- When word gets out that the Titans East are in town, they'll think twice!
Speedy's real name is not given in the Teen Titans series, but his appearance is clearly based on that of Roy Harper. He is edescribed as employing "a versitable arsenal" of arrows, in a nod to his future persona. As depicted in the series, Speedy is serious and businesslike as in his Arsenal years in comics, leading Beast Boy to comment on his similarities to Robin, a nod to the early comics as Speedy and Green Arrow started out as being just like Batman and the first Robin before changes to the characters separated them from the Dark Knight and Boy Wonder.
Speedy was abducted in the episode "Winner Take All", where he fights Robin in a tournament hosted by the Master of Games. Robin asks him if winning is really important enough to justify any means. Speedy eventually loses to Robin, but is rescued and returned to Earth when the Master of Games is defeated. He is subsequently made an Honorary Titan by Robin and is given a Titans Communicator.
Speedy later joins the Titans East, the second team of Teen Titans that are based in Steel City. When he reappears in "Titans East - Part 1", more of his traditional bad-boy personality is seen, as he refuses to apologize for buying fish tacos, offending Aqualad to no end, while having a spat with Bumblebee over his laziness, eventually getting into an argument. He was mind-controlled by Brother Blood in "Titans East - Part 2" and forced to serve Brother Blood in his quest to destroy the Teen Titans (Especially Cyborg) they were about to take Cyborg apart Not before his old friends arrived to save him. He fights Robin then Raven but is saved by the Titans after Brother Blood is defeated by Cyborg.
His next appearance was in "For Real". When the Titans East were looking over Titans Tower and Jump City while the Teen Titans were away fighting the Brotherhood of Evil, they came into conflict with Control Freak. After chasing him out of the tower, they decided to track him. Before they could, they got reports of Andre Le Blanc robbing the bank. They confronted him, and Speedy managed to cease the criminal's bombs from exploding by shooting arrows at the sparks. After Aqualad stopped the thief from running off, they were going to continue their search for Control Freak but had to split up to stop trouble around the city. Speedy rescued a little boy's cat from a tree with a well-aimed shot, but his temper quickly shot up when the boy called him Robin. Later, Control Freak transported them to a different part of the city for his "Ultimate Titans Challenge". Speedy's mission was to stop a dozen missiles from destroying a bridge without his arrows. With quick thinking, he got a tow truck to pull him back like a sling shot and shot him towards the missiles. Speedy guided each missile to destroy the next and he threw the last one up with a bang. Later, the citizens of Jump City were praising their new heroes, and Titans East began to feel at home.
When the Brotherhood of Evil launches their plan to eliminate young superheroes around the world, Speedy was being chased by Cheshire. He tried to shoot his energy arrows at her, but she proved to be quick and sliced his bow in three pieces. Speedy tried to contact Robin for help, but Cheshire kicked the communicator out of his hand and knocked him unconscious. He is later flash-frozen as a victory trophy in the Brotherhood of Evil's lair. However, during the final battle between the Brotherhood and the Titans, he is freed and helps the Titans secure their victory against the Brotherhood by defeating Fang. Speedy is later seen in Titans Tower, where he is socializing with the other Titans present. When they are alerted of Doctor Light robbing a bank, Speedy and all the Titans participated in bringing Doctor Light to justice.
New Teen Titans shorts
Teen Titans Go!
- Finding Nero (Cameo)
- If You Can't Beat 'Em...
- Secret Moves
- Garsaurus REX Attacks!
- Power Failure (Cameo)
- Secret Santa
- Slings & Arrows/The Battery
- The Strangest Sports Story Ever Told
- Bad Girls
- Stupid Cupid
- Graduation Day
Video Game Appearances
Speedy appears in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Patriot Act". Speedy clearly states that he is Green Arrow's "ex-partner", and is visually designed as a slightly older, better built version of his Teen Titans incarnation - his costume is the same; he is voiced by Mike Erwin here in the series as well.
