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Month of Avengers/X-Men Top Fives – Top Five Hawkeye Nicknames For His Avenger Teammates

All month-long we’ll be featuring top five lists about either the Avengers or the X-Men. Here is an archive of all the past top five lists!

In this installment, we take a look at the top five nicknames that Clint Barton gave his Avenger teammates!

Enjoy!

5. Witchie/Witchy and Vizh (tie)

A rare tie on a Top Five list, as I typically believe ties are cop-outs, but here it is A. basically a toss-up and B. they actually both appear in this panel in Avengers #109 so it seemed too perfect to pass up…

4. Highpockets

Used for Goliath (and I guess he might have used it for himself when HE became Goliath)…

3. Goldilocks
2. Shellhead

While not their first appearances, I liked that these two nicknames showed up in back-to-back panels in Avengers #66…

1. Winghead

The first major recurring nickname that Hawkeye came up with (although oddly enough, there was another nickname that Hawkeye used frequently in the early days, as well. I think I’ll do a “Top Five Lesser Known Hawkeye Nicknames for His Avenger Teammates” list where I’ll reveal what it was) appeared often. Here it is from Avengers #21…

This one was so notable that when Cap left the Avengers, he actually MISSED being called Winghead!!

That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

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The real Avengers-Defenders War should’ve been a nickname-off between Hawkeye and the Hulk (well, you know, once Hawkeye returned to the Avengers from the Defenders).

Are there that many more nicknames to compete with? Fun list nonetheless.

Are there that many more nicknames to compete with? Fun list nonetheless.

As I noted, there are enough that I am planning a whole second list of them! Hawkeye pretty much always called people by nicknames. Some stuck, some didn’t.

I think the answer to Hawkeye’s declaration “I don’t know what I want” from that panel of art from Avengers #109 should be “a pair of pants.” Please, lose the miniskirt, Clint, for all our sakes.

Omar beat me to the punch, so I’ll just say that when Marvel hires me to write Avengers, I’ll do a Hulk/ Hawkeye story in which they address the other characters in nicknames only:

Hawkeye: “Greenjeans! Winghead needs your help! Make with the smashin’ already!”
Hulk: “Bah! Hulk not see any ‘Winghead,’ Purple Guy. Will help Flag Man instead!”

Call me, Marvel.

WTF is Clint wearing in that Witchy/Vizh panel????

I always loved the nickname “Methuselah” for Captain America. I’m surprised it didn’t make the list!

WTF is Clint wearing in that Witchy/Vizh panel????

That is the fantastically awful outfit Hawkeye adopted as part of a traveling circus in Europe right after he lost his Goliath powers at the end of the Kree/Skrull war. Which is funny because his Goliath uniform was a massive eyesore.

Put together those two costumes may be the worst back to back uniforms of any character ever. I truthfully can’t think of a more ridiculous example.

High-pockets is far and away my favorite, but in terms of how these nicknames caught on with everyone else, Shellhead is the clear winner, followed close at heels by Goldilocks.

I always loved the nickname “Methuselah” for Captain America. I’m surprised it didn’t make the list!

That very well be one of the nicknames that inspired the other list I’m planning of lesser-used Hawkeye nicknames! :)

in terms of how these nicknames caught on with everyone else, Shellhead is the clear winner

Agreed (and when I did a top five list of strictly “Head” nicknames, Shellhead came in first), but in just Avengers’ terms, winghead edges it out.

When I started following Avengers again after years away, I honestly didn’t realize the guy with the bow-and-arrows was the Hawkeye I’d read several years earlier. When he puts his old suit back on, I had an OMG reaction.

Hawkeye is such a dick.

“Nickname guy” is such a pain-in-the-neck to be around. No one likes “nickname guy” in real life, but they have to pretend to. It is such a passive-aggressive move.

I mean, is it really so shocking that Wanda killed a guy that called her “Witchie” in front of her boyfriend at the first opportunity?

Hawkeye is a genius of fashion. He was rocking the man-skirt 40 years before Kanye West.

Dean wins. That is all.

There was a great character moment in West Coast Avengers Annual 1 where Hawkeye can’t decide what nickname to call Monica Rambeau.

@Michael: I haven’t read that issue, but just thinking about it is funny enough…

“Hmmm. Nothing racial, I don’t wanna look like a dick. There’s already like six people I call “Cap”… “Rambo”? Nah, too obvious…”

That circus outfit is awful. Just awful. Ironically, Clint has gone back to a similar look by ditching his trademark mask for those shades or visor, or whatever Marvel borrowed from the movie like they did with Cap and Thor’s horrible cinema looks. Those don’t translate to comics at all! Besides that, Hawkeye’s mask is iconic. You do not mess with it for any reason because artists always come back to it.

That said, I can’t remember the last time anyone called Cap “Winghead.” In fact, modern writers don’t use the old nicknames at all and that is a damn shame.

Brian, please tell me you’ll find a place for “Shulkie” on your new list. :)

the sunglasses look for Hawkeye in the movie is cribbed from the Ultimate version, Clutch.

Scarlet Witch: I think we should help Hawkeye, at least check that he’s alright.

Captain America: I’d love nothing more than to check the guy out, and make sure he’s okay, but we both know all I’m going to get for my trouble is a snappy one-liner… and if I’m real lucky, a brand new nickname.

and when I did a top five list of strictly “Head” nicknames,

Sounds like a whole different column….

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