steve rogers does not embarass easy


think about post-serum, pre-hydra-facility-rescue steve, when it was all USO girls and stretchy flag costumes and having vegetables thrown at him because his lines were so cheeseball they were almost literal balls of cheese coming out of his mouth.

it had to have been embarrassing, had to have been humiliating, and steve definitely hated it, but he never let his ego get in the way. he set his jaw and practiced his smile and held baby after drooling baby because he thought he was doing good and he would grab any opportunity to do some good in the world.

that scene in the rain when peggy sees steve sketching a performing monkey in his sketchbook. he makes no move to hide his drawing, no bluster or bravado about the one thing he probably feels the most emotionally vulnerable about.

even the first time ever he’s alone with peggy!! In a car with this beautiful woman and steve just tells her about all the places he got beat up. no bluster, no spinning it into a brag-worthy thing, just plain truth about something that most of the world would consider shameful.

not to mention he cries in front of her after bucky dies. ugly crying.

just. steve rogers!! not afraid of emotion!! steve rogers!! does not have a fragile male ego!! steve rogers!!


steve’s whole life philosophy is basically “on va voir” tbh

"Steve, don’t you join the army, you’ll get yourself killed." "We’ll see."

"You can’t single-handedly raid a Nazi base—your friend’s probably dead." "We’ll see."

"Probably best not to drop your shield," common sense whispers, "Bucky’ll probably kill you—" "WE’LL SEE."

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Everybody thinks Steve is this gentle soul, the artist, tame, polite; because it just goes with his scrawny look. And it makes him secretly angry that his body will never let him project what he really feels he is inside. Not that he will ever complain about it - there are a lot of people worse off than him - he understands that. He’s always accepting towards himself, but there’s just this hidden bit of him, this rebel voice that screams his lungs out from the bottom of the pit. Sorry, can’t let you out. But it’s ok. He can take it. He always takes it.

Bucky is the one who listens to the wilderness inside Steve. Every time Steve resigns himself to this imposed mask, he drags that screaming banshee out by her hair. People don’t see that. They think Bucky watches out for Steve and keeps him out of fights. They think it’s pity. Instead, it’s the opposite. Bucky admires him when Steve breaks away from his boundaries, encourages it even. Bucky hopes that one day Steve will be able to make the ends meet, marry the rogue and the righteous. He knows that day will be the day people will finally recognize Steve for what he is.

the “a” on his forehead stands for…


"I think I’ve figured it out," Natasha murmurs as she and Bucky watch Steve, all five foot odd inches and ninety-something pounds of him, stride up to the Fedora who apparently thought that Cosplay Girl in her skin-tight Black Widow outfit was fair game. 

The lady said ‘no,’ son, Steve was saying and somehow he manages to convey enough authority and confidence that even the Fedora - who was roughly the size of a brick shithouse - was taken aback.

"Figured out what?" Bucky mutters back absently, already mentally counting down as to when he was going to have to step in.

"The ‘a’ on his forehead."


Cosplay Black Widow Girl isn’t taking things sitting down either.  She’s got her arms crossed and that’s a pretty damn good approximation of Nat’s glare as she tells the Fedora off. 


"The what now?" Bucky figures Steve’s going to go for the beer bottle.  He’s not completely hopeless, because of better food and medication, but he’s still got his size and weight working against him if he’s going to try to meet the guy strength for strength.  But Steve’s not completely the hotheaded punk he used to be and he knows how to fight smart. 

"The ‘a’ on his Captain America cowl.  Helmet.  Thing," Nat waves airily.  "Figured out what it’s supposed to stand for."


Fedora’s the type of asshole who thinks just because a dame’s got her assets on display, that she’s lost all the right to say no.  Fucking idiot.  If a dame says no, you back off, whatever the hell else she’s wearing.  Otherwise, you’re an asshole who deserves to have his face beat in.  And oh, hey, there we go, Fedora’s trying to use his height and build to intimidate Steve. Bucky wanted to laugh.  Steve hadn’t backed down from a fight even when he didn’t have the super serum and he sure as hell wasn’t going to back down now.

And Christ, Stevie was a beautiful sight, blue eyes narrowed, cheeks flushed, Irish temper up and running. 


