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Captain Steve Rogers, US Army / Captain America I

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Birth Name: Steven Grant Rogers

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Known Alias: Captain America

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): US Army, Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D.

Portrayed By: Chris Evans

Voiced By: Walker Roachnote , José Antonio Macías (Latin-American Spanish dub), Raúl Llorens (European Spanish dub), Yuuichi Nakamura (Japanese dub), Maël Davan-Soulas [Phase 1], Alexandre Gillet [Phase 2 onwards] (European French dub), Alexandre Fortin (Canadian French dub), Clécio Souto, Duda Espinoza (Brazilian Portuguese 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 | Captain Marvel | Avengers: Endgame | What If?

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"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."

Steven Grant "Steve" Rogers was born on July 04th, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a sickly young man turned into a perfect soldier by a government project during World War II. Unfortunately, the creator of the project was murdered, leaving Rogers as the only result of the experiment. 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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  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In Avengers: Endgame, he proves worthy to wield Mjolnir and with it gains all of Thor's abilities combined with his own skills.
  • Abandoned Catchphrase: Early on in the series, Steve often tells his opponent "I can do this all day" to reflect his stubbornness. After the events of Civil War however, Cap stopped using said phrase, and is nothing short of exasperated upon hearing his younger self say it in Avengers: Endgame.
  • Action Hero: First he's a war hero, then he joins the Avengers and later does stuff for S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade:
    • Inverted for his parents. Steve's father was an abusive alcoholic who beat him and his mother in the comics. Here, he died before Steve was born and is noted to have been a good man who Steve very much resembles.
    • Also inverted for his childhood in general. In the comics, Steve’s Irish heritage (and the status of his parents as Irish immigrants) made him the target of a lot of period-typical racism. In the MCU, however, we don’t see this once, implying that he and his parents probably underwent a very discreet Adaptational Nationality. The fact that both of his parents were employed (his father as a soldier, his mother as a nurse) only further supports this, since the Irish were generally rejected for work in the early 1900’s.
    • However, it is played straight for his Fish out of Temporal Water characterization. Steve does adapt a bit to the modern times and even acquires a few companions. However, he still feels incredibly lonely because his former companions from the Howling Commandos are almost all dead and he dearly regrets that he missed out on a life with Peggy. Once he finds out Bucky is still alive, Steve goes very far to preserve the last relic of his happy past, going as far as squandering his reputation, his moral code and friendship with Tony. In the comics, Cap has rapidly moved past the shock of being a man from the 40s frozen into the modern times.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In regards to his career as an Avenger. In the comics, Captain America hasn't joined the team until well after its creation by Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man and the Wasp. In the films he is one of the Avenger's founding members as well as their first leader.
  • Adaptational Nationality: A very discreet one. In the comics, Steve’s Irish heritage (and the status of his parents as Irish immigrants) made him the target of a lot of period-typical racism. In the movies, we don’t see that at all, implying that Steve’s parents were likely English or some other accepted Eastern European race. It’s further supported by the fact that his parents were both employed (his father as a soldier, his mother as a nurse), since the Irish were generally rejected from work in the early 1900’s.
  • 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. It's this trait that not only makes Dr. Erskine choose Steve for the super soldier program, but it also makes him worthy to at least budge Mjölnir. And in Avengers: Endgame, he does gain control of Mjölnir!!
  • 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 and Steve smiles at her.
    • 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 kisses 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?
  • As Long as There is One Man: He never actually says it, but the spirit of that iconic trope-naming scene is conveyed perfectly in Endgame when he stands alone against Thanos and his entire army. Fortunately, he doesn't have to stand alone for long.
  • 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.
  • Bash Brothers:
  • Beardness Protection Program: Grows a Badass Beard after the events of Civil War. Justified, as being on the run from the U.S government probably hasn't given Cap a whole lot of time to keep his face cleanly shaven.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Inverted in Endgame, where he shaves the beard he grew while in hiding, as he has bigger problems than keeping his face hidden.
  • 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 Undying 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.
  • Big Brother Mentor: The beginning of Captain America: Civil War shows him guiding Wanda through the process of staking out an area as they wait for the bad guys to show up. Later, when the mission goes awry and results in civilian deaths, Steve consoles her over her role in the disaster.
  • Big Good: Although he's far from the most powerful hero, Steve serves as the leader of the Avengers thanks to his charisma, experience, and strategic prowess. This status all but became official following Winter Soldier, which saw even Nick Fury deferring to Cap's orders and led the Avengers to become the world's most important heroic organization following S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fall. It's only following the Sokovia Accords that his authority is seriously questioned.
