Winter Soldier

History

James Barnes was the very archetype of what successful young 20th century youth should be. An excellent student and athlete, he was gregarious and well-liked socially by all who met him. He had everything — which was why many thought it odd that his best friend, ever since childhood, was skinny little Steve Rogers. The two were inseparable — up until World War II broke out, and the 4F classification finally succeeded in pushing them apart. Bucky went to war, and Steve stayed home.

Not for long, though. Bucky found himself reunited with his friend before long, except Steve had? changed. Bucky didn't really know it at the time, but his best friend had become the first publicly acknowledged superhero in the world.

Lesser men might not have been able to continue the friendship. Neither men could ever be assigned the label of 'lesser,' however, and their bond only strengthened as they fought through many battles of WWII. It remained strong up until the moment Steve Rogers witnessed his friend's assumed "death" — and shortly thereafter, himself disappeared from the world. The year was 1945.

Their paths diverged. Bucky was found shortly after his presumed death — by Soviet soldiers. In concert with Hydra, they commenced a program that would come to be called the Winter Soldier program. As its centerpiece, James Barnes was revived, repaired, experimented upon, enhanced — and reprogrammed. He was injected with a lesser, imitated version of the Super Soldier serum given to Steve Rogers. He was given a new bionic left arm to replace the one damaged beyond all repair. His fall had left his mind broken, memories scattered to the four winds, with the only sure thing left in his brain all the skills he had learned over the years. Hydra made sure those memories stayed scattered, and piled countless layers of brainwashing and conditioning over top until they created a weapon that could walk invisibly in the Western world, among other Americans — and then, with incisive precision, strike and fade away.

His shattered mind was reformed, his skills honed and reconfigured, a new personality stacked atop his damaged old one. This new man, the Winter Soldier, was a master of espionage and wetwork. He was a faithful blade of the Soviet state.

Like any good blade, he was sheathed when not in use. Cryogenic technology kept him in a state of suspended animation between missions, preserving his youth so successive generations of intelligence directors, aspiring politicians, and corrupt military leaders could put his talents to use. He worked intermittently, but fairly continuously, throughout the Korean War, the Vietnam War, then Cold War. His name became a curse in the intelligence community over the decades, an oppressive ghost felt in the room whenever things went wrong. Then the Berlin Wall came down, and many Soviet programs were officially retired, including the Winter Soldier program.

Of course, however, that was just the official statement, and official statements never did apply to Hydra. They barely even applied to Russia, a country well-versed in saying one thing and meaning quite another. The Winter Soldier remained an option, though largely unused for some time — a relic waiting to be reactivated —until his full re-acquisition by Hydra.

Recently, he was activated by a rogue cell of Hydra operating in New York, only to finally shake his leash after two months of operation in his own place of birth. Instrumental in this was one Dr. Jane Foster, who helped him remember his past.

His hard-won freedom did not exempt him from facing his past, however. Within a few months the link between the Winter Soldier and James Barnes was discovered, and he was tried for his actions as the former.

Defended by Matthew Murdock, he was acquitted, but the road to redemption continued.

Recent Events

Jane's invitation to the fateful Mizizi conference in Wakanda spurred a dire series of events leading to his own near death, the uncovering of a Hydra infiltration in the country, and a hush-up operation that left them unable to speak of what had transpired.

Their time in Wakanda led Jane to dabble more and more in technomagic, with dark consequences; she attracted the attention of the Demon Bear, a spirit that haunted Danielle Moonstar. They were corrupted by the Bear into its Heralds, only for Jane to turn on it and bind it in turn. They were stopped before they could deal too much damage, but enough of Jane's corrupt code slipped through to become a nano-infection that would be used for ill purposes — and which would change Tony Stark beyond all their imaginings.

Throughout his life, James Barnes has suffered a theme of being unable to trust his own mind — of being unable to feel sure that he will not have his control ripped away from him again, and be misused for dire purposes. It happened with the Soviets. It happened with Hydra. It happened again with the Demon Bear. Again and again, he was turned into a weapon.

Thus it was that when the registration act was passed, he immediately registered himself. The fear of a government turning him into a tool again, could not compare to the fear of them not having a contingency in place to shut him down were he to lose himself again.

