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John Diggle is the best friend of Oliver Queen and a former member of Team Arrow, operating as Spartan.

He joined Oliver's crusade shortly after and began operating as a vigilante, eventually taking the name, Spartan. After Oliver retired from vigilantism, Diggle would take up the mantle of Green Arrow.

Early Years

John Diggle was born in 1977. He served in the United States Special Forces as a Green Beret, under the command of Theodore Gaynor. Upon his retirement from active duty, he entered private security.

Helping the Arrow

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.


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.[6] Because of this Diggle, developed a rivalry with Deadshot.

Becoming 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.[7]

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  • 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.

  • John Diggle is portrayed by David Ramsey.
  • Diggle's brother Andrew is likely named after Andy Diggle, the writer of Green Arrow: Year One, upon which Arrow is largely based.
  • John Diggle is possibly based on John Stewart, sharing many allusions to the character such as being an ex-soldier and having Roy Stewart as a step-father.
    • The resemblance is further implied as the Flash of Earth-90 questioned where his "ring" was, meaning his Earth-90 counterpart was likely a Green Lantern. In the Arrow finale episode Fadeout, Diggle is seen discovering a fallen object from space emitting green light, alluding to the Green Lantern rings.



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