Fists are clenched.  Fedora’s about to swing. And there he goes.  Steve ducks.  And Cosplay Black Widow Girl grabs the beer bottle and breaks it over Fedora’s head.  Steve grabs the barstool and introduces it to Fedora. 

Steve’s a gentleman.  He makes sure Fedora’s thoroughly acquainted with Mr. Bar Stool and this time, he aims it right where it’s gonna hurt.

And Fedora has buddies. Of course. 


Yeah, time for Bucky to step in. He hasn’t been in a good ol’ fashioned bar brawl since forever.  He’s missed being in those with Steve. 

"It’s adorable," Nat remarks even as she starts grabbing Bar Stools to introduce to Fedora’s buddies.  "God bless Adorable."

"God bless America," Bucky grins. 

Steve kind of squeaks when Cosplay Black Widow Girl grabs him for a…. what are the kids calling it these days?  A glomp?  Nat called it a glomp.  Yeah, Steve got glomped by Cosplay Black Widow Girl and congratulated on his “dead on” cosplay of Pre-Serum Steve Rogers. 

It wasn’t until a lot later that Tumblr figured out that the tiny, adorable, confused “Steve Rogers” cosplayer was the real thing. But then it helped when he got carried away by his adoring Winter Soldier. 

"You are in so much trouble, Bucko!"

Adorable.  Nat had him pegged after all.

- end -


"Poor Bucky. Going places with pre-serum Steve must feel like walking a chihuahua with aggression issues."

cleaned up a sketch from early may, based on this post, because it was a super cute idea and i’m a sucker for scrappy pre-serum steve


"Poor Bucky. Going places with pre-serum Steve must feel like walking a chihuahua with aggression issues."

cleaned up a sketch from early may, based on this post, because it was a super cute idea and i’m a sucker for scrappy pre-serum steve

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Because I’m tired of the “Steve sucks at modern technology” trope.  He was picking up and using HYDRA tech that was powered by the tesseract in WWII. And user interfaces were pretty un-intuitive back then — knobs labeled in German or French, most likely.  And think about the number of dials and thingamabobs on an airplane control panel!  Yes, he’s a man out of time, but it’s probably the social stuff that’s much harder to adjust to.  (You can tell he’s recently-thawed because he still insists on wearing at least a button-down shirt and suspenders when out in public.)

Never ever forget that




-Steve Rogers was raised by an Irish-catholic single mom in New York in the Depression era -Steve Rogers grew up with a ton of disabilities -Steve Rogers had an apartment in an incredibly gay section of New York -Steve Rogers was a fine arts student -Steve Rogers completely missed the Red Scare, McCarthyism, the Cold War, Vietnam, Korea, etc. -Steve Rogers was written by two Jewish guys -Steve Rogers had a gay best friend and did not consider his love to be any less valid or less real -Steve Rogers worked with Japanese-American and black soldiers in, again, the Second World War -Steve Rogers was just in a movie about how utterly fucked up the military-industrial complex is Basically if your Steve Rogers is a conservative commie-hating uberChristian who would be at home in a racist southern church, you’re doing something wrong.

Bucky’s gay? 

The post is mentioning Steve’s friend Arnie Roth (Earth 616)


Steve saved his boyfriend from kidnappers



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people who think steve goes completely red at the mere mention of sex are ridiculous

did you forget about the fondue how could you forget about the fondue

steve heard a French word he didn’t know come out of howard stark’s mouth directed towards a woman and he immediately assumed it was about sex

like there are so many layers of hilarious in that i don’t even know where to start

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I am going to flip my shit at the ableism in the captain america fandom right now. The way they frame Steve’s chronic illness and physical weakness in his backstory is SO CREEPY (and… fetishized?!), especially when they try to frame Bucky as his Keeper.

My own girlfriend is chronically ill (in remission, thank god) and at this point in time, in a state of physical weakness due to being cooped up in an unhealthy environment that won’t let her eat the food she needs, get the exercise she deserves, and controls her ability to leave the house and travel just to just like, get some fresh fucking air.

