Bucky Barnes is an ex-sidekick, ex-assassin, and ex-Captain America turned freelance superspy and occasional space cowboy. He is currently wandering the multiverse in search of redemption and possibly a haircut.

James Buchanan Barnes
Marvel Comics / c. Captain America #1 (2018)

Icons: Art by Michael Lark, Chris Samnee, Butch Guice, Steve Epting, Phil Noto, Marco Rudy & Lee Weeks with Stefano Guadino. Colors by Bettie Breitweiser and Matt Milla.

Layout: This layout is a skin of Five AM by [personal profile] winterfish. Fonts used include Spectral, PT Mono, and Montserrat. Featured art by Mike Del Mundo and Marco Rudy.

Bucky Barnes was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and later significantly revised by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting.

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(out of character)

Pace. I try to clear my tags every day, but sometimes I'm quicker than that and sometimes slower. My schedule is irregular but I usually tag late in the evening.

Backtagging. This is fine, I'm happy to keep tagging.

Fourth-walling. Bucky knows he is in comic books: the original 1940s Captain America comics exist in the Marvel Universe as propaganda for the war effort. His secret identity is also his actual name, so. Canon-puncturing, i.e. telling him that he's fictional, is a hard no.

Brackets/Prose. I default to brackets but I have no strong preference, & will match yours if you have one.

(in character)

Physical Affection. I'm OOCly comfortable with this, ICly it will depend on the source and context. Bucky is not exactly a warm and friendly type.

Violence. Come at me, bro. Bucky is from a superhero comic and violence is his life. Major injury and death is something I prefer to discuss beforehand, but feel free to PM me.

Psychic stuff. Bucky's mind has been thumbed through a time or two before, and he's had SHIELD install mental blocks to prevent that from happening. That said, a dedicated telepath could definitely break through his limited defenses, though he will not like it. If your character is a telepath let me know and I will try to include things for them to pick up on.


Seeking. Friends, allies, & wary acquaintances, rivals and enemies, sparring buddies— gen CR is my jam and my primary motivating factor.

Shipping Favs. Natasha, Clint, Sam.

Others. I don't have a hard NOTP for Bucky and am open to most things given proper development, including cross-canon.

Smut. Nope.

(canon preferences)

Comics Familiarity. My primary influence is definitely Brubaker, but I've read pretty much everything Bucky's been in. Including World War Hulks.

MCU Familiarity. I've seen most but not all of the MCU movies but am only sorta-familiar with a lot of the adjacent material, like Agents of SHIELD.

Alternate Universes. I play from 6161 continuity but I really like cross-universe CR and exploring the differences between timelines. I don't always have my characters ICly recognize AU canonmates right-off, but feeling ~a connection~ nonetheless. I'm also more than happy to just go with the flow of a thread, if you want to do it another way!

1. I do what I want, Tom Brevoort.

⚠️ Offensive subjects: Bucky's canon involves brainwashing, violence, and a more than usual amount of Nazis. Older comics also include period-typical racism & sexism. Please let me know if there's something you don't want to be tagged with. I have no specific triggers.


Mar. 22nd, 2016 07:49 pm
Name: James Buchanan Barnes A.K.A. Bucky, Зимний Солдат, Captain America, Winter Soldier, Man on the Wall
D.O.B. April 25, 1925. Height/Weight: 5′11″, 250.
Hair/Eye: Brown / Brown.
First Impressions

Hopes are high that he will be a successful operative. I believe, because he walks and talks just like them, because he exudes "America" with his every breath, that the enemy will never see him coming.

Bucky is a dark-haired man in his early thirties with a quarterback's build and a John Q. Public smile. He has no obvious scars or tattoos except a giant metal arm, which he can hide use fancy metal arm technology to make appear as a normal limb. If I don't specify, feel free to have your character can notice the arm, or not, depending on what seems most fun. He lets his hair get long when he hates himself, it's like a really greasy mood ring.

Bucky is a natural extrovert and in his better moments can hold a conversation with a stranger. He can also be terse and glowering. He is a career soldier and carries himself like it. Bucky often sticks his hands in his pockets, but when he doesn't he can make big expressive gestures with his hands.

Bucky's fashion sense is conservative and uninteresting, and he favors neutral tones and long sleeves. He speaks with a American accent with no particular regional tells, the result of an Army brat background. He drops his g's a lot in comics but I don't always write that out in rp— you can assume his diction ain't great.


FIGHTING AND STUFF. Bucky's been trained to perform non-logical feats of acrobatics and punching since he was a teenager. He is a master of unarmed combat, various weapons, and has previously kicked machine-gun wielding gorillas in the face.

SPYING. Even during WWII, this Bucky was a scout and infiltration specialist. In the modern day he's spent time working as an off-the-books operative for SHIELD and Nick Fury. He can speak at least four languages, and is very good at getting himself captured on purpose.

ROBOARM. The robolimb is on it's fifth or sixth upgrade by now— it's listed as being able to lift two tons. It also carries EMP pulses, some kind of electroshock jolt effect, and he can control it mentally when it is detached from his body. Comics.

INFINITY FORMULA. This is a dangling plotline, hooray! Maybe Bucky doesn't age anymore, maybe he will begin to rapidly age into a husk of himself in a few months time!!

ABILITY TO OPERATE A SMARTPHONE. Aw yeah modern technology.

Character Inventory


Dec. 17th, 2012 04:37 pm
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IC Contact.

Apr. 7th, 2012 02:38 pm
IC contact

“Barnes. Leave a message.”

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the springtime patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; but we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.

— Thomas Paine, 1776

Tyranny, like hell )
fig. 1.1 ) constructive criticism
"I'm way better than Bucky Barnes because I am a goat that is also a boy."

This is a solo log I wrote in August 2009 back in ye olden days of LJ, preserved here for posterity/my nostalgia. In the original, I warned for gratuitous Dumas.

A few conversations with strangers and Bucky learns something. This is what they do, in this brave new world of theirs: they round up all the old people and they stick them all in one place, tucking them away where they don’t bother nobody. And this day, Bucky thinks he will go one of those places, to see where maybe he ought to be. When he tells people he is eighty-five, he doesn’t really think it a lie; when he closes his eyes to dream it is still 1943 in the Polish forest, with old snow and old bones on the ground. But parts of him are twenty-one, and he can’t for the life of him figure out how to reconcile the two.
attendre et espérer. )

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Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; but we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.