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Real Identity: Roy William Harper Junior
Affiliation(s): The Team, Justice League, and League of Shadows
Appearances: Independence Day Part One, Welcome to Happy Harbor, Infiltrator, Targets, Revelation, Failsafe, Secrets, Insecurity, Performance, Usual Suspects, Auld Acquaintance, Salvage, Bloodlines, Satisfaction, and Endgame
Appearances (Comics): What's The Story? and Fears
Powers/Skills: Marksmanship, Archery, and Technology
Voiced By: Crispin Freeman
Roy Harper is the great grandson of Jim Harper, the original Guardian. Shortly after Roy Harper first started out as Speedy, he was kidnapped by the Light and cloned by Project Cadmus. The clone replaced Harper and no one was the wiser. Even he was unaware he was a clone. Harper was pre-programmed with a drive to join the Justice League with a secondary parameter to eventually betray them to Vandal Savage when he was inducted. On occasion, his handler Sportsmaster would invoke the phrase "Broken Arrow" to place Harper in a hypnotic state. Sportsmaster would then extract intelligence and/or install further programming.
Three years later, on July 4th, at 9:01 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), the 18 year old Speedy single-handedly defeated Icicle Junior with a well-shot trick arrow. After being given only unlimited acccess to the Hall of Justice's gym, galley, and library; Speedy was furious and demanded respect in the form of full-fledged membership in the Justice League. Green Arrow made Speedy privy to the League's true headquarters in space, the Watchtower. When the Justice League nor other sidekicks came to his defense, Speedy quit, and stormed away. On July 17th, at 23:16 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), Speedy disrupted another one of Brick's operations in Star City. Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad aided Speedy in the battle. Most of Speedy's arrows were useless against Brick but he finally defeated the villain with high density polyurethane foam. Speedy declined an invitation to join the Team and declared the "Junior Justice League" was a joke.
Speedy informed Green Arrow he was going to pursue a solo career. He then took on the new codename of Red Arrow and financed himself through an inheritance from his parents and a trust that Oliver Queen set up for him. He also placed weapons caches in all major cities. On August 7th, 23:49 Eastern Carribean Time (ECT), Red Arrow infiltrated Infinity Island and safely extracted the abducted scientist, Serling Roquette. He brought his findings before the Team and handed over the mission to them. While perturbed that Green Arrow took on a second partner so soon, Aqualad assured him he had a place on the Team if they had a say. Before leaving, he updated the computer to recognize him as B-06 Red Arrow instead of Speedy. On August 9th, 01:16 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Red Arrow confronted Artemis and issued a warning to her, out of concern for his friends.
On September 7th, 19:20 National Standard Time (NST), Red Arrow took to a civilian disguise and prevented the assassination of Lex Luthor in Taipei, Taiwan with the help of Kaldur'ahm via wireless communication. Disgusted at saving Luthor, Red Arrow visited the would-be assassin, Cheshire, in a prison cell to glean the end game. However, Cheshire was extracted by Sportsmaster and taken to see their master, Ra's Al Ghul. Red Arrow managed to track them and observe before being spotted, himself. After narrowly surviving a fight against Cheshire and Sportsmaster, Red Arrow called Kaldur'ahm for help. Together, they waited at the Rhelasian peace summit in order to stop another assassination attempt. Red Arrow triggered the building's water sprinkler system and Aqualad generated a construct to finish off the League of Shadows. In the aftermath, Red Arrow admitted his respect for Aqualad's team and vowed that he would provide support when needed. On October 1, 16:57 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), Red Arrow fought Plant Creatures in Star City with Green Arrow and Black Canary.
On October 31st, Red Arrow appeared at the Cave to join a discussion about Sportsmaster's mole. He aired his misgivings about Artemis and Miss Martian. On November 25th, Green Arrow nominated Red Arrow to join the Justice League. Green Arrow contended Red Arrow had experience but Aquaman countered he was uncooperative and disrespectful. Despite this, Red Arrow was voted to join the Justice League by the end of the year. On December 4th, Green Arrow informed him of the news but asked him to set a good example by joining the Team first. Red Arrow complied with the request. For his first mission, Red Arrow joined a smaller unit to track Sportsmaster in New Orleans. He still did not trust Artemis and suspected she was the mole. During the mission, he planted a tracer on Artemis' quiver. When the mission was a failure in part to Artemis' meddling, Red Arrow warned her again. In late December, Red Arrow joined in on a mission to investigate Haly's Circus. During the course of the mission, Red Arrow observed Artemis, Miss Martian, and Superboy in action. He came to the conclusion none of them were moles and apologized.
