Anti-Hero: Started off as Type IV but started moving closer to Type III. His death count is a lot higher in the earlier episodes and his mission is mostly about stopping the people on the list his father gave him. As the series goes on he kills less often and helps out people who aren’t necessarily part of his mission. But there is a reason most of the bad guys roll over and do whatever he tells them to when he comes for them.
The Atoner: For both his own and his father's mistakes.
Badass: With Truth in Television. That salmon ladder that Ollie trains on? Yeah, Stephen Amell actually does those. The parkour he does? Yup, Stephen again.
Badass Beard: At least on the island, given how he didn't shave for five years. Off the island, not so much. However, by "Year End", Oliver seems to be growing it out more and more.
Badass Baritone: As the Hood / the Arrow, seeing how he uses a voice changer.
Bad Liar: Oliver can be this at times particularly when it comes to Felicity. He is somewhat better at deceiving his family and friends (not to mention the police) but mostly that's because they write his odd behavior off as PTSD from the island.
Batman Gambit: Oliver realizes that eventually someone will put together the timing of his return home and the arrival of the Hood, purposely staged his bag of supplies in front of a security camera, suspecting that he would get arrested on 'mostly' circumstantial evidence. Then, after being arrested and forced to wear a security anklet he throws a large party (ensuring multiple witnesses) and has Diggle appear as the Hood on the other side of town.
Battle Couple: Oliver/the Hood and the Huntress are this very briefly.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted with Oliver himself, who most definitely suffered a great deal of cosmetic damage and scarring during his time on the island (though played straight in that he somehow avoided any lasting damage to his face, and none of the injuries he's sustained since returning home have left any noticeable scars).
Blasting It out of Their Hands: Oliver does this twice in "Honor Thy Father" once by throwing a kitchen knife and knocking China White's dagger out of her hand, and later he knocks the gun out of Detective Lance's hand with a throwing dart/arrow thing. And a variant in "Dodger", when he severs a nerve in the Dodger's arm to stop him using his Explosive Leash. Since he's started killing fewer people, this has become more of his signature.
Blatant Lies: He tells some real whoppers particularly to Felicity and Diggle. Possibly because he’s testing them to find out if they can be trusted but also because he isn’t a great liar.
Oliver: I'm having some trouble with my computer and they told me that you were the person to come and see. I was at my coffee shop surfing the web and I spilt a latte on it.
Felicity: 'Cause these look like bullet holes.
Oliver: My coffee shop is in a bad neighbourhood.
Bulletproof Vest: His costume seems to include this as a feature. Either that or the mooks are just that bad at aiming. Despite this, Moira manages to do quite a bit of damage at close range with a handgun, and the Dark Archer gets a couple of arrows through into Oliver's back.
Broken Bird: The island was... unpleasant. First, he buried his father. Second, he got shot with an arrow. Third, he got tortured. Then it got worse. And he had to actually break a bird himself (literally - it was dinner).
Cartwright Curse: Cheats on his then girlfriend Laurel with her sister Sara, who was then presumed to be deceased after being washed away at sea. Then, on the island, he started a romance with Shado that we can assume from her absence in the present day didn't end well. After he got back, his first steady girlfriend Helena was a mobster's daughter that turns into a sociopathic vigilante. And finally, when it looks like he finally catches a break with McKenna Hall, she gets shot by Helena and moves to another city to get the best physical therapy she can. In short, poor Oliver just can't catch a break with women.
The Casanova: Oliver was one as well before he got lost on the island. He slept with Laurel's sister. That should be a giveaway.
Catch Phrase: As the Hood. Disappears with his turn to the Arrow.
Oliver: [Name]! You have failed this city!
Character Development: Oliver as the Hood used to pretty much kill any mook in his way, as well as his target on occasion. However, he has recently been trying to use more nonlethal means, and has started going by the Arrow as part of this development.
As of Season Two, he's adopted a Thou Shalt Not Kill mentality in order to honor Tommy's memory.
Charles Atlas Superpower: True to his comic book counterpart, Oliver gains his expert archery skills while trapped on a deserted island for five years. Furthermore, training with Slade Wilson, Yao Fei, and Shado has given him near unstoppable fighting skills.
Clark Kenting: He covers his face with paint and a hood, keeps to the shadows and uses a voice modulator if talking to someone who might recognize him. However it isn't impenetrable and he isn't always careful with his targets.
Combat Pragmatist: He doesn't hesitate to kill when need be but also leaves a few living so they can talk about what he did.
Fish out of Temporal Water: After five years fighting for his life on a remote island, Oliver has trouble reconnecting with his friends and family whose lives moved on without him. He also doesn't get most pop culture references.
After the Dark Archer caught one his arrows and broke it, Oliver wised up for their next battle and instead fired h a flashbang arrow of sorts, which the Dark Archer catches only for it blow up in his face.
I Did What I Had to Do: When Oliver first started out he kept killing mooks left and right because he needed to get rid of them fast to take out the next name on the list. Back on the island he had to lose conventional morality in order to survive. Coming back after this, he was so used to killing others to live that he was mostly running on instinct when fighting.
Improbable Aiming Skills: Given the premise of the show, Oliver's skill with the bow is to be expected. However, he is also a master knife thrower.
Informed Attribute: Oliver's Jerkass party boy image, which seems to have been very true before the island but not carried over no matter what assumptions people make.
Informed Flaw: Pretty much every character in the beginning of the first season repeatedly calls him a selfish jerk who is completely ambivalent and unapologetic to his friends and family, despite almost all of his interactions with them being his expressing his gladness to be back, his sorrow for the people he's hurt and his concern for Thea's party-life.
Jerkass Has a Point: Oliver uses this trope to avoid getting a job at Queen Industries but he does make a fairly valid point: He's not remotely qualified to manage an international corporation.
Just Like Robin Hood: Discussed. He's been accused of this but hotly denies it. In fact he's not actually in this to redistribute the wealth of his victims but to get 'their' victims justice and prevent them from hurting more people.
Knight Templar/Knight Templar Big Brother: Oliver's sister takes drugs and drives under the influence, causing her to crash. As a civilian, Ollie pulls all the favors he can to try and get Thea out of jail time. As the Hood, Ollie hunts down The Count and ... Don't even indirectly mess with Oliver's sister, or it's going to go down very badly for you.
Lampshaded in "Darkness on the Edge of Town":
Oliver, to Roy: Hi, I don't know if we've met. I'm Thea's disapproving older brother.
