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Frank Chen

Species: Human

Played By: Chin Han

Appearances: Arrow

A wealthy businessman who joined Tempest after his daughter was raped and beaten in the Glades.

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The Royal Flush Gang

    In General 

Species: Human

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

Appearances: Arrow | The Flash

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.

see the Titansverse: Civilians page for Stuart, the Earth-9 character who bears Derek Reston's physical likeness

  • 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. Counts as In-Universe too, as they have an encounter with Barry which obviously did not end well for them.
  • 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.
  • Team Dad: King, literally.
  • Team Mom: Queen, literally.
  • 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.

Bertinelli Crime Family

    General Tropes 
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Frank had Helena's fiancé killed, who was The Mole of the FBI. When Helena found out about this she's pissed and relentlessly pursued the ones responsible, including her own father. This destroyed the family's standing in the criminal hierarchy.
  • Divided We Fall: As mentioned above, Frank's reign destroyed the family's standing thanks to his rift with his daughter.
  • The Mafia: They are a stereotypical Italian-American crime syndicate.

    Frank Bertinelli 

Frank Bertinelli

Species: Human

Played By: Jeffrey Nordling

Appearances: Arrow

A prominent crime boss in Starling City and father of Helena.

see the DCEU Minor Villains And Criminals page for the character on an undesignated Earth who bears his name and background

    Helena Bertinelli / Huntress 

Helena Bertinelli

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Huntress

Played By: Jessica De Gouw

Appearances: Arrow

"Once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out."

Daughter of crime boss Frank Bertinelli, Helena began a murderous crusade against her father's criminal empire after he had her fiancé murdered for planning to turn evidence over to the police, which had actually been Helena's plan. After a temporary alliance with Oliver, who tried to make her a less brutal and murderous vigilante, she fled Starling City once her identity was exposed and her father escaped custody and disappeared.

see the DCEU Birds Of Prey page for the character on an undesignated Earth who bears her name and background
see the Birds of Prey (TV) page for the character on Earth-203 who has the same first name and codename but a different family background

  • Adaptational Modesty: Her Huntress costume covers a lot of her body compared to the Jim Lee comicbook version of her costume. This is hilariously lampshaded when she posed as a stripper wearing the Lee costume from the comics.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, she's a dark antihero at the very worst (this varies depending on the continuity) and never a full-fledged villain, though she's still willing to use lethal force unlike most DCU heroes. Here, she's even more ruthless, killing innocent people and being willing to attack Oliver's loved ones in pursuit of her vendetta. When she returns in season two, however, the end of her episode implies she will atone for her past actions after her father had been killed by accident and not by her hands. Interestingly, the season two finale indicates that Oliver still thinks of her as a friend.
  • All for Nothing: All those flying leaps over the Moral Event Horizon in the name of getting revenge on her father, and he's randomly killed before she can finish the job.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She possesses an aloof, even icy demeanor.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Eventually to Frank.
  • Anti-Villain: She wants her father, a mobster who had her fiancé murdered, to die. But her methods of getting it — killing everyone in her path, including cops — are not remotely acceptable.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Quentin comes up with her nickname as a sarcastic barb, but she ends up liking it enough to use it later on.
  • Arrow Catch: She manages to pull this off in "The Huntress Returns" after studying the move.
  • Ax-Crazy: Borderline. She takes a bit too much pleasure in the thought of making her father suffer.
  • Badass Longcoat: Her Huntress costume sports these.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Despite engaging in fierce bouts of hand-to-hand combat, Helena is never shown to suffer bruises, scrapes, swelling, or any other damage as a result.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Her feud with her father.
  • Biker Babe: Often seen riding a motorcycle.
  • Broken Bird: Her fiance was killed because he was mistaken for an FBI informant. In reality, she was the informant.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Diggle even points out that she looks remarkably like the T-Mobile Girl.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She was a recurring character in the first two seasons, with her final appearance in season two hinting that she could potentially redeem herself and become a hero one day. However, she never makes another appearance in the show after that.
  • Clark Kenting: She's worse than Oliver with this, as her outfit doesn't even include any headgear. Not that she cares.
  • Color Motif: She's heavily associated with purple.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She was taught by her father to prepare for anything, and even when she's caught off guard by a trap, she had taken the liberty of filling the room with her own mooks
  • Create Your Own Villain: Oliver blames himself for creating the Huntress.
    Oliver: "I failed the Helena, I created the Huntress."
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: True to form, she has a lot of cross motifs.
  • Dating Catwoman: Briefly romances Oliver. Granted at that point Oliver thought he could save her from villainy, and Oliver wasn't very heroic himself at that point.
  • Dark Action Girl: By her third guest spot on the show, when the two previous ones were her developing into becoming one.
  • Dark Chick: Helena falls into this role, set up to contrast Sara.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Of the Hood, effectively. A lot of her first episode is highlighting how alike they are.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: See Aloof Dark-Haired Girl.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her fiancé's murder sent her over the edge in a big way.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Introduced wearing a purple dress.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: As part of her "costume". Justified, as her "costume" is basically her motorcycle leathers and she isn't particularly interested in being a symbol like Oliver.
  • Hypocrite: She gets angry at Oliver for still having feelings for Laurel, yet almost immediately after that she goes back to her crusade to avenge her fiancé's murder.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Oliver tries to show her how to accomplish her mission without killing people. It doesn't take.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Her original M.O. was drive-by shootings, which caused her to wound innocent bystanders. She wasn't much better with bows and arrows but does quite well with her crossbow.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: As of "The Huntress Returns", she's taken to torturing Oliver's friends and threatening his family to try to force him to help her kill her father. She also kills numerous cops.
  • Knight Templar: Her father is evil. Her father must suffer and die. What do you mean, further moral considerations?
  • The Lost Lenore: She's deeply affected by her fiancé's murder.
  • Mafia Princess: The daughter of the head of the Bertinelli crime family.
  • Meaningful Echo: Much like Oliver, her first real appearance occurs as a result of a family member having her and a friend abducted. Likewise, the encounter ends with all kidnappers dead, the last one with a Neck Snap and the words "No-one can know my secret."
  • Ms. Fanservice: Especially in the opener to "The Huntress Returns", where she pretends to be a stripper in order to get at her father's lawyer.
  • My Greatest Failure: Zig-zagged. She originally thought her fiancé, Michael Staton, was killed because her father was just that brand of evil. Then it's reveals that he was killed because he was an informant for the FBI. Then she realizes they killed the wrong person — she was the informant.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Being a member of the Birds of Prey is referenced with the episode of the same name, but aside from Huntress, Canary, and Laurel Lance appearing together, there is nothing about their team being featured.
    • When she poses as a stripper in "The Huntress Returns", she's wearing her costume from the comics. When departing the scene on the same episode, she dons the Badass Longcoat from the Birds of Prey TV series.
  • Not So Different: She says as much to the Hood when he appears out of costume in her apartment. He only really disagrees on her motivation and her eagerness to kill.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Lampshaded by Diggle in "The Huntress Returns", and repeated by Felicity in the same episode.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: She was trained by Oliver, who'd hoped to turn her into a partner. However, her focus on revenge and eagerness to kill drove them apart.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Specifically asked Oliver to put purple in her costume.
  • Pygmalion Snap Back: What happens despite Oliver's best efforts.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Pale skin, dark hair and undeniably beautiful.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Played with. In the comics, the head of the Bertinelli family is revealed not to be her biological father, but he raised her anyway. As far as we know, they're biologically related here.
  • Revenge: Her primary motivation is that the mob killed her fiancé.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: Huntress generally isn't a villain at all, but when she strays into grey area, she's usually associated with Batman or Black Canary.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Initially seen only in a motorcycle jumpsuit and helmet.
  • Secret Identity: She maintains one ruthlessly. She also wears a biker helmet and outfit as a disguise, at least initially.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Oliver, going down a very similar dark vigilante path, but unlike him made no attempts to restrain herself and instead embraced the darkness that was consuming her.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: Despite only going after the mafia so far... well, let's just say there's a reason this entry is under the Villains heading.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only known female Bertinelli to date.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She stands 5'8.
  • Stripperific: Parodied. In one scene, she goes undercover as a stripper... wearing her costume from the comics.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: She's 5'8, which is tall for a woman. And she's very, very blunt.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In her first couple of episodes, she was a normal woman with a gun and a vendetta. By the time of "The Huntress Returns," she could pull off an Arrow Catch. By the time of "Birds of Prey," she was more or less a match for the Canary in hand-to-hand combat. The tie-in comics reveal that after she left Starling City, she went to train with a secret order of assassins in Sicily.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Was not pleased when somebody else killed her father.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Even though her father didn't die by her hand, his death didn't make her feel any better.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Of the calm variety, in "Birds of Prey". After her father is accidentally killed in the crossfire while she's fighting the Canary, the realization that she'll never get to finish her revenge causes her to submit to being arrested.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Though not so much woobie after "The Huntress Returns", when she really crosses the line. Cemented with her breakdown in "Birds of Prey". It isn't hard to feel for her as she breaks down after her father's death and her resulting arrest.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: To Oliver in "The Huntress Returns". She's wrong, but fortunately for her, she can pull off an Arrow Catch.

