Alter Ego: Katherine Elizabeth Bishop
Notable Aliases: Bishop, Hawkingbird, Princess
Team Affiliations: Young Avengers
First Appearance: Young Avengers #1 (April 2005)
Kate is first introduced when the Young Avengers (Hulkling, Wiccan, Patriot, and Iron Lad) literally crash into her sister's wedding mid-hostage situation, which they're barely able to prevent from getting worse. After the encounter, Kate takes it upon herself to investigate the fledgling team of superheroes, ultimately deciding that she wants in on their operation.
Though technically a civilian at this point, Kate's athleticism and training allow her to become the 'token Badass Normal' of the team, proving herself to be a skilled archer and fighter within a short span of time.
After breaking into the Avengers' old headquarters and putting together a outfit made from aspects of Hawkeye and Mockingbird's respective costume, she approaches the Young Avengers and announces herself as part of the team. After helping them take down Kang the Conquerer, she's accepted into their likes, and adopts the "Hawkeye" codename left dormant by Clint Barton's death — which Jessica Jones claimed Captain America suggested for her, since she was only the second person after Clint to stand up to him.
After Young Avengers wrapped at twelve issues, Kate continued to appear throughout the Marvel Universe in major stories like Civil War, Secret Invasion, and Siege, crossing over with the Runaways on more than one occasion. Throughout these events, Kate becomes romantically linked with Patriot and Speed at various points.
During this time, she also finally got to meet her namesake, who'd since turned up alive. The two weren't exactly buddies upon meeting, but he ultimately encouraged she keep the Hawkeye name, claiming the world was now big enough for two Hawkeyes. Kate then proceeded to appear as a major player in the Childrens' Crusade story, supporting teammate Wiccan as he attempted to locate his long-lost mother, the Scarlet Witch.
With the Marvel NOW! initiative in 2012, Kate's prominence in the Marvel Universe continued to rise, co-starring with Clint in Matt Fraction and David Aja's landmark run on Hawkeye. Now effectively Clint's partner —rather than his protege— this series further developed Kate's character; the "L.A. Woman" story is notable for being entirely Kate-centric, following her (brief) move to California, where she attempts to start her own private detective agency.
Marvel NOW! also saw the publication of a new Young Avengers volume by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, which reunited Kate with many of her original teammates, plus the additions of Ms. America Chavez, Kid Loki, Prodgy, and Marvel Boy — with whom she's romantically involved with for much of the run. The acclaimed series only ran for fifteen issues, but was very well-received in youth-oriented spaces like Tumblr.
Fraction's Hawkeye ended in 2015, but the oft-delayed title caused its followup series, All-New Hawkeye (by Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez), to launch before the former's final issue came out. Nonetheless, All-New Hawkeye ran for an initial arc of five issues —told in the present as well as through flashbacks to Clint's youth— before Secret Wars ended the Marvel Universe, effectively putting the series on hiatus.
While she wasn't a major player in the core Secret Wars story, a Robin Hood-esque Kate did appear with with the 1602 Young Avengers in Secret Wars Journal #1, ultimately followed up with a recurring role for her in the limited series tie-in Siege. After breaking God Doom's law in an adventure with Hulkling and Wiccan, she's exiled to the Deadlands, but Abigail Brand of The Wall ultimately spares her, placing Kate (and Arcadia's America Chavez) on a secret strike team intended to start an uprising of Doom's rule. They're unsuccessful.
Kate returned to the All-New, All-Different Marvel universe in a second volume of Lemire's All-New Hawkeye, this time with a twist: while the first volume was told in the past and present, the second one is being told in the present and future. As told through flash-forwards, the disagreement that drove her and Clint apart goes unresolved for decades, and the only thing able to bring them back together —in spite of their differences— is an opportunity to resolve some unfinished business from the very mission that strained their relationship.
Kate starred in her own Hawkeye series beginning in 2016, where she moves to Los Angeles to become a private investigator. After living in Los Angeles for awhile she realises she needs a team, fighting supervillains who looking to make a name for themselves. She and Hawkguy star in the new version of the West Coast Avengers.
Kate is set to make her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Clint Barton's successor to the Hawkeye mantle, with her being trained as his protege in the Disney+ series Hawkeye. Further details, such as if she'll carry over to the movies later on with the name, are unknown. She is set to be portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld.
