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!Main Characters

[[folder: Oliver Queen]]

!!Oliver Jonas Queen

[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/queen_oliver_6297.jpg]]
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->'''Known Aliases:''' The Hood, The Vigilante, The Arrow
->'''Played By:''' Stephen Amell
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* ActionHero: Considering he's a comic book superhero adaptation.
* ActionSurvivor: When trapped on the island, before he TookALevelInBadass through TrainingFromHell.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Somewhat. His hair is closer to light brown than his comics blond, but on the island as it was growing out, it looked more blond.
* {{Adorkable}}: While asking out [=McKenna=] Hall. Justified:
-->'''Oliver''': "I don't know if you heard, I was on a deserted island for five years and I'm totally out of practice with this whole..."
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: His first two fights with the Dark Archer see him get [[CurbStompBattle summarily trounced]].
* AntiHero: Starts off as [[Analysis/{{AntiHero}} a unscrupulous hero, but gradually develops into a pragmatic hero]]. His death count is a lot higher in the earlier episodes and his mission is mostly about stopping the people on the list his father gave him. As the series goes on, he kills less often and helps out people who aren't necessarily part of his mission. But there is a reason most of the bad guys roll over and do as he tells them to when he comes for them.
* ArcherArchetype
* TheAtoner: For both his own and his father's mistakes.
* {{Badass}}: With TruthInTelevision. That [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvxdpv5BKoo salmon ladder]] that Oliver trains on? Yeah, Stephen Amell actually does those. The parkour he does? Yup, Stephen again.
** BadassBaritone: As the Hood[=/=]the Arrow, seeing how he uses a voice changer.
** BadassBeard: At least on the island, given how he didn't shave for five years. Off the island, not so much. However, by "Year's End", Oliver seems to be growing it out more and more.
* BadLiar: Oliver can be this at times, particularly when it comes to Felicity before he just gives up and lets her in on the secret. He is somewhat better at deceiving his family and friends (not to mention the police) but mostly that's because they write his odd behavior off as PTSD from the island.
* BatmanGambit: Oliver realizes that eventually someone will put together the timing of his return home and the arrival of the Hood, purposely staged his bag of supplies in front of a security camera, suspecting that he would get arrested on 'mostly' circumstantial evidence. Then, after being arrested and forced to wear a security anklet he throws a large party (ensuring multiple witnesses) and has Diggle appear as the Hood on the other side of town.
* BattleCouple: Oliver/the Hood and the Huntress are this very briefly.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Subverted with Oliver himself, who most definitely suffered a great deal of cosmetic damage and scarring during his time on the island (though played straight in that he somehow avoided any lasting damage to his face, and none of the injuries he's sustained since returning home have left any noticeable scars).
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Laurel in the beginning, much to her annoyance.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Thea.
* BigBrotherMentor: [[spoiler: Is this towards Roy from "Tremors" onward. He initially tries to be harsh and secretive, but it doesn't work out for him.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Too many times to even count.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Oliver does this twice in "Honor Thy Father" once by throwing a kitchen knife and knocking China White's dagger out of her hand, and later he knocks the gun out of Detective Lance's hand with a throwing dart/arrow thing. And a variant in "Dodger", when he severs a nerve in the Dodger's arm to stop him using his ExplosiveLeash. Since he's started killing fewer people, this has become more of his signature.
* BlatantLies: He tells some real whoppers particularly to Felicity and Diggle. Possibly because he's testing them to find out if they can be trusted, but mostly because he isn't a great liar.
--> '''Oliver: ''' I'm having some trouble with my computer and they told me that you were the person to come and see. I was at my coffee shop surfing the web and I spilt a latte on it.
--> '''Felicity: ''' ...Really?
--> '''Oliver: ''' Yeah.
--> '''Felicity: ''' 'Cause these look like bullet holes.
--> '''Oliver: ''' My coffee shop is in a bad neighborhood.
* BrokenBird: The island was... unpleasant. First, he buried his father. Second, he got shot with an arrow. Third, he got tortured. Then it got worse. And he had to actually break a bird himself (literally -- it was dinner).
-->'''Oliver:''' ''FIVE YEARS!'' Where ''nothing'' good happened!
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: For Laurel at the end of "Blind Spot" when her drug addiction is revealed.]]
--> '''Oliver:''' [[spoiler: She nearly had me believing that Sebastian Blood was a criminal mastermind. And the only reason I nearly believed her was because it was Laurel. I do have a [[TitleDrop blind spot]] where she's concerned. Not anymore.]]
** [[spoiler: He gets another one when he finds out that Moira was covering up that Thea is Malcolm's daughter.]]
* BulletproofVest: His costume seems to include this as a feature. Either that or the mooks are just [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy that bad at aiming]]. Despite this, Moira manages to do quite a bit of damage at close range with a handgun, and the Dark Archer gets a couple of arrows through into Oliver's back.
* ByronicHero: So far.
* CartwrightCurse: Cheated on his then girlfriend Laurel with her sister Sara, who was then presumed to be deceased after being washed away at sea. On the island, he started a romance with Shado that ended when she [[spoiler: was killed by Ivo]]. After he gets back, his first steady girlfriend, Helena, is a mobster's daughter who turns into a [[{{Foil}} sociopathic vigilante]]. And when it looks like he finally catches a break with [=McKenna=] Hall, she gets shot by Helena and moves to another city to get the best physical therapy she can. In short, poor Oliver just can't catch a break with women.
* TheCasanova: Oliver was one as well before he got lost on the island. He slept with Laurel's sister. That should be a giveaway. Sara also claimed that he was sleeping with ten other women, though that may have been an exaggeration.
* CatchPhrase: As the Hood. Disappears with his turn to the Arrow.
--> '''Oliver:''' [Name]! You have failed this city!
* CharacterDevelopment:
** The whole purpose of the flashbacks to Oliver's time on the island is to show how he went from "[[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob the male Paris Hilton]]" to the vigilante we meet at the start of the series.
** At the start of the series, Oliver's reasons for becoming a vigilante were to honor his father's memory and seek justice against those who had exploited the under-privileged of Starling City, and was perfectly willing to kill to accomplish this. Over the course of the first season, he begins to actively fight crime in the city and goes from being a lone vigilante to working with Diggle and Felicity. By the start of the second season, he's primarily fighting crime and his motives for his vigilantism are no longer to honor his father's memory, but to provide a symbol of hope for the people of Starling City, even naming himself the Arrow; furthermore, he has taken up a ThouShallNotKill stance to [[spoiler:honor Tommy's memory]].
** Outside of his vigilantism, Oliver starts the series closed off to his loved ones, and gradually begins to open up to them as he readjusts to his old life.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: True to his comic book counterpart, Oliver gains his expert archery skills while trapped on a deserted island for five years. Furthermore, training with Slade Wilson, Yao Fei, and Shado has given him near unstoppable fighting skills.
* ClarkKenting: He covers his face with paint and a hood, keeps to the shadows, and uses a voice changer if talking to someone who might recognize him. However, it isn't impenetrable and he isn't always careful with his targets.
** DominoMask: He finally starts wearing one at the end of Episode Nine of Season Two, recognizing the need to better conceal his identity.
* CombatPragmatist: He doesn't hesitate to kill when need be, but he also leaves a few living so they can talk about what he did.
* CoveredWithScars: [[InformedFlaw Over 20% of his body]]. Doesn't stop many a ShirtlessScene.
* TheCowl: Very much so, especially in the second season.
* CrazyPrepared: To the point where he decided to store his blood in his hideout, in case he ever needed an emergency transfusion.
* CrimefightingWithCash
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: As part of his SecretIdentity. "I'm shallow!"
* CynicismCatalyst: Being trapped on the island from an easygoing party boy to a vigilante [[TheAtoner atoning]] for his family's sins.
* DatingCatwoman: Twice in the first season.
** Helena -- even after he discovers that she's the mysterious assassin who injured his mother and is trying to instigate a bloody war among the city's criminal factions.
** Later, Oliver starts a relationship with Detective [=McKenna=] Hall, who immediately after gets assigned to help catch the Hood. She doesn't know Oliver's the Hood, though.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DisappearedDad: DrivenToSuicide right in front of him.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: After five years fighting for his life on a remote island, Oliver has trouble reconnecting with his friends and family whose lives moved on without him. He also doesn't get most pop culture references.
* GenreSavvy:
** Oliver realized that if he suddenly returned and soon after a masked vigilante started terrorizing [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Executives]], the police would catch on pretty fast. See BatmanGambit, above.
** After the Dark Archer [[ArrowCatch caught one his arrows]] and broke it, Oliver wised up for their next battle and [[spoiler: fired a flash-bang arrow of sorts, which the Dark Archer catches only for it to blow up in his face]].
* GoodIsNotNice --> GoodIsNotSoft
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Progressively subverted over time, especially after "Year's End", but he still isn't this [[VigilanteMan without reason]].
* HeroicBSOD: After nearly being killed by the Dark Archer, Oliver suffers from a form of PTSD, too afraid of losing his family and friends to fight effectively.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Tommy and Diggle.
* HonestCorporateExecutive: In Season Two.
* {{Hunk}}: See MrFanservice.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** During the first season, he condemns Helena and the criminal in "Salvation" for killing criminals without giving them a chance to change... despite him doing that exact same thing, and even criticizing someone for killing ''the same man he was going to kill for the same reason''. To his credit, he seems to have realized this, as in Season Two he's trying to avoid killing, though he isn't always successful.
** In Season Two, Oliver yells at his mother about [[spoiler:keeping Thea in the dark about her parentage]] - despite the fact that he is lying to his family about more than a few things.
* IcyBlueEyes
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: When Oliver first started out, he kept killing mooks left and right because he needed to get rid of them fast to take out the next name on the list. Back on the island, he had to lose conventional morality in order to survive. Coming back after this, he was so used to killing others to live that he was mostly running on instinct when fighting.
* ILetGwenStacyDie:
** Blames himself for Sara Lance's death. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted as she's not actually dead, though he thinks so for a while.]]
** [[spoiler:Tommy and Shado]], as of Season Two.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Given the premise of the show, Oliver's skill with the bow is to be expected. However, he is also a master knife thrower.
* InformedAttribute: Oliver's {{Jerkass}} party boy image, which seems to have been very true before the island but not carried over no matter what assumptions people make.
* InformedFlaw: Pretty much every character in the beginning of the first season repeatedly calls him a selfish jerk who is completely ambivalent and unapologetic to his friends and family, despite almost all of his interactions with them being his expressing his gladness to be back, his sorrow for the people he's hurt and his concern for Thea's party-life.
* InTheHood: The source of his AppropriatedAppellation.
* {{Jerkass}} --> JerkassFacade --> JerkWithAHeartOfGold
** JerkassHasAPoint: He uses this trope to avoid getting a job at Queen Industries but he does make a fairly valid point: He's not ''remotely'' qualified to manage an international corporation.
* JustLikeRobinHood: Discussed. He's been accused of this but hotly denies it. In fact he's not actually in this to redistribute the wealth of his victims but to get 'their' victims justice and prevent them from hurting more people.
* KnightTemplar[=/=]KnightTemplarBigBrother: Oliver's sister takes drugs and drives under the influence, causing her to crash. As a civilian, Oliver pulls all the favors he can to try and get Thea out of jail time. As the Hood, Oliver hunts down The Count and ... Don't even indirectly mess with Oliver's sister, or it's going to go down very badly for you.
** Lampshaded in "Darkness on the Edge of Town":
--->'''Oliver, to Roy:''' Hi, I don't know if we've met. I'm Thea's disapproving older brother.
** At the beginning of Season Two, Oliver is unwilling to hood up again, because he doesn't want to increase his body count [[spoiler: and dishonor Tommy's memory]], even after Hood copycats kill the mayor and threaten Laurel. Then, they kidnap Thea. Cue one pissed-off Arrow (non-lethally) beating the living crap out of the copycats.
* LegallyDead: Oliver is a Types I and IV during his five years on the island.
* LeParkour: He makes frequent use of this.
* MadeOfIron: The amount of injuries Oliver sustained while on the island would have probably crippled most people. Likewise, in the premier he cuts his way through Adam Hunt's cadre of bodyguards, defeats his {{Dragon}}, leaps out of a skyscraper, ziplines to safety... and reappears at his party a scant three minutes later looking none the worse for wear.
* TheMafiya: The third episode reveals that Oliver somehow has the rank of captain. As revealed in "Vertigo", he apparently saved the life of Anatoli Knyazev (who in the DCU is the [=KGBeast=]).
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: Dates the Huntress, she leaves due to his disapproval of her methods. Dates [=McKenna=], she leaves after being shot during a confrontation between Oliver and Helena.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: He alternates between telling Laurel to stay away, and having ice cream with her.
* MoralDissonance: Oliver's methods can sometimes be extreme, especially at the start of the series. He also has a habit of taking out mooks but leaving their bosses alive.
* MoralMyopia: Oliver doesn't seem to notice that he applies this often. He's capable of cold-blooded murder in taking out his targets but doesn't allow anyone else the same leeway. [[spoiler: No longer the case in Season Two, as he's trying to avoid killing.]]
* MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: Averted. He wears a variation of his costume from the comic in a darker shade of green.
* MrFanservice: Especially with many a ShirtlessScene.
* MultiRangedMaster: Throwing knives and a bow and arrow.
* MyGreatestFailure: Originally, it was watching Sara Lance die while he was cheating on his girlfriend with her. His girlfriend, Sara's sister. As of Season Two, [[spoiler: this has been surpassed by Tommy's death during the undertaking and rendered moot when Sara turns up alive and well as the Canary]].
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Tommy gets a nonverbal version, over Thea.
-->'''Tommy:''' Have you noticed how ''[[SheIsAllGrownUp hot]]'' [[SheIsAllGrownUp your little sister's gotten]]?\\
''(Oliver gives him a DeathGlare)''\\
'''Tommy:''' Because I have not!
** Subverted with Roy, though. [[spoiler:In fact, he's counting on Thea being a MoralityChain for him.]]
* NeverFoundTheBody: During his five years on the island, he was presumed dead.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Even as the spoiled party guy he was before the island, Oliver seems to have a good relationship with his family's staff. Prior to letting her in on the secret he is also nothing but charming towards Felicity despite his odd requests.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Delivers one to Brodeur's bodyguard after the latter almost kills Laurel.
* NonIdleRich: Besides his nighttime activities, he also runs a nightclub in the first season and takes over as the co-CEO of Queen Consolidated in the second.
* NotQuiteDead: His loved ones find this out at the start of the show, much to their relief.
* NotWearingTights: Oliver's first costume, in the opening minutes of the Pilot, is essentially a dark green leather hoodie. When he starts his vigilante work, it's expanded to basically a full-body leather outfit, with a hood and green face paint.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Upon his return from the island, he immediately tries to hide that he's changed by acting like he did 5 years ago. Whilst he drops it as it becomes more apparent to those around him that he's no longer that guy, he still invokes this trope to help hide his vigilantism.
* OhCrap: Has a damn near perfect expression when he sees [[spoiler: Laurel has set him up in a police sting at her office]] at the end of "Identity".
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Doesn't sound terribly Canadian, but he drops an "aboat" every once in a while.
* PermaStubble: Once he was back home, he developed this, both mustache and beard versions.
* PrivateEyeMonologue: Provided by Oliver [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness for the first few episodes]]. It's dropped after he has someone to listen to his plans.
* ProperlyParanoid: At one point on the island, he came across someone tied up in a cave who claimed to be a student stranded on the island. Out of fear that he might be working for Fyers, Oliver leaves him there to die. In the penultimate episode of Season One, we find out he was right to be worried.
* TheProtagonist
* RelativeButton: [[spoiler: You'd think Malcolm would have [[TooDumbToLive known better than to press his.]]]]
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Oliver invokes this to hide his activities as the Hood. He further cultivates the image (and other related aspects of his SecretIdentity) by claiming to want to start a night club in an old Queen Consolidated warehouse...then doing absolutely nothing/making zero progress towards actually turning it into anything. Eventually, RealityEnsues when Tommy steps in to assist with the renovations, having noted that no progress is being made. At which point the night club actually gets finished. This is even lampshaded in the second season, when Moira dismisses Ollie's involvement in the club as just being a hobby.
** Averted in Season Two when he takes over as CEO of Queen Consolidated.
* SecretIdentity: And at first, he [[HeKnowsTooMuch maintained one]] [[NeckSnap ruthlessly]]. He's gotten softer about it, though. By Season Two, he is assisted by Diggle and Felicity and states that they both need secret identities, since he is now CEO of his family's company.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: He is the manly man to best friend Tommy's sensitive guy.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Oliver definitely suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. And although he's trying to maintain his guise as a SpoiledBrat, his family can tell that his act is [[StepfordSmiler not very genuine]].
** In "Identity", Slade comments on this after Oliver had killed his first person on the island that wasn't in self-defense.
* SpoiledBrat-->SpoiledSweet: Oliver was the former before his CharacterDevelopment on the island; he now regrets his shallowness and is closer to the latter. Still, given his relationship with the cook in the pilot and the fact that, before he disappeared, everyone genuinely loved him (his little sister in particular was devastated), he may be judging himself too harshly.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: Lampshaded by the police, who find using a bow and arrow in the modern day pretty ridiculous and insane.
* TheStoic: Oliver is really damn good in keeping his emotions in check.
** NotSoStoic: However he can be quite frightening when he does lose his cool.
* SupportingProtagonist: On the island, at first. He started to grow up a bit more and meet some interesting people along the way.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Oliver stops being the Hood for a few months while recovering from his fight with Dark Archer.
* TerrorHero
* ThouShaltNotKill: Adopts this starting in Season Two. [[spoiler: He was forced to break it in "State v. Queen" to save Felicity from Count Vertigo, and he was visibly shaken after the deed.]]
* TrainingFromHell: How is a SpoiledBrat able to hold his own against...everyone? Oh, right, five years alone (except for a few mentors) on an island against an army of merciless killers, some of whom are bonafide supervillains in their own right.
* UnstoppableRage: Briefly enters one when Brodeur's bodyguard/hitman almost kills Laurel.
* VigilanteMan: His role as "the Hood", which gives many an AppropriatedAppellation including the word "vigilante". However, he rarely stoops to VigilanteExecution, if ever.
** In Season Two, he realizes how fundamentally screwed up everyone else considers this, and decides not to act in a VigilanteMan manner anymore, instead simply helping the police do their jobs without killing if possible.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: At least OnceAnEpisode. All the better to show you he's CoveredWithScars, my dear.
* WhatTheHellHero: Oliver gets a few about his actions from the people who find out his secret, and from Detective Lance while in costume.
* YourCheatingHeart: Oliver was cheating on Laurel with her sister Sara.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Laurel Lance]]

!!Dinah Laurel Lance
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I'm a lawyer. I live to argue."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Katie Cassidy
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* ActionGirl: "Lone Gunman" showed that her father taught her some decent fighting skills.
* ActionSurvivor: There's no doubt that Laurel is a badass, but she does seem to end up the target for some very nasty people -- Jason Brodeur, Cyrus Vanch, Mr. Blank, the Dollmaker. [[spoiler: This eventually starts to take a toll on her psychologically by Season Two.]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: Actually averted. In the comics, Laurel was a brunette who wore a blonde wig.
* AdaptationNameChange: Subverted. She is called Laurel Lance, but her real name is acknowledged as [[ComicBook/BlackCanary Dinah Laurel Lance]]. (She's named Dinah after her mother.)
** Although subverted again somewhat as the actual Black Canary turns out to be not Laurel or her mother but [[spoiler: her younger sister Sara]]
* TheAlcoholic: In Season Two, Laurel resorts to drinking and popping pills in order to cope with [[spoiler: Tommy's death and her overall guilt]].
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Noted as a tendency with Laurel by Tommy. This makes her relationship with Tommy all the more rocky since she's uncomfortable with a normal relationship and he worries that her closeness with the Hood might result in her falling for the Hood. [[spoiler: Played with in Season Two when her relationship with the Arrow sours. It later improves, but not to the point it was in Season One.]]
* AlliterativeName: Her real name is Dinah Laurel Lance but she usually goes by her middle name. See AdaptationNameChange.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* {{Badass}}: Played with. Laurel is perfectly capable of kicking ass when she needs to. [[NonActionGuy However, she is a]] [[spoiler:former]] [[NonActionGuy lawyer, not a crime-fighter.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Oliver in the beginning.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Though not a villain, flashbacks in Season Two detail that [[spoiler: she dated Oliver to get back at her sister for going to a party she shouldn't have]]. This places the conversations between [[spoiler: her and Sara]] in flashbacks in other episodes in a very different light.
* BrainyBrunette
* BreakTheCutie: Her sister's death. [[spoiler: Then Tommy's.]]
* BrokenBird: Laurel is a very competent lawyer who's still recovering from her sister's death and her mother leaving.
** Made even worse in Season Two [[spoiler: with Tommy's death and the incredible guilt she feels for it]].
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: For the Arrow after Tommy's death, though she admits at the end of "Broken Dolls" that she was just projecting her own guilt onto him.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: More than once, but most notably when her father uses her to try and catch the Hood in "Betrayal", she gives him a well-deserved calling out.
* CartwrightCurse: Oliver was stranded on an island for five years, [[spoiler: Tommy died saving her life]], and her latest potential love interest is working for [[spoiler: Slade Wilson and experimenting on people in the Glades]]. She may not be as bad as Oliver but her relationships have not ended well for the guys involved.
* CassandraTruth: No one believes her about [[spoiler: Sebastian Blood, putting her suspicions down to her substance abuse]] -- despite her being 100% correct about him.
* CrusadingLawyer: In Season One, she worked for a legal aid office and only took on cases where innocent people had been abused by the system.
-->'''Laurel:''' If we can't win a class-action suit against a man who swindled hundreds of people out of their homes and life savings, then we're not fit to call ourselves a legal aid office.
* DaddysGirl: Far, far closer to her father than to her mother.
* DamselInDistress: Sometimes she needs rescuing. However, [[DamselOutOfDistress she remains capable of defending herself]].
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Seems to make a habit of it.
* DeadpanSnarker: She has her moments.
* DecompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: Shares the role of ComicBook/BlackCanary with her sister, Sara, though so far Sara is the only one who's a vigilante.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Towards Oliver in Season One and the Arrow in Season Two.
* TheDeterminator: In Season One she's shown to do just about anything to help her clients win cases. At the beginning of Season Two, it's her mission to bring down the Arrow, and she will go to any lengths to stop him, [[spoiler: even setting up a police sting at her office]].
* DrowningMySorrows: After all the trauma she's gone through at the end of the first season and into the second, she's not only turning into an alcoholic, but also taking pills with her drinks.
* {{Foil}}: To her father, especially in Season Two. They both have the same character flaws, but while Quentin realizes this and seeks help, Laurel is too wrapped up in her own hurt to accept that she has a problem -- [[LikeFatherLikeSon a complete flip of their personalities from Season One]].
* GoodIsNotSoft: She's generally kind to those around her and has made a career of helping those who need it most, but that doesn't mean she'll let the bad guys get away with abusing people.
* HelloAttorney: Until [[spoiler:"Blind Spot", when she's fired by the Assistant DA, and is disbarred in "Tremors"]].
* HollywoodLaw: As a lawyer a lot of what happens is really unrealistic. From the Laurel being in charge of prosecuting Moira's case to her being disbarred.
* {{Hypocrite}}: In "Broken Dolls", Laurel calls her father out for pursuing the Dollmaker; in return, her father calls her out on her crusade against the Arrow. She wasn't happy about that.
* IceQueen: She starts off rather cold and icy, especially towards Oliver. But she eventually starts to mellow out as the series progresses; see DefrostingIceQueen. [[spoiler: At the start of Season Two she's icy towards the Arrow, but not Oliver; she resolves this somewhat after "Broken Dolls", only to start getting icier toward her family as she becomes TheAlcoholic.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: To an extent. The first few episodes show her hating Oliver for getting her sister killed and not even giving her time to grieve. In "Damaged", she admits she's thought about it from his point of view and tearfully apologizes to him, and from that point on she fits the DefrostingIceQueen trope above.
** In Season Two, [[spoiler: [[TheAlcoholic she is sadly veering deeper into this territory]], refusing help for her substance abuse problems, snarking at Oliver and Thea when she gets drunk at Verdant, and accusing her sister, who she's just found out is alive, of stealing her life away]]. Granted, that last one has a grain of truth in it, but she still goes too far.
** Ollie finally [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calls her out on this]] and her NeverMyFault attitude in "Time of Death".
* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler: After Laurel stops blaming the Arrow for Tommy's death, she starts to believe this instead.]]
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: In her first scene in the Season Two premiere, Laurel disarms a bad guy and throws him down the stairs -- all while wearing a gorgeous full-length red dress. Probably heels, too.
* LadyInRed: She is seen wearing a form-fitting red dress in "City of Heroes" and again in "Crucible".
* LethalChef: Her diet seems to consist mostly of takeout, delivery, and eating out at restaurants; according to Oliver and Tommy, that's for a ''very'' good reason.
--> '''Oliver:''' "Thank God she didn't cook."
--> '''Tommy:''' "Amen."
** OneNoteCook: She did once say she could make the world's best mac and cheese, and Tommy didn't disagree, only added that it's all she ''can'' make.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father, Like Daughter]]: They have fairly similar personalities and both are very concerned with justice even if they don't always see eye-to-eye about how to obtain it. [[spoiler: They both also struggle with substance abuse. Quentin is trying to help her despite her pushing him away because he sees his actions mirrored in her.]]
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Played with. Given her conversations with Oliver-as-Arrow in "An Innocent Man", it looks like she's starting to side with him and maybe even fall for him. Then she witnesses him giving a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to a man who had just tried to kill her, which terrifies her. She later realizes it was because he was trying to protect her, and starts falling for him again. [[spoiler: At the start of Season Two, she blames the Arrow for Tommy's death and is set on arresting him. She drops this quickly and in "Blind Spot" she asked him for help with bringing down Sebastian Blood.]]
* [[LastNameBasis Middle Name Basis]]: She's usually referred to by her middle name because she and her mom share the same first name.
* MissingMom: She keeps in touch with her, though, and she comes back in certain situations, first time being in "Dead To Rights".
* MsFanservice: On occasion.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Laurel has a breakdown [[spoiler: when she stops blaming the Vigilante for Tommy's death and starts blaming herself]]. She has another in "Time of Death" after Oliver's furious WhatTheHellHero[=/=]TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to her; [[spoiler: she comes to see Sara at Verdant and admits that she really lashed out because seeing her sister alive and healthy showed Laurel how far she'd fallen in comparison, then hugs her and starts crying.]]
* NeverMyFault: Develops a strong tendency for this starting in Season Two, which ends up contributing to her downward spiral. Oliver calls her out on it in "Time of Death".
* RevengeBeforeReason[=/=]RevengeMyopia: At the start of Season Two, [[spoiler: she blames the Hood/the Arrow for Tommy's death, believing it was a result of being caught in the crossfire between the two archers.]] However, she abandons this in "Broken Dolls" when she realizes that [[spoiler: Tommy only died because he came to save her from the collapsing CNRI building, and suffers an emotional breakdown]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives several in Season One. She tries to do so in Season Two, to [[TheAlcoholic decreasing effect]]. In "Time of Death", it's her turn to receive a pretty powerful one, from Oliver no less.
* ShesGotLegs: Very nice ones, at that. Particularly noticeable when Laurel is walking into the club in "Burned".
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: For all her reported love of [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boys]], Laurel's relationship with Tommy seems to be this. She wasn't interested before he demonstrated he could be something more than a shallow playboy.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Very much so; see IceQueen.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Prior to the start of the series, she fell into the Smart Sister category, a rarer older sister variety. Still, both she and Sara had some crossover. [[spoiler: Sara reveals that Laurel apparently went after Oliver knowing her sister had a crush on him (though what Laurel felt at the time is unclear, as we only have Sara's side of the story).]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A. Towards Oliver mostly, usually in response to his own hot and cold actions towards her.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Laurel goes back and forth between the two. She's a lawyer, but in Season One, she supports the Vigilante until he nearly beats someone to death in front of her. She later helps him find justice for people and asks him for help in return. At the start of Season Two, she is determined to see the Vigilante brought to justice, but she later softens enough to refer to him as the Arrow.
* TookALevelInJerkass: As a result of everything that happens to her in Season Two (see TraumaCongaLine), she starts being incredibly nasty to everyone who tries to help her, growing worse as she dips deeper into [[TheAlcoholic alcoholism]]. [[spoiler: When Sara ''finally'' reveals that she's alive, Laurel is furious and throws her out of the apartment.]] However, as of the end of "Time of Death", she seems to be making an effort to change herself.
** [[spoiler: JerkassHasAPoint: To be fair to Laurel's alcohol-fueled rage, Sara could have saved her family a lot of grief if she'd informed them she was alive.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: Season Two. [[spoiler: After Tommy's death at the very end of the previous season, she is coping but clearly not happy. After she's kidnapped by the Dollmaker, her life starts to spiral down with prescription drugs and alcohol. Then she has to prosecute Moira, is the only one who thinks Sebastian Blood is evil, is arrested, is kidnapped again, is completely discredited when her addiction comes to light, loses her job, is about to be disbarred, and is almost killed by a League of Assassins member via snake venom. It's not hard to see why she TookALevelInJerkass.]]
* {{Workaholic}}: She has little to no social life outside of work. She picks up the phone in the first season finale and tells her father, "Don't worry, dad, I didn't come in to work." While at work. He replies, "You can't lie to me, of course you're at work. Now please get the hell out of there."
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: She might not be dating either of them at the time, but Laurel delivers an ass-kicking to Max Fuller in defense of Oliver and Tommy in "Lone Gunmen".
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: In the Pilot, Laurel blames Oliver for her sister's death and tells him this. Oliver later reveals he wished the same thing.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Moira Queen]]

!!Moira Dearden Queen
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->'''Played By:''' Creator/SusannaThompson

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* ActionSurvivor: Ironically, she is one of the few people to wound The Vigilante.
* AintTooProudToBeg: When confronted by the Hood, she's willing to beg for her life, for the sake of her children.
* AntiVillain: Slides from Type I to Type IV over the course of the first season. In the first few episodes, she's a WellIntentionedExtremist, even by Undertaking standards. By the middle of the first season, we see that unlike most members, she is trying to stop the Undertaking from within, though she uses rather underhanded methods to do so. By the end, we see that she's been coerced into it ever since Malcolm killed half her family. Ultimately, this leads to [[spoiler: her HeelFaceTurn.]]
* AscendedExtra: Like her husband, she's a PosthumousCharacter in the comics.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Subverted. Every time you think she's going to be this it turns out that she's just a [[MamaBear mother]] trying to protect her family.
* CompositeCharacter: Her role as the ruthless head of Queen Industries appears to be based a bit on Isabel Rochev/The Queen, an ex-lover of Robert Queen who became the BigBad of ''Green Arrow'' in the ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' era. Though later Isabel herself shows up.
** Also, her maiden name is the last name of the second Speedy.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Seems to be one, but she doesn't want to be. She's forced to support Malcolm in his plan to destroy the Glades out of fear, following him having Robert killed.
* DamselInDistress: The second time the Vigilante comes for her.
* TheDragon: Played with. The traditional role of the Dragon as the brutal enforcer is played by The Dark Archer, AKA Malcolm himself, but Moira carries out most of the overt business of travelling around the city, threatening and extorting people on behalf of the Undertaking. She plays this role to the hilt, but she's only doing it because she's terrified Malcolm will kill her and her family.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Her agenda initially seems to be simply to protect her family from Malcolm but she also tried to stop the Undertaking.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: While not exactly evil, she's certainly participated in some nasty things, including being coerced into committing mass murder. But she definitely wants the best for Thea and Oliver.
* [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn: She outs Malcolm and the Undertaking to the media during the Season One finale, knowing that she will immediately be arrested for her participation.]]
* IronLady: When she's running Queen Consolidated. And later in Season Two, [[spoiler: when she's going to run for Mayor]].
* MamaBear: But she's the one who arranged Oliver's kidnapping, right? By the end of the first season, we've learned she's only ever participated in the Undertaking because Malcolm was threatening her family, a threat he carried out on Robert, with Oliver caught as an innocent bystander, and again on Walter.
** Cemented in Season Two, [[spoiler: when she informs Ra's Al-Ghul on Malcolm Merlyn to keep him away from Thea]].
* ParentWithNewParamour: Within the past five years, Moira married her dead husband's business associate, Walter Steele. It's quickly revealed to be... an innocent and genuinely loving relationship with nothing underhanded about it. Until Walter starts [[HeKnowsTooMuch investigating the Undertaking...]]
* ParentsAsPeople: As this entry demonstrates, she cares for her children and wants the best for them, but she's not perfect.
* PunchClockVillain: Deconstructed. Punching the clock has ''not'' been good for her.
* ReverseMole: As of "Dodger", we learn that Moira is trying to have Malcolm killed.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: She's handed one by Thea after Walter is kidnapped. And by both Thea and Oliver after they find out about the Undertaking.
* ShipperOnDeck: [[spoiler:For Thea and Roy -- she wants her daughter to be happy, even if it damages her case.]]
* TrappedInVillainy[=/=]IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure[=/=]EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The reason she's still TheDragon is that if she isn't, her family will be hurt.
* UnscrupulousHero: As revealed in "The Undertaking", she absolutely hates the Undertaking itself, and is trying her best to stop it. The only problem is she's also the BigBad's DragonWithAnAgenda.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: She helped [[spoiler: murder 503 people, but apparently there are enough people in Starling City who'd vote for her that she can run for Mayor. It doesn't hurt that she's considerably less evil than Sebastian Blood, of course]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: Moira seems to believe the Arrow is a Robin Hood figure stealing from the rich to give to the poor. It has to be pretty much spoon-fed to her by Malcolm that Arrow is going after only specific targets in their Organization that just happened to be rich.
* [[spoiler: YourCheatingHeart]]: As is revealed in "State v. Queen", she [[spoiler: cheated on her husband with Malcolm]]. Because of this, [[spoiler: Thea is actually Malcolm's daughter]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Thea Queen]]
!!Thea Dearden Queen

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->'''Played By:''' Willa Holland
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* ActionSurvivor: In the first season finale, Thea throws a bottle and knocks out a thug who is trying to kill Roy.
* AgeAppropriateAngst
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: DoubleSubverted with Roy Harper. He doesn't exactly endear himself to her by stealing from her, but his nice attitude helps a bit, and she tries to help him out of his life of crime. However, in spite of his desire to continue thievery, she appears to fall for him after he rescues her from an AttemptedRape.
** RescueRomance: As of "The Huntress Returns".
* BerserkButton: Doesn't take well to her family keeping secrets from her. So naturally, everyone in her life is keeping at least one secret from her and the biggest secret in the family is [[spoiler:that Thea is the result of an affair between Malcolm Merlyn and Moira Queen]].
* BigBrotherWorship: For Oliver before he disappeared. After his return, that worship transforms into an equally-powerful mass of bitterness and anger with him, because of how badly his apparent death [[ItsAllAboutMe hurt her]].
** It's worth considering that a large part of the reason Thea became a [[WhereDidWeGoWrong parental disappointment]], wild party girl, and drug user, besides her stated reasons, may be because ''that's how she remembered her brother'', and she wanted very badly to grow up to be just like him.
** Thanks to CharacterDevelopment, she seems to be far more aware of how horrible the island was. When Roy calls Oliver 'a wimp' for not approving of their hunt for the Hood, Thea points out his ordeal as a counter; she knows the island was horrible, and she has nothing but respect and admiration for Oliver to survive there and seemingly still be sane.
* BrainyBrunette: She was able to locate Roy after he stole her purse and she's successfully [[spoiler: running Verdant in Season Two]].
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Started out as this, getting incredibly snotty and indignant at the notion that she shouldn't, in fact, be shoplifting, drinking, and getting high in bars at 17, but has gone through some CharacterDevelopment and is much better now.
* CallingTheOldManOut: After Walter disappears and Moira retreats into her bedroom, Thea calls her mother out on her selfish behavior.
* CanonForeigner: Her childhood [[MeaningfulName nickname]] was "[[{{Sidekick}} Speedy]]", so she may not be as much of a CanonForeigner as she initially appears.
* CharacterDevelopment: From SpoiledBrat in the first several episodes to SpoiledSweet, especially with her work at Laurel's law firm and involvement with the problems of the Glades (and Roy Harper). As of Season Two, [[spoiler: she's running Verdant and has left her druggie days behind for good]].
* DamselInDistress: In "City of Heroes", the second season premiere, Thea is kidnapped by copycat Hoods looking for revenge and media attention.
* DisappearedDad: He died when she was twelve in a boating "accident".
* DisproportionateRetribution: Is willing to go to jail just to spite Moira, because she thinks she was cheating on her stepfather.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Only in her first few episodes -- after her brush with the law and Vertigo-related troubles, she seems to be cleaning up her act. [[spoiler: Fully subverted in Season Two -- she's now mature enough to run Verdant and shows no sign of lapsing at all, in stark contrast to Laurel's substance abuse problems.]]
* ImprobableAge: She's around seventeen/eighteen years old and yet in Season Two, [[spoiler: she owns and operates Oliver's nightclub Verdant despite not being old enough to drink any beverages it serves]]. Oliver even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.
* ImprobableAimingSkills[=/=]InstantExpert: In "Sacrifice", she nails a thug with a bottle from off-screen, knocking him out, to save Roy. It may not be completely instant; her room does have more than one archery trophy in it.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Flat-out tells Oliver that she had just as bad a time as he did whilst he was on the island. At first glance, it appears that she's comparing living in a ''mansion'' with your slightly dysfunctional family to being forced to watch multiple people you know and love die, then washing up on an island with no supplies and no experience, being tortured, and having to run from people who want to kill you; however, it becomes more apparent as the first season goes on that she's not really taken in what Ollie went through, and that Moira was so distraught over Ollie and Robert's deaths that twelve-year-old Thea was basically left to deal with her own grief alone. As of Season Two, she's pretty much grown out of this.
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkassHasAPoint: Though she presents it in a pretty narcissistic way, she does make a pretty good point: she lost half her family when she was barely out of middle school, had no efforts made to help her cope, and when it turns out her brother is still alive, he returns distant and judgmental.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: At first she's very prickly towards Oliver, angry at his refusal to open up to her, bitter because he left her all alone and resentful of his efforts to curtail her party girl lifestyle, but she still cares for him deeply.
* MoralityChain: Unknowingly this to Roy. Ollie manages to calm Roy down by telling him to think of Thea.
* MsFanservice: Thanks to some of her outfits.
* [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule Private School Girls Rule]]: In Season One.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Thea takes full advantage of this in Season One, breaking laws with reckless, even ''gleeful'' abandon, knowing that her mother will use her influence and money to deflect any consequences. Subverted when a judge decides to make an example of her.
* ShesAllGrownUp: As noted by Tommy. [[spoiler: It's a bit squicky since the reveal that she is Malcolm's daughter (and Tommy's half sister) in "State v. Queen".]]
* SourOutsideSadInside: In early Season One she typifies this trope due to grief over her brother and her father.
* SpoiledBrat[=/=]SpoiledSweet: At the start of Season One, Thea is dismissive of her mother and cruel to her brother. She implies that what she suffered is just as bad as what Oliver has been through, she drinks and stays out late, and eventually she is arrested for taking drugs and driving under the influence. However, after that, she starts a path of CharacterDevelopment, becoming a much more pleasant person to the people in her life. In Season Two, there is no real sign of her being spoiled at all -- she's now [[spoiler: running Oliver's nightclub]] and is making no sign of returning to her old ways.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In Episodes 11 and 12 but the end result is a heap of CharacterDevelopment for her.
** TookALevelInKindness: Since doing community service at CNRI, Thea's negative qualities seem to have dimmed, even offering a job to Roy Harper. And now that [[spoiler: she's running Oliver's nightclub Verdant]] in Season Two, she seems to have her life fully under control.
* TraumaCongaLine: As Moira points out, Thea's had more than a few unhappy experiences in her life, especially given how young she is.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Don't test her aim.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Her school uniform is somewhere between B and C. Combine this with ShesAllGrownUp and that makes for some...conflicting situations and imagery.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Tommy Merlyn]]
!!Thomas "Tommy" Merlyn
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->'''Played By:''' Colin Donnell

