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"To successfully make a shot, you gotta follow and master basic steps. Your stance is the foundation. Where you draw your strength. Nock the arrow and grip. Realize you are wielding a weapon. Mindset. Focus solely on your goal, regardless of your surroundings. Be in the now. Set up and draw. Inhale and prepare for what you are about to do. Anchor and hold. There is no going back. Aim. All that remains is you and your target. Release and follow through. Master those and you hit every time. One last step. Feedback. Basically...take responsibility for the outcome. For every shot."

Hawkeye is a Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee and Don Heck. Making his debut as a reluctant villain in Tales of Suspense #57 (September, 1964), Hawkeye quickly turned his back on that life and joined The Avengers after a chance meeting with Edwin Jarvis.

Raised in a broken home, Clinton "Clint" Barton and his older brother Barney had a difficult life. After his parents died in a drunk driving accident, Clint and Barney were sent to an orphanage for 6 years. Hungry for a better life, Clint and Barney ran away until desperation forced the brothers to join up with the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders. Years passed, during which Clint caught the attention of the Swordsman and Trick Shot, two talented circus performers. Under their tutelage, Clint gained the sharpshooting skills that would allow him to become a hero.


As Swordman's assistant, Clint was happy until the day he found out that his mentor was embezzling from the carnival. About to turn in the Swordsman, Clint was brutally beaten by his mentor until Barney and Trick Shot intervened. Trick Shot became Clint's new mentor while Barney grew tired of carnival life. Having condemned Clint for his perceived disloyalty to the Swordsman, Barney prepared to enlist in the Army. Asking Clint to join him, believing the two needed a fresh start, Barney was disappointed when his younger brother declined.

Jealous of the fame the then-new hero Iron Man was getting, Clint decided to use his skills to become a superhero as well, The Hawkeye. Unfortunately, his weakness for pretty women got him involved with Black Widow, who at the time was a spy working for the Russians against Iron Man, and she tricked him into attacking the hero. He soon realized he'd been duped however. Given a chance to redeem himself, Hawkeye joined the Avengers and has been affiliated with the team ever since, even leading its spin-off, the West Coast Avengers. Ironically, the Widow would later end up doing a Heel–Face Turn herself and becoming a superhero, and even joined the Avengers, having made her peace with Clint.


Years later, Clint fell in love and married Mockingbird, though they had troubles after she killed a man who had raped her. She appeared to have been killed by the Demon Lord Mephisto for a long time, until it was revealed that it was actually a Skrull spy in her place during the Secret Invasion. The real Mockingbird and Hawkeye have since reunited.

Clint was one of the casualties during the rampage of Scarlet Witch in Avengers Dissasembled. Due to the events of House of M, he came Back from the Dead, took up the mantle of Ronin with permission of the original Ronin (Maya Lopez), as the name Hawkeye at the time was being used by Young Avenger Kate Bishop, and eventually joined the New Avengers, leading to the events of Secret Invasion (and also reunited with the real Mockingbird in the aftermath). During the Dark Reign, he was appointed as the leader of the New Avengers and was doing a fair job (aside of one Leeroy Jenkins moment), until the return of Captain America. After Dark Reign, Clint became a mainstream Avengers member, once again donning the Hawkeye alter ego. However, shortly after this he and Mockingbird got divorced.

He had his own title under the Marvel NOW! line, which can best be described as an indie comic set in the Marvel Universe, and focused on Clint as well as the other two Hawkeyes, Kate Bishop and Clint's brother Barney, to varying degrees. After assisting Kate Bishop in Los Angeles, Kate realises that there are more supervillians than she can't handle alone and she enlists Clint in the new reformed West Coast Avengers.

Jeremy Renner portrays him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2011. His first appearance was a cameo in Thor.

Oh, and he's the only character in comics to be a member of both Marvel's The Avengers & DC's Justice League of America.

If you're looking for the second, female and teenage version of Hawkeye, go here.

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  • Abled in the Adaptation: Zigzagged. In alternate future stories where he goes blind (there are more than you might think) his partial deafness is conveniently left out so his hearing can make up for his lack of sight.
  • Abusive Parents: Hawkeye's father was an alcoholic and his mother did nothing to intervene.
  • The Ace: Hawkeye was this during the early run of West Coast Avengers. In a scene in which he's fighting to keep the Quinjet he's piloting from crashing, the narrator comments that many Avengers get praise for doing one thing well, but not Hawkeye—because he does MANY things well.
  • Action Girl: Kate Bishop as Hawkeye II.
  • Actually a Doombot: In an issue of The Avengers written by Brian Michael Bendis, Hawkeye goes to Transia in search of the Scarlet Witch, finds that she has Identity Amnesia, has sex with her and goes home. In The Children's Crusade, Hawkeye learns that this woman was actually a robot Doctor Doom created to throw people off Wanda's trail.