An alternate version of Kate appears in Ultimate Marvel, depicted there as a classmate —and the eventual girlfriend— of Miles Morales. Ultimate Kate Bishop differs wildly from mainstream Kate — namely, in the sense that she and her family are members of HYDRA. Miles ultimately breaks up with her in the final issue of Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, right before the incursion of Earth-616 and Earth-1610. Ultimate Kate doesn't seem to be showing up anywhere in the new Marvel Universe, suggesting she was killed once and for all —with Earth-1610 as a whole— in the incursion.
Kate Bishop appears in the following works:
Notable Comic Books
- Young Avengers (various runs):
- vol. 1 (2005 — 2006)
- vol. 2 (2013 — 2014)
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade (2010 — 2012)
- Hawkeye (various runs):
- vol. 4 (2012 — 2015)
- All-New Hawkeye vols. 1 & 2 (2015 — 2016)
- Hawkeye: Kate Bishop (2016 — 2018)
- West Coast Avengers (2018 — 2019)
- War of the Realms: Journey into Mystery (2019)
- Marvel Heroes (2014)
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance (2015)
- Marvel Future Fight (2015)
- LEGO Marvel's Avengers (2016)
- Marvel Puzzle Quest (2016)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017) (as DLC)
- Marvel's Avengers (2020) (as DLC)
Kate Bishop provides examples of the following tropes:
- 10-Minute Retirement: After a few months of "retirement", she was convinced by Clint Barton to help him in some personal jobs not related to The Avengers. Sometime later she came back full time with her old team.
- A Lesson in Defeat: Her ego knew no bounds until she met Clint and lost her bow to him for thinking a shot was impossible because she couldn't do it. Afterwards, we see Kate showing her new commitment to the lesson Clint taught her by trying the impossible shot Clint performed, without success. Long after that, in Hawkeye vol. 4 #10, Clint made her feel powerless, angry and miserable enough that she channelized all of her anger and finally performed the impossible shot.
- Action Dress Rip:
- Her improvised costume during the battle against Kang was her bridesmaid's dress with half of the skirt ripped off.
- In Hawkeye #7 she had to get medicines for some people trapped in a hotel so in order to move faster, she ripped her dress while apologising to the designers that made it, later she fought some criminals too.
- Action Girl: She herself admits her training probably isn't enough for a superhero, but still find ways to win her battles whether by brute force or tactical skills.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: The original Hawkeye is male. Both share the name now.
- All a Part of the Job: She considers being a super hero a job, and she loves it despite everything.
- All for Nothing: The ending of her story in L.A. is this. Somewhat necessary to bring her back for the final act in Clint Barton's story, but it doesn't make her any less annoyed.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: The complete package (except, the tallest of her team; thanks to Cassie's size changing abilities Kate's usually the shortest) — she's elegant, controlled, and considered beautiful.
- Ambiguously Bi: She's been interested in both Eli and Tommy. However, when she asks if she's the only member of the Young Avengers that's heterosexual, America Chavez says she's noticed Kate looking at her and she's "not that straight". A cut script even had an alternate universe version of Kate date Chavez.
- Archer Archetype: Much like Clint, Kate is an archer, and every bit as good as him. She uses an Energy Bow as her Weapon of Choice.
- Arch-Enemy: Madame Masque ever since the Fraction Hawkeye series. Madame Masque has repeatedly gone out of her way to victimise Kate out of pure spite, because Kate once knocked her out and stole her costume.
- Artistic Age: She's looked 17-18 years old since the beginning when she was supposed to be 15-16. Strangely, as she got older artists seemed to draw her shorter and more realistically proportioned, making her look younger by comparison.
- Badass in Distress: She got captured by Madam Masque's bodyguards while trying to help Clint and couldn't do anything to escape until Clint came and distracted everyone, after that she started kicking everyone's asses.
- Badass Normal: She is an Olympic class archer and martial artist as well as an expert with different weapons including swords and staves. She is also a gifted strategist to the point that once, she completely disabled Kang The Conqueror with a single arrow.
- Bare Your Midriff: In her first costume (see image), along with many of her civilian clothes; Kate seems to like the style.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Commonly averted, as Kate gets beaten up or otherwise disheveled just about as much as Clint does, and regularly has bandages patching her face.
- Believing Their Own Lies: She used to believe Clint told her he never killed anyone. Later, Clint revealed that he actually never said that because he would never lie to her, even then she was trying to avoid the truth.