    Pino Bertinelli 

Pino Bertinelli

Species: Human

Played By: Vince Murdocco

Appearances: Arrow

A member of the Bertinelle family, whose exact relation to Helena and her father is unknown. He takes over the family after Frank Bertinelli's death.

see the DCEU Minor Villains And Criminals page for the character on an undesignated Earth who bears his name and background

  • All There in the Script: Pino is only named in the credits of the sole episode he appears in, and is only referred to as Mr. Bertinelli in the episode.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Gets shot In the Back by one of his own men who was on Church's payroll.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Apparently, Pino had taken over the Bertinelli crime family and their operations, all while not being a big blimp on the Green Arrow's radar.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Has barely a few minutes of screentime before being killed under Tobias Church's orders.

    Jerry Bertinelli 

Jerry Bertinelli

Species: Human

Played By: Louis Ferreira

Appearances: Arrow

Helena's cousin and the last active member of the family, who desperately tries to hold together what little of the Bertinelli's power remains.

  • Affably Evil: Acts in a very charming and well-mannered way, even towards his enemies.
  • Anti-Villain: By far the most sympathetic member of his family. He never wanted the life of a gangster, but was pressured into it by his family.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is not afraid to face danger himself alongside his men, and he survives longer than any of them.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How he ends up, courtesy of Ricardo Diaz. With an MP, no less.
  • Dead Guy on Display: It isn't seen, but Black Siren plans doing this to him in order to make an example.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a pretty sharp tongue.
  • Enemy Mine: Teams up with the Green Arrow in order to stop Cayden James. Unfortunately, nothing comes of it, with him and all of his men ending up dead.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Has a daughter he loves deeply. She is the reason he complies to Cayden James' demands in the first place.
  • Last of His Kind: Cayden James even calls him that, since the rest of his relatives were all killed or incarcerated.
  • Nerves of Steel: Is always calm and collected, even when surrounded by enemies.
  • Nothing Personal: When he is forced by Cayden James to turn on Oliver, he even apologizes to the latter.
  • Not What I Signed on For: After most of his men are dead and Oliver gets subdued by Vigilante, he and his remaining men try to get out of this (how he puts it) freak show, only to be stopped by Cayden James.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Never shows any signs of sadism or other negative traits, instead being motivated by loyalty to his family and the trying to keep his daughter safe.


    General Tropes 
  • Arch-Enemy: To Oliver Queen, who holds a particularly strong hatred towards anyone who manufactures vertigo, due to what it did to his sister Thea. No matter who takes up he mantle, Oliver will viciously hunt said assailant down.
  • The Cartel: They produce and sell Vertigo, which is a strong drug.
  • Drugs Are Bad: They traffic Vertigo.
  • Legacy Character: As Werner Zertle tells Oliver, there will always be someone to pick up the mantle of manufacturing the deadly narcotic.

    Cecil Adams / Count Vertigo 

Cecil Adams

Species: Human

Known Aliases: The Count, Count Vertigo I

Played By: Seth Gabel

Appearances: Arrow

"I'm Count Vertigo, and I approve this high!"

A psychotic drug dealer who invented Vertigo, a new deadly and potent narcotic sweeping through the streets of Starling City.

  • Abled in the Adaptation: While he does come across as psychotic, he doesn't have the comic Count Vertigo's manic-depressive disorder.
  • Adaptational Distillation: His complex comic backstory of being an heir to a royal family has been replaced with simply being a local druglord.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Count Vertigo is usually blonde. Here, he's brunette.
  • Adaptation Name Change: From Werner Vertigo to Cecil Adams, with "Vertigo" simply being his alias.
  • Adaptational Nationality: In the comics he is a native of Vlatava, a fictional European country that got taken over by Soviets. Here he seems to be American.
  • Adaptational Villainy: His sympathetic traits are completely removed.
  • Adaptational Wimp: His comic counterpart is an exceptional fighter, a Manipulative Bastard, as well as having his trademark "Vertigo Effect" powers which induce dizziness in victims. This version of Count Vertigo is a Non-Action Big Bad who can't even last a minute against Oliver in a straight fight and is nothing more than a recurring Villain of the Week.
  • Adapted Out: No signs of his "Vertigo Effect" powers, with "Vertigo" instead being a drug that he manufactured.
  • Age Lift: The Count is usually portrayed as an evil middle-aged man. Here, he's in his 30s based on the actor's age.
  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: What this version of Count Vertigo is depicted as.
  • And Starring: Always receives an "And" billing in the guest star lineup.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he realizes that the Arrow has adopted a Thou Shalt Not Kill policy, he remarks that "You're missing out on one of life's great pleasures."
  • Badass Longcoat: Most of his outfits.
  • Bad Boss: He tests his drugs on his own Mooks.
  • Darker and Edgier: Much more "street" than his comics counterpart.
  • Death by Secret Identity: He deduces the Arrow's identity after Felicity investigates him and he remembers Oliver posing as a Vertigo buyer. One phone call to Oliver warning him that he holds Felicity hostage later, he ends up with three arrows in the torso and a ticket for Destination Defenestration.
  • Decomposite Character: His Vertigo powers were ultimately given to Sean Sonus, who also had a conflict with Black Canary like the comics Count Vertigo.
  • Disney Villain Death: If Oliver's arrows didn't kill him, falling from the top floor of Queen Consolidated certainly did.
  • Driven to Madness: How he's defeated in Season One. He gets better by the time of the Undertaking, and fully returns in Season Two.
  • Evil Is Hammy: One of the hammiest villains in the Arrowverse, only overtaken by the likes of Captain Cold and the Trickster.
  • Fantastic Drug: Invented one called Vertigo.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can be surprisingly polite on occasion, but it's only an act.
  • For the Evulz: Likes to inflict pain on his victims by injecting pure Vertigo into their bloodstreams, which affects the thalamus and makes them feel like their entire body is wracked with pain. Then he hands them a gun with one bullet:
    The Count: One bullet in the chamber. Who are you gonna kill? You... or me?
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Oliver defeats him in Season One by injecting him with a large dose of his own drug.
  • In Name Only: The only semblance he has to his comics counterpart is his title and the effect of his Vertigo narcotic on victims. Nothing else remotely resembles the comics Count Vertigo.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: In the Japanese dub.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Episode Seven of Season Two, from three arrows to the chest and a fall out of a very high window onto a car. This guy's not coming back.
  • Leitmotif: "The Count".
  • Mad Scientist: His experiments to create Vertigo killed 56 people, mostly hookers and the homeless. He views this as a measure of its value, comparing it to a wine's value being measured by its age.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The original Count Vertigo's first name wasn't known, although Vertigo was his surname. Here, his full name is revealed to be Cecil Adams.
  • No Name Given: He's only ever referred to as The Count or Count Vertigo. His real name is finally revealed, two and a half seasons after his death, to be Cecil Adams.
  • Non-Action Guy: This version of Count Vertigo doesn't engage in combat himself.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Subverted. At the beginning of "Unfinished Business", he appears to break out of the mental institution where he was being held. Then it seems that he may have faked his escape. Upon investigation, it turns out that his escape was entirely faked by the doctors to divert suspicion away from themselves. The Count is really just insane. However, he gets better in Season Two.
  • Practically Joker: Seth Gabel, his actor, admits that his performance was based on Heath Ledger's Joker, and with his psychotic personality it's easy to see.
  • Pure Is Not Good: Pure vertigo can completely disorient a given opponent, and by injecting it into the thalamus region of the brain he can inflict unbearable pain upon people.
  • Sadistic Choice: He injects test subjects with Vertigo, and gives them a pistol with one bullet. They can choose to kill him or themselves. Everyone takes the suicide option.
  • Shout-Out: His real name, Cecil Adams, was the name of one of John Kramer's apprentices in the Saw films.
  • The Sociopath: All in all, he's a dick with no regard to the feelings of others and a guy who gets a rush from killing.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Quentin is disgusted by Oliver's decision to inject him with so much Vertigo he goes insane.
  • Villainous Friendship: With The Dollmaker.
  • Weapon of Choice: A double-needle syringe that he can use to forcibly inject pure vertigo into his foes.
  • You Have Failed Me: Injects mooks that have failed him with Vertigo.

    Werner Zytle / Count Vertigo 

Werner Zytle

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Count Vertigo II

Played by: Peter Stormare

Appearances: Arrow

"The Count might be dead, true, but his glorious narcotic lives on."

The second Count, who gathered a band of criminals in the wake of the Arrow's cleaning up of Starling's criminal network. He tinkered with the original Count's Vertigo formula to make it even more potent and dangerous.

