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Episode 1: 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 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" wasn't missed at all.
Episode 2: 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.
Episode 3: Lone Gunman
- Seeing Laurel kicking ass was a refreshing change, with hopes high for seeing her take on her own superheroine mantle.
- Arrow versus Deadshot: Ollie sends an arrow right through Deadshot's eye. And out-draws a wrist-mounted machine gun beforehand!
- Or not...Deadshot was aiming for DIGGLE with his last volley!
Episode 5: 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 Pre-Mortem One-Liner to boot: "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.
Episode 6: 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.
Episode 9: Year's End
- Arrow vs Dark Archer.
Episode 10: Burned
- Thea of all people gets a moment when she calls Moira out on her 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 He's Back moment, getting over the 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 Improbable Aiming Skills, 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.
Episode 11: Trust But Verify
- "You forgot one thing... I'm the one with the Grenade Launcher." Dig, you are the man.
Episode 12: Vertigo
- Oliver taking on the Count and all his men and winning, 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.
- Oliver making it very clear to a Vertigo dealer that he'd better start talking or else:
Oliver: *Points an arrow at the dealer* "Whoever you fear, FEAR ME MORE!"
Episode 13: 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 a lot of bullets."*Gilligan Cut 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?"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. 24 is the exact number of arrows he carries in his quiver and flechettes around his forearm."Vanch: "Lose the bow, Merida. Ventilate him."*Quentin busts in and starts shooting*Lance: "My daughter! My little girl!"
- It's especially awesome since Vanch is a genuine Magnificent Bastard for planning ahead with the Vigilante, but just when Vanch looks on smugly, Lance breaks in and tears the careful plan to shreds.
- 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. This line sums it up:
The Hood: "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' Wintergreen): 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.
Episode 14: The Odyssey
- 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 "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Billy Wintergreen.
- Slade's one man assault on the camp to save Oliver, followed by Slade vs Wintergreen, ending in Slade 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.
Episode 16: Dead to Rights
- The battle between China White and Oliver.
- Malcolm personally dispatching two mooks sent to kill him.
Episode 17: The Huntress Returns
- Roy Harper saving Thea from a pair of muggers. And pulling off some Le Parkour while at it.
- Oliver breaking into the police station to save Helena...and then telling her to Get Out of his city.
- Helena pulling off an Arrow Catch.
- In the flashback, Oliver's plan to use the missile launcher's circuit board as leverage.
Episode 18: 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, ten blows in the space of a second. Crosses into Funny Moments when Slade pauses to look, a mix of You Have Got to Be Kidding Me! and Distracted by the Sexy on his face.
- Roy holding the flechette that Ollie used to save him while the lights in the club go red. Epic foreshadowing is epic.
Episode 19: Unfinished Business
- After force-feeding Oliver concentrated Vertigo,, the villain mocks Oliver, and says he doubts Oliver could aim a single arrow. So he fires three. One which hits the bad guy dead in the heart.
- Diggle pulling a Big Damn Heroes moment, and kicking multitudes of Mook ass. Even finishing one off with a defibrillator shock to the head.
Episode 20: 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 fireplace poker.
Episode 21: The Undertaking
Episode 22: Darkness on the Edge of Town
Episode 23: Sacrifice
- Island Ollie stopping the missile from destroying the plane, blowing up Fyer's camp and later putting an arrow in Fyers' throat.
- Moira outing Merlyn's plans and evil actions all over the news.
- Oliver and Diggle tag teaming Dark Archer. He still gets the better of them.
- Roy whooping the asses of some random muggers. And Thea cracking the last one with a bottle.
- Dark Archer catching Oliver's arrow again...only this one explodes.
- Oliver shanking himself with an arrow to put Merlyn down for good.
- Moments after, Merlyn revealing he had a second earthquake machine.
- Tommy rushing into a collapsing building to save Laurel. He doesn't make it out, however...
Episode 1: City of Heroes
- 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.
- 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 to save Thea. Seems that this 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.
- Prototype Black Canary 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!