- Betty and Veronica: She used to be the Archie to Eli's Betty and Tommy's Veronica. Subverted in that she never cared about relationships back then and actively tried to avoid them.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family:
- Before she died, Kate's mother was the person who kept the family, at the very least, in contact with each other. Her father was inattentive at best and her sister was a little ashamed of her mother and more busy spending her father's money.
- Kate's father, Derek Bishop, deserves an special mention here. He's a rich guy who funds the illegal operations of Madame Masque in L.A. and almost had his own daughter killed by taking away all her money and delivering her to Masque. He, after some reluctance, also agreed to have Kate killed. He also married one of Kate's classmates as a trophy wife and tries to convince Kate to call her "Mother".
- Biker Babe: She rides a motor scooter in full biker outfit.
- Boldly Coming: She had many sexual encounters with Noh-Varr who is a Kree.
- Breakout Character: Of the Young Avengers. She was spun off into a main character in Hawkeye's solo before appearing in America (2017) and the two of them joining the West Coast Avengers (2018) lineup. Overall, she appears much more frequently in other Marvel media compared to her other teammates.
- Broken Bird: After the assault in the park she was victim of, she became pretty much this. Of course, she did get better, and seemingly has moved on with her life.
- Broken Pedestal: She was disappointed when she saw a videotape where Clint killed other people in a secret operation. Later, it was completely subverted when it was revealed that the tape was in fact a fake and even when Clint suggested that he indeed had killed before, Kate forgave him for everything at the end.
- Brutal Honesty: The reason why she sucks at making other people feel better. Ironically, back when her first team was around, every time she felt any positive emotion towards other people like be love, admiration or attraction, she used to do everything she could to hide those emotions. She is getting better nowadays.
- The Chains of Commanding: Her failure as a leader being the reason she quit after Children's Crusade.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Kate always leans towards helping people in distress. Lampshaded in Children's Crusade when she says they wouldn't be stuck where they were had Eli, who doesn't ascribe to this as much as Kate, been team leader.
- Clark Kenting:
- Being the daughter of a famous rich guy, Kate is kind of a celebrity in the Marvel Universe, yet no one recognized her back when she started doing the whole superhero thing, even when the only thing she did to hide her face was putting on glasses she always wears in her normal life.
- A particular in-universe example happened during Dark Reign. A boy codenamed "The Executioner", who assisted to Kate's school, discovered her secret identity. Later the Young Avengers devised a plan to discredit any claim the boy could make (he was trying to blackmail his way into the Young Avengers), the plan consisted in Kate accepting Executioner's invitation for a party in which part of the Young Avengers would suddenly show up (with Wiccan as a bad guy and Vision as Kate). In one particular moment Kate is face to face with Vision-Kate who is wearing only glasses to cover his face (that he copied exactly like Kate's), yet somehow nobody managed to see the resemblance between them and Executioner's plan got ruined.
- Comical Overreacting:
- In Hawkeye #5 there's a panel where Kate, after being taken hostage, is asking to be released with such emphasis that both of her feet are in the air while two henchman grab her by the arms. She also comically fainted in Hawkeye #20 after seeing an alive Harold after she witnessed his dead body a day before.
- She does this quite a lot in the mini series "Hawkeye vs. Deadpool", specially when interacting with Deadpool. The artist of the series helps a lot with his more cartoonish style.
- Commonality Connection:
- She and Jessica Jones understood each other better after finding out that both share a similar tragic event that happened in the past although their reactions to it was different.
- The reason she became friends with Cassie Lang was their mutual desire to be Young Avengers.
- And of course, her and Clint's Inter Generational Friendship came to be due to a number of similarities in their MO, style, and general personality.
- Conflicting Loyalty: She found herself between being loyal to the Avengers or to Clint Barton. She chose the former but instantly regretted it and tried to help the latter. And before that, she had to chose between being loyal to her team and tell them she was doing super hero jobs again or being loyal to Clint and keep it a secret. She chose the latter but eventually revealed it to the team (and they weren't surprised one bit).
- Cool Shades: Purple ones she uses in costume and in regular clothes.
- Crimefighting with Cash:
- She has unlimited amounts of money to spend courtesy of her father.
