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Clint Barton / Hawkeye / Rōnin
"I see better from a distance."

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Birth Name: Clinton Francis Barton

Known Aliases: Hawkeye, Rōnin

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

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

Portrayed By: Jeremy Renner

Voiced By: Edson Matus (Latin-American Spanish dub), Sergio Zamora (European Spanish dub), Hiroyuki Miyasako (Japanese dub), Jérôme Pauwels (European French dub), Antoine Durand (Canadian French dub), Marcelo Garcia (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Thor | The Avengers | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Captain America: Civil War | Avengers: Endgame | What If...? | Hawkeye

"The city's flying! Okay, the city is flying... we're fighting an army of robots, and I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense."

An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the greatest marksman in the world. He recruited Natasha Romanov into S.H.I.E.L.D. instead of killing her like he was ordered, creating a bond between the two of them. He is assigned by Nick Fury to keep an eye on dangerous operations, like the Tesseract project. And unlike any of the other Avengers, he is married with children.


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  • 10-Minute Retirement: After Age of Ultron, he makes an honest attempt to retire... which lasts until Zemo's plot leaves Steve and Sam in need of allies. Clint and Tony both crack jokes about this.
    Clint: I retire for, what, like five minutes, and it all goes to shit.
  • Abled in the Adaptation: In the comics Hawkeye is partially deaf, so he wears a hearing aid and can use American Sign Language. In the MCU, there's nothing wrong with his hearing. This is nothing new, though, since his deafness has never made it into any other adaptation.
  • Absentee Actor: Hawkeye is the only one of the original six Avengers to sit out Infinity War. This was done for the purpose of justifying using the scene where his family is dusted by Thanos as the prologue for the film, which helps remind the audience of what happened at the end of the previous movie, but from a different character's perspective.
  • The Ace: He's considered the best marksman in the world, with good reason.
  • Action Dad: To two — later three — kids; his wife worries about the danger he's in during missions because of how it'll affect them.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed. Hawkeye has long been known as one of Marvel's premier Badass Normal superheroes, but originally he was introduced as a villain (albeit a reluctant one) in the comics, before becoming an Avenger and never going back. However, the fact that he's a "criminal-turned-Avenger" is a big part of his lore. Here, he has no such criminal history to begin with and was always on the side of good (barring the brief episode of him being brainwashed by Loki in The Avengers).
  • Adaptational Intelligence: In the comics, he's got a demonstrated 'goofiness' to him and is very poorly educated as a result of dropping out of school before he was a teenager (if he even went to school at all), and it's noted he's just barely literate. In the films, he's shown being a far more functioning adult and takes his job seriously.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • The Hawkeye in the comics was quick to butt heads with his teammates, especially Captain America, due to his arrogance and hot-headedness when he first joined the Avengers. Here, he's on friendly terms with all of them.
    • He's a lot nicer compared to Ultimate Hawkeye after both of them have lost their family. While Clint here becomes a brutal vigilante, he's still amiable if not somewhat withdrawn to his allies and friends, whereas his Ultimate counterpart became far more abrasive and rude to his teammates.
  • Adaptational Wimp: This version of Hawkeye is still a dangerous assassin and a high-ranking member of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Improbable Aiming Skills, yet due to being Out of Focus and his skills not being as emphasized in the MCU, he comes across as being lesser than his comic counterpart. In the comics, Hawkeye is a master martial artist, acrobat, knows how to use multiple weapons as effectively as his bow, has numerous gadgets including trick arrows, his own Flying Car that helps him traverse the battlefield (the Sky-Cycle), and is a very skilled leader and tactician having led multiple teams throughout the comics (including the Thunderbolts, West Coast Avengers and the actual Avengers). In fact, him being a Badass Normal fighting alongside superhumans put the pressure on him to fight as good as a superhuman, despite not being one. Here, he rarely uses any trick arrows that aren't explosive, doesn't have the Sky-Cycle, or his numerous gadgets, and he doesn't take charge of leading at any point. While the Avengers often grill each other, Barton in particular is a favored target, which makes him come across as such in-universe. This may finally have been excised as of Endgame, where Clint as Rōnin is The Dreaded and a deadly fighter who can hold his own in every scenario with just his trusty bow and sword.