    • Even in Wakanda and after years of being separated, it's Steve that's issuing orders to his fellow Avengers and leading the (futile) charge against Thanos.
  • Birds of a Feather: Bird puns aside, he and Sam click almost immediately because of their common ground as returning war veterans, with Sam bringing up how something as mundane as a soft bed now seems foreign to them both. The similarities only deepen when Sam starts talking about Riley. However briefly, Steve also took up Sam's occupation as a therapist, helping people move on from traumatic experiences, which highlights their strong moral cores and determination to do right by the people they're saving. It's for this reason that Steve asks Sam to take up the shield in Endgame.
  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: In the MCU version of his origin story, Steve is born shortly after his father dies in combat and is raised solely by his mother.
  • Black and White Morality: He has a pretty firm moral code, which causes problems for him, as the world he wakes up to only believes in grey. This is also what makes him a Spanner in the Works to plotters and conspirators — in a world where everyone moves in curves, he travels in a straight line.
  • 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 Is Heroic: While his costumes have red and white elements and the one in Infinity War is black, blue is his signature color.
  • 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.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: His official poster for Infinity War is a Rare Male Example. His best friend Bucky Barnes got a similar poster as well.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Before he gets the super soldier serum. Even as a 98 pound weakling, Steve never backs down from bullies...with predictable results. This is portrayed in a positive light, as courage and selflessness: Rogers is well aware of how weak he is, and yet he's willing to stand up to tough odds for what he believes is right, rather than some delusional loudmouth who overestimates his strength. It's these qualities that get him picked for the serum.
  • 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: He is the de facto leader of the Avengers, and 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 Obvious: In The Avengers, he remarks that helicarrier equipment "runs on some form of electricity".
  • 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 teases that he might not be too busy for Sharon Carter, but the films don't explore their relationship greatly.
  • 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.
  • Character Development:
    • As the movies go on, Steve’s uptight nature and goody-two-shoes naivety begin to change as Cap spends more time with characters like Iron Man and Black Widow. This is best seen when he confronts a past version of himself in Avengers: Endgame where he chafes over his past self’s use of his catchphrase and uses dirty tactics to get away.
    • Another one is that various films, particularly Age of Ultron have characters bring up the possibility that Steve can't or refuses to move on from his life as a soldier. He even admits to Sam and Tony on different occasions that he felt that he's Married to the Job and can't bring himself to leave peacefully. By the time of Endgame, Steve chooses to live out the rest of his life with Peggy and pass the mantle on to Sam. It shows that he has finally brought himself to move on from a lifetime of heroics and fighting.
  • Chick Magnet: Post-procedure Steve was able to catch the attention of a foxy secretary and a starstruck blond due to a combination of his stage celebrity, Greek God physique, courage and Adorkable Nice Guy attitude. Interestingly enough, Peggy was the only woman who was even slightly interested in him in any sense of the word before he got the hot body. This leads to an amusing moment where Bucky points out that he used to be the chick magnet while Steve was the one who had trouble getting girls to notice him, and that it's the other way around now that Steve is a Super Soldier.
  • 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.
    • This version mixes his 616 and Ultimate counterparts together, basically having the The Paragon/Nice Guy/The Cape values of the former with Adaptational Badass unambiguously Super Soldier prowess of the latter, not to mention the costume and first shield that he used during the war.
  • Cool Helmet: As part of his military-style clothes, Steve wears a form-fitting helmet recognizable by a big "A" on the forehead and wings insignias on the side. It also doubles as a Cool Mask since it covers the forehead and part of the cheeks, only letting Steve's jaw and nose in full view.
  • Cool Old Guy: After deciding to go back to the past to be with Peggy and taking The Slow Path at the end of Endgame.
  • 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.
  • Cutting the Knot:
    • Part of what makes him Captain America is that he's not just strong enough to win every fight, he's smart enough to know when he doesn't have to.
    • Even before he's been accepted for Erskine's super-soldier program, a sergeant on his military base leads the recruits to a flag pole and tells them that anyone who can hand him the flag from the top of the pole gets a ride back to base. All the other recruits try and fail to climb it, while Steve just waits until they're done, pulls the pin out so the flag pole falls down, and hands the sergeant the flag.
