Barney Barton as Trickshot, the Dark AvengerTRICKSHOT

Real Name: Charles Bernard "Barney" Barton

Identity/Class: Normal human 

Occupation: Government double agent;
    formerly carnival worker, racketeer 

Group Membership: Dark Avengers (Dark Spider-Man (Ai Apaec), Ragnarok, Skaar, Toxie Doxie (June Covington));
    formerly Carson’s Carnival of Traveling Wonders and his own racketeering gang

Affiliations: Baron Zemo (Helmut Zemo), Dark Avengers (Dark Spider-Man (Ai Apaec), Ragnarok, Toxie Doxie (June Covington)), FACT (the Thunderbolts Advisory Committee), Gorgon (Tomi Shishido), HAMMER, Norman Osborn, Erik Wender, Deidre Wentworth;
    formerly the Avengers (Black Panther (T'Challa), Goliath/Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Vision, Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), Yellowjacket (Hank Pym)), Black Widow (Natalia Romanova), Edwin Jarvis

Enemies: Avengers (Luke Cage, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Dr. Strange (Stephen Strange), Iron Fist (Danny Rand), Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse), Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Thing (Ben Grimm), Wolverine (James Howlett)), Dr. Don Blake, Egghead (Elihas Starr), Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Skaar, Tony Stark, Sultan Magus (Dagan Shah), the Swordsman (Jacques Duquesne), Thunderbolts (Boomerang (Fred Myers), Centurius, Ghost, Juggernaut (Cain Marko), Mach-V (Abner Jenkins), Man-Thing (Ted Sallis), Mr. Hyde (Calvin Zabo), Moonstone (Karla Sofen), Satana, Songbird (Melissa Gold), Troll), Trick Shot (Buck Chisholm)

Known Relatives: Brett Barton (ancestor, deceased), Clinton Francis Barton (Hawkeye/Goliath, brother), Edith Barton (mother, deceased), Harold Barton (father, deceased)

Aliases: "Creep," "Crumb," "Rat" (insulting nicknames given to him by Goliath/Clint Barton)

Base of Operations: Mobile, notably New York City, USA

First Appearance: Avengers I#64 (May, 1969)

Powers/Abilities: Trickshot was an expert marksman, having learned everything about archery from the original Trick Shot (Buck Chisholm). He also had an arsenal of gadget arrows, including explosive-tipped arrows, and carried batons to use in battle. He was also a skilled racketeer and manipulator.


(Hawkeye III#6 (fb) - BTS) - Charles Bernard Barton was born on August 4th to Harold and Edith Barton.

 (Solo Avengers#2 (fb)) - As a child, Barney and his brother Clint worked in their father's butcher shop cleaning up. Their father was an alcoholic who sometimes beat Barney, who always said that one day, he would be bigger than his father and then he would show him.

(Hawkeye: Blind Spot#1 (fb)) – One night, after a thief had stolen the money from the butcher shop’s register, an angry and drunk Harold pushed Clint down. When Edith Barton pleaded with him to stop, Harold went off into another room. As Edith told Barney and Clint that he would tire himself out, Clint argued back but Barney told Clint to let it go, as their father was a waste of air anyway.

(Solo Avengers#2 (fb)/Hawkeye: Blind Spot#1 (fb)) - Soon after, their father's alcoholism cost him his own life and that of his wife, Edith, leaving Clint and Barney as orphans. Barney and Clint were soon sent to an orphanage where they remained until Clint turned 13 and the two brothers ran away.

(Hawkeye: Blind Spot#1 (fb)) – Despite Clint’s attempts to dissuade Barney from running away, Barney continued to lead both himself and Clint away from the orphanage, feeling that they were not wanted. He then told Clint to stop whining and continue following.

(Solo Avengers#2 (fb)/Hawkeye: Blind Spot#1 (fb)) - Their hunger eventually brought them to a travelling carnival. Taking odd jobs at the carnival, Barney and Clint were immediately impressed at the skill of one of the show's stars, the Swordsman. The Swordsman soon asked the boys to participate in the act and while Barney declined the offer, Clint jumped at the chance.

