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An Archer {{Superhero}}, dressed in a manner similar to RobinHood, who fights crime with specialized [[TrickArrow trick arrows]].

Green Arrow was originally created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, and first appeared in ''More Fun Comics'' #73 (November, 1941). Along with his sidekick Speedy, Green Arrow was essentially treated as a more light-hearted version of Franchise/{{Batman}}. Idle millionaire Oliver Queen found himself stranded on a desert island, and taught himself archery to survive. Eventually, criminals came to the island. He used his archery skills to defeat them, and decided to keep fighting crime as a hobby. Shortly after beginning his career, Green Arrow met Roy Harper, an orphan who'd been raised by a Native American mentor on an isolated mesa. The boy was even faster with the bow than GA, and picked up the name "Speedy."

While never a major hit in TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, Green Arrow and Speedy sold decently, and were members of the [[SevenSoldiers Seven Soldiers of Victory]], DCComics' second superhero team. After WorldWarII, the pair was moved to ''Adventure Comics'' along with Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}. As pet characters of editor Mort Weisinger, they were published continuously as backups to the Superboy feature all the way from 1946 to 1960. GA and Speedy then jumped to ''World's Finest'' until 1964. During this time period, Green Arrow changed very little, sticking to short, fun stories in which he used trick arrows to thwart criminals and save lives. Perhaps the best remembered stories are the short run in 1958 by JackKirby. Green Arrow also became a member of the [[JusticeLeagueofAmerica JLA]] during this period, whilst Speedy went and joined the ComicBook/TeenTitans.

In 1969, however, artist Neal Adams gave Ollie a new costume and his now-trademark forked beard. Inspired by this striking new look, writer Dennis O'Neil followed this up with a storyline in which Oliver Queen lost his money. A few nights on the street, dealing with the social services net from the bottom, radically altered Green Arrow's politics. From (at best) a "limousine liberal", Green Arrow became an outspoken champion of the poor and oppressed as a cross between RobinHood and Abbie Hoffman. Also around this time, Green Arrow became romantically linked to ComicBook/BlackCanary, at that time an immigrant from Earth-Two.

Green Arrow was then teamed up with GreenLantern Hal Jordan in a series of socially relevant stories in which the "by-the-book" Hal and "plays by his own rules" Ollie deal with issues like racism, political corruption, pollution and overpopulation. Speedy had not been seen adventuring with his mentor in some time and this was made a plot point when it was revealed that Green Arrow's neglect had caused Roy to turn to heroin. Roy later recovered from his addiction with help from ComicBook/BlackCanary, becoming a federal agent for some time. He later adopted the superhero codename of Arsenal, rejoined the Titans (where he led the team for a time) and fathered a daughter, Lian, with the supervillain assassin Cheshire - making him one of the few single-father superheroes in comics history.

After some years of being teamed with Green Lantern or appearing in back-up stories, in 1983 Green Arrow got his own mini-series for the first time. It sold decently, but was not followed up until 1987. As part of its new "mature readers" line, DC gave writer[=/=]artist Mike Grell the chance to reinvent Green Arrow again in ''The Longbow Hunters'' mini-series, followed by an ongoing series. Some radical changes were made, moving GA from the fictional Star City to Seattle, discarding the trick arrows for the most part, removing Black Canary's sonic scream and generally avoiding the more comic-booky elements of TheDCU. This series also became notorious for the scene in which the assassin Shado rapes Oliver Queen, though it was [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale mistakenly referred to as an affair]] by other writers in the years to follow.

After Grell left the series, it was reintegrated with the rest of the DCU just before ZeroHour. After Oliver Queen was forced to kill his best friend Hal Jordan as a part of that crisis, Oliver retreated once more to the Buddhist ashram where he went once before after accidentally killing someone.

It was here that a new character was introduced - an idealistic young monk and Green Arrow fanboy named Connor Hawke. Connor was later revealed to be Ollie's child by a previous relationship. Shortly after learning of their relationship, Oliver Queen died in a plane explosion. He gave his life to save the city of Metropolis and Connor became the new Green Arrow. Connor joined the Justice League for a time but eventually sought the peace of the ashram once more. While there, he had visions which told him that his father was still alive.

