• Deadshot

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Deadshot Floyd Lawton


Real name

Floyd Lawton


The Exterminator
Human Arsenal
The Man Who Never Misses
Serial Killer Who Takes Credit Cards
The World’s Top Marksman




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April 12, 1978 [ 1 ]


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Secret Files of the Suicide Squad


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Suicide Squad: The Official Movie Novelization
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Suicide Squad: Special Ops


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Worst part of it is, they’re going to blame us for the whole thing. And they can’t have people knowing the truth. We’re the patsies. The cover-up. Don’t forget, we’re the bad guys.
―Deadshot to Task Force X[src]

Floyd Lawton, besides known as Deadshot, is an assassin and mercantile. After his capture by Batman, Lawton was imprisoned in Belle Reve, where he was later recruited by Amanda Waller to join the government-sanctioned Task Force X. While on a mission in Midway City, Lawton was tasked with the frustration of Enchantress, who built a doom device in the city, and her brother Incubus. His success served to reduce his prison prison term and allowed Lawton to visit his daughter .


early life

My job pays me a shitload of money, and that lets me make sure Zoe gets the good life she deserves, not the crap life I lived.
―Deadshot to Captain Boomerang[src]

Floyd Lawton was born on April 12, 1978 and was the child of an infelicitous marriage. [ 1 ] He began his vigilante career in Gotham City, New Jersey, but gradually evolved into a high-cost assassin and mercantile. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] He was besides a penis of the Boy Scouts at some sharpen. [ 3 ] Lawton idolized his old buddy, who he unintentionally shot as a adolescent. As a result of this event, several factors came into play : he began to form deep affiliations with foster brothers, training in arms and display an inability to kill the vigilante known as Batman. In his young person, Lawton was known to go in and out of prisons fairly frequently due to his criminal nature. By the time he reached his 20 ‘s he had become a enured gangster. [ 4 ] Lawton ‘s incredible skills finally made him the most cherished gunman in the world with an elect clientele. At some point, Deadshot was paid a significant measure to perform an unusually twist character assassination. As part of the request, he carved out the man ‘s heart and sent it to the client. [ 3 ]

mission in Gotham City

This is the exterminator you called for your “rat problem.
―Deadshot to Angelo[src]

When Deadshot was on lease to kill an informant in police custody who was about to testify against his node, he set up a hardened reflective control panel in front of the courthouse at the Gardener Building. Days before the witness ‘s arrival, Deadshot had set up his equipment and uniform on the roof of the build in homework for the assassination. On the day of the shoot, Deadshot passed a group of homeless people on Courthouse Alley. Deadshot then scattered a few dinner coupons among the dispossessed partially out of charity but besides to distract attention from his apparatus. He managed to enter the Gardener build up by pretending to be a handyman while on-guard US Marshals checked off his ‘name ‘ on the approve list. After arriving at the rooftop, Deadshot promptly assembled his weapons and changed into his uniform. [ 3 ] Deadshot called his client Angelo and demanded that he get paid immediately before killing the witness. As the convoy arrived and Deadshot threatened to call off the strike, he received his payment of $ 1 million upfront. however, for being uncivil to him, Deadshot then demanded that Angelo double the requital .
Through handling, Angelo begrudgingly doubled Deadshot ‘s payment to $ 2 million. Satisfied, he cocked his wrist-mounted artillery and fired a fastball from atop a improbable construct, perfectly striking the reflective control panel and killing the witness. With his job complete, he put on his white mask and fled the scene by rappelling down the build. [ 1 ]

Captured by Batman

It’s over, Deadshot. I don’t want to have to do this in front of your daughter.
―Batman to Deadshot[src]

