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[[folder:Season One]]
* "Pilot":
** Oliver taking down his first target's guards while storming his penthouse, ducking in and out of their gunfire like the wind, then finally taking on [[TheDragon Constantine Drakon]] and killing him with an arrow to the chest.
** The moment where you see the wireless transceiver attached to the arrow stuck in Adam Hunt's wall and realize that Oliver's "missed shot" [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt wasn't missed at all]].
* "Honor Thy Father": Diggle taking down two Triad assassins and then mixing it up with China White. She outclasses him, but he still held his own for a while.
* "Lone Gunman":
** Seeing Laurel kicking ass was a refreshing change, with hopes high for seeing her take on her own [[ComicBook/BlackCanary superheroine mantle.]]
** Arrow versus Deadshot: [[spoiler: Ollie sends an arrow right through Deadshot's eye. And out-draws a wrist-mounted machine gun beforehand!]]
*** [[spoiler: Or not...Deadshot was aiming for DIGGLE with his last volley!]]
* "Damaged":
** Arrow taking out the Gun Smuggler at the end, cutting down mook after mook, disarming him with an arrow shot in midair, and finishing him with a PreMortemOneLiner to boot: [[CatchPhrase "YOU HAVE FAILED THIS CITY!"]]
** Yao Fei's flashback smackdown with Billy Wintergreen.
*** Likewise, their rematch in "Year's End", though he loses this time. It's not quite the same one-on-one fight, since Wintergreen had a few henchmen with him.
* "Legacies": Diggle playing Oliver to get him invested in the Royal Flush Gang case. He arranges for the police officer who was injured in the last robbery to be transferred to a better hospital, paid for by Oliver, then tells Oliver a lie about his next target attempting suicide to get him to come to the hospital, where he meets the officer's wife. When Oliver calls him on it, Dig retorts that he's working ''with'' Oliver, not for him, and is the kind of man to help those who truly need it. An excellent reminder that Diggle is more than just Oliver's bodyguard, he's his conscience.
* Arrow vs Dark Archer in "Year's End".
* "Burned":
** Thea of all people gets a moment when she [[CallingTheOldManOut calls Moira out]] on her [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered and distant behavior]] ever since Walter's disappearance, finishing with this line:
--> "Maybe you should start ''acting'' like my mother, so I don't have to act like yours.''
** Oliver's HesBack moment, getting over the [[HeroicBSOD PTSD]] he's been suffering from ever since his fight with Dark Archer and stopping Firefly from killing his final target. Especially notable is that at the beginning of the episode, it's established he's lost his ImprobableAimingSkills, but he makes his entrance here by shooting Firefly's lighter out of the air as it's thrown at the fire chief, knocking it clear away.
* "Trust But Verify": "You forgot one thing...[[spoiler: I'm the one with the GrenadeLauncher.]]" Dig, you are the man.
* "Vertigo":
** Oliver taking on the Count and all his men and winning, [[HandicappedBadass despite still suffering the aftereffects from an overdose of the titular drug]].
** The scene before that makes it better. Diggle tries to stop him from going by proving that the drugs will screw with his aim, and challenges him to hit a tennis ball he holds up near his face. Ollie aims, realizes he can't aim at all, and puts the bow away. Diggle is relieved, then Oliver just says, "You should remember one thing: I don't need the bow." Then he suits up and leaves an exasperated Diggle behind. That's right, he took down Vertigo WITHOUT HIS TRADEMARK ARROWS. That's how awesome he is.
* "Betrayal":
** The raid on Cyrus Vanch's mansion:
-->Vanch: "He's going up against trained men with their fingers on the trigger of guns that fire up to 600 rounds per minute. Now I'm no Einstein, but that is ''[[MoreDakka a lot]]'' of bullets."
-->''*GilliganCut to Ollie taking out the first round of guards*''
-->Vanch: "And even if he were to take them out, I have two sharpshooters on the roof."
-->''*Ollie takes out the snipers*''
-->Vanch: "But even if he were to get by them, what's he gonna do against the veritable army of sons of bitches I've got waiting for him?"