At the beginning of Season Two, Ollie is unwilling to hood up again, because he doesn't want to increase his body count and dishonor Tommy's memory, even after Hood copycats kill the mayor and threaten Laurel. Then, they kidnap Thea. Cue one pissed-off Arrow (non-lethally) beating the living crap out of the copycats.
Legally Dead: Oliver is a Types I and IV during his five years on the island.
Made of Iron: The amount of injuries Oliver sustained while on the island would have probably crippled most people. Likewise, in the premier he cuts his way through Adam Hunt's cadre of bodyguards, defeats his Dragon, leaps out of a skyscraper, ziplines to safety... and reappears at his party a scant three minutes later looking none the worse for wear.
The Mafiya: The third episode reveals that Ollie somehow has the rank of captain. As revealed in "Vertigo", he apparently saved the life of Anatoli Knyazev (who in the DCU is the KGBeast).
The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Dates the Huntress. She leaves due to his disapproval of her methods. Dates McKenna, she leaves after being shot during a confrontation between Oliver and Helena.
Moral Dissonance: Oliver’s methods can sometimes be extreme, especially at the start of the series. He also has a habit of taking out mooks but leaving their bosses alive.
Moral Myopia: Oliver doesn't seem to notice that he applies this often. He's capable of cold-blooded murder in taking out his targets but doesn't allow anyone else the same leeway. No longer the case in Season Two, as he's trying to avoid killing.
My Greatest Failure: Originally, it was watching Sara Lance die — while he was cheating on his girlfriend with her. His girlfriend, Sara's sister. As of Season Two, this has been surpassed by Tommy's death during the undertaking and rendered moot when Sara turns up alive and well as the Canary.
Nice to the Waiter: Even as the spoiled party guy he was before the island, Oliver seems to have a good relationship with his family's staff. Prior to letting her in on the secret he is also nothing but charming towards Felicity despite his odd requests.
Properly Paranoid: At one point on the island, he came across someone tied up in a cave who claimed to be a student stranded on the island. Out of fear that he might be working for Fyers, Oliver leaves him there to die. In the penultimate episode of Season One, we find out he was right to be worried.
Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Oliver invokes this to hide his activities as the Hood. He further cultivates the image (and other related aspects of his Secret Identity) by claiming to want to start a night club in an old Queen Consolidated warehouse... and then doing absolutely nothing/making zero progress towards actually turning it into anything.
Eventually, Reality Ensues when Tommy steps in to assist with the renovations, having noted that no progress is being made. At which point the night club actually gets finished.
Secret Identity: And at first, he maintained oneruthlessly. He's gotten softer about it, though. By season two, he is assisted by Diggle and Felicity and states that they both needed a secret identity, since he was now CEO of his family's company.
In "Identity", Slade comments on this after Oliver had killed his first person on the island that wasn't in self defense.
Spoiled Brat—>Spoiled Sweet: Oliver was the former before his Character Development on the island; he now regrets his shallowness and is closer to the latter. Still, given his relationship with the cook in the pilot and the fact that, before he disappeared, everyone genuinely loved him (his little sister in particular was devastated), he may be judging himself too harshly.
The Stoic: Oliver is really damn good in keeping his emotions in check.
Not So Stoic: However he can be quite frightening when he does lose his cool.
Supporting Protagonist: On the island, at first. He started to grow up a bit more and meet some intresting people along the way.
10-Minute Retirement: Oliver stops being the Hood for a few months while recovering from his fight with Dark Archer.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Adopts this starting in Season Two. He was forced to break it in "State v. Queen" to save Felicity from Count Vertigo, and he was visibly shaken after the deed.
Training from Hell: How is a Spoiled Brat able to hold his own against...everyone? Oh, right, five years alone (except for a few mentors) on an island against an army of merciless killers, some of whom are bonafide supervillains in their own right.
Unstoppable Rage: Briefly enters one when Brodeur's bodyguard/hitman almost kills Laurel.
In Season Two, he realizes how fundamentally screwed up everyone else considers this, and decides not to act in a Vigilante Man manner anymore, instead simply helping the police do their jobs without killing if possible.
Action Girl: "Lone Gunman" showed that her father taught her some decent fighting skills.
Action Survivor: There’s no doubt that Laurel is a badass, but she does seem to end up the target for some very nasty people — Jason Brodeur, Cyrus Vanch, Mr. Blank, the Dollmaker. This eventually starts to take a toll on her psychologically by Season 2.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Actually averted. In the comics, Laurel was a brunette who wore a blonde wig.
The Alcoholic: Starting with Season Two, Laurel had resorted to drinking and popping pills in order to cope with Tommy's death and her overall guilt.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Noted as a tendency with Laurel by Tommy. This makes her relationship with Tommy all the more rocky since she's uncomfortable with a normal relationship and he worries that her closeness with the Hood might result in her falling for the Hood. Completely subverted at the start of the second season, when she believes the Hood to be responsible for Tommy's death.
Hypocrite: In "Broken Dolls" Laurel calls her father out for pursuing the Dollmaker and in return her father calls her out on her crusade against the Vigilante.
Ice Queen: She starts off rather cold and icy, especially towards Oliver. But she eventually starts to mellow out as the series progresses; see Defrosting Ice Queen. At the start of Season Two she's icy towards the Arrow, but not Oliver, she resolves this after "Broken Dolls".
It's All About Me: To an extent. The first few episodes show her hating Oliver for getting her sister killed and not even giving her time to grieve. In "Damaged", she admits she's thought about it from his point of view and tearfully apologizes to him, and from that point on she fits the Defrosting Ice Queen trope above.
It's All My Fault: After Laurel stops blaming the Arrow for Tommy's death, she starts to believe this instead.
Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: In the season two premiere, Laurel disarms a bad guy and throws him down the stairs — all while wearing a gorgeous full-length red dress. Probably heels, too.
Lady in Red: She is seen wearing a form fitting red dress in the season two premiere and again in "Crucible".
Lethal Chef: Her diet seems to consist mostly of takeout, delivery, and eating out at restaurants; according Ollie and Tommy, that's for a very good reason.
Oliver: "Thank God she didn't cook."
One Note Cook: She did once say she could make the world's best mac and cheese, and Tommy didn't disagree, only added that that's all she can make.
Like Father, Like Daughter: They have fairly similar personalities and both are very concerned with justice – even if they don’t always see eye-to-eye about how to obtain it. The both also struggle with substance abuse.