On December 17, 2014, [ 4 ] Amanda Waller becomes a situational ally of Batman, giving the latter some all-important information on how to track the assassin down. Hence, while Deadshot is walking down the street with his daughter Zoe, Batman on the spur of the moment glides down and seize Deadshot, telling the latter to surrender, not wanting to do anything in movement of Deadshot ‘s daughter .
Deadshot attempts to fight off the vigilante, but Batman swiftly gets the better of him, knocking Deadshot to the ground. Deadshot then promptly takes out his gun and attempts to shoot Batman, but Zoe stands in the way, cry because she did not want her father to kill anyone else. After a moment, Deadshot surrenders his gunman and himself to Batman, who cuffs him to a gate and leaves him for the GCPD, who find him being hugged by a sadden Zoe who proclaims she loves her father while he says nothing. He is subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment at Belle Reve in Louisiana where he is subjected to abuse from the prison guards there including Captain Hunter Griggs. [ 1 ]

Saving the global

Recruited into Task Force adam

See… the firing pin is filed down, right? Mag full of dummy rounds. If I pull the trigger, nothing happens.”
“You’re right. Why would we give a loaded weapon to an infamous hitman? Go ahead, pull the trigger. Empty it.
―Deadshot and Amanda Waller[src]

In 2016, nine months after Griggs took over as his main guard at Belle Reve, Lawton is incarcerated in a prison where he is much mistreated by the guards of Belle Reve specially Griggs who feeds him disgusting food and beat him regularly .
While alone in his cell, he thinks about the concluding words his daughter spoke to him that “ She loves him, even though he does regretful things. ” late, Amanda Waller gathers skilled individuals and metahumans for Project Task Force X. While being coerced into joining the team, Lawton personally displays his sharpshooter skills in movement of Rick Flag, Waller, Griggs, and others in an attack to negotiate that he be released and his daughter Zoe Lawton should be well provided for including a release ride to an Ivy League University in exchange for his services. [ 1 ]

deployment in Midway City

That’s how I cut and run.

With the attack in Midway City, Michigan by the mysterious couple Enchantress and Incubus, Deadshot, along with the other members of the Suicide Squad ( such as Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, and Killer Croc ), are implanted with explosive nanotechnology provided by Dr. Van Criss and transferred to an evacuation point outside of the city, where they are joined by Slipknot. As the villains suit up for their mission, Harley asks if Deadshot is hesitant to put on his gearing because it will no longer fit ascribable to weight gain, He replies “ No, ” and says that every fourth dimension he puts it on “ person dies ” and that he “ likes putting it on. ” They are given instructions by Waller via an electronic tablet that they are under Flag ‘s send command and extracting a highly valued asset known as HVT1 from the besieged city and will receive 10 years off of their liveliness sentences as a advantage .
sag warned them if they annoy him or try to escape, he will kill them by using his touchpad to detonate their deep-rooted nanobots – blowing their heads off. Deadshot inform Flag his motivational skills are lacking, citing he ‘s no Phil Jackson and that even Waller ‘s proficiency is superior to his. Deadshot states Task Force X is basically good a “ Suicide Squad ”. Flag ‘s bodyguard Katana joins them at the concluding moments before take-off, with another helicopter carrying Squad B escorting them .
