Hawkeye (Marvel Comics) during the 1980s


(Clint Barton) (gisted profile)


This is a gisted profile for Hawkeye (Clint Barton) of the Avengers.

Hawkeye is very much a character of the 1960s – he appeared in 1964. Back then traditional heroes like Ivanhoe  or Robin Hood were big with little boys. During this era Stan Lee inspired with characters based on those, such as the Swordsman (Jacques Duquesne), the dashing Fandral or a new Black Knight. Hawkeye was the most successful.

He also represented the 1960s version of the undisciplined rogue with a heart of gold. He always clashed with the authority figure and affirmed his personality and individuality, even if that obviously led to destructive results. He was an impulsive man governed by emotions, a popular contrast with the 1950s’ “TV dad” archetypes. This would be refined over the decades.

Hawkeye is one of the core, historical Avengers. He led several versions of the group. This experience then allowed him to lead other super-teams.



  • Real Name: Clinton “Clint” Francis Barton.
  • Former Aliases: Goliath II, Golden Archer, Hawkeye the Marksman.
  • Marital Status: Widowed.
  • Known Relatives: Barbara Morse (alias Mockingbird, wife, deceased), Bernard ’Barney‘ (brother, deceased), Harold (father, deceased), Edith (mother, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: Former ally of Black Widow, Two-Gun Kid I, West Coast Avengers, Avengers, Thunderbolts.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’3’‘ Weight: 230 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond

Powers and Abilities

Hawkeye is an athletic archer, acrobat and hand-to-hand combatant. His archery skill borders on the superhuman. He routinely pulls off near-impossible stunts, such as ricocheting arrows several times to hit an opponent straight behind him.

His daily training routine has granted him huge muscles along a very high speed, dexterity and acrobatic prowess.


Although it goes against his flamboyant image, Hawkeye is unusually intelligent and sharp. He occasionally manages to defeat opponents who are far superior to him, by tricking them. He’s also a smooth talker. Being the builder of his own bows and arrows, he has mechanical and electrical skills, which are surprisingly good.

As a non-powered hero, he’s also an able pilot, driver, sneaker, and lock-pick. Hawkeye’s leadership abilities are very developed and good.

The only trace of superhuman abilities that he has, besides his skill in archery, is his ability to resist sonic attacks (derived from his near-deafness) and his extremely keen eyesight.


Circus Life

Born in Waverly, Iowa, Clint Barton was young when he lost his parents to a car accident. Discontent with orphanage life, Clint and his brother Barney ran away and joined the Carson Carnival of Travelling Wonders. Becoming assistant to the Swordsman, Clint learned archery from Trick Shot, and proved naturally gifted at it.

Hawkeye (Clint Barton) in a dynamic archery pose

When Clint stumbled across the Swordsman stealing money from the carnival, he resisted his mentor’s offer of a bribe. Fleeing, Clint fell from a high wire, and Swordsman left him for dead. Clint survived, but was shaken by the betrayal, and fell into assisting Trick Shot with petty crimes.

When one turned out to be less than petty, as Trick Shot had been hired to kill someone, Clint rebelled. Learning Barney was also involved, Clint turned his back on both of them.

Continuing his training, Clint eventually became Hawkeye, the World’s Greatest Marksman, becoming star attraction at Tiboldt’s Circus, and then the Coney Island Circus.


After seeing Iron Man in action, Hawkeye was inspired to become a costumed hero. His first outing didn’t go well, as his attempt to halt a theft ended up with him being suspected. Forced to run, he soon encountered the Black Widow, and fell in love.

Hawkeye (Clint Barton) character design sheet by David Lopez

Sketch by David Lopez.

She used him to try stealing technology from Stark Enterprises. They failed, and in their last attempt the Black Widow was seriously injured. Hawkeye tried getting her to a hospital, but she snuck away before he could.

Alone, Clint took stock of his life and decided to give going straight another try. While on patrol he saved Edwin Jarvis and his mother from a mugging. Grateful, the Avengers’ butler helped Hawkeye clear his name and gain the trust of the Avengers.

Cap’s Kooky Quartet

When the original team left, Iron Man sponsored Hawkeye to join Captain America’s replacement team, alongside Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.

The team was slow to be trusted by the public, and Hawkeye’s volatility made relations within the group awkward. He constantly felt the need to question Captain America’s authority, and his romantic intentions towards the Scarlet Witch drew her brother’s ire.