    • He does this twice in quick succession in Endgame. When time-traveling back to the Battle of New York, he finds himself once again in an elevator with Brock Rumlow, Jack Rollins, Jasper Sitwell, and a bunch of assorted HYDRA operatives, and is trying to convince them to give him Loki's scepter. Rather than trying to fight them all for the Scepter again, he just whispers "Hail HYDRA" to a shocked Rumlow, and then walks out of the elevator with Loki's scepter. A few minutes later, he gets in a brawl with his past self that ends in a chokehold. Rather than trying to fight him further, Present Steve just whispers "Bucky is alive" to his past self, which shocks him enough for Present Steve to sucker-punch him.
  • Dad's Off Fighting in the War: The MCU version of Steve's origin story has his dad die in combat shortly before he's born.
  • Dance Battler: Chris Evans's mother is a theater director and taught him dance early on. The fight choreographers used this to help him with his moves. It's also why he does most of his own stunts — his dance training makes him move differently than others, so it's difficult to replicate how he does it.
  • Deadly Disc: Much like his comicbook counterpart, Steve's main ranged option is to throw his round shield at enemies, with enough force to knock down soldiers with body armor and helmets but also the finesse and expertise to efficiently make use of rebounds and always make it return toward him. As Spider-Man puts it:
    Spider-Man: This thing does not obey the laws of physics at all!
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's not above dry, ironic wit, and he's also one of the few characters in the MCU who can snark and be completely sincere about what he says at the same time:
    • The Avengers (2012):
      Captain America: [staring helplessly at a panel of circuits] It appears to run on some kind of electricity!
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when he realizes that a gang of S.H.I.E.L.D agents is about to assault him in an elevator:
      Captain America: Before we get started, does anyone want to get out?
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier again, after being told by Brock Rumlow that the attempt to detain Cap is "nothing personal":
      Captain America: [surrounded by the bodies of agents whose asses he kicked single-handedly] ... it kind of feels personal.
  • Defiant to the End: Thor and Iron Man are incapacitated, and while Steve has the power of Mjölnir on his side, his shield is half-broken and barely functional, and Thanos has summoned his entire army to make landfall on the Earth. So, what does he do? He stares the Mad Titan in the eye, fastens what's left of his shield to his arm, and prepares to go down swinging. Thankfully, The Cavalry arrives not a moment too soon. When he said "I don't like bullies, I don't care where they're from," he means it.
  • Determinator: His signature trait — he doesn't give up. Ever. "I can do this all day" is a Catch-Phrase of his that shows up in multiple films, usually while he is being soundly beaten but refusing to quit. He even displays this trait in non-physical contexts, such as in The Winter Soldier, when he is clearly uncomfortable fighting Bucky, but doesn't let himself give in and wills himself to battle his friend for the greater good. All in all, if innocent lives are at stake, Cap won't stop fighting as long as he's conscious. Best exemplified in Endgame: Thanos has broken Cap's shield, and summoned an entire army of backup. Thor and Tony are both out of commission and the other Avengers are trapped under rubble, leaving Steve the only way standing against the Mad Titan and his entire army. What does Cap do? Tighten his shield and stand back up, looking Thanos dead in the eye. It's basically his defiant final stand alone against Thanos from The Infinity Gauntlet, reenacted without any words at all. Fortunately, he's not alone for long.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: A weird one in Endgame: Tony and Scott discuss the uniform on Steve's 2012 self not emphasizing his ass more, with Scott calling it "America's Ass". Steve then encounters his 2012 self and, after knocking him out of action, agrees with Scott.
    [Looking at his 2012 self face-down on the floor]
    Rogers: Huh... That is America's Ass.
  • 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.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Cap uses two smaller shields during the battle of Wakanda in Infinity War.
    • In Endgame, Captain America dual wields two of the most remarkable hand weapons of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — his iconic vibranium shield, and none other than Mjölnir. The awesome combinations of these two weapons allows him to stand up to Thanos for a time, using everything he knows about the hammer and shield to fight Thanos for as long as possible.
  • Due to the Dead: He helps bury Peggy Carter after she dies in her sleep.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end of Endgame, Steve decides to go back in time to live the life he didn't have with Peggy. His war is finally over.
    Steve: Well, after I put the stones back, I thought... Maybe I'd try some of that life Tony was telling me to get.
    Sam: And how'd that work out for you?
    Steve: ...It was beautiful.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Calls out a jerk at the movie theater who is disrespecting America's military and ends up in a fight he's horribly outmatched in, yet Steve never quits or begs for mercy. Later there's also Erskine's Secret Test of Character where he asks him if he wants to kill Nazis. Steve responds that he doesn't want to kill anyone, but he can't just standby and do nothing.
      Steve: I don't like bullies. I don't care where they're from.