On December 30th, Red Arrow was officially inducted into the Justice League. During the induction party at the Watchtower, Red Arrow administered implants to each of his comrades. When Vandal Savage arrived, he realized he was the Light's mole all along. With the last parameter achieved, Red Arrow's mind cleared and fled the Watchtower while Savage paused to bask in success. Red Arrow teleported to the Hall of Justice and narrowly escaped capture by Aquaman, Flash, and Green Arrow. He hid in his Washington D.C. weapons cache, an unassuming apartment unit. Some time later, Aqualad arrived. Red Arrow demanded he tell something he never told anyone else, who broke his heart. After Aqualad admitted Tula broke his heart, Red Arrow agreed to come along with the Team. On December 31st, 23:16 EST, he returned to the Watchtower with Black Canary and Red Tornado but were quickly recaptured by Savage. In the aftermath, the Justice League was liberated. Red Arrow, however, was disillusioned by the fact he was a pawn and vowed to find the original Speedy.
Red Arrow's search for the original Speedy consumed him. Officially, he was placed on a leave of absence from the Justice League. On January 1st, Team Year One, Green Arrow insisted Red Arrow should stay over at his place. Red Arrow couldn't sleep and contemplated his role in the Light's plans. On February 1st, 23:11 EST, Red Arrow got a call from Black Canary, while he was in Washington, D.C., and learned Aquaman's son Artur was born. On March 8th, 18:46 EST, Red Arrow and Guardian completed a sweep of Project Cadmus using a Wayne Ecogram unit but found no trace of Speedy. Guardian received confirmation he was also a clone of Speedy and attempted to console Red Arrow with the notion they could share the burden. Red Arrow didn't feel he truly understood since he didn't take over Speedy's life. On November 1st, Red Arrow, while in Metropolis, learned a hero named Blue Beetle made his public debut. Red Arrow gave him six months before he was killed. Guardian, Black Canary, Green Arrow, and the Team helped Red Arrow shadow Lex Luthor. Miss Martian wiped all residual Cadmus programming from his mind as well.
In Team Year Two, the formal search for Speedy was called off. Red Arrow and Guardian continued looking on their own. Eventually, Guardian gave up as well. On October 26th, 01:25 Korea Standard Time (KST), Red Arrow infiltrated one of Luthor's robotics plants but almost got caught. On December 25th, he tracked Luthor's operations to Athens and was attacked by Cheshire. Red Arrow began to formulate a plan to use Cheshire to infiltrate the League of Shadows and get closer to the Light. In Team Year Three, Cheshire convinced Sensei that Red Arrow had gone rogue and was a freelancer. On November 26th, 23:19 UTC, Red Arrow and Cheshire finished an assignment to chaperone a shipment of LexCorp tech to Dhabar, Bialya. Arrow managed to observe some drilling equipment. On March 8th, 00:00 ECT, Team Year Four, Red Arrow contemplated Cheshire's true nature while he was on Infinity Island. He began to see the good in her but still couldn't trust her. On May 26th, Red Arrow's cover was blown. Cheshire saved his life but betrayed the League of Shadows. They barely escaped and moved through Fort-De-France at 03:16 ECT. At some point, he married Cheshire.
On September 16th, 21:45 EST, Red Arrow observed a meeting between Lex Luthor and the Riddler in Gotham City at the Babylonian Wing of the Museum of Antiquities. He also realized LexCorp's robot production had increased exponentially since he started tracking Luthor's operations three years ago. Over the months, Red Arrow hit more LexCorp subsidiaries in search of Speedy, including ones in Singapore and Germany and on Santa Prisca. On November 30th, 22:22 Central European Time (CET), Red Arrow and Cheshire finished searching a LexCorp subsidiary in Geneva, Switzerland, the last known one. Nothing was found on Speedy. Red Arrow heard about Superman and Superboy's battle against Draaga in Metropolis and watched the footage. On January 28th, 20:00 EST, Team Year Five, Red Arrow and Cheshire had another fight about Speedy, while they were in Washington, D.C. despite what they'd been through. Cheshire believed the trail was dead and so was Speedy.
Cheshire soon left him, without telling him about her pregnancy. On February 15th, 20:00 Moscow Standard Time (MSK), Red Arrow got close to Luthor and Riddler as they met in Moscow. He learned they were after some sort of statue, nothing to do with Speedy. Despite being out of leads, money, and friends, Red Arrow continued his quest and occassionally took money from robbers he stopped. On February 13th Team Year Six, Red Arrow encountered Green Arrow, Black Canary, Nightwing, Wally West, and Jim Harper. Red Arrow rebuked the intervention, suggested they focus on Kaldur'ahm, and left them. After returning home, Red Arrow encountered Cheshire and met his daughter, Lian. Cheshire also revealed she found one last lead on the original Roy Harper. On February 28th, 23:14 Beijing Time (BT), they all arrived in Tibet. After taking down armed monks in a monastery, Red Arrow finally found the original Roy Harper. Green Arrow and Red Arrow watched over him at Royal Memorial Hospital in Star City. However, he didn't want to become a source of conflict between Green Arrow and the original. When the original went missing, Green and Red Arrow raced to LexCorp and found him, now going by Arsenal.
Red Arrow remained on leave from the Justice League and worked to get back into shape. On June 20th, Red Arrow was assigned to Nu Squad with Arsenal for the coordinated strikes on the Magnetic Field Disrupters. After the world was saved, Red Arrow settled back into a life as a full-time dad and raised Lian with Artemis and Paula Crock while trying to make it work with Cheshire.