The Questionable Past
Allegedly, A.R.G.U.S. has existed since the earliest days of the American Revolution, when it was known as the "Armed Revolutionaries Governing Under Secrecy", spying on the British forces to aid military action. After independence, they changed again, becoming the "Anonymous Ranger Group of the United States". They fought in the American Civil War, tracked outlaws, and with some notable failings, defended the lives of the US Presidents.
During this period, their greatest enemies were the Crimson Men, servants of a cult that believed in an imminent apocalypse, to be heralded by crimson skies. The Crimson Men recruited the wealthy and powerful to their side, and over the 20th century A.R.G.U.S. and the Crimson Men fought a shadow war, to the latter's defeat. A.R.G.U.S. went dormant, waiting to change again to suit the times.
(Note: this entire section is based on dubious information, and may not be entirely true. It is included for the sake of completeness)
The Official Story
In the wake of Darkseid's attack on Prime Earth, and the formation of the Justice League, the American government created an agency called the Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans, to handle all of the spillover from Justice League missions, and hold the debris afterwards. The agency's first head was Steve Trevor, for his military record and his history with Wonder Woman. He accepted, and A.R.G.U.S. officially came into existence the next day.
Over the next five years, A.R.G.U.S. served honourably, liaising with the Justice League to build and supply the Watchtower, taking control of the Red Room and the Black Room, overseeing the creation of the Circus in Detroit (full of interdimensional visitors through the hole left by Darkseid's arrival) and Belle Reve, the nation's supervillain prison. Trevor recruited from his former squadmates in Team 7, hiring Amanda Waller and John Lynch.
However, during the aftermath of the David Graves incident, A.R.G.U.S. got a new head in Amanda Waller, the head of Task Force X. This resulted in a more agressive stance against threats such as superhuman trafficking, Basilisk, and the Secret Society, seeding agents into enemy ranks. These tactics proved useless in the face of the Secret Society's conspiracy, however, and the agency was crippled by an attack by the Crime Syndicate.
In the aftermath of the Crime Syndicate's attack, Steve Trevor is the highest-ranking field agent again, and has vowed to change it into something cleaner. Time will tell if this will be enough.
Equipment: None known.
- A.R.G.U.S.'s relationship with the D.E.O., S.H.A.D.E. and Checkmate is currently unknown.
- No trivia.
- Appearances of A.R.G.U.S. (Prime Earth)
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