Bucky Barnes/Helmut Zemo

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Pairing: Bucky Barnes/Helmut Zemo
Alternative name(s): WinterBaron, WinterZemo, Zucky, Zecky
Gender category: M/M
Fandom: MCU, Captain America Movieverse, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Canonical?: Non-canonical
Prevalence: Small
Archives: Bucky/Zemo
Zemo and Bucky Wearing Couple Shirts fan art by lis-alis[1]
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Bucky Barnes/Helmut Zemo also known as WinterBaron is the non-canonical slash pairing of Bucky Barnes and Helmut Zemo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Relationship in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Zemo (portrayed by Daniel Brühl) and Bucky (portrayed by Sebastian Stan) are both allies and enemies. Zemo once used Bucky's Winter Soldier programming in his agenda for breaking up the Avengers.[1] Seven years later, Bucky used Zemo to help him tracking down an anti-nationalist organization of super soldiers called the Flag Smashers.[2]


Although the two characters had first met in Captain America Movieverse, the pairing just gained popularity after the release of the television miniseries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in 2021. Many fans began shipping these two following S1 Episode 3, Power Broker. In this episode, Bucky, Sam and Zemo go undercover in Madripoor, with Bucky undercover as the Winter Soldier and Zemo pretending to be his handler. This was also the first episode where the two has substantial interactions.

The main portmanteau for this ship is "WinterBaron". Other names include "WinterZemo", "Zucky", and "Zecky". In early shipping days, many shippers used snowflake and crown emoticons (❄️👑) on their twitter display names to symbolize the ship. Nowdays, snowflake and purple heart emotions (❄️💜) are more commonly used.

There is a relatively wide variety of this pair dynamics due to the complex relationship and characterization of the two characters.

I think Winterbaron is such a fun pairing mostly because it’s so versatile ~ Wanna make it healthy?? Go ahead! Bucky’s fundamentally a good guy and Zemo used to be a devoted family man. Wanna make it incredibly fucked up and unhealthy?? Also totally workable! In either direction! Zemo’s a manipulative bastard (who tends to be a magnet for being roughly manhandled) and Bucky’s an angry dude with a ton of issues and an arguable inferiority complex.

Yeah the winterbaron fandom feels like that one meme with the black house and pink house right next to each other.

WinterBaron shippers on their dynamics and fandom

Tropes in Fanworks

Tropes by Fandom

Common Tropes

  • Enemies to Lovers
  • Hurt/Comfort
  • Asphyxiation - Bucky choking Zemo with his metal arm.
  • Fluff - there is a fair amount of Fluff, taking the third place of AO3 additional tags.
  • Dub-con - prevalent during the airing of TFATWS S1 Episode 3, but became less common following the airing of the next two episodes.
  • Undercover Mission

Notable Fanworks



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Published Commentary/Further Reading


  1. ^ Captain America: Civil War 2016 Film
  2. ^ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier 2021 TV Mini Series


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