Oliver Queen/Green Arrow I
- Adventurer Archaeologist: In his Golden Age origin, he was an archaeologist and expert on Native American cultures, who gained his skills as a tracker and archer through studying the ancient techniques utilized by Native hunters.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He becomes a City Mayor in some versions.
- Badass Beard: Well, the beard IS awesome.
- Badass Grandpa: Though well preserved thanks to his rebirth, he technically is one through his adoption of Roy Harper to Roy's biological daughter Lian.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't have powers. He's just good with the bow and has lots and lots of Trick Arrows.
- Battle Couple: With Black Canary.
- Blackmail: In the New 52, he became part of the new JLA assembled by Amanda Waller. Wasn't originally on the team, but he found out that Catwoman's a member and promised not to tell if he becomes a member.
- Chick Magnet: Since the end of the Grell series.
- Clark Kenting: Ollie's beard style is not quite unique, but rare enough so that anyone who cared could make the connection.
- Color Character: Green naturally.
- Crimefighting with Cash: Per Oliver Queen's Post-Crisis origin, as presented in Green Arrow: The Wonder Year, Ollie's original motivations for fighting crime basically came down to "Because I'm Bored and Because I Can". He later found more noble motivations, though. And in the most recent retellings of his origins (such as Green Arrow: Year One and his New 52 incarnation) he always had a noble heart and a desire to help people.
- Depending on the Writer: How much of a womanizer he is and whether or not he's the sort of man to abandon his illegitimate child.
- Disappeared Dad: According to Brad Meltzer, he was present at Connor's birth but ducked out on actually having to raise him.
- Doting Grandparent: Oliver was this to Lian Harper, deceased daughter of his former sidekick Roy Harper aka Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow.
- Expy: A rare case of evolving into an Expy, Green Arrow and Speedy were transformed into second string versions of Batman and Robin in The Silver Age after starting out as an Adventurer Archaeologist and Boy Adventurer respectively in The Golden Age.
- Freudian Excuse: In one retcon, Oliver was shown to have suffered Parental Neglect as a child. As an adult he became a stereotypical bored rich man who spent most of his time avoiding responsibility. After losing all his money he lost the one thing that made him happy, and tried to compensate for it by gaining the love of the masses as a hero for the poor and downtrodden of society. When in reality, he just wants to be loved, but even when he has friends and a family, and he doesn't know how to genuinely hold on to them and gradually drives them away with his jerkass attitude. He doesn't care about social ills, he wants to play the hero so people will love him. He wants love, but he's not very good at returning it in healthy ways.
- Handicapped Badass: Oliver Queen's appearance in Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns story—he may be old, and without an arm, but he can still shoot arrows just fine.
- Hands-Off Parenting: Ollie in "Hard-Traveling Heroes".
- Handsome Lech
- Honest Corporate Executive: Oliver started out this way before he evolved beyond being a Batman expy.
- In the Hood: The Grell costume, and several variations thereafter.
- Jerk Ass: Ollie has had his moments, from being a self-important moralist, to a morally ambiguous Anti-Hero to an outright douchebag through his career.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his snarky attitude and general smugness, few would dispute that Oliver Queen's heart is in the right place regardless of where his head might be stuck.
- Lethal Chef: "Ollie's Stupendous Chili Recipe" is too spicy for even Superman. Even with his vaunted willpower Green Lantern Hal Jordan (one of Ollie's best friends) couldn't finish it.
- On the bright side, The Flash was able to adapt it into a weapon for fighting Captain Cold.
- However, Batman is able to eat it with a smile on his face and just go, "Hrm...it could use more crackers."
- Long-Lost Relative: In the New 52 volume, he discovers that he has a younger Japanese half-sister sister named Emiko.
- Lost at Sea: He was shipwrecked and stranded on a Deserted Island for a significant amount of time in his backstory.
