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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 

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  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2020), portrayed by Wyatt Russell

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U.S. Agent provides examples of:

  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost his left arm and leg during "Siege".
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: For Steve Rogers
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Refused to believe Hercules and his pantheon are gods, to their faces. Somehow he came out of that one alive...
  • 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.
  • 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's refused cybernetics is because he sees too much of Nuke in himself.
  • Hidden Depths: Make no mistake, John Walker is a Right-wing asshole. But, and this is the important part, he's a neither a total asshole, nor willing to place his political views above basic morality. He is firmly anti-racist, and even has a Black Best 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's still dedicated to being a hero.
  • 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's 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'd 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's 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's revealed 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.
  • Super Soldier: 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.
  • 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 berzerker 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.
  • 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 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.


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