Fridge: Arrow

Fridge Brilliance
  • Greasepaint:
    • Why does Oliver have a Domino Mask painted on? So it doesn't fall off or block his vision in the heat of combat. Oliver would later state this as the reason upon being questioned on the matter by Barry Allen in season 2's "Three Ghosts", who proceeds to design & fabricate a domino mask with those reasons as goals in mind.
    • According to this, in the original comics his very first makeshift "mask" was painted on with black grease.
  • Why doesn't Oliver have his iconic goatee from the comics? It'd be a big giveaway that he's the Arrow if they had the same distinctive facial hair. To follow up on this, Oliver even shaves off his Perma Stubble after rescuing Walter, because Walter saw that much of his face, and might have ended up making a connection.
  • Ollie's Inner Monologue stops after the first few episodes. In-Universe, this is because Ollie is adjusting to no longer being alone on the island and having only himself for company. Also, he was nearly caught by Diggle speaking his thoughts aloud. Narratively, it's because Ollie now has Diggle and others to confide in and the plot is developed, so the monologue is no longer required to convey his inner thoughts.
  • Malcolm Merlyn's plan was to wipe out the Glades and start over. When did he cut off Tommy? Right after Tommy ran a fundraiser for the CNRI, a free legal aid clinic based out of the Glades. It would be much easier to convince the people of Starling City that they could rebuild and improve the Glades after its destruction if he were able to point towards organisations like CNRI struggling to stay open prior to the Glades being wiped off the map. It also adds another reason as to why he closed down the free clinic his wife started - whilst Malcolm states that it was because he couldn't bear to see his wife's work in ruins following the earthquake, it would also contribute to the idea that the Glades was a black hole destroying everything good about Starling City.
  • Malcolm's archery skills and fighting ability originally seem to be a bit of an ass pull, but then you remember, he's a very rich man who is shown earlier in the series to be into fencing, a sport often practiced by rich socialites, as is archery. Tommy said that Malcolm disappeared for a few years after his wife died. This happened when Tommy was a child and is when Malcolm went to Nanda Parbat. Whereas Ollie's been training for five years, Malcolm went through a similar training from hell and has been perfecting his abilities for fifteen.
  • Dark Archer and Hood aren't just archetype counterparts of each other. Their lives and histories are that as well. Malcolm lost his wife, an unequivocally good person, and became a dark vigilante. Ollie lost his father, an morally grey person, and become a good one. Their family members who aren't in on the secret are, in many ways, angry and upset about all the secrets. And so on and so forth.
  • All of the stories relating to Oliver's time on the island in season one could be pretty much interpreted as Green Arrow: Year One. Though Year One stories from DC tend to be about the first year of a hero's career (and therefore imply that season one is essentially Year One), in the context of the show the island stories end up as Oliver's Year One tales. Year One's often juxtapose our hero from what we know them as to what they were before they began, and the island is considered as Oliver's true beginning.
  • Oliver's not a great liar but the stories he tells Felicity before recruiting her are particularly bad. Why? He's testing her to make sure she is not going to go to the police and to see if she'd be willing to help out.
  • "State v. Queen" reveals Moira's case is unwinnable when Laurel discovers Adam's trump card against the defence. After revealing it to Moira, Moira comes clean to her children about her one-time affair with Malcolm Merlyn years prior, after which she admits it in the trial and it becomes the main focus of the prosecution's cross-examination. However, the information about the affair doesn't appear as earth-shattering a reveal as we're led to believe, maybe because it was Moira who chose to reveal it prior to the testimony... That is, until the end, when Malcolm reveals that Moira had been hiding the fact that Thea was his daughter, and therefore Oliver's half-sister. Whilst "Tremors" would later confirm that only Moira, Walter & her OB/GYN knew the truth, it stands to reason that the damaging information Adam had uncovered on Moira and would have used had he remained on the case was that the timetable for the affair made it a very real possibility that Thea was Malcolm's daughter. Out of the family's best interest Laurel focused her cross-examination on the affair alone, knowing that this fact would hurt Oliver and Thea. This also provides a new depth to her actions after the cross-examination, particularly her reaction when Oliver tries to check if she's okay.
  • Why was Laurel made assistant and then lead counsel for the prosecution in Moira's case despite being a clear violation of legal ethics and protocol? Malcolm Merlyn arranged it as a backup plan to ensure Moira's acquittal. It would have created reversible legal error on appeal if he hadn't been able to sway the jury.
  • Oliver's insistence on a bow makes a lot more sense when you learn Shado was killed by a gun.
  • If you pay attention in "Three Ghosts," you'll see that Slade doesn't have his swords when he wakes up in the submarine, but he does when running to save Sara, Oliver, and Shado. Perhaps his hate towards Oliver is less Insane Troll Logic and more For Want of a Nail.