-->''*[[AnswerCut Answer: What he does best.]]''
-->Vanch: "Now, as I said, I'm no Einstein, but I can count to 24. And in case you're wondering, I was, so I studied up on my news footage. [[spoiler: 24 is the exact number of arrows he carries in his quiver and flechettes around his forearm.]]"
-->''*Ollie enters the building to find [[spoiler: [[OhCrap his quiver empty]] when he runs straight into a ClickHello.]]*''
** This exchange:
--> '''The Hood:''' "I'm the vigilante. You're the cop."
--> '''Quentin:''' "Doesn't mean I have to read the bastard his rights." (knocks Vanch out cold)
** The end scene. [[WhamLine This line]] sums it up:
--> '''The Hood:''' [[spoiler: "MOIRA QUEEN! YOU HAVE FAILED THIS CITY!"]]
** What could be Island!Ollie's first real Moment of Awesome (well, second if you count him not betraying Yao Fei in spite of being tortured by freakin' [[spoiler: Wintergreen]]): [[spoiler: At this time, he has no fighting technique yet, is tied to a chair, and has just been beaten by Slade Wilson, who is about to kill him so that Oliver won't betray him. Ollie dislocates his shoulder to free himself and punches Slade, who isn't affected at all, since Ollie doesn't know how to fight yet. It allows Ollie to earn Slade's respect and teachings.]]
* "The Odyssey" is just one long ''episode'' of awesome:
** When Oliver stands on a land mine and is cornered by some of Fyers' {{Mooks}}, Slade seemingly abandons him... only to come back and take the soldiers by surprise, killing them and tossing one on top of the mine so it doesn't explode when Ollie gets off.
** We continue to see Oliver go from spoiled playboy in over his head to the beginnings of a true hero -- Slade is planning on calling in an airstrike on the island once they get on the resupply plane to escape. However, Oliver refuses to leave without Yao Fei, and gives a speech about why. And then later, giving a brief TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Billy Wintergreen.
** Slade's one man assault on the camp to [[BigDamnHeroes save Oliver]], followed by Slade vs Wintergreen, ending in Slade [[EyeScream stabbing him in the eye]].
** Oliver taking out a soldier using the disarming method Slade demonstrated earlier, then knocking him out with a pistol whip.
* "Dead to Rights":
** The battle between China White and Oliver.
** Malcolm ''personally'' dispatching two mooks sent to kill him.
* "The Huntress Returns":
** Roy Harper saving Thea from a pair of muggers. And pulling off some LeParkour while at it.
** Oliver breaking into the police station to save Helena...and then telling her to GetOut of his city.
** Helena pulling off an ArrowCatch.
** In the flashback, Oliver's plan to use the missile launcher's circuit board as leverage.
* "Salvation":
** Team Green Arrow deduces that the killer of the week is using the subway network. Felicity, in particular, is happy to have redeemed herself (in her eyes, even if Ollie doesn't think she could have done any better than she did, crackerjack IT genius that she is).
** Oliver breaking down every office door on a seven-floor building, then roof-hopping several buildings in search of the guy is too awesome to not mention.
** Shado taking out several of Fyers' goons, and beating him unconscious, with her bare hands.
** Roy holding the flechette that Ollie used to save him while the lights in the club go red. Epic foreshadowing is epic.
* "Unfinished Business":
** After [[spoiler:force-feeding Oliver concentrated Vertigo,]], the villain mocks Oliver, and says he doubts Oliver could [[TemptingFate aim a single arrow.]] [[spoiler: So he fires ''three''. One which hits the bad guy dead in the heart.]]
** Diggle pulling a BigDamnHeroes moment, and kicking multitudes of {{Mook}} ass. Even finishing one off with a defibrillator shock to the head.
-->'''Diggle:''' [[BondOneLiner Clear.]]