  • Adapted Out: Civil War actually inverts this. In the comics, Clint was one of the few notable heroes who was not part of the event because he was presumed dead at the time (and in Europe looking for the Scarlet Witch while the event was happening), and the Hawkeye that participated in the war was actually his successor Kate Bishop. Since he was alive by the time of the MCU equivalent, he was part of the conflict.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the comics, Hawkeye is Heterosexual Life-Partners with Captain America, due to Cap giving him a second chance as an Avenger, though they do give each other a hard time every now and then. He's often not keen on taking direct orders, and the only one he'll follow without question is Cap himself. In the movies, this is greatly lessened. While Hawkeye does have a respect for Cap, enough that he sided with him in the Civil War, they aren't portrayed as being close friends like they are in the source material.
  • Advertised Extra: Rōnin in Endgame. While Clint himself is prominent, Rōnin was only teased for a single scene. He keeps the sword, but the other trappings of the Rōnin identity are only seen in the scene from the trailer. That said, the upcoming Hawkeye series is confirmed to expand on the Rōnin identity and will reveal more of his backstory as Rōnin during the five-year gap between Infinity War and Endgame.
  • Anti-Hero: In Endgame, Clint becomes Rōnin and copes with the Decimation and the loss of his entire family by turning his rage onto the criminals around Earth. He is noted to all kill them in cold blood and execute even the helpless ones.
  • Ascended Extra: In the original The Infinity Gauntlet story, Hawkeye was erased by Thanos near the story's beginning. Here, while he sits out Infinity War, Endgame has him become one of the main heroes involved in saving the universe.
  • The Atoner:
    • Briefly becomes this in The Avengers after being freed of Loki's Mind Control. He resolves it with a very satisfying explosive arrow in Loki's face.
    • In Endgame, when he and Natasha are fighting over who gets to sacrifice themselves to acquire the Soul Stone, he offers to do it himself in part to atone for his actions as Rōnin.
  • Badass Boast: He gets one under the Rōnin persona, while explaining his justification for killing thousands of gangsters to his last victim:
    Rōnin: You survived... Half of the planet didn't. They got Thanos... You get me.
  • Badass Longcoat: He sports one in both Sokovia battles in Avengers: Age of Ultron, presumably due to the cold.
  • Badass Normal: When it comes down to it, he's not superhuman at all. His combat and especially archery skills are just that good. This is why he can take down legions of high tech aliens. He points this out in Age of Ultron:
    Hawkeye: We're fighting an army of robots....and I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes any sense.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Like Fury, Barton had no problem breathing at the altitude the wounded Helicarrier was flying at.
  • Berserk Button: After being mind controlled and used as a weapon against his friends and allies in S.H.I.E.L.D, Clint is not happy at the prospect of anyone messing with his mind whether it's mind control or not. Wanda trying to influence Clint by showing him his fears got rewarded with a shock arrow to the head (this is especially devastating to Wanda as head injuries or trauma can reduce the effectiveness or even temporarily disable her powers as her powers rely on mental focus and control which isn't possible with a scrambled brain). What stands out is the viciousness of the attack and the tone of Clint's voice when he responds to the attack.
    Barton: I've done the whole 'mind control' thing before, not a fan!
  • Big Brother Mentor: Forms a sort of mentor/big brother relationship to Scarlet Witch, oddly enough, after the events of Age of Ultron. He regularly serves as the voice of reason and guidance in her times of distress and doubt, and even develops a subtle big-brother-like protectiveness towards her by the time Civil War rolls out, particularly during the duel with Vision and the airport fight. The fact that her actual brother died saving his life kind of explains it.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Natasha Romanoff; both assassin/spies and the only members of the original lineup without super-powers.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By Loki for the first half of The Avengers.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: After becoming Rōnin he wields his signature bow and a katana with deadly skill, switching between the two for different combat situations.
  • The Cameo: In Thor, where he served as backup for S.H.I.E.L.D. when the then-unworthy God of Thunder tried breaking into their headquarters.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Tony calls him out on this in Civil War, saying that he had everything he needed in his life back on that farm but instead he chose to ally with people who were knowingly going to violate the law. Clint simply throws a bitter "The Reason You Suck" Speech back at him, implying he's fine with it because some things just can't be overlooked.