  • Adaptation Name Change: Inverted. While the first Count's name was unknown, this one goes by the name of the New 52 comics character.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Werner Zytle had a Dark and Troubled Past that led him to villainy. Here, he is rather gleeful over his status as a crime boss and the new Count Vertigo.
  • Age Lift: Is considerably older than his comic counterpart.
  • Ax-Crazy: His Establishing Character Moment has him taking over leadership of his gang by stabbing a fellow criminal in the neck with a Vertigo dart, tormenting him for a bit, then stabbing him more fatally, followed up with a vow to kill the Arrow. Quentin Lance even calls him "a real nutbar".
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: His main fighting style.
  • Beard of Evil: He's actually rather similar in appearance to Barton Mathis/the Dollmaker, sans the glasses.
  • Breaking Speech: He declares that there will always be another Count to take his place when Oliver captures him.
  • Celebrity Paradox: An episode of The Flash (2014) mentions Jurassic Park. While it wasn't stated which specific film, Peter Stormare was on The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Quentin Lance calls him a "nut bar".
  • Composite Character: Of the New 52 Count Vertigo and Scarecrow.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In his first appearance, he had some shades of this but by his second, he manages to escape from custody by endangering a reporter's family, who blows himself up in order to kill the Arrow, and later, Zytle tries to do the same with hostages he had using to create Vertigo to escape from the Arrow and also him as well.
  • Cultured Badass: He recites lines from classical literature and has appreciation for classical music.
  • Dark Is Evil: Often appears in lol-lit areas at night.
  • Double Tap: One dart from him can force a person to undergo the effects of vertigo. A second dart can kill them.
  • Evil Old Folks: An aging crime boss who can weaponize vertigo.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Despite being a total sadist and as ruthless as his predecessor, Zytle is a cultured and polite individual, though it's mostly an act.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He used to be just a pill pusher. Now, he's Count Vertigo.
  • I Know What You Fear: He tinkered with the original formula of Vertigo so that the person drugged sees their greatest fear.
  • Legacy Character: For the original Count.
  • Leitmotif: He's constantly heard whistling "In the Hall of the Mountain King".
  • No Kill Like Overkill: He tries to kill Oliver by blowing up the restaurant he was in with a bazooka. He subsequently attempts to kill the remaining gang leaders of Starling City by blowing up the entire stadium they were in.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Werner does not mess around. When he tries to kill the Arrow, he does so with an RPG. When confronting the Arrow, he sneaks up on him, disorients him with a forced drug dosage, and then goes straight for knockout attacks. When trying to eliminate rival mob bosses, he does so with a huge stinkin' bomb on a timer that barely allows him and his goons to get to safety.
  • Villain Ball: His usual No-Nonsense Nemesis act goes out the window a bit when he's fighting Laurel. Granted, she was a rookie and he had a bit of leeway, but it ended up costing him.
  • Weapon of Choice: Throwing darts filled with vertigo.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Seems to be a mix of German and Russian.

Blackhawk Squad Protection

    General Tropes 

    Ted Gaynor 

Ted Gaynor

Species: Human

Played By: Ben Browder

Appearances: Arrow

A former colonel in the United States Army and the founder of Blackhawk Squad Protection Group. He was Diggle and Lyla's commanding officer during their first tour.

    Paul Knox 

Paul Knox

Species: Human

Played By: Colin Lawrence

Appearances: Arrow

A member of the Blackhawk Squad Protection Group, and a former marine who fought with John Diggle and Ted Gaynor in Afghanistan.



Species: Human

Played By: Jae Lee

Appearances: Arrow

A member of the Blackhawk Squad Protection Group.



Species: Human

Played By: ???

Appearances: Arrow

A member of the Blackhawk Squad Protection Group.

Blood Cult

    General Tropes 
  • Cult: With how members (except the high command) call each other "Brother", it gives off this image.
  • Elite Mooks: The Mirakuru army in the Season Two finale.
  • Gang of Hats: The Mirakuru soldiers all wear some variation on Deathstroke's mask.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A group calling themselves "Blood Cult" are obviously up to no good.
  • Undying Loyalty: The rank and file have this for their commanders. The Mirakuru soldiers, on the other hand, have loyalty only to Slade Wilson, and not to Sebastian Blood.

    Slade Wilson / Deathstroke 

    Isabel Rochev / Ravager 

Isabel Rochev

Species: Humannote 

Known Aliases: Ravager

Played By: Summer Glau

Voiced By: Rosalba Sotelo (Latin-American Spanish), Mamiko Noto (Japanese)

Appearances: Arrow

Vice president of acquisitions at Stellmoor International, Isabel comes to Starling City to purchase and liquidate Queen Consolidated. She ends up having joint ownership of the company with Oliver, and the two begin a reluctant working relationship.

It turns out that Isabel is working with (not for as she insists) Deathstroke as part of a plan to get back at Robert Queen's family, as she was once his mistress, but Robert decided that his family was more important and left her. This lead to her planning her revenge on the Queens by taking over their company and destroying their family.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: The original version was introduced at the time Mia Dearden (Thea) had long replaced Roy Harper as Speedy. Here, she appeared at the time where Roy was not even an ally of Oliver yet.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics, she was blond. Here, she's the brunette Summer Glau.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's an Ice Queen to the core.
    Felicity: [to Oliver] She looks angry in all her photos.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Though she doesn't get to live to enjoy it, she tears the Queens apart just like she wanted, and tells Oliver she doesn't care what happens to her afterwards.
  • Best Served Cold: So cold, in fact, that the person she's actually trying to take revenge on is long dead by the time she starts enacting it.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Injected with the cure in the final episode and unable to fight back, she is summarily executed by the League.
  • But Not Too Foreign: A Russian who has lived in America since she was nine.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
  • Co-Dragons: With Brother Blood to Slade.
  • Composite Character:
    • In the comic books Isabel Rochev is a Green Arrow villain known as The Queen. Here she's combined with the Ravager, who in the comics was Rose Wilson, the daughter of Deathstroke.
    • She also has elements of Terra, who was a mole posing as an ally to the heroes, before being revealed to be in league with Slade Wilson the whole time.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: It turns out she's been working for Slade the whole time and is now devoting the company's resources to his Evil Plan, making her very much this.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Her fight against Nyssa and Sara lasts for about ten seconds, before they both overpower her. To add insult to injury, neither of them had Mirakuru.
  • Dating Catwoman: She sleeps with Ollie early in the season. Though it did happen before he learned she was evil.
  • Dark Action Girl: She gives Oliver a run for his money when he finds out she's working with Slade, and it's very likely she threw the fight as part of Slade's plan. However, Oliver beats her in their second round, though Diggle is the one to (temporarily) finish her off.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: As of "The Scientist", she seems to be this towards Oliver. Turns out it was an act.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Despite Robert Queen being long dead, she's trying to punish his family because he chose them over her.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Isabel insists that she's working with Slade and not for him, and only because her own goals benefit from his assistance.
  • Evil All Along: And unlike with Brother Blood, we don't find out until "Deathstroke", Episode Eighteen of Season Two. Also, she's fully in the loop with Slade and amused that Blood isn't.
  • Femme Fatale: Uses seduction and manipulation to work her way into Oliver's trust, because even when he didn't like her, she made him believe she wanted the company to run well.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: While she's certainly no Walter, we've seen no indication of corruption so far. The worst you can say about her actions so far is that she's an incredibly ruthless pragmatist.
  • Hypocrite: She calls Felicity "smug".
  • Ice Queen: Nothing appears to be able to shake her. Except alcohol, which gets her to warm up. In general, she's nicer outside of the office. Except she's not — when her true colors are revealed, she proves incredibly icy, though she shows more emotion and is deeply vengeful against the Queens, wanting to punish Oliver for "the sins of the father".
  • It's All About Me: As her quest for petty revenge can demonstrate.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She seems to have a considerable dislike for Oliver because he's making her job difficult, resisting the takeover of Queen Consolidated. He also has no real background in business, so she dislikes him as a CEO. Except that's just an excuse — she hates him for being Robert Queen's son.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She begins her meeting by saying Oliver, the man who she's doing business with, "majored in dropping out of college". She does seem to soften up and becomes nicer to Oliver, until The Reveal in "Deathstroke". Her sympathy was all an act to earn his trust and she really is a Jerkass. The most evident part of this is mocking Oliver and threatening Felicity and Diggle at Moira Queen's wake.
  • Kick the Dog: Turning up to gloat to Diggle and Felicity at Moira Queen's wake is just one of many examples.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: On the receiving end. It's really hard to feel bad for her when Nyssa snaps her neck.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Nyssa does the deed while she's in the middle of Evil Gloating that she's already gotten her revenge and doesn't care if she dies.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She plays Oliver like a puppet, and flawlessly orchestrates the takeover of his company.
  • The Mistress: Formerly to Robert Queen.
  • Morality Pet: She's one of the few things Slade still cares for after going off the deep end, to the point that he saves her even though he didn't really need her at this point.
  • Neck Snap: Nyssa offs her with one.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: She tells Oliver that Robert Queen was aware that Thea wasn't his and loved her anyway, not realizing that it might help the situation in the Queen household. A Subverted Trope, sadly — hearing this doesn't make Thea any less angry.
  • Perpetual Frowner: When briefing Oliver, Felicity mentions that in every single photo she found, Isabel looks angry.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: She's this for Robert Queen, believing herself to have been his soulmate and unable to stand that he chose his family over her in the end, hence why she's so snide towards them.
  • Psycho Serum: Granted that she was already a psychotic bitch, but she gets a Mirakuru injection after Diggle shoots her in "The Man Under the Hood".
  • Put on a Bus: Despite being billed as a recurring guest star, as of "The Scientist" she quietly disappears from the scene, not reappearing until ten episodes later. This gets lampshaded after Oliver returns to the office and she scolds him for being absent.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her Ravager costume is mostly black with red accents.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: While Isabel Rochev is a Green Arrow villain, Ravager is a Teen Titans villain.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: At one point, she was Robert Queen's mistress. According to her, Robert was about to leave Moira for her, but ultimately chose to remain with his family and cut her out of his life. With Robert long dead, Isabel now takes out her vengeance on his son and surviving family.
  • Smug Snake: She takes pride in how successful she was in destroying Oliver's legacy and taking his entire company. She smiles sweetly in amusement every time Oliver tries to gain an edge over her.
  • Superhuman Transfusion: Slade is seen having rolled down his sleeve, showing that he personally injected Isabel with his own blood.
  • Training from Hell: Apparently, she's been through this at Slade's hands.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: The Ravager is Slade's illegitimate daughter in the comics. Here, she's merely his minion.
  • Walking Spoiler: We learn a lot about her in "Deathstroke".
  • Woman Scorned: Robert choosing his family over her is what drives her to take Revenge on his family after his death.