- Millionaire Playboy: Oliver Queen, for much of his history. When his fortune was stolen from him in the 1970s, it fully completed his shift to the liberal man of the people. He's regained money lately, but as the head of a number of charities.
- Official Couple: With Black Canary.
- One-Note Cook: Ollie makes a mean bowl of chili.
- Papa Wolf: Oliver Queen. The man walked out of Paradise to save his son's life.
- Parental Substitute: To his sidekicks, Roy and Mia.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Oliver Queen up until he lost his money.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: His costume is generally sleeveless, though he has arm guards and gauntlets.
- Taught by Experience: In some versions of Green Arrow's origin, he develops his incredible archery as a result of being stranded on a desert island and having to learn how to use a bow in order to survive.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Ollie was originally very against killing. During the O'Neil/Adams run, Ollie accidentally killed someone because his aim was thrown off by an injury. He gave up the superhero life and went to a monastery until Green Lantern and others convinced him to return. He changed his tune after the events of "The Longbow Hunters", when he was driven to kill the men who had been torturing Dinah Lance, fearing they were about to kill her. Since then Ollie was willing to make lethal force an option but only when the lives of others were at risk.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ollie really, really likes chili.
- Trick Arrow: The Trope Maker. The miniseries Green Arrow: Year One actually shows how he came up with the boxing glove or "stun" arrow. He had to incapacitate a guard without killing him so he simply took the head off of a regular arrow (this doesn't actually work, but it's a comic book).
- *Twang* Hello: A frequent method of greeting for Oliver Queen.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hal Jordan alias Green Lantern since when they teamed up in a series of socially relevant stories in which the "by-the-book" Hal "plays by his own rules" while Ollie deal with issues like racism, political corruption, pollution and overpopulation.
Connor Hawke/Green Arrow II
- Celibate Hero: Is uncomfortable with women due to being raised by monks and tends to avoid romantic relationships for this reason.
- Chick Magnet
- Dark-Skinned Blond: When the art team remembers.
- Heroic Bastard
- Humble Hero: In a rather stark contrast to his dad's boasting and boisterous nature.
- Legacy Character
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Despite being a Chick Magnet, Connor never took advantage of it. Afraid of having people believing he was gay, writers made him to get laid with a ghost.
- Mixed Ancestry: His father is Anglo-Saxon and his mother is half-Korean/half-African American. There's also speculation both in and out of universe that Connor might be gay. He turns out to be Asexual or demi-sexual, depending on how you spin Dixon's contribution.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Only Sane Man: He can sometimes seem like this in a household with his hot-tempered, impulsive father and the equally impulsive and hot tempered Speedies.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's been the Blue to Ollie's, Roy's, and Kyle Rayner's Reds.
- Suddenly Sexuality: Connor Hawke spent his adolescence in a monastery and most of the time shows minimal interest in sex... except when Chuck Dixon feels the need to make it clear that he's not gay. The squickiest example involves Shado, the woman who raped his father.
- Even squickier when you consider that at the same time, Judd Winick was laboring under the delusion that Shado was Connor Hawke's mother and was making plans to bring Shado back into the Green Arrow book as a romantic interest for Ollie.
- "So Connor's been making out with his mother in the pages of Dragon's Blood?"
- Even squickier when you consider that at the same time, Judd Winick was laboring under the delusion that Shado was Connor Hawke's mother and was making plans to bring Shado back into the Green Arrow book as a romantic interest for Ollie.
- Twofer Token Minority: His father is Anglo-Saxon and his mother is half-Korean/half-African American.
- Warrior Monk: He was literally raised in a monastery and is a formidable fighter.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Even with Ollie's many faults, Connor still very much admires him and the hero business in general.
Roy Harper/Speedy I/Arsenal/Red Arrow
- The Aloner: Tried to be this after Rise of Arsenal until Cheshire manipulated him into joining Deathstroke's team under false pretenses.
- Always Someone Better: Roy has sadly felt like this throughout his life, being behind Oliver, Connor, and Nightwing.