* "Home Invasion":
** When Laurel's apartment is invaded by Mr. Blank, she pulls out a shotgun on him.
** Oliver's second fight with Mr. Blank, ended by stabbing him in the neck with a [[ImprovisedWeapon fireplace poker]].
* "The Undertaking"
** Oliver storming a Bludhaven compound in full OneManArmy mode to [[spoiler:rescue Walter.]]
*** It makes it more awesome if you notice that by the end, [[Film/{{Oldboy}} he has put Oh Dae-su]] [[ShoutOut to shame]].
** Earlier, bursting into an underground casino and wiping the floor with half a dozen {{Mooks}} in order to save Felicity.
* "Darkness on the Edge of Town":
** Diggle's impromptu rescue of Felicity who just got caught after she finished hacking into Malcolm Merlyn's mainframe. Also doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
** Merlyn [[spoiler:[[ArrowCatch catching The Hood's arrow]], and delivering him another ass beating.]]
* "Sacrifice" has a good number of these, fitting for a season finale:
** Island Ollie [[spoiler:stopping the missile from destroying the plane, blowing up Fyer's camp and later putting an arrow in Fyers' throat.]]
** Moira [[spoiler:outing Merlyn's plans and evil actions all over the news.]]
** Oliver and Diggle tag teaming Dark Archer. [[spoiler:He still gets the better of them.]]
** Roy whooping the asses of some random muggers. And ''Thea'' cracking the last one with a bottle.
*** Bonus points for Thea: she ''threw'' the bottle from offscreen! Apparently, Ollie's not the only one in the family with ImprobableAimingSkills.
*** Afterwards, Roy stopping to help some people trapped inside a bus, following right after a NowOrNeverKiss with Thea.
** Dark Archer [[ArrowCatch catching Oliver's arrow]] again...only this one [[TrickArrow explodes.]]
** Oliver [[spoiler: shanking himself with an arrow to put Merlyn down for good.]]
*** Moments after, [[spoiler:Merlyn revealing he had a second earthquake machine.]]
** Tommy [[spoiler:rushing into a collapsing building to save Laurel. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome He doesn't make it out, however...]]]]
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[[folder:Season Two]]
* "City of Heroes", the Season Two premiere, shows that the writers will keep giving us awesome moments:
** Island!Ollie showing some good moves while sparring against Slade.
** Laurel disarming one of the copycat Hoods.
** Felicity nailing one of the copycats with a piece of wood in an attempt to distract them from killing Ollie.
** Roy beating two copycats at Verdant, even if they do manage to kidnap Thea.
** [[HesBack The return of Arrow.]] Ollie appears in costume in only one scene in this episode, but what a scene: he singlehandedly defeats all four copycats ''without killing them'' [[BigDamnHeroes to save Thea]]. Seems that this [[ThouShaltNotKill other way]] works well for now.
** A non-fighting one: Walter showing up, as CFO of Starling's National Bank, to buy Queen Consolidated's remaining shares, ensuring that Isabel Rochev doesn't take control of the company.
** [[spoiler: Prototype ComicBook/BlackCanary]] [[BigDamnHeroes saving Roy from four thugs]] after he stopped them from harassing a Big Belly Burger employee.
** Finally, when Ollie says he doesn't want to be called the Hood, Diggle asks him what he ''does'' want to be called. He holds up a green arrow and the camera focuses on it, then cuts to the title card. It's not at all subtle, but it's just awesome!
* "Identity":
** There's the opening scene, with Roy taking on the Triad by himself. He totals his car, bangs himself up and gets arrested, but he took out one of the bikers and held off the other.
** Ollie's PreAsskickingOneLiner: "Bad luck for [the motorcycle gang]. I have something to say about it."
** Arrow vs. China White and Bronze Tiger.
*** Later, Arrow and Diggle vs. White and Tiger; Ollie shows that you don't need a kill shot to take someone out, and Dig reminds us that he can hold his own against China. And when she attempts a BreakThemByTalking rant against Arrow, saying that he'll never be seen as anything but a criminal, he [[ShutUpHannibal shoots her down]] [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments beautifully]]:
--> "As long as this city is safe, it doesn't matter."
** Felicity sending the whole SCPD task force on a wild goose chase after the Arrow by hacking into their video feeds with year-old surveillance.
