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Roy Harper is Arsenal, formerly operating as Green Arrow's sidekick Speedy. He was a member of the Titans and a former member of the Outlaws.

Early Life and Career

Roy Harper was adopted by Big Bow as a child and lived with him on Spokane Indian Reservation, learning how to shoot a bow and arrow from him. He often got into trouble with the police but, because it usually happened on the reservation, Big Bow was always able to get him out of trouble. One day, Roy stole from a liquor store off the reservation and got blackout drunk, waking up to find a bow in his hand and Big Bow dead. Not knowing his mentor had been killed by an aggressive police officer, Roy fled the reservation.[3]

Roy as Speedy, with Green Arrow

Roy somehow made it to Seattle, where he lived in a mall by hacking the camera feeds. It was at this mall he picked the pocket of Oliver Queen, who, when he came to get the wallet back, was intrigued by the strange boy, later taking him on as his sidekick and dubbing him "Speedy". While Speedy, Roy designed Green Arrow's elaborate trick arrows, much to the man's frustration.[4]

As Speedy, Roy joined the original Teen Titans (Robin, Wonder Girl, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Omen) and worked with them for a while; eventually he and his friends would have their memories of the team erased following an encounter with Mr. Twister.

Also during this time Ollie would regularly have adventures with Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern, who acted as a secondary mentor to Roy.[7]

At some point Jade, the daughter of the original Green Lantern Alan Scott, joined the Titans and she and Roy had adventures together. They would later reunite in the Outsiders.[8]

Struggle With Addiction

Outraged by Roy's persistent party-boy behavior, Oliver angrily fired Roy as his sidekick. Roy left and took residence in an abandoned apartment building and, in his despair, became addicted to heroin.[9] Oliver returned briefly in an attempt to reconcile, but was so disgusted with what his former charge had become, left again. After being dragged into an evil plot orchestrated by Count Vertigo, Roy was officially reunited with Oliver, who apologized for firing him. Oliver offered to give their partnership another shot and help Roy get clean, but Roy adamantly refused, vowing to strike out on his own.[3]

Roy became a depressed alcoholic and death seeker following the death of the second Robin, who he briefly befriended beforehand. He attempted to commit a variation of suicide by fighting Killer Croc. Croc figured out what Roy was doing, stopped him, and gave him a pep talk, which Roy thanked him for.[10] Soon after, Roy began a recovery program with Killer Croc as his sponsor.[11] He would gain Lilith Clay as his counselor, not remembering their former bond as Titans.

At some point Roy had a daughter with Cheshire. He believed she was killed by The Electrocutioner, although she had in fact survived.[5] He also eventually took on the name 'Arsenal'.

Iron Rule

Once his state improved, his desire to surpass Oliver Queen pushed him to leave for Qurac which was under the rule of a dictator. There, he formed a team called Iron Rule in hope to help the people overthrow the dictator. As a group of mercenaries, they only had one rule to follow: no matter the job, leave things better than the way they found them.

The team was successful and earned a lot of money. However, for some members, it wasn't enough. One day, as Roy was absent, the rest of the team attempted to take over the town they were residing in. Because the inhabitants resisted, they were slaughtered in retaliation. When Roy came back and found out there wasn't a single survivor, he avenged the towners by launching a lethal blast against his former team.[12][13]

The Outlaws Begin

Roy and the Outlaws

Having murdered his former team, Roy was captured by the Quracan military and sentenced to death for war crimes.[14] [15] However, Roy was saved from execution by his former friend Jason Todd and the alien princess Starfire. The three of them would eventually form a team themselves - the Outlaws.[15]

A few weeks after their meeting, Roy and the Outlaws headed to China for some unfinished business. According to Todd, the All-caste, a mythical training league he fell into after his resurrection, was in trouble and he was intent on stopping it. The trio travelled the world, helping Jason find and destroy any of the power hungry Untitled.[11]

Outlaws in Gotham

Arsenal takes charge in Jokerized Gotham

Near the end of their mission, the Outlaws stopped in Gotham City to aid the Bat family during the Night of the Owls. The Outlaws attempted to protect Mr. Freeze from his would-be Talon assassin but caught the ire of the supervillain himself. However, they were successful: Mr. Freeze was saved, the Talon was stopped, and the Night of the Owls concluded with minimal casualties. [16]

Though they tried to return to their mission against the Untitled, the Outlaws continued to help in Gotham when the Joker resurfaced, wearing his own severed face as a mask. Jason was abducted by the clown, having allegedly learned all their secret identities, and Arsenal and Starfire sprung into action to find him. Their objective caused them to cross paths with the Teen Titans, who were also looking for their Bat-affiliate Tim Drake.

