Kate Bishop was a regular civilian before a chance encounter made her an honorary member of the Young Avengers. Armed with nothing but Mockingbird's battle staves, Black Widow's utility belt, and Hawkeye's bow, she managed to save the young Super Heroes from an attack by Kang the Conqueror. Since then, Kate Bishop has donned the persona of All-New Hawkeye, taking down Super Villains using her quick wit and deadly aim.
The daughter of publishing magnate Derek Bishop, Kate was born into a life of privilege and luxury, though she never fully embraced her father's self-serving attitude, instead taking after her mother and contributing to a variety of social causes. The death of her mother while she was doing charity work overseas and her father's single-minded focus on his business meant that Kate learned to chart her own course early on in life. Sometime after her mother died, Kate was attacked in Central Park during a nighttime walk, and while the precise nature of this attack has never been clearly stated, it is implied that she was sexually assaulted. Turning her sense of grief, shame and helplessness towards positive ends, Kate began a rigorous training regimen, schooling herself in the arts of archery, fencing, sword fighting, self defense, and several other types of combat, all in an attempt to prepare herself against such an attack in the future and prevent it from happening to others.
Kate met the Young Avengers during her older sister's wedding when gunmen took the entire church hostage. Her quick thinking played a large part in the gunmen's defeat when things took a bad turn for the Young Avengers. Afterwards, Kate met Cassie Lang and the two became quick friends, traveling to the ruins of Avengers Mansion and joining the team.
Kate Bishop was created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung and appeared along with the other Young Avengers, with the exception of Speed and the young Vision, in Young Avengers Vol.1 issue 1 (2005).
Major Story Arcs
Joining the Young Avengers
Kate stayed with the team even when they were threatened by Kang the Conqueror. Kate's father is very wealthy and she used this money to get new uniforms for the team after their originals were confiscated by Captain America and Iron Man, while Kate was a major driving force in keeping the team active and afloat after being shut down by the older heroes. The team also uses an empty building owned by her father as a base. After Patriot was injured during the battle between the Kree and Skrull Empires over their teammate Hulkling, Kate stood up to Captain America about their need for training. Impressed and somewhat humbled by Kate's words, Captain America gave her the codename Hawkeye and Clint Barton's bow and arrows, along with his blessing.
Civil War and Beyond
Kate and the rest of the Young Avengers were aligned with Captain America's forces, after the Secret Avengers freed them from the custody of SHIELD's Capekiller units. Alongside the rest of the team, the new Hawkeye traveled to LA during the conflict to assist the Runaways, and the two teams would join forces against the threat of the Warden and Marvel Boy. Kate was disappointed by her friend Stature's decision to register with the government after the death of Goliath, but remained supportive of her friend, and the two parted fairly amicably. Also during the conflict, she, Patriot and the new Vision encountered Bucky for the first time, and assisted him in bringing down a cell of HYDRA, an experience she would remember vividly months afterward.
Following the victory of Iron Man's forces in the Civil War, Hawkeye remained with the rebel superheroes, often teaming up with Patriot while on patrol. Shortly before the funeral of Captain America, Hawkeye and Patriot were confronted by Clint Barton, the original Hawkeye (at the time dressed in Cap's uniform and bearing his shield). Unaware of his true identity, Kate lambasted him for usurping the name and costume of Captain America and acting as a puppet of the United States government. In the process, she explained that she had chosen the name of Hawkeye not to replace the original, but to honor him, and would act accordingly as he might have. Stunned by this revelation, Barton let the two Young Avengers go, even referring to Kate as Hawkeye before abandoning Iron Man to join Luke Cage's New Avengers.
Kate would continue to have many adventures with the team, including helping Patriot locate Bucky once more (as well as take down an AIM base in the process), and helping her close friend Stature after she accidentally injured her father in a fight with the Growing Man. As time passed, she and Eli would continue to grow fond of one another, and they eventually went out on a date in Central Park. Unfortunately, the date turned out to be a disaster, as Kate, still uncertain of her feelings, rebuffed Eli's suggestion that they form an official relationship. Meanwhile, the impromptu ambush and sparring session initiated by Ronin (actually Clint Barton in disguise), didn't help matters. Accepting Ronin's offer to meet at the headquarters of the New Avengers, Kate was shocked to discover that he was Barton, back from the dead, and that he had called her there to test her worthiness of bearing the Hawkeye mantle. Losing out both the name and the bow in an archery contest with Barton, Kate eventually took up Speed's offer of a date and a mission to steal the bow back from the Avengers. While she did manage to retrieve the bow, her theft did not go unnoticed by Barton, who saw this as a sign that Kate was willing to stand up for what she believed in, and would not back down in the face of a challenge. Officially giving his blessing to her using the Hawkeye name and bow, as well as promising to let her run the Young Avengers as she saw fit, Barton followed it up with a present: an old picture of the Avengers back from the "Kooky Quartet" days. Now validated as Hawkeye, Kate ended up choosing Patriot over Speed, asking her teammate to be patient with her and give her some time.