While mid-flight en road to their destination, Deadshot sees Harley communicate by textbook to the Joker with a call that was given to her by a coerce Griggs. Harley signals for Deadshot to be lull about it and he decides to comply. When Harley notices the nonnatural disturbance caused by Enchantress, Deadshot asks Flag what happened and the latter lies calling it just a terrorist attack. This causes Deadshot to call him out as a bad liar. Lawton states he is a killer whale and gunman and he is not in the business of saving people. Flag remarks Lawton will do anything for pay. After Lawton snaps back Flag “ knows the dark places, besides. ” Flag proudly declares he is a soldier and that Deadshot is a series murderer for rent and that when the shoot starts Lawton will “ merely cut and run. ” as he thinks nothing of the gunman. When their helicopter is shot down, the team is forced to travel the respite of the manner on animal foot, splitting up with Squad B, who safely lands their helicopter nearby. After Captain Boomerang talks Slipknot into a anserine attack to escape, getting the latter killed in the serve by Flag, he asks who will die following and threatens Lawton. Afterward, Deadshot and Harley bond ( with her referring to him as her “ Friend ” and he called her “ Doll Face ” ) and plot against Flag to turn the odds in their party favor the inaugural casual they get. [ 1 ] soon after, the group encounters eldritch looking creatures in the Enchantress ‘ employment known as the Eyes of the Adversary. Flag again threatens to blow Lawton ‘s head off if he runs off when Deadshot inquires about the mutate creatures. When Deadshot and Flag, and the others approach them, the creatures become hostile and attack. The police squad is initially overwhelmed as the monsters capture Flag, much to Harley ‘s joy. Knowing the Squad members are deoxyadenosine monophosphate good as dead if the colonel is injured or killed, Deadshot reminds her of what Waller had said about that and leads his teammates to rally and turns the fight in their favor as Flag is recovered. By himself, he stands on a car and guns down many creatures, leaving even members of the US Army in fear of his skills. Saying that is how he “ cuts and run ” to Flag, the proud gunman stops Harley from beating up the all in creatures when she claims to have seen them move. He then asks Flag if the grotesque “ terrorists ” were once civilians ( which the latter admitted ), having seen one of the Eyes wearing a $ 3,000 vigil. While moving on with the objective, the determined Colonel then contacts Waller when all contact with Squad B fails and learns the other squadron was engaged with another group of Eyes at the same prison term, but were all taken as prisoners and brought to the Enchantress herself .
about halfway to the building where HVT1 is located, Deadshot stops to look through the window of a children ‘s dress store. There, he sees a child-size mannequin of a winter parka like to the one Zoe wore the day he was captured. After witnessing Deadshot ‘s abilities in combat situations and seeing how the early members of Task Force X interact with and respect him, Flag asks Lawton to help him lead and keep the group in line so they have better odds of surviving the mission. He promises to pull strings for Deadshot if he complies stating Waller is not the lone one with connections. Deadshot keeps Harley in line when she begins to taunt Croc and Katana asking her to “ play nice with the early children. ” [ 1 ] As they proceeded forth, Killer Croc expressed a desire to hire Deadshot ‘s services. According to Croc, there were several names he wanted to cross off of his list. After bragging about his price, Deadshot cursorily learned that Croc had in fact already hired him years ago to perform the twist acts which included removing a world ‘s center and sending it to the node – Croc himself. [ 3 ]

