Is Steve the Achilles to Bucky’s Patroclus, or is he the Patroclus to Bucky’s Achilles?
Excellent question. Which one of them would drag the corpse of the other’s murderer all around the city behind his chariot,…
Well what originally sparked this post is I read The Song of Achilles which is pretty much straight up Achilles/Patroclus fanfiction and while reading it I felt myself flip-flopping on who I thought fit the roles more.
That story focuses a lot on them as young teens and it very much felt like a young Bucky/Steve relationship with Achilles being stronger/faster/more popular than Patroclus, but always including him and protecting him. Then Patroclus steps up and goes to find/rescue Achilles from where his mother hid him away so he wouldn’t fight in Troy.
I don’t know. I think it’s safe to say that Steve is a pretty good stand-in for Achilles, but it’s a fun conversation to have.