As he gained confidence, his aggressive tendencies relented, and he became a valuable member of the team for years. He also grew to respect Captain America, who became a mentor and friend.


He again encountered Swordsman and the Black Widow during his time with the Avengers. He warned the team against the Swordsman becoming a member, proved right when he turned out to be working for the Mandarin.

He was also suspicious of the Black Widow. But she’d fallen in love with him since their parting and resisted the brainwashing of her former employers. She joined S.H.I.E.L.D., which ultimately came between them.

When his bow broke at a crucial moment, Hawkeye changed identity and succeeded Hank Pym as Goliath. Over time he realised he was no more effective with powers, and the limitations on what he could do irritated him. He ultimately gave up the identity and returned to the bow and arrows.

Clint was reunited with Barney, who sacrificed his life to save Clint from Egghead. After bringing the villain to justice, Clint learned his brother had actually been an undercover FBI agent since before the Trick Shot incident.


Following his brother’s death, and the end of his relationship with the Black Widow, Clint quit the Avengers. He tried to make a solo career for himself. He drifted, looking for trouble.

After helping the Hulk against Zzzax he tagged along with the Defenders for a while. Realising he was doing little to develop a solo career, he soon left the Defenders.

Hawkeye (Clint Barton) with his bow readied

He rejoined the Avengers to help fight Kang during the Celestial Madonna incident, fighting alongside the reformed Swordsman as his mentor died heroically.

Joining the Black Knight (Dane Whitman) on a time-travel quest, Kang’s intervention saw Hawkeye stranded in 1873. He met many of his boyhood heroes, including Kid Colt, Rawhide Kid, Two-Gun Kid, and the Phantom Rider. With the Avengers’ aid they managed to foil Kang’s plot in the time period.

Two-Gun Kid accompanied Clint when he returned to the future, and the pair travelled the American southwest. Two-Gun Kid ultimately grew homesick, and was returned to his own time.

New Life

Hawkeye returned to the Avengers not long before they had a new government liaison, Henry Peter Gyrich. He and Clint developed an immediate enmity, and when Gyrich pushed for changes, including Hawkeye’s removal, Clint stormed off.

Hawkeye soon got a job as Head of Security for Cross Technological Enterprises (CTE). He protected their facilities from the likes of Deathbird and Mr. Fear, and began dating CTE’s PR officer, Sheila Danning.

He also returned to the Avengers ranks, splitting his time between the two. During a battle against the Masters of Evil he spotted Egghead about to fire on Hank Pym. His arrow caught Egghead’s energy pistol before it could fire, but caused it to explode, killing Egghead.


His time at CTE ended badly when he responded to a break-in and captured Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse). She claimed to be an ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent investigating illegal activity at the company. Looking into it, Hawkeye was captured by his own men when they used Sheila as a hostage. She turned out to be a part of the conspiracy, and left Hawkeye and Mockingbird to die.

They escaped, and survived attempts on their lives, but were eventually captured by Oddball and Bombshell. They learned the plot was the work of Crossfire, who had CTE building components for a device to incite aggression. He intended to leave Hawkeye’s body to be found, drawing numerous superheroes to the funeral parlour he owned for the funeral, where he’d activate the device.

Hawkeye (Clint Barton) archery picture by Aja

He used Hawkeye and Mockingbird as guinea pigs, sealing them in a room and forcing them to fight. During a brief respite to test how quickly the effect stopped, Hawkeye used a sonic arrowhead to counter the device, keeping it hidden in his mouth. It protected him, so after subduing Mockingbird he pretended to collapse.

Overcoming his captors, he shut down the operation, but was left partially deaf from the incident and had to have a hearing aid.

Clint and Bobbi had grown close during the hunt, and began a whirlwind romance which saw them married within a week.

West Coast Avengers

When the Avengers established a West Coast branch, Hawkeye was made Chairman of the new team. Mockingbird joined him there. Their relationship became strained after Clint learned Mockingbird had allowed the Phantom Rider (Lincoln Slade) to die during a trip to the past.

Phantom Rider had kidnapped and drugged her into believing they were in love. When she broke free the ensuing battle left him dangling from a cliff. Mockingbird had the chance to save him but turned away.

She concealed this from Hawkeye, but he eventually learned the truth, and had trouble accepting her actions. Hurt that he refused to see her side of it, Mockingbird left him and the team.

