The Emerald Archer, The Battling Bowman, The Modern Day Robin Hood.The Archer Superhero
Green Arrow was originally created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, and first appeared in More Fun Comics
#73 (November, 1941). Along with his sidekick Speedy, Green Arrow was essentially treated as a more light-hearted version of Batman
. Idle millionaire Oliver Queen found himself stranded on a desert island, and taught himself archery to survive. Eventually, criminals came to the island. He used his archery skills to defeat them, and decided to keep fighting crime as a hobby. Shortly after beginning his career, Green Arrow met Roy Harper, an orphan who'd been raised by a Native American mentor on an isolated mesa. The boy was even faster with the bow than GA, and picked up the name "Speedy."
While never a major hit in The Golden Age of Comic Books
, Green Arrow and Speedy sold decently, and were members of the Seven Soldiers of Victory
, DC Comics
' second superhero team. After World War II
, the pair was moved to Adventure Comics
along with Aquaman
. As pet characters of editor Mort Weisinger, they were published continuously as backups to the Superboy feature all the way from 1946 to 1960. GA and Speedy then jumped to World's Finest
until 1964. During this time period, Green Arrow changed very little, sticking to short, fun stories in which he used trick arrows to thwart criminals and save lives. Perhaps the best remembered stories are the short run in 1958 by Jack Kirby
. Green Arrow also became a member of the JLA
during this period, whilst Speedy went and joined the Teen Titans
In 1969, however, artist Neal Adams gave Ollie a new costume and his now-trademark forked beard. Inspired by this striking new look, writer Dennis O'Neil followed this up with a storyline in which Oliver Queen lost his money. A few nights on the street, dealing with the social services net from the bottom, radically altered Green Arrow's politics. From (at best) a "limousine liberal", Green Arrow became an outspoken champion of the poor and oppressed as a cross between Robin Hood
and Abbie Hoffman. Also around this time, Green Arrow became romantically linked to Black Canary
, at that time an immigrant from Earth-Two.
Green Arrow was then teamed up with Green Lantern
Hal Jordan in a series of socially relevant stories in which the "by-the-book" Hal and "plays by his own rules" Ollie deal with issues like racism, political corruption, pollution and overpopulation. Speedy had not been seen adventuring with his mentor in some time and this was made a plot point when it was revealed that Green Arrow's neglect had caused Roy to turn to heroin. Roy later recovered from his addiction with help from Black Canary
, becoming a federal agent for some time. He later adopted the superhero codename of Arsenal, rejoined the Titans (where he led the team for a time) and fathered a daughter, Lian, with the supervillain assassin Cheshire - making him one of the few single-father superheroes in comics history.
After some years of being teamed with Green Lantern or appearing in back-up stories, in 1983 Green Arrow got his own mini-series for the first time. It sold decently, but was not followed up until 1987. As part of its new "mature readers" line, DC gave writer/artist Mike Grell the chance to reinvent Green Arrow again in The Longbow Hunters
mini-series, followed by an ongoing series. Some radical changes were made, moving GA from the fictional Star City to Seattle, discarding the trick arrows for the most part, removing Black Canary's sonic scream and generally avoiding the more comic-booky elements of The DCU
. This series also became notorious for the scene in which the assassin Shado rapes Oliver Queen, though it was mistakenly referred to as an affair
by other writers in the years to follow.
After Grell left the series, it was reintegrated with the rest of the DCU just before Zero Hour
. After Oliver Queen was forced to kill his best friend Hal Jordan as a part of that crisis, Oliver retreated once more to the Buddhist ashram where he went once before after accidentally killing someone.
It was here that a new character was introduced - an idealistic young monk and Green Arrow fanboy named Connor Hawke. Connor was later revealed to be Ollie's child by a previous relationship. Shortly after learning of their relationship, Oliver Queen died in a plane explosion. He gave his life to save the city of Metropolis and Connor became the new Green Arrow. Connor joined the Justice League for a time but eventually sought the peace of the ashram once more. While there, he had visions which told him that his father was still alive.
In 2000, writer Kevin Smith
(yeah, that one
) brought Oliver Queen back to life in a new Green Arrow
ongoing series, which also returned the action to Star City. By the end of the first storyline, Oliver had become a millionaire again. The trick arrows were back too and Ollie began to rekindle his relationship with Black Canary
(who in the meantime had recovered her own powers) and began to build a relationship with his son, Connor. He also picked up a new sidekick - teen prostitute Mia Dearden - who eventually took over the name of Speedy.
