Star City: Team Arrow (Oliver Queen / Dinah Laurel Lance) | Family Members | Citizens | Criminal Groups (Malcolm Merlyn / Slade Wilson / Prometheus) | Independent Criminals
Central City: West-Allen Family (Barry Allen / Iris West-Allen) | Team Flash (Caitlin Snow & (Killer) Frost) | Citizens | Criminal Groups (Rogues / Clifford DeVoe) | Independent Criminals
National City: Citizens (Kara Zor-El) | Luthor Family & Associates (Lena Luthor / Lex Luthor) | Criminals
Freeland: Pierce Family | Citizens | Criminals
Gotham City: Bat-Family | Citizens | Criminals
Smallville & Metropolis: Smallville Citizens | Metropolis Citizens | Metropolis Criminals
The Legends: The Team | Current Members (Sara Lance) | Former Members (Leonard Snart / Mick Rory)
Organizations: U.S. Government | U.S. Military | A.R.G.U.S. | The D.E.O. | The J.S.A. | The League of Assassins | Criminal Groups (H.I.V.E. / Savage & His Followers)
Time Travel: Time Travelers (The Legion / Eobard Thawne / Damien Darhk / Savitar) | The Past | The Future
Miscellaneous: Other Locales | Metahumans (Firestorm / The Hawks) | Aliens | Mystics | Other Entities (The Speed Force & Forces of Nature)
The Multiverse: Other Earths | Earth-2 (Hunter Zolomon) | Earth-38 | Earth-90 | Earth-X | Bizarro World
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List of criminal groups and organizations who operate on a national or/and international level.
Known Aliases: KGBeast
Affiliations: The Bratva, Team Arrow, Helix, Ricardo Diaz's Gang
Played by: David Nykl, George Klimovich (young)
First Appearance: "Crucible" (Arrow 2x4)
Appearances: Arrow | Legends of Tomorrownote
The Pakhan of the Solntsevskaya Bratva, Anatoly was a friend of Oliver Queen, having been rescued by him from the Amazo and the island of Lian Yu.
Later Oliver joined the Bratva for a harrowing mission in Russia, which resulted in Anatoly becoming the Pakhan. Anatoly brought Oliver back to Lian Yu and arranged for the fishing boat that would "rescue" him (having Oliver found in Russia would raise too many questions), But while Oliver became a hero, Anatoly's career as a professional criminal meant that the two would become inevitably estranged, having been bitter enemies before eventually reconciling.
- Adaptational Curves: Inverted. The canonical KGBeast is a very bulky man.
- Adaptational Heroism: He's much more friendly than his depiction in the comics...initially.
- Affably Evil: He's still the Don of the Bratva, but he's very nice to Oliver both on and off the Island, to the point where he considers him his "favorite American" and appears overjoyed to see him again. He even assists Oliver and Diggle in saving Lyla, and seems to be willing to help him in any way he can. He's not a good guy, but he's definitely not one of Oliver's villains...until Season Five, that it is.
- Anti-Villain: He leads the Bratva, but he's not necessarily portrayed as evil until Season Five.
- Badass in Distress: In the Season Two flashbacks, he has been kept prisoner for an undetermined amount of time, yet he's able to kick quite a bit of ass when set free.
- Big Bad Ensemble: In Season Six, alongside Cayden James, Ricardo Diaz, and Vigilante. Then it's revealed that they're all working under Cayden James. And then they're working under Diaz.
- Broken Pedestal: Anatoly ends up feeling this way towards the Bratva as a whole after they cast him out in Season Six, due to his friendship with Oliver causing him to believe that, because of one error, he ended up losing everything he worked for. Because of this, he rejects Oliver's offer to reinstate him as Pakhan, feeling that if the Bratva are going to reject him he'll reject them right back.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns in Seasons Five and Six after last being seen in Season Two (though he had a Deleted Scene in Legends of Tomorrow via Time-Shifted Actor).
- Churchgoing Villain: He's seen crossing himself a few times. He's also a member of the Russian Mafiya.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's always just called by his real name (or, at times, "pakhan"), though "KGBeast" is finally used as a temporary codename in 7x06.
- The Corrupter: He actually encourages Felicity's ruthless behaviour, in stark contrast to him being Oliver's Morality Chain back in Russia.
- Deadpan Snarker: When Sara tries to call him out on giving Slade a prisoner of theirs (who had also tried to kill her, to boot), she asks what gives them the right to hand him over. He responds that the prisoner is tied up and they are not.
- Deal with the Devil: In Season Five, he refuses to help Oliver until he proves his loyalty to the brotherhood, and he makes it clear he expects Oliver to use his position as mayor to aid the Bratva.
- Demoted to Dragon: Twice. First, he is demoted to one of Cayden James' Co-Dragons (alongside Ricardo Diaz) and then he becomes the same for the latter, alongside Black Siren.
- The Don: Leads the Bratva as their Pakhan. As of Season Six, he's been kicked out for being "weak", for which he blames Oliver.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even after Anatoly Took a Level in Jerkass from Season Five onwards he still shows some traces of the Noble Demon he once was. Oliver uses this by showing that Diaz is an honourless scumbag during their one-on-one fight near the end of Season Six hopping to reach out to Anatoly's more noble aspects. This works and Anatoly ends up turning on Diaz.
- Evil Former Friend: In Season Five, it's become clear that the paths he and Oliver have taken have put them on opposite ends of the moral spectrum, that they can't be reconciled and they simply can't be friends anymore — especially since Anatoly left some men behind to get revenge on Oliver for foiling a heist.
- Eye Scream: Almost ends up with this from Ivo in "The Promise". And he was about to inflict the same to Ivo via Cold-Blooded Torture, until Oliver stopped him.
- Fallen Hero: While "hero" is a stretch, he originally used his position in the Bratva to help the common Russian people who were suffering because of corrupt government officials and oligarchs. Now he's the very thing he once fought against. Ironically, he knew this is what he'd end up becoming, which is why he wanted Oliver to stay around in Russia — he knew he'd need a Morality Chain.
- Funny Foreigner: His humor revolves around snark and Black Comedy.
- Heel–Face Turn: After a lot of convincing, Anatoly warns Oliver about Ricardo Diaz's next moves and acts as The Mole for Team Arrow. By Season Eight they are back on good terms and once again consider each other to be brothers.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: He and Oliver have been friends, enemies, and brothers throughout the series. Ultimately, they part on good terms with each other.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Became just as bad as Ishmael Gregor before him.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Does not appear in the series until Season Two.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How he justifies his fall from grace to Oliver from Robin Hood-esque crusader to just another thug.
- I Owe You My Life: To Oliver, who saved him from the Amazo; but as Season Five shows, he won't always come to Oliver's aid if he thinks he's disloyal to the brotherhood.
- Klingon Promotion: It's revealed in "Bratva" he became Pakhan by killing the old one, Gregor, with Oliver's help.
- Morality Chain: Tried to be this to Oliver during his time with the Bratva, as Oliver was becoming way too violent. In stark contrast to Talia encouraging Oliver to channel the darkness inside him into a separate identity, Anatoly told Oliver that a piece of cloth couldn't separate the man from the monster. Ironically, he saw Oliver as his way from slipping too far into darkness.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Averted. He takes the code of brotherhood very seriously, to the point he temporarily becomes estranged with Oliver because he got Leonov killed (although he notes he really didn't like Leonov) and refuses to help him until he reproves his loyalty to the brotherhood; this is in direct contrast to the old Anatoly, who was perfectly happy to let his friend leave Russia and go back home.
- Noble Demon: He may be a criminal, but he doesn't cross certain lines and is fairly personable. However, by Season Five, he's lost his morals.
- Put on a Bus: Does not appear in Seasons Three and Four. He does return in Season Five for both the flashbacks and present day, and he's a recurring villain in Season Six.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: KGBeast is typically a Batman villain.
- Secret-Keeper: He knows Oliver is a highly skilled fighter and what he can do, but it's unclear if he knows he's Starling City's vigilante. It's confirmed in Season Five he's known all along.
- Shadow Archetype: Just like Prometheus and Vigilante, he shows what Oliver could've become without people to keep him bound to his morals.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: As chummy as he was with Oliver, he's still a member of a criminal organization. Sooner or later, their two paths had to diverge.
- Swapped Roles: In a very tragic way. Anatoly used to be Oliver's Morality Chain in the flashbacks, being shocked and outright disgusted by how far Oliver was willing to go back then. After the two parted ways however, Anatoly became even worse, and now Oliver is the one horrified at how bad his former friend became.Anatoly: (reacting to Oliver restraining one of his men by the neck) In Russia you would have killed him.
Oliver: And you would have stopped me.
Anatoly: Looks like we not in Russia anymore.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season Five, he's not as good a friend to Oliver as he used to be due to Oliver betraying Leonov, asking for favors in exchange for helping Oliver — mainly because the Bratva's finances are in poor shape and he needs to strengthen his position as Pakhan. The point is driven home when he orders his men to hold innocent people hostage to get Oliver to back off — the old Anatoly would've never done such a thing.
- Villainous Friendship: He and Ricardo Diaz act quite chummy with one another. Which is why Diaz is so pissed about Anatoly betraying him.
- Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Considers himself an "honorable man" for not targeting William and not revealing Oliver's identity to the world.
- We Used to Be Friends: He and Oliver are no longer friends as of "Disbanded", as Oliver has broken his oath to the Brotherhood one time too many, while he himself is no longer the Robin Hood-esque crusader he was when he and Oliver became friends. The two seem to repair some of the damage near the end of Season Six although they're obviously no where near as close as they once were.
- see the Arrowverse: Oliver Queen page
Played by: Eugene Lipinski
First Appearance: "Lone Gunmen" (Arrow 1x3)
Oliver's main contact within the Bratva.
- Bald of Evil: Though he doesn't do anything all that evil onscreen, he is a mobster...
- Even Evil Has Standards: He provides Oliver with a meeting with the Count, but does not seem terribly enthusiastic about it, implying his disgust at the Count's pointless sadism.
- Eye Scream: Shot through the eye with an arrow by Slade.
- Friend in the Black Market: Helps Oliver locate a freelance assassin and a Vertigo dealer.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten!: Has doubts about Oliver's loyalty to the Bratva, so he pulls a couple of these. When Oliver fails one too many times, Alexi severs ties with him.
- Killed Off for Real: By Slade, after Ollie gets him to track down his information.
- The Mafiya: Member of the Bratva.
Played by: David Meunier
First Appearance: "So It Begins" (Arrow 5x6)
The Pakhan (Godfather) of the Solntsevskaya Bratva during the time of the flashbacks in Season 5.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In accordance with his demonic poweers bieng Adapted Out, this version looks like a normal, reasonably handsome human compared to his comics self.
- Adaptational Distillation: He's a Russian crime boss much like he was in the comics, but everything after that followed with him gaining demonic powers never made it into the show.
- Adaptational Wimp: This version never got to became the demonic supervillain known as Sabbac.
- Adapted Out: His comic counterpart had demonic powers which never made it into the show.
- Bad Boss: The nicest thing he does when somebody questions his authority is beating the person to a bloody pulp, as Oliver and Anatoly had to experience.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Konstantin Kovar for the Season 5 flashbacks, since he is in cahoots with him and causes just as much trouble to Oliver and then Anatoly once this is revealed. Though since he dies earlier than Kovar, he can be considered the Disc-One Final Boss of the ensemble.
- Death by Adaptation: This version never lived to become Sabbac. In fact he didn't even make it to the present day timeline where superheroes had started emerging.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He and his forces are killed by Oliver in Checkmate.
- The Don: Or Pakhan, to be precise.
- Karmic Death: Killed by Oliver and Anatoly alongside all of his men during Checkmate.
- The Mafiya: Leader of the Bratva.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: While Arrow had already delved into metahumans and magic by this point, having the demonic Sabbac would still have felt out of place, especially for the grounded nature of Season 5. So Gregor gets to keep his Russian mob boss status, but that's all.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: In the comics, Sabbac is an enemy of Captain Marvel Jr. and the Outsiders.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: When Oliver calls him out on betraying his brothers, Gregor reacts by beating him black and blue and stating that he is in command and his decisions are the law.
- Two First Names: Gregor is a common male name.
Played by: Mike Dopud
First Appearance: "Legacy" (Arrow 5x1)
One of the Bratva leaders during the time of the flashbacks of Season 5. Initially an antagonistic figure, he later joins forces with Anatoly and Oliver against Gregor only to betray them to Kovar afterwards.
- Fair-Play Villain: He agrees to Anatoly's request of spross-dopros, a Bratva custom to judge the current Pakhan's accountability, despite having them both outgunned and at their mercy.
- Hazy-Feel Turn: While still a mobster, Viktor goes from antagonizing Oliver to joining forces with him and Anatoly against Gregor when he realizes the latter is in cahoots with Konstantin Kovar only to sell them out to the latter later.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: A milder example. He disapproves of Oliver at first because of his American heritage, but later warms up to him.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Gets gassed to death by Kovar.
Played by: Gary Starkell
First Appearance: "License to Elongate" (The Flash 6x6)
Appearances: The Flash
Played By: Sebastian Dunn
First Appearance: "Damaged" (Arrow 1x5)
A ruthless mercenary hired by an unknown woman to set up camp on the island of Lian Yu and carry out a False Flag Operation to cripple China's economy. Unfortunately for him, Oliver washes up on the island and begins interfering with his plans.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His counterpart from the comics had brown hair.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, he was an ally of Green Arrow's. Here... well, see Faux Affably Evil.
- Arc Villain: Of Season One's island flashbacks.
- Back from the Dead: He and his men are briefly resurrected by energy released across Lian Yu in Season 8.
- Book Ends: He was Oliver’s first opponent, and also his final opponent before the crisis.
- Decomposite Character: Since he underwent Adaptational Villainy, his canonical role as Oliver's Friend on the Force was given to Quentin Lance.
- The Dragon: Turns out there's another Big Bad out there -— Fyers was working for a mysterious woman, later revealed to be Amanda Waller.
- Evil Brit: Judging from his accent and his actions, yes.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Possible justification for his sudden acquisition of a rather large Villain Ball in the finale. He doesn't seem to understand that Oliver would be unwilling to sacrifice Shado in exchange for a way off the island.
- Evil Wears Black: Along with the rest of his men.
- Faux Affably Evil: He starts off amiable enough, but when Oliver refuses to hand over Yao Fei's location, he stops being polite and hands him over to Billy Wintergreen. Later, we discover he's kidnapped Yao Fei's daughter to force Yao Fei's cooperation. That's before we even learn his reason for being on the island: He acquires a missile launcher with the express purpose of using it to shoot down civilian aircraft, and executes poor Yao Fei in front of his daughter after forcing him to take the fall for said shooting down of civilian aircraft.
- Final Boss: Appropriately, he winds up being the final villain Oliver faces before the Crisis and the final “regular” episode of Arrow.
