A list of recommended Sam-positive fanfics and authors by @lunaaltare and @unclesteeb. For more information on how this list was created, click here.
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Holy Grail of Sam FanFic Recs And Authors:
Dreadnought by lunaaltare [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 60k, Explicit]
It’s 2015. So when a Nazi organization bags and kidnaps a bisexual black man to be their next asset, he guesses they’re trying their hand at this whole progressive thing, too.
Make Me Your Home by Unclesteeb [Sam/Steve, 3k, Teen]
Sometimes, things need more than dusting and cleaning. Sometimes, things just require a lot of hard work.
When There’s Rain Showers by AmarieMelody [Sam/Bucky, 12k, Explicit]
In which Sam and Bucky are married and have a certain code language.
Humor, fluff, more humor, and gratuitous smut at the end.
Heroes by Overlithe [Sam/Bucky, 29k, Explicit]
It’s their first day off in a month and after an exhausting mission all Sam wanted to do was to stay home instead of being dragged by Bucky on a tour of DC’s touristic highlights. But a superhero’s work is never done, especially not when there’s explosions, problems you can’t punch, and a screening of the Greatest Film of All Time.
A slice-of-costumed-hero-life story about loss and hope, the past and the future, and killer bird gifs. (Set a few years after TWS & CA:CW and featuring BuckyCap and FalCap. Also, they make out while in costume, which I feel is the most important part of this summary.)
All the Stars Right Out of the Sky by permashift [Sam/Bucky/Steve/T’Challa, 46k, Explicit]
No one said it, but it was there, big and fast and sort of scary, too fragile to yet handle.
Kestrel in Distress by bioloyg [Sam/Bucky, 17k, Explicit]
There’s a price to pay for being friends with the former Winter Soldier, but Steve was unavailable for comment so Sam’s ass is the one that ends up being kidnapped. And if that’s not bad enough, these guys expect Sam to roll over and give Bucky, and all his secrets, up without a fight.
Sam may hate the way Bucky sticks his spoon in the sugar after it’s been in his coffee, but he’s not about to throw a fellow vet under the bus. Not for his own life or anyone else’s.
“Sam lets a sharp breath out of his nose and squeezes his eyes shut until phosphenes explode behind his eyelids. He needs to keep a positive attitude. The moment he shows weakness to anyone, even himself, is the moment this all goes downhill.
As if it isn’t downhill already, Sam grumbles internally.”
When The Stars Align by circ_bamboo [Sam/Bucky/Maria, 19k, Explicit]
“Who’s this guy?” the woman said, as she brushed strands of brown hair out of her face.
“Sam Wilson,” Sam said, but then the truck hit a bump, her bare fingers hit his forearm, and it felt like a star burst instead Sam’s head.
Our Dirty Little Secret by roane [Sam/Bucky, 3k, Explicit]
Sam didn’t plan to start a secret, torrid affair with the former Winter Soldier. It just sort of happened. Now he’s not sure what’s more likely to kill him: sex with Bucky Barnes, or Steve, when he finds out what Sam’s been up to.
Life is Hard, But Sweetheart We’re Gonna Make It by misspronounced [Sam/Bucky, 15k, Explicit]
In which Bucky fights in a war with Sam. They fall for one another and help each other through some tragic events that happen. A love conquers all sort of story.
full stops and exclamation marks by theshizniiit [Sam/Bucky, 9k, Explicit]
After Bucky is let out of cryo in Wakanda, he and Sam lay low in Seattle together. Shenanigans and feelings ensue.
They might be doing this ‘getting together’ thing a bit backwards.
Your Eyes Are My Sunshine by patchwork_daydreams [Sam/Bucky, 10k, General]
“Can you pass me the last slice?” Bucky says, motioning to the box next to Sam.
He’s not sure what makes him do it – maybe some last ditch attempt to break this weirdness between them – but Sam picks up the remaining slice of pizza and stuffs the whole thing into his mouth.
“What last slice?” he asks thickly, through his mouthful of pizza crust.
A smile breaks onto Bucky’s face, and Sam thinks thank god. He holds his gaze, just a little too long, and is surprised when Bucky responds by glancing very deliberately down, running his eyes down Sam’s body. Holy fuck, what is this?
“Dick,” Bucky mutters after a moment, his eyes flicking back up to Sam’s face, and quirking an eyebrow.
so brand new by deedadoo [Sam/Bucky, 3k, Explicit]
“Two weeks,” Sam murmurs, breath hitching as Bucky pulls back to mouth at the sensitive spot on his jaw, “is too damn long.”
