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John Walker, better known as U.S. Agent, is a Marvel Comics character created by Mark Gruenwald, Paul Neary, and Kieron Dwyernote , first appearing in Captain America #323 (dated November 1986).

Created as a villainous foil for Captain America, John Walker embodied American patriotism in opposition to Steve Rogers. Whereas Rogers was an idealistic, liberal-leaning, lower-class urban Northerner, Walker was a more pragmatic, conservative, middle-class rural Southerner, presented as the jingoistic Captain Patriotic crusader that Rogers was often misunderstood as being.

When Rogers relinquished the title of Captain America, Walker was tapped by the US government to replace him, beating out Nick Fury, who was deemed too old, and Sam Wilson, as the US government thought Americans wouldn't accept a black Captain America. During his time in the role, Walker grew more heroic than originally established, and later adopted the new title of US Agent when Rogers reassumed his old name.


US Agent will make his live-action debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, portrayed there by Wyatt Russell. note 

Not to be confused with U.S.Ace. Very much not to be confused with U.S.Ace.

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  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost his left arm and leg during "Siege".
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: For Steve Rogers. To his credit, Walker eventually tried to live up to Rogers' ethics on the job, but the Red Skull made sure to push him over the edge.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Refused to believe Hercules and his pantheon are gods, to their faces. Somehow he came out of that one alive...
  • Becoming the Mask: Eventually while he was subbing for Rogers as Captain America, Walker did begin to attempt to emulate his predecessor's ethics before the Red Skull stepped in.
  • Costume Copycat: His iconic black U.S. Agent costume is actually the design Rogers used as "The Captain" while Walker was Captain America. Though one of his more recent costumes as the Agent more directly mimicked the classic Cap outfit.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: He began as a Darker and Edgier Captain America Expy, wearing Rogers' old "Captain" costume, but some time later Tony Stark made him a battle armor that shot energy shields.
  • EagleLand: He's a very jerkish Type II. He's shown to be fanatically loyal to the US government and often praised American interests while being a complete jerk about it. He even believes America has been bailing the world out of scrapes since 1918 (WWI) and as such is entitled to not having to apologize for its actions.
  • Fake Memories: Had the trauma of the murder of his parents removed; although he was led to believe this was his choice, General Haywerth had done it in order to avoid any future sanity slippages. When Walker found out the truth, he insisted on his memories being restored, but Haywerth made sure Walker still believed it had been his idea.
  • Faking the Dead: Because his identity had been made public, the government set him up to be "killed" after publicly turning the position of Captain America back to Rogers, and "resurrected" him as U.S. Agent.
  • Flanderization: Often written as a total ass, without the depths or character development.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Being a right-wing Christian, he has blatantly denied the existence of other gods or divine creatures, even when fighting them.
  • Foil: To Frank Simpson, aka "Nuke". Both are Captain America "inspired" patriotic superhumans with a right-wing slant to their political beliefs. But whereas U.S.Agent is more of a Jerkass who happens to be Right-wing, Nuke is a jingoistic lunatic and killing machine. Lampshaded when John Walker admits to Luke Cage during their mutual run in the Thunderbolts that part of the reason why he has refused cybernetics is because he sees too much of Nuke in himself.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's a genuine hero, but also a genuine asshole.
  • Handicapped Badass: During his time as warden of the Raft, he's stuck in a wheelchair due to missing an arm and leg. Doesn't stop him beating the living hell out of several inmates during an escape attempt.
  • Hidden Depths: Make no mistake, John Walker is an asshole, woth right-wing beliefs that often put him at odds with other heroes. But, and this is the important part, he is neither a total asshole, nor willing to place his political views above basic morality. He is firmly anti-racist, and even has a Token Black Friend in Lemar Hoskins. Whilst he does sympathize with some of the Watchdogs' socially conservative views, he still seeks to take them down for their willingness to conduct murder and terrorist acts. And as much of an asshole as he is, he is still dedicated to being a hero.
    • He does, however, show a few hints of prejudice towards indigenous people, being very dismissive towards Talisman, rolling his eyes when she referenced manifest destiny, referring to her as 'Pocahontas,' and telling her to 'lay off the peyote'. But this could be an extension of his jingoism rather than genuine racist belief.