Arsenal took an unprecedented leadership role with the teenagers as they tried to handle an outbreak of Joker Venom among Gotham's civilians. The Outlaws and Teen Titans were successful, administering the toxin's cure before the Gothamites perished. Jason and Tim would eventually return to their teams, bruised but alive, after Batman defeated the Joker yet again.[17]

League of Assassins vs. The Untitled

Troubled by the past few months, Jason had all his memories erased by the magician S'aru. Roy, disapproving, brought Jason back to their headquarters to try to rejog his memory but, upon finding out that he was murderer, amnesiac Jason fled, leaving the Outlaws temporarily leaderless.[18]

Isolated from his friends, Jason was abducted by the League of Assassins to lead them in their fight against the Untitled due to Jason's skill at defeating them in the past. To rescue their friend, Arsenal and Starfire actually joined forces with the Untitled to lay siege on the League, instigating the war between the two factions.

Despite Roy and Kori's best effort, they were defeated by Jason's League of Assassins and slated for execution. Ra's al Ghul returned to the League of Assassins and resumed leadership.

Talking to his former friends in their prison cells, the Outlaws apologized to one another for the mess they had gotten into, causing Jason's memories to finally return. Reunited once more, Red Hood and the Outlaws escaped from the League of Assassins and caused their headquarters to explode, finally ending the conflict.

Red Hood and Arsenal: Heroes for Hire

Heroes for Hire

After the apparent death of Batman during the Joker's endgame, the Outlaws dissolved, with all three members going their separate ways.

However, after helping Arsenal during a solo operation though, Jason convinced Roy to work with him again. The duo set up shop in Roy's warehouse despite being broke. To raise funds, they turned to fixer Tara Battleworth for a job. Though she disliked their reputations, she gave them a job as mercenaries. Though they were successful with their mission, they were fired because Roy set up his own Hero-for-Hire side business for the two to make money that competed with Battleworth's.

Taking another contract, the two discovered the existence of Underbelly, the physical embodiment of all the world's corruption. When Underbelly tried to recruit Jason to his cause, the duo responded by vowing to destroy him. Anticipating where Underbelly would go to hide, the two headed to the most crime-ridden city on the planet: Gotham. While there, the Heroes-for-Hire were caught in the sights of the new Batman and convinced him to help them take down Underbelly. Their mission was ultimately a success.

Return of the Titans

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The Return of Roy Harper

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Titans Rebirth

Roy and the Titans encountered Wally in Nightwing's Gotham apartment, but did not remember him thanks to the machinations of Abra Kadabra. After punching the speedster, electricity coming off of Wally managed to restore Roy's memory of his old teammate.

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Heroes in Crisis

Roy's struggle with addictive vices continued to plague him. After the Titans separated, Roy flew back to Star City and assisted friend and mentor Green Arrow in his local heroism, helping him save a group of citizens from an exploding building. He was scheduled to have lunch with Oliver and Dinah, though it didn't go as planned. They arrived late to the lunch and just as Roy was about to confide in them about his problems, the conversation was interrupted by the new villain Citizen, and Roy was never able to ask for help.

Death of Roy Harper

Soon after, Roy after helping Jason Todd recover from injuries received from his fallout with Batman, and at the behest of Killer Croc instead sought help at Sanctuary, a rehabilitation center for heroes. However, there was an incident at the center, and Roy was accidentally killed[19] along with all the other heroes inside the facility at the time due to an uncontained Speed Force explosion.

It was initially believed that the explosion was caused by Wally West, another patient at Sanctuary, losing control of his powers. In fact, the explosion was caused by the villainous speedster Savitar attempting to become one with the Speed Force. The Speed Force tried to expel Savitar from itself with surges of raw energy, however, Savitar was able to resist the surges and they discharged into the material universe through random speedsters across time, space and parallel universes. The Speed Force also pulled Wally’s future self into it to try to force Savitar out, and he began jumping through time, possessing other speedsters during the surges.

Wally eventually jumped into himself in the immediate aftermath of the explosion, in an instant of frozen time. The other residents were already dead, but Roy was alive. Wally explained the situation, and Savitar emerged from the Force. The two fought him, but Savitar had absorbed the majority of the Speed Force and was too powerful. In the future, Barry Allen and Mister Terrific had determined a way to pull Wally and Savitar into the future where they could fight him with the full force of the Justice League, but the consequence would be collapsing the temporal bubble, meaning time would resume and Roy would die.

Green Arrow, who was also watching from the future, and Wally both begged them to find another solution that would allow them to save Roy, but the consequences of changing history were too great, and they did not have time to find another way as Savitar had already absorbed enough of the Speed Force to potentially destabilise the entire Omniverse. Roy used Wally’s connection to the future to say goodbye to his mentor and shot the bubble. Wally and Savitar were sucked into the future and and Roy was struck by the Speed Force lightning, killing him. His last words were “Love you, Lian”.[20]

Roy's funeral was held on the hilltop where he decided to get sober, attended by his close friends.

