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'''Central City:''' [[Characters/ArrowverseWestAllenFamily West-Allen Family]] ([[Characters/ArrowverseBarryAllen Barry Allen]]) | [[Characters/ArrowverseSTARLabs Team Flash]] ([[Characters/ArrowverseCaitlinSnowAndKillerFrost Caitlin Snow & (Killer) Frost]]) | [[Characters/ArrowverseCentralCityCitizens Citizens]] | [[Characters/ArrowverseCentralCityCriminalGroups Criminal Groups]] ([[Characters/ArrowverseTheRogues Rogues]]) | [[Characters/ArrowverseCentralCityIndependentCriminals Independent Criminals]]\\
'''National City:''' [[Characters/ArrowverseEarth38NationalCity Citizens]] ([[Characters/ArrowverseKaraZorEl Kara Zor-El]] / '''James Olsen''') | [[Characters/ArrowverseEarth38LuthorFamilyAndAssociates Luthor Family & Associates]] | [[Characters/ArrowverseEarth38CriminalGroupsAndOrganizations Criminal Groups & Organizations]]\\
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[[Characters/ArrowverseEarth38TheDEO The D.E.O.]] ([[Characters/ArrowverseKaraZorEl Kara Zor-El | [[Characters/ArrowverseJusticeSocietyOfAmerica Justice Society of America]] | [[Characters/ArrowverseLeagueOfAssassins The League of Assassins]] | [[Characters/ArrowverseTheHIVE H.I.V.E.]] | [[Characters/ArrowverseVandalSavageAndFollowers Savage and His Followers]] | [[Characters/ArrowverseInternationalGroups International]]\\
'''Other Locales:''' [[Characters/ArrowverseGothamCity Gotham City]] | [[Characters/ArrowverseOtherLocales Other]] ([[Characters/ArrowverseEarth38OtherLocales Earth-38 Immigrants]]
/ Kara Danvers [[Characters/ArrowverseEarthBLOtherLocales Earth-BL Immigrants]])\\
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!!! '''Species:''' Human [[note]]Enhanced from April to May 2019[[/note]]

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!!! '''Species:''' Human [[note]]Enhanced via Harun-El from April to May 2019[[/note]]

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* SuperWristGadget: He eventually implements a wrist-mounted laser blaster onto his suit.


!![[ComicBook/JimmyOlsen James Olsen]] / ComicBook/{{Guardian}}

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!![[ComicBook/JimmyOlsen James Olsen]] / ComicBook/{{Guardian}}"Jimmy" Olsen]]


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-> see Characters/SupermanFilmSeries page to see the Earth-96 character who bears his name and background
-> see Characters/SmallvilleDailyPlanet page to see the Earth-167 character who bears his name and background
-> see Characters/ArrowverseEarthX page to see his Earth-X counterpart
-> see Characters/DCEUMilitaryAndGovernment for the character in an undesignated Earth who bears his name and background


After the fight against the Children of Liberty is won, Andrea Rojas buys the company and James decides to leave, being unable to agree with her questionable choices for the newspaper. He considers running for Senata, but ultimately decides to leave National City and help out his hometown Calvintown.

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After the fight against the Children of Liberty is won, Andrea Rojas buys the company and James decides to leave, being unable to agree with her questionable choices for the newspaper. He considers running for Senata, Senator, but ultimately decides to leave National City and help out his hometown Calvintown.

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!![[ComicBook/JimmyOlsen James Olsen]] / ComicBook/{{Guardian}}
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!!! '''Species:''' Human [[note]]Enhanced from April to May 2019[[/note]]
!!! '''Known Aliases:''' The ComicBook/{{Guardian}}
!!! '''Portrayed By:''' Creator/MehcadBrooks
!!! '''Voiced By:''' Manuel Campuzano (Latin-American Spanish dub), Makoto Tamura (Japanese dub)
!!! '''Appearances:''' ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'' | ''Series/{{Invasion|2016}}!''[[note]](''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'' )[[/note]]

[=CatCo=]'s former art director, whom Kara had a crush on. He becomes [=CatCo's=] CEO when Cat decides to take a long, possibly permanent, sabbatical. After growing listless of seeing Kara save the city, especially with her cousin, James decided to get into the crime-fighting business himself; using armor created by Winn, he became a vigilante under the code name "Guardian".

Later on, he himself gets appointed CEO of [= CatCo=] when Cat Grant leaves and publicly reveals his superhero identity, getting deputized after a few legal struggles.

After the fight against the Children of Liberty is won, Andrea Rojas buys the company and James decides to leave, being unable to agree with her questionable choices for the newspaper. He considers running for Senata, but ultimately decides to leave National City and help out his hometown Calvintown.