  • Jerkass: He became less of this in Force Works. Later writers ignored this, and keep writing him as a jerkass.
  • Legacy Character: To Captain America, before his Divergent Character Evolution.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: As Captain America, he was trained by Taskmaster to use Rogers' shield. As U.S. Agent, he has had a variety of different shields, most notably the vibranium shield Rogers used as The Captain.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he found out that Left-Winger and Right-Winger committed suicide as the result of the massive burns he had inflicted on them. The realization was so traumatic that he briefly considered setting himself on fire to atone for his sins.
  • Nineties Antihero: He has genuinely heroic instincts... but he is also an asshole who has no problems with using extreme violence. One of his most "90s" moment had to be when his parents were gunned down by the Watchdogs in "Captain America #345"; he promptly massacres the group, including stabbing a man through the face with an assault rifle and skewering another with a pitchfork. In the next issue, it was revealed that he left 9 dead, 3 critically injured, and 13 wounded.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: His first mission as Captain America ("Captain America #335") involved infiltrating a right-wing terrorist and hate-group called the Watchdogs, who were violently against atheism, contraception, sexual education, pornography, communism, gays, blacks, single mothers, foreigners and the like. As Walker notes twice in the issue, he actually shares some of their non-racist values.
  • Sanity Slippage: After his parents were shot to death in front of him. He eventually recovered.
  • Secret Identity: After being "killed", as U.S. Agent the government gave him the new identity of "Jack Daniels". Yes, they went there.
  • Smug Super: As Super-Patriot. And in general.
  • Supersoldier: There have been several failed attempts to recreate Captain America, none of which have worked out well. U.S. Agent was probably the closest thing to a success, if only because he's still alive and still a hero. It helps that his enhancements came from the Power Broker and not a Super-Serum derivative.
  • Super Strength: Like most successful customers of the Power Broker, he has superhuman strength.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His opinion most of the time, but especially during his West Coast Avengers days.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: During Dark Avengers, when he and the eponymous team get stuck in an alternate reality, the Toxie Doxie uses her bio-engineering skills to give Walker a new arm and leg back, against Walker's previously expressed opinions.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He does not have anything approaching Steve Rogers' fighting ability, but he is so much stronger and tougher that most of their early encounters left Rogers barely holding his own.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Got him into trouble as Captain America, first when he beat Professor Power to a bloody pulp, and then later when the Watchdogs killed his parents, he went full berserker on them. Of course, this went along with "John Smith"'s plan to tarnish the image of Captain America.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Left-Winger and Right-Winger, former members of the Bold Urban Commandos (along with Battlestar) who worked with Walker as the Super-Patriot. The Commission didn't bring them on, only wanting one partner for Captain America, so they upstaged them at their public debut, revealing Walker's Secret Identity. When this got Walker's parents killed, he beat them mercilessly and abandoned them in a burning refinery. It was later revealed that he did ultimately go back to pull them out, so they'd live with the pain, but the burns proved to be so horrifically severe that they were Driven to Suicide, and he didn't find out about it until after he'd been U.S. Agent for some time, and was devastated when he did.
  • Willfully Weak: During his appearance as the warden in Thunderbolts, he admits that he has the connections, if not the resources, to get his missing limbs replaced with advanced cybernetic prosthetics. He chooses instead to go without a leg and to wear the kind of primitive hook-handed cyber that normal veterans have access to, out of solidarity. Although he also admits that another part of the reason is because he finds the idea of getting cyber-limbs uncomfortable, since it was the crazed cyborg Frank "Nuke" Simpson who removed his limbs in the first place.
  • Working-Class Hero: John considers himself one of these despite all of his faults, representing the interests of the average American and working hard to fight on their behalf. He highlights this trait in “Maximum Security” when viciously chews out the Avengers after their meddling in alien affairs led to the same aliens trying to turn Earth into a criminal waste dump in response.


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