Throughout most of the 2000s, Green Arrow
was written by Judd Winick
, who tried to tackle social issues like Dennis O'Neil before him. Perhaps his most famous storyline from this time was a Very Special Episode
where Mia Dearden was diagnosed with HIV.
Toward the end of Winick's run, Green Arrow
and Black Canary
reconciled and got married. Roy Harper, who had also reconciled with his old mentor during this time, changed his hero name to "Red Arrow" and joined the Justice League
with Ollie's blessing.
The Green Arrow
book was rebooted, and became Green Arrow
/ Black Canary
for a time. Judd Winick
wrote this book for a little over a year, at which point it was taken over by television writer Andrew Kreisberg. Most of his run dealt with the antics of a new villain - a battered woman that Green Arrow saved, who became an obsessive, murderous groupie called Cupid.Things changed for the worst
for the entire Arrow Family in the wake of the JLA: Justice League: Cry for Justice
storyline. Star City suffered massive casualties in the wake of an attack by the super villain Prometheus. Roy Harper lost his right arm in a fight with the villain and his daughter, Lian, was killed in the bombing of Star City. In response, Oliver hunted down and killed Prometheus - an action which led to his arrest, public unmasking and Black Canary
returning her wedding ring due to his lying to her about the murder. At his trial, Oliver was found 'Not Guilty' of murder but this did not stop a corrupt judge from exiling Ollie from his home city
Shortly afterward, Green Arrow briefly starred in a third volume of his solo series, which was one of several new DC Comics
tying into the Brightest Day
storyline. Following the events of Cry For Justice
, a seemingly enchanted forest
grew up in the middle of the Star City. Oliver Queen has moved into the forest, continuing to fight the various powers trying to take advantage of the recent disaster - corrupt cops
, local politicians who are more interested in building a new Entertainment District in the wreckage than helping all the people left homeless by the recent disaster
and a Corrupt Corporate Executive
who has taken over Queen Enterprises.
A fourth volume of Green Arrow began publication in September 2011 as part of the New 52
relaunch. The new book is set in Year One of the new DC Universe and has taken Oliver Queen back to his roots as a Rich Idiot with No Day Job
, traveling the world and going wherever a hero is needed. After several creative team changes that did little to garner interest in the volume, the book was taken over by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, which primarily dealt with setting up a Myth Arc
focusing on Oliver's battles with Komodo, a man connected to his father, and an ancient collection of warrior clans known collectively as the Outsiders (which, save for a few members, has little to do with the pre-New 52 superhero team of the same name that Ollie was once part of).
The run proved generally popular and successful, before the creative team left and the book was taken over by Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski, who're also two of the main people behind Green Arrow's TV show adaptation Arrow
. This run, meanwhile, so far seems to be trying to do two things: Bring in the most popular elements of Arrow
into the comics (notably dropping the previous supporting cast save for Arrow Canon Immigrant
John Diggle (who was introduced into the comics during Lemire's run), and bringing in Arrow's Breakout Character
Felicity Smoak, resulting in creating the same Power Trio
the show uses), and bringing back elements from the Green Arrow book that have been missing since the reboot, including Oliver's mouthy liberal views and reintroducing Mia Dearden.
The most familiar version of Green Arrow to television viewers aside from Arrow
(See below) is probably the Smallville
version, where he was brought in instead of the Exiled from Continuity
Batman, already operating as a superhero in a non-skintight costume. Black Canary
and Mia Dearden also made appearances.
Alternately, Green Arrow was a major, if secondary, character in the Justice League Unlimited
animated series, where in his first appearance, he defeated a giant, radioactive robot that cleaned the clock of Green Lantern
, Captain Atom, and Supergirl
. He remained as the conscience of the Justice League, echoing the politically relevant series from the 1970s.