  • Barry Allen's Freak Lab Accident is turned Up to Eleven in this. First, the power in his lab shorts out, then lightning takes out a particle accelerator, and as he goes to shut the skylight all the nearby chemicals start rattling and the liquid in them starts floating up. Then a bolt of lightning basically defies natural laws when it ignores any nearby metal, water, or tall buildings and aims right for Barry, knocking him back into the shelf of chemicals. If you're going for the "Speed Force" explanation on how Barry got his powers, the whole build-up is there to make it clear that this is not a normal lightning bolt.
  • The comments about Yao Fei being the first Green Arrow make more sense when you take into account Ollie shooting Roy in the leg to protect him and stop him from investigating Mirakuru, and later removing the arrow himself. It has come full circle from Yao Fei shooting Oliver and then nursing him back to health.
  • The idea of Mirakuru's insanity coming from a Lady Macbeth hallucination makes a lot of sense when seeing Roy experience Mirakuru rage in "Seeing Red." The hallucination starts off with relatively light demands, which means Roy does things like flipping a table or just beating people, leaving them injured but alive. Then, the hallucination starts goading him further, making him injure them severely or straight up kill them. Eventually, the hallucination will tell him to kill everything he sees. After kneecapping Oliver, Roy looks back, almost like he's thinking, "Oh Crap!, I just broke my girlfriend's brother's leg!" before being reassured by the hallucination that it's alright. Then later on, when he stabs a police officer, there's an almost relieved look on his face, like he's been being pressured from the moment the cops got out of the car. This could also explain why he's never seen attacking inanimate objects-they can't bother him, so the hallucination's saying there's no point.
  • Isabel is working for Slade. Summer Glau is working with the original Terminator.
  • In "City of Blood" Felicity reveals that she worked her ass off to avoid becoming rich men's eye candy, which explains why she got so pissed when Oliver made her his EA. Everything she had ever done was undone in that one move.
  • The familiarity Felicity displayed with card counting in "The Undertaking" makes a lot more sense once we found out in "City of Blood" that she grew up in Las Vegas.
  • Thea's main character flaw throughout the series is her vindictiveness and holding long, sometimes unjustified, grudges over perceived slights. Those are perfect traits you'd find in a villain.
  • Throughout "Sara", we see Oliver being completely focused and driven not sparing a moment to actually grieve for Sara. The other characters, especially Felicity, comment on his lack of emotion and Felicity comes close to calling him 'inhuman'. But look at it from Oliver's POV. As far as he's concerned, this is the THIRD time Sara has died. Having already seen her 'die' twice, and already seen her come back from the 'dead' twice; Oliver in all likelihood just cannot process the fact that this woman, who has cheated death twice already, is lying as a corpse on his table...this time dead without a shadow of a doubt. In a sense he's become numb to the idea of Sara being dead. Might double as Fridge Horror too.
  • The revelation in "The Magician" that Amanda Waller was Edward Fyers' Benefactor, and therefore the Bigger Bad of the Season 1 island flashbacks puts all her actions in Season 2 relating to Slade Wilson and the Mirakuru in a whole new light: Her determination to make sure Slade definitively dies could be a case of self preservation. Kill him before he gets a chance to find out she was responsible for a significant portion of the crap Slade and Shado went through. There's also the fact she watched their whole exploits on the island via ARGUS satellites; in other words, she's seen Slade in action, and knows exactly what he can do.
  • At the end of 'The Calm' and again during Roy's dream in "The Secret Origin Of Felicity Smoak," we hear the sound of a bow firing when Sara is killed. That wouldn't have been present if Roy had thrown the arrows via Mirakuru induced strength, foreshadowing that he didn't do it.
  • Felicity joining Team Arrow actually makes a LOT more sense when you consider her backstory in "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak". It may have seemed a bit strange to some how a quirky IT girl leading a fairly normal life decides to get involved in a vigilante's crusade, routinely breaking dozens of laws by hacking into secure databases and what-not. But considering the fact that we learn that Felicity was a 'hacktivist' who actually wrote a 'super-virus' to hack into the Department of Education, it really doesn't at all seem surprising that she's the kind of person who'd get involved with Oliver's crusade.
  • Felicity's hacking abilities; originally, it comes off as somewhat strange that a simple IT assistant was so damn good at computer hacking, as you'd expect someone with her skill level to instead have gotten work with the NSA; not only does it get established in The Flash (2014) and in "The Calm" that people like Harrison Wells and Ray Palmer have heard of her skill, but her ex-boyfriend was specifically recruited by the NSA when he took credit for her work, making it clear that she's vastly overqualified for her original position (and, likely, answering why Oliver sought her out rather than her boss or anyone else in the IT department).