(Solo Avengers#2 (fb)) - After Clint aided the Swordsman in numerous shows, the carnival's archer Trick Shot began to train Clint in archery as Barney accused Clint of being used by Swordsman.

 (Hawkeye III#1 (fb)) - Not long after, Barney commented on how Clint's archery had improved. When Clint announced that he wanted to be a part of the carnival, Barney admitted that he wanted to get his GED, having gotten a 1350 on his SATs. He then told Clint that it wouldn't hurt for him to pick up a book but Clint angrily exclaimed that he didn't want to leave the carnival, as it was the closest thing they had ever had to a family. As Clint walked away, Barney reminded him that he had choices in life.

 (Hawkeye III#2 (fb)) - A few short years later at the carnival, Barney overheard the carnival archer Trick Shot telling Clint about how he was scamming people out of money. After Trick Shot told Clint they could scam a few bars later that night, Barney confronted Clint and explained that he wanted Clint to know right from wrong.

 (Hawkeye III#3 (fb)) - When Clint discovered that the Swordsman had robbed the carnival and broke his leg trying to escape the Swordsman's anger, Barney came running into the tent asking what had happened. Trick Shot explained that Clint was going to squeal on Swordsman and that people shouldn't rat on their family.

 (Avengers I#65 (fb)) - Barney immediately ran to Clint to hear his side of the story. From Clint, Barney learned of the Swordsman's robbery and his offer to split the money with Clint. Taking Clint to get medical attention, an angry Barney commented about how both he and Clint could have been on easy street if Clint had not turned down the Swordsman's offer to split the robbery cash.

(Hawkeye: Blind Spot#1 (fb)) – Visiting Clint in the hospital, Barney asked Clint why he had let the Swordsman leave after everything the Swordsman had done for him. When Clint replied that Swordsman was embezzling and had broke Clint’s legs in the process of doing so, Barney exclaimed that the carnival had been ripping the Swordsman off and that the Swordsman was only taking his due. He then told Clint that Clint’s broken legs were his own fault and told Clint that if Clint wanted to live his life alone, he could do so. Barney then left Clint alone in his hospital room.

 (Hawkeye III#4 (fb)) – Shortly thereafter, Barney announced to Clint that he was leaving the carnival. He explained that he had been thinking about maybe joining the Army so that he could go to college after his tenure. He asked Clint to leave with him but Clint said he needed to get the life he had back on track before starting a new one. Barney then told Clint that his bus left at 9 and the next morning, Barney caught a bus. As the bus drove off, Barney never noticed that Clint had arrived at the station to go with him.

 (Solo Avengers#2 (fb)/Hawkeye III#5 (fb)/Hawkeye: Blind Spot#1 (fb)) - Some time later, as Clint and Trick Shot were robbing a mobster named Marko, Clint fired an arrow into one of the guards present and was shocked to discover that he had shot an arrow into Barney. Clint immediately went against Trick Shot's orders and took Barney to a hospital where Barney recovered.

 (Hawkeye III#5 (fb)) - Clint visited Barney in the hospital and asked Barney what had happened to joining the Army and starting a new life. A drugged-up Barney managed to say that he was what he was.

 (Avengers I#64 (fb)) - When Egghead created a space station from which he would threaten America, he met with Barney Barton, who was at that time the head of half of New York's rackets. He offered Barton and his men a place on the space station if Barton would help finance it. Barton declined the offer, claiming that he didn't build up his rackets only to give the money to a nutcase. As Barton and his men left the scene, a robot with Egghead's voice attacked them and killed both of Barton's bodyguards while Barton himself hid from harm.