    • Well, it's not 100% clear. A more plausible reading was that Clint met up with the real Wanda in Transia before Doom replaced her with the Doombot, but either way the humor works, since Clint isn't sure if he slept with the real Wanda or the Doombot.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Ultimate Hawkeye... sometimes... has darker hair than classic Clint. Similarly, Jeremy Renner's dirty blond/brown hair in the films looks far more different than Clint's classic Golden locks.
  • American Accents: Used nontraditionally, in Volume 4 Clint's neighor Grills has an accent that keeps him from hearing the difference between Hawkeye and Hawkguy.
  • Anachronic Order:
    • Volume 4, #6 takes place mid-December, but #7 is an issue about Hurricane Sandy, which occurred in October 2012. The second trade paperback instead opts for straight chronological order, with the issues ordered 7, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11.
    • Volume 4, #6 itself is also in anachronic order, jumping around one week of December and presenting the reasons for certain situations as they come up: December 18, 13, 17, 14, 15, 19, 15, 16, and 19.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: To DC's Green Arrow.
  • Always Someone Better: Hawkeye is this to Green Arrow in an alternate universe where the Justice League and Avengers co-exist. Leaving the Marvel Universe to join the Justice League, Hawkeye completely overshadows Ollie, landing an impossible trick shot to defeat Doctor Doom at the Source Wall. Clint was even dating Black Canary, Ollie's girl.
    • Also, occasionally, to Kate Bishop. As far as Clint is concerned, Kate is the best archer he's ever met. However, while she's skilled enough to be on the Young Avengers, he's just that much better that, occasionally, she expresses slight jealousy over it.
    • As the comics have shown, Clint can casually land the Robin Hood shot (piercing an arrow with another arrow from behind) which Kate can't do at first, but she can tell Emperor Domitian to suck it by loosing five arrows at once (and have them all be non-lethal). However, Clint can fire three arrows and hit his targets before you can say "That's cool", making it a case of Technician vs. Performer, and Kate eventually managed to land the Robin Hood shot in Hawkeye #10, published 5 years later (in real-world time) after her first attempt in Young Avengers Presents #6.
    • Mockingbird is this to him. She was a far better fighter and effortlessly beat him in a fight when they first met, and the only reason he won a fight when she was being forced to kill him was because she was brainwashed to fight without thinking and he was able to use that and his strength against her.
    • For Clint, the one man whom he'll forever (begrudgingly) consider to be better than him is Captain America.
  • Amazon Chaser: Clint tends to have a taste for women who can handle themselves in a fight. Case in point: When he first met Mockingbird, she kicked his ass. They married nine days later.
  • Amicable Exes: With Bobbi. Clint is ready to rip the city apart when he finds out she's been shot, and she beats up some goons when they're watching Clint's apartment building in Hawkeye. The last one is followed by her taking a shower at his place and, smilingly, handing him their finalized divorce papers (...that were already finalized before she was abducted by Skrulls).
    • Also Natasha. They didn't date long, but they're still so close that the two have been jokingly referred to as each others "Work Wife/Husband".
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: Bullseye during Dark Reign.
  • Arc Words: "Okay... this looks bad." The phrase starts just about every issue of the Matt Fraction run, and it usually involves Clint falling to his doom or in some other horrible situation. Eventually there's an issue that starts with him being held at gunpoint with his pants around his ankles, and the phrase becomes, "Okay... this looks... completely ridiculous."
  • Arch-Enemy: Probably Trickshot or Crossfire, depending on who you ask. Once Barney inherited the Trickshot mantle, he and Clint had a Cain and Abel dynamic. Hawkeye and Crossfire have the competition one would expect from rival marksmen (with different weapons), but Crossfire has kicked a lot of dogs in an attempt to break Hawkeye's spirit.
  • Archer Archetype: Hawkeye is an arrogant ace. He notably averts the "lower strength" trope, observing in at least one unarmed brawl how all the years of archery have paid off in terms of upper body strength and on another occasion disparaging Crossfire attempts to shoot Hawkeye with his bow (which has a 250 pounds-force (1,100 newtons) draw weight) and can't even draw the string back far enough to use it.
  • As Lethal as It Needs to Be: His arrows and his way of using them. Though traditionally Hawkeye abhors killing, in later years he has become a victim of the "darker and edgier" trend of superheroes. In his most recent appearances, however, Hawkeye tries to avoid killing people, but doesn't flinch at leaving his enemies paralyzed, perhaps for life.
    He'll live. Not well but he'll live.
  • Back from the Dead: Hawkeye died during the events of Avengers Disassembled, only to still be alive after reality is shifted to the House of M. Following a Heroic Blue Screen of Death after his memories of his original life are restored & he learns that he's supposed to be dead, Clint is then killed a second time & resurrected for real when reality is returned to normal.