Oliver's best friend, who has romantic feelings for Laurel and dated her throughout most of the first season. His father, Malcolm Merlyn, is the BigBad of the season. He also learns about his friend's vigilante duties and his father's SecretIdentity as the Dark Archer.
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* BeingGoodSucks: Uses this as an excuse to walk out on Laurel. It isn't actually what he feels, though.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Thea. [[spoiler: Come Season Two, turns out they're actually half-siblings.]]
* [[MillionairePlayboy Billionaire Playboy]]: However, in "Muse of Fire" he takes the job as the manager of Oliver's nightclub after losing his trust fund which he chooses even after Oliver freely offers to let him share his own large trust fund. He also loses the "playboy" side of it in order [[LadykillerInLove to be with Laurel]].
* TheBroCode: Tommy ''really'' doesn't want Oliver to find out that Tommy hooked up with Oliver's ex-girlfriend Laurel while Oliver was missing. Never mind that Oliver had been cheating on Laurel with her sister, that everyone thought Oliver was dead, and that Oliver was gone for five years. He also immediately backs away from [[OverlyLongGag ever possibly even doing anything that might hint at something remotely approaching looking like showing even a touch of interest]] in Thea, or in Diggle's sister-in-law.
* ButtMonkey: The poor guy never could catch a break.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Justified in that his father is a [[ParentalAbandonment world]] [[ParentalNeglect class]] [[{{Jerkass}} jerk]] [[ToughLove to him]]. And also the BigBad, but he doesn't know about that part.
* CanonImmigrant: To the ComicBook/New52, one month after the series started.
* TheCasanova: Tommy is stated to have quite a reputation as a ladies man. Quentin Lance implies that there have been accusations of him drugging his dates.
** LadykillerInLove: He seems to be ready to abandon his womanizing ways so he can start a serious relationship with Laurel. Laurel is initially skeptical if he is capable of changing, but they seem to be going steady.
* ComfortingTheWidow: After Oliver died, Tommy and Laurel, for a little while. Oliver is surprisingly cool with it.
* [[spoiler: DeathOfTheHypotenuse: Tommy is killed off just as Oliver and Laurel get back together.]]
* DisappearedDad: His father became cold and emotionally distant after his mother's death and disappeared outright for about two years. He came back, though they never repaired their relationship.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Laurel, proving that he actually cares and wants more than just a Friends with Benefits relationship, that he's matured and is a good guy. [[TheyDo It works]], because it's all true.
* [[spoiler: FriendlyTarget]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Oliver.
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice[=/=]ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: He gets impaled by a rebar while saving Laurel from the collapsing CNRI building in "Sacrifice".]]
* IAmNotMyFather: Tommy does ''not'' want to be like his father.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Tommy loves Laurel so much that he breaks up with her because he knows she's in love with both Oliver and the Vigilante, and he believes that should she ever find out they are the same person, she'd choose Oliver in a heartbeat.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* [[spoiler: LetThemDieHappy: Oliver lies to him as he dies, telling him that he didn't kill Malcolm. Except, in "State v. Queen", it turns out to be true, though only Moira knows it.]]
* MissingMom: She was killed in a mugging in the Glades.
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler: Posthumously. Oliver takes up a ThouShaltNotKill policy in Season Two to honor Tommy's memory.]]
* NiceGuy: Despite originally being assumed to be a shallow playboy and possible future supervillain, Tommy has, from Episode One onward, proven to be nothing but a completely dependable friend, dedicated boyfriend, and in general, an all-round awesome person. Towards the end of the season, his attitude unfortunately soured quite a bit, especially towards Oliver, and it wasn't totally unjustified.
* OnlyKnownByHisNickname: Never referred to as Thomas, until [[spoiler: his tombstone was marked as such]].
* ParentalAbandonment: After his mother died, his father flat-out took off for two years, with no explanation, and remained distant even upon returning.
* ParentalSubstitute: After his [[MissingMom mother died]] and his [[DisappearedDad father became cold and disappeared]], the Queens became his surrogate family.
* PluckyComicRelief
* RedHerring: DC Comics fans might recognize his surname as the name of Green Arrow's EvilCounterpart in-comics. He's not. [[BigBad His father, on the other hand]]...
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLion]]
* SecretKeeper: Though he saves his father's life, Tommy finds out that Oliver is the vigilante as his father was dying from Deadshot's bullets in "Dead to Rights".
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: He is the sensitive guy to Oliver's manliness.
* ShipperOnDeck: Subverted. He doesn't actually want Laurel to be with Oliver. He just thinks it's inevitable.
* SpoiledSweet: Despite being a rich playboy, Tommy is never anything less than sweet and friendly and never does anything immoral with his money. There are hints, however, that he (and Oliver) were less savory back in the day.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Laurel notes that Tommy looks a lot like his dad in "The Undertaking".
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* [[spoiler: TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Not as bad as some, but he's heavily involved in the first season finale, hence the spoilers.
* WhatTheHellHero: When Tommy finds out Oliver's secret he calls Oliver out on being a murderer.
* YankTheDogsChain: Pretty much everything that could go wrong in his life does go wrong. He does good a deed? It blows up in his face. Something good happens to him? Due to circumstances outside of his control he gets it cruelly ripped away from him, this reaches its logical conclusion [[spoiler: with his death]] in the season finale.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: John Diggle]]
!!John "Dig" Diggle
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->'''Played By:''' David Ramsey
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* [[spoiler: AmicableExes: Was this with Lyla, but they're now back together.]]
* TheAtoner: He wants to work with Oliver since it makes him feel good again.
* {{Badass}}: Shows off his skills in "Honor Thy Father", taking down two Triad assassins and going toe-to-toe with China White for a bit. In "Legacies", we see Dig without his professional suit on and his physique is arguably more impressive than Oliver's. Oliver later comments that his arms are the size of bowling balls.
** BadassInANiceSuit: How he dresses while playing the part of Oliver's bodyguard and driver.
** UnderestimatingBadassery: Ted Gaynor ''really'' should have known better than to hand Diggle a grenade launcher.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: The bodyguard equivalent, anyway. Oliver seems to take more pleasure in ditching him than is strictly necessary -- at least until he lets Dig in on the secret, after which it proves unnecessary altogether.
* BlackBestFriend: To Oliver.
* BodyguardingABadass: Understandable, considering nobody knows Oliver is anything more than an idiot playboy when they assign Diggle to bodyguard him.
* CanonImmigrant: In Issue #24 of the ComicBook/{{New 52}} series.
* TheConsigliere: To Oliver; he shares this role with Felicity.
* CoolUncle
* DeadpanSnarker: After he and Oliver become closer, he shows no hesitation in cracking wise on a regular basis.
* DeathByOriginStory: His brother, Andy is part of Dig's motivation to help Oliver.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: Forced to work with Deadshot to break out of prison.]]
* GenreSavvy: To an extent -- he's very much aware of the constant lying Oliver does to his face, and whenever Oliver does something to get away from him, the next time around he's prepared for it. [[labelnote: Example]]Diggle drives Oliver e through Starling City, only for Oliver to pull a StealthHiBye while Diggle's talking and his eyes are on the road; next time around, Diggle's sitting in the back with Oliver and someone else is driving.[[/labelnote]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Oliver. He jokes about this when telling Felicity that he and Oliver don't need couples therapy.
* ItsPersonal: With Floyd "Deadshot" Lawton. Not only does Deadshot shoot and nearly kill him, he also shot and killed Diggle's brother Andy.
* TheLancer
* MoralityChain: Aims to become one to Oliver so that he won't [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Jump Off The Slippery Slope]].
* MoralityPet: Functionally, as Oliver edges away from the Slippery Slope, Diggle acts more as his external conscience and reminder-of-humanity.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: A few. The most memorable so far from "Trust But Verify":
--> You forgot one thing: I'm the one with the grenade launcher.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Though it didn't take him too long to answer it.
* TheReliableOne
* SecretKeeper: From "An Innocent Man" onwards.
* ShoutOut: He's named for writer Andy Diggle, who wrote the ''Green Arrow: Year One" mini-series.
* StopBeingStereotypical[=/=]SelfDeprecation: When team Arrow is investigating Vertigo, he's the one to dress in street clothes and purchase a sample.
-->'''Diggle:''' There you go. The person of color has successfully purchased your drugs.\\
'''Felicity:''' For the record: I offered.
** In Season Two, when Oliver insists that he and Felicity need secret identities if they're going to keep working with him, Diggle pulls this off again as he begrudgingly notes his secret identity is as Oliver Queen's black driver.
* SympatheticMurderBackstory: Subtly so; as he's a soldier, he probably has been responsible for a number of deaths in battle. However, there is one that seems to stand out: while protecting an Afghani Warlord, he killed a young rebel, which shook his world view as he questioned who was more worthy of life in that moment.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Twice. One lasts one episode. The other lasts two.
* TheWarOnTerror[=/=]YanksWithTanks: Served three tours in the [=US=] Army Special Forces in the Afghanistan theater, before becoming a bodyguard.
* WhatTheHellHero: Aims several at Oliver.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Quentin Lance]]
!!Quentin Larry Lance
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->'''Played By:''' Paul Blackthorne
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* AdaptationNameChange: Subverted. Detective Larry Lance is now Detective Quentin Lance. However, his middle name in the show is Larry.
* TheAlcoholic: Suggested as a possibility when, after a verbal and emotional beat down by the Queens over his family tragedies, Laurel has to pick him up from a bar because he's falling down drunk. Laurel doesn't seem particularly surprised. Confirmed or at least used as an insult in "Betrayal" by Laurel after he uses her as bait to try and catch The Hood.
** He's also seen attending an AA meeting in "Crucible" after learning [[spoiler: Laurel is falling off the wagon like he did when Sara had "died"]].
* TheAtoner: Is noticeably politer towards Oliver post-"Damaged," because of his arresting Oliver on supposedly false charges and almost getting him killed.
* {{Badass}}: While not to the level of Oliver or [[spoiler: Sara]], he manages to fend off and ultimately kill a member of the League of Assassins entirely on his own.
** BadassNormal: Quentin can still defeat members of the League of Assassins despite being an ordinary cop and not being an EmpoweredBadassNormal, spending 5 years on a hellish island or being trained by the League.
* BerserkButton: "The Huntress Returns" shows that Quentin is not fond of being told that his daughters are/were [[MyGirlIsNotASlut easy]].
* ByTheBookCop: Less and less as time progresses. [[spoiler: By Season Two, he's TheCommissionerGordon when Barton Mathis is revealed to be at large.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: Laurel does this when he uses her as bait to try and catch the Vigilante.
* CastingGag: Paul Blackthorne [[Series/TheDresdenFiles as a detective.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Initially completely opposed Arrow and standing by the law, he comes to realize that you can't always do the right thing without breaking the law.
* [[spoiler: TheCommissionerGordon: As of "Broken Dolls".]]
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Quentin really doesn't like his daughter's [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys choice in boyfriends]].
-->'''Laurel:''' [Tommy] has a name you know.
-->'''Quentin:''' I know. I just can't quite bring myself to use it.
* DeadpanSnarker: He gets progressively snarky as the show goes on.
* {{Foil}}: To Laurel. In Season One Quentin is an angry alcoholic who refuses to listen to any kind of reasoning until it's too late. In Season Two Laurel takes on many of these flaws when Quentin finally gives up drinking, helps the Arrow and welcomes [[spoiler: his daughter back]].
* GoodIsNotNice
* GoodParents: In a series full of absent, manipulative or crazy parents, Quentin stands out as someone who cares for and loves his daughters, no matter what.
* GreatDetective: Despite being a jerk, Lance has shown some signs of this, as despite wanting to arrest the vigilante he's able to easily tell when a crime they come across is not because of said vigilante despite everyone else assuming so. Such as pointing out that the vigilante does not use guns when they found someone shot, the fact that he hasn't snapped any necks (as of recently), or the fact that the arrows used to kill Adam Hunt were black and not green like he is known for.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Laurel accuses him of becoming this.
* HollywoodLaw: With his connection with the Queen family he should not be allowed anywhere near a case involving them.
* InspectorJavert: In Season One to a certain extent, in contrast to his daughter's more CommissionerGordon attitude. By Season Two he's become the CommissionerGordon while Laurel is more of an InspectorJavert
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkassHasAPoint: Quentin is crusading against Arrow since... uh... the guy's killed and maimed several people. On the personal side, Quentin's hatred towards Oliver makes a lot of sense when you consider Oliver is the guy who cheated on his one daughter with his other daughter, and got said daughter killed. Then you find out that the fallout of his daughter's death resulted in his wife leaving. Yikes.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He makes a joke about Oliver being kidnapped right to his face and his family. Oliver's mother showed an instant disliking to his behavior towards the subject. {{Justified|Trope}}, since he considers Oliver to be responsible for Sara's death, as well as breaking the heart of his other daughter. Despite what one could say about him, he truly does care for his daughter and wouldn't hesitate to use the entire police force to protect her when she is threatened.
* NotSoDifferent: Quentin and Oliver both get a little bit crazy when the situation involves Laurel. Personality-wise, the two are also very similar. And Quentin is willing to go to great lengths to catch the vigilante, just like Oliver is willing to do the same to catch/kill criminals.
* PapaWolf[=/=]KnightTemplarParent[=/=]OverprotectiveDad: He's ''extremely'' protective of Laurel and just wants her safe. Understandable, since she's his only surviving daughter and is making dangerous enemies as a lawyer, but sometimes his protectiveness overwhelms his reason. He was also willing to [[spoiler: take on the Leagues of Assassins to protect Sara, and wound up killing one of them on his own]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In Season One, he is determined that 'The Hood' will pay for his actions, but he's still reasonable enough to a) use evidence that the vigilante gives him, b) realize when it's not The Hood that's doing the killing, c) help the vigilante when there is nothing that he can do, and d) ask the vigilante for help when Starling City PD's in over their heads.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: [[spoiler: At the start of Season Two, he's been demoted to a beat cop for helping the vigilante during Season One.]]
* SecretKeeper: For Felicity Smoak, in a sense, as he's the only person outside Oliver's team who knows she works with the Arrow. [[spoiler: Also to Sara, after he learned that she's alive, she's the Canary, and she's hiding from her family so they won't look for her and become targets.]]
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Throughout Season One, but leans further and further towards 'sympathetic' as time goes by.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Struggles with this as the series goes on, wanting to catch the vigilante however grudgingly helps him when there is no other choice. [[spoiler: In "Sacrifice", he chooses Good, understanding that laws and rules are useless if they are not protecting anyone. He is ultimately demoted to beat cop for this. He continues to work with the Arrow in Season Two with little internal conflict showing that he has embraced the Good.]]
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: [[spoiler: He ''might'' have chosen a better way to explain how he heard about the "destroy the Glades" plan. In his defense, with literal hours remaining, zero leads, and thousands to evacuate, he might not have been thinking about that sort of thing.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Felicity Smoak]]
!!Felicity Megan Smoak
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->'''Played By:''' Emily Bett Rickards
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* ActionSurvivor: Grows into this in the Season Two premiere when she nails one of the copycat Hoods with a piece of wood in an attempt to distract them from killing Oliver.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Felicity has black hair in the comics, but is portrayed as a blonde in the series. Possibly InUniverse, in that she states she dyes her hair.
* {{Adorkable}}: Even once she's in on the secret and surrounded by {{Badass}}es, she still manages to be an {{Adorkable}} StraightMan.
* AscendedExtra: Got promoted to series regular for Season Two.
* BadassBookworm: Oh yeah.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: She has her share of quirks and eccentricities (see MotorMouth and OpenMouthInsertFoot) but she's the best IT specialist at Queen Consolidated for a reason.
* TheConsigliere: To Oliver; she shares this role with Diggle.
* CovertPervert[=/=]EatingTheEyeCandy: Was careful to reinstall [[MrFanservice Oliver's salmon ladder]] when upgrading the Foundry. Why? She likes watching him use it.
* DamselInDistress: In her defense, she was a completely untrained non-combatant up against people willing to kill. There really wasn't much she legitimately could have done.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has her moments, but normally her moments of snark come from her already {{Adorkable}} nature rather than a strict deadpan tone.
* DisappearedDad: Her father abandoned her and her mother when she was a kid, leaving her fearful of losing anybody else she cares about.
* DumbBlonde: Averted and discussed InUniverse.
-->'''Felicity:''' I may be blonde, but I'm not that blonde.
* DyeHard: [[InvokedTrope Has admitted to this.]]
* FanservicePack: As of Season Two, she is wearing sexier outfits and not tying her hair back.
* GenkiGirl: Lacks the manic energy typically associated with this trope, but she does talk very fast and tends to be very optimistic.
* GenreSavvy:
-->'''Felicity:''' You're going to be ''very'' upset when you meet my partner.
-->(Oliver blasts into the casino and cuts through the mooks to get to her)
* GirlFriday:
-->'''Felicity:''' I should add Personal Internet Researcher for Oliver Queen to my job title.
** It's even lampshaded in Season Two.
-->'''Oliver:''' I need a Girl Wednesday.\\
'''Felicity:''' It's Friday! And the answer is no!
* GoodWithNumbers: She's a natural at counting cards, stating that it's all just probability theory and mathematics.
* GreenEyedMonster: Whenever another woman shows up in Oliver's life, though she does get along with [[spoiler: Sara]], his current squeeze.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Which reflects her innocent and idealistic nature.
* TheHeart: To Team Arrow.
* HollywoodNerd
* HotLibrarian: Her colourful blouses and short pencil skirts certainly evoke the look.
-->'''Isabel:''' What were her qualifications? Aside from an abundance of short skirts?
* InformedJudaism
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: She has a bit of a crush on Oliver.
* InNameOnly: Has very little in common with her comic book counterpart, the stepmother of [[ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} Ronald "Ronnie" Raymond]].
* InnocentBlueEyes
* InterdisciplinarySleuth[=/=][[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Omnidisciplinary IT Girl]]: You can come to her with any problem. Crack a laptop? No problem. Track down an accounting discrepancy? Done. Investigate an apparently empty book? Easy. Track down a specialist arrow? 60 seconds and you're out the door. Hack into Merlin Global's mainframe and disarm a Markov device? Piece of cake. Need her to determine the composition of an unknown drug sample? That's... totally something that IT would handle. She also went to M.I.T. And she uses her IT skills for the purposes of crime fighting.
* JewishAndNerdy: Her Judaism comes up a few times, especially near Christmastime. She's also extremely nerdy.
* LettingHerHairDown: She usually wore her hair in a ponytail when not on missions in Season One, but Season Two has her wearing her hair down far more often.
* {{Meganekko}}
* MissionControl: Her usual role for Oliver, though she does go out on occasion to help in the field.
* TheMistress: Several people (most notably Isabel Rochev) assume she's Oliver's. She isn't.
* MoralityPet[=/=]MoralityChain: In her innocence and inexperience, she sometimes disapproves of Oliver's methods, and she won't shy away from telling him when she thinks he's wrong.
* MotorMouth: She talks ''a lot''.
* MysteriousPast: We don't know much about her personal life except for the fact that she went to M.I.T. and it's even said word for word in her character bio. With the revelation in the middle of Season Two of her DisappearedDad and her mother being...her mother, it seems to have elements of a DarkAndTroubledPast.
* NiceGirl: In addition to being {{Adorkable}}, she's polite and kind even when someone like Moira or Laurel is treating her dismissively -- but she ''will'' put her foot down when she believes Oliver or anyone else is doing wrong.
* [[NonActionGuy Non-Action Girl]]: She's not trained in combat, though she does take part in missions in "The Undertaking" and "Darkness on the Edge of Town". We do see her getting some training in "Dead to Rights".
** Comes back to bite her in Season Two, which sees her [[spoiler: skydiving onto Lian Yu and almost triggering a land mine]].
* OpenMouthInsertFoot[=/=]ThatCameOutWrong[=/=]VerbalBackspace: She has a bad tendency to phrase things in an awkward or insensitive manner and only realize how they sound after she has already said them. In particular, she does so when talking to Oliver and Walter, who are her bosses and could have her fired for it. She even [[LampshadeHanging calls herself out on it]] in "Darkness on the Edge of Town".
* PlayfulHacker
* PluckyGirl[=/=]PluckyComicRelief[=/=]ThePollyanna: Felicity is usually the most optimistic character in the show and will throw in a quip to relieve tension from time-to-time.
* TheReliableOne
* SecretKeeper: As of "The Odyssey". After all of Oliver's bad lies, she's not too surprised.
** By "Birds of Prey" she's been tasked with so many secrets that she's starting to have trouble remembering who knows what.
* SexySecretary: What everyone at Queen Consolidated sees her as.
* SheCleansUpNicely: When she's going undercover, or even just attending a dance at the Queen Mansion.
* ShipTease: With Barry Allen in "The Scientist".
* TheSmartGirl: She's the one who does all the research and hacking for the team.
* TechnoWizard: By her own admission, she's been putting computers together since she was seven, and her aforementioned hacking skills are nothing to sneeze at.
* WrongGenreSavvy: She deduces that Oliver is trying to get her involved in a ''{{Theatre/Hamlet}}''-like plot against his step-father. While Oliver's situation looks very much like Hamlet's, they're actually in a superhero story and Oliver doesn't seem to hold a grudge against Walter for marrying his mother.
** Then again when Walter called her into his office. She assumed that he was calling her up to fire her and went on a rant of the ramifications if he did that. It turned out he just wanted her to do some investigating. Yes, she was as embarrassed as one could expect.
** After being brought in on Oliver's secret, she's graduated to GenreSavvy.
* YouGetMeCoffee: [[AvertedTrope Oh, no, she doesn't.]] Trying this will only cause your coffee maker to meet a very violent end (unless you've had an absolutely horrible day and really need it).
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Slade Wilson]]
!!Slade Wilson [[spoiler: / ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}]]
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->'''Played By:''' Manu Bennett
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* ActionDad: Has a son named [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Joe]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Manu Bennett is part Maori, though there's no indication that Slade Wilson is. Slade in the show is [[RaceLift Australian]] so it's possible if not confirmed.
* AdaptationalHeroism: This Slade Wilson is more an AntiHero than a villain, whereas his comics counterpart is mainly a villain who occasionally will veer into AntiHero territory. [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn No longer the case]] as of the present-day scenes in "Three Ghosts".]]
* AscendedExtra: Got promoted to series regular for Season Two.
* AwesomeAussie: He works for ASIS.
* {{Badass}}: More badass than Billy Wintergreen.
** BadassBaritone: Often to GutturalGrowler levels.
** BadassBeard: See PermaStubble below. [[spoiler: Now a BeardOfEvil as well in Season Two's present day.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Though he'd probably kill you before he admitted it.
* ColdSniper: When using a firearm.
* CombatPragmatist: He was willing to kill Oliver purely because he thought the dumb rich boy would trip up and get him killed.
* CynicalMentor: He's not overly confident in Oliver's ability to survive...at first.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[UpToEleven More so than Oliver.]] At least we know where he gets it from.
* DecompositeCharacter: As we've learned by "The Odyssey", Slade's Deathstroke persona went to his partner, Billy Wintergreen. Slade is the anti-hero to Wintergreen's villain. [[spoiler: No longer the case after Wintergreen's death and the events of "Three Ghosts", but especially starting in "Blind Spot", when we finally see him in full Deathstroke gear and mask.]]
* DisappearedDad: He is one.
* TheDreaded: [[spoiler:Amanda Waller actually gets ''tears in her eyes'' upon learning he's alive.]]
* DualWielding: Thus far, every weapon he can duel wield, he has.
* {{Foil}}: Of a sort to Yao Fei. While Yao Fei is a SinkOrSwimMentor, Slade is a very harsh, less outwardly compassionate, but more straightforward and honest mentor.
* GoodIsNotNice: On the island.
* {{Jerkass}}: Completely justified by the circumstances. [[spoiler: At first, anyway.]]
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kind of, after Oliver actually accomplishes something.
* MadeOfIron: Throughout the course of the show, he's shot twice, caught in the wake of a missile, [[spoiler: and burned alive by a second missile]], but keeps on powering through.
** DentedIron: His first bullet wound gets infected, and in Season Two, [[spoiler: he requires a Mirakuru injection in order to survive his burn wounds]].
* MasterSwordsman: His WeaponOfChoice is a sword, and he teaches Oliver close quarters combat skills with one.
* NotQuiteDead: Believed to have died after being injected with Mirakuru, but soon recovered.
** [[spoiler: Later, he's believed to have died on the island after Oliver shoots him in the eye. Then we see Deathstroke...]]
* TheObiWan: Though a very harsh one.
* PermaStubble: Even on an island with no electric razors of any kind, Slade keeps his stubble in-check. Given his skill with blades, he probably shaves with one of his many knives, maybe two at the same time.
* RaceLift: Slade Wilson in the comics is white. Here, he's AmbiguouslyBrown.
* ScarsAreForever: Has a couple of notable ones on his face, including [[spoiler: his right eye being ruined in the present day]].
* TwoFaced: A rare non-villainous case after being too close to an explosion, with his head completely black on its right side due to an ointment, [[http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/comicsalliance.com/files/2013/11/Arrow_2_7_3.jpg which makes his face look like Deathstroke's mask]]. It is played completely realistically, as he is shown to be in constant agony, and appears to be dying from it as of "State v. Queen". [[spoiler: He later recovers and loses this feature, though.]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Billy Wintergreen. [[spoiler: And post-Island, with Oliver, though he doesn't see it that way.]]
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!!Tropes that apply as of or after "Three Ghosts"
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'''''WARNING: UNMARKED SPOILERS BELOW.'''''

* BadassBoast: "Death would be a release from this life, and his sentence is yet to be carried out. I am going to tear everything he cares about away from him. Destroy those who choose to follow him. Corrupt those he loves. Once he has lost everyone and everything he values, I will drive an arrow through his eye."
* BadBoss: At the end of "Blind Spot", after Blood nearly lets Laurel expose the truth, he slaughters all three of Blood's bodyguards and threatens to kill him if he screws up again.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: Slade pre-Mirakuru is a loyal, [[DeadpanSnarker gruff]], [[ChronicHeroSyndrome generally]] [[GoodIsNotNice good]] guy who served as a mentor to Ollie. As Deathstroke, he is a ruthless villain with a nasty vendetta.
* BigBad: While Brother Blood is TheHeavy for Season Two's present day, [[TheDragon he's working for Slade]], who is aiding Blood in mass-producing the PsychoSerum running through his own veins. He also has a desire to completely ruin Oliver's life, then finally "drive an arrow through his eye".
** [[spoiler: As of "The Promise", he has become this for Season Two's flashbacks as well, killing the ''Amazo'''s captain and taking over, not to mention ''[[AnArmAndALeg hacking off Ivo's hand]]''.]]
* CameBackWrong: Thanks a ''lot'', Mirakuru.
* CoolMask: He finally puts it on in "Blind Spot", where we first see him in the new Deathstroke outfit, metallic upgrade of the mask included. In "The Promise", we see him don the original mask for the battle of the ''Amazo''.
* TheDreaded: He terrifies both heroes and villains.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: He finally becomes one after being injected with [[PsychoSerum Mirakuru]].
* EvilerThanThou: Not only is Brother Blood his [[TheDragon Dragon]], but after his FaceHeelTurn, [[spoiler: he takes over the ''Amazo'' by killing its captain, then terrifies Dr. Ivo and ''cuts off his hand'' before locking him in his own prison]].
* EvilFormerFriend: In the present-day scenes in Season Two, to Oliver. Granted, he doesn't see it that way.
* EvilIsNotWellLit: His scenes in the present are all shot in very low-key lighting. That is, until "Time of Death," when he [[spoiler: shows up in the Queen Mansion to confront Oliver]].
* EvilSoundsDeep: Just when you thought that his BadassBaritone couldn't get any more intimidating...
* EyepatchOfPower: He wears one in the present-day scenes. [[spoiler: Underneath, [[EyeScream his right eye is just]] ''[[EyeScream gone]]'', as we discover at the end of "The Promise".]]
* FaceHeelTurn: Sometime between the events on the island and the events of Season Two, Slade has become a villain obsessed with destroying Oliver. [[spoiler: In "The Promise", we see it actually happen, due to Ivo pinning the blame for Shado's death on Oliver [[RightBehindMe right when Slade shows up to hear it]].]]
* HandicappedBadass: After he was burned by firing from the ''Amazo'', his hands and the right side of his face were damaged. He later healed due to a PsychoSerum, but in Season Two's present day, he's lost the use of his right eye, like his comic book counterpart.
* HeartbrokenBadass: After learning that Shado was killed by Ivo, he became this.
** FreudianExcuse[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: And in "The Promise", when Ivo gets him to blame Oliver for her death, he evidently hits the DespairEventHorizon in addition to making his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: To Brother Blood.
* MonsterProgenitor: In the present day, his blood is the source of Mirakuru for the Blood Cult. He might also fit the "strongest" part, as he's clearly stronger than Roy.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: A.R.G.U.S. designate him Deathstroke. [[OneManArmy It's a]] MeaningfulName.
* PsychoSerum: He got dosed with Mirakuru and survived, becoming the first character chronologically to gain super strength from it.
* SharpDressedMan: He is one in Season Two's present day, when he's not [[MalevolentMaskedMen wearing the Deathstroke outfit]].
* StartOfDarkness: Losing Shado seemed to lead to this, and being injected with a PsychoSerum didn't help either.
* SuperStrength[=/=]SuperToughness: He got both post-injection.
* VillainOverForDinner: [[spoiler: At the end of "Time of Death", Oliver arrives at the Queen Mansion to find Moira in the middle of a meeting with -- oh, take a wild guess.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:So good that Thea is willing to accept a ride from him at the end of "Birds of Prey"]].
* WickedCultured: He gives off this vibe in [[spoiler: the present-day scenes of "The Promise" while talking amiably with Moira and Thea in the mansion]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Roy Harper]]
!!Roy William Harper, Jr.
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->'''Played By:''' Colton Haynes
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* AfraidOfNeedles: Most likely a MythologyGag to Roy being an addict in the comics. [[spoiler: Or subtle {{Foreshadowing}} to him getting injected with Mirakuru.]]
* AscendedExtra: Got promoted to series regular for Season Two.
* AntiHero: Type II.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBaritone
** BadassInDistress: When he's kidnapped by the Savior, and [[spoiler: when he's kidnapped by Brother Blood]].
** [[spoiler: EmpoweredBadassNormal: Becomes his superhero moniker after being injected and living through Brother Blood's serum.]]
* BeAllMySinsRemembered: Believes he's a horrible person and is surprised when there are people who think he's worth saving.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Goes from beaten and bloodied to looking no worse for the wear in about twenty minutes in "Salvation".
* BrokenBird: His cynicism stems from his crappy life. Becomes more broken after losing his home and friends in the earthquake.
* BrokenPedestal --> RebuiltPedestal: Towards the Arrow. [[spoiler: He's furious when the guy shoots him in the leg, but after finding out Oliver is the Arrow, he forgives him.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Part of his character arc and a main source of his conflict with Thea.
* CompositeCharacter: Of Roy Harper and Connor Hawke; he has Roy's name and personality, but, but more of a fighter than an archer [[spoiler: who gains superpowers, including healing abilities, against his will]] like Connor.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: It's mostly hinted at, but he does have a criminal record.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Played with. He uses the pity card when he wants something, but becomes irritated when it actually produces positive results.
* FragileSpeedster: An extremely fast fighter who utilizes LeParkour a lot more than Oliver, but being stabbed once can severely hurt him, and he's not wearing armor. [[spoiler: Lessened greatly after he gets Mirakuru.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: [[spoiler:A side effect of mirakuru; even a stranger mouthing off to him can get him in a killing mood.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Started out as a petty criminal, before deciding to follow in the Hood's footsteps.
* InSeriesNickname: Has been repeatably called Abercrombie. [[SarcasmMode No, we don't know why he is called that either.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Steals Thea's purse, uses his fake sob story to get away without criminal charges, and blows off her later attempt to help him get a job...but then picks a fight with three armed guys to rescue her fast enough that he had to be following her. Then denies being her friend to the doctor stitching him up.
* JustifiedCriminal: Double subverted. His story about needing money for his sick mother's medical bills was made up to get out of trouble for stealing Thea's purse, but he later says he ''can't'' get a job because nobody wants to hire a high-school dropout with a criminal record.
* KnightInSourArmour
* LeParkour: A large part of his combat style.
* NobleDemon: He's a thief, but he's perfectly willing to help out people who seem defenseless in the Glades outside of his thieving, even putting his life on the line.
* ParentalAbandonment: His mom suffered from the effects of Vertigo, [[FreudianExcuse causing him to steal]] just to pay for his mother's medical bills. This allows him to get off the hook from stealing Thea's purse. When she finds him, it was all a lie.
* [[spoiler: PsychoSerum: Got dosed with it and survived.]]
** [[spoiler: HealingFactor]]
** [[spoiler: SuperStrength]]
** [[spoiler: SuperToughness]]
* RedemptionQuest: His hunt for the Vigilante.
* RescueRomance: With Thea.
* [[spoiler: SecretKeeper: As of "Tremors" he's one of the few non-evil people who know Oliver's secret identity.]]
* TroubledButCute
* [[spoiler: VigilanteMan: Season Two shows that he's taken this up in the Arrow's absence.]]
** [[spoiler: TheInformant: The Arrow gives him this role so that he won't get himself killed.]]
[[/folder]]

!Recurring Characters

[[folder: Walter Steele]]
!!Walter Steele
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->'''Played By:''' Colin Salmon

CEO of Queen Industries, Walter was Robert Queen's best friend. He married Moria sometime after Robert's death, but divorces her after Season One due to her lies and role in the Undertaking. He is the current CFO of Starling National Bank.
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* AllLovingHero: Downplayed. But you'll notice that Walter likes just about everybody, and everybody likes him.
* AscendedExtra: Appeared in exactly one panel in one issue of any comic book, ever.
* BadassBaritone
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: He's the CEO (former CFO) of Queen Industries.
* BenevolentBoss: Gets along very well with employees. His kind nature is why Felicity wanted to help find him.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Helps Oliver secure a 50% stake in Queen Consolidated, saving it from a corporate takeover by Isabel Rochev.]]
* CommutingOnABus: He leaves on a "business trip" in "Damaged" where he's actually investigating Moira's lies, but he returns in "Muse of Fire". Then he gets kidnapped in "Year's End". He's rescued in "The Undertaking", but leaves again at the end of the following episode after telling Moira that he's filed for divorce.
** [[spoiler: He returns in Season Two as an angel investor in Queen Consolidated, then shows up again in the middle of the season to try to convince Moira to run for Mayor.]]
* DistressedDude: He's kidnapped by Malcolm and spends six months as a captive until he's rescued by the Hood.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Subverted. Is used as a mid-episode cliffhanger, but the source was lying.
* HappilyMarried: Until "Darkness At the Edge of Town".
* HonestCorporateExecutive: He's definitely one of these -- see NonIdleRich below. Ironically, he's married to his polar opposite, though he doesn't realize this at first.
* HonorBeforeReason: Walter's stated reason for investigating further into Robert Queen's murder despite being told that doing so was dangerous? Because Robert was his friend and he's the type of guy to avenge his best friend's murder.
* LikeASonToMe: Treats Thea as if she were his own daughter. And while things are initially frosty between them, it's clear that he views Oliver as if he were his own son, and actually calls him "son" in "The Undertaking". He reiterates this in "City of Heroes" when he states that [[spoiler: regardless of the situation between himself and their mother, if Oliver and Thea need anything, they can call him]].
* NiceGuy: See BenevolentBoss above.
** NiceToTheWaiter: Being this to Felicity is explicitly the reason she tries to discover his fate. Also, when his head of security gets killed under suspicious circumstances, he's reluctant to have any other staff continue that investigation.
* NonActionGuy
* NonIdleRich: Though a NonActionGuy, because he's an HonestCorporateExecutive, he tends to do his due diligence. When he suspects potential embezzling within his company, he personally investigates despite the fact that he has an entire department also investigating.
* RaceLift: He's Caucasian (and American) in the comics.
* RedHerring: Savvy viewers expect him to be the bad guy. Oliver comes home and finds Walter married to his mother. In just a few episodes, we learn that nope, Walter's a genuinely good guy who loves Moira and Thea, is a caring and dedicated CEO, and wants nothing but the best for his adopted family and the employees. The reason people think he's evil in the beginning is mostly because a) [[EvilBrit he's British]] and b) he's a bit uptight. Regardless, he's an honorable gentleman through and through.
* RomancingTheWidow: Or rather romanced the widow.
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler: One of two people who knew that Thea is actually Malcolm Merlyn's daughter prior to the Undertaking. Notably, Walter is the only one Moira ''chose'' to tell, with the other person being her doctor after complications with the birth.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Yao Fei]]
!!Yao Fei
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->'''Played By:''' Byron Mann

