[[caption-width-right:244:So wait, who's Falcon and who's Redwing again?]]

Samuel Thomas "Sam" Wilson also known as The Falcon is a Creator/MarvelComics superhero introduced in ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' #117 (September 1969). Born and raised in Harlem, UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}}, Sam was originally written as a social worker who joined up with Captain America. Later, the story was that while he was initially a happy child and quite fond of birds, as a teen, his experiences with racism and [[ParentalAbandonment his parents' deaths]] made him bitter, jaded and angry. Leaving his past behind him, he becomes [[{{Retcon}} "Snap" Wilson, a professional criminal, gang member, and pimp]].

While traveling to [[{{UsefulNotes/Brazil}} Rio de Janeiro]], he purchases a pet falcon and names it Redwing. Attempting to hijack a plane filled with laundered money, Snap crashed it into the Isle of Exiles. Snap and Redwing are found by the RedSkull. Red Skull uses the Cosmic Cube [[{{Retcon}} to alter Snap's memory, from being a criminal and pimp to social worker]]. The cube also gives him an empathic link with Redwing, giving him an ability to communicate with him telepathically and see though his pet's eyes. This ability will eventually be trained to work with any bird that is near him.

After these events, Sam meets [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] who encourages to stand against the Red Skull's evil. After extensive gymnastics and hand-to-hand combat training by Captain America, Sam Wilson dubbed himself the Falcon. With Cap and Redwing, Falcon defeated the Red Skull and would return with them to Harlem. While working as a social worker, Falcon continued being a hero, protecting his neighborhood from crime. Eventually, he formed a long time partnership with Captain America and received a specialized winged-harness that allows him to fly from the ComicBook/BlackPanther.

Falcon and Redwing would go to become members of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Super Agents, [[Comicbook/TheAvengers the Avengers]], [[Comicbook/TheDefenders the Defenders]], and the Heroes for Hire. Initially appearing alongside Captain America in ''Captain America and The Falcon'', Sam would star in his own limited series, ''The Falcon'', in 1983. He was invited to rejoin the Avengers during MarvelNOW.

In 2014, Sam Wilson became a [[LegacyCharacter replacement]] ComicBook/CaptainAmerica after Steve Rogers lost his powers.

Also in 2014, a new version of the character entered the MarvelCinematicUniverse in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', portrayed by Creator/AnthonyMackie. The Cinematic Universe Falcon has yet another completely different origin: as an Afghanistan War veteran turned PTSD counsellor, who flies using a one-man powered wingsuit that he used during his military service and subsequently "liberated".

* ''Captain America and The Falcon Vol. 1'' (1971)
* ''Falcon'' (1983)
* ''Captain America and the Falcon Vol. 2'' (2004)
* ''All-New Captain America'' (2014)
* ''All-New Captain America: Fear Him'' Infinite Comic (2014)
* ''Captain America and the Mighty Avengers'' (2014)

* ''Anime/MarvelDiskWarsTheAvengers''

* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''
* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''

* ''TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand''
* ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''

!!Tropes associated with The Falcon include:

* AffirmativeActionLegacy: [[https://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/tv-news/marvel-comes-to--the-colbert-report--to-announce-a-new-captain-america-sam-wilson-071950016.html Sam will be]] [[StatusQuoIsGod temporarily]] replacing Steve Rogers as ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.
* AnimalEyeSpy
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing
* AngryBlackMan: Mainly before he became a hero. He can occasionally channel this vibe nowadays, but it's not really anger so much as it's exasperation with Steve's or Bucky's or Ian's antics, or having to educate someone about African-American history.
* BadassNormal
* BigBrotherMentor: To Bucky Cap.
* BlackBestFriend: To the first Captain America.
* BuildingSwing: This was originally how The Falcon got around with a glove with a built in grappling hook launcher. This was discontinued when he got his flying wing harness.
* TheCape
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: His psychic connection to birds is his only inherent superpower. His ability to fly (which he uses much more frequently in combat) is from the winged harness in his suit.
* ColorCharacter: Notably averted. Falcon was the first black hero not to have "Black" in his name.
* FakeMemories: Due to the effects of the Cosmic Cube. For the longest time, no one was sure if the actual Fake Memories were of Sam's family or of Sam's time as the pimp "Snap" Wilson. ''All-New Captain America'' #3 ultimately chooses the "Snap" Wilson memories as the fake ones, with Sam saying that they were lies the Red Skull concocted to discredit him.
* {{Fanboy}}: To Isaiah Bradley, the very first (in-universe chronologically) African-American superhero who becomes Captain America. Sam is among several African-American heroes, along with [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]], Goliath (Bill Foster), [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Monica Rambeau]], and Triathlon; who are gleefully surprised when Isaiah arrives as a special guest at the wedding of ComicBook/{{Storm}} and ComicBook/BlackPanther.
* FeatherFlechettes: Has this ability in ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperheroSquadShow'', ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' and ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' but hasn't as of yet been able to do this in the comics.
* HardLight: The Falcon's Wakandan-made costume has hard light wings.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: One would think being able to talk to birds would be a useless power, until you remember that basically means he has a massive spy network ''everywhere''. It's been said that his birds make for a better information source than NickFury's spies. After all, who pays attention to whether there's a ''bird'' nearby?
* HyperCompetentSidekick: In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', The Falcon manages to hold his own very competently in many situations that gave CaptainAmerica and BlackWidow trouble and is never once a burden to the situation, many of which he wasn't trained for, although it can go almost unnoticed because he's OverShadowedByAwesome.
* JiveTurkey: Subverted and played for laughs after the Falcon is more or less forced to join the Avengers by Henry Gyrich (who wanted to make it more ethnically diverse), he speaks this way on purpose to annoy him.
* IBelieveICanFly
* LegacyCharacter: Falcon briefly became Captain America when he thought Cap was dead. He'll be [[AffirmativeActionLegacy doing it again]] courteousy of MarvelNOW.
* MeaningfulName: "Sam Wilson" was the name of the New York meatpacker who's most often credited as the inspiration for "Uncle Sam". Fitting, since this Sam Wilson is [[CaptainPatriotic Captain America's]] most trusted ally, and in 2014 Steve Rogers will be passing the title on to him.
* NonHumanSidekick: Redwing.
* ParentalAbandonment: His father was killed trying to break up a neighborhood fight. His mom was killed in a mugging two years later.
* ThePrankster
* PsychicLink: He has it with birds.
* RedIsHeroic
* RazorWings
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Can talk to birds.
* SuperheroPackingHeat: The [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] and [[MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] versions of Falcon use guns.
* SuperSenses: The Falcon's mask gives him telescopic, night, and infrared vision.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Sam is very fond of Bucky... just not of Bucky's plans.
* TokenBlack: In-universe, he was added to the team because [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Gyrich]] insisted that the team should have more black members; he didn't actually want to join.
** He was the sole black member of the team in ''TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand''. He's also the sole non-white Avenger (as well as the only one not present in the [[Film/TheAvengers live-action movie]]) in ''Avengers Assemble''.
* TheWormGuy: His UltimateMarvel version.