    • Even before that, he's asked by a guy next to him in the enlistment line if all the horror stories from overseas make him think twice about joining the Army. Without skipping a beat, he answers "Nope", showing his innate courage.
  • 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.
    • Even in Endgame, the first thing that Tony and Scott discuss upon seeing Steve's 2012 self is the fact that his uniform does not accentuate his ass more (with Scott even referring to it as "America's Ass".)
  • 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 in the prime timeline, at least.
  • 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.
    • Also to Thor, showcased in each of their premiere films. Steve Rogers is a frail but fearless weakling born into poverty, whose strong altruistic streak compels him to fight for what's right. Thor is a Boisterous Bruiser and Physical God designated to rule a powerful, cosmic kingdom, and is mainly motivated by ego, glory-seeking and not a few Blood Knight tendencies. Rogers, by virtue of his humility, is gifted with great power, but Thor is stripped of his and must achieve humility and a self-sacrificing nature before he can regain his birthright of power and finally be recognized as a truly worthy inheritor of the throne.
  • 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. Lampshaded by Loki who briefly impersonates him in Thor: The Dark World:
    Loki-as-Steve: Costume's a bit much, it's so tight! But the confidence! I can feel the righteousness surging!

    Tropes G to L 
  • 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 
  • Guile Hero: Downplayed, but he's quite clever and isn't above using trickery when the situation demands it. It's at its most obvious in Endgame, in which he plays a group of HYDRA infiltrators for fools, uses a well-aimed Wham Line to distract his 2012 self and win their Mirror Match, and gets Dr. Pym out of his lab to smuggle some Pym Particles with what is basically a crank call.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: To Peggy Carter in an alternate timeline, for many years after using the Pym particles in Endgame.
  • The Heart: On the Avengers.
    Captain America: We have to put that behind us and get this done.
  • Healing Factor: Not to the level of Wolverine (whose healing ability is so ridiculously strong that it borders on From a Single Cell) but is explicitly stated that Cap's body has an upgraded system of healing and regeneration that making him immune to disease, drastically slows his aging, allows him to recover from injuries in a matter of hours or days at the most, and much to his chagrin means it's really hard for him to get drunk.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic:
    • Averted in the first movie; Steve spends a fair amount of time wearing his helmet. Played straight in The Winter Soldier: he doesn't wear his stealth suit's helmet for long and then he spends most of the movie on the run in civilian clothes. He does don his World War II gear at the film's climax but still doesn't hold onto the helmet for the entire time.
    • The double he meets in 2012 wears his helmet during the entire brawl, most likely because the producers didn't want to confuse viewers who was who (and also to save on CGI for having to double-up Chris Evans' face).
  • Heartbroken Badass: Captain Rogers was willing to start a literal civil war between heroes for Sergeant Barnes, his best friend, gazes on in horror in Infinity War as Thanos's Gauntlet-powered fingersnap causes him to disintegrate. Now truly the last relic to remain from an age of fading, forgotten glories, the star-spangled warrior who gave everything to save the world crumbles into an emotionally hollow husk, so broken he could not even shed tears, much less weep for the beloved brother who was always with him since boyhood. When given the chance to set things right, he and Natasha have this exchange:
    Natasha: This is gonna work, Steve.
    Steve: I know it is. Because I don't know what I'm gonna do if it doesn't.
  • 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 BSoD:
    • 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.
    • He has yet another one in Infinity War just after Thanos snaps his fingers and wipes out half the universe. He has to endure watching his best friend being reduced to dust right in front of him, along with most of his other friends, before finding Vision's broken body. As War Machine and the remaining Avengers all gather around him, looking to him for guidance, and all he can muster is a completely devastated and heartbroken "Oh God."
  • 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).
  • Hopeless with Tech: Downplayed, but Steve is this compared to his more technologically savvy companions, especially Tony. A running joke is that Steve has a somewhat outdated approach to technology, for instance smashing a screen only for the digitized Zola to call him out on the uselessness of the move, and Tony being appalled that Steve has found a way to send him a flip phone as a gift.
  • 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. He spent 66 years completely frozen, waking up only after being thawed out by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. 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, Steve preaches peace and love but deep down needs war and conflict to feel whole. This causes problems in Civil War, where Steve rejects the Sokovia Accords and insists that the heroes are best suited to protect people due to governments having agendas which might not be in their best interests. Meanwhile, 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 refuses to stop and would rather fight than compromise.
    • Also, both Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron show that 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. Steve later apologizes to Tony by letter and phone, admitting responsibility and telling Tony to call him if he ever needs help.