A former General in the People's Liberation Army of China, Yao Fei was framed and scapegoated for a massacre the army committed. He was sentenced to prison on the island of Lian Yu, where he eventually became the last of the prisoners. He is master archer and becomes Oliver's first mentor on the island.
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* ActionDad: He has a grown up daughter named Shado.
* AntiHero: What he actually is, as the reason he seems to either help or harm Oliver at any given moment is due to circumstances he's desperately trying to arrange. Type IV.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
** BadassGrandpa: Implied as he has a grown daughter.
* [[spoiler: BoomHeadshot]]: Happens to him in "Darkness On The Edge of Town".
* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: Fyers shoots him in the head]] at the end of "Darkness on the Edge of Town".
* DragonWithAnAgenda: He just wants his daughter to be safe. His Heel turn is because said villains have her.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Subverted. Despite appearing to switch sides at will, he's actually trying to help Oliver and protect his daughter.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Pretty much, though he does his best to try and avoid it.
* TheObiWan: Indirectly at first, but after some time, he seemed to actively help Oliver in surviving the island.
* PapaWolf: Works for Fyers because he has his daughter, Shado. The second she's free and with Slade and Oliver, he makes them [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown leave him]] to Fyers's mercy and get her to safety.
* [[spoiler: PrettyLittleHeadshots]]
* SinkOrSwimMentor: His general way of "teaching" Oliver involves throwing him into situations and seeing how he gets out of them by himself. Lampshaded in "Betrayal".
-->'''Slade''': I think Yao Fei sent [[ActionSurvivor you]] because he knew I cannot take the airstrip alone.\\
'''Oliver''': ...sounds like Yao Fei.
* TheScapeGoat: For a massacre committed by the Chinese Army, then was almost made one for Fyers' terrorist attack.
* TrainingFromHell: Gave this to Oliver when he was stranded for five years.
* WalkingSpoiler: As should be expected, given the plot-heavy nature of the flashbacks.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Yao Fei is suggested to be fairly old (by TV standards anyway), considering the aged photo of him we see in uniform and the fact that he has a fully grown daughter, Shado. Byron Mann... not so much.
* [[spoiler: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness]]: As soon as he has [[spoiler: (unwillingly) claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack, Fyers shoots him in the head]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Shado]]
!!Shado
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->'''Played By:''' Celina Jade

Daughter of Yao Fei, Shado was trained by him as a young girl. She was kidnapped by Fyers men and brought to the island to force Yao Fei to cooperate. She eventually escaped and joined up with Oliver and Slade Wilson, continuing her father's training of Oliver and entering into a romantic relationship with him.
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* ActionGirl: She is able to fight several of Fyers' men and manages to escape with Oliver and Slade.
* AnimalMotif: Like Oliver, she has a tattoo of a dragon on her shoulder.
* [[spoiler: BoomHeadshot: How she's killed by Ivo.]]
* BrainyBrunette: She was in med school before being kidnapped by Fyers.
* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: She is mercilessly killed by Ivo in a vicious SadisticChoice in "Three Ghosts".]]
* DamselOutOfDistress:
** She is first introduced as a crying hostage being allowed a brief meeting with her father, but her next appearance warns against first impressions; she takes down several armed men who were supposed to shoot her and escapes.
** Fyers threatens to kill her unless Oliver and Slade give over the circuit board for the missile launcher. She manages to escape on her own.
* InTheHood: Takes to wearing her father's old hood in the Season Two flashbacks.
* [[spoiler: ILetGwenStacyDie[=/=]TheLostLenore]]: To Ollie and Slade. [[spoiler: Ollie blames himself for her death, and it along with the [[PsychoSerum Mirakuru]] is the reason for Slade's StartOfDarkness and later FaceHeelTurn.]]
* MissingMom: Never mentioned.
* NiceGirl: In contrast to her father and Slade, she's nice to Oliver for the most part.
* OneOfTheBoys: Enforced and justified; she seems to be the only girl on the island, but she can hold her own against them and is more capable than Oliver.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Fyers shoots her in the shoulder, but she's no worse for the wear afterwards.
* RaceLift: Shado was Japanese in the comics; here, she's Chinese.
* SkilledButNaive: Trusting someone she shouldn't is what got her captured by Fyers in the first place.
* TheSquadette: On the island.
* TeacherStudentRomance: She and Oliver have this in Season Two's flashbacks.
* TricksterMentor: She strengthens Oliver's arms by having him slap a bowl of water all day, then shows how he can pull a bow better. However, she's nicer about it than his [[SinkOrSwimMentor other]] [[CynicalMentor mentors]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Given half a chance, she ''will'' take you down.
* UnkemptBeauty: Well, she ''is'' stranded on an island and on the run from the bad guys.
* WellDoneSonGuy[=/=]WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: These tropes may be at work, as although her father clearly loves her, [[HeroicSacrifice given the lengths he was willing to go to keep her alive]], she implies her training was because he wanted a son.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:[[spoiler: Sara Lance]]]]
!!Sara Lance [[spoiler: / [[ComicBook/BlackCanary The Canary]]]]
->'''Played By:''' Jacqueline [=MacInnes=] Wood [[spoiler: (Pilot only)/ Caity Lotz]]

Laurel's sister, she died on the Queen's Gambit when it sunk. [[spoiler: She was actually rescued by the crew of the ''Amazo'', where she became a reluctant participant in Dr. Anthony Ivo's experiments. She later escaped and joined Oliver on the island, but was eventually thought dead again by him. Sara was really found and recruited by the League of Assassins, which she later left, becoming a vigilante in Starling City known as The Canary and reunited with Oliver and her family]].
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* [[spoiler: ActionGirl: Makes her reappearance in Season Two by [[BigDamnHeroes showing up out of nowhere and demolishing four thugs to save Roy.]]]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: [[spoiler: And bad girls, if her relationships with Oliver and Nyssa are any indication.]]
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Her relationship with Laurel doesn't ever have seemed to be particularly good.
* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead: Twice. She survived the sinking of the ''Queen's Gambit'', much to Oliver's surprise. Then she survived whatever it was that killed her on the Island, much to Oliver's surprise.]]
* [[spoiler: {{Badass}}: As above.]]
** [[spoiler: TookALevelInBadass: When she joined the League of Assassins.]]
* [[spoiler: BattleCouple: When she and Oliver fight together. Solidified with their recent kiss.]]
** [[spoiler: Also implied to have been one with Nyssa Al-Ghul during her time with the League of Assassins.]]
* BiTheWay: [[spoiler: Confirmed by her relationship with Nyssa Al-Ghul.]] The creators stressed they didn't want to add labels by calling her bisexual (or, by extension, a lesbian) since they don't seem to see it as truly different from any heterosexual pairing.
* [[spoiler: BigDamnHeroes[=/=]DynamicEntry: Shows up out of nowhere and saves Roy at the end of "City of Heroes", then does it again twice in "Broken Dolls", once to save Arrow from the cops and later to stop a fleeing Barton Mathis.]]
* [[spoiler: BreakTheCutie[=/=]BrokenBird: Flashbacks show how much of a carefree party girl Sara was before the ''Queen's Gambit''. A lot of horrible things happened to her to turn her into the ruthless assassin she is in the present.]]
* CanonForeigner: [[ComicBook/BlackCanary Laurel's counterpart and namesake]] doesn't have a sister in the comics. But later a DecompositeCharacter [[spoiler: after she's revealed to be the Canary]].
* ClarkKenting: [[spoiler:The only covering on her head is an eye mask, which is enough for her own sister to not recognize her.]]
* [[spoiler: ContraltoOfDanger: Uses a voice-changer like Oliver that gives her this voice.]]
* [[spoiler: DatingCatwoman: Used to date Nyssa Al-Ghul, and they still care for each other.]]
* DeathByOriginStory: Played with. [[spoiler: She "died" in the pilot. Later, there was evidence to suggest she was alive, but it was refuted. However, she's now back alive and well, kicking ass and taking names in Starling City. For Oliver, she had ''two'' deaths, because he saw her "die" again on the island. We still don't know that story.]]
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler: Subverted. She appeared to have died after sleeping with her sister's boyfriend, but she later turned up alive.]]
* DecompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: Shares the role of ComicBook/BlackCanary with her sister, Laurel, but so far Sara's the only one's taken on the part of a Vigilante. Arguably though, given the creators have mentioned their desire for this to be a LegacyCharacter-type thing, she's probably a DecompositeCharacter of Dinah ''Drake'', Laurel's mother, and the comics first Black Canary]].
* [[spoiler: DominoMask: Wears one in her guise as the first incarnation of [[ComicBook/BlackCanary the Canary]]. It's still larger and more concealing than Helena's mask or Oliver's face paint.]]
* FakeGuestStar: Caity Loytz has been in ''every'' episode of the second season, which is more than some of the actual regular cast, and so far has been intergral to the season's plot. She's still not been promoted to main cast yet.
* GoodBadGirl: She sleeps with her sister's boyfriend, but she's not really vilified by the text. [[spoiler: She later tells Oliver on the island that Laurel got her grounded, knowing she had a crush on Oliver, and went after him herself; this implies an element of revenge in her sleeping with Oliver on the yacht.]]
* [[spoiler: GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Inverted when she fights with Oliver. Though they are proficient with each other's weapons, she prefers the Bo Staff while Oliver prefers the bow.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler: Somewhat. After Laurel viciously rejects her, Oliver suggests giving her time to come around, but Sara sadly says that she gave her "six years" already. However, unlike Oliver, Sara had some opportunity to contact her family and didn't, leaving the complaint holding significantly less weight. Then she sleeps with Oliver, though arguably for the sake of comfort on both their parts, given their shared experiences on the island.]]
* [[spoiler: ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: She tells her father this is why she can't come home to stay. Justified in that she ''is'' being chased by the League of Assassins. No longer the case after "Heir to the Demon", however.]]
* [[spoiler: MoralityPet: To Nyssa Al-Ghul.]]
* MsFanservice: In her first appearance, she's dressed in lingerie and an open robe. [[spoiler: Her outfit as the Canary also qualifies -- aside from the tight black leather, she shows off a lot of cleavage.]]
** She also spends time on [[spoiler: the salmon ladder, and the next episode has her sparring in a sports bra along with a shirtless Ollie and Diggle]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: Being swept away by a violent ocean storm will do that.
* PeekABangs: Has some in [[spoiler: Season Two, as part of the blonde wig she wears on top of her already blonde hair. Actually does a nice job of giving her some additional concealment similar to Oliver's hood]].
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: Averted in Season Two.]]
* [[spoiler: ProfessionalKiller: An erstwhile member of the League of Assassins, she proves to still be highly adept at the "killer" part, though she's ''not'' happy about it.]]
* ThePromise: [[spoiler: She made a promise to a dying pilot that she'd look after his daughter -- none other than Sin.]]
* [[spoiler: TelescopingStaff: Her WeaponOfChoice. It can also [[BifurcatedWeapon separate into a pair of Eskrima]].]]
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Prior to the series start, she fell into the Beautiful Sister category, a rarer younger sister variety. Still, both she and Laurel had some crossover.
* [[spoiler: [[VigilanteMan Vigilante]]: What she becomes in Season Two. She seems as rough as Oliver was in the beginning -- she kills a pinned-down SerialKiller (to be fair, he did go after her sister), and her targets of choice, as opposed to early Oliver's white-collar criminals, appear to be those who abuse women.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Clearly. [[spoiler: Doesn't come into effect until Season Two, though.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Sara was sleeping with her sister Laurel's boyfriend, Oliver. [[spoiler: They hook up again in the middle of Season Two, though by then, Oliver and Laurel are firmly not together.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Isabel Rochev]]
!!Isabel Rochev
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->'''Played By:''' Creator/SummerGlau

Vice president of acquisitions at Stellmoor International, Isabel comes to Starling City to purchase and liquidate Queen Consolidated. She ends up having joint ownership of the company with Oliver, and the two begin a reluctant working relationship.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: In [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/b/ba/Isabel_Rochev_003.jpg the comics]], she was blond. Here, she's the brunette Summer Glau.
* FemmeFatale
* HonestCorporateExecutive: While she's certainly no Walter, we've seen no indication of corruption so far. The worst you can say about her actions so far is that she's an incredibly ruthless pragmatist.
* IceQueen: ''Nothing'' appears to be able to shake her. Except alcohol, which gets her to warm up. In general, she's much nicer outside of the office.
** DefrostingIceQueen: As of "The Scientist," she seems to be this towards Oliver.
* {{Jerkass}}: Downplayed example. She begins her meeting by saying Oliver, the man who she's doing business with, "majored in dropping out of college".
** JerkassHasAPoint: She seems to have a considerable dislike for Oliver-because he's making her job difficult, resisting the takeover of Queen Consolidated. He also has no real background in business so she dislikes him as a CEO.
* PerpetualFrowner: When briefing Oliver, Felicity mentions that in every single photo she found, Isabel looks angry.
* PutOnABus: Despite being billed as a recurring guest start, as of "The Scientist", she quietly disappears from the scene, at least appearing until 10 episodes later.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Other Recurring Characters]]

!!Joanna De La Vega
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->'''Played by:''' Annie Ilonzeh

-->''"Come on, Laurel. We're lawyers, not miracle workers."''

A attorney at CNRI who works with and is friends with Laurel. After CNRI is destroyed by The Undertaking, Joanna starts working at Wethersby & Stone LLP.
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* BlackBestFriend: To Laurel.
* BrainyBrunette
* TheCynic: She is more cynical compared to Laurel's idealistic viewpoint.
* CommutingOnABus: She leaves in Episode 1x10, "Burned", to be with her mother after her brother Danny dies. She comes BackForTheFinale in "Sacrifice"; we don't see her again until Episode 2x12, "Tremors".
* HelloAttorney
* SassyBlackWoman
* SatelliteCharacter

!!Robert Queen
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->'''Played by:''' Jamey Sheridan

Husband of Moria and father of Oliver and Thea. He was a well-intentioned member of Malcolm Merlyn's scheme to clean up Starling City, until he learned of Malcolm's plan to level the Glades. Malcolm sabotaged the ''Queen's Gambit'' to prevent him from exposing the conspiracy, which resulted in Robert passing the list onto Oliver before committing suicide.
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* AccidentalMurder: Why he joined the Undertaking.
* TheAtoner: In his last moments, he really seems regretful of his past. Turns out in "The Undertaking" that he's been this way for a longtime prior to his death. At some point when he was trying to set up some building in the Glades, the councilman he spoke to tried to blackmail him into bribing him. When he refused and the resulting fight ends with him accidentally killing the councilman, he joined Malcolm's group to clean up the Glades to atone for this, until he finds out what Malcolm is planning.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Confessed to being one while they were on the life raft.
** HonestCorporateExecutive: But he started as one of these; turns out that he was a rather honest and decent businessman until he accidentally killed a corrupt councilman in self-defence. He joined Malcolm's crusade to clean up the Glades by taking control of the corrupt executives, but he refused to go along with destroying the Glades, and from the start his only motive was to help people.
* DeathByOriginStory
* DrivenToSuicide
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Though he was willing to atone for his manslaughter by blackmailing the city's worst criminals, he drew the line at Malcolm's absolutely insane plan to destroy the Glades with a machine capable of creating a natural disaster.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Robert Queen wanted his son to clean up his mistakes.
* HeroicSacrifice: Robert shot himself and a fellow crew member on the lifeboat to save his son, wanting him to survive.
* KnightTemplarParent: To save his son, not only does Robert shoot himself to leave all the survival supplies to Oliver, he also kills the third, innocent shipwreck survivor first.
** In Robert's defense, he seemed to fear that the third man--a tough-looking sailor--would kill Oliver over the supplies.
* PosthumousCharacter
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: His suicide in the pilot flashback, when he tells his son to make up for his mistakes. Also, by the end of the season, we've learned that Malcolm had the yacht sabotaged because Robert was going to betray the Undertaking.
* YourCheatingHeart: Reportedly.

!!Carly Diggle
->'''Played by:''' Christie Laing

Diggle's sister-in-law, who was widowed when her husband was killed by Deadshot. She works at a diner in Starling City.
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: At times particularly when it comes to Oliver.
* CanonForeigner
* DamselInDistress: When she's kidnapped in "Trust But Verify".
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly when it comes to Oliver.
* LoveInterest: For Diggle.
* ParentWithNewParamour: Her son is probably young enough not to understand the change in relationship between his mother and his uncle.
* SassyBlackWoman
* SatelliteCharacter
** SatelliteLoveInterest: We know very little about her outside of her relationship with Diggle. Then they break up after Season One because of Diggle's obsession with Deadshot.
* WidowWoman: Her husband, Andy, was killed by the assassin Deadshot.

!!Detective [=McKenna=] Hall
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->'''Played by:''' Janina Gavankar

A police detective in the SCPD. She is friend of Oliver and part of the task force hunting for the vigilante. After being shot by the Huntress, [=McKenna=] moves to live with sister in Coast City to recover and attend a physical therapy facility.
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* ActionGirl: She's a very competent member of the police force.
* {{Badass}}
* [[DatingCatwoman Dating The Vigilante]]: Though she doesn't know it, and Oliver asked her out before she joined the task force actively hunting the Hood vigilante.
* FairCop
* FormerTeenRebel
-->'''Oliver:''' What was that club that you got us kicked out of? The Club Deville?
-->'''[=McKenna=]:''' Okay, in my defence, there was no sign that specifically said you had to keep your clothes on.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: She and Oliver appear to have gone to a few raves in the past.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Inverted. She likes Oliver Queen and doesn't seem too conflicted about trying to arrest the Hood.
* PutOnABus: After "The Huntress Returns", she moves to Coast City to attend a physical therapy center there after being shot by the Huntress.
* SamusIsAGirl: Oliver assumes [='Detective Hall'=] is going to be a middle-aged man, and is rather surprised to discover that one of his old party friends became a cop.

!!Dinah Lance
->'''Played by:''' Creator/AlexKingston

Ex-wife of Quentin Lance and mother of Laurel and Sara.
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* ItsAllMyFault: Holds herself responsible for Sara's death because she was the one who let her go on the cruise with Oliver. That's why she was so desperate to confirm that Sara was alive.
* MissingMom: Disappeared some time before Sara's death, but came back when she claimed to have proof that Sara is alive.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: English-born Alex Kingston's American accent is pretty solid, but the word "island" seems to give her some trouble. It might end up being justified, since she's been away long enough for her speech patterns to be affected.

!!Detective Lucas Hilton
->'''Played By:''' Roger R. Cross

SCPD detective and partner of Quentin Lance.
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* [[spoiler: BackForTheDead: In "Three Ghosts", his second appearance in Season Two, he is killed off with a BoomHeadshot by Cyrus Gold.]]
* BlackBestFriend: To Quentin.
* ByTheBookCop: One of the tie-in comics shows that as much as he wants to be this, he sometimes falls victim to power plays by the Starling City elite.
* GreatDetective
* HappilyMarried: Mentions his wife Jeannie a few times.
* SatelliteCharacter: To Quentin during Season One. Hell, he disappeared for most of it before returning with a BadassBeard.

!!Lt. Frank Pike
->'''Played by:''' Adrian Holmes

SCPD lieutenant and superior of Quentin Lance.
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* BaldBlackLeaderGuy
* ByTheBookCop: And not overly fond of Quentin's habit of not being so.
* DaChief
* {{Jerkass}}: When Quentin comes looking for Laurel in the Season Two premiere, Lt. Pike is angry because he thinks Quentin is interviewing a witness.

!!Cindy / Sin
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->'''Played by:''' Bex Taylor-Klaus

A teenager living in the Glades, Sin is an ally of the Canary. She becomes friends with Roy and Thea.
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* ActionSurvivor: When Roy came after her for information, she was able to escape him and get him to where [[spoiler: the Canary]] could take him out.
* AmbiguouslyBi: When Roy tells Thea Sin needs her help looking "slutty" for a date, Thea declares she'll help Sin get whatever man she's going out with -- or woman.
* BoyishShortHair: Probably contributes a bit to the above.
* DamselInDistress: She helps the Canary because she saved her from some men who were going to hurt her.
* HellbentForLeather: Always seen wearing her black leather jacket.
* LeParkour: She's a match for Roy in that department.
* {{Protectorate}}: For [[spoiler: Sara Lance]]. The reason the Canary was there to rescue her in the first place was that [[spoiler: while on the island, she promised Sin's dying father that she'd look after his daughter when she got home.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Everyone calls her Sin.
* ParentalAbandonment: Says that her parents think she's dead or at least wish she was. The truth is likely a bit more complicated, since according to "Time of Death," [[spoiler: her mother died of cancer when she was young and her father was a pilot shot down over Lian-Yu.]]
* RaceLift: Sin was Asian in the comics, but she's portrayed as white on the show.
* {{Sidekick}}: To [[spoiler: Sara Lance's [[ComicBook/BlackCanary Canary]]]].
* {{Tomboy}}: She has a very androgynous look with her BoyishShortHair and gender neutral clothes.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: According to "Time of Death," she's seventeen.

!!Lyla Michaels / Harbinger
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->'''Played by:''' Audrey Marie Anderson

A high-ranking member of A.R.G.U.S. and ex-wife of Diggle.
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* ActionGirl: She is a former member of the U.S. special forces and is currently an active agent for A.R.G.U.S.
* AmicableExes: With Diggle, who was married to her in Afghanistan. And now they are no longer exes after 'Keep Your Enemies Closer'.
* BadassInDistress: She is captured and held in a Russian gulag in ''[[Recap/ArrowS2E6KeepYourEnemiesCloser Keep Your Enemies Closer]]'' while hunting Deadshot, but is rescued by Diggle, Oliver, and [[spoiler:Deadshot]].
* CodeName: Her A.R.G.U.S callsign is Harbinger, a reference to her superhero identity in the comics.
* KnowledgeBroker: Lyla is usually Diggle's go-to person for information on Deadshot.
* LoveInterest: For Diggle.
* SecretKeeper: Her position at A.R.G.U.S. gives her knowledge about Oliver's identity and Diggle helping him.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: When she discovers that [[spoiler:Deadshot's explosive chip is being used as a targeting locator for a drone strike, she helps Diggle rescue him and remove the chip temporarily. While she may approve of using the chip if one of the members of the Suicide Squad go rogue, she doesn't like the fact that Waller was willing to kill Deadshot even though he had not violated his agreement with them]].

!!Jean Loring
->'''Played by:''' Teryl Rothery

Moira's lawyer and close friend.
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* TheDeterminator: Moira will be found not guilty, if Jean has anything to say about it.
* GoodLawyersGoodClients: Subverted. Moira is guilty of what she's accused of but Jean believes that she's right to defend Moira on the basis she was under duress. She certainly doesn't want her friend to be sentenced to death.
* HelloAttorney

!!Anatoli Knyazev
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->'''Played by:''' David Nykl

Leader of the Solntsevskaya Bratva, Anatoli is a friend of Oliver Queen, having been rescued by him from the ''Amazo'' and the island of Lian Yu.
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* ActionSurvivor
* AdaptationalHeroism: He's much more friendly than his depiction in the comics.
* AffablyEvil: He's still the Don of the Bratva, but he's very nice to Oliver both on and off the Island, to the point where he considers him his "favorite American" and appears overjoyed to see him again. So much so he even assists Oliver and Diggle save Lyla, and seems to be willing to help him in any way he can. He's not a good guy, but he's definitely not one of Oliver's villains.
* AntiHero/AntiVillain: He leads the Bratva, but he's not necessarily portrayed as evil.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard: In the flashbacks, justified as he hasn't shaved since his captured.
** MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong
* TheDon: Leads the [[TheMafiya Bratva]].
* EyeScream: Almost ends up on the receiving message from Ivo in "The Promise" in the flashbacks.
* IOweYouMyLife: To Oliver, who saved him from the ''Amazo''.
* TheObiWan: To Oliver, in the flashbacks.
* PunchClockVillain
* SecretKeeper: He knows Oliver is a highly skilled fighter and what he can do, but its unclear if he knows he's Starling City's vigilante.

!!Amanda Waller / Mockingbird
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->'''Played By:''' Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Head of A.R.G.U.S., Waller is a morally ambiguous government figure with ties to both Oliver and Diggle. She contacts them whenever her agency needs their assistance.
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* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler: Though assembling a Suicide Squad with the likes of Bronze Tiger doesn't seem a remotely moral action.]]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: This Amanda Waller appears a lot younger and skinnier than most adaptations of her character.
* BadBoss: Not towards her regular employees, but towards the [[spoiler: Suicide Squad. She implants explosives in their heads, which double as GPS locators in case she decides she wants to fire a drone missile at something they are standing next to]].
* BlackBossLady
* CodeName: Mockingbird, a reference to one of her call signs in the comics.
* IronLady: One of the higher-ups in A.R.G.U.S.
* OhCrap: Has a brief moment of this when Oliver tells her [[spoiler:Slade Wilson is still alive]].
* SilkHidingSteel: Since this is Amanda Waller we're talking about, it's safe to assume this.
* ShesGotLegs: Yeah, she does.
* TheSpymaster: Comes with being head of a massive government spy agency.
* WeHaveReserves: Her attitude towards the [[spoiler:Suicide Squad, since they could always just recruit more criminals]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Orders a drone strike to destroy a nerve agent hidden in Gholem Kadir's house, regardless of whether or not the party guests would make it out alive.]]

!!Barry Allen
->'''Played By:''' Grant Gustin

A assistant at the Central City Police Department's Criminal and Forensic Science Division. Barry has a fascination with odd crimes, brought about by the imprisonment of his father for the murder of his mother when he was a child, with Barry insisting to the police that his father was innocent and that he saw a "blur" attacking his family. He comes to Starling City after hearing about a break-in at Queen Consolidated's Applied Sciences Division committed by somebody with apparent super-strength.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Barry Allen has light blond hair in the comics, but is portrayed with light brown hair in the show.
* {{Adorkable}}: Big time.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Downplayed. Felicity is genuinely fond of him, [[spoiler: but not as much as she is of Oliver -- at least, that is how Barry sees it]].
** It might be a nod to Iris West overlooking him all these years.
* AgentMulder: Perfectly willing to accept that one guy with super strength was behind the break-in at the Queen Consolidated warehouse, and [[spoiler: actively seeks out weird cases]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: When he messes about with the chemicals in the lab, making comments about how it's dangerous to have them so close together, Felicity responds that maybe he shouldn't be touching them. Cue a lightning strike and Barry looking out at it for a few seconds. This is a nod to the most well-known of Barry's origin stories: getting doused in chemicals after a lightning bolt knocks him into it. At the end of "Three Ghosts", this is indeed how Barry gets his powers, with the lightning bolt being generated by Star Labs' overloaded particle accelerator.]]
* BirdsOfAFeather: With Felicity.
* FreakLabAccident: See above: he [[LampshadeHanging warns Felicity]] about how to avoid them. [[spoiler: Then, [[ItWasHisSled as you may have guessed]], {{Main/Irony}} kicks in and he is the victim of one.]]
* [[LateForSchool Late For Absolutely Everything]]: At first, though he likely won't have to deal with that for too long.
* MissingMom: In [[MythologyGag a nod to the comics]], he tells Felicity that his mom was murdered when he was eleven.
* MotorMouth: It's hard to get him to stop once he starts talking.
* NiceGuy: Goes along with his being so {{Adorkable}}.
* PutOnABus: He's back in Central City, [[spoiler: and last we heard, his FreakLabAccident put him in a coma]].
* [[spoiler: SecretKeeper: Gets brought to the Foundry at the end of "The Scientist". [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee Given that he's a fan of the Arrow, this is quite a big deal for him.]]]]
* ShipTease: With Felicity.
* SpearCounterpart: To Felicity. Both are {{Adorkable}}, have a tendency to babble, and are brilliant in their respective scientific fields. Just watch their scenes together in "The Scientist".
* SuperheroOrigin: His is told in Arrow.
[[/folder]]

!Villains

[[folder: Malcolm Merlyn]]
!!Malcolm Merlyn / Dark Archer
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->'''Played By:''' Creator/JohnBarrowman

Father of Tommy, CEO of Merlyn Global Group, former member of the League of Assassins, and leader of Tempest, a group of wealthy and powerful Starling City citizens plotting to "save" the city by destroying the Glades.
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* ActionDad: He's Tommy's father. [[spoiler: It's revealed in "State v. Queen" that he's Thea's dad as well.]]
* AffablyEvil: Is usually this. [[spoiler: He veers toward FauxAffablyEvil in "Sacrifice" after his VillainousBreakdown, but in Season Two, he seems to be back to the former.]]
* AlmostDeadGuy: His wife. She tried to call him, he let it go to voicemail. Twice. She left a message as she lay dying.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: To Oliver.
* ArcherArchetype: A much darker one than Oliver.
* ArchnemesisDad: Played with. He has an adversarial relationship with Tommy, but they do resolve some differences and it looks like they may end up working together. [[spoiler: But when Tommy finds out what Malcolm has planned, he's horrified.]]
* ArrowCatch: Fully capable of this. [[spoiler: And when he does it the second time, it blows up in his face, literally.]]
* {{Badass}}: It takes one to beat the crap out of Oliver, landing him in the hospital.
** BadassInANiceSuit: Well, he is badass and wears nice suits.
** UnderestimatingBadassery: In a very big way until "Darkness on the Edge of Town", when everyone finally sees what he can do.
* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead: In Season Two.]]
* BigBad: Of Season One's present day.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Is able to go from charming injured guy to sociopathic murderer in the same conversation.
* BondVillainStupidity: During the Season One finale, [[spoiler: he lets Oliver live despite having him completely at his mercy before leaving him alone with no other guards in the room.]] The first half is justified due to [[spoiler: his personal connection to Oliver and a desire not to upset Moira]], but the second is just plain ''dumb''. Most likely justified because [[spoiler: he had beaten Oliver twice, and because he had a second earthquake machine ready to go. In fact, given how everything turned out, his actions only backfired in a minor sense]].
* CrusadingWidower: Albeit an evil version.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: One word: [[spoiler: redundancy]].
* DarkIsEvil: In his Dark Archer persona, he wears all black and fires black arrows.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Despite his completely {{Jerkass}} actions towards his son such as calling him a loser, cutting him off entirely from his trust, and tricking him to dinner just so he could sign off on closing his wife's beloved free clinic, it is shown he does indeed love his son.
** His love of his wife and despair from her death is what ultimately pushed him over the edge into the villain he is today.
* EvilCounterpart: To Oliver as the Dark Archer and perhaps to Walter as a businessman.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Uses a voice changer when in his Dark Archer persona.
* FreudianExcuse[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: His wife's death is his StartOfDarkness.
* GenreBlind: He honestly trusts Moira and believes she fully supports him, even though he killed her first husband and kidnapped the second. [[spoiler: [[MamaBear Then he threatened her daughter.]]]]
* [[spoiler: HesBack: Much to Moira's shock at the end of "State v. Queen". Looks like he recovered from his VillainousBreakdown as well as that arrow to the chest.]]
* HollywoodOld: He's played by 45-year-old John Barrowman, while Tommy is 28. He probably wasn't intended to be 16-17 when he fathered his son, though it's not outside the realms of possibility.
* [[ILetGwenStacyDie I Let Rebecca Die]]: Rebecca called him on his phone at least twice the night of her murder. He was busy working so he just let the phone ring the first time. She called a second time and this annoyed him so much that he shut down the phone. Past midnight, the police call to tell him she had been shot.
* [[spoiler: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice]]
* IrrationalHatred[=/=]DisproportionateRetribution: Merlyn wants to [[spoiler: destroy the Glades, killing innocent people, as revenge for his wife's death, never mind that most of them had nothing to do with it]].
* {{Jerkass}}: To his son.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: He started out wanting to clean up the Glades. Then he decided to [[spoiler: kill it and everyone in it]].
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: In the Season One finale...or so we thought.]]
** [[spoiler: FakingTheDead: In Season Two. He returns in "State v. Queen", much to Moira's (and the audience's) shock.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The reveal of his identity was the SeventhEpisodeTwist of the first season.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: Runs one called Tempest.
* ParentalNeglect: Pretty much ignored his son completely after his wife died.
** Even more so with [[spoiler: his daughter Thea]], but to be fair, that wasn't his fault.
* SharpDressedMan: Up until his name was revealed, he was known and credited only as "The Well Dressed Man", making him a walking in-joke to fans of a certain [[Series/{{Torchwood}} sci-fi show]].
* SmugSmiler: Not once does he ''NOT'' smile. He always has a subtle grin somewhere on his face. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Until he doesn't.]]
* StartOfDarkness: See AlmostDeadGuy.
* SuddenlyShouting: In the Season One finale, and quite jarring because it's the first time in the series he's been anything other than smug and poised.
* ThirdActStupidity: See BondVillainStupidity above for his actions in the finale.
* ToughLove: What he says cutting off his son is.
* VillainousBreakdown: In "Sacrifice", after [[spoiler: Tommy confronts him about the Undertaking and Moira holds a press conference announcing his involvement to the world]].
* VisionaryVillain: Very much so; he views destroying the Glades as necessary to making Starling City a better place for everyone.
* WalkingSpoiler
* WellIntentionedExtremist: A flashback in "The Undertaking" reveals him as one, complete with FreudianExcuse, and a little dash of AGodAmI for seasoning. Then he jumped off the slope...
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Claims this with Moira and Robert.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: He became this way after his wife was shot and killed in the middle of the street.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: When he starts tying up loose ends, he ''really'' starts tying up loose ends.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Edward Fyers]]
!!Edward Fyers
->'''Played By:''' Sebastian Dunn

A mercenary hired by an unknown woman to set up camp on the island of Lian Yu and carry out a FalseFlagOperation to cripple China's economy. Unfortunately for him, Oliver washes up on the island and begins interfering with his plans.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: His counterpart from the comics had brown hair.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the comics, he was an ally of Green Arrow's. Here... see FauxAffablyEvil.
* BigBad: Of Season One's island flashbacks.
** TheDragon: Turns out there's a BiggerBad out there Fyers was working for a mysterious woman.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* EvilBrit
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Possible justification for his sudden acquisition of a rather large VillainBall in the finale. [[spoiler: He doesn't seem to understand that Oliver would be unwilling to sacrifice Shado in exchange for a way off the island.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: He starts off amiable enough, but when Oliver refuses to hand over Yao Fei's location, he stops being polite and hands him over to [[TortureTechnician Billy Wintergreen]]. Later, we discover he's kidnapped Yao Fei's daughter to force Yao Fei's cooperation. That's before we even learn his reason for being on the island: [[spoiler: He acquires a missile launcher with the express purpose of using it to shoot down civilian aircraft, and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness executes poor Yao Fei in front of his daughter]] after forcing him to take the fall for said shooting down of civilian aircraft.]]
* HiredGuns: He was hired to [[spoiler: crash China's economy by shooting down all air traffic in and out of it]]. The identity of the woman who hired him is currently unknown.
* [[spoiler: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Oliver shoots an arrow through his neck in "Sacrifice".]]
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* VillainBall: Grabs it ''hard'' during the Season One finale. [[spoiler: With the missile launcher destroyed and his team dead, he has no reason at all to remain hostile to Oliver and Slade. It's in his best interest to simply disappear and call for a way off the island. What does he do instead? Why, grab Shado, put a gun to her head, and walk right up to a very pissed off Oliver and Slade. This results in pretty much what you'd expect.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Why he [[spoiler: executes Yao Fei]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Billy Wintergreen]]
!!Billy Wintergreen
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->'''Played By:''' Jeffrey Robinson

A member of Australian Secret Intelligence Service, he was partners and close friends with Slade Wilson. They were sent to Lian Yu to rescue Yao Fei, but after their plane was shot down, Billy sided with Edward Fyers and became a mercenary.
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the comics, Billy Wintergreen was Slade Wilson/Deathstroke's loyal butler. Alternately, this could be something of a subversion, since his employer in the comics underwent a case of AdaptationalHeroism.
* AwesomeAussie: Like Slade, he's a former Australian intelligence operative.
* {{Badass}}: According to the tie-in comic (#29), he defeated both Yao Fei and Shado, who are badasses themselves. We see him fight Yao Fei twice in the show, and indeed defeat him the second time. Too bad for him that Slade is more of a badass.
* CoolMask: Referred to as "the operational equivalent of a balaclava". As an early version of the Deathstroke mask, it still has both eyeholes.
* DecompositeCharacter: He and Slade divide the Deathstroke character. Both Slade and Billy get the mask (though only Billy wears it at first) and fighting ability, but Slade is Deathstroke's occasional AntiHero portion, while Billy is Deathstroke's villainous and mercenary nature. Slade Wilson is Deathstroke's real name in the comics, and Billy Wintergreen is his butler.
* TheDragon: To Edward Fyers.
* EvilFormerFriend: He was the godfather to Slade's child. Didn't think twice about turning on him, though.
* EyeScream[=/=]KilledOffForReal: Slade kills him by jamming a sword through his eye.
* FaceHeelTurn: He betrayed his friend and partner to join up with Fyers' men.
* KnifeNut: He uses them in both combat and torture.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Though he wasn't initially malevolent, he was after his FaceHeelTurn.
* [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack Television Supervillains Wear Black]]: Deathstroke (though Billy's never actually called that) has his trademark blue and orange costume changed to all-black body armor. His mask, however, remains yellow-orange on one half, making it look closer to the one used in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
** Elaborated on in [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=43730 this interview]].
* TortureTechnician: He's the one who gave Oliver some of the first of many scars gained during his time on the island.
* TheVoiceless: Until "The Odyssey", which features his only line immediately before the climactic fight:
--> '''Billy:''' Slade. Come back to die?
* WalkingSpoiler: But only if you read the comics.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Helena Bertinelli]]
!!Helena Bertinelli / Huntress
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->'''Played By:''' Jessica De Gouw