  • Badass Biker: Has a custom built motorcycle nicknamed "Lightning."
  • Badass Normal: He's a skilled marksman; able to wield several weapons as Ronin; and when Tony Stark tries to find a replacement for the recently deceased Steve Rogers, he was the only one able to throw & catch Cap's shield. In an issue of Avenging Spider-Man, Clint confides in Spider-Man that there is an enormous amount of pressure on him as a Badass Normal on the same team as Captain America, Thor, Iron Man & the Hulk, and subsequently he has to train constantly in order to make sure his accuracy is superhuman, in effect meaning he cannot miss. Aside from his archery, one of his limited series showed he can throw objects with such skill and precision that he rivals Bullseye, meaning that, in Clint's hands, anything can be a lethal weapon. Then, despite Matt Fraction's oft critiqued portrayal of his abilities, Hawkeye is a highly skilled martial artist. He's considered Captain America's top student in the martial arts, and as Ronin, he displayed such level of skill he actually impressed and won praise from none other than Daniel Rand, A.K.A the Iron Fist, A.K.A, the best Martial Artist in the Marvel Universe. As Ronin, he also demonstrated he's not only the world's greatest archer, but also an expert swordsman (trained by none other than Swordsman himself) and an all around Weapon Master, using weapons like Nunchakus and the staff with great skill.
    • In the Marvel Ultimate universe, his Improbable Aiming Skills border on the superhuman. In the recent Ultimate Comics: Hawkeye miniseries, it's established that he has subtle enhancements. Ultimate Hawkeye has increased musculature around the eyeballs, which allows him the ability to change his focal length. He also has many more rod cells and fewer cone cells in his eyes, leading to high-contrast, mostly black and white vision and better detection of motion. He's also immune to most attempts to trick the eye, such as camouflage or one-way mirrors.
  • Battle Couple: Hawkeye and Mockingbird
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Commonly averted with Kate, who gets beaten up or otherwise disheveled just about as much as Clint does, and often has bandages patching her face.
  • Berserk Button: Doesn't matter if Hawkeye's relationship with her is going strong or not: hurt Mockingbird, and there will be hell to pay. This works both ways as well, so in short, don't fuck with them.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Sometimes with lethal results, as when he shot Egghead in his pistol, which then backlogged and exploded.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: As Ronin, he mostly relied on melee weapons but he was also known for breaking out the ol' bow every once in a while if he felt like taking things seriously.
  • Broken Pedestal: Hawkeye thought of the Swordsman as a father figure until he learned of his mentor's criminal activities. Something similar with Trick Shot too. One of the many proposed reasons for Clint's tendency to play The Lancer is that, until he met Captain America, he lacked a real father figure he could trust who didn't, ultimately, become an enemy.
  • Brick Joke: Kate Bishop criticizes Clint for keeping a boomerang arrow, only for her use it to disable a gangster who was holding a gun to Clint's head.
  • Cain and Abel: Barney Barton was always jealous of the attention given to Clint during their time with the circus. After taking up the mantle of Trickshot, Barney and Clint became bitter enemies.
  • Carnival of Killers: Bullet Biker, Swordsman, and both Trickshots got their start performing at the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders alongside Clint. The Saving Throws also play this trope fairly straight.
  • The Chew Toy: He was killed off in Avengers Disassembled, came back and got killed again in the following year's big event, and got burned alive halfway through Avengers vs. X-Men. If you see a big Marvel Crisis Crossover, expect bad things for Hawkeye.
  • Chick Magnet: Black Widow lampshaded this in Widowmaker: Despite having absolutely nothing remotely attractive about his demeanor (he spends a lot of time making an idiot of himself) women seem to fall for him.
  • Choice of Two Weapons: Weapon of Choice notwithstanding, Hawkeye is actually something of a weapon's master... not even limited to just two, actually, but his most used weapons are a Bow and arrows and a Sword.
  • Circus Brat: Clint picked up his skills with the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders. In some adaptations and Elseworlds (such as the Ultimate Imprint, the Iron Man: Armored Adventures cartoon, and Chuck Austin's AU War Machine run), this is modernized into him being an Olympic hopeful...for some reason.
  • Clark Kenting: Clint just wears some shades. He doesn't make a real effort to conceal his identity, though he finds it more convenient if people don't realize that he's the Avenger Hawkeye. As a running gag, everyone in his apartment know who he is, to his annoyance when they loudly call him this, though everyone else needs him to actually tell them this because, frankly, they don't even know of him.
  • Color Motif: Strongly associated with purple, to the point of it being the dominant color in general.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The Ultimates redesigned Hawkeye with the likeness of Bruce Willis.