During the Skrull invasion, Hawkeye and the Young Avengers were the first superheroes on the scene, and despite their best efforts, along with those of the Camp Hammond Initiative recruits, they were eventually defeated by the superior number and firepower of the Skrulls. Fortunately for her, both teams were rescued by Nick Fury and his Secret Warriors, and Kate joined the assembled heroes in his secret underground base. During the Battle of Central Park, in which the combined superhumans of Earth fought the main Skrull army, Kate took part, but was badly wounded by one of the Super-Skrulls and had to be taken to the nearest hospital. Kate however survived and made a full recovery, taking part in the clean-up operations after the battle had been won.
During the "Chaos Cascade" crisis, Kate Bishop was turned to stone along with Hulkling, Patriot, Wiccan, and Speed, part of the random magical effects generated by the spellwork of the Darkhold.
When Norman Osborn takes over national security following the defeat of the Skrull army, Hawkeye is present when the team face a rival group of the same name inspired by the action of Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers. The initial meeting between the two teams erupts into violence, and Kate finds herself facing down the heavily-armed Executioner, holding her own against him,
and when Melter's team tries out for positions in the real Young Avengers, the two work together to face a horde of robots released by HAMMER. Unfortunately, Kate's problems with the "Young Masters" are only just beginning, as the Executioner uses his new found revelation of Kate's secret identity to blackmail his way onto the Young Avengers. While she rejects Wiccan's suggestion to have his memory altered, Hawkeye remained very concerned about the situation, feeling that the presence of the Young Masters will only serve to corrupt them and ruin their good intentions.
In order to cast doubt on the Executioners' knowledge of her secret identity, Kate and the rest of the Young Avengers staged a mock supervillain battle at a gala event she would be publicly attending in her civilian persona, with the Executioner (in his civilian persona), as her date. During the evening, in front of the entire media, the Young Avengers stormed in chasing a supervillain (in reality, Wiccan under an illusion spell), including "Hawkeye" (in reality, the Vision disguising himself with a hologram), stopping to compliment Kate's choice of gown on the way. The next day, when confronted by the ashamed and angry Executioner, Kate mocked him by telling him his mother was a supervillain, something he didn't even know himself. This, as well as many other issues the Young Masters faced, who result in them turning to Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers for help, luring the Young Avengers into a trap when they next met in the Invisible Mansion. During the battle that followed, Hawkeye confronted her villainous counterpart in the Dark Avengers, Bullseye, even holding her own against both him and the Executioner simultaneously before Bullseye is shot by the Executioner for mentioning his mother. With the disappearance of the Young Masters, the threat to Kate's secret identity seems to have lessened for now, and Hawkeye continues to have adventures with the team.
Siege and the Heroic Age
As Norman Osborn's forces begin their siege of Asgard, Captain America rallies the New Avengers, Young Avengers and Secret Warriors to launch a counterattack against the tyrant. Kate is among the many who answer his call, and joins the united Avengers forces as they come to the aid of Thor and the Asgardians. When the Sentry, his personality now consumed by that of the Void, levels Asgard with a single blow, Kate is knocked unconscious, and finds herself trapped in the rubble along with Patriot. With their small pocket of safety beginning to collapse, the two argue over how to escape; Kate's suggestions of using brute force or explosives clashing with Patriot's cautious attitude.Eventually, their combined efforts allow them to escape their tomb, but not before Patriot kisses her in a fit of passion. Now safe and reunited with the rest of the team, the Young Avengers move to continue the fight against Osborn's forces and the Void.