  • Code Name: Hawkeye, as Romanoff calls him in the Battle of Manhattan. (On another occasion, someone refers to him in passing as “the hawk”, apparently alluding to his excellent eyesight that befits a marksman.)
  • Combat Pragmatist: Hawkeye is a very talented archer, but he also has no problem with using weapons like handguns and knives, fighting women, or pulling hair if it means he'll win.
  • Composite Character:
    • He is primarily based on his Ultimate incarnation, being an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D..
    • In Endgame he ends up taking the role of Rōnin that his main Marvel universe counterpart took on.
    • Going further, Rōnin becomes the closest thing the movies have to the Punisher. He's a vengeful vigilante who lost his whole family, and wages a one-man war on crime across the world just to get some kind of justice out of it all. He's also The Dreaded and for very good reason.
  • Cool Old Guy: Many jokes and quips have been made about his growing age and grumpiness, especially as the movies go on. Doesn't stop him from being one of the best marksmen on the planet.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Hawkeye has exploding arrowheads, hacking arrowheads, super-heating arrowheads, shrapnel arrowheads, grappling hook arrowheads, exploding arrowheads disguising to look like normal arrowheads so on the off chance the target has the Super Reflexes to catch the arrow they won't recognize it as an exploding arrowhead...
  • Crusading Widower: In Endgame, Clint loses his entire family including his wife. He thus takes a cue after the Punisher and decides to kill criminals and gangsters around the world as retribution for surviving when good people were ripped from the mortal plane.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The reason he becomes Rōnin in Endgame? He got a front-row seat to the death of his entire family. Or rather, he just misses their deaths, but figures out what happened, and how he was helpless to stop it. When he learns that various mobsters around the world were spared, he snaps and goes on an international killing spree to rid the post-Decimation world of organized crime.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Once again, we have a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who loves pithy one-liners.
    Hawkeye: [to Coulson regarding Thor breaking into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s facility] Do you want me to slow him down, sir, or are you sending in more guys for him to beat up?
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Managed to get Black Widow, who started out as a Child Soldier, to turn from her amorality and join S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Losing his family to Thanos's Snap breaks Clint's spirit; five years later, he's coping by butchering criminals who survived Thanos's actions. When Natasha tracks him down to recruit him, Clint tearfully begs for a moment not to be given hope, although he quickly comes around and manages to recover when all is said and done.
  • The Dreaded: As the Rōnin, he becomes widely feared by criminals around the world as someone who will hunt and kill any evildoer whom he views as undeserving of life following the Decimation. It's the point where even Rhodey is afraid of what could happen if they were to find him.
  • Due to the Dead: He refuses to leave Pietro's body behind on Sokovia after Pietro sacrifices himself to save him and a kid, instead carrying it into the S.H.I.E.L.D lifeboat. He also gives his newest child "Pietro" for his middle name in honor of him.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Makes his first appearance in Thor where he sets up a sniping position to take down Thor, but ultimately is called off after Thor finds he can't lift the hammer and gives himself up. He doesn't play a more direct role until The Avengers.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He gets his family back and receives forgiveness from his allies for going down a dark path as Rōnin. He even gets another shot at retirement up until the events of his Disney+ show.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: When we see Clint as Rōnin in Endgame, he's cut his hair down to a near buzzcut of sorts, possibly some kind of fauxhawk. It signifies his darker personality after the Decimation.
  • Fallen Hero: How he views himself in the wake of the Decimation, becoming Judge, Jury, and Executioner towards those he deemed undeserving to survive the Decimation, even though it betrays the hero's way. It's his argument for why he should die in Black Widow's place, despite having something to return to if the mission succeeds.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Justified Trope, and more pragmatic than fashionable. Hawkeye wears an armguard on only his right arm (to protect from the bowstring) and a finger-guard on his left hand (again, to protect from the bowstring).
  • Fighting from the Inside: Nick Fury suggests this in a deleted scene as the reason why Hawkeye shot him in the chest (right in his flak vest's metal insert), rather than the head.
  • Friendly Sniper: A consummate professional, but entirely approachable when off the job; even on the job, he'll toss off a dry wisecrack every so often.
