Trivia: Arrow

  • Ability Over Appearance:
    • The producers had a choice between keeping Slade Wilson as an American, like in the comics, and casting Maori actor Manu Bennett in the role. They took the second option and turned Slade into an Australian spy.
    • Stephen Amell is also a case of this, if only because of his hair colour - in the present day he looks mid-to-dark brunette as Oliver (like Stephen is in real life), but in flashbacks where he has longer hair and a beard both are dyed a dirty-blond (making him resemble the comic's Oliver Queen a lot more). Because it would be hard to die his short-cropped hair (let alone his stubble), and because Amell portrays the character so convincingly, most people treat this as Acceptable Breaks from Reality and are generally not bothered by it... Worth noting is that Oliver's probably supposed to have a shade of blond in the show as well (that simply looks darker in the present thanks to lighting and shortness), because both his parents are blond and Thea is really Malcolm Merlyn's biological daughter, thus explaining her own brown hair. Further, Amell also has a larger frame compared to the comics' Ollie (who has toned arms but otherwise has less musculature than heroes like Batman and Superman - his frame would be more in line with Smallville's Justin Hartley in comparison), but again he's captured the essence of the character far to well for anyone to be bothered by this.
  • Acting for Two: Celina Jade as Shado and her twin sister Mei.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Approval of God: Stephen Amell has "Meme Monday" on his Facebook page, where he reposts memes of the show that he finds funny. He's also done some bizarre one-offs, such as "Lightsaber Saturday" where he does the same sort of thing only with a specific theme.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • A mild example, compared to others — Stephen Amell has quite happily gone on record with his displeasure over the marketing for Season Two...namely that the posters highlight the ensemble cast, but leave out Paul Blackthorne and Susanna Thompson. He similarly criticized WB for announcing plans for a Flash film and a new actor the day after The Flash posted strong second-week ratings, showing true staying power, feeling it undercut both the show and Grant Gustin.
    • Caity Lotz was understandably not pleased with her character's treatment in Season 3, being killed off in the premiere and then strung along for more appearances anyway. She did two (as a fake voice, and a hallucination), and then refused to do any more.
      • However, as she is set to, somehow, reprise her role in the upcoming Arrow/Flash Spinoff, she seems to have gotten over this.
    • Marc Guggenheim and co. admitted "[they] fucked up" with how they forgot about Roy at the end of the Arrow vs. Atom fight in "Suicidal Tendencies". They also wished, in hindsight, to have Oliver join the League earlier to allow more time to play around with "Al Sah-him".
    • Though he doesn't express regret about the part, Manu Bennet of all people feels that the show didn't quite do his character justice, especially with his Season 3 appearance wherein he suffers Badass Decay being beaten by Oliver and Thea alone.
  • Dawson Casting: Averted for the most part, as most of the young adult characters are portrayed by actors 2-4 years older and so convincingly pass themselves as those ages; Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance) and Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak) are in fact younger than their respective characters. The flashbacks, on the other hand, cannot avoid this pitfall because they also function in chronological order but are always 5 years behind the present-day scenes: 23-year-old Willa Holland stands out when portraying a 15-year-old Thea Queen in Season 3's "The Return".
  • Dueling Shows: With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as both series fall under the long-standing DC Comics/Marvel Comics rivalry.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Katie Cassidy lost a significant amount of weight during the production of season two, to better convey Laurel's addictions to painkillers & alcohol. The following season, Katie bulked up in the gym as Laurel suited up as Black Canary.
  • Exiled from Continuity:
    • Certain big-name characters such as Superman and Batman cannot appear in this universe as WB has reserved them for exclusive use within the emerging movie franchise.
    • Despite him already appearing, Deadshot was made unavailable for the show for movie franchise reasons, after Will Smith was confirmed to be playing him in Suicide Squad. It was explicitly confirmed that this is why he was killed off in season 3 episode "Suicidal Tendencies".
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Stephen Amell, the Arrow himself, is Canadian.
    • As is Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak).
    • As is Jacqueline MacIness Woods (the original Sarah Lance).
    • Manu Bennett (ASIS commando Slade Wilson) is a New Zealander.
    • Jessica de Gouw (Huntress) is Australian.
    • Paul Blackthorne (Quentin), John Barrowman (Malcolm) and Alex Kingston (Dinah) are all British, though all three have extensive US experience, with Barrowman holding dual nationality.
    • Speaking of Aussies, Digger Harkness is Australian in the comics, but here played by Lebanese-American Nick Tarabay.