** A minor one for both characters involved is Roy hearing something suspicious behind him and accurately throwing his flechette, only for the Arrow to casually catch it, then tell Roy that you don't need to beat up bad guys to be a hero, offering to let him be a spy and scout in the Glades.
** Finally, though it was a pretty cruel move, [[spoiler: Laurel setting up a police sting to catch the Arrow]] was admittedly impressive for [[spoiler: her.]]
* "Broken Dolls":
** Black Canary, pinned under a pile of metal rods, [[spoiler: kills the Dollmaker and disappears in the space of a few spoken words.]] And before that, [[spoiler: her BigDamnHeroes[=/=]DynamicEntry at the very start of the episode, crashing down through the ceiling and wielding her sonic device against the cops to stop them from capturing Oliver.]]
** TheReveal at the end where [[spoiler: it would appear that Black Canary (and by extension Malcolm, going by what he said last season and by the messenger's Dark Archer outfit) was trained by none other then The Demon's Head himself, Ra's Al Ghul.]]
** Finally, our vigilante is called the Arrow for the first time in-universe! And Lance gets to coin the new name.
* "Crucible":
** Arrow and Black Canary ([[spoiler:who thought Oliver would have told her family that she was alive]]) fighting side by side in a true BattleCouple moment against the hired goons of "The Mayor", and it finishes with them using each other's own WeaponOfChoice right after Oliver had taken out a grenade with his '''arrow'''.
* "League of Assassins":
** The various fights against Al-Owal and the League.
*** Round 1: Ollie and [[spoiler: Sara]] barely defeat Al-Owal, before he gets away.
*** Round 2: The Arrow and the Canary barely escaping with their lives against three members of the League.
*** Round 3: [[spoiler: Sara]] faces Al-Owal and his two minions in the clock tower, which she has booby-trapped Skyfall-style. She ends up defeating them with the Arrow and Quentin's help; the latter kills a ninja with his spare gun, she kills Al-Owal, and they spare the last one to send [[spoiler: Ra's Al Ghul]] a message: Leave [[spoiler: the Lance family]] alone.
** Al-Owal performs an ArrowCatch... with an arrow shot at him ''from behind''.
** Quentin deserves credit for deducing that [[spoiler: Sara]] is the Black Canary after only talking to her for a few minutes.
* "Keep Your Enemies Closer":
** Ollie and Diggle not only breaking ''into'' a Russian gulag, but breaking back ''out''. Credit for an assist goes to Felicity, who designed the compact explosive hidden in a red star to look like a piece of Soviet kitsch.
** Diggle proving just how honorable he is by [[spoiler: letting Deadshot go despite having a clear shot at him, because that was the deal he made]].
** A world-class hitman and a special forces BattleButler decide to work together to escape from the worst prison in Russia. Cue the ass-kicking.
* "State v. Queen":
** [[spoiler:Malcolm's WhamShot of an entrance, leading to TheReveal he wasn't dead AND he still hadn't lost his aim. Not to mention him casually telling Moira that he bought off the jury to her trial, releasing her from being in jail -- oh, and TheReveal that Thea is ''his'' daughter.]]
** Even though it breaks his one rule, Oliver, not as Arrow, putting an end to Count Vertigo [[spoiler: by shooting him in the chest with ''three'' arrows, the force of which sends him falling to his death]].
** On Lian Yu, Slade and Shado [[BigDamnHeroes coming to the rescue]] of Ollie and [[spoiler: Sara]], in spite of [[spoiler: Slade's injuries]].
* "The Scientist":
** [[spoiler: Thanks to one mention of Nanda Parbat, Moira manages to contact the League of Assassins and inform them that Malcolm is still alive, ensuring he'll be too busy running away from Ra's Al Ghul to reveal to Thea that he is her father]]. To truly emphasize how awesome this is, [[spoiler: upon hearing Moira speak the name Ra's Al Ghul, the smug smirk that seems to be Malcolm's default facial expression vanishes and all he can ask is how Moira knows that name]].