He also showed up several times in The Batman
and Batman: The Brave and the Bold
. He appears as a minor supporting character in Young Justice
, voiced by Alan Tudyk of Firefly
fame. His sidekicks, Red Arrow and Artemis, play far more prominent roles. He also stars in a fifteen minute feature, DC Showcase: Green Arrow
(co-starring Black Canary
), that appears as part of the Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam
DVD, along with The Spectre
and Jonah Hex
In 2008, a Green Arrow live-action film titled Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max
was announced. Penned by David S. Goyer (writer for The Dark Knight Saga
) and Justin Marks (writer for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
), the film would involve Green Arrow being sent to an high security prison
for a crime he didn't commit,
forcing him to team up with supervillains
in order to escape. No other news had been made since then.
In early 2012, it was announced that The CW
would be producing a TV series called Arrow
, to be based on the Green Arrow characters with Oliver being played by Stephen Amell. It debuted in November 2012 and drew a huge viewing audience.
In October of the same year, he was revealed to be a playable character in the fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us
Tropes seen in this series include:
- Action Girl: Black Canary and Mia.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Hawkeye is often viewed as Green Arrow's Marvel counterpart.
- Annoying Arrows: Sometimes played straight and sometimes averted.
- There was a reason he used boxing glove arrows - it annoyed the villains far more than all of the other ways he could incapacitate them.
- Applied Phlebotinum: Some of the more dubious trick arrows.
- Ascended Extra: Roy has arguably become one in the New 52 (that too, only in flashbacks). From being Green Arrow's ward/adopted 'son' and long-time sidekick, Roy has been retconned into someone who basically served as Mission Control to Ollie for about a year before they had a falling out and he went solo.
- Awesome Backpack: The various Arrow Family quivers. The most famous is his large rucksack one, which carries around 50 arrows of all varieties.
- Battle Couple: Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance.
- Blasting It out of Their Hands: A favored Arrow Family technique.
- Bottomless Magazines: The quivers never run out of arrows unless it's a plot point.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Roy to Oliver in the pages of Hard Traveling Heroes.
- More recently, during The Fall of Green Arrow, Connor told Ollie off for everything that had happened to him as a result of trying to uphold Ollie's legacy.
- Canon Discontinuity: Numerous examples.
- After having his secret identity being revealed to the world before his death proved to be a major plot-point in Quiver, Oliver Queen suddenly had a secret identity again in Brad Meltzer's Archer's Quest for no apparent reason other than Brad Meltzer wanted Green Arrow to have a secret identity again.
- The revelation that Oliver Queen was aware of Connor Hawke's birth before Parallax/Hal Jordan told him that Connor Hawke was his son (as revealed at the end of Archer's Quest) requires you to believe that Oliver Queen is so gifted a liar that he could bluff an omnipotent being with the power of all but one of The Guardians Of The Universe.
- Heading Into The Light by Judd Winick was meant to be a lead-in into Infinite Crisis. It proved to be so out-of-synch with what Geoff Johns had planned that it was retroactively declared to have taken place AFTER Infinite Crisis, in order to explain why Oliver Queen was active in Infinite Crisis but was incapacitated for months by the end of Heading Into The Light.
- Canon Immigrant: Diggle made the jump from the Arrow TV series to the comics. Felicity Smoak (who is in the comics but was completely different) is going to join him; Tommy Merlyn is also in the comics, but so far has only made one appearance.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Get stranded on a desert island for a while, and you too can develop near-superhuman archery skills.
- Chickification: Black Canary's powers and competence being lost or nerfed to ensure that Green Arrow remains the main hero of the story. We know it's his series, but still...
- Chick Magnet: Oliver Queen since the end of the Grell series.
- Roy Harper and Connor Hawke have also drawn more than their share of female attention, though the latter didn't take advantage of it.
- City of Adventure: Star City and Seattle.
- Clark Kenting: Ollie's beard style is not quite unique, but rare enough so that anyone who cared could make the connection.
- Indeed, Mia began working with him by going to him in his civilian identity and pointing out that he was obviously Green Arrow.
- It caused some amusing misunderstandings when Travis Morgan happened to show up.
- It's worth noting that - by the current timeline, at least - Travis is several years older than Oliver. Almost old enough to be his dad. But very well preserved.
- Completely averted after Oliver turn his identity public though.
- Color Character: Green Arrow, Black Canary, Red Arrow.