Retrieving Waller

You better think of something, cause they’re out there thinking we’re saving Nelson Mandella.
―Deadshot to Amanda Waller[src]

When they reach the John F. Ostrander Federal Building, Deadshot goes ahead of the perch of the group despite protest from Flag. Flag and company immediately follow him into the build, and when Harley breaks away from the others Lawton, Flag, and the others go after Harley together. When Flag is given the heads up the group is surrounded by hostiles, Deadshot puts on his trademark protective dissemble, prompting Harley to mock him as a “ cunt ” and Lawton to admonish her and threaten to knock her out despite her being a girl. When the group is under attack from the Eyes of the Adversary, Lawton gets Harley, Boomerang, Croc, and Katana to circle Flag to protect him from the army of the Eyes of the Adversary.

He then aggravates El Diablo enough by taunting him, that he kills the hostile creatures around them. Lawton apologizes to Santana subsequently stating he was just trying to motivate like Phil Jackson. As they advance up to the higher levels of the build, using the stairs, Deadshot has a gunman pointed in his confront by Harley who is lost in thought about the night of her transformation physically at Ace Chemicals. When she regains her focus, she lowers the grease-gun she had pointed at her friend. Harley then asks Deadshot point blank if “ he ‘s ever been in sexual love ? ” To which Deadshot answer ‘s “ Naw. Never ” stating he doubts he ‘d be able to sleep sol well at night having killed as many people as he has and could feel deep emotions like love. Harley refers to Deadshot as “ another textbook sociopath ” possibly comparing him to her fan the Joker. once the group reaches the intended shock, Flag asks to continue into a plug room alone to retrieve the aim, Deadshot states their rescuee better “ cure cancer ” after all the fuss they ‘ve gone through. Initially, Flag and the aim revealed to be Waller herself, talk but are soon joined in conversation by Deadshot. Lawton is award as he and Flag witness Waller murder every individual member of her FBI extra ops team because they did n’t have “ clearance. ” He calls Waller “ a mean dame ” for the cold murders .
Having acquired Waller, Lawton, Flag, and the rest of the Suicide Squad escort her to the ceiling for a helicopter pick up. When it ‘s revealed the Joker hijacked Waller ‘s rescue ride and opens fire on the Suicide Squad he tells Harley to use this moment for her escape as the others duck for cover. When a captive Dr. Van Criss jams the signal that allows Flag to detonate the nano explosive in her neck, Waller approaches Deadshot with a bounty for Harley. Waller tempts a hesitant Deadshot with exemption for himself and real-life for his daughter if he kills Harley. He promises to do it, but refusing to be fair a instrument Deadshot, the world that never misses, intentionally aims off-target and spares a vulnerable Harley. His refusal to kill one of their own farther earns him the regard of his fellow Task Force X members, specially Captain Boomerang. It appears to be for nothing when Waller orders the commandeer helicopter by Jokers gang shot toss off and Joker and Harley are killed. Lawton becomes promote disheartened when Waller ‘s newly arrived Helicopter shortly after is besides shot down by the Eyes of the Adversary united states army, and Flag admits Lawton has no share if they do not rescue Waller. Outside the construct on the street level once again the Suicide Squad is reunited with Harley who thinks her lover is now all in. grateful Harley is still alive and that his dissemble of defiance was n’t for nothing, Deadshot snap up Harley into his arms from on top of a car roof and lowers his friend safely onto the labor. [ 1 ]

Drowning sorrows

With Enchantress ‘s heart returned and Amanda Waller her valuable captive for top clandestine information about Earth ‘s defenses, Enchantress ‘s car neared completion. As the group advanced closer on what Deadshot called “ A big swirling surround of trash in the sky, ” he grew more concern about what the team was getting itself into and demanded answers. When Flag blew him off, Waller ‘s binder of classified data caught Deadshot ‘s center at the helicopter crash site where Incubus attacked. Upon reading it and finding out the truth that all the chaos is being caused by almighty chap squad extremity went rogue and her brother, and that Waller is unwittingly creditworthy, Deadshot demands Flag tell the group. When Deadshot gives up hope and states Flag needs a miracle, he abandons the mission to go get a drink at a nearby bar. The early Squad members follow him including Flag ‘s bodyguard Katana .
Inside the cake, the Suicide Squad drowns their sorrows about the end of the world. Deadshot makes a pledge to “ honor among thieves ” prompting Katana to declare she ‘s not one. Deadshot reminds everyone that they will be blamed for everything. When Harley asks what his deal was with Flag was, he admits to being offered his exemption and his daughter. An angry El Diablo explodes and says Lawton allowed himself to be used by Flag. Lawton states he knew but allowed it so he could have hope. El Diablo states that hope does n’t stop karma and that it ‘s coming to him and asks Deadshot how many victims he ‘s killed. Along with the rest of the team, a defensive Lawton listens as Santana admits to killing his wife and kids in a suit of anger when he burned down their house. Shocked and horrified Deadshot tries to get Harley to back off Santana when she proclaims it was destined to happen because people like them do not get a normal life. As the group continues to talk and drink as the worldly concern ends, they are joined by Flag who extends an olive branch to the group by destroying the nanodevice. He shows Deadshot what he was saving for after their mission was successful, letters from his daughter Zoe who writes him casual. angry about that being kept from him, yet inspired and wanting to show his daughter he ‘s a worthwhile person and not barely a killer for hire, Deadshot vows to help Flag complete the deputation and save Waller along with the stay of the world. As Deadshot rejoins the mission Harley follows his tip stating that she excessively will help and urges Katana, El Diablo, and Killer Croc to do the lapp, they are flush rejoined by Boomerang soon after he initially bolted. [ 1 ]

Facing Enchantress and Incubus

Lady, you are EVIL!
―Deadshot to Enchantress[src]