When Hawkeye was challenged to a duel to the death by Trick Shot, he learned his mentor was dying from cancer and wanted an honourable death. Hawkeye refuses, instead funding Trick Shot’s treatment, and the pair become reconciled. Trick Shot even came to his aid when Crossfire came seeking revenge.

Coming to understand Mockingbird’s actions, Clint made peace with Bobbi and they began to repair their relationship. They soon had more time together as the government assigned U.S.Agent to supervise the West Coast Avengers. Irate, Hawkeye stormed off the team.

Great Lakes Avengers

Learning of a Midwestern group calling themselves the Avengers, a still-frustrated Hawkeye investigated, Mockingbird tagging along. Finding the novices meant well, even if they weren’t that good, Hawkeye decided to tutor them, and they became the Great Lakes Avengers.

[Detail of his brief time with them can be found in the Great Lakes Avengers profile]

Reconciliation and Loss

He didn’t stay with them long, soon returning to the West Coast Avengers. When Mockingbird was abducted by Ultron and used as the template for his bride Alkhema, Clint realised he still cared deeply for her. They rescued her, and the couple were reconciled.

Except that it wasn’t Mockingbird. She’d been replaced by a Skrull as part of a long term plan, shortly before the real Bobbi was about to file for divorce.

Hawkeye (Clint Barton) leaps and shoots

He had no idea of this when the team became embroiled in a clash between Mephisto and Satannish. They managed to drive the pair off, but not before Mephisto unleashed a final blast which caught and killed “Mockingbird”. Devastated, Hawkeye left the Avengers, preferring to be alone.

He eventually rejoined the Avengers shortly before the Onslaught incident which saw them transplanted to Counter-Earth (his hearing apparently restored). When they returned to Earth he intended to stay with the Avengers, but learning they could only have a limited roster after insisting they take newcomers Justice and Firestar.

Clint withdrew his membership to allow the pair to take his place.


Watching reports of the Thunderbolts‘ actions, Clint determined some of them actually seemed to want to change. He decided to give them the same chance he’d once had. He hunted them down and offered to help them. They accepted.

[Detail of his time with them can be found in the Thunderbolts profile]

His leadership of the group caused rifts with his former team mates. This was especially true of Captain America — who distrusted anything to do with Zemo and worried about Hawkeye — and Hercules – who’d been nearly killed by Atlas at one point. Clint remained determined to stay the course, though.

During his time with the team he was surprised to develop a relationship with Moonstone, and the pair had true feelings for one another. She started becoming a better person. However, she also worried that she was only doing so because of him. She convinced him to let her and the rest of the team see what they could become without his influence.

He agreed, but it wasn’t long before she was left comatose. And he was dead when she returned. And other things happened and they never had the chance to see what might have been.

Death and Return and Death and Return

Hawkeye eventually ended up back with the Avengers, as he always does. Just in time for the Scarlet Witch’s breakdown. Her powers caused a number of disasters, culminating for Clint in an attack by a Kree battlecruiser.

Hawkeye’s quiver was set on fire during the battle, endangering his explosive arrowheads. Knowing they’d explode before he could remove them, he flew into the Kree ship, destroying it as he died.

He was resurrected a while later when the Scarlet Witch remade the world into the House of M reality . While he was killed there, when the world was restored to normal he was alive yet again. He maintained a low profile, not contacting his friends.

Searching the world for the Scarlet Witch, he eventually found her near Wundagore Mountain, where she lived with no memory of who she was. He left her there, living a peaceful life.


Returning home to news of Captain America’s death, Clint angrily confronted Tony Stark. Stark offered him the Captain America identity, which Clint rejected. With the Hawkeye identity having been taken in his absence by Kate Bishop, to whom he gave his blessing, Clint adopted the identity Ronin, with the blessing of the previous Ronin, Echo.

Rejoining the New Avengers, he soon learned about the Skrull’s long-term invasion, and was reunited with Mockingbird. He learned the truth, and that she’d intended to divorce him. He tried rebuilding what they had, working with her and her new W.C.A. (World Counter-terrorism Agency) group of former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. But while they rebuilt their friendship it didn’t go beyond that.

Hawkeye (Clint Barton) on a skycycle

As incensed as Clint was when Norman Osborn rises to power, he was truly angry when Osborn gives Bullseye the Hawkeye identity. Clint unmasked on television and denounced Osborn and his Avengers. The pair engaged in a media argument which ultimately enraged Clint enough to try to kill Osborn. Despite getting past most of the Dark Avengers, he was stopped by Ares.

