- "If she... they... A.R.G.U.S.... the government, whatever you want to call it, has a real interest in fighting for the future, they ought to work with those of us who are already on the front lines."
- ―Lex Luthor[src]
The Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans or Advanced Research Group United Support, commonly known as A.R.G.U.S., is a United States government organization tasked with handling major threats, directed by Amanda Waller. A.R.G.U.S. is known to collaborate with the CIA and FBI in some instances. It is an agency that uses people with superpowers or otherwise impressive skills to make their ends and protect the country.
A.R.G.U.S. was formed by the United States goverment as an agency with the intention of conducting advanced research on superhumans, eventually Amanda Waller rised as the director, under her leadership she created a reputation most agents feared. At some point, A.R.G.U.S. developed a government website that only authorized agents could access, containing files on the investigations carried out.
Meeting Lex Luthor
- "I’m sorry, can we— what is Argus?"
"What. Is. Argus. Spelled A.R.G.U.S."
- ―Ron Troupe and Lex Luthor[src]
A.R.G.U.S. Director Amanda Waller was known to have encountered super-genius businessman Lex Luthor, allowing him to familiarize himself with her organization, as Lex subtly revealed while conversing with Ron Troupe.
Approving Task Force X
- "I move to, uh, authorize Amanda Waller to establish Task Force X under the A.R.G.U.S. program."
- ―Dexter Tolliver[src]
After the death of Superman, amidst the emergence of metahumans, Amanda Waller, noted that while Superman was a benevolent and powerful ally of the United States of America, other powerful beings may become hostile and leave humanity helpless to defend themselves. To counter this possibility, Waller advocated for the formation of Task Force X, a black-ops team of expendable criminals with exceptional skills, abilities, and powers to combat superhuman threats.
Her roster included the formidable marksman Deadshot, rope assassin Slipknot, Australian bank robber Captain Boomerang, the psychopathic Harley Quinn, the monstrous crocodilian metahuman Killer Croc, pyrokinetic metahuman El Diablo, and the mystical witch Enchantress, all of whom would be led in the field by Colonel Rick Flag and his formidable samurai bodyguard Katana.
On behalf on A.R.G.U.S., she gathered support for Task Force X with Dexter Tolliver and joined a conference with Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Edwards to present her initiative. While initially skeptical of Waller's plan, she commanded Enchantress to teleport to Iran and steal nuclear arsenal papers to deliver to Edwards. Impressed with her results, he authorized funding and support for Task Force X.
- "I wouldn't take such extreme measures if this mission weren't more important than you could possibly imagine. I'm protecting this country."
- ―Amanda Waller to Robert DuBois[src]
In 2021, A.R.G.U.S coordinated a new mission as Waller launched a new iteration of Task Force X to Corto Maltese to assassinate Silvio Luna and destroy any evidence of Project Starfish. However, the true purpose of the mission was to erase any of America's involvement in it. When the remaining members of Task Force X destroyed Jotunheim, Starro was inadvertently released and began to wreak havoc on Valle Del Mar. When Waller threatened to kill the remaining Task Force X members after they decided to disobey her orders and kill Starro, some of her subordinates also decided to rebel against her and help Task Force X take down Starro with success. With the crisis now over, Bloodsport, an assassin and the team leader blackmailed Waller into releasing them or else he would release the evidence behind Project that field leader Flag obtained prior to his death at the hands of Peacemaker, a delusional pacifist who turned on the team after it was revealed he was tasked to ensure no one knew the truth about Project Starfish in exchange for a pardon.
- "Anytime anyone officially starts to deal with the butterfly situation, someone higher up in the government shuts them down."
"Which is why this task force doesn't officially exist. Waller is funding us by secretly diverting funds from other operations, which... leaves us on our own."
- ―Emilia Harcourt and Leota Adebayo[src]
This article section is incomplete and requires expansion.
- Amanda Waller - director
- June Moone - scientist
- Emilia Harcourt - agent and liaison
- John Economos - tech support
- Fitzgibbon - physician
- Briscoe - pilot
- Dale Biner
- Rick Flag † - Field leader for Task Force X
- Hunter Griggs - senior security officer (fate unknown)
- Flo Crawley - mission coordinator
- Belle Reve Federal Penitentiary - A federal supermax prison in Louisiana for incarcerated criminals and metahumans, where Waller composed most of the members of Task Force X.
- John F. Ostrander Federal Building - A federal government building in Midway City that served as one of A.R.G.U.S.' field offices and has a command center where Waller would observe field teams. The command center was later vacated and files regarding Task Force X would be deleted, with Waller herself executing all of the remaining on-duty personnel to ensure the continued security and secrecy of their operations.
Behind the scenes
- A.R.G.U.S. was also mentioned in Lexical Analysis.
- In DC Comics, Steve Trevor is the head of A.R.G.U.S..
- The motto for A.R.G.U.S. is "Noster quaerere incipere", which is Latin for "Our search begins".
- The film Suicide Squad reveals that A.R.G.U.S. is the first to refer to Barry as "Flash" even before he starts to use the name.