Daughter of crime boss Frank Bertinelli, Helena began a murderous crusade against her fathers criminal empire after he had her fiancé murdered for planning to turn evidence over to the police, which had actually been Helena's plan. After a temporary alliance with Oliver, who tried to make her a less brutal and murderous vigilante, she fled Starling City once her identity was exposed and her father escaped custody and disappeared.
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the comics, she became a killer of criminals after her beloved family was killed, but grew more stable as time went by, and while an outcast she was a key member of the Bat Family. Here, she's obsessed with killing her criminal father and is willing to kill innocent people and attack Oliver's loved ones to do so.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She possesses an aloof, even icy demeanor.
* AntiVillain: She wants her father, a mobster who had her fiancé murdered, to die. But her methods of getting it -- killing everyone in her path -- are not remotely acceptable.
* ArrowCatch: She manages to pull this off in "The Huntress Returns" after studying the move.
* AxCrazy: Borderline. She takes a bit too much pleasure in the thought of making her father suffer.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Despite engaging in fierce bouts of hand-to-hand combat, Helena is never shown to suffer bruises, scrapes, swelling, or any other damage as a result.
* BikerBabe
* BrokenBird
* CelebrityResemblance: Diggle even points out that she looks remarkably like the T-Mobile Girl.
* ClarkKenting: She's worse than Oliver with this, as her outfit doesn't even include any headgear. Not that she cares.
* DarkActionGirl: By her third guest spot on the show, when the two previous ones were her developing into becoming one.
* DistaffCounterpart: Of the Hood, effectively. A lot of her first episode is highlighting how alike they are.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: See AloofDarkHairedGirl.
* FreudianExcuse: Her fiancé's murder sent her over the edge in a big way.
* HellBentForLeather: As part of her "costume". Justified, as her "costume" is basically her motorcycle leathers and she isn't particularly interested in being a symbol like Oliver.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Despite only going after the mafia so far...well, let's just say there's a reason this entry is under the Villains heading.
* {{Hypocrite}}: How does she plan to get revenge on her father for murdering her fiancé? By casually murdering and mutilating several innocent people.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Oliver tries to show her how to accomplish her mission without killing people. It doesn't take.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Her goals are completely self-centered and she doesn't care who gets in her way as long as she gets what she wants.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: As of "The Huntress Returns", she's taken to torturing Oliver's friends and threatening his family to try to force him to help her kill her father.
* KnightTemplar: Her father is evil. Her father must suffer and die. What do you mean, further moral considerations?
* MafiaPrincess: The daughter of the head of the Bertinelli crime family.
* MeaningfulEcho: Much like Oliver, her first real appearance occurs as a result of a family member (or his [[TheDragon Dragon]] in this case) having her and a friend abducted. Likewise, the encounter ends with all kidnappers dead, the last one with a NeckSnap and the words "No-one can know my secret."
* MsFanservice: Especially in the opener to "The Huntress Returns", where she pretends to be a stripper in order to get at her father's lawyer.
* MyGreatestFailure: Zig-zagged. She originally thought her fiancé, Michael Staton, was killed because her father was just that brand of evil. Then TheDragon reveals that he was killed because he was an informant for the FBI. Then she reveals that TheDragon killed the wrong person -- ''she'' was the informant.
* NotSoDifferent: She says as much to the Hood when he appears out of costume in her apartment. He only really disagrees on her motivation and her eagerness to kill.
* PsychoExGirlfriend: Lampshaded by Diggle in "The Huntress Returns", and repeated by Felicity in the same episode.
* PygmalionSnapBack: What happens despite Oliver's best efforts.
* {{Revenge}}: Her primary motivation is that the mob killed her fiancé.
* SamusIsAGirl: Initially seen only in a motorcycle jumpsuit and helmet.
* SecretIdentity: She [[NeckSnap maintains one ruthlessly]]. She also wears a biker helmet and outfit as a disguise, at least initially.
* ShadowArchetype: To Oliver.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Of the calm variety, in "Birds of Prey". After her father is accidentally killed in the crossfire while she's fighting the Arrow, the realization that she'll never get to finish her revenge causes her to submit to being arrested.]]
** [[spoiler:VengeanceFeelsEmpty: Even though her father didn't die by her hands, his death didn't make her feel any better.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Though not so much woobie after "The Huntress Returns", when she really crosses the line.
* YouWouldntShootMe: To Oliver in "The Huntress Returns". She's wrong, but unfortunately, she can pull off an ArrowCatch.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: China White]]
!!China White / Chien Na-Wei (简娜伟)
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->'''Played By''': Creator/KellyHu

A mercenary and assassin for the Starling City Triad. She takes it over following the death of her mentor Zhishan at the hands of The Huntress.
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* AbusiveParents: In the supplementary comics, it is shown that her father used to beat her.
* {{Badass}}: One of very few characters able to go toe-to-toe with Oliver for a decent length of time and keep pace. The only reason Oliver keeps winning is because of essentially small advantages such as China White fighting barefoot on broken glass without her knives.
* DarkActionGirl
* TheDragon: To Zhishan.
** DragonAscendant: Takes over the Triad after Zhishan is killed.
* KnifeNut: Not only does she use a knife for everyday things like executing a witness [[HeKnowsTooMuch who'd seen too much]], but when she goes to kill Laurel, she brings along gun-toting mooks -- not to shoot the target, but for the express purpose of corralling Laurel and Oliver so that she can use her knives on them.
** In "Vendetta", she's shown stabbing the hell out of someone with a knife, either for sheer enjoyment or just using the ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill approach.
* HannibalLecture: Tries one on Oliver at the start of Season Two when he's finally able to pin her down for good. [[ShutUpHannibal He throws it back in her face.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: In the supplementary comics, her father and mother were both murdered by Zhishan, but she was spared by him because he saw potential in her. He later came back and recruited China into the Triad, offering her training and power.
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: And after the Season One mid-season break, she has a pretty glamorous do.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Deadshot]]
!!Floyd Lawton / Deadshot
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->'''Played By:''' Michael Rowe

A world-renowned assassin noted for his expert marksmanship, signature neuro-toxin on his bullets, and warped code of honor. He clashes with Team Arrow a few times, and is responsible for killing Diggle's brother.
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* AffablyEvil: See NobleDemon and ProfessionalKiller below; he may be a ColdSniper at heart, but the man is rather personable, even allowing Diggle some closure as to why he had killed his brother.
* ArmCannon: Possessed and owned a double-barreled machine gun on his right arm.
* {{Badass}}: He can really hold his own in hand-to-hand combat.
* BoxedCrook: [[spoiler: He is captured by A.R.G.U.S. and becomes a member of the Suicide Squad]].
* ColdSniper: The few flashes of personality we get out of him only serve to make him more chilling.
* CoolGuns: His wrist mounted, double-barreled machine gun.
* CrazyPrepared: Deadshot, being known as the man that "never misses", goes as far as to soak his bullets in a poison to make sure even if he does miss a lethal shot, he'll still kill them.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: Enforced by killing the only other guard who knew where Diggle's wife was.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler: He has a daughter named Zoe, for whom he genuinely cares.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: He seems to think so, since in Season Two's "Keep Your Enemies Closer", [[spoiler: after being placed in [[HellHolePrison the Gulag]]]], he quips about wearing his high tech eye piece again:
-->"So much better."
* HandicappedBadass: After losing his eye, but when he gets his patch back, he returns to form.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Uses a high-tech eyepatch, much like in the comics, to make the shots that count.
* LaserSight: Formerly had one his rifle.
* MoeGreeneSpecial: He takes an ''arrow'' to his high-tech eyepatch. Subverted, however, as he returns alive in "Dead to Rights".
* MoralityChain: "Suicide Squad" reveals that [[spoiler: he has a daughter, Zoe, to whom most of his money goes, though he stays far away from her so she'll have a normal life]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Duh.
* NobleDemon: For a former PsychoForHire, Deadshot has a strong sense of honor and actively supports [[spoiler: his daughter]].
* [[PoisonedWeapons Poisoned Bullets]]: His specialty. If it wasn't the bullets that killed you, it was the poison on them that did.
* ProfessionalKiller: So professional that when he has Diggle at his mercy, he expressly states that while he would love to kill Diggle and put his name next to his brother's, no-one's paying him for it, so Dig gets to live.
** ConsummateProfessional: Gives off this air, especially in Season Two.
* PsychoForHire: He was one originally, but after surviving an arrow to the eye, he seems to have softened up a bit and works more professionally.
* RestrainingBolt: [[spoiler: An explosive chip is put in his head when he joins Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad in order to keep him compliant on missions.]]
* TattooedCrook: He tattoos the names of the people he's killed on his body.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Blood Cult]]
!![[spoiler: Slade Wilson / Deathstroke]]
->See his section above

!!Sebastian "Brother" Blood
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->'''Played By:''' Kevin Alejandro

A charismatic city alderman, Sebastian Blood is currently running for mayor and is an advocate for those affected by the Undertaking. However, he is also the secret leader of the Blood Cult, injecting both his followers and unwilling subjects with a mysterious serum to create a superpowered army.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing[=/=]{{Jerkass}}: While waiting for Oliver at a party that he had funded for Blood, the man went on a rant in front of people, accosting him and the Queen family. Not only that, when Oliver went to the Glades after his exiled return, Blood took great glee in putting Oliver down. And let's not forget that he's secretly Brother Blood, the leader of a cult seeking to "save" the city by taking it over.
* ConsummateLiar: Most if not all of what this guy says to people, Laurel in particular, is a lie to make himself look better.
* CoolMask: It looks like a monstrous brown skull. He was willing to [[spoiler: let one of his subordinates die wearing it to throw our heroes off the scent]].
* DarkMessiah: His followers seemingly worship him, almost like a god. As seen in "Blind Spot", they're even willing to die for him.
* EatTheRich: Seems to invoke this mentality in his supporters, using the Undertaking to justify it.
* EvilAllAlong: Though it shouldn't come as a real shock to the audience.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Like Malcolm Merlyn as the Dark Archer before him, he wears a mask and uses a voice changer in his Brother Blood persona.
* TheHeavy: Of Season Two's present day. He seemed to be the BigBad at first, but "Three Ghosts" revealed that he's actually [[spoiler: TheDragon to Slade Wilson]].
* HeroKiller: Not necessarily him personally, but Ollie is clearly terrified of the implications of his work.
* HollywoodAtheist: Shows nothing but disdain for [[spoiler: Maya Resik]]'s religious devotion, [[spoiler: and tells her that "your gods are dead" in his skull mask to scare her to death]].
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Masked? Check. Malevolent? ''Check.''
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Come on. The man's name is ''Mr. Blood''. Although "Brother Blood" does have a creepiness all its own...
-->'''Felicity:''' His last name is "Blood". That can't be a good sign.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: He himself judges [[spoiler: hiring the Count to kill the Arrow]] to have been this, since it not only failed, but also [[spoiler: led to the Arrow killing again]].
* ParentalAbandonment: According to him, his mother killed his abusive father in self-defense, then ran off. In reality, [[spoiler: he's a SelfMadeOrphan who killed his own father and put his mother away in an asylum, under the lie that she was his aunt, to get rid of her. Then he kills her, too, when he learns she spilled the beans to Laurel]].
* PowderKegCrowd: He is speaking to one when Oliver first meets him and, possibly intentionally, sparks a small riot that breaks Oliver's car window.
* RaceLift: Brother Blood was from a Baltic country in the comics, but on the show, he's played by a Hispanic actor and it's implied that he has mixed Baltic-Hispanic heritage: [[spoiler: his mother Maya is Hispanic, but her married name is Resik]].
* RedBaron: In his own personal circle, he's known as Brother Blood.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He seems to be adored by everyone, including usually suspicious people like Oliver and Quentin. Only [[spoiler: Laurel and his mother Maya Resik]] see through the facade, [[spoiler: and he kills the latter to keep her quiet and makes the former look and feel like she's just delusional from taking drugs]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: With the revelation of his Brother Blood persona and [[spoiler: the use of Mirakuru]], he may be shaping up to be this, if he follows the pattern set the previous season by Malcolm Merlyn.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Even though Oliver's fundraiser is actively raising money for the Glades after the Undertaking, his failure to show up gives Blood the opportunity to paint him as the face of the RichIdiotWithNoDayJob problems the city has.

!!Cyrus Gold / The Acolyte
->'''Played By:''' Graham Shiels

A follower of Brother Blood, and the first one to survive being injected with his mysterious formula.
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* BadassPreacher: According to Blood, Cyrus was once a preacher.
* BaldOfEvil: Lex Luthor would be proud.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: In the comics, Cyrus Gold is much better known as [[Characters/{{Earth-2GreenLantern}} Solomon Grundy]]. This gets a nod when Diggle finds a book containing the character's iconic rhyme in Gold's apartment, which is later referenced again in a [[spoiler: BondOneLiner]].
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Through the use of [[spoiler: [[PsychoSerum Mirakuru]]]], he develops:
** SuperStrength: He's able to hit Oliver so hard that he bounces off the ceiling.
** SuperToughness: See MadeOfIron.
* ImplacableMan: Super-strong and nigh impossible to bring down.
* MadeOfIron: Oliver's arrows ''crumple'' when they hit him.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: He wears a flat black mask.
* PsychoSerum: The source of his power. [[spoiler: Ironically, he appears to be killed when Oliver destroys the centrifuge containing it, spraying his face with a large amount.]]

!!Officer Daily
->'''Played By:''' Jesse Hutch

A police officer who assists Brother Blood by covering up his crimes and disposing of evidence.
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* {{Badass}}: He proves to be more than a challenge when fighting the Arrow.
* BitchInSheepsClothing[=/=]DirtyCop: He serves as a mole in the police department for his "brothers".
* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: Courtesy of a few bullets to the chest from Laurel.]]
* TheDragon: To Brother Blood.
* TheMole: In the SCPD for the Blood Cult.
* TakingTheHeat: [[spoiler: In death, for Brother Blood.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: League of Assassins]]

!!Tropes that Apply to the Whole Group
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* AncientConspiracy
* {{Badass}}: Also, see MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The League of Assassins, whatever else they might be, have a code of honor, and ComicBook/RasAlGhul himself was so disgusted by The Undertaking in Season One that he wants to kill Malcolm personally as of "The Scientist".
* EvilVersusEvil: The result of Moira siccing Ra's Al-Ghul on Malcolm.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Lampshaded by Felicity.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: Sara describes their combat ability as "making Special Forces look like a kindergarten class."
* MurderInc
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* {{Ninja}}: Their rank and file.
* ShroudedInMyth: How the rest of the world sees the "existence" of the group.

!!ComicBook/RasAlGhul

The mysterious founder and leader of the group.
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* TheDreaded: Pretty much everyone who talks about him seems afraid of him, save for [[spoiler: Sara]], due to her lacking any fear of death, but even she is terrified of what he could do to the people she loves.
* TheGhost: Not yet seen on screen.
* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Both the "RAYSH" and "RAHZ" pronunciations are used by different characters. It could be excused as those characters having only read the name and thus having no idea how it's pronounced, but [[spoiler:Nyssa, his daughter]], uses "RAYSH", and two of his subordinates [[spoiler:Malcolm Merlyn and Sara]] use "RAHZ", or at least recognize it.
* PapaWolf: According to Oliver, if [[spoiler:Sara]] were to kill his child, they (presumably at least Team Arrow) would ''all'' pay for it.

!!Al-Owal
->'''Played By:''' Navid Negahban

A high-ranking member of the League of Assassins, he comes to Starling City hunting a rogue member of the League.
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* ArrowCatch: Can pull one off ''[[BadassBack from behind]]''.
* {{Badass}}: He bests both Oliver and [[spoiler: Sara]], a fellow member of the League of Assassins. [[spoiler: Sara gets her own back, though, when he and his men attack her hideout.]]
** BadassBeard[=/=]BeardOfEvil: Fitting for a master assassin.
* TheDragon: To Ra's Al-Ghul.
* EvilMentor: To [[spoiler: Malcolm Merlyn]].
* [[spoiler: NeckSnap: How he goes out.]]
* RedBaron: He goes by Al-Owal, which means "The First".

!!Nyssa Al-Ghul
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->'''Played By:''' Katrina Law

Daughter of Ra's Al-Ghul who comes to Starling City seeking to bring back her lover to the League of Shadows.
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* AffablyEvil: She actually seems to be a pretty nice girl, all things considered. About as friendly as ruthless assassins tend to get.
* AntiVillain: She doesn't actually want to hurt [[spoiler: Sara]], Oliver or their families -- she just [[spoiler: wants her ex-girlfriend Sara back. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments In the end, she even releases Sara from the League when she realizes how much Sara cares for her friends and family and vice versa]]]].
* ArcherArchetype: Like Oliver, she prefers the bow and arrow as her primary weapon. She actually gives him a run for his money.
* {{Badass}}: A League member, so par for the course. Diggle even calls her a "badass assassin".
* CompositeCharacter: The extent has yet to be shown, but she shows various traits of Talia Al-Ghul, her half-sister in the comics, including romantic interest in a hero(ine) and loyalty split between said love interest and her father.
* DaddysLittleVillain: She works directly for her father.
* DarkActionGirl: She is something of a dark twist on Oliver.
* {{Foil}}: To Oliver being an archer and martial arts badass with a penchant for pulling off a StealthHiBye and a [[spoiler: romantic connection to Sara]].
* EvilBrit: She sports a spiffy British accent.
* FriendToAllChildren: Well, we don't know about ''all'' children, but she smiles warmly and winks playfully at a little boy at the airport while strolling through security.
* GreenEyedMonster: Toward the Canary.
* HellBentForLeather: She has quite the leather assassin getup.
** RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Which has a snazzy black color scheme with red accents.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Like Oliver, she's a crack shot with a bow. Special mention must go to her ''shooting off his quiver and breaking his arrows''.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: She would rather release [[spoiler: Sara]] than risk her beloved trying to kill herself again.
* LipstickLesbian: Somewhat downplayed, as she also has aspects of ButchLesbian, due to her clothing choice which hides most of her body, and the fact she's a ''very'' skilled fighter.
* MythologyGag: She uses "Miss Raatko", her official surname in the comics, as an alias.
* PsychoLesbian: She might have [[spoiler: spared Sara]], but she did attempt to kill her family in the process and has no trouble beating up innocent civilians. On the other hand, her love for [[spoiler:Sara]] is also serves as a humanizing/redeeming trait.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: When she figures out that Sara poisoned herself.]]
* {{Yandere}}: Kidnapped [[spoiler: Sara]]'s mother and poisoned her sister in order to get her to come back.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: ''Amazo'' Mercenaries]]

!!Tropes that Apply to the Whole Group

!!Dr. Anthony Ivo
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->'''Played By:''' Dylan Neal

A ruthless scientist who comes to the island of Lian Yu seeking the remnants of a World War II Japanese project which created a serum called Mirakuru, which Ivo believes he can use to advance and "save" the human race.
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* AnArmAndALeg: In "The Promise", [[spoiler: Slade hacks off the hand with which Ivo shot Shado]].
* BigBad: He replaces Edward Fyers as this for Season Two's island flashbacks. [[spoiler: That is, until "The Promise", when Slade takes over.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler: He wants the Mirakuru to cure his wife of Alzheimer's disease.]]
* EvilutionaryBiologist[=/=]MadScientist[=/=]MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: The way he says "I'm going to save the human race" and his expression show that underneath this seemingly normal, even kind guy, there is somebody with a drive and ambition that isn't quite right.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Like Edward Fyers before him, he surely acts quite polite to [[spoiler: Sara]] and Oliver while they were on the ''Amazo'', [[BaitTheDog until]] [[spoiler: he uses Sara in finding out where Shado and Slade are by letting Oliver radio them]] so he could kill them. That's not even mentioning how [[spoiler: he treats Oliver when they're trying to find the hosen, or his killing of the Captain for failing to catch Oliver's friends]]. He does save [[spoiler: Sara]] from harsher imprisonment, torture, and implied gang rape when they first meet, [[spoiler: only to later force Oliver to choose between her death and Shado's, or at least make Oliver blame himself for Shado's death]]. And when [[spoiler: Sara refuses to let him sway her back to his side, since she can no longer ignore how he tortures and murders people ForScience]], he shows his true vile colors, [[spoiler: calling her an "ungrateful bitch" and vowing to show her ''real'' torture before she switches the radio off]].
* NeverMyFault: He takes absolutely ''no'' responsibility for [[spoiler: [[BoomHeadshot shooting Shado in the head]], blaming the whole thing on Oliver -- even after Sara [[LampshadeHanging calls him out]] on the fact that he says she was never in danger, proving he was going to shoot Shado anyway, and that he [[TheDeadHaveNames didn't even know her name]]. He denies any responsibility in the action up until Slade [[AnArmAndALeg chops his hand off]]]].
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: In "Three Ghosts," he forces Oliver to choose whether Anthony kills Sara or Shado, seemingly just to KickTheDog, as he already had what he had come for. A later conversation with Sara over the radio shows that this was just a lie to tear Oliver down, that he was going to kill Shado all along. In "The Promise", he winds up solidifying Slade's FaceHeelTurn by blaming Oliver for it, though Slade [[AnArmAndALeg chops off his hand]] at the end of the episode.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: "The Promise" reveals that Ivo's reason for finding the Mirakuru is [[spoiler: to cure his wife of Alzheimer's disease, not to save the world after all]].

!!"The Captain" (Jimmy Jean-Louis) and "The Butcher" (Ronald Selmour)

Two prominent crew member on the ''Amazo'' who serve under Ivo.
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* BoomHeadshot: Ivo shoots the original Captain when [[YouHaveFailedMe he fails to capture Oliver and the others]], then promotes his subordinate, "The Butcher", to Captain.
* TheDragon: Both were this to Ivo.
* LegacyCharacter: After the original Captain is killed by Ivo, "The Butcher" becomes the new Captain. [[spoiler: In "The Promise", Slade kills him rather gruesomely, effectively becoming the new Captain of the ''Amazo''.]]
* OnlySaneMan: At least work-wise. The original Captain seems to think either Ivo or [[spoiler: Sara]] is really in charge.
* ScaryBlackMan: Both qualify.
* YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler: Slade kills "The Butcher" in "The Promise" by crushing his skull.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Other Villains]]

!!Constantine Drakon
->'''Played By:''' Darren Shahlavi

Head of security for Adam Hunt, the first name on the list that Oliver goes after.
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* {{Badass}}: He's is a proficient martial artist and is able to catch arrows in mid-air.
* TheDragon: To Adam Hunt.
* SharpDressedMan
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Only lasted through the pilot, despite being a recurring villain in the comics.

!!The Royal Flush Gang
->'''Derek Reston (King) Played By:''' Currie Graham
->'''Mrs. Reston (Queen) Played By:''' Sarah-Jane Redmond
->'''Kyle Reston (Ace) Played By:''' Kyle Schmid
->'''Teddy Reston (Jack) Played By:''' Tom Stevens

After Derek Reston lost his job when Robert Queen moved his industrial factory to China, he and his family turned to a life of crime robbing banks as the Royal Flush Gang.
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* AntiVillain: They were driven to rob banks after Derek was laid off from a Queen Industries plant.
* {{Badass}}: Kyle/The Ace of Spades was able to take an arrow to his chest (without padding), break it, and keep going to fight Oliver.
* [[TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether The Family That Robs Banks Together]]
* LastSecondChance: Oliver offers Derek a chance to walk away in order to try and make up for his father's misdeeds, but Derek refuses.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Kyle (The Ace of Spades) starts carrying one once he knows the Vigilante is hunting him.
* MalevolentMaskedMen
* NoNameGiven: For Mrs.Reston, the Queen of Spades.
* OneLastJob: Villainous version.
* PsychoPartyMember: Kyle/Ace of Spades.
* RedemptionRejection: See LastSecondChance.
* TakingTheBullet: Derek/The King of Spades, an AntiVillain, ultimately dies by taking a shotgun blast meant for Kyle/Ace.

!!Garfield Lynns / Firefly
->'''Played By:''' Andrew Dunbar

-->"Thanks... But I'm already ''[[TitleDrop burned]]''."

A former firefighter, Lynns was horribly burned in a massive apartment fire, having stayed behind while the rest of his unit fell back under orders from their chief. Feeling betrayed, he began hunting down members of his former unit for revenge.
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* FallenHero: Once an honorable fire fighter, now a broken man thirsty for revenge.
* KillItWithFire: His modus operandi.
* LeftForDead: His StartOfDarkness.
* {{Pyromaniac}}
* SelfImmolation: [[DrivenToSuicide Rather than try a chance at redemption.]]
* RevengeBeforeReason
* SerialKiller: Of members of his old unit, the Fireflies.
* TwoFaced: From the flames.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds

!!The Count / Count Vertigo
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->'''Played By:''' Seth Gabel

-->''"I'm Count Vertigo, and I approve this high!"''

A psychotic drug dealer who invented Vertigo, a new deadly and potent narcotic sweeping through the streets of Starling City.
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* AxCrazy[=/=]TheSociopath: When he realizes that the Arrow has adopted a ThouShaltNotKill policy, he remarks that "You're missing out on one of life's great pleasures."
* BadBoss: See ForTheEvulz. He's rather fond of doing this to his own subordinates.
* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: In Season Two, from three arrows to the chest and a fall out a very high window onto a car. This guy's not coming back.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Much more "street" than his comics counterpart.
* [[spoiler: DeathBySecretIdentity: He deduces the Arrow's identity after Felicity investigates him and he remembers Oliver posing as a Vertigo buyer. One phone call to Oliver warning him that he holds Felicity hostage later, he ends up with three arrows in the torso and a ticket for DestinationDefenestration.]]
* [[spoiler: DrivenToMadness: How he's defeated in Season One. He [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better]] by the time of the Undertaking, and returns as a villain in Season Two.]]
* FantasticDrug: Invented one called Vertigo.
* ForTheEvulz: Likes to inflict pain on his victims by injecting pure Vertigo into their bloodstreams, which affects the thalamus and makes them feel like their entire body is wracked with pain. Then he hands them a gun with one bullet:
-->''"One bullet in the chamber. Who are you gonna kill? You... or me?"''
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: Oliver defeats him in Season One by injecting him with a large dose of his own drug.]]
* LargeHam: Seth Gabel was clearly having a blast playing this guy.
** He even admits to taking influence from TheJoker.
* MadScientist: His experiments to create Vertigo killed 56 people, mostly hookers and the homeless. He views this as a measure of its value, comparing it to a wine's value being measured by its age.
* NoNameGiven[=/=]OnlyKnownByTheirNickname[=/=]RedBaron: He's only ever referred to as The Count or Count Vertigo.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: [[spoiler: Subverted. At the beginning of Unfinished Business, he appears to break out of the mental institution where he was being held. Then it seems that he may have faked his breakout. Upon investigation though, it turns out that nope, his breakout was entirely faked by the doctors to divert suspicion away from themselves. The Count is really just insane. However, he gets better in Season Two.]]
* SadisticChoice: Again, see ForTheEvulz.
* VillainousFriendship: With The Dollmaker.
* YouHaveFailedMe: See BadBoss.

!!Cyrus Vanch
->'''Played By:''' David Anders

A crime boss recently released from jail, Cyrus attempts to dominate Starling City's criminal underworld by killing the Hood.
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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He certainly feels so.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* [[CountingBullets Counting Arrows]]: He knows the Hood only had 24 arrows in his quiver, so he sends 25 henchmen.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: He's smart enough to have guard after guard in his home to take on the Hood, and used how many arrows the Hood could have in his quiver to his advantage by making him run out of arrows.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Casually murders his lawyer within the first five minutes of his screen time.
* EvilPowerVacuum: When Vanch gets out of prison, he tries to earn the respect to take over by killing Arrow since after the Huntress' murder of the Triad boss, and Frank Bertinelli's arrest, the leadership of Starling City's organized crime is up for grabs.

!!"The Dodger"
->'''Played By:''' James Callis

A international jewel thief who attaches bomb collars to his victims and uses them to carry out his crimes.
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the comics, he is a LovableRogue AntiVillain who [[DatingCatwoman dates Mia]]. In the series he's a ruthless SmugSnake who gives his hostages explosive collars.
* AffablyEvil: He seems rather polite, given what he does to his "henchpeople". While some villains would [[YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness deal with them once their deeds were done]], he doesn't. Dodger wouldn't kill them afterwards but merely knock 'em out. The only people he has killed was an art dealer who tries to screw him over, and a hostage in Madrid who refused to cooperate.
* BondOneLiner: Says one to guy who tried to backstab him before killing him.
* EvilBrit
* ExplosiveLeash: How he gets his hostages to work for him, and he lets them go if they do as he says.
** YourHeadAsplode: The result when they refuse.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: His ''other'' signature move is to zap people unconscious. When he tries to use it on Oliver...
* NoNameGiven: He's only known as "The Dodger".
* NotSoDifferent: Claims this to Oliver.
* PhantomThief: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by forcing hostages to steal for him.
* WeaponOfChoice: Some kind of electric mace that causes its victims to become unconscious for 72 hours.
* WrongGenreSavvy: He believes that The Hood is a Robin Hood wannabe.

!!"The Savior" / Joseph Falk
->'''Played By:''' Christopher Redman

A former computer technician and resident of the Glades whose wife was murdered, causing him to embark on a murderous crusade against those he believes are responsible for the living conditions there.
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* EvilCounterpart: To Oliver. A vigilante trying to save his home, the Glades, by hunting down those he believes have wronged it...except he's less interested in saving and more in avenging, his victims aren't so clearly deserving, and rather than offering his targets a last chance to right their wrongs, he has them plead their case for their lives on live streaming video before invariably executing them anyway, since he's already decided they're guilty.
* NotSoDifferent: He makes this claim to Oliver, but in a way, he's more like Malcolm, just without the funding behind him.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: His intention. Except he considers a district attorney who chose not to take a case to trial for lack of evidence and a conflicted bit-part criminal barely out of his teens to be as worthy of public execution as a slumlord whose corruption has caused multiple deaths.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His vigilantism comes across less as a calculated attempt to save the Glades and more as an extended version of this for his wife's murder; two of the three people he's seen targeting are the DA who chose not to prosecute his wife's murder and a young criminal he views as identical to the thugs who killed her, rather than more dangerous criminals.
* VigilanteMan
* WellIntentionedExtremist

!!Mr. Blank
->'''Played By:''' J. August Richards

An assassin hired by corrupt businessman Edward Rasmus to kill a family planning on suing him. Mr. Blank dislikes anybody seeing his face, and prides himself on always finishing his job, even if his employer no longer wants it done.
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* {{Badass}}: He gave the Vigilante quite a fight.
** BadassInANiceSuit: See SharpDressedMan.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He is never anything other than polite to his victims, including politely talking to his employer as he murders him via a PressurePoint.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Oliver takes him out with a fireplace poker after a vicious fight.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Would you really want to deal with someone named Mr. Blank?
* PressurePoint: He's able to induce a deadly embolism in someone just by pressing their wrist.
* ProfessionalKiller: He's an assassin.
* SharpDressedMan: He may be a cold-blooded killer, but he looks good doing it.
* TrojanHorse: He forces some poor delivery boy to get him to the Queen mansion. Surprisingly for TV, the RedShirt bodyguard realizes this pretty quickly, not that it does him any good.
* WouldHurtAChild: He spends most of the episode trying to hunt down and kill Tyler.

!!Ben Turner / Bronze Tiger
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->'''Played By:''' Michael Jai White

A highly skilled mercenary who utilizes bladed knuckles.
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* {{Badass}}: He can really keep Oliver on his toes.
** BadassBaritone[=/=]EvilSoundsDeep
* BloodKnight: He likes his jobs to be challenging, and is disappointed when he realizes that the Arrow is fighting to subdue, not kill.
* BoxedCrook: He is offered a reduced sentence by [[spoiler:Amanda Waller if he joins the Suicide Squad]].
* DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments.
* ProfessionalKiller
* RestrainingBolt: [[spoiler: An explosive chip is put in his head when he joins Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad in order to keep him compliant on missions.]]
* ScaryBlackMan
* WeaponOfChoice: His claws.
* WolverineClaws: He uses three knuckle-attached blades.

!!Barton Mathis / Dollmaker
->'''Played By:''' Michael Eklund

A insane serial killer who likes to target young and beautiful women and fill them with a polymer to "preserve" them forever.
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* CatchPhrase: [[TermsOfEndangerment "You have such beautiful skin..."]]
* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: Courtesy of the Canary.]]
* [[CrucifiedHeroShot Crucified Villain Shot]]: The Inverted version of the normal trope -- right as he's about to kill [[spoiler: the Canary]], Oliver shoots him with two arrows (at once!), and he ends up with his arms outstretched, kind of pinned by the arrows.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Kills his victims by pouring a polymer down their throats, essentially slowly drowning them while they're helpless and strapped to a table.
* FourEyesZeroSoul[=/=]SpectacledSadist
* SerialKiller: Killed eight young women before he was arrested, then killed two more after he escaped. His M.O. is young, beautiful women with porcelain skin.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Except when he's screaming at Quentin Lance just before he's about to kill [[spoiler: Laurel]].

!!Mark "Shrapnel" Scheffer
->'''Played By:''' Sean Maher

A toy shop owner and radical extremist, Scheffer is a serial bomber who begins a campaign of terror across Starling City.
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* BombThrowingAnarchists[=/=]MadBomber: He's part of an anti-government militia known as the Movement.
* DemolitionsExpert: He is a highly skilled bomb maker.
* [[spoiler: KarmicDeath: He's killed by a bomb.]]
* RestrainingBolt: [[spoiler: One is put in his head when he joins Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad, and he takes the first opportunity to commit SuicideByCop rather than help her.]]
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLion: Killed off to demonstrate that Waller is not screwing around when it comes to the Suicide Squad.]]
* StrawNihilist: Almost every one of his lines is a proclamation about the meaninglessness of everything, and how it somehow justifies blowing people up.
* [[spoiler: WeHardlyKnewYe: He gets killed off pretty quickly in his second appearance.]]

!!William Tockman / Clock King
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->'''Played By:''' Robert Knepper

-->''"Where are you? Are you home? Are you safe? Somewhere you think you're safe? Somewhere without windows for anyone to creep through... Underground, perhaps? You think no one can get to you? You think no one can touch you in the safety of your hidey hole...?'' ''[[OhCrap But]]'' '''''[[OhCrap I]]''''' ''[[OhCrap can.]]"''