    Sebastian Blood / Brother Blood 

Sebastian Blood

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Brother Blood

Played By: Kevin Alejandro

Appearances: Arrow

A charismatic city alderman, Sebastian Blood ran for the position of mayor and is an advocate for those affected by the Undertaking. However, he is also the secret leader of the Blood Cult, injecting both his followers and unwilling subjects with a mysterious serum to create a superpowered army.

see Lucifer (2016) for Daniel "Dan" Espinoza, the Earth-666 character who bears his physical likeness

  • Abusive Parents: As part of his Redemption Equals Death, it's revealed that his father, who he was earlier vilified for killing, was actually horribly abusive.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Accompanying his Age Lift, this Brother Blood is quite handsome compared to his comics counterpart.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics, Brother Blood had no connection with Deathstroke.
  • Adaptational Wimp: This version of Brother Blood is only a lackey to the real Big Bad and not capable of combat himself. He's instead a Non-Action Big Bad who uses manipulation behind the scenes to antagonize the heroes.
  • Adapted Out: No mentions of his mystical Blood Magic or other supernatural powers that his comics counterpart possesses.
  • Age Lift: A fair bit younger than how Brother Blood is typically portrayed as.
  • Alliterative Name: As Brother Blood.
  • Arc Words: Strongly associated with "blood". His surname is "Blood", has his followers steal from a blood bank, believes that blood is power, and runs a blood donation campaign.
  • Authority in Name Only: The Church of Blood bears his name and he was made to believe they were his followers, but in reality Slade runs the show.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: At the offset of the season he initially acts as the main threat Team Arrow faces, with his army of loyal soldiers working for him and his access to Mirakuru; however as soon as Slade returns it becomes apparent that Blood is nothing more than his pawn. By the end of the season Isabel takes over as Slade's primary enforcer, the new Mirakuru soldiers become loyal to Slade instead of him and his dream of taking over the city in his own image becomes moot since Slade intends to destroy all of it to get back at Oliver.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While waiting for Oliver at a party that he had funded for Blood, the man went on a rant in front of people, accosting him and the Queen family. Not only that, when Oliver went to the Glades after his exiled return, Blood took great glee in putting Oliver down. And let's not forget that he's secretly Brother Blood, the leader of a cult seeking to "save" the city by taking it over.
  • Break the Haughty: At the end of the season when Slade's plans come to fruition and he learns they never shared a goal. Blood actually wanted to rebuild the city, Slade just wanted to destroy it. The Mirakuru soldiers only listened to him insofar as his plans were in line with Slade's.
  • Composite Character: Using a mask for fear tactics and experimenting on criminals brings to mind Scarecrow, especially the Nolan version who also wore a suit.
  • Consummate Liar: Most if not all of what this guy says to people, Laurel in particular, is a lie to make himself look better.
  • Cool Mask: It looks like a monstrous brown skull. He's willing to let one of his subordinates die wearing it to throw our heroes off the scent. According to "Streets of Fire," it's based on how he saw his father and was made as his way of coping with his distress.
  • Corrupt Politician: According to "Deathstroke", his reason for helping Slade Wilson is that he was promised he would be mayor. He is not happy when their plan leads to that becoming a less than likely prospect. Ultimately, he abandons this, as he truly does love his city, but his willingness to blackmail in order to keep his part in things unknown makes him to still fall under this regardless.
  • Dark Messiah: His followers seemingly worship him, almost like a god. As seen in "Blind Spot", they're even willing to die for him. Except it's all a sham. They don't give a damn about him or his mask, and are actually following Slade.
  • Death by Secret Identity: In addition to the Redemption Equals Death trope below, the last time we see him before Isabel jams her blades right through his body, he's threatening to blackmail Oliver by exposing his identity as the Arrow in case Oliver tries leaking his involvement with Slade as Brother Blood to the public.
  • Decomposite Character: The traits of being the Leader of a cult dedicated to worshipping a demonic entity and possessing Blood Magic is transferred to Damien Darhk.
  • Decoy Antagonist: He was made to look like the Big Bad of Season Two, until Slade showed up.
  • The Dragon: Serves as this to Slade. He was made to be The Face of the Church of Blood, until Slade stepped out of the shadows to take a more active role.
  • Eat the Rich: Seems to invoke this mentality in his supporters, using the Undertaking to justify it.
  • Evil All Along: Revealed at the end of "Crucible", though it shouldn't come as a real shock to the audience.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Like Malcolm Merlyn as the Dark Archer before him, he wears a mask and uses a voice changer in his Brother Blood persona.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: As he is being stabbed by Ravager.
    Blood: I love this city.
  • Flunky Boss: He's always accompanied by his Mooks.
  • The Heavy: Of the first half of Season Two's present day. He seemed to be the Big Bad at first, but "Three Ghosts" revealed that he's actually working for Slade.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: He tries to right his wrongs in helping Slade Wilson by giving Oliver the Mirakuru cure at the crucial moment. However, Oliver makes it clear that one act isn't enough to completely overlook all his previous crimes.
  • Hero Killer: Not necessarily him personally, but Ollie is clearly terrified of the implications of his work.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Shows nothing but disdain for Maya Resik's religious devotion, and tells her that "your gods are dead" in his skull mask to scare her to death.
  • In Name Only: The only semblance he has to comics Brother Blood is leading a cult known as the Blood Cult. Nothing else is remotely similar, with this Brother Blood instead taking more after Scarecrow.
  • Legacy Character: Implied by Slade, claiming anyone can wear the mask.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Unlike his cohort, Isabel Rochev, Deathstroke didn't tell him about the Arrow's true identity. Or the true plan.
  • Mad Scientist: He experiments on civilians and criminals he's taken off the street to get a working Mirakuru serum.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Masked? Check. Malevolent? Check.
  • Mook Lieutenant: While he thinks he's The Dragon, he's more of a mouthpiece and notable face with a personality.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Come on. The man's name is Mr. Blood. Although "Brother Blood" does have a creepiness all its own...
    Felicity: His last name is "Blood". That can't be a good sign.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He himself judges hiring the Count to kill the Arrow to have been this, since it not only failed, but also led to the Arrow killing again.
  • Non-Action Guy: This Brother Blood isn't capable of combat himself. It appeared he was able to hold his own against the Arrow in a fist fight, but it turns out that was Brother Daily wearing the mask in his place.
  • No Party Given: Though it's not explicitly stated, Blood's remarks at a debate imply that he is a Democrat.
  • Parental Abandonment: According to him, his mother killed his abusive father in self-defense, then ran off. In reality, he's a Self-Made Orphan who killed his own (actually abusive) father and put his mother away in an asylum, under the lie that she was his aunt, to get rid of her. Then he kills her, too, when he learns she spilled the beans to Laurel.
  • Powder Keg Crowd: He is speaking to one when Oliver first meets him and, possibly intentionally, sparks a small riot that breaks Oliver's car window.
  • Race Lift: Brother Blood was from a Baltic country in the comics, but on the show, he's played by a Hispanic actor and it's implied that he has mixed Baltic-Hispanic heritage: his mother Maya is Hispanic, but her married name is Resik.
  • Red Baron: In his own personal circle, he's known as Brother Blood.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He gives Oliver the Mirakuru cure to stop Slade, for which Ravager kills him.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: In the comics, Brother Blood is a Teen Titans villain.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He seems to be adored by everyone, including usually suspicious people like Oliver and Quentin. Only Laurel and his mother Maya Resik see through the facade, and he kills the latter to keep her quiet and makes the former look and feel like she's just delusional from taking drugs.
  • Visionary Villain: He is genuinely trying to restore Starling City, even if he uses the most twisted of means of achieving this.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's horrified to learn Slade's true plan is to destroy all of Starling City, which prompts him to turn against Slade and deliver the Mirakuru cure to Oliver. Blood thought the plan was to tear down the "worst" parts of the city and rebuild.
  • With Us or Against Us: Even though Oliver's fundraiser is actively raising money for the Glades after the Undertaking, his failure to show up gives Blood the opportunity to paint him as the face of the Rich Idiot with No Day Job problems the city has.

