Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier
Personal Info:
Real Name: James Buchanan Barnes
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Shelbyville, Indiana
First Appearance: Captain America Vol.5 1
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Former member of the Kid Commandos, Liberty Legion, Invaders, Young Allies and former partner of Captain America
Base Of Operations: Mobile
Grudges: Captain America
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The Winter Soldier was trained by Captain America in hand-to-hand fighting techniques as well as being skilled in the use of military weapons such as firearms and grenades. He has also used throwing knives on occasion and is an expert marksman and a gifted advance scout. The Winter Soldier is also one of the finest hand-to-hand combatants in the world.
Enhanced Abilities: The Winter Soldier has a cybernetic left arm that gives him superhuman strength and agility.
Weapons: The Winter Soldier uses various firearms to perform assassinations.
As a young boy, James Buchanan Barnes lost his father (a soldier during WWII), and was adopted by Camp Lehigh as their mascot, and given the nickname "Bucky". It was here that he learned the identity of Captain America. He underwent rigorous training and was assigned to be Cap's sidekick, accompanying him on many adventures, and the two often worked with the original Invaders. However, on a final mission against Baron Zemo, Bucky and Cap hopped on an experimental drone plane in an attempt to disarm a bomb. The bomb detonated, dropping Cap in the North Atlantic, where he would later be found and thawed out by the Avengers. American forces never found Bucky's body, and he was presumed dead. Unbeknownst to the Americans, he was found and revived by Russian General Vasily Karpov.
When Bucky awoke, he had no memory of his identity, which gave Karpov an opportunity to reprogram Bucky as a Soviet assassin called the Winter Soldier. He was sent all across the globe, committing political assassinations with huge effects on the Cold War. However, his memory implantation caused mental instability, and he was kept in stasis between missions to prevent rebellion.