-> see Characters/ArrowverseEarthX page to see his Earth-X counterpart
-> see Characters/ArrowverseOtherLocales page to see his Earth-1 counterpart
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[[folder: A-M]]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Though the original Jimmy isn't exactly unattractive, he was a nerd as opposed to the show's "alpha male."
* AdaptationalBadass: While the original Jimmy Olsen was no pushover, this version is a skilled combatant and a top athlete. Who with only a suit of [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe armor and shield takes to crime fighting]] with surprising ease. He later briefly gains superpowers after getting healed with the Harun-El.
* AdaptationalCurves: Jimmy Olsen is mostly depicted with GeekPhysiques or at least average built. This one is an obvious {{Hunk}}, though it is possible that he used to be BlackAndNerdy when he was at the Daily Planet and just beefed-up since. After all, he ''is'' mostly depicted as a nerd in Superman's story.
* AdaptationDyeJob: A redhead in the comics, this Jimmy is [[BaldOfAwesome bald]], and has black hair otherwise.
* {{Adorkable}}: Downplayed due to his OlderAndWiser, but still there. He still wears the Signal Watch, among other things. He also named Reactron.
* AntiHero: He is TheCowl to Kara's TheCape, similar to the dynamic Batman and Superman share in the comics. He is willing to threaten and rough people up while questioning them, among other things.
* AttackReflector: Guardians Shield reflected [[PowerParasite Parasite's]] punch in Season 2 Episode 6.
* BadassBaritone: James's already deep voice is electronically lowered as Guardian.
* BadassNormal: He's got a black belt, and is more than capable of defending himself even without powers. Later briefly an EmpoweredBadassNormal.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: After Cat Grant appoints him as her replacement as [[IncrediblyLamePun head]] of [=CatCo=].
* BashBrothers: With Winn since becoming Guardian.
* BenevolentBoss: In Season 2, becomes Cat's successor at [=CatCo=]. He offers to strong arm Snapper for Kara into letting her work, but at that point, Kara is determined to earn her reporter job.
* BettyAndVeronica: He's the TallDarkAndHandsome {{Hunk}} (Veronica) contrasting Winn's {{Adorkable}} {{Nerd}} (Betty).
* BlessedWithSuck: In a way, how he views his relationship with Superman. He loves their friendship, but is bothered by how others look at him solely for knowing Superman rather than judging him on his own merits.
* {{Bromance}}: He and Clark are really close. Lucy even admitted to being jealous over him constantly spending more time with him (or rather, Superman).
** He also develops one with Winn.
* BroughtDownToNormal: He loses his superpowers again during the Season 4 finale, dealing a mutual depowerement to Ben Lockwood.
* CameraFiend: Made his name as a photographer, though now his current position is art director.
* CharacterDevelopment: [[FlatCharacter Initially seemed only to exist]] as [[SatelliteLoveInterest the handsome hunk for Kara to swoon over]], and a constant reminder that Superman is a thing. Come season 2 and his taking over of [=CatCo=] [[YouAreInCommandNow in Cat's stead]], and taking it to the streets as [[VigilanteMan The Guardian]] fleshes out his character considerably. Season 3 builds on this with his friendly rivalry with Lena, the new owner of the media conglomerate, and his [[BelligerentSexualTension slight flirting]] with her at the same time is the far cry from the rather bland photographer we were introduced to in the pilot.
* CompositeCharacter: In the comics, the black headstrong journalist who has a thing with Lucy Lane although her father kinda hates him is Ron Troupe. Though Jimmy ''did'' have a crush on Lucy. He's also this universe's version of Guardian.
* TheCowl: Deconstructed in "City of Lost Children", he became [[VigilanteMan The Guardian]] to protect people and bring them hope like [[TheCape Superman and Supergirl]] but unlike them to everyone else he's just a scary guy in a mask who runs out and attacks people; he desperately wants to avert this image. He is so distrusted that he ends up revealing himself as Guardian.
* {{Determinator}}: The guy will not back down from a fight, even when the odds are against him.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: In Season 3, once Lena takes direct control of [=CatCo=], and she starts making decisions without his input or consultation which results in friction between the two.
* EasilyForgiven: Once National City learns of Phillip Karnowsky's actions, Guardian is instantly forgiven by the city. It helps that Guardian isn't burdened with BewareTheSuperman.
* EmbarrassingNickname: He's best known as "Jimmy Olsen," the name he used when he took a Pulitzer-winning photo of Superman, but now insists on being called "James."
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Thanks to the Harul-El, he gains HealingFactor, EyeBeams, SuperSenses, SuperToughness, SuperStrength and {{Flight}}.
* EyeScream: Gets his eye injured during his fight with Ben Lockwood in the Season 4 finale, later wearing an EyepatchOfPower. In Season 5, there seems to be no permanent damage left.