- Arm Cannon: His weapon as Arsenal.
- Artificial Limb: After Prometheus hacked his right arm off, Cyborg designed him a new one. However, this prosthetic isn't permanent, as Roy's right arm is still infected with the flesh-eating bacteria Prometheus laced his blade with. It's designed to "work around the nerve endings". It also causes him great pain to use it, impairs his ability as an archer drastically, and he can't wear anything over it unless it's his costume. It's also a total eyesore.
- Badass Beard: Spotted a soul patch for most of the late 90s and early 2000s.
- Badass Normal: Well, he was trained by Ollie, after all.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Averted. While he can be a jerk and a hound dog, Roy has never harmed or mistreated any of the women he's been with, though his relationships have never exactly been steady.
- Big Brother Mentor: To younger Titan teammate Damage. He nominated Grant for membership during Titans to make it up to him for how things went when Roy led the team. Thanks to Roy (and Lian), Grant was able to admit his foster father had abused him so badly when he was younger. Roy was willing to help Grant because he remembered what his teenage years were like and how often he was left to his own devices, and wasn't about to do the same.
- Color Character: As Red Arrow.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: At Lian's funeral, Roy practically strangled Mia and blamed her for Lian's death. The majority of Rise of Arsenal seemed to be everyone coddling Mia Deardren and blaming Roy for Lian's death, even though A. Mia was supposed to be watching Lian and left her alone to fight the Electrocutioner, and B. Star City's destruction was a freak accident.
- Dating Catwoman: He had an affair with supervillainess Cheschire, who he even had a child with. Said child was however killed during Cry for Justice, and the relationship was undone after the New 52. However, Convergence sees his pre-New 52 self being reunited with his daughter.
- Despair Event Horizon: When through one when his daughter was killed in Rise of Arsenal.
- Doting Parent: He may have hired nannies from time to time, but he was REALLY good at being a single parent.
- Drugs Are Bad: He's infamously expelled by Oliver due to being a heroin addict.
- Evil Redhead: After Rise of Arsenal and up until the end of Titans.
- Expy: Evolved into one of Robin during The Silver Age, after starting out as a Boy Adventurer.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Due to critical research failure and a glaring case of Continuity Snarl, Titans #23 painted Roy out as this during the early years of the Fab Five, to the point that the others knew about Roy's heroin addiction and simply told him to "get help or get out".
- Good Parents: In contrast to Lian's mother Cheshire, who would most likely kill her own daughter if it proved necessary to her own survival, and Roy's mentor Green Arrow, a selfish Jerk with a Heart of Gold who neglected Roy a lot when they were out of costume. While not a perfect father, he's still considered one of the better parents in the DCU.
- Gun Kata: As Arsenal.
- Guns Akimbo: As Arsenal.
- Handicapped Badass: He lost his arm to Prometheus during Cry for Justice and had to replace it with a robotic arm as a result. This has been since undone with the New 52.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Following Lian's death he turned antihero, then seemed to straddle the line between antihero and villain when he and Cheshire were planning to kill Deathstroke, then back to hero at the end of Titans.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Following his arm being hacked off and Lian getting killed.
- Ignored Epiphany: Via Status Quo Is God. A notable mini arc in the first Titans series was about Roy coming to terms with Cheshire being tried for her wanton genocide of Qurac and finally putting his lingering feelings of her behind for good after realizing she'll always be a murdering psychopath. However, most writers tend to ignore that for the sake of milking more Wangst out of their not-a-relationship, especially in Rise of Arsenal and the second Titans.
- I Have No Son: Done twice to him. First by Green Arrow when he discovered Roy was a heroin addict, and then by Black Canary in Rise of Arsenal when she officially considered him a lost cause. That came back to bite her in the ass big time when Mortis got a hold of her in Birds of Prey.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Believes it was his fault Lian died, and other people, like Cheshire and Deathstroke, are eager to blame it on him to exploit his broken mental state, even though Lian's death was the result of Prometheus' malfunctioning machine and being left alone by Mia. By Convergence though, Roy has finally accepted Lian's death was not his fault.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Often depicted as more of a jerk than Robin, but still with a softer side.