The Suicide Squad and Special Ops team come up with a probationary design to take on Incubus and Enchantress deciding to take out the erstwhile inaugural with a demonstration charge. As they make their way to the final confrontation, Flag confides in Deadshot he never believed in the concept of beloved until he met June Moone and he ‘s afraid she may be lost to him. Deadshot tells him to do any he has to do to avoid that and that he has his back. Deadshot goes to Diablo to make sure he will fight with them and not hold back, assuring a reluctant El Diablo they may have a find at success if he fights with them as the group ‘s most knock-down metahuman. As they approach enchantress, she is aware of their presence and invites the group to come out into the open to face her. Deadshot grab Harley to stop her from foolishly confronting Enchantress excessively soon, and points her gun away from his face as they hide with Flag behind a pillar. To persuade the Suicide Squad to side with her, Enchantress feeds them visions of their kernel ‘s desire. For Deadshot personally, envisions killing the world he blames for his captivity, loss of his daughter, and everything else : the Batman. rather of being arrested the night of his understanding, he rather imagines ending Batman ‘s life that night and avoiding the passing of everything he held dearly chiefly his wealth, daughter, and exemption. When El Diablo can see by Enchantress ‘s visions, he helps the others break release of the illusions as well including Deadshot .
When confronted by Incubus, Deadshot runs for cover with Rick Flag because they are outmatched. Lawton and Flag are joined by El Diablo who promises to get Incubus into military position so the seals can blow a bomb calorimeter below him to kill him. Deadshot urges El Diablo to “ think it through, ” but Santana has made up his mind and is determined to help. He vows to show Deadshot, who gave him a motivation lecture earlier, “ what he is ” as Diablo had lost his family before and was n’t ready to lose any of his new friends and deputy family. When El Diablo temporarily goes down confronting Incubus, Deadshot and Harley immediately put themselves in danger to help him with Deadshot shooting at Incubus only to be viciously knocked down along with others. When El Diablo reveals his genuine metahuman form he holds his own with Incubus and gets him into position. When Incubus regains see of the battle, Deadshot repeats El Diablo ‘s wishes to Flag to blow the charge sol that Diablo could give his life sentence for the team and rejoin his family in death and the afterlife. With Incubus, El Diablo, GQ, and the others dead, Deadshot looks at the Enchantress and declares she will be future. Enchantress tells Deadshot and the others despite the personnel casualty of her brother, her spell machine is completed and can wreak havoc on Earth ‘s defenses as her dark spreads across the ball. Deadshot asks Flag what to do before it is excessively late and Flag replies they have to remove the metahuman ‘s heart to make her watery enough to be stopped. When Enchantress here ‘s this she engages the members of Suicide Squad in a barbarous struggle .
She immediately knocks Deadshot down to the ground as she attacks his teammates. As Enchantress emerges again within their sights, this time with knock-down two swords in each hand, she forces Deadshot to block the deathblows with his wrist guns. Overwhelming him and the others she forcefully kicks Deadshot back several feet taking him out of the fight once again. He recovers just in time to save Rick Flag by deflecting a sword blow once again using his wrist weapon. He besides saves Captain Boomerang from death when he was pinned by the charming being, distracting enchantress by using all of his remaining ammunition to shoot at her back long enough to allow Croc meter to throw her off their teammate .
When Harley brilliantly distracts Enchantress and cuts out her heart, Deadshot calls for her accelerator and he ‘s able to target and shoot a charge thrown by Killer Croc at the heart of the mystic machine destroying it and saving the worldly concern from further end. This was accomplished despite a last-ditch feat by Enchantress to make Deadshot see an delusion of his daughter to convince him not to shoot. He immediately tells twist Flag to back off when he tries to hug him after his incredible snapshot. Colonel Flag has to kill Enchantress by crushing her heart after she refuses to bring back Dr. June Moone. Deadshot is the first to call out to Flag after he notices June still alive beneath the Enchantress chaff. As Lawton returns Harley ‘s gunman to her, and the pair plot to steal a car to drive back together to Gotham City. however, Waller reemerges with a functional nano detonation device and informs everyone the only place they are going is rear to Belle Reve. Deadshot wants more than fair 10 years of his prison prison term and demands to see his daughter again. Waller agrees to Lawton ‘s request and accepts limited requests from the other Suicide Squad members vitamin a well in return for them saving the world. [ 1 ]

brief reunion

late on, Lawton is back in Gotham City in an apartment using his skills to help his daughter with her homework. Rick Flag, who is besides there, stops U.S. Marshals from putting Deadshot back into shackles before he can say adieu to his short female child properly. Zoe hugs her forefather adieu saying she loves him. last feeling worthy of his daughter ‘s love after everything he ‘s been through recently, Deadshot mutters “ I love you besides ” back to Zoe. Back at Belle Reve, Deadshot is seen in his cell using his punch bag, with a big stack of his daughter ‘s letters by the window. As Waller promised, Deadshot continues to have unconstipated visits with Zoe. [ 1 ]


