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Quote1 Sure, I'd like to think I turned out okay...That I am the best me I can be. But if I can keep them from messing up as bad as I did? Why the hell not? Quote2
-- Arsenal src

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.[5]

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.[6] As Speedy, Roy joined the original Teen Titans (Robin, Wonder Girl, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Omen) and worked with them for a while before having his memories of the team erased following an encounter with Mr. Twister.

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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] Soon after, Roy began a recovery program with Killer Croc as his sponsor. [10] He would gain Lilith Clay as his counselor, not remembering their former bond as Titans.

Red Hood and the Outlaws

Finding himself involved in a Middle Eastern political struggle, Roy was reunited with his former friend Jason Todd and the alien princess Starfire, forming the first team of Outlaws. [11]

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 travel the world, helping Jason find and destroy any of the power hungry Untitled. Eventually, in a bar in a small town, they run into an Untitled posing as a police officer. Jason and Roy battle and kill the creature but gather unwanted attention due to the mythical being taking the human disguise of a known civilian. Escaping, they attempt to meet up with Starfire but find instead that she had been ambushed by an alien slayer calling himself Crux.

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Red Hood and Arsenal: Heroes for Hire

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Return of the Titans

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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 planed. 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 Citizen and was unable to be finished as Green Arrow and Black Canary now had to investigate him. They go their separate ways as they all leave the restaurant. Soon after Roy sought help at Sanctuary, a rehabilitation center for heroes. He was killed by a mysterious assailant, who slew all inside the facility. His funeral was held on the hilltop where he decided to get sober.


Abilities

Weaknesses

Equipment

Weapons

  • Stolen Composite Bow
  • Roy has various tattoos he doesn't remember getting.[19]
  • Roy considers Jason Todd to be his best friend.[20]

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