In 2000, writer KevinSmith (yeah, ''[[Film/{{Clerks}} that]] [[Film/ChasingAmy one]]'') brought Oliver Queen back to life in a new ''Green Arrow'' ongoing series, which also returned the action to Star City. By the end of the first storyline, Oliver had become a millionaire again. The trick arrows were back too and Ollie began to rekindle his relationship with ComicBook/BlackCanary (who in the meantime had recovered her own powers) and began to build a relationship with his son, Connor. He also picked up a new sidekick - teen prostitute Mia Dearden - who eventually took over the name of Speedy.

Throughout most of the 2000s, ComicBook/GreenArrow was written by JuddWinick, who tried to tackle social issues like Dennis O'Neil before him. Perhaps his most famous storyline from this time was a VerySpecialEpisode where Mia Dearden was diagnosed with HIV.

Toward the end of Winick's run, ComicBook/GreenArrow and ComicBook/BlackCanary reconciled and got married. Roy Harper, who had also reconciled with his old mentor during this time, changed his hero name to "Red Arrow" and joined the JusticeLeague with Ollie's blessing.

The GreenArrow book was rebooted, and became ComicBook/GreenArrow / ComicBook/BlackCanary for a time. JuddWinick wrote this book for a little over a year, at which point it was taken over by television writer Andrew Kreisberg. Most of his run dealt with the antics of a new villain - a battered woman that Green Arrow saved, who became an obsessive, murderous groupie called Cupid.

[[FromBadToWorse Things changed for the worst]] for the entire Arrow Family in the wake of the ''JLA: CryForJustice'' storyline. Star City suffered massive casualties in the wake of an attack by the super villain Prometheus. Roy Harper lost his right arm in a fight with the villain and his daughter, Lian, was killed in the bombing of Star City. In response, Oliver hunted down and killed Prometheus - an action which led to his arrest, public unmasking and ComicBook/BlackCanary returning her wedding ring due to his lying to her about the murder. At his trial, Oliver was found 'Not Guilty' of murder but this did not stop a corrupt judge from [[HollywoodLaw exiling Ollie from his home city]].

Shortly afterward, Green Arrow briefly starred in a third volume of his solo series, which was one of several new DCComics tying into the ComicBook/BrightestDay storyline. Following the events of ''Cry For Justice'', a seemingly [[LostWoods enchanted forest]] grew up in the middle of the Star City. Oliver Queen has moved into the forest, continuing to fight the various powers trying to take advantage of the recent disaster - [[DirtyCop corrupt cops]], [[SleazyPolitician local politicians who are more interested in building a new Entertainment District in the wreckage than helping all the people left homeless by the recent disaster]] and a CorruptCorporateExecutive who has taken over Queen Enterprises.

A fourth volume of Green Arrow began publication in September 2011 as part of the {{New 52}} relaunch. The new book is set in Year One of the new DC Universe and has taken Oliver Queen back to his roots as a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob, traveling the world and going wherever a hero is needed. Thus far, little has been said about this version's motivations for becoming a hero, save that he is trying to make amends for an unspecified incident where he saw people he could have helped die.

The most familiar version of Green Arrow to television viewers is probably the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' version, where he was brought in instead of the ExiledFromContinuity Batman, already operating as a superhero in a non-skintight costume. ComicBook/BlackCanary and Mia Dearden also made appearances.

Alternately, Green Arrow was a major, if secondary, character in the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' animated series, where in his first appearance, he defeated a giant, radioactive robot that cleaned the clock of ComicBook/GreenLantern, Captain Atom, and {{Supergirl}}. He remained as 'the conscience of the Justice League' echoing the politically relevant series from the 1970s.

He also showed up several times in WesternAnimation/TheBatman and WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold. He appears as a minor supporting character in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', voiced by Alan Tudyk of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fame. His sidekicks, Red Arrow and Artemis, play far more prominent roles. He also stars in a fifteen minute feature, ''DC Showcase: Green Arrow'' (co-starring ComicBook/BlackCanary), that appears as part of the ''SupermanShazamTheReturnOfBlackAdam'' DVD, along with TheSpectre and ComicBook/JonahHex.

