- "Weren't you afraid of getting in trouble for disobeying orders?"
- "It was worth it."
- —Sara Lance and Ava Sharpe[src]
Ava Sharpe is the director of the Time Bureau. At the beginning, she is on bad terms with Sara Lance and the Legends but as they interact more frequently, they begin to become true allies and come to be on very good terms. She is an ex-girlfriend of Sara Lance.
Joining the Time Bureau
Meeting the Legends
As the Legends entered their headquarters, Agent Sharpe and the other agents immediately pulled their guns on them. Ava greeted them with open hostility. She flung Ray Palmer to the floor and pulled a gun on them as they taunted her. Sara Lance disarmed her and there was a tense standoff until Rip Hunter intervened, calming everyone down. Ava kept open hostility against the Legends as they announced that Mick Rory had found Julius Caesar on Aruba. Rip and Ava tracked Rory down to a party in Aruba and they sent in a team to retrieve him and Caesar. However, the team instead took a guest who was dressed up like Caesar. Rip decided that the Legends were not fit to restore the timeline and sent them away, but not before they stole the Waverider. Ava and Rip tracked them down as they had managed to find Caesar in 2017, but had accidentally dropped him off in his own age with a history book, causing a massive change in history, allowing the Roman Empire to conquer the entire world. Ava and two agents went to retrieve the book and restore the timeline. However, she ended up captured by Caesar. Caesar took her along with his legions as he marched towards Rome. The Legends performed a rescue mission and attacked his legions. Ava ended up fighting side by side with Sara against the Roman soldiers. After the Legends had solved the timeline Ava told Sara that she now thought of them even worse than before. Ava was present, not long after as Rip allowed the Legends to find anachronisms on their own.
She later asked Rip why he would do this and Rip explained that they might need the help of the Legends in the future. Not trusting the Legends Ava send one of her agents, Gary Green, to follow them and report to her. As her agent failed to report Ava tracked him down to the Waverider. She confronted Sara Lance and issued an arrest of her and her team. Sara replied that she would break her arm if she tried to do so, and they engaged in a baton fight. The two women were able to match each other, eventually losing their batons. Both of them unable to gain the upper hand, they ultimately collapsed in sheer exhaustion, grabbing some water. As they talked, the shrunk saber-toothed tiger walked in, returning to its normal size, chasing a fleeing Ava through the ship. As Ava was cornered, Sara saved her and noted it is the second time. Sara told her that the Legends would solve the mission, and an enraged Ava let slip that Rip had the idea that the Legends could aid them in a fight against an unknown adversary, a notion she strongly disagreed with. As Palmer and Nate Heywood returned to the ship, Gideon confirmed that the anachronism had been fixed. Ava spoke with Sara in private and carefully mentioned that they had achieved success. Sara questioned her as to the unknown adversary, but Sharpe refused to tell her, leaving with Agent Green.
Ava received a distress signal from Gary in 2042 where a meta-human assassin was trying to kill Zari Tomaz. As the Legends intervened and caused a prison break in an A.R.G.U.S. black site, Ava and her team intervened. She confronted the Legends in their Waverider in her own larger timeship and ordered them to give her the location of Zari so she could be brought back to prison. Sara refused and Ava fired a warning shot at the Waverider. Sharpe threatening to destroy the ship, Sara flew away with the Waverider and the Time Bureau chased them. Sara turned around and flew the Waverider in a collision course with Ava's ship, threatening to destroy them both. At the very last minute, Sharpe time jumped them to safety. Later on, she threatened Sara that if she were to ever encounter the Legends again, she would banish them to the outskirts of time.
After Director Bennett sanctioned a large number of agents to assist Rip Hunter with an unusual anachronism in 1895, leading to their deaths, Sharpe received a message from Sara Lance, allowing Bennett and Sharpe to board the Waverider, arresting Rip. She thanked Sara and told her that the Legends are free to hunt for anachronisms as the Bureau had better things to do than dealing with the Legends.