  • Continuity Snarl: Several in issue 9 of Hawkeye volume 4, mainly in relation to his and Bobbi's relationship. They sign divorce papers despite being considered divorced as early as New Avengers The Reunion and Jessica claims that he ran away when things got tough, but they had made multiple attempts at getting back together and the last one failed due to a combination of them both suffering from severe PTSD and them both feeling that they couldn't be together at that point. But, the last one may just be poor research on Jess's part.
  • Cool Bike: The Sky-Cycle.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Hawkeye carries target-specific arrowheads for almost any occasion. In JLA/Avengers, Hawkeye locks down Captain Atom with a lead foil containment arrow meant for the Radioactive Man. He claims to have an arrow custom made to defeat every single one of his Avengers teammates. During his time with the Thunderbolts (in the arc when Moonstone goes nuts as her power increases), after taking out The Vision with a specialized arrow:
    You know I got an arrow for every single one of you. Don't think for one second that I didn't come here prepared to take down both teams if I have to!
  • Dating Catwoman: He had a fling with Moonstone during his tenure with the Thunderbolts.
  • Darker and Edgier: During the period Clint operated as Ronin, he jettisoned his "No Killing" rule and even briefly used firearms. And of course in a literal example, he had started wearing a black costume rather than his purple outfit.
  • Deadly Dodging: A talented acrobat, Hawkeye uses his agility against his enemies, especially when he's outnumbered. In a training session with the Thunderbolts, Hawkeye uses this technique against Jolt and Moonstone to demonstrate the importance of teamwork.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Decomposite Character: Within in the MCU, it seems aspects of Hawkeye's character have been given to Lance Hunter in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., primarily his relationship with Bobbi of being exes with a tendency to bicker and snark but still care a deep amount for each other and be a serious Battle Couple when in a fight. Hunter is also similarly a Jerk with a Heart of Gold Deadpan Snarker Badass Normal, making him fairly similar to Clint's comic counterpart.
  • Depending on the Artist:
    • His hair, length and style, and in the Ultimate Universe, how dark it is.
    • There's also his costume's sleeves. IE, if he has any sleeves at all, if he has one sleeve, short sleeves, or bare arms. With his new costume, this includes what are his glasses like (are they like any normal pair, do they look like Mockingbird's, do they look more stylized, are they just solid purple glass, etc), if he's wearing any glasses at all, does he wear wrist guards, how big or how detailed his logo is, how many pouches does he have, does he have a second quiver on his waist, is he wearing cargo pants or superhero tights, does he have any more purple on his costume, etc.
    • Lastly, his bow. Is it a stylized Longbow, a fancy recurve, a compound, some kind of custom one-of-a-kind bow, does it lean towards more fancy looking, or is it more futuristic and practical, does it fold up or come apart, does it have any attachments, etc. This also extends to his arrow heads: Do they all have little metal cylinders on the end holding whatever trick implements are inside, or is it a a more realistic, though bulky, sharp and pointy arrow head. Due to his nature, its entirely possible that he has a mix of both.
    • One notable discrepency is also his height. Officially, Clint is 6'3, making him an inch taller than Captain America, however quite often he's drawn to be shorter than Cap. Likewise, Kate is officially 5'5, but sometimes the two are drawn either the same height, or only a few inches apart, when Clint should be nearly a foot taller than her.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • Recently, Clint's view on killing. Previously, Clint was so against killing that he refused to listen to his wife's plea after she killed a man that raped her. Next minute, he's willingly firing arrows into bad guys boy parts without caring if they'll survive, then he's lecturing Anti-Heroes why they should let bad guys live, then he's killing Skrulls. Addressed in New Avengers The Reunion, where he admits that he now understands why someone would want to kill another.
    • Clint's social skills too. He's either a childish and occasionally snarky Nice Guy, or he's a complete Jerk with a Heart of Gold that has a mouth too big for him. When written by Brian Bendis, he also tends to be FAR more of a jerk than he is usually, and tends to be the one itching to just kill the villain and making other rash decisions.
    • And, strangely, Clint's knowledge of TV pop culture, and his interest in it in general. In a Team up with Spider-Man, Clint claims he doesn't watch TV (and doesn't even own one; given his later confession about the amount of pressure he has to live up to as a Badass Normal it's possible he was lying to look good), but in The Reunion and his new ongoing, he makes references to Grey's Anatomy and owning a TiVo. In issue 6, he's terrified of getting the ending of Dog Cops spoiled, and throughout his series TVs can be seen, though this could be explained by the fact he received a large amount of money before the series started.
    • Clint's knowledge of languages. In Hawkeye, he struggles to tell languages apart, while in Infinity he manages to speak another language.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: He can punch them out too, mind you, but he's not above scamming them either.
  • Disability Immunity: His first fight with Crossfire left him deaf in one ear. Has a hearing aid. It gave him some kind of detection, as he could dial it up and tell if someone was secretly a robot.
