Being one of the finest heroes on Earth can be an overstatement for Clinton Francis Barton, growing up getting beaten by your alcoholic father can really make or break you as a person. But Clint with his brother Barney may have thought otherwise.
After their parents unfortunate death, both were transferred to an orphanage but made a life and taking it in the highway. They soon came across a travelling circus and found themselves working as performers just to get something to eat and survive. Clint had a great eye and was trained by two Masters, Trick Shot and Swordsman. The former gave Clint the marksmanship of an archer while the latter gave the boy athleticism and dexterity with knife throwing.
Soon after, a robbery was in place and Clint was able to find out it was one of his liege, he was bribed but did not take the money. He left the circus with a heavy heart thinking that his heroes were frauds. Later on, he came back after Barney finally convinced him stay but his performance was not well received by audiences, there he met Iron Man while stopping an accident and was inspired to be his hero.
He moved on with life and took the name Hawkeye trying his luck with the world but was even considered the villain while trying to stop a crime. Clint was hesitant to continue this charade but was meant for something better…
One night, he was able to stop muggers and little did he knew that the person being held at gun point was Jarvis. After being rescued, they went straight to the people who Jarvis was working for and finally Hawkeye was accepted as a member of the Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!
Being a member, Hawkeye as he is now called keeps on questioning and bickering with team mates especially with Captain America, he believes that he deserved to be the leader instead. He felt insignificant seeing that the members has powers and far more abilities than he is. Until a time came when he changed the pace, using Yellow Jacket’s serum he was turned into another superhero called Goliath and even saving his long time lover Black Widow.
Over the years, Hawkeye is continuous;y training at his physical peak with the help of Captain America as well, both even became good friends. His contribution to the team gave him more opportunities to expand his capacity even to the point of leading teams like the West Coast Avengers and the Thunderbolts. But one fateful day struck and left, after one bad incident to another, Hawkeye was one of the few left to fight the Kree in invading Earth, he was shot badly and sacrificed his life by ramming into a ship with a jet pack.
He was soon resurrected from the story arc House of M wherein the Scarlett Witch altered reality and brought him back to life. Without any memories of his past he seeked the help of Dr. Strange and led a different life and alter-ego. He named himself Ronin and helped formed the New Avengers after the tragic Civil War chaos which also left his close friend Captain America seemingly dead.
He helped the team with a new mission to get back at Norman Osborn who blasphemed the Avengers, they were able to defeat the impostor team and even helped saved Asgard from the converted Sentry. Back together with his wife Mockingbird, they formed a new counter terrorist group as Hawkeye finds his next agenda in tracking down his old enemy Crossfire.