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
Floyd Lawton grew up with a messed-up family. His father was abusive
to him and his brother, and thus, one day, little Floyd decided to kill him. 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.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Deadshot. Just say it.
- 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.
- Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Averted. Both his live-action appearances kept his codename.
- Cool Mask: Wears a white/silver cloth/metallic mask which contains a scope to assist his aiming.
- 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' greatest marksman" is called Floyd.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Zoe, her mother, and the Secret Six.
- Evil Counterpart: Is frequently portrayed as Green Arrow's.
- Flamethrower Backfire: In the second mini-series, Deadshot 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.
- 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).
- 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?
- Only in It for the Money: He's not really sadistic or anything, he just wants money.
- Super Wrist Gadget: His trademark weapons, which are automatic and silenced.