A former encryption engineer at Kord Enterprises, Tockman turned to a life of crime using his computer skills and excellent timing after being diagnosed with [=MacGregor's=] Syndrome, needing money quickly in order to ensure his ill sister is taken care of once he dies.
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* AdaptationalBadass: Despite dying from [=MacGregor's=] Syndrome, this Clock King is far more proactive then his usual "able to sense time" shtick.
* AntiVillain: A dying man who's desperate to get his hands on enough money to save his sister before he goes.
* BadassBoast: See the quote above. He gives one when he hacks into the Foundry, destroying their computer systems, and taunts Felicity as he does so.
* BerserkButton: Never '''''EVER''''' mess up his time-accounted plans, or he ''will'' kill you for it, as one {{Mook}} learned the hard way when Tockman stabbed him to death with a [[ImprobableUseOfAWeapon minute hand]].
* ClockKing: [[TropeNamers Of course.]]
* TheCracker: Making him something of an EvilCounterpart to Felicity.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Committed his robberies in order to fund a life-saving operation for his sister.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Felicity knocks him out by using the same virus he used against her computers to make his phone blow up.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: A symptom of [=MacGregor's=] Syndrome.
* LargeHam: Knepper is surely having a ball as Tockman.
* MythologyGag: [=MacGregor's=] Syndrome is the same disease Nora Fries and [[spoiler: Alfred]] suffer from in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: William ''Tockman''.
* SoapOperaDisease: He's dying of [[Film/BatmanAndRobin MacGregor's Syndrome]].
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!Main Characters

[[folder: Oliver Queen]]

!!Oliver Jonas Queen

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->'''Known Aliases:''' The Hood, The Vigilante, The Arrow
->'''Played By:''' Stephen Amell
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* ActionHero: Considering he's a comic book superhero adaptation.
[[Characters/ArrowMainCharacters Main Characters]]
* ActionSurvivor: When trapped on the island, before he TookALevelInBadass through TrainingFromHell.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Somewhat. His hair is closer to light brown than his comics blond, but on the island as it was growing out, it looked more blond.
* {{Adorkable}}: While asking out [=McKenna=] Hall. Justified:
-->'''Oliver''': "I don't know if you heard, I was on a deserted island for five years and I'm totally out of practice with this whole..."
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: His first two fights with the Dark Archer see him get [[CurbStompBattle summarily trounced]].
* AntiHero: Starts off as [[Analysis/{{AntiHero}} a unscrupulous hero, but gradually develops into a pragmatic hero]]. His death count is a lot higher in the earlier episodes and his mission is mostly about stopping the people on the list his father gave him. As the series goes on, he kills less often and helps out people who aren't necessarily part of his mission. But there is a reason most of the bad guys roll over and do as he tells them to when he comes for them.
* ArcherArchetype
* TheAtoner: For both his own and his father's mistakes.
* {{Badass}}: With TruthInTelevision. That [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvxdpv5BKoo salmon ladder]] that Oliver trains on? Yeah, Stephen Amell actually does those. The parkour he does? Yup, Stephen again.
** BadassBaritone: As the Hood[=/=]the Arrow, seeing how he uses a voice changer.
** BadassBeard: At least on the island, given how he didn't shave for five years. Off the island, not so much. However, by "Year's End", Oliver seems to be growing it out more and more.
* BadLiar: Oliver can be this at times, particularly when it comes to Felicity before he just gives up and lets her in on the secret. He is somewhat better at deceiving his family and friends (not to mention the police) but mostly that's because they write his odd behavior off as PTSD from the island.
* BatmanGambit: Oliver realizes that eventually someone will put together the timing of his return home and the arrival of the Hood, purposely staged his bag of supplies in front of a security camera, suspecting that he would get arrested on 'mostly' circumstantial evidence. Then, after being arrested and forced to wear a security anklet he throws a large party (ensuring multiple witnesses) and has Diggle appear as the Hood on the other side of town.
* BattleCouple: Oliver/the Hood and the Huntress are this very briefly.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Subverted with Oliver himself, who most definitely suffered a great deal of cosmetic damage and scarring during his time on the island (though played straight in that he somehow avoided any lasting damage to his face, and none of the injuries he's sustained since returning home have left any noticeable scars).
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Laurel in the beginning, much to her annoyance.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Thea.
* BigBrotherMentor: [[spoiler: Is this towards Roy from "Tremors" onward. He initially tries to be harsh and secretive, but it doesn't work out for him.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Too many times to even count.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Oliver does this twice in "Honor Thy Father" once by throwing a kitchen knife and knocking China White's dagger out of her hand, and later he knocks the gun out of Detective Lance's hand with a throwing dart/arrow thing. And a variant in "Dodger", when he severs a nerve in the Dodger's arm to stop him using his ExplosiveLeash. Since he's started killing fewer people, this has become more of his signature.
* BlatantLies: He tells some real whoppers particularly to Felicity and Diggle. Possibly because he's testing them to find out if they can be trusted, but mostly because he isn't a great liar.
--> '''Oliver: ''' I'm having some trouble with my computer and they told me that you were the person to come and see. I was at my coffee shop surfing the web and I spilt a latte on it.
--> '''Felicity: ''' ...Really?
--> '''Oliver: ''' Yeah.
--> '''Felicity: ''' 'Cause these look like bullet holes.
--> '''Oliver: ''' My coffee shop is in a bad neighborhood.
* BrokenBird: The island was... unpleasant. First, he buried his father. Second, he got shot with an arrow. Third, he got tortured. Then it got worse. And he had to actually break a bird himself (literally -- it was dinner).
-->'''Oliver:''' ''FIVE YEARS!'' Where ''nothing'' good happened!
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: For Laurel at the end of "Blind Spot" when her drug addiction is revealed.]]
--> '''Oliver:''' [[spoiler: She nearly had me believing that Sebastian Blood was a criminal mastermind. And the only reason I nearly believed her was because it was Laurel. I do have a [[TitleDrop blind spot]] where she's concerned. Not anymore.]]
** [[spoiler: He gets another one when he finds out that Moira was covering up that Thea is Malcolm's daughter.]]
* BulletproofVest: His costume seems to include this as a feature. Either that or the mooks are just [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy that bad at aiming]]. Despite this, Moira manages to do quite a bit of damage at close range with a handgun, and the Dark Archer gets a couple of arrows through into Oliver's back.
* ByronicHero: So far.
* CartwrightCurse: Cheated on his then girlfriend Laurel with her sister Sara, who was then presumed to be deceased after being washed away at sea. On the island, he started a romance with Shado that ended when she [[spoiler: was killed by Ivo]]. After he gets back, his first steady girlfriend, Helena, is a mobster's daughter who turns into a [[{{Foil}} sociopathic vigilante]]. And when it looks like he finally catches a break with [=McKenna=] Hall, she gets shot by Helena and moves to another city to get the best physical therapy she can. In short, poor Oliver just can't catch a break with women.
* TheCasanova: Oliver was one as well before he got lost on the island. He slept with Laurel's sister. That should be a giveaway. Sara also claimed that he was sleeping with ten other women, though that may have been an exaggeration.
* CatchPhrase: As the Hood. Disappears with his turn to the Arrow.
--> '''Oliver:''' [Name]! You have failed this city!
* CharacterDevelopment:
** The whole purpose of the flashbacks to Oliver's time on the island is to show how he went from "[[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob the male Paris Hilton]]" to the vigilante we meet at the start of the series.
** At the start of the series, Oliver's reasons for becoming a vigilante were to honor his father's memory and seek justice against those who had exploited the under-privileged of Starling City, and was perfectly willing to kill to accomplish this. Over the course of the first season, he begins to actively fight crime in the city and goes from being a lone vigilante to working with Diggle and Felicity. By the start of the second season, he's primarily fighting crime and his motives for his vigilantism are no longer to honor his father's memory, but to provide a symbol of hope for the people of Starling City, even naming himself the Arrow; furthermore, he has taken up a ThouShallNotKill stance to [[spoiler:honor Tommy's memory]].
** Outside of his vigilantism, Oliver starts the series closed off to his loved ones, and gradually begins to open up to them as he readjusts to his old life.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: True to his comic book counterpart, Oliver gains his expert archery skills while trapped on a deserted island for five years. Furthermore, training with Slade Wilson, Yao Fei, and Shado has given him near unstoppable fighting skills.
* ClarkKenting: He covers his face with paint and a hood, keeps to the shadows, and uses a voice changer if talking to someone who might recognize him. However, it isn't impenetrable and he isn't always careful with his targets.
** DominoMask: He finally starts wearing one at the end of Episode Nine of Season Two, recognizing the need to better conceal his identity.
* CombatPragmatist: He doesn't hesitate to kill when need be, but he also leaves a few living so they can talk about what he did.
* CoveredWithScars: [[InformedFlaw Over 20% of his body]]. Doesn't stop many a ShirtlessScene.
* TheCowl: Very much so, especially in the second season.
* CrazyPrepared: To the point where he decided to store his blood in his hideout, in case he ever needed an emergency transfusion.
* CrimefightingWithCash
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: As part of his SecretIdentity. "I'm shallow!"
* CynicismCatalyst: Being trapped on the island from an easygoing party boy to a vigilante [[TheAtoner atoning]] for his family's sins.
* DatingCatwoman: Twice in the first season.
** Helena -- even after he discovers that she's the mysterious assassin who injured his mother and is trying to instigate a bloody war among the city's criminal factions.
** Later, Oliver starts a relationship with Detective [=McKenna=] Hall, who immediately after gets assigned to help catch the Hood. She doesn't know Oliver's the Hood, though.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DisappearedDad: DrivenToSuicide right in front of him.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: After five years fighting for his life on a remote island, Oliver has trouble reconnecting with his friends and family whose lives moved on without him. He also doesn't get most pop culture references.
* GenreSavvy:
** Oliver realized that if he suddenly returned and soon after a masked vigilante started terrorizing [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Executives]], the police would catch on pretty fast. See BatmanGambit, above.
** After the Dark Archer [[ArrowCatch caught one his arrows]] and broke it, Oliver wised up for their next battle and [[spoiler: fired a flash-bang arrow of sorts, which the Dark Archer catches only for it to blow up in his face]].
* GoodIsNotNice --> GoodIsNotSoft
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Progressively subverted over time, especially after "Year's End", but he still isn't this [[VigilanteMan without reason]].
* HeroicBSOD: After nearly being killed by the Dark Archer, Oliver suffers from a form of PTSD, too afraid of losing his family and friends to fight effectively.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Tommy and Diggle.
* HonestCorporateExecutive: In Season Two.
* {{Hunk}}: See MrFanservice.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** During the first season, he condemns Helena and the criminal in "Salvation" for killing criminals without giving them a chance to change... despite him doing that exact same thing, and even criticizing someone for killing ''the same man he was going to kill for the same reason''. To his credit, he seems to have realized this, as in Season Two he's trying to avoid killing, though he isn't always successful.
** In Season Two, Oliver yells at his mother about [[spoiler:keeping Thea in the dark about her parentage]] - despite the fact that he is lying to his family about more than a few things.
* IcyBlueEyes
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: When Oliver first started out, he kept killing mooks left and right because he needed to get rid of them fast to take out the next name on the list. Back on the island, he had to lose conventional morality in order to survive. Coming back after this, he was so used to killing others to live that he was mostly running on instinct when fighting.
* ILetGwenStacyDie:
** Blames himself for Sara Lance's death. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted as she's not actually dead, though he thinks so for a while.]]
** [[spoiler:Tommy and Shado]], as of Season Two.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Given the premise of the show, Oliver's skill with the bow is to be expected. However, he is also a master knife thrower.
* InformedAttribute: Oliver's {{Jerkass}} party boy image, which seems to have been very true before the island but not carried over no matter what assumptions people make.
* InformedFlaw: Pretty much every character in the beginning of the first season repeatedly calls him a selfish jerk who is completely ambivalent and unapologetic to his friends and family, despite almost all of his interactions with them being his expressing his gladness to be back, his sorrow for the people he's hurt and his concern for Thea's party-life.
* InTheHood: The source of his AppropriatedAppellation.
* {{Jerkass}} --> JerkassFacade --> JerkWithAHeartOfGold
** JerkassHasAPoint: He uses this trope to avoid getting a job at Queen Industries but he does make a fairly valid point: He's not ''remotely'' qualified to manage an international corporation.
* JustLikeRobinHood: Discussed. He's been accused of this but hotly denies it. In fact he's not actually in this to redistribute the wealth of his victims but to get 'their' victims justice and prevent them from hurting more people.
* KnightTemplar[=/=]KnightTemplarBigBrother: Oliver's sister takes drugs and drives under the influence, causing her to crash. As a civilian, Oliver pulls all the favors he can to try and get Thea out of jail time. As the Hood, Oliver hunts down The Count and ... Don't even indirectly mess with Oliver's sister, or it's going to go down very badly for you.
** Lampshaded in "Darkness on the Edge of Town":
--->'''Oliver, to Roy:''' Hi, I don't know if we've met. I'm Thea's disapproving older brother.
** At the beginning of Season Two, Oliver is unwilling to hood up again, because he doesn't want to increase his body count [[spoiler: and dishonor Tommy's memory]], even after Hood copycats kill the mayor and threaten Laurel. Then, they kidnap Thea. Cue one pissed-off Arrow (non-lethally) beating the living crap out of the copycats.
* LegallyDead: Oliver is a Types I and IV during his five years on the island.
* LeParkour: He makes frequent use of this.
* MadeOfIron: The amount of injuries Oliver sustained while on the island would have probably crippled most people. Likewise, in the premier he cuts his way through Adam Hunt's cadre of bodyguards, defeats his {{Dragon}}, leaps out of a skyscraper, ziplines to safety... and reappears at his party a scant three minutes later looking none the worse for wear.
* TheMafiya: The third episode reveals that Oliver somehow has the rank of captain. As revealed in "Vertigo", he apparently saved the life of Anatoli Knyazev (who in the DCU is the [=KGBeast=]).
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: Dates the Huntress, she leaves due to his disapproval of her methods. Dates [=McKenna=], she leaves after being shot during a confrontation between Oliver and Helena.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: He alternates between telling Laurel to stay away, and having ice cream with her.
* MoralDissonance: Oliver's methods can sometimes be extreme, especially at the start of the series. He also has a habit of taking out mooks but leaving their bosses alive.
* MoralMyopia: Oliver doesn't seem to notice that he applies this often. He's capable of cold-blooded murder in taking out his targets but doesn't allow anyone else the same leeway. [[spoiler: No longer the case in Season Two, as he's trying to avoid killing.]]
* MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: Averted. He wears a variation of his costume from the comic in a darker shade of green.
* MrFanservice: Especially with many a ShirtlessScene.
* MultiRangedMaster: Throwing knives and a bow and arrow.
* MyGreatestFailure: Originally, it was watching Sara Lance die while he was cheating on his girlfriend with her. His girlfriend, Sara's sister. As of Season Two, [[spoiler: this has been surpassed by Tommy's death during the undertaking and rendered moot when Sara turns up alive and well as the Canary]].
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Tommy gets a nonverbal version, over Thea.
-->'''Tommy:''' Have you noticed how ''[[SheIsAllGrownUp hot]]'' [[SheIsAllGrownUp your little sister's gotten]]?\\
''(Oliver gives him a DeathGlare)''\\
'''Tommy:''' Because I have not!
** Subverted with Roy, though. [[spoiler:In fact, he's counting on Thea being a MoralityChain for him.]]
* NeverFoundTheBody: During his five years on the island, he was presumed dead.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Even as the spoiled party guy he was before the island, Oliver seems to have a good relationship with his family's staff. Prior to letting her in on the secret he is also nothing but charming towards Felicity despite his odd requests.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Delivers one to Brodeur's bodyguard after the latter almost kills Laurel.
* NonIdleRich: Besides his nighttime activities, he also runs a nightclub in the first season and takes over as the co-CEO of Queen Consolidated in the second.
* NotQuiteDead: His loved ones find this out at the start of the show, much to their relief.
* NotWearingTights: Oliver's first costume, in the opening minutes of the Pilot, is essentially a dark green leather hoodie. When he starts his vigilante work, it's expanded to basically a full-body leather outfit, with a hood and green face paint.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Upon his return from the island, he immediately tries to hide that he's changed by acting like he did 5 years ago. Whilst he drops it as it becomes more apparent to those around him that he's no longer that guy, he still invokes this trope to help hide his vigilantism.
* OhCrap: Has a damn near perfect expression when he sees [[spoiler: Laurel has set him up in a police sting at her office]] at the end of "Identity".
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Doesn't sound terribly Canadian, but he drops an "aboat" every once in a while.
* PermaStubble: Once he was back home, he developed this, both mustache and beard versions.
* PrivateEyeMonologue: Provided by Oliver [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness for the first few episodes]]. It's dropped after he has someone to listen to his plans.
* ProperlyParanoid: At one point on the island, he came across someone tied up in a cave who claimed to be a student stranded on the island. Out of fear that he might be working for Fyers, Oliver leaves him there to die. In the penultimate episode of Season One, we find out he was right to be worried.
* TheProtagonist
* RelativeButton: [[spoiler: You'd think Malcolm would have [[TooDumbToLive known better than to press his.]]]]
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Oliver invokes this to hide his activities as the Hood. He further cultivates the image (and other related aspects of his SecretIdentity) by claiming to want to start a night club in an old Queen Consolidated warehouse...then doing absolutely nothing/making zero progress towards actually turning it into anything. Eventually, RealityEnsues when Tommy steps in to assist with the renovations, having noted that no progress is being made. At which point the night club actually gets finished. This is even lampshaded in the second season, when Moira dismisses Ollie's involvement in the club as just being a hobby.
** Averted in Season Two when he takes over as CEO of Queen Consolidated.
* SecretIdentity: And at first, he [[HeKnowsTooMuch maintained one]] [[NeckSnap ruthlessly]]. He's gotten softer about it, though. By Season Two, he is assisted by Diggle and Felicity and states that they both need secret identities, since he is now CEO of his family's company.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: He is the manly man to best friend Tommy's sensitive guy.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Oliver definitely suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. And although he's trying to maintain his guise as a SpoiledBrat, his family can tell that his act is [[StepfordSmiler not very genuine]].
** In "Identity", Slade comments on this after Oliver had killed his first person on the island that wasn't in self-defense.
* SpoiledBrat-->SpoiledSweet: Oliver was the former before his CharacterDevelopment on the island; he now regrets his shallowness and is closer to the latter. Still, given his relationship with the cook in the pilot and the fact that, before he disappeared, everyone genuinely loved him (his little sister in particular was devastated), he may be judging himself too harshly.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: Lampshaded by the police, who find using a bow and arrow in the modern day pretty ridiculous and insane.
* TheStoic: Oliver is really damn good in keeping his emotions in check.
** NotSoStoic: However he can be quite frightening when he does lose his cool.
* SupportingProtagonist: On the island, at first. He started to grow up a bit more and meet some interesting people along the way.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Oliver stops being the Hood for a few months while recovering from his fight with Dark Archer.
* TerrorHero
* ThouShaltNotKill: Adopts this starting in Season Two. [[spoiler: He was forced to break it in "State v. Queen" to save Felicity from Count Vertigo, and he was visibly shaken after the deed.]]
* TrainingFromHell: How is a SpoiledBrat able to hold his own against...everyone? Oh, right, five years alone (except for a few mentors) on an island against an army of merciless killers, some of whom are bonafide supervillains in their own right.
* UnstoppableRage: Briefly enters one when Brodeur's bodyguard/hitman almost kills Laurel.
* VigilanteMan: His role as "the Hood", which gives many an AppropriatedAppellation including the word "vigilante". However, he rarely stoops to VigilanteExecution, if ever.
** In Season Two, he realizes how fundamentally screwed up everyone else considers this, and decides not to act in a VigilanteMan manner anymore, instead simply helping the police do their jobs without killing if possible.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: At least OnceAnEpisode. All the better to show you he's CoveredWithScars, my dear.
* WhatTheHellHero: Oliver gets a few about his actions from the people who find out his secret, and from Detective Lance while in costume.
* YourCheatingHeart: Oliver was cheating on Laurel with her sister Sara.
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[[folder: Laurel Lance]]

!!Dinah Laurel Lance
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lance_laurel_1427.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I'm a lawyer. I live to argue."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Katie Cassidy
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* ActionGirl: "Lone Gunman" showed that her father taught her some decent fighting skills.
* ActionSurvivor: There's no doubt that Laurel is a badass, but she does seem to end up the target for some very nasty people -- Jason Brodeur, Cyrus Vanch, Mr. Blank, the Dollmaker. [[spoiler: This eventually starts to take a toll on her psychologically by Season Two.]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: Actually averted. In the comics, Laurel was a brunette who wore a blonde wig.
* AdaptationNameChange: Subverted. She is called Laurel Lance, but her real name is acknowledged as [[ComicBook/BlackCanary Dinah Laurel Lance]]. (She's named Dinah after her mother.)
** Although subverted again somewhat as the actual Black Canary turns out to be not Laurel or her mother but [[spoiler: her younger sister Sara]]
* TheAlcoholic: In Season Two, Laurel resorts to drinking and popping pills in order to cope with [[spoiler: Tommy's death and her overall guilt]].
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Noted as a tendency with Laurel by Tommy. This makes her relationship with Tommy all the more rocky since she's uncomfortable with a normal relationship and he worries that her closeness with the Hood might result in her falling for the Hood. [[spoiler: Played with in Season Two when her relationship with the Arrow sours. It later improves, but not to the point it was in Season One.]]
* AlliterativeName: Her real name is Dinah Laurel Lance but she usually goes by her middle name. See AdaptationNameChange.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* {{Badass}}: Played with. Laurel is perfectly capable of kicking ass when she needs to. [[NonActionGuy However, she is a]] [[spoiler:former]] [[NonActionGuy lawyer, not a crime-fighter.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Oliver in the beginning.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Though not a villain, flashbacks in Season Two detail that [[spoiler: she dated Oliver to get back at her sister for going to a party she shouldn't have]]. This places the conversations between [[spoiler: her and Sara]] in flashbacks in other episodes in a very different light.
* BrainyBrunette
* BreakTheCutie: Her sister's death. [[spoiler: Then Tommy's.]]
* BrokenBird: Laurel is a very competent lawyer who's still recovering from her sister's death and her mother leaving.
** Made even worse in Season Two [[spoiler: with Tommy's death and the incredible guilt she feels for it]].
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: For the Arrow after Tommy's death, though she admits at the end of "Broken Dolls" that she was just projecting her own guilt onto him.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: More than once, but most notably when her father uses her to try and catch the Hood in "Betrayal", she gives him a well-deserved calling out.
* CartwrightCurse: Oliver was stranded on an island for five years, [[spoiler: Tommy died saving her life]], and her latest potential love interest is working for [[spoiler: Slade Wilson and experimenting on people in the Glades]]. She may not be as bad as Oliver but her relationships have not ended well for the guys involved.
* CassandraTruth: No one believes her about [[spoiler: Sebastian Blood, putting her suspicions down to her substance abuse]] -- despite her being 100% correct about him.
* CrusadingLawyer: In Season One, she worked for a legal aid office and only took on cases where innocent people had been abused by the system.
-->'''Laurel:''' If we can't win a class-action suit against a man who swindled hundreds of people out of their homes and life savings, then we're not fit to call ourselves a legal aid office.
* DaddysGirl: Far, far closer to her father than to her mother.
* DamselInDistress: Sometimes she needs rescuing. However, [[DamselOutOfDistress she remains capable of defending herself]].
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Seems to make a habit of it.
* DeadpanSnarker: She has her moments.
* DecompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: Shares the role of ComicBook/BlackCanary with her sister, Sara, though so far Sara is the only one who's a vigilante.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Towards Oliver in Season One and the Arrow in Season Two.
* TheDeterminator: In Season One she's shown to do just about anything to help her clients win cases. At the beginning of Season Two, it's her mission to bring down the Arrow, and she will go to any lengths to stop him, [[spoiler: even setting up a police sting at her office]].
* DrowningMySorrows: After all the trauma she's gone through at the end of the first season and into the second, she's not only turning into an alcoholic, but also taking pills with her drinks.
* {{Foil}}: To her father, especially in Season Two. They both have the same character flaws, but while Quentin realizes this and seeks help, Laurel is too wrapped up in her own hurt to accept that she has a problem -- [[LikeFatherLikeSon a complete flip of their personalities from Season One]].
* GoodIsNotSoft: She's generally kind to those around her and has made a career of helping those who need it most, but that doesn't mean she'll let the bad guys get away with abusing people.
* HelloAttorney: Until [[spoiler:"Blind Spot", when she's fired by the Assistant DA, and is disbarred in "Tremors"]].
* HollywoodLaw: As a lawyer a lot of what happens is really unrealistic. From the Laurel being in charge of prosecuting Moira's case to her being disbarred.
* {{Hypocrite}}: In "Broken Dolls", Laurel calls her father out for pursuing the Dollmaker; in return, her father calls her out on her crusade against the Arrow. She wasn't happy about that.
* IceQueen: She starts off rather cold and icy, especially towards Oliver. But she eventually starts to mellow out as the series progresses; see DefrostingIceQueen. [[spoiler: At the start of Season Two she's icy towards the Arrow, but not Oliver; she resolves this somewhat after "Broken Dolls", only to start getting icier toward her family as she becomes TheAlcoholic.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: To an extent. The first few episodes show her hating Oliver for getting her sister killed and not even giving her time to grieve. In "Damaged", she admits she's thought about it from his point of view and tearfully apologizes to him, and from that point on she fits the DefrostingIceQueen trope above.
** In Season Two, [[spoiler: [[TheAlcoholic she is sadly veering deeper into this territory]], refusing help for her substance abuse problems, snarking at Oliver and Thea when she gets drunk at Verdant, and accusing her sister, who she's just found out is alive, of stealing her life away]]. Granted, that last one has a grain of truth in it, but she still goes too far.
** Ollie finally [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calls her out on this]] and her NeverMyFault attitude in "Time of Death".
* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler: After Laurel stops blaming the Arrow for Tommy's death, she starts to believe this instead.]]
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: In her first scene in the Season Two premiere, Laurel disarms a bad guy and throws him down the stairs -- all while wearing a gorgeous full-length red dress. Probably heels, too.
* LadyInRed: She is seen wearing a form-fitting red dress in "City of Heroes" and again in "Crucible".
* LethalChef: Her diet seems to consist mostly of takeout, delivery, and eating out at restaurants; according to Oliver and Tommy, that's for a ''very'' good reason.
--> '''Oliver:''' "Thank God she didn't cook."
--> '''Tommy:''' "Amen."
** OneNoteCook: She did once say she could make the world's best mac and cheese, and Tommy didn't disagree, only added that it's all she ''can'' make.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father, Like Daughter]]: They have fairly similar personalities and both are very concerned with justice even if they don't always see eye-to-eye about how to obtain it. [[spoiler: They both also struggle with substance abuse. Quentin is trying to help her despite her pushing him away because he sees his actions mirrored in her.]]
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Played with. Given her conversations with Oliver-as-Arrow in "An Innocent Man", it looks like she's starting to side with him and maybe even fall for him. Then she witnesses him giving a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to a man who had just tried to kill her, which terrifies her. She later realizes it was because he was trying to protect her, and starts falling for him again. [[spoiler: At the start of Season Two, she blames the Arrow for Tommy's death and is set on arresting him. She drops this quickly and in "Blind Spot" she asked him for help with bringing down Sebastian Blood.]]
* [[LastNameBasis Middle Name Basis]]: She's usually referred to by her middle name because she and her mom share the same first name.
* MissingMom: She keeps in touch with her, though, and she comes back in certain situations, first time being in "Dead To Rights".
* MsFanservice: On occasion.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Laurel has a breakdown [[spoiler: when she stops blaming the Vigilante for Tommy's death and starts blaming herself]]. She has another in "Time of Death" after Oliver's furious WhatTheHellHero[=/=]TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to her; [[spoiler: she comes to see Sara at Verdant and admits that she really lashed out because seeing her sister alive and healthy showed Laurel how far she'd fallen in comparison, then hugs her and starts crying.]]
* NeverMyFault: Develops a strong tendency for this starting in Season Two, which ends up contributing to her downward spiral. Oliver calls her out on it in "Time of Death".
* RevengeBeforeReason[=/=]RevengeMyopia: At the start of Season Two, [[spoiler: she blames the Hood/the Arrow for Tommy's death, believing it was a result of being caught in the crossfire between the two archers.]] However, she abandons this in "Broken Dolls" when she realizes that [[spoiler: Tommy only died because he came to save her from the collapsing CNRI building, and suffers an emotional breakdown]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives several in Season One. She tries to do so in Season Two, to [[TheAlcoholic decreasing effect]]. In "Time of Death", it's her turn to receive a pretty powerful one, from Oliver no less.
* ShesGotLegs: Very nice ones, at that. Particularly noticeable when Laurel is walking into the club in "Burned".
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: For all her reported love of [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boys]], Laurel's relationship with Tommy seems to be this. She wasn't interested before he demonstrated he could be something more than a shallow playboy.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Very much so; see IceQueen.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Prior to the start of the series, she fell into the Smart Sister category, a rarer older sister variety. Still, both she and Sara had some crossover. [[spoiler: Sara reveals that Laurel apparently went after Oliver knowing her sister had a crush on him (though what Laurel felt at the time is unclear, as we only have Sara's side of the story).]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A. Towards Oliver mostly, usually in response to his own hot and cold actions towards her.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Laurel goes back and forth between the two. She's a lawyer, but in Season One, she supports the Vigilante until he nearly beats someone to death in front of her. She later helps him find justice for people and asks him for help in return. At the start of Season Two, she is determined to see the Vigilante brought to justice, but she later softens enough to refer to him as the Arrow.
* TookALevelInJerkass: As a result of everything that happens to her in Season Two (see TraumaCongaLine), she starts being incredibly nasty to everyone who tries to help her, growing worse as she dips deeper into [[TheAlcoholic alcoholism]]. [[spoiler: When Sara ''finally'' reveals that she's alive, Laurel is furious and throws her out of the apartment.]] However, as of the end of "Time of Death", she seems to be making an effort to change herself.
** [[spoiler: JerkassHasAPoint: To be fair to Laurel's alcohol-fueled rage, Sara could have saved her family a lot of grief if she'd informed them she was alive.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: Season Two. [[spoiler: After Tommy's death at the very end of the previous season, she is coping but clearly not happy. After she's kidnapped by the Dollmaker, her life starts to spiral down with prescription drugs and alcohol. Then she has to prosecute Moira, is the only one who thinks Sebastian Blood is evil, is arrested, is kidnapped again, is completely discredited when her addiction comes to light, loses her job, is about to be disbarred, and is almost killed by a League of Assassins member via snake venom. It's not hard to see why she TookALevelInJerkass.]]
* {{Workaholic}}: She has little to no social life outside of work. She picks up the phone in the first season finale and tells her father, "Don't worry, dad, I didn't come in to work." While at work. He replies, "You can't lie to me, of course you're at work. Now please get the hell out of there."
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: She might not be dating either of them at the time, but Laurel delivers an ass-kicking to Max Fuller in defense of Oliver and Tommy in "Lone Gunmen".
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: In the Pilot, Laurel blames Oliver for her sister's death and tells him this. Oliver later reveals he wished the same thing.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Moira Queen]]

!!Moira Dearden Queen
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->'''Played By:''' Creator/SusannaThompson

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* ActionSurvivor: Ironically, she is one of the few people to wound The Vigilante.
* AintTooProudToBeg: When confronted by the Hood, she's willing to beg for her life, for the sake of her children.
* AntiVillain: Slides from Type I to Type IV over the course of the first season. In the first few episodes, she's a WellIntentionedExtremist, even by Undertaking standards. By the middle of the first season, we see that unlike most members, she is trying to stop the Undertaking from within, though she uses rather underhanded methods to do so. By the end, we see that she's been coerced into it ever since Malcolm killed half her family. Ultimately, this leads to [[spoiler: her HeelFaceTurn.]]
* AscendedExtra: Like her husband, she's a PosthumousCharacter in the comics.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Subverted. Every time you think she's going to be this it turns out that she's just a [[MamaBear mother]] trying to protect her family.
* CompositeCharacter: Her role as the ruthless head of Queen Industries appears to be based a bit on Isabel Rochev/The Queen, an ex-lover of Robert Queen who became the BigBad of ''Green Arrow'' in the ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' era. Though later Isabel herself shows up.
** Also, her maiden name is the last name of the second Speedy.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Seems to be one, but she doesn't want to be. She's forced to support Malcolm in his plan to destroy the Glades out of fear, following him having Robert killed.
* DamselInDistress: The second time the Vigilante comes for her.
* TheDragon: Played with. The traditional role of the Dragon as the brutal enforcer is played by The Dark Archer, AKA Malcolm himself, but Moira carries out most of the overt business of travelling around the city, threatening and extorting people on behalf of the Undertaking. She plays this role to the hilt, but she's only doing it because she's terrified Malcolm will kill her and her family.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Her agenda initially seems to be simply to protect her family from Malcolm but she also tried to stop the Undertaking.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: While not exactly evil, she's certainly participated in some nasty things, including being coerced into committing mass murder. But she definitely wants the best for Thea and Oliver.
* [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn: She outs Malcolm and the Undertaking to the media during the Season One finale, knowing that she will immediately be arrested for her participation.]]
* IronLady: When she's running Queen Consolidated. And later in Season Two, [[spoiler: when she's going to run for Mayor]].
* MamaBear: But she's the one who arranged Oliver's kidnapping, right? By the end of the first season, we've learned she's only ever participated in the Undertaking because Malcolm was threatening her family, a threat he carried out on Robert, with Oliver caught as an innocent bystander, and again on Walter.
** Cemented in Season Two, [[spoiler: when she informs Ra's Al-Ghul on Malcolm Merlyn to keep him away from Thea]].
* ParentWithNewParamour: Within the past five years, Moira married her dead husband's business associate, Walter Steele. It's quickly revealed to be... an innocent and genuinely loving relationship with nothing underhanded about it. Until Walter starts [[HeKnowsTooMuch investigating the Undertaking...]]
* ParentsAsPeople: As this entry demonstrates, she cares for her children and wants the best for them, but she's not perfect.
* PunchClockVillain: Deconstructed. Punching the clock has ''not'' been good for her.
* ReverseMole: As of "Dodger", we learn that Moira is trying to have Malcolm killed.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: She's handed one by Thea after Walter is kidnapped. And by both Thea and Oliver after they find out about the Undertaking.
* ShipperOnDeck: [[spoiler:For Thea and Roy -- she wants her daughter to be happy, even if it damages her case.]]
* TrappedInVillainy[=/=]IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure[=/=]EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The reason she's still TheDragon is that if she isn't, her family will be hurt.
* UnscrupulousHero: As revealed in "The Undertaking", she absolutely hates the Undertaking itself, and is trying her best to stop it. The only problem is she's also the BigBad's DragonWithAnAgenda.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: She helped [[spoiler: murder 503 people, but apparently there are enough people in Starling City who'd vote for her that she can run for Mayor. It doesn't hurt that she's considerably less evil than Sebastian Blood, of course]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: Moira seems to believe the Arrow is a Robin Hood figure stealing from the rich to give to the poor. It has to be pretty much spoon-fed to her by Malcolm that Arrow is going after only specific targets in their Organization that just happened to be rich.
* [[spoiler: YourCheatingHeart]]: As is revealed in "State v. Queen", she [[spoiler: cheated on her husband with Malcolm]]. Because of this, [[spoiler: Thea is actually Malcolm's daughter]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Thea Queen]]
!!Thea Dearden Queen

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->'''Played By:''' Willa Holland
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* ActionSurvivor: In the first season finale, Thea throws a bottle and knocks out a thug who is trying to kill Roy.
* AgeAppropriateAngst
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: DoubleSubverted with Roy Harper. He doesn't exactly endear himself to her by stealing from her, but his nice attitude helps a bit, and she tries to help him out of his life of crime. However, in spite of his desire to continue thievery, she appears to fall for him after he rescues her from an AttemptedRape.
** RescueRomance: As of "The Huntress Returns".
* BerserkButton: Doesn't take well to her family keeping secrets from her. So naturally, everyone in her life is keeping at least one secret from her and the biggest secret in the family is [[spoiler:that Thea is the result of an affair between Malcolm Merlyn and Moira Queen]].
* BigBrotherWorship: For Oliver before he disappeared. After his return, that worship transforms into an equally-powerful mass of bitterness and anger with him, because of how badly his apparent death [[ItsAllAboutMe hurt her]].
** It's worth considering that a large part of the reason Thea became a [[WhereDidWeGoWrong parental disappointment]], wild party girl, and drug user, besides her stated reasons, may be because ''that's how she remembered her brother'', and she wanted very badly to grow up to be just like him.
** Thanks to CharacterDevelopment, she seems to be far more aware of how horrible the island was. When Roy calls Oliver 'a wimp' for not approving of their hunt for the Hood, Thea points out his ordeal as a counter; she knows the island was horrible, and she has nothing but respect and admiration for Oliver to survive there and seemingly still be sane.
* BrainyBrunette: She was able to locate Roy after he stole her purse and she's successfully [[spoiler: running Verdant in Season Two]].
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Started out as this, getting incredibly snotty and indignant at the notion that she shouldn't, in fact, be shoplifting, drinking, and getting high in bars at 17, but has gone through some CharacterDevelopment and is much better now.
* CallingTheOldManOut: After Walter disappears and Moira retreats into her bedroom, Thea calls her mother out on her selfish behavior.
* CanonForeigner: Her childhood [[MeaningfulName nickname]] was "[[{{Sidekick}} Speedy]]", so she may not be as much of a CanonForeigner as she initially appears.
* CharacterDevelopment: From SpoiledBrat in the first several episodes to SpoiledSweet, especially with her work at Laurel's law firm and involvement with the problems of the Glades (and Roy Harper). As of Season Two, [[spoiler: she's running Verdant and has left her druggie days behind for good]].
* DamselInDistress: In "City of Heroes", the second season premiere, Thea is kidnapped by copycat Hoods looking for revenge and media attention.
* DisappearedDad: He died when she was twelve in a boating "accident".
* DisproportionateRetribution: Is willing to go to jail just to spite Moira, because she thinks she was cheating on her stepfather.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Only in her first few episodes -- after her brush with the law and Vertigo-related troubles, she seems to be cleaning up her act. [[spoiler: Fully subverted in Season Two -- she's now mature enough to run Verdant and shows no sign of lapsing at all, in stark contrast to Laurel's substance abuse problems.]]
* ImprobableAge: She's around seventeen/eighteen years old and yet in Season Two, [[spoiler: she owns and operates Oliver's nightclub Verdant despite not being old enough to drink any beverages it serves]]. Oliver even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.
* ImprobableAimingSkills[=/=]InstantExpert: In "Sacrifice", she nails a thug with a bottle from off-screen, knocking him out, to save Roy. It may not be completely instant; her room does have more than one archery trophy in it.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Flat-out tells Oliver that she had just as bad a time as he did whilst he was on the island. At first glance, it appears that she's comparing living in a ''mansion'' with your slightly dysfunctional family to being forced to watch multiple people you know and love die, then washing up on an island with no supplies and no experience, being tortured, and having to run from people who want to kill you; however, it becomes more apparent as the first season goes on that she's not really taken in what Ollie went through, and that Moira was so distraught over Ollie and Robert's deaths that twelve-year-old Thea was basically left to deal with her own grief alone. As of Season Two, she's pretty much grown out of this.
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkassHasAPoint: Though she presents it in a pretty narcissistic way, she does make a pretty good point: she lost half her family when she was barely out of middle school, had no efforts made to help her cope, and when it turns out her brother is still alive, he returns distant and judgmental.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: At first she's very prickly towards Oliver, angry at his refusal to open up to her, bitter because he left her all alone and resentful of his efforts to curtail her party girl lifestyle, but she still cares for him deeply.
* MoralityChain: Unknowingly this to Roy. Ollie manages to calm Roy down by telling him to think of Thea.
* MsFanservice: Thanks to some of her outfits.
* [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule Private School Girls Rule]]: In Season One.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Thea takes full advantage of this in Season One, breaking laws with reckless, even ''gleeful'' abandon, knowing that her mother will use her influence and money to deflect any consequences. Subverted when a judge decides to make an example of her.
* ShesAllGrownUp: As noted by Tommy. [[spoiler: It's a bit squicky since the reveal that she is Malcolm's daughter (and Tommy's half sister) in "State v. Queen".]]
* SourOutsideSadInside: In early Season One she typifies this trope due to grief over her brother and her father.
* SpoiledBrat[=/=]SpoiledSweet: At the start of Season One, Thea is dismissive of her mother and cruel to her brother. She implies that what she suffered is just as bad as what Oliver has been through, she drinks and stays out late, and eventually she is arrested for taking drugs and driving under the influence. However, after that, she starts a path of CharacterDevelopment, becoming a much more pleasant person to the people in her life. In Season Two, there is no real sign of her being spoiled at all -- she's now [[spoiler: running Oliver's nightclub]] and is making no sign of returning to her old ways.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In Episodes 11 and 12 but the end result is a heap of CharacterDevelopment for her.
** TookALevelInKindness: Since doing community service at CNRI, Thea's negative qualities seem to have dimmed, even offering a job to Roy Harper. And now that [[spoiler: she's running Oliver's nightclub Verdant]] in Season Two, she seems to have her life fully under control.
* TraumaCongaLine: As Moira points out, Thea's had more than a few unhappy experiences in her life, especially given how young she is.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Don't test her aim.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Her school uniform is somewhere between B and C. Combine this with ShesAllGrownUp and that makes for some...conflicting situations and imagery.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Tommy Merlyn]]
!!Thomas "Tommy" Merlyn
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->'''Played By:''' Colin Donnell