- Hired Guns: He was hired to crash China's economy by shooting down all air traffic in and out of it. The identity of the woman who hired him was revealed to be Amanda Waller.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Oliver shoots an arrow through his neck in "Sacrifice".
- Locked Out of the Loop: Believed that he was hired to crash China's economy by shooting down a specific airliner in order to slow down air traffic. In reality, Waller wanted him to shoot down that specific airliner to get rid of one person — Chien Na Wei (China White).
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He gives off this air.
- Only in It for the Money: As he himself says, he doesn't care one way or the other about the goal — he's just doing what he was hired to do. Still, that doesn't excuse his crimes in the least.
- Risking the King: He allowed himself to be taken captive by Yao Fei (and Oliver to an extent) just so he can lure him to his men. Sure it worked, but the plan involving the person in charge of the whole operation is undoubtedly very risky.
- Sociopathic Soldier: He may be Only in It for the Money, but he clearly takes sadistic delight in torturing his enemies.
- Starter Villain: For Oliver, being the first villain he ever faced even before he began his superhero career.
- Villain Ball: He grabs it hard during the Season One finale. With the missile launcher destroyed and his team dead, he has no reason at all to remain hostile to Oliver and Slade. It's in his best interest to simply disappear and call for a way off the island. What does he do instead? Why, grab Shado, put a gun to her head, and walk right up to a very pissed off Oliver and Slade. This results in pretty much what you'd expect. Shortly before the inevitable, Oliver even points out that there's no reason to continue and he should just cut his losses and leave.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Why he executes Yao Fei.
Played By: Jeffrey Robinson
First Appearance: "Damaged" (Arrow 1x5)
A member of Australian Secret Intelligence Service, he was partners and close friends with Slade Wilson. They were sent to Lian Yu to rescue Yao Fei, but after their plane was shot down, Billy sided with Edward Fyers and became a mercenary.
- see Titans (2018): Villains for the Earth-9 character who bears his name and background
- Adaptational Badass: His comics counterpart is Slade Wilson's butler. This version is his contemporary in ASIS.
- Adaptational Curves: he's much more muscular than his comics counterpart.
- Adaptational Job Change: From (Slade's) butler to a member of a military (Australian) special force.
- Adaptational Nationality: He's British in the comics and Australian here.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Billy Wintergreen was Slade Wilson/Deathstroke's loyal butler. Alternately, this could be something of a subversion, since his employer in the comics underwent a case of Adaptational Heroism.
- Age Lift: He's commonly depicted as Slade's much Older Sidekick, but here, they're the same age.
- Awesome Aussie: Like Slade, he's a former Australian intelligence operative.
- Back from the Dead: Alongside Fyers in Season 8.
- Badass Normal: Able to fight on par with Yao Fei and Slade Wilson. The latter describes him as having "a good kick".
- Canon Character All Along: At first, he was assumed to be just Deathstroke, but that was disproved by Slade's first appearance, leaving everyone wondering just who the heck this guy was. The very next episode revealed he was actually William "Billy" Wintergreen all along.
- Composite Character: Wintergreen in the comics is Slade Wilson's butler. Here, he's the first Deathstroke.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's never referred to as Deathstroke; justified, however, when it's revealed he was never the Deathstroke, leaving Slade Wilson to take up that mantle in the present.
- Cool Mask: Referred to as "the operational equivalent of a balaclava". As an early version of the Deathstroke mask, it still has both eyeholes.
- Dark Is Evil: His costume is mostly black, and he's a mercenary who threw his best friend to the wolves.
- Decomposite Character: He and Slade divide the Deathstroke character. Both Slade and Billy get the mask (though only Billy wears it at first) and fighting ability, but Slade is Deathstroke's occasional Anti-Hero portion, while Billy is Deathstroke's villainous and mercenary nature. Slade Wilson is Deathstroke's real name in the comics, and Billy Wintergreen is his butler. Then it gets subverted when Slade takes on all of Deathstroke's characteristics later.
- Disabled in the Adaptation: His comicbook counterpart never loses an eye, but this version died via Moe Greene Special from Slade.
- The Dragon: To Edward Fyers.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Considerably more skilled than Fyers.
- Dual Wielding: Uses two blades in his fight with Slade.
- Evil Former Friend: He was the godfather to Slade's child. Didn't think twice about turning on him, though.
- Eye Scream: Slade kills him by jamming a sword through his eye.
- Face–Heel Turn: He betrayed his friend and partner to join up with Fyers' men.
- The Faceless: We never saw him unmasked in the series proper, only in a tie-in comic.
- Legacy Character: He is the first Deathstroke in the Arrowverse, though he never uses the name. After his death, Slade and his son Grant take up the mantle.
- Leitmotif: "Inhospitable Island/Deathstroke", which he shares with Slade.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Though he wasn't initially malevolent, he was after his Face–Heel Turn.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Deathstroke (though Billy's never actually called that) has his trademark blue and orange costume changed to all-black body armor. His mask, however, remains yellow-orange on the left half, making it look closer to the one used in Teen Titans (2003). Elaborated on in this interview.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives this to Oliver for trying to appeal to his better nature...which he doesn't have.
- Red Herring: Wintergreen was initially assumed to be the Deathstroke, but this proved to not be the case once Slade debuted.
- Torture Technician: He's the one who gave Oliver some of the first of many scars gained during his time on the island.
- The Voiceless: Until "The Odyssey", which features his only line immediately before the climactic fight:Billy: Slade. Come back to die?
- Walking Spoiler: But only if you read the comics.
- We Used to Be Friends: He was Slade's best friend, and was even godfather to Slade's son. None of that stopped Billy from throwing Slade under the bus when push came to shove.
- see the Arrowverse: Other Locales page
An unseen female benefactor of Edward Fyers who hired him to head an operation on Lian Yu. Her identity will be revealed as Amanda Waller during the third season of Arrow.
- see the Arrowverse: A.R.G.U.S. & Task Force X page.
Crew of the Amazo
Dr. Anthony Ivo
Played By: Dylan Neal
First Appearance: "League of Assassins" (Arrow 2x5)
A ruthless scientist who comes to the island of Lian Yu seeking the remnants of a World War II Japanese project which created a serum called Mirakuru, which Ivo believes he can use to advance and "save" the human race.
- Adaptational Dumbass: He's still a scientist, but he's a long way off from the revolutionary genius of the comics who created Amazo.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics Ivo played no part in the creation of Deathstroke.
- Adapted Out: He never creates the Amazo android in this version, with that instead being the name of his ship.
- Eventually, Elseworlds (2018) reveals that, while Ivo himself never got to build the Amazo android, the company he owned ultimately did.
- An Arm and a Leg: In "The Promise", Slade hacks off the hand with which Ivo shot Shado.
- Arc Villain: He replaces Edward Fyers as this for Season Two's island flashbacks. That is, until "The Promise", when Slade takes over.
- Asshole Victim: Between mutilating a number of people for his experiments, killing Shado For the Evulz, deliberately destroying Slade and Oliver's friendship to save his own skin, and being a Dirty Coward with a strong Never My Fault attitude in general, Flashback!Oliver might have been merciful enough for giving him quick death.
- Bad Boss: He pointlessly murders a lot of his crew for very stupid reasons with no real gain for him. The only logical answer for this management style is that he's an asshole.
- Celebrity Paradox: A Season 3 episode of The Flash (2014) has the title character and his mentor Time Traveling to 1998 and going to a place where Dawson's Creek is currently airing. His actor plays a Recurring Character there, specifically the older brother of one of the main characters.
- Death by Adaptation: Dies way before his comics counterpart did. Most notably, he was the one who killed Cisco in the comics. Here, Cisco is alive and well (though not without dying a few times) long before Ivo's death.
- Dirty Coward: Like a true Smug Snake, he acts almighty if he has the upper hand. The moment shit happens, he'll probably beat The Flash (metaphorically speaking) when he's fleeing for his life.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Overthrown by Slade and killed by Oliver.
- Disabled in the Adaptation: Slade maimed his right hand in this version, whereas his comicbook counterpart is never handicapped.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He wants the Mirakuru to cure his wife of Alzheimer's disease.
- Evilutionary Biologist: The way he says "I'm going to save the human race" and his expression show that underneath this seemingly normal, even kind guy, there is somebody with a drive and ambition that isn't quite right.
- Fate Worse than Death: Slade drops him on Lian Yu with Oliver and Sara. Subverted by the revelation that his severed hand has become infected and is slowly killing him anyway, then by Oliver shooting him.
- Faux Affably Evil: Like Edward Fyers before him, he surely acted quite polite to Sara and Oliver while they were on the Amazo, until he uses Sara in finding out where Shado and Slade are by letting Oliver radio them so he could kill them. That's not even mentioning how he treats Oliver when they're trying to find the hosen, or his killing of the Captain for failing to catch Oliver's friends. He does save Sara from harsher imprisonment, torture, and implied gang rape when they first meet, only to later force Oliver to choose between her death and Shado's, or at least make Oliver blame himself for Shado's death. And when Sara refuses to let him sway her back to his side, since she can no longer ignore how he tortures and murders people For Science!, he shows his true vile colors, calling her an "ungrateful bitch" and vowing to show her real torture before she switches the radio off.
- Hate Sink: Just like Edward Fyers, he is a complete and utter asshole who does nothing but Kick the Dog every time he is on screen.
- Heel Realization: In his last moments, he reflects on his life and the evils he has done in the hunt for Mirakuru.
- It's All About Me: He cares for absolutely nothing but obtaining the Mirakuru and testing it out for his own purposes. Even knowing that he sought it to heal his wife with it doesn't help.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Oliver does this to him in "The Man Under the Hood", rather than put the onus on Sara.
- Love Makes You Evil: Ivo sought the Mirakuru so that he could save his wife. By the time he actually gets the Mirakuru, it's become clear that Ivo's wife is probably better off without him.
- Mad Scientist: He's a doctor obsessed with his goal of saving the human race (and his wife), and he kidnaps people in order to advance his goals.
- Manipulative Bastard: He gladly takes advantage of Sara's Stockholm Syndrome for his own benefit.
- Mythology Gag: In the comics, Ivo was the Mad Scientist who created the super android known as AMAZO. Here he's a scientist working aboard a ship called the Amazo.
- Never My Fault: He takes absolutely no responsibility for shooting Shado in the head, blaming the whole thing on Oliver — even after Sara calls him out on the fact that he says she was never in danger, proving he was going to shoot Shado anyway, and that he didn't even know her name. He denies any responsibility in the action up until Slade chops his hand off. Oddly, neither Slade nor Oliver call him on it; they both go on blaming Oliver for Shado's death (although they're partly justified in doing so; Oliver has a Guilt Complex while Slade is far from stable).
- He also blames the Mirakuru for his actions. As it's well established as The Corruption, this seems to put his actions in a new light... then he adds that he never took it himself, and Oliver shoots him in disgust.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: In the comics he's the scientist who created a super robot called the Amazo, here he's a scientist working aboard a ship called the Amazo.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: In the comics, Ivo is a Justice League villain.
- Sadistic Choice: In "Three Ghosts," he forces Oliver to choose whether Anthony kills Sara or Shado, seemingly just to Kick the Dog, as he already had what he had come for. A later conversation with Sara over the radio shows that this was just a lie to tear Oliver down, that he was going to kill Shado all along. In "The Promise", he winds up solidifying Slade's Face–Heel Turn by blaming Oliver for it, though Slade chops off his hand at the end of the episode.
- Stupid Evil: He idiotically and constantly murders people for no real reason or gain. This works against him, because his crew gladly switches allegiances to Slade, a rather more reasonable psychopath, once the opportunity presents itself.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His actions in the past fuel Slade's rampage against Starling City in the present.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: "The Promise" reveals that Ivo's reason for finding the Mirakuru is to cure his wife of Alzheimer's disease, not to save the world after all.
- see the Arrowverse: Slade Wilson page
"The Captain" and "The Butcher"
Played By: Jimmy Jean-Louis ("The Captain"), Ron Selmour ("The Butcher")
First Appearance: "Crucible" (Arrow 2x4, The Captain), "League of Assassins" (Arrow 2x5, The Butcher)
Two prominent crew members on the Amazo who serve under Ivo.
- Boom, Headshot!: Ivo shoots the original Captain when he fails to capture Oliver and the others, then promotes his subordinate, "The Butcher", to Captain.
- The Dragon: Both were this to Ivo.
- Legacy Character: After the original Captain is killed by Ivo, "The Butcher" becomes the new Captain. In "The Promise", Slade kills him rather gruesomely, effectively becoming the new Captain of the Amazo.
- Only Sane Man: At least work-wise. The original Captain seems to think either Ivo or Sara is really in charge.
- Scary Black Man: Both qualify.
- Your Head Asplode: Slade kills "The Butcher" in "The Promise" by crushing his skull.
- see the Arrowverse: Sara Lance page
Royal Flush Gangs
Derek Reston (King) Played By: Currie Graham
Mrs. Reston (Queen) Played By: Sarah-Jane Redmond
Kyle Reston (Ace) Played By: Kyle Schmid
Teddy Reston (Jack) Played By: Tom Stevens
First Appearance: "Legacies" (Arrow 1x6)
After Derek Reston lost his job when Robert Queen moved his industrial factory to China, he and his family turned to a life of crime robbing banks as the Royal Flush Gang.
- Adaptational Villainy: The Derek Reston of the comics was mind controlled into building the Ace android. Here, he's an actual member of the Gang.
- Adaptational Wimp: This version of the Royal Flush Gang got reduced to being petty bank robbers and are only a Villain of the Week for Oliver Queen in his first year as a vigilante.
- Adapted Out: Unlike the comics (and despite the Meaningful Name), there is no Ten of Spades in the group at any point
- Anti-Villain: They were driven to rob banks after Derek was laid off from a Queen Industries plant.
- Composite Character: The comic Derek Reston's only ties to the Gang was that he was mind controlled and forced to build the Ace android during it. Here, he's King.
- Cool Bike: The three use BMX bikes to make their escape, and they almost would have made it were they not facing a hero with Super-Speed.
- Demoted to Extra: They're the Villain of the Week in their tenure in Arrow. In The Flash, the titular hero dispatches them in the Cold Open.
- Determinator: Kyle/The Ace of Spades was able to take an arrow to his chest (without padding), break it, and keep going to fight Oliver.
- Disappeared Dad: The father, the previous King, was killed when he took the bullet for his eldest son.
- The Family That Slays Together: Or rather The Family That Robs Banks Together. They're criminals but a close family.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: King is Melancholic, Ace is Choleric, Jack is Phlegmatic and Queen is Leukine.
- It's All My Fault: In King's Last Words, he blames himself for turning his family into a criminal.