Arrested, he was tortured by Mentallo before being freed by his teammates. He continued battling Osborn’s reign which finally ended at Asgard.

In the aftermath Clint reassumed his Hawkeye identity, seeing no reason there couldn’t be 2 of them.


When Trick Shot died in Hawkeye’s arms, he warned of another pupil he was forced to teach who was as good as Clint. Slowly losing his sight from a head wound in a recent fight, Hawkeye still searched for his mentor’s killer.

He was ambushed by the new Trickshot, revealed to be his supposedly dead brother Barney. Barney subdued him, and took him to Baron Zemo. Zemo had them duel to the death. Hawkeye won despite being nearly blind. The captive Barney agreed to a bone marrow transplant to save his brother’s sight, so they could have a rematch later.

Hawkeye continues to serve on the Avengers, as a teacher at the Avengers Academy, mentors Kate Bishop, and has recently become leader of the Secret Avengers. He’s also involved in a relationship with fellow Avenger Spider-Woman.


Clint Barton is extremely well-built with impressive physique and huge muscles. He’s pouting lips, a straight nose, a small scar over the right side of his mouth, blue eyes and blond hair. Currently, perhaps due to cosmetic changes performed by Techno, he’s portrayed as very handsome.

Hawkeye (Clint Barton) with the movie-based costume

Hawkeye has used a variety of costumes throughout his career. The current one is full body spandex in dark blue covering everything except his feet, fingers and head. On top of this, he wears a pair of high purple boots, a purple belt with lots of pockets and with the Thunderbolts symbol, a, uh, loincloth in black and purple, a pair of purple armbands and the Hawkeye mask.

The mask has the eyes, mouth and nose part uncovered, and have lighter purple-colored extensions pointing up from above his eyes, along the letter ’H‘ in the middle of his forehead; the mask also goes down to cover his shoulders and upper back.

Other details

His current longbow is colored orange as is the quiver, on his back, along the arrows. All in all, it looks like a very cool costume, which is exactly what should be expected from Hawkeye, who follows trends.

His previous costumes have been quite similar and often with the arms completely bare except for a pair of purple armbands. During an early period of his career, his costume was very different: he only wore a pair of high purple boots, shorts, armbands, a headband and a long blue vest, which extended down below his purple belt like a tunic.

This costume had razor edge-like motifs in purple on the front and back of the vest.

The bow, significantly smaller than the current one (being a composite bow or a standard bow), and the quiver and arrows were all in dark blue. Actually, it had to be impossible to have a secret identity at all in such a revealing costume.


Clint Barton is a man that lives for the thrill of adventures. He’s enjoying himself most when under extreme pressure or danger and fighting for his very life. Clint would probably have a very hard time settling time in a quiet life.

He loves the challenge of being a leader and will attempt to acquire such a position unless there’s a better leader around (which Hawkeye will have a bit trouble acknowledging; Captain America is one such acknowledged).

As a leader, as well as solo, he’s bold, decisive, phenomenal, sneaky and devilishly tricky. He’s unusually experienced and gets the job done as long as he’s in control of the situation. Hawkeye is a master of improvisation and can quickly adapt to situations where he’s supremely overpowered and shouldn’t stand a change.

He often fights super-powered gangs with acrobatics, arrows and quick remarks only while actually managing to not only survive, but to win also. By fast changing tactics, he’s overcome opponents such as the She-Hulk, the Grandmaster, the Zodiac, Graviton, etc.

Other traits

However, formerly he wanted danger and adventure only. This led to his criminal career, stint with the Black Widow, and to become the foe of Iron Man, but he had a good heart all along. He now truly believes in the good fight and impressively seems to be spiritually inferior only to Captain America himself.

Clint also possesses a sense of rivalry that often puts him in challenging situations with other superheroes. For instance as to who is the greatest leader, the most charming etc. As a flamboyant hothead, Clint also quite often attempts to flirt with various attractive women, but eventually knows when he needs to back down.

The strong personality that Clint enjoys is also one of the things that make him into such an amazing leader and crime fighter. Captain America once commented that leading Hawkeye and the rest of the Avengers is like trying to ride a pack of wild horses. He also realizes that he needs to train for hours every day in order to survive in a world where everyone has superpowers.