Oliver's best friend, who has romantic feelings for Laurel and dated her throughout most of the first season. His father, Malcolm Merlyn, is the BigBad of the season. He also learns about his friend's vigilante duties and his father's SecretIdentity as the Dark Archer.
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* BeingGoodSucks: Uses this as an excuse to walk out on Laurel. It isn't actually what he feels, though.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Thea. [[spoiler: Come Season Two, turns out they're actually half-siblings.]]
* [[MillionairePlayboy Billionaire Playboy]]: However, in "Muse of Fire" he takes the job as the manager of Oliver's nightclub after losing his trust fund which he chooses even after Oliver freely offers to let him share his own large trust fund. He also loses the "playboy" side of it in order [[LadykillerInLove to be with Laurel]].
* TheBroCode: Tommy ''really'' doesn't want Oliver to find out that Tommy hooked up with Oliver's ex-girlfriend Laurel while Oliver was missing. Never mind that Oliver had been cheating on Laurel with her sister, that everyone thought Oliver was dead, and that Oliver was gone for five years. He also immediately backs away from [[OverlyLongGag ever possibly even doing anything that might hint at something remotely approaching looking like showing even a touch of interest]] in Thea, or in Diggle's sister-in-law.
* ButtMonkey: The poor guy never could catch a break.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Justified in that his father is a [[ParentalAbandonment world]] [[ParentalNeglect class]] [[{{Jerkass}} jerk]] [[ToughLove to him]]. And also the BigBad, but he doesn't know about that part.
* CanonImmigrant: To the ComicBook/New52, one month after the series started.
* TheCasanova: Tommy is stated to have quite a reputation as a ladies man. Quentin Lance implies that there have been accusations of him drugging his dates.
** LadykillerInLove: He seems to be ready to abandon his womanizing ways so he can start a serious relationship with Laurel. Laurel is initially skeptical if he is capable of changing, but they seem to be going steady.
* ComfortingTheWidow: After Oliver died, Tommy and Laurel, for a little while. Oliver is surprisingly cool with it.
* [[spoiler: DeathOfTheHypotenuse: Tommy is killed off just as Oliver and Laurel get back together.]]
* DisappearedDad: His father became cold and emotionally distant after his mother's death and disappeared outright for about two years. He came back, though they never repaired their relationship.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Laurel, proving that he actually cares and wants more than just a Friends with Benefits relationship, that he's matured and is a good guy. [[TheyDo It works]], because it's all true.
* [[spoiler: FriendlyTarget]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Oliver.
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice[=/=]ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: He gets impaled by a rebar while saving Laurel from the collapsing CNRI building in "Sacrifice".]]
* IAmNotMyFather: Tommy does ''not'' want to be like his father.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Tommy loves Laurel so much that he breaks up with her because he knows she's in love with both Oliver and the Vigilante, and he believes that should she ever find out they are the same person, she'd choose Oliver in a heartbeat.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* [[spoiler: LetThemDieHappy: Oliver lies to him as he dies, telling him that he didn't kill Malcolm. Except, in "State v. Queen", it turns out to be true, though only Moira knows it.]]
* MissingMom: She was killed in a mugging in the Glades.
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler: Posthumously. Oliver takes up a ThouShaltNotKill policy in Season Two to honor Tommy's memory.]]
* NiceGuy: Despite originally being assumed to be a shallow playboy and possible future supervillain, Tommy has, from Episode One onward, proven to be nothing but a completely dependable friend, dedicated boyfriend, and in general, an all-round awesome person. Towards the end of the season, his attitude unfortunately soured quite a bit, especially towards Oliver, and it wasn't totally unjustified.
* OnlyKnownByHisNickname: Never referred to as Thomas, until [[spoiler: his tombstone was marked as such]].
* ParentalAbandonment: After his mother died, his father flat-out took off for two years, with no explanation, and remained distant even upon returning.
* ParentalSubstitute: After his [[MissingMom mother died]] and his [[DisappearedDad father became cold and disappeared]], the Queens became his surrogate family.
* PluckyComicRelief
* RedHerring: DC Comics fans might recognize his surname as the name of Green Arrow's EvilCounterpart in-comics. He's not. [[BigBad His father, on the other hand]]...
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLion]]
* SecretKeeper: Though he saves his father's life, Tommy finds out that Oliver is the vigilante as his father was dying from Deadshot's bullets in "Dead to Rights".
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: He is the sensitive guy to Oliver's manliness.
* ShipperOnDeck: Subverted. He doesn't actually want Laurel to be with Oliver. He just thinks it's inevitable.
* SpoiledSweet: Despite being a rich playboy, Tommy is never anything less than sweet and friendly and never does anything immoral with his money. There are hints, however, that he (and Oliver) were less savory back in the day.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Laurel notes that Tommy looks a lot like his dad in "The Undertaking".
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* [[spoiler: TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Not as bad as some, but he's heavily involved in the first season finale, hence the spoilers.
* WhatTheHellHero: When Tommy finds out Oliver's secret he calls Oliver out on being a murderer.
* YankTheDogsChain: Pretty much everything that could go wrong in his life does go wrong. He does good a deed? It blows up in his face. Something good happens to him? Due to circumstances outside of his control he gets it cruelly ripped away from him, this reaches its logical conclusion [[spoiler: with his death]] in the season finale.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: John Diggle]]
!!John "Dig" Diggle
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->'''Played By:''' David Ramsey
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* [[spoiler: AmicableExes: Was this with Lyla, but they're now back together.]]
* TheAtoner: He wants to work with Oliver since it makes him feel good again.
* {{Badass}}: Shows off his skills in "Honor Thy Father", taking down two Triad assassins and going toe-to-toe with China White for a bit. In "Legacies", we see Dig without his professional suit on and his physique is arguably more impressive than Oliver's. Oliver later comments that his arms are the size of bowling balls.
** BadassInANiceSuit: How he dresses while playing the part of Oliver's bodyguard and driver.
** UnderestimatingBadassery: Ted Gaynor ''really'' should have known better than to hand Diggle a grenade launcher.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: The bodyguard equivalent, anyway. Oliver seems to take more pleasure in ditching him than is strictly necessary -- at least until he lets Dig in on the secret, after which it proves unnecessary altogether.
* BlackBestFriend: To Oliver.
* BodyguardingABadass: Understandable, considering nobody knows Oliver is anything more than an idiot playboy when they assign Diggle to bodyguard him.
* CanonImmigrant: In Issue #24 of the ComicBook/{{New 52}} series.
* TheConsigliere: To Oliver; he shares this role with Felicity.
* CoolUncle
* DeadpanSnarker: After he and Oliver become closer, he shows no hesitation in cracking wise on a regular basis.
* DeathByOriginStory: His brother, Andy is part of Dig's motivation to help Oliver.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: Forced to work with Deadshot to break out of prison.]]
* GenreSavvy: To an extent -- he's very much aware of the constant lying Oliver does to his face, and whenever Oliver does something to get away from him, the next time around he's prepared for it. [[labelnote: Example]]Diggle drives Oliver e through Starling City, only for Oliver to pull a StealthHiBye while Diggle's talking and his eyes are on the road; next time around, Diggle's sitting in the back with Oliver and someone else is driving.[[/labelnote]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Oliver. He jokes about this when telling Felicity that he and Oliver don't need couples therapy.
* ItsPersonal: With Floyd "Deadshot" Lawton. Not only does Deadshot shoot and nearly kill him, he also shot and killed Diggle's brother Andy.
* TheLancer
* MoralityChain: Aims to become one to Oliver so that he won't [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Jump Off The Slippery Slope]].
* MoralityPet: Functionally, as Oliver edges away from the Slippery Slope, Diggle acts more as his external conscience and reminder-of-humanity.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: A few. The most memorable so far from "Trust But Verify":
--> You forgot one thing: I'm the one with the grenade launcher.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Though it didn't take him too long to answer it.
* TheReliableOne
* SecretKeeper: From "An Innocent Man" onwards.
* ShoutOut: He's named for writer Andy Diggle, who wrote the ''Green Arrow: Year One" mini-series.
* StopBeingStereotypical[=/=]SelfDeprecation: When team Arrow is investigating Vertigo, he's the one to dress in street clothes and purchase a sample.
-->'''Diggle:''' There you go. The person of color has successfully purchased your drugs.\\
'''Felicity:''' For the record: I offered.
** In Season Two, when Oliver insists that he and Felicity need secret identities if they're going to keep working with him, Diggle pulls this off again as he begrudgingly notes his secret identity is as Oliver Queen's black driver.
* SympatheticMurderBackstory: Subtly so; as he's a soldier, he probably has been responsible for a number of deaths in battle. However, there is one that seems to stand out: while protecting an Afghani Warlord, he killed a young rebel, which shook his world view as he questioned who was more worthy of life in that moment.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Twice. One lasts one episode. The other lasts two.
* TheWarOnTerror[=/=]YanksWithTanks: Served three tours in the [=US=] Army Special Forces in the Afghanistan theater, before becoming a bodyguard.
* WhatTheHellHero: Aims several at Oliver.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Quentin Lance]]
!!Quentin Larry Lance
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->'''Played By:''' Paul Blackthorne
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* AdaptationNameChange: Subverted. Detective Larry Lance is now Detective Quentin Lance. However, his middle name in the show is Larry.
* TheAlcoholic: Suggested as a possibility when, after a verbal and emotional beat down by the Queens over his family tragedies, Laurel has to pick him up from a bar because he's falling down drunk. Laurel doesn't seem particularly surprised. Confirmed or at least used as an insult in "Betrayal" by Laurel after he uses her as bait to try and catch The Hood.
** He's also seen attending an AA meeting in "Crucible" after learning [[spoiler: Laurel is falling off the wagon like he did when Sara had "died"]].
* TheAtoner: Is noticeably politer towards Oliver post-"Damaged," because of his arresting Oliver on supposedly false charges and almost getting him killed.
* {{Badass}}: While not to the level of Oliver or [[spoiler: Sara]], he manages to fend off and ultimately kill a member of the League of Assassins entirely on his own.
** BadassNormal: Quentin can still defeat members of the League of Assassins despite being an ordinary cop and not being an EmpoweredBadassNormal, spending 5 years on a hellish island or being trained by the League.
* BerserkButton: "The Huntress Returns" shows that Quentin is not fond of being told that his daughters are/were [[MyGirlIsNotASlut easy]].
* ByTheBookCop: Less and less as time progresses. [[spoiler: By Season Two, he's TheCommissionerGordon when Barton Mathis is revealed to be at large.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: Laurel does this when he uses her as bait to try and catch the Vigilante.
* CastingGag: Paul Blackthorne [[Series/TheDresdenFiles as a detective.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Initially completely opposed Arrow and standing by the law, he comes to realize that you can't always do the right thing without breaking the law.
* [[spoiler: TheCommissionerGordon: As of "Broken Dolls".]]
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Quentin really doesn't like his daughter's [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys choice in boyfriends]].
-->'''Laurel:''' [Tommy] has a name you know.
-->'''Quentin:''' I know. I just can't quite bring myself to use it.
* DeadpanSnarker: He gets progressively snarky as the show goes on.
* {{Foil}}: To Laurel. In Season One Quentin is an angry alcoholic who refuses to listen to any kind of reasoning until it's too late. In Season Two Laurel takes on many of these flaws when Quentin finally gives up drinking, helps the Arrow and welcomes [[spoiler: his daughter back]].
* GoodIsNotNice
* GoodParents: In a series full of absent, manipulative or crazy parents, Quentin stands out as someone who cares for and loves his daughters, no matter what.
* GreatDetective: Despite being a jerk, Lance has shown some signs of this, as despite wanting to arrest the vigilante he's able to easily tell when a crime they come across is not because of said vigilante despite everyone else assuming so. Such as pointing out that the vigilante does not use guns when they found someone shot, the fact that he hasn't snapped any necks (as of recently), or the fact that the arrows used to kill Adam Hunt were black and not green like he is known for.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Laurel accuses him of becoming this.
* HollywoodLaw: With his connection with the Queen family he should not be allowed anywhere near a case involving them.
* InspectorJavert: In Season One to a certain extent, in contrast to his daughter's more CommissionerGordon attitude. By Season Two he's become the CommissionerGordon while Laurel is more of an InspectorJavert
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkassHasAPoint: Quentin is crusading against Arrow since... uh... the guy's killed and maimed several people. On the personal side, Quentin's hatred towards Oliver makes a lot of sense when you consider Oliver is the guy who cheated on his one daughter with his other daughter, and got said daughter killed. Then you find out that the fallout of his daughter's death resulted in his wife leaving. Yikes.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He makes a joke about Oliver being kidnapped right to his face and his family. Oliver's mother showed an instant disliking to his behavior towards the subject. {{Justified|Trope}}, since he considers Oliver to be responsible for Sara's death, as well as breaking the heart of his other daughter. Despite what one could say about him, he truly does care for his daughter and wouldn't hesitate to use the entire police force to protect her when she is threatened.
* NotSoDifferent: Quentin and Oliver both get a little bit crazy when the situation involves Laurel. Personality-wise, the two are also very similar. And Quentin is willing to go to great lengths to catch the vigilante, just like Oliver is willing to do the same to catch/kill criminals.
* PapaWolf[=/=]KnightTemplarParent[=/=]OverprotectiveDad: He's ''extremely'' protective of Laurel and just wants her safe. Understandable, since she's his only surviving daughter and is making dangerous enemies as a lawyer, but sometimes his protectiveness overwhelms his reason. He was also willing to [[spoiler: take on the Leagues of Assassins to protect Sara, and wound up killing one of them on his own]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In Season One, he is determined that 'The Hood' will pay for his actions, but he's still reasonable enough to a) use evidence that the vigilante gives him, b) realize when it's not The Hood that's doing the killing, c) help the vigilante when there is nothing that he can do, and d) ask the vigilante for help when Starling City PD's in over their heads.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: [[spoiler: At the start of Season Two, he's been demoted to a beat cop for helping the vigilante during Season One.]]
* SecretKeeper: For Felicity Smoak, in a sense, as he's the only person outside Oliver's team who knows she works with the Arrow. [[spoiler: Also to Sara, after he learned that she's alive, she's the Canary, and she's hiding from her family so they won't look for her and become targets.]]
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Throughout Season One, but leans further and further towards 'sympathetic' as time goes by.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Struggles with this as the series goes on, wanting to catch the vigilante however grudgingly helps him when there is no other choice. [[spoiler: In "Sacrifice", he chooses Good, understanding that laws and rules are useless if they are not protecting anyone. He is ultimately demoted to beat cop for this. He continues to work with the Arrow in Season Two with little internal conflict showing that he has embraced the Good.]]
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: [[spoiler: He ''might'' have chosen a better way to explain how he heard about the "destroy the Glades" plan. In his defense, with literal hours remaining, zero leads, and thousands to evacuate, he might not have been thinking about that sort of thing.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Felicity Smoak]]
!!Felicity Megan Smoak
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->'''Played By:''' Emily Bett Rickards
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* ActionSurvivor: Grows into this in the Season Two premiere when she nails one of the copycat Hoods with a piece of wood in an attempt to distract them from killing Oliver.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Felicity has black hair in the comics, but is portrayed as a blonde in the series. Possibly InUniverse, in that she states she dyes her hair.
* {{Adorkable}}: Even once she's in on the secret and surrounded by {{Badass}}es, she still manages to be an {{Adorkable}} StraightMan.
* AscendedExtra: Got promoted to series regular for Season Two.
* BadassBookworm: Oh yeah.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: She has her share of quirks and eccentricities (see MotorMouth and OpenMouthInsertFoot) but she's the best IT specialist at Queen Consolidated for a reason.
* TheConsigliere: To Oliver; she shares this role with Diggle.
* CovertPervert[=/=]EatingTheEyeCandy: Was careful to reinstall [[MrFanservice Oliver's salmon ladder]] when upgrading the Foundry. Why? She likes watching him use it.
* DamselInDistress: In her defense, she was a completely untrained non-combatant up against people willing to kill. There really wasn't much she legitimately could have done.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has her moments, but normally her moments of snark come from her already {{Adorkable}} nature rather than a strict deadpan tone.
* DisappearedDad: Her father abandoned her and her mother when she was a kid, leaving her fearful of losing anybody else she cares about.
* DumbBlonde: Averted and discussed InUniverse.
-->'''Felicity:''' I may be blonde, but I'm not that blonde.
* DyeHard: [[InvokedTrope Has admitted to this.]]
* FanservicePack: As of Season Two, she is wearing sexier outfits and not tying her hair back.
* GenkiGirl: Lacks the manic energy typically associated with this trope, but she does talk very fast and tends to be very optimistic.
* GenreSavvy:
-->'''Felicity:''' You're going to be ''very'' upset when you meet my partner.
-->(Oliver blasts into the casino and cuts through the mooks to get to her)
* GirlFriday:
-->'''Felicity:''' I should add Personal Internet Researcher for Oliver Queen to my job title.
** It's even lampshaded in Season Two.
-->'''Oliver:''' I need a Girl Wednesday.\\
'''Felicity:''' It's Friday! And the answer is no!
* GoodWithNumbers: She's a natural at counting cards, stating that it's all just probability theory and mathematics.
* GreenEyedMonster: Whenever another woman shows up in Oliver's life, though she does get along with [[spoiler: Sara]], his current squeeze.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Which reflects her innocent and idealistic nature.
* TheHeart: To Team Arrow.
* HollywoodNerd
* HotLibrarian: Her colourful blouses and short pencil skirts certainly evoke the look.
-->'''Isabel:''' What were her qualifications? Aside from an abundance of short skirts?
* InformedJudaism
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: She has a bit of a crush on Oliver.
* InNameOnly: Has very little in common with her comic book counterpart, the stepmother of [[ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} Ronald "Ronnie" Raymond]].
* InnocentBlueEyes
* InterdisciplinarySleuth[=/=][[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Omnidisciplinary IT Girl]]: You can come to her with any problem. Crack a laptop? No problem. Track down an accounting discrepancy? Done. Investigate an apparently empty book? Easy. Track down a specialist arrow? 60 seconds and you're out the door. Hack into Merlin Global's mainframe and disarm a Markov device? Piece of cake. Need her to determine the composition of an unknown drug sample? That's... totally something that IT would handle. She also went to M.I.T. And she uses her IT skills for the purposes of crime fighting.
* JewishAndNerdy: Her Judaism comes up a few times, especially near Christmastime. She's also extremely nerdy.
* LettingHerHairDown: She usually wore her hair in a ponytail when not on missions in Season One, but Season Two has her wearing her hair down far more often.
* {{Meganekko}}
* MissionControl: Her usual role for Oliver, though she does go out on occasion to help in the field.
* TheMistress: Several people (most notably Isabel Rochev) assume she's Oliver's. She isn't.
* MoralityPet[=/=]MoralityChain: In her innocence and inexperience, she sometimes disapproves of Oliver's methods, and she won't shy away from telling him when she thinks he's wrong.
* MotorMouth: She talks ''a lot''.
* MysteriousPast: We don't know much about her personal life except for the fact that she went to M.I.T. and it's even said word for word in her character bio. With the revelation in the middle of Season Two of her DisappearedDad and her mother being...her mother, it seems to have elements of a DarkAndTroubledPast.
* NiceGirl: In addition to being {{Adorkable}}, she's polite and kind even when someone like Moira or Laurel is treating her dismissively -- but she ''will'' put her foot down when she believes Oliver or anyone else is doing wrong.
* [[NonActionGuy Non-Action Girl]]: She's not trained in combat, though she does take part in missions in "The Undertaking" and "Darkness on the Edge of Town". We do see her getting some training in "Dead to Rights".
** Comes back to bite her in Season Two, which sees her [[spoiler: skydiving onto Lian Yu and almost triggering a land mine]].
* OpenMouthInsertFoot[=/=]ThatCameOutWrong[=/=]VerbalBackspace: She has a bad tendency to phrase things in an awkward or insensitive manner and only realize how they sound after she has already said them. In particular, she does so when talking to Oliver and Walter, who are her bosses and could have her fired for it. She even [[LampshadeHanging calls herself out on it]] in "Darkness on the Edge of Town".
* PlayfulHacker
* PluckyGirl[=/=]PluckyComicRelief[=/=]ThePollyanna: Felicity is usually the most optimistic character in the show and will throw in a quip to relieve tension from time-to-time.
* TheReliableOne
* SecretKeeper: As of "The Odyssey". After all of Oliver's bad lies, she's not too surprised.
** By "Birds of Prey" she's been tasked with so many secrets that she's starting to have trouble remembering who knows what.
* SexySecretary: What everyone at Queen Consolidated sees her as.
* SheCleansUpNicely: When she's going undercover, or even just attending a dance at the Queen Mansion.
* ShipTease: With Barry Allen in "The Scientist".
* TheSmartGirl: She's the one who does all the research and hacking for the team.
* TechnoWizard: By her own admission, she's been putting computers together since she was seven, and her aforementioned hacking skills are nothing to sneeze at.
* WrongGenreSavvy: She deduces that Oliver is trying to get her involved in a ''{{Theatre/Hamlet}}''-like plot against his step-father. While Oliver's situation looks very much like Hamlet's, they're actually in a superhero story and Oliver doesn't seem to hold a grudge against Walter for marrying his mother.
** Then again when Walter called her into his office. She assumed that he was calling her up to fire her and went on a rant of the ramifications if he did that. It turned out he just wanted her to do some investigating. Yes, she was as embarrassed as one could expect.
** After being brought in on Oliver's secret, she's graduated to GenreSavvy.
* YouGetMeCoffee: [[AvertedTrope Oh, no, she doesn't.]] Trying this will only cause your coffee maker to meet a very violent end (unless you've had an absolutely horrible day and really need it).
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Slade Wilson]]
!!Slade Wilson [[spoiler: / ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}]]
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->'''Played By:''' Manu Bennett
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* ActionDad: Has a son named [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Joe]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Manu Bennett is part Maori, though there's no indication that Slade Wilson is. Slade in the show is [[RaceLift Australian]] so it's possible if not confirmed.
* AdaptationalHeroism: This Slade Wilson is more an AntiHero than a villain, whereas his comics counterpart is mainly a villain who occasionally will veer into AntiHero territory. [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn No longer the case]] as of the present-day scenes in "Three Ghosts".]]
* AscendedExtra: Got promoted to series regular for Season Two.
* AwesomeAussie: He works for ASIS.
* {{Badass}}: More badass than Billy Wintergreen.
** BadassBaritone: Often to GutturalGrowler levels.
** BadassBeard: See PermaStubble below. [[spoiler: Now a BeardOfEvil as well in Season Two's present day.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Though he'd probably kill you before he admitted it.
* ColdSniper: When using a firearm.
* CombatPragmatist: He was willing to kill Oliver purely because he thought the dumb rich boy would trip up and get him killed.
* CynicalMentor: He's not overly confident in Oliver's ability to survive...at first.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[UpToEleven More so than Oliver.]] At least we know where he gets it from.
* DecompositeCharacter: As we've learned by "The Odyssey", Slade's Deathstroke persona went to his partner, Billy Wintergreen. Slade is the anti-hero to Wintergreen's villain. [[spoiler: No longer the case after Wintergreen's death and the events of "Three Ghosts", but especially starting in "Blind Spot", when we finally see him in full Deathstroke gear and mask.]]
* DisappearedDad: He is one.
* TheDreaded: [[spoiler:Amanda Waller actually gets ''tears in her eyes'' upon learning he's alive.]]
* DualWielding: Thus far, every weapon he can duel wield, he has.
* {{Foil}}: Of a sort to Yao Fei. While Yao Fei is a SinkOrSwimMentor, Slade is a very harsh, less outwardly compassionate, but more straightforward and honest mentor.
* GoodIsNotNice: On the island.
* {{Jerkass}}: Completely justified by the circumstances. [[spoiler: At first, anyway.]]
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kind of, after Oliver actually accomplishes something.
* MadeOfIron: Throughout the course of the show, he's shot twice, caught in the wake of a missile, [[spoiler: and burned alive by a second missile]], but keeps on powering through.
** DentedIron: His first bullet wound gets infected, and in Season Two, [[spoiler: he requires a Mirakuru injection in order to survive his burn wounds]].
* MasterSwordsman: His WeaponOfChoice is a sword, and he teaches Oliver close quarters combat skills with one.
* NotQuiteDead: Believed to have died after being injected with Mirakuru, but soon recovered.
** [[spoiler: Later, he's believed to have died on the island after Oliver shoots him in the eye. Then we see Deathstroke...]]
* TheObiWan: Though a very harsh one.
* PermaStubble: Even on an island with no electric razors of any kind, Slade keeps his stubble in-check. Given his skill with blades, he probably shaves with one of his many knives, maybe two at the same time.
* RaceLift: Slade Wilson in the comics is white. Here, he's AmbiguouslyBrown.
* ScarsAreForever: Has a couple of notable ones on his face, including [[spoiler: his right eye being ruined in the present day]].
* TwoFaced: A rare non-villainous case after being too close to an explosion, with his head completely black on its right side due to an ointment, [[http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/comicsalliance.com/files/2013/11/Arrow_2_7_3.jpg which makes his face look like Deathstroke's mask]]. It is played completely realistically, as he is shown to be in constant agony, and appears to be dying from it as of "State v. Queen". [[spoiler: He later recovers and loses this feature, though.]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Billy Wintergreen. [[spoiler: And post-Island, with Oliver, though he doesn't see it that way.]]
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!!Tropes that apply as of or after "Three Ghosts"
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'''''WARNING: UNMARKED SPOILERS BELOW.'''''

* BadassBoast: "Death would be a release from this life, and his sentence is yet to be carried out. I am going to tear everything he cares about away from him. Destroy those who choose to follow him. Corrupt those he loves. Once he has lost everyone and everything he values, I will drive an arrow through his eye."
* BadBoss: At the end of "Blind Spot", after Blood nearly lets Laurel expose the truth, he slaughters all three of Blood's bodyguards and threatens to kill him if he screws up again.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: Slade pre-Mirakuru is a loyal, [[DeadpanSnarker gruff]], [[ChronicHeroSyndrome generally]] [[GoodIsNotNice good]] guy who served as a mentor to Ollie. As Deathstroke, he is a ruthless villain with a nasty vendetta.
* BigBad: While Brother Blood is TheHeavy for Season Two's present day, [[TheDragon he's working for Slade]], who is aiding Blood in mass-producing the PsychoSerum running through his own veins. He also has a desire to completely ruin Oliver's life, then finally "drive an arrow through his eye".
** [[spoiler: As of "The Promise", he has become this for Season Two's flashbacks as well, killing the ''Amazo'''s captain and taking over, not to mention ''[[AnArmAndALeg hacking off Ivo's hand]]''.]]
* CameBackWrong: Thanks a ''lot'', Mirakuru.
* CoolMask: He finally puts it on in "Blind Spot", where we first see him in the new Deathstroke outfit, metallic upgrade of the mask included. In "The Promise", we see him don the original mask for the battle of the ''Amazo''.
* TheDreaded: He terrifies both heroes and villains.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: He finally becomes one after being injected with [[PsychoSerum Mirakuru]].
* EvilerThanThou: Not only is Brother Blood his [[TheDragon Dragon]], but after his FaceHeelTurn, [[spoiler: he takes over the ''Amazo'' by killing its captain, then terrifies Dr. Ivo and ''cuts off his hand'' before locking him in his own prison]].
* EvilFormerFriend: In the present-day scenes in Season Two, to Oliver. Granted, he doesn't see it that way.
* EvilIsNotWellLit: His scenes in the present are all shot in very low-key lighting. That is, until "Time of Death," when he [[spoiler: shows up in the Queen Mansion to confront Oliver]].
* EvilSoundsDeep: Just when you thought that his BadassBaritone couldn't get any more intimidating...
* EyepatchOfPower: He wears one in the present-day scenes. [[spoiler: Underneath, [[EyeScream his right eye is just]] ''[[EyeScream gone]]'', as we discover at the end of "The Promise".]]
* FaceHeelTurn: Sometime between the events on the island and the events of Season Two, Slade has become a villain obsessed with destroying Oliver. [[spoiler: In "The Promise", we see it actually happen, due to Ivo pinning the blame for Shado's death on Oliver [[RightBehindMe right when Slade shows up to hear it]].]]
* HandicappedBadass: After he was burned by firing from the ''Amazo'', his hands and the right side of his face were damaged. He later healed due to a PsychoSerum, but in Season Two's present day, he's lost the use of his right eye, like his comic book counterpart.
* HeartbrokenBadass: After learning that Shado was killed by Ivo, he became this.
** FreudianExcuse[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: And in "The Promise", when Ivo gets him to blame Oliver for her death, he evidently hits the DespairEventHorizon in addition to making his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: To Brother Blood.
* MonsterProgenitor: In the present day, his blood is the source of Mirakuru for the Blood Cult. He might also fit the "strongest" part, as he's clearly stronger than Roy.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: A.R.G.U.S. designate him Deathstroke. [[OneManArmy It's a]] MeaningfulName.
* PsychoSerum: He got dosed with Mirakuru and survived, becoming the first character chronologically to gain super strength from it.
* SharpDressedMan: He is one in Season Two's present day, when he's not [[MalevolentMaskedMen wearing the Deathstroke outfit]].
* StartOfDarkness: Losing Shado seemed to lead to this, and being injected with a PsychoSerum didn't help either.
* SuperStrength[=/=]SuperToughness: He got both post-injection.
* VillainOverForDinner: [[spoiler: At the end of "Time of Death", Oliver arrives at the Queen Mansion to find Moira in the middle of a meeting with -- oh, take a wild guess.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:So good that Thea is willing to accept a ride from him at the end of "Birds of Prey"]].
* WickedCultured: He gives off this vibe in [[spoiler: the present-day scenes of "The Promise" while talking amiably with Moira and Thea in the mansion]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Roy Harper]]
!!Roy William Harper, Jr.
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->'''Played By:''' Colton Haynes
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* AfraidOfNeedles: Most likely a MythologyGag to Roy being an addict in the comics. [[spoiler: Or subtle {{Foreshadowing}} to him getting injected with Mirakuru.]]
* AscendedExtra: Got promoted to series regular for Season Two.
* AntiHero: Type II.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBaritone
** BadassInDistress: When he's kidnapped by the Savior, and [[spoiler: when he's kidnapped by Brother Blood]].
** [[spoiler: EmpoweredBadassNormal: Becomes his superhero moniker after being injected and living through Brother Blood's serum.]]
* BeAllMySinsRemembered: Believes he's a horrible person and is surprised when there are people who think he's worth saving.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Goes from beaten and bloodied to looking no worse for the wear in about twenty minutes in "Salvation".
* BrokenBird: His cynicism stems from his crappy life. Becomes more broken after losing his home and friends in the earthquake.
* BrokenPedestal --> RebuiltPedestal: Towards the Arrow. [[spoiler: He's furious when the guy shoots him in the leg, but after finding out Oliver is the Arrow, he forgives him.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Part of his character arc and a main source of his conflict with Thea.
* CompositeCharacter: Of Roy Harper and Connor Hawke; he has Roy's name and personality, but, but more of a fighter than an archer [[spoiler: who gains superpowers, including healing abilities, against his will]] like Connor.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: It's mostly hinted at, but he does have a criminal record.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Played with. He uses the pity card when he wants something, but becomes irritated when it actually produces positive results.
* FragileSpeedster: An extremely fast fighter who utilizes LeParkour a lot more than Oliver, but being stabbed once can severely hurt him, and he's not wearing armor. [[spoiler: Lessened greatly after he gets Mirakuru.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: [[spoiler:A side effect of mirakuru; even a stranger mouthing off to him can get him in a killing mood.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Started out as a petty criminal, before deciding to follow in the Hood's footsteps.
* InSeriesNickname: Has been repeatably called Abercrombie. [[SarcasmMode No, we don't know why he is called that either.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Steals Thea's purse, uses his fake sob story to get away without criminal charges, and blows off her later attempt to help him get a job...but then picks a fight with three armed guys to rescue her fast enough that he had to be following her. Then denies being her friend to the doctor stitching him up.
* JustifiedCriminal: Double subverted. His story about needing money for his sick mother's medical bills was made up to get out of trouble for stealing Thea's purse, but he later says he ''can't'' get a job because nobody wants to hire a high-school dropout with a criminal record.
* KnightInSourArmour
* LeParkour: A large part of his combat style.
* NobleDemon: He's a thief, but he's perfectly willing to help out people who seem defenseless in the Glades outside of his thieving, even putting his life on the line.
* ParentalAbandonment: His mom suffered from the effects of Vertigo, [[FreudianExcuse causing him to steal]] just to pay for his mother's medical bills. This allows him to get off the hook from stealing Thea's purse. When she finds him, it was all a lie.
* [[spoiler: PsychoSerum: Got dosed with it and survived.]]
** [[spoiler: HealingFactor]]
** [[spoiler: SuperStrength]]
** [[spoiler: SuperToughness]]
* RedemptionQuest: His hunt for the Vigilante.
* RescueRomance: With Thea.
* [[spoiler: SecretKeeper: As of "Tremors" he's one of the few non-evil people who know Oliver's secret identity.]]
* TroubledButCute
* [[spoiler: VigilanteMan: Season Two shows that he's taken this up in the Arrow's absence.]]
** [[spoiler: TheInformant: The Arrow gives him this role so that he won't get himself killed.]]
[[/folder]]

!Recurring Characters

[[folder: Walter Steele]]
!!Walter Steele
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->'''Played By:''' Colin Salmon

CEO of Queen Industries, Walter was Robert Queen's best friend. He married Moria sometime after Robert's death, but divorces her after Season One due to her lies and role in the Undertaking. He is the current CFO of Starling National Bank.
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* AllLovingHero: Downplayed. But you'll notice that Walter likes just about everybody, and everybody likes him.
* AscendedExtra: Appeared in exactly one panel in one issue of any comic book, ever.
* BadassBaritone
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: He's the CEO (former CFO) of Queen Industries.
* BenevolentBoss: Gets along very well with employees. His kind nature is why Felicity wanted to help find him.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Helps Oliver secure a 50% stake in Queen Consolidated, saving it from a corporate takeover by Isabel Rochev.]]
* CommutingOnABus: He leaves on a "business trip" in "Damaged" where he's actually investigating Moira's lies, but he returns in "Muse of Fire". Then he gets kidnapped in "Year's End". He's rescued in "The Undertaking", but leaves again at the end of the following episode after telling Moira that he's filed for divorce.
** [[spoiler: He returns in Season Two as an angel investor in Queen Consolidated, then shows up again in the middle of the season to try to convince Moira to run for Mayor.]]
* DistressedDude: He's kidnapped by Malcolm and spends six months as a captive until he's rescued by the Hood.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Subverted. Is used as a mid-episode cliffhanger, but the source was lying.
* HappilyMarried: Until "Darkness At the Edge of Town".
* HonestCorporateExecutive: He's definitely one of these -- see NonIdleRich below. Ironically, he's married to his polar opposite, though he doesn't realize this at first.
* HonorBeforeReason: Walter's stated reason for investigating further into Robert Queen's murder despite being told that doing so was dangerous? Because Robert was his friend and he's the type of guy to avenge his best friend's murder.
* LikeASonToMe: Treats Thea as if she were his own daughter. And while things are initially frosty between them, it's clear that he views Oliver as if he were his own son, and actually calls him "son" in "The Undertaking". He reiterates this in "City of Heroes" when he states that [[spoiler: regardless of the situation between himself and their mother, if Oliver and Thea need anything, they can call him]].
* NiceGuy: See BenevolentBoss above.
** NiceToTheWaiter: Being this to Felicity is explicitly the reason she tries to discover his fate. Also, when his head of security gets killed under suspicious circumstances, he's reluctant to have any other staff continue that investigation.
* NonActionGuy
* NonIdleRich: Though a NonActionGuy, because he's an HonestCorporateExecutive, he tends to do his due diligence. When he suspects potential embezzling within his company, he personally investigates despite the fact that he has an entire department also investigating.
* RaceLift: He's Caucasian (and American) in the comics.
* RedHerring: Savvy viewers expect him to be the bad guy. Oliver comes home and finds Walter married to his mother. In just a few episodes, we learn that nope, Walter's a genuinely good guy who loves Moira and Thea, is a caring and dedicated CEO, and wants nothing but the best for his adopted family and the employees. The reason people think he's evil in the beginning is mostly because a) [[EvilBrit he's British]] and b) he's a bit uptight. Regardless, he's an honorable gentleman through and through.
* RomancingTheWidow: Or rather romanced the widow.
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler: One of two people who knew that Thea is actually Malcolm Merlyn's daughter prior to the Undertaking. Notably, Walter is the only one Moira ''chose'' to tell, with the other person being her doctor after complications with the birth.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Yao Fei]]
!!Yao Fei
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->'''Played By:''' Byron Mann

A former General in the People's Liberation Army of China, Yao Fei was framed and scapegoated for a massacre the army committed. He was sentenced to prison on the island of Lian Yu, where he eventually became the last of the prisoners. He is master archer and becomes Oliver's first mentor on the island.
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* ActionDad: He has a grown up daughter named Shado.
* AntiHero: What he actually is, as the reason he seems to either help or harm Oliver at any given moment is due to circumstances he's desperately trying to arrange. Type IV.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
** BadassGrandpa: Implied as he has a grown daughter.
* [[spoiler: BoomHeadshot]]: Happens to him in "Darkness On The Edge of Town".
* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: Fyers shoots him in the head]] at the end of "Darkness on the Edge of Town".
* DragonWithAnAgenda: He just wants his daughter to be safe. His Heel turn is because said villains have her.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Subverted. Despite appearing to switch sides at will, he's actually trying to help Oliver and protect his daughter.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Pretty much, though he does his best to try and avoid it.
* TheObiWan: Indirectly at first, but after some time, he seemed to actively help Oliver in surviving the island.
* PapaWolf: Works for Fyers because he has his daughter, Shado. The second she's free and with Slade and Oliver, he makes them [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown leave him]] to Fyers's mercy and get her to safety.
* [[spoiler: PrettyLittleHeadshots]]
* SinkOrSwimMentor: His general way of "teaching" Oliver involves throwing him into situations and seeing how he gets out of them by himself. Lampshaded in "Betrayal".
-->'''Slade''': I think Yao Fei sent [[ActionSurvivor you]] because he knew I cannot take the airstrip alone.\\
'''Oliver''': ...sounds like Yao Fei.
* TheScapeGoat: For a massacre committed by the Chinese Army, then was almost made one for Fyers' terrorist attack.
* TrainingFromHell: Gave this to Oliver when he was stranded for five years.
* WalkingSpoiler: As should be expected, given the plot-heavy nature of the flashbacks.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Yao Fei is suggested to be fairly old (by TV standards anyway), considering the aged photo of him we see in uniform and the fact that he has a fully grown daughter, Shado. Byron Mann... not so much.
* [[spoiler: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness]]: As soon as he has [[spoiler: (unwillingly) claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack, Fyers shoots him in the head]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Shado]]
!!Shado
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->'''Played By:''' Celina Jade

Daughter of Yao Fei, Shado was trained by him as a young girl. She was kidnapped by Fyers men and brought to the island to force Yao Fei to cooperate. She eventually escaped and joined up with Oliver and Slade Wilson, continuing her father's training of Oliver and entering into a romantic relationship with him.
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* ActionGirl: She is able to fight several of Fyers' men and manages to escape with Oliver and Slade.
* AnimalMotif: Like Oliver, she has a tattoo of a dragon on her shoulder.
* [[spoiler: BoomHeadshot: How she's killed by Ivo.]]
* BrainyBrunette: She was in med school before being kidnapped by Fyers.
* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: She is mercilessly killed by Ivo in a vicious SadisticChoice in "Three Ghosts".]]
* DamselOutOfDistress:
** She is first introduced as a crying hostage being allowed a brief meeting with her father, but her next appearance warns against first impressions; she takes down several armed men who were supposed to shoot her and escapes.
** Fyers threatens to kill her unless Oliver and Slade give over the circuit board for the missile launcher. She manages to escape on her own.
* InTheHood: Takes to wearing her father's old hood in the Season Two flashbacks.
* [[spoiler: ILetGwenStacyDie[=/=]TheLostLenore]]: To Ollie and Slade. [[spoiler: Ollie blames himself for her death, and it along with the [[PsychoSerum Mirakuru]] is the reason for Slade's StartOfDarkness and later FaceHeelTurn.]]
* MissingMom: Never mentioned.
* NiceGirl: In contrast to her father and Slade, she's nice to Oliver for the most part.
* OneOfTheBoys: Enforced and justified; she seems to be the only girl on the island, but she can hold her own against them and is more capable than Oliver.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Fyers shoots her in the shoulder, but she's no worse for the wear afterwards.
* RaceLift: Shado was Japanese in the comics; here, she's Chinese.
* SkilledButNaive: Trusting someone she shouldn't is what got her captured by Fyers in the first place.
* TheSquadette: On the island.
* TeacherStudentRomance: She and Oliver have this in Season Two's flashbacks.
* TricksterMentor: She strengthens Oliver's arms by having him slap a bowl of water all day, then shows how he can pull a bow better. However, she's nicer about it than his [[SinkOrSwimMentor other]] [[CynicalMentor mentors]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Given half a chance, she ''will'' take you down.
* UnkemptBeauty: Well, she ''is'' stranded on an island and on the run from the bad guys.
* WellDoneSonGuy[=/=]WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: These tropes may be at work, as although her father clearly loves her, [[HeroicSacrifice given the lengths he was willing to go to keep her alive]], she implies her training was because he wanted a son.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:[[spoiler: Sara Lance]]]]
!!Sara Lance [[spoiler: / [[ComicBook/BlackCanary The Canary]]]]
->'''Played By:''' Jacqueline [=MacInnes=] Wood [[spoiler: (Pilot only)/ Caity Lotz]]