When she last visited me, she struggled to walk up the 4-block hill to my house a lot, had to rest and go slow, needed to sit down many times when we went out to the city or into town.  She was scared of new foods and needed a safe place to try them because she’s unsure what will make her violently ill due to the actions of her family. She was overwhelmed and dazed (but also pleased and amazed, when she acclimated) by travel and transportation. She was tired a lot. She had to endure constant muscle aches and pains, and attacks of her chronic illness while she was with me.

Never infantilize someone with chronic illness. I did not watch her like some kind of creepy hawk. I did not prevent her from going outside. I did not shadow her movements beyond what was normal. I did not throw myself at her to be a crutch unless she asked me to, like to carry her bags when she got too tired, or to use the phone when she was too stressed.

People with chronic illnesses don’t need Keepers and to sexualize it is even creepier. They sometimes need assistance. But this weird gross ableist romanticization of chronic illness that results in people casually suggesting Bucky prevent Steve from doing things he wants to do because they’re “too dangerous” or even just joking about how fragile he is meaning he needs to put his whole life in someone else’s hands. That’s creepy. Imagine being prevented from seeing your friends or doing what you want because your significant other didn’t think you could handle it. That’s a really creepy dominance and control.

I just can barely deal with how offensive that is. Disabled people don’t exist so you can smother them with cooing and control their lives because they obviously are incapable. You want to know what’s amazing?

(caption: something super ableist from the photoset that’s making me mad)

According to this sheet, Steve survived catching scarlet fever and is living with asthma, high blood pressure, heart trouble in a time when medication and health care was only a fraction as effective as it is now, as guy without a bunch of money, an orphan. He survived contact with someone with TB and didn’t succumb. As far as I know, he wasn’t part of a union or a craftsman. He was a poor art student. Almost no social support.

Bucky probably wasn’t here all of these things. These are things Steve grappled with that he grappled with alone. Steve is hardcore as fuck and in that time period should have died like of half of these.

Stop fucking baby-fying Steve Rogers, he is a capable son of a bitch even when he wasn’t able-bodied.

Okay before I say anything THIS IS ALL CORRECT, ETC., common portrayals of people with chronic illnesses/disabilities either go YOU ARE A DELICATE FLOWER WHO CAN’T DO ANYTHING BY YOURSELF or YOU ARE EXAGGERATING GET OVER IT, they are both equally ableist and people should stop, this post is all correct. HOWEVER it’s not as simple as “survived contact with someone with TB and didn’t succumb”? TB infection occurs due to constant exposure to someone with an active TB infection, but not vice versa- you can be exposed to someone with TB for a long time and just have a latent infection or a primary complex, where the bacillus gets in your lungs but immune reactions happen and they keep it there. Latent infections can be activated when you enter an immunocompromised state, like if you get another sickness. “Household contact with TB” just means that TB is something to keep in mind when seeing him; it may also be a socioeconomic… thing, I don’t know how to say this, just that (this also varies greatly with time period and place) TB is correlated with poor living/working conditions. Also, if you live in a place where/lived in a time when TB is/was prevalent chances are you’ll test positive for a latent infection.

Sorry to be pedantic all over your post, I just. Wanted to reblog it but didn’t want to not clarify that TB infection isn’t an all-or-nothing thing, given all the misconceptions about tuberculosis flying around*.

*This may be a cultural thing to which I am overreacting. Sorry.

This is a great addition to my post and an expansion of an idea I only wanted to talk about in mention— TB and illnesses of poverty. Because that wasn’t the focus of the post I was very vague and brief but please y’all read this follow up. When I say he was exposed and didn’t succumb that’s only the very briefest way I could think to express that he may have been living with a latent infection or had been living in the presence of people with the infection— in a state of poverty. With the other stresses on his immune system, the fact that he was able to carry on in the face of this AND manage to stay safe and take care of himself and be LUCKY enough not to get it in a fatal way is incredible. It points to that while he had a chronic condition, he also was fortunate enough to be able to take steps to protect himself from socioeconomically-linked diseases because his own immune system totally wasn’t going to do him favors in that regard.

Not to mention, household exposure to TB probably meant exposure to a lot of other dangerous illnesses of poverty. 

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