During a fight with some terrorists, Wiccan somehow manages to put every enemy combatant into a coma without fully understanding how he did so. Shocked at this revelation of such tremendous power, the Avengers Steve Rogers, Ms. Marvel and Iron Man are keen to test his powers and request that he remain in custody until they can be sure of his capabilities. Not pleased with this arrangement, the remaining Young Avengers, including Kate, spring him from his holding cell and decide to track down the key behind the mystery that's been plaguing them all: the Scarlet Witch. After being transported along with Magneto to Transia by Wiccan, Kate and Patriot argue over the danger of the team's allegiance to Magneto. After discovering that Scarlet Witch is with Dr Doom in Latveria, Wiccan teleports himself to Dr Doom's castle against the wishes of the team, who pursue him there. When the Young Avengers arrive in Latveria, Kate is keen to limit the mission to simple search and rescue and suggests the need for a distraction. At that moment Wonder Man and also the Avengers show up, both in pursuit of Scarlet Witch (the Avengers looking for Wiccan too). Just as the team are about to embark on their rescue plan they are confronted by the Avengers and immediately get embroiled in a pitched battle with Dr Doom and some of his robots. Wolverine directly attacks Wanda, trying to kill her but is stopped by Wiccan and the surprising arrival of Iron Lad on the scene. Later, whilst fighting Doom, the Young Avengers suffer a double tragedy; both Cassie and Jonas perish in the final battle. As a result of this, Kate leaves the group and the Young Avengers disband. The team is invited to the Avenger's Mansion some months later, and Kate along with the other surviving members of the Young Avengers are officially announced as honorary Avengers.
The New Hawkeye
Kate has temporarily joined up with the previous Hawkeye, Clint Barton in his solo series. She rescues Clint on at least two occasions, first during a battle with the Circus of Crime, and then again after he is nearly killed by local gangsters.
After a video of Clint performing an assassination surfaces in Madripoor, Kate successfully keeps it out of the hands of villains by posing as Madame Masque. The real Masque is left taped up and gagged while Kate dons her costume. Kate is later captured and is about to be tortured by Masque, but is rescued by Clint.
After becoming frustrated with Clint, who has difficulties with keeping Kate informed and trusting her, Kate decides to relocate to Los Angeles, where she creates and runs her own one-woman detective agency. Clint's dog Lucky follows her there.
It doesn't take her long to overstay her welcome though. She returns to New York after her first case just in time to help Clint, who is in way over his head with the Tracksuit Mafia and their enforcer, The Clown.
Kate and Noh-Var were having an awkward morning after hooking up when they were attacked by some Skrulls on Noh-Var’s ship. Kate sent a distress message to Wiccan but never got a response. When they were finished dealing with the Skrulls, they went to check on Wiccan, only to find him, Hulkling, Kid Loki, and Ms. America being held captive by an interdimensional being, Mother, pretending to be their parents.
Using Noh-Var’s ship and a special Kree bow, Kate was able to save her old and new teammates so they could regroup and form a plan. Because Wiccan’s powers were responsible for Mother, Loki borrowed his power for just a moment to cast a spell that purged Mother from their home dimension.
Later, they were contacted by former X-Men, Prodigy. He had info about an imposter Patriot who had kidnapped Speed. Using Ms. America’s dimension hopping powers, they gave chase to Patriot only to end up back in the clutches of Mother. Most of them escaped, but they needed to go back to rescue a trapped Hulkling and Prodigy. They collected enough variants of themselves to bring back to Mother’s dimension and overwhelm her, but Mother enslaved the variants and countered the team. So, Wiccan could tap into his full potential by becoming the prophesized Demiurge and finally ridding them of Mother.
One Halloween, Kate breaks up a fight between Clint and Deadpool. They were fighting over who was best suited to track down a SHIELD active agent list before a hacker’s killers do. Following leads, they end up at a psychiatric hospital where patients are being brain-washed into killers for a new kingpin, Black Cat, while Kate checks the hackers social media feed.
Kate finds a picture of the hacker with his cat, which was not at the apartment when they searched it earlier. When the trio finally tracked it down, it had a thumb drive on its collar. Unfortunately, Clint was secretly reprogrammed during their confrontation with Black Cat. He knocks out his two partners and makes off with the drive.
Clint delivers the drive to Cat, but as Cat tries to upload it, Kate takes out an electrical substation with an RPG. The blast stops Cat from uploading the files to a cloud drive and shakes Clint from his mind control whammy. Deadpool then makes a big scene using Clint’s old Sky-Cycle, which he crashes into a nearby building and gets the cop’s attention. The trio fight off Cat’s goons long enough to recover the drive, just in time for the cops to show up and arrest everyone except Black Cat, who got away.