    • Eugene Lipinski (Alexei) is from England, playing a Russian character.
    • The late Darren Shahlavi was Iranian-English, but played the American Constantine Drakon.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Fans have started calling The Huntress of this show "Catwoman with a Crossbow."
    • Diggle's unborn child has already been named Diglett.
    • Sally the Salmon Ladder.
    • Deathstroke and Brother Blood's Mirikuru-empowered minions are referred to as the Deathstrokes, or some variant of, by many fans, though aren't actually named in the show itself. One of the alternative names is 'The Blood Cult'.
    • Laurel has been given nicknames such as Blackmail Canary (due to her habit to use blackmail on Kate Spencer during the latter half of Season 2) or Fakanary (thanks to some people considering that Sara is the show's true Black Canary) and now Buckles (thanks to the endless straps on her Black Canary costume).
    • Stephen Amell himself has been nicknamed 'Captain Amell' or 'The Captain' by Olicity supporters, thanks to his enthusiasm for Oliver and Felicity's relationship. Other parts of the fandom are now picking it up out of pure affection.
    • The universe or continuity itself which also includes The Flash (2014) has been nicknamed "the Arrowverse", in similar vein to the "Nolanverse".
      • Both "the DCCWU" and the "DCW" are also used.
    • Brother Eye, a hacktivist group using a flaming eye for a symbol, is "Sauronymous"
    • Ra's Amell for Oliver wearing the League of Assassins attire that was spoiled by ''Flash's'' PaleyFest trailer.
  • Follow the Leader: The success of Arrow not only spawned a spin-off, but prompted Fox & NBC to launch their own shows based on DC Comics characters, and Netflix to partner with Marvel on a series of shows about street level heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It can even be argued that Arrow's success is what led to NBC finally going ahead with the revival of Heroes. And with Supergirl coming to CBS, we'll have gone from no comic-book shows to one on every single broadcast network.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Let's start off with saying that somebody on Arrow must really have liked Spartacus, no less than three actors from that show have shown up. Manu Bennett, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Katrina Law, and now Nick Tarabay all appeared on Spartacus before moving here (Liam McIntyre will also be appearing on The Flash (2014)). Especially interesting is the fact that, unlike other examples of actor-overlap, Spartacus was filmed half a world away in New Zealand.
  • Hey, It's That Place!: The house that is used for the Queen Mansion is Hatley Castle in Victoria, British Columbia. It was used for the Luthor Mansion on Smallville and Xavier's school in the X-Men movies.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • I Knew It:
    • Sebastian Blood is Brother Blood.
    • Sara Lance survived the sinking of the Queen's Gambit. Her being Black Canary was also a popular crack-theory not even five episodes into season 1.
    • A number of people suggested that due to her brown hair not being a trait inherited from two blonde parents, Thea wasn't Robert and Moira Queen's daughter. It was revealed in "State v. Queen" that Thea was conceived after an affair between Moira and Malcolm Merlyn.
    • Malcolm is Back from the Dead. Okay, technically he never died in the first place, but the point stands.
    • As soon as Sara asked Oliver "What happened to Slade?" without mentioning Shado, people correctly assumed she was killed.
    • Slade's return. Given the character's popularity, most fans knew he wouldn't be killed like he was. Also, since the character is known for being a villain, as soon as they mentioned what Ivo was looking for and what Brother Blood was doing, many worked out he would be used on Slade and that he was the Big Bad well ahead of the reveal.
    • Malcolm Merlyn being involved in Sara's death in Season 3; not as obvious and many had their doubts, but some still expected The Reveal just the same.
    • Akio, Maseo and Tatu's son, dies.
    • When Marc Guggenheim revealed a second wedding in Season 3, a lot of people accurately predicted that it would be between Oliver and Nyssa.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: It's worth noting that Paul Blackthorne's best-known role is magician Harry Dresden, and he plays a cop. John Barrowman's most famous role is him playing a sort of secret agent-slash-cop, and he plays a man whose codename is "Magician".
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine:
    • It's been a Running Gag among Spartacus fans on whose alumnae will appear next on the show, or on The Flash (2014) for that matter. note 
    • Much like Spartacus, the show and its Spin-Off have a knack on casting Prison Break alumnae. note 
    • Sean Maher and Summer Glau were previously on Firefly together. note .
    • Grant Gustin, Charlotte Ross and Nolan Funk were all on Glee. note 
    • Colin Salmon, John Barrowman and Alex Kingston were all on Doctor Who. note  Subverted by the fact that the characters of Kingston and Barrowman never meet in either show.