 (Avengers I#64/Hawkeye: Blind Spot#2 (fb)) - After laying low and trying to think of what to do with the information about Egghead's space station, Barney finally decided to visit his brother Clint, who was at the time the hero Goliath of the Avengers. He then told the Avengers the location of Egghead's space station and accompanied them into space to confront him. Inside the space station, Barney Barton, much to everyone's surprise, held his own against Egghead's robotic guards until Egghead used a paralysis ray to down the Avengers. The only person still standing, Barney seemingly sacrificed his life to destroy Egghead's ray-projector. As Barney apparently died, he told Goliath that he made sure not to reveal his secret but when Yellowjacket questioned why Barney had called Goliath by his real name, Goliath revealed to his teammates that Barney was his brother.

 (Hawkeye III#6 (fb)/Hawkeye: Blind Spot#3 (fb)) - After Barney’s apparent death on September 13th, Clint and a few of his Avengers friends went to Barney's funeral service where Clint admitted that he thought he would be the one who would make a lifetime of bad choices instead of Barney. Following Barney’s "death", Clint was given a false CIA letter claiming that Barney had been an undercover CIA agent the whole time. Upon reading it, Clint was inspired to push himself harder as a hero.

(Hawkeye: Blind Spot#3 (fb) – BTS) – Unbeknownst to the Avengers, Egghead had retrieved the near-lifeless body of Barney Barton and placed it in suspended animation in one of his safe houses.

(Hawkeye: Blind Spot#3 (fb)) – Seeking a way to gain revenge on Hawkeye for disrupting his earlier plans with the cosmic moonstones, Baron Helmut Zemo was led by the moonstones to Egghead’s old safe house, where he discovered Barney’s suspended animation chamber. Using the moonstones to fully heal Barney, Zemo told Barney to take it easy and tell him everything he last remembered.

(Hawkeye: Blind Spot#1 (fb) – BTS/Hawkeye: Blind Spot#4 (fb) – BTS) – Zemo contacted the cancer-ridden Trick Shot (Buck Chisholm) in an effort to have him train Barney in archery as part of his revenge plot. When Trick Shot refused, Zemo withheld Chisholm’s cancer treatments, claiming that he would restore Trick Shot if he continued to train Barney. Forced to comply, Trick Shot taught Barney everything he knew about archery.

(Hawkeye: Blind Spot#1) – As part of Zemo’s plot against the then-losing his sight Hawkeye, Barney sent the dying Trick Shot (Buck Chisholm) to Avengers Tower and then phoned Clint to tell him that Trick Shot was there so that Clint could pay his final respects. As Chisholm died, he gave Clint vague clues as to who had sent him there. Returning to Zemo’s abandoned Coney Island funhouse headquarters, Barney, as the new Trickshot, told Zemo that he wished he could have seen the look on Hawkeye’s face when Chisholm died. Zemo warned Barney not to deviate from their plan to destroy Hawkeye and Barney replied that he had a lot of tricks up his sleeve.

Barney Barton in his first appearance as Trickshot(Hawkeye: Blind Spot#2) – Thinking of the clues Trick Shot had given him on his deathbed, Hawkeye visited Coney Island. When Hawkeye’s Skycycle was hit by an explosive arrow, Hawkeye jumped from the exploding Skycycle and landed on the top of a train, only to come face-to-face with the new Trickshot: his own brother Barney.

(Hawkeye: Blind Spot#3) – Trickshot battled Hawkeye, utilizing archery skills taught to him by the previous Trick Shot (Chisholm). Defeating Hawkeye with a punch from a fist wearing his father’s ring, Trickshot placed the captive Hawkeye in the Coney Island funhouse. Escaping, Hawkeye asked how it was possible for Barney to be alive when he had seen Barney die and even asked about the letter from the CIA claiming Barney had been an undercover agent. Trickshot explained that the letter had been false and revealed the circumstances of his revival while continuing his attack on Hawkeye. Taking the fight further into the funhouse, Trickshot led Hawkeye to Baron Zemo, who revealed his plot to destroy Hawkeye. Zemo then returned Hawkeye’s sight-heightening cowl and told him to prepare for his final battle with both Zemo and Trickshot.