    • Demonstrated in Endgame, to his own awareness. Though Steve runs group therapy sessions after Thanos snaps half of all living creatures out of existence to help others move on after all their losses, he is personally unable to move on from his losses, and is only pretending to move on to help other people cope. This drives him to go all-in on Scott's plan to use the Quantum Realm to go back in time since he can't accept life the way it is, and it causes him to remain in the past after returning all of the Infinity Stones, starting a life with Peggy, never having got over essentially losing her due to his Heroic Sacrifice during World War II that brought him to modern day times.
  • Hypocritical Humor: More comically, the PSA videos he is forced to star in throughout Spider-Man: Homecoming frequently play on this for laughs. One of them involves sternly telling a detention class that "the only way to be truly cool is to follow the rules." This, from a man who is repeatedly demonstrated to break whatever rules he feels are unjust or that unnecessarily constrain him, to the point where by the events of the film in question he's a wanted fugitive and exile from American law. Another which appears during the credits involves him extolling the virtues of patience, only to peevishly and impatiently ask the off-camera production team exactly how many more of these PSAs he has to do.
  • 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: 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. This is also why he finds Tony's materialistic cynicism twice as grating as most people would, and it causes some conflict with Nick Fury on more than one occasion, due to Fury's cynical attitude and Manipulative Bastard tendencies.
  • Ill Boy: Up to Eleven. Before the serum, he had a Long List of medical problems, any of which would have kept him out of the army under normal circumstances. Noteworthy is that he grew up during The Great Depression, when having health conditions like stomach ulcers and irregular heartbeat when you had no guarantee of finding work to pay for treatment were effectively a death sentence. On top of that, effective let alone affordable treatments for many of those ailments hadn't been invented yet.note 
  • 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 Mjölnir 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.
    • In Avengers: Endgame, it's what allows him to be considered worthy to wield Mjölnir.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: To match his Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold. Steve is the epitome of kindness and goodness.
  • Instant Expert: When he wields Mjölnir for the first time against Thanos, he is able to expertly demonstrate a lot more skill and creativity with it than Thor ever did, including the lightning powers — although it's implied that Thor himself is supplying the lightning, since it always comes from above instead of from within.
  • 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.
  • I Regret Nothing: In Infinity War, when Steve confronts Secretary Ross, he makes it clear he doesn't regret his decisions from Civil War.
  • 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 Mjölnir (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 Tesseract portal with Tony still on the other side.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: In Avengers: Infinity War, he sports a Beard of Sorrow and a beat-up costume after two years as a fugitive. While still polite to his friends and allies, he no longer hides his contempt for Secretary Ross, bluntly saying that he isn't looking for forgiveness or permission for doing the right thing.
  • 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: Officially in the MCU, he's 6'2". note  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 Last Stand: In Endgame, Captain America faces off Thanos and his army alone. What does he do? Buckle up his shield. This is subverted, however, once the cavalry arrives.
  • 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.
  • Like Brother and Sister: How the Russos have described his relationship with Natasha. She'll playfully tease him about everything from his age to his dating life, but they care for each other deeply. She does her best to comfort him after Peggy's burial in Civil War, and he supports her when she becomes Mission Control for the Avengers in Endgame.
  • 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.
  • Loving a Shadow: His infatuation with Sharon Carter is due to her being Peggy's niece and when she becomes a victim of the Snap, Steve finds himself reflecting back on Peggy in his darkest hour. Tellingly, after he puts the Infinity Stones back into their respective timelines, he decides to retire into the past and be with Peggy rather than return to the present to be with Sharon.
  • 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.

    Tropes M to R 
  • Made of Indestructium: His shield, being made of pure Vibranium, is almost entirely impervious to any kind of weapon made on Earth. It can only be damaged by Vibranium weapons. Or whatever metal is in Thanos's sword.
  • 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: Joined the military as a shrimpy kid from Brooklyn, was transformed into the Super Soldier Captain Patriotic that punches HYDRA in the nose. In the 21st century he becomes a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative but goes rogue after discovering HYDRA has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. from the off. After that point he allies purely with The Avengers, an NGO superhero organization.
  • 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.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Inverted. As a Super Soldier, Steve represents the physical peak of humanity and can easily beat up trained and armed men with his bare hands even when outnumbered. Unfortunately for him, humanity sits at the very bottom of the cosmic food chain, so whenever Steve fights a non-Mook alien, he gets his ass handed to him:
    • It's best seen in The Avengers when he fights Loki, a dwarf of a Frost Giant. Even when Loki is trying to lose and get captured, he still manhandles and throws Steve all over the place (though, Tony tells him he did do pretty well considering he's been out of action for so long).