- However, in the Hawkeye Annual #1, as part of her revenge against Kate for humiliating her in Madripoor, Madame Masque had her credit card destroyed and had her henchmen steal all of her stuff, leaving her broke. Not having much money and refusing to call her father or her team for help, Kate ends up taking a job trailer-sitting and cat sitting for a middle-aged lesbian hippie couple.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Kate takes Clint's dog when leaving New York without even asking him if he was okay with it (as seen in his expression). This can be seen as an extreme act of rudeness if not were for the fact that the dog no longer felt safe inside the building because the gang that was trying to kill Clint was getting more dangerous everyday and also they actually found out that the dog was Clint's. It might not have survived another night alone.
- The Cynic: She always had shades of this since her first appearance, but she got better about it. During Hawkeye Vol 4's course, she swings back and fourth between being overly optimistic to being cynical and angsty, brought on by what happens.
- Cynicism Catalyst: It was heavily implied in "Young Avengers Special" that Kate used to be a happier person before she was attacked. One of her main motivations to become a super hero was to protect anyone from being victim of the same kind of assault she had to suffer.
- Deadpan Snarker: A master of this, even worse if someone tries to be a Deadpan Snarker with her.
- Deuteragonist: In volume four of "Hawkeye".
- Death Glare: To Madam Masque after she shot Clint in the chest.
- Depending on the Artist: In Hawkeye her costume is drawn with holes on the sides of her hips. In Young Avengers, the holes are filled in, which kind of implies that she's wearing another suit underneath.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She was this at the beginning, finally finding one in superheroing. However, as of the Hawkeye annual, she is back at trying to find herself and her real purpose.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": She hates nicknames, and not even Clint Barton can get away with using them anymore. It's either Kate, Kate Bishop or Hawkeye for everyone.
- Dude Magnet: Patriot, Speed, and Noh-Varr are all interested in her. While Clint Barton doesn't seek an actual relationship with her, he thinks she is perfect.
- Eating the Eye Candy: She got distracted by a shirtless Hawkeye once and an almost naked Noh-Varr (he was also dancing).
- Early-Bird Cameo:
- Her second costume first appeared in Hawkeye v4, three months before the release of the new Young Avengers volume. The long story is that since volume four of Hawkeye is mainly focused on Clint and Kate's regular life, super-hero costumes barely make appearances. For Kate specifically, that attire was supposed to be just another casual attire (and an homage to the British series "The Avengers") but the soon to be artist of "Young Avengers" thought that the attire worked fine as a superhero costume so he decided to keep it and make it her official new costume. He had to make some changes to fit it into his style though (specifically, the holes on her hips are covered but still highlighted).
- An in-universe example happened when the first Young Avengers saw Kate standing in the middle of the street a day before they get to meet her in the wedding incident.
- Energy Bow: A "Kree composite soul bow" - high-tech for us, "vintage" by Noh-Varr's standards.
- Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age: Her preference for the bow and the arrows was revealed to be only because of her love for all things "Vintage".
- Establishing Character Moment: While her first appearance established her as a badass girl with an attitude. The moment that completely defined her personality was in Young Avengers vol. 1 #2 when she forcefully enters Avengers Mansion by climbing the gate in a bridesmaid dress and then offered to give a boost to her friend with a smug smile.
- Everybody Knew Already: She tried to pull a shocking twist by revealing Billy and Teddy that she came back to superheroing with Clint some time after they decided to retire. However, Billy, completely aware of Kate's personality and priorities, wasn't surprised one bit and Teddy didn't seem shocked by the revelation either (maybe because he came back himself in secret too).
- Even the Girls Want Her: America Chavez tries to go for her after she breaks up with Noh-Varr.
- Evil Me Scares Me: While traveling between other dimensions, she details in her diary how horrified she was at discovering how many evil versions of her existed and how all of them will haunt her forever.
- False Friend: Harold turns out to be one of this for Kate. She was genuinely trying to help him but he only wanted to take Neffs empire down and set her up to be arrested by SHIELD.
- Fingerless Gloves: Her first costume had one glove with all the fingers cut and the other with just two cut. The pair of gloves with her new costume are similar to her old ones with the difference that the two fingers cut in the new glove are different from the last one. The non cut fingers are on her right hand and are somewhat necessary to use the bow and the arrows.
- First-Person Smartass: Kate being Kate, the few stories told from her point of view sometimes have this.