-->'''Moira Queen:''' I am ''through'' being afraid of you.
** Barry trying his hand at guessing things about the Arrow... and actually is pretty AwesomeByAnalysis. Along side, Felicity of all people, who gets more and more edgy. And then he starts to describe ''her.''
-->'''Barry:''' So you've seen him, right? The Vigilante? I read that he saved you. What was he like?
-->'''Felicity:''' (beat) Green.
-->'''Barry:''' ''Green.'' That's interesting, right? I mean, why green? Black would be better for stealth ''and'' urban camouflage. Me, personally? I think that he trained in some sort of like, forest or jungle environment. And the green is a nod to that.
-->'''Felicity:''' [[BlatantLies I don't give the Vigilante much thought.]]
-->'''Barry:''' Police reports show that he uses carbon arrows but if he switched to an aluminum-carbon composite he would have ''far'' better penetration.
-->'''Felicity:''' [[AccidentalInnuendo Maybe he thinks he penetrates just fine.]]
-->'''Barry:''' Do you wanna know something else? I think that he has ''partners''. ''Definitely'' someone with a background in computer sciences.
-->'''Felicity:''' '' (Guiltily moves towards her computer babies)''
** The Arrow's fights against Cyrus Gold/the Acolyte, who's been injected with the Mirakuru serum, giving him superhuman strength and durability. [[spoiler: Ollie loses both fights, but he really holds his own. Also, he reveals that he has defeated another Mirakuru user -- presumably Slade -- ''while on the island.'']]
** Felicity coming up with a plan to save Oliver from [[spoiler:an unknown substance and]] being discovered by the public when Diggle, second best Team Arrow tactician couldn't. [[spoiler: Drafting Barry Allen to help figure out the solution that has been injected into Oliver, by revealing their secret to ''him.'' Since she's the only one who really spent anytime with Barry, she both knows he's pro-Vigilante ''and'' has a strong enough relationship with him that even if he wasn't, he probably still wouldn't reveal ''her'' secret, ipso facto (thank you, Count) not being able to reveal ''Oliver's''.]]
* "Three Ghosts"
** Barry going right up to Oliver: "And you don't have to thank me, but you should thank her instead of being kind of a jerk." Especially considering that the first thing that Ollie did upon waking up is strangle him and threaten to kill him.
*** Barry shows off more AwesomenessByAnalysis, managing to figure out what's wrong with Ollie and cure him in a matter of minutes. He then reveals that he went to the trouble of getting the oils off Ollie's neck so they can recreate fingerprints of his attacker.
** Oliver getting over his survivor's guilt thanks to an hallucination of Tommy, who encourages him to get up and fight, and defeating Cyrus Gold by shooting the centrifuge full of Mirakuru, that spills on him and probably kills him.
*** And before he does that Oliver fights Gold and pretty much demolishes him in close combat, and this is the guy who kicked him into a ceiling not long ago.
** [[spoiler: The comic-based Deathstroke, Slade Wilson, complete with eyepatch, superpowers and some white hair, is in town, is the [[ManBehindTheMan man behind Brother Blood]], and wants to make Ollie suffer before killing him.]]
** Also, [[spoiler: superpowered Slade making a demonstration of his new abilities combined to his skills, easily killing three of Ivo's men and [[WreckedWeapon breaking a rifle]]]].
** [[spoiler: The particle accelerator goes haywire in a storm, killing the power in the process; Barry gets up to close the skylight in his very wet lab to brace for the storm. And then things start going strange: the chemicals start responding to something; time seems to slow. He looks up, and in a great flash of yellow light, he gets struck by impossible lightning.]] There is something oddly satisfying in ''finally'' seeing [[spoiler: the creation of Barry's super powers]], and despite how traumatic it may be, you know awesome is soon to follow.
** Barry making [[http://i.newsarama.com/images/i/000/118/059/original/Arrow-Mask.jpg?1384885446 this]] for Oliver. And when Oliver wears it for the first time (seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ-O4bZMwVY here]])...
-->'''Oliver:''' How do I look?