    • This is downplayed in Infinity War, where he stands his ground against Corvus Glaive (even disarming him at one point) and briefly stalls Thanos. He still ultimately loses both fights.
  • 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.
  • Older Than They Look: By the time he wakes up in the 21st century, he's chronologically in his 90s though biologically in his late 20s; he's 100 by the time of Avengers: Infinity War. And even in Avengers: Endgame, when he returns to the present as an old man after living with Peggy in an alternate timeline, he's somewhere in the neighborhood of 176 years old in totality, or 110 years old biologically. Likely due to the super serum he's still looks like he's in his proper 70s or 80s at the most.
  • One-Man Army: Ten highly-trained agents ambush him at close-quarters. They have tasers, he can't use his shield. Exactly one minute later, they're unconscious on the floor and Steve is barely winded.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Though he is not judged worthy enough to wield Thor's hammer Mjölnir, Steve is just worthy enough to make it budge slightly. He finally gets to use Mjölnir in Endgame, with it retroactively being explained that he could always wield the weapon, but chose not to in Age of Ultron to not embarrass his friend Thor.
  • 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 could’ve tried with Peggy Carter, but he never found out what could’ve been because it was never the right time and they only made a move right before he crashed his plane into the arctic. It's possible he might have a second chance with Sharon Carter, but after Civil War, Sharon quietly disappears from the MCU, so we never really see where their relationship goes.
    • Ultimately, Endgame cements Peggy as the true love of his life. Having never been able to truly let her go, Steve travels back to the 1940s after the Thanos's defeat, and spends the rest of his life with an Alternate Timeline version of her.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: One moment in Avengers: Age of Ultron that was notable for Steve was his disapproval for profanity, in which he calls out Tony for swearing, resulting in a joke that he would not be able to live down for the entire movie, and then it gets thrown back at him by Fury after Steve himself lets a swear slip out. Avengers: Endgame shows him significantly loosening up—taking into account the situation that the remaining Avengers are in (plus the general insanity/improvisation they're all forced to do by this point):
    (after the remaining Avengers decide to take out post-Snap Thanos) Let's go get this son of a bitch.
    (after unexpectedly encountering his 2012-era self) You've got to be shitting me.
  • Outdated Outfit: In The Avengers, his fashion is hopelessly out of date (long-sleeve collared shirts, maybe with the sleeves rolled up and slacks) which makes him look stuffy and formal compared to Tony or Clint. Justified, given that he spent the last 70 years as a Capsicle. He himself suggests that his old stripes and stars uniform is a bit old-fashioned. Coulson suggests instead that with everything that has happened, people "might need a little old-fashioned." After The Avengers, Steve adopts a more modern haircut and wardrobe to symbolize him becoming more acclimated to the present day.
  • Out of Focus: After having the most screen-time in the first two Avengers films, his role in Infinity War is limited to preparation for and leading the Battle of Wakanda, with the teams of Iron Man/Spider-Man/Doctor Strange and Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy having a much more significant role in the plot.
  • 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...
  • Passing the Torch: Following Thanos' defeat in Endgame, an elderly Steve, having return to the past to marry Peggy Carter, passes on his shield and the mantle of Captain America to Sam Wilson after they are reunited a few seconds after Steve uses the time machine.
  • 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.
  • Peggy Sue: At the end of Endgame, he travels back to 1948 in an alternate timeline and marries Peggy Carter.
  • 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.
  • Perspective Reversal: Early in the films, Steve just wants to join the Army and do his part for his country, and Tony Stark is an egotist who has little use for authority. By the time of Civil War, the fallout from his reckless actions have made Tony believe that the Avengers need to be subject to oversight while Steve, having witnessed how corrupted and obstructive governing bodies have become in the modern day, distrusts the idea, to the point where the two end up leading opposing factions of the team.
  • 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."
  • Power Fist: During Thanos' invasion of Wakanda, Shuri provides him with two new "shields" — expandable armguards, complete with claws. He puts them to good use against the Outriders.
  • The Power of Acting: In Endgame, Steve shows some very good acting skill as he effortlessly takes Loki's Scepter from Sitwell and Rumlow by pretending to be a Hydra agent. Likewise, in the 1970s, he manages to weave out a convincing lie to get Hank Pym out of his lab and steal his particles without a hitch.
  • 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.