Loves My Alter Ego: Played with. Given her conversations with Ollie-as-Arrow in episode 4, it looks like she's starting to side with him and maybe even fall for him. Then she witnesses the Hood giving a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to a man who had just tried to kill her, which terrifies her. She later realizes it was because he was trying to protect her, and starts falling for him again. At the start of season two, she blames the Hood for Tommy's death and is set on arresting him. She drops this quickly and her current position on the Arrow is undefined.
Middle Name Basis: She's usually referred to by her middle name because she and her mom share the same first name.
Missing Mom: She keeps in touch with her, though, and in "Dead To Rights", she comes back.
My God, What Have I Done?: Laurel has a breakdown when stops blaming the Vigilante for Tommy's death and starts blaming herself.
Revenge Before Reason/Revenge Myopia: At the start of season two, she blames the Hood for Tommy's death, believing it was a result of being caught in the crossfire between the two archers. However, she abandons this in "Broken Dolls" when she realizes that Tommy only died because he came to save her from the collapsing CNRI building, and suffers an It's All My Fault/My God, What Have I Done? breakdown.
Single Woman Seeks Good Man: For all her reported love of bad boys, Laurel's relationship with Tommy seems to be this. She wasn't interested before he demonstrated he could be something more than a shallow playboy.
To Be Lawful or Good: Laurel goes backwards and forwards between the two. She's a lawyer but in season one she supports the Vigilante until he nearly beats someone to death in front of her. She later helps him find justice for people and asks him for help in return. At the start of season two she is determined to see the Vigilante brought to justice but later softens towards him, enough to refer to him as the Arrow.
Workaholic: She has little to no social life outside of work. She picks up the phone in the first season finale and tells her father, "Don't worry, dad, I didn't come in to work." While at work. He replies, "You can't lie to me, of course you're at work. Now please get the hell out of there."
Violently Protective Girlfriend: She might not be currently dating either of them but Laurel hands out an ass kicking to Max Fuller in defense of Oliver and Tommy in Episode Three.
You Should Have Died Instead: In the Pilot, Laurel blames Oliver for her sister's death and tells him she wishes he had died instead. Even Oliver wished the same thing.
Action Survivor: Ironically, she is one of the few people to wound The Vigilante.
Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When confronted by the Hood, she's willing to beg for her life, for the sake of her children.
Anti-Villain: Slides from Type I to Type IV over the course of the first season. In the first few episodes, she's a Well-Intentioned Extremist, even by Undertaking standards. By the middle of the first season, we see that unlike most members, she is trying to stop the Undertaking from within, though she uses rather underhanded methods to do so. By the end, we see that she's been coerced into it ever since Malcolm killed half her family. Ultimately, this leads to her Heel-Face Turn.
Composite Character: Her role as the ruthless head of Queen Industries appears to be based a bit on Isabel Rochev/The Queen, an ex-lover of Robert Queen who became the Big Bad of Green Arrow in the Brightest Day era. Though later Isabel herself shows up.
Also, her maiden name is the last name of the second Speedy.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Seems to be one, but she doesn't want to be. She's forced to support Malcolm in his plan to destroy the Glades out of fear, following him having Robert killed.
The Dragon: Played with. The traditional role of the Dragon as the brutal enforcer is played by The Dark Archer, AKA Malcolm himself, but Moira carries out most of the overt business of travelling around the city, threatening and extorting people on behalf of the Undertaking. She plays this role to the hilt, but she's only doing it because she's terrified Malcolm will kill her and her family.
Dragon with an Agenda: Her agenda initially seems to be simply to protect her family from Malcolm, but she is also trying to stop the Undertaking.
Mama Bear: But she's the one who arranged Oliver's kidnapping, right? By the end of the first season, we've learned she's only ever participated in the Undertaking because Malcolm was threatening her family, a threat he carried out on Robert, with Ollie caught as an innocent bystander, and again on Walter.
Parent with New Paramour: Within the past five years, Moira married her dead husband's business associate, Walter Steele. It's quickly revealed to be... an innocent and genuinely loving relationship with nothing underhanded about it. Until Walter starts investigating the Undertaking...
Wrong Genre Savvy: Moira seems to believe the Arrow is a Robin Hood figure stealing from the rich to give to the poor. It has to be pretty much spoon fed to her by Malcolm that Arrow is going after only specific targets in their Organization that just happened to be rich.
Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on her husband with Malcolm, as revealed in "State v. Queen". Because of this, Thea is actually Malcolm's daughter.
Thea Dearden Queen
Played By: Willa Holland
Action Survivor: In the first season finale Thea throws a bottle and knocks out a thug who is trying to kill Roy.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Double Subverted with Roy Harper. He doesn't exactly endear himself to her by stealing from her, but his nice attitude helps a bit, and she tries to help him out of his life of crime. However, in spite of his desire to continue thievery, she still appears to fall for him after a rescue from an Attempted Rape.
Big Brother Worship: For Oliver before he disappeared. After his return, that worship transforms into an equally-powerful mass of bitterness and anger with him, because of how badly his apparent death hurt her.
It's worth considering that a large part of the reason Thea became a parental disappointment, wild party girl and drug user, besides her stated reasons, may be because that's how she remembered her brother, and she wanted very badly to grow up to be just like him.
Possibly thanks to Character Development, she seems to be far more aware of how horrible the island was. When Roy calls Olive 'a wimp' for not approving of their hunt for the Hood, Thea points out his ordeal as a counter; she knows the island was horrible, and she has nothing but respect and admiration for Oliver to survive there and seemingly still be sane.
Brainy Brunette: She quite smart - she was able to locate Roy after he stole her purse and she successfully running Verdant in Season Two.
Bratty Teenage Daughter: Started out as this, getting incredibly snotty and indignant at the notion that she shouldn't, in fact, be shoplifting, drinking, and getting high in bars at 17, but has gone through some Character Development and is much better now.
Calling the Old Man Out: After Walter disappears and Moira retreats into her bedroom, Thea calls her mother out on her selfish behaviour.
Character Development: From Spoiled Brat in the first several episodes to Spoiled Sweet, especially with her work at Laurel's law firm and involvement with the problems of the Glades (and Roy Harper). As of Season Two, she's now running Verdant and has left her druggie days behind for good.
Damsel in Distress: In the second season opener, Thea is kidnapped by copycat Vigilantes looking for revenge and media attention.
Instant Expert: Discovers that she has "wicked aim" while saving Roy in "Sacrifice".
Though maybe not completely instant; her room does have more than one archery trophy in it.
It's All About Me: Flat-out tells Oliver that she had just as bad a time on the island as he did. That's right, she just compared living in a mansion with your slightly dysfunctional family to being forced to watch multiple people you know and love die, then washing up on an island with no supplies and no experience, being tortured, and having to run from people who want to kill you.
