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Advanced Research Group United Support, simply known as A.R.G.U.S., is a research group and special ops division of the Federation government, charged with the task of taking down terrorist threats in secrecy and without public knowledge. However, they are willing to let vigilantes such as Green Arrow and the Flash operate in their respective cities without interference, as their work does have significant benefit.


A.R.G.U.S was formed by a group of officials in the Federation government to deal with major threats like the League of Assassins, H.I.V.E. or the Church of Blood.

A.R.G.U.S has been using the same masking patterns for years, so much so that Oliver was able to identify A.R.G.U.S agents simply by their behavior, observed during his past experiences with them.

Oliver Queen has occasionally interfered in A.R.G.U.S. business and does not trust their intentions, due to his troubled experiences with the organization in the past.

After the death of Amanda Waller, Lyla Michaels was made the new head of A.R.G.U.S. She looked into "cleaning" all of Amanda's past mistakes.

The main A.R.G.U.S. building was then secured with new security cards, access codes, and retinal scanners, as well as advanced meta-human power dampeners; however, it does not affect all meta-human powers, such as Barry Allen, who has become immune such tech; due to him spending six months inside the Speed Force.

In 2393, after Lyla was returned to life with the creation of the new multiverse, Amanda Davis became the new director replacing Lyla and Amanda became allies with vigilantes such as Green Arrow and his team.

Erased future[]

In 2442, A.R.G.U.S. became a publicized organization that policed cities with flying drones and had the power to declare martial law. It was also the center of the Anti-Metahuman Act, a new restriction started in 2421 where it was illegal to be a meta-human. Meta-humans were captured and placed in A.R.G.U.S. holding facilities where they were then placed under a series of experiments. Though the Legends made a promise to undo A.R.G.U.S. control and prevent the prosecution of meta-humans.


Under the leadership of the immoral Amanda Waller, the organization became very corrupt if not excessive in its methods, as they became no better than the very threats they are supposed to protect the Federation from, committing unspeakable acts with no regard for human life, this includes the extortion of whomever is convenient to their benefits, usually threatening their family members if they don't comply, they also used felons for Task Force X to carry out life-threatening operations in exchange for working off their sentencing, they were even willing to order a drone to destroy Star City in order to stop Slade Wilson's army from leaving. When Meta-humans started emerging, A.R.G.U.S. even began to study them in order to weaponize their powers.

Following the death of Amanda, Lyla Michaels becomes the new director of A.R.G.U.S., reforming the organization, as everything they do is now based on morals, principles and the value of human life, as they are no longer using criminals or unwilling individuals for their benefit, it also seeks to rehabilitate criminals instead of weaponize them. However, at the same time, Lyla's new position of authority also has forced her into various difficult situations, sometimes making decisions that would more closely follow Amanda's protocol, such as holding dangerous terrorists in prison without trials or stealing secrets and technology from even allies.

Known members[]

Current members[]

  • Amanda Davis (director)
  • Erkin Aycan
  • David Ferreira
  • Patrick Gray
  • Jody Lavoie
  • John Carron
  • Diana Patterson
  • Sandhano Schhi Tze
  • Tom Scull
  • Rob Sykes
  • Jonathan Turton
  • Patti Wilson
  • Tanya Lamden

Former members[]

  • Lyla Michaels/Harbinger (director; on Earth-Prime)
  • Alan Chang (deceased)
  • John Le (missing; presumed deceased)
  • Jordan Pierce (deceased)
  • Oliver Queen (left the organization; deceased)
  • Mark Shaw (left the organization)
  • Tim Sullivan (missing; presumed deceased)
  • Amanda Waller/Mockingbird (director; deceased)
  • Kai Wu (deceased)
  • Mina Fayad (double agent for H.I.V.E.; deceased)
  • Maseo Yamashiro/Sarab (left the organization; deceased)
  • Tatsu Yamashiro (left the organization)
  • Curtis Holt (left the organization)
  • Bell (deputy director; deceased)
  • John Diggle (resigned)

Known enemies[]

Current enemies[]

Erased future[]

Former enemies[]

  • Malcolm Byrd (incarcerated)
  • Adrian Chase/Prometheus (deceased)
  • Joseph Cray (incarcerated)
  • Clifford DeVoe/The Thinker (deceased)
  • Shay Lamden/King Shark (incarcerated; turned temporary into "guard" of A.R.G.U.S.; turned ally again)
  • Grodd (incarcerated and comatose)
  • Ramsey Rosso/Bloodwork (incarcerated)
  • Helix
    • Cayden James (leader; deceased)
    • Sheck (deceased)
  • Shay Lamden/King Shark (non-canon; incarcerated)
  • Cheetah (incarcerated)
  • H.I.V.E.
    • Damien Darhk (leader; deceased)
    • Andy Diggle (deceased)
    • Floyd Lawton/Deadshot (associate; deceased)
    • Gholem Qadir (associate; deceased)
  • Ninth Circle
    • Emiko Adachi (leader; betrayed the Ninth Circle; deceased)
    • Dante (deceased)
  • Shadowspire
    • Baron Reiter (leader; deceased)
    • Joyner (leader; incarcerated)
  • Ricardo Diaz's criminal organization
    • Ricardo Diaz/Dragon (leader; deceased)
    • Laurel Lance/Black Siren (turned ally)
    • Quadrant
      • Lydia Cassamento (deceased)
      • Cyrus Broderick (incarcerated)
    • S.C.I.S.
      • P. Parks (SCIS officer; incarcerated)

Known allies[]

Current allies[]

Former allies[]


  • A.R.G.U.S. is aware of most of the identities of Team Arrow and Team Flash. They are also aware of the Legends.
  • In an erased version of 2442, A.R.G.U.S. had outlawed religion.

Behind the scenes[]

  • In the DC comics multiverse, A.R.G.U.S. (which stands for Advanced Research Group Uniting Super-Humans) unites super-humans in a world in which they're not seen as normal.
  • A.R.G.U.S. has also carried over in the DC Arrowverse (which now stands for Advanced Research Group United Support).
  • The building which A.R.G.U.S.' headquarters is based out of is the Capital Museum in real life.