  • Mean Character Nice Actor:
    • John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn. Hold most of the mean, though. He has said it's fun to play a bad guy for a change.
    • Oliver Queen, at least early on, was cold, distant, and secretive. Stephen Amell, on the other hand, is incredibly friendly and interactive with fans.
    • Nyssa al Ghul is a rather cold, merciless assassin loyal to her father, But Katrina Law is anything but and is very friendly and talkative to her fans.
  • No Stunt Double: Zig-Zagged - Stephen Amell does as much of his own stunts as he's allowed, including the infamous salmon ladder which Amell can pull off in real life, with some of the more complicated/dangerous stuff being done by a stunt double.
  • One of Us: Head writers Guggenheim and Kreisberg are big comic fans and love continuity gags.
  • The Other Darrin: Caity Lotz as Sara Lance, replacing Jacqueline MacInnes Wood from the Pilot. There's even a Flashback with the Other Darrin.
  • The Other Marty: Devon Aoki was set to play Tatsu Yamashiro in Season 3. However, she dropped out during filming and her scenes were re-shot with Rila Fukushima in the role.
  • The Pete Best: Caity Lotz becomes much more remembered as Sara Lance than Sara's original actress, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • The cold-hearted Isabel Rochev is well outside of Summer Glau's usual repertoire, even moreso now that it's known she's a flat-out villain.
    • The bomb-happy, nihilistic Shrapnel is a far cry from Sean Maher's previous roles.
  • Playing Gertrude: John Barrowman, playing Malcolm Merlyn, and Colin Donnell, playing his son, are only 15 years apart in age. At times, they look more like brothers than father and son.
  • Production Posse: Paul Blackthorne, Byron Mann, Kelly Hu, Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Peter Stormare and Brandon Routh were all DC Comics adaptation veterans.
  • Product Placement:
    • For Windows 8 and Windows Phone, everywhere.
    • All of the laptops are made by Asus.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot / The Cast Showoff: Summer Glau's character, Isabel Rochev, was not initially going to be a villain, rather a red herring. However, Summer was dissatisfied about being in a superhero series without getting in on the action, so Isabel Rochev became the Ravager.
  • Those Two Actors: Sadly averted as the abovementioned Sean Maher and Summer Glau played brother and sister in Firefly but never even meet here.
  • Throw It In: Every time that Ra's refers to Oliver as "boy", it's because Matt Nable went off-script. The producers left it in because they felt it worked with the character.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Justin Hartley, Smallville's Green Arrow, was considered to reprise his role back when the show was still being pitched. The higher-ups then decided that his rendition won't fit the Darker and Edgier tone of the series and amicably parted ways.
    • Mr. Blank was originally supposed to be the DC Comics villain Onomatopoeia. However, as Onomatopoeia only speaks in, well, onomatopoeia, they couldn't make it work without him coming across as mentally disabled (since sound effects sound far different in real life compared to comic books).
    • The twentieth episode of Season Two was originally going to be a Back Door Pilot for a potential spin-off focusing on The Flash. Based on both the strength of Grant Gustin's portrayal of Barry Allen in "The Scientist" and "Three Ghosts" and the fact that using the twentieth episode as a Back Door Pilot would interrupt the show's momentum as it built up to the season finale, the decision was made to make it a standalone pilot.
    • In early drafts of Season Two, Sara was originally going to take the role of Ravager, but eventually ended up as the Canary. Instead, the role of Ravager was given to Isabel Rochev.
    • The character who was going to buy out Queen Consolidated was originally going to be Ted Kord, a character whose existence was already implied through the appearance of Kord Industries. However, DC enacted an embargo on him due to "other plans", so the creators instead went with Ray Palmer. This means that the A.T.O.M. suit functions more like the Blue Beetle or Iron Man suits than it does its comic counterpart.
    • Before Matt Nable was cast, Liam Neeson said he'd play the show's version of Ra's Al-Ghul "in a heartbeat". Word of God states that after learning this, the network approached Neeson on the off chance he had the time, but they were unable to reconcile their schedules.
    • There were plans to use Harley Quinn past her initial unnamed cameo, but WB/DC put the kibosh on this after the Suicide Squad movie was greenlit. Presumably this was due to the same reason shows like Smallville and Justice League Unlimited were barred from using certain characters who were being highlighted in movies at the time.
  • The Wiki Rule: Naturally.