As of Season Two, she's pretty much grown out of this.
Jerkass/Jerkass Has a Point: Though she presents it in a pretty narcissistic way, she does make a pretty good point: she lost half her family when she was barely out of middle school, had no efforts made to help her cope, and when it turns out her brother is still alive, he returns distant and judgmental.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first she's very prickly towards Oliver, angry at his refusal to open up to her, bitter because he left her all alone and resentful of his efforts to curtail her party girl lifestyle, but she still cares for him deeply.
Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Thea is taking full advantage of this; breaking laws with reckless, even gleeful abandon, knowing that her mother will use her influence and money to deflect any consequences. Subverted when a judge decides to make an example of her.
She's All Grown Up: As noted by Tommy. It's a bit squicky since the reveal that she Malcolm's daughter in "State vs. Queen".
Spoiled Brat/Spoiled Sweet: At the starts of season one Thea is dismissive of her mother and cruel to her brother. She implies that what she suffered is just as bad as what Oliver has been through, she drinks and stays out late, eventually she is rested for taking drugs and driving under the influence. However after that she starts a path to character development, becoming a much more pleasant person to the people in her life. In Season Two there is no real sign of her being spoiled at all - she's now running Oliver nightclub and is making no sign of returning to her old ways.
Took a Level in Kindness: Since doing community service at CNRI, Thea's negative qualities seem to have dimmed, even offering a job to Roy Harper. And now that she's running Oliver's nightclub Verdant in Season Two, she seems to have her life fully under control.
Zettai Ryouiki: Her school uniform is somewhere between B and C. Combine this with She's All Grown Up and that makes for some... conflicting situations and imagery.
Thomas "Tommy" Merlyn
Played By: Colin Donnell
Oliver's best friend, who has romantic feelings for Laurel and dated her throughout most of the first season. His father, Malcolm Merlyn, is the Big Bad of the season. He also learns about his friend's vigilante duties and also learns his father's Secret Identity as the Dark Archer. As you could see, he's a spoiler-heavy character. However, most of his spoilers relate to the first season finale. You have been warned.
Being Good Sucks: Uses this as an excuse to walk out on Laurel. It isn’t actually what he feels though.
Billionaire Playboy: However, in "Muse of Fire" he takes the job as the manager of Oliver's nightclub after losing his trust fund – which he chooses even after Oliver freely offers to let him share his own large trust fund. He also loses the "playboy" side of it in order to be with Laurel.
The Bro Code: Tommy really doesn't want Oliver to find out that Tommy hooked up with Oliver's ex-girlfriend Laurel while Oliver was missing. Never mind that Oliver had been cheating on Laurel with her sister, that everyone thought Oliver was dead, and that Oliver was gone for five years. He also immediately backs away from ever possibly even doing anything that might hint at something remotely approaching looking like showing even a touch of interest in Thea, or in Diggle's sister in law.
The Casanova: Tommy is stated to have quite a reputation as a ladies man. Quentin Lance implies that there have been accusations of him drugging his dates.
Ladykiller in Love: He seems to be ready to abandon his womanizing ways so he can start a serious relationship with Laurel. Laurel is initially skeptical if he is capable of changing, but they seem to be going steady.
Comforting the Widow: After Oliver died, Tommy and Laurel, for a little while. Oliver is surprisingly cool with it.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Tommy loves Laurel so much he breaks up with her because he knows she's in love with both Oliver and the Vigilante. And believes that should she ever find out they are the same person, she'd choose Oliver in a heartbeat.
Nice Guy: Despite originally being assumed to be a shallow playboy and possible future supervillain, Tommy has, from Episode One onwards, proven to be nothing but a completely dependable friend, dedicated boyfriend, and in general, an all-round awesome person. Towards the end of the season, his attitude unfortunately soured quite a bit, especially towards Oliver, and it wasn't totally unjustified.
Shipper on Deck: Subverted. He doesn’t actually want Laurel to be with Oliver. He just thinks it’s inevitable.
Spoiled Sweet: Despite being a rich playboy, Tommy is never anything less than sweet and friendly and never does anything immoral with his money. There are hints, however, that he (and Oliver) were less savory back in the day.
Yank the Dog's Chain: Pretty much everything that could go wrong in his life does go wrong. He does good a deed? It blows up in his face. Something good happens to him? Due to circumstances outside of his control he gets it cruelly ripped away from him, this reaches its logical conclusion with his death in the season finale.
The Atoner: He wants to work with Ollie since it makes him feel good again.
Badass: Shows off his skills in the second episode, taking down two Triad assassins and going toe-to-toe with China White for a bit In "Legacies" we see Digs without his professional suit on and his physique is arguably more impressive than Ollie's. Ollie later comments that his arms are the size of bowling balls.
Badly Battered Babysitter: The bodyguard equivalent, anyways. Oliver seems to take more pleasure in ditching him than strictly necessary.
Enemy Mine: Forced to work with Floyd to breakout of prison.
Genre Savvy: To an extent - He's very much aware of the constant lying Ollie does to his face and whenever Ollie does something to get away from him, the next time around he's prepared for it. Example Diggle drives Ollie through Starling City, only for Ollie to pull a Stealth Hi/Bye whilst Diggle's talking & his eyes are on the road; next time around, Diggle's sitting in the back with Ollie & someone else is driving.
Diggle: There you go. The person of color has successfully purchased your drugs. Felicity: For the record: I offered.
In Season Two, when Oliver insists that he and Felicity need secret identities if they're going to keep working with him, Diggle pulls this off again as he begrudgingly notes his secret identity is as Oliver Queen's black driver.
Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Subtle because as he’s a soldier he probably has been responsible for a number of deaths in battle. However there is one that seems to stand out: while protecting an Afghani Warlord he kills a young rebel which shook his world view some as he questioned who was more worthy of life in that moment.
The Alcoholic: Suggested as a possibility when, after a verbal and emotional beat down by the Queens over his family tragedies, Laurel has to pick him up from a bar because he's falling down drunk. Laurel doesn't seem particularly surprised. Confirmed or at least used as an insult in "Betrayal" by Laurel after he uses her as bait to try and catch The Hood.
He's also seen attending an AA meeting in "Crucible" after learning Laurel was falling off the wagon like he did when Sara had "died".
Adaptation Name Change: Subverted. Detective Larry Lance is now Detective Quentin Lance. However, his middle name in the show is Larry.
The Atoner: Is noticeably politer towards Oliver post-"Damaged," because of his arresting Oliver on supposedly false charges and almost getting him killed.