- Just a Gangster: Happens with both Kyle and Derek. Kyle insists on going on another heist when Derek points out that they have more than enough money to settle down elsewhere. Derek himself ends up refusing an honest job from Oliver in exchange for breaking up the gang, not wanting to have any more association with the Queen family.
- Last-Second Chance: Oliver offers Derek a chance to walk away in order to try and make up for his father's misdeeds, but Derek refuses.
- Legacy Character: The previous King of Spades, Derek, was killed during a heist in Star(ling) City. Since the Gang appear with a King but without an Ace, it's clear that the previous Ace (Kyle) took on the position.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Kyle (The Ace of Spades) starts carrying one once he knows the Vigilante is hunting him.
- Malevolent Masked Men: To hide their identities, they wear masks.
- Neutral Female: Queen's part in the group doesn't involve direct activity.
- No Name Given: For Mrs. Reston, the Queen of Spades.
- One Last Job: Villainous version.
- Psycho Party Member: Kyle/Ace of Spades.
- Redemption Rejection: Derek is offered a chance to walk away and a job, but turns it down.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: In the comics, the Royal Flush Gang are Justice League villains. This incarnation goes up against Green Arrow and then later The Flash.
- The Smurfette Principle: Mrs. Reston/Queen of Spades is the only female member of the group/family.
- Taking the Bullet: Derek/The King of Spades, an Anti-Villain, ultimately dies by taking a shotgun blast meant for Kyle/Ace.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: King and Queen tries to enforce this to their sons. Unfortunately, Ace is more pragmatic and willing to compromise.
- Villain's Dying Grace: King dies by Taking the Bullet for Ace and tells The Hood that it's his fault for turning his son into a criminal.
Queen / Mona Taylor Played By: Agam Darshi
King played by: Ryan Jefferson Booth
Jack / Jake Fox Played By: Eston Fung
Ten / Wanda Wayland Played By: Megan Peta Hill
First Appearance: "Armageddon Part 1" (The Flash 8x1)
Appearances: The Flash
The very first meta-human gang to be active in Central City who theme themselves after playing cards. They come to Team Flash's attention during Armageddon.
- Adapted Out: As if in response to the previous gang adapting out Ten, this version has shafted Ace and put Ten in their place.
- Eye Beams: Jack can fire these from his eyes.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: The Flash uses their own powers against them, baiting Queen with false thoughts for her to telepathically read and making the members powers hit each other.
- Large Ham: One of the hammiest villains the show has had, having cheesy pun-filled dialogue that fills more suited for a Saturday morning cartoon.
- The Queenpin: Queen leads this version of the gang.
- Truer to the Text: Unlike the first version, this incarnation of the Royal Flush Gang are bonafide supervillains with genuine superpowers.
- Two Girls to a Team: Unlike the first version, this Royal Flush Gang boasts two women.
- Pungeon Master: Exaggerated. They seem incapable of speaking a sentence without it being riddled with card based puns.
- Remember the New Guy?: They don't appear until Season 8 of The Flash, but the heroes act like they've known them for years and reveal they have been around since Season 1's Particle Accelerator explosion.
- Stock Super Powers:
The League of Assassins
Species: Human (empowered via magic)
Played By: Jimmy Akingbola
First Appearance: "The Candidate" (Arrow 4x2)
The Leader of the mercenaries that forces a group of captured laborers to harvest Slam on Lian Yu. His true goals however are to collect magical artifacts from the island.
- Affably Evil: He flits between this and Faux Affably Evil. On the one hand, he is a genuine Benevolent Boss and is quite courteous with Oliver. On the other hand, he is still runnig a slave camp.
- A God Am I: Once he finds the idol, Reiter declares that sacrificing all of the laborers will make him a god.
- Adapted Out: This version is not a Nazi Super-Soldier and lacks the enhanced physical abilities of his comics self.
- Arc Villain: Of the Season 4 flashbacks.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Assuming that "Baron" is a legitimate title, he certainly qualifies.
- Bald of Authority: He's in charge of Shadowspire unit and assures that they understand that.
- Beard of Evil: A thin goatee.
- Benevolent Boss: He treats his men quite well and even lets John Constantine go when he takes Conklin and Oliver hostage (the latter only being in his group for a few days or so).
- Blood Magic: He kills numerous people to enhance his superpowers.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Out of every Big Bad from the Flashbacks (the others being Fyers, Ivo, Shrieve and Kovar) he is the only one with any sense of honor and who is straight-up Affably Evil instead of Faux Affably Evil.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Reiter lived in a war-torn African nation, and his home was destroyed by raiders for guns, medicine, and women.
- Death Glare: His entire facial expressions are all cold stares.
- Decomposite Character: In the comics, Reiter is the civilian name of Baron Blitzkrieg. Baron Krieger from Legends of Tomorrow far closely resembles Baron Blitzkrieg's overall characterization being a NAZI Super-Soldier. In addition, a character named "Blitzkrieg" shows up on Freedom Fighters: The Ray.
- Dull Surprise: Barely reacts to Oliver betraying his trust.
- Evil Sorcerer: Shades of this following Constantine's appearance.
- Faux Affably Evil: After he acquires the Khushu Idol, he switches over to this, unhesitantly murdering people by the scores while retaining his friednly demeanor.
- Freudian Excuse: He had to watch his village getting raided by bandits, with the women being abducted and possibly raped.
- He Who Fights Monsters He doesn't care, as long as he gains power so he won't be helpless anymore.
- In the Back: Oliver throws a knife into his back, putting an end to him once and for all.
- Kick the Dog: During the finale, he destroys the plane with a lot of former slaves on board who tried to escape to further fuel his power.
- Killed Off for Real: When Taiana starts overpowering him, Oliver seizes the opportunity and throws a knife in his back, finally killing him.
- Mildly Military: He acts like a general, but he uses prisoners of war as new recruits.
- Not So Stoic: In Unchained he loses his cool for the very first time while torturing Oliver. He also has a big Oh, Crap! moment when Taiana starts overpowering his magic with her own.
- One Degree of Separation: In Afghanistan he met Andy when he started out as a crime lord.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Instead of killing Oliver, he recognizes that he would be far more valuable alive and offers him a spot in his group. He also scolds Conklin for wasting an innocent, valuable worker's life.
- Race Lift: His namesake in the comics, Baron Blitzkrieg (real name: Reiter), is German, while he's African in this show. This turns out to be a case of Decomposite Character as these aspects are given to Baron Kreiger in Legends of Tomorrow.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: He's a Wonder Woman villain in the comics.
- Scary Black Man: While he is on the more pleasant side for a Big Bad, Reiter's presence and unsettling demeanor are quite intimidating.
- Start of Darkness: He decided to never be weak again after his village was destroyed.
- The Stoic: He rarely loses his composure, even when Constantine has a gun trained on two of his men.
- Torture Technician: He personally tortures Oliver for information after Oliver is outed as a spy.
- Would Hit a Girl: Throttles Tiana with his magical abilities.
Played By: Ryan Robbins
First Appearance: "Restoration" (Arrow 4x3)
A mercenary under Baron Reiter's command. He grows increasingly suspicious about Oliver from the start and eventually discovers his kit supplied by A.R.G.U.S., which proved his suspicions. After Reiter still refuses to deal with Oliver, he decides to take matters into his own hands.
- A Taste of the Lash: On the receiving end of this from Oliver due to trying to kill him, and later when he is proved to be right, instead of killing Oliver, he opts to pay him back by doing the same.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When he is on the receiving end of getting punished by Oliver.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: Gloats about his intention to afterwards kill Taiana and the rest of the prisoners during his last fight with Oliver.
- Asshole Victim: Oliver stabs him to death in cold blood, claiming it was self-defense, in Code Of Silence. Needless to say, no one really mourns his loss.
- Beard of Evil: A shaggy, scruffy beard on the face of a mercenary and cold-blooded killer.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Is a self-proclaimed stone-cold killer.
- Curbstomp Battle: He receives one from Oliver and winds up getting shanked with his own knife.
- Deep South: Speaks with a quite noble southern accent.
- Demonic Possession: His corpse is used to hold some... Demon kind of creature, that seems to want to kill everyone... but Oliver.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: See above.
- Jerkass: Even aside from being a mercenary working for a drug lord and a self-described cold-blooded killer (although that certainly doesn't help), Conklin is very clearly not a pleasant person.
- Killed Off for Real: Stabbed to death by Oliver in "Code of Silence".
- Manipulative Bastard: Tells Ivan that Ollie killed his sister, which makes him attack Ollie and forces the latter to kill him.
- Number Two: For Reiter.
- Smug Snake: Smart, but not as smart as he thinks.
- Sociopathic Soldier: A textbook example. Has absolutely no qualms about executing workers to get information out of them.
Played By: Erik Palladino
First Appearance: "A.W.O.L." (Arrow 4x11)
The Ex-Lieutenant of Andy and John during their time in Afghanistan, revealed to be under Reiter's command.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: During his time in Afghanistan, he pretends to be a nice and upstanding man, but is really just a criminal out for his own gain.
- Boom, Headshot!: Delivers one to Amanda Waller.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Has Agent Chang brutally tortured, his eye ball removed and afterwards killed.
- The Corrupter: He convinced Andy to become a drug lord.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Upon seeing that Waller was in fact completely willing to let all her people die, he is disgusted, which leads to him killing her.
- Kick the Dog: Executes A.R.G.U.S. agents in order to get what he wants and threatens Lyla that he will kill John in front of her eyes.
- Nothing Personal: Claims that he doesn't resent Waller and A.R.G.U.S. for crippling Shadowspire, as vengeance and retribution don't pay, he just want's their access codes.
- Sociopathic Soldier: An immoral, ruthless murderer.
- You Are in Command Now: He is The Leader of Shadowspire in The Present Day, though it's unknown if he is Reiter's direct successor.
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Appearances: Arrow: Season 2.5 (tie-in comic)
A religious fanatic who took advantage of the chaos in his home country Kahndaq after the end of a military dictatorship.
- Adaptational Name Change: In the comics, his name is Teth-Adam, and he would later be known as Khem-Adam after his death, which would translate into his supervillain alias Black Adam.
- Adaptational Villainy: He is the Arrowverse's version of Black Adam, who is usually quite the brutal Anti-Hero (or Anti-Villain, depending on his mood), but was never an outright monster.
- Adaptational Wimp: Is a regular human here with no superhuman or magical abilities.
- Eviler than Thou: Even the Suicide Squad, a team of former criminals and terrorists, are disgusted by his actions. Especially noteworthy is Ravan Nassar, who himself was the head of the Kahndaqian military. Even Ra's al Ghul is happy to let Mesi have her revenge on him.
- Evil Power Vacuum: Took advantage of one of those in his home country after the military dictatorship was overthrown, forming his own extremist group.
- He-Man Woman Hater: He thinks that women should only serve the needs of men and assigns captive girls as Sex Slaves or sells them off as wives.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He stabs Bronze Tiger to death with one of his own claws.
- Karmic Death: Gets killed by Mesi Natifah, one of the girls he abducted.
- Killed Offscreen: The last thing we see of him is an angry Mesi Natifah swinging a sword at him.
- Knight Templar: He thinks that he is serving the will of the old gods.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He thinks that girls should not be allowed to do simple things like undergoing education, to the point that he kidnaps a group of schoolgirls to become Sex Slaves. He also kills scores of people in the name of religion.
- Start My Own: Was originally a soldier under Ravan Nassar's command.
- Villains Want Mercy: When brought before Mesi at Nanda Parbat, Khem-Adam has the audacity to beg her to spare him, after everything he subjected her and her friends to. Unsurprisingly, she isn't having it.
Vandal Savage's Cult
The Demolition Team
Rosie Played By: Rachel Luttrell
Jackhammer Played By: Daniel Cudmore
Hardhat Played By: Marc Trottier
A mercenary group specializing in precision demolition of structures. They are hired by H.I.V.E. to kill Oliver Queen during his mayoral debate with Dahrk's wife.
- Adaptational Badass: Zig-zagged. They are Green Lantern tier villains in the comics with much more powerful weapons, but are largely treated like joke villains. This version of the Demolition Team are more grounded in their choice of weapons, but make up for it by being brutally efficient and give the heroes a very hard time.
- Adapted Out: They're an evil Five-Man Band in the comics. Here, Scoopshovel and Steamroller are nowhere to be seen, thus reducing them to a Terrible Trio.
- The Cracker: Hardhat serves as the team's hacker, programming the charges to detonate.
- Demolitions Expert: It's in their name after all. They specialize in precision demolition of buildings using carefully placed charges.
- Designated Girl Fight: Rosie mainly fights Black Canary or/and Speedy.
- Drop the Hammer: Jackhammer's weapon is a sledgehammer.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: They're a team specialized in wrecking stuff.
- Genius Bruiser: While hired for their brute force, they are actually quite smart and stay ahead of Team Arrow for a good part of the episode.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Rosie prefers fighting with guns, while Jackhammer and Hardhat prefer melee combat.
- Hired Guns: Hired by HIVE to assassinate Quentin and later Oliver Queen.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: In the comics, they wear the typical color schemes of regular construction workers. Here, it's all black.
- Nail 'Em: Rosie fights using a highly improvised nail gun.
- No Name Given: All of them are Only Known by Their Nickname.
- Non-Indicative Name:
- Jackhammer instead fights using a sledgehammer.
- Hardhat doesn't wear his trademark hardhat.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: The more outlandish super-powered gear the comics incarnation used are Adapted Out with this version being Badass Normals with construction themed weapons.
- Private Military Contractors: They're a mercenary group.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: In the comics, the Demolition Team are Green Lantern villains.
- The Smurfette Principle: Rosie is the only female member of the group, though she's The Leader.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Their modus operandi.
- Terrible Trio: Three villains who spend their time bringing down buildings.
- Trash the Set: It's in their name, they demolish building for a living.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Jackhammer and Hardhat are the guys, while Rosie is the girl.
- Adaptational Villainy: While Cadmus was never portrayed as nice, they were always part of the goverment in the source material. Here, they were a government program, but have become an outright terrorist group, filled with nothing but utter hatred for any aliens and Cult-like tendencies.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: They take over the airwaves to announce their intent to take back Earth from the aliens.
- Evilutionary Biologist: They have no problem experimenting on anyone, especially J'onn, whom they wanted to dissect in Season One.
- Fantastic Racism: Virulently xenophobic, considering Superman, Supergirl, and J'onn an "alien menace".
- Foil: To the D.E.O. - while the D.E.O. incarcerates aliens, they focus on criminals and have no real problem with law-abiding aliens. Cadmus views all aliens as threats, benevolent or malevolent.
- His Name Is...: Chet Miner and his two henchmen are killed by a sonic weapon implanted in their skulls after Chet offers to reveal who the leader of Cadmus is.
