- "I'm sorry. The President couldn't make it."
- —Smith to Flash, Green Arrow, Atom and White Canary[src]
Smith is a high-ranking agent of the National Security Agency.
First encounter with the Dominators
In 1951, Smith encountered Steel, Vixen and Heat Wave with an injured Dominator. They tranquilized the three of them, taking them back to their base. They locked the Dominator up, while the other three were unchained. Smith entered with armed agents, planning on interrogating the four of them, beginning with the Dominator. Before they could majorly hurt it, Steel, having been rescued by fellow time travelers, knocked out Smith.
Second encounter with the Dominators
Sixty-five years later, Smith joined A.R.G.U.S. director Lyla Michaels and the President of the United States in deciding what to do with the returning Dominators. When the President suggested they engage them, Smith reminded him of their first encounter in 1951, suggesting the casualties would be too high. Angry with the President's decision, Smith suggested that Lyla follow his lead quickly, otherwise she would not last long in her position. Some days later, Smith and a multitude of agents ambushed The Atom, The Flash, Green Arrow and White Canary. When they asked who he was, he refused to reveal his identity. As they took out all of his men, he revealed that they had told him of Barry's meddling with time, thus viewing meta-humans as a threat, aligning with Smith's own beliefs. He further explained that by creating Flashpoint, Barry had broken a truce made between Earth and the Dominators, causing them to return. Due to this, Smith negotiated a deal with them: Barry for peace. That night, after the heroes had defeated the Dominators, making them flee, Smith showed up at their party, much to the chagrin of Nate Heywood, intending to commandeer the heroes' resources and erase all traces of their presence. Before he could approach the rest of them, Kara Danvers explained how she'd discussed a governmental department to deal with aliens with his president. Also, much to Smith's chagrin, she also informed him that because of his unauthorized operations nor consent from the president, he was to be reassigned to Antarctica. Humiliated, Smith left with his bodyguards.
Smith appears to be very arrogant and opinionated, as he spoke down to Lyla Michaels, the director of A.R.G.U.S. After she agreed with the then-president of United States to engage the Dominators, he bluntly stated she better learn to follow his lead if she wanted to last long; completely disregarding the fact that he didn't have the authority to have the latter removed or fired from her position as the director of A.R.G.U.S.
Smith has proven himself to be self-righteous, immoral, and willing to use lies or other underhanded tactics to accomplish his goals. Going well beyond his authority and blaming the super-vigilantes for the Dominators' return, he attempted to kill them, disregarding the new-President Susan Brayden's desire to meet with them; this attempt not only resulted in his humiliation, but President Brayden reassigned Smith to Antarctica as punishment for conducting an unauthorized operation, without her consent.
In 1951, after one of the Dominators were captured, Smith tortured that said alien, he had no guilt or remorse that vile act of his.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics Smith is also a mysterious figure clad in suit and glasses investigating extraterrestrial activity, although instead of US government he is primarily affiliated with Ferris Aircraft and Manhunter Cult. In the comics, instead of "Invasion!" Smith played a part in another crossover event, "Millenium".
- While his name was dropped on the show as Smith, in the credits character was listed only as "Glasses" and "Young Glasses".