-->'''Felicity:''' Like a hero.
* "Blast Radius":
** Felicity has no hesitation about getting Oliver's personal space when he pisses her off even though he outweighs her and is taller. At one point, Diggle intervenes because it looks like they might actually get into a physical fight.
-->'''Oliver:''' People are dying. So I would like you to pull your head out of Central City and get back in the game.
-->'''Felicity:''' Sure. Right after you get yours out of your ass.
-->'''Oliver:''' ''Excuse me?''
** Actually, just about every Felicity/Oliver moment in this episode is pretty awesome for Felicity. She's [[TookALevelInBadass taken a level in being a classy]] {{Badass}} and is standing up to Oliver and his atrocious mood. Even better, she's still doing her job like a pro the entire time. One of the best moments? She coordinates communications between Diggle and Oliver, finds out that Oliver is standing in a [[LaserHallway bomb-rigged room]], picks up his train of thought to find a solution, begins a panic-fueled ramble, stops herself, snarks at Oliver, and finds a way to deactivate the bomb. Then she promptly heads downtown to dismantle another bomb and almost gets shot.
-->'''Oliver:''' Shrapnel left behind a surprise. Said he packed the drywall with explosives but the trigger needs to be...
-->'''Felicity:''' Would need to be hooked up to some sort of power supply. That's assuming that the detonator is connected to the store's electricity and not something independent like a car battery... I know. Not helpful. Are you sure you want me doing this? [[CallBack My head might not]] ''[[CallBack exactly]]'' [[CallBack be in the game.]]
-->'''Oliver:''' [[SayMyName Felicity!]]
** Felicity has discovered the origins of the bombs and is tracking down who might be responsible:
-->'''Felicity:''' I analyzed the bomb remnants we got from Lance. The design's identical to the bombs used by an anti-government militia group called the Movement. Lucky for us, they have a very active and [[SwissCheeseSecurity hackable message board]].
** Oliver stops Shrapnel cold with one well-placed arrow to the wire connecting his trigger to the cellular transmitter.
** A minor one is [[spoiler: Island!Sara]] not hesitating a second to use a big tree branch to stop [[spoiler: Slade on Mirakuru from strangling Oliver]], in spite of having seen first-hand what he could do and being one of the most knowledgeable people alive on Mirakuru.
* "Blind Spot":
** Laurel and the Arrow breaking into the Starling Archives, then fleeing when the police arrive too soon.
** Roy and Sin holding a stakeout for a SerialKiller who cuts up prostitutes, and Roy [[PayEvilUntoEvil giving him a beating]], [[WhatTheHellHero even if he does go too far]].
** Laurel saving the Arrow by gunning down the Man in the Skull Mask [[spoiler: except it's Officer Daily]]. By the way, the latter deserves a cookie for a smart use of the environment that allowed him to get the Arrow in an armlock.
** [[spoiler: Slade, finally in his full Deathstroke outfit, killing Blood's three bodyguards in a matter of seconds, then threatening Blood [[YouHaveFailedMe with the same if he screws up again]].]]
* "Tremors":
** Felicity casually admitting to hacking into a prison's computer network and being complimented by Oliver.
** The fight between Bronze Tiger and the Arrow in Merlyn's garage.
** [[spoiler: Roy punching through a container that can withstand Oliver's explosive arrows.]]
* "Heir to the Demon":
** [[spoiler: Nyssa (alias "Miss Raatko") managing to get the best of several trained Customs and Immigration officers (in high heels no less), then casually walking out as the PA voiceover says "Welcome to Starling City".]]
** Felicity shows her GenreSavvy when she approaches Moira Queen directly (doubles as a moment of funny):
-->'''Felicity:''' I flagged a large wire transfer you made. When I mentioned it to Walter, he said he would talk to you about it. I could tell in his face he wouldn't. British people are really bad liars.
** And ''then'', she flat-out verbally sends a shot across Moira's bow, then shows how fast she is on the uptake as she unravels Moira's secret -- even though Moira could become a very powerful political figure who could deep-six Felicity's career if she ever loses Ollie's backing:
-->'''Felicity:''' So I looked into it myself because...full disclosure? I don't trust you.
