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Quote1 Of course, life will go on. It always does. But how? What twists and turns it will take, I can't say. I don't know what the future holds... except to say expect the unexpected. Oliver may be gone, but his mission endures. That mission lives on, Oliver lives on, in the people he inspired. Some will take that mission to the rest of the world... maybe even beyond that. Because if the past eight years has shown us anything... it's that this universe is far bigger than any of us could have dared imagine. Even if it is a little less bright without him in it. Quote2
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John Diggle is the best friend of Oliver Queen and a former member of Team Arrow. He joined Oliver's crusade shortly after and began operating as a vigilante, eventually taking the name Spartan. After Oliver retired from vigilantism, Diggle briefly take up the mantle of Green Arrow.


John Diggle was born in 1977. His father was a soldier, who died in a Marine Corps mission in Vlatava. General Roy Stewart ended up marrying Diggle's mother, and let John believe his father was a war hero, and John blamed Roy for his father's death. Eventually, John served in the United States Special Forces as a Green Beret, under the command of Ted Gaynor. In Afghanistan, he met and fell in love with Lyla Michaels. They married, but divorced at the end of John's second tour in Stateside. Upon his retirement from active duty, he entered private security with his brother, Andy Diggle, who was later "killed".[6][7][8][9][10][11]

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Diggle as Spartan

Diggle was eventually hired by Moira Queen to act as a bodyguard for her son, Oliver, after he was attacked by unknown assailants. Oliver largely attempted to avoid Diggle as much as he could, much to the bodyguard's annoyance. But when Diggle is injured by an assassin, Oliver is ultimately compelled to reveal his identity to him. Diggle initially resigned, voicing his disapproval of how Oliver had been spending his nights, but ultimately relents, becoming the voice of reason in Oliver's crusade.[12][11][13]

After finding out the deadly assassin known as Deadshot, was responsible for the death of his brother, Diggle joined Oliver in his crusade to clean up the city.[14] Because of this Diggle, developed a rivalry with Deadshot.

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Diggle as Green Arrow

After Oliver had decided to retire as a vigilante, due to wanting to focus on being a father, he asked Diggle to carry on the legacy of the Green Arrow. Diggle accepted and became the new leader of Team Arrow.[15]

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The ofert

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John opens the alien box.

After the Crisis, Diggle's daughter Sara is restored to existence. After Oliver's funeral, Diggle was moving to Metropolis with his family, until a spaceship crashed next to him. When he opened the box, the item inside glowed green. Diggle had the opportunity to become a special kind of hero, but it would've meant he leaving his family and everything he love behind. The box was trying to make him something else, and it even tricked him into believing that somehow he wanted it too. He had a choice between a cosmic destiny, or being a normal man, and he eventually declined the box's offer.[16][17]



  • Technological Reliability: John has nerve damage in his right arm and back. He has an implant which allows him the full use of his arm.


  • Spartan suit
  • Interdimensional extrapolator[30]
  • "The Box": This box crash-landed in a spaceship on Earth next to Diggle. A mysterious voice in the box chosed John to become "a special kind of hero", telling him "worlds await", but he eventually declined the ofert. Acording to Eobard Thawne, this object is a transmatter technology forged at the Orrery of Worlds, with the power to travel across realities.[31][32][17] (Formerly)
  • Green Arrow suit (Formerly)


  • Guns



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