- Undying Loyalty: When The Mole is cornered by Alex and demands a name from him, he says she won't get one before he's shot. What's especially chilling about this is that he sees his killer and knows he's going to be Killed to Uphold the Masquerade, and is perfectly fine about it — basically the bullet version of a Cyanide Pill.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They claim they're "protecting" the world from alien threats.
- With Us or Against Us: You are with Cadmus or against Cadmus.
Henry Henshaw / Cyborg Superman
Species: Human Cyborg
Known Aliases: Cyborg Superman
Portrayed By: David Harewood
First Appearance: "Livewire" (Supergirl 1x4)
The original director of the DEO who recruited Jeremiah Danvers to work under him. He died trying to kill J'onn J'onzz, who decided to impersonate him.
- Adaptational Deviation: Cyborg Superman in the comics was a Mr. Fantastic Expy who became a villain infused with Kryptonian technology, whose powers are to interface and control any technology. This version is a variation of Metallo.
- Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: In the comics, Hank Henshaw is dubbed "Cyborg Superman" due to him creating a cybernetic body with Superman's likeness. That obviously isn't the case here, which is possibly lampshaded.Supergirl: You may be a Cyborg, but you're no Superman!
- Alliterative Name: Hank Henshaw. Also phonetically, Cyborg Superman.
- Asshole Victim: A righteous xenophobe, Henshaw attempted to kill the Martian Manhunter, despite the fact that he was a refugee. He had no guilt or remorse for this attempted vile act of his. Needless to say, Jeremiah killing him was a necessary action for such a repugnant human.
- Badass Longcoat: Post-transformation, he uses a winter jacket to echo this effect.
- Came Back Strong: He was just a normal person originally, but after he died he was saved by Cadmus and turned into Cyborg Superman. However, overtime he Came Back Wrong when once it became clear, he was much angrier.
- Celebrity Paradox: Kara and Winn are fans of Homeland despite the fact that his actor was a major cast member of that series.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Oddly averted. He still refers to himself as "Cyborg Superman" despite him not really having any connection to Superman.
- Composite Character:
- His main counterpart is obviously Hank Henshaw aka Cyborg Superman, but he also fills the role of Det. John Jones as Martian Manhunter's regular human disguise.
- Visually he highly resembles Cyborg due to being African-American and having a metal faceplate and a cybernetic eye on the left side of his face.
- In part due to J'onn running the DEO while posing as Henshaw and due to his own Race Lift, he takes after Director Bones as the superpowered, African-American head of the DEO. Granted, all bodily tissues outside of his skeleton are invisible, hence the name, but Bones is stated to be African-American.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The already mad Henshaw becomes much angrier after becoming a Cyborg.
- Cyborg: He's been enhanced to an even greater degree than the Metallos, giving him strength and speed on par with Kryptonians.
- Demoted to Dragon: Formerly the head of the DEO and known for ruthlessly pursuing aliens, he now serves under Lillian Luthor at Cadmus for the same purpose.
- The Dragon: He now works as Lillian Luthor's main enforcer.
- Disney Villain Death: Jeremiah throws him off a cliff to his supposed death, Subverted as it turns out he somehow survived. Later was turned into Cyborg Superman by Cadmus.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a very deep and often growly voice, fitting for such a cruel and hateful man.
- Expy: This version was basically a Gender Flipped Amanda Waller.
- Eye Beams: He can fire a beam from his uncovered cybernetic eye.
- Fantastic Racism: Hated aliens, and tried to kill J'onn for simply being one.
- Irony: Hated aliens and (supposedly) died trying to kill one. The alien ends up impersonating him.
- Wanted to take Kara away from the Danvers which made Jeremiah Danvers desperate enough to join the DEO.
- Tried to ambush J'onn J'onzz despite his saving Jeremiah's life from a poisonous snake and not making a single move to attack Jeremiah, then refused to listen to Jeremiah's pleas.
- Kill and Replace: By J'onn in order to hide himself and reform the DEO, though the "kill" part was Jeremiah's doing on accident and J'onn essentially just filled a void that presented itself. Subverted in that he was never killed.
- Never Found the Body: Jeremiah Danvers threw him off a cliff, and he wasn't seen again for ten years.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His attempt at killing J'onn led to J'onn taking over the DEO and making it a far more benign organization. Not that Hank sees it that way.
- Not Quite Dead: He's presumed dead by the time the show starts. He actually survived and joined Cadmus.
- Race Lift: In the comics, the real Hank Henshaw is Caucasian, even before taking on Superman's appearance.
- Robotic Reveal: Kara burns off the left side of his face, revealing a robotic skull with a glowing blue eye underneath.
- Scary Black Man: If his hostile demeanor won't scare you, his Cyborg face will.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Unlike his impersonator, he really is an unpleasant man.
- That Man Is Dead: "Hank Henshaw is dead. I'm Cyborg Superman."
- Wham Shot: Henshaw reappears in "The Darkest Place" — with superpowers.
- Voice of the Legion: After his Robotic Reveal, his voice becomes more mechanical-sounding.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He assists in the infiltration of the Daxamite ship in "Resist", and has his cybernetics overridden by remote when he and Lillian attempt to betray Supergirl, yet is nowhere to be seen in "Nevertheless, She Persisted." Considering the actor's disdain for the character is more than likely Henshaw will never come back to the show.
Dr. Jeremiah Danvers
Species: Human Cyborg
Portrayed By: Dean Cain
Voiced By: Carlo Vázquez (Latin-American Spanish dub, season 1-2), Armando Guerrero (Latin-American Spanish dub, season 2)
First Appearance: "Pilot" (Supergirl 1x1)
Kara’s foster father and a brilliant scientist.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the Silver Age comics, Supergirl's adoptive father was named Fred Danvers instead of Jeremiah.
- And Starring: Is credited with a "Special Guest Star" citation.
- Anti-Villain: Works with Cadmus and helps them accomplish some horrible goals, but not of his own volition, and mainly to protect his family.
- The Atoner: After betraying CADMUS, he becomes a Hero of Another Story in Peru in order to atone for what he did while being blackmailed by Lillian.
- Bus Crash: In "Reality Bytes", Eliza calls Alex to tell her that Jeremiah was found dead. He was victim of a murder by mistake, since Lex tricked Eve Teschmacher into killing him.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Searching for him is the (supposed) main plot of Season 2.
- Cyborg: CADMUS mechanically enhanced him, or at least his right arm.
- Composite Character: Though initially a modernised Fred Danvers, he's revealed to be a Cyborg Superman like Hank Henshaw, making him a composite of Fred and the New 52/Rebirth version of Zor-El.
- Deal with the Devil: He made one with the DEO to keep Kara from being exploited, ultimately resulting in his alleged death. He makes a similar one with CADMUS, to keep Kara and Alex safe.
- Disappeared Dad: He's been missing for ten years at the start of the story (see Chekhov M.I.A. above).
- Hero of Another Story: Following his betrayal to CADMUS, he left to Peru to become a hero there.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He turned on Henshaw upon realizing J'onn J'onzz wasn't dangerous, which resulted in his and Henshaw's supposed deaths.
- Not Quite Dead: Assumed dead, but was employed by Cadmus, and finally reappears to save Kara from imprisonment.
- Not So Above It All: Blackmails Mon-El to keep silent his suspicions about Jeremiah's somewhat easy rescue from Cadmus.
- The One Guy: The only male in the Danvers household.
- Papa Wolf: As explained above has made variable "deals with the devil" to protect his daughters. First agrees to work for the corrupt DEO under the real Hank Henshaw in exchange for Kara's freedom, and later works with Cadmus after Lillian makes her threats to his family's safty. He also defies Cadmus and helps Kara and Mon-El escape, though this may have been part of the plan.
- Posthumous Character: He is supposedly long dead by the time the series begins and only appears in flashbacks. Subverted when J'onn sees him alive when he mind melds with Harper and finds out that he's being held at Project Cadmus. Finally reappears in "The Darkest Place".
- Put on a Bus: He has not appeared from Season 3 on.
- Robotic Reveal: After his rescue, he says that CADMUS tortured him for helping Kara and Mon-El, thus permanently damaging his right arm. Turns out he was lying, and his "damaged arm" was mechanically enhanced by CADMUS.
- So Proud of You: Uttered verbatim to Supergirl when he reappears in "The Darkest Place".
- Trapped in Villainy: He mentions that he was forced to help CADMUS for Alex's sake. He never elaborated what their threat exactly was, but it's obviously not good.
- Token Good Teammate: He only worked on CADMUS to protect his family from retaliation, otherwise he wouldn't be with them.
John Corben / Metallo I
Species: Human Cyborg
Known Aliases: Metallo I
Portrayed By: Frederick Schmidt
First Appearance: "The Adventures of Supergirl" (Supergirl 2x1)
An assassin hired to kill Lena Luthor, and is kidnapped by Cadmus after he fails to eliminate his target.
- Achilles' Heel: Most of his body is Made of Indestructium, except his battery/power source, that is exposed in order to function as a Chest Blaster; once it's damaged or removed from his body, Metallo is done.
- Chest Blaster: He can fire beams from the kryptonite power core on his chest.
- Cyborg: When Cadmus gets their hands on him after he's shot by Lena, and as with the comics, he's embedded with a Kryptonite "heart".
- Electronic Eyes: The first signs of Corben's transformation are the silver metallic eyes he sports.
- Emergency Transformation: He's transformed into Metallo by Cadmus to save him from the bullet wound which would have otherwise killed him.
- Evil Brit: He sports a cultured British accent and is a ruthless, no-nonsense assassin.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Icy blue and menacing, making his Death Glares fairly creepy.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Alex stabs his power core with a pipe, disabling him.
- Made of Indestructium: His skeleton is made of Prometheum, the strongest metal on Earth.note
- Man of Kryptonite: Pretty much a literal example, being his power source.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Thanks to unstable artificial Kryptonite, Metallo becomes a K-bomb that explodes at the end of "Luthors".
- Professional Killer: As John Corben. He uses high tech supplied by Lex Luthor.
- Robotic Reveal: In his first encounter with Superman and Supergirl, opens his chest to reveal his Kryptonite "heart". Supergirl's heat vision burns his hand away to reveal a metallic skeleton.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Played With. In the comics, he is a Superman villain. Here, while he did fight both Superman and Supergirl, his ultimate showdown is with the latter (and Alex).
- Starter Villain: For Season Two.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He stands 6'1 and definitely has a gruff demeanor.
- That Man Is Dead: "John Corben dies today. Long live Metallo!"
- Walking Shirtless Scene: As Metallo, per the comics norm.
- Would Hit a Girl:
- Lena Luthor is his target. While doing said job, he is thwarted by Alex and they engage in combat. He is about to fight Kara until Lena shoots him In the Back.
- He throws Supergirl around quite a bit in both of their fights in "The Last Children of Krypton", with some fairly brutal moves.
Dr. Gilcrist / Metallo II
Species: Human Cyborg
Known Aliases: Metallo II
Portrayed By: Rich Ting
First Appearance: "The Last Children of Krypton" (Supergirl 2x2)
A member of Cadmus who serves under the Lead Scientist as her assistant before being turned into a second Metallo.
- All There in the Manual: He goes unnamed in the episode.
- And Show It to You: He ends up on the receiving end when J'onn removes his Kryptonite. He appears to survive, at least.
- Asian and Nerdy: Downplayed. While he's Asian-American and is smart enough to be a science-inclined Cadmus member, he doesn't behave in any stereotypical fashion whatsoever.
- Blood from the Mouth: Bleeds some kind of techno-organic fluid after J'onn tears out his Kryptonite core.
- Chest Blaster: He can fire beams from the kryptonite power core on his chest.
- Cyborg: Just like Metallo.
- Flat Character: He's a Cadmus member who is transformed into a weapon and is then defeated.
- Got Volunteered: He is clearly not happy when he gets dragged away to be transformed. Afterwards, he behaves like a silent minion with no objections.
- More than Mind Control: Strongly hinted that being "volunteered" involved this.
Portrayed By: Jaylee Hamidi
First Appearance: "Exodus" (Supergirl 2x15)
A deep cover Project Cadmus agent.
- The Mole: She's Lena's secretary, but is actually a Cadmus monitor.
Portrayed By: Alexander Cendese
First Appearance: "Crossfire" (Supergirl 2x5)
A crook hired by Cadmus to sow non-human anti-sentiments in National City by using weapons powered by alien technology.
Played By: Kris Holden-Ried
First Appearance: "Deathstroke Returns" (Arrow 6x5)
An old associate of Slade and Joe's second-in-command.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Joe looks to him for approval several times and it is obvious that he is the more experienced one of the two.
- Jerkass: Has obviously fun in teasing Slade and being a dick in general.
- Karma Houdini: Just like his boss, he makes it out alive at the end of the two-parter.
- Number Two: To Joe.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Somehow managed to subdue Oliver off-screen.
- Older Sidekick: For Joe.
The Children of Liberty
- Berserk Button: Seeing other humans mingling with aliens sickens them.
- Darker and Edgier: They are even more extreme than Project Cadmus was. While Lillian Luthor's master plan was to deport all aliens from Earth, the Children of Liberty have much more deadly things in mind.
- Dirty Coward: They always attack in groups, but whenever somebody proves to be not an easy target for them, they tend to run away.
- Fantastic Racism: Goes without saying. Their usual moniker for any kind of aliens is "roaches", likening them to cockroaches in how they infiltrate society and then become impossible to get rid of.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Despite all their rhetoric and claims of helping people, the Children of Liberty are, almost without exception, shown to be worse than the aliens they attack (who are, more often than not, helpless and/or innocent).
- Mundanger: What makes them so scary is that most of their supporters are completely normal people.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: A number of their plans endanger humans, with at least one (a False Flag Operation to spread fear of aliens) directing targeting innocent people, exposing the group as nothing but xenophobic hate-mongers rather than the Well-Intentioned Extremists they claim to be.
- Putting on the Reich: Once they've been deputised by President Baker, they adopt a Neo-Nazi aesthetic, complete with armbands. Lockwood's own attire gives him a distinct resemblance to an SS officer.
- Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: They're a bunch of well-armed Malevolent Masked Men who use whatever weapons available to kill and stoke hatred against as many aliens as they can.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Especially after Baker deputizes them.
(Former) Director Benjamin "Ben" Lockwood / Agent Liberty
Species: Human note
Portrayed By: Sam Witwer
First Appearance: "American Alien" (Supergirl 4x1)
The head of the Children of Liberty. He is a former history professor who became a terrorist after a series of familial and personal tragedies which he blamed on aliens' presence on Earth. Originally just a charming demagogue, he is eventually appointed Director of Alien Affairs by an increasingly unhinged and corrupt President Baker, allowing him to take his beliefs in a direction he never dreamed of.
Eventually, all of his efforts are rendered moot by the revelation that he has been nothing but Lex Luthor's pawn all along.
- Absolute Xenophobe: A murderous fanatic who kills aliens just for being aliens.