Kate is still working with Clint when they are sent to Antarctica under SHIELD orders to retrieve an experimental weapons cache from Hydra. The special weapons turn out to be three NuHuman children, dubbed Project: Communion. Their transformation has left them with a creepy appearance and incredibly strong telekinetic abilities. SHIELD took custody of them, but, during the debrief, Maria Hill implied to the Hawkeyes that they should probably kidnap them back. With no where else to go, the group hold up at Hawkeye’s apartment building, but eventually Hydra catches up with them. Clint and Kate do their best to hold them off, but the kids get desperate. They use their powers eviscerating the Hydra agents. Clint gets upset and tries to explain to Kate how dangerous the kids are, and the Hawkeyes surrender the kids to SHIELD. Kate, beyond angry, storms out of Clint’s life.
In one possible future, 30 years later, Kate comes calling one day, saying they made a huge mistake giving up the kids. After years of searching, Kate found them in China after they were used by The Mandarin to kill a large group of people. When the Hawkeyes confronted The Mandarin, they were easily captured. That’s when they realized that SHIELD not only used the kids to frame The Mandarin, but they sent the Hawkeyes in without a lifeline to take them out. The Mandarin agreed with their assessment when he revealed he was able to capture one of the children.
Clint and Kate were able to rescue the one Communion kid while Kate’s ace-in-the-hole, Noh-Var, tussled with The Mandarin. The two Hawkeyes showed up to SHIELD pretending that they were surrendering the child, when they started fighting their way through to find the other two. Kate is able to get them all to remember her, but they are killed by Maria Hill. According to Hill, they were just too dangerous. But this was only one possible future. Back in the present, Clint mans up and tells Kate they need to save the kids.
Clint planned for Kate and his brother, Barney, to pose as Hydra goons and kidnap the kids from a SHIELD compound in Colorado. Meanwhile, Clint sweet-talked his way on to the rescue team. That way he could make sure the rescue when south, and he could fake the deaths of the children. Maria begrudgingly went along with Clint’s ruse even though she saw right through it. The Hawkeyes left the kids with Barney and his new family (former tenants of Clint’s) on the island he bought with Clint's money he took, and then they decided to go their separate ways, this time amicably.
Return to LA
Kate would return to LA to look for her dad, Derek, and try at a second attempt to start her P.I. business. She also took a simple stalker case, but it eventually reveals a creepy cult of brainwashed college students. They all had their hate and anger dialed up, so that cult leader, Aggregate, can feed on the psychic negativity. She also made some helpful LA friends: Ramone, Johnny, Mikka, and Quinn who helped her navigate the neighborhood and do some internet research for her.
For a while, her only lead on her dad was a surfer bro named Brad, who was involved with a model/actress, who was a nuhuman struggling with her new powers and was looking for a new body. She got a breakthrough when her old rival, Madame Masque, sent Kate her dead mother’s missing necklace and an address. Kate found her dad at the address, with a brand new revitalized, super-powered body, which he had bought off Masque.
Derek revealed that Aggregate was also an experiment in cloning and granting superpowers and that Masque will never have powers because it requires a genetic predisposition, which she simply doesn’t have. Kate might though since her father does. That is the kind of information Masque wanted when she set Kate up to find her father. Masque cloned Kate and uploaded her mind to the clone so she could finally be superhuman.
Kate had to break out of her compound, through all of Masque’s goons, to face off against her. However, she was ultimately saved by her cop ally, Detective Rivera, who shot the Kate-clone.
Clint came to town to hire Kate as a detective and get the Hawkeye band back together. He was being chased by a mysterious assassin, but he had no idea who or why. When they were attacked, Kate recognized her as Eden Vale, a protégé of the Swordsman Kate met during some time travel shenanigans (along with a younger Clint). Eden blamed Clint for the death of her daughter after making Nevada a target during Secret Empire. She reached out to Kate thinking Kate would agree, but when Kate didn’t, she promised to use her time travel powers to bring back Kate’s mom. Kate still disagreed.
Clint eventually showed up to rescue her. Using Kate’s team of researchers, they were able to locate Eden’s warehouse hideout, and, by kidnapping Masque in the Kate clone, Clint planned to leave her behind to confuse Eden. Kate scolded him though for the inevitable team up Eden and Masque begin to kill them both, including teleporting in some of the world’s best marksmen and Masque’s army of minions for help.
The two Hawkeyes got into a big fight right outside Kate’s office. When a young girl was almost killed in collateral damage, Kate was able to reach Eden through her grief over her daughter, ending her partnership with Masque.