“I think I can make it worth the wait,” Bucky shoots back.
outrun my gun by biblionerd07 [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 2k, General]
After Sam gets hurt on a mission, Steve and Bucky spill some truths about how important he is to them.
A Typical Date by mikkimouse [Sam/Bucky, 700, Teen]
“You know, Barnes, just once I want you to take me on a damn date that doesn’t end with us getting shot at.”
that’s what you get for dreaming aloud by oh_no_oh_dear [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 80k, Explicit]
Steve likes Bucky (duh.) Bucky likes Steve (double-duh.) Sam likes Steve (kinda duh.) Steve likes Sam (who wouldn’t?) Bucky likes Sam (wat)
Sam…likes Bucky? (stop the madness)
The slowest of slow burns. Occasional angst. Much kissing ensues. Maybe more also ensues.
comedy jokes by hupsoonheng [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 76k, Explicit]
“I don’t know what some of these are,” you admit. “Should he be clean cut or a jock? Is Steve a daddy?”
bucky and natasha prank steve by installing grindr on his phone, complete with profile and push notifications. what they don’t expect is for steve to use the app as god and joel simkhai intended, which is to meet a male model, who happens to be named sam wilson. who also happens to be the dude who would not laugh once during bucky’s standup comedy set.
featuring sam wilson in crop tops, bucky barnes as wide beef, and natasha romanov in more than just a supporting role
Feel So Fine by Rubynye [Sam/Steve, 4k, Explicit]
Steve brings Sam some funch.
All I Ever Wanted by alby_mangroves and seratonation [Sam/Bucky, 14k, General]
Florist/tattooist AU. When Steve and Tony decide to get married Bucky and Natasha volunteer to organise the wedding for them. As it turns out the florist is one Sam Wilson and Bucky really didn’t stand a chance.
To Prove that I Love You by capgal and grainnemhaolx [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 5k, General]
Sam wakes up around 5.
Well, ‘wakes up’ may not quite be the correct word. It implies some form of sleep occurred prior to said waking up, which is not precisely true. It’s not that he didn’t get any rest at all, but the fretful drowsing-dozing he did is woefully inadequate to be called sleep.
It wasn’t nightmares or flashbacks that kept him up this time, staring up at the dark-shrouded ceiling with tired eyes. No, the nightmares have been scarce for a while, allowing him to get peaceful, uninterrupted sleep most nights. That peace may have something to do with the two bodies curled up next to him in the oversized bed they share. In the quiet, it’s easy to hear the soft sound of Steve’s gentle snoring. Bucky’s metal arm is a considerable but comfortable weight around his waist, skin-warmed and reassuring. It’s quiet. It’s calm. It’s peaceful and comfortable and happy.
Except, of course, the sleepless night.
keep me warm when Mondays and Tuesdays grow cold by OrginalCeenote [Sam/Steve, 20k, Explicit]
Sam could never deny Steve Rogers anything. Help interrogate a HYDRA mole inside SHIELD? Check. Fly as Steve’s wing man to stop three Helicarriers? Check. Give the Captain and his partner a place to lay low while HYDRA is trying to kill them? Check. Cover Steve’s six after an assassin rips out the steering wheel of his car while Sam’s driving it? Check.
So maybe instead of making Sam look good in front of the girl at the VA reception desk, Steve decides to cover for Sam when they run into his ex while they’re running errands. Because maybe Steve Rogers couldn’t deny Sam Wilson anything either.
Til Death by bamsucky [Sam/Bucky, 4k, Explicit]
A few near-death experiences make Bucky further realise that he wants Sam, always and forever.
Mine or Yours by LeMera [Sam/Steve, Sam/Bucky, 31k, Explicit]
The morning after, Steve pretended like nothing happened, which felt like a punch in the gut. They were off to find Bucky. That was all Steve would talk about. Bucky, Bucky, Bucky. Sam was going to fucking kill Bucky when they found him, if the guy didn’t kill them first.
Just to be clear, this is not OT3.
A yet more glorious day by Sororising [Sam/Steve, 5k, Teen]
Helen hums to herself. “I know. Who’s the most married out of all the Avengers?”
“Sam and Steve, obviously,” Sharon says, winking at Steve in a very unsubtle way.
“As someone who has observed them from the very beginning,” Nat says with authority, and Steve winces as he remembers getting into her car right after meeting Sam. He’d been unable to stop himself from telling Nat about him, which he should have known was a horrible idea that would come back to haunt him.
“I concur,” Nat continues, flourishing her drink in a violent way that somehow manages to avoid spilling a drop. “Old Cap and New Cap are definitely the most married.”