Episode 2: 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 Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "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 Break Them by Talking rant against Arrow, saying that he'll never be seen as anything but a criminal, he shoots her down 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, Laurel setting up a police sting to catch the Arrow was admittedly impressive for her.
Episode 3: Broken Dolls
- Black Canary, pinned under a pile of metal rods, kills the Dollmaker and disappears in the space of a few spoken words. And before that, her Big Damn Heroes/Dynamic Entry 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.
- The Reveal at the end where 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.
Episode 4: Crucible
- Arrow and Black Canary (who thought Oliver would have told her family that she was alive) fighting side by side in a true Battle Couple moment against the hired goons of "The Mayor", and it finishes with them using each other's own Weapon of Choice right after Oliver had taken out a grenade with his arrow.
Episode 5: League of Assassins
- The various fights against Al-Owal and the League.
- Round 1: Ollie and 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: 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 Ra's al Ghul a message: Leave the Lance family alone.
- Al-Owal performs an Arrow Catch... with an arrow shot at him from behind.
- Quentin deserves credit for deducing that Sara is the Black Canary after only talking to her for a few minutes.
Episode 6: 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 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 Battle Butler decide to work together to escape from the worst prison in Russia. Cue the ass-kicking.
Episode 7: State v. Queen
- Malcolm's Wham Shot of an entrance, leading to The Reveal 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 The Reveal that Thea is his daughter.
- Even though it breaks his one rule, Oliver, not as Arrow, putting an end to Count Vertigo by shooting him in the chest with three arrows, the force of which sends him falling to his death.
- On Ln Yu, Slade and Shado coming to the rescue of Ollie and Sara, in spite of Slade's injuries.
Episode 8: The Scientist
- 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, 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 Awesome by Analysis. 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: 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: 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. 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 an unknown substance and being discovered by the public when Diggle, second best Team Arrow tactician couldn't. 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.
Episode 9: 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 Awesomeness by Analysis, 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.
- The comic-based Deathstroke, Slade Wilson, complete with eyepatch, superpowers and some white hair, is in town, is the man behind Brother Blood, and wants to make Ollie suffer before killing him.
- Also, superpowered Slade making a demonstration of his new abilities combined to his skills, easily killing three of Ivo's men and breaking a rifle.
- 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 the creation of Barry's super powers, and despite how traumatic it may be, you know awesome is soon to follow.
- Barry making this for Oliver. And when Oliver wears it for the first time (seen here)...
Oliver: How do I look?Felicity: Like a hero.
Episode 10: 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 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 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? My head might not exactly be in the game.Oliver: 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 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 Island!Sara not hesitating a second to use a big tree branch to stop 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.
Episode 11: 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 Serial Killer who cuts up prostitutes, and Roy giving him a beating, even if he does go too far.
- Laurel saving the Arrow by gunning down the Man in the Skull Mask 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.
- Slade, finally in his full Deathstroke outfit, killing Blood's three bodyguards in a matter of seconds, then threatening Blood with the same if he screws up again.
Episode 12: 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.
- Roy punching through a container that can withstand Oliver's explosive arrows.
Episode 13: Heir to the Demon
- 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 Genre Savvy 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 Genre Savvy:
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 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 Nyssa — special mention for when the latter manages to shoot out Oliver's quiver and break his arrows.
Episode 14: Time of Death
- Felicity taking a bullet from Tockman to save the Canary, then knocking him out by using the virus that he used earlier against the Foundry computers to make his phone blow up.
- The Cliffhanger with Slade in the Queen Mansion, to Oliver's barely-hidden horror. It's just an appetizer for the next episode, but it still bears mention.
Episode 15: The Promise
- The birth of both the Arrow and Deathstroke, as Oliver undergoes a Training Montage 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 Call Back/Call Forward 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.
- Slade gets his first chronological one as a villain when he takes over the Amazo by killing its captain and cuts off Ivo's hand. He puts the cherry on top with two words:
- 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.
Episode 16: Suicide Squad
- Two words: Harley Quinn. 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 Batman: Arkham Series. 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.
Episode 17: Birds of Pray
- The Canary laying waste to the mook who had just grabbed Laurel in the courthouse.
