super Serum. (Luckily, the boy can swim.)
    • Saves 400 POWs, risking the life of the USA's only Super Soldier and the USO's Fake Ultimate Hero.
    • In The Avengers, he makes sure to rescue a bank full of innocent civilians during the Chitauri invasion.
    • In The Winter Soldier, he learns that HYDRA-infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D and says it needs to be completely dismantled. Both Nick Fury and the later Senate subcommittee protest, since it's America's best intelligence network note .
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, he is adamant about saving all the Sokovian civilians on the floating island before stopping Ultron despite the fate of all humanity being on the line. He succeeds.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero:
    • Even after he gets serum'ed, he has no idea what "fondue" is and thinks it's a sex metaphor. It gets even worse when he wakes up in the present and can't understand most pop-culture references.
    • By Winter Soldier, he's acclimatised somewhat and generally acts more comfortable in his own skin, going out of his way to befriend Sam and casually flirt with Sharon.
  • Spy Catsuit: His stealth suit in The Winter Soldier is quite tight and darker than his other uniforms. His Captain America suit in The Avengers is noticeably skintight as well. It's even lampshaded by Loki, of all people.
    Loki: The costume is a bit much, so tight...
  • Static Character: In all three films, Steve remains roughly the same person he was in Brooklyn in 1941, but this is the whole point. Steve is a good, moral person who doesn't alter his morals when they're inconvenient, abandon them if it means dying for them, or compromise them because the world is gray. In fact, in The Winter Soldier, Steve is the character that causes everyone else's Character Development, because he doesn't accept the lies they're telling themselves and others. Word of God states: "...like we've always said, 'He's our Gary Cooper' and the world shifts to him and it's his job to tell everybody 'Here's how we ought to be doing this'..."
  • The Stoic: Cap is mostly understated in speech (though not opposed to smiling), as Chris Evans is making a deliberate effort not to go over-the-top. He visibly hams it up more as "Loki playing Cap".
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: After fighting in World War II, something as normal as a soft bed seems strange to Steve. And that's before you get into the seventy years' worth of culture shock.
  • The Strategist: Able to instantaneously formulate ironclad attack patterns, formations and strategies based on split-second assessment of the situation compared to the abilities of the warriors under his command. Had he not been present, the Chitauri would have ripped every innocent civilian in Manhattan to pieces, the Avengers too scattered and disorganized to protect them.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: His strength may vary between being weaker than Spider-Man, to being almost as strong as Iron Man, Loki and Ultron. Actually a Justified Trope as he was said to have been holding back against Spider-Man.
  • Strong and Skilled:
    • He's a Super Soldier imbued with superhuman physiology and mastery of several martial arts to go with it.
    • This is best shown in his fight with Tony in Civil War. Even though the Iron Man suit should be well above him in raw power, Cap's mastery of combat gives him an edge, with FRIDAY noting that they can't beat him in hand-to-hand.
  • Stunned Silence: He can only look on in disbelief when he sees that the Winter Soldier is his long-thought dead best friend, Bucky Barnes.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: He is shown using firearms in The First Avenger and The Avengers.
  • Super Hero Origin: The First Avenger shows that he was once an ordinary soldier who was weaker than average, but was chosen to be the test subject for a Super Serum due to having a great heart. He'd go on to become the Super Soldier known as Captain America and the Allied forces secret weapon against the Nazis.
  • Super Powered Robot Meter Maid: Before he set off on his own and began leading the Howling Commandos, Steve's main duty was to appear in corny benefit shows and filmstrips promoting war bonds, rather than engage in any sort of active combat; although he begins to find the work satisfying after a while, he's quickly laughed off the stage by real soldiers while on a USO tour in Italy, and becomes ashamed of himself when he realizes that he's failing to live up to Erskine's hopes.
  • Super Reflexes: At least as important to his fighting as the strength, especially since they let him do his signature feats with his shield.
  • Super Soldier: Possibly the Trope Codifier. The serum made him taller, tougher, and stronger than other humans. Tony Stark is not impressed because he sees it as just Playing with Syringes, apparently unaware that the serum only worked because of Steve's genuinely kind personality.
  • Super Speed: Downplayed, like most of his superpowers. He's not the Flash, but he does have a steady run speed of twenty-six miles per hour, which he could maintain for at least half an hour. For reference, Usain Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, only managed 27.79 mph in a hundred-metre sprint, and thirteen miles per hour is considered extremely fast for a several-mile run.
  • Super Strength: He can hit far harder than a normal human being, and can barge through thin concrete without slowing down. He's strong enough to lift and throw a (moving) motorcycle at a Hydra jeep and tosses Ultron's second form through a concrete pillar in AOU. In Civil War, he's able to keep a helicopter from taking off by pulling it (though it's clearly difficult), and can fight Iron Man on nearly equal terms (Iron Man's weapons and A.I. assistance provide an edge Steve can't overcome by himself).
  • Super Toughness:
    • He can take punches from Loki, Ultron, or Iron Man and keep going, and getting shot with a Chitauri weapon is only a non-fatal wound. His armored costumes make him even more durable.
    • In Winter Soldier, he takes a grenade blast to the shield and is sent flying off an overpass and into a moving bus, which then crashes and overturns. All this does is knock him out for a minute or two, after which he gets right back up and fights another super-soldier to a standstill.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He doesn't like Tony Stark at all at first, and while they start to get along as the movies go on, it ends up going horribly wrong when Captain America: Civil War comes around. Albeit at the end, he apologizes to Tony for his role in the breakdown of their relationship and insists that if Tony calls him, he will be ready to serve the Avengers alongside him again.
