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Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Criminal, circus act

Group Membership: Cirque du Nuit

Affiliations: Fifi, Ringmaster (Maynard Tiboldt), other members of Cirque du Nuit, Swordsman (Jacques DuQuesne)

Enemies: Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Kate Bishop

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile, notably Manhattan Island, USA

First Appearance: Hawkeye IV#2 (November, 2012)

Powers/Abilities: Swordsman was an expert with bladed weapons, notably the sword (sabre) and throwing knives. Trained by Jacques DuQuesne, he was likely also a skilled hand-to-hand combatant.


(Hawkeye IV#2 (fb) - BTS) - This Swordsman was trained by Jacques DuQuesne (the original Swordsman). He later adopted similar purple garb to that of DuQuesne and joined Ringmaster's new circus venture, Cirque du Nuit, in an effort to steal from the audience, adopting a fake French accent.

(Hawkeye IV#2) - Hawkeye (Clint Barton), undercover with Kate Bishop, attended Cirque du Nuit, but used special spectacles that prevented them from getting hypnotized by Ringmaster. Hawkeye recognized similar methods of handling weapons in Swordsman and his knife-throwing act. Investigating later, Hawkeye was knocked out and brought before Swordsman, who expressed disappointment in the former fellow student of DuQuesne, but also knew the archer was dangerous. Concerned about having a dead Avenger during the operation, Swordsman told his fellow criminals to hold him and kill him later. However, Hawkeye escaped. Furious, Swordsman carried two sabres to use against Hawkeye, but the archer used an arrow that bounced off a wall and hit Swordsman in the back of the neck, injuring his nerves, and he fell to the floor, apparently (or at least partially) paralyzed.

(Hawkeye IV#8) -The Swordsman sat next to the Ringmaster as the New York crimelords discussed how to eliminate Hawkeye (Clint Barton).

(Hawkeye IV#22) – Ringmaster and the knife-thrower agreed to participate in a hit on Hawkeye.

Comments: Created by Matt Fraction (writer) and David Aja (artist)

Although not actually named in the first story, the character was identified in the bonus artist sketches at the back of the first tpb (main image).

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Swordsman should not be confused with:

Swordsman has no known connections to:

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Hawkeye IV#2 tpb 1, back character sketches (main image)
    p8, pan6 (headshot)

Hawkeye IV#2 (November, 2012) - Matt Fraction (writer), David Aja (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Hawkeye IV#8 (April, 2012) - Matt Fraction (writer), David Aja & Annie Wu (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Hawkeye IV#22 (September, 2015) – Matt Fraction (writer), David Aja (artist), Sana Amanat (editor)

First Posted: 12/11/2018
Last updated: 04/27/2013

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