- Oliver managing to shoot at and shatter Helena's crossbow from approximately fifty feet away.
- Quentin knocking out the deranged SWAT captain who tried to gun down all the vigilantes, especially since Sara and Laurel were in danger from him.
- Both fights between the Canary and the Huntress. Had Laurel not intervened the second time, Helena would've paid for her crimes with her life.
Episode 18: Deathstroke
- This episode is basically Slade playing Oliver like a damn fiddle left and right. One moment that particularly stands out for him is 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? 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 Isabel Rochev taking over Queen Consolidated, calmly revealing her knowledge of Oliver's secret identity, and proving to already be something of a Dark Action Girl, able to hold her own against him at least for a bit.
- Thea gets one for calling out Oliver and Moira on keeping her true parentage from her, even if Slade did lie to her about how long Oliver knew it.
Episode 19: The Man Under the Hood
- Deathstroke's Curb-Stomp Battle 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 Arthur Light. It only works once, and Slade still ends up getting the machine he came for, but it remains impressive.
- Laurel proves she has Brass Balls 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.
- Isabel again showing her Dark Action Girl 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.
- Diggle saving Oliver by shooting Isabel is rather cathartic after her actions in this and the previous episode, though it does lead to her getting the Mirakuru.
Episode 20: 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 protect her children. That includes staring down Slade Wilson and outright demanding no harm come to her children when he kidnaps the Queen family and tries to force Oliver into the same Sadistic Choice 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 Tear Jerker.
- Also notable for completely avoiding any feeling of Stuffed into the Fridge. Moira had plenty of Character Development 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.
Episode 21: City of Blood
- Diggle kidnaps one of Slade's men, who's initially defiant and says he's not afraid of a beating. Then Felicity steps up, announces "I'll be your interrogator this evening," and gets him to sing in seconds by hitting him where it really hurts and sending his secret bank accounts to charity.
Felicity: Looks like you just approved a wire transfer of $1 million to a charity here in Starling City. Very generous. What should I do with the rest?Diggle: Greenpeace.Felicity: Great cause! (Big grin) And they really appreciate the support.Clinton: You bitch!Felicity: Bitch with Wi-Fi.
- Laurel revealing that she knows Oliver is the Arrow, and challenging his self-pity over Moira's death by pointing out that Starling City needs him alive to fight for its people as the Arrow, and that Oliver's plan of walking to his death at Slade's hands not only won't get Slade to call off his plan, but would destroy Thea coming so soon after Moira's death. He gets angry and refuses to listen, until she delivers the killer — Sebastian Blood is working for Slade, and this time, she has proof of his evildoing. You can see the moment Oliver shakes off his Heroic BSOD and realizes he's not done yet.
- Laurel and Quentin bugging Blood's computer to see what he was up to, and finding some evidence. Namely, a consolation letter for Moira's death written the day before it occurred.
Episode 22: Streets of Fire
- Diggle going toe to toe with a superhuman Isabel in the beginning. Sure he lost, but he held his own against a super soldier/assassin.
- Felicity saving Dig's day with the van. Doubles as a moment of funny due to her amusingly Adorkable one-liner about the airbags.
- Quentin managing to get in close to the masked Mirakuru soldier with hand grenades, then escape the blast radius.
- Laurel firing Oliver's explosive arrow at the right spot to clear a path, with only his verbal instructions to help.
- Quentin finally succeeding in getting the police to trust the Arrow, and getting back his detective shield in the process. Doubles as a Heartwarming Moment.
- Malcolm Merlyn, in full Dark Archer/League of Assassins garb, pulling off a surprise re-entry and managing to get the better of a Mirakuru soldier who was about to strangle Thea.
- Shortly after, when the soldier is still refusing to go down and has grabbed Malcolm in a crushing bear hug:
Soldier: You're out of arrows.Malcolm: You're not!
- Sara saving a little girl from a house fire.
- Sebastian Blood proving he really does care about Starling City over everything else when Slade's true plan causes him to turn against the maniac and steal the Mirakuru cure from under his nose to give to Oliver.