Badass: While not to the level of Oliver or Sara, he manages to fend off and ultimately kill a member of the League of Assassins entirely on his own.
Berserk Button: "The Huntress Returns" shows that Quentin is not fond of being told that his daughters are/were easy.
Great Detective: Despite being a jerk, Lance has shown some signs of this, as despite wanting to arrest the vigilante he's able to easily tell when a crime they come across is not because of said vigilante despite everyone else assuming so. Such as pointing out that the vigilante does not use guns when they found someone shot, the fact that he hasn't snapped any necks (as of recently), or the fact that the arrows used to kill Adam Hunt were black and not green like he is known for.
Hollywood Law: With his connection with the Queen family he should not be allowed anywhere near a case involving them.
Jerkass/Jerkass Has a Point: Quentin is crusading against Arrow since... uh... the guy's killed and maimed several people. On the personal side, Quentin's hatred towards Ollie makes a lot of sense when you consider Ollie is the guy who cheated on his one daughter with his other daughter, and got said daughter killed. And then you find out that the fallout of his daughter's death resulting in his wife leaving. Yikes.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He makes a joke about Oliver being kidnapped right to his face and his family. Oliver's mother showed an instant disliking to his behavior towards the subject. Justified, since he considers Oliver to be responsible for Sara's death, as well as breaking the heart of his other daughter. Despite what one could say about him, he truly does care for his daughter and wouldn't hesitate to use the entire police force to protect her when she is threatened.
Not So Different: Quentin and Oliver both get a little bit crazy when the situation involves Laurel. Personality-wise, the two are also very similar. And Quentin is willing to go to great lengths to catch the vigilante, just like Oliver is willing to do the same to catch/kill criminals.
Papa Wolf/Knight Templar Parent/Overprotective Dad: He's extremely protective of Laurel and just wants her safe. Understandable, since she's his only surviving daughter and is making dangerous enemies as a lawyer, but sometimes his protectiveness overwhelms his reason.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Don't get him wrong, he will see that 'The Hood' pays for his actions, but he's still reasonable enough to a) use evidence that the vigilante gives him, b) realize when it's not The Hood that's doing the killing, c) help the vigilante when there is nothing that he can do, and d) ask the vigilante for help when Starling City PD's in over their heads.
Reassigned to Antarctica: At the start of season two, he's now back as a beat cop for helping the vigilante during season one.
Secret Keeper: For Felicity Smoak, in a sense, as he's the only person outside Ollie's team who knows she works with the Arrow. Also to Sara, after he learned that she's the Canary, and that she's hiding from her family so that they don't look for her and become targets.
To Be Lawful or Good: Struggles with this as the series goes on, wanting to catch the vigilante however grudgingly helps him when there is no other choice. In "Sacrifice", he chooses Good, understanding that laws and rules are useless if they are not protecting anyone. He is ultimately demoted to beat cop for this.
You Have to Believe Me: MIGHT have chosen a better way to explain how he heard about the 'destroy up the Glades' plan. Though in his defense, with literal hours remaining with zero leads and thousands to evacuate, he might not have been thinking about that sort of thing.
Felicity Megan Smoak
Played By: Emily Bett Rickards
Action Survivor: Grows into this in the Season Two premiere when she nails one of the copycat Hoods with a piece of wood in an attempt to distract them from killing Oliver.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Felicity has black hair in the comics, but is portrayed as a blonde in the series. Lampshaded in that she states she dyes her hair.
Non-Action Girl: She's not trained in combat though she does take part in missions in "The Undertaking" and "Darkness On The Edge Of Town". We do see her getting some training in "Dead to Rights".
Comes back to bite her in Season Two, which sees her skydiving on to Lian Yu and almost triggering a landmine.
Omnidisciplinary IT Girl: You can come to her with any problem. Crack a laptop? No problem. Track down an accounting discrepancy? Done. Investigate an apparently empty book? Easy. Track down a specialist arrow? 60 seconds and you're out the door. Hack into Merlin Global's mainframe and disarm a Markov device? Piece of cake. Need her to determine the composition of an unknown drug sample? That's... totally something that IT would handle. She also went to M.I.T.
The Smart Girl: She's the one who does all the research and hacking for the team.
Techno Wizard: By her own admission, she's been putting computers together since she was seven, and her aforementioned hacking skills are nothing to sneeze at.
Wrong Genre Savvy: She deduces that Oliver is trying to get her involved in a Hamlet-like plot against his step-father. While Oliver's situation looks very much like Hamlet, they're actually in a superhero story and Oliver doesn't seem to hold a grudge against Walter for marrying his mother.
Then again when Walter called her into his office. She assumed that he was calling her up to fire her and went on a rant of the ramifications if he did that. It turned out he just wanted her to do some investigating. Yes, she was as embarrassed as one could expect.
After being brought in on Oliver's secret, she's graduated to RightGenre Savvy.
Perma Stubble: Even on an island with no electric razors of any kind, Slade keeps his stubble in-check. Given his skill with blades, he probably shaves with one of his many knives. With his fascination with duel wielding he probably shaves with two at the same time.
Playing with Syringes: As of The Scientist, he has been injected with Mirakuru, which seems to have killed him.
Two-Faced: A rare non-villainous case after being too close to an explosion, which makes his face look like Deathstroke's mask, with his head completely charcoal black on its right side. It is played completely realistically, as he is shown to be in constant agony, and appears to be dying from it as of "State v. Queen".
Jerkass —> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Steals Thea's purse, uses his fake sob story to get away without criminal charges, and blows off her later attempt to help him get a job...but then picks a fight with three armed guys to rescue her fast enough that he had to be following her. Then denies being her friend to the doctor stitching him up.
Justified Criminal: Double subverted. His story about needing money for his sick mother's medical bills was made up to get out of trouble for stealing Thea's purse, but he later says he can't get a job because nobody wants to hire a high-school dropout with a criminal record.
My God, What Have I Done?: Believes he’s a horrible person and is surprised when there are people who think he’s worth saving.
Noble Demon: He's a thief, but he's perfectly willing to help out people who seem defenseless in the Glades outside of his thieving, even putting his life on the line.
Parental Abandonment: His mom suffered from the effects of Vertigo, causing him to steal just to pay for his mother's medical bills. This allows him to get off the hook from stealing Thea's purse. When she finds him, it was all a lie.
Benevolent Boss: Gets along very well with employees. His kind nature is why Felicity wanted to help find him.
Big Damn Heroes: Helps Ollie secure a 50% stake in Queen Consolidated, saving it from a corporate takeover by Isabel Rochev.