- Adaptational Job Change: In the comics, he was a CIA agent before becoming Agent Liberty. Here, he's a former history professor.
- Adaptational Villainy: While Agent Liberty was a hero in the comics, this version of him is an Absolute Xenophobe who murders aliens.
- Adaptational Wimp: Agent Liberty in the comics was a CIA agent, is skilled at hand-to-hand combat, and possesses several gadgets to give him an edge. Here, he is borderline helpless in any physical confrontation before injecting himself with Harun-El.
- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: He is appalled at the idea of killing humans despite being an advocate for alien extermination... when he's not using alien tech to frame human murders on them to stoke xenophobia. He's also willing to throw away any pretensions of solidarity with his fellow man when he feels personally aggrieved; Lockwood tried to kill Manchester Black as soon as his enemy was disabled and helpless, and later murders a Child of Liberty for trying to take over the organisation.
- Asskicking Leads to Leadership:
- Averted. He's only the head of the organization due to his charisma and has to leave the muscle to people like Jensen and the Graves siblings. When Manchester Black catches him flatfooted in his home, Ben is completely at his mercy.
- Played straight when some more rabid members begin to think he's gone soft and begin grumbling about changes in leadership... and he responds by killing said member with his mask. After that nobody dares challenge his authority.
- Played even more straight after he takes a dose of undiluted Harun-El.
- Arch-Enemy: Manchester Black despises Lockwood for murdering his fiancée, Fiona, setting off Manchester's crusade against the Children of Liberty and his formation of the Elite. Even when Manchester has other priorities or is pursuing other goals, Lockwood remains very high on his hit list.
- Bad Boss:
- Pressed for a new advantage in his crusade against aliens, Agent Liberty forcibly infects Jensen with Parasite, a painful experience that leaves Jensen in constant agony.
- Lockwood feels fine with using a Body Double to keep himself out of harm's way, showing little regard for said doubles' lives.
- When one member of the Children of Liberty decides that Lockwood has "gone soft" and tries to take over, Lockwood bashes the would-be usurper's head in, and threatens everyone else present to keep them in line.
- Big Bad: For Supergirl Season 4. In reality, Lex Luthor is the true Big Bad and Lockwood is just a pawn in Luthor's scheme.
- Big Bad Ensemble: While Luthor is the bigger threat, Lockwood's xenophobic crusade is an equally prominent threat.
- Big Bad Wannabe: At the end of the day, for all the threat he poses, Lockwood is nothing but a pawn in the schemes of Lex Luthor, the real Big Bad of Supergirl's fourth season. Compared to the super-genius who runs rings around the heroes and poses a grave threat to the likes of Superman and Supergirl, Lockwood is next to nothing.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: One of his gauntlets has a retractable blade, which he uses to kill Fiona.
- Boisterous Weakling: Ben's a very loud, confrontational person who never runs out of threats toward aliens, but he's barely an inconvenience combat-wise.
- Brought Down to Normal: Loses his unstable powers during the Season 4 finale again, being injected with the cure by James.
- Charm Person: Mercy provides support for him because he has the charisma to sway people against aliens unlike her other associates.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: He is the first sole male Big Bad on Supergirl. note
- Corrupt Bureaucrat: When President Baker appoints him Director of Alien Affairs, he's gleefully abuses the position to advance his human supremacy agenda.
- Dirty Coward: Agent Liberty's primary victims are aliens who helpless, and he himself doesn't take part in the Children of Liberty's field operations, although part of that might be simple pragmatism; he's a former history professor, not a soldier or lifelong criminal.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his genocidal views against aliens, he is/was a loving family man. When Manchester arrives in Lockwood's home to confront him, Lockwood prioritises his wife's safety.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He rejects the idea of killing humans, talking Mercy out of murdering Agent Jensen. However he turns this around when he doesn’t hesitate to brutally murder a Member of his organising or trying to take over.
- Even a rabid xenophobe like Lockwood wants nothing to do with Lex Luthor.
- Evil Teacher: He was a professor before becoming an anti alien fanatic and he was fired for using slurs against a former alien student of his.
- Fantastic Racism: His goal is to rid the world of aliens. Even before Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, he defended a xenophobic rant in his classroom by saying, with regard to aliens, that "they're not people", and as a wounded alien factory worker pleads for mercy, Lockwood bludgeons him to death with a hateful sneer.Floor manager: Please! I'm just a floor manager!
Lockwood: No... you're an alien. [beats the floor manager to death]
- Faux Affably Evil: A man of great intelligence and charisma, Agent Liberty sells himself as a heroic figure, urging people to rise up and defend their rights. In reality, he's a xenophobic hate-monger trying to turn people against aliens. This is in stark contrast to the genuine Nice Guy he used to be. The falseness of his affable demeanor is shown quite well at the end of "Parasite Lost"; while brooding over the failure of his latest plan, Lockwood gets a phone call and answers it angrily, only to suddenly switch to a friendly tone when he realises who he's talking to.
- To Supergirl. They're both symbols for their respective sides of the alien argument, both encourage others to stand up and follow what they believe is right, and both are close with their family. In all other ways, they're total opposites. Unlike the genuinely good-natured Kara, Lockwood is Faux Affably Evil, hiding his cruelty beneath his eloquence. Supergirl shows her face to the public (although not her identity), while Lockwood initially hides behind a mask. Kara is brave, superpowered, and a capable combatant, while Lockwood is a Dirty Coward, normal human, and has trouble handling himself in a fight. Kara encourages her sister to be the best version of herself, while Lockwood's influence builds up his son's bigotry. While Kara loses favor with President Baker, Lockwood finds himself in the man's inner circle. Supergirl champions hope, but Agent Liberty spreads fear.
- To Manchester Black. Both are humans driven to violence and hatred by a painful loss (Lockwood's father, Manchester's fiancée), but unlike Lockwood, a hatemongering Dirty Coward and Absolute Xenophobe, Manchester believes in the rights of aliens, can more than handle himself in a fight, and would have married an alien if Lockwood hadn't murdered her. Lockwood becomes a government official, while Manchester embraces his criminal roots. As time goes on, however, their similarities become more apparent, as they both use public forums to drum up support for their cause, ruthlessly murder those who they feel have it coming, and are both willing to incite violence against the opposite side.
- Forced to Watch: A rare heroic example. After being jailed he has to watch as his son sets out to undo all his hateful work.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Started off as nothing more than a mild-mannered history professor with a family before gradually becoming a radical xenophobe and terrorist.
- The Heavy: While Lex Luthor is the actual Big Bad of the Season, Ben is still the most consistent threat the heroes have to deal with in Supergirl Season 4.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: When he starts wearing his Agent Liberty outfit again in "American Dreamer" and "The Quest for Peace", Lockwood stops wearing his mask.
- Despite Lockwood's xenophobia and hatred of all things alien, he has no problem using aliens to his own advantage; he uses alien tech and the captive Fiona to brainwash aliens for a False Flag Operation, and infects Jensen with an alien parasite to use him as a living weapon against aliens.
- Among Lockwood's philosophies is "we don't kill humans" and "humans won't let humans down". These claims would carry more weight if his plans didn't include using brainwashed aliens to attack innocent people to spread fear and forcibly infecting Jensen with an alien parasite.
- Upon being unmasked to the public, Lockwood rails against Supergirl, claiming that he's shown his true face to the public, and that she should as well. True to form, he neglects to mention that he was unmasked by force, and up to then, was happy to hide behind the mask of Agent Liberty.
- All of Lockwood's claims of putting humans first, the message being more important than any one man, and never harming humans fly out the window when one of the Children of Liberty talks down to him and tries to usurp control of the group; Lockwood brutally murders the man to reassert his authority, and makes it clear that he's willing to do the same if anyone else feels like challenging him.
- Irony: He's an anti-alien xenophobe, but the one who hates him the most and the only one who sincerely wants to kill him is Manchester, a fellow human.
- For added irony, his Alternate Self on Earth-167 is an alien.
- I've Come Too Far: Upon learning everything he's achieved and sacrificed for has been solely to further Lex Luthor's own ends, Ben continues his crusade of violence. Not because of faith in his principles, but because there's literally nothing left for him but to lash out until his Super Serum poisons him or someone puts him down like an animal.
- Jerkass: After descending into bigotry, and especially after being appointed to President Baker's cabinet, Lockwood is a smug, shamelessly cruel piece of work who abuses his authority and threatens the spouses of aliens he arrests for no good reason.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He makes the leap from bigot and Rabble Rouser to xenophobic murderer when he bludgeons an alien factory worker to death.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Due to his supporters rising numbers, President Baker eventually relents and sets him free, due to his acts of terrorism supposedly only targeting aliens and not humans -- even though humans have been hurt and targeted in some Lockwood's plans -- specifically his plan to brainwash an alien to attack humans. And then Baker appoints him Director of Alien Affairs. However, at the end of Season 4 he is finally rearrested, alongside Baker. And he has to watch from prison as his son sets out do undo all of his hateful work.
- Knight Templar: He considers himself righteous for murdering aliens, believing that their presence detracts from the human race.
- Lack of Empathy: While he does sincerely love his wife and son, Lockwood has zero empathy for aliens (which he shamelessly admits to), and his regard for other humans tends to vary, although he'll seldom allow things like collateral damage or loss of innocent life to dissuade him from his plans.
- Large Ham: Lockwood is eloquent, charismatic, and passionate, which lends itself well to some dramatic speeches, along with some epic rants whenever he suffers a Villainous Breakdown. As he becomes more vicious and his mental state grows more fragile, Lockwood develops a tendency to snarl animalistically when he gets angry.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- His murder of Fiona ultimately leads to Manchester Black hunting him and cornering him at his house, exposing his secret identity to the world and getting him arrested.
- His wife Lydia is eventually murdered by the wife of an alien he personally arrested for no reason other than sheer spite.
- A Lighter Shade of Black:
- He is a murderer and a fanatic, but he comes off as relatively better than the Graves siblings; where they have no qualms at all about killing humans, he refuses to ... at first.
- Lockwood is a loathsome fanatic with increasingly few redeeming qualities, but he's definitely this compared to Lex Luthor, a narcissistic maniac whose selfish machinations have endangered the entire world.
- Malevolent Masked Men: He's mostly seen with his mask on and he's definitely not a nice guy.
- Moral Myopia: Agent Liberty balks at murdering humans. The man himself murders helpless aliens in cold blood as a matter of course. Even worse, he comes up with a plan to foster fear of aliens by siccing mind-controlled alien prisoners on a fair full of children; in his mind, this just proves to people that aliens are something to be feared.
- Never My Fault:
- He holds the alien student that he insulted responsible for the loss of his job, despite the fact that he made a blatantly racist comment about her in the middle of a classroom full of fellow students, only the latest in a series of such incidents according to the dean. As it turns out, the student didn't even report him.
- When an ill-conceived plan of Lockwood's fails to capture Supergirl, he only reports to President Baker that she "outsmarted the DEO".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His civilian identity as a charismatic commentator who espouses derogatory views on minorities, brings to mind various controversial right-wing commentators, most notably Ben Shapiro, with whom Ben shares an uncanny resemblance and first name.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Lockwood is a teacher turned terrorist and understandably lacks any combat training. He stays out of fights if he can help it, delegating the ground work to his followers. When Manchester Black catches him at home, the best Ben can manage is to run from him. This is later averted when he injects the Harun-El into himself.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Lockwood claims, and seems to honestly believe that he founded the Children of Liberty to help people who feel oppressed by the presence of aliens, and who have suffered from alien attacks. Actually examining Lockwood's actions reveals his motives to be little more that hatred, bigotry, and xenophobia; Lockwood dresses up his hate speech with a lot of eloquence and charm, but he ultimately can't disguise how hateful and cruel he really is.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Is against the use of using the dispersal bomb to lace the atmosphere with kryptonite because it would do more bad than good to the movement by making Supergirl a martyr. Mercy ignores him.
- Rabble Rouser: He's a capable demagogue, speaking in front of crowds to rally them against aliens.
- Remember the New Guy?: He is retconned into having met half the show's cast at some point, and is present during the events of several episodes. However, most of these interactions are brief from their perspective, so they have no reason to remember him.
- Sanity Slippage: As his life falls apart from one alien-related event after another, Ben goes from mild-mannered and open-minded to xenophobic and murderous. His mental health declines even further as time goes on; the once-Dirty Coward brutally murders a would-be usurper, and his Villainous Breakdowns start changing from ineffectual ranting to nearly psychotic screams and snarls.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Ben Lockwood's descent into bigotry and murder didn't happen all at once. Over the course of several alien-related events, he developed a deep-seated hatred for anyone not from Earth, and took to murdering them after killing an alien in a drunken rage.
- Smug Snake: He is unbelievably arrogant and just an outright dick whenever he feels like he has the upper hand. Whenever the tables turn however...
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: He is one of the least physical threats that Supergirl has faced up until now, but the reason he's so dangerous is because he tends to invoke You Cannot Kill An Idea, while successfully corrupting others to his way of thinking.
- Start of Darkness: His corruption starts when his father's steel factory starts losing business to an Nth metal refinery, and his father's death during Reign's attempt to terraform Earth finished the job.
- Took a Level in Badass: After taking the undiluted Harun-El, he becomes strong enough to easily overpower Nia, James and Brainy. J'onn however is still too much for him. Also, as it turns out, the undiluted serum is taking a toll on his health.
- Tragic Bigot: Lockwood was once a mild-mannered professor who fought for alien rights. But when an alien he was defending from a mob accidentally injured him, Lockwood's faith was twisted into irrational hate.
- Trauma Conga Line: Being accidentally injured by an alien, his family business going bankrupt, having his home destroyed by J'onn fighting a Daxamite, losing his job for his radical views, and watching his father die in a collapsed building during the Worldkillers' attempted terraforming of Earth turns a tolerant professor into a genocidal killer of aliens.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Supergirl stops Manchester from killing him - he proceeds to blame Supergirl for the injuries Manchester gave him and manages to turn public opinion against her.
- Unwitting Pawn: Unknown to him, his entire movement is one — the Graves sought him out on Lex's orders. When he finds out, he is naturally not happy.Ben: Otis, so you're saying that everything that's happened, all of this, you're telling me that it's all about money?
Otis: And world domination. It's kind of his thing.
- Villainous Breakdown: Lockwood doesn't take defeat very well. He tends to brood over any failure with his plans, and he develops a very short fuse whenever he's thwarted. He has an especially big one when he finds out that he has been nothing but a pawn in Luthor's schemes.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Despite losing his teaching job, Lockwood remains a figure of some standing, being a respected speaker among anti-alien groups and invited to attend ceremonies at city hall. Disturbingly, this has little to do with actually hiding his racist views; he simply hides his criminal activity and openly presents himself as very pro-human and anti-alien, but he still manages to gain support from normal people who aren't open to aliens and city officials who see aliens as a problem. Lena and James are unsettled to hear the Mayor of National City himself say that Lockwood's views might be more common than they think. Even when he's unmasked in the winter finale, he's still this as the right-wing media dubs him a "human rights activist" (ignoring the numerous crimes orchestrated by him) and the xenophobes of National City eat it up, protesting his arrest. Averted at the end when he is arrested again and the truth of Lex’s scheme is revealed to the public.