- Comic-Book Time: There's no telling what Oliver's actual physical age is at this point or how long he's been Green Arrow. Between a Retcon which set Connor Hawke's birth as being just after Ollie became Green Arrow (Connor had previous been the result of a relationship Ollie had in college), Ollie's being reborn into a younger body in Quiver and his latest origin story seeming to abandon Ollie's hippie background, it's impossible to get a fix.
- The Ollie we see in Green Arrow: Year One has something of a Grunge-Look to him, which may fit in a couple of years, but makes it hard for him to have a son in his early-twenties now.
- Company Town: A a crossover issue with the Green Lantern had a mining town in the Rocky Mountains called Desolation, which was a really bad place to live. As discussed here, the story is not very realistic in regard to the town existing in the 1970s.
- Composite Character: In the New 52 continuity, Connor Hawke is the Red Arrow of Earth 2 rather than Green Arrow.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: A frequent target of Ollie's crime-fighting efforts. Specific examples include...
- John DeLeon, who stole away Ollie's company in The Bronze Age of Comic Books.
- The Queen, who took over Ollie's company post-Rise and Fall.
- Emerson, the CEO who attempted to take over Ollie's company in The New52 Universe.
- More notably, Komodo, who actually does take over Queen Industries, and liquidates it, and after framing Ollie for murder, sets on hunting him down now that he's without any form of aid.
- Crippling the Competition: In an issue of Hawkman, Green Arrow stops the villainous archer the Spider by shooting out the Spider's eye, destroying his depth perception and thus his ability to aim.
- Darker and Edgier: Outside of comics, during the last decade, Green Arrow has gone from a Kid-Appeal Character, arguably The Heart and Chivalrous Pervert at worst, to the more iffy Vigilante Man who ended up killing Lex Luthor, to now a Deconstruction of sorts of Ollie's usual MO, modelled after the Mike Grell take from the comics.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Depending on the Artist: Hat or hood?
- Depending on the Writer: Black Canary's level of competence, Ollie's level of horndog.
- Disappeared Dad: His "relationship" with his son Connor. He also stopped being there for Roy for a few years, which led to his infamous drug habit. In Fall Of The Green Arrow, both of them turn him away when he asks for their help, calling him out on his selfish behavior toward them.
- Domino Mask: The preferred method of identity concealment on Team Arrow.
- Doting Grandparent: Oliver was this to Lian Harper, deceased daughter of his former sidekick Roy Harper aka Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: The Shado incident, which was only just recently acknowledged as being rape recently and was treated by many writers (particularly Judd Winick) as having been an example of Oliver Queen cheating on Dinah Lance.
- Egomaniac Hunter: Big Game
- Mr. Fanservice: Connor, hands down.
- Evil Counterpart: Merlyn the Archer and Komodo.
- Expy: During the Golden Age, Green Arrow 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).
- In the New 52, it's clear that Emiko is one for Damian Wayne.
- Faking the Dead: In the New 52, Robert Queen did this, to keep his family safe from Komodo, and be free to plot against him.
- Faux Action Girl: Black Canary at her lowest points.
- Fingerless Gloves: Green Arrow's costumes have featured these at some points, albeit with some variation as to which fingers.
- Follow the Leader: The Arrowcar, Arrowsignal, Arrowcave... it's no wonder Batman asks, "Did you ever have an original idea?"
- Gloriously lampshaded in a story in which another character discovers the abandoned Arrowcave under the former Queen mansion, and realizes that Oliver Queen must secretly be... Batman! Ultimately results in Ollie fighting the bad guys of the story in a Batman costume, complete with very visible beard.
- Taken to new lows in one Judd Winick issue of Green Arrow / Black Canary, where it is basically said that the only reason Oliver Queen adopted Roy Harper was to "keep up with the Joneses" after Bruce Wayne took in Dick Grayson. Also an example of a Critical Research Failure as Green Arrow was working with Speedy before Batman had Robin, according to JLA: Year One.
- Mocked by Harley Quinn in the Injustice: Gods Among Us comic where she said that "arrows don't live in caves; they're inanimate objects, they don't live at all". She suggests he calls the place "The Quiver" instead, and Ollie ends up admitting that's a better name.
- The tie-in comic for Young Justice states that in the show's continuity, Ollie did indeed decide to take on Speedy as a sidekick after seeing the positive reception Batman and Robin were getting. It's implied that Aquaman and Martian Manhunter took on Aqualad and Miss Martian for similar reasons.