  • Propaganda Hero: In The First Avenger, he's set up as the poster boy for the American troops, mostly to sell war bonds. For the general population, it works like a charm and he becomes the darling of the press and people alike. Ironically, the men actually on the front line have no respect for a leotard-wearing shill who has never seen combat. That changes once he actually gets to put his boots on the ground.
    • Still alluded to in Spider-Man: Homecoming as it is revealed Cap is also the reluctant host of a good number of PSA videos, still reciting corny messages about health and obeying the rules, the latter of which directly contradicts what he's done since being defrosted.
  • 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. In addition, he serves as The Leader in both Avengers films.
  • Put on a Bus: While he survives Endgame, he's become aged and elderly after living in the past for decades. Steve retires as a superhero and passes his shield to Sam, but nothing rules out a future appearance from the character.
  • Rated M for Manly: An Action Hero soldier fighting in wars and doing missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers.
  • 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. He finally starts to look his age in the end of Endgame, having gone back to the 40's to live a quiet, peaceful life with Peggy and only returning to his own timeline after her death in 2016. However, even though he looks like an octogenarian when he passes the shield to Sam, he is biologically 110 years old and chronologically 176.
  • 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 and super-reflexes. 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.
    • He retires proper in Endgame having lived out his life in the past and become elderly in the present, and even has a Passing the Torch moment where he gives his shield to Sam.
  • Returning War Vet: Leading Commando units in WWII preps you for leading superheroes against invading alien hordes.
  • Rogues Gallery: Most members of his comic book rogues gallery are present and have ties to him personally more than any other hero. They are Red Skull, Armin Zola, Batroc, Crossbones, Winter Soldier, Alexander Pierce (an expy of Aleksander Lukin), Baron von Strucker, Zemo, and HYDRA in general. Some of his other villains like Doctor Faustus, Madame Hydra, and Nuke appear in the universe as well but have no contact with him.
  • Rousing Speech: Coupled with his earnestness, charisma and (generally) well-meaning nature, he manages to deliver these kinds of statements and actually sell it. It gets lampshaded more than once (particularly by Sam, Rocket and Scott.

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  • 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.
  • The Shrink: In Endgame, Steve has become part or and leads group therapy sessions to cope with the Decimation. Although he is very supportive of everyone in the room, he himself cannot move on, and only maintains the illusion to help everyone else.
  • 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.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: His costume loses its red highlights in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the blue and silver are significantly darker, reflecting the moral ambiguity of S.H.I.E.L.D. at that point. The colors on his shield are also buried under a matte black veneer.
    • Undergoes another one in Infinity War. His costume is a lot darker, and no longer possesses the white and red accents, signifying how cynical he’s become after being forced to betray the government for the sake of doing what’s right.
  • 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.
    • In Avengers: Infinity War, he is adamant about ensuring Vision's survival before having Wanda destroy the Mind Stone despite the fate of half the universe being on the line. He fails.
  • The Slow Path: A variation occurs in Avengers: Endgame. After finally defeating Thanos and undoing the disaster he wrought, Steve volunteers to return the time-displaced Infinity Stones to their proper points in the timeline, as well as the copy of Mjölnir that Thor borrowed (since he has proven worthy to wield it). However, he doesn't reappear on the quantum tunneling pad when he's supposed to, leading to Sam, Bruce, and Bucky to have a minor freak-out before they notice a man sitting on a nearby bench. This man is a now 176-year-old Steve Rogers, who came back to that moment in time after traveling to 1945. He decided that, after finishing his task, he took the opportunity to live a normal life free of war. So he finally had a dance with Peggy, married her, and grew old with her, only returning to his original timeline after her death in 2016. He then hands Sam his shield, passing the mantle of Captain America to him.
  • 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.
  • Soldier vs. Warrior:
    • The Avengers: Captain America (the Soldier) is determined to keep the group focused on the mission, while Thor (the Warrior) charges in to handle things himself. However this becomes a Commonality Connection as they egg each other on during the final battle.
    • The following films showcase that Rogers can be a Warrior as well, and this is his Fatal Flaw — as Stark points out, Steve fears having to stop fighting for good and when confronted with people planning to phase him out (Ultron) or take the control of where and when to fight away from him (the Sokovia Accords), he'll quickly get on the high horse and rebel. Justified in the second case, because politicians with their Head-in-the-Sand Management and H.Y.D.R.A agents in their midst are not the best candidates to be entrusted with directing the Avengers.
  • 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...
    • In Endgame, Tony notices comments on how his The Avengers-era suit made his butt look weird, and Ant-Man thinks it looks fine.
    Iron Man: Mr. Rogers, I almost forgot that that suit did nothing for your ass.