    • For a while, at least. Clint's hearing was fixed post-Heroes Reborn'.
      • As of the most recent issues of Fraction's Hawkeye, Clint is once again deaf after Clown stabs him in the ears with one of his own arrows.
    • It's worth noting that Clint's deafness has never made it into adaptations outside the comics, to the disappointment of quite a few deaf fans who enjoy the representation he gives them.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Kate Bishop.
  • Evil Counterpart: Swordsman, Trick Shot, and Barney Barton as Trickshot. Bullseye & Barney Barton both served as Hawkeye in Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers teams.
  • Evil Mentor: Trick Shot, who taught young Clint archery so he could have an accomplice while he committed crimes. Clint broke off their arrangement after he was forced to shoot his brother Barney.
  • FBI Agent: Clint's brother Barney was an undercover FBI agent.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Hawkeye, despite starting off trying to be a hero, was manipulated by Black Widow and was a villain before joining the Avengers.
  • Family Man: Seen more in his version for Marvel Cinematic Universe where he cares for the family he formed in the movies, but in the comics is also seen a bit by the way he cares for his brother Barney and the long relationship he had with Bobbi.
  • Fastball Special: Has one with Ant-Man & the various other size shifters in the Marvel Universe, where the shrunken down hero is fired on one of Clint's arrows & proceeds to increase in size whilst flying at the enemy. Also serves as Clint's Level 3 Hyper in Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3.
  • Fighting with Chucks: As Ronin, he very often made expert use of them, as his go-to non-lethal weapon. He also dual-wielded them.
  • Fight Magnet: The Tracksuit Mafia.
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Foil: To Daredevil. Clint acts like a goofy idiot while Matt is almost always serious. Clint was almost deaf (prior to Heroes Reborn), but has the best eyes in the Marvel U, while Matt is blind, but has super-humanly good hearing. Hawkeye works best in teams while Daredevil prefers working alone. It's worth noting that both were love interests for Black Widow.
  • The Gimmick
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted. Clint's weapon of choice is a bow and a quiver of arrows, while Bobbi prefers to beat people with her battle staves or kick them.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Clint started out as a normal guy trying to be a hero, but after he was mistaken for a criminal Black Widow picked him up and convinced him to help her. Barney Barton becomes the second Trick Shot.
  • Idiot Hero, Good Is Dumb and Book Dumb: Clint's not stupid, he's a fairly smart man and has a wide range of talents/skills, but he's uneducated, doesn't plan too far ahead, isn't particularly good at understanding others, and can sometimes come off as incredibly dense. He can also be childish in more light hearted comics, like disagreeing with the team leader for the sake of it, cracking jokes about She-Hulk because he had a crush on her, and in general trolling villains and teasing teammates. He also demonstrated that, while they have their purposes, the main reason for all his trick arrows is simply because they're fun.
  • I Have Many Names: Clint has used the names Hawkeye, Goliath, Golden Archer, Captain America, and Ronin. What's notable is that every one of those names have been adopted by someone else, or belonged to someone else before he picked it up.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: He's more than capable of using his bow as a close-quarters weapon, and can even throw arrows like darts if his bow is broken or out of reach.
    • Improbable Weapon User: Not as much as Bullseye, but Clint has, in recent years, been shown to be able to weaponize anything from plying cards to pennies. He notes in #3 that when he walks into a room, he looks at everything and makes a mental note on its use as a weapon, something he also notes is a completely insane thing to do.
  • Indy Ploy: As he explained to Moonstone at one point during the original run of Thunderbolts, Clint prefers to walk into a situation without having a plan. As he sees it, you fight harder when you know you don't have a safety net.
  • Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: Hawkeye's weapon of choice against speedsters and agile opponents is to predict their next move and put an arrow in their path. Batroc the Leaper found himself stuck to the floor by an adhesive arrow after Hawkeye correctly deduced his landing point.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Clint and Kate. While they don't appear to be that far apart in age (going by what's said, Kate is about 20 now, while Clint's age is probably only ten years older at most), they did first meet when she was about 16.
  • Irony: In Dark Reign, Clint was highly suspicious at Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew, considering she was the face of the Skrull Queen during Secret Invasion. They were afterwards in a somewhat complicated relationship (even though they were only in this state of affairs because she unknowingly manipulated his pheromones).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Katanas Are Just Better: As Ronin.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: Clint used to be part of one with the Swordsman.
  • The Lancer: To Captain America.
  • Legacy Character: Clint Barton took up Ronin's mantle with her blessing. He also served as the second Goliath after Hank Pym adopts the Yellowjacket persona. After the death of Captain America, Clint had a very short stint as the new Cap until Kate Bishop (Not knowing it was Clint) pointed out the hypocrisy in him wearing Cap's costume whilst he called her out on using the Hawkeye. This convinced him to give the costume and shield back to Tony Stark (he'd never really been comfortable with being the replacement Cap anyway). While he was Ronin, Clint gave Kate Bishop his blessing to continue serving as the second Hawkeye after testing her skills. Barney Barton became the second Trick Shot, renaming himself Trickshot.