- What You Are in the Dark: He was originally tolerant of aliens, but when the time came to practice what he preached - especially when he was accidentally injured by one because its natural defense mechanism went off because he was being attacked - he showed what he really was.
Species: Human (Enhanced via symbiotic alien)
Portrayed By: Anthony Konechny
First Appearance: "American Alien" (Supergirl 4x1)
A former D.E.O. agent whose anti-alien bigotry lead him to join the Children of Liberty.
- Canon Character All Along: Once he becomes infected by the Angon alien parasite, it becomes clear that Jensen is the show's adaptation of Raymond Maxwell Jensen, the original, pre-Crisis Parasite from the comics.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Already a trained D.E.O. agent, once he's infected with Parasite, Jensen becomes a credible threat to the likes of Supergirl.
- Face–Heel Turn: A government agent turned terrorist supporter.
- He Knows Too Much: Mercy almost kills him for this reason, but Lockwood talks her down.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: Alex manages to talk Jensen into ending his attacks, but releasing the energy he'd absorbed as Parasite leaves Jensen brain-dead.
- Legacy Character: Succeeds Rudy Jones as the new Parasite.
- The Mole: Agent Liberty stops Mercy Graves from killing him and instead plans to use Jensen to get into the D.E.O.
Officer Dean Petrocelli
Portrayed By: Kirby Morrow
First Appearance: "Fallout" (Supergirl 4x2)
A police officer secretly helping the Children of Liberty.
- Asshole Victim: One can't fault Manchester for murdering him at all.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Is subjected to this by Manchester Black in order to gain intel on Agent Liberty.
- Dirty Cop: He was secretly helping the Children of Liberty, even going out in a golden mask himself.
- Dirty Coward: Once at the mercy of Manchester, he pretty quickly becomes a pathetic wreck.
- Friend on the Force: He's an evil version, being the Children of Liberty's connection to the NCPD.
- Identical Stranger: His actor portrayed Matt Istook in the first Season of Arrow.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Manchester shoots him once he has everything he needs from him.
Portrayed By: Steve Byers
First Appearance: "Call to Action" (Supergirl 4x6)
A member of the Children of Liberty contaced by James to come into dialogue with the group.
- First-Name Basis: He is only introduced with Tom, no last name.
- Heel–Face Turn: He comes to his senses when James is taken prisoner by the Children, risking his life to help him escape.
- Mouth of Sauron: He speaks with James on behalf of the Children and later sets up a meeting with Agent Liberty himself.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: He has a pretty vicious Malinois which can identify aliens and he even sics it on them.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: James tries to (forcefully) talk some sense into Tom when the latter wants to go out with the rest of the Children of Liberty to brutalize aliens. Sadly, it doesn't seem to take at first.
Portrayed By: Graham Verchere
First Appearance: "Man of Steel" (Supergirl 4x3)
Ben Lockwood's teenage son, who idiolizes his father.
- Broken Pedestal: After his mother's death, any respect George had for his father vanishes.
- Before that, he was a rather shocked at how his mom supported Ben's crusade, and doesn't seem rather concern about her son's growing hesitation, reminding him they're "not human".
- Daddy's Little Villain: Male version, initially.
- Disownment: He rightfully blames his father's mad crusade for his mother's death and tells him that he hates him for it, especially after Ben leaves him alone at the funeral.
- Heel–Face Turn: When he sees the reality of his dads' beliefs and policies — aliens ripped away from their families despite doing nothing wrong and that one of his friends is secretly an alien, he decides he can't go along with them anymore. At the end of Season 4, he even sets out to become a peaceful activist in favour of alien rights.
- Heel Realization: First when he actually sees Aliens being forcibly arrested even when they aren't doing anything, finding out his friend was an alien, and that his and his dad's racist beliefs were why he didn't tell forces him to reevaluate his views
- Off with His Head!: How he deals with the Menagerie symbiote, even though that apparently doesn't kill it for good.
- Rabble Rouser: He is almost as good as his father in rallying the masses against aliens.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: He starts acting racist against aliens even earlier than his father, and when the latter asks him to carry on his mission, he even gets into physical fights without hesitating.
- You Are in Command Now: Ben tasks him with leading the Children of Liberty while he is in prison, even though he is just a kid.
- Adapted Out: So far, there is no trace of Coldcast, or their sentient ship "Bunny". Nor of the mention Manchester's sister, Vera.
- Dwindling Party: In their second episode, the members are slowly one by one apprehend by the D.E.O. until only Manchester is at large who dies in the next.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Next to the Children of Liberty, they come across as infinitely more sympathetic. Though Supergirl, J'onn, and the D.E.O for obvious reasons consider them no better, if just as worse.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Their shtick is that they target those who harass, mistreat, or kill aliens.
Manchester "'Ches" Black
Portrayed By: David Ajala
First Appearance: "Ahimsa" (Supergirl 4x4)
The fiancée of the late Fiona Byrne, a former street criminal, now on the path of vengeance, who has no use for heroic morality.
- Adaptational Heroism: Comic Manchester Black didn't have much of a reason, and instead of being a Well-Intentioned Extremist was a sociopathic fascist who believed that Might Makes Right.
- Adaptational Wimp: Possesses both telepathy and telekinesis in the comics, verging on story-breaker levels given Manchester was a master telekinetic and telepath, and went toe-to-toe with Superman, only losing because he wielded his powers brutishly without any strategy. On the show, however, Manchester is shown not to have any powers. Not that it stops him from being a Badass Normal.
- Affably Evil: Quite a friendly and charming fellow, all things considered.
- Anti-Hero: Originally, which puts him into conflict with Supergirl. But as the season progresses he progresses into full-blown villainy.
- Anti-Villain: Manchester may be vicious and brutal, but he's a sympathetic character who restricts most of his violence to those who have it coming, and he is, in his own way, trying to do what he feels is right.
- He really gets under J'onn's skin as he repeatedly rebuffs and mocks J'onn's outreaches to try and reform him — his (secondary) goal is to make J'onn angry enough that he'll forget his vow of peace and perhaps even kill him.
- With Ben Lockwood, obviously, since he was the one that murdered Fiona. Manchester almost returns the favour by targeting Lydia Lockwood.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears one, true to the source material.
- Badass Normal: In a world full of aliens and metahumans, Manchester manages to hold his own despite having no powers of his own. Even among the Elite, all of whom have dangerous powers, Manchester is the clear and unquestioned leader.
- Big Bad Ensemble: His increasingly more unhinged actions eventually keep Supergirl and her friends just as much on their feet as the Children of Liberty during Season 4 until he dies in Episode 15.
- The Chessmaster: Manchester is a remarkably clever and savvy individual; in "Rather the Fallen Angel", he plays Supergirl and the Children of Liberty like well-tuned fiddles to get a shot at Agent Liberty, and in "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?" he runs circles around the heroes to achieve his goals.
- Composite Character: As a black former hoodlum, he takes traits from Coldcast.
- Crusading Widower: Becomes hellbent on revenge after the Children of Liberty murder Fiona.
- Disc-One Final Boss: The first part of Season 4's Big Bad Ensemble to bite it in Episode 15.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: While the Children of Liberty are obviously the shows version of the Alt-Right, Manchester's entire character is a Shout-Out to left-wing extremism. While his reasons are pretty sympathetic and the people he targets are far worse than him, his violent and uncompromising approach is still treated as wrong. Even gets lampshaded, when Supergirl tries to talk Manchester down from killing Ben Lockwood and his wife, asking him what that would make him. He just snarkily and proudly declares himself as "The Intolerant Left" in response.
- Dramatic Irony: Who would've thought the person out for Lockwood's blood would be a human instead of an alien?
- Evil Brit: Of the hooligan variant.
- Evil Feels Good: His motivation to hurt people remains more noble and sympathetic than his cohorts, but he admits to Supergirl that the rushes of power are good.
- Genius Bruiser: Manchester is a tall, strongly built man and a solid fighter, but he's also highly intelligent, running circles around hero and villain alike in the planning department.
- Guns Akimbo: His normal style when wielding a pair of handguns or laser blasters.
- London Gangster: What he used to be.
- Manly Tears: After Fiona's death.
- Mythology Gag: At the end of his introductory episode, Manchester Black wears a shirt with the Union Jack on it, a nod to his famous chest tattoo from the comics.
- No Body Left Behind: Gets completely vaporized by J'onn and the Staff of K'lar.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: All his rhetoric against Lockwood and the Elite, doesn't justify his secondary crusade to goad J'onn to abandon his vow of peace and kill him, one bit.
- One-Man Army: Despite being the only human in the Elite, has been known to cut through multiple opponents either barehanded or with his favorite bat if need be.
- Oop North: Like his namesake, he comes from Manchester, England.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: He brutally kills several Children of Liberty and fully planned on killing Lydia Lockwood as revenge for Ben killing Fiona had Supergirl not stopped him.
- Race Lift: He is Caucasian (and racist) in the comics.
- Reformed Criminal: He used to be a hooligan, until Fiona convinced him to change. But once she was killed he went back to his old ways.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He doesn't shy away from anything to get justice for Fiona, even endangering Supergirl.
- Suicide by Cop: He wants to goad J'onn into killing him, although he's willing to delay such a fate while Manchester goes on putting paid to the Children of Liberty. He gets his wish in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
- Token Human: Manchester is the only one of the Elite without powers. Menagerie has an alien parasite that grants her control over manifestation of snakes and control over those snakes, the Hat is well-versed in using magic stemming from his hat, and they have a Morae, who is an alien creature that can turn invisible.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: He wears lots of Union Jack shirts, and even his brass knuckles have one of them.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: After a stint in prison, Manchester decides to put revenge aside for a while, forming the Elite to fight against bigotry by killing off the bigots in question.
Pamela Ferrer / Menagerie
Species: Human (Enhanced via symbiotic alien)
Portrayed By: Jessica Meraz
First Appearance: "Menagerie" (Supergirl 4x12)
A jewel thief who became bonded to a heart-eating alien symbiote, which she puts to great use.
- Adaptational Modesty: In the comics, neither of the Menagerie sisters ever wore that much clothing, keeping much of their skin exposed in order to more easily release their symbiotes. Ferrer, on the other hand, wears a suit that exposes very little skin.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, Menagerie was an entire creche of different aliens, each with unique powers. The Menagerie in the show is a single parasite with a relatively limited set of abilities.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Obviously enjoys her newfound powers.
- Evil Versus Evil: Engages the Children of Liberty when they target her for her bond with an alien, and would have killed several of them had Kara not interfered.
- Fatal Flaw: Her Greed leads to her capture as all it takes is the sight of a pretty pearl necklace for her to walk into a trap.
- Lack of Empathy: Pamela doesn't really care that her symbiote murders the people she robs.
- Named by the Adaptation: Pamela's (and by extension, her sister Sonja's) last name was never revealed. Here, she's given the last name Ferrer,
- Not Brainwashed: When Kara tries to talk Pamela down during their first encounter, she reveals that she isn't being controlled by Menagerie; in fact, she enjoys the relationship.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Menagerie only joined the Elite for fun, and money.
- Off with His Head!: What happens to the symbiote during her debut episode, courtesy of George Lockwood. It doesn't kill it, however.
- Only in It for the Money: Her association with the Elite is one of convenience. She cares less for their ideals than how it can benefit her personally; jewels in Pamela's case.
- Prim and Proper Bun: She wears her hair in a bun, but is hardly prim or proper. The bun also serves a practical purpose by keeping her hair out of the way for the symbiote when it emerges from the back of her neck.
- The Symbiote: Menagerie bonds with Pamela in a mutually-beneficial relationship: Menagerie gets to eat hearts while Pamela uses its powers to steal jewelry.
- Token Evil Teammate: While none of the Elite are exactly nice people, Menagerie's main interest is in money and fun, rather than the greater good. That said, she does seem quite pleased with herself when the Elite massacre a group of mercenaries who tortured aliens for amusement.
Portrayed By: Louis Ozawa Changchien
First Appearance: "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?" (Supergirl 4x13)
The last member of the Elite, a British-Asian magician with a magical hat, who's an old friend of Manchester.
- Adaptational Nationality: Japanese in the comics, but British-Asian here.
- Adaptational Origin Connection: In the comics his hat was a fedora, and his powers were demonic in nature. Here he has Mr Mxyzptlk's fifth-dimensional derby. It's later revealed that he won the hat from Mxy in a card game.
- The Alcoholic: Like the Hat of the comics, he enjoys his booze.
- Deflector Shields: He can generate a bullet-deflecting forcefield to protect himself.
- Evil Brit: Just like Manchester.
- Old Friend: He and Manchester go way back.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is never mentioned.
- Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat: Not a rabbit so much as whatever he imagines.
- Teleporters and Transporters: He can teleport himself and others to any location he's been before by drawing them into his hat and appearing somewhere else. He can also use it in combat to disappear and reappear at will.
- Token Good Teammate: He legitimately believes in changing the world for the better, and objects to Manchester's goal of getting bloody vengeance for his losses.
The Morae / "Mo"
First Appearance: "Suspicious Minds" (Supergirl 4x10)
A rogue Morae who signs up with Manchester Black.
- Action Girl: Is a female.
- Canon Foreigner: She doesn't have a comic book counterpart (in fact, her entire species is an original show creation).
- Intelligible Unintelligible: While the other teammates have sometimes trouble, Hat understands her perfectly.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Only gets called "Mo" by her teammates.
- Revenge: Her motivation — considering what Colonel Haley did to her, she's targeting others who do the same.
The Longbow Hunters
A mysterious group of assassins under Dante's payroll with ties to Ricardo Diaz.
- Badass Normal: All of them are incredibly skilled fighters, defeating skilled combatants such as John Diggle and Black Siren with ease and without any special powers whatsoever.
- Decoy Antagonist: They were made to look like the Big Bads of Season 7 at first, but they turn out to only be Hired Guns.
- The Dreaded: They were feared even by the League of Assassins.
- Hired Guns: They are on Dante's payroll, but he "loaned" them out to Diaz.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Justified they abandoned Diaz when he was captured and then incarcerated, because he was never their boss; they were just working for him "on loan" and their work for Dante is more important to them than Diaz's petty grudge against Oliver — plus Diaz was able to escape without their help anyway.
- Non-Indicative Name: Despite the confusing name, neither the show nor the comics version of the Longbow Hunters utilize longbows. Their name in the comics instead originates from them being an Anti-Green Arrow team, effectively being hunters of a longbow user. The show's version doesn't even have that going for them, as they were that was formed long before having any involvement with the Green Arrow and they never cross paths with Oliver at all due to him being in prison at the time.
