The man who never misses.
Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot, is a DC Comics
character who started out as a member of Batman
's Rogues Gallery, but is more often associated with the Suicide Squad
and Secret Six
He first appeared in Batman
#50 in 1949
as a criminal who pretended to be a hero
that specialized in non-lethally disarming crooks.
In reality, he was eliminating the competition and trying to discredit Batman in the process. After a lengthy prison stay, he returned with a new Marshall Rogers
designed look as a costumed assassin with wrist-mounted guns and a grudge against Batman. In The Eighties
, he was one of the first recruits for the Super-Villain Suicide Squad
, and stayed with the group voluntarily as one of the few members who was legitimately suicidal.
Floyd Lawton grew up with a messed-up family. His father was abusive
towards his mother, who talked his older brother Ed
into shooting him for her. Floyd wanted to save his brother from being a murderer
, so he took a rifle up a tree and tried to shoot his father first. However, the branch he was sitting on broke, and he shot his brother instead
. One way or another, he ends up in one villainous team or another, and usually acts as the marksman, due to his highly Improbable Aiming Skills
Although a villain at times, Deadshot is portrayed as just
fitting into the Anti-Hero
category, as was the case with his solo series. It is established that he has a daughter, Zoe, and he attempts to clean up the neighbourhood where she and her mother lived, which was at the centre of a three-way gang war. It actually works out for a while, with Floyd living a family life. Of course, Green Arrow
shows up, and tries to capture Deadshot, but not before the locals give Green Arrow a What the Hell, Hero?
speech over him trying to arrest a man who was protecting them when he didn't. Eventually, Floyd decides to leave to protect his family, but not before making Green Arrow promise to protect the area more. From then on, Deadshot would give the money from his contracts to his family.
If there's DC media that needs a Dragon who uses a gun
, or some guy with Improbable Aiming Skills
, he'll likely be that character. His more notable appearances to date have been:
- Batman - Where Deadshot debuted.
- Deadshot - His two solo series.
- Secret Six - Focusing on the adventures of a "family" of villains, with Deadshot as one of the main characters. Cancelled with the New 52 and replaced by...
- Suicide Squad - Multiple series that revolve around a changing roster of villains who work for the government. Deadshot is on most incarnations of the team. As of the New 52, Floyd is the team's field leader.
- Arrow - Deadshot appears as a recurring villain.
- Smallville - Floyd acts as a hired gun in his debut episode before going on to join the Suicide Squad.
Tropes applying to Deadshot:
- Anti-Hero: On his good days. He once cleaned his daughter's neighbourhood. When Green Arrow came looking for him, the locals actually openly defended him and told Ollie to get lost.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Knows that bulletproof skin doesn't necessarily mean bulletproof eyes.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Deadshot. Just say it.
- Ax-Crazy: Has had his moments of this.
- Badass Normal: Has no superpowers to assist his aiming.
- Badass Longcoat: Used to sport one before switching to a bodysuit. Then wore it over his bodysuit, before ditching it entirely.
- Badass Mustache: Before the New52. He grew it back after a while, but shaved it again.
- Battle Couple: With Harley, on-and-off. Seems to finally be permanently off due to Harley's actions during Forever Evil.
- Berserk Button: Mentioning his late son will get you a pistol-broken jaw at least.
- Big Brother Worship: Towards Ed.
- Big Brother Substitute: Rick Flag and maybe Batman.
- Breakout Character: Easily the most popular member of the Suicide Squad, a very popular member of the Secret Six and...
- Coat, Hat, Mask: His original costume.
- Combat Pragmatist: Anyone who expects a fair fight from him is either an idiot or knows absolutely nothing about him, and they're not going to live very long either way.
- Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Averted. Both his live-action appearances kept his codename. Probably because it just sounds cool, and calling him Floyd wouldn't do him any favours.
- Cool Mask: Wears a white/silver cloth/metallic mask which contains a scope to assist his aiming.
- Chest Insignia: A target. In contrast to Batman, who uses the armored bat-symbol to draw fire away from his vulnerable points, Floyd leaves the "bull's eye" unprotected because he wants people to shoot him.
- Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: Marine Herrs, a Suicide Squad staff psychologist, falls in love with Deadshot.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Expanded on in the 1988 miniseries. It's a doozy.
- Death Seeker: Inverted. He doesn't go looking for death, he just doesn't care altogether.
- The Fatalist: He's not going to beg to live longer. He just figures if someone can kill him, they can kill him.
- Depending on the Artist: His mask. Is it metal or fabric?
- Depending on the Writer: The distinction between wanting to die and not caring whether he lives or dies isn't always acknowledged. He was noticeably disappointed when David Cain failed to kill him.
- Embarrassing First Name: Even Harley Quinn finds it strange that the "world's greatest marksman" is called Floyd.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His older brother Ed* , His ex-wife Susan, their son, Eddie* , his daughter, Zoe, her mother, and the Secret Six.
- Evil Counterpart: Is frequently portrayed as Green Arrow's.
- Started as one for Batman. He even grew up with Bruce Wayne.
- Evil Matriarch: His father was no prize, but Lawton's mother was the one who hired a child molester to kidnap her grandson to force Floyd to kill his father.
- Flamethrower Backfire: In the second mini-series, Dead-shot defeats Firebug by shooting the arsonist through the wings of his costume, which he uses to store the fuel for his flamethrowers. Firebug goes up in a fireball.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Lawton doesn't worry about lung cancer, since he's not expecting to live that long.
- Guns and Gunplay Tropes: Uses almost all of them.
- Guns Akimbo: His wrist mounted guns, or just two pistols.
- The Gunslinger: Deadshot is an evil version.
- Hired Gun: His main source of income.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: The master of this in the DC Universe (in regards to guns, at least).
- Kill Me Now or Forever Stay Your Hand: Doesn't actually want to kill Batman, and Bats finally calls him on the fact that he always "pulls his shots" by hesitating or trying a Trick Shot.
- Lack of Empathy: He likes to come across as completely heartless, and he's certainly less caring than most people.
Catman: If you were driving and you saw a little girl lying in the street, would you stop and help her?
Deadshot: Well I wouldn't go out of my way to run her over at least.
- Morality Pet: His daughter Zoe. Her mother, kinda. He supports them financially, and is very against his daughter seeing violence.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Would you pick a fight with a guy called Deadshot?
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivered multiple ones to a gang of neo-Nazi thugs in one issue of Secret Six after he foiled their robbery, humiliated them, and left one of them without an eye. They evidently didn't learn that continuing to fuck with the guy who thoroughly put them in their place was an incredibly stupid idea.
- Not So Different: Lawton and Rick Flag.
- Only in It for the Money: He's not really sadistic or anything, he just wants money.
- Porn Stache: It's even been called this, and he's specifically mentioned that people have said less-than-flattering things about it.
- Shoot the Dog: Does things that are too immoral, suicidal or both for his teammates.
- Straw Nihilist: Some portrayals of him verge on this.
- Super Wrist Gadget: His trademark weapons, which are automatic and silenced.
- Talk To The Gun: Agrees with Tuco that "if you're gonna shoot, shoot. Don't talk."
- Ten Paces And Turn: Will shoot you In the Back before you get three paces.
- The Dragon: Usually to The Penguin.
- The Rival: Deathstroke.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The very violent kind, with Catman.
- Villainous Breakdown: The most notable one, in Suicide Squad #22,, ended with him killing a U.S. Senator in front of a crowd of police, then firing at them.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Suggests this on almost every Suicide Squad mission. Even when it's not an assassination.
- You Should Have Died Instead: His parents' attitude.