  • Love Makes You Stupid: In his very first appearance he becomes smitten with Black widow the moment he sees her. Because of this he just goes along with whatever she tells him to do without question.
  • Made of Iron: Only as Goliath II.
  • Master Archer: Clint Barton is the canon's foremost archer. His accuracy is nigh-superhuman due to much training, and he achieves things an average human can only dream of. In addition to being a Master Archer he is also skilled with several other weapons and is a highly-trained martial artist.
  • Master Swordsman: The Swordsman, naturally. Hawkeye is also an expert with a sword, his use of it as Ronin is in honor of the Swordsman, one of his mentors, who taught him everything about swordsmanship.
  • Middle Name Basis: Barney's real name is Charles Bernard Barton.
  • Mondegreen: "Hawkguy" is what Matt Fraction's son kept calling Hawkeye. It eventually shaped the character's portrayal in the new series, made its way into issue 6 and has become the unofficial nickname of Vol. 4.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: One of the most famous and visible examples. In the MCU movies, the creators ditched his purple costume and mask for more practical looking black leather, which eventually found its way back into the comics.
    • His outfit in the first Avengers movie (which became the basis for his new look in the 616 Marvel universe, was actually an exact copy of his costume from the first Ultimates series.
    • Prior to that, he'd worn a black costume as Ronin. The Ronin outfit ended up being the partial basis for his new costume in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Multi-Melee Master: In addition to his bow and arrows, Hawkeye is a master of martial arts and a weapon's master, being excellent at using a sword, nunchakus, bo staff and even straight up throwing projectiles.
  • Multishot: One of his more notable skills. In Hawkeye #2 he notched three arrows, pulled back the string, took aim at a target, and hit the target in the head, stomach, and groin in the time it took Kate to say "that's so cool."
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: A mild version of it is used for him. Hawkeye is obviously not as a musclebound as Captain America or the Incredible Hulk, but he is plenty strong himself as a villain finds out when he tried using Hawkeye's bow against him and finds he can't pull back the string, considering to do so means he would have to pull back the equivalent of 250 pounds with three fingers, which Hawkeye does all the time without effort. With that in mind, Clint is, usually, drawn with an impressive build.
  • My Greatest Failure: New Avengers: The Reunion and Hawkeye & Mockingbird revealed that Clint has regarded his failure to support Bobbi letting the Phantom Rider fall to his death (he raped her, but Clint used to have a much stronger hatred of killing) as his greatest failure for years, and it has constantly haunted him. He also considered her "death" one, telling her that he saw her everywhere while she was missing.
  • No "Arc" in "Archery": Employed on occasion when Hawkeye uses his trick arrows.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Will Bryson in Hawkeye #16 is a very unsubtle one for Brian Wilson.
    • His music band, 'The Greyson Brothers', and a pic from their (not updated) website is mostly a pastiche of The Everly Brothers.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In Secret Avengers, neither Jessica nor Natasha think much of him, seeing him as a goofball. Maria Hill telsl them that's precisely why he's so dangerous — no one thinks much of him.
  • Oh, Crap!: See Roaring Rampage of Revenge
  • One Steve Limit: The 2010s era with both Clint and Kate using an unmodified "Hawkeye" identity was the first Marvel work to unambiguously break the publisher's long-term rule of not having two characters use the same costumed identity simultaneously.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Barney Barton, until he was placed in one of Egghead's healing chambers.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: A major part of the reason the character has developed a negative reputation among mainstream audiences. He was the only Avenger not to have their own solo movie or a significant supporting role in another movie prior to The Avengers, which meant his big film debut was mostly overshadowed by the spectacle of seeing Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk teaming up. Exasperating this situation was that his subsequent two appearances were in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, where he was now sharing screentime with other impressive superheroes like Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Black Panther, and Spider-Man. Tellingly, his increased role in Age of Ultron largely focused on his family life and his status as The Heart of the team, rather than his usefulness in battle.
  • Painting the Medium: One of the main running themes of Volume 4.
    • Foreign languages go untranslated; instead, they're replaced by whatever language Clint thinks they're speaking in.
      Maynard Tiboldt: Ladies and gentlemen. (French stuff.) (Wait, maybe some Italian, too?) ... (French!)

      Clown: (Curses in Polish)
    • Several sound effects aren't onomatopoeiae, but instead descriptions of the actual sound—for example, "(Roar of blood in head transmutes to smudgy backwards talking in a cup or something I dunno)". If there are Written Sound Effects, half the time they're Unsound Effects like "KGLASSSSS" for a shattering window.