** Moira shows her own GenreSavvy:
-->'''Moira:''' If you won't keep my secret for Oliver's sake, you should keep it for your own. I see the way you look at him. If you tell him this, you will rip his world apart. And a part of him will always blame you. Oh, he'll hate me for sure. But he'll hate you, too.
** Oliver picking up on Felicity's distress to the point that he runs her down to figure out what the hell is going on.
** The Arrow and the Canary chasing down the van containing [[spoiler: Nyssa, a subordinate, and the captive Dinah Lance]], particularly when the Canary again wields her sonic device to shatter the glass in the windows. The bad guys get away, but points for effort.
** The Arrow and the Canary are facing an Assassin, and he is giving them some trouble. Who takes him down?
-->'''Quentin:''' What, they didn't teach you about right crosses in assassin school?
** The ending fight between the Arrow and [[spoiler: Nyssa]] -- special mention for when the latter manages to ''shoot out Oliver's quiver and break his arrows''.
* "Time of Death":
** While it's also a TearJerker, Oliver [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calling Laurel out on her horrid behavior]] is nothing short of satisfying to watch.
** Felicity taking a bullet from Tockman to save the Canary, then [[HoistByHisOwnPetard knocking him out by using the virus that he used earlier against the Foundry computers to make his phone blow up]].
** [[spoiler: The {{Cliffhanger}} with [[VillainOverForDinner Slade in the Queen Mansion]], to [[OhCrap Oliver's barely-hidden horror]]. It's just an appetizer for the next episode, but it still bears mention.]]
* "The Promise":
** The birth of both the Arrow and Deathstroke, as Oliver undergoes a TrainingMontage and hoods up while Slade masks up for the assault on the ''Amazo''.
** Oliver's first successful attempt at shooting a trick arrow, lighting a bonfire from afar in a CallBack[=/=]CallForward to the first scene of the Pilot.
** The entire battle sequence with our heroes, the prisoners, and Ivo's men aboard the ship. It is ''every'' bit as epic as an action scene in a blockbuster movie.
** [[spoiler: Slade gets his first chronological one [[FaceHeelTurn as a villain]] when he takes over the ''Amazo'' [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority by killing its captain]] and ''[[AnArmAndALeg cuts off Ivo's hand]]''. He puts the cherry on top with two words:]]
--> "Any objections?"
** [[spoiler: Present-day Slade gets another villainous one, as he trolls Oliver during Moira's tour of the mansion, all the while planting spy cameras with Oliver none the wiser. He tops it off by anticipating that Diggle would be set up as a sniper, and having him taken out -- non-lethally, even, since he wants Oliver and his allies to suffer first.]]
* "Suicide Squad":
** Two words: ComicBook/HarleyQuinn. Out of all the characters the show cameos, it cameos Harley Quinn. This is in many ways awesome: it's a nod to the comics, a nod to Batman, even a nod to the video games as her one line is voiced by none other than Tara Strong, the official voice actress for Harley in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''. And it all but confirms that Batman exists in the Arrow-Verse.
*** It's awesome for one other very simple reason -- there had been speculation that, due to Fox's ''Gotham'' series using the Batman license, ''Arrow'' may not be able to use characters like Nightwing that fall under said license. Harley's cameo confirms that those characters are still on the table.
** The Squad in general. Despite not working together for very long, they all apply their skills and perform their roles flawlessly (save for Shrapnel), and work together surprisingly well.
* "Birds of Prey":
** The Canary laying waste to the mook who had just grabbed Laurel in the courthouse.
** Oliver managing to shoot at and shatter [[spoiler: Helena]]'s crossbow from approximately fifty feet away.
** [[PapaWolf Quentin]] knocking out the deranged SWAT captain who tried to gun down all the vigilantes, especially since [[spoiler: Sara]] and Laurel were in danger from him.
** Both fights between the Canary and [[spoiler: the Huntress]]. Had Laurel not intervened the second time, [[spoiler: Helena]] would've paid for her crimes with her life.
