B is for Clint Barton

clintI have a lot of emotions about Clint Barton aka Hawkeye. If you’ve been on my blog before or follow me on Twitter you probably already know that because I have semi-frequent freak outs about Clint Barton and how much I relate to him.

Obviously there’s a lot of different interpretations of Clint Barton in media, there’s animated TV shows, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and of course the comics. The first time I came across Clint Barton was in the awesome Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes TV series and I immediately fell in love. I’ve now gone on to read Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye comic run and various runs of Secret Avengers that feature Clint and of course the movies and I just love him a ridiculous amount.

There are many reasons I love Clint Barton but really it’s because he’s just a normal human who is very skilled at what he does and is a hero but he also makes mistakes and is sometimes a bit of a walking disaster. Clint always tries his best but sometimes life gets him down, he is after all just a normal guy running around with the Avengers. Clint is loyal, funny, self-deprecating and he is also a lot smarter than he appears to be. He sometimes keeps himself closed off but when he does trust and care about you he’ll do anything to protect them.

I think one of the reasons I will always want to protect Clint Barton when someone says he’s the most useless or boring Avenger, is because I see a lot of my personality in him and relate to him a lot – seriously, I always get Clint Barton in “Which Avenger are you?” quizzes. Clint Barton is just a guy with a bow with a terrible past, who tries to do the right thing but doesn’t always succeed – because he’s human – and he’ll always be one of my favourite characters.

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6 comments

  1. Clint! I, too, have a soft spot for him (not at all helped by those arms of Jeremy Renner’s in the movie *swoon*). I fell like the humans in comic series are always so much more interesting than the superhumans, because they’re heroes despite not actually being granted any superpowers.

    1. Haha! Jeremy Renner’s arms are indeed quite magnificent. Exactly! That’s why I love Clint and Kate Bishop so much, they’re very breakable humans but they still stand up and be a hero because it’s right. 🙂

  2. One of the things I loved about Hawkeye was his deaf incarnations. I haven’t ever read another superhero that is deaf and it placed him firmly in a very soft place in my heart because my boyfriend is hard of hearing. His favorite superhero is Spiderman, who I love too, but he actually reminds me of Hawkeye more (don’t tell him I said that).

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