Clint Barton/Sam Wilson

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Pairing: Clint Barton/Sam Wilson
Alternative name(s): Lovebirds, Angry Birds, BirdBros, FalconHawk, Falconeye, ClintSam
Gender category: Slash, M/M
Fandom: Marvel Comics, The Avengers (Marvel), The Avengers Movieverse & Captain America Movieverse (MCU)
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Rare
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Clint/Sam is the slash pairing of Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) and Sam Wilson (aka Falcon) in the Marvel Comics fandom.


Clint and Sam are members of the The Avengers in the main comic book continuity. They also interact in Marvel's Avengers Assemble cartoon. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both characters are part of the Avengers team and both of them take Steve Rogers' side in Captain America: Civil War but they have yet to share screentime.


Cap of a gifset by sgposters using a scene from The Hurt Locker to illustrate an imagined shared backstory [1]

Clint/Sam is a rare pairing, with most of its fandom activity happening around the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Thus, much of the fandom interest in the pairing comes from Marvel Cinematic Universe, despite the fact that the characters have not yet met in that universe. The pairing started out as a crack ship inspired by their bird-based superhero identities.

Since the pairing has a lot of different names, most of the content created for it is scattered across a number of different tags, some of which is shared with other fandoms or non-fannish interests, making the available fanworks difficult to find.

Common Tropes and Fanon

  • Building on the popularity of the Clint Barton is a bird trope, much of the fanwork either seriously or crackily focuses on Sam and Clint engaging in bird behaviors -- flying, obviously, but also nesting and transforming into actual birds.
  • Many fans focus on their potential interactions in the military or SHIELD, often incorporating the movie The Hurt Locker as backstory, because in it Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie are both members of an explosive ordnance disposal unit in Iraq.
  • Clint is Riley: Riley was Sam's best friend who was killed in action pre-canon; since we only see a single photo of him in canon, some fans use his resemblence to Clint to theorize that he was one of Clint's undercover identities.
"Sorry people who are already angry about how often Clint has to be a hawk just because of his codename, but all I want from Phase 2 is fic where the same thing happens to Sam. Preferably at the same time." -haforcere

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