- As mentioned in the Expy section, Emiko was very clearly inspired by Damian Wayne, to the point that she could arguably be called a Distaff Counterpart.
- Forest Ranger: post-Cry For Justice
- 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.
- Friendship Moment: Green Arrow and Hawkman, both recently brought back to life, meet up at the Justice Society brownstone. Everyone else fears a fight will break out, only to find the two laughing hysterically over Batman impersonations and admitting that they missed each other.
- The Gimmick: Bows and Arrows and Robin Hood comparisons.
- Grand Theft Me: Attempted in the "Quiver" arc.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted with him and Black Canary.
- Hollywood Law: After being tried for murdering Prometheus and admitting his own guilt, a jury finds Oliver Queen 'not guilty'. The judge, stating that he wants to overrule the jury but cannot issue a prison sentence in a case with a 'not guilty' verdict, exiles Oliver Queen from Star City telling him that if he ever enters the city again he will be put away for as long as the judge can arrange it. To say that this violates every basic rule of law in the United States regarding sentencing in a jury trial is an understatement.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Those quivers sure hold a lot of arrows.
- And where do the characters keep their bows and arrows until they're needed?
- Identical Stranger: Travis Morgan, The Warlord. It's mostly the beard.
- Ollie was also once mistaken for Deathstroke (who has grey hair rather than blond), during a period when he had to wear an eye-patch due to an eye injury.
- Identity Impersonator: Several times over the years, but most recently with the shape-shifter Everyman.
- Implausible Deniability: That beard really should be a dead giveaway. Justified once when its established the look is actually rather popular in Star City, possibly because either one of his identities popularized it.
- If the beard isn't, the attitude should be.
- In the Mike Grell run, the CIA is able to figure out who he is because of this. Shado and The Seattle Police Department did not even realize he was attempting to hide his identity.
- Amusingly Ollie gave up on even bothering to wear his domino mask for quite some time because of this.
- In the New 52, he goes for the Perma Stubble look instead, thereby bypassing this problem.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Goes without saying, doesn't it?
- In the Hood: The Grell costume, and several variations thereafter.
- Judd Winick: One of the writers on the most recent run, and considered a prime example of Writer on Board.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Goes without saying, doesn't it?
- Katanas Are Just Better: Used as part of a training upgrade to (temporarily) defeat Deathstroke.
- Rejected by many fans, who could accept a Just Like Robin Hood hero using a sword... just not a Katana.
- Kid Sidekick: The Speedys.
- Knife Outline: Or Arrow Outline in this case.
- Lamarck Was Right: Averted, in that while Connor is a competent enough archer after years of training with monks as a boy, he is nowhere near the savant Oliver Queen is with a bow. He is a great martial artist, though.
- Lampshade Hanging: Grant Morrison did this in the tenth issue of JLA, by having the Justice League be berated by a loud-mouthed blond guy with a Van Dyke in Star City over their failure to save lives at the expense of preventing property damage. This occurred at a time when Oliver Queen was dead. Morrison later admitted that he was having fun with the idea that Star City has a larger-than-average number of mouthy blond guys with Van Dykes, explaining indirectly just how Ollie was able to maintain a secret identity for so long.
- Legacy Character / Composite Character: Connor Hawke, Green Arrow II. Mia, Speedy II. Black Canary was turned into one of these by a Retcon, rather than face Oliver Queen dating a woman technically old enough to be his mother.
- Averted with his former Kid Sidekick, Roy. At one point after Ollie's death, Roy nearly changed his name to Red Arrow (due to the popularity of Kingdom Come), but decided to remain Arsenal instead in order to better forge his own path. Interestingly, while he had no intention of carrying on Ollie's legacy, he expressed disappointment that he wasn't at least asked to do so.
- In the Futures End continuity, Ollie's teenage sister Emiko becomes the new Green Arrow.
- Life or Limb Decision: Ollie chose to lose his life rather than a limb when he saved Metropolis.
- Long-Lost Relative: In the New 52 volume, he discovers that he has a younger Japanese half-sister sister named Emiko.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: The Black Mercy in one Green Lantern story, in which Hal Jordan and Oliver Queen became trapped in Hal's idea of a perfect world. Ollie was the first to put two and two together, since his perfect world had him set up with Connor's birth mother and a parcel of other kids - the type of family life Hal had and Ollie was always envious of but with none of the baggage or disappointment Ollie equated to his relationships with Roy Harper and Dinah Lance.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Connor to Ollie.