Personality

The personality of James Barnes is a difficult thing to define, being that it is now tangled irrevocably with the persona of the Winter Soldier. The individual known as Bucky Barnes was a vivacious, outgoing, and gregarious individual, effortlessly popular with just about everyone he met. Above all he was generous of spirit, fiercely loyal, and fiercely protective, unable to stand for seeing weaker individuals being picked on, and willing to defend them when no one else would. Once he counted you a close friend of his, he would always have your back.

Many of these personality traits have survived having to integrate with the Winter Soldier, though in altered form. Much of the way he was is still there, but darkened by decades of forced murder: his vivacity dampened, his gregariousness quashed, his easy humor turned to a much more cynical, sarcastic sort of amusement. There is a gravity, a tension, and a quiet lethality about him now which did not characterize him prior to his 'death.' He projects the preoccupied, bleak air of a man weighed down by acts and sights he cannot undo or unsee.

RP Hooks

Bucky Barnes is still known first and foremost for being Steve Rogers' best friend, a veteran of WWII, and — especially among the military — one of the progenitors of the modern-day special operations unit. Now that it is public knowledge he was also the Winter Soldier, a long list of crimes has been added to that list of accolades.

  • Most people know Bucky for being Captain America's old wartime friend.
  • As the Winter Soldier, Bucky was used to train many generations of killers like himself: primarily in the Red Room. You might have been taught by him.
  • If you fought in any of the major wars since the Korean War, you might have run across him.
  • Many now know of him for being outed as the Winter Soldier in 2017. He was tried for his crimes in a highly publicized trial in that same year, and ultimately acquitted.
  • He may have killed one or both of your parents.

Relationships

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Character Sheet

Bionic Arm

The most immediately notable attribute of the Winter Soldier, this cybernetic replaced the left arm Bucky lost in his traumatic fall. An advanced mechanical implant created by Jane Foster after his original was lost, it is distinctive for its system of fine interlocking plates which offer lifelike flexibility and tactile sensitivity, but which can also lock solidly into place to provide unyielding striking power, or to serve as a rudimentary shield against conventional weapons fire. Using this arm he is able to apply force considerably greater than he could otherwise even with his enhanced strength, and accordingly he consciously swaps to it when he needs to overpower something through brute strength. Specifically it is capable of applying several tons of force, sufficient to tear through steel restraints and powder concrete. It is also considerably more responsive than his flesh arm, with faster reflexes. For the purposes of his work, the arm is capable of shielding itself and other metal on his person from conventional metal detectors and other security screening.

Enhanced Physiology

After the fall that nearly killed him and resulted in the loss of his arm, Bucky was recovered by the Soviets and given a lesser version of the Super Soldier serum that was administered to Steve Rogers. Without it, he would not be able to bear the weight and strength of the bionic arm that replaced his lost left arm.

He exhibits the classic across-the-board enhancements of the super soldier to a similar degree as Captain America: enhanced strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, and resilience. His pain tolerance, both due to his super soldier enhancements and due to the realities of his existence, is exemplary; he also heals much more quickly than the average person. Among the things this enables are the ability to leap from considerable heights of several stories, to weave and dodge submachine gun fire, to endure the blows of other superhuman individuals without injury, and to outpace cars at a dead run, as well as overall strength and conditioning sufficient to catch, lift, and fling a motorcycle traveling at speed.

Miscellaneous

"I can see now the burden that Steve's always carried. And it feels strange to admit I want that burden back… but underneath it all, what I really know is…. I want to deserve it… somehow."


Свое́й те́ни не обго́нишь.

Gallery

Appearances

September 17, 2019. That Kind of Hero

Bucky Barnes knows when it's time to show up in the window of one Jessica Jones. He proposes a new path.

Posted On: 18 Sep 2019 04:24 (Related Tags: jessica-jones winter-soldier)


August 16, 2019. The Collection Agency

Boomerang and Winter Soldier go to collect a wayward clown.

Posted On: 01 Sep 2019 17:42 (Related Tags: boomerang harley-quinn winter-soldier)


July 20, 2019. White Russian

The Winter Soldier and Domino hit the same place at the same time. Many Russians get injured.

