Characters: Green Arrow

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow I

  • 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: The Green Arrows, the Speedys, Black Canary when she doesn't have her powers.
  • Color Character
  • Crimefighting with Cash: One of the earliest and greatest examples. Oliver Queen is one of the few superheroes whose 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, he always had a noble heart and a desire to help people.
  • Disappeared Dad: Was present at Connor's birth but ducked out on actually having to raise him.
  • Expy: During the Golden Age, he was given many similarities to Batman, right down to the Arrow-Car, Arrow-Cave, and a teen sidekick in Speedy (who is really just like Robin only a junky).
  • 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.
  • 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, " could use more crackers."
  • 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.
  • One-Note Cook: Ollie makes a mean bowl of chilli.
  • Papa Wolf: Oliver Queen. The man walked out of Paradise to save his son's life.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Oliver Queen up until he lost his money.

Connor Hawke/Green Arrow II

Roy Harper/Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow

  • Badass
    • Badass Normal: Well, he was trained by Ollie, after all.
    • 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.
  • Color Character: As Red Arrow.
  • 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.
  • Expy: Started out as one of Robin, but he eventually grew into his own character.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Gun Kata: As Arsenal.
  • Guns Akimbo: As Arsenal.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Often despicted as more of a jerk than Robin, but still with a softer side.
  • Kid Sidekick: Started out as this to Ollie.
  • 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.
  • Red Is Heroic: Typically prefers red-coloured costumes in contrast with Ollie's green.


  • Dragon Lady: Literally, as she has a dragon tattoo going down one arm.

Eddie Fyers

A CIA agent who was originally antagonistic towards Oliver, but later becomes an ally and father figure to Connor.


William "Clock King" Tockman

Count Werner Vertigo

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The last descendant of the royal family who once ruled over a small eastern europe country named Vlatava.
  • Berserk Button: He has a personal grudge against Poison Ivy, due to a time where she kept him as her slave.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Death Seeker: Briefly became this during his time with the Suicide Squad. He got over it, eventually.
  • 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.
  • Nominal Hero: When he served under the Suicide Squad.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero

Arthur "Merlyn" King

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Horned Hairdo: His haircut.
  • Professional Killer: Initially worked for the League of Shadows, but became this after a failed attempt to kill Batman.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Ollie.


AKA: Unknown

A 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 bullseye 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 badass normals.
  • Silent Antagonist: Only speaks in sound effects.
  • Karma Houdini: Escaped from both Oliver and Batman.

Stanley Dover Senior, the Star City Slayer

  • 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.
  • 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.