When learning of Martin Stein’s death Ava contacted Sara to tell her she was messing up her current mission of solving the anachronism of the Vikings conquering the New World. However, she also offered her condolences, as she had heard of Martin Stein’s death. Sara mentioned her team had it under control and Ava expressed that them not messing it up would be a Beebo Day Miracle. Sara mentioned that the anachronism was already having effect as Beebo Day had replaced Christmas. Sara asked her for help as her team was still recovering from Stein’s death. Ava transported to the Waverider and joined Sara and her team.
Aiding the Legends
The Legends dressed as Vikings and infiltrated the Viking settlement. Ava expressed concern about this strategy as the bureau was against making contact with locals and she did not like their Viking clothing. Sara mentioned she looked good.
Sara and Ava had a drinking challenge against two Viking men, in which if they won, then they will take them to see Beebo, they won, and the Viking men were impressed, they asked who they are married to, planning on killing them in which Ava revealed that she has no interest in husbands, piquing Sara's interest. Before anything else can happen Freydis brought Mick who tried to steal Beebo's beer and planned for Mick to be executed by pyre. Sara had Leo use his cold gun to douse the flames and Ava used it to distract the Vikings, unfortunately, Amaya accidentally touched Beebo enough for him to speak which caused the Vikings to attack the team. Sara and Ava teamed up against Freydis in a swordfight. They were outmatched by Freydis and got disarmed, however, they managed to defeat the Norsewoman when she got distracted by Beebo. During the fight, Mick burned Beebo causing the Vikings to believe that Beebo is a false god. Just as it seemed to be over, Ava mentioned Odin Day, suddenly Damian and Nora Dahrk arrived pretending to be Odin and a Valkyrie, the Vikings bowed down to them, in which Sara told the team to retreat. Ava complimented Sara's retreat in which Sara admitted that facing the Dahrk's is suicide without careful planning, she asked Ava to contact the Time Bureau in bringing in back-up.
Ava contacted the Time Bureau but they did not approve the mission, refused to send back-up and ordered her to return. Ava explained that the Time Bureau is in disarray and has already lost many agents trying to fight the Darhk’s. Rip sent to prison and now Grodd had joined Darhk as well. The Bureau no longer wanted to fight Darhk as they were unable to handle their magic. Sara wanted Ava to stay with her and help her. Ava said she was sorry and that was ordered to go back to the bureau. She said she was sorry and advised Sara to not face Darhk.
As Sara and the Legends confronted Darhk anyway Ava showed up just in time to pull Sara out of the dark dimension she was transported to while trying to stay with Darhk. Sara was delighted Ava had returned to her and they found out the anachronism had been restored. After returning to the Waverider, Sara told Ava what she felt and the threat of Mallus, in which Ava decided to report to the Time Bureau about the discovery and that Rip was right about the threat. Sara asked if she would get into trouble for ignoring orders, however, Ava mentioned it had been worth it. She and Sara parted ways on amicable terms.
After returning to the Time Bureau, Ava asked for a meeting with Director Bennett and tried to see Rip in prison but found herself stonewalled. She contacted Sara and they talked with Ava even laughing with Sara, though Leo Snart who was watching the call realized that Ava has a crush on Sara. Ava and Sara parted ways and Ava after some time discovered that the reason she was being stonewalled from seeing Rip is because he has escaped from prison, she immediately goes to contact Sara but is surprised when Sara contacts her first, Ava answers in which Sara offers to talk asking if Ava wants to come onto the Waverider but Ava immediately informed Sara of Rip's escape.