- Team Member in the Adaptation: Red Dart is the only Longbow Hunter member from the comics to make it onto the show, with Kodiak and Honor being completely unaffiliated with the team. Ricardo Diaz by contrast was a member of the Longbow Hunters (specifically the foudner), whereas here he works with them but is never made an official member.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: They just disappear from Season 7 after a few sparse appearances.
Affiliations: Longbow Hunters, Ricardo Diaz
Played by: Holly Elissa
First Appearance: "The Longbow Hunters" (Arrow 7x2)
A member of the Longbow Hunters, who uses a variety of trick darts for combat.
- Cool Shades: Wears a pair of orange ones as part of her outfit.
- Evil Counterpart: She uses trick darts to fight, making her one to the archers of Team Arrow who use Trick Arrows.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: She goes into a building under the pretense of having a job interview. And after she leaves it, having murdered a few guards with her darts, she is asked how it went. Her response? I think I nailed it.
- Out of Focus: Aside from her introduction episode, she becomes the least focused on of the Longbow Hunters, as well as the only one with no name given other than her codename.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She prefers a quiet and subtle approach and gets annoyed by Kodiak starting a needless bloodbath with a bunch of security guards.
Affiliations: Longbow Hunters, Ricardo Diaz
Played by: Michael Jonsson
First Appearance: "The Longbow Hunters" (Arrow 7x2)
The only male member of the Longbow Hunters, who makes use of a bladed shield.
- Adaptation Name Change: His house is listed under the ownership of "Bear". This is likely an alias though.
- Blood Knight: Starts killing off a bunch of Security Guards simply for the heck of it.
- The Brute: Seems to be the least cunning of the Longbow Hunters, being mostly there for muscle.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: He naturally uses his shield to protect himself from danger.
- Shield Bash: He also uses his shield offensively in a very effective way. The razor-sharp blades on the edges are a neat bonus.
Honor / Silencer
Affiliations: Longbow Hunters, Ricardo Diaz
Played by: Miranda Edwards
First Appearance: "The Longbow Hunters" (Arrow 7x2)
The third member of the Longbow Hunters, who uses a knife and a sound dampener.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics, Silencer has a blonde buzz-cut.
- Adaptational Wimp: Uses a sound dampener gadget, rather than her comic counterpart's innate power.
- Adaptational Villainy: The comic book version of Silencer had a backstory as a fanatical assassin, but was introduced having already had a Heel–Face Turn.
- Crazy-Prepared: Has a sound dampener as a countermeasure against Dinah and Laurel. It works against each one of them individually just fine, but when the two of them combine their respective cries, the device is overpowered.
- Designated Girl Fight: Silencer primarily fights against the female members of Team Arrow like Dinah and Laurel.
- Hannibal Lecture: Gives out a few of these while being held captive by Felicity, Rene and Black Siren.
- Man of Kryptonite: She carries a sound dampener, which is perfect for neutralizing the Canary Cry of Canaries like Laurel and Dinah. Though two Canary Cries together is capable of overwhelming it.
- Made of Iron: She is completely unfazed by any threats and torture Felicity and Black Siren subject her to. This includes food and water deprivation for at least two days and point-blank canary cries!
- Token Minority: Among the Longbow Hunters.
The Ninth Circle
- Ancient Conspiracy: They date back to at least the Renaissance.
- Badass Longcoat: Seems to be the standard gear for the Mooks.
- Big Brother Is Watching: The Ninth Circle knows a lot — they were fully aware of Merlyn's Tempest Organization, and they are fully aware of whom Black Siren really is.
- The Cult: You join the Ninth Circle, they become your family.
- Drop the Hammer: All of the Mooks carry maces as their standart weapons.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: They are not a very open group. This is the reason why they turned on Emiko, as the group become exposed and compromised thanks to her personal vendetta.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The Ninth Circle has a lot in common with the now defunct League of Assassins. Ancient Conspiracy? Check. A slavish devotion to its ideals and never being allowed to leave? Check. Trained in martial arts and ancient weapons? Check. Led by a mysterious figured shrouded in myth? Check.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Like the Longbow Hunters, was not mentioned after Season 7.
Emiko Adachi / "Green Arrow"
Known Aliases: "Green Arrow"
Played by: Sea Shimooka, Miya Cech (young)
First Appearance: "Inmate 4587" (Arrow 7x1)
Robert Queen's illegitimate daughter. She appears in Star City five months after Oliver Queen's incarceration as a mysterious new vigilante, seemingly taking Oliver's mantle as Green Arrow. However, in reality she wants to destroy the Queen family's legacy for shunning her. She leads the Ninth Circle.
- Adaptation Name Change: She goes by the surname Adachi instead of Queen like in the comics (at least most of the time).
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Kazumi Adachi is her mother here, but in the comics she's her maternal grandmother.
- Adaptational Curves: Justified as Emiko is a pre-teen in the comics. Here, she is visibly a healthy grown woman.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, the Queen family is unaware of her existence and she was raised to be an assassin until an encounter with her half-brother made her see the light and join the heroes. Here, the Queens know she exists, but Robert abandoned her and her mom and left them destitute because he was afraid of being left penniless if Moira made good on her threat to divorce him. Emiko turned to working odd jobs for the local crime families for extra cash, thus meeting Dante, who took pity on her and effectively became her father; she later became the leader of the Ninth Circle itself.
- Affirmative-Action Legacy: Enforced. She is Oliver's half-Asian successor as Green Arrow, but donned the identity without Oliver's approval.
- Age Lift: Emiko Queen in the comics was a pre-teen and later aged up to a teen. Here, she's an adult.
- Ambiguously Evil: She's one of Dante's agents and killed Diaz in prison under her orders. The ambiguous part is quickly dispelled when it's revealed that she's the Big Bad.
- Archer Archetype: She does go by Green Arrow, at least at first.
- Back for the Finale: She's resurrected after Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019) and shows up for Oliver's funeral in Arrow's Grand Finale.
- Back from the Dead: The Spectre's restoration of The Multiverse includes undoing her death.
- Badass Normal: Does not seem to have any superpowers. Just insanely good archery.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: She murders Diaz in prison under Dante's orders.
- Bastard Bastard: Robert Queen's illegitimate daughter who despises her father's family (albeit for understandable reasons) and became head of the nefarious Ninth Circle.
- Betrayal by Inaction: Dante informed her of Merlyn's plans to wreck the Queen's Gambit, but after being rejected by Robert one too many times, she decided not to inform him, leaving her father to die.
- Big Bad: She's the leader of the Ninth Circle, Dante is just The Face, leading the organization in her absence while she hunts down her mother's killer.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Zoey Ramirez from a burning building.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be a gruff but well-intentioned woman. She's actually the Big Bad and her true personality is smug and rather deranged.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: Uses Oliver's old "You have failed this city!" catchphrase towards criminals.
- Cain and Abel: To Oliver.
- Canon Character All Along: For the first seven episodes of Season Seven, she appears as a mysterious Green Arrow copycat; in the eighth episode, she's revealed to be the Arrowverse version of Emiko Queen/Red Arrow.
- Combat Parkour: Skilled enough to hold her own against Ricardo Diaz.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: She is unlike past Big Bads because of her deep familial connection with Oliver, in addition to Oliver's desperate attempts to save her and try and redeem her, due to his guilt for his parent's actions in paving the way for her villainous path to begin with. This contrasts all past main antagonists, except perhaps Slade and Cayden James, who Oliver firmly believed were beyond saving. Also, she is the very first female Big Bad of the series in general.
- Daddy Issues: Unsurprisingly given how Robert abandoned her and her mom. Doesn't stop her from periodically visiting his grave though, and Oliver suggests that indirectly causing his death has affected her more than she's willing to admit. Had Robert been involved in her life, she would've never joined the Ninth Circle.
- Death Equals Redemption: Before she can even answer Oliver, Beatrice and Virgil take the decision to redeem herself out of her hands by killing her. All she can do is lamenting her decision while she dies in her brothers arms.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite her villainy, Emiko still genuinely loved her mother and seeks to avenge her murder.
- Evil Costume Switch: Once she's revealed to be the Big Bad she ditches her Green Arrow attire and she starts wearing a uniform akin to the League of Assassins.
- Evil Is Petty:
- Emiko outs Black Siren as a former associate of Diaz, threatening to ruin her career and the new life she's worked hard to build for herself, all because Laurel followed her one night.
- Emiko despises Oliver and has no problem with trying to kill him because, through no fault of Oliver's (who didn't even know she existed), he was Robert's favored child.
- Expy Coexistence: Emiko Queen was created in the comics as a character inspired on Thea Queen in this series. That did not stop the writers from adapting her into the series.
- False Friend: She and Oliver appeared to form some kind of bond after a rocky start, but Emiko has nothing but hatred and contempt for her half-brother, which she reveals after he discovers her allegiance to the Ninth Circle.
- Foil: To Thea, who was raised by Robert Queen but turned out not to be his biological daughter. Emiko is revealed to be Robert Queen’s biological daughter but wasn't raised by him. Further, they both fell in with a villainous father figure who trained them to fight, but where Thea rejected Malcolm and became a hero at Oliver's side, Emiko embraced Dante's criminal path and would sooner die than work with a Queen.
- Freudian Excuse: After Robert abandoned her, she fell in with Dante out of desperation, since he was basically the dad Robert never was. He trained her and gave her control over his organization — the Ninth Circle.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Oliver eventually realizes this when she kills Dante, the man who murdered her mother, and still goes through with her Evil Plan.
- Good Is Not Nice: She is not very sociable. And she's not even good.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Well in her case it's Grappling Hook Arrow. In addition to scaling buildings, she also uses this for epic takedowns.
- Heel–Face Return: Becomes a much better person after her resurrection in the Grand Finale.
- Heroic Bastard: The illegitimate daughter of Robert Queen. Not so much of a hero, though.
- Hope Bringer: Certainly to the people of the Glades. However, she has no real loyalty to them and intends to destroy Star City to punish Oliver, the real Hope Bringer.
- Idiot Ball: Murdered Diaz while wearing her Green Arrow costume. Even if she was trying to frame Oliver for it, it was a very dumb move because Ben Turner was able to tell the difference.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: With an bow and arrow of all things.
- In the Hood: And a mask. And a scarf, at least until her identity is revealed.
- Jerkass: She acts gruff but well-meaning at first. When Black Siren confronts her over Diaz's murder, Emiko smugly points out that she's aware that "Laurel" is Black Siren and Oliver and the team won't believe her. Once her villainy comes out, she's spiteful and cruel toward Oliver despite his genuine affection for her.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Emiko's anger toward Oliver is completely misdirected, but her issues with Robert and Moira (the former abandoned her and the latter was the reason he did it) are pretty legitimate.
- Le Parkour: Which Green Arrow is the better archer is debatable. Who is the better acrobat is not.
- Legacy Character: To Oliver, though she acts much more like him during his time as the Hood than him as the Green Arrow, due to hunting down criminals and having a list similar to the one Robert gave to Oliver. Given her true identity, the similarities are no doubt very deliberate.
- Long-Lost Relative: Oliver's hitherto unknown half-sister.
- The Man in Front of the Man: To all appearances, Emiko works for Dante. The reality is that she's the one running the Ninth Circle, and Dante works for her.
- Nom de Mom: She uses her mother's surname out of her hatred towards Robert.
- Pet the Dog: Despite her False Friend persona, she does have genuine affection for Rene and she can't bring herself to kill him... at least at first.
- Psychopathic Manchild: At her heart, she's just an angry child lashing out against the world because Robert would never accept her — or rather acknowledge her or even try to be a good father to her. Her entire Evil Plan is to destroy Star City and ruin Oliver's legacy as a hero to get back at him for what Robert did, even though she'd already sent the man himself to his death and Oliver had absolutely no role in their father's poor decisions.
- Redemption Rejection: Oliver and Rene make repeated outreaches to her and are coldly rebuffed every time; Oliver is finally convinced that she's beyond saving when she continues her vendetta against him even after he told her that Dante betrayed her by killing her mom — Rene is likewise convinced when she tells him to his face she's the leader of the Ninth Circle itself.
- Samus Is a Girl: Revealed in "Unmasked" to be a woman. She uses a voice changer to disguise both her gender and her identity.
- Spanner in the Works: Emiko's vendetta against the Queen family ends up exposing the existence of the Ninth Circle for the first time in history, an action which ultimately costs Emiko her life.
- Surpassed the Teacher: Dante trained her since she was eleven, and she was good enough that she took his place as the Head of the Ninth Circle.
- Smug Snake: She exemplifies this when she arrogantly tells Laurel that no one would ever believe a former criminal like her about Emiko murdering Diaz. Not only did Emiko fail to check for witnesses to her crime, but Oliver, although skeptical, doesn't dismiss Laurel's assertion and investigates it himself, discovering Emiko's connection to the Ninth Circle in the process.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A deadly archer who is later revealed to be Oliver's (paternal) half-sister who was introduced a season after his original (maternal) half-sister was Put on a Bus.
- The Stoic: Vigilante of few words.
- Trailers Always Spoil: The episode title "My Name is Emiko Queen" got leaked several episodes ago and made the copycat Green Arrow's identity a lot easier to guess.
- Trick Arrow: Nothing too fancy, but the fact that she uses any at all is impressive given her relatively crude base of operations.
- Undercover When Alone: After The Reveal that Emiko was Evil All Along, the audience is left to wonder if Emiko visiting her father's grave and Talking to the Dead was just an act for when Oliver tracked her down, or because her desire to be acknowledged by her father had never really gone away.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: Unlike in the comic books, Shado is not her mother in this continuity.
- Vigilante Man: Much to Dinah's ire, who has to enforce a zero-tolerance policy towards vigilantes due to the anti-vigilante law the city passed.
- Walking Spoiler: Saying anything about her besides being the new Green Arrow opens the door to quite a few spoilers. That she's a "her" at all, for starters. For another, she's Robert Queen's illegitimate daughter, Emiko. She's also the Big Bad of Season Seven, Dante being The Face and her Number Two.
- You Killed My Father: Her motivation for becoming the Green Arrow aside from protecting the Glades was hunting down the man who killed her mother. Dante was the one who ordered it. When she finds out, she gives him a slow, painful, and brutal death.
Played by: Adrian Paul
First Appearance: "Brothers & Sisters" (Arrow 7x14)
A mysterious financier of criminals, terrorists, and palace revolutions who's done business with Diaz.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In short his comics counterpart looks monstrous having intentionally disfigured himself so that he looked like a walking pile of blotched scar tissue. Here he comes off as a presentable, handsome, and very normal looking human.
