Characters / Green Arrow

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow I

  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether his costume has a hat or hood.
  • Disappeared Dad: 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: 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).
  • 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, " 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.
  • 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.

Connor Hawke/Green Arrow II

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: Started out as one of Robin, but he eventually grew into his own character.
  • 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 BSOD: 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 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.
  • 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... and that he had left her pregnant in that date, and now has an offspring that he has never knew about. And, as punishment, he won't know see his offspring, know his 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. What makes this so amazing is that Roy didn't have to sacrifice his brash personality, and just goes to show that he was a better father than his mentor Green Arrow could have ever hoped to be.
  • 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-coloured costumes in contrast with Ollie's green.
  • 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

Black Canary

See her relative page.


  • Age Lift: After the New 52 reboot, she was revised as one of Ollie's father's lovers rather than his.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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: Usually depicted as a middle aged man at the least.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    "Luthor and Grodd do it for power. Cheetah and Sivanna do it for kicks. And the bat-villains... Well, they're just fried to begin with. Then there are those of us with a more professional interest."
  • 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.

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.


AKA: Carrie Cutter

A 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.