Laurel's sister, she died on the Queen's Gambit when it sunk. [[spoiler: She was actually rescued by the crew of the ''Amazo'', where she became a reluctant participant in Dr. Anthony Ivo's experiments. She later escaped and joined Oliver on the island, but was eventually thought dead again by him. Sara was really found and recruited by the League of Assassins, which she later left, becoming a vigilante in Starling City known as The Canary and reunited with Oliver and her family]].
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* [[spoiler: ActionGirl: Makes her reappearance in Season Two by [[BigDamnHeroes showing up out of nowhere and demolishing four thugs to save Roy.]]]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: [[spoiler: And bad girls, if her relationships with Oliver and Nyssa are any indication.]]
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Her relationship with Laurel doesn't ever have seemed to be particularly good.
* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead: Twice. She survived the sinking of the ''Queen's Gambit'', much to Oliver's surprise. Then she survived whatever it was that killed her on the Island, much to Oliver's surprise.]]
* [[spoiler: {{Badass}}: As above.]]
** [[spoiler: TookALevelInBadass: When she joined the League of Assassins.]]
* [[spoiler: BattleCouple: When she and Oliver fight together. Solidified with their recent kiss.]]
** [[spoiler: Also implied to have been one with Nyssa Al-Ghul during her time with the League of Assassins.]]
* BiTheWay: [[spoiler: Confirmed by her relationship with Nyssa Al-Ghul.]] The creators stressed they didn't want to add labels by calling her bisexual (or, by extension, a lesbian) since they don't seem to see it as truly different from any heterosexual pairing.
* [[spoiler: BigDamnHeroes[=/=]DynamicEntry: Shows up out of nowhere and saves Roy at the end of "City of Heroes", then does it again twice in "Broken Dolls", once to save Arrow from the cops and later to stop a fleeing Barton Mathis.]]
* [[spoiler: BreakTheCutie[=/=]BrokenBird: Flashbacks show how much of a carefree party girl Sara was before the ''Queen's Gambit''. A lot of horrible things happened to her to turn her into the ruthless assassin she is in the present.]]
* CanonForeigner: [[ComicBook/BlackCanary Laurel's counterpart and namesake]] doesn't have a sister in the comics. But later a DecompositeCharacter [[spoiler: after she's revealed to be the Canary]].
* ClarkKenting: [[spoiler:The only covering on her head is an eye mask, which is enough for her own sister to not recognize her.]]
* [[spoiler: ContraltoOfDanger: Uses a voice-changer like Oliver that gives her this voice.]]
* [[spoiler: DatingCatwoman: Used to date Nyssa Al-Ghul, and they still care for each other.]]
* DeathByOriginStory: Played with. [[spoiler: She "died" in the pilot. Later, there was evidence to suggest she was alive, but it was refuted. However, she's now back alive and well, kicking ass and taking names in Starling City. For Oliver, she had ''two'' deaths, because he saw her "die" again on the island. We still don't know that story.]]
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler: Subverted. She appeared to have died after sleeping with her sister's boyfriend, but she later turned up alive.]]
* DecompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: Shares the role of ComicBook/BlackCanary with her sister, Laurel, but so far Sara's the only one's taken on the part of a Vigilante. Arguably though, given the creators have mentioned their desire for this to be a LegacyCharacter-type thing, she's probably a DecompositeCharacter of Dinah ''Drake'', Laurel's mother, and the comics first Black Canary]].
* [[spoiler: DominoMask: Wears one in her guise as the first incarnation of [[ComicBook/BlackCanary the Canary]]. It's still larger and more concealing than Helena's mask or Oliver's face paint.]]
* FakeGuestStar: Caity Loytz has been in ''every'' episode of the second season, which is more than some of the actual regular cast, and so far has been intergral to the season's plot. She's still not been promoted to main cast yet.
* GoodBadGirl: She sleeps with her sister's boyfriend, but she's not really vilified by the text. [[spoiler: She later tells Oliver on the island that Laurel got her grounded, knowing she had a crush on Oliver, and went after him herself; this implies an element of revenge in her sleeping with Oliver on the yacht.]]
* [[spoiler: GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Inverted when she fights with Oliver. Though they are proficient with each other's weapons, she prefers the Bo Staff while Oliver prefers the bow.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler: Somewhat. After Laurel viciously rejects her, Oliver suggests giving her time to come around, but Sara sadly says that she gave her "six years" already. However, unlike Oliver, Sara had some opportunity to contact her family and didn't, leaving the complaint holding significantly less weight. Then she sleeps with Oliver, though arguably for the sake of comfort on both their parts, given their shared experiences on the island.]]
* [[spoiler: ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: She tells her father this is why she can't come home to stay. Justified in that she ''is'' being chased by the League of Assassins. No longer the case after "Heir to the Demon", however.]]
* [[spoiler: MoralityPet: To Nyssa Al-Ghul.]]
* MsFanservice: In her first appearance, she's dressed in lingerie and an open robe. [[spoiler: Her outfit as the Canary also qualifies -- aside from the tight black leather, she shows off a lot of cleavage.]]
** She also spends time on [[spoiler: the salmon ladder, and the next episode has her sparring in a sports bra along with a shirtless Ollie and Diggle]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: Being swept away by a violent ocean storm will do that.
* PeekABangs: Has some in [[spoiler: Season Two, as part of the blonde wig she wears on top of her already blonde hair. Actually does a nice job of giving her some additional concealment similar to Oliver's hood]].
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: Averted in Season Two.]]
* [[spoiler: ProfessionalKiller: An erstwhile member of the League of Assassins, she proves to still be highly adept at the "killer" part, though she's ''not'' happy about it.]]
* ThePromise: [[spoiler: She made a promise to a dying pilot that she'd look after his daughter -- none other than Sin.]]
* [[spoiler: TelescopingStaff: Her WeaponOfChoice. It can also [[BifurcatedWeapon separate into a pair of Eskrima]].]]
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Prior to the series start, she fell into the Beautiful Sister category, a rarer younger sister variety. Still, both she and Laurel had some crossover.
* [[spoiler: [[VigilanteMan Vigilante]]: What she becomes in Season Two. She seems as rough as Oliver was in the beginning -- she kills a pinned-down SerialKiller (to be fair, he did go after her sister), and her targets of choice, as opposed to early Oliver's white-collar criminals, appear to be those who abuse women.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Clearly. [[spoiler: Doesn't come into effect until Season Two, though.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Sara was sleeping with her sister Laurel's boyfriend, Oliver. [[spoiler: They hook up again in the middle of Season Two, though by then, Oliver and Laurel are firmly not together.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Isabel Rochev]]
!!Isabel Rochev
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->'''Played By:''' Creator/SummerGlau

Vice president of acquisitions at Stellmoor International, Isabel comes to Starling City to purchase and liquidate Queen Consolidated. She ends up having joint ownership of the company with Oliver, and the two begin a reluctant working relationship.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: In [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/b/ba/Isabel_Rochev_003.jpg the comics]], she was blond. Here, she's the brunette Summer Glau.
* FemmeFatale
* HonestCorporateExecutive: While she's certainly no Walter, we've seen no indication of corruption so far. The worst you can say about her actions so far is that she's an incredibly ruthless pragmatist.
* IceQueen: ''Nothing'' appears to be able to shake her. Except alcohol, which gets her to warm up. In general, she's much nicer outside of the office.
** DefrostingIceQueen: As of "The Scientist," she seems to be this towards Oliver.
* {{Jerkass}}: Downplayed example. She begins her meeting by saying Oliver, the man who she's doing business with, "majored in dropping out of college".
** JerkassHasAPoint: She seems to have a considerable dislike for Oliver-because he's making her job difficult, resisting the takeover of Queen Consolidated. He also has no real background in business so she dislikes him as a CEO.
* PerpetualFrowner: When briefing Oliver, Felicity mentions that in every single photo she found, Isabel looks angry.
* PutOnABus: Despite being billed as a recurring guest start, as of "The Scientist", she quietly disappears from the scene, at least appearing until 10 episodes later.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Other
[[Characters/ArrowRecurringCharacters Recurring Characters]]

!!Joanna De La Vega
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->'''Played by:''' Annie Ilonzeh

-->''"Come on, Laurel. We're lawyers, not miracle workers."''

A attorney at CNRI who works with and is friends with Laurel. After CNRI is destroyed by The Undertaking, Joanna starts working at Wethersby & Stone LLP.
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Characters]]
* BlackBestFriend: To Laurel.
* BrainyBrunette
* TheCynic: She is more cynical compared to Laurel's idealistic viewpoint.
* CommutingOnABus: She leaves in Episode 1x10, "Burned", to be with her mother after her brother Danny dies. She comes BackForTheFinale in "Sacrifice"; we don't see her again until Episode 2x12, "Tremors".
* HelloAttorney
* SassyBlackWoman
* SatelliteCharacter

!!Robert Queen
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->'''Played by:''' Jamey Sheridan

Husband of Moria and father of Oliver and Thea. He was a well-intentioned member of Malcolm Merlyn's scheme to clean up Starling City, until he learned of Malcolm's plan to level the Glades. Malcolm sabotaged the ''Queen's Gambit'' to prevent him from exposing the conspiracy, which resulted in Robert passing the list onto Oliver before committing suicide.
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* AccidentalMurder: Why he joined the Undertaking.
* TheAtoner: In his last moments, he really seems regretful of his past. Turns out in "The Undertaking" that he's been this way for a longtime prior to his death. At some point when he was trying to set up some building in the Glades, the councilman he spoke to tried to blackmail him into bribing him. When he refused and the resulting fight ends with him accidentally killing the councilman, he joined Malcolm's group to clean up the Glades to atone for this, until he finds out what Malcolm is planning.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Confessed to being one while they were on the life raft.
** HonestCorporateExecutive: But he started as one of these; turns out that he was a rather honest and decent businessman until he accidentally killed a corrupt councilman in self-defence. He joined Malcolm's crusade to clean up the Glades by taking control of the corrupt executives, but he refused to go along with destroying the Glades, and from the start his only motive was to help people.
* DeathByOriginStory
* DrivenToSuicide
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Though he was willing to atone for his manslaughter by blackmailing the city's worst criminals, he drew the line at Malcolm's absolutely insane plan to destroy the Glades with a machine capable of creating a natural disaster.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Robert Queen wanted his son to clean up his mistakes.
* HeroicSacrifice: Robert shot himself and a fellow crew member on the lifeboat to save his son, wanting him to survive.
* KnightTemplarParent: To save his son, not only does Robert shoot himself to leave all the survival supplies to Oliver, he also kills the third, innocent shipwreck survivor first.
** In Robert's defense, he seemed to fear that the third man--a tough-looking sailor--would kill Oliver over the supplies.
* PosthumousCharacter
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: His suicide in the pilot flashback, when he tells his son to make up for his mistakes. Also, by the end of the season, we've learned that Malcolm had the yacht sabotaged because Robert was going to betray the Undertaking.
* YourCheatingHeart: Reportedly.

!!Carly Diggle
->'''Played by:''' Christie Laing

Diggle's sister-in-law, who was widowed when her husband was killed by Deadshot. She works at a diner in Starling City.
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: At times particularly when it comes to Oliver.
* CanonForeigner
* DamselInDistress: When she's kidnapped in "Trust But Verify".
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly when it comes to Oliver.
* LoveInterest: For Diggle.
* ParentWithNewParamour: Her son is probably young enough not to understand the change in relationship between his mother and his uncle.
* SassyBlackWoman
* SatelliteCharacter
** SatelliteLoveInterest: We know very little about her outside of her relationship with Diggle. Then they break up after Season One because of Diggle's obsession with Deadshot.
* WidowWoman: Her husband, Andy, was killed by the assassin Deadshot.

!!Detective [=McKenna=] Hall
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->'''Played by:''' Janina Gavankar

A police detective in the SCPD. She is friend of Oliver and part of the task force hunting for the vigilante. After being shot by the Huntress, [=McKenna=] moves to live with sister in Coast City to recover and attend a physical therapy facility.
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* ActionGirl: She's a very competent member of the police force.
* {{Badass}}
* [[DatingCatwoman Dating The Vigilante]]: Though she doesn't know it, and Oliver asked her out before she joined the task force actively hunting the Hood vigilante.
* FairCop
* FormerTeenRebel
-->'''Oliver:''' What was that club that you got us kicked out of? The Club Deville?
-->'''[=McKenna=]:''' Okay, in my defence, there was no sign that specifically said you had to keep your clothes on.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: She and Oliver appear to have gone to a few raves in the past.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Inverted. She likes Oliver Queen and doesn't seem too conflicted about trying to arrest the Hood.
* PutOnABus: After "The Huntress Returns", she moves to Coast City to attend a physical therapy center there after being shot by the Huntress.
* SamusIsAGirl: Oliver assumes [='Detective Hall'=] is going to be a middle-aged man, and is rather surprised to discover that one of his old party friends became a cop.

!!Dinah Lance
->'''Played by:''' Creator/AlexKingston

Ex-wife of Quentin Lance and mother of Laurel and Sara.
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* ItsAllMyFault: Holds herself responsible for Sara's death because she was the one who let her go on the cruise with Oliver. That's why she was so desperate to confirm that Sara was alive.
* MissingMom: Disappeared some time before Sara's death, but came back when she claimed to have proof that Sara is alive.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: English-born Alex Kingston's American accent is pretty solid, but the word "island" seems to give her some trouble. It might end up being justified, since she's been away long enough for her speech patterns to be affected.

!!Detective Lucas Hilton
->'''Played By:''' Roger R. Cross

SCPD detective and partner of Quentin Lance.
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* [[spoiler: BackForTheDead: In "Three Ghosts", his second appearance in Season Two, he is killed off with a BoomHeadshot by Cyrus Gold.]]
* BlackBestFriend: To Quentin.
* ByTheBookCop: One of the tie-in comics shows that as much as he wants to be this, he sometimes falls victim to power plays by the Starling City elite.
* GreatDetective
* HappilyMarried: Mentions his wife Jeannie a few times.
* SatelliteCharacter: To Quentin during Season One. Hell, he disappeared for most of it before returning with a BadassBeard.

!!Lt. Frank Pike
->'''Played by:''' Adrian Holmes

SCPD lieutenant and superior of Quentin Lance.
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* BaldBlackLeaderGuy
* ByTheBookCop: And not overly fond of Quentin's habit of not being so.
* DaChief
* {{Jerkass}}: When Quentin comes looking for Laurel in the Season Two premiere, Lt. Pike is angry because he thinks Quentin is interviewing a witness.

!!Cindy / Sin
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->'''Played by:''' Bex Taylor-Klaus

A teenager living in the Glades, Sin is an ally of the Canary. She becomes friends with Roy and Thea.
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* ActionSurvivor: When Roy came after her for information, she was able to escape him and get him to where [[spoiler: the Canary]] could take him out.
* AmbiguouslyBi: When Roy tells Thea Sin needs her help looking "slutty" for a date, Thea declares she'll help Sin get whatever man she's going out with -- or woman.
* BoyishShortHair: Probably contributes a bit to the above.
* DamselInDistress: She helps the Canary because she saved her from some men who were going to hurt her.
* HellbentForLeather: Always seen wearing her black leather jacket.
* LeParkour: She's a match for Roy in that department.
* {{Protectorate}}: For [[spoiler: Sara Lance]]. The reason the Canary was there to rescue her in the first place was that [[spoiler: while on the island, she promised Sin's dying father that she'd look after his daughter when she got home.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Everyone calls her Sin.
* ParentalAbandonment: Says that her parents think she's dead or at least wish she was. The truth is likely a bit more complicated, since according to "Time of Death," [[spoiler: her mother died of cancer when she was young and her father was a pilot shot down over Lian-Yu.]]
* RaceLift: Sin was Asian in the comics, but she's portrayed as white on the show.
* {{Sidekick}}: To [[spoiler: Sara Lance's [[ComicBook/BlackCanary Canary]]]].
* {{Tomboy}}: She has a very androgynous look with her BoyishShortHair and gender neutral clothes.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: According to "Time of Death," she's seventeen.

!!Lyla Michaels / Harbinger
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->'''Played by:''' Audrey Marie Anderson

A high-ranking member of A.R.G.U.S. and ex-wife of Diggle.
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* ActionGirl: She is a former member of the U.S. special forces and is currently an active agent for A.R.G.U.S.
* AmicableExes: With Diggle, who was married to her in Afghanistan. And now they are no longer exes after 'Keep Your Enemies Closer'.
* BadassInDistress: She is captured and held in a Russian gulag in ''[[Recap/ArrowS2E6KeepYourEnemiesCloser Keep Your Enemies Closer]]'' while hunting Deadshot, but is rescued by Diggle, Oliver, and [[spoiler:Deadshot]].
* CodeName: Her A.R.G.U.S callsign is Harbinger, a reference to her superhero identity in the comics.
* KnowledgeBroker: Lyla is usually Diggle's go-to person for information on Deadshot.
* LoveInterest: For Diggle.
* SecretKeeper: Her position at A.R.G.U.S. gives her knowledge about Oliver's identity and Diggle helping him.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: When she discovers that [[spoiler:Deadshot's explosive chip is being used as a targeting locator for a drone strike, she helps Diggle rescue him and remove the chip temporarily. While she may approve of using the chip if one of the members of the Suicide Squad go rogue, she doesn't like the fact that Waller was willing to kill Deadshot even though he had not violated his agreement with them]].

!!Jean Loring
->'''Played by:''' Teryl Rothery

Moira's lawyer and close friend.
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* TheDeterminator: Moira will be found not guilty, if Jean has anything to say about it.
* GoodLawyersGoodClients: Subverted. Moira is guilty of what she's accused of but Jean believes that she's right to defend Moira on the basis she was under duress. She certainly doesn't want her friend to be sentenced to death.
* HelloAttorney

!!Anatoli Knyazev
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->'''Played by:''' David Nykl

Leader of the Solntsevskaya Bratva, Anatoli is a friend of Oliver Queen, having been rescued by him from the ''Amazo'' and the island of Lian Yu.
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* ActionSurvivor
* AdaptationalHeroism: He's much more friendly than his depiction in the comics.
* AffablyEvil: He's still the Don of the Bratva, but he's very nice to Oliver both on and off the Island, to the point where he considers him his "favorite American" and appears overjoyed to see him again. So much so he even assists Oliver and Diggle save Lyla, and seems to be willing to help him in any way he can. He's not a good guy, but he's definitely not one of Oliver's villains.
* AntiHero/AntiVillain: He leads the Bratva, but he's not necessarily portrayed as evil.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard: In the flashbacks, justified as he hasn't shaved since his captured.
** MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong
* TheDon: Leads the [[TheMafiya Bratva]].
* EyeScream: Almost ends up on the receiving message from Ivo in "The Promise" in the flashbacks.
* IOweYouMyLife: To Oliver, who saved him from the ''Amazo''.
* TheObiWan: To Oliver, in the flashbacks.
* PunchClockVillain
* SecretKeeper: He knows Oliver is a highly skilled fighter and what he can do, but its unclear if he knows he's Starling City's vigilante.

!!Amanda Waller / Mockingbird
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->'''Played By:''' Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Head of A.R.G.U.S., Waller is a morally ambiguous government figure with ties to both Oliver and Diggle. She contacts them whenever her agency needs their assistance.
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* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler: Though assembling a Suicide Squad with the likes of Bronze Tiger doesn't seem a remotely moral action.]]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: This Amanda Waller appears a lot younger and skinnier than most adaptations of her character.
* BadBoss: Not towards her regular employees, but towards the [[spoiler: Suicide Squad. She implants explosives in their heads, which double as GPS locators in case she decides she wants to fire a drone missile at something they are standing next to]].
* BlackBossLady
* CodeName: Mockingbird, a reference to one of her call signs in the comics.
* IronLady: One of the higher-ups in A.R.G.U.S.
* OhCrap: Has a brief moment of this when Oliver tells her [[spoiler:Slade Wilson is still alive]].
* SilkHidingSteel: Since this is Amanda Waller we're talking about, it's safe to assume this.
* ShesGotLegs: Yeah, she does.
* TheSpymaster: Comes with being head of a massive government spy agency.
* WeHaveReserves: Her attitude towards the [[spoiler:Suicide Squad, since they could always just recruit more criminals]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Orders a drone strike to destroy a nerve agent hidden in Gholem Kadir's house, regardless of whether or not the party guests would make it out alive.]]

!!Barry Allen
->'''Played By:''' Grant Gustin

A assistant at the Central City Police Department's Criminal and Forensic Science Division. Barry has a fascination with odd crimes, brought about by the imprisonment of his father for the murder of his mother when he was a child, with Barry insisting to the police that his father was innocent and that he saw a "blur" attacking his family. He comes to Starling City after hearing about a break-in at Queen Consolidated's Applied Sciences Division committed by somebody with apparent super-strength.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Barry Allen has light blond hair in the comics, but is portrayed with light brown hair in the show.
* {{Adorkable}}: Big time.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Downplayed. Felicity is genuinely fond of him, [[spoiler: but not as much as she is of Oliver -- at least, that is how Barry sees it]].
** It might be a nod to Iris West overlooking him all these years.
* AgentMulder: Perfectly willing to accept that one guy with super strength was behind the break-in at the Queen Consolidated warehouse, and [[spoiler: actively seeks out weird cases]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: When he messes about with the chemicals in the lab, making comments about how it's dangerous to have them so close together, Felicity responds that maybe he shouldn't be touching them. Cue a lightning strike and Barry looking out at it for a few seconds. This is a nod to the most well-known of Barry's origin stories: getting doused in chemicals after a lightning bolt knocks him into it. At the end of "Three Ghosts", this is indeed how Barry gets his powers, with the lightning bolt being generated by Star Labs' overloaded particle accelerator.]]
* BirdsOfAFeather: With Felicity.
* FreakLabAccident: See above: he [[LampshadeHanging warns Felicity]] about how to avoid them. [[spoiler: Then, [[ItWasHisSled as you may have guessed]], {{Main/Irony}} kicks in and he is the victim of one.]]
* [[LateForSchool Late For Absolutely Everything]]: At first, though he likely won't have to deal with that for too long.
* MissingMom: In [[MythologyGag a nod to the comics]], he tells Felicity that his mom was murdered when he was eleven.
* MotorMouth: It's hard to get him to stop once he starts talking.
* NiceGuy: Goes along with his being so {{Adorkable}}.
* PutOnABus: He's back in Central City, [[spoiler: and last we heard, his FreakLabAccident put him in a coma]].
* [[spoiler: SecretKeeper: Gets brought to the Foundry at the end of "The Scientist". [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee Given that he's a fan of the Arrow, this is quite a big deal for him.]]]]
* ShipTease: With Felicity.
* SpearCounterpart: To Felicity. Both are {{Adorkable}}, have a tendency to babble, and are brilliant in their respective scientific fields. Just watch their scenes together in "The Scientist".
* SuperheroOrigin: His is told in Arrow.
[[/folder]]

!Villains

[[folder: Malcolm Merlyn]]
!!Malcolm Merlyn / Dark Archer
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->'''Played By:''' Creator/JohnBarrowman

Father of Tommy, CEO of Merlyn Global Group, former member of the League of Assassins, and leader of Tempest, a group of wealthy and powerful Starling City citizens plotting to "save" the city by destroying the Glades.
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* ActionDad: He's Tommy's father. [[spoiler: It's revealed in "State v. Queen" that he's Thea's dad as well.]]
* AffablyEvil: Is usually this. [[spoiler: He veers toward FauxAffablyEvil in "Sacrifice" after his VillainousBreakdown, but in Season Two, he seems to be back to the former.]]
* AlmostDeadGuy: His wife. She tried to call him, he let it go to voicemail. Twice. She left a message as she lay dying.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: To Oliver.
* ArcherArchetype: A much darker one than Oliver.
* ArchnemesisDad: Played with. He has an adversarial relationship with Tommy, but they do resolve some differences and it looks like they may end up working together. [[spoiler: But when Tommy finds out what Malcolm has planned, he's horrified.]]
* ArrowCatch: Fully capable of this. [[spoiler: And when he does it the second time, it blows up in his face, literally.]]
* {{Badass}}: It takes one to beat the crap out of Oliver, landing him in the hospital.
** BadassInANiceSuit: Well, he is badass and wears nice suits.
** UnderestimatingBadassery: In a very big way until "Darkness on the Edge of Town", when everyone finally sees what he can do.
* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead: In Season Two.]]
* BigBad: Of Season One's present day.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Is able to go from charming injured guy to sociopathic murderer in the same conversation.
* BondVillainStupidity: During the Season One finale, [[spoiler: he lets Oliver live despite having him completely at his mercy before leaving him alone with no other guards in the room.]] The first half is justified due to [[spoiler: his personal connection to Oliver and a desire not to upset Moira]], but the second is just plain ''dumb''. Most likely justified because [[spoiler: he had beaten Oliver twice, and because he had a second earthquake machine ready to go. In fact, given how everything turned out, his actions only backfired in a minor sense]].
* CrusadingWidower: Albeit an evil version.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: One word: [[spoiler: redundancy]].
* DarkIsEvil: In his Dark Archer persona, he wears all black and fires black arrows.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Despite his completely {{Jerkass}} actions towards his son such as calling him a loser, cutting him off entirely from his trust, and tricking him to dinner just so he could sign off on closing his wife's beloved free clinic, it is shown he does indeed love his son.
** His love of his wife and despair from her death is what ultimately pushed him over the edge into the villain he is today.
* EvilCounterpart: To Oliver as the Dark Archer and perhaps to Walter as a businessman.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Uses a voice changer when in his Dark Archer persona.
* FreudianExcuse[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: His wife's death is his StartOfDarkness.
* GenreBlind: He honestly trusts Moira and believes she fully supports him, even though he killed her first husband and kidnapped the second. [[spoiler: [[MamaBear Then he threatened her daughter.]]]]
* [[spoiler: HesBack: Much to Moira's shock at the end of "State v. Queen". Looks like he recovered from his VillainousBreakdown as well as that arrow to the chest.]]
* HollywoodOld: He's played by 45-year-old John Barrowman, while Tommy is 28. He probably wasn't intended to be 16-17 when he fathered his son, though it's not outside the realms of possibility.
* [[ILetGwenStacyDie I Let Rebecca Die]]: Rebecca called him on his phone at least twice the night of her murder. He was busy working so he just let the phone ring the first time. She called a second time and this annoyed him so much that he shut down the phone. Past midnight, the police call to tell him she had been shot.
* [[spoiler: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice]]
* IrrationalHatred[=/=]DisproportionateRetribution: Merlyn wants to [[spoiler: destroy the Glades, killing innocent people, as revenge for his wife's death, never mind that most of them had nothing to do with it]].
* {{Jerkass}}: To his son.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: He started out wanting to clean up the Glades. Then he decided to [[spoiler: kill it and everyone in it]].
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: In the Season One finale...or so we thought.]]
** [[spoiler: FakingTheDead: In Season Two. He returns in "State v. Queen", much to Moira's (and the audience's) shock.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The reveal of his identity was the SeventhEpisodeTwist of the first season.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: Runs one called Tempest.
* ParentalNeglect: Pretty much ignored his son completely after his wife died.
** Even more so with [[spoiler: his daughter Thea]], but to be fair, that wasn't his fault.
* SharpDressedMan: Up until his name was revealed, he was known and credited only as "The Well Dressed Man", making him a walking in-joke to fans of a certain [[Series/{{Torchwood}} sci-fi show]].
* SmugSmiler: Not once does he ''NOT'' smile. He always has a subtle grin somewhere on his face. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Until he doesn't.]]
* StartOfDarkness: See AlmostDeadGuy.
* SuddenlyShouting: In the Season One finale, and quite jarring because it's the first time in the series he's been anything other than smug and poised.
* ThirdActStupidity: See BondVillainStupidity above for his actions in the finale.
* ToughLove: What he says cutting off his son is.
* VillainousBreakdown: In "Sacrifice", after [[spoiler: Tommy confronts him about the Undertaking and Moira holds a press conference announcing his involvement to the world]].
* VisionaryVillain: Very much so; he views destroying the Glades as necessary to making Starling City a better place for everyone.
* WalkingSpoiler
* WellIntentionedExtremist: A flashback in "The Undertaking" reveals him as one, complete with FreudianExcuse, and a little dash of AGodAmI for seasoning. Then he jumped off the slope...
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Claims this with Moira and Robert.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: He became this way after his wife was shot and killed in the middle of the street.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: When he starts tying up loose ends, he ''really'' starts tying up loose ends.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Edward Fyers]]
!!Edward Fyers
->'''Played By:''' Sebastian Dunn

A mercenary hired by an unknown woman to set up camp on the island of Lian Yu and carry out a FalseFlagOperation to cripple China's economy. Unfortunately for him, Oliver washes up on the island and begins interfering with his plans.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: His counterpart from the comics had brown hair.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the comics, he was an ally of Green Arrow's. Here... see FauxAffablyEvil.
* BigBad: Of Season One's island flashbacks.
** TheDragon: Turns out there's a BiggerBad out there Fyers was working for a mysterious woman.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* EvilBrit
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Possible justification for his sudden acquisition of a rather large VillainBall in the finale. [[spoiler: He doesn't seem to understand that Oliver would be unwilling to sacrifice Shado in exchange for a way off the island.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: He starts off amiable enough, but when Oliver refuses to hand over Yao Fei's location, he stops being polite and hands him over to [[TortureTechnician Billy Wintergreen]]. Later, we discover he's kidnapped Yao Fei's daughter to force Yao Fei's cooperation. That's before we even learn his reason for being on the island: [[spoiler: He acquires a missile launcher with the express purpose of using it to shoot down civilian aircraft, and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness executes poor Yao Fei in front of his daughter]] after forcing him to take the fall for said shooting down of civilian aircraft.]]
* HiredGuns: He was hired to [[spoiler: crash China's economy by shooting down all air traffic in and out of it]]. The identity of the woman who hired him is currently unknown.
* [[spoiler: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Oliver shoots an arrow through his neck in "Sacrifice".]]
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* VillainBall: Grabs it ''hard'' during the Season One finale. [[spoiler: With the missile launcher destroyed and his team dead, he has no reason at all to remain hostile to Oliver and Slade. It's in his best interest to simply disappear and call for a way off the island. What does he do instead? Why, grab Shado, put a gun to her head, and walk right up to a very pissed off Oliver and Slade. This results in pretty much what you'd expect.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Why he [[spoiler: executes Yao Fei]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Billy Wintergreen]]
!!Billy Wintergreen
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->'''Played By:''' Jeffrey Robinson

A member of Australian Secret Intelligence Service, he was partners and close friends with Slade Wilson. They were sent to Lian Yu to rescue Yao Fei, but after their plane was shot down, Billy sided with Edward Fyers and became a mercenary.
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the comics, Billy Wintergreen was Slade Wilson/Deathstroke's loyal butler. Alternately, this could be something of a subversion, since his employer in the comics underwent a case of AdaptationalHeroism.
* AwesomeAussie: Like Slade, he's a former Australian intelligence operative.
* {{Badass}}: According to the tie-in comic (#29), he defeated both Yao Fei and Shado, who are badasses themselves. We see him fight Yao Fei twice in the show, and indeed defeat him the second time. Too bad for him that Slade is more of a badass.
* CoolMask: Referred to as "the operational equivalent of a balaclava". As an early version of the Deathstroke mask, it still has both eyeholes.
* DecompositeCharacter: He and Slade divide the Deathstroke character. Both Slade and Billy get the mask (though only Billy wears it at first) and fighting ability, but Slade is Deathstroke's occasional AntiHero portion, while Billy is Deathstroke's villainous and mercenary nature. Slade Wilson is Deathstroke's real name in the comics, and Billy Wintergreen is his butler.
* TheDragon: To Edward Fyers.
* EvilFormerFriend: He was the godfather to Slade's child. Didn't think twice about turning on him, though.
* EyeScream[=/=]KilledOffForReal: Slade kills him by jamming a sword through his eye.
* FaceHeelTurn: He betrayed his friend and partner to join up with Fyers' men.
* KnifeNut: He uses them in both combat and torture.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Though he wasn't initially malevolent, he was after his FaceHeelTurn.
* [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack Television Supervillains Wear Black]]: Deathstroke (though Billy's never actually called that) has his trademark blue and orange costume changed to all-black body armor. His mask, however, remains yellow-orange on one half, making it look closer to the one used in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
** Elaborated on in [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=43730 this interview]].
* TortureTechnician: He's the one who gave Oliver some of the first of many scars gained during his time on the island.
* TheVoiceless: Until "The Odyssey", which features his only line immediately before the climactic fight:
--> '''Billy:''' Slade. Come back to die?
* WalkingSpoiler: But only if you read the comics.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Helena Bertinelli]]
!!Helena Bertinelli / Huntress
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->'''Played By:''' Jessica De Gouw

Daughter of crime boss Frank Bertinelli, Helena began a murderous crusade against her fathers criminal empire after he had her fiancé murdered for planning to turn evidence over to the police, which had actually been Helena's plan. After a temporary alliance with Oliver, who tried to make her a less brutal and murderous vigilante, she fled Starling City once her identity was exposed and her father escaped custody and disappeared.
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the comics, she became a killer of criminals after her beloved family was killed, but grew more stable as time went by, and while an outcast she was a key member of the Bat Family. Here, she's obsessed with killing her criminal father and is willing to kill innocent people and attack Oliver's loved ones to do so.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She possesses an aloof, even icy demeanor.
* AntiVillain: She wants her father, a mobster who had her fiancé murdered, to die. But her methods of getting it -- killing everyone in her path -- are not remotely acceptable.
* ArrowCatch: She manages to pull this off in "The Huntress Returns" after studying the move.
* AxCrazy: Borderline. She takes a bit too much pleasure in the thought of making her father suffer.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Despite engaging in fierce bouts of hand-to-hand combat, Helena is never shown to suffer bruises, scrapes, swelling, or any other damage as a result.
* BikerBabe
* BrokenBird
* CelebrityResemblance: Diggle even points out that she looks remarkably like the T-Mobile Girl.
* ClarkKenting: She's worse than Oliver with this, as her outfit doesn't even include any headgear. Not that she cares.
* DarkActionGirl: By her third guest spot on the show, when the two previous ones were her developing into becoming one.
* DistaffCounterpart: Of the Hood, effectively. A lot of her first episode is highlighting how alike they are.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: See AloofDarkHairedGirl.
* FreudianExcuse: Her fiancé's murder sent her over the edge in a big way.
* HellBentForLeather: As part of her "costume". Justified, as her "costume" is basically her motorcycle leathers and she isn't particularly interested in being a symbol like Oliver.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Despite only going after the mafia so far...well, let's just say there's a reason this entry is under the Villains heading.
* {{Hypocrite}}: How does she plan to get revenge on her father for murdering her fiancé? By casually murdering and mutilating several innocent people.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Oliver tries to show her how to accomplish her mission without killing people. It doesn't take.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Her goals are completely self-centered and she doesn't care who gets in her way as long as she gets what she wants.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: As of "The Huntress Returns", she's taken to torturing Oliver's friends and threatening his family to try to force him to help her kill her father.
* KnightTemplar: Her father is evil. Her father must suffer and die. What do you mean, further moral considerations?
* MafiaPrincess: The daughter of the head of the Bertinelli crime family.
* MeaningfulEcho: Much like Oliver, her first real appearance occurs as a result of a family member (or his [[TheDragon Dragon]] in this case) having her and a friend abducted. Likewise, the encounter ends with all kidnappers dead, the last one with a NeckSnap and the words "No-one can know my secret."
* MsFanservice: Especially in the opener to "The Huntress Returns", where she pretends to be a stripper in order to get at her father's lawyer.
* MyGreatestFailure: Zig-zagged. She originally thought her fiancé, Michael Staton, was killed because her father was just that brand of evil. Then TheDragon reveals that he was killed because he was an informant for the FBI. Then she reveals that TheDragon killed the wrong person -- ''she'' was the informant.
* NotSoDifferent: She says as much to the Hood when he appears out of costume in her apartment. He only really disagrees on her motivation and her eagerness to kill.
* PsychoExGirlfriend: Lampshaded by Diggle in "The Huntress Returns", and repeated by Felicity in the same episode.
* PygmalionSnapBack: What happens despite Oliver's best efforts.
* {{Revenge}}: Her primary motivation is that the mob killed her fiancé.
* SamusIsAGirl: Initially seen only in a motorcycle jumpsuit and helmet.
* SecretIdentity: She [[NeckSnap maintains one ruthlessly]]. She also wears a biker helmet and outfit as a disguise, at least initially.
* ShadowArchetype: To Oliver.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Of the calm variety, in "Birds of Prey". After her father is accidentally killed in the crossfire while she's fighting the Arrow, the realization that she'll never get to finish her revenge causes her to submit to being arrested.]]
** [[spoiler:VengeanceFeelsEmpty: Even though her father didn't die by her hands, his death didn't make her feel any better.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Though not so much woobie after "The Huntress Returns", when she really crosses the line.
* YouWouldntShootMe: To Oliver in "The Huntress Returns". She's wrong, but unfortunately, she can pull off an ArrowCatch.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: China White]]
!!China White / Chien Na-Wei (简娜伟)
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->'''Played By''': Creator/KellyHu