  • Gangsta Style: Insofar as it's possible with a bow. Hawkeye wears two armguards and both on the right arm because his form is for shit.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: The key reason he goes on a Roaring Rampageof Revenge against criminals in Endgame. His family were among the many good people killed in the Decimation while dozens of mob bosses and gangsters survived. Thanos allowed so many evil people to live, but Clint won't.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Clint's a good guy who's pretty friendly on his own time, but he's also a trained killer. As Endgame shows, he's more than capable of mercilessly butchering people when he's been pushed far enough.
  • Good Parents: He's tied with Scott Lang for the best father shown in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He does everything to keep his children safe given his line of work and is implied to be a doting father when not on the clock. Part of why he retires is to spend more time with them.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: An inversion. Clint is a great martial artist, but an even better marksman. Nat, by contrast, is primarily a melee fighter.
  • Happily Married: Age Of Ultron shows he has a wife and two kids, all of whom clearly love him dearly. His wife is supportive of his Avenging despite the risks it poses and even gives him a pep talk once he starts doubting himself.
  • The Heart: Becomes this for the Avengers by Age of Ultron. It's alluded to jokingly when Natasha quips that the team is unified in pretending to need Clint, and gains more substance over the course of the film. As the only Avenger without any super powers or a Dark and Troubled Past, as well as a family, Clint grounds emotionally and provides a safe haven for them when they need to work through emotional trauma. He also convinced Scarlet Witch to bravely fight Ultron.
  • Heartbroken Badass: He gets to just miss his entire family turning to dust, and hoo boy, does it tear him up inside. Then it gets worse when Natasha sacrifices her life in Endgame, despite Clint's best efforts. He at least finds some peace when his family is resurrected, and Wanda comforts him after the battle is won when she also mourns the death of the Vision.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His justification for his attempted Heroic Sacrifice in Black Widow's place on Vormir. He is disgusted with how far over the line he went as Rōnin, and believes his "ledger" is now more red than Black Widow's will ever be, although Black Widow disagrees and sacrifices her life instead.
  • Heroic BSoD: As a result of the Decimation, Clint becomes a bloodthirsty vigilante known as Rōnin.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In Age of Ultron, the Avengers discover that he's not only a good secret agent, but also a family man and loving father and husband.
    • In Endgame, he's shown having conversational skill in Japanese.
  • Hope Is Scary: In Endgame, when Natasha comes to him and tells him there's a chance to return everyone, Clint initially refuses and tells her to not give him hope.
  • Hourglass Plot: His entire relationship with Black Widow in the Avengers movies in the Infinity Saga. In the beginning, he saves her (an assassin) instead of killing her because he believes in her, and tells her that she's not beyond redemption in spite of her past crimes. By Endgame, he's committed several crimes of his own as a vigilante, but she sacrifices her life for him because she believes that he's got enough time to make up for it, as he believed in her all those years ago.
  • Hyper-Awareness:
    • Clint's specialty. The source of his Improbable Aiming Skills, and how he always hits his targets — with no visual enhancements, sometimes without even looking. When he isn't taking the fight to the opponent personally, he tends to find a vantage point to direct the movements of the Team, greatly increasing their effectiveness.
    • Something of a running theme in the movies is that Clint is almost impossible to sneak up on. In Avengers he gets a shot off on Natasha before she can attack him from behind, in Age of Ultron he's the only Avenger that Scarlet Witch fails to enchant from behind, and in Endgame he not only hears Nat walking toward him from behind in the rain, but even recognizes who it is without turning around.
    • In The Avengers, he is the first to realize that the Tesseract has the potential to serve as a gateway — meaning that he can't even be snuck up on inter-dimensionally.
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, he was the only Avenger to get the best of both of the Maximoff twins: hitting Wanda with a taser arrow when she tries to sneak up on him, and showing that Pietro's speed and reflexes are meaningless if he has nothing to stand on.

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  • Improbable Aiming Skills:
    • He can hit a Chitauri flier without looking. It even extends to other weapons - Age of Ultron has him nailing Ultron, a man-size target, with the Quinjet minigun in mid flight (which is hard enough to do if the minigun was bolted down), and before that he can fling darts past Tony's ear to hit the board. Even when he tries to miss, he can't seem to turn it off, which makes golf kind of pointless. He seems to miss an attack on Tony in Civil War, but that was just a distraction attack.