    Cyrus Gold / The Acolyte 

Cyrus Gold

Species: Human (enhanced via Mirakuru)

Known Aliases: The Acolyte

Played By: Graham Shiels

Appearances: Arrow

A follower of Brother Blood, and the first one to survive being injected with his mysterious formula.

see the Stargirl (2020) page for the post-crisis Earth-2 character who bears his name and background
see the Smallville: Other Major Villains page for the Earth-167 character who bears his name and background

    Officer / Brother Daily 

Officer Daily

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Brother Daily

Played By: Jesse Hutch

Appearances: Arrow

A police officer who assists Brother Blood by covering up his crimes and disposing of evidence.

League of Assassins

The H.I.V.E.

See Arrowverse: The H.I.V.E. page for the group
See Arrowverse: Damien Darhk page for its leader

The Demolition Team

Church's Gang

    Tobias Church / Charon 

Tobias Church
"Do you think I would go to all this trouble without a plan?"

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Charon

Played By: Chad L. Coleman

Appearances: Arrow

A dreaded gangster who's already devastated Hub City and Bludhaven before setting his sights on Star City.

  • Acrofatic: He is quite agile and fast for a man of his bulk.
  • Arc Villain: He was the main villain at the start of Season Five, before Prometheus took center stage.
  • Asshole Victim: Prometheus hunts him down and kills him. Nobody is going to miss him.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: When he reaches a new city, he has a habit of killing the leader of any other gangs and then merging them into one super gang. He also wants to take down the Green Arrow to assert his dominance.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is good enough to engage Oliver himself in combat. Naturally, nobody under his command dares to piss him off.
  • Badass Normal: Has no super powers, but can go toe-to-toe with Oliver.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: In Season Five with Prometheus; Church wants to conquer the city, while Prometheus wants to destroy Green Arrow.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Compared to Prometheus, Church is very much outmatched and ends up being killed off without much trouble.
  • Canon Foreigner: He has no comic counterpart, though he bears a few similarities to minor Batman villain Tobias Whale.
  • Celebrity Paradox: The Walking Dead was mentioned quite a few times on The Flash. His actor was a main character on that show for three seasons.
  • The Chessmaster: Even before he made his presence known, he already had his men infiltrate the police and the other major gangs, and none of them were the wiser until it was too late.
  • Death by Secret Identity: An odd case, since he does manage to pass on the secret to Prometheus before getting offed.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He is fought in a climactic battle where he is arrested... five episodes into the season. And then he's killed off by Prometheus.
  • The Dreaded: He's already devastated two cities before coming to Star City.
  • Evil Plan: He wants to use Star City's harbor to smuggle in drugs and them ship them off to the other cities he has under his thumb effectively having the most ambitious criminal operation there's ever been.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He clearly didn't want to die but judging from how he told Prometheus "you will be the only one who knows" before his death, he at least appeared to be accepting of his own demise as long as another villain found out Green Arrow's identity and made Oliver Queen's life hell.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He loves to talk all smooth and act chummy with his victims before brutally beating them up or killing them.
  • Genius Bruiser: A master strategist who is no slouch when it comes to physical combat.
  • Guttural Growler: He speaks in a deep, rasping voice that makes him all the more intimidating.
  • In Name Only: There are a few DC characters who have held the title "Charon", but none of them are remotely like Tobias Church.
  • Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of Prometheus.
  • Large and in Charge: A tall and bulky individual who leads his own gang.
  • Meaningful Name: He earned his alias "Charon" because he puts coins on the eyes of his victims. note 
  • Scary Black Man: Aside from his cunning, his imposing physical appearance is his asset.
  • Thanatos Gambit: With his life on the line, he reveals Green Arrow's identity to Prometheus, both to bargain for his life with information, as well as to ensure Green Arrow will fall too.
  • Villainous Legacy: Despite being killed off early in Season Five, his presence is still felt as other criminals try to fill the power vacuum left by his death or help themselves to his ill-gained wealth.
  • Villain Respect: Says he has earned respect for Wild Dog, for his spirit and smack-talking while being tortured.
  • The Worf Effect: While Church is an effective fighter, Prometheus is far more proficient.


"After getting threatened by a freak, I hired one of my own." - Tobias Church

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Scimitar

Played By: Curtis Braconnier

Appearances: Arrow

A mysterious masked assassin in the employ of Tobias Church.

Prometheus's Team

    General Tropes 
  • Badass Crew: A very nasty team of villainous vigilantes.
  • Evil Counterpart: They are an anti-Team Arrow, being composed of a team of villainous vigilantes that work to hinder the heroes.
    • Specifically, the team even includes a Canary and a young sidekick archer, to mirror Team Arrow.
  • Evil Mentor: Talia is one to Prometheus, while Prometheus is one to Evelyn.
  • Five-Man Band: Technically six, but Harkness only joins the group after Sampson is already decommissioned.
    • Big Bad: Prometheus, who came up with the entire plan of destroying Oliver's life.
    • The Dragon: Black Siren, who is by far the most powerful member of the team and fully devoted to Adrian after getting freed by him.
    • The Evil Genius: Talia, who helped Adrian to become the man he is and provides most of the intellectual backup to his plan.
    • The Brute: First Derek Sampson, then Digger Harkness. Both are essentially just additional muscle and are not vital to the plan in any way.
    • The Dark Chick: Evelyn, who was part of Oliver's team first and loves to see him suffer.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Led by a serial killer, the team consists of a teenaged vigilante and a metahuman from an alternate Earth, and they're backed by a League of Assassins exile.
  • Token Super: To mirror Team Arrow, Prometheus has a team full of Badass Normals, except for Black Siren, who is also a metahuman capable of sonic screams.
  • You Killed My Father: Nearly all of them are out to get revenge over the death of a parent.

    Adrian Chase / Simon Morrison / Prometheus 

    Evelyn Sharp / Artemis 

Evelyn Crawford Sharp

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Artemis, "Black Canary"

Played By: Madison McLaughlin

Appearances: Arrow

A teenage girl and amateur vigilante who briefly assumes the identity of Black Canary after Laurel's death. Oliver manages to take her off the streets, and she later becomes one of his new recruits to the team in Season Five. However, she turns against him because of lingering resentments over the fact he didn't save her parents from Damien Darhk and the reveal he was the Hood in Season One, and joins Prometheus in an effort to take him down.