Deadshot ‘s achiever in helping shepherd Task Force X ‘s maiden over mission allowed A.R.G.U.S. to arrange respective more missions for the group, albeit composed of different combinations of members in certain missions. At least one extremity, Savant was known to have hear of the phrase “ Suicide Squad ” coined by Deadshot, referring to the mention upon joining the team. [ 5 ]


You know the rules: no money, no honey.

Deadshot is portrayed as a consummate professional : angstrom long as he ‘s been paid to kill person, he will always carry it out without clemency, except women and children. He is besides sarcastic and have a personal method acting where he has to be paid first to get his job done and will threaten his employers furthermore when he is offended, evidenced by wanting double the original payment for his job because his “ node ” was being a “ asshole ; ” alongside his sarcasm, he has an fabulously tough attitude, and can work even under the highest of pressure .

You don’t kill as many people as I’ve killed and still sleep like a kitten if you feel shit like love.”
“Another textbook sociopath.
―Deadshot and Harley Quinn[src]

Despite his sarcastic, street fighter attitude, Floyd notably strikes up a friendship with Harley Quinn quite promptly, empathizes with El Diablo after learning the latter ‘s darkness secret, is greatly respected by his teammates, and has influence over them ( with Rick Flag himself pointing this out ), and last he cares deeply for his beloved daughter Zoe, keeping a painting of her with him throughout his time as an assassin and inmate. He besides holds a rigid code about not killing women and children in his note of work, therefore proving himself to have a nonindulgent moral compass. notably, when Amanda Waller attempts to psychologically manipulate Deadshot by promising him the freedom and a permanent wave reunion with Zoe in exchange for assassinating Harley Quinn, he is strongly tempted for a few long moments. ultimately, however, with quite a bit of visible campaign, Deadshot realizes his unwillingness to betray his moral code of not murdering women, angstrom good as his friendship with Harley ( most probable besides due to him realizing that Zoe would n’t have ever approved of the circumstances of such a permanent wave reunion if she knew ), and so he resists, alternatively pretending to miss while shooting at Harley ( though Deadshot may be will to make exceptions, to his moral code in some situations, as he plotted with Harley to kill Rick Flag and Katana and contributed to Enchantress ‘ get the better of ). besides, while not outspoken about it, Deadshot appears to be at least reasonably religious, wearing a cross while in civilian dress and having several biblical verses written on the gauntlets and neck of his battle bodysuit .