(Hawkeye: Blind Spot#4) – His vision having gotten steadily worse, Hawkeye lost his eyesight just as the battle began. Trickshot and Hawkeye battled furiously, with Hawkeye occasionally reminding Barney that he had become just like their father. Using his last arrow, Hawkeye created a puddle beneath Trickshot’s feet and when Trickshot fired his last arrow, Hawkeye caught it and hurled it back, pinning Trickshot against the wall long enough for Hawkeye to knock him out. Hawkeye then prepared to confront Baron Zemo, who teleported away. Later, at Avengers Tower, Tony Stark and Dr. Donald Blake used the unconscious Barney Barton as a stem cell donor to repair Hawkeye’s vision. Following the eye surgery, Hawkeye found his vision returned and visited Barney in recovery. Asking Barney if he had consented to the stem cell donation, Clint only received threats from Barney.

(New Avengers II#18 (fb) – BTS) – Placed into the custody of Hawkeye in Avengers Tower, Barney was inside Avengers Tower when it was destroyed during the events of “Fear Itself.”

(New Avengers II#18) – Wishing to recruit Trickshot for his team of Dark Avengers, Norman Osborn had one of his agents in HAMMER inject the comatose Barney Barton with a drug that simulated death. Pronounced dead, Barney was sent the County Coroner, where Osborn had him injected with an antidote drug that brought him out of his coma.

(New Avengers II#19 (fb)) – Norman Osborn spoke with Barney and his other possible new recruits.

(New Avengers II#18) – Trickshot joined Osborn’s Dark Avengers team alongside the Gorgon (Tomi Shishido), a new Scarlet Witch (June Covington), Skaar, Spider-Man (Ai Apaec) and Ms. Marvel (Deidre Wentworth).

(New Avengers II#19) – Trickshot expressed skepticism when Osborn mentioned that the world needed protecting by his team of Avengers, having heard of Osborn’s earlier failure at hand-picking his own team of Avengers. Despite the new Dark Avengers’ concerns, Osborn reminded them how much “better” they were than their heroic counterparts, convincing them to help further Osborn’s plans. Osborn first had his team of Avengers arrive on the scene to halt an Atlantean attack on Miami while Luke Cage’s team of Avengers arrived late, thereby making the true Avengers look bad.

(New Avengers II#20)  - After attempting to arrest Norman Osborn, Luke Cage ordered his Avengers team to attack Osborn’s Dark Avengers. During the battle, Trickshot attempted to hit Daredevil with arrows but Daredevil’s radar sense warned him and he dodged, causing the arrows to hit the Gorgon instead. Doctor Strange soon used the Vishanti Spell of Mass Illusion to disguise the true Avengers’ escape under the illusion of a tidal wave, leaving Trickshot and the other Dark Avengers to think they had won.

(New Avengers II#21) – Trickshot and the other Dark Avengers watched from afar as the true Avengers battled the cybernetic Thor clone, Ragnarok. When Osborn told them that they were not to kill anyone, a frustrated Trickshot prepared to shoot someone anyway but a superhumanly strong Osborn held him back. The Dark Avengers then watched as Luke Cage’s Avengers team retreated from the scene following their battle with Ragnarok.

(New Avengers II#22) – Trickshot and the other Dark Avengers watched on television as Avengers Mansion was stormed by federal security, who were ordered to shut down Avengers Mansion and detain Luke Cage’s Avengers team for questioning. When Skaar asked if the security forces were Norman Osborn’s doing, Trickshot replied that it was definitely Osborn and he knew because he had been paying attention to Osborn’s plan. During his posturing, Trickshot inadvertedly called Skaar “Hulk Boy” and was quickly grabbed by the neck until he apologized. Later, the Dark Avengers received a call from Osborn telling them to where to find the true Avengers. When the Gorgon bragged that Hydra (who was also working for Osborn) had captured Captain America in their basement, Skaar turned on the Dark Avengers.