Relationship with Sara
When Zari was put into a simulation after nearly dying, when tracking Sara, she and Ray discovered Sara in the jump ship and called Ava. The two conversed about Zari which led to the two flirting with one another. Ava offered to come over and talk in which Sara tried to avoid it when she heard Zari and Ray talking, believing them to be a fly, Ava told her that a fly from a different timeline could cause a disease or plague, Sara discovered Ray and Zari and squashed them with her paper killing them, though Zari would repeat the hour anyway. While still in the simulation, Zari revealed to the entire team her knowledge about Sara and Ava and told her to ask out Ava on a date. After the simulation ended and Zari awakened, Zari told Sara that she should ask Ava out. Sara ends up calling Ava and the two conversed laughing with each other.
Sara and Ava went on a date in Star City at a nice restaurant. The date was going well, with Ava evidently enjoying herself, until Gary Green interrupted their date with news of Rip Hunter's return, prompting Ava to go talk to him. At the same time, the Waverider crashed into Star City, and Sara had to leave to help the Legends. After the mishap, the two reunited on the Waverider and argued over Sara standing Ava up and whether the two could ever be a normal couple. After Ava proclaims that she doesn't want Sara to be normal, they kissed. However, as a result of Ray and Nate using Ava's time courier to open a portal to help Mick and Amaya, Blackbeard and his crew invaded the Waverider and attempted to take it for his own, forcing Ava and Sara to fight them off. After their victory and the Legends win Earth Totem, Sara and Ava search a room, implying that they had sex.
Ava says she will have more of Gideon's amazing french toast, Sara teases her about having worked up an appetite from the night before, and bumps her with her butt. Zari walks in to ask Sara to borrow the Waverider and makes a comment on Ava wearing the same clothing as the previous day.
Ava is very intelligent, incredibly ambitious and always believes she is the most intelligent individual in the room. She is often quite ruthless in obtaining her goals and her drive for perfection has left many discarded friendships in her wake.
Ava has an unshaken confidence in the Time Bureau as well as her own capabilities as an operative. She believes the Legends are a loose cannon, due to the fact that they cause more problems than they actually fix. She feels superior to Sara Lance and completely disregarded the latter's achievements when they first met. As Ava is a woman of rules and regulations, she is highly annoyed by Sara's reckless behavior.
After Martin Stein's death and the Time Bureau's inability to cope with Damien Darhk, Ava grew more tolerant and even friendly towards Sara. They worked together on a mission and afterward found they respected and even seemed to admire each other. Ava also became less concerned about following protocols and less strict. This also seemed expressed in that she began wearing her hair loose instead of in a knot.
- Expert swordswoman: Ava was shown to be a skilled swordfighter. Together with Sara, she faced the highly skilled Freydis in a swordfight. However, she clearly was not as skilled as Freydis as she took several blows, got disarmed and would have quickly been defeated if not for Sara's assistance.
- Master hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: Ava is a master hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist, she was able to defeat multiple Roman soldiers with her hands cuffed. She was able to fight evenly against Sara Lance, a master hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist in her own right, as the two fought to the point of exhaustion with their confrontation ending in a draw.
- Master stick fighter: Ava is a master stick fighter, as she was able to fight on par in a stick fight against Sara Lance, and even managed to disarm the latter of one of her extendable batons.
- Rules of time travel knowledge: As a member of the Time Bureau, Ava is a professional in the duty of guarding the timeline, efficient in enforcing "the rules of time travel".
- Gun: Ava was shown carrying a firearm. She used this to threaten the Legends during her first encounter with them.
- Expandable baton: Ava was shown carrying a baton similar to the one used by Sara Lance. She used this baton to fight her to a draw.
- Time courier: Ava carries a time courier. This device allows her to transport through time and space without the need of a timeship.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
- In "Beebo the God of War", Ava hinted that she is not interested in men. In "Daddy Darhkest" it's implied that she likes Sara Lance, a fact further referenced in "Here I Go Again". In "The Curse of the Earth Totem", her sexuality is confirmed as she goes on a date with and later shares a passionate kiss with Sara.
- In No Country for Old Dads, Rip Hunter mentioned there is a file about Ava Sharpe and there is something about her Sara Lance must never know.