□ Name: skidmo
□ Age: 30
□ Contact: skidmo on plurk
□ Journal: skidmo
□ Do you play anyone in Ariel?: nope
□ Name: Clint Barton
□ Journal: from_a_distance
□ Series: Marvel Cinematic Universe
□ Canon point: post-Avengers
Clint’s parents both died in a car crash when he was very young. His father had been an abusive asshole, and his mother incredibly distant, so he likes to act like this was not the tragedy it actually was. He and his older brother, Barney, were put into a children’s home until they both ran away to the circus as teenagers. They worked mostly as roustabouts for Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders until Clint was taken in by the Swordsman, one of the carnival’s performers, who taught him to work with bladed weapons and later by Trickshot, who saw Clint’s innate ability and molded him into the greatest marksman in the world. He started performing as Hawkeye.
He stayed with the circus until he came across Swordsman one day counting through the money he’d stolen from the circus. He offered to make Clint his partner in crime, but Clint refused. They fought, and the Swordsman eventually left him for dead after he fell from the highwire. When Clint told Barney what had happened, Barney abandoned him as well, amazed that he hadn’t taken the Swordsman up on his offer.
Trickshot became Clint’s mentor at this point and eventually pulled him into using his ability to help take down a criminal. During the mission, he wounded one of the criminal’s guards, who turned out to be Barney. Clint was horrified at what he’d done and he left Trickshot.
Clint made his living for a while by traveling from circus to circus and otherwise using his abilities to make money. He ended up working as an assassin. Eventually, his talent earned him the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D., and he was recruited as an agent with them. He ended up recruiting Black Widow to the organization as well after he’d been sent to kill her.
The rest of his story can be found here
On the outside, Clint is a smartass. He always has a snarky comment, and it quite often gets him in trouble. But he figures that’s better than the other option, which is actually letting people get to know him.
He can be friendly and even charming when he wants to be, but more often than not he just doesn’t put in the effort. If he feels like you’re insulting him or downplaying his abilities, he’ll pretty much be a jackass to you. That said, if he likes you and you give him reason to be, he’s a very loyal friend.
He has a very strong sense of right and wrong, and he feels protective of the people around him. This tends to get him into trouble as well because he can’t not stand up for someone who needs it. He’s been in a lot of fights that had nothing to do with his job.
He’s got a serious inferiority complex which manifests as a competitive streak. Backing down from a challenge is not something he can do without a very good reason.
To strangers, he’s friendly but distant, but he’s pretty good at making people think he likes them if only so he can exploit them if necessary.
Because his parents died when he was so young (not to mention having been left by his mentors and his brother) he has some abandonment issues. Running away to the circus was kind of a way to deal with that. He clings tightly to the people he cares about, hence staying with his brother even when his brother proved he didn’t really care so much about Clint, but he tries to hide that side of him anymore. He fully expects that everyone in his life will disappoint him at some point, and that if they really get a glimpse of what goes on in his head, they’ll run out on him like everyone else has.
What is really going on in his head is a constant litany telling himself he’s not good enough. He plays the cocky bad boy, but if he isn’t absolutely perfect, he’s disappointed in himself and expects everyone else to be. This is why marksmanship is such a big thing for him. Bulls-eye perfection every time is something he can achieve there.
He pushes people away while simultaneously trying to prove he’s good enough to them. He craves appreciation, and when he doesn’t get it, he tries harder and harder until he does. And then he doesn’t trust its sincerity.
The one person in his life who gets behind this barrier of his is Natasha. She’s the only one he trusts not to abandon him if he’s not perfect. He still wonders about her sometimes, but mostly he trusts her implicitly. (Sometimes he feels this way about Coulson too, but Coulson is still a part of S.H.I.E.L.D., and he definitely doesn’t trust S.H.I.E.L.D.)
He’s done a lot of things he’s not exactly proud of, but he isn’t ashamed of that. He knows he has lines he won’t cross, and it doesn’t really matter to him if other people realize that or not.
Partly because of his trust/abandonment issues, Clint is incredibly loyal when he chooses to put himself in that position. So while he may not be entirely sure about SHIELD just yet, he’s very much SHIELD’s man. It doesn’t hurt that they have the best toys and give him something to do with himself. He’s loyal enough to the company that when he had the first vacation SHIELD had given him since he started there, he was more than willing to give that up to drive all the way across the country to check out an alien satellite crashed in the New Mexico desert.
Clint is a loner purely out of survival instinct, but when he does find people he likes and can trust, he holds onto them very dearly and takes responsibility for them. He sees it as his job to keep people safe, whether that be in contemplating the ramifications of a door to the other side of the galaxy or in wanting to make reparations for having been instrumental in attacking and nearly taking down a SHIELD helicarrier.
He tends to make snap decisions on who he can trust and who he can’t, and he’s right surprisingly often. That’s why he works with Fury, why he saved Natasha, why he decided after three minutes of watching him mud wrestling that he wanted Thor to win.
In game, this is likely to take shape in him choosing three or four other characters he thinks can/should be trusted and clinging very closely to them. He may watch them from a distance before making this decision, but he will eventually try to make himself something of a feature in their lives and indispensable however he can.
□ Age: 42
□ Gender: Male
□ Appearance: Clint is a relatively attractive man with insanely nice arms. He’s blond and blue-eyed, average height, quite muscled. He’s a very casual dresser: worn jeans, t-shirts, sneakers. He really likes his purple.
Purple t-shirts, boxers, shoes, even his wallet is purple.
□ Abilities/Powers: Baseline human, but he is really quite strong. The pull on his bow is 250 pounds. He also has incredible distance vision and is the best marksman in his world.
□ Personal Items:
-collapsible, recurve bow
-quiver of trick arrows
-SHIELD issued uniform
-the clothes on his back (t-shirt, jeans, boxers, socks & shoes? If this needs to count as more than one item, let me know J)
-one bloodstained Captain America trading card
-SHIELD issued comm unit
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