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Seems like everybody's tryin' to conquer the universe these days!
~ Hawkeye.
I mean, I can't miss... I'm on a team with super-humans. And one god, in case you've forgotten. Even you... well, you climb walls really well. The training is the only thing that makes me special. And if I'm not special, then none of this is worth it. I gave up a lot for this life. I could have been happy with Mockingbir-- Bobbi. We could have had a good, simple life. But I wanted to play with the big boys. And if I miss, it means I'm just another dude with a bow. It means I've been fooling myself this whole time. And that's why I never miss.
~ Hawkeye

Clinton Francis "Clint" Barton, also known as Hawkeye, is a fictional character and superhero from Marvel comics, appearing as the main protagonist of his titular comics, and a major character in the Avengers comics.

He is a member of the Avengers and is known for his amazing skills in archery - often deploying a number of trick arrows to deal with his opponents - he is also a rebel of sorts who often clashes with Captain America over differences in opinions, although he won't let his dislike of certain rules or individuals stop him from defending what he sees as right. He is also the partner of Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), and formerly Black Widow and Mockingbird.

Hawkeye was created by the late Stan Lee and Don Heck, and first appeared in Tales of Suspense #57 in September of 1964.

The character has been a member of the superhero team the Avengers and has been featured in several incarnations of his own various comic book series. Hawkeye has been adapted for several animated TV shows and films. Jeremy Renner portrays Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Biography

Background

Clinton Francis Barton was born on June 18 to Harold and Edith Barton, and had an older brother named Barney. Clint Barton and his brother, Barney Barton, grew up in an abusive family with a father who was a violent drunk and an apathetic mother who seemed not to care. The Bartons would meet their end in a car accident caused by Mr. Barton getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and Clint and Barney ended up being sent to an orphanage.

The two boys dreamed of freedom and after their abusive childhoods a little thing like walls and social workers were not seen as much of obstacle to them and they escaped to make a life for themselves. The two boys ran away to the circus and applied as performers. As many performers has escaped to the circus to get away from bad family lives the boys were welcomed but still needed to carry their weight to be a part of it.

Wishing to save them from shoveling animal waste to get by two performers, Buck Chisholm and Jacques DuQuesne, AKA Trickshot and Swordsman, decided to train Clint and Barney in the arts of weapon finesse. Both Buck and Jacques were actually mercenaries but applied their talents at the circus as a cover and a source of work in-between jobs and when they saw how well Clint and Barney took to their weapons they decided to train them to do more than simple spectacle tricks. Though only youths, Clint and Barney's talents seemed to demand that Trickshot and Swordsman teach them real world weapon skills and before they reached their teenage years the Barton brothers had picked up mercenary level, professional training in bow and blade skills passed off as simple feats of entertainment.

Clint eventually caught Jacques stealing money from the circus. When Clint confronted Jacques about his theft, at first Jacques tried to bribe his young protege' however when Clint refused, Jacques instead decided to resort to violence to keep Clint quite and beat severely, then made his escape with the money leaving Clint for dead. Wounded and understandably upset at the closet thing he had to a father til then deciding beat him, Clint opted to leave the circus and find a new life but was chased down by Barney. Clint was unable to convince Barney to leave as well and Barney felt betrayed that Clint would try and so despite his feeling Clint returned to the circus with his brother.

Clint's still kept trying to better his already formidable training and was dubbed "The Amazing Hawkeye" as his own act. The spectacle of his position as his own act did little for Clint as his experience with Swordsman let to him spending years feeling unfulfilled and jaded to the world he had grown up in. One day Clint had the occasion to witness Iron Man preventing a disaster. Though Iron Man had in-fact diverted attention from "The Amazing Hawkeye"'s performance, Clint was about was actually more impressed than anyone else, and feeling the need for purpose took the experience as sign that he should fight-crime as well.

Hawkeye; Crime Fighter

Hawkeye's first attempt to stop crime ended poorly for him, though he was able to apply his skills well to stop two thieves he was the one mistaken for a criminal when the police showed up and was forced to flee and remain in hiding for a bit. Future attempts proved to be less disastrous but still less than what he had expected and Hawkeye was perplexed as to how "Super Heroes" did their daring-do without getting in trouble with the law. Hawkeye would eventually meet the spy known as Natalia Romanova AKA the Black Widow who warmed up to him on a personal level and also appreciated his talents.