Given his own background and his personality, Hawkeye has a desire to give criminals a second chance, like he himself was given. This was eventually, along with his desire to be a leader, which led him to become the leader of the former criminals called the Thunderbolts.

Although adventurous, Clint has sometimes settled down with a woman that he can love, as he’s done with the Black Widow, Mockingbird and now Moonstone. He’s also a very close friend of the Black Widow, Captain America, the Vision, the Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man.


“What the– ?!!”

“These losers… they’re nothin’ but a bunch of Squadron Supreme wannabes !” (upon meeting the JLA)

“Oh, man ! Not another alternate reality ! Not again !”

“That depends on whether you’re judging by raw power or skill, Collector ! I may not be much in the first category ! On the other hand… in the second… Hawkeye is the best there is !”

DC Universe History

Unless Hawkeye and Green Arrow are the same guy in the DC Universe, Hawkeye would initially have been mistaken for a villain by Green Arrow. In the years that followed, the 2 of them would probably engage in intense rivalry, from shooting arrows and hand-to-hand combat to womanizing.

Perhaps Hawkeye could be the real father of Speedy, adoptive son of the Green Arrow, which could lead to interesting plots. If also introducing the true son of the Green Arrow, the situation could be even more interesting.

While occasionally meeting up with his rival, Hawkeye would probably end up as the leader of a Detroit-based super gang (along former members of the old JLA, like, for example, Vixen) or a super group based in Los Angeles or San Francisco (along former members of Booster Gold’s old group, like, for example, Praxis).


Jay offered the following alternative :
Let’s see… In the DCU I’d have Cheshire replace Black Widow and send him against Ferris aircraft where he fought Green Lantern on several occasions. After Barton got straight with the law Aquaman made him part of the Detroit JLA (now that’s what I call paying a steep price for your sins !)

He remained a member of the Justice League until the Hyperclan incident when the big 7 took over once more. Having always chafed under the leadership of others, Hawkeye joined an incarnation of the Outsiders on the condition that he be made team leader.

This was a total disaster leading to the destruction of Qurac by Hawkeye’s former lover Cheshire. The paisley bowman was reduced to working as security at a Wayne Industries warehouse until the JLA died in ancient Atlantis.

Due to a computer virus introduced by Plastic Man using the JLA monitor computers to surf the internet for porn, Hawkeye was selected to lead the replacement Justice League.

Afterwards, facing prosecution for an incident involving a live microphone, a comment that President Luthor is “also a member”, the Olson twins, and special Lexcorp hearing aids that are unable to pick up the words “no” and “jerk”, Hawkeye agreed to lead the Suicide Squad.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Hawkeye (as of 2004)

Dex: 08 Str: 05 Bod: 05 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure
Int: 07 Wil: 07 Min: 07 Occupation: Ex-Avenger, Ex-Leader of Thunderbolts, Adventurer
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 003 (007 as an Avenger)
Init: 026 HP: 100

Shade (Sonics): 05, Telescopic Vision: 02

Acrobatics*: 08, Charisma (Persuasion)*: 07, Gadgetry: 05, Martial Artist: 07, Thief: 05, Vehicles*: 06, Weaponry*: 08, Weaponry (Archery): 12

Attractive, Intensive Training, Leadership, Lightning Reflexes, Scholar (Arrowhead Design), Scholar (Bowyer/Fletcher), Sharp Eye, Shtick (Ammunition Freedom (Weaponry (Archery)).

Avengers (High), Black Widow (High), Captain America (High), Carnival Community (Low), Commission of Superhuman Activities (Low), Tony Stark, Iron Man (Low).

MPR (Hawkeye is 80% deaf and has to use hearing aids).


