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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.