    • The recap on the credits page berates the reader for reading it, as they should already know the information presented.
  • Parental Substitute: Swordsman and Trick Shot in his youth, Captain America as an Avenger. Seems to be trying to act as one for Kate...success is arguable.
  • Pinball Projectile
  • Platonic Life-Partners: with Kate Bishop.
  • Popularity Power: Mainly to do with Kate Bishop as her role in Matt Fraction's Hawkeye has gained her a significant following. A following so large that it contributed to her character joining the Ultimate Universe as a love interest to another popular, but controversial character, Miles Morales. This is significant because most Marvel Superheroes who are adapted in Ultimate at least have been in Marvel continuity for decades. Kate is the only relatively recent addition to the Marvel in general that has an Ultimate counterpart who will also be significant.
  • Positive Discrimination: Arguably, Clint and Kate's dynamic falls under this. While Clint is the strongest archer of the two and has far more experience, he's far more goofy and easily beat, and so far needed her to save him three times (not, this is so far equal to once every issue she's been in), while Kate plays the role of the Straight Man and Hyper-Competent Sidekick.
  • Rain of Arrows: In Hawkeye/Mockingbird he unleashed special trick arrows, the heads of which are filled with dozens, if not hundreds, of regular arrows shrunken down with Pym particles, leading to this trope. Hawkeye has a smaller-scale version of this attack in Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 called the scatter shot.
  • Reality Ensues: In issue #7 (the Hurricane Sandy issue), Grills asks Clint why he isn't out with his fellow Avengers. Clint responds by stating that his archery skills would be rendered useless thanks to the hurricane's winds.
  • Really Gets Around: He gradually grows into his reputation as a womanizer. Beside his ex-wife, he had been with Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew).
  • Right Through His Pants: Inverted; the aftermath of a sexual encounter has him completely nude and her being the one half-dressed.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In The Ultimates continuity after his family is murdered and he is taken captive, he takes out one of his captors with a fingernail he's pulled from his own finger, then proceeds to single-handedly take out the entire strike force sent to take him down. He then looks into one of the security cameras and simply says, "Run."
  • Rogues Gallery: Surprisingly, yes. Crossfire, Bobcat, Razor-Fist, the Tracksuit Mafia, Trickshot, the Clown, the Bullet Biker, Swordsman, Bullseye, Oddball and the Death Throws, the Circus Of Crime, and The Griffin.
  • Rule of Fun: Some of his earlier adventures, and his new ongoing. Surely, a boomerang arrow makes no sense at all, but it works, 'because...boomerangs'.
  • Running Gag: Most of the issues open with Clint in a compromising situation (such as falling from a building or waking up in bed with a woman) and saying, "Ok, this looks bad."
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Clint is one to Captain America, and anyone else he's on a team with. Kate Bishop is one to Clint.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Clint calls a cummerbund a "Cumberbatch".
    • A page looks eerily like a screenshot from the Captain America and the Avengers arcade game, except it has current Hawkeye, Spider-Man, and Wolverine vs a bunch of AIM mooks.
    • In the Matt Fraction run, we get to see the moment when, as a kid, Clint learned that there'd been an accident and he was an orphan now. Just like Walter from ''Watchmen, Clint has nothing to say in response except "Good."
  • A Simple Plan: Several of the stories in the Matt Fraction run.
    • Firstly, all Clint wanted was some tape to label his trick arrows with, but then he ends up buying a car, sleeping with its owner, and getting into a shootout with his former landlord's gang, and ends up in a hostage situation. Secondly, he was tying to go to Madripoor to reclaim a tape of him killing a dictator. Instead, he gets detained at the airport, robbed in the cab, loses his money and Avenger ID, then gets kidnapped by Madame Masque, only for this to be Kate pretending to be Masque. The second half they manage to Indy Ploy their way out though.
    • Issue 8 doesn't work out too well for him either. Clint and Cherry manage to steal the Red Safe, but Clint gets arrested and they end up losing the combination.
  • Simple Staff: As Ronin, Clint used one, created by locking together both of his nunchakus. He learned how to wield a staff in honor and remembrance of his wife, Mockingbird, who he thought was dead. Still not as good as her as it is her weapon, but still.
  • The '60s: Despite being set in 2012/2013 Volume 4 has undertones of Sixties style to it in. The Tracksuit Mafia drive original Minis, Kazimierz Kazimierczak/Clown wouldn't look out of place in The Italian Job, all the women wear Sixties dresses, and Kate might as well have joined a different Avengers.
  • Sizeshifter: Clint's stint as Goliath II gave him the ability to change size at will thanks to the Pym Particles.
  • Small Reference Pools: In-universe in vol. 4 #6; Hawkeye says his line of work is like being in the NFL year-round. Wolverine compares him to Mel Hein, which Spider-Man scoffs at. "Mel Hein? What are you, a hundred years old?" Wolverine is, of course, actually a bit older than that.
