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"Ronin brought a brutal form of justice to his victims, and his identity continues to remain a mystery to this very day."
―Black Market Auctioneer[src]

Ronin's Campaign was a global vigilante crusade orchestrated by Clint Barton after the loss of his entire family to the Snap impelled him to take out his grief and anger on the criminals that survived. Ronin made enemies with multiple criminal organizations, including the Tracksuit Mafia, the Mexican Cartel, and the Yakuza.

Background

Losing Everything

"You lost your family in the Blip?"
"Yeah. Like half the world."
"God, that must have been devastating."
"Yeah, there are no words."
Kate Bishop and Clint Barton[src]

In 2018, after Thanos obtained all six Infinity Stones, he then finalized his goal of wiping out half of all life in the universe by snapping his fingers. Concurrently, Clint Barton, who was still under house arrest due to violating the Sokovia Accords, was having a picnic with his family outside of their house.

Clint Barton loses his entire family to the Snap

While teaching his daughter archery, his wife called them over, but as Clint turned around, he saw that his daughter was gone. Confused by her sudden disappearance, Clint went to check with the rest of his family, only to discover that they had vanished as well. Now incredibly concerned, Clint began to desperately call out and search for his family, but to no avail and was left alone.[1]

Campaign

Becoming Ronin

"Everybody dealt with the Blip in their own way. I continued doing what I was trained to do."
"Protecting people."
"Hurting people. Investigating first, but in the end, my job has always been to hurt people."
Clint Barton and Kate Bishop[src]

Eventually coming to realize that his family had been victims of the Snap and weren't going to come back as Thanos had destroyed the Infinity Gauntlet, Clint Barton came to the conclusion that it was unfair that many criminals and malefactors survived Thanos' genocide but innocent civilians, like his wife and children, did not. Swearing to spend the rest of his life murdering all those who he felt didn't deserve to live after the Snap, Barton went to become a ruthless vigilante, traveling to different countries and violently clashing with as many criminals as he could.[1]

New York Activity

"Ronin decimated the criminal underworld of the city, almost completely annihilating the status and power of the head of organized crime."
―Black Market Auctioneer[src]

As Ronin, Barton operated in New York and singlehandedly destablized the city's criminal underworld, earning a fearsome reputation as the Ronin.[2] Ronin also came in conflict with the powerful criminal businessman Wilson Fisk, murdering many of Fisk's allies and putting Fisk's criminal organization at risk.[3]

Massacre of the Tracksuit Mafia

Ronin slaughters William Lopez's crew

"There's obviously bad blood with Ronin, right?"
"Yeah. Ronin hit the supplier on the other side and then hit Tracksuit upper management."
Kate Bishop and Clint Barton[src]

During his time in New York, Ronin targeted and clashed with the Tracksuit Mafia. He discovered their base of operations at Fat Man Auto Repair and murdered all Tracksuit members present, including William Lopez.[3]

Massacre in Mexico

"The federales found a room full of bodies, looks like a bunch of cartel guys. Never even got a chance to get their guns out."
"It's probably a rival gang."
"Except it isn't. It's definitely Barton. What he's done here, what he's been doing for the last few years..."
James Rhodes and Natasha Romanoff[src]

Ronin arrived at Mexico, where he had targeted the Mexican Cartel. Ronin used his superior skills as an assassin to infiltrate their base of operation and began to slaughter all the members so ruthlessly and quickly, that the Cartel could not even get the chance to draw their weapons. Ronin would then leave a horrendous scene of dead bodies that would be found by the federales. James Rhodes later came to learn about this, recounting the events that unfolded to Natasha Romanoff after she decided to search for Ronin.[1]

Massacre in Tokyo

Ronin clashes with Akihiko

"地球の半分タノスにやられ。 お前は何故。無事なのだ…[4]"
Ronin to Akihiko[src]

Planning to eliminate all members of a Yakuza faction, Ronin made his way to Tokyo, where he began to fight against them, despite their great numbers and rapid gunfire. Ronin managed to make his way through all enemies with great ease, going through a building where he headed for Akihiko, a Yakuza operative. The two then found themselves in the streets, where Akihiko questioned Rōnin on his actions; Ronin asserted that Akihiko didn't deserve to survive the Snap only to continue living a life of malice.

Ronin after murdering Akihiko

As their duel began to settle down, Ronin was able to graze Akihiko's throat, causing him to beg for his life as he bled, and promising to give Ronin anything he wanted. However, Ronin ignored Akihiko's cries for mercy, stating that the only thing he wanted, which was his family, could not be given by him. Ronin then finished off Akihiko with a swift thrust of his sword to the body, and then cleaned it of Akihiko's blood.[1]

Aftermath

Time Heist

Clint Barton is found by Natasha Romanoff

"Natasha, you know what I've done. You know what I've become."
Hawkeye to Black Widow[src]

Natasha Romanoff had been informed by James Rhodes of Clint Barton being in Tokyo, so she made her way over there to bring him in. Romanoff arrived in Tokyo, where she found her best friend standing over the bodies of all Yakuza members. Barton became aware of her presence and told her she shouldn't be there, which she reciprocated to him. They discussed what Barton had been doing for the last few years, how he believes he has a job to do, but Romanoff saw that it was just his grief over his family.

Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff reunite

Romanoff then informed Barton of a possibility of bringing everyone who died from the Snap back, which Barton feared would give him hope, only to be disappointed if it failed. Romanoff apologized for not being able to give her friend hope sooner, clearly seeing how damaged he was. Romanoff then comforted him and they made their way to the Quinjet. The two then flew back to the Avengers Compound, where Barton rejoined the Avengers.

Clint Barton being given hope again

When Barton volunteered to be the first test subject in a trip back in time, he traveled to his homestead some time before the Snap, where he heard his daughter Lila for the first time in five years. This experience changed Barton, filling him with hope on getting his family back, and allowing him to end his dark Ronin persona and return as Hawkeye.

Clint Barton suggests to sacrifice himself

When Barton and Romanoff traveled to Vormir in 2014, they learned that in order to obtain the Soul Stone, one of them had to sacrifice themselves. Barton, knowing what he had become over the last few years, believed himself beyond redemption, and should be the one to do it. However, Romanoff reminded him of how he gave her a chance when she was just an assassin when they first met. Following a brief fight in which both attempted to jump over the cliff before the other, Romanoff forced Barton to let her make the sacrifice, much to Barton's sadness as she died for the Soul Stone.[1]

A Family Reunited

Clint Barton hears the voice of Laura Barton

"I love you guys. I'm making up for some lost time."
Clint Barton to his children[src]

Fortunately, when all Infinity Stones were acquired throughout time, Bruce Banner snapped his fingers, restoring everyone who died from the Snap. Moments later, Clint Barton received a call on his phone, which turned out to be from his wife, shocking Barton, hearing his wife's voice for the first time in five years.

The Barton family reunited

After an intense battle, Barton returned to his homestead, where he was reunited with his children, warmly embracing them. His wife then came out and the two kissed each other passionately, and the Barton family were all reunited and could continue to live a happy and peaceful life. They all later attended the funeral for Tony Stark.[1]

A New Ronin

Impersonated by Kate Bishop

"Authorities believe the assailant could be the Ronin, who terrorized organized crime in New York and elsewhere."
Pat Kiernan[src]
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Hunted by Kingpin

"Do you know how many people he killed? The trail of blood that follows him, it could wrap around the entire world."
"Okay. Wow. That was very Russian. He's still an Avenger."
"What does that word even mean? Huh? That it holds so much power. You call him a hero no matter what he does?"
Yelena Belova and Kate Bishop[src]
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Ending

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Appearances

In chronological order:

Behind the Scenes

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Avengers: Endgame
  2. Hawkeye: 1.01: Never Meet Your Heroes
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hawkeye: 1.03: Echoes
  4. Translates from Japanese to: "You survived... Half the planet didn't. They got Thanos. You get me..."
  5. Avengers: Endgame script by Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus
Wars and Conflicts in Earth History
Asgard-Jotunheim War (965 A.D.2010) • Kree-Skrull War (995 A.D.1995) • 500 Year War (10841521) • World War II (19391945) • Johann Fennhoff's Revenge Plot (1946) • Cold War (19471991) • Bruce Banner Manhunt (20052010) • Chitauri Invasion (2012) • Aldrich Killian's War (2012) • Second Dark Elf Conflict (2013) • Centipede Investigation (20132014) • HYDRA Uprising (2014) • Ego's Expansion (Pre-1 A.D.2014) • War on HYDRA (20142015) • Operation Cerberus (2014) • S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War (20142015) • Ultron Offensive (2015) • War Against the Inhumans (2015) • Chase of Luke Cage (2015) • Inhuman Outbreak (20152016) • Grant Ward's Campaign (20152016) • Frank Castle's War (20152016) • War for New York (2016) • Anti-Inhuman Movement (20162017) • Hive's Campaign (2016) • Avengers Civil War (2016) • Termination of the Red Room (2016) • Erik Killmonger's Campaign (2016) • Adrian Toomes' Weapons Trafficking Operation (20122016) • Rawlins Conspiracy (20152016) • Chase of Quake (20162017) • Attack on the Sanctums (2017) • Terror in New Orleans (2017) • Aida's Uprising (2017) • War for Harlem (2017) • Triad War (2017) • Kingpin's Conspiracy (2017) • War Against PRIDE (20172018) • War Against Jonah (2018) • Morgan le Fay's Campaign (2018) • Schultz Conspiracy (2018) • Jigsaw's Campaign (2018) • Trish Walker's Vigilante Campaign (2018) • Infinity War (2018) • Search for Leo Fitz (20182019) • Sarge's Campaign (2019) • Izel's Campaign (2019) • War Against the Chronicoms (2019) • Ronin's Campaign (20182023) • Time Heist (2023) • Westview Anomaly (2023) • Tiamut's Emergence (2023) • Quest for Ta Lo (2024) • Flag Smashers' Political Ultimatum (2024) • Mafia Cold War (2024) • Quentin Beck's Campaign (2024) • Spider-Man Multiversal Crisis (2024) • Tracksuit Mafia Campaign (2024) • Scarlet Witch's War (2025) • Arthur Harrow's Campaign (2025)
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