Bucky Barnes/Sam Wilson

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Pairing: Bucky Barnes/Sam Wilson
Alternative name(s): WinterFalcon, SamBucky
Gender category: Slash, M/M
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel 616
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Small
sam and bucky are relaxing (and in love) in the soul stone post iw you cant change my mind by suitfer. As of February 2020, it has over 9,500 notes on Tumblr.
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Bucky Barnes/Sam Wilson, also known as WinterFalcon or SamBucky, is the slash pairing of Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier) and Sam Wilson (Falcon) in the Marvel Universe, though especially in the Captain America Movieverse.


In the MCU, Sam and Bucky meet only very briefly in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, during a fight against each other. They are on the same team in Captain America: Civil War, where they interact and fight together.

Sam and Bucky have a majority of their scenes together in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. In them, the snarky antagonism between the two largely seems to have died down, replaced by a newly formed friendship and trust.

The two are to lead Marvel's upcoming show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+, slated for release in August 2020.


The pairing first appeared in Captain America Earth 616 fandom, at least one story was tagged with it in 2007 in AO3. It's not until 2013 that MCU-related works started appearing.

Despite first meeting in Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the MCU, Sam and Bucky were not often shipped together until Captain America: Civil War, when the two actually interact with each other and share many great lines/scenes in the film. Sam and Bucky spend most of Civil War antagonizing each other, despite the fact that Sam has apparently spent the last two years helping Steve Rogers search for Bucky around the world, sometimes on his own. A lot of the fandom focuses on this dynamic, usually in a humorous manner.

From 2014-2016, the Sam/Bucky pairing was often used in association with Sam/Steve, Steve/Bucky, or Sam/Steve/Bucky pairings, and increasingly since Civil War they get shipped together without Steve in the picture.

The off-screen friendship and bromance between actors Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie has helped fuel the popularity of the ship, as the two have frequently been paired together for press tour interviews since the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This relationship has in turn launched the RPF pairing "Stackie".

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Undercover, often as a Pretend Couple
  • Curtainfic
  • Steve as matchmaker
  • Sam and Steve find Bucky (or Bucky finds them), Post-Winter Soldier
  • Sam visits or stays in Wakanda with Bucky, Post-Civil War
  • Sam and Bucky navigate the Soul Stone, Post-Infinity War




Graphics and Gif Sets

Rec Lists

  • Note: This rec list includes Bucky/Sam stories as well as non-shippy stories that explore their friendship.

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