- Kid Hero: He started out as this in The Golden Age, having survived the plane crash that killed his family, learning hunting skills and archery from his family's Native American manservant before he ever met Oliver Queen.
- Kid Sidekick: To Green Arrow.
- The Lancer: If he's in the Green Arrow comic, he's Ollie's. If we see him in Teen Titans, he's this to Nightwing.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Once upon a time, Roy Harper dated Cheshire. And one day, Cheshire came with a number of reveals in her bag: that she found out that Harper was working for the government and dated her to try to capture her, that she found out that Harper is also the Titan known as Speedy, that he had left her pregnant and that he now has an offspring that he has never knew about. And, as punishment, he won't ever know or see his offspring, know their name, or even the gender.
- Papa Wolf: To Lian, obviously, one of the most adorable and well-adjusted kids in comic book history. Despite requiring nannies from time to time, he never deprived her of love and attention and the two have had an amazingly adorable and loving relationship.
- Perma-Stubble: In the late 90s and early 2000s. This was considered a part of his rugged appeal, but when it came back after Rise of Arsenal it was just evidence of Roy's physical and emotional deterioration.
- Really Gets Around: Has dated Cheshire, Troia, Grace Choi, Huntress, and Hawkgirl.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He's every bit the lady's man his former mentor is, if not more so, and he can be brash and a bit of a jerk. That doesn't stop him from having scenes with his daughter that manage to redefine the word "adorable".
- Red Is Heroic: Typically prefers red-colored costumes in contrast with Ollie's green.
- Sidekick: As Speedy.
- Slasher Smile: Had a rather off-putting one during Titans, though this was sometimes attributed to his drug-induced stupor.
- What Does He See in Her??: Regarding Cheshire. While she is rather attractive and seductive, pretty much everyone lacks the ability to understand why Roy still holds some form of emotional attachment towards her given she's a sociopath, though Roy seems to believe its because he doesn't want Lian to see her mother in jail or executed.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: His right arm is said to be infected with dormant flesh-eating bacteria called "nanomites" which were laced in Prometheus' blade. It's for this reason that he was given a removable prosthetic meant to work "around" his nerve endings.
Mia Dearden/Speedy II
- Badass Adorable: She can be sweet and deadly. Usually both.
- Badass Cape: Her costume has a yellow cape that has a hood on it.
- Badass Normal: Also trained by Ollie.
- Biker Babe: She usually ride bikes.
- Dating Catwoman: He had an affair with villain Dodger.
- Depending on the Artist: Her bust size. Also if she has Youthful Freckles.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She was a prostitute prior to being Speedy.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: She's the one who insisted Oliver train her as his new sidekick. Given the problems he had training Roy, he resisted until a city-wide emergency required all the help he could get.
- Ill Girl: She's HIV positive.
- Kid Sidekick: Replaced Roy as Speedy.
- Lovely Angels: She usually fights with Black Canary.
- Misblamed: In-Universe. Roy blames her for his daughter's death.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has a very Form-Fitting Wardrobe.
- Red Is Heroic: Typically prefers a red-coloured costume, though she did don a black one for a time.
Black CanarySee her relative page.
A Yakuza kunoichi skilled in the art of Kyudo (Way of the Bow), Shado is notable for blurring the lines between antagonist and love interest.
- Age Lift: After the New 52 reboot, she was revised as a lover of Ollie's father and the mother of his half-sister.
- Dark Action Girl: She's a Yakuza assassin specialized in Kyudo, a Japanese form of archery.