Speedy is also featured in issue 30 of the Justice League Unlimited comic book in which he and Booster Gold have to protect the Watchtower from Doctor Polaris.
Speedy is also in the animated series, Young Justice. He goes from Speedy to Red Arrow. However, this incarnation turns out to be a clone, and Red Arrow rescues the real Speedy, who was locked up for eight years. His arm is missing due to amputation and he becomes Arsenal.
Speedy also appears in the CW Live-Action series, Arrow. His name would later be changed to Arsenal. He fought alongside Oliver Queen (the Arrow), John Diggle, Felicity Smoak, Laurel Lance (Black Canary), Sara Lance (Former Black Canary), and for a brief moment, Thea Merilyn and Malcolm Merilyn. His personality is very different from his Teen Titans counterpart. He later faked his death and went on to live a new life as Jason Harper, after impersonating the Arrow, since the city wanted Arrow jailed, taking the fall for Oliver, which was Roy's own choice. Roy's costume was later passed to Thea Queen, Oliver's sister and Roy's girlfriend, who became Speedy later on.
Speedy is one of the more witty members of the Titans. He enjoys to tease his fellow teammates (especially Aqualad), and takes pleasure in annoying his teammates. He can be a little short tempered though (especially at Mas and Menos). His greatest pet peeve is when people mess with his hair. Bumblebee gets annoyed when he fixes his hair or is disrespectful such as kicking his feet up on a supercomputer. He is a bit arrogant and cocky though.
Speedy physically appears to have light orange hair. His costume is consist of a tight red sleeveless shirt tucked in his matching red tights, a yellow utility belt, a black and white domino mask, yellow boots matching his utility belt, and red elbow high fingerless gloves, and his signature initial on his left pectoral muscle. In the episode "For Real", Speedy is mistaken as Robin since both of them have some similarities: athletic built and muscular, a black and white domino mask, a yellow utility belt, and their signature initial on their left pectoral muscle.
Powers and abilities
Speedy, like his mentor, has a wide variety of trick arrows, most famously his punching glove arrow which is capable of knocking out villains. Speedy also has several other arrows ranging from sleeping gas arrows, exploding arrows, heat-seeking arrows, ice arrows, sonic arrows and regular arrows. Speedy and Robin both have small weapons and gadgets they use.
Along with his excellent archery skills, Speedy has mastered several different types of hand to hand combat including judo, kickboxing, and karate, and while not being his preferred mode of combat, he was able to fend off Robin before his bow was destroyed.
Speedy also has extraordinary leg muscles shown in Titans Together, when he was able to jump at least 10 feet in the air to take down Fang.
- Speedy's bow was broken by Cheshire in "Calling All Titans!" when she overpowered him. However, in the episode "Titans Together", Speedy somehow regained possession of his bow when he was freed from his suspended animation. Although, Speedy's bow was also broken when dueling Robin, yet came back fully intact when he was freed, suggesting that his bow might have a self-repair feature.
- Roy Harper can speak Japanese, and can understand Russian.
- The reason that Green Arrow and Speedy stopped working together was because, in GA's absence, Speedy became a heroin addict. After his recovery, Speedy made it his mission in life to battle drug lords and pushers.
- In the original Teen Titans comics, Speedy used to go out with fellow Teen Titan Wonder Girl. Although they are not a real couple in Teen Titans GO!, Speedy might have had an interest in her.
- Speedy appears in Teen Titans 2 for the GBA as a non-playable assist character.
- Speedy has the same mask as Robin and Mumbo.
- In the comics, Speedy and Cheshire formed a romantic relationship and had a daughter, Lian.
- In issue #50 of Teen Titans GO!, Speedy claims that he has "graduated to the big leagues" (likely referencing his appearance on JLU) and Beast Boy states that Speedy has left the Titans, while Cyborg mentions that he has moved on from the Teen Titans, but Speedy also states that the Titans are like his family.
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