    Captain America: No one asked you to look Tony.
    Iron Man: It's ridiculous.
    Ant-Man: I think you look great, Cap. As far as I’m concerned, that’s America’s ass.
  • Standardized Leader: He is The Leader of the Avengers and a Static Character who is emotionally balanced, serious and morally upright. Unlike some other members of the team who face heavy internal conflicts, his arc mostly revolves around gaining experience in dealing with changing circumstances around him.
  • 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 and Skilled: Steve's ability in combat is almost bar to none as he is the most formatable when fighting showing superior skill and strength he shown to be one of the best fighters in the MCU. During Endgame, he takes this Up to Eleven when becomes worthy enough to wield Mjölnir and gain all of Thor's abilities combined with his.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: In Infinity War, he does struggle against Thanos' minions in one scene, and then later catches a blow from the Mad Titan himself (though admittedly using all of his strength to even do that much) and actually makes him struggle before being punched out.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: When the writers of Endgame discussed Peggy's husband always being Cap from the future, they mentioned that they have two kids with super soldier DNA.
  • 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: While it falls short of speedsters like Quicksilver, he's still well beyond human limits. Movies featuring him usually showcase his sheer running speed, for instead featuring him being fast enough to effortlessly overtake ordinary people or keep up with cars. During their first meeting, Sam Wilson lampshaded that he was running at 26 miles per hours in his morning jog, which slightly falls short of the top real life sprinting speed.
  • Super Strength: He can hit far harder than a normal human being, often sending armored soldiers flying with his kicks 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 curls a helicopternote , 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). In Infinity War, he manages to catch a punch from Thanos himself.
  • Super Toughness:
    • He can take punches from Loki, Ultron, Iron Man or Thanos and keep going, and getting shot with a Chitauri weapon, Ultron's finger-beams, or Iron Man's repulsors only inflict non-fatal wounds. 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, mostly to conceal his face.
  • Time Travel Romance: At the end of Endgame, he goes back to live out an Alternate Timeline where he marries Peggy.
  • 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.
    Spider-Man: That thing does not obey the laws of physics at all!
  • 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 consists mainly of superhumans.
  • 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.
    • He gets his biggest powerup in Endgame where it's revealed he is worthy to wield Mjölnir, and uses it in the final battle against Thanos.
  • Transhuman: Thanks to the Super Soldier Serum, he's strong enough to slow down Ultron and fast enough to run thirteen miles in half an hour (and that's his morning jog, after which he's barely winded).
  • Tranquil Fury: If the Endgame tv spot is anything to go by Steve is barely suppressing his rage over what Thanos has done and genuinely is looking for payback. Steve wasn’t even this angry when he discovered HYDRA had returned which speaks volumes as to just how far Thanos' actions have pushed Steve.
  • Undercover as Lovers: In Winter Soldier, while on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D. and doing some hacking in a mall, Cap and Natasha pretend to be fiances looking up honeymoon sites.
    Apple Employee: Congratulations, where you guys thinking about going?
    Steve: (glances at computer screen) ...New Jersey.
  • 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:
    • He and Peggy never became a couple in the The First Avenger. However, they were attracted to each other, Peggy kissed him and they made plans to go on a date right before he crashed the Valkyrie into the sea, leaving him frozen and presumed dead. This eventually gets resolved in Endgame when he goes back in time to be with her.
    • 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. After Civil War, though, Sharon disappears from the movies, and the fact that he's an international fugitive would definitely complicate any relationship they would want to have together.
  • 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.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • In physical strength, the Captain is inferior to types like Spider-Man or Loki, but he makes up for it with his great ability to fight.
    • 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 F.R.I.D.A.Y. noting that they can't beat him in hand-to-hand without conducting a thorough analysis of his combat patterns first.
  • Weapon of Choice: His famous vibranium shield and a Colt M1911A1. From Avengers onward, he sticks to the shield.
  • 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, S.H.I.E.L.D.-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. He's also no rookie as a strategist, either.
    Steve: Those hostages could have died, Nick.
    Nick Fury: I sent the greatest soldier in history to make sure that didn't happen.
  • Worthy Opponent: He non-verbally but very deservedly earned the respect of Thanos in Infinity War. Despite Thanos having five of the six Infinity Stones in hand, Steve managed to slightly stagger him with three punches and even managed to stop him from retrieving the sixth stone, forcing Thanos to use the Time Stone to undo it.
  • You Are Not Alone: According to screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen Mc Feely, 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 World War II, 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 him.
    • 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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