Episode 23: Unthinkable
- Oliver and Felicity pulling off an amazing Batman Gambit to fool Slade into letting Felicity get close enough to inject him with the Mirakuru cure. And keep in mind, it was Felicity who did the injection; the same Felicity who very rarely goes out into the field and is usually behind a computer, up against Deathstroke, a psychotic mercenary with Super Strength who can cut her head off with his katana at any moment.
- And before that, Felicity's speech to Oliver pulling him out from his darkest hour.
Felicity: "You honor the dead by fighting....And you are not done fighting! Malcolm Merlyn, The Count, The Clock King, The Triad, everyone who has tried to hurt this city — you stopped them. And you will stop Slade."Oliver: "I don't know how."Felicity: "Neither do I, but I do know two things: You are not alone...and I believe in you."
- Even without the Mirakuru in him, Slade still gives Oliver a serious run for his money. And bonus point in comparison tot he rest of his men: all the other soldiers and Isabel were immediately incapacitated by the pain from the injection, but Slade pushes through it to duke it out one on one with Oliver, only losing consciousness after being restrained.
- In what may be the show's best use of flashbacks to date, Oliver's final battle with Slade in the present keeps switching back and forth with their showdown aboard the sinking Amazo five years prior. And both fights are exactly the quality we've come to expect from this show.
- The Canary and Nyssa proving what an effective Battle Couple they are against the Mirakuru soldiers and Isabel.
- Quentin going Papa Wolf on Nyssa being anywhere near his daughter, yet still saving her from a Mirakuru soldier during the battle in the tunnel.
- And him going through all this, fighting and moving and leading the police, all the while suffering from possibly fatal internal bleeding, that could very well have been very painful with him just covering it up.
- For that matter, the sight of Oliver leading his allies in an Unflinching Walk down the tunnel towards the soldiers, then charging into combat. To say nothing of the fight itself.
- Roy Harper especially during this scene, fresh off the Mirakuru cure, using the archery training Oliver gave him when teaching him control and the natural fighting skills he learned from dealing with the Mirakuru; thus, we're introduced to Arsenal.
- Amanda Waller proving she's no mere bureaucrat by singlehandedly holding a Mexican Standoff against Diggle, Lyla, and Deadshot.
- Ollie having Slade imprisoned in his least favorite place: The island.
Episode 1: The Calm
- Finally seeing Roy in full Arsenal garb.
- Thug: "What are you waiting for?" Roy makes a Dynamic Entry. Arrow: "My partner."
- Captain Lance officially dismantling the anti-vigilante taskforce and publicly thanking the Arrow. Laurel gets credit for this one too, as it was her idea.
- The new Vertigo is significantly more Badass than the original, managing to hold his own against the Arrow even after he's overcome the drug's effects.
- Sara's Dynamic Entry, reappearing during the episode's climax to help Oliver take down Vertigo and his Mooks. Pity it's her last awesome moment ever.
- Barry Allen's cameo (leading into a great crossover scene in his own pilot episode).
Episode 2: Sara
- Oliver and Komodo's duel on their motorcycles. Each of them is besting each other and when Oliver manages to rip the fuel line of the latter's motorcycle, Komodo does a quick arrow to Oliver's arm, ending the fight. If it wasn't for the arrow, he would have won the fight against Komodo.
- Later, their fight at QC, with Ollie performing an Arrow Catch before shooting the arrow right back at his opponent.
- The end of the episode where Thea kicks two guys' asses at Kendo after only 5 months (or less) training.
Episode 3: Corto Maltese
- Oliver and Diggle MacGyvering bows and arrows from stuff in their hotel room.
- When the enemy reinforcements show up, Diggle tosses Oliver a gun. Oliver proceeds to curbstomp the hired soldiers.
- Thea not reacting at all to coffee splashing on her hand.
- Felicity makes clear to Ray upfront that she's done being people's secretary. Then he reveals she's being made an executive, and has her own assistant. It's practically an Awesome Moment of Crowning.
- Laurel's first shot at taking up her sister's mantle. She had to know it would probably go badly — trying anyway took guts.
Episode 4: The Magician
- Malcolm's escape from the monastery, including dodging an arrow from just a few feet away.