Empty by rc1788 [Sam/Bucky, 5k, Explicit]
Sam is pissed off because Bucky has been eating all the food in the fridge at the Avengers compound. But Sam’s even more pissed that Bucky’s been quiet lately.
AKA Sam and Bucky ignore their feelings and fuck in the back of a car in the Denny’s parking lot.
Sunday by SayWhaaat [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 2k, Teen]
Sam loves his boyfriends. There is no ifs, ands or buts about it, because it’s simple and unconditional and true; Sam loves his boyfriends. However, pure and unstoppable love does not exclude them from the fact that they’re weird and annoying as fuck at 5:30 in the morning.
sea-cold, sea-cold it certainly is by dirtybinary [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 6k, Teen]
“I didn’t know it was like this,” Sam says. “You coming off ice, I mean.”
“So don’t wake me up every time Steve stubs his toe,” Bucky says, without any heat. It’s always good to see Sam. He’s not sure if he’s ever said so. “What’s the emergency now?”
Bucky knows that going back on ice is for the best. Steve and Sam beg to differ. There are tears and cuddles and explosions, and some truly awful puns.
Coffee and Cliches by Chaneladdict [Sam/Steve, 3k, Teen]
Steve has a crush on the running guy with the cute butt. The running guy is about to get hit on in the form of a sarcastic awkward super soldier. This is just your every day Meet Cute.
A Fine and Wholesome Direction of Energy by adi_rotynd [Sam/Steve, 18k, General]
Or: Bucky Barnes Is Definitely Probably Not Stealing Steve Rogers’s Boyfriend
Music For The Soul by DiefaceJohnson [Sam/Steve, 8k, Mature]
Five times that people get an inside peek at Sam and Steve’s relationship through music and one time that someone sees more than they bargained for (though they’re certainly not complaining).
Coffee & TV by lorax [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 4k, Mature]
The fact that he knew their coffee orders was the least weird part of that day.
The Favor of the King by thingswithwings [Sam/T’Challa, 18k, Explicit]
T'Challa – King T'Challa of Wakanda, the Black Panther, Guy Who Dresses Up Like a Cat to Fight Crime or Possibly for Other Reasons, Who the Fuck Knows – T'Challa corners Sam during one of their visits to check in on Bucky and says, in a mild voice that should not sound as threatening as it does, “We need to talk.”
“We do, huh,” Sam says, looking him up and down. He’s just a king and a superhero and a genius inventor and possibly the richest man alive, looking way too fine and wearing the hell out of a tailored three-piece suit; Sam can hold his own against this guy.
Personal Growth by FunkyinFishnet [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 7k, Teen]
Bucky lets himself get found by Sam and Steve. Sam gets to know how he feels about both of them. He invites them to move in with him, they all need the company and stability, they all need to keep watch.
I Get By (With a Little Help) by rivlee [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 9k, Teen]
It’s been seven months since Bucky Barnes came back from the proverbial dead, and Sam’s life is still full of surprises. (And not just the kind that come from Natasha Romanoff.)
Showtime! Under the Stars! by APgeeksout [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 1k, Teen]
Sam, trying to make a little nostalgic fun for his guys.
Love Me Tender by Kellyscams [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 2k, Explicit]
After a long, emotionally stressful weekend, Sam returns home to find a lovely surprise waiting for him.
Crash Standing by phaetonschariot [Sam/Bucky, 26k, Mature]
The Winter Soldier project was not the last of its kind. Several months after the collapse of SHIELD, Bucky wants to come in from the cold, and he’s bringing the Falcon with him.
You Make Me Feel Like I Could Fly by discreetmath [Sam/Rhodey, 6k, Explicit]
The first time Sam meets Jim, their timing is terrible, and the next time seems like it’s just more of the same. Maybe if they learned to use their words better, it wouldn’t take a giant cephalopod to put them on the road to getting it together.
Unexpected Houseguest by faeryn [Sam/Bucky, 20k, Mature]
When Sam comes across Bucky in the strangest of places, his first instincts are to run, and to call Steve. He does neither, and in doing so manages to form a strange bond with the Soviet assassin who once tried to kill him. Bucky is broken, a shell of his former self, and Sam wants nothing more than to help return him to himself. But can he maintain a respectable and responsible distance from the man, despite how Bucky draws him in, in order to help him? Or will he falter, and shatter all the progress he has made by giving in to his own desires?
If Only in My Dreams by pollinia [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 2k, Mature]
Sam buzzed in next. Steve Rogers, acting shy? I’m not so sure I’m really sexting the Star-Spangled Man with a Plan.
Partition by invincibleironwoman [Sam/Bucky, 3k, Mature]
It’s been three weeks. Three long weeks and Bucky really missed his boyfriend.