- Forgotten First Meeting: She didn't remember meeting Noh-Varr before their sexual encounter, only after he reminded her of his name she remembered how they met before in opposing sides of a battle.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: In Young Avengers vol. 2 her second costume is drawn like this specifically to highlight her athletic physique.
- Frame-Up: She was framed by Masque for killing Harold H. Harold with one of her arrows. However the evidence was circumstantial at best, so she was let go really fast.
- Friends with Benefits: Her relationship with Noh-Varr seemed to be this and it is implied that a Relationship Upgrade happened at some point. Nowadays, they are back at being friends after some issues led to them breaking up, no word on the benefits part though.
- Girliness Upgrade: In Young Avengers Vol. 2 Kate started acting more feminine, being more romantic with Noh-Varr, acting less snarky. Somewhat justified by the fact that she was in the 'Honeymoon stage' with Noh-Varr during that story.
- Good Is Not Soft: She doesn't hesitate at shooting arrows directly to both eyes or paralyzing her enemies for life. She also doesn't seem to be too fond of trick arrows and prefers the long and pointy ones.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: All her outfits seen are purple, and her skill with the bow and arrow borders Lady of War.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: At the end of Young Avengers vol 2, when she realizes that all the other members of the team aren't straight, Kate asks if she is the only straight member of the team. America doesn't buy it.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Kate took up a dog Clint rescued from the mafia, Lucky, also known as "Pizza Dog".
- Informed Flaw: At the beginning of Young Avengers vol. 2. She refers to herself as "not having nearly enough training" to be a super hero, however a few issue later (and in previous volumes too) she is always seen fighting and leading with skills that can probably give Captain America a run for his money. Hawkeye better demonstrates this, showcasing that she's not as strong a fighter when she's on her own and that she's easily caught by surprise.
- In-Series Nickname:
- Kate is short for Katherine and is the name everyone use when referring to her. Any other nickname will piss her off, especially if it is related to her codename "Hawkeye". Clint was a notable exception; he frequently called her variants of her name (such as "Katie-Kate") but in the new volume it is revealed that she asked him to stop doing it.
- America calls her "Princess". Any Kate, it seems, judging by Secret Wars: Siege.
- Insistent Terminology: Kate is so proud of carrying the legacy of the codename "Hawkeye" that she always insists people not call her weird variations of that codename like "Hawk-Kate" or "Lady Hawkeye" among others.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: As the team's resident marksman, this is pretty much required.
- It Meant Something to Me: She didn't want to resume her relationship with Noh-Varr after their bitter breakup because she felt Noh-Varr didn't really care about the relationship, unlike her who really liked him. However, she already forgave him and they are friends again.
- It's All My Fault: She blames herself for the whole Children's Crusade mess because she was supposed to be the leader.
- It Was a Gift: The bow and the codename "Hawkeye" actually were a gift from Captain America after Clint Barton died. Later when Clint came back, he recovered his old bow from Kate, only to give it back again (as an implied gift from the man himself this time) along with a picture of the Avengers on their youth, this last thing as an actual gift.
- Jumped at the Call: She wasn't a part of the Vision's Failsafe Program, nor does she have any actual connection to Avengers history. She saw the team in action and wanted in.
- Junior Counterpart: To Clint Barton.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Due to the environment where she was raised (and her love for vintage), she likes to wear big dresses and high heels, doesn't mean she won't kick your ass while wearing them.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She will never go all fanboy mode about it, but Kate admires Clint Barton with a passion. She went into full panic mode the first time she met him, she takes offense when someone accuses her of disrespecting him and even deluded herself into thinking Clint told her he never killed anyone so she could admire him even for that. The only things she seems to not approve of Clint are his tendency to break the law sometimes and his attitude towards having sex with every woman he meets.
- The Lancer: She was this to Patriot's leader status at the beginning.
- The Leader: Was the Lancer, but eventually this role stuck.
- Legacy Character: Clint tested her during his 'Ronin' phase, and doesn't seem to mind sharing the name now that he's back to being Hawkeye himself.
- Living a Double Life: Some months after Children's Crusade, she comes out of super hero retirement and starts helping Clint Barton with a personal crusade, all of this while lying to Billy, Teddy and Tommy about it and living a regular life with them (specifically because Billy was rather touchy on the issue of anyone starting up again).
- Lonely Rich Kid: Her own family doesn't pay any attention to her. She used to walk home alone and considered herself lucky for not having to do her superheroing alone.