  • Rebreathing/Gas-filtering Apparatus [BODY 03, Systemic Antidote: 08, Note: Miniaturized mouthpiece mostly used when Hawkeye employs gas arrows, R#2, Lim: Only works against airborne agents (-2)].
  • Longbow [BODY 04, Range: 08, Limitations: Range is limited to the lowest between (shooter STR+3) and (applicable shooter Skill -4)].
  • Arrows (x36) [(x20) [BODY 02, EV 03, Bonus : EV can be Combined with whatever specialty arrowhead is fitted on them, Drawback : Grenade Drawback. Hawkeye has both hunting and blunt arrowhead, and thus can select Killing or Bashing Combat at will]
    The following arrow heads are kept on a bandolier and can be fitted on any of Hawkeye’s arrows with an Auto Action.
    • Acid Arrow [BODY 01, Acid: 08, Grenade Drawback].
    • Bola Arrow [BODY 01, Snare: 06, Bonus: User adds 2 to final Dice Roll when entangling target as per the Dart Bonus, Grenade Drawback].
    • Boomerang Arrow [BODY 01, Gliding: 04, Limitation : Gliding only to flies back to shooter ; Note: this arrow is usually used with Trick-shots to strike from behind, Grenade Drawback].
    • Cable Arrow [BODY 08, Gliding: 04, Note : includes a 4 APs long line, Limitation : Gliding only to flies back to shooter if desired, Grenade Drawback].
    • Electro-Arrow [BODY 01, Lightning (No Range): 08, Grenade Drawback].
    • Explosive-Tip Arrow [BODY 01, Bomb: 08, Grenade Drawback].
    • Flame Extinguisher Arrow [BODY 01, Flame Control: 06, Limitation: Flame Control can only be used to extinguish flames (-1), Grenade Drawback].
    • Flare Arrow [BODY 01, Flash: 08, Grenade Drawback].
    • Long Distance Arrows (x6) [BODY 01, Gliding: 06, Limitation : Gliding only to add to Range (via AP math), Grenade Drawback].
    • Putty Arrow [BODY 01, Glue: 07, Grenade Drawback].
    • Net Arrow [BODY 01, Snare: 07, Grenade Drawback].
    • Rocket Arrow [BODY 01, Flight: 04, EV (Area of effect 1 AP): 09, Grenade Drawback].
    • Smoke Bomb Arrow [BODY 01, Fog: 08, Grenade Drawback].
    • Screamer Arrow [BODY 01, Gliding: 04, Sonic Beam (Bomb-like Area of Effect): 08, Limitation : Gliding only to flies back to shooter if desired, Grenade Drawback].
    • Suction-Tip Arrow [BODY 04, Cling: 06, Thief (Stealth): 04, Gliding: 04, Note : includes a 3 APs long line, Limitation : Gliding only to flies back to shooter if desired, Thief (stealth) only to cover the sound of the arrow sticking to some surface Grenade Drawback].
    • Tear Gas Arrow [BODY 01, Fog: 08, Sensory Block: 06, Bonus : Sensory Block can be Combined with, and is active throughout, Fog].

    Extra-special arrowheads :
    Most of the following arrowheads are considered Minor Marginal (i.e., Hawkeye must expand five Hero Points to have one on his person):

    • Hawkeye’s Omni-Arrowhead [BODY 01, C Omni-Ability 9 APs, R#2].
    • Stark’s High-Tech Omni-Arrowhead [BODY 01, C Omni-Ability 12 APs].
    • Rusting Arrowhead [BODY 01, Neutralize (Metallic gadgets only): 08, Note: RAPs do not hinder the gadget’s abilities, but instead half of the RAPs are added to the attacked gadget’s R# value until the Gadget is repaired(-1), Grenade Drawback, Minor Marginal].
    • Tracker Arrowhead [BODY 01, Cling: 04, Miniaturization: 04, Radio communications (tracking signal only): 10, Note: he arrowhead sticks to the target and can then can be tracked using a little receiver [BODY 01], Grenade Drawback, Minor Marginal].
    • Adamantium Arrowhead [BODY 25, EV 06, Sharpness (EV): 08, Grenade Drawback, Minor Marginal. Note that, due to the cost of this arrow, Hawkeye will usually do his best to retrieve it].
    • Vibranium Arrowhead [BODY 12, Energy Absorption (sound, electricity): 10, Note: This would be useful against Klaw the Master of Sound, for example. Grenade Drawback, Minor Marginal. Also costs a lot.].
    • Antarctic Vibranium Arrowhead [BODY 12, Disintegration (Area of effect 1 AP): 12, Limitation: Disintegration only against metals, Grenade Drawback, Minor Marginal. Also costs a lot.].
    • He might also carry any, for a particular mission, designed special arrows, but this is mostly covered by his Omni-Arrowheads.

Time’s arrow

Hawkeye has changed a lot during his long career. Below follows a chronological change history as to his stats.

The classic Hawkeye, as a member of the Avengers, had 70 HPs and a Connection to the Two-Gun Kid I (High). He immediately received the Free Access (Avengers Card) Advantage and kept that until he became the leader of the Thunderbolts.

