Roy Harper’s history involved him serving with the Teen Titans for several years before, as an adult, learning he’d fathered a child, Lian, with the assassin named Cheshire. While raising Lian, Roy joined the Central Bureau of Intelligence, then transferred to the government agency Checkmate before leaving to become a Super Hero again. Roy also formed an incarnation of the Outsiders and briefly served in the Justice League under the name Red Arrow. Later in his life, he lost an arm in battle with the villain Prometheus, who, along with the villain Eletrocutioner, then destroyed Star City and killed Lian in the process. These events, however, don’t apply to the current canon of the DC Universe, in which Roy has never been a father, as far as he knows.
The Teen Titans (1964-1978)
A collection of teenage Super Hero sidekicks formed the Teen Titans in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD vol. 1 #54 (1964). Speedy officially joined the team in TEEN TITANS vol. 1 #4 (1966). He became good friends with team founders Donna Troy (Wonder Girl), Dick Grayson (Robin), Wally West (Kid Flash) and Garth (Aqualad). Later changes to DC history made Speedy a fellow founder of the Titans, as acknowledged in TITANS REBIRTH (2016).
Meanwhile, as shown in “The Return of Roy Harper,” Roy’s partying ways became too much for Oliver Queen, and the elder archer lost patience with his partner. After an angry confrontation, the two parted ways and Roy wound up on the streets again, now turning to drugs for solace. He briefly found new kinship with Jason Todd, the second Robin. But soon afterward, Jason was murdered by The Joker and Roy sank further into depression. After attempting suicide, Roy entered a recovery program, with the criminal Killer Croc as his sponsor (as seen in 2016’s RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS vol. 2 #3).
New 52 (2011-2016)
Following his recovery, Roy resumed his life of crime-fighting, operating under the name Arsenal. He reunited with the resurrected Jason Todd (now known as the Red Hood), and joined his team—the Outlaws (as seen in 2011’s RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS vol. 1 #1). Immediately after joining, Arsenal began a relationship with his alien teammate Koriand’r, better known as Starfire. Eventually, the Outlaws disbanded, and Starfire and Roy went their separate ways in 2015’s RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS vol. 1 #40.
Roy and Oliver later reconnected in “The Return of Roy Harper” (GREEN ARROW vol. 6 #18-20, 2017). Oliver apologized for his judgmental behavior, and the two reached an understanding. But when Oliver suggested they renew their partnership, Roy insisted he was now his own man.
In 2016’s TITANS REBIRTH, the founding Titans realized their memories of certain events, and indeed time itself, had been manipulated. Reunited, they continued to fight evil, reaffirming why they were not just a team, but a family.