In 2008, a Green Arrow live-action film titled ''Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max'' was announced. Penned by David S. Goyer (writer for ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'') and Justin Marks (writer for ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi''), the film would involve Green Arrow being sent to an [[TheAlcatraz high security prison]] for a [[ClearMyName crime he didn't commit,]] forcing him to [[EnemyMine team up with supervillains]] in order to escape. No other news had been made since then.

In early 2012, it was announced that TheCW would be producing a TV series called ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', to be based on the Green Arrow characters with Oliver being played by Stephen Amell. It debuted in November 2012 and drew a huge viewing audience.

In October of the same year, he was revealed to be a playable character in the fighting game ''InjusticeGodsAmongUs''.

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!!Tropes seen in this series include:

* ActionGirl: Black Canary and Mia.
* AnnoyingArrows: Sometimes played straight and sometimes averted.
** There was a reason he used boxing glove arrows - it annoyed the villains far more than all of the other ways he could incapacitate them.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Some of the more dubious trick arrows.
* AwesomeBackpack: The various Arrow Family quivers. The most famous is his large rucksack one, which carries around 50 arrows of all varieties.
* BattleCouple: Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: A favored Arrow Family technique.
* BottomlessMagazines: The quivers never run out of arrows unless it's a plot point.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Roy to Oliver in the pages of ''Hard Traveling Heroes''.
** More recently, during ''The Fall of Green Arrow'', Connor told Ollie off for everything that had happened to him as a result of trying to uphold Ollie's legacy.
* CanonDisContinuity: Numerous examples.
** After having his secret identity being revealed to the world before his death proved to be a major plot-point in ''Quiver'', Oliver Queen suddenly had a secret identity again in Brad Meltzer's ''Archer's Quest'' for no apparent reason other than BradMeltzer wanted Green Arrow to have a secret identity again.
** The revelation that Oliver Queen was aware of Connor Hawke's birth before Parallax/Hal Jordan told him that Connor Hawke was his son (as revealed at the end of ''Archer's Quest'') requires you to believe that Oliver Queen is so gifted a liar that he could bluff an omnipotent being with the power of all but one of The Guardians Of The Universe.
** ''Heading Into The Light'' by JuddWinick was meant to be a lead-in into InfiniteCrisis. It proved to be so out-of-synch with what Geoff Johns had planned that it was retroactively declared to have taken place AFTER InfiniteCrisis, in order to explain why Oliver Queen was active in InfiniteCrisis but was incapacitated for months by the end of ''Heading Into The Light''.
* CanonImmigrant: Diggle made the jump from the ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' TV series to the comics. Felicity Smoak (who is in the comics but was completely different) is going to join him; Tommy Merlyn is also in the comics, but so far has only made one appearance.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Get stranded on a desert island for a while, and you too can develop near-superhuman archery skills.
* {{Chickification}}: Black Canary's powers and competence being lost or nerfed to ensure that Green Arrow remains the main hero of the story. We know it's his series, but '''still'''...
** This mostly happened in the ''ComicBook/GreenArrow / ComicBook/BlackCanary'' stories written by JuddWinick and Andrew Kreisberg. Other writers during the same period (GailSimone and GrantMorrison come to mind) have written both characters as competent professionals.
* ChickMagnet: Oliver Queen since the end of the Grell series.
** Roy Harper and Connor Hawke have also drawn more than their share of female attention, though the latter didn't take advantage of it.
* CityOfAdventure: Star City and Seattle.
* ClarkKenting: Ollie's beard style is not quite unique, but rare enough so that anyone who cared could make the connection.
** Indeed, Mia began working with him by going to him in his civilian identity and pointing out that he was obviously Green Arrow.
** It caused some amusing misunderstandings when [[TheWarlord Travis Morgan]] happened to show up.
*** It's worth noting that - by the current timeline, at least - Travis is several years older than Oliver. Almost old enough to be his dad. But very well preserved.
** Completely averted after Oliver turn his identity public though.
* ColorCharacter: ComicBook/GreenArrow, ComicBook/BlackCanary, Red Arrow.