West Coast Avengers
During her time in LA, Kate determined that the west coast was especially vulnerable to attack. There were very few heroes to protect it, and the villains knew this. Kate confided this in Clint, who encouraged her to start her own super team, based on his former team, Avengers West Coast. Kate recruited Fuse, Ms. America, and Gwenpool, while Clint agreed to part-time membership. The group was struggling to come up with ways to fund this endeavor, when the former X-Academy student, Quentin Quire, walked in with a documentary crew willing to bank roll the team in exchange for documenting their missions.
Kate's West Coast Avengers get a decent popularity bump after appearing on Jimmy Kimmel's show getting the attention of Kate's most consistent rival, Madame Masque. She attempts to assemble a West Coast Masters of Evil. They lure these Avengers into a trap that they easily foil with the help of Eleanor Bishop, Kate's long thought dead mother who appears to be Masque's Gal Friday, and Noh-Varr, Kate's alien ex-boyfriend who was investigating Madame Masque.
Noh-Varr was originally looking into a vampire cult called The Temple of the Shifting Sun, when he noticed a connection to Masque. With Masque's trap shutdown, the team turns their attention to helping Noh-Varr against the cult. It is there that Kate finds out her mother became a vampire and was working with Masque to not only find a cure but take down her criminal husband, Kate's father, Derek Bishop.
Sadly, a would-be superhero called The Dutch Oven, who Kate rejected during her recruitment drive, got the documentary cancelled.
War of the Realms
Malekith led an army across nine of the ten realms and now had his sights on Midgard. The Asgardians partnered with the heroes of Earth to fight them on many fronts. Balder was in charge of keeping Odin’s new baby, Laussa, safe from Sindr. The norn known as Skuld predicted his team, including Kate, “The brave archer who never misses, even though Balder expected Clint.
Their plan was to stay out of the war and lay low, constantly moving using Wonder Man’s RV, which only Kate could drive. They failed though as they were being chased by Ares, manipulated by Sindr and driving a demonic Semi truck. To defend herself, Druid pulled the Pinaka Bow from his Shadow-Cloak, allowing her to shoot infinite energy arrows.
During their pitstop in Carson City, Ares was finally able to nab Laussa from Kate and her crew. Wonder Man flew ahead with Spider-Man to grab Laussa so Kate could run the RV into Ares. Thankfully, Sindr had found the War of Realms harder than she expected and had abandoned her quest for the child. So, when the war was finally won, Kate and her team, now including a regretful Ares, returned Laussa to her family.
With her friends urging her to return to New York, Kate has decided to leave L.A. with Lucky, despite being hesitant due to a fear that she'd turn back into her own self. However, when she got one last case, Kate decided to take it on her journey to New York. When she arrived at the place, it was revealed that her client was her estranged older sister, Susan. Kate was reluctant to ally with her after Susan reacted negatively when she first became a superhero. However, Kate was convinced when Susan said that she had found scratches and burns on herself with no memory of what had happened and that her bracelet had been stolen. She jumped into action when a mother interrupted, distraught that her daughter had seemingly suddenly disappeared.
However, Kate was stopped by the resort's staff, who claimed that they could find the missing girl named Kennedy. They had a brief confrontation before Kate talked with Susan, confused on why Susan had urged her to find Kennedy and was now backing down. Then, Kate went to her room, but didn't stay there for long. She spied on her sister before breaking into Kennedy's family's room and looking for clues. When Kennedy's father entered, on the phone with the people who kidnapped her, they demanded money. Kate revealed her presence to the father and assured him that she would find Kennedy. When she left to look for the girl, she was joined by Susan and Lucky They found where Kennedy was being held hostage. Susan secured Kennedy and Kate fought the kidnapper who was insistent that Kennedy needed to stay with him. As the fight progressed, Kate realized that the man (Alex) didn't seem to remember kidnapping Kennedy, but didn't believe him.
After she and Susan returned Kennedy to her parents, they were corned by who appeared to be zombie-ish mind-controlled hotel staff. They defended themselves from the staff and Kate revealed her suspicions that the Circus, whom she had fought in the past, was behind this. She and Susan had a conversation about their family past, and by the end Kate trusted her sister more after learning that Susan had fought against their father in her own way. Kate went off to fight one of her past enemies, before they were interrupted by the leader, Madame, who had mind-controlled Susan.