- Master Archer: According to Clint himself, Kate is the best archer he's personally seen. She took to archery after an incident of sexual harassment and has since used her formidable skills to get her teammates and Clint himself out of many scrapes.
- Motor Mouth: Not at Spider-Man levels but, she is constantly talking about everything, sometimes even when no one is paying attention to her. She loves to talk so much that when she is quiet while other people are speaking, you know something is wrong with her.
- My Greatest Failure:
- Losing her bow to its former owner, Clint Barton, because she underestimated him.
- Letting Cassie and the Vision die (the latter at the hand of former teammate Iron Lad) on a mission she was leading was the reason why she retired.
- Multishot: Once she fired five needles all straight to multiple guys' eyes, she hit all of her targets.
- Non-Idle Rich: Because of her father's wealth she could afford extensive martial arts and weapons training to the point of mastery of the bow and arrow, all of which come in handy in superheroing. She can also play the cello.
- The Not-Love Interest: Many things that start happening in Hawkeye vol. 4 such as Clint's internal monologue about how perfect Kate is or Kate's "living together" attitude while in Clint's apartment may lead people to think they will get together. However, this possibility is shot down by Clint in issue two and Kate, disgusted by the mere suggestion of the possibility (although a little disappointed it seemed), agrees.
- Lampshaded in "Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool". The very first thing Wade thinks when he meets Kate in Clint's apartment is that she is his girlfriend but Kate breaks a coffeemaker on his head before he could express those thoughts.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She revealed all the details about her secret partnership with Clint including the location of his new apartment, and his relationship with a girl named Penelope (including, for no apparent reason, the one time they slept together) to his then girlfriend, Jessica Drew, completely ruining the relationship, just because she asked her if she was a real Avenger. Although, in her defense, Jess said she was trying to help Clint (she doesn't, she just gives him a few slaps to the face and then breaks up with him).
- One Phone Call: The two times she is arrested, she asks for her phone call. The first time she calls detective Caudle, who was a few inches from her in the same police station. The second time she calls her father but not exactly to ask him for help.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: She wears a pair of glasses to hide her identity. Her new costume might as well be just a battle suit, she uses her new pair of glasses more while in civilian clothes than when in costume. By Hawkeye and Vol 2, her identity is an open one so this doesn't seem to be a problem any more.
- Parental Betrayal: Her father works with Neffs group to develop illegal L.M.Ds for the rich people. It was implied that a lot of his money comes from this enterprise too, something that made Kate sick.
- Parent with New Paramour: Not only is Kate's new "step-mother" barely older than her, they were in the same school. Naturally, Kate isn't impressed with her dad either.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Madame Masque burned down the trailer that Kate was safeguarding for a totally innocent lesbian couple, so Kate later went to burn down Masque's mansion in retribution. She instantly regretted it after seeing all her very human-like L.M.Ds henchmen coming out to get her while burning.
- Platonic Life-Partners / Vitriolic Best Buds: With Clint Barton. They're not romantically interested in each other and are very close, but frequently snark at each other.
- Pregnant Badass: In a Bad Future in which the team escapes into the timestream to save Cassie, essentially becoming fugitives, she's pregnant with Tommy's twins but is apparently still active as a superhero.
- Pride Before a Fall: Her story from Hawkeye Annual and beyond. She starts by leaving Clint (despite asking him to not do exactly that) and leaving her father (despite the fact he begged her to go with him on a trip in order to know her better) to go to a super expensive hotel in order to "lie low where the suckers can't touch her" because apparently "Everybody sucks but her". Then as soon as she gets there, she loses her credit card and all of her stuff leaving her pretty much on the streets. Soon, she finds herself depending on a super villain who's trying to kill her. Eventually, she decides to not call anyone for help and takes a small job (her first) so she can try to survive by herself for once.
- Purple Is Powerful: Just like the original Hawkeye, her color is purple (although, a lighter purple now to differentiate them).
- Quit Your Whining: Clint was really afraid that the people inside his building would become targets of a mafia group if he didn't leave. When Kate heard this, she proceeded to tell him how much of a coward he would be if he actually leaves his building just because some gangsters threatened him.
- Rage Breaking Point: After losing her bow to Clint Barton, the last thing she needed was their friends talking about that and after Patriot actually starts scolding her for that, she explodes and starts shouting him to shut up.