  • Where did Slade get his vast wealth? Two possibilities: First, he spent the five years since the island working as a mercenary with the sole purpose of getting enough money for his plan. Second, Rochev bankrolled him.
  • The Mirakuru users. For a drug that's supposed to kill almost anyone, their seems to be a lot of users. Yet almost all of them get it from Slade, who is an example of a Success. Quite a few people die, but about 3 people survive his treatment. Then he has Roy use it on the prisoners, having them become Mirakuru users. Had Slade used the drug, maybe 1 or 2 would make it out, if they had Slade give them blood, maybe half of them. With Roy, most likely all of them survived.
  • In "Uprising", Oliver learns that in order to defeat Ra's al Ghul he must train under a member of the League of Assassins because "only the student can hope to defeat the master". Now, think back to the Season 2 finale, and remember who defeated Slade.
  • Meta example. Both Laurel and her sister Sara are played by actresses with phonetically similar sounding first names; Katie/Caity. This fits their status as the show's different renditions of Black Canary. "Katie" means pure, which fits Laurel being the canonical Black Canary, while "Caity", despite being phonetically similar to "Katie", doesn't have a specific definition, much like how Sara herself is a (sort-of) original character, and her character arcs being mostly unpredictable.
  • Instead of using "Speedy" upon being an official member of Team Arrow, Roy uses his second canonical Code Name "Arsenal" instead. Why? Because Thea's nickname is also Speedy and her counterpart is Mia Dearden. And aside from the fact that Mia is only known as "Speedy" in canon, to Oliver (her brother here in the show), Thea is his "original Sidekick".
  • Malcolm keeping his LoA attire after leaving them makes sense when you realize they all (sans the Al-Guls) wear the same outfits and thus perfect for misdirection in tough situations should they hunt and outnumber him. It is later stated that the LoA outfit is tougher/thicker than an ordinary outfit, which provides another reason.
  • In some way, Roy did faithfully follow his characterization in the comics as he becomes Arsenal after he gets cured from substance problems (heroin in the comics, Mirakuru here in the show).
  • Oliver's blatant hypocrisy in season 3 (which he is called out on by everyone) makes more sense as a lead up to the possibility of him becoming Ra's al Ghul. From that perspective, it's all a potential Start of Darkness, with him alienating his allies and compromising his moral code for selfish reasons.
  • In the second half of season 3, Oliver is annoyed that the League of Assassins are using arrows identical to his own, making it impossible to prove he's not the one killing people that way. It's his own fault: He attacked Nanda Parbat, leaving plenty of arrows behind for them to study and replicate. They might even be just reusing the exact same arrows he shot at them.
  • The Continuity Snarls in the series note  makes a lot more sense if you watch the Spin-Off show and see how Eobard Thawne heavily screwed up the timeline.
  • Malcolm's actions in season three make far more sense if you assume that he thinks he's the only one capable of protecting Thea. Putting her in the line of fire was risky, yes, but the leverage assured that Oliver would throw himself between her (and by extension Malcolm) and Ra's by any means necessary, exhausting every resource he could. It wasn't even that risky, since the League already wanted him dead (in fact Sara was in the middle of hunting him), but they'd dismiss Thea as just the weapon, and thus not actually guilty. The ultimate endgame was Oliver fighting Ra's. If Oliver fights in Malcolm's stead to protect Thea and gets killed, then Malcolm gets to live. If Oliver wins and kills Ra's, no more problems with the League, Malcolm gets to live. If Oliver is defeated and survives, even better, because then Oliver becomes Ra's, Malcolm gets to live, and he's ensured protection from the League just in case they decide to change their minds somewhere down the line. In theory, it's a Xanatos Gambit (no matter what, he's free to have whatever future he wants with Thea), but he underestimated the League and Thea in more than a few ways, resulting in her hating him when she realizes what he's done.
  • The prophecy referred to several times is that the man who survives Ra's Al-Ghul's blade will become the next Ra's Al-Ghul. At first, the reveal that Malcolm takes the title because he survived being tortured by Ra's seems like a standard Prophecy Twist because it means there were really two people it could refer to. However, Tatsu never exactly explained how Oliver survived after being defeated by Ra's and tossed off a cliff, so it's entirely possible that she somehow brought him back from the dead. Which means he didn't survive Ra's Al-Ghul's blade, so Malcolm is truly the sole person who could claim that.
  • Ascending to Ra's al-Ghul requires destroying your home. It's easy to forget since it only half worked, but Malcolm did everything in his power to destroy the Glades, transforming Starling City forever. So he had already fulfilled that requirement before he took over the League.
