ARGENT has been directly or indirectly responsible for the creation of a number of superhumans. While in many cases this involves villains (and perhaps even heroes) hiring ARGENT to augment their abilities, the group's use of unwilling subjects to experiment on -- or to sell if they develop useful abilities -- means some of them have escaped ARGENT's control and become independent villains, or heroes.
ARGENT's supers-creation programs follow two main streams. One is to induce innate superhuman mutations in a subject. ARGENT is constantly trying to find a reliable method for this, but to date their successes have been as haphazard, and often flawed, as most other such programs by governments or super-scientists. ARGENT has been much more consistent with its other route, bionic/cybernetic augmentation using implanted or grafted technological components. However, the physiological and cosmetic drawbacks this process entails seem to have made it a much less popular choice for contractees.
As mentioned earlier, two members of the young hero team Nova were unwilling subjects of ARGENT experiments. Lizzie Thorsten was one of the victims of the Greenworld Foundation scam described above. ARGENT scientists discovered Lizzie had latent cyberkinetic abilities, making her perfect for the "living CPU" of an artificial-intelligence device they could sell to the highest bidder. Over weeks of painful surgery Lizzie had extensive bionics implanted in her body and brain. Her higher mental faculties were "shut off" and her latent powers activated. Before she could be sold the other members of Nova freed her, and she joined them under the code-name Circuit Breaker.
The other Nova rescue is a product of one of ARGENT's many attempts to produce a superhuman-soldier serum. Hank Henderson was a talented high school athlete, and his parents had high hopes for him. They thought of Hank as their winning lottery ticket. When Hank's father heard rumors of a steroid program that would turn his son into a perfect physical specimen, he decided to make Hank's good shot at the pros a sure thing. His parents escorted Hank to a hidden laboratory, where they were murdered before Hank's eyes, and Hank was used to test the serum. Though the rest of the subjects died during the testing -- the hearts of some couldn't take the strain, while others went insane and were sold off to clients as berserk cannon fodder -- Hank came through physically well and mentally stable. As part of Nova he became known as Crazy Legs. (Both heroes, and the rest of Nova, are written up in Teen Champions.)
Most of the Boston-based hero team called the New Paladins are also teenagers mutated by a secret ARGENT project; they’re mentored by the veteran heroine Dr. Eclipse (who has extensive darkness manipulating powers and is a brilliant geneticist herself). Her team consists of Bodyguard (nigh-indestructible and superstrong), Lux (a light manipulator), Python (a superstrong stretcher), and Tandem (who can duplicate any power used against her). (The team is described as above, but not statted, in Champions Universe.)
The Australian government superhero Harrier was a member of the Australian Federal Police before she participated in a raid on what was thought to be a smugglers' hideout, but turned out to be a secret ARGENT research lab. She accidentally found an experimental flight suit and blaster pistol, which she used to turn the tide of battle against the ARGENT scientists and hired goons. (Harrier is detailed in Champions Worldwide.)
Years ago, Rutger Eisenmann was a mercenary, and a good one. He did bodyguard, infiltration, and even assassination work for high-paying clients. His reputation eventually attracted the attention of ARGENT, which hired him to guard several of its scientists while they completed a crucial research project involving cybernetics. When raiders came crashing in, Eisenmann fought to cover his employers’ escape. He took several deep wounds before reinforcements arrived and drove off the attackers. Eisenmann was wounded so badly he should have died -- but the scientists, in gratitude for his help (and in need of experimental subjects for their work), salvaged what they could of his ravaged body -- the head and spine, parts of the torso -- and grafted them into a powerful, heavily armed cybernetic body made of titanium steel and electronic cables.
Eisenmann, now known by the code name Interface, went back to work for ARGENT. But after several years Interface longed to declare himself publicly and match wits against the so-called “forces of good.” When these difficulties became too apparent for anyone to ignore, Interface suggested he leave ARGENT to strike out on his own. He’d contract with the group for maintenance services, and also refer other clients to it and team with it to conduct certain operations. Seeing the benefits in this arrangement, ARGENT’s leaders agreed. The arrangement worked well for a while, until Interface's ego-driven attempt to defeat the Champions led to the capture not only of him, but the highly sensitive data he possessed on ARGENT's operations. (Interface has a full write-up in CV Vol. 1.)
The Middle East-based Khanjar ("Dagger") was born into a family that had carefully maintained the ways of the Hashishim, that ancient sect of assassins which once terrorized the Islamic world. Trained in all the arts of death, for years he worked for Middle Eastern governments and gangs, plus the likes of VIPER and ARGENT. ARGENT paid Khanjar for one job with experimental super-soldier treatments that raised his strength, resilience, and reflexes to the low superhuman level, and made him a blindingly fast runner. (You'll find Khanjar detailed in Champions Worldwide.)
Al, the Alligator Man, is an unusual resident of San Sebastian Swamp outside Vibora Bay. He was once an ordinary guy named Brian Tatosky, but ARGENT kidnapped him because he fit the genetic profile for an experiment to create a tougher, stronger, and water-adapted superhuman soldier by injecting him with a serum derived from alligator genes. Tatosky mutated farther than intended, his body and mind becoming more alligator-like. After escaping from ARGENT’s clutches, the super-strong alligator-man, now with the mental capacity of an eight-year-old, ended up living in San Sebastian Swamp, the telepathic collective intelligence of which can “speak” to him and understand him. (You'll find much more about Al and the Swamp in the Vibora Bay source book.)
In need of a random group of test subjects for its latest invention, a "Devolutionizer Ray" designed to turn ordinary people into super-strong quasi-australopithecines, ARGENT kidnapped a couple dozen fans from a sporting event in Denver. One of the people it grabbed was Jack Stevens, a computer programmer. The Ray worked on Jack, although not quite as intended. He became much stronger than the scientists anticipated, but also much less intelligent and much harder to control. He broke free of his restraints and fled. For years Jack Stevens, now known as Ogre, has been manipulated into being used as expendable muscle by many criminal parties. ARGENT would love to get Ogre back so it can study him in hope of making the Devolutionizer Ray work the way they want it to. (You can find Ogre in CV Vol. 3.)
Jason Dixon was a geologist with a driving ambition: to become the first scientist to take direct samples of Earth’s mantle. Dixon theorized that he could build a special suit that would render him intangible so he could get down there, and protect him when he re-solidified to take samples. He wasn’t having any luck raising funds until he spoke with GeoMax, a company involved in oil drilling and similar pursuits. Unfortunately, what Dixon didn’t know was that GeoMax was mostly a front for ARGENT... and ARGENT was willing to sponsor him simply to use him as a guinea pig.
The suit worked perfectly at first, but then disaster struck. Dixon's GeoMax handlers couldn’t understand his radio transmissions; they were too garbled by static and his own terrified screams. But eventually the screams stopped. Assuming he’d been roasted or crushed to death, ARGENT declared the project a failure. But two days later a powerful humanoid creature made of earth and magma erupted from where Jason Dixon had descended, and began killing humans, declaring them an "infestation" on the Earth. This creature has since come to be called Geothermal. ARGENT doesn't understand how Geothermal came to be, but has correctly deduced that he used to be Jason Dixon, and wants to capture him for study and exploitation. (You'll find Geothermal in CV Vol. 3.)