Posted On: 21 Jul 2019 00:45 (Related Tags: domino winter-soldier)


June 26, 2019. Just Keep Punching

Bucky and Jane check on Jessica in the wake of her disastrous encounter with Psylocke, and the three briefly discuss some loaded topics.

Posted On: 08 Aug 2019 22:12 (Related Tags: jane-foster jessica-jones winter-soldier)


June 15, 2019. The Promotion

Amanda Waller gives Bucky Barnes the rank increase he's pretty sure he never wanted.

Posted On: 17 Jul 2019 09:16 (Related Tags: amanda-waller winter-soldier)


May 15, 2019. Bearers of Bad News

Bucky and Jane tell Matt about Wilson Fisk's quiet takeover of the Raft.

Posted On: 25 Aug 2019 20:14 (Related Tags: daredevil jane-foster winter-soldier)


May 14, 2019. A Bloody Trail

Peggy asks Bucky for a favor.

Posted On: 16 May 2019 15:43 (Related Tags: agent-carter winter-soldier)


April 23, 2019. PARMSWEIR UNLEASHED

Thor has a surprise party for 98 year-old Margaret Carter. An unexpected guest arrives with tidings of his own

Posted On: 24 Apr 2019 19:45 (Related Tags: agent-carter atli doctor-strange fate-nassour jane-foster merrow rocket spider-man thor winter-soldier)


March 30, 2019. When They Came for Mutant Town

The Department of Public Safety tries to bring Mutant Town into legal compliance with MRPSA.

Posted On: 31 Mar 2019 03:36 (Related Tags: angel captain-marvel cypher deadpool domino iron-man jane-foster moonstar poison-ivy secret winter-soldier x-23)


March 24, 2019. A Really God Damn Bad Day

When the Trike crumbles, Dani and Luke get trapped inside. Winter Soldier, Daredevil and Jessica Jones hurry to free them before the air runs out.

Posted On: 25 Mar 2019 04:49 (Related Tags: daredevil jessica-jones moonstar power-man winter-soldier)


February 22, 2019. IT'S FINE, JANE!

It's really not fine when 'quantum racetrack' is on the table.

Posted On: 23 Feb 2019 06:24 (Related Tags: iron-man jane-foster winter-soldier)


February 03, 2019. The Question

Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes catch up and, inevitably, talk registration.

Posted On: 03 Feb 2019 20:22 (Related Tags: captain-america winter-soldier)


January 20, 2019. Friendly Fire

Some SHIELDlings get together in the firing range. Rocket almost doesn't cause any damage.

Posted On: 21 Jan 2019 05:17 (Related Tags: hashmark moonstar rocket winter-soldier)


January 09, 2019. The Newest and Oldest Recruit

Amanda Waller comes talent scouting.

Posted On: 09 Jan 2019 17:40 (Related Tags: amanda-waller winter-soldier)


January 01, 2019. Auld Lang Syne

The Titans, old and new, as well as a few other friends ring in the New Year in their typical style - like sampling near-lethal alien dishes, underaged drinking, ugly (but awesome) Christmas sweaters, way too much sugar and…TWISTER?

Posted On: 06 Jan 2019 06:22 (Related Tags: cyborg impulse jane-foster nico-minoru nightwing raven red-robin spider-man starfire winter-soldier zatanna-zatara)


Winter Soldier
Full Name: James Buchanan Barnes
Code Name: Winter Soldier
Occupation: Murder Consultant
Aliases: Yakov 'Yasha' Vasilevich Morozov
Reg. Status: Registered
Alignment: Hero
Home Turf: NYC
Affiliations: Avengers, SHIELD
Physical Information
Gender: Male
Species: Metahuman
Species Detail: Serum-Enhanced
Age: 102
Height: 6'0"
Build: Athletic
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
OOC Information
Portrayed By: Sebastian Stan
Theme Song: 20 Years - The Civil Wars
Character Type: FC
Universe: Marvel
Wiki Tag: winter-soldier
Played Since: November 13, 2018

Last Posted Activity: 18 Sep 2019 04:24

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