  • In the last crossover of the season, on The Flash (2014) the Reverse-Flash tells Oliver that the history books say he lives to a eighty-six. Back in Arrow, he says that he always expected his crusade to end with his death, before retiring with Felicity. RF's mocking might have been the first time he even considered he might be able to have a life beyond a few years as a vigilante followed by a shallow grave.

Fridge Horror
  • Remember when Tommy insinuated that Thea was hot? Well, as of "State V. Queen", he's her half-brother. Could double back into Fridge Brilliance.
  • A lot of people were mad at Malcolm Merlyn because of The Undertaking, so imagine the reactions of some outraged people/victims when Tommy is among the casualties. A possible In-Universe And There Was Much Rejoicing for a death of a genuinely good person just because many of them might have thought that it's Laser-Guided Karma for his father.
  • Mirakuru has, so far, been demonstrated to make you near unstoppable, and so far Oliver has only just managed to kill Cyrus Gold and by his claim, killed a Mirikuru-powered Slade on the island, only for it to be revealed that no, he didn't kill them. Cyrus Gold, in the comics, is better known as Solomon Grundy, and his primary power is that he comes back from the dead every time he's killed. In other words, he could still be out there. Then, lets not ignore the fact that Mirakuru apparently does leave those who take it completely unkillable, and suddenly, the already scary people who take it become even more frightening.
  • Slade isn't an archer. So when he puts arrows through peoples' eyes, does that mean he manually shoves it in?
  • Slade lost his eye after he had already been injected with Mirakuru. So why didn't it regenerate? Simple: when he pulled the arrow out, it pulled his entire eye along with it. This is referenced in The Flash. In one episode, a weapon is used against Barry which sticks him with a number of blades. Caitlin has to remove them before Barry's healing factor kicks in and the wounds heal around the blades.
  • Slade mentioned in season 1 that he has a son, and from the looks of things he's been too busy with his revenge on Oliver to even consider seeing him again. Imagine having your father go missing for six years, and then turn up in a different country as a wanted fugitive who kidnapped one woman and murdered another. Now, remember how Slade used to be, and how his son likely remembers him, to how he is now; if he ever sees his father again, lil'Joe Wilson is NOT going to like what he sees. Made worse given the Mirakuru thing: Slade believes he's on a mission to avenge Shado, and her memory haunts him in a manner that makes it apparent he sees her egging on his more violent actions. Given the way he reacted to having to kill Moira, and his own word about not being able to let it go as much as he wants to, it's very likely that he's tried to go home and reunite with his son, but his hallucinations of Shado have basically forced him to withhold doing so.
  • Sebastian Blood killed his father because he was abused by him. Think back to when we met his mother, and how she called him "the devil" for doing so. Meaning she herself was abusively neglectful to him, possibly because of earlier abuse from Blood's father.
  • One about S 3 E 1, "The Calm". We learn the exact timing when Ollie talks to Barry in the Flash Pilot. While Oliver is happy to find his friend awake, and admiring his Super Speed abilities Sara is getting killed/is about to be killed/has just been killed. Ollie is in for a hell of a Mood Whiplash, and knowing him, is going to somehow blame himself.
  • One of the warmer moments of "The Calm" is Lyla and Diggle having their daughter. It's sweet and heartwarming, especially as Diggle thanks Oliver for pulling him off of the field as having his daughter now really puts it all into perspective. But then you remember that 5 years ago, Oliver found himself in Hong Kong, and in order to reel him in, Amanda Waller threatened the family of one of her men, who must now make sure Oliver complies lest he wants his son and wife to get hurt as a consequence. Lyla works for A.R.G.U.S. She and Diggle now have a daughter. Considering their actions regarding the Suicide Squad, Waller will use this to her advantage.
  • Slade's situation at the end of season 2: Trapped once more on Lian Yu, now in a prison cell, unable to escape, with no idea if he'll be given even remotely humane treatment. It's bad as presented, but reasonable given how dangerous Slade is...except when you realize that, Slade's actions stemmed from being mentally unbalanced thanks to Mirikuru (thus, meaning he's not completely liable for his own actions), and with Mirikuru out of his system, he's both no more dangerous than Oliver (admittedly, that's not saying much, but still), and his sanity is restored. He still hates Oliver, but he's no longer irrationally consumed by it, and probably realizes at this point that it was pretty insane. In other words, Slade's final punishment is not only extreme, but actually rather disturbing considering he's essentially just as much a victim at this point.
  • Considering everything Amanda Waller does in Season 3, you wonder how many people at A.R.G.U.S actually work there of their own free will, and how many were press-ganged like Oliver. Just how many innocent people has she killed because someone dared to say they didn't want to work for her or refused to give her intel she wanted?

Fridge Logic

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