Bucky Barnes/Natasha Romanova

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Pairing: Bucky Barnes/Natasha Romanova
Alternative name(s): Winter Widow, Soviet Spouses [1], buckynat
Gender category: Het
Fandom: Avengers, Captain America, Marvel Comics, MCU
Canonical?: Canon in comics; non-canon in MCU
Prevalence: common in MCU, rare in comics
Archives: AO3 works
Other:
image from the comics showing Natalie comforting Bucky
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Bucky/Natasha is a het pairing in the Marvel Comics 'verse and related Marvel Cinematic Universe, which pairs Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) with the Natasha Romanova (Black Widow).

Canon

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Fandom

Bucky/Natasha is the second-most popular pairing for both characters (Bucky/Steve[2] and Natasha/Clint[3] being the first), especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This pairing draws more heavily from the comics canon wherein the two characters have an intense romantic relationship for a while.

In "flashbacks" where Bucky and Natasha know each other, he is often shown as one of her Red Room mentors and they often a romantic tryst between the two (a teacher/student & partner relationship) - similar to their comicsverse relationship. Due to this past relationship, Bucky often refers to Natasha as "Natalia" and Natasha to Bucky as "James".

Many of the fics within this pairing focus on the similar histories that Bucky and Natasha have experienced: both have been 'unmade' into Soviet assassins and have faced the challenge of putting themselves back together. In many movie!verse Bucky/Natasha stories the focus is on Natasha providing support to Bucky after his ordeal with Hydra.

As of September 26, 2014, Bucky/Natasha has 1066 works on Archive of Our Own, by May 21, 2016 Bucky/Natasha has 2,312 works.

This relationship can often be found in threesomes with Steve Rogers.

Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fanfics

MCU:
Posted before the release of CA:TWS:

Posted after the release of CA:TWS:

  • a case of you by irnan, Spy-like, Natasha Romanov pokes her nose in places it probably doesn't belong, reads letters definitely not addressed to her, and attaches some distinctly odd sort-of-superstitions to other people's personal belongings. Meanwhile Bucky Barnes is a very charming sort of person, even when he's a little messed up.
  • Some Of The Colors Have To Fade by impertinence, Bucky and Natasha drive around the country, taking out HYDRA agents. Along the way, Bucky learns a thing or two.
  • You Were a Kindness When I Was a Stranger by napricot, Natasha thought the Winter Soldier was not her problem. Standing in front of the Bucky Barnes portion of the Smithsonian exhibit, she had to admit the Winter Soldier was at least a little bit her problem, if only because Steve was so thoroughly compromised when it came to him. She just wasn’t prepared for how very much the Winter Soldier was her problem too. In which Natasha is Psyche, and Bucky is Eros, kind of.

Other:

Earth-616:

  • Who Compels My Strength by SakuraTsukikage, “Do you want me to stop?” he asked, smiling as he pressed another kiss into the hollow of her shoulder, she could feel it against her skin, even as his hand skimmed up under her shirt, gentle against the curve of her spine until he found the clasp of her bra and unhooked it easily.

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References

  1. The Avengers Ships: Master List
  2. AO3 lists 6452 works as of September 26, 2014 for Bucky/Steve
  3. AO3 lists 5078 works as of September 26, 2014 for Natasha/Clint
  4. Some BuckyNat for Umi and Levi