- Master of Disguise: Nix.
- Multishot: Of course he can do this.
- Murder.com: The first storyline in the 2011 relaunch has Rush stream his gang hunting a captured Green Arrow live onto the internet.
- New Old Flame: Used to justify Connor Hawke's birth, originally giving Oliver Queen an ex-girlfriend in college who got pregnant and never told him about the child.
- Retcon-ned to turn Moonday into a one-night-stand who did tell Ollie about his son.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Mia was blamed for Lian's death by Roy, but most readers just shrugged this off as the anger of a grieving father. But then you realize that while Lian's death was the result of Prometheus' machine malfunction, Mia, who was supposed to be looking after Lian, left a child by herself to go after a supervillain. She couldn't have taken a minute to ask Ollie's neighbors, or even called someone, to look after the girl while she went out? James Robinson claimed that, due to Executive Meddling, he was asked to kill both Mia and Lian, but managed to spare Mia. He doesn't seem to realize that by sparing Mia he made her indirectly responsible for Lian's death.
- Ollie's New52 backstory has this, too. He was holding a party on a Queen Industries oil rig that was taken hostage by a mad bomber. He first picked up the bow and arrow in an effort to take the guy out without risking anyone's death... and ended up setting off his explosives, killing nearly everyone else on the rig (including his girlfriend) and getting blown out to sea by the blast, where he washed up on the familiar desert island.
- No Arc in Archery: Sometimes averted, when the artist or writer remembers.
- Noble Shoplifter: In City Walls, although the city is without power and looting is rampant, Green Arrow insists that his people leave payment whenever they take food or weapons from a store.
- Not Wearing Tights: The Grell run.
- Now That's Using Your Teeth: Green Arrow sometimes uses his teeth to draw back his bowstring.
- Official Couple: Green Arrow and Black Canary.
- Parental Abandonment: Oliver's done this twice - first by walking out on Connor Hawke and his mother. Later, by leaving Roy Harper to fend for himself, indirectly leading him to become a heroin addict.
- Flashbacks in the Third Volume of Ollie's book implied that Ollie and his mother were similarly ignored by his father, despite being taken care of financially.
- Percussive Prevention: In Green Arrow #24, Shado knocks Green Arrow to prevent him going to fight Count Vertigo while injured, then goes to fight Vertigo herself.
- Pinball Projectile: Green Arrow can accurately ricochet arrows.
- Retcanon: The success of Arrow has lead to several aspects of the show being introduced to the New 52 Green Arrow mythos-
- John Diggle and more recently, Felicity Smoak, have been introduced in roles virtually identical to those they had on the show.
- The idea that Oliver was stranded on the island for years, and that the island, far from being deserted, was the site of a conspiracy that Oliver gets involved with.
- Oliver's parents, Moira and Robert Queen, who were never particularly important in the comics, become more important, following on from their portrayals on the show. In particular, the latter is significantly involved in Green Arrow's origin, much like on the show.
- Ret Gone: Several examples.
- The Golden Age Green Arrow and Speedy "never existed" in the new Earth history post-Crisis on Infinite Earths. This has caused some problems for the Seven Soldiers continuity when it's referenced.
- Connor Hawke, Mia Dearden and both versions of Arrowette in The New52 universe.
- Mia Dearden is now back though.
- Rocket Punch: The infamous boxing glove arrows.
- Rogues Gallery: Much has been made about Ollie's lack of a cohesive Rogues Gallery, though writers keep trying to bring one together, bless their hearts. Notable recurring villains include rival archers Shado and Merlyn; martial artist Drakon; stone-skinned mob boss Brick; masked lunatics Count Vertigo, Onomatopoeia, Deathstroke and the Clock King- of the last 4, aside from Onomatopoeia all are originally enemies of someone else.
- Ruthless Modern Pirates: These feature prominently in some versions of Green Arrow's origin.
- Secret Identity: Oliver Queen has gone back and forth on whether or not he has one or doesn't have one.