  • Something Something Leonard Bernstein: How human dialogue sounds to Clint's dog.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: As Ronin: Katana? Check. Nunchaku? Check. Kunai and/or Shuriken? Sure, in a pinch. Hell, even his trademark bow and arrow qualifies. And those melee weapons? Yeah, he'll dual wield them for added badass Ninja points.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path
  • Super Strength: Only as Goliath II.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In Hawkeye, vol. 4, #15, Bobbi asks Clint about the strip club he busted up. He is surprised that she knows about that and attempts to defend himself:
    Clint: I wasn't there for the girls. I was there for the guys. No. Wait."
  • There Are No Therapists: Clint's suffered the death of his brother, his wife, his own death at the hands of his best friend, recovering his memories in a world created by said friend and discovering that he is dead in the real world, his resurrection by the same friend, but no one has ever recommended that he sees a therapist—not even when the death of his wife led to him staying in the wilderness until his old mentor convinced him that Bobbi wouldn't want him to live like that.
    • Ultimate Hawkeye's family was killed and he's still working with the Ultimates, despite it being pretty obvious that he has PTSD.
  • Trick Arrow: Hawkeye has special arrowheads that can carry acid, fire, Pym Particles, nets, Knockout Gas, grappling hooks, sonic stunners, electricity, ice or explosives. Other specialized arrows include the Adamantium arrow and the Vibranium arrow.
    • And the boomerang. Don't forget to respect the boomerang. It comes back to you in the end.
  • The Trickster: Has elements of this. With the fate of the world in the balance, he challenges the Grandmaster to a final game of skill and chance: Guessing which of the two arrows he's holding has an arrowhead. Grandmaster picks the wrong one, and the universe is saved. The kicker? Hawkeye cheated, using slight of hand from his Carnival days. The fact he saves existence with such a trick gets a laugh from Death itself.
  • Trouser Space: During "The Tape", Clint stuff his "Amex Black" credit card with no credit limit down the front of his pants. While interrogating him Madame Masque is disgusted to hear this but is the only one willing to reach in and get it and then it turns out Masque is actually Kate Bishop in disguise.
  • True Love Is Boring: After several years of marital bliss, the Phantom Rider incident happened, and Clint and Bobbi broke up. Right after they made up and were on track to getting back together, she was killed. And now that she's Back from the Dead, they find out they're now technically divorced. When they reunite as a couple, they find out they're both going through hard times and aren't ready to stay together.
  • *Twang* Hello: Except for him barely missing his targets isn't an issue. His arrows blow up.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Villains, and in some cases some fans, usually underestimate Hawkeye because he fights alongside Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America. He soon reminds them why he fights alongside Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America.
  • Undying Loyalty: Clint has shown over the years that, if he works alongside you or considers you a friend, he will stick by and trust you no matter what. A perfect example would be the Greg Pak War Machine run, where Clint and other former WCA members were called to reign in Rhodey's increasingly violent Blood Knight tendencies. While Mockingbird seemed to think Rhodey had gone off the deep end, Clint was sure that Rhodey had a perfectly good reason for his actions, simply because of the time they spent together previouslynote .
  • Verbal Tic: The Russian gangsters who harass Hawkeye throughout volume 4 say "bro" in virtually every sentence, usually at the end.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Hawkeye and Green Arrow in JLA/Avengers.
    • Clint and anyone, really. He'll call out and argue with Cap, but there's no one he holds more respect for. He'll patronize Kate Bishop and treat her like a child but considers her the best archer he's ever met, he'll tease Bobbi but she's the first person he ever loved, he makes fun of Spider-Man yet he's got no problem confessing his insecurities to him, etc.
  • Villain Episode: Matt Fraction gave Clown an issue from his viewpoint.
  • Weapon of Choice: The bow and arrow (trick arrows, to be more precise), of course!
  • Wham Episode: Issue #11 is Lucky the dog's perspective on the goings on of the apartment building. It ends with Kate and Lucky leaving Clint for California.
  • Wire Dilemma: Parodied. One issue of the Matt Fraction run starts with Hawkeye standing over a bunch of wires, thinking carefully, and finally cutting the green wire over Tony Stark's objections... and then it turns out they're the wires to all the electronics in his apartment, which have gotten hopelessly tangled.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He uses a bow and arrow, not even a crossbow. He's on a team that at times features The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Scarlet Witch and many other juggernauts. Despite this he makes it work.
  • You Remind Me of X: Steve Rogers notes that Kate Bishop, the second Hawkeye, reminds her of Clint in the way she called him out over his treatment of Patriot & gives her permission to use the Hawkeye name. Clint himself notes that she reminds him of himself at a young age.


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