- Dragon Lady: Literally, as she has a dragon tattoo going down one arm.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Quite infamously, she once had sex with Ollie while he was injured and delirious from pain and medication. She claimed not to be aware of his delirium until he called out Dinah's name and then went through with it because she wanted to have his baby and give him a legacy of sorts since Dinah didn't want to have children.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Though normally an ally of Team Arrow, Shado's true loyalty is to the Oyabun of her clan, and he occasionally orders her to side with groups such as the Ninth Circle.
- Mafia Princess: In her backstory; her father was a Yakuza head who was blackmailed by American soldiers into betraying his group, leading him committing Seppuku to atone for this and her to be trained as an assassin to make up for his failure.
- Rape Is OK When It Is Female on Male: One of the most infamous examples in comics history. She confessed the crime to Black Canary, who was oddly okay with Shado deciding that she could give Oliver the baby that Dinah couldn't.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The arc where she was introduced had her tracking down and killing the former American soldiers responsible for the death of her family. Though she was doing it to clean her family's honor on the Yakuza's request rather than of her own initiative.
- Tykebomb: After the death of her father, she was raised by the Yakuza and trained specifically to kill the Americans who had dishonored her family.
AKA: IronhorseA mercenary who frequently takes jobs for the CIA, Fyers is introduced as an enemy of Green Arrow, but later becomes an ally and father figure to Connor.
- Badass Moustache
- Badass Normal: A normal human with fairly basic fighting skills. But he's as good with guns as Oliver is with the bow.
- Cold Sniper: He's no Deadshot, but he can take out ninjas and trained commandos.
- Combat Pragmatist: Without a gun, he's not really particularly useful in a fight, and he knows this.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dragon Ascendant: In Saga of the Longbow Hunters, he's working for a corrupt CIA agent named Greg Osbourne. When Osbourne is arrested by the FBI, Eddie replaces him as Oliver's primary contact with the CIA.
- Final Boss: Is essentially this for Saga of the Longbow Hunters, since he only appears to cause trouble for the penultimate action sequence.
- Friend on the Force: Eventually for Oliver.
- Heel–Face Turn: During Mike Grell's run it was more like a Heel–Face Revolving Door, Chuck Dixon turns him into a full fledged good guy.
- Oh Crap!: He and Connor right before Oliver dies (he gets better).
- Parental Substitute: Became Connor's father figure in Oliver's absence.
- Punch Clock Hero / Punch Clock Villain: As a mercenary, he repeatedly stated that he was only as bad as those who hired him.
- The Red Baron: The Weapons Master.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else: He's a badass secret agent, but he looks more like a banker.
AKA: Daniel "Danny" BrickwallA stone-skinned crime lord who gained a major influence in Star City following a power vacuum created after a demonic power had cut the city from the outside world for a while. While he technically is a metahuman, he actually owes his success less to his power, and more to his intelligence and brillant criminal mind.
- The Chessmaster: Undeniably one of Green Arrow's smartest opponents.
- The Don: Best-known as a major crime lord in Star City, and at one point was the leader of its entire criminal underground.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Started out as a low-level enforcer and street gang leader. Following a demonic attack on the city, he used the ensuing power vacuum to expand his gang's influence, and ended up not only uniting most of the gangs in Star City under his leadership, but also killing the mayor.
- Genius Bruiser: He is a metahuman with stone-like skin, making him both super-strong and Nigh Invulnerable. He also happens to be a criminal mastermind.
- Large and in Charge: Guy is huge, and a major crime lord to boot.
- Nigh Invulnerable: His stone skin makes him capable of shrugging off missiles.
- Scary Black Man: Well, at least he used to be black. His transformation into a metahuman caused his skin to turn reddish.
- Super Strength: Strong enough to outmatch Green Arrow in a fist fight.
- Take a Third Option: When his influence started to grow, he was invited to a meeting of the various mafiosi and gang leaders who led Star City's criminal underground, and offered the choice of either continuing his activities on the condition of giving them a cut, or being killed. His answer was to have the entire house leveled by a missile, killing them all but leaving him unharmed because of his powers, and making him the lone gang leader in the entire city.