- Originally, he had one until about mid-way through the Mike Grell run, when he was outed by the United States government after being framed for espionage. After sacrificing himself to save the city of Metropolis, he was given a full-page obituary on the front page of The Daily Planet, which identified Oliver Queen as Green Arrow. This was used as proof of Oliver's death in Quiver, when Batman was trying to prove to the clone Ollie that he was/had been dead.
- After Judd Winick took over the series post-Quiver, Oliver Queen suddenly had a secret identity again. No explanation was given for why Oliver Queen suddenly showed up in Star City again at the same time the original Green Arrow returned and nobody - except for Mia Dearden - made the connection.
- Oliver's secret identity was outed AGAIN, following Cry For Justice, just before he was put on trial for the murder of Prometheus.
- As of September 2011, he has a secret identity. AGAIN.
- Sidekick Graduations Stick: Roy Harper, after recovering from his heroin addiction, has never gone back to being Green Arrow's sidekick although he has teamed up with his old mentor a few times. He eventually went on to take up his name - well, sort of - as Red Arrow.
- Subverted with the current Arsenal get up, demoting Roy from the equal Red Arrow back down to Arsenal.
- Sky Pirate: Skylark
- Stalker with a Crush: Cupid
- The Straight and Arrow Path
- Strawman Political: During their joint series, Hal Jordan often portrayed the opposite end of the spectrum—or at least a naive moderate—while having a big Idiot Ball glued to his face so Ollie had somebody to preach at.
- Some of the enemies Ollie goes up against are right-wing strawmen. For instance, the Duke of Oil (originally a villain for The Outsiders but adopted into Ollie's Rogues Gallery, such as it is) is a grotesque representation of oil magnates who looks more than a little like an eight-foot-tall George W. Bush.
- Stuffed into the Fridge:
- Lian's death in JLA: Cry For Justice is a textbook case of this, done solely to make Roy more "interesting" and send Ollie off on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Mia Dearden was scheduled to die too, but James Robinson was able to convince DC Editorial that would be a mistake.
- In The Longbow Hunters, Black Canary is captured and tortured solely for the purpose of giving Green Arrow a story-arc where he angsts over killing the men who were torturing her. In fairness to Grell, he did depict both Ollie and Dinah going through therapy regarding the incident afterward - an unusually realistic step in comics at the time. And Dinah was far from a helpless damsel in his later Green Arrow stories, saving Ollie's life several times over the course of the series.
- Submarine Pirates: The Sea Scourge
- Superhero Trophy Shelf: In the Arrowcave.
- 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.
- Thememobile: The Arrowcar.
- Thicker Than Water: In the original storyline where Connor Hawke was revealed to be Oliver Queen's long-lost son, Oliver didn't take the news well since Connor had concealed the fact from him and the only reason Ollie found out was that a Parallax-possessed Hal Jordan accidentally mentioned the fact. Granting that Ollie's paranoia was somewhat-justified (he was a wanted man at the time), Ollie's desire to abandon his son was treated like a grievous flaw.
- 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.
- Very Special Episode: Many of the "Hard Traveling Heroes" storylines, most notably "Snowbirds Can't Fly" (the one where Speedy is a junkie). Also, the "Mia has HIV" issue written by Judd Winick.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Green Lantern Hal Jordan.
- Wedding Smashers: Naturally, villains attacked the Black Canary-Green Arrow festivities.
- We Would Have Told You, But...: Ollie fakes the death of Sin, Black Canary's adoptive daughter, and has her shipped off to a monastery, without telling Dinah so that her reactions will look natural. Never mind that Dinah's been established to be a better actor than he is.
- It also didn't help that Dinah - granting that she was under a good deal of stress - was portrayed as being irrational to the point of attacking her comrades when they suggested she needed to hold still for a moment and help them come up with a plan of attack. Ollie's plan wasn't a great one but he never got a chance to run it by Dinah before hand.
- Wham Episode: In the first issue of Jeff Lemire's run once he takes over the New 52 title, Emmerson is killed off, Queen Industries is taken over and liquidated, Q-Core is destroyed, Jax is killed and Naomi is kidnapped, and Oliver meets Komodo, an archer who's skill excels his own, and Magus, a mysterious and cryptic being with no eyes. The series changes a LOT from that point... but not in a bad way.
- Writer on Board: Many, many examples.