Files from a 12th Level Intellect: Guardian
Name: James “Jim” Harper a.k.a. Guardian
Universe of Origin: DC Comics
Moral Alignment: Hero
Crime never sleeps. One of the worst feelings for law enforcement is to catch a criminal just to have them back out on the streets not much longer. Our system doesn’t always work to the best of its abilities. It’s for this reason that Metropolis police officer Jim Harper takes up vigilantism to catch these criminals. Donning a golden helmet and shield he takes to the streets as Guardian.
The Guardian possesses exceptional combat and tactical skills. He was trained in many forms of fighting, and excelled at gymnastics, thinking quickly on his feet, and deduction. His only weapons are his golden helmet and shield. Guardian often used a customized motorcycle equipped with autopilot and a set of video cameras filming from various angles and recorded on videodisc. The Harper clone possesses enhanced strength and reflexes, and an accelerated healing factor. The Harper clone’s exact strength level is unknown but has demonstrated the ability to hurt Superboy (who he trained in hand-to-hand combat) and Kryptonians from Kandor.
Jim Harper is a police officer in Metropolis’ Suicide Slum who became a vigilante to catch crooks that the law could not prosecute, describing himself as guarding society from criminals. He was trained to fighting condition by ex-boxer Joe Morgan (the same man who trained two other mystery men, Wildcat and the first Atom). He was aided by a group of boys known as the Newsboy Legion, to whom he was, literally, a guardian, having volunteered to take them in rather than allowing them to be sent to prison; he did so on the grounds that they were basically good kids who just needed a chance. The Legion grew up to become the heads of the Cadmus Project, subsequently saving Harper’s life by transferring his mind from his old, dying body into a younger clone of himself. It was later revealed that Jim Harper was the great-uncle of Roy Harper, who became Green Arrow’s sidekick under the name of “Speedy”.
His first appearance was in Star-Spangled Comics #7 (April, 1942). He has had a long running history with Superman and his supporting characters as he is from Metropolis. Guardian has appeared in cartoons such as Teen Titans and Young Justice. Most recently he appears in the CW show Supergirl. While the character of James Harper appears in the episode “Manhunter”, he doesn’t appear as Guardian. Harper is a colonel in the United States Marine Corps, and arrives with Lucy Lane to investigate the disappearance of Hank Henshaw and his subsequent replacement by the Martian Manhunter. At the end of the episode, Harper tries to take both the Martian Manhunter and Alex Danvers (DEO agent and foster sister of Supergirl) to be experimented on at Project Cadmus only to be thwarted by Supergirl and Lucy Lane. At the end of the episode, Martian Manhunter erases Harper’s memories of the event. In the Supergirl episode “Changing”, after Olsen helps battle Parasite while wearing a specially designed suit and wielding the shield created for him so he could be a hero, reveals Guardian as his chosen code name.
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