- Unexplained Recovery: Was at some point killed by Cupid, before being inexplicably brought back later.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is white, and he definitely isn't a good guy.
AKA: Thomas BlakeA socialite who squandered his fortune in an unsuccessful bid to become a Great White Hunter, Thomas Blake instead used the skills he learned to become a thief, becoming a Spear Counterpart to Catwoman. Despite being a Scarily Competent Tracker with fairly decent fighting skills, his success was somewhat inconsistent until he reinvented himself as a morally ambiguous mercenary.
- Alas, Poor Villain: While in Africa, Blake befriended a pride of lions. It's hard not to feel bad for him when Lex Luthor orders Deadshot to kill them all.
- Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: Eventually became one after an epic Heel Realization.
- Badass Decay: Lampshaded in universe. After a long stint in prison, he became an overweight loser. Green Arrow eventually calls him on this, and he decides to shape up and go back to his roots.
- Domestic Abuser: Would occasionally hit his girlfriends.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Regaining his edge involved hunting wild game in Africa, wearing only a knife.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Trains alongside Ollie and Connor at the start of Identity Crisis.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Originally a relatively minor Bat-Family villain, until he was brought back during Brad Meltzer's run on Green Arrow.
- Shirtless Scene: Provided plenty of them during his time on the Secret Six.
- Villain Team-Up: Originally with other low level villains, after restoring his credibility, he got to work alongside the likes of Lex Luthor, Bane, and Deadshot.
AKA: William Tockman, Temple FugateOne of the Emerald Archer's oldest foes, Billy Tockman was originally a costumed criminal with clock themed gadgetry. The New 52 transformed him into a non-costumed crime boss with a fondness for clock motifs.
- Clock King: He tries to be one, counting seconds and scheduling, but actually doesn't reach the level to qualify.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His invalid sister's death was what drove him to villainy.
- Depending on the Artist: The hands on his clock-shaped mask are sometimes drawn static, as if they were just eyeslits shaped like clock hands, but some artists draw them like actual clock hands, changing place depending on the hour of the day.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: During his time with the Injustice League.
- Insufferable Genius
- Killed Off for Real: He died in a mission for the Suicide Squad.
- Legacy Character: A second Clock King, based largely on the Batman: The Animated Series incarnation, was a foe of the Teen Titans.
- Race Lift / Scary Black Man: Part of his New 52 makeover.
- Tragic Villain: See below. He only turned to villainy out of despair so he could ensure his invalid sister would have a better future, and then so he could get revenge on Green Arrow for making his initial plan go horribly wrong.
- Your Days Are Numbered: A particularly cruel subversion in his backstory; he was told by his doctor he only had six month left to live, which led him to try and rob a bank in a last effort to secure his sister's future. It eventually turned out the doctor had made a mistake with his papers, and he wasn't terminally ill. Which he found out after being sent to jail and his sister dying in-between. Harsh.
AKA: Werner Zytle, Werner VertigoThe last descendant of the royal family who once ruled over a small eastern Europe country named Vlatava. After being exiled, he turned to crime with the ultimate goal of reconquering his homeland. A long time foe of Batman and Green Lantern, Vertigo also serves as a Scarecrow-style adversary for Green Arrow, as his powers effectively void Ollie's marksmanship skills.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: As mentioned above, he's descended from royalty. Having endured mental illness and brainwashing, he prioritized his health above his birthright, and eventually any chance of returning to his throne was ruined when The Spectre incinerated Vlatava.
- Berserk Button: Brainwashing and drugging. First a group of Vlatavan nationalists drugged him so he could serve as a Living Prop and a weapon to drive the Soviets from the country, and then Poison Ivy found him and kept feeding him drugs to keep him subservient.