After eventually freeing Susan, fighting her enemies, and making sure no one got harmed when the hotel got blown up: Kate, Susan, and Lucky fled. They met up with America and Cassie and made a plan to take down their enemies once and for all. When in a fight, her reality was manipulated against her and Kate struggled to break free. Eventually. the enemy got away when Kate stayed behind to help Susan when she got hurt saving her. However, Kate was happy to head home.
A future incarnation of Kate was encountered by Iron Lad during a run-in with his future self, Kang the Conqueror. This version of Kate had ended up marrying Speed and had just discovered she was pregnant with twins. Her delicate condition did not, however, stop her from aiding her friends in annihilating The Brotherhood of The Badoon of an alternate future.
Like the rest of her teammates, she is on the run from the Avengers of her reality, who will not stop searching the timestream until they have all been killed. How she and Tom have planned to raise their family on the run in the midst of a Metaverse-wide war was never revealed.
Ultimate Marvel (Earth-1610)
In the Ultimate universe, Kate is 13-years old and a classmate of Miles Morales and Ganke Lee. It has been hinted that she harbors a crush on Miles.
In the story arc "Spider-Man No More!", Kate Bishop is revealed to be dating Miles after the one year time skip.
Old Woman Hawkeye
On Earth-807128, Kate was mayor of a refuge in the wastelands that Clint came running to for protection when an army of Venom bonded Madrox dupes were chasing him. They did their best with fire, but eventually the duo led them away from Kate’s refuge. Afterward, Kate reluctantly agrees to help Clint track down the rest of the Thunderbolts for revenge.
On their last stop, Clint was searching a Weapon X facility for Zemo, but Kate found orders to kill all the scientists now that they perfected a new super soldier serum. She tries to convince Clint to drop his vendetta and be a hero again. Help her save all the scientists, but he doesn’t get his act together until he successfully dispatches Zemo.
When Clint gets stuck inside the facility, Kate leads the scientists outside where she comes face to face with Bullseye. She is taken hostage by Bullseye, but she is able to use a beeping homing arrow to get the now completely blind Clint’s attention.
With Bullseye and the Thunderbolts dead, Clint tries to convince Kate to continue on his journey, but she elects to return to her refuge instead.
Powers and Abilities
As a baseline human, Kate Bishop possesses no superhuman abilities. However, a continuing program of highly intensive training has granted her a high level of skill in archery, sword fighting (both with heavier broadswords and lighter fencing blades) and unarmed combat. Kate also possesses a significant stock of fighting equipment, including Clint Barton's bow, Mockingbird's battle-staves, the blade of the original Swordsman, and a wide variety of trick arrows, including ones mounted with EMP or tranquilizer arrowheads.
However, Kate may have a genetic disposition to super-powers after her father proves to have it thanks to a Madame Masque experiment her father volunteered for.
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 133 lbs
- Eye Color: Blue
- Hair Color: Black
- Citizenship: American
- Place of Birth: New York City, New York
- Marital Status: Single
- Occupations: Private Investigator, Adventurer; formerly Student
- Known Relatives: Derek Bishop (father), Eleanor Bishop (mother), Heather Bishop (step-mother), Susan Bishop (sister), Lucky (pet)
- Base of Operations: West Coast Avengers HQ, Venice, Los Angeles, California
Marvel's Avengers Assemble
A character resembling Kate makes a cameo appearance in the Avengers Assemble episode "Into the Future." She is seen as part of the resistance cell opposing Kang the Conquerer's rule.
Kate Bishop made her MCU debut in the Disney+ limited series Hawkeye, portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld.
In the show, Kate's father died during the Battle of New York. She had seen Hawkeye fighting some enemies and that inspired her to take up archery, where she also took up other sports such as fencing. She is now 22 years old and returned home to her mother for the holidays. Them and her mother's boyfriend attended a gala where she uncovered a black market auction.
Two of the items being sold were Ronin's sword and his costume. When the black market was attacked by men looking for a watch, Kate put on the suit as disguise and fought them. When she left, she found a dog, and took him back to her apartment before she went out to do more investigating and found her mother's fiancé's uncle dead. It was there that she was attacked and Hawkeye saved her life. The two teamed up and went back to her apartment, but the apartment was soon attacked by the same men. They ran, leaving the Ronin costume behind, and ended up going to Kate's aunt's apartment, who was away for the winter. There, Clint patched her up and had also revealed that the original wearer of the Ronin costume had made a lot of enemies. He left Kate at the apartment while he went to get the costume.