  • Action Girl: Not quite at Thea or Laurel's level, but she can hold her own in a scrap and knows how to use a gun.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Her Artemis costume covers a lot, compared to the mid-riff baring one she is known for.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Evelyn Crawford is a redhead, while the Artemis she is based on is blonde. This Composite Character is a brunette.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Her surname in the comics is Crawford. Here, she goes by Sharp, though Crawford is her middle name. She also uses Artemis as her vigilante alias, rather than Starling.
  • Affably Evil: Despite teaming up with Prometheus and selling out her entire team, she's affable enough to spend a pleasant Christmas dinner with Rene, Rory, and Dig.
  • Age Lift: In the comics, she's as old as Black Canary. Here, she's a teenager, younger even than Thea.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Though she's gradually defrosting. Or so it seems until she betrays the team and joins Prometheus fully; then she's right back to being an Ice Queen.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's in league with Prometheus, which is revealed to the team in "What We Leave Behind".
  • Broken Pedestal: Oliver, after finding out he was the Hood. To such an extent that she is willing to work with Prometheus against him.
  • The Bus Came Back: She disappears midway through "What We Leave Behind", but returns in "Kapiushon", where it's revealed that Prometheus double-crossed Evelyn and has been keeping her prisoner as further proof that everything Oliver touches dies. Except not. She's actually still in league with him and helped Prometheus play a twisted game with Oliver to break his spirit.
  • Composite Character: Has the name of the hero Starling, but her introductory episode gave her a similar arc to Misfit. In Arrow Season Five, she dons the moniker Artemis, which was used by Artemis Crock when she acted as Green Arrow's sidekick in the Young Justice animated series before adopting her Tigress identity.
  • Deadpan Snarker: By far the snarkiest member of Oliver's new recruits, and probably of Team Arrow in general. Every other sentence that comes out of her mouth drips with sarcasm.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: She's introduced unofficially donning the Black Canary mantle shortly after Laurel's death by stealing the latter's vigilante gear.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Initially appearing as a Villain of the Week in Season Four, she joins the team in the following season at Oliver's request.
  • Domino Mask: Sports one during her stint as "Black Canary", and later after joining the team as Artemis.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Oliver, Felicity, Thea and Quentin don't seem to mind that she nearly ruined Laurel's (or rather, the Black Canary's) reputation. The only one who shows a possible resentment is Diggle, who refers to her as a "Laurel Lance wannabe" when talking to Oliver about working with his new team. The reason why most (or all) of them probably don't bring it up is for one thing they understood her reasons for doing it, and also they can't really judge her given all their questionable decisions. But of course she joins the team months after that happened, so it is possible that they all mostly got over it during that time.
    • In "Kapiushon", Oliver expresses a willingness to forgive Evelyn's treachery after she's suffered a stint as Prometheus's prisoner. Subverted when it's revealed that she was just helping Prometheus break Oliver's spirit; the most she gets afterward is Oliver being unwilling to leave her stranded on Lian Yu.
  • Evil Counterpart: In much the same way that Prometheus is a counterpart to Green Arrow, Evelyn can be seen as one to Speedy; like Thea, she's a petite young woman and skilled combatant of dubious morals. The difference is that Thea, even at her most anti-heroic, is still one of the good guys, realizes when she's on a slippery slope, and tries to better herself. Evelyn, if anything, only gets worse, having started out as a troubled young woman and devolving into a willing accomplice in Prometheus's rampage and traitor to her former friends.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Once she finds out that Oliver used to be the Hood she joins forces with Prometheus and proceeds to give him intel on Team Arrow and their loved ones, all without a shred of remorse.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Prior to receiving her shortbow from Oliver, Evelyn mainly fought barehanded. Since then, she's gradually gained experience in a variety of weapons.
  • Hate Sink: As of "Kapiushon", Evelyn has established herself as possibly the most despicable villain in Season Five; unlike Talia or Prometheus, who have some kind of Freudian Excuse for their grievances with Oliver, Evelyn has shown little more than self-righteous condemnation of him, willingly helping Prometheus to break his spirit with a twisted mind game (one where Oliver shows genuine concern for Evelyn despite her betrayal) and smugly rubbing it in after Oliver finally breaks.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Evelyn seems to genuinely believe that Prometheus is interested in helping Star City. Teaming up with him turned out to be a (possibly) fatal mistake.
  • Hypocrite: She considers Oliver to be something that Star City needs to be saved from, due in no small part to the murders he committed as the Hood. Her chosen method is to side with Prometheus, who has an impressive bodycount of both police and innocent people (both groups that Oliver, even at his worst, explicitly avoided harming).
  • In Name Only: As Artemis, she is Green Arrow's young archer sidekick... and that's about it. She wears an all-black costume and undergoes a case of Adaptational Villainy with her betrayal of Team Arrow.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Her motivation for joining forces with Prometheus is to "save" the city from Oliver by aiding a notorious serial killer.
  • Irony: Evelyn betrayed Oliver for Prometheus because she felt that Oliver's murderous past made him untrustworthy. Prometheus ends up betraying Evelyn and leaving her to die when he destroys Lian Yu.
  • Irrational Hatred: While Prometheus had at least a semi-understandable reason for his vendetta against Oliver, why Evelyn despises him so much is completely incomprehensible.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Evelyn started out as an angry young woman out to avenge her family, but seemed to be a mostly decent, if misguided, person. In Season Five, however, she joins up with Prometheus and becomes a full-fledged villain who takes a sadistic pleasure in Oliver's misery.
  • Knight Templar: Joins up with Prometheus to "save" the city from Oliver.
    You're not a hero, you're a fraud. This city needs to be saved from you.
  • Legacy Character: Both exploited and defied. Evelyn herself is the one who exploits this by stealing Laurel's vigilante gear shortly after her death. Meanwhile, Oliver and the rest of the previous Team Arrow never wanted her to become the new Black Canary.
  • Le Parkour: Being a gymnast before entering vigilantism made it easier for her to adjust with the group's necessity to frequently jump around structures.
  • Master Actor: Her performance in "Kapiushon" was enough to fool Oliver, even when she had to play dead to further torture him.
  • The Mole: She's Prometheus inside man for Team Arrow.
  • Moral Myopia: She turns on Oliver after decrying him as a serial killer. She then teams up with Prometheus, who murders innocent people to satisfy his personal grudge against Oliver.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Her Artemis outfit is all-black, unlike the Young Justice version which was green.
  • Out of Focus: She receives the least attention of Oliver's new recruits, being mainly in the background in contrast to Curtis, Rory, and Rene's more colorful personalities. Considering she's secretly in league with Prometheus, this is likely intentional. Occurs after she reveals her allegiance to Prometheus as well, as after that point she appears only a handful of times in the rest of Season Five and vanishes for multiple episodes at a time without any indication as to what she's been doing.
  • Put on a Bus: She went with Prometheus back in "What We Leave Behind" and disappeared until "Kapiushon".
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Unless she somehow managed to escape, Evelyn was double-crossed by Prometheus in "Lian Yu" when he left her at Team Arrow's mercy, and subsequently killed in the explosion that destroyed the island.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In contrast to her usual rough leather clothes, she briefly appears in an extremely figure-hugging red dress to lure a suspect into a trap with Ragman.
  • Smug Snake: Post Face–Heel Turn, barely a scene goes by where Evelyn isn't wearing a smug smirk and gloating about Prometheus's superiority over Oliver. However, it's proven more than once that Evelyn herself is no match for Oliver or any of his team without the support of Prometheus or his allies.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Oliver has trained her to be his next archer sidekick, so she's packing a shortbow.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She is clearly meant to evoke Roy and Thea, Oliver's previous young archer sidekicks. However, past the physical similarities, she quickly diverges from her predecessors when she betrays the team.
  • Tagalong Kid: At no older than seventeen (and possibly as young as sixteen), she's the youngest member of Team Arrow to date.
  • Teen Genius: We're told she's a prodigy but it doesn't come up much, except as a possible explanation for how she cracked the Canary Cry, which Cisco designed to be used by Laurel only and nobody else.
  • Token Mini-Moe: On top of being much younger than the rest of the team, she's also quite a bit shorter. Even Felicity, no giant herself, has a few inches on Evelyn.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Evelyn's hair is normally loose, but she wears it in this style while in vigilante mode.
  • Uncertain Doom: Last seen locked in a cage on Lian Yu shortly before the island was ravaged by several massive explosions, never confirmed alive or dead for the rest of the series. She was originally meant to appear in the finale and reveal her fate in the Post-Crisis events, but her actress was unable to make it.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • Oliver avenged her parents by killing Damien Darhk, and trained Evelyn to help protect Star City. Neither of those things kept Evelyn from betraying Oliver and the entire team to Prometheus. In "Kapiushon", she even seems to enjoy seeing him cross the Despair Event Horizon.
    • Twice, Oliver expresses concern for Evelyn despite her betrayal. Both times, Evelyn just taunts him or smugly maintains that Oliver is no match for Prometheus.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before her parents died at Darhk's hands, Evelyn was a model student and normal teenager. Afterwards, she's a would-be murderer who goes on to work for a deranged serial killer, betraying and hurting other people with a smug smirk.
  • You Killed My Father: She hates H.I.V.E. for killing her parents, but also harbors a great deal of resentment at Oliver for failing to save them when he had the chance (he was more focused on saving his friends at the time). Turns out her resentment is so great it's enough to drive her to join Prometheus.

     Laurel Lance / Black Siren 

     Talia Al-Ghul 

     Derek Sampson 
See the Arrowverse: Metahumans page.

     Digger Harkness 

Lady Team

    Liza Warner / Lady Cop 

Liza Victoria Warner/Lady Cop

Species: Human

Played by: Rutina Wesley

Appearances: Arrow

A police officer and leader of the Rogue Task Force, which attempts to ingrain itself in the drug trade to make enormous profit before fleeing what they believe to be a dying city. In the comics she is known as Lady Cop.

    China White 

    Carrie Cutter / Cupid 


    In General 
A hacktivist group in Star City with questionable goals.
  • Adaptation Species Change: In the comics, Helix were a group of mutated metahumans who were the result of experimentation in their prenatal stage. All were born with powers that made them freaks and severely affected their ability to function in society. Here, they are all very much human, with the lone exception of Vigilante, who has a Healing Factor.
  • Ambiguously Evil: They're definitely sketchy, but they at least claim to be well-intentioned, Felicity is able to use their resources for some good, and they have genuine grievances with A.R.G.U.S. That said, their willingness to force a quid pro quo arrangement on Felicity in return for helping her find Prometheus doesn't paint exactly a positive picture. In Season Six, they lose the ambiguity and are presented as flat-out villains.
  • Deal with the Devil: Felicity enters a dubious alliance with them in Season Five to take down Prometheus. In exchange for their help, she does things like hack government drones for them.
  • In Name Only: The name is literally the only thing they have in common with the comics version of Helix.
  • Knowledge Broker: They have dirt on everyone thanks to their illicit hacking of the NSA — they give a cache of it to Felicity, who quickly goes Drunk On Power with it.
  • Out of Focus: After they free Cayden James, they quickly leave Star City for parts unknown...only to come back with a literal vengeance in Season Six.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Fitting with the grounded theme of the show, this version of Helix are human hactivists rather than mutated metahumans with weird powers (except for Vigilante in Season Six).
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: They play a very similar role to Brother Eye, being a group of cyber terrorists who believe themselves to be righteous, and have dealings with Felicity Smoak.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Well, it's what they claim, but they won't look for an infamous and deranged serial killer without a quid pro quo arrangement. Thrown out the window in Season Six, where Cayden James has dedicated all of their resources to one simple and brutal goal — to burn Star City to the ground.