  • Peak Human Condition: Deadshot is in top physical condition (from frequent intense workouts, which he does even during his imprisonment in Belle Reve), though not even near to Batman’s level. Hence, it took an entire squad of A.R.G.U.S. agents with riot shields to pin down and restrain Deadshot after his cell was opened, but even then he was still able to kick two of them to the ground, despite several of them restraining his torso, and he was able to hold his own against the Eyes of the Adversary troops.
    • Peak Human Strength: Deadshot is very physically strong. He can punch hard enough to crack cement. He could also rip out his chains in Chinook-2, and he broke the lock to the Golden Tree bar.[3]
    • Peak Human Durability: Deadshot is very durable, withstanding a brutal beating at the hands of A.R.G.U.S. agents while in Belle Reve, and swiftly recovering after being sent flying back by a superhumanly strong blow from Incubus, though this was also due to Deadshot’s bulletproof bodysuit.
So now we have the man who never misses.
―Amanda Waller[src]
  • Master Marksman: Deadshot, as his name implies, is an almost superhumanly skilled marksman and experienced with all manner of firearms,[6] being considered the world’s deadliest marksman due to records stating he has never missed a target with the exception of Batman; he is considered an expert in the use of all firearms,[4] including 9mm pistols, Gatling guns, revolvers, flare guns, potato cannons, machine guns, assault rifles, flamethrowers, sniper rifles, anti-tank rifles, shotguns, M1 carbines, bazookas, derringers, Uzis, grenade launchers, .44 Magnums, and muskets. Deadshot is said to be lethal at four kilometers (2.49 miles). His marksmanship surpasses the Dark Knight himself due to his proficiency with his eye scope, as well as the enhancement his high-tech eye-patch provides. He was able to easily shoot the same target numerous times in rapid succession with multiple different guns (greatly impressing Amanda Waller), and to single-handedly take down numerous monstrous troops of Enchantress, keeping the bulk of the army from advancing at the Suicide Squad (in fact doing it better single-handedly than the combined efforts of Rick Flag’s entire gunmen squad, using only his machine- and wrist-mounted guns, dropping a monstrous troop with every single one of his numerous shots). Deadshot is thus one of the most formidable members of the Suicide Squad, on par with Katana and El Diablo, to whom Amanda Waller refers to as some of the most dangerous humans on Earth.
  • Expert Combatant: Deadshot is a highly skilled and formidable hand-to-hand combatant, managing to physically overpower several of Enchantress’ monstrous troops. Though he is not quite on Batman and Katana’s level, as Deadshot was quite swiftly defeated and beaten to the ground by Batman (resulting in Deadshot’s imprisonment in Belle Reve), and was later overpowered first by the gigantic Incubus, and then the extremely skilled and more powerful Enchantress (though he was notably able to block quite a few of her dagger slashes with his gauntlets, before being overpowered by her superior strength, skill, and teleportation).
He’s the most wanted hitman in the world. Let’s say he has an elite clientele.
―Amanda Waller[src]
  • Master Assassin: Deadshot is an extremely skilled assassin, has become an infamous gun for hire ever since leaving the US Special Forces, assassinating his targets in mere seconds after a price that satisfies Deadshot is offered. Indeed, before his imprisonment by Batman, Deadshot was the most wanted hitman in the world, with him, therefore, having elite clientele.
I give everything a lot of thought, pal. I’m the best at what I do because I think through every contingency. When the wind changes, I’m the one who knows by how much.
―Deadshot to Rick Flag[src]
  • Expert Tactician: Deadshot is an expert strategist (potentially on par with Rick Flag), as he thinks through every contingency (which he credits as to why he is the best hitman) and plans out everything to the last detail. Lawton, as a former member of both the Boy Scouts and the US Special Forces, carefully prepares for his assassinations.
These people respect you, you’ve got influence.

―Rick Flag to Deadshot[src]
  • Skilled Leader: Deadshot is respected by his Suicide Squad teammates, as noted by Rick Flag himself, and has a degree of influence over them. Hence, Deadshot managed to befriend and calm down Harley Quinn on several occasions, his idea of a mutiny against Flag and Katana was picked up by most of the Squad (apart from El Diablo), and Flag personally requested that Deadshot help him keep the team in line.


  • Combat suit: When in the field, Deadshot dons a bulletproof red-and-black vest and bodysuit, with many holsters, containing various firearms at all times. Indeed, this suit is durable enough to help him withstand slashes from Enchantress’ mystical daggers, as well as a superhumanly mighty kick from Incubus, with minimal injury.
    • Mask: When in the field Deadshot generally dons a white ballistic face mask that covers his entire head and neck.
  • Monoscope: One of Deadshot’s signature trademarks is the high-tech eye-patch that he wears over his face mask, on his dominant left eye. This eye-patch augments his already amazing marksman skills, and when combined with his sniper rifle’s scope, makes it almost impossible for him to miss his target. It also provides him with mission data and target data.


So, that would make you have to know the angle between the building and the sidewalk. You got to know that angle. No, I mean, in real life, you have variables. You know you got rifling twist. You got chamber pressure. You got bullet weight. Some shots you’ll even have to take the curvature of the Earth in with the… wind effect. You know, there’s a lot of variables in the street.
―Floyd Lawton to Zoe Lawton[src]




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