(New Avengers II#23) – During the fight, Trickshot commented that he legitimately did not see Skaar’s betrayal coming. Trickshot attempted to fire arrows at Skaar, only to have Skaar catch them in mid-air. Skaar then used Gorgon as a baseball bat to knock Trickshot and the other Dark Avengers into their own jet, causing an explosion that disguised Skaar’s escape. As they recovered, Luke Cage’s Avengers team cornered them and Trickshot was easily defeated by a kick from Mockingbird, who shrugged off Trickshot’s arrows. The rest of the Dark Avengers were subsequently defeated as well and the team was taken into custody by Captain America.

(Dark Avengers II#175 (fb) – BTS) – With most of the normal team of Thunderbolts lost in time, the Thunderbolts Advisory decided to implant the captive Dark Avengers (Trickshot, June Covington, Ai Apaec, and Ragnarok) with a new nanite system for use as their new operatives.

(Dark Avengers II#175) – When Luke Cage was asked to meet Songbird of the Thunderbolts outside of the former Raft Island prison, Cage was informed that the Thunderbolts Advisory Committe, FACT, had called a special meeting, which Cage assumed was to talk him out of quitting the Thunderbolts program. He was soon met by Trickshot, Ragnarok, Toxie Doxie (June Covington) and Dark Spider-Man (Ai Apaec). Immediately assuming an attack, Luke Cage jumped into battle against the Dark Avengers, with Songbird and Mach-V joining in. During the fight, Trickshot managed to take out Mach-V with an electric shock arrow. When Cage, Songbird and Mach-V began to turn the tide of battle in their favor, Trickshot commented that he was going to need backup. The fight was eventually broke up when the Thunderbolts Advisory Committee activated the nanite control system within the bodies of the Dark Avengers, holding them in place. Cage quickly demanded how the Dark Avengers could have escaped custody but the Thunderbolts Advisory Committee responded that the Dark Avengers were the newest team of Thunderbolts. As part of their first mission, the Dark Avengers were sent to the hostile nation of Sharzhad to supposedly rescue a kidnapped mission specialist. Before the Dark Avengers arrived at the teleporter, Luke Cage appeared and appointed Skaar back to the Dark Avengers to keep an eye on them.

(Dark Avengers II#177) – Luke Cage then informed the Dark Avengers and the Thunderbolts Advisory Committee that he and Skaar would be accompanying the Dark Avengers on their mission, prompting Trickshot to comment that he thought Cage didn’t want to work with them. Cage and the Dark Avengers were then informed of their mission to rescue American citizen Erik Wender from the powerful, alien artifact-empowered Sultan Magus in Sharzhad. Once he was given the trigger to the Dark Avengers’ nanite controls, Cage led the Dark Avengers through the portal to Sharzhad. Once there, Cage and Skaar began to suspect the over-enthusiastic Dark Avengers of hiding something and Cage demanded to know what FACT was promising them in exchange for service. Trickshot replied that just being free was their reward but before any argument could continue, Sultan Magus located the group.

(Dark Avengers II#178) – Sultan Magus sent beast-like creatures after the Dark Avengers, who battled them furiously. Defeating the creatures, Cage and the Dark Avengers discussed what to do next. Toxie Doxie decided to track Erik Wender using a sample of his blood and asked Ragnarok to take up over the hills. Trickshot and Dark Spider-Man followed by attaching a webline to Ragnarok, effectively allowing the Dark Avengers to escape Cage’s watch.

(Dark Avengers II#179) – While flying, the Dark Avengers found Erik Wender’s location, which Ragnarok quickly unearthed via his hammer. A terrified Wender ran for it but Trickshot stopped him in his tracks with a bola arrow. They then used Ragnarok’s lightning to lead Sultan Magus to Cage and Skaar’s location in order to distract them from their true mission with Wender.

(Dark Avengers II#180) – With Cage and Skaar distracted, Trickshot and the other Dark Avengers made their way into Sultan Magus’ inner council, battling their way through hordes of Sultan Magus-created beasts. They eventually found a sub-space pocket created by the Rigellians thousands of years ago, where Trickshot placed Wender to channel energy through the crystal formations of the pocket to Earth.