- Death Seeker: Was this for a while in the Suicide Squad, and almost entered into a duel with Deadshot for the sake of dying. He grew out of it eventually. Ironically, despite welcoming death, he was one of the survivors of the Squad's disastrous mission to Apokolips.
- Handicapped Badass: Technically, he has a hereditary inner ear defect that affects his balance, and is forced to use a small electronic device implanted in his right temple to make up for it. However, the same device allows him to affect other people's sense of balance, so he can use it for fighting purposes.
- Lodged-Blade Recycling: Backstabs Kanto, a New God, who had the arrogance to leave a dagger on Vertigo's back and presume he was dead.
- Nominal Hero: When he served under the Suicide Squad.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Until the New 52 changed his surname to Zytle.
- Who's Laughing Now?: During the War of the Gods crossover, Poison Ivy (his once-enslaver) fell in a Death Trap, and desperately started promising to become the slave of anyone who freed her. The only one who heard her was Vertigo, who walked away laughing.
AKA: Carrie CutterA special ops soldier working for the secret program known as Cobalt, Carrie Cutter came back from a mission a Georgia very disturbed. As a result, she volunteered for a program intended to make her fearless. While the treatment was a success, and increased her strength in the process, it also caused her memory loss, and most importantly made her love-related emotions turned Up to Eleven. Believing her husband had abandoned her, she tracked him down to Star City and killed him. Green Arrow was involved in this, and she started developing an obsession for him.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Green Arrow isn't really interested in her, though this has less to do with her being ugly and more with her being a completely insane Yandere.
- Mad Love: Green Arrow clearly isn't interested in her, but try explaining that to her...
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: The trauma from her time as a special ops soldier was what caused her to volunteer for a Super Soldier progam.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Her entire concept is based around the fact she wants to get in a relationship with Green Arrow.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The treatment she went through gave her enhanced strength, but seriously damaged her sanity.
- Yandere: She is absolutely obsessed with Green Arrow, and her approach of trying to win his affection involves hunting down and killing members of his Rogues Gallery.
The leader of the Ninth Circle, a supervillain banking firm. Green Arrow becomes their enemy when he learns that Queen Enterprises has been funding their operations.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: A red one, keeping with his Satanic motif.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: His followers, due to his purification ritual, but he describes going through the process himself, telling Black Canary that it made him what he is today.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Pretty much an accountant/broker for supervillains. His client list includes the Yakuza, arms dealers, terrorists, and even a few presidential candidates.
- The Chessmaster: Has to be one in order to lead a Secret Society.
- Cool Boat: The Inferno, a floating fortress, described in universe as a supervillain Fort Knox.
- Deadpan Snarker: Once in a while.
- Expy: Of Lincoln March.
- Gonk: He doesn't really have any skin, just charred flesh. And visible bone can be seen.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Black Canary knocks him into the purifying lye that he uses to create his brainwashed followers.
- Kick the Dog: Murders Ollie's secretary, blows up his penthouse, and empties all his bank accounts.
- Kill It with Fire: His mooks are zombies who incinerate anyone they touch.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Especially during his "baptisms of fire."
- Our Zombies Are Different: They retain enough intelligence to speak and use weapons, and seem to have superpowers, like incinerating those they touch.
- Schmuck Bait: Ensures that he never runs out of followers; his loans have such high interest rates that borrowers usually need to work off their debts.
- War for Fun and Profit: The Ninth Circle will sabotage peace talks that are bad for business.
DeadshotSee his relative page.
DeathstrokeSee his relative page.
AKA: Arthur King, Al Sa-HerAlso known as "the Magician" and "the Dark Archer", Thomas Merlyn note is the third greatest assassin in the DC Universe (the top two being Deathstroke and Deadshot, respectively). Originally one of Ollie's former teachers who went rogue, the New 52 revamp de-aged him and made him an Evil Former Friend.
- Always Someone Better: In his backstory; he was one of the few people who could best Green Arrow with a bow. Ollie improved since then, however, and Merlyn eventually admitted he had been bested by him.
