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Quote1 You are not an Avenger, the Hulk is. Calling you an Avenger is like saying my bow is a member of the team. Quote2
-- Hawkeye src
 

Clint Barton, alias Hawkeye was a well-respected agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., often working alongside the Black Widow on missions such as when they were assigned to take down the Hulk.[1]

Betrayal

Shortly before the events of the supervillain breakout that led to the formation of the Avengers, Black Widow betrayed him and branded him a double-agent working with Hydra.[2] S.H.I.E.L.D. proceeded to lock Barton up in one of the four major supervillain prisons. During the breakout however, he escaped; and also had a brief confrontation with Iron Man, who at the time thought that he was just another villain.[3]

Joining the Avengers

Eventually Barton's name was cleared and he was offered an opportunity to be reenlisted as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Barton however refused, saying that he didn't want to be part of the same organization that locked him up. It wasn't long afterwards that he became a member of the Avengers; fighting alongside several of Earth's mightiest heroes to put a stop to threats such as Kang's invasion of Earth and the Leader's attempt to turn everyone into gamma-irradiated monsters. [4]

One of his first major missions after joining the team was actually saving them again. This time from the Masters of Evil. While him and Black Panther were at the Wakandan Embassy, the Avengers Mansion had been infiltrated by the Masters of Evil and it was up to Barton, T'Challa, and Ant-Man to stop them. Luckily, him and T'Challa gave Hank just enough time to get some materials from his lab to help. After freeing the other Avengers, the team was able to defeat the hold off the Masters of Evil just before Enchantress teleported them away back to Arnim Zola's lab.[5]

While interrupting a meeting between Hydra and A.I.M., Barton was interrupted by S.H.I.E.L.D. who told him to stand down against Hydra and was told by Tony to focus on the criminals who escaped during the "Breakout." Clint disobeyed orders and went with T'Challa, Steve, and Mockingbird to hunt down Widow and infiltrate Hydra. After being caught, but then breaking free, the group stood their ground against the Hydra henchmen. Clint was almost killed by the hands of Baron von Strucker, until Natasha stopped him. Luckily before the destruction of the island, Clint and the others escaped.[6]

The Kang Dynasty

When Kang the Conqueror came to Earth to kill Captain America for disrupting the timeline, Hawkeye and the rest of the Avengers teamed up to take him down. Kang took them 10 years into the future where a catastrophic event had occurred. The team was able to distract Kang while Tony took control of the time chair and sent all of them back to the present. This led Kang to flee back to Damocles Base where he prepared a full-scale invasion of Earth.[7]

When Kang led a full-scale invasion against all of Earth, Hawkeye and the rest of the Avengers defended New York. Hawkeye and Hulk were on a bridge when multiple Scarab Fighters formed on top of one another but Clint was able to hold them off until the rest of the Avengers came in to help. Clint along with a few other Avengers traveled to Prison 42 to recruit the Ultron guards to help battle the remaining army. When Tony found the location of Kang's ship, the team was prepared a mission to space.[8]

Tony had made special space suits for each of the teammates when they had all traveled into space to take down Kang's ship. Clint, along with Steve, Hank, and Hulk teamed up against Kang's Elite Guard while Tony found a way to send the ship back to it's original timeline. Tony and Ultron were interrupted by Janet who informed them that sending the ship back to the original timeline would kill Princess Ravonna. The Avengers instead arrested Kang and sent him to Prison 42 while Hank and Reed Richards were seen trying to help find a cure for Princess Ravonna.[9]

Casket of Ancient Winters

While Clint and Janet were sunbathing on top of Avengers Mansion, the entire planet went cold when Malekith the Accursed unleashed the Casket of Ancient Winters. Him and Janet had helped the rest of the Avengers who were still in New York against the giant ice creatures that had attacked New York.[10]

War on Hydra

As Clint was showing off his archery skills to the other Avengers, the power had gone off and when Clint went outside to find who was causing it, Black Widow stood asking for his help. She informed him and the team that Hydra was about to go to war with A.I.M. over control of the Cosmic Cube. The team reluctantly agreed to help track down Baron von Strucker, but were interrupted when S.H.I.E.L.D., led by Maria Hill, stopped them from causing any further damage. Once Clint found Strucker, he was able to shoot an arrow with Ant-Man on it from multiple buildings away so Strucker could not get to the Cube. Once Captain America touched the Cube the same time as Strucker, Cap had inadvertently resurrected his childhood friend Bucky Barnes. After the battle, Clint asked Hawkeye to join the team so they could protect her. She refused and continued to go on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D.[11]

Ultron

The Avengers found the Serpent Society in a subway where they had been holding people captive. The Society was told that Hydra was coming to back them up, but Hawkeye and the rest of the team knew that most of Hydra was imprisoned at the time. A battle ensued between the two teams and Hawkeye's arm was injured in the battle by Death Adder. Jane Foster later came by the Mansion to check on his arm, but Clint was insistent that he was okay. He later proved this by shooting his bow perfectly during Ultron-5's attack on the mansion. Clint later helped the rest of the team against Ultron when he had captured Wasp and threatened to destroy humanity.[12] After he was destroyed by Hulk, Ultron-5 uploaded himself into Ultron-6 and hacked into the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier to launch nuclear warheads across the globe. To distract the Avengers, he controlled former Iron Man armors to attack the Avengers. Hawkeye and Black Panther stayed behind to hold back the armors. They later joined up with the rest of the team to attempt to take down Ultron on the Helicarrier. All seemed lost until Hank came and reprogrammed Ultron with the logic that he was helping creating the problem he wanted to solve, so Ultron commenced self-shutdown and the warheads were disabled.[13]

Abilities

Seemingly those of Clinton Barton of Earth-616.



Equipment

Transportation

Weapons

  • Although Barton in the Avengers series has the same costume, personality, and abilities as the Earth-616 Hawkeye, his work as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent alongside the Black Widow is a concept that was taken directly from the Ultimates books and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • As of Deadliest Man Alive he has appeared 31 of 43 episodes.

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Footnotes

  1. Avengers Micro Episodes: The Hulk Season 1 2
  2. Avengers Micro Episodes: The Hulk Season 1 4
  3. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 1
  4. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 8
  5. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 9
  6. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 11
  7. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 12
  8. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 13
  9. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 14
  10. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 15
  11. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 16
  12. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 17
  13. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 18



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