- The three-way battle between Oliver, Nyssa and Malcolm. Badass points go to all three for this, but especially Nyssa, who basically takes on Green Arrow and the Dark Archer at the same time and gives as good as she gets.
- Nyssa decking Oliver after he let Malcolm escape. He even admits he had that coming.
- In the flashbacks, Oliver blackmailing Amanda Waller into leaving Maseo's family alone.
- Ra's Al-Ghul's first appearance at the episode's end makes one thing clear; everything that we've heard about this man has been underselling exactly how intimidating he really is.
Episode 5: The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak
- The opening triple training montage. Bonus points to Thea for being the only one to impress their mentor.
- Bet you never thought you'd see a reference to Death of the Endless on this show. Well, just check out Felicity's college look.
- Donna Smoak diving into full Mama Bear mode despite being tied to a chair when the villain is pointing a gun at Felicity.
Donna: Hey! You wanna wave that gun at me, fine, but don't you dare threaten my daughter.Cooper: And here I thought you were all nails and hair.Donna: Try a single mom who's worked sixty hour weeks in six-inch heels for tips in order to raise that genius child you see right there. I may not understand all this cyber-whatever, but I know without that gun, you wouldn't last ten seconds against my daughter.
- The Arrow turning a set of automated motion sensing turrets against each other.
- Roy saves a convoy of armored trucks by shooting an arrow through an RPG to disable it. Even he's stunned that it worked.
- Felicity taking down her evil ex-boyfriend in two hits, disarming him in the process and pistol-whipping him. Guy didn't last ten seconds even with his gun!
- Makes sense when you consider that the last person who held her hostage was motherfuckin' Deathstroke and she got out just fine (okay, she had the cure, but still). Cooper was at least ten steps below him.
Episode 6: Guilty
- Three words: boxing glove arrow. And they managed to make perfect sense to use it in battle.
- On that note, Ted actually managed to give Ollie a pretty good fight prior to said boxing arrow.
Episode 7: Draw Back Your Bow
- The reveal of Ray Palmer's Atom suit.
- During Oliver's second fight with Cupid, he shoots her bow out of her hands with a shot that breaks it in half.
- Tatsu slicing her way through a bunch of gun-toting Triad goons with a katana. Both Oliver and the audience likely have the same expression.
Episode 8: The Brave and the Bold
- The Flash's entrance, snatching two boomerangs out of the air that would have impaled Oliver. The visual effect, combining the motion blur showing how fast Barry was moving even in Bullet Time, the lightning flickering across him, and the action of grabbing the two projectiles was an amazing and beautiful comic book panel brought to life.
- Captain Boomerang tearing through ARGUS and taking on Oliver and Roy simultaneously, and nearly killing Oliver in the process, is a villainous CMOA.
- Barry showcasing his powers by taking down a roomful of Mooks in seconds. Twice. (Though the second time, he misses one and Oliver has to take him out.)
- Barry grabbing the rest of the entire combined team and dropping them off across the city, so that they can simultaneously defuse all of Harkness' bombs. And it works.
Cisco: Screw you, Captain Boomerang!
- This exchange when Oliver refuses to kill Harkness:
Harkness: You think you've made some kind of point, not killing me? It just proves you're weak!
Oliver: No, it just proves I still have some humanity.
- And when Harkness tries to throw a boomerang at him from behind, Oliver spins around and shoots him in the hand.
Episode 9: The Climb
- When the Arrow pays Thea a visit, she first plays the coward and then attacks him and uses the opportunity to escape over a railing in about a minute's time. Oliver is visibly confused and also impressed.
- The climactic duel — Ra's al Ghul demolishes Oliver; it's like watching a child fight a master. He even gets in an awesome Badass Boast before they start:
Oliver: You're unarmed.
Ra's al Ghul: I'll take your blades when you're finished with them.
- He also says Oliver should be proud for lasting longer against Ra's than most other people he's fought (which he also states number in the thousands).
Episode 10: Left Behind
- Malcolm Merlyn breaks into Arrow Headquarters to drop off evidence that Oliver is dead. Felicity's response? Walk right up to the guy who Oliver himself always had trouble with, and look him in the eye as she accuses him of being responsible for it.