    • Even Clint's verbal shots are accurate. In Civil War, his remarks on The Raft perfectly target Tony's arrogance and egotism, and say Team Cap is only on the Raft because of Tony. All Tony can do is ask Clint why he didn't think of the consequences for the rest of the Bartons, then immediately leave. Angered, Clint basically says Tony is responsible for Rhodey's broken back, so he hurts even the folks on his side. Tony is visibly disturbed.
  • In the Hood: Dons a brown hood while going under his Rōnin alias in Avengers: Endgame.
  • I Owe You My Life: He owes a debt to Scarlet Witch in Civil War, and says so himself, as her brother sacrificed himself to save his life in Age of Ultron. This is his motivation to serve as a Big Brother Mentor towards her.
  • It Only Works Once: Being brainwashed in the first Avengers film, made him extremely savvy to signs of it happening again by the time of the second film.
  • It's Personal: Promptly tells the others to "Get in line" about killing Loki after he was freed from his brainwashing.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: As Rōnin, he wields a large katana. After rejoining the Avengers, he adds it to his usual arsenal.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: In Endgame, Barton, having lost his family, copes with his grief by rampaging across the globe, slaughtering criminals who survived Thanos's Snap. In his mind, it's simply not right that his innocent wife and children turned to dust while the dregs of humanity live to go on spreading pain and misery. The film mentions a massacre of Mexican cartel members (Rhodey is light on the details, but whatever Barton did to them, it was clearly brutal), and he's re-introduced wiping out a group of Yazuka gangsters.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: What ultimately sways him to work with the Avengers again after the five year Time Skip in Endgame. While he didn't want to be found and felt he had no right to face genuine heroes after turning into a gangster-butchering Vigilante Man, in the end he decides he can still find it in himself to press on to a noble goal. However, this mentality also gives him a reason to want to end his own life if it means Natasha's mission can succeed on Vormir, even though he only joined up because of the hope of reviving his family.
  • Knight Templar: In Endgame, he explicitly declares himself a "Thanos" against all Asshole Victims who unfairly survived the same Decimation that killed innocents such as his family.
  • Laser Sight: On his collapsible bow; not that he needs the help with aiming.
  • Long-Range Fighter: He's a masterful bowman who's demonstrably deadly at a distance, but his close-quarters game is mostly mediocre to slightly above-average. This is especially apparent in The Avengers, when he runs out of arrows and ends up using his last arrow to get away from the Chitauri, and Civil War, where he is taken down by Black Panther after failing to defeat him with his arrows. Later subverted in Endgame, which demonstrates after the Time Skip that he has massively upped his game in close-quarters combat by becoming a Master Swordsman, and after getting his bow and arrows back he starts using them in unison.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: He wants to be a committed family man, but his work in S.H.I.E.L.D. and with the Avengers keeps him away from home a lot. For what it's worth, his work is wife is extremely supportive of his heroic endeavours. In Civil War, he ends up disappointing his kids, whom he was supposed to take on holiday, after Cap asks for his help searching for Zemo and the Winter Soldiers.
  • Master Archer: He is the world's greatest archer, able to keep up with his superpowered peers by performing impressive feats with a bow and arrow.
  • Master Swordsman: In Endgame as Rōnin. He demonstrates greatly-skilled swordsmanship using his katana to kill many yakuza with ease and their leader in a Sword Fight, as well as fend off countless Outriders.
  • Meaningful Rename: Returns in Endgame, but as Rōnin.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: In The Avengers, when he is mind controlled with Loki's Scepter (that contains an Infinity Stone), his eyes first become pitch black, and then both his irises and pupils turn unnaturally bright blue.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: As of Civil War, he wields a new bow that can transform into a combat staff.
  • Momma's Boy: Implied. When Red Skull meets Clint in Endgame, he calls him "son of Edith", despite having called Thanos, Gamora, and Natasha the child of their respective father. In the comics at least, Harold Barton was abusive and an alcoholic.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Played With. His main suit is based off his Ultimates incarnation's, which is dark. His bow, however, is darker than it usually is; Hawkeye primarily used a bright yellow longbow in the comics, until he gave it to Kate Bishop, after which he started used different coloured bows of many different designs. In the films, he uses a compound bow in Thor, and a collapsible recurve in The Avengers, both of which are coloured black.
