reioka replied to your post :I want to talk about StarkSpangledWinterHawk, but…
You could always talk about how each idiot hates how reckless his other three idiots are not realizing that literally all of them think this because they’re all reckless in completely different ways.
Or how disgustingly adorable they are with each other or something
Mostly I just wanna talk about Clint, Steve, Bucky, and Tony all have the thought “These fucking idiots would all die without me” and being super sincere about it
“These fucking idiots would all die without me.” Yes, each one of them has had this thought at some point.
Bucky has always thought this way about Steve. He loves Steve, and Steve can be smart about certain things, but god is he a fucking idiot sometimes. Seriously, thank god for the serum. Not because it saved Steve from dying from any diseases, but because it stopped Steve from dying from something stupid. Like jumping out of a plane without a parachute.
Then there is Tony. Bucky loves him, and Tony can take care of himself for the most part, but Jesus! When Tony is a mess and in need, he is fucking mess, and Bucky has to all but fight Tony for Tony to let Bucky help him. At least Tony doesn’t fight Bucky’s help as much as Tony fights Steve’s. Then again Steve constantly shoves his foot in his mouth (another reason why Steve wouldn’t survive without his boyfriends–all three of them have had to at one point smooth a conversation after Steve ruffled some feathers).
That’s Bucky’s point of view (and I’m saving the Clint stuff for later).
For Tony, he’s gotta make sure Steve isn’t insulting people left and right. Bucky and Clint try to help, but there’s a certain line that Steve loves to stampede over, and once that line has been destroyed, that’s where Tony comes in to save the day. Thanks to Steve and his impatience when it comes to dealing with people’s B.S. Tony’s respect and admiration for Pepper has shot up immensely. He’d always respected her for putting out his fires in the past. Now that he has to deal with Firestarter Steve, he loves her even more and is more grateful for everything she has done for him.
As for Bucky, he’s Tony’s competition for the title of “Hot Mess.” One moment Bucky is the sauve smartass and the next he’s running to Tony with a broken blender and saying, “I swear I just tapped the button! It’s possessed!” He can cook, until the day when he can’t because, “I don’t know. Something made me thinking baking soda would be an okay substitute.” Then a day or two later Bucky can miraculous cook again.
Also, with Bucky and Steve, Tony has to stop them from tag teaming anyone they think has insulted one of their own. Steve is almost always ready to throw down when someone insults his teammates. Bucky is a little more willing to hold back. He likes to think he is reasonable, but Tony knows better. All it takes is Steve’s offense reaching a certain point, then suddenly the two are like wolves, working together to take down a common enemy.
Luckily, Tony usually has Clint to help him out when that happens.
It’s an utter disaster though when Tony or Clint suddenly join the two. It’s even worse when Clint and Tony join the duo in taking down some asshole. The sting of it though? Once the four of them have teamed up, suddenly Steve becomes that reasonable one, and calms the others down.
Truthfully, Steve thinks his boyfriends could survive without him (sometimes he doubts it when they do things like jump off buildings, blow up stuff on accident, and sleep in random places, but considering they have been doing it for years, he is willing to give them the benefit of the doubt).They’d just have shittier lives without him. As stubborn and emotional as Steve can be, he is practical. He knows Tony and Clint survived before him. He also knows that while Bucky may some days feel weak, he’s actually the strongest person Steve knows. All of his boyfriends are strong. They are all survivors. However, they also let people treat them like shit.
Bucky used to be good about defending himself, but after Hydra, Bucky was much more willing to take people’s crap about him. Steve noticed that right away. It took him longer to realize the same was true of Tony. Tony is so quick-witted and his tongue so sharp, Steve had spent the early parts of their friendship oblvious to this personality trait. That being said, the person who had blindsided him was Clint.
Clint had managed to blindside all of his boyfriends. He often told people to fight and stand up for themselves. He was always so supportive and encouraging that it took all of them the longest time to realize how deep some of his insecurities went, and just how many secrets he kept to himself. With his smile and his usually laidback attitude, it was easy for all of them to forget he was a SHIELD agent. Keeping secrets was a part of his job, and he was one of the best.
So Steve knows that all of his boyfriends have issues, and that all of them are rather terrible about defending themselves, so that’s why Steve happily plays the role of guard dog. The moment anyone goes after his boyfriends or tries to impede their happiness, he is right there and fighting back. No one will stop his boyfriends from being happy.
So that leaves Clint. The true daredevil of the team with his jumping off stuff with no warning and only an arrow or dumpster to save him if Tony can’t fly to his rescue in time. Honestly, he used to be seen as level-headed, and then he’d do things like jump in front of a car to save a dog (admirable, but crazy). He’s almost as bad as Steve (Steve does not believe this when Bucky and Tony tell him so. Neither does Clint. He’s nowhere near Steve’s level of recklessness–how insulting!). Maybe he could be a bit more careful, but he’s good at what he does, and he’s always managed to get himself out of trouble.
Steve, Bucky, and Tony though? They are disasters. Sure, they aren’t helpless, but they have their weaknesses. Clint is not the only one who has ended up in a dumpster.
Dumpsters aside, Steve’s always ready to fight and has zero-chill. Meanwhile, Tony and Bucky are hot messes who break things, others, and themselves. All three of them are terrible when it comes to sleep. Steve and Bucky have moments in which their inner frat boy selves come out (and maybe sometimes Clint has these moments too, but they are all Bucky’s fault!), and Tony needs to stop earning doctorates just to spite and one up other geniuses.
Clint is always calming his boyfriends down. Sometimes he tags along on the chaos, but he figures as long as he’s there, he can speak up and act as the voice of reason when things get too far, and it’s worked for a while now. He gives support and encouragement where it is needed, and he honestly has no idea how his boyfriends would be alive at the moment if he weren’t around to say: “Do we really need that much C-4? Also, are we sure Steve/Bucky can punch through a wall this thick?”