Commuting on a Bus: He leaves on a "business trip" in "Damaged" where he's actually investigating Moira's lies, but he returns in "Muse of Fire". And then he gets kidnapped in "Year's End". He's rescued in "The Undertaking", but leaves again at the end of the following episode after telling Moira that he's filed for divorce.
He returns in Season Two as an angel investor in Queen Consolidated.
Distressed Dude: He’s kidnapped by Malcolm and spends six months as a captive until he’s rescued by the Hood.
Honor Before Reason: Walter's stated reason for investigating further into Robert Queen's murder despite being told that doing so was dangerous? Because Robert was his friend and he's the type of guy to avenge his best friend's murder.
Like a Son to Me: Treats Thea as if she were his own daughter. And while things are initially frosty between them, it's clear that he views Oliver as if he were his own son. He actually calls him "son" in "The Undertaking".
Nice to the Waiter: Being this to Felicity is explicitly the reason she tries to discover his fate. Also, when his head of security gets killed under suspicious circumstances, he's reluctant to have any other staff continue that investigation.
Non-Idle Rich: Though a Non-Action Guy, because he's an Honest Corporate Executive, he tends to do his due diligence. When he suspects potential embezzling within his company, he personally investigates despite the fact that he has an entire department also investigating.
Race Lift: He's Caucasian (and American) in the comics.
Red Herring: Savvy viewers expect him to be the bad guy. Oliver comes home and finds Walter married to his mother. In just a few episodes, we learn that nope, Walter's a genuinely good guy who loves Moira and Thea, is a caring and dedicated CEO, and wants nothing but the best for his adopted family and the employees. The reason people think he's evil in the beginning is mostly because a) he's British and b) he's a bit uptight. Regardless, he's an honorable gentleman through and through.
Walking Spoiler: As should be expected, given the plot-heavy nature of the flashbacks.
Younger Than They Look: Yao Fei is suggested to be fairly old (by TV standards anyway), considering the aged photo of him we see in uniform and the fact that he has a fully grown daughter, Shado. Byron Mann... not so much.
She is first introduced as a crying hostage being allowed a brief meeting with her father, but her next appearance warns against first impressions; she takes down several armed men who were supposed to shoot her and escapes.
Fyers threatens to kill her unless Oliver and Slade give over the circuit board for the missile launcher. She manages to escape on her own.
In the Hood: Takes to wearing her father's old hood in the Season Two flashbacks.
Big Damn Heroes/Dynamic Entry: Shows up out of nowhere and saves Roy at the end of "City of Heroes", then does it again twice in "Broken Dolls", once to save Arrow from the cops and later to stop a fleeing Barton Mathis.
Break the Cutie: Flashbacks show how much of a carefree party girl Sara was before the Queen's Gambit. A lot of horrible things happened to her to turn her into the ruthless assassin she is in the present.
Death by Origin Story: Played with. She "died" in the pilot. Later, there was evidence to suggest she was alive, but it was refuted. However, she's now back alive and well, kicking ass in Starling City. For Oliver, she had two deaths, because he saw her "die" again on the island. We still don't know that story.
Death by Sex: Subverted. She appeared to have died after sleeping with her sister's boyfriend, but she didn't die.
Domino Mask: Wears one in her guise as the first incarnation of the Canary. It's still larger and more concealing than Helena's mask or Oliver's face paint.
Ms. Fanservice: In her first appearance, she's dressed in lingerie and an open robe. Her outfit as the Canary also qualifies — aside from the tight black leather, she shows off a lot of cleavage.
Good Bad Girl: She sleeps with her sister's boyfriend, but she's not really vilified by the text.
Peek-a-Bangs: Has some in Season Two, as part of the blonde wig she wears on top of her already blonde hair. Actually does a nice job of giving her some additional concealment similar to Oliver's hood.
Professional Killer: An erstwhile member of the League of Assassins, she proves to still be highly adept at the "Killer" part.
Vigilante: What she becomes in Season Two. She seems as rough as Oliver was in the beginning — she kills a pinned-down Serial Killer (to be fair, he did go after her sister), and her targets of choice, as opposed to early Oliver's white-collar criminals, appear to be those who abuse women.
Honest Corporate Executive: While she's certainly no Walter, we've seen no indication of corruption so far. The worst you can say about her actions so far is that she's an incredibly ruthless pragmatist.
Ice Queen: Nothing appears to be able to shake her.
Except alcohol, which gets her to warm up. In general, she's much nicer outside of the office.
Jerkass: Downplayed example. She begins her meeting by saying Oliver, the man who she's doing business with, "majored in dropping out of college".
Jerkass Has a Point: She seems to have a considerable dislike for Oliver-because he's making her job difficult, resisting the takeover of Queen Consolidated. He also has no real background in business so she dislikes him as a CEO.
Perpetual Frowner: When briefing Oliver, Felicity mentions that in every single photo she found, Isabel looks angry.
The Atoner: In his last moments, he really seems regretful of his past. Turns out in The Undertaking that he's been this way for a longtime prior to his death. At some point when he was trying to set up some building in the Glades, the councilman he spoke to tried to blackmail him into bribing him. When he refused and the resulting fight ends with him accidentally killing the councilman, he joined Malcolm's group to clean up the Glades to atone for this, until he finds out what Malcolm is planning.
Honest Corporate Executive: But he started as one of these; turns out that he was a rather honest and decent businessman until he accidentally killed a corrupt councilman in self-defence. He joined Malcolm's crusade to clean up the Glades by taking control of the corrupt executives, but he refused to go along with destroying the Glades, and from the start his only motive was to help people.
Even Evil Has Standards: Though he was willing to atone for his manslaughter by blackmailing the city's worst criminals, he drew the line at Malcolm's absolutely insane plan to destroy the Glades with a machine capable of creating a natural disaster.
Redemption Equals Death: First there's his suicide in the pilot flashback, when he tells his son to make up for his mistakes. By the end of the season we've learned that Malcolm had the yacht sabotaged because Robert was going to betray the Undertaking.
It's All My Fault: Holds herself responsible for Sara's death because she was the one who let her go on the cruise with Oliver. That's why she was so desperate to confirm that Sara was alive.
Missing Mom: Disappeared some time before Sara's death, but came back when she claimed to have proof that Sara is alive.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: English-born Alex Kingston's American accent is pretty solid, but the word "island" seems to give her some trouble. It might end up being justified, since she's been away long enough for her speech patterns to be affected.