Who Has No Relevant Place in His Time? by Sandyk [Sam/Natasha, 2k, Teen]
Natasha was already dating Sam Wilson before Steve met him.
Breaking the Habit by JamieReyes [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 2k, Explicit]
After hours of bickering on a long car ride Steve takes measures into his own hands.
When It’s Over We Can Begin by captainafroelf [Sam/Bucky, 4k, Teen]
Steve’s gone, leaving Sam and Bucky to pick up the pieces.
The Butterfly Effect by morituritesalutant [Sam/Bucky, 26k, Mature]
Bucky is 16 years old and has been ‘gifted’ with the ability of hearing the truth behind people’s lies. It has made him bitter, distrustful, alienated, traumatised. Most of all, he’s getting sick of trying to hide it out of fear he’ll be discovered. When a new student arrives that refuses to speak, he quickly becomes obsessed with becoming the stranger’s friend, (but really, he wants more.)
Kiss the Cook by Avakelly [Sam/Bucky/Rhodey, 6k, Teen]
“You have no idea what you’re doing,” Rhodey concludes.
Sam crosses his arms and raises his chin. He won’t go down without a fight.
The smirk on Rhodey, though, turns into a small smile, and he pulls out his phone. “Don’t worry,” he says as he waits for a call to connect, “we’ll help. Hey,” he speaks into the mic, “you alone? Uh-huh. That’s close. Ditch Rogers and come early. Need you. All right, see you in twenty.”
This is Exactly Where I Want to Be by kajmere [Sam/Bucky, 4k, General]
Sam doesn’t think Bucky and him are quite at the sentimental gift giving stage of their friendship, so he settles on the first Falcon themed merchandise he spots.
Steve laughs in his face and tells him he is going to regret this.
A Snowball Running by prettylittlementirosa [Sam/Bucky, 2k, Teen]
Bucky shrugs with one shoulder, the good shoulder. He’s not really sure how to explain that he doesn’t like the guy because he was talking to Sam, making him laugh- that that should’ve been Bucky. Even as he thinks it, it sounds ridiculous. He has no claim over Sam, and really, it shouldn’t matter who’s making Sam laugh, just so long as he’s happy. God, Bucky wants him to be happy.
Shared Interests by Jeangenie [Sam/Steve/Bucky/Thor, 6k, Explicit]
Sam gets to know Thor and Bucky a little better. Steve is thrilled.
Vulnerable by sixnumbers [Sam/Steve, 4k, Explicit]
Sam Wilson is a man who want to feel safe in another’s arms. Steve Rogers, he finds, wants exactly the same.
Not Yet by vassalady [Sam/Steve, 2k, Explicit]
Steve is always going at high speed compared to Sam, so they decide to slow things down in the bedroom, Steve forced to hold off until after Sam comes.
Long Way Down by baamon5evr [Sam/Steve, 21k, Explicit]
Steve does not want to be involved with people. He’s already dealing with a zombie apocalypse and the fact that he can see and speak to his dead friends. Then Sam comes into the picture and changes everything.
The Brooklyn Holiday by theladyking [Sam/Steve, 6k, Teen]
“Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of each other,” Steve said before stepping out of the way. Sam nodded and nearly ran out the room and into the cooler hallway to catch his breath.
Luckily no one was around to see him, a grown ass man, squeal in embarrassment.
#SayIdo Series by mrs_d [Sam/Steve, 52k, Teen-Explicit]
“Excuse me,” Sam cut in. He couldn’t take another minute of this. “Their relationship? What about our relationship? Nobody’s speculating about that?”
Stuffy Noses (strep throat, swollen eyes) by destroyallmonsters [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 3k, General]
“Ugh,” is all Sam can say. “I miss Mama’s chicken soup right now.”
“The be-all, cure-all,” Sarah muses. “Jesus, you look terrible. Aren’t your boyfriends helping you out any?”
Oh, boy, are they ever.
Sweetest Hangover by dreamkiller [Sam/Steve, 3k, Teen]
Sam wakes up on a Friday in April, with the mother lode of hangovers, in a bed that’s not his own.
Good Boy by marvelidiot [Sam/Steve, 2k, Explicit]
Sam and Steve’s first time.
Forward Momentum by abysmal_seraph [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 14k, Explicit]
There’s a lot more to Sam Wilson than meets the eye. Unfortunately, he has no idea what he is and those who do mean him nothing but harm.
Let Lose, Let Go by diefacejohnson [Sam/Bucky, 1k, Explicit]
Sam and Bucky are doin’ it.