Romanov, who was working as a Soviet Spy at the time, suggested Hawkeye announce his presence to the world by fighting Iron Man publicly. Clint considered Natalia's offer briefly before he realized she was playing him as a distraction for her own jobs and refused. Black Widow wished Clint well at the hero game and left him to continue trying to find his way in the world. Hawkeye would eventually save the life of Edward Jarvis and his family while on patrol and was invited to dinner with Jarvis as thanks. Over dinner Clint would recount the cliff-notes of his tale with Jarvis as thanks for the meal, but what Hawkeye had not known was that Jarvis was Tony Stark AKA "Iron Man"'s butler.

Sympathetic and still grateful to his costumed savior, Jarvis arranged for Hawkeye to meet with Iron Man and his new team, "The Avengers". Iron Man was auditioning members for the team and upon Jarvis's recommendation gave Hawkeye an interview. Hawkeye's skills proved his talents and then some and Hawkeye was welcomed to the team. Stark upgraded Hawkeye's arrows and the avengers provided armor to Hawkeye that was an imitation of his circus uniform but made of much sturdier military grade materials.

Since then Hawkman became the hero he had been dreaming of taking pride in his work fighting crime with his finely honed skills. Black Widow would eventually defect from her service to the Soviets and when she came looking for alternative employment opportunities Hawkeye vouched for her, for though he knew she thought of her job first she was also affable enough to be given a chance to better herself. Romanov has never forgotten the second chance Hawkeye gave her and once she joined the two became inseparable team-mates.

Love-Interests

Portrayals

Films

  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is portrayed by Jeremy Renner, who also played William Brandt in the Mission: Impossible films, and Hansel in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
  • In Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, he was voiced by Matthew Mercer, who also voiced Yamato in the Naruto series, Fei Long in Street Fighter IV, Kurtis Stryker in Mortal Kombat (2011), Robin in Batman: Arkham Knight, Luke Skywalker in EA's Star Wars Battlefront II, and Leon S. Kennedy in Resident Evil: Vendetta.

Television

  • In The Marvel Super Heroes, he was voiced by the late Chris Wiggins.
  • In Iron Man, he was voiced by the late John Reilly.
  • In The Avengers: United They Stand, he was voiced by Tony Daniels.
  • In The Super Hero Squad Show, he was voiced by Adrian Pasdar, who also voiced Iron Man in the 2010 Marvel Animated Universe.
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, he was voiced by Chris Cox, who also voiced Captain Atom in the DC Animated Universe, Wedge Antilles in Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, Fred Jones in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Game, and James Gordon in Batman: Assault on Arkham, and The Terminator in Mortal Kombat 11.
    • Cox reprised his voice for the character in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Marvel Powers United VR, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.
  • In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, he was voiced by Andrew Francis
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man, he was voiced by Troy Baker, who also voiced Joel Miller in The Last of Us series, Booker DeWitt in Bioshock: Infinite, Talion in the Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor series, Delsin Rowe in inFamous: Second Son, and many more.
    • Baker reprised his voice for the character in Avengers Assemble, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes and Disney Infinity 3.0.
  • In Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, he was voiced by Eiji Takemoto.
  • In Marvel Future Avengers, he was voiced by Kiyoshi Katsunuma in Japanese and Christopher Corey Smith in English, Smith also voiced Luke Skywalker in Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, and G in the Street Fighter series.

Video Games

  • In the PSP version of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, he was voiced by Nolan North, who also voiced Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series.
  • In Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, he was voiced by Sam Riegel, who also voiced Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man video game, Phoenix Wright in the titular video games.
  • In Marvel Avengers Academy, he was voiced by Gus Sorola.
  • In Marvel's Avengers, he was voiced by Giacomo Gianniotti.

Quotes

I'm ready to face my demons -- but there's a guardian angel with are plans... which means this isn't my time to die.
~ Hawkeye
Go out, fight hard, screw up. Save the world a few times...Just Keep taking the shots okay.
~ Hawkeye

Gallery

Trivia

  • Ranked 9th in "The Top 50 Avengers".
  • Ranked 44th on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes in 2011.
  • Ranked 45th Greatest Comic Book Character of All Time by Wizard magazine.
  • Ranked 27th in ComicsAlliance's "50 Sexiest Male Characters in Comics".
  • According to the duplicate of Otto Octavius, Hawkeye is the second best archer on Earth.
  • He is similar to The Green Arrow, a superhero and archer from DC Comics.

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