Detective Lucas Hilton (Roger R. Cross)
By-the-Book Cop: One of the tie-in comics shows that as much as he wants to be this, he sometimes falls victim to power plays by the Starling City elite.
The Determinator: Moira will be found not guilty, if Jean has anything to say about it.
Good Lawyers, Good Clients: Subverted. Moira is guilty of what she's accused of but Jean believes that she's right to defend Moira on the basis she was under duress. She certainly doesn't want her friend to be sentenced to death.
Affably Evil: He's still the Don of the Bratva, but he's very nice to Ollie both on and off the Island, to the point where he considers him his "favorite American" and appears overjoyed to see him again. So much so he even assists Ollie and Diggle save Lyla, and seems to be willing to help him in any way he can. He's not a good guy, but he's definitely not one of Oliver's villains.
Anti-Villain: He leads the Bratva, but he's not necessarily portrayed as evil.
Agent Mulder: Perfectly willing to accept that one guy with super strength was behind the break in at the Queen Consolidated warehouse, and actively seeks out weird cases.
Foreshadowing: When he messes about with the chemicals in the lab, making comments about how it's dangerous to have them so close together, Felicity responds that maybe he shouldn't be touching them. Cue a lightning strike and Barry looking out at it for a few seconds. This is a nod to the most well-known of Barry's origin stories: getting doused in chemicals after a lightning bolt knocks him into it. And judging by the trailer for "Three Ghosts", which shows a glimpse of a male figure smashing into said chemicals, it's possible that this will be how Barry gets his powers.
Archnemesis Dad: Played with. He has an adversarial relationship with Tommy, but they do resolve some differences and it looks like they may end up working together. But when Tommy finds out what Malcolm has planned, he's horrified.
In Season 2, we find out that Malcolm is also this to Oliver since he is Thea's biological father.
Arrow Catch: Fully capable of this. And when he does it the second time, it blows up in his face...literally.
Badass: It takes one to beat the crap out of Oliver, landing him in the hospital.
Bond Villain Stupidity: During the Season One finale, he lets Oliver live despite having him completely at his mercy before leaving him alone with no other guards in the room. The first half is justified due to his personal connection to Ollie and a desire not to upset Moira, but the second is just plain dumb. Most likely Justified because he had beaten Oliver twice, and because he had a second earthquake machine ready to go. In fact, given how everything turned out, his actions only backfired in a very minor sense.
Dark Is Evil: In his Dark Archer persona, he wears all black and fires black arrows.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his completely Jerkass actions towards his son such as calling him a loser, cutting him off entirely from his trust, and tricking him to dinner just so he could sign off on closing his wife's beloved free clinic, it is shown he does indeed love his son.
His love of his wife and despair from her death is what ultimately pushed him over the edge into the villain he is today.
Evil Counterpart: To Oliver as the Dark Archer and perhaps to Walter as a businessman.
Genre Blind: He honestly trusts Moira and believes she fully supports him, even though he killed her first husband and kidnapped the second.
He's Back: Much to Moira's shock at the end of "State vs. Queen". Looks like he recovered from his Villainous Breakdown as well as that arrow to the chest.
Hollywood Old: He's played by 45 year old John Barrowman, while Tommy is 28. He probably wasn't intended to be 16-17 when he fathered his son, though it's not outside the realms of possibility.
I Let Rebecca Die: Rebecca called him on his phone at least twice the night of her murder. He was busy working so he just let the phone ring the first time. She called a second time and this annoyed him so much that he shut down the phone. Past midnight, the police call to tell him she had been shot.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Possible justification for his sudden acquisition of a rather large Villain Ball in the finale. He doesn't seem to understand that Ollie would be unwilling to sacrifice Shado in exchange for a way off the island.
Villain Ball: Grabs it hard during the Season One finale. With the missile launcher destroyed and his team dead, he has no reason at all to remain hostile to Ollie and Slade. It's in his best interest to simply disappear and call for a way off the island. What does he do instead? Why, grab Shado, put a gun to her head, and walk right up to a very pissed off Ollie and Slade. This results in pretty much what you'd expect, of course, its somewhat justified by the fact that Slade is too injured to stand, and Oliver at the time is a Non-Action Guy, holding a weapon he's only had two lessons with at most.
Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Billy Wintergreen was Slade / Deathstroke's loyal butler. Alternately, this could be something of a subversion, since his employer in the comics underwent a case of Adaptational Heroism.
Awesome Aussie: He's an Australian intelligence officer, who worked for ASIS.
Badass: According to the tie in comic (#29), he defeated both Yao Fei and Shado who are badasses themselves.
Cool Mask: Referred to as "the operational equivalent of a balaclava".
Decomposite Character: He and Slade divide the Deathstroke character. Both Wintergreen and Wilson get the mask (though only Wintergreen wears it) and fighting ability, but Wilson is Deathstroke's occasional Anti-Hero portion, while Wintergreen is Deathstroke's villainous nature. Wilson is Deathstroke's real name in the comics, and Wintergreen his butler.
Adaptational Villainy: In the comics she became a killer of criminals after her beloved family was killed, but became less unstable as time went by, and while an outcast she was a key member of the Bat Family. Here, she's obsessed with killing her criminal father and is willing to kill innocent people and attack Oliver's loved ones to do so.
Hell-Bent for Leather: As part of her "costume." Though justified as her 'costume' is basically her motorcycle leathers and she isn't particularly interested in being a symbol like Ollie.
He Who Fights Monsters: Despite only going after the mafia so far... well, let's just say there's a reason this entry is under the Villains heading.
Hypocrite: How does she plan to get revenge on her father for murdering her fiancé? By casually murdering and mutilating several innocent people.
Ignored Epiphany: Oliver tries to show her how to accomplish her mission without killing people. It doesn't take.
Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: As of "The Huntress Returns", she's taken to torturing Oliver's friends and threatening his family to try to force him to help her kill her father. It's gotten to the point where he believes she is beyond saving and is willing to kill her.
Knight Templar: Her father is evil. Her father must suffer and die. What do you mean, further moral considerations?
Mafia Princess: The daughter of the head of the Bertinelli crime family.
Meaningful Echo: Much like Oliver, her first 'real' appearance occurs as a result of a family member (or his Dragon in this case) abducting her and a friend. Likewise, the encounter ends with all kidnappers dead, the last one with a Neck Snap and the words "No one can know my secret."
Ms. Fanservice: Especially in the opener to "The Huntress Returns," where she pretends to be a stripper in order to get at her father's lawyer
My Greatest Failure: Zig zagged. She originally thought her fiancé was killed because her father was just that brand of evil. Then The Dragon reveals that he was killed because he was an informant for the FBI. Then she reveals that The Dragon killed the wrong person - she was the informant.
