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Bratva

     Anatoly Knyazev 

Anatoly Knyazev

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Species: Human

Known Aliases: KGBeast

Affiliations: The Bratva, Team Arrow, Helix, Ricardo Diaz's Gang

Played by: David Nykl, George Klimovich (young)

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. So much so he even assists Oliver and Diggle save 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. At least not until Season Five.
  • Badass Beard: Especially in the Season Two flashbacks; justified because he hasn't shaved since he was captured.
  • 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.
  • 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 believing that because of one error he ended up loosing 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 himm 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.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 their obviously no where near as close as they once were.
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    Oliver Queen 

     Alexi Leonov 

Alexei Leonov

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Species: Human

Played by: Eugene Lipinski

Appearances: Arrow

Oliver's main contact within the Bratva.


     Ishmael Gregor 

Ishmael Gregor

Species: Human

Played by: David Meunier

Appearances: Arrow

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The Pakhan (Godfather) of the Solntsevskaya Bratva during the time of the flashbacks in Season 5.


  • Adapted Out: His comic counterpart had demonic powers which never made it into the show.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Don: Or Pakhan, to be precise.
  • Killed Off for Real: 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.

     Viktor 

Viktor

Species: Human

Played by: Mike Dopud

Appearances: Arrow

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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.

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Fyers Mercenaries

     Edward Fyers 

Edward Fyers

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Species: Human

Played By: Sebastian Dunn

Appearances: Arrow

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.
  • Big Bad: Of Season One's island flashbacks.
  • 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 as 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Billy Wintergreen 

Billy Wintergreen

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Species: Human

Played By: Jeffrey Robinson

Appearances: Arrow

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.


  • Abled in the Adaptation: Or rather, disabled. His comicbook counterpart never loses an eye, but this version died via Moe Greene Special from Slade.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Knife Nut: He uses them in both combat and torture.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.

    Yao Fei 

     Edward Fyers' Benefactor 

"The Benefactor"

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.

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Crew of the Amazo

     Dr. Anthony Ivo 

Dr. Anthony Ivo

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Species: Human

Played By: Dylan Neal

Appearances: Arrow

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.


  • Abled in the Adaptation: Or rather, disabled. Slade maimed his right hand in this version, whereas his comicbook counterpart is never handicapped.
  • 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.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In "The Promise", Slade hacks off the hand with which Ivo shot Shado.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: He replaces Edward Fyers as this for Season Two's island flashbacks. That is, until "The Promise", when Slade takes over.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Slade Wilson 

     The Captain and the Butcher 

"The Captain" and "The Butcher"

Species: Human

Played By: Jimmy Jean-Louis ("The Captain"), Ron Selmour ("The Butcher")

Appearances: Arrow

Two prominent crew members on the Amazo who serve under Ivo.


    Sara Lance 

H.I.V.E.

Shadowspire

     Baron Reiter 

Baron Reiter

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"The difference between insanity and belief lies all in the number of believers!"

Species: Empowered Human

Played By: Jimmy Akingbola

Appearances: Arrow

The Leader of the mercenaries that forces a group of captured labourers to harvest Slam on Lian Yu. His true goals however are to collect magical artifacts from the island.


  • A God Am I: Once he finds the idol, Reiter declares that sacrificing all of the labourers will make him a god.
  • Affably Evil: His friendly behaviour sometimes makes you forget that he is also the leader of a mercenary group that has no problems with slave labouring.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Assuming that "Baron" is a legitimate title, he certainly qualifies.
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: 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).
  • Big Bad: Of the Season 4 flashbacks.
  • 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 characterisation 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.
  • 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.

     Conklin 

Conklin

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"Stone cold killer."

Species: Human

Played By: Ryan Robbins

Appearances: Arrow

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.
  • Character Death: Stabbed to death by Oliver in "Code of Silence".
  • 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: Gets knifed by Oliver.
  • 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.

     Joyner 

Joyner

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Species: Human

Played By: Erik Palladino

Appearances: Arrow

The Ex-Lieutenant of Andy and John during their time in Afghanistan, revealed to be under Reiter's command.


  • Badass in Charge: He can put up quite a fight.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Really, killing Waller was something many were looking forward to.
  • 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.

    Andy Diggle 

Onslaught

     Khem-Adam 

Khem-Adam

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"I am the conduit of the old gods. And I am here to lead our people back to greatness."

Species: Human

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 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A target of this by the Suicide Squad in general, who are disgusted by him. but especially noteworthy is Ravan Nassar, who himself was the head of the Kahndaqian military.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: Took advantage of one of those in his home country after the military dictatorship was overthrown, forming his own extremistic group.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: He thinks that women should only serve the needs of the men and assigns captive girls as rape slaves to his men.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He stabs Bronze Tiger to death with one of his own claws.
  • 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.
  • Laserguided Karma: Gets killed by Mesi Natifah, one of the girls he abducted.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He thinks that girls should not be allowed to do simple things like undergoing education and assigns them as rape slaves to his men. He also kills scores of people in the name of religion.
  • Start My Own: Was originally a soldier under Ravan Nassar's command.