The next day, Kate went to work at her mother's company. She had a confrontation with her mother's fiancé before she met them for dinner that night. They ended up having a fencing duel and Kate won. Then, he offered her a candy. She recognized it as candy from where she found the uncle dead and abruptly left to call Clint. When he didn't answer, she tracked him, and entered where he was being held "captive" with the intention to save him, but also got captured.
They met Echo who was convinced that Kate was Ronin. Clint stalled her long enough to break free from the duct tape binding his hands, breaking it just as Echo was choking Kate. Clint ran and Echo and her men chased after him, leaving Kate behind with one of Echo's men. She tried to free herself from the duct tape binding her hands but failed, only to be saved when Clint shot an arrow that broke it. She fought the man and they both escaped, stealing a car. As Clint drove them away, Kate shot his trick arrows at Echo's cars that were following them. They were forced to stop in the middle of the bridge and both Kate and Clint fought and won. They went back to Kate's aunt's apartment to patch themselves up. There, Kate took notes for Clint when he was on a phone call with his son since he couldn't hear due to Echo breaking his hearing aid after she returned from walking the dog.
Later, Clint and Kate had lunch at a restaurant where they discussed everything that had happened. Kate shared her theory that Jack had killed Armand. They broke into Kate's mother's penthouse to hack into Bishop Security's files and to try and find some information on Echo and her men. Before they could uncover something special, Kate was locked out of the account. She then went to find Clint who had walked away, only to see him holding his sword to Clint's throat. She tried to stop him when Eleanor appeared, asking why they were here, when Jack put his sword down. The four had a conversation, where Clint and Kate told Jack and Eleanor that they were working together against a threat. Clint went to leave and Kate was going to join him until Eleanor told her to stay. After Clint left, the three spent some time together before Kate left.
She and the dog went holiday shopping and returned to Kate's aunt's apartment in attempts to cheer Clint up. While they celebrated the holiday time, they made a plan on how to deal with the Tracksuit mafia and the information on Jack that they had uncovered. In the midst of this, Clint taught Kate a coin trick and Kate guessed that he was Ronin.
The next day, Kate went to collect Clint's lost arrows from the LARPers. They agreed to collect the arrows on the basis that Kate would gather materials for them to make more costumes, and they struck a deal. Kate invited the LARPers to her aunt's apartment where they got the arrows and discussed the costumes. When Clint came back, he and Kate sent off to track and find a Rolex watch which Clint was looking for. The plan was that Kate would be on lookout atop a roof across the street of the apartment the watch was in and Clint would go in, but Kate went in instead. Clint instructed her on what to be on the lookout for when she found a paper which had Clint's family's names on it. Shortly after that, Clint and Kate realized that it was Maya's apartment, and Maya entered, fighting Kate. It turned out that someone was fighting Clint on the roof and Kate joined them. They fought off both their attackers before the masked person fighting Clint threw Kate off the roof. She told Clint to pull her up from where she was stranded in Christmas lights, but he refused and told her to go home. She didn't listen and came back to the roof, firing an arrow that knocked everyone to the ground. Maya escaped while Clint unmasked the other person, and that person was Yelena Belova. Yelena then escaped and Clint called off the partnership with Kate, saying that it was too dangerous and for her to go home. She argued but it didn't work.
Kate returned to her mother's penthouse, upset, and ended up telling her to investigate into Jack. She left to go back to her old apartment to gather a few things where she found Yelena waiting for her with Mac 'n' Cheese. Kate was reluctant, but they had a conversation and Yelena revealed that she was after Clint because she believed he killed her sister, Natasha Romanoff. Kate denied that and Yelena left. When Kate went back to the penthouse, she saw Jack getting arrested. She then tried to call Clint and warn him about Yelena, but he didn't answer his phone. She tracked his phone and followed it, saving him from when he was fighting with Maya. The two united again and went to Grills' apartment with the dog, where Kate was sent a text from an unknown number (Yelena) revealing that Eleanor had hired her to kill Clint and that Eleanor was working with Kingpin.
This was a lot for Kate to take in. She was very confused and upset but Clint managed to calm her down. They ended up devising a plan that they would go to a Christmas party that Eleanor would be attending that night. In the midst of them making trick arrows, Clint asked Kate if she was ready for this, and she was. When they got to the party, they split up. When Eleanor arrived, Kate confronted her about Kingpin, telling her that she knew she killed Armand and framed Jack. Then, Jack arrived. When Kate heard chaos going on, she left, telling her mother to stay put.
