Series: Arrow

"My name is Oliver Queen. For five years I was stranded on an island with only one goal: survive. Now I will fulfill my father's dying wish: to use the list of names he left me and bring down those who are poisoning my city. To do this, I must become someone else; I must become something else."
Oliver Queen, a.k.a. "The Vigilante"/"The Hood"/"The Arrow", Season One intro

Arrow is a 2012 series from The CW based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. It stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Katie Cassidy as Dinah Laurel Lance, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak and David Ramsey as John Diggle. The series also stars Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Larry Lance, Willa Holland as Thea Dearden Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn, Susanna Thompson as Moira Dearden Queen, Colton Haynes as Roy Harper, Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson, and John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn. Arrow is a more realistic and grounded television adaptation of D.C.'s Green Arrow comics. It was the show that began the Arrowverse.

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as an arrogant, unfaithful playboy. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance, which is a complicated affair as he was cheating on her with her sister, Sara, who presumably died in the shipwreck of the Queen's Gambit.

As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of the Hood – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of the wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by John Diggle, his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, and using the expert skills of Felicity Smoak, a Queen Consolidated I.T specialist – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

The show follows the comics in Broad Strokes, playing the line between staying faithful to the source and keeping the audience surprised. Those unfamiliar with the comics will miss some Mythology Gags and references to important characters in the DCU, but the series enjoys employing Red Herrings to keep even the comics fans on their toes. The shows goal was to depict an evolving group of characters who may be closer or further from their comics origins, but through Character Development may eventually grow into the classical characters. Oliver started his mission as a ruthless vigilante killing enemies without hesitation, but has a change of heart when he sees the negative effect it has on the city, his allies, friends and family.

Despite some hesitation regarding the seriesnote , the show ended up highly acclaimed for the cinematic presentation and having a strong cast. It brought in high ratings for The CW and was such a success the creators introduced their version of The Flash with a two-episode appearance of Barry Allen, played by Grant Gustin, and showed the accident that gives him his powers at the very end of the episode. He was then given a spinoff for The Flash (2014) that premiered in October 2014. The universe would expand again with a show helmed by Vixen - however this one is a bit different, as it is an animated web series on CW Seed rather than a live-action show on the series proper. A third spinoff, Legends of Tomorrow, is in the works, and will be a DC superhero teamup starring Brandon Routh (AKA the A.T.O.M.) and Caity Lotz (AKA the Canary), alongside three other characters not yet seen in the Arrowverse.

Has a character sheet with the main characters, recurring characters, and the villains as well as a recap page.


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