A mercenary and assassin for the Starling City Triad. She takes it over following the death of her mentor Zhishan at the hands of The Huntress.
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* AbusiveParents: In the supplementary comics, it is shown that her father used to beat her.
* {{Badass}}: One of very few characters able to go toe-to-toe with Oliver for a decent length of time and keep pace. The only reason Oliver keeps winning is because of essentially small advantages such as China White fighting barefoot on broken glass without her knives.
* DarkActionGirl
* TheDragon: To Zhishan.
** DragonAscendant: Takes over the Triad after Zhishan is killed.
* KnifeNut: Not only does she use a knife for everyday things like executing a witness [[HeKnowsTooMuch who'd seen too much]], but when she goes to kill Laurel, she brings along gun-toting mooks -- not to shoot the target, but for the express purpose of corralling Laurel and Oliver so that she can use her knives on them.
** In "Vendetta", she's shown stabbing the hell out of someone with a knife, either for sheer enjoyment or just using the ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill approach.
* HannibalLecture: Tries one on Oliver at the start of Season Two when he's finally able to pin her down for good. [[ShutUpHannibal He throws it back in her face.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: In the supplementary comics, her father and mother were both murdered by Zhishan, but she was spared by him because he saw potential in her. He later came back and recruited China into the Triad, offering her training and power.
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: And after the Season One mid-season break, she has a pretty glamorous do.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Deadshot]]
!!Floyd Lawton / Deadshot
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->'''Played By:''' Michael Rowe

A world-renowned assassin noted for his expert marksmanship, signature neuro-toxin on his bullets, and warped code of honor. He clashes with Team Arrow a few times, and is responsible for killing Diggle's brother.
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* AffablyEvil: See NobleDemon and ProfessionalKiller below; he may be a ColdSniper at heart, but the man is rather personable, even allowing Diggle some closure as to why he had killed his brother.
* ArmCannon: Possessed and owned a double-barreled machine gun on his right arm.
* {{Badass}}: He can really hold his own in hand-to-hand combat.
* BoxedCrook: [[spoiler: He is captured by A.R.G.U.S. and becomes a member of the Suicide Squad]].
* ColdSniper: The few flashes of personality we get out of him only serve to make him more chilling.
* CoolGuns: His wrist mounted, double-barreled machine gun.
* CrazyPrepared: Deadshot, being known as the man that "never misses", goes as far as to soak his bullets in a poison to make sure even if he does miss a lethal shot, he'll still kill them.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: Enforced by killing the only other guard who knew where Diggle's wife was.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler: He has a daughter named Zoe, for whom he genuinely cares.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: He seems to think so, since in Season Two's "Keep Your Enemies Closer", [[spoiler: after being placed in [[HellHolePrison the Gulag]]]], he quips about wearing his high tech eye piece again:
-->"So much better."
* HandicappedBadass: After losing his eye, but when he gets his patch back, he returns to form.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Uses a high-tech eyepatch, much like in the comics, to make the shots that count.
* LaserSight: Formerly had one his rifle.
* MoeGreeneSpecial: He takes an ''arrow'' to his high-tech eyepatch. Subverted, however, as he returns alive in "Dead to Rights".
* MoralityChain: "Suicide Squad" reveals that [[spoiler: he has a daughter, Zoe, to whom most of his money goes, though he stays far away from her so she'll have a normal life]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Duh.
* NobleDemon: For a former PsychoForHire, Deadshot has a strong sense of honor and actively supports [[spoiler: his daughter]].
* [[PoisonedWeapons Poisoned Bullets]]: His specialty. If it wasn't the bullets that killed you, it was the poison on them that did.
* ProfessionalKiller: So professional that when he has Diggle at his mercy, he expressly states that while he would love to kill Diggle and put his name next to his brother's, no-one's paying him for it, so Dig gets to live.
** ConsummateProfessional: Gives off this air, especially in Season Two.
* PsychoForHire: He was one originally, but after surviving an arrow to the eye, he seems to have softened up a bit and works more professionally.
* RestrainingBolt: [[spoiler: An explosive chip is put in his head when he joins Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad in order to keep him compliant on missions.]]
* TattooedCrook: He tattoos the names of the people he's killed on his body.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Blood Cult]]
!![[spoiler: Slade Wilson / Deathstroke]]
->See his section above

!!Sebastian "Brother" Blood
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->'''Played By:''' Kevin Alejandro

A charismatic city alderman, Sebastian Blood is currently running for mayor and is an advocate for those affected by the Undertaking. However, he is also the secret leader of the Blood Cult, injecting both his followers and unwilling subjects with a mysterious serum to create a superpowered army.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing[=/=]{{Jerkass}}: While waiting for Oliver at a party that he had funded for Blood, the man went on a rant in front of people, accosting him and the Queen family. Not only that, when Oliver went to the Glades after his exiled return, Blood took great glee in putting Oliver down. And let's not forget that he's secretly Brother Blood, the leader of a cult seeking to "save" the city by taking it over.
* ConsummateLiar: Most if not all of what this guy says to people, Laurel in particular, is a lie to make himself look better.
* CoolMask: It looks like a monstrous brown skull. He was willing to [[spoiler: let one of his subordinates die wearing it to throw our heroes off the scent]].
* DarkMessiah: His followers seemingly worship him, almost like a god. As seen in "Blind Spot", they're even willing to die for him.
* EatTheRich: Seems to invoke this mentality in his supporters, using the Undertaking to justify it.
* EvilAllAlong: Though it shouldn't come as a real shock to the audience.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Like Malcolm Merlyn as the Dark Archer before him, he wears a mask and uses a voice changer in his Brother Blood persona.
* TheHeavy: Of Season Two's present day. He seemed to be the BigBad at first, but "Three Ghosts" revealed that he's actually [[spoiler: TheDragon to Slade Wilson]].
* HeroKiller: Not necessarily him personally, but Ollie is clearly terrified of the implications of his work.
* HollywoodAtheist: Shows nothing but disdain for [[spoiler: Maya Resik]]'s religious devotion, [[spoiler: and tells her that "your gods are dead" in his skull mask to scare her to death]].
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Masked? Check. Malevolent? ''Check.''
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Come on. The man's name is ''Mr. Blood''. Although "Brother Blood" does have a creepiness all its own...
-->'''Felicity:''' His last name is "Blood". That can't be a good sign.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: He himself judges [[spoiler: hiring the Count to kill the Arrow]] to have been this, since it not only failed, but also [[spoiler: led to the Arrow killing again]].
* ParentalAbandonment: According to him, his mother killed his abusive father in self-defense, then ran off. In reality, [[spoiler: he's a SelfMadeOrphan who killed his own father and put his mother away in an asylum, under the lie that she was his aunt, to get rid of her. Then he kills her, too, when he learns she spilled the beans to Laurel]].
* PowderKegCrowd: He is speaking to one when Oliver first meets him and, possibly intentionally, sparks a small riot that breaks Oliver's car window.
* RaceLift: Brother Blood was from a Baltic country in the comics, but on the show, he's played by a Hispanic actor and it's implied that he has mixed Baltic-Hispanic heritage: [[spoiler: his mother Maya is Hispanic, but her married name is Resik]].
* RedBaron: In his own personal circle, he's known as Brother Blood.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He seems to be adored by everyone, including usually suspicious people like Oliver and Quentin. Only [[spoiler: Laurel and his mother Maya Resik]] see through the facade, [[spoiler: and he kills the latter to keep her quiet and makes the former look and feel like she's just delusional from taking drugs]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: With the revelation of his Brother Blood persona and [[spoiler: the use of Mirakuru]], he may be shaping up to be this, if he follows the pattern set the previous season by Malcolm Merlyn.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Even though Oliver's fundraiser is actively raising money for the Glades after the Undertaking, his failure to show up gives Blood the opportunity to paint him as the face of the RichIdiotWithNoDayJob problems the city has.

!!Cyrus Gold / The Acolyte
->'''Played By:''' Graham Shiels

A follower of Brother Blood, and the first one to survive being injected with his mysterious formula.
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* BadassPreacher: According to Blood, Cyrus was once a preacher.
* BaldOfEvil: Lex Luthor would be proud.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: In the comics, Cyrus Gold is much better known as [[Characters/{{Earth-2GreenLantern}} Solomon Grundy]]. This gets a nod when Diggle finds a book containing the character's iconic rhyme in Gold's apartment, which is later referenced again in a [[spoiler: BondOneLiner]].
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Through the use of [[spoiler: [[PsychoSerum Mirakuru]]]], he develops:
** SuperStrength: He's able to hit Oliver so hard that he bounces off the ceiling.
** SuperToughness: See MadeOfIron.
* ImplacableMan: Super-strong and nigh impossible to bring down.
* MadeOfIron: Oliver's arrows ''crumple'' when they hit him.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: He wears a flat black mask.
* PsychoSerum: The source of his power. [[spoiler: Ironically, he appears to be killed when Oliver destroys the centrifuge containing it, spraying his face with a large amount.]]

!!Officer Daily
->'''Played By:''' Jesse Hutch

A police officer who assists Brother Blood by covering up his crimes and disposing of evidence.
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* {{Badass}}: He proves to be more than a challenge when fighting the Arrow.
* BitchInSheepsClothing[=/=]DirtyCop: He serves as a mole in the police department for his "brothers".
* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: Courtesy of a few bullets to the chest from Laurel.]]
* TheDragon: To Brother Blood.
* TheMole: In the SCPD for the Blood Cult.
* TakingTheHeat: [[spoiler: In death, for Brother Blood.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: League of Assassins]]

!!Tropes that Apply to the Whole Group
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* AncientConspiracy
* {{Badass}}: Also, see MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The League of Assassins, whatever else they might be, have a code of honor, and ComicBook/RasAlGhul himself was so disgusted by The Undertaking in Season One that he wants to kill Malcolm personally as of "The Scientist".
* EvilVersusEvil: The result of Moira siccing Ra's Al-Ghul on Malcolm.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Lampshaded by Felicity.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: Sara describes their combat ability as "making Special Forces look like a kindergarten class."
* MurderInc
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* {{Ninja}}: Their rank and file.
* ShroudedInMyth: How the rest of the world sees the "existence" of the group.

!!ComicBook/RasAlGhul

The mysterious founder and leader of the group.
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* TheDreaded: Pretty much everyone who talks about him seems afraid of him, save for [[spoiler: Sara]], due to her lacking any fear of death, but even she is terrified of what he could do to the people she loves.
* TheGhost: Not yet seen on screen.
* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Both the "RAYSH" and "RAHZ" pronunciations are used by different characters. It could be excused as those characters having only read the name and thus having no idea how it's pronounced, but [[spoiler:Nyssa, his daughter]], uses "RAYSH", and two of his subordinates [[spoiler:Malcolm Merlyn and Sara]] use "RAHZ", or at least recognize it.
* PapaWolf: According to Oliver, if [[spoiler:Sara]] were to kill his child, they (presumably at least Team Arrow) would ''all'' pay for it.

!!Al-Owal
->'''Played By:''' Navid Negahban

A high-ranking member of the League of Assassins, he comes to Starling City hunting a rogue member of the League.
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* ArrowCatch: Can pull one off ''[[BadassBack from behind]]''.
* {{Badass}}: He bests both Oliver and [[spoiler: Sara]], a fellow member of the League of Assassins. [[spoiler: Sara gets her own back, though, when he and his men attack her hideout.]]
** BadassBeard[=/=]BeardOfEvil: Fitting for a master assassin.
* TheDragon: To Ra's Al-Ghul.
* EvilMentor: To [[spoiler: Malcolm Merlyn]].
* [[spoiler: NeckSnap: How he goes out.]]
* RedBaron: He goes by Al-Owal, which means "The First".

!!Nyssa Al-Ghul
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->'''Played By:''' Katrina Law

Daughter of Ra's Al-Ghul who comes to Starling City seeking to bring back her lover to the League of Shadows.
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* AffablyEvil: She actually seems to be a pretty nice girl, all things considered. About as friendly as ruthless assassins tend to get.
* AntiVillain: She doesn't actually want to hurt [[spoiler: Sara]], Oliver or their families -- she just [[spoiler: wants her ex-girlfriend Sara back. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments In the end, she even releases Sara from the League when she realizes how much Sara cares for her friends and family and vice versa]]]].
* ArcherArchetype: Like Oliver, she prefers the bow and arrow as her primary weapon. She actually gives him a run for his money.
* {{Badass}}: A League member, so par for the course. Diggle even calls her a "badass assassin".
* CompositeCharacter: The extent has yet to be shown, but she shows various traits of Talia Al-Ghul, her half-sister in the comics, including romantic interest in a hero(ine) and loyalty split between said love interest and her father.
* DaddysLittleVillain: She works directly for her father.
* DarkActionGirl: She is something of a dark twist on Oliver.
* {{Foil}}: To Oliver being an archer and martial arts badass with a penchant for pulling off a StealthHiBye and a [[spoiler: romantic connection to Sara]].
* EvilBrit: She sports a spiffy British accent.
* FriendToAllChildren: Well, we don't know about ''all'' children, but she smiles warmly and winks playfully at a little boy at the airport while strolling through security.
* GreenEyedMonster: Toward the Canary.
* HellBentForLeather: She has quite the leather assassin getup.
** RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Which has a snazzy black color scheme with red accents.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Like Oliver, she's a crack shot with a bow. Special mention must go to her ''shooting off his quiver and breaking his arrows''.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: She would rather release [[spoiler: Sara]] than risk her beloved trying to kill herself again.
* LipstickLesbian: Somewhat downplayed, as she also has aspects of ButchLesbian, due to her clothing choice which hides most of her body, and the fact she's a ''very'' skilled fighter.
* MythologyGag: She uses "Miss Raatko", her official surname in the comics, as an alias.
* PsychoLesbian: She might have [[spoiler: spared Sara]], but she did attempt to kill her family in the process and has no trouble beating up innocent civilians. On the other hand, her love for [[spoiler:Sara]] is also serves as a humanizing/redeeming trait.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: When she figures out that Sara poisoned herself.]]
* {{Yandere}}: Kidnapped [[spoiler: Sara]]'s mother and poisoned her sister in order to get her to come back.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: ''Amazo'' Mercenaries]]

!!Tropes that Apply to the Whole Group

!!Dr. Anthony Ivo
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->'''Played By:''' Dylan Neal

A ruthless scientist who comes to the island of Lian Yu seeking the remnants of a World War II Japanese project which created a serum called Mirakuru, which Ivo believes he can use to advance and "save" the human race.
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* AnArmAndALeg: In "The Promise", [[spoiler: Slade hacks off the hand with which Ivo shot Shado]].
* BigBad: He replaces Edward Fyers as this for Season Two's island flashbacks. [[spoiler: That is, until "The Promise", when Slade takes over.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler: He wants the Mirakuru to cure his wife of Alzheimer's disease.]]
* EvilutionaryBiologist[=/=]MadScientist[=/=]MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: The way he says "I'm going to save the human race" and his expression show that underneath this seemingly normal, even kind guy, there is somebody with a drive and ambition that isn't quite right.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Like Edward Fyers before him, he surely acts quite polite to [[spoiler: Sara]] and Oliver while they were on the ''Amazo'', [[BaitTheDog until]] [[spoiler: he uses Sara in finding out where Shado and Slade are by letting Oliver radio them]] so he could kill them. That's not even mentioning how [[spoiler: he treats Oliver when they're trying to find the hosen, or his killing of the Captain for failing to catch Oliver's friends]]. He does save [[spoiler: Sara]] from harsher imprisonment, torture, and implied gang rape when they first meet, [[spoiler: only to later force Oliver to choose between her death and Shado's, or at least make Oliver blame himself for Shado's death]]. And when [[spoiler: Sara refuses to let him sway her back to his side, since she can no longer ignore how he tortures and murders people ForScience]], he shows his true vile colors, [[spoiler: calling her an "ungrateful bitch" and vowing to show her ''real'' torture before she switches the radio off]].
* NeverMyFault: He takes absolutely ''no'' responsibility for [[spoiler: [[BoomHeadshot shooting Shado in the head]], blaming the whole thing on Oliver -- even after Sara [[LampshadeHanging calls him out]] on the fact that he says she was never in danger, proving he was going to shoot Shado anyway, and that he [[TheDeadHaveNames didn't even know her name]]. He denies any responsibility in the action up until Slade [[AnArmAndALeg chops his hand off]]]].
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: In "Three Ghosts," he forces Oliver to choose whether Anthony kills Sara or Shado, seemingly just to KickTheDog, as he already had what he had come for. A later conversation with Sara over the radio shows that this was just a lie to tear Oliver down, that he was going to kill Shado all along. In "The Promise", he winds up solidifying Slade's FaceHeelTurn by blaming Oliver for it, though Slade [[AnArmAndALeg chops off his hand]] at the end of the episode.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: "The Promise" reveals that Ivo's reason for finding the Mirakuru is [[spoiler: to cure his wife of Alzheimer's disease, not to save the world after all]].

!!"The Captain" (Jimmy Jean-Louis) and "The Butcher" (Ronald Selmour)

Two prominent crew member on the ''Amazo'' who serve under Ivo.
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* BoomHeadshot: Ivo shoots the original Captain when [[YouHaveFailedMe he fails to capture Oliver and the others]], then promotes his subordinate, "The Butcher", to Captain.
* TheDragon: Both were this to Ivo.
* LegacyCharacter: After the original Captain is killed by Ivo, "The Butcher" becomes the new Captain. [[spoiler: In "The Promise", Slade kills him rather gruesomely, effectively becoming the new Captain of the ''Amazo''.]]
* OnlySaneMan: At least work-wise. The original Captain seems to think either Ivo or [[spoiler: Sara]] is really in charge.
* ScaryBlackMan: Both qualify.
* YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler: Slade kills "The Butcher" in "The Promise" by crushing his skull.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Other Villains]]

!!Constantine Drakon
->'''Played By:''' Darren Shahlavi

Head of security for Adam Hunt, the first name on the list that Oliver goes after.
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* {{Badass}}: He's is a proficient martial artist and is able to catch arrows in mid-air.
* TheDragon: To Adam Hunt.
* SharpDressedMan
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Only lasted through the pilot, despite being a recurring villain in the comics.

!!The Royal Flush Gang
->'''Derek Reston (King) Played By:''' Currie Graham
->'''Mrs. Reston (Queen) Played By:''' Sarah-Jane Redmond
->'''Kyle Reston (Ace) Played By:''' Kyle Schmid
->'''Teddy Reston (Jack) Played By:''' Tom Stevens

After Derek Reston lost his job when Robert Queen moved his industrial factory to China, he and his family turned to a life of crime robbing banks as the Royal Flush Gang.
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* AntiVillain: They were driven to rob banks after Derek was laid off from a Queen Industries plant.
* {{Badass}}: Kyle/The Ace of Spades was able to take an arrow to his chest (without padding), break it, and keep going to fight Oliver.
* [[TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether The Family That Robs Banks Together]]
* LastSecondChance: Oliver offers Derek a chance to walk away in order to try and make up for his father's misdeeds, but Derek refuses.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Kyle (The Ace of Spades) starts carrying one once he knows the Vigilante is hunting him.
* MalevolentMaskedMen
* NoNameGiven: For Mrs.Reston, the Queen of Spades.
* OneLastJob: Villainous version.
* PsychoPartyMember: Kyle/Ace of Spades.
* RedemptionRejection: See LastSecondChance.
* TakingTheBullet: Derek/The King of Spades, an AntiVillain, ultimately dies by taking a shotgun blast meant for Kyle/Ace.

!!Garfield Lynns / Firefly
->'''Played By:''' Andrew Dunbar

-->"Thanks... But I'm already ''[[TitleDrop burned]]''."

A former firefighter, Lynns was horribly burned in a massive apartment fire, having stayed behind while the rest of his unit fell back under orders from their chief. Feeling betrayed, he began hunting down members of his former unit for revenge.
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* FallenHero: Once an honorable fire fighter, now a broken man thirsty for revenge.
* KillItWithFire: His modus operandi.
* LeftForDead: His StartOfDarkness.
* {{Pyromaniac}}
* SelfImmolation: [[DrivenToSuicide Rather than try a chance at redemption.]]
* RevengeBeforeReason
* SerialKiller: Of members of his old unit, the Fireflies.
* TwoFaced: From the flames.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds

!!The Count / Count Vertigo
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->'''Played By:''' Seth Gabel

-->''"I'm Count Vertigo, and I approve this high!"''

A psychotic drug dealer who invented Vertigo, a new deadly and potent narcotic sweeping through the streets of Starling City.
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* AxCrazy[=/=]TheSociopath: When he realizes that the Arrow has adopted a ThouShaltNotKill policy, he remarks that "You're missing out on one of life's great pleasures."
* BadBoss: See ForTheEvulz. He's rather fond of doing this to his own subordinates.
* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: In Season Two, from three arrows to the chest and a fall out a very high window onto a car. This guy's not coming back.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Much more "street" than his comics counterpart.
* [[spoiler: DeathBySecretIdentity: He deduces the Arrow's identity after Felicity investigates him and he remembers Oliver posing as a Vertigo buyer. One phone call to Oliver warning him that he holds Felicity hostage later, he ends up with three arrows in the torso and a ticket for DestinationDefenestration.]]
* [[spoiler: DrivenToMadness: How he's defeated in Season One. He [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better]] by the time of the Undertaking, and returns as a villain in Season Two.]]
* FantasticDrug: Invented one called Vertigo.
* ForTheEvulz: Likes to inflict pain on his victims by injecting pure Vertigo into their bloodstreams, which affects the thalamus and makes them feel like their entire body is wracked with pain. Then he hands them a gun with one bullet:
-->''"One bullet in the chamber. Who are you gonna kill? You... or me?"''
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: Oliver defeats him in Season One by injecting him with a large dose of his own drug.]]
* LargeHam: Seth Gabel was clearly having a blast playing this guy.
** He even admits to taking influence from TheJoker.
* MadScientist: His experiments to create Vertigo killed 56 people, mostly hookers and the homeless. He views this as a measure of its value, comparing it to a wine's value being measured by its age.
* NoNameGiven[=/=]OnlyKnownByTheirNickname[=/=]RedBaron: He's only ever referred to as The Count or Count Vertigo.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: [[spoiler: Subverted. At the beginning of Unfinished Business, he appears to break out of the mental institution where he was being held. Then it seems that he may have faked his breakout. Upon investigation though, it turns out that nope, his breakout was entirely faked by the doctors to divert suspicion away from themselves. The Count is really just insane. However, he gets better in Season Two.]]
* SadisticChoice: Again, see ForTheEvulz.
* VillainousFriendship: With The Dollmaker.
* YouHaveFailedMe: See BadBoss.

!!Cyrus Vanch
->'''Played By:''' David Anders

A crime boss recently released from jail, Cyrus attempts to dominate Starling City's criminal underworld by killing the Hood.
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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He certainly feels so.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* [[CountingBullets Counting Arrows]]: He knows the Hood only had 24 arrows in his quiver, so he sends 25 henchmen.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: He's smart enough to have guard after guard in his home to take on the Hood, and used how many arrows the Hood could have in his quiver to his advantage by making him run out of arrows.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Casually murders his lawyer within the first five minutes of his screen time.
* EvilPowerVacuum: When Vanch gets out of prison, he tries to earn the respect to take over by killing Arrow since after the Huntress' murder of the Triad boss, and Frank Bertinelli's arrest, the leadership of Starling City's organized crime is up for grabs.

!!"The Dodger"
->'''Played By:''' James Callis

A international jewel thief who attaches bomb collars to his victims and uses them to carry out his crimes.
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the comics, he is a LovableRogue AntiVillain who [[DatingCatwoman dates Mia]]. In the series he's a ruthless SmugSnake who gives his hostages explosive collars.
* AffablyEvil: He seems rather polite, given what he does to his "henchpeople". While some villains would [[YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness deal with them once their deeds were done]], he doesn't. Dodger wouldn't kill them afterwards but merely knock 'em out. The only people he has killed was an art dealer who tries to screw him over, and a hostage in Madrid who refused to cooperate.
* BondOneLiner: Says one to guy who tried to backstab him before killing him.
* EvilBrit
* ExplosiveLeash: How he gets his hostages to work for him, and he lets them go if they do as he says.
** YourHeadAsplode: The result when they refuse.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: His ''other'' signature move is to zap people unconscious. When he tries to use it on Oliver...
* NoNameGiven: He's only known as "The Dodger".
* NotSoDifferent: Claims this to Oliver.
* PhantomThief: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by forcing hostages to steal for him.
* WeaponOfChoice: Some kind of electric mace that causes its victims to become unconscious for 72 hours.
* WrongGenreSavvy: He believes that The Hood is a Robin Hood wannabe.

!!"The Savior" / Joseph Falk
->'''Played By:''' Christopher Redman

A former computer technician and resident of the Glades whose wife was murdered, causing him to embark on a murderous crusade against those he believes are responsible for the living conditions there.
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* EvilCounterpart: To Oliver. A vigilante trying to save his home, the Glades, by hunting down those he believes have wronged it...except he's less interested in saving and more in avenging, his victims aren't so clearly deserving, and rather than offering his targets a last chance to right their wrongs, he has them plead their case for their lives on live streaming video before invariably executing them anyway, since he's already decided they're guilty.
* NotSoDifferent: He makes this claim to Oliver, but in a way, he's more like Malcolm, just without the funding behind him.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: His intention. Except he considers a district attorney who chose not to take a case to trial for lack of evidence and a conflicted bit-part criminal barely out of his teens to be as worthy of public execution as a slumlord whose corruption has caused multiple deaths.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His vigilantism comes across less as a calculated attempt to save the Glades and more as an extended version of this for his wife's murder; two of the three people he's seen targeting are the DA who chose not to prosecute his wife's murder and a young criminal he views as identical to the thugs who killed her, rather than more dangerous criminals.
* VigilanteMan
* WellIntentionedExtremist

!!Mr. Blank
->'''Played By:''' J. August Richards

An assassin hired by corrupt businessman Edward Rasmus to kill a family planning on suing him. Mr. Blank dislikes anybody seeing his face, and prides himself on always finishing his job, even if his employer no longer wants it done.
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* {{Badass}}: He gave the Vigilante quite a fight.
** BadassInANiceSuit: See SharpDressedMan.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He is never anything other than polite to his victims, including politely talking to his employer as he murders him via a PressurePoint.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Oliver takes him out with a fireplace poker after a vicious fight.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Would you really want to deal with someone named Mr. Blank?
* PressurePoint: He's able to induce a deadly embolism in someone just by pressing their wrist.
* ProfessionalKiller: He's an assassin.
* SharpDressedMan: He may be a cold-blooded killer, but he looks good doing it.
* TrojanHorse: He forces some poor delivery boy to get him to the Queen mansion. Surprisingly for TV, the RedShirt bodyguard realizes this pretty quickly, not that it does him any good.
* WouldHurtAChild: He spends most of the episode trying to hunt down and kill Tyler.

!!Ben Turner / Bronze Tiger
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->'''Played By:''' Michael Jai White

A highly skilled mercenary who utilizes bladed knuckles.
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* {{Badass}}: He can really keep Oliver on his toes.
** BadassBaritone[=/=]EvilSoundsDeep
* BloodKnight: He likes his jobs to be challenging, and is disappointed when he realizes that the Arrow is fighting to subdue, not kill.
* BoxedCrook: He is offered a reduced sentence by [[spoiler:Amanda Waller if he joins the Suicide Squad]].
* DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments.
* ProfessionalKiller
* RestrainingBolt: [[spoiler: An explosive chip is put in his head when he joins Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad in order to keep him compliant on missions.]]
* ScaryBlackMan
* WeaponOfChoice: His claws.
* WolverineClaws: He uses three knuckle-attached blades.

!!Barton Mathis / Dollmaker
->'''Played By:''' Michael Eklund

A insane serial killer who likes to target young and beautiful women and fill them with a polymer to "preserve" them forever.
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* CatchPhrase: [[TermsOfEndangerment "You have such beautiful skin..."]]
* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: Courtesy of the Canary.]]
* [[CrucifiedHeroShot Crucified Villain Shot]]: The Inverted version of the normal trope -- right as he's about to kill [[spoiler: the Canary]], Oliver shoots him with two arrows (at once!), and he ends up with his arms outstretched, kind of pinned by the arrows.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Kills his victims by pouring a polymer down their throats, essentially slowly drowning them while they're helpless and strapped to a table.
* FourEyesZeroSoul[=/=]SpectacledSadist
* SerialKiller: Killed eight young women before he was arrested, then killed two more after he escaped. His M.O. is young, beautiful women with porcelain skin.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Except when he's screaming at Quentin Lance just before he's about to kill [[spoiler: Laurel]].

!!Mark "Shrapnel" Scheffer
->'''Played By:''' Sean Maher

A toy shop owner and radical extremist, Scheffer is a serial bomber who begins a campaign of terror across Starling City.
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* BombThrowingAnarchists[=/=]MadBomber: He's part of an anti-government militia known as the Movement.
* DemolitionsExpert: He is a highly skilled bomb maker.
* [[spoiler: KarmicDeath: He's killed by a bomb.]]
* RestrainingBolt: [[spoiler: One is put in his head when he joins Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad, and he takes the first opportunity to commit SuicideByCop rather than help her.]]
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLion: Killed off to demonstrate that Waller is not screwing around when it comes to the Suicide Squad.]]
* StrawNihilist: Almost every one of his lines is a proclamation about the meaninglessness of everything, and how it somehow justifies blowing people up.
* [[spoiler: WeHardlyKnewYe: He gets killed off pretty quickly in his second appearance.]]

!!William Tockman / Clock King
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->'''Played By:''' Robert Knepper

-->''"Where are you? Are you home? Are you safe? Somewhere you think you're safe? Somewhere without windows for anyone to creep through... Underground, perhaps? You think no one can get to you? You think no one can touch you in the safety of your hidey hole...?'' ''[[OhCrap But]]'' '''''[[OhCrap I]]''''' ''[[OhCrap can.]]"''

A former encryption engineer at Kord Enterprises, Tockman turned to a life of crime using his computer skills and excellent timing after being diagnosed with [=MacGregor's=] Syndrome, needing money quickly in order to ensure his ill sister is taken care of once he dies.
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* AdaptationalBadass: Despite dying from [=MacGregor's=] Syndrome, this Clock King is far more proactive then his usual "able to sense time" shtick.
* AntiVillain: A dying man who's desperate to get his hands on enough money to save his sister before he goes.
* BadassBoast: See the quote above. He gives one when he hacks into the Foundry, destroying their computer systems, and taunts Felicity as he does so.
* BerserkButton: Never '''''EVER''''' mess up his time-accounted plans, or he ''will'' kill you for it, as one {{Mook}} learned the hard way when Tockman stabbed him to death with a [[ImprobableUseOfAWeapon minute hand]].
* ClockKing: [[TropeNamers Of course.]]
* TheCracker: Making him something of an EvilCounterpart to Felicity.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Committed his robberies in order to fund a life-saving operation for his sister.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Felicity knocks him out by using the same virus he used against her computers to make his phone blow up.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: A symptom of [=MacGregor's=] Syndrome.
* LargeHam: Knepper is surely having a ball as Tockman.
* MythologyGag: [=MacGregor's=] Syndrome is the same disease Nora Fries and [[spoiler: Alfred]] suffer from in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: William ''Tockman''.
* SoapOperaDisease: He's dying of [[Film/BatmanAndRobin MacGregor's Syndrome]].
[[/folder]]
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* RestrainingBolt: [[spoiler: An explosive chip is put in his head when he joins Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad in order to keep him compliant on missions.]]



!!Cyrus Vanch (David Anders)

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!!Cyrus Vanch (David Anders)Vanch
->'''Played By:''' David Anders

A crime boss recently released from jail, Cyrus attempts to dominate Starling City's criminal underworld by killing the Hood.






* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: He's smart enough to have guard after guard in his home to take on the hood, and used how many arrows the hood could have in his quiver to his advantage by making him run out of arrows.

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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: He's smart enough to have guard after guard in his home to take on the hood, Hood, and used how many arrows the hood Hood could have in his quiver to his advantage by making him run out of arrows.



!!"The Dodger" (James Callis)

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!!"The Dodger" (James Callis)Dodger"
->'''Played By:''' James Callis

A international jewel thief who attaches bomb collars to his victims and uses them to carry out his crimes.






* ExplosiveLeash: How he gets his hostages to work for him.

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* ExplosiveLeash: How he gets his hostages to work for him.him, and he lets them go if they do as he says.



!!"The Savior"/Joseph Falk (Christopher Redman)

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!!"The Savior"/Joseph Falk (Christopher Redman)Savior" / Joseph Falk
->'''Played By:''' Christopher Redman

A former computer technician and resident of the Glades whose wife was murdered, causing him to embark on a murderous crusade against those he believes are responsible for the living conditions there.






!!Mr. Blank (J. August Richards)

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!!Mr. Blank (J. Blank
->'''Played By:''' J.
August Richards)Richards

An assassin hired by corrupt businessman Edward Rasmus to kill a family planning on suing him. Mr. Blank dislikes anybody seeing his face, and prides himself on always finishing his job, even if his employer no longer wants it done.






* [[spoiler: TrojanHorse: He forces some poor delivery boy to get him to the Queen mansion. Surprisingly for TV, the RedShirt bodyguard picks realizes this pretty quickly, not that it does him any good.]]

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* [[spoiler: TrojanHorse: He forces some poor delivery boy to get him to the Queen mansion. Surprisingly for TV, the RedShirt bodyguard picks realizes this pretty quickly, not that it does him any good.]]



* RestrainingBolt: [[spoiler: An explosive chip is put in his head when he joins Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad in order to keep him compliant on missions.]]




A insane serial killer who likes to target young and beautiful women and fill them with a polymer to "preserve" them forever.



* [[CrucifiedHeroShot Crucified Villain Shot]]: The Inverted version of the normal trope -- right before he's about to kill [[spoiler: the Canary]], Oliver shoots him with two arrows (at once!), and he ends up with his arms outstretched, kind of pinned by the arrows.

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* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: Courtesy of the Canary.]]
* [[CrucifiedHeroShot Crucified Villain Shot]]: The Inverted version of the normal trope -- right before as he's about to kill [[spoiler: the Canary]], Oliver shoots him with two arrows (at once!), and he ends up with his arms outstretched, kind of pinned by the arrows.



* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: Courtesy of the Canary.]]



!!Mark "Shrapnel" Scheffer (Sean Maher)

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!!Mark "Shrapnel" Scheffer
->'''Played By:''' Sean Maher

A toy shop owner and radical extremist,
Scheffer (Sean Maher)is a serial bomber who begins a campaign of terror across Starling City.



* DemolitionsExpert: He is a highly skilled bomb maker.



* DemolitionsExpert: He is a highly skilled bomb maker.
* RestrainingBolt: [[spoiler: One is put in his head when he joins Amanda Waller's suicide squad, and he takes the first opportunity to commit SuicideByCop rather than help her.]]

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* DemolitionsExpert: He is a highly skilled bomb maker.
* RestrainingBolt: [[spoiler: One is put in his head when he joins Amanda Waller's suicide squad, Suicide Squad, and he takes the first opportunity to commit SuicideByCop rather than help her.]]]]
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLion: Killed off to demonstrate that Waller is not screwing around when it comes to the Suicide Squad.]]



* [[spoiler: WeHardlyKnewYe: He gets killed off in his second appearance.]]

!!William Tockman/Clock King (Robert Knepper)

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* [[spoiler: WeHardlyKnewYe: He gets killed off pretty quickly in his second appearance.]]

!!William Tockman/Clock King (Robert Knepper)Tockman / Clock King
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->'''Played By:''' Robert Knepper


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A former encryption engineer at Kord Enterprises, Tockman turned to a life of crime using his computer skills and excellent timing after being diagnosed with [=MacGregor's=] Syndrome, needing money quickly in order to ensure his ill sister is taken care of once he dies.
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!!Constantine Drakon (Darren Shahlavi)

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!!Constantine Drakon (Darren Shahlavi)Drakon
->'''Played By:''' Darren Shahlavi

Head of security for Adam Hunt, the first name on the list that Oliver goes after.




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* {{Badass}}: He's is a proficient martial artist and is able to catch arrows in mid-air.



* WeHardlyKnewYe: Only lasted through the pilot.

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* WeHardlyKnewYe: Only lasted through the pilot.
pilot, despite being a recurring villain in the comics.



->'''Derek Reston (King) Played By:''' Currie Graham
->'''Mrs. Reston (Queen) Played By:''' Sarah-Jane Redmond
->'''Kyle Reston (Ace) Played By:''' Kyle Schmid
->'''Teddy Reston (Jack) Played By:''' Tom Stevens

After Derek Reston lost his job when Robert Queen moved his industrial factory to China, he and his family turned to a life of crime robbing banks as the Royal Flush Gang.






* NoNameGiven: For Mrs.Reston, the Queen of Spades.



* RedemptionRejection: See LastSecondChance

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* RedemptionRejection: See LastSecondChanceLastSecondChance.



!!Garfield Lynns/Firefly (Andrew Dunbar)

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!!Garfield Lynns/Firefly (Andrew Dunbar)Lynns / Firefly
->'''Played By:''' Andrew Dunbar




A former firefighter, Lynns was horribly burned in a massive apartment fire, having stayed behind while the rest of his unit fell back under orders from their chief. Feeling betrayed, he began hunting down members of his former unit for revenge.






!!The Count/Count Vertigo (Seth Gabel)
-->"One bullet in the chamber. Who are you gonna kill? You...or me?"

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!!The Count/Count Vertigo (Seth Gabel)
-->"One bullet in
Count / Count Vertigo
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->'''Played By:''' Seth Gabel

-->''"I'm Count Vertigo, and I approve this high!"''

A psychotic drug dealer who invented Vertigo, a new deadly and potent narcotic sweeping through
the chamber. Who are you gonna kill? You...or me?"streets of Starling City.






* [[spoiler: CharacterDeath: In Season Two, from three arrows to the chest and a fall out a very high window onto a car. This guy's not coming back.]]



* [[spoiler: DrivenToMadness: How he's defeated in Season One. He [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better]] by the time of the Undertaking, and is a villain in Season Two.]]

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* [[spoiler: DrivenToMadness: How he's defeated in Season One. He [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better]] by the time of the Undertaking, and is returns as a villain in Season Two.]]



* ForTheEvulz: Likes to inflict pain on his victims to the point that they'd rather kill themselves than him.

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* ForTheEvulz: Likes to inflict pain on his victims to by injecting pure Vertigo into their bloodstreams, which affects the point that they'd rather kill themselves than him.thalamus and makes them feel like their entire body is wracked with pain. Then he hands them a gun with one bullet:
-->''"One bullet in the chamber. Who are you gonna kill? You... or me?"''



* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: In Season Two, from three arrows to the chest and a fall out a very high window onto a car. This guy's not coming back.]]
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