"Forming the Time Bureau has been the work of the last five years of my life. They've gotten quite good at it, I have to say."
Rip Hunter[src]

The Federal Time Bureau,[1] known simply as the Time Bureau, was an organization whose goal is to protect the timeline, the supposed goal of its predecessor, the Time Masters. It was led by director Ava Sharpe and formerly by Wilbur Bennett and Rip Hunter.

After the Legends defeated Mallus and fixed the anachronisms, the Time Bureau reached a more amicable working relationship with the team.


The Time Bureau was formed to carry on the mission of the Time Masters' and complete their goal to protect the timeline; however, unlike the corrupt Time Masters, the bureau put a value on morals, principles, and human life. Its members used a device known as a time courier, that allowed them to transport through time and space without the need of a timeship, despite this, they do possess timeships; but they are much larger than the ones that were used by the Time Masters. Their field office was located in Star City and their headquarters was located in Washington, D.C., instead of the Vanishing Point.

No one was above the Bureau's rules, not even their founder and co-director Rip Hunter; who was arrested and stripped of his status; due to his rogue actions that resulted in the deaths of several agents.

Unlike the bureau's predecessors and the Legends, they were protocol-centric, as evident in their motto, the "adventure is in the details". Missions required approval, which took a while. After a mission, successful or not, agents had to make a report.[2]

In 2018, Hank Heywood provided funds for the completion of the fugitives' advanced containment facility.[3]


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After Rip Hunter left the Legends from their recent victory against the Legion of Doom, he went off to create a new group to replace the Time Masters. He then saw that the Legends' actions had created an abundance of anachronisms or people and things getting tossed throughout time. He spent five years looking for new recruits and setting up a base of operations. With his new Time Bureau, they set off to Los Angeles in 2017, where they began to take all the lost dinosaurs and displaced architectures, and restored them to their proper place and times. The Legends were relieved of their duties for six months. However, during this time, Julius Caesar was spotted in Aruba by Mick Rory. The Time Bureau attempted to handle it, but were unsuccessful, causing the Legends to reform and steal the Waverider, back from Time Bureau custody and headed to Aruba to fix it. They were able to capture him, sending him back to his original time period, but accidentally sending him with a book detailing Roman history, including his murder. The Legends and Time Bureau were forced to team up, taking the book back and restoring the timeline.[4]

Soon after, Ava Sharpe had Gary Green follow the Legends to Wisconsin in 1870. He was soon noticed by them, being captured. He reported back to Sharpe, claiming under duress that everything was fine. Sharpe didn't believe him, boarding the Waverider herself. She was intercepted by Sara Lance, who she fought until the two grew tired. Eventually successfully fixing the anachronism, Agent Sharpe allowed them to leave freely, despite still not trusting them.[5]

Agent Green was sent to Seattle in 2042 to sort out some unregulated time travel. However, he was taken aboard the Waverider, causing Agent Sharpe to appear with a significantly larger time ship. When Sara Lance piloted the Waverider directly at the Time Bureau's ship, they were forced to time jump away.[6]

Following a recommendation by Director Hunter, Director Bennett sanctioned a large number of agents being sent to 1895 London to assist with a particularly unusual anachronism. However, they were all killed by a newly-resurrected Damien Darhk and his associates. Due to these events, Rip was arrested by Director Bennett and Agent Sharpe and stripped of his status. In return for the Legends turning him in, the Time Bureau called off the manhunt on the vigilante group.[7]

According to Agent Sharpe, after Rip's arrest and imprisonment, the Time Bureau quickly descended into disarray. Among the problems were disastrous missions to stop Damien and Nora Darhk, resulting in multiple agents dying at their hands.[8]

Sharpe later informed Sara that Rip managed to escape the prison and his current whereabouts are unknown.[9]

Rip Hunter had gone AWOL and Director Bennett ordered that he be found and arrested. When Rip made contact with Agent Sharpe and the Legends on the situation of Mallus, he tried to arrange a meeting with Bennett but he wouldn't have it and ordered that he be placed under immediate arrest. When Rip Hunter, Agent Sharpe, and Sara Lance tried to convince Bennett to listen as a group, he remained stubborn in his decision. However, he was then quickly killed by Grodd, making the position of Director fall into Sharpe's hands. Her first act was to re-instate Rip Hunter as an agent of the Bureau.[10]

Eventually, when Sara Lance decided the only way to use the six Totems of Zambesi to defeat Mallus was to release him from his time prison, Rip chose to support the plan but Sharpe refused to involve the Time Bureau in the undertaking.[11] After Mallus physically manifests through Nora Darhk, Rip sacrifices himself to ensure the Legends could escape. After the Legends destroy Mallus with a giant Beebo, the Bureau proceeded to wipe the memories of the Roman soldiers, Pirates, and Vikings that Mallus had recruited and returned them to their proper time periods.[12]

At some point, the Time Bureau had at least one encounter with negative tachyons, learning that they slow speedsters down instead of speeding them up. They also learned that if negative tachyons were to get anywhere near a timeship's time drives, the reaction would vaporize the ship.[13]

The Time Bureau later provided Team Flash with technology to upgrade their tachyon enhancer to help Nora West-Allen return to her time period, though Team Flash never ended up using their tachyon enhancer after upgrading it.[13]

Five months following the defeat of Mallus, the Time Bureau hosts a surprise party for the Legends at their Washington headquarters as thanks for fixing the last anachronism. Following the party, Sara troubles Gary to check the timeline for potential magical fugitives. After the Legends determined that a unicorn caused a massacre at Woodstock 1969, Gary helps the Legends and John Constantine banish the creature to Hell. Subsequently, Gary told Sharpe about the unicorn, thus placing the Time Bureau on a new objective.[14]

Late one night, Sharpe found Nate Heywood staying at the Bureau because he had had nowhere else to go. At the same time, Sharpe was preparing for the Bureau's annual budget meeting with the Pentagon needed for the Fugitives crisis. Nate initially offered to help only to abstain when he realized the Bureau's military liaison was his own father Hank. Though Sharpe stressed to Hank the continued importance of the Bureau in maintaining the timestream, Gary ended up embarrassing her in his attempts to convince Hank of the existence of Magic. Hank threatened to shut the Bureau down unless he was presented with proof, leading Sharpe convincing Nate to stand up for himself. Ultimately, Nate is able to convince his father by bringing a pig that transforms into Ray Palmer as a result of the Legends thwarting the fairy godmother, Fairy Godmother, in the Salem witch trials.[15]

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