At the very beginning of his career he had the Secret Identity Drawback – but lost that rather quickly, not caring to protect his secret – and the Mistrust Drawback – which he disposed off when he joined the Avengers

Goliath II Hawkeye had access to Henry Pym’s growth powers (see Pym write-up for the details) and relied on his physical prowess instead of weaponry during that time period.

The West Coast Hawkeye was the leader of the West Coast Avengers and his HP rating went up to 80 HPs and he had the Dependent (Mockingbird) 0-points drawback.

An-Avenger-Again Hawkeye went up to 90 HPs.

Solo Avengers Hawkeye had his STR attribute increased from 4 APs to his current 5 APs.

Thunderbolt Hawkeye was the leader of the Thunderbolts and went up to the 100 HPs where he is at the time of this writeup. He also received the Attractive Advantage that he still holds – however, he also had the Mistrust Drawback. The Classic Hawkeye did not have the Attractive Advantage, however.

As the leader of the Thunderbolts he, of course, also had the connection Thunderbolts (High). He, like the rest of the Thunderbolts had the Expansive Headquarters (Thunderbolts Mountain, earlier only) Advantage, but that is currently gone. During this period of time he also had the Public Identity drawback, but currently no longer holds that.

Shtick (Arrows o’ plenty)

Advantage Cost: 5 HPs
This is a version of the Misc. (Weapons o’ plenty) described under John ’Commando’ Matrix. Basically, Hawkeye never runs out on arrows, and nearly always has exactly what he needs.

Whenever he needs an arrow that he’s already used up, he carries a spare one in his Quiver for a fee of 5 HPs – plus any Marginal costs. Extra Hunting Arrows only cost 1 HP each while extra Blunt Arrows cost 2 HPs each.

Actually, Hawkeye reusing basic arrows is also covered by this Shtick activity. Any other type of special arrow that might be of use during an adventure might be purchased by a special fee set by the GM.

Game Stats — DC Adventures RPG

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Hawkeye — Averaged PL 10.2

4 3 5 6 7 3 4 3


Auditory Resistance ● 2 points ● Descriptor: Physically innate
– Sound Dampening — Immunity 2 (audio-based Afflictions), Innate, Limited to Half Effect.

Literally Named Hawkeye ● 1 point ● Descriptor: Skilled
– Visual Acuity — Senses 1 (Extended Sight).

Quiver! ● 1 point ● Descriptor: Skilled
– Construction and Design — Enhanced Skill (Technology 6), Limited 2 (arrow payloads).


Hawkeye has a number of extra-special arrowheads that he does not usually carry with him and are not calculated into his points total. He will use his Inventor advantage to build specialty arrowheads as needed. At the GM’s option, he may be able to spend a Hero Point to “just happen” to have one on his person.
Extremely Convenient Specialty Arrow ● 28 points ● Descriptor: Technology
– Useful Payload — Variable 4
Rusting Arrow ● 4 points ● Descriptor: Chemical, Technology
– Destroy Metal — Ranged Weaken Toughness 8, Affects Objects Only, Limited 2 (metallic objects only) Linked to Ranged Damage 8, Limited 2 (metallic objects only) ● 8 points
Tracker Arrowhead ● 1 point ● Descriptor: Technology, Technology
– Signal Trace — Senses 1 (Radio-based Tracking), Resistible (must hit the target with a longbow attack to plant the tracker signal)
Adamantium Arrowhead ● 15 points ● Descriptor: Adamantium, Technology
– Piercing Attack — Ranged Damage 5, Penetrating 5. Note that, due to the cost of this arrow, Hawkeye will usually do his best to retrieve it.
Vibranium Arrowhead ● 11 points ● Descriptor: Adamantium, Technology
– Absorb Energy — Nullify 10, Variable Descriptor (sonic or electricity). Also costs a lot.
Antarctic Vibranium Arrowhead ● 24 points ● Descriptor: Adamantium, Technology
– Destroy Metal — Ranged Weaken Toughness 12, Affects Objects Only, Area (Burst), Limited 2 (metallic objects only) Linked to Ranged Damage 12, Area (burst), Limited 2 (metallic objects only). Also costs a lot.

Combat Advantages

Accurate Attack, Close Attack 5, Defensive Attack, Defensive Roll 3, Evasion, Improved Aim, Improved Critical (longbow), Improved Defense, Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative, Move-by Action, Power Attack, Precise Shot (Ranged Cover), Takedown, Taunt, Ultimate Effort (Aim).