- Rape as Backstory: Strongly implied by her origin story in Young Avengers Annual #1. The incident has been pretty much confirmed in outside sources but it was never brought up in a comic again.
- Although, this may have been retconned out; flashbacks in the Hawkeye run have instead depicted her being merely kidnapped by her father's criminal associates then being rescued by Hawkeye and the Avengers.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: When you have so many boys behind you and even a villain recognizes that you look "carved from porcelain", it must be true.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- She is an expert delivering these. Her favorite victim seems to be Clint Barton.
- Maybe the most remembered is the one she delivered to Captain America for not accepting the Young Avengers passion for super-heroing which led to one of them getting a serious injury in the long run.
- It was subverted in Dark Reign: Young Avengers. Kate wanted to verbally beat down The Executioner for being a vigilante whose role model is the Punisher, but she got too intimidated by him as well as scared that her Secret Identity could be revealed that she could only tell him to wait until the team talk. However, this trope is played straight the next time they met in costumes.
- Reunion Kiss: To Speed in Vol. 2's resolution issue. In front of Noh-Varr (who recently dumped her) no less.
- The Reveal Prompts Romance: After Noh-Varr reveals that he has mind control saliva, Kate isn't bothered in the slightest and suggest how many parts of her body control Noh-Varr instead. Something he confirms.
- Rich Boredom: She has never been comfortable with her family's wealth, and used it to take several lessons that helped her out as a superhero.
- Rich Kid Turned Social Activist: Kate Bishop is the youngest daughter of a Manhattan publishing magnate and grew up wealthy, attending posh boarding schools and developing world-class archery skills and the like. However, Young Avengers Special explains that unlike her sister Susan, she was never comfortable with her family's wealth and was distant from her father, so she set about emulating her mother by volunteering at soup kitchens and women's shelters. After she was assaulted by a homeless man, she turned to martial arts and later superheroing; her considerable wealth funded the team's early efforts.Kate: Do you know how many starving families in Niger we could feed for the cost of this wedding? [...] Five hundred thousand.[...] Why not get married at city hall and give the money to charity?Susan: Because we already have plenty of money to give to charity, and I want a wedding.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Kate's first 'costume' in Young Avengers (having started in a bridesmaid dress she performed an Action Dress Rip on) is assembled from pieces of costumes and weapons belonging to other heroes she finds in Avengers Mansion. It looks makeshift and leads one of her teammates to dub her 'Hawkingbird' (the primary elements coming from the costumes of Mockingbird and Hawkeye). Fortunately, this name does not stick.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Her old costume featured a long, white scarf (visible in the image) seemingly for no reason other than it looked cool.
- Screaming at Squick: After realizing that Deadpool's face isn't a mask and he is truly disfigured, Kate gave him some thumbs up with a smile, turned around, and silently screamed in disgust. She had a similar reaction to tearing a knife out of Deadpool later on, albeit not restrained at all. Both instances are made to be very humorous.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: She gives one to Eli while he was playing a videogame with Teddy.
- Signature Headgear: Her second costume sometimes includes a purple headband.
- Single Tear: Kate is quite moved after Jessica Jones said she will be lucky if her daughter ends up being like her (she drops one tear per eye).
- Sixth Ranger: At first she was this to the Young Avengers, soon she became The Lancer and eventually The Leader.
- Slut-Shaming: Kate mentally discusses it with herself in the beginning of the fist issue of Young Avengers vol 2, thinking she should be ashamed of herself for having a one-night-stand with Noh-Varr. She then decides that such thoughts are idiotic.
- Soapbox Sadie: Was one in her backstory, as she deeply cared about the issues of the world but didn't know how to take action. Still gives off this vibe occasionally, such as when she verbally attacked Bucky Barnes after he accidentally made a homophobic comment in front of her.
- Spy Catsuit: Although she isn't a spy, her second costume is pretty much this (which is no surprise knowing that it was based on Emma Peel's costume from the British Avengers).
- Stepford Snarker: An article in Marvel's page suggested she might be actually this.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: Her primary weapon is a bow and arrow in modern times, but she is also skilled with many other weapons as well as in close combat.
- Stunned Silence: Wiccan's new costume and his final acceptance of his unavoidable journey as a super hero stunned Kate speechless.
- Supporting Leader: She's team leader in Young Avengers vol.2, but Billy and Loki are the main characters of the series.