    Cayden James 
See his folder below

    Alena Whitlock / Kojo Sledgehammer 

Alena Whitlock

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Kojo Sledgehammer

Played By: Kacey Rohl

Appearances: Arrow

A hacker and fangirl of Felicity. Later helps her building up Smoak Tech.

see Arrowverse: Future Characters for more info about future Alena

  • Affably Evil: For an illicit hacktivist, she's very polite and friendly. Fortunately, she drops the "evil" part in Season Six.
  • The Bus Came Back: In Season Six. And later in Season Seven as well, when Felicity asks her to become a part of her company.
  • Fangirl: Of Felicity, or rather of her hacktivist work in college.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Her moniker — Kojo Sledgehammer — doesn't suggest a very dangerous hacker.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She turns against Helix when they go from being hacktivists to would-be mass murderers.
  • Nerd Glasses: Wears these much like Felicity.
  • Shadow Archetype: Shows what Felicity would be like without any moral restraints, at least until Cayden James goes too far for her.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: She initially leads Felicity down a very dark path due to the allure of the illegally-obtained data.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She would have been the cause of vigilantes being persecuted in 2040 due to rebuilding "Archer" against Felicity's wishes and later selling it to Galaxy One, but it's ultimately negated due to the future changing.

    Felicity Smoak / Ghost Fox Goddess 



Species: Human

Played By: Tobias Jelinek

Appearances: Arrow

A high-ranking associate of Cayden James who rescued Black Siren on Lian Yu.

Cayden James / Ricardo Diaz's Criminal Organization

    In General

A team of criminals recruited by Cayden James that work alongside Helix to bring down Oliver Queen. Following Cayden James' incarceration and later death, all surviving members are recruited by Ricardo Diaz into a similar faction.

  • Big Bad Ensemble: Most of them are past villains from previous in the series, with only a few who are newly introduced in Season Six.
  • Co-Dragons: The members aside from James act as this with the exception of Ricardo Diaz.
  • Connected All Along: They originally appeared to be several unrelated villains causing trouble for Team Arrow, but they're later revealed to all be working together, with the majority as Co-Dragons under Cayden James.
  • Legion of Doom: In Season Six, Cayden James recruits a whole team of Star City's nastiest villains with the shared interest of getting revenge on Oliver Queen, most of whom are past villains that have appeared on Arrow before.
  • Lighter and Softer: Very relatively speaking, they are this to Season Five's Big Bad, Prometheus. They're still powerful, horrible, dangerous people who have committed atrocities and are very capable of even worse, but they don't quite create the same kind of dark, oppressive atmosphere that Prometheus did, and many of them have shown some form of moral standards and restraint at least once before, while he was a monstrous and petty man to the end.
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: The leader of Helix, a metahuman from an Alternate Universe, a borderline psychotic Vigilante Man, the former Pakhan of the Bratva, a mysterious crime lord, and a high-ranking Helix member.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Black Siren is the only female of both iterations of the group.

Cayden James' Faction

  • Dwindling Party: The first one to die is Sheck, courtesy of Vigilante. The latter is then outed as a traitor and executed by Black Siren on Cayden James's orders one episode later. Cayden James himself then bites it another episode later, murdered by Ricardo Diaz. And eventually Black Siren and Anatoly leave Diaz's side after he commits acts too heinous for even them to tolerate leaving Diaz the last man standing.
  • Evil Counterpart: Much like Prometheus's team in Season Five, many members are dark mirrors to members of Team Arrow in Season Six. Specifically both teams have: a hacker/Gadgeteer Genius (Cayden James to Felicity and Curtis), a canary (Black Siren to Dinah Drake), a gunslinger (Vigilante to Diggle and Rene), a martial artist (Ricardo Diaz to Oliver), and Anatoly.
  • Power Copying: Early in Season Six, they steal one of Team Arrow's T-Spheres, which they reverse-engineer and use for their own combat purposes.

Ricardo Diaz's Faction

A powerful criminal organization, who specialices in drug dealing and has been secretly buying the loyalty of half of Star City.


    Cayden James 

Cayden James
"The pre-Socratic philosopher Thales of Miletus, known as the father of science, believed that for any event there was a natural cause, even if we couldn't see it...and he thought that with perfect knowledge, man could control anything...everything."

Species: Human

Played By: Michael Emerson

Appearances: Arrow

The mysterious founder of Helix, who's been illegally detained by A.R.G.U.S. Once he escapes, he begins to cause trouble on a massive scale.

  • Affably Evil: He has a soft-spoken exterior, addresses Black Siren and Felicity politely, and when ordering his men to execute Felicity and Alena, asks them to do it "as humanely as possible".
  • And I Must Scream: ARGUS kept him locked in what was basically a shipping container with inadequate nutrition. Small wonder he snapped.
  • And Starring: He's always credited as "And Michael Emerson as Cayden James".
  • Arch-Enemy: Thinks of himself as one to Oliver Queen, but the latter has no idea why James bears such a hatred. It turns out in 6x07 that he believes Oliver, as the Green Arrow, killed his son.
  • Ascended Extra: Goes from being a minor character to a major villain.
  • Bad Boss: When Black Siren bristles at his criticism of her methods, he tells her to show some "gratitude" since without him, she would've either starved or bled to death on Lian Yu. Later, he has Vigilante killed for being a mole, threatening Black Siren to force her to kill him when she shows hesitation.
  • Big Bad: Initially of Season Six. However, it turns out Ricardo Diaz is the Hidden Villain who killed his son and went through a great deal of trouble to make sure Cayden was convinced that Oliver was to blame. He also leaked a doctored image of Oliver as Green Arrow to the media in the season premiere, setting off Samandra Watson's investigation. When James ends up in custody, Diaz kills him and takes over as the true Big Bad.
  • Catchphrase: "Savor the anticipation".
  • Celebrity Paradox: Lost was explicitly mentioned during the Arrow premiere. His actor was a main cast member there (its Breakout Character even).
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He first appears as the unseen character leader of Helix that Felicity helps the group rescue in exchange for helping them find Adrian Chase. He appears as the leader of the Big Bad Ensemble in season 6.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: The first major antagonist on Arrow who is not proficient in combat, though this does not make him any less dangerous. He's also the first Big Bad who's a true Canon Foreigner with no comics counterpart at all. Then it turns out he was just an Unwitting Pawn of the true Big Bad.
  • The Cracker: He's a genius computer hacker who wreaks city-wide havoc.
  • Create Your Own Villain: The inhumane and illegal A.R.G.U.S. detainment is what caused him to go from Hacktivist to outright global-scale terrorist. Felicity aiding Helix in releasing him is what started his reign of terror, much to her horror when she finds out.
  • Creepy Monotone: He very rarely raises his voice, nor does he show much in the way of emotion at all.
  • Decoy Antagonist: For a long while it looked as though he would be the Big Bad of Season Six, being The Chessmaster who played Team Arrow like puppets. Turns out he was the puppet himself and the real villain is Ricardo Diaz.
  • Disappeared Dad: He had a son, but wasn't involved much in his life.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's usurped as the main threat of Season Six after he's taken into custody, at which point Diaz shows up, reveals he was behind the whole scheme, and kills James, taking over as the true Big Bad of the season.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He blames Green Arrow for costing him his son (whom Green Arrow has never even met), so he resolves to burn Star City to the ground. It becomes a case of Misplaced Retribution when it's discovered that Oliver was in Hub City when his son was killed.
  • The Dreaded: Enough that A.R.G.U.S. keeps him in an off the books black site. They don't want him to be found.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He had a son, Owen, whom he loved even if he wasn't involved in his life much. Owen's death is what drives his vendetta against Green Arrow, whom he believes is responsible. Only in "The Devil's Greatest Trick" does he learn Oliver was framed, and he is killed by the true Big Bad — Ricardo Diaz.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted; he finds Black Siren's violent methods unnecessary, but he isn't that bothered by them and he doesn't reign her in, merely expresses annoyance. Later, he even orders her to execute Vigilante for betraying them, and she, normally a bloodthirsty sociopath, shows more hesitation than he does.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Felicity. Yet another evil hacker that Team Arrow goes up against, hellbent on tearing apart Star City. But in contrast to the rest, he's not a Villain of the Week that gets taken down with ease, but the very dangerous Big Bad, or rather, The Heavy for the first half of the season.
  • Expy: Of previous characters Michael Emerson has played, including Benjamin Linus and Harold Finch.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears a menacing pair of specs.
  • The Heavy: While he is in a Big Bad Duumvirate, he is still the leader of his cabal and the most prominent threat alongside Black Siren in Season Six. Diaz deceived him into his vendetta against Oliver, which isn't revealed until the second half of the season.
  • It's Personal: According to him, Green Arrow cost him his son, which is why he is targeting Team Arrow and Star City. Team Arrow is completely baffled by this — as far as they know, his son is alive but missing, and they've never encountered him. Turns out Diaz hired an assassin to kill him and framed Oliver for it.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Goes from being a well-intentioned extremist to a homicidal maniac.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • He plays Felicity and Aleana like a harp, predicting exactly what they do to stop him — it was all a Batman Gambit so Felicity would lower the firewall of the Internet, allowing him to upload some software and have a ready-made scapegoat in one stroke.
    • He deliberately allied himself with Black Siren, knowing that her presence throws Team Arrow off their game, since she constantly reminds them of Laurel, despite being the exact opposite of her. He also deliberately recruited Diaz, Anatoly, and Vigilante to further mess with Team Arrow.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: In his partnership with Black Siren, he's the brains and she's the brawn. He later uses a reverse-engineered form of Curtis' T-Spheres to act as a defense for himself, though he himself is still far less field-capable than Mister Terrific.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: After he escapes ARGUS custody, he's quite prepared to kill 3% of the world's population. That was all a front to get Felicity to take down the Internet's firewall for him; his true goal, to destroy Star City, is smaller in scale if no less murderous.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His son was killed while he was being held by ARGUS. He's been led to believe that Oliver was responsible, but it's later revealed that he's being played by Diaz.
  • Outside-Context Villain: Green Arrow is completely flabbergasted why James is out for his blood. Even when James reveals he blames him for the loss of his son, it doesn't clear things up; as far as Team Arrow knows, they've never even met his son. That's because when his son was killed, Oliver was in Hub City. Diaz framed Oliver for it, knowing what James would do when he found out.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After he realizes that his neglect got Owen killed, he allows himself to be taken into custody, gives up the bank where he kept the money he was exhorting and gives Oliver the most likely location of his former comrades. Then Diaz comes in and kills him, rubbing it in that he killed Owen.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Much like previous Big Bads Deathstroke and Prometheus, his campaign is motivated by vengeance at Oliver for his belief that he caused the death of a loved one. And as with Deathstroke and Shado, the truth is much murkier than he realizes.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Is very calm and detached, while being beyond scary.
  • Too Clever by Half: Diaz states that this is Cayden's Fatal Flaw as a villain; he is always the smartest guy in the room and makes sure to tick everyone off into their little boxes believing that nothing can get past him. However this means he is completely blind sighted when Diaz betrays and murders him as he likely never saw past his façade as a thug for hire rather then the cunning Manipulative Bastard that Diaz really is.
  • Tragic Villain: While his actions are far too heinous to be considered an Anti-Villain, he nevertheless evokes some sympathy. He used to be a hacktivist, genuinely interested in helping the people. After tampering with a corrupt pharmaceutical company, A.R.G.U.S. illegally detained him and locked him up indefinitely in utterly inhumane conditions without any trial. To top it all off, during his incarceration his son was killed by Ricardo Diaz who framed Oliver Queen for it. All of this caused something in James to snap, to the point of becoming a callous terrorist and mass murderer, hellbent on revenge for his son only to finally be killed by the very same man who cost him his boy.
  • Underestimating Badassery: One weakness of his, as Ricardo Diaz put it before killing him, was that he liked to put people in boxes and imagined that he knew them inside and out. This ultimately proves to be his undoing as Diaz turned out to be far more than the run-of-the-mill crime lord Cayden thought he was and actually turned out to be The Chessmaster who killed Cayden's son, manipulated Cayden against the Green Arrow, and ultimately ended up killing Cayden himself.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Diaz killed his son and framed Oliver for it, knowing that it would send Cayden into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, and also leaked a doctored image of Oliver as Green Arrow to the media, setting the authorities on him.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He used to be one; his detention at A.R.G.U.S. turned him into something else.