- Adaptational Badass: Dante of the comics was a Non-Action Big Bad and was more of a threat via being a talented business man and tactical terrorist group leader. This Dante is not only combat capable, but capable of overwhelming Oliver after receiving training from Ra's al-Ghul, who at this point is a contender for World's Best Warrior.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: There's no indication that he forces his soldiers to go through the burning ritual he created to keep them loyal, nor is there any indication that his workforce is made up of trafficked slaves. This Dante also makes clear his disdain for the Bertinelli's using kids in their criminal operations, while in the comics he had no qualms about forcing kids into his organization or threatening people's families to make people cooperate.
- Adaptational Wimp: His power over the organization is neutered compared to the comics. There, Dante was the unquestioned leader of the Ninth Circle and could successfully cow Shado into working for him with nothing but threats, and Emiko was nothing more than a pawn - even when the Ninth Circle was effectively destroyed, he still held unquestionable power. Here, their positions are reversed, so Emiko is the true leader and Dante's her second-in-command.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: Dante had nothing to do with Emiko's upbringing nor any direct role in her involvement with the Ninth Circle (while he did use her, her involvement began because of Shado). Here, he not only was the one to bring her into the group, but he killed her mother to ensure it would happen.
- Affably Evil: He's always polite and professional in the face of just about everything, though he doesn't suffer foolishness.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Well he is an illicit financier after all, so he has to look the part.
- Badass Normal: He displays marital arts and acrobatic skills that are at least on par with if not far out-class Oliver's.
- Big Bad: Of Season Seven, after Diaz is imprisoned. It turns out he's just The Face and Emiko is the true leader.
- Cassandra Truth: Dante tried to warn Emiko that her obsession with killing Oliver and finding her mother's killer would lead to dissent in the Ninth Circle about her leadership. He was proven right.
- Celebrity Paradox: The Highlander franchise was mentioned during Heroes Join Forces. His actor famously played the titular protagonist of the TV series.
- Composite Character: He takes Komodo's spot as Emiko's surrogate father.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not overtly, but still displays it nonetheless.Dante: Do you know who I am?Emiko: Dante. It says on the package. Do you know who I am?Dante: The suspense is killing me.
- Death by Adaptation: Dante was last seen alive in the comics, while this version gets killed by Emiko.
- Decoy Antagonist: He seemed to be the Big Bad of the season, before it's revealed he's just The Face and Emiko is the true leader of the Ninth Circle.
- The Don: As the head of the Ninth Circle that far outclasses what Diaz had — he has agents hidden throughout the government, even in A.R.G.U.S.
- The Dreaded: The only man alive who can scare a monster like Ricardo Diaz.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He doesn't approve of the Bertinelli Family using kids as couriers, nor of men abandoning their familial responsibilities.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Oliver, as a master martial artist and leader of a terrorist organization.
- To Ra's al-Ghul, also coming off as an Evil Mentor to a young archer. Only Ra's is a Noble Demon who only opposed Oliver due to circumstance, while Dante is unambiguously evil and trained his protege Emiko to be the same.
- To Robert Queen, given that he fills in as the Parental Substitute to Emiko that Robert never was.
- Evil Mentor: To Emiko.
- Eviler than Thou: To Diaz who in turn was this to Cayden James.
- The Face: Emiko is the true leader of the Ninth Circle, with Dante being both the decoy and the one in command while she hunts down her mom's killer.
- The Fagin: He took pity on an eleven year Emiko and began to train her when she expressed interest in his knife-throwing skills.
- He Knows Too Much: He doesn't like lose ends or complications. In his debut appearance he killed a potential client because A.R.G.U.S. closed in on their transaction.
- Karmic Death: Dante murdered Emiko's mother to mould her into the perfect leader for the Ninth Circle, so it's really only fitting that he dies kneeling before her.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Diaz in Season 7 having "loaned" him the Longbow Hunters.
- Manipulative Bastard: Lost Canary reveals that Dante was the one who murdered Emiko's mother believing that her maternal ties made her a less effective leader for the organisation. Dante has since been blackballing Emiko's investigation despite her being the leader of the Ninth Circle.
- No Escape but Down: How he escapes after his first appearance.
- Older Sidekick: He is second-in-command of the Ninth Circle, with Emiko being first, despite Dante being much older and even being Emiko's mentor.
- One-Man Army: He slaughters countless people in his debut episode alone giving the League of Assassins a run for their money with a knife.
- One-Steve Limit: He shares he same name as Cisco's deceased brother.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Dante is just an alias.
- Parental Substitute: In an extremely twisted variant on this trope, he was essentially the father to Emiko, that Robert never was — note that Dante threatened to kill an eleven year old Emiko for pick-pocketing him and he was still a better father figure than Robert.
- Parrying Bullets: He is able to deflect Oliver's arrows using a pair of daggers.
- Superior Successor: To Diaz. They both run criminal organizations, only Diaz has a relatively recent establishment while Dante's organization exists worldwide and has been around for far longer. In addition, while Diaz fights evenly with Oliver, Dante outright overpowers Oliver in a straight up fight.
- The Stoic: He never loses his composure, always maintaining a sort of suave yet extremely menacing coolheadedness.
- Themed Aliases: His henchman's name is Virgil in reference to Dante's The Divine Comedy.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Even after Diaz alerted him to A.R.G.U.S.'s presence, Dante still had him painfully killed, though we later learn this was Emiko's call.
- Villain Has a Point: As he tells Emiko, simple blood relation does not a father make.
- Would Hurt a Child: Dante complimented an eleven-year old Emiko on her slight-of-hand lift of his watch ... then threatened to cut her throat if she ever stole from him again.
Played by: Christopher Gerard
First Appearance: "Brothers & Sisters" (Arrow 7x14)
An intermediary working for Dante.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Kills himself rather than be captured and nastily killed by Dante. Subverted, in that he actually survives.
- Destination Defenestration: Does this to himself. He survives, however.
- Fighting Irish: Has a rather thick Irish accent.
- Karma Houdini: Makes it out of Season 7 alive and well.
- Mouth of Sauron: His job as a go-between for Dante.
- Not Quite Dead: Somehow survived jumping out of a high-story building.
- Themed Aliases: Like his boss, his name is a reference to The Divine Comedy
- The Worf Effect: He rather easily overpowers Roy.
Played by: Samantha Win
First Appearance: "You Have Saved This City" (Arrow 7x22)
A member of the Ninth Circle, unhappy with Emiko's leadership.
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- Ancient Conspiracy: Lena translates their name from inscriptions on an ancient medallion, suggesting they've been around a really long time. Their leaders came to Earth with the same asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs.
- Adaptational Species Change: The League of Ancients are Homo Magi and Atlanteans in the comics, though Rama Khan is the leader of the ancient nation of Jarhanpur. Here, they are all from the alien planet Jarhanpur, and their race is Jarhanpurian.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Serve as the central antagonists of Season 5, with their goal of wiping out humanity posing the greatest threat. However, the Luthor's schemes take focus before Leviathan's genocide, with Lena serving as a secondary threat and Lex mainpulating everyone.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Once Lex realizes their existence, he easily manipulates them into letting him join, before stealing their powers and serving as the main antagonist of the season six premiere (the intended season five finale).
- Eco-Terrorist: They arrange the murder of a climate-denier governor and attempt to kickstart a global flood. In fact protecting the planet has been their goal for centuries.
- Elemental Powers: Rama Khan is Geokinetic, Gamemnae is Technokinetic, Tezumak is Pyrokinetic and Sela is Electrokinetic.
- Human Aliens: The Jarhanpurian members look exactly like humans or at least they appear to, in Gamemnae's case.
- In Name Only: They share the name of a DC organization that has ties to Talia al Ghul and the League of Assassins, but because this organization has prominent members like Rama Khan, Gamemnae, Tezumak, and Sela, it is effectively the Arrowverse equivalent of the League of Ancients.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: Their exact goals are unclear, but it involves "protecting" the planet from the humans destroying it.
- Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: The asteroid that carried them to Earth killed the dinosaurs.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: The League of Ancients are typically enemies of Aquaman, and through him the Justice League, while Leviathan is an enemy of Batman (under Talia al Ghul) and Superman (under Mark Shaw). Here, they oppose Supergirl.
- We Are Everywhere: They have agents all over the globe.
Portrayed By: ???It is said that the higher-ups at Leviathan like Gamemnae and Rama-Khan answer to someone else. That's literally all we know about this mysterious figure.
Portrayed By: Mitch Pileggi
First Appearance: "Tremors" (Supergirl 5x7)
One of the leaders of Leviathan.
- Adaptational Nationality: In the comics, he is Atlantean, in the Arrowverse he is a Jarhanpurian.
- Bald of Evil: Played by the naturally bald Mitch Pileggi.
- Been There, Shaped History: He has been instrumental in several historical and mythical events, like the extinction of the dinosaurs, Noah's flood, Pompeii and more.
- Celebrity Paradox: Cat Grant makes a Shout-Out to The X-Files back in Season 1. His actor is a main cast member of the show.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He has power over the Earth itself, letting him sense anything anywhere on the planet, create natural disasters, and control various natural elements in combat.
- From a Single Cell: Can reform after being reduced to ashes.
- A God Am I: So he continually insists, though he's really just a Sufficiently Advanced Alien.
- Large Ham: Acts very melodramatic.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Gamemnae's blue, always wanting to solve everything with brute force.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: After Brainy shrinks him down, alongside Tezumak and Sela.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer…: His only solution to problems is brute force, which he reasons has worked well enough throughout history. In the present, however, technology is making it obsolete.
Alias: Gemma Cooper
Portrayed By: Cara Buono
First Appearance: "Tremors" (Supergirl 5x7)
Another leader of Leviathan, who poses as Andrea Rojas' mentor Gemma Cooper.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Forms an alliance with Lex Luthor.
- Evil Chancellor: Using the alias Gemma Cooper, she becomes the head of technology at Obsidian North in the Earth-Prime (i.e. post-Crisis) universe, but unbeknownst to Andrea is secretly influencing the company to work in Leviathan's favour.
- Glamour Failure: Gamemnae briefly shows her true form when Lex catches her communicating with the mysterious leader of Leviathan, and after her plans are foiled, her human skin is completely blown off, revealing the robotic form underneath.
- The Heavy: She ultimately becomes the most prominent member of Leviathan seen on the show, though it's said she still answers to a higher power.
- Ms. Fanservice: She sports very notable cleavage, a skintight outfit and she's a blonde knockout. Yeah, she fits. Until the mask falls.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue one to Rama Khan's red, preferring a subtle approach and using technology.
- Shock and Awe: How she can utilize her technopathic powers.
- Technopath: She basically calls herself the "Goddess of Technology"
- Unwitting Pawn: Lex plays her like a fiddle, even though she thinks she is playing him.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has a huge one, revealing her true form, in the Season 5 finale when her plans fail.
- Woman Behind the Woman: For Andrea Rojas.
Portrayed By: ???
First Appearance: "Immortal Kombat" (Supergirl 5x19)
A high-ranking member of Leviathan with pyrokinesis powers.
- Flat Character: He and Sela basically act as supporting muscle for Rama Khan; neither has any lines and the audience gets no sense of their personalities.
- From a Single Cell: Like Rama Khan, he and Sela and can regenerate from piles of ashes.
- Last Episode, New Character: He and Sela are introduced in the Season 5 finale, but neither have any lines.
- Playing with Fire: Tezumak has the ability to control fire.
Portrayed By: Michelle Christa Smith
First Appearance: "Immortal Kombat" (Supergirl 5x19)
A high-ranking member of Leviathan with electric powers.
- Flat Character: She and Tezumak basically act as supporting muscle for Rama Khan; neither has any lines and the audience gets no sense of their personalities.
- From a Single Cell: Like Rama Khan, she and Tezumak and can regenerate from piles of ashes.
- Last Episode, New Character: She and Tezumak are introduced in the Season 5 finale, but neither have any lines.
- Shock and Awe: Sela has the ability to control lightning.
Portrayed By: Patti Allen
First Appearance: "The Quest for Peace" (Supergirl 4x22)
An agent of Leviathan, who acts as their representative to other agents.
- Evil Old Folks: She is obviously up to no good.
- Killed Off for Real: By Lex, who puts her up as a Fall Guy for both himself and the rest of Leviathan.
- Middle-Management Mook: Eve outright calls her that.
- Mouth of Sauron: She's one of the most frequently seen representatives of Leviathan.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Does this frequently.
Portrayed By: Duncan Fraser
First Appearance: "Confidence Women" (Supergirl 5x6)
Another frequently seen agent of Leviathan.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: How he convinces Andrea to take the Acrata medallion; she has to, and offer her black ops services to Leviathan with her ensuing powers, or her father will die.
- Mouth of Sauron: Seems to share this role with Margot for the episode "Confidence Women".
- No Name Given: His name hasn't been revealed yet.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't appeared post-crisis so far.
Species: Human (inhabited by an Aurafacian)
Portrayed By: Brea St. James
First Appearance: "Blurred Lines" (Supergirl 5x3)
A former special-ops commando turned assassin, empowered by an Aurafacian.
- Animated Tattoo: How the Aurafacian manifests on her, as living spider tattoos on that spread to others to kill them.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Caroline was a decorated soldier before coming into contact with the Aurafacian.
- He Knows Too Much: When Caroline is de-powered, Andrea in her shadow form rushes in and stabs her in the chest to keep her from talking.
Portrayed By: Luisa D'Oliveira
First Appearance: "In Plain Sight" (Supergirl 5x4)
A meta-human assassin working for Leviathan.
- Blow You Away: She can use very strong winds to blow people away and even suck the air out of a person's lungs.
Russell Rogers/Rip Roar
Portrayed By: Nick Sagar
First Appearance: "Dangerous Liaisons" (Supergirl 5x5)
William Dey's best friend, who became romantically involved with Andrea Rojas before supposedly being murdered. In fact, Leviathan, for undetermined reasons, transformed him into a dangerous cyborg under their command.
- Adaptation Species Change: In the comics, Rip Roar is an Apokoliptian who has four organic arms. Here, he's a normal human who was given extendable robotic limbs similar to Marvel's Doctor Octopus.
- Alliterative Name: As both Russell Rogers and as Rip Roar.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: What Leviathan did to him.
- Evil Former Friend: For William. In this case though, Russell was turned into a villain and would be a normal guy otherwise.
- Ironic Name: For a guy codenamed "Rip Roar", he's rather reserved and has a mostly monotone voice.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has two mechanical arms that extend out of a backpack he wears.
- Race Lift: An odd case; Rip Roar in the comics wasn't human, but he was identical to a ginger haired white man. The character here is played by a black actor.
First Appearance: "Deus Lex Machina" (Supergirl 5x17)
A Morae assassin working for Leviathan, who frees a baby Sun-Eater on Lex Luthor's behest.
- Unwitting Pawn: Get's captured by Supergirl and interrogated, but it can only reveal that it works for Leviathan, covering Lex's tracks.