The Demolition Team

    In General 

Species: Human

Rosie Played By: Rachel Luttrell

Jackhammer Played By: Daniel Cudmore

Hardhat Played By: Marc Trottier

Appearances: Arrow

A mercenary group specialized in destroying structures hired by H.I.V.E. to kill Oliver Queen during his mayoral debate with Dahrk's wife.


Jackals

     Joe Wilson 

     Nylander 

Nylander

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Species: Human

Played By: Kris Holden-Ried

Appearances: Arrow

An old associate of Slade and Joe's second-in-command.


The Longbow Hunters

     In General 

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.
  • 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 incarnated, because he was never their boss; they were just working for him "on loan" and their work for Dante is more important to them to Diaz's petty grudge against Oliver — plus Diaz was able to escape without their help anyway.
  • Non-Indicative Name: None of them use longbows whatsoever.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They just disappear from Season 7 after a few sparse appearances.

     Red Dart 

Red Dart

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Species: Human

Affiliations: Longbow Hunters, Ricardo Diaz

Played by: Holly Elissa

Appearances: Arrow

A member of the Longbow Hunters, who uses a variety of trick darts as her Weapon of Choice.


  • Cool Shades: Wears a pair of orange ones as part of her outfit.
  • 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.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: She prefers a quiet and subtle approach and gets annoyed by Kodiak starting a needless bloodbath with a bunch of security guards.

     Kodiak 

Kodiak

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Species: Human

Affiliations: Longbow Hunters, Ricardo Diaz

Played by: Michael Jonsson

Appearances: Arrow

The only male member of the Longbow Hunters, who uses a bladed shield as his Weapon of Choice.


  • Blood Knight: Starts killing off a bunch of Security Guards simply for the heck of it.
  • 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.

     Silencer 

Honor / Silencer

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Species: Human

Affiliations: Longbow Hunters, Ricardo Diaz

Played by: Miranda Edwards

Appearances: Arrow

The third member of the Longbow Hunters, who uses a knife as her Weapon of Choice and also uses a sound dampener.


  • 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.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Gives out a few of these while being held captive by Felicity, Rene and Black Siren.
  • Knife Nut: Fights with a knife.
  • No-Sell: 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

     In General 

  • Ancient Conspiracy: They date back to at least the Renaissance.
  • Badass Longcoat: Seems to be the standart 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 Circe, 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? Yes. Trained in martial arts and ancient weapons? Check! Led by a mysterious figured shrouded in myth? Check!

     Emiko Adachi 

Emiko Adachi / "Green Arrow"

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Species: Human

Known Aliases: "Green Arrow"

Played by: Sea Shimooka, Miya Cech (young)

Appearances: Arrow

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.

In reality she wants to destroy the Queen family's legacy for shunning her. She leads the Ninth Circle.


  • 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, met Dante who took pity on her effectively became her father and 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.
  • Badass Normal: Does not seem to have any superpowers. Just insanely good archery.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: She murders Diaz in prion 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 didn't bother 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 akin to a Smug Snake.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Uses Oliver's old "You have failed this city!" catchphrase towards criminals.
  • Cain and Abel: To Oliver.
  • Canon Character All Along: First appears as a Green Arrow copycat until she's revealed to be the series version of Emiko Queen.
  • 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. Had he 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 descision to redeem herself out of her hands by killing her. All she can do is lamenting her descision 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.
  • False Friend: She and Oliver appeared to forming 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 reavealed 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 who was basically the dad Robert never was. He trained her and then 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 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.
  • Heroic Bastard: The illegitimate daughter of Robert Queen. Not so much of a hero, though.
  • Hope Bringer: Certainly to the people of the Glades.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: 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 towards Oliver despite his genuine affection for her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Emiko's anger towards Oliver is misdirected, but her issues with Robert and Moira (the former abandoned her and the latter was the reason he did it) are pretty legitimate.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: She murdered Ricardo Diaz by burning him alive. Nobody feels particularly sorry for Diaz, with Felicity even feeling that killing him doesn't necessarily prove that Emiko is one of the bad guys.
  • 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.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Her father's Caucasian while her mother is Asian (specifically Japanese), as is the case in the source material.
  • 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 her to him death.
  • 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 is 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.
  • 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: 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 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 relativity crude base of operations.
  • 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 7; 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 quickly gives him a slow, painful, and brutal killing.

     Dante 

Dante

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Species: Human

Played by: Adrian Paul

Appearances: Arrow

A mysterious financier of criminals, terrorists, and palace revolutions who's done business with Diaz.


  • 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 the second annual Crossover. His actor famously played the titular protagonist of Highlander: The Series.
  • 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.
  • 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 fighter.
  • 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 in 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 our 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.
  • Knife Nut: Of both the handheld and throwing varieties.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Virgil 

Virgil

Species: Human

Played by: Christopher Gerard

Appearances: Arrow

An intermediary working for Dante.


     Deputy Director Bell 

     Beatrice 

Beatrice

Species: Human

Played by: Samantha Jo

Appearances: Arrow

A member of the Ninth Circle, unhappy with Emiko's leadership.


  • The Coup: She leads one against Emiko in the Season 7 finale, due to the Ninth Circle being unhappy with her petty, personal revenge scheme.
  • Karma Houdini: Just like Virgil, she comes out of Season 7 unscathed.
  • The Worf Effect: She is the one to kill Emiko, and rather easily at that.


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