James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes (The Winter Soldier) is a character who has appeared in both Marvel comics and films. He is played by Sebastian Stan in the films.
In the comics, Bucky was originally depicted as the teenage sidekick of Steve Rogers (Captain America), but in the films and some alternate universes in the comics he is depicted as being Steve's older best friend. Some fans have noted similarities between the films' portrayal of Bucky Barnes and the character of Arnie Roth, Steve's childhood best friend in the comics, who was eventually revealed to be gay.
Popularity in Slash Fanfiction
Although portrayed as heterosexual in both comics and films, with canon love interests including Natasha Romanoff, Bucky is a popular subject of slash fanfiction and other fanworks, with the most popular pairing being Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes.
Bucky Barnes is tagged in more than 35,000 fics on popular fanfiction archive An Archive of Our Own, including more than 20,000 Steve/Bucky works.
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