#okay i’ts incredibility fascinating to me to see the base of the winter soldier in bucky#and the reflection of bucky in the winter soldier#how do you carve the person out but leave the skills?
The more I see comparison gifs like these, the more I think - you don’t carve the out the person and leave the skills - that is not what they did at all. They kept everything of the person (even gave him some more skills) and took the memories. What you have left is a being who is a hunter, who is a killer, who is loyal, who is protective, who is sassy and talks back, etc, and who is up for grabs. Without the memories to inform WHO to protect, WHO to be loyal to, WHO (and what) it is worth killing for, they can manipulate the character traits into being protective of them, of being loyal to them, of killing for them.
In some respects, that may be even worse, when he regains his memories. Because everything he did as Winter Soldier is still him. He can not look at those events and say - that was not me - because it was. He was not a robot acting on programming - he was him, acting on false information.
yeah, but no. like seriously no. the winter soldier is not loyal or protective or sassy. he doesn’t talk back. (like what even, what? ??? ??????? ??) he is not bucky barnes with the serial numbers filed off. he is not bucky barnes “acting on false information”. like the entire horror of watching him onscreen in catws is the level of dehumanisation, the degree to which he is not bucky barnes but also not a person; it isn’t his memories that were just taken away, it’s his humanity. so in a way, yeah, he is a robot and he is acting on programming. saying that he was acting on false information implies that he had any free will to act, which he didn’t. the winter soldier isn’t, actually, a soldier holding a gun. he is just a gun.
bucky during catfa did what any soldier does in a war. he had ptsd and it fucked him up, but shockingly enough war tends to fuck people up and plenty of soldiers have ptsd. that doesn’t make him ~already on the way to becoming the winter soldier~, because the winter soldier is the result of (if we follow from 616 canon) amnesia, brain damage and hideous amounts of orwellian handwavey mental conditioning.
saying that the winter soldier is bucky barnes acting on false information would make him a compelling though kind of cliched villain, but it’s factually incorrect.
The Winter Soldier is not Bucky Barnes; he is a weapon who has occupied and taken over Bucky’s body and mind. Bucky’s not even a passenger until the point at which, maybe, maybe he starts recognising Steve and earns the power of love. It’s such an issue I have with this interpretation: Bucky Barnes was an enlisted soldier who killed people under orders. The Winter Soldier is the weapon whose trigger was pulled.
(Source: danbiaps, via cacchieressa)