* ComicBookTime: There's no telling what Oliver's actual physical age is at this point or how long he's been Green Arrow. Between a {{Retcon}} which set Connor Hawke's birth as being just after Ollie became Green Arrow (Connor had previous been the result of a relationship Ollie had in college), Ollie's being reborn into a younger body in ''Quiver'' and his latest origin story seeming to abandon Ollie's hippie background, it's impossible to get a fix.
** The Ollie we see in ''Green Arrow: Year One'' has something of a Grunge-Look to him, which may fit in a couple of years, but makes it hard for him to have a son in his early-twenties now.
* CompanyTown: A a crossover issue with the Franchise/GreenLantern had a mining town in the Rocky Mountains called [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Desolation]], which was a really bad place to live. As discussed [[http://lawandthemultiverse.com/2013/01/28/green-arrow-77/ here]], the story is not very realistic in regard to the town existing in the 1970s.
* CompositeCharacter: In the {{New 52}} continuity, Connor Hawke is the Red Arrow of Comicbook/{{Earth 2}} rather than Green Arrow.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: A frequent target of Ollie's crime-fighting efforts. Specific examples include...
** John DeLeon, who stole away Ollie's company in TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks.
** The Queen, who took over Ollie's company post-''Rise and Fall''.
** Emerson, the CEO who attempted to take over Ollie's company in The New52 Universe.
*** More notably, Komodo, who actually ''does'' take over Queen Industries, [[WhamEpisode and liquidates it]], and after framing Ollie for murder, sets on hunting him down now that he's without any form of aid.
* CripplingTheCompetition: In an issue of ''{{Hawkman}}'', Green Arrow stops the villainous archer the Spider by shooting out the Spider's eye, destroying his depth perception and thus his ability to aim.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Outside of comics, during the last decade, Green Arrow has [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague gone from]] a KidAppealCharacter, arguably TheHeart and ChivalrousPervert at worst, [[{{Series/Smallville}} to the more]] iffy VigilanteMan who ended up killing LexLuthor, [[{{Series/Arrow}} to now]] a Deconstruction of sorts of Ollie's usual MO, modelled after the Mike Grell take from the comics.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DependingOnTheArtist: Hat or hood?
* DependingOnTheWriter: Black Canary's level of competence, Ollie's level of horndog.
* DisappearedDad: His "relationship" with his son Connor. He also stopped being there for Roy for a few years, which led to his infamous drug habit. In ''Fall Of The Green Arrow,'' both of them turn him away when he asks for their help, calling him out on his selfish behavior toward them.
* DominoMask: The preferred method of identity concealment on Team Arrow.
* DotingGrandparent: Oliver was this to Lian Harper, deceased daughter of his former sidekick Roy Harper aka Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: The Shado incident, which was only just recently acknowledged as being rape recently and was treated by many writers (particularly JuddWinick) as having been an example of Oliver Queen cheating on Dinah Lance.
* EgomaniacHunter: Big Game
* MrFanservice: Connor, hands down.
* EvilCounterpart: Merlyn the Archer and Komodo.
* {{Expy}}: During the Golden Age, Green Arrow was given many similarities to Franchise/{{Batman}}, right down to the Arrow-Car, Arrow-Cave, and a teen sidekick in Speedy (who is really just like Robin [[NeverLiveItDown only a junky]]).
* FauxActionGirl: ComicBook/BlackCanary at her lowest points.
* FingerlessGloves: Green Arrow's costumes have featured these at some points, albeit with some variation as to which fingers.
* FollowTheLeader: The Arrowcar, Arrowsignal, Arrowcave... it's no wonder Batman asks, "Did you ''ever'' have an original idea?"
** Gloriously lampshaded in a story in which another character discovers the abandoned Arrowcave under the former Queen mansion, and realizes that Oliver Queen must secretly be... Batman! Ultimately results in Ollie fighting the bad guys of the story ''in a Batman costume'', complete with very visible beard.
** Taken to new lows in one Judd Winick issue of ''Green Arrow / ComicBook/BlackCanary'', where it is basically said that the only reason Oliver Queen adopted Roy Harper was to "keep up with the Joneses" after Bruce Wayne took in Dick Grayson. Also an example of a CriticalResearchFailure as Green Arrow was working with Speedy before Batman had Robin, according to ''JLA: Year One''.
** Mocked by Harley Quinn in the ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' comic where she said that "arrows don't live in caves; they're inanimate objects, they don't live at all". She suggests he calls the place "The Quiver" instead, and Ollie ends up admitting that's a better name.
* ForestRanger: post-''Cry For Justice''