    Ricardo Diaz 


    Laurel Lance / Black Siren 

    Anatoly Knyazev 

    Vincent Sobel / Vigilante 

Vincent "Vinnie" Sobel
"I'm you. The only difference between us is I use a more efficient weapon."

Species: Metahuman

Known Aliases: Vigilante, "Mr. Ski Goggles"

Played By: Johann Urb, Clayton Chitty (Arrow Season Five flashback only)

Voiced By: Mick Wingert

Appearances: Arrow | Invasion!note 

An active vigilante operating in Star City after Genesis Day. He has been dubbed "Mr. Ski Goggles" by Felicity Smoak. He's later revealed to be Dinah Drake's supposedly dead boyfriend, whose near death experience changed him.

  • Adaptation Name Change: None of the Vigilantes from the comics were named Vincent Sobel.
  • Adaptation Species Change: All of the Vigilantes from the comics were humans with exceptional skill, while this Vigilante is a metahuman.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Vigilante was just the name of a mantle held by various people, with Adrian Chase being the best known. The only trained Vigilante was Patricia Trayce, who was Deathstroke's partner for a brief period and was trained by him. In the Arrowverse, however, Vigilante is a constant thorn in the side of Team Arrow, with multiple attempts to subdue him proving unsuccessful.
  • Adaptational Villainy: A fair bit more villainous than the usual "Adrian Chase" version of Vigilante, who had a Thou Shalt Not Kill rule toward his enemies and most certainly didn't treat the deaths of innocent civilians as "collateral damage". Played straight in Season Six, where he's not just a Knight Templar vigilante, but a full-blown villain allied with other criminals — then subverted with The Reveal that he's a Double Agent working to take them down, and he even goes out of his way to save Rene during a fight despite the risk to his cover, moving him closer to his comics counterpart.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: This Vigilante is not unlike Marvel's The Punisher, being a darker version of the main superhero with no qualms against killing and a preference for guns.
  • Badass Baritone: He speaks in a low, rough, sneering voice. It's just a disguise for his true voice, which sounds pretty ordinary.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: In Season Five with Prometheus, another masked man killing people in Star City. However, Prometheus is the primary threat, with Vigilante disappearing after losing a fight with him and another with Team Arrow late in the season. He returns to fill this role in Season Six, being unconnected to Cayden James or any of his partners in crime...until it turns out he's been in on Cayden's plan along with every other villain in the season. Then it turns out he's a Double Agent and the Token Good Teammate, for a relative value of "good".
  • Black and White Insanity: He sees the world this way, describing the city as "out of control". He believes that vigilantes shouldn't go soft on criminals, like Team Arrow does, because they don't deserve second chances. He passes cold judgment on them, regardless of the level of crime and the circumstances for their actions, even going after Mayor Oliver Queen for one isolated incident that he labels as corruption. He also doesn't care about killing civilians who get in the way, passing it off as "collateral damage".
  • Canon Character All Along: Vincent Sobel appeared to be a new character, but it turns out he's the Arrowverse version of Vigilante.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In season 5, Vincent only appeared in a flashback of how Dinah got her powers, and his death is what caused her to go on Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Cool Guns: One of Oliver's few enemies who actually proves to be a threat with these.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Black Siren blasts sonic waves through his ear at point-blank range until he dies, with the implication being that it was too much damage for even his healing factor to regenerate.
  • Decomposite Character: In the comics, he is the alter-ego of Adrian Chase; here, though his suit indeed takes after the comics design. However Adrian Chase turns out to be Prometheus and actually named Simon Morrison, while Vigilante is revealed to be Vincent Sobel, a former police detective.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He coldly executes criminals, regardless of the level of their crime. This becomes even more apparent when he targets Mayor Oliver Queen, labeling him as "corrupt" over one incident where he covered up the crime of fellow vigilante the Green Arrow.
  • Double Agent: This is the real reason he's been working with Helix, so that he can find a way to tear them apart from the inside. Sadly, come 6x12, his ruse is discovered and he's killed by Black Siren, with Dinah watching helplessly while she's pinned under rubble.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He first appears in "Legacy", on Felicity's computer screen as one of the possible vigilante candidates for the Team Arrow recruits, before appearing in person six episodes later. This also applies to his true face, which is seen in exactly one flashback almost a full year before The Reveal in the present day.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: His status as a One-Man Army comes from his training as a policeman. His survivability comes from the Healing Factor he received upon his "death", which was when the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator exploded.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his Fallen Hero status, he still cares for Dinah, showing some reluctance to fight her and leaving her a matchbox with a paper rose, something he used to make for her as a memento.
  • Evil Counterpart: He treads the line between this and Shadow Archetype, given his Heel–Face Revolving Door tendencies. Either way, he's one to Oliver. See Shadow Archetype below for more details.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He comes to blows with Prometheus after Vigilante tries to kill Oliver.
  • Expy: A crimefighting partner whose near-death experience drives him to killing criminals to prevent them from hurting more people, wears a closed helmet to protect his identity, and his new outlook drives a wedge between him and his former ally. Is that you, Jason Todd?
  • Eye Scream: His left eye was damaged by the gunshot that was assumed to have killed him, and now appears to be blind.
  • Foil: To Prometheus, with both of them being Evil Counterparts to Oliver Queen. But while Prometheus is a straight-up polar opposite to Oliver, Vigilante is a Shadow Archetype and what Oliver could have become if he strayed down a darker path as the Hood. Prometheus tries to hinder the Green Arrow's efforts to clean up the city, while Vigilante is trying to save the city in his own immoral way but crossing lines that Oliver doesn't. Furthermore, both are fond of doing Stealth Hi Byes, except Prometheus tends to use it to appear on the scene, while Vigilante uses it to vanish from the fight.
  • Fallen Hero: He used to be an honorable police detective in Central City, but after he was killed and resurrected as a metahuman, he became a borderline sociopathic Knight Templar.
  • Foreshadowing: Most of his scenes seem to set up being Adrian Chase like in the comics. The only hint during season 5 was when he saw Dinah and simply