  • Mundane Utility: His killer accuracy makes other sports look like child's play. He casually scores a triple bullseye in darts from across the room (throwing the three darts at the same time to boot) while chatting with Fury; this scares the crap out of Tony, who was standing directly next to the dartboard. Even golf is a piece of cake, apparently, scoring 18 hole-in-ones in a row:
    Clint: Well, I played 18, shot 18. Just can't seem to miss.
  • Never My Fault: He blames Tony for being incarcerated. Tony points out while they don't deserve the prison they are being held in, they did break the law and that he didn't write it. But then again, Tony was the one who decided to arrest the other heroes himself, rather than let the government send agents that the Anti-Reg side could have easily beaten.
  • Nice Guy:
    • We haven't seen much of him outside of work, but he seems like a decent, friendly guy when he's off the clock. Even in combat, he briefly stops engaging Black Panther just to introduce himself.
      Clint: We haven't met yet. I'm Clint.
      T'Challa: I don't care.
    • This particular interaction was the only one Clint and T'Challa were ever shown to have prior to Endgame, yet it proved enough for T'Challa to remember his name in Endgame's climactic battle. Being nice pays off!
    • Even in Endgame, unquestionably Clint's lowest point, he's more withdrawn than rude or angry, and reuniting with his fellow Avengers brings some life back into him; he's not quite his old self, but he's definitely better off than he was before.
  • No "Arc" in "Archery": Usually, but averted when he fires one arrow at an angle that causes it to fly a curved route.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: In Civil War, Clint says he briefly took up golf during his first 10-Minute Retirement, but eventually got bored of shooting eighteen holes-in-one in a row.
  • Noodle Incident: His mission in Budapest with Black Widow. Whatever happened, they remember it very differently.
  • One-Man Army: Endgame cements his status as one when he is shown killing an entire Yakuza gang by himself. And it's established that he's been doing this to organized criminals around the world for five years.
  • Out of Focus: Compared to his fellow Avengers. Barton has the least screentime out of the group in The Avengers; prior to that, only had a single scene cameo in Thor (uncredited), and didn't appear in any of the Phase 2 films between The Avengers and Age of Ultron (where they justify his absence revealing Clint's offscreen family). Compare to Black Widow, the only other character not to get a previous movie of their own, who is a supporting character in Iron Man 2, the second lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and a major player throughout the Avengers. He's also the only original Avenger to sit Infinity War out, with the justification being that he's under house arrest due to the events of Civil War. Finally, he's the only founding Avenger not to headline his own movie, due to Black Widow eventually getting her own. That being said, Hawkeye is going to headline his own Disney+ series, thus he isn't completely without a title to his name.
  • Platonic Life-Partners:
    • With Black Widow. She trusts him because he was responsible for deprogramming her. The strength of his (platonic) love for Natasha is shown in Endgame. When they find out they have to lose something you love dearly to get the soul stone, they both try to jump off the cliff to spare the other. He nearly sacrifices himself but Natasha catches him when he falls and puts her grappling line on him, leaving him incapable of saving her. After she manages to wriggle out of his grip and fall, he awakens on a beach with the stone in his hand. If not the fact that he was willing to die for her, the fact that she was accepted as his sacrifice proves how much her friendship meant to him.
    • In Civil War, it's shown that also one has this sort of relationship with Wanda Maximoff, whom he treats very caring and fatherly. It's implied that part of this comes to feeling that he owes her departed brother Pietro for saving his life.
  • Put on a Bus: Hawkeye sits out Infinity War due to the whole house arrest thing. He has a substantial role in Endgame to make up for this.
  • Purple Is Powerful: His Civil War costume has purple accents in it, in contrast to the maroon used in his previous outfits.
  • The Reliable One: In Age of Ultron, he's the only one of the Avengers who isn't an emotional wreck, a walking time bomb, and/or antagonistic to the other members. It's implied that being Happily Married and possessing a family gives him a grounding the rest of the team lacks.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Without his Hyper-Awareness he wouldn't be so good at archery.