Other Advantages

Attractive, Benefit (Wealth), Equipment 10, Inventor.


Acrobatics 6 (+11), Athletics 6 (+10), Deception 6 (+9), Expertise: Bowyer/Fletcher 10 (+13), Expertise: Criminal 7 (+10), Expertise: Tactics 7 (+10), Insight 6 (+10), Perception 6 (+10), Persuasion 4 (+7), Ranged Combat: Archery 10 (+16), Sleight of Hand 1 (+7), Stealth 3 (+8), Technology 7 (+10), Vehicles 3 (+9).


Rebreathing/Gas-filtering Apparatus Immunity 1 (toxic gases and lung irritants) ● 1 point
Longbow Ranged Damage 3, Extended Range 3, Variable Descriptor (bludgeoning or piercing) ● 7 points
Bandolier Alternate Equipment Array ● 31 points
● Acid Arrow: Ranged Damage 8, Activation (move), Unreliable (charges).
● Bola Arrow: Snare 8, Activation (move), Unreliable (charges).
● Boomerang Arrow: Ranged Damage 3, Activation (move), Indirect 4, Unreliable (charges).
● Cable Arrow: Elongation 5, Activation (move), Limited (to cable line), Unreliable (charges).
● Electro-Arrow: Ranged Damage 8, Activation (move), Unreliable (charges).
● Explosive-Tip Arrow: Ranged Damage 8, Activation (move), Area (Burst), Unreliable (charges).
● Flame Extinguisher Arrow: Nullify Fire 6, Activation (move), Alternate Resistance (Fortitude), Effortless, Simultaneous, Unreliable (charges).
● Flare Arrow: Dazzle 8, Activation (move), Area (burst), Unreliable (charges).
● Long Distance Arrows: Ranged Damage 3, Activation (move), Extended Range 4, Unreliable (charges), Variable (bludgeoning or piercing).
● Putty Arrow: Snare 7, Activation (move), Unreliable (charges).
● Net Arrow: Snare 8, Activation (move), Unreliable (charges).
● Rocket Arrow: Ranged Damage 9, Activation (move), Area (Burst), Unreliable (charges), Quirk (travels at Flight 3).
● Smoke Bomb Arrow: Concealment 4 (all visual), Activation (move), Area (cloud), Attack, Unreliable (charges).
● Screamer Arrow: Ranged Damage 8, Activation (move), Area (Burst), Unreliable (charges).
● Suction-Tip Arrow: Elongation 4, Activation (move), Limited (to cable line), Subtle, Unreliable (charges).
● Tear Gas Arrow: Dazzle 8, Activation (move), Area (cloud), Unreliable (charges).


Initiative +9
Unarmed +12, Close, Damage 4
Archery +16, Ranged, Damage 3 bludgeoning or piercing


Dodge 12 Fortitude 8
Parry 12 Toughness 6/3*
Will 10

* Without Defensive Roll.


  • Thrills Hawkeye is an adventurer. Early in his career, his thrill-seeking drew him into criminal endeavors.
  • Partially Deaf Hawkeye is 80% deaf and relies on hearing aids.
  • Mistrust Before his stint with the Avengers, Hawkeye was widely regarded as a miscreant. He also had an outlaw rep as a Thunderbolt.

Powers Levels

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 12, Dodge/Toughness PL 9, Parry/Toughness PL 9, Fort/Will PL 9.
  • Points total 173. Abilities 70, Defences 23, Skills 41, Powers 4, Devices 0, Advantages 35. Equiv. PL 12.


  • Before his solo career, his STR was only 3.
  • Before his stint with the Thunderbolts, Hawkeye was not portrayed as Attractive.
  • Benefit (Wealth) reflects his resources as an Avenger.
  • Hawkeye can generally spend a Hero Point to recover one specialty arrow. Conversely, he does not usually carry five copies of each arrow, and the GM is encouraged, as a Complication, to limit the quantities of specialty arrows on hand.

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen.

Source of Character: Avengers and Thunderbolts comics, Marvel Universe.

Helper(s): Paul “Z” Ewande, Phil Dixon, Jackson, John Colagioia, Chris Cottingham, Sébastien Andrivet, Nick Yankovec, OHOTMU vol. 3, Jay Myers. History section by Gareth Lewis. M&M stats by Pawsplay.