She helped the guests get out and tried to uncover what was behind this chaos when she spotted Yelena. Kate went after Yelena and ending up getting on an elevator with her when she found that Yelena was going after Clint. Kate tried to stop her but it didn't work and they fought until Yelena jumped out a window on a grapple hook. Kate warned Clint through her ear piece and then went after Yelena, landing on the ground outside. She lost Yelena and began fighting the Tracksuit mafia when Jack joined and helped her. She apologized to him for her mother framing him.
Later, when Clint got stuck in a Christmas tree, Kate got him out where he ended up on an ice skating rink. When he was surrounded by the Tracksuit mafia, Kate saved him, and they fought them together. Kate then left to find her mother and found Kingpin going after her. She tried to fight Kingpin but her arrows weren't working. Eleanor ended up hitting Kingpin with a car and he and Kate fought, where she ultimately defeated him. She met up with her mother and they had a brief conversation before Kate allowed her to be arrested. Later, Clint and Kate met up again.
Kate, along with the dog who they had named Lucky, went with Clint to his family's house for Christmas and got along great with the family.
Marvel Avengers Alliance
Kate is a recruitable character in the game. He can be recruit via buying it with command points.
Her bio says:
Kate Bishop, the daughter of a wealthy publishing mogul, dedicated her time to local charities, soup kitchens, and women's shelters. After being attacked in Central Park, Kate sought therapy and began training in self-defense, vowing to never again be a victim. She attended the Hawthorne Academy and the Interlochen Arts Camp, where she learned archery (and how to shred the cello).
While attending her older sister's wedding, armed thugs held the guests hostage and demanded that everyone turn over their valuables. A new group of young heroes, called "The Young Avengers", attempted to put a stop to the villainous act, but when things didn't go according to plan, and the situation worsened. A quick thinking Kate provided an opening and rescues the would be heroes, earning her a spot on the team.
Over time, Kate would show that she was more than good in the heat of combat, excelling at feats of self-defense and archery, eventually drawing the attention of the Avengers. Kate was given Hawkeye's original bow and arrows as well as a claim to his code-name. There have been two Hawkeyes ever since.
Speaking of: If you haven't read Matt Fraction's Hawkeye run where Hawkeye and Hawkeye fight crime, you should read it. No seriously. Go read it now. It's that good!Go read it now. It's that good!
Kate is a playable character in the game as variant costume for Hawkeye (Clint Barton). She is voiced by Amanda Celine Miller.
Marvel: Puzzle Quest
Kate Bishop, as Hawkeye, is a playable chracter in the game.
Her bio in the game says: When Clint Barton was presumed dead (Or dressing up like a ninja? Or something?), wealthy socialite Kate Bishop adopted his mantle and fought along the Young Avengers as Hawkeye.
Now that Clint is back, he and Kate share the name, and there are two Hawkeyes protecting the people of New York. According to Kate, it's easy to tell them apart - she's the cool one.
Marvel: War of Heroes
Kate appears in several cards in the mobile card game Marvel: War of Heroes. Her cards are:
- Hawkeye II
- [What If?] Hawkeye
- [Madcap Marksmen] Hawkeye & Kate Bishop
Lego Marvel's Avengers
Kate is a playable character in the game.
Marvel Future Fight
Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) is a playable character in the game. She is a Speed type.
Her bio in the game says: Kate Bishop was a regular civilian before a chance encounter made her an honorary member of the Young Avengers. Armed with nothing but Mockingbird's battle staves, Black Widow's utility belt, and Hawkeye's bow, she managed to save the young Super Heroes from an attack by Kang the Conqueror. Since then, Kate Bishop has donned the persona of All-New Hawkeye, taking down Super Villains using her quick wit and deadly aim.
Marvel Avengers Academy
Kate Bishop is a playable character in the game. She was released during the "Ultron Revolution Special Event". Her recruitment quest is "Get Kate Bishop!"
Kate Bishop appears in the Square Enix Avengers game as a free DLC character, voiced by Ashly Burch. Kate had been partnered with Clint during the period when the Avengers were disbanded. When Clint went missing investigating AIM's use of Tachyon Rifts, she reached out to Maria Hill and the Avengers to help her look into it. After rescuing Clint, who had volunteered from AIM's experiment, they regrouped at the helicarrier, where Clint gladly gave Kate his room, insinuating that she was an official Avenger now.
- Hasbro released a Kate Bishop figure as part of a three-pack with the Sam Wilson version of Captain America and The Vision for the Marvel Legends line.
- Kate Bishop appears in the HeroClix figure game twice.