* FriendshipMoment: Green Arrow and Hawkman, both recently brought back to life, meet up at the JusticeSociety brownstone. Everyone else fears a fight will break out, only to find the two laughing hysterically over Batman impersonations and admitting that they missed each other.
* TheGimmick: Bows and Arrows and Robin Hood comparisons.
* GrandTheftMe: Attempted in the "Quiver" arc.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Inverted with him and Black Canary.
* HollywoodLaw: After [[spoiler:being tried for murdering Prometheus]] and admitting his own guilt, a jury finds Oliver Queen 'not guilty'. The judge, stating that he wants to overrule the jury but cannot issue a prison sentence in a case with a 'not guilty' verdict, exiles Oliver Queen from Star City telling him that if he ever enters the city again he will be put away for as long as the judge can arrange it. To say that this violates every basic rule of law in the United States regarding sentencing in a jury trial is an understatement.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Those quivers sure hold a lot of arrows.
** And where ''do'' the characters keep their bows and arrows until they're needed?
* IdenticalStranger: Travis Morgan, TheWarlord. It's mostly the beard.
** Ollie was also once mistaken for Deathstroke (who has grey hair rather than blond), during a period when he had to wear an eye-patch due to an eye injury.
* IdentityImpersonator: Several times over the years, but most recently with the shape-shifter Everyman.
* ImplausibleDeniability: That beard really should be a dead giveaway. Justified once when its established the look is actually rather popular in Star City, possibly because either one of his identities popularized it.
** If the beard isn't, the attitude should be.
** In the Mike Grell run, the CIA is able to figure out who he is because of this. Shado and The Seattle Police Department did not even realize he was attempting to hide his identity.
*** Amusingly Ollie gave up on even bothering to wear his domino mask for quite some time because of this.
** In the New 52, he goes for the PermaStubble look instead, thereby bypassing this problem.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Goes without saying, doesn't it?
* InTheHood: The Grell costume, and several variations thereafter.
* JuddWinick: One of the writers on the most recent run, and considered a prime example of WriterOnBoard.
* JustLikeRobinHood: Goes without saying, doesn't it?
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Used as part of a training upgrade to (temporarily) defeat Deathstroke.
** Rejected by many fans, who could accept a JustLikeRobinHood hero using a sword... just not a Katana.
* KidSidekick: The Speedys.
* KnifeOutline: Or Arrow Outline in this case.
* LamarckWasRight: Averted, in that while Connor is a competent enough archer after years of training with monks as a boy, he is nowhere near the savant Oliver Queen is with a bow. He is a great martial artist, though.
* LampshadeHanging: GrantMorrison did this in the tenth issue of JLA, by having the JusticeLeague be berated by a loud-mouthed blond guy with a Van Dyke in Star City over their failure to save lives at the expense of preventing property damage. This occurred at a time when Oliver Queen was dead. Morrison later admitted that he was having fun with the idea that Star City has a larger-than-average number of mouthy blond guys with Van Dykes, explaining indirectly just how Ollie was able to maintain a secret identity for so long.
* LegacyCharacter / CompositeCharacter: Connor Hawke, Green Arrow II. Mia, Speedy II. Black Canary was turned into one of these by a {{Retcon}}, rather than face [[LikesOlderWomen Oliver Queen]] dating a woman technically old enough to be his mother.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: Ollie chose to lose his life rather than a limb when he saved Metropolis.
* LongLostRelative: In the New 52 volume, he discovers that he has a younger Japanese half-sister sister named Emiko.
* LotusEaterMachine: The Black Mercy in one GreenLantern story, in which Hal Jordan and Oliver Queen became trapped in Hal's idea of a perfect world. Ollie was the first to put two and two together, since his perfect world had him set up with Connor's birth mother and a parcel of other kids - the type of family life Hal had and Ollie was always envious of but with none of the baggage or disappointment Ollie equated to his relationships with Roy Harper and Dinah Lance.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Connor to Ollie.
* MasterOfDisguise: Nix.
* {{Multishot}}: Of course he can do this.
* MurderDotCom: The first storyline in the 2011 relaunch has Rush stream his gang hunting a captured Green Arrow live onto the internet.