- During Merlyn's first visit to the lair, he and Diggle get back-to-back moments:
(Diggle pulls a gun on Merlyn)
Merlyn: Could you put that away? Guns don't scare so much as annoy me.
(Diggle calmly pulls out a second gun and points that at Merlyn too)
- Brick no-selling a headshot from Diggle.
- Laurel taking her dead sister's equipment and making her first appearance as Black Canary is kept realistic enough to be awesome.
Mook: Who are you?
Episode 11: Midnight City
- For the villains, Brick and his gang invade the police precinct. It ends with Brick beating up EVERYONE in his way.
- Felicity's "World of Cardboard" Speech as she realizes why it's still important to keep up the fight.
- Roy and Laurel, despite still being inexperienced, manage to do a lot better during their second rescue of the aldermen, succeeding this time.
- Bonus points to Laurel for not only getting the drop on Brick, but escaping the fight by jumping through a window onto a rope-ladder dangling from a helicopter while still being almost completely untrained.
- Maseo and Tatsu taking down the three or four League members who had tracked down them and Oliver. Then Maseo wounds himself so that Ra's will think Oliver did all the killing, and won't suspect Maseo.
- The running fight with China White's Mooks in the nightclub.
Episode 12: Uprising
- Felicity proving to be the Only Sane Woman in this episode by not only keeping in mind what a bastard Malcolm is, but epically calling out Ollie when he says that he'll be teaming up with Malcolm.
- Diggle delivers the news to Malcolm, adding that as soon as they start compromising their values like he's asking it'll be the start of Team Arrow becoming just another set of killers like him.
- Team Arrow rouses the entire population of the Glades to fight back against Brick's gang, and the group of regular people actually wins the day, capped by the Arrow making his grand return and telling them he'll never leave them again.
Black Canary: Daniel Brickwell...Arsenal: ...You have failed this city.
Episode 13: Canaries
- Laurel getting over her hangups about replacing Sara and hiding her death to her father, and laying a beatdown on Zytle afterwards.
- Quentin guessing that Laurel is the Black Canary. Unfortunately, he didn't know the exact reason why Laurel felt the need to replace Sara.
- Roy and Malcolm pulling a Big Damn Heroes to save Thea from Chase, the DJ Assassin.
- Thea being able to correctly deduce that he was trying to poison her.
Episode 14: The Return
- In the flashbacks, Oliver knocking out China White, leading to her arrest.
- A villainous one from that same scene, China calmly standing her ground as a firefight ensues around her.
- Thea inflicting a beatdown on Slade Wilson. Girl has gone far since season one.,
- Her scathing Calling the Old Man Out on Malcolm when she learns he used her to kill Sara.
Episode 15: Nanda Parbat
- Thea Cutting the Knot and just handing Malcolm over to the League of Assassins.
- Nyssa making quick work of Malcolm when she finds him.
- Oliver actually taking Nyssa, the Heir to the Demon captive.
- Ra's Al-Ghul gives Malcolm a lecture on how no magician, however talented, can escape death.
Ra's: Accept your death with honor, Al Sa-Her. Or at least with dignity.
- Oliver has gained Ra's respect. So much so that he wants Oliver to become his successor. Almost doubles as an Awesome Moment of Crowning.
- Finally getting to see Ray Palmer suit up in his Atom Armor and fly around the city like Iron Man. SO. MUCH. AWESOME.
Episode 16: The Offer
- When Nyssa calls out her father, she attempts to strike him with her sword. He catches it and barely flinches.
- The fight in the precinct between Murmur and his gang versus Team Arrow and Nyssa.
- Roy beating Nyssa in a fight, without any of his gear.
- Arsenal lived up to his name this episode, using everything as a weapon, from arrows, to a bow in meelee fights, escrima sticks, and a tranq gun. Guy's adaptable.
Episode 17: Suicidal Tendencies
- Diggle and Team X , outgunned and out numbered still managed to rescues a hospital full of hostages.
- Arrow vs Atom , armour vs arrows, technology vs training. Arrow wins by fighting smarter.
