"Over there, we were trusted with millions of dollars in weapons and personnel. We were conquerors. Now, we're nannies with tasers."
—Ted Gaynor[src]

Colonel Ted Gaynor (died 2013) was a former soldier of the United States Army and the founder of Blackhawk Squad Protection Group. His name is on "The List". Due to a lack of respect in his new position as a bodyguard in comparison to being treated like a "god" while in the battlefield, Ted led multiple heists of armored-car robberies to make money before being stopped and killed by the Hood.


Early life

Ted joined the United States Army and served in Afghanistan, where he was the commanding officer of John Diggle, Lyla Michaels, and Paul Knox.

In 2008, Ted was transporting homeless village women and men with John and Lyla. However, when on a five-minute break, Lyla discovered that one of the transported was Gholem Qadir, a high-valued target for the US wanted alive. Ted noticed Qadir trying to bribe Diggle into helping him and told him to shut up. Soon after, they came under fire from incursions, though the fire fight was over in a minute. When Qadir was transported back to base, Ted noted to John that he noted him for saving Qadir's life.[1]

Later on, Ted went to Starling City and took up a bodyguard job but wasn't satisfied with it and decided to start robbing from armored trucks. At some point, Malcolm Merlyn found out and coerced him to contribute to the Undertaking or risk his illegal activities being known to the public, resulting in his name being on the List.

Robberies in Starling City

Ted later joined the Blackhawk Squad Protection Group. In 2013, he led them in numerous robberies that were unknown to the public eye. He met John again as John joined the Blackhawks to monitor Ted, unable to believe that his former commanding officer would do something as heinous as robbery. Ultimately, Ted revealed to John that he had taken his former sister-in-law, Carly Diggle, hostage and that he had indeed instigated the robberies in Starling City. Ted was killed by an arrow shot through his chest by the Hood.[2]


Ted was very unhappy with his civilian life, having to protect spoiled one percenters, as a result, he stooped to robbery, as he took being a bodyguard as a lack of respect, claiming that when he was a soldier, he was treated like a "god on the battlefield", Ted tried to justify his robberies as a mission, when it wasn't even a war; displaying signs of a delusional-psychopath.

Ted was arrogant to the point where he believe that he could control his former friend, John Diggle; this ultimately backfired, as he underestimated John's morals and honor.

These negative traits of Ted's, were what eventually led to his painful yet deserved/justified death at the hands of Oliver Queen.



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Season 2

Season 5


  • Ted is one of the few people on The List to not be a one-percenter.

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