* NewOldFlame: Used to justify Connor Hawke's birth, originally giving Oliver Queen an ex-girlfriend in college who got pregnant and never told him about the child.
** {{Retcon}}-ned to turn Moonday into a one-night-stand who did tell Ollie about his son.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Mia was blamed for Lian's death by Roy, but most readers just shrugged this off as the anger of a grieving father. But then you realize that while Lian's death was the result of Prometheus' machine malfunction, Mia, who was supposed to be looking after Lian, left a ''child by herself'' to go after a supervillain. She couldn't have taken a minute to ask Ollie's neighbors, or even called someone, to look after the girl while she went out? James Robinson claimed that, due to ExecutiveMeddling, he was asked to kill both Mia and Lian, but managed to spare Mia. He doesn't seem to realize that by sparing Mia he made her indirectly responsible for Lian's death.
** Ollie's New52 backstory has this, too. He was holding a party on a Queen Industries oil rig that was taken hostage by a mad bomber. He first picked up the bow and arrow in an effort to take the guy out without risking anyone's death... and ended up setting off his explosives, killing nearly everyone else on the rig (including his girlfriend) and getting blown out to sea by the blast, where he washed up on the familiar desert island.
* NoArcInArchery: Sometimes averted, when the artist or writer remembers.
* NobleShoplifter: In ''City Walls'', although the city is without power and looting is rampant, Green Arrow insists that his people leave payment whenever they take food or weapons from a store.
* NotWearingTights: The Grell run.
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: Green Arrow sometimes uses his teeth to draw back his bowstring.
* OfficialCouple: ComicBook/GreenArrow and ComicBook/BlackCanary.
* ParentalAbandonment: Oliver's done this twice - first by walking out on Connor Hawke and his mother. Later, by leaving Roy Harper to fend for himself, indirectly leading him to become a heroin addict.
** Flashbacks in the Third Volume of Ollie's book implied that Ollie and his mother were similarly ignored by his father, despite being taken care of financially.
* PercussivePrevention: In ''Green Arrow'' #24, Shado knocks Green Arrow to prevent him going to fight Count Vertigo while injured, then goes to fight Vertigo herself.
* PinballProjectile: Green Arrow can accurately ricochet arrows.
* RetGone: Several examples.
** The [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Green Arrow and Speedy "never existed" in the new Earth history post-CrisisOnInfiniteEarths. This has caused some problems for the SevenSoldiers continuity when it's referenced.
** Connor Hawke, Mia Dearden and both versions of Arrowette in The New52 universe.
* RocketPunch: The infamous boxing glove arrows.
* RoguesGallery: Much has been made about Ollie's lack of a cohesive RoguesGallery, though writers keep trying to bring one together, bless their hearts. Notable recurring villains include rival archers Shado and Merlyn; martial artist Drakon; stone-skinned mob boss Brick; masked lunatics Count Vertigo, Onomatopoeia, Deathstroke and the Clock King- of the last 4, aside from Onomatopoeia all are originally enemies of someone else.
* RuthlessModernPirates: These feature prominently in some versions of Green Arrow's origin.
* SecretIdentity: Oliver Queen has gone back and forth on whether or not he has one or doesn't have one.
** Originally, he had one until about mid-way through the Mike Grell run, when he was outed by the United States government after being framed for espionage. After sacrificing himself to save the city of Metropolis, he was given a full-page obituary on the front page of The Daily Planet, which identified Oliver Queen as Green Arrow. This was used as proof of Oliver's death in ''Quiver'', when Batman was trying to prove to the clone Ollie that he was/had been dead.
** After JuddWinick took over the series post-Quiver, Oliver Queen suddenly had a secret identity again. No explanation was given for why Oliver Queen suddenly showed up in Star City again at the same time the original Green Arrow returned and nobody - except for Mia Dearden - made the connection.
** Oliver's secret identity was outed AGAIN, following ''Cry For Justice'', just before he was put on trial for the murder of Prometheus.
*** As of September 2011, he has a secret identity. AGAIN.
* SidekickGraduationsStick: Roy Harper, after recovering from his heroin addiction, has never gone back to being Green Arrow's sidekick although he has teamed up with his old mentor a few times. He eventually went on to take up his name - well, sort of - as Red Arrow.
** [[spoiler: Subverted with the current Arsenal get up, demoting Roy from the equal Red Arrow back down to Arsenal.]]
* SkyPirate: Skylark