- Deadshot's last stand providing cover for his team and making sure that Diggle and Lyla get back home to their daughter.
Episode 18: Public Enemy
- Roy sacrificing himself to save Oliver, by 'revealing' himself as the Arrow.
Episode 19: Broken Arrow
- Ray and Oliver working together via remote control to take down Deathbolt. And when the link is broken, Ray finishes the fight on his own.
- Roy faking his death, with help from a ARGUS contact of Diggle's, in order to protect Oliver.
Episode 20: The Fallen
- Malcolm takes out four members of the League all on his own on the groups way to escape with Oliver.
- Oliver asserting his new status as Heir when the group gets caught trying to sneak him out:
"Hold! I am Al Sah-him, Warith al Ghul, Heir to the Demon, and you will obey!"
Episode 21: Al Sah-him
- Laurel using the Canary Cry that Cisco built for her for the first time on screen and by doing so she finally begins to resemble her comic book counterpart.
- As much of a tearjerker as it is, watching Oliver and his team go all out against each other.
- How Team Arrow double-crosses the prisoner exchange hiding guns on Felicity that Lyla grabs when "hugging" her, giving them the drop on the League.
- Thea finally getting her own Big Damn Heroes moment showing up to shoot an arrow into Oliver's arm in order to stop him killing Diggle.
Episode 22: This Is Your Sword
- Diggle and Laurel trapping some goons on a corner so they can beat them all up.
- The fact that the episode shows Laurel at her most competent ever since she became Black Canary.
- The team’s attack on the League’s bomber, where they demolish their opposition and destroy the plane.
- Felicity throwing a tablet at the throat of a league member with pinpoint accuracy. Even if it took Malcolm to finish the guy off it still counts.
- Ray’s Big Damn Heroes moment when he shows up and go toe-to-toe with the bomber.
- Tatsu, in full Katana gear, whoops tons of asses. Her fight with Maseo also deserves to be mentioned, though it eventually becomes Tear Jerker after she was forced to kill him.
- Maseo cutting off Shrieve's Motive Rant by shooting him in the shoulder.
Episode 23: My Name is Oliver Queen
- When everyone wakes up from the Alpha-Omega virus (which Malcolm innoculated them for when no one was looking) and they point out that they're still chained to the floor, he just smiles.
Malcolm: All we need to do is wait.
Laurel: Wait for what?
Malcolm: The thunder...
[thunder rolls as a yellow streak zooms into the fortress]
- Barry takes out the League members by essentially being a One-Man Army and then freeing his friends.
- Oliver finally dropping the facade:
Ra's al Ghul: Your name is Al Sah-Him! You are Warith al Ghul!
- Thea officially making her debut as Speedy in Roy's old outfit.
- Oliver's Final Battle with Ra's, which ends with Oliver defeating him the same way Ra's defeated him in "The Climb", grabbing his own sword and running him through with it.
- The Atom flies in to save Oliver after he falls over a dam. Then it turns out it's actually Felicity in the suit, as Ray had to keep working on a cure for the virus.
- Oliver giving the biggest middle finger possible to Ra's al Ghul by making Malcolm the new Ra's. And meanwhile, Nyssa is still perfectly positioned to take him out and claim her proper birthright when the time comes.
- From a writing standpoint, keeping the relationship between Nyssa and Sara a heavy secret by posting false casting slides for 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."
- Artist LordMesa got a whole wall dedicated to their art.◊
- After the tragic death of Sara Lance a group of fans, including even Caity Lotz, were so unsatisfied with her death that they started a petition to bring her back. Eventually, the CW announced an Arrow Spin-Off with Lotz in it.
- The way that Deadshot's PTSD was portrayed is one for the writers, for daring to tackle such a serious subject and depict it accurately. Bonus points for his actor for conveying just how he felt.
- Sin's Actress Bex Taylor-Klaus strongly supports Sin being an agender asexual and approves of the fan's headcanons about Sin's gender and sexuality. Sure, it's not canon but it's not an everyday thing to see an actor support headcanons of their characters from fans, and is so onboard with agender/asexual representation.