* FlatCharacter: In season one, before gaining a much more rounded personality outside of his connection with the cousins from Krypton, see CharacterDevelopment.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic
* GreenEyedEpiphany: He quickly grows jealous of how well Barry Allen gets on with Kara. This is what ultimately motivates him to confess his feelings to her.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Briefly when National City thinks he's responsible for the murders by Phillip Karnowsky. It lasts one episode before he's vindicated.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Mehcad Brooks is a whole foot taller than Lucy's actor, Jenna Dewan (6'3" vs 5'3")
* IconicItem: As James, it's the camera his father gave him; he's always on the scene, putting himself in danger to make sure people see the truth. As Guardian, it's his shield; he doesn't carry a weapon, he's just there to defend people.
* InNameOnly: He looks and acts nothing like the Jimmy Olsen from the comics. In fact, he is more the exact opposite of the original character, with Winn being a better match for the traditional Jimmy Olsen.
* InsistentTerminology: He now prefers James to Jimmy, his sobriquet at the Daily Planet.
* KickedUpstairs: He admits that being promoted is boring him because he enjoys working on the field more.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: As Guardian, he has a shield.
* LooseLips: He accidentally slips Clark's SecretIdentity to Winn.
* MayDecemberRomance: Kara is more or less two decades older than him, but her being stuck in the Phantom Zone stalled her youth.
* MilitaryBrat: His late father was in the Army Reserve.
* MythologyGag: Jimmy Olsen temporarily gaining powers was sort of a RunningGag during UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks in the comics.
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* NiceGuy: He is always supportive and caring towards everyone.
* OlderAndWiser: Jimmy is usually depicted as TheChewToy and ButtMonkey of the ''Daily Planet''. If he was in this series, that was in his younger days. James is now portrayed as more confident and poised.
* OnlyKnownByHisNickname: {{Inverted|Trope}}. He's known by his real name, "James," rather than his more famous nickname, "Jimmy" (by everyone but his mother and "[[ComicBook/{{Superman}} the big guy]]").
* OutOfFocus: With a bigger emphasis on Kara and Winn's work with the DEO and the introduction of [[ShipTease Mon-El]], James slowly fades out of the spot light, and would've ended in complete obscurity, had it not been for him taking the mantle of "Guardian." Even at that, there have been episodes where James gets into his Guardian suit, throws one punch or receives one, and then is never seen again the rest of the episode.
** Somewhat justified as Mehcad Brooks has informed the writers that if he gets offered the right script, he may end his contract and leave the show.
* PutOnABus: He leaves National City as of Episode 4 of the fifth Season to help his hometown Calvintown rebuild and fight corruption.
* RaceLift:
** Practically Everything Lift. James is an older, taller, suave bald black man, whereas Jimmy's traditionally a YoungerThanTheyLook, red-headed, short nerdy white man. Practically the universal reaction to fans to finding out he is Jimmy Olsen is "THAT'S JIMMY?!"
** A two-fer as James takes on the role of Guardian, normally played by white Jim Harper.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He quits [=CatCo=] at the start of Season 5, unwilling to put up with Andrea Rojas.
* SecretKeeper: Knows both Superman's and Supergirl's secret identities.
* SecretSecretKeeper: Superman told James about his cousin and requested that he keep an eye on her when he moved to National City. It doesn't take long for him to come out with this to Kara.
* SensoryOverload: Suffers from this after getting powers.
* ShoutOut: Guardian shares a lot in common with ComicBook/{{Steel}}.
* {{Sidekick}}: {{Deconstructed}} in "Crossfire", when he moans that he's always been TheCape's sidekick, and he wants to be the hero now. He becomes one the very next episode.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Guardian refuses to kill, which is strongly hinted as the main reason the National City populace tolerates him.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Technically Jimmy's always been a badass (it falters at times DependingOnTheWriter), but due to the fact that both he and Superman have had a decade of experience, James is a much more seasoned pro in conflict. In "Crossfire", he shows off some impressive GoodOldFisticuffs, while the next episode sees him become a vigilante.
** After getting shot by Eve, he gets healed by the Harun-El and gains powers as a result, before losing them again in the Season 4 finale.
* TheUnmasking: He reveals his identity to the public in the Season 3 finale.
* VigilanteMan: As the Guardian, he takes care of problems that Kara and the DEO may not have the time for.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Works as this alongside Winslow when Supergirl is doing more public non-DEO acts of heroism.
* YouAreInCommandNow:
** Cat appoints him as the new head of [=CatCo=] in her sabbatical.
** Lena also allows him to oversee the running of [=CatCo=] while she takes a hands on approach in the bullpen.
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