- Only one way this is gonna end, baby brother. It's in my blood, an' now yours. One'a us is gonna hafta kill the other. An' I ain't gonna stop until it happens.
- -- Trickshot src
Charles Bernard Barton (nicknamed Barney) was born on August 4th to Harold and Edith Barton. He grew up working in his father's Butchers shop in Waverly, Iowa with his brother Clint. Their father was abusive, especially when he drank and continually beat the young boys. Harold's drinking eventually cost him his life along with his wife, leaving the two boys orphans. The boys were placed in an orphanage and when Clint turned 13, the boys ran away. The boys eventually came across a carnival.
The two boys took up odd jobs at the Carson Carnival of Travelling Wonder as roustabouts, and both became impressed with one of the star performers, Jacques Duquesne also known as the Swordsman. The Swordsman asked the boys if they wished to help in his act and while Barney declined, Clint jumped at the chance. After many successful shows, the Swordsman asks fellow performer Trickshot to train Clint in Archery. At this point Barney accuses Clint of being used by the Swordsman.
Sometime later Barney is interested in obtaining his G.E.D. due to getting a decent score on his SAT’s. Clint is only obsessed with the show and improving his archery skills. When Barney tries to persuade Clint to take an interest in his education, he is angered and the brothers argue and Barney reminds him that he has his own life to lead.
Barney became jealous and bitter for being overlooked by his idol. Later, when Clint was severely injured at the hands of the Swordsman for discovering his embezzlement scheme, Barney condemned his brother for not remaining loyal to his mentor.
Barney becomes fed up with life at the carnival and decides to get a fresh start by joining the Army. He asks Clint to join him and again he declines. Barney tells him the offer is still there and waits with hope at the bus depot. Barney gets on the bus saddened by the absence of his brother. Clint eventually turns up only to see the bus leave with out him.
After a successful career in the army, Barney joins the FBI. His first assignment as an agent was to go undercover as a bodyguard for a criminal called Marko. Coincidentally his brother Clint and Trickshot attempt to rob Marko's mansion. During the robbery Barney was shot with an arrow by his brother and when Clint learns what he had done he is devastated. Clint refuses to leave his brother's side and turns against Trickshot. Trickshot is angered by the betrayal and wounds Clint with an arrow and leaves.
His next undercover assignment was to pose as a racketeer. He was approached by Egghead, who asked Barton to help finance his space station. Barton declined and called Egghead a nutcase; Egghead retaliated by sending a robot to kill him. Barton survived and sought out his brother Hawkeye, who was a member of the Avengers, informing him of Egghead's plans and accompanying the team to the space station. When Egghead used a paralysis ray on the Avengers, Barton sacrificed his life to destroy the ray-projector. After the funeral, Clint received a letter from FBI agent Allan Scofield revealing Barney's double life. The letter also revealed that Barney was aware of Clint's double life.
It was later revealed that Barney's body was taken by Egghead, who discovered there were faint vital signs and placed him in one of his accelerated healing chamber. When Egghead is eventually killed by Hawkeye, in a final battle with the Avengers, the chamber is lost and forgotten. Baron Zemo discovers the chamber and because he holds a personal grudge against Hawkeye, he manipulates Barney to turn brother against brother. Baron Zemo then enlists Hawkeye's own mentor Trickshot, who was once again suffering from cancer. Zemo recruited him to train Barney to be as proficient with a bow and arrow as his brother.
When the training was completed, Trickshot was badly beaten and his cancer continued to spread. Barney then takes the dying Trickshot to Avengers Tower as a message to Hawkeye.
Sometime later while investigating his former mentor's death, Hawkeye was attacked by his brother, declaring himself the new Trickshot. Barney defeats his brother and takes him to Baron Zemo. Zemo had the brothers duel to the death, but Hawkeye manages to best Trickshot in battle. Before teleporting away, Zemo transfers Trickshot's funds over to the winner Hawkeye, then taunts the hero for turning his brother against him.
Later in custody, Trickshot agreed to provide a bone marrow sample for transplant to save his brother's sight, but only so he could fight his brother again in the future.
Trickshot was invited by Norman Osborn to join the second incarnation of the Dark Avengers. They fought the Avengers on Osborns behalf but were eventually defeated and imprisoned together with Osborn.
After the Thunderbolts went missing in the time stream, the Dark Avengers were recruited as a replacement team. They were implanted with nanites in order to prevent them from going rogue, and placed under the leadership of Luke Cage.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
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Master Archer: Barney Barton, much like his brother has trained himself to become a master archer specializing in the use of regular bows, longbows, compound bows, and crossbows with near-perfect accuracy. He is capable of firing multiple arrows at a single target in a few seconds, hitting multiple targets in a few quick strokes, and directly hit small targets in the greatest of distances.
Expert Marksman: He possesses very keen eyesight and accuracy. He was trained in the Army and later the by the FBI in firearms. In his adult life he was trained by Trick Shot with throwing blades, balls, bolas, and boomerangs. He now has near-perfect precision with any aimed or thrown weapon. He can hurl objects with extreme speed and accuracy, both in direct aim and complicated rebounds/interactions.
Expert Acrobat: Barney Barton possesses exceptional human strength, endurance, and stamina. He is athletic, with very good reflexes and agility.
Expert Fighter: Barney Barton is an excellent martial artist, having been trained in various forms by the US Army, the FBI and Trickshot
Skilled Tactician: Barney is a skilled tactician due to his training in the FBI and US Army.Weapons Proficiency: Barney Barton incredible reflexes and hand-eye coordination allow him to easily master most weapons. He also received training in swordsmanship during his youth from the original Swordsman along with his brother.
Barney Barton possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in intense regular exercise and is considered athletic.
EquipmentSpecially padded armor
Despite his name being Charles, he is never referred to as such. It is unknown why he chose an abbreviation of his middle-name over his first.
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