* StalkerWithACrush: Cupid
* TheStraightAndArrowPath
* StrawmanPolitical: During their joint series, Hal Jordan often portrayed the opposite end of the spectrum--or at least a naive moderate--while having a big IdiotBall glued to his face so Ollie had somebody to preach at.
** Some of the enemies Ollie goes up against are right-wing strawmen. For instance, the Duke of Oil (originally a villain for [[BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]] but adopted into Ollie's RoguesGallery, such as it is) is a grotesque representation of oil magnates who looks more than a little like an eight-foot-tall GeorgeWBush.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge:
** Lian's death in ''JLA: Cry For Justice'' is a textbook case of this, done solely to make Roy more "interesting" and send Ollie off on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
*** Mia Dearden was scheduled to die too, but James Robinson was able to convince DC Editorial that would be a mistake.
** In ''The Longbow Hunters'', ComicBook/BlackCanary is captured and tortured solely for the purpose of giving Green Arrow a story-arc where he angsts over killing the men who were torturing her. In fairness to Grell, he did depict both Ollie and Dinah going through therapy regarding the incident afterward - an unusually realistic step in comics at the time. And Dinah was far from a helpless damsel in his later Green Arrow stories, saving Ollie's life several times over the course of the series.
* SubmarinePirates: The Sea Scourge
* SuperheroTrophyShelf: In the Arrowcave.
* TaughtByExperience: In some versions of Green Arrow's origin, he develops his incredible archery as a result of being stranded on a desert island and having to learn how to use a bow in order to survive.
* {{Thememobile}}: The Arrowcar.
* ThickerThanWater: In the original storyline where Connor Hawke was revealed to be Oliver Queen's long-lost son, Oliver didn't take the news well since Connor had concealed the fact from him and the only reason Ollie found out was that a Parallax-possessed Hal Jordan accidentally mentioned the fact. Granting that Ollie's paranoia was somewhat-justified (he was a wanted man at the time), Ollie's desire to abandon his son was treated like a grievous flaw.
* ThouShallNotKill: Ollie was originally very against killing. During the O'Neil/Adams run, Ollie accidentally killed someone because his aim was thrown off by an injury. He gave up the superhero life and went to a monastery until Green Lantern and others convinced him to return. He changed his tune after the events of "The Longbow Hunters", when he was driven to kill the men who had been torturing Dinah Lance, fearing they were about to kill her. Since then Ollie was willing to make lethal force an option but only when the lives of others were at risk.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ollie really, really likes chili.
* TrickArrow: The TropeMaker. The miniseries ''Green Arrow: Year One'' actually shows how he came up with the boxing glove or "stun" arrow. He had to incapacitate a guard without killing him so he simply took the head off of a regular arrow (this doesn't actually ''work'', but it's a comic book).
* TwangHello: A frequent method of greeting for Oliver Queen.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Many of the "Hard Traveling Heroes" storylines, most notably "Snowbirds Can't Fly" (the one where Speedy is a junkie). Also, the "Mia has HIV" issue written by JuddWinick.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With GreenLantern Hal Jordan.
** Sometimes with Barry Allen, TheFlash.
** And once with the postcrisis TheQuestion.
* WeddingSmashers: Naturally, villains attacked the Black Canary-Green Arrow festivities.
* WeWouldHaveToldYouBut: Ollie fakes the death of Sin, Black Canary's adoptive daughter, and has her shipped off to a monastery, without telling Dinah so that her reactions will look natural. Never mind that Dinah's been established to be a better actor than he is.
** It also didn't help that Dinah - granting that she was under a good deal of stress - was portrayed as being irrational to the point of attacking her comrades when they suggested she needed to hold still for a moment and help them come up with a plan of attack. Ollie's plan wasn't a great one but he never got a chance to run it by Dinah before hand.
* WhamEpisode: In the first issue of Jeff Lemire's run once he takes over the New 52 title, [[spoiler: Emmerson is killed off, Queen Industries is taken over and liquidated, Q-Core is destroyed, Jax is killed and Naomi is kidnapped, and Oliver meets Komodo, an archer who's skill excels his own, and Magus, a mysterious and cryptic being with no eyes.]] The series changes a LOT from that point... but not in a bad way.
* WriterOnBoard: Many, many examples.
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