  • Time Passage Beard: He grows a beard during his exile between Civil War and Infinity War.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: If he can't reach you with his arm, expect his shield to pay you a visit in the near future.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Steve will always choose good over lawful, and is willing to disobey his superiors or quit if faced with this kind of choice. In the first film, his superiors are generally good people whom Steve disagrees with, thus he submits himself for disciplinary action after disobeying orders (in Real Life, this is considered the duty of a soldier with moral objections). In the second film, it's his superiors that turn against him, leaving Cap with no choice but to fight back. In the third film, he rejects the Sokovia Accords and only comes close to signing them after his attempt to protect Bucky leads to a protracted and destructive freeway chase, but ultimately rejects signing completely and becomes a fugitive.
  • Token Super: He was this to the Howling Commandos in Captain America: The First Avenger, being the only Super Soldier in a team of normal military soldiers. Averted later on when Cap joins the Avengers which was a Super Team full of fellow superheroes.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • This was essentially what his entire film was about — going from a scrawny Brooklyn boy to the ultimate soldier and still a Nice Guy by the end of it, which was why he was chosen. He takes another one before his second film, as he discovers the full extent of his powers and uses them more efficiently.
    • This also extends to his fighting style as well. In his first film and Avengers, Cap is more of a boxer/brawler than anything, and relies heavily on his combatives training and his own ingenuity. By Winter Soldier, he's trained in a variety of modern styles and techniques.
  • Transhuman: Strong enough to fight Loki one-on-one and fast enough to run thirteen miles in half an hour (and that's his morning jog, after which he's barely winded), due to the Super Soldier Serum.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his best friend Bucky, a sentiment that is clearly returned. Exemplified at the end of The Winter Soldier, where Cap drops his iconic shield into the Potomac below and resolutely tells Bucky he won't fight him, even after Bucky starts beating the crap out of him. The end of movie even has him and Sam go searching for Bucky instead of helping Fury in taking down the rest of the remnants of HYDRA. Unfortunately, this becomes a problem in Civil War, where other Avengers — especially Tony — want to hand Bucky over to the government since he is a deadly assassin — brainwashing or no brainwashing.
  • Unobtanium: His shield is composed of the only sample of Vibranium ever found by / given to Howard Stark.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension:
    • The First Avenger was unclear as to whether or not he and Peggy ever became a full-on couple, but this was definitely there early on. Unfortunately, any future they had together was gone when Steve crashed the Valkyrie into the sea, frozen and presumed dead.
    • Civil War makes it clear that there is definitely something there between him and Sharon. Noticeably, Steve had tried to ask her out in The Winter Soldier when she was just his neighbor, before he even knew she was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent (let alone related to Peggy), suggesting that the attraction was always there and learning more about Sharon had only prompted Steve to finally act on it. After they kiss, Steve even remarks that it was "late," lending credence to the idea that he's wanted to do that for a while now.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • He and Bucky are lifelong friends who trade insults as farewells and snark at each other mid-mission.
    • After some initial tension, he and Tony arrive at something like this - but it ends up falling apart in Civil War.
  • Warrior Poet: The most thoughtful and introspective of the Avengers, and quite a talented artist before his induction into superheroism.
  • Weapon of Choice: His famous vibranium shield and a Colt M1911A1.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: He's a bit younger than he looks, but his experience as a soldier allows him to see the best way to handle any battlefield situation, and in trying times makes him the greatest and most competent field leader to serve under, age be damned.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • In The Avengers, he's only recently "defrosted" and isn't at his best physically or mentally. Black Widow outright says he's "all over the place" during his scuffle with Loki.
    • In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony informs Peter that he only did so well against Captain America at the end of Civil War because he was deliberately holding back in order to avoid hurting him.
  • World's Best Warrior: Captain America is generally the best hand-to-hand physical combatant of all superhumans, the most experienced and versatile. He has held his own against Red Skull's HYDRA with their super-weapons, against the Chitauri, against the Winter Soldier, Neo-HYDRA, Ultron Robots, and against Tony Stark's faction in the Civil War, including the even more powerful and versatile Spider-Man, and with Bucky's help was able to defeat Iron Man in combat.
    Steve: Those hostages could have died, Nick.
    Nick Fury: I sent the greatest soldier in history to make sure that didn't happen.
  • You Are Not Alone: According to the screenwriters for all three films, Cap originally joined Project Rebirth expecting to be just one in an army of super soldiers. When he turned out to be the only one during WWII, having the weight of the world on his shoulders made him very uncomfortable (not that you can tell from his actions). By the time of the present day, he's actually happy to have allies as strange and extraordinary as he is.
  • You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: Downplayed but he's noticeably less effective without his shield. When separated from it in Siberia, he's only able to hold Tony down for about five seconds before Iron Man turns the tides and begins beating the snot out of him.
  • Young and In Charge:
    • The (physically) youngest member on The Team. His strength of character and his battlefield experience, however, make him the best fit for command. This is made something of an amusing twist on the comics, as he's typically the Big Brother Mentor or Team Dad of the Avengers, and the larger Marvel Universe itself; here, half the original team are played by actors over a decade older than his.
    • The best example is the first time the Avengers assemble as a team in the middle of a Chitauri-overrun New York; the discussion over who's in charge amounts to Iron Man asking Cap to tell them the plan, Cap issuing his orders, and nobody arguing with him. What's most impressive is that he makes the Hulk — who, not too long ago, was trying to splatter Black Widow and Thor on the helicarrier — follow him with a few words:
      Cap: And Hulk?
      [Hulk immediately looks at him]
      Cap: Smash.
      [Hulk smirks with pleasure, and proceeds to do just that]
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