- "Take That!" Kiss: She gives one to hired assassin "The Clown" because he had the audacity to make a "Joe Cool-guy" exit after a nice conversation with her.
- Taking Up the Mantle: Double subverted, while searching weapons in the Avengers mansion during her first adventure with the Young Avengers, Kate picked Hawkeye's weapon but she wasn't particularly fond of the bow and arrow nor was chosen by anyone to be the successor of Hawkeye, she just grabbed as many weapons as she could to help in the fight against Kang (and apparently she was skilled with all of them) and insisted later that she wasn't taking the name of Hawkeye. She kept using a variety of weapons for a time, however after standing up to Captain America like Clint used to do, he decided Kate should continue the Hawkeye legacy and gave her Clint's bow and arrow. She eventually grew attached to the name and the weapons so much that when Clint came back and reclaimed both things (the name and the weapons), she stole them back. Clint's OK with this for the moment.
- The Team Benefactor: She was one of the financial kind when the team started. Because of her father's wealth, she was able to secure an abandoned warehouse the team worked in and used her contacts in the fashion industry to procure new costumes for all of them. However, she's no longer this because she refuses to use her father's money again and also because the New Young Avengers is a lot more informal and unofficial than the original one.
- Tears of Remorse: While explaining her reasons for her quitting super heroics.
- That Didn't Happen: An "almost" example. Kate was putting every excuse she could think of to not start a relationship with Eli while in a "not a date" visit to the park, but at one point she started to get dangerously close to him and just as they were a few inches away, she panicked and started to freak out claiming that the intention of kissing never existed at all and Eli had no choice but to agree.
- That Poor Plant: In Hawkeye Annual #1, Madame Masque attempts to drug Kate. Kate takes a fake sip of the wine then dumps the contents of the glass into a pot plant. The plant promptly shrivels.
- There Are No Therapists: Subverted. In her backstory, Kate sought help after being assaulted and then also realized that she needed to get stronger so this would never happen again.
- Thought Caption: This format is used to show her thoughts. However, an special format was used in Hawkeye Annual. Kate's thoughts were still inside white captions but also a little super deformed picture of Kate dramatically acting the thoughts was drawn inside the caption as well.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Anything goes against her enemies (see Good Is Not Soft above) except killing them.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kate is a subversion of sorts of this trope. In the 2013 Young Avengers run, Kate is far girlier than the tough-talking, more prone-to-violence America, and Clint frequently calls her "girly-girl" in his book, but Kate is also rather tomboyish herself. She's only the Girly Girl compared to America because America is, well, America.
- Trick Arrow: She does use trick arrows sometimes but unlike Clint, she seems more open to use regular arrows with her enemies.
- True Companions: With the Young Avengers.
- Trying Not to Cry: After losing her bow to Clint Barton, she, visibly affected, put on her glasses to hide her eyes and actually quoted this trope not wanting The Avengers to see her cry. We never saw if she succeeded or not.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: While in civilian clothes, she never wears the same outfit, ever. This applies to her dresses as well. An special mention goes to Hawkeye vol. 4 where she debuts a new outfit (and sometimes several) every issue.
- Unusual Euphemism: She uses the word "Futz" instead of the F-Bomb.
- Vapor Wear: While using her first costume, many panels showed prominently her lack of a bra. In her second costume, she goes even further by having holes in the sides of her hips and waist showing a lack of panties.
- The Watson: She is this in Hawkeye vol. 4. From issue 14 onwards she got her own story but even when she is the protagonist, she still acts as the reader's avatar asking the important questions of the plot.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- She is scolded several times by Patriot because she was being a Jerkass to Bucky the first time they met him.
- Unleashed one on Hawkeye when they first met, when Clint was filling in for the then-dead Captain America for Tony Stark. She didn't know it was Clint, but her words were enough to convince him to tell Tony Stark where he could stick it, and the Registration Act.
- In Young Avengers, she is scolded by Noh-Varr for being purposely negative after she finds out that his ship runs on belief.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: She is so comfortable with who she is, what she does, how she does it and what other people think about it that in some ways shes the oldest of the Young Avengers, even more than Marvel Boy and Ms. America.
- You Are Not Alone: Kate was the only person who supported Clint after a mafia group called the "Tracksuit Draculas" started making his life a living hell. Kate tried everything to stay by Clint's side, but his destructive behavior finally drove her away and she left.