Hawkeye of the Young Avengers (Kate Bishop) (Marvel Comics)


(Kate Bishop)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) is one of the most popular characters to have emerged from Marvel Comics’ Young Avengers (where she appeared in 2006). She later featured in Hawkeye series, where she shares the title with the original (Clint Barton).

This profile depicts the early version of Kate in Young Avengers, since it was written several months before the germane Hawkeye series started.

Reading the Young Avengers team profile first is recommended but not indispensable.



  • Real Name: Katherine “Kate” Elizabeth Bishop.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Derek Bishop (father), Eleanor Bishop (mother, deceased), Susan Bishop (sister).
  • Group Affiliation: Young Avengers; formerly Secret Avengers.
  • Base Of Operations: New York.
  • Height: 5’5” Weight: 120 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

Highly athletic, Kate is skilled with various weapons and combat forms, including archery, fencing, sword fighting, jujitsu, and boxing.

She carries two battle staves similar to those once used by Mockingbird, carries a sword similar to the Swordsman’s (although it has not yet exhibited any of the additional powers possessed by the original) and she has Clint Barton’s bow and trick arrowheads.


(See the Young Avengers entry for a general history of the team.)


Kate is the youngest daughter of Derek Bishop, a successful publisher. Never feeling comfortable with her family’s wealth, Kate donated time and money to soup kitchens, women’s shelters, and other worthy causes. She became even more active following her mother’s death.

While returning home through Central Park late one night from helping in a soup kitchen, she was attacked and raped. She kept this secret, confiding only in her therapist (and later in Jessica Jones). Kate undertook an intensive physical fitness and self-defence regime, determined to never be a victim again.

Young Avengers

During her sister’s wedding, robbers stormed the church, getting stuck in a stand-off with the police. The Young Avengers burst in, but their inexperience held them up from easily taking out the criminals, and Kate had to help. She was approached by Cassie Lang, who was trying to find the Young Avengers, and together they tracked the team to the ruins of Avengers Mansion.

Arming herself with the weapons of the late Hawkeye, Mockingbird, and Swordsman, Kate (jokingly called Hawkingbird) joined the fight against Kang. She stayed with the group after the Avengers disbanded them, encouraging them to continue and adopting a costumed identity.

Kate Bishop (Hawkeye) eyes closeup

Following their successful resolution of the Skrull/Kree situation, they were accepted by the Avengers. Captain America passed on Hawkeye’s bow, arrows and identity to Kate.

Kate developed an awkward relationship with Patriot, and they became joint leaders of the team. She also had to fight off the flirtations of Speed, although her irritation at him has mellowed into tolerance over time.

Civil War

When Clint Barton returned from the dead, now using the name Ronin, he challenged Kate to an archery contest for his bow and name. Ronin claimed that he could split another arrow in half, which she believed impossible. He won of course, and Kate relinquished the bow, leaving her lost.

At Speed’s urging, she broke into Barton’s apartment and stole the bow back. He was amused by the move, and let her keep the name as well as the bow. He later returned to using the identity, meaning there’s now two Hawkeyes out there.


Self-confident and forthright, Kate can be outspoken. She has no hesitation about standing up to anyone, as evidenced by her telling off Captain America. While usually polite and respectful to her elders, if she believes them to be wrong she will just ignore their advice as soon as they’re out of sight.

She is determined to never again be a victim, and is particularly aggressive to those who use their power to take advantage of others.

She is developing a friendship with Cassie (Stature), and enjoys a confrontational relationship with Patriot. She’s uncertain of how to respond to Speed’s advances, and is often thrown off-balance by them. While she frequently questions and badgers Patriot, she’s fully accepting and supportive of him as the leader of the group.


Patriot: “You didn’t have to do that, y‘know. I would’ve rescued you eventually.”
Kate: “You mean, once somebody rescued you ? Don’t bother to thank me or anything.”
Patriot: “For what ? I didn’t need a rescue ! Especially not from a—”
Kate: “You will if you finish that sentence.”

Captain America: “If you wouldn’t mind giving us a moment alone ?”
Kate: “I’ll be outside if you need me. Oh, and Patriot ? You’re going to be hearing this a lot, but let me be the first to say it : ’Why can’t you be more like him ?‘ “

Patriot: “You okay ?”
Hawkeye: “You kinda… saved my life.”
Patriot: “I guess that makes us even, huh ?”
Hawkeye: “I know. Damn.”

“He pulled a gun. My fingers: tiny brains of their own. Like an archery dinosaur. It’s a failed metaphor. Can we move on ?”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 06 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Student
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 018 HP: 035

Acrobatics*: 06, Artist (Music [Cello]): 04, Martial Artist: 05, Weaponry (Bows): 08, Weaponry (Firearms): 05, Weaponry (Melee): 07

Rich Family, Sharp Eye.

Young Avengers (High), Hawkeye (Clint Barton) (High), Avengers (Low), Fashion Industry (Low), Runaways (Low).

Age (Young), Secret ID.


  • Battlestaves [BODY 14, Enhance (EV): 01 (cap is 06), Jumping: 02, can be thrown, Descriptor: Blunt].
  • Sword [BODY 07, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 06), Descriptor: Slashing, piercing].
  • Compound bow [BODY 03, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 04), Enhance (Range): 03 (cap is 06), Ammo: 01, Recommended STR: 02, R#02, Limitation: Low Penetration, Descriptor: Piercing].
  • Quiver [BODY 02, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 04), Ammo: 36, Limitation: Ammunition load for her bow. Hawkeye has both hunting and blunt arrowhead, and thus can select Killing or Bashing Combat at will].
  • While she was given Hawkeye’s trick arrow heads by Captain America, so far she has only exhibited the use of a couple of them (they’re kept on a bandolier and can be fitted on any of Hawkeye’s arrows with an Auto Action):
    • Tranquilizer arrows [BODY 02, Sleep: 09, R#03, Ammo: 02, Limitation: Ammunition load for my bow, Bonuses and Limitations- Sleep is tested against DEX/BODY, and can be resisted through Systemic Antidote].
    • Explosive-Tip Arrow [BODY 01, Bomb: 08, Grenade Drawback].

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics (covers up to Children’s Crusade #9).

Helper(s): marvel.com , All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, Sébastien Andrivet.

Writeup completed on the 26th of August, 2012.