Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong was a psychotic child bored with his life at a military school, he reads books about military history. Ulysses later teamed up with other costumed criminals, including a henchman of Maxie Zeus known as Julius Caesar. Robin meets the pre-teenaged ruler of an Middle Eastern country, and they become fast friends. For reasons yet unknown, he was hired by Spoiler to gather information about the gang wars, and find a possible solution to them. He continues to hold a grudge against Robin and betrays Spoiler. Spoiler survives a gunshot to the shoulder, and then distracts him long enough to get the drop on him and escape.
He later revealed to be holding Lonnie Machin, an anarchist vigilante, hostage while commandeering his identity as "Anarky". Where Machin's approach as Anarky had been to cause social change, Armstrong's approach bordered more on psychotic and meaningless acts of chaos and destruction.
Armstrong managed to kill all of Gotham City's gangs, so as to create more violence. The combined efforts of Robin, Managing to escape from the police, Armstrong returns to his hideout, where he has Lonnie Machin paralyzed.