The Guardian

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Real Identity: Malcolm Arnold "Mal" Duncan
Affiliation(s): Happy Harbor High School and The Team
Appearances: Targets, Failsafe, Secrets, Misplaced, Happy New Year, Salvage, Bloodlines, Depths, Satisfaction, Darkest, Cornered, True Colors, War, The Hunt, Intervention, Summit, and Endgame
Appearances (Comics): Players Chapter One and Players Chapter Two
Powers/Skills: Management, Coordination, Technology, and Unarmed Combat
Voiced By: Kevin Michael Richardson

Mal Duncan was a student at Happy Harbor High School and is the boyfriend of Karen Beecher. No one ever stood up to Duncan in recent history except Connor Kent. On October 31st, Duncan dressed as Superman. However, he put his own spin on costume. Over five years later, Duncan now served as operations manager coordinating communication between the Team and resides in the Cave. Duncan was assigned the Authorized Guest designation A-10. He still dates Karen Beecher, now Bumblebee, but their time together is limited much to his dismay. On February 13th, Team Year Six, Duncan was present in the Cave and observed the activation of the Zeta Shield.

On March 23rd, 20:20 EDT, Duncan visited Beecher on Ivy University campus and tried to invite her out to a date like they did in high school times. Beecher, however, had to work in Dr. Palmer's lab. Duncan tagged along but soon left deflated. On route back home, Duncan watched in horror as Mount Justice blew up. He raced to the scene and sighted Super-Cycle holding Wolf, Superboy, and Nightwing precariously on the ocean surface. Duncan swam to Super-Cycle and revived the others. Superboy and Duncan swam back to shore with Wolf and Nightwing in tow.

On April 1st, 21:24 EDT, Mal Duncan tried to move in with Beecher but he was essentially turned down. Things got even worse when Despero arrived at the Hall of Justice. Duncan soon discovered communications and the Zeta Tubes were offline. He utilized the Guardian armor donated to the Hall's museum by Jim Harper and posed as Earth's greatest champion so Miss Martian and Superboy could regroup and come up with a new plan. Duncan used some of Black Canary's training to play a deadly game of keep away with Despero until Zatanna saved the day. She possessed Duncan's body and neutralized Despero with his own telepathy. Duncan settled for moving into the temporary sleeping quarters set up in Bludhaven.

Duncan took on the mantle of Guardian and officially joined the Team. On May 24th, 21:38 EDT, Duncan exited Ivy University grounds with Beecher when the Warworld was sighted in the night sky. On May 26th, Guardian was assigned to Gamma Squad with Bumblebee and Super-Cycle. During the mission, Guardian openly complained about their relationship or lack of. By the conclusion of the mission, he admitted Bumblebee was destined for great things, she outgrew him, and he was proud of her. They reaffirmed their love but it was cut short when Blue Beetle attacked everyone. On June 19th, Guardian took part in the Santa Prisca mission. On June 20th, he took part in the coordinated strike on the Magnetic Field Disrupters. He was on Kappa Squad with Bumblebee. On July 4th, he was assigned to Beta Squad with Tigress, Kid Flash, and Bumblebee to find proof LexCorp was rereleasing the Reach soft drink under a new name.