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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 United States government, charged with the task of taking down terrorist threats in secrecy and without public knowledge. It is led by Lyla Michaels.


A.R.G.U.S. facilities are used to house prisoners that are too dangerous to be placed in other prisons; such detainees have included Ramsey Rosso[1] and Grodd.[2] A.R.G.U.S. also works closely with the Central City Police Department in cases that seem to be greater than it can manage.


John Diggle asked A.R.G.U.S. to help him try understand an unknown green object and open it. Though they failed.[3]

A.R.G.U.S. was called to house the prismatic refractor when Joe West knew that there was a mole in the department;[4] the organization was called by Barry Allen in order to take Joseph Carver to witness protection because he too did not trust the police department due to Chief of Police David Singh being impersonated by a mirror duplicate made by Eva McCulloch.[5]

A.R.G.U.S. had agents waiting when an aircraft belonging to Black Hole landed so they could confiscate the weapons onboard.[6]

A.R.G.U.S. confiscated an obelisk of unknown origin. A week later, the organization was called to imprison Abra Kadabra; however, this was a ploy by the villain to obtain the obelisk, because he had two others and wanted the third. When a guard at A.R.G.U.S. headquarters bragged about the obelisk, Abra Kadabra escaped confinement.[7]

The organization was commissioned by Kristen Kramer to make duplicates of the meta-human cure.[8]

After Superman was possessed by Zod, Sam Lane asked A.R.G.U.S weapons that could disable his powers and Diggle went in Lyla Michaels's place.[9]

A.R.G.U.S. also allowed Diggle to travel to Gotham City on a contract.[10]

Erased future

A.R.G.U.S. in a erased future.

In an erased future, A.R.G.U.S. became a publicized organization that policed cities and had the power to declare martial law. It was also the center of the Anti-Meta-human Act, a new restriction started in 2021 where it was illegal to be a meta-human.[11]

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Current members

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Reverse-Flashpoint timeline members

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