Anniversary, Approximately by the_genderman [Samsteve, 1k, Explicit]
Really, just an excuse to write some Steve/Sam smut. Enjoy.
Fortitude by ToriCeratops [Sam/Bucky, 1k, Explicit]
Bucky doesn’t know when the shift from ‘safe place to crash’ towards ‘home’ happened, but he knew it was all Sam.
Never Letting Go by aceofhearts88 [Sam/Steve, 5k, Explicit]
Steve doesn’t like how quiet Sam has gotten on the plane, he doesn’t like the distant look and the shivering. All he wants is to take him away, to bring him somewhere where he can keep him safe, where they can be alone. His veins are burning with the need to comfort Sam, to show him that they were safe, that he got out, that it all would be okay now.
They were together again. And Steve would give all love to Sam now.
A Couple Guys and a Kid by unclesteeb [Sam/Steve/Bucky/Natasha, 45k, Explicit]
Slices of life with Uncle Bucky, Uncle Sam, Daddy Steve, Baby Sarah and Natasha as they figure out life, healing, growing up and love.
Maybe Home is Somewhere I’m Going by Astolat [Sam/Steve, 11k, Explicit]
They were about fifty miles from Atlanta when Sam stirred and yawned awake in the passenger seat. “Morning,” Steve said: the sun had come up, but the two-lane road was still pretty empty, a little morning mist hanging low over the asphalt and in the trees.
The Best of Men by iwillnotbecaged [Sam/Bucky, 14k, Explicit]
Steve and Peggy are getting married, and Steve wants his two best friends by his side. The only problem? They kind of hate each other.
That Time the Bifrost Threw a Tantrum (and something good came out of it) by bananawombat [Sam/Thor, 1k, General]
Sam wakes up to an alien in his backyard.
Monsters Lead Me Home by robpatFF [Sam/Steve, 3k, Explicit]
They make it to a safehouse.
Sam thinks, hopes it’s a safehouse. Steve bullies him through the front door, so all Sam can catch in a bid to take in as much of the landscape and escape routes as possible (because fuck if Sam is letting himself get caught again. His wrists are still red and tender, and there’s a bruise that takes up the expanse of his left side that Steve will never, ever know about) is winding roads, lush, green grass and tulips of all things growing at the end of long, never-ending stalks.
Make a Thing Go Right by Hansbekhart [Sam/Bucky, 100k, Explicit]
Sam meets Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes on a Thursday night, at a burlesque show, and how it happens is this:
It’s already late, later than he should be out on a weeknight, but the theme of the show was a super hero revue and there was no way he was gonna miss that. It’s loud in the venue, which is the back space of what probably used to be a warehouse right near the Gowanus Canal, and Sam’s already had a few. He’s up at the bar during the break, watching the act. He doesn’t hear someone say, “Behind!” so when he steps away from the bar, he smashes right into the guy who’d just done the Captain America routine up on stage, and knocks his drinks to the ground.
Or, I wanted to see more stories that captured the weirdness and complexity of being queer, in your late 20s, and trying to date in Brooklyn - which is my life - so I wrote one. Takes place in the MCU.
All I Can Do is Just Pour Some Tea for Two by onvavoir [Sam & Bucky, 3k, General]
My belated contribution to Samtember, in which Sam Wilson is the one being taken care of.
It’s a Moon Thing by hermioneismydawg [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 7k, Explicit]
So it’s not like Sam is charting this moon shit. At least, not at first. See it goes like this - full moon Steve’s horny as shit, new moon he’s a ragey little bitch, the waning cycles are emotional, and the waxing he is just his normal sassy self. Without even looking back at records, Sam knows now that he met Steve during a waxing crescent and the Winter Soldier reared his messy head during waning gibbous.
Sam’s practically an astronomer now, for fuck’s sake.
Captain Hornball pops up again, right on schedule, and Sam decides to do something about it.
In which Sam Wilson discovers the effects of the moon on enhanced super-soldiers and has a lot of sex thanks to it.
Croatian Holiday by Brenda [Sam/Natasha, 2k, Teen]
“So, wait, are you telling me all this was some sort of recruitment?”
“No, it was a test.” She didn’t say whether or not he passed. Sam guessed the fact that he was still breathing was answer enough.
Close Air Support by Gothams_Only_Wolf [Sam/Bucky, Sam/Bucky/Natasha, 6k, Teen]
Sometimes the soul needs to heal before taking to the skies again.
A Fledgling Thing by Snarklyboojum [Sam/Steve/Bucky, 24k, Teen]
They say ‘a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ but Sam has pretty big hands and he’d prefer the birds to keep their beaks out of his love life, thanks.