Not So Different: She says as much to Arrow when Ollie appears - out of costume - in her apartment. He doesn't necessarily disagree though he disagrees on her motivation.
Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Lampshaded by Diggle in "The Huntress Returns", and repeated by Felicity in the same episode.
Badass: One of very few characters able to go toe-to-toe with Ollie for a decent length of time and keep pace. The only reason Ollie keeps winning is because of essentially small advantages such as China White bare foot fighting on broken glass without her knives.
Knife Nut: Not only does she use a knife for everyday things like executing a witness who'd seen too much, but when she goes to kill Laurel, she brings along gun-toting mooks... not to shoot the target, but for the express purpose of corralling Laurel (and Oliver) so that she can use her knives on them.
In Vendetta, she was shown stabbing the hell out of someone with a knife, either for sheer enjoyment or just using the There Is No Kill Like Overkill approach.
Poisoned Bullets: His specialty. If it wasn't the bullets that didn't kill you, it was poison in them that did.
Professional Killer: So professional that when he has Diggle at his mercy, he expressly states that while he would love to kill Diggle and put his name next to his brothers, but since no one's paying him to kill him, Dig gets to live.
Psycho for Hire: He was one originally, but after surviving an arrow to the eye, he seems to have softened up and works more professionally.
Tattooed Crook: He tattoos the names of the people he's killed on his body.
Sebastian "Brother" Blood
Played by: Kevin Alejandro
Eat the Rich: Seems to invoke this mentality in his supporters, using the Undertaking to justify it.
Evil All Along: Though it shouldn't come as a real shock to the audience.
Evil Sounds Deep: Like Malcolm Merlyn as the Dark Archer before him, he wears a mask and uses a voice changer in his Brother Blood persona.
Jerkass: While waiting for Oliver at a party that he had funded for Blood, the man went on a rant in front of people, accosting him and the Queen family. Not only that, when Oliver went to the Glades after his exiled return, Blood took great glee in putting Ollie down.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Judges hiring the Count to kill the Arrow as this, since it not only failed, but also led to the Arrow killing again.
Powder Keg Crowd: Is speaking to one when Oliver first meets him and, possibly intentionally, sparks a small riot that breaks Oliver's car window.
Red Baron: In his own personal circle, he's known as Brother Blood.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: With the revelation of his Brother Blood persona and the use of 'The Miracle', he may be shaping up to be this, if he follows the pattern set the previous season by Malcolm Merlyn.
With Us or Against Us: Even though Oliver's fundraiser is actively raising money for the Glades after the Undertaking, his failure to show up gives Blood the opportunity to paint him as the face of the Rich Idiot with No Day Job problems the city has.
Even Evil Has Standards: The League of Assassins, whatever else they might be, have a code of honor, and Ra's Al-Ghul himself was so disgusted by The Undertaking in Season 1 that he wants to kill Malcolm personally as of "The Scientist".
Red Baron: He goes by Al-Owal, which means "The First".
Tropes that Apply to the Whole Group
Dr. Anthony Ivo (Dylan Neal)
Big Bad: Seems to have replaced Edward Fyers as this for Season Two's island flashbacks.
Faux Affably Evil: Like Edward Fyers before him, he surely acts quite polite to Sara and Oliver while they were on the island, untilhe uses Sara in finding out where Shado and Slade were by letting Oliver radio them so he could kill them. That's not even mentioning how he treats Oliver when they're trying to find the hosen, or his killing of the Captain for failing to catch Oliver's friends. Still, he does save Sara from harsher imprisonment, torture, and implied gang rape.
Mad Scientist: The way he says "I'm going to save the human race." and his expression show that underneath this seemingly normal, even kind guy, there is somebody with a drive and ambition that isn't quite right.
Death by Secret Identity: He deduces the Arrow's identity after Felicity investigates him and he remembers Oliver posing as a Vertigo buyer. One phone call to Ollie warning him that he holds Felicity hostage later, he ends up with three arrows in the torso and a ticket for Destination Defenestration.
Obfuscating Insanity: Subverted. At the beginning of Unfinished Business, he appears to break out of the mental institution where he was being held. Then it seems that he may have faked his breakout. Upon investigation though, it turns out that nope, his breakout was entirely faked by the doctors to divert suspicion away from themselves. The Count is really just insane. However, he gets better in Season Two.
Counting Arrows: He knows the Hood only had 24 arrows in his quiver, so he sends 25 henchmen.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He's smart enough to have guard after guard in his home to take on the hood, and used how many arrows the hood could have in his quiver to his advantage by making him run out of arrows.
Evil Power Vacuum: When Vanch gets out of prison, he tries to earn the respect to take over by killing Arrow since after the Huntress' murder of the Triad boss, and Frank Bertinelli's arrest, the leadership of Starling City's organized crime is up for grabs.
Affably Evil: He seems rather polite, given what he does to his "henchpeople". While some villains would deal with them once their deeds were done, he doesn't. Dodger wouldn't kill them afterwards but merely knock 'em out. The only people he has killed was an art dealer who tries to screw him over, and a hostage in Madrid who refused to cooperate.
Bond One-Liner: Says one to guy who tried to backstab him before killing him.
Evil Counterpart: To Oliver. A vigilante trying to save his home, the Glades, by hunting down those he believes have wronged it. Except he's less interested in saving and more in avenging, his victims aren't so clearly deserving, and rather than offering his targets a last chance to right their wrongs, he has them plead their case for their lives on live streaming video before invariably executing them anyway, since he's already decided they're guilty.
Actually in a way he is more like Malcolm, just without the funding behind him.
Pay Evil unto Evil: His intention. Except he considers a district attorney who chose not to take a case to trial for lack of evidence and a conflicted bit-part criminal barely out of his teens to be equally worthy of public execution as a slumlord whose corruption has caused multiple deaths.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His vigilantism comes across less as a calculated attempt to save the Glades and more as an extended Roaring Rampage of Revenge for his wife's murder; two of the three people he's seen targeting are the DA who chose not to prosecute his wife's murder and a young criminal he sees as similar to the thugs who killed her, rather than more dangerous criminals.
Crucified Villain Shot: The Inverted version of the normal trope — right before he's about to kill the Canary, Oliver shoots him with two arrows (at once!), and he ends up with his arms outstretched, kind of pinned by the arrows.
Cruel and Unusual Death: Kills his victims by pouring a polymer down their throats, essentially slowly drowning them while they're helpless and strapped to a table.