  • Retirony: Subverted. Age of Ultron does everything it can to set him up for this by revealing his family life and having him declare he's going on "one last mission". Then Pietro dies Taking the Bullet for him.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Infinity War results in his entire family being dusted, the only way he can cope with his grief is to channel it into blind murderous rage and spend five years butchering any criminals unlucky enough to cross him.
  • Rōnin: He returns in Endgame as Rōnin. A befitting moniker, given that he's effectively a masterless samurai who roams the earth and is considered dangerous, Clint has become a Vigilante Man no longer affiliated with the Avengers. He mass murders gangsters, taking out his anger over the death of his family against criminals who he believes did not deserve to survive the Decimation. To look the part, he wields a katana and wears a darker hooded costume with plated gauntlets.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: He switches to a darker costume with a hood after becoming Rōnin. The darker colors represent his new merciless persona, coping with his family's death in the Decimation by coldly killing gangsters.
  • Simple Staff: As of Civil War, he has a new bow that can become a staff for melee combat.
  • Sixth Ranger: He's the last to join the Avengers team due to being mind-controlled by Loki for the first half of the movie. Appropriately, he's snarky, justifiably confident in his abilities, and has a history with one of the other five.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: An archer and the sixth member of the Avengers, he is mind-controlled by Loki and fights for him until the third act of The Avengers.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Which fits with his archery skills; sleeves could get in the way of loosed arrows.
  • Sparing the Aces: Hawkeye was once assigned to kill Natasha Romanoff, but chose to spare her and let her join S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The Stoic: When he starts firing at Chitauri gliders and Loki's on his own, he's all business. Otherwise he's rather emotive, even friendly when not upset.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: He prefers to fight from a distance, seen in his image quote and his role in the climax of The Avengers.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: He starts out soft, but pretty much ends up chewing Thor out during the mourning of Natasha's Heroic Sacrifice for the Soul Stone as Thor was oblivious of it and insisting that they could use the stones to revive her. Clint has a point - and Banner proved it.
  • Super Wrist-Gadget: Like the comics he keeps the shafts and the heads of his arrow separate and his wrist guard helps control the distribution.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Clint as Rōnin is the closest thing the movies have to The Punisher. He's a dreaded vengeance-seeking vigilante who hunts down criminals across the world because he deems them undeserving of life following the Decimation, and all of it was due to his own family dying by said event.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: After becoming Rōnin in Endgame, Clint has a green tattoo sleeve on his left arm.
  • Team Dad: He's effectively become one by the time of Age of Ultron, being the most emotionally stable of the Avengers. He even reflects on — and is afraid of — the fact that a team made up of so many superhumans needs someone like him to keep them grounded. When he first appears in Civil War his remark that he "retired for five minutes and it all goes to shit" is akin to a dad returning to his house to find that his kids made a mess of it.
  • Trick Arrow: Many varieties, from electrocution to explosive to Grappling-Hook Gun to superheating. There's even a Hollywood Hacking arrow.
  • Trap Master: He manages to fight enemies many tiers above him in power, even taking on Vision in Civil War, by setting traps that will hinder him and thus give him the advantage.
  • Vigilante Man: After the death of his family during the Snap, Clint goes rogue and spends his days single-handedly butchering criminal syndicates; he's mentioned as having carved up a cartel in Mexico off-screen, and we get to see him in action as he mows down a bunch of Yakuza in Japan.
  • Wet Blanket Wife: Inverted. Hawkeye is worried that his life as a superhero is an unwelcome strain on his wife, but she shoots that idea down and supports the fact that he's needed for something so important.
    Laura Barton: I totally support your avenging.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His absence between The Avengers and Age of Ultron left Fandom wondering just where the heck he was. Age of Ultron implies that he was with his wife and kids at the time.note 
  • Worf Had the Flu: Brainwashed or not, he's noticeably less effective with a handgun, which is why Nick Fury survives being shot at by Hawkeye. This is lampshaded in a deleted scene.
  • Written-In Absence: He sits out Avengers: Infinity War, with a single line explaining that he's under house arrest.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: The reason Hawkeye snapped and became a mass-murdering vigilante in Endgame who wipes out the cartel, the Yakuza and other gangsters around the world? He can't fathom why these scum get to live while his family was wiped out.


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