* "Deathstroke":
** This episode is basically Slade playing Oliver like a damn fiddle left and right. One moment that particularly stands out for him is [[spoiler: stopping a prison bus and recruiting the prisoners for his army -- while Oliver is distracted fighting through an army of mooks (an awesome moment for him) trying to reach Thea, only to find she's not there]].
** Slade's final masterstroke to break Oliver? [[spoiler: Paying Laurel a visit, not to hurt her, but to let her know Oliver is the Arrow. Why expend the energy when a few words will do to destroy their relationship?]]
** Another villainous one comes with [[spoiler: Isabel Rochev taking over Queen Consolidated, calmly revealing her knowledge of Oliver's secret identity, and proving to already be something of a DarkActionGirl, able to hold her own against him at least for a bit]].
** Thea gets one for [[spoiler: calling out Oliver and Moira on keeping her true parentage from her]], even if [[spoiler: Slade did lie to her about how long Oliver knew it]].
* "The Man Under the Hood":
** Deathstroke's CurbStompBattle against Team Arrow.
** Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon, characters from the upcoming ''Flash'' spinoff, get one by being the first people to even remotely slow down present-day Deathstroke thanks to a weapon made by [[MythologyGag Arthur Light]]. [[spoiler: It only works once, and Slade still ends up getting the machine he came for, but it remains impressive.]]
** Laurel proves she has BrassBalls when she gets her father released from prison by promising her boss, ''the District Attorney'', that she'll make it her life's goal to sue the District Attorney's office for ''wrongful arrests and reckless endangerment''.
** At the climax, Slade cutting Oliver's rapidly shot arrows in mid-air.
** [[spoiler: Isabel]] again showing her DarkActionGirl credentials and giving Oliver some trouble, though he does overpower her -- only for Slade to take over the attack.
** Ollie finally surprises Slade and puts him down (albeit very momentarily) thanks to hidden projectiles on his bow.
** [[BigDamnHeroes Diggle saving Oliver]] by shooting [[spoiler: Isabel]] is rather cathartic after her actions in this and the previous episode, [[spoiler: though it does lead to her getting the Mirakuru]].
* "Seeing Red"
** For all her flaws, Moira Queen proves once and for all that she is a woman you ''do not'' want to mess with, as she will do ''anything'' to [[MamaBear protect her children]]. That includes staring down Slade Wilson and outright ''demanding'' no harm come to her children [[spoiler: when he kidnaps the Queen family and tries to force Oliver into the same SadisticChoice that got Shado killed on the island. Moira being Moira, she will not have Oliver live with that choice, so she stands up, stares Slade right in the eye, and gets stabbed in the heart]]. Crosses over with TearJerker.
*** Also notable for [[spoiler:completely avoiding any feeling of StuffedIntoTheFridge. Moira had plenty of CharacterDevelopment in her time on the show, making it hard to feel like there was much untapped potential, and she goes out completely on her own terms, saving her family, like her every action up to this point was designed to do]].
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* From a writing standpoint, keeping the relationship between [[spoiler: Nyssa and Sara]] a heavy secret by posting false casting slides for [[spoiler: Nyssa]] that masked their relationship. It is damn impressive that the writers managed to keep something like that a secret in the age of the Internet and spoilers.
** Including it in general; by doing so, Arrow has become the first serious outside-of-comics superhero show or movie to depict an openly gay relationship onscreen, which is a pretty awesome move for them. The announcement that the Flash spin-off is going to include Pied Piper is also a win too.
* Stephen Amell broke Facebook. Yes, you heard that right: during a Q&A for his fans, he answered so many questions that the algorithms determined that he was a spam bot.
* Stephen Amell's utterly epic rant about the Russian Olympic games forcing ''Arrow'' to take a hiatus. His complete and utter disdain for the country's homophobic politics is truly awesome.
-->"For everyone asking, we're taking a mini hiatus so people can grit their teeth and suffer through an Olympic games marred by homophobia and mediocre levels of public interest. Back February 26th."
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