(Dark Avengers II#181) – Discovering their location, Sultan Magus arrived in the sub-space pocket to prevent the conduction of Rigellian energy. Trickshot and the others battled Sultan Magus to prevent him from halting FACT’s plan to channel Rigellian energy to Earth via Wender.

(Dark Avengers II#182) – Trickshot and the Dark Avengers continued battling Sultan Magus until the Juggernaut arrived via teleportational portal to turn the tide against the Dark Avengers. Arriving behind Juggernaut were the Thunderbolts, who further attempted to halt the Dark Avengers. Trickshot personally battled Boomerang, losing when he took two boomerangs to the face. The energy transfer was eventually halted when Centurius stabbed Wender with a sword, dispersing the energy.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Gene Colan, and George Klein.

Like the previous Trick Shot, Barney Barton's codename was alternately spelled "Trickshot" or "Trick Shot" in his various appearances. To differentiate between the two archers in this profile, the original is named "Trick Shot" while Barney is the one word version.

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Dark Avengers II#175, p8, splash page (Trickshot, purple costume, main image)
Hawkeye: Blind Spot#4, p20, pan4 (headshot)
Avengers I#64, p17-18, splash page (as mobster kicking)
Hawkeye: Blind Spot#2, p22, splash page (Barney’s first, red Trickshot costume)

Avengers I#64 (May, 1969) - Roy Thomas (writer), Gene Colan (artist), George Klein (inker)
Avengers I#65 (June, 1969) - Roy Thomas (writer), Gene Colan (artist), Sam Grainger (inker)
Solo Avengers#2 (January, 1988) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Mark Bright (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (finisher)
Hawkeye III#1 (December, 2003) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Stefano Raffaele (artist)
Hawkeye III#2 (January, 2004) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Stefano Raffaele (artist)
Hawkeye III#3 (February, 2004) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Stefano Raffaele (artist)
Hawkeye III#4 (March, 2004) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Stefano Raffaele (artist)
Hawkeye III#5 (May, 2004) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Stefano Raffaele (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker)
Hawkeye III#6 (May, 2004) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Stefano Raffaele (artist)
Hawkeye: Blind Spot#1 (April, 2011) – Jim McCann (writer), Paco Diaz (art), Tom Brennan (editor)
Hawkeye: Blind Spot#2 (May, 2011) – Jim McCann (writer), Paco Diaz, Tomeu Morey, Nick Dragotta, Brad Simpson (art), Tom Brennan (editor)
Hawkeye: Blind Spot#3 (June, 2011) – Jim McCann (writer), Paco Diaz, Tomeu Morey, Valentine de Landro, Chris Sotomayor, Lee Weeks, Stefano Gaudiano, Morry Hollowell (art), Tom Brennan (editor)
Hawkeye: Blind Spot#4 (July, 2011) – Jim McCann (writer), Paco Diaz (art), Tom Brennan (editor)
New Avengers II#18 (January, 2012) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers II#19 (February, 2012) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers II#20 (March, 2012) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers II#21 (April, 2012) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers II#22 (April, 2012) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato, Will Conrad (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers II#23 (May, 2012) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato, Will Conrad (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Avengers II#175 (August, 2012) – Jeff Parker (writer), Declan Shalvey (art), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Avengers II#177 (September, 2012) – Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker, Declan Shalvey (art), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Avengers II#178 (September, 2012) – Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker, Declan Shalvey (art), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Avengers II#179 (October, 2012) – Jeff Parker (writer), Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Kev Walker (art), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Avengers II#180 (November, 2012) – Jeff Parker (writer), Neil Edwards (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Avengers II#181 (November, 2012) – Jeff Parker (writer), Neil Edwards (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Avengers II#182 (December, 2012) – Jeff Parker (writer), Neil Edwards (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)

Last updated: 10/09/12

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