- Arch-Enemy: A potential candidate for the title toward Ollie. Notably, their relationship tends to be depicted as less aggressive than how Arch-Enemies usually are; they usually share a strong rivalry rather than any real hatred.
- Big Bad: For most of the series.
- Badass Grandpa: Prior to New 52, which lowered him to roughly Ollie's age.
- Badass Normal: Let's put it that way; this is a guy who, with nothing but a bow and arrows, almost succeeded in killing Batman in his first appearance as a supervillain.
- Beard of Evil: A distinct goatee.
- Dark Is Evil/Evil Wears Black: Wears a black outfit.
- Evil Counterpart: To Ollie. Both are spectacularly talented Archers, but Ollie uses his skill as a superhero, while Merlyn chose to use it for profit as an assassin.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His New 52 makeover gave him some notable burn scars.
- Horned Hairdo: His haircut.
- Meaningful Name: His surname King depicts both his fascination to the Arthurian myth and the fact that he's usually Always Some One Better for Oliver note .
- Professional Killer: Initially worked for the League of Shadows, but became this after a failed attempt to kill Batman.
- Punch Clock Villain: He has no particularly dark ambition, no hatred toward Ollie or any other superhero and isn't insane; to him, supervillainy is a job and nothing else.
- We Used to Be Friends: Post New 52.
- Worthy Opponent: To Ollie.
AKA: BaphometA serial killer who enjoys targeting badass normals, the enigmatic Onomatopoeia is an eccentric murderer who communicates only in sound effects; the last thing most of his victims hear is his impression of the weapon he is about to use on them. Introduced in the pages of Green Arrow, he hospitalized Conner Hawke, and has since tangled with both Oliver Queen and Batman.
- An Axe to Grind: Used one on Conner.
- Badass: He took a half-dozen of Oliver's arrows without flinching and bit another in half. He fought Batman evenly and managed to get away. He's hospitalized both Conner Hawke and The Joker. Onomatopoeia is an enormous badass.
- Badass Longcoat: Features a trenchcoat along with his mask.
- Cold Sniper: Has made use of a sniper rifle and certainly has the personality.
- Cool Mask: With a bull's-eye on it.
- Guns Akimbo: Always carries a pair of semiautomatic pistols.
- Happily Married: Has a wife and children who know nothing of his supervillainous activities.
- Implacable Man: Nothing seems to keep him down permanently.
- Knife Nut: His go-to weapon at close range.
- Made of Iron/Made Of Titanium: It's one or the other. Whether he's a "normal" person with a ridiculously high tolerance for pain, or a metahuman with low-level invulnerability has not been revealed.
- Serial Killer: Of Costumed Nonsuper Heroes.
- Silent Antagonist: Only speaks in sound effects.
- Karma Houdini: Escaped from both Oliver and Batman.
Star City Slayer
AKA: Stanley Dover, Sr.An Ax-Crazy amatuer occultist, Stan Dover killed numerous youths, hoping that the blood spilled in the murders would summon a monster that would reward him with eternal youth. When Ollie returned after a long absence, Dover plotted to capture him and transfer his consciousness into the Emerald Archer's considerably younger, fitter body.
- Abusive Parent: He was a abusive grandfather towards his grandson, Stanley Jr. He also wanted sacrifice his daughter to a demon in exchange for immortality.
- Arc Villain: Was the main villain of the Quiver arc.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretended to be a kindly old man to gain Oliver's trust.
- Evil Old Folks: Quite elderly (old enough to be a grandfather) and very evil.
- Hollywood Satanism: Stanley was a demon-worshiping psychopath who committed terrible deeds to please his demon masters.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Stanley succeeds in summoning his monster, but it ends up eating him instead of attacking Green Arrow.
- Serial Killer: Killed a bunch of children and was dubbed the Star City Slayer by the media.
- Would Hurt a Child: Was willing to kill children to achieve his goals.