Dark Nights: Death Metal

During the preparations for the final battle, Batman resurrected Roy Harper. In an undead state, he joined the rest of the Teen Titans in their fight against The Batman Who Laughs' new multiverse.[21] During the fight he killed The Fastest Killer Alive, a dark counterpart of Wally West created from Wally's fear that the Sanctuary disaster had not been an accident, with an arrow through the head. Roy assured Wally that he did not blame him for the Sanctuary disaster and that he could never have been like the Fastest Killer. The two fought side by side, jokingly referring to each other as "Kid Flash" and "Speedy".[22]

Infinite Frontier

Roy was restored to life by the changes to the timeline following the defeat of The Darkest Knight. He called Green Arrow from an untraceable phone, but hung up before his mentor could answer. Deciding not to call any of his friends he discarded his phone and bow and simply walked away.[23] His fellow heroes believed he was still dead,[24] but the DEO were aware that he was alive. Although Roy initially returned to his self destructive behaviour, he stepped in to rescue a civilian who was being threatened and regained his will to live.[5]

Wielding a Black Lantern Ring

While Roy was eating in a diner, a new villain named X-Tract and two henchmen (later revealed to be working for the DEO[25]) attacked him, telling him he didn’t belong in the recreated world. Roy was knocked unconscious, however before X-Tract could capture him, mysterious figures appeared and fought the attackers off. Roy regained consciousness and realised to his shock that he was wearing a Black Lantern uniform and power ring, and the “people” who saved him were actually energy constructs of himself from various points in his life.[26]

While practicing with his ring, Roy asked it to explain how he was alive and why it had chosen him. The ring generated an enormous construct showing the faces of Darkseid, the Psycho-Pirate, Barry Allen, the Flashpoint timeline Batman and Lian as a teenager. Roy realised his daughter is alive and demanded further answers, but Darkseid took control of him through the ring, his face transforming into the typical corpse-like appearance of a Black Lantern and the Corps symbol on his chest changing into an Omega.[7]

The ring pulled him into space, but Roy’s desire to find Lian allowed him to resist it and regain control, his appearance returning to normal. Roy was left stranded in orbit, unwilling to use his ring again to return to Earth in case it possessed him again. He was quickly picked up by a DEO spaceship commanded by Hector Hammond, who had been restored to normal by the multiversal reboot. The DEO had been rounding up people whose origins are tied to alternate realities or who came back from the dead, including Roy and members of the Justice Society. The DEO agents incapacitated Roy with Sonar technology and Hammond took the ship into The Bleed. However, the agents were distracted by the JSA attacking the ship and Roy was able to use his ring to overpower them. Unfortunately, the ring began to take him over again and the JSA attacked him, mistaking him for a villain.[25]

Fortunately Jade was among them and recognised him. With Jade’s help Roy was able to overcome the power of his Ring. The JSA decided to take the ship to it’s final destination, but when they arrived at Earth Omega they found it under the control of Darkseid. They realised they needed reinforcements and planned to return to Earth 0, but before they could another Carrier Ark materialised in the same space and the two ships crash landed on the planet’s surface.[8]

Roy escaped the wreckage and began searching for Lian, who he believed was on Earth Omega. However, before he could get far he and the other crash survivors were attacked by the Psycho-Pirate and Injustice Incarnate. Chains of dark energy erupted from out of the ground to ensnare all the heroes except Roy. The Psycho-Pirate told him that if Roy voluntarily surrendered to the Ring and joined them he would ensure that they would leave Earth 0 alone and Lian would be safe.

Roy realised that Lian was not on Earth Omega and used the full power of the Ring to free the others. As the Ring took control he asked them to save the Multiverse and his daughter.[27] The Ring transformed Roy into the Omega Lantern, an extension of the Great Darkness which Darkseid would use to control the Multiverse. Obsidian, drawing on his own experience of fighting the darkness inside him, helped Roy break free of the Ring’s control.

President Superman managed to foil Darkseid’s plan to open the cracks in the Multiverse, which cut off the Ring from it’s power source. Darkseid simply took the Ring from Roy and returned him and the others back to where they came from. A few days later he met up with Cameron Chase in New York City, just across the river from Titans Tower, and told her that he was ready to get back to living his life.[28]

Titans Academy

Roy returned to the Tower hoping to reunite with the Titans, unaware that in his absence it had been converted into a school which bore his name. He walked in and asked why the Tower was full of children and there was a statue of him outside, much to the shock of the students who had been attempting to contact his spirit via a séance.[29]


Abilities

Weaknesses

Equipment

Weapons

  • Stolen Composite Bow


  • Roy has various tattoos he doesn't remember getting.[36]
  • Roy and Jason Todd consider each other best friends.[37]
  • Roy still talks to Killer Croc from time to time even to the point that a meeting is set up for them while Croc is in the suicide squid.

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