The Winter Soldier
The Winter Soldier
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Portrayed by Sebastian Stan
Statistics
Full Name James Buchanan Barnes
Age 30 (100)
Height 6'0"
Build Athletic
Eyes Blue
Hair Brown
Skin Caucasian
Factions SHIELD

Claim to Fame

"You and the Germans, you have your super-soldiers, your secret weapons… but we Russians, we have nothing but our winter."

Reputation

The name of the Winter Soldier is credited with over two dozen high-profile assassinations over the past sixty-odd years- and that's just the ones he got credit for. Due to this incredible record across an equally incredible span of time, few in intelligence and black ops truly believe he exists as anything but a Soviet boogeyman and ghost story. Those who do believe speak of him as the big gun of the USSR's black ops bullpen, brought out to ensure completion of the most critical jobs.

The name of James Buchanan Barnes conjures an altogether different image: a flash-of-glory war hero who fought alongside Captain America in World War II, and who ultimately gave his life for his country.

Biography

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.

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. Freed from his yoke, he must now rediscover his own past, and determine a shape for his future.

IC History

Character Details

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.

Relationships

Image Name Summary Information
ltXKlLK.jpg Steve Rogers Bro(mance) And Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
TBIwFVa.jpg Agent Peggy Carter Bro's Doll Old friend and compatriot in the 'looking after Steve' campaign. We got a lot done together. Steve needs to, you know, have a look in her satchel already.
EPv8fRG.jpg Dr. Jane Foster My Doll Alpha Lyrae.
b0ngyAZ.jpg Azalea Kingston Seer She seems to have found a measure of peace.
ylORGiS.png Danielle Moonstar Fellow Ex-Herald Went through Demon Bear hell together. Gotta say, worst kinda bonding experience to have with someone. Stupid horse.
LHawQzF.jpg Danny Rand Derp Had to tell this kid if he wanted to be incognito, he probably oughta wear a mask…
pQh5l9t.jpg Emery Battle Butler Fellow old man. WON'T STOP FLIRTING WITH ME
n5FG1mp.jpg Groot A Tree Thank God he can put himself back together…
KH7XnDk.jpg Jessica Jones Mind Control Bro Always got my back. I just hope she doesn't go somewhere she can't come back from, on my account.
iRgAJOL.jpg John Constantine ??
ptJXTTX.jpg Luke Cage Best Projectile Weapon What it says on the tin. One of Jess's, owe him one for Wakanda.
ZDmwST5.jpg Magneto King Magnet Nope.
ovrjKlK.jpg Matt Murdock Friend This guy saved my ass. Glad he didn't sink his career doing it. Now I gotta hope I didn't sink the friendship.
shfO3j5.jpg Kinsey Sheridan Matt's Doll I took off her limbs. It was awkward.
Ming-Na-Wen-plays-Melinda-May-on-Marvels-Agents-of-SHIELD-150x150.jpg Melinda May SHIELD Agent Point of contact with SHIELD, along with Coulson. Has looked out for me. …Also scolded me, but I asked for it.
jRf56pV.jpg Michael Carter The British One Peggy's brother. Tried to kill one another a couple times over the years. Just business, though. Fine now — theoretically — if not friends.
FSG0wNR.jpg Owen Boomerang?? Emery knows some interesting guys, all I gotta say.
9rAhvll.jpg Peter Quill Definite Space Alien THIS FUCKING GUY
C0WO1yB.png Phil Coulson SHIELD Handler Closest thing to a 'handler' I got at SHIELD. Good guy. Glad I didn't kill him in '89. Really likes Steve.
yH4o9dv.jpg Pietro Maximoff Guy I Never Meet Little magnets don't fall far from the tree.
h0sh3xk.jpg Red Robin Bat-kid He came to help Zatanna and Jane. Seems kinda wound tight, but a good kid.
I5XJbuw.jpg Rocket Raccoon A Raccoon Seems like we got interests in common. He still can't have my arm.
dMgXt70.jpg Spider-Man Ideals Kid I think I remember being that young once.
cBSQ0a9.jpg T'Challa Angry Catman Kings do as they must.
MtKaqKC.png Thor A God At least one of us hasn't treated Jane poorly.
ivYldtK.png Tony Stark Howard's Kid Exactly like and exactly unlike Howard, all at once.
oBye2PE.jpg Zatanna Zatara Giver of Gifts Still reminds me, very much, of someone I know.

CURRENT MOOD

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Trivia

  • This Bucky uses the MCU origin story, though the period from 1945 to 1991 is derived from the comics. Things pick back up with the MCU from 1991 onwards.
  • Bucky Barnes liked stars and stargazing. The Winter Soldier sometimes remembers this.
  • After enlistment in December 1941, Bucky went through basic and was shipped first to the UK, then to fight in the North African Campaign (Western Desert Campaign, Operation Torch, Tunisian Campaign). Nearly a year of intensive desert fighting was followed by deployment to fight in the Italian Campaign, beginning with the invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky), and proceeding up the peninsula until his capture near Azzano in late 1943. The rest is history.
  • Top most hated things: needles, operating/medical settings in general, the sound of high-voltage electricity.
  • Had a number of aliases applied to him over his long career, though the Soviets generally referred to him by Yakov (Yasha) Vasilevich Morozov when a name was necessary. Every component of the name was a joke, and he wasn't privy to the punchline.

Soundtrack

Bucky

20 Years -- The Civil Wars
There's a note underneath your front door that I wrote twenty years ago
Yellow paper and a faded picture
And a secret in an envelope
There's no reasons
No excuses
There's no secondhand alibis
Just some black ink on some blue lines and a shadow you won't recognize
And if it means I'll be waiting for twenty years and twenty more
I'll be praying for redemption and your note underneath my door

Winter Soldier

Son of the Wolf -- Shawn James and the Shapeshifters
The wolf he has claws, fangs and old scars
His fur is covered in red
Stained by the blood of the innocent slain
He has no regret

There's no mercy for the weak of heart
They'll be trampled down and torn apart
As ruthless as it all may seem
The wild cares not for the weaker beings

Pursuing the scent, the stench of fear
It leads him to his prey
Cold and alone, forever he roams
devouring all in his way

There's no mercy for the weak of heart
They'll be trampled down and torn apart
As ruthless as it all may seem
The wild cares not for the weaker beings

All that he knows is this life of murder
to feed his hunger woes
He knows that his soul is damned
for what god would love such a wicked awful man

Dedications

Jane Foster: Midnight Dove -- Shawn James
Midnight dove
Why do you wander on through clouded skies?
There must be a glimpse of hope in sight
Spread your wings and take to flight
Leave the past behind
The dawn will birth a brand new light
So fly on and never look back from where you came
The sky opens up and it's calling out your name
Cause all you got is all
All you got is all
All that you need
I found myself, found myself
Amongst the thorns and weeds
You found yourself, found yourself
Amongst the beautiful trees
And we're not the same
No we're not the same

Steve Rogers: Wish You Were Here -- Pink Floyd
And did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here

Everybody He Likes: Who Did That To You -- John Legend
Now I'm not afraid to do the Lord's work
He says vengeance is his but Imma do it first
I'm gonna handle my business in the name of the law
Now if he made you cry I gotta know
If he's not ready to die, he best prepare for it
My judgment's divine I'll tell you who you can call, you can call
You better call the police, call the coroner, call up your priest
Have them warn ya, won't be no peace, when I find that fool
Who did that to you
Who did that to you, my baby, who did that to you
Gotta find that fool, who did that to you

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RP Logs & Journals

February 11, 2018: In for some Weirdness

Jane Foster and James Barnes visit Dr. Strange to talk about bears, physics and magic.

(permalink: log:6917 | tags: doctor_strange dr._jane_foster the_winter_soldier | posted: 11 Feb 2018 23:25)

February 09, 2018: Highway to Hell

Tony Stark makes good on his word to reclaim his weapons tech from the Genoshan Magistrates. Magneto cameo by Pietro/Wanda.

(permalink: log:6904 | tags: atli captain_america dr._jane_foster greb iron_man magneto merrow ms._marvel polaris the_winter_soldier | posted: 09 Feb 2018 07:57)

January 28, 2018: The Strange Case of Dr. Kinsey Sheridan

Newly reclaimed from the Demon Bear, Jane Foster and James Barnes try to undo the damage done to Kinsey Sheridan, her on-board A.I., and (tangentially) her boyfriend and their lawyer.

(permalink: log:6916 | tags: daredevil dr._jane_foster six solving_for_self the_winter_soldier | posted: 11 Feb 2018 04:59)

January 27, 2018: Demon Bear: Finale: Power Sundered

The final confrontation with the Demon Bear. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS PLOT. THANK YOU TO MY TWO CO-STORYTELLERS BUCKY AND JANE.

(permalink: log:6866 | tags: colossus daredevil doctor_strange dr._jane_foster groot iron_man john_constantine moonstar ripclaw rocket rodb samael the_winter_soldier zatanna_zatara | posted: 30 Jan 2018 12:30)

January 13, 2018: Demon Bear: Clean Slate

Winter comes to Tony Stark, as the Demon Bear's former heralds — now its masters — resurface to pay him a polite call, and take all that is his.

(permalink: log:6781 | tags: dr._jane_foster iron_man rodb the_winter_soldier | posted: 13 Jan 2018 10:48)

January 05, 2018: Demon Bear: The Guardians of the Galaxy

This occurred in December before Dani was freed from the Bear.

(permalink: log:6760 | tags: dr._jane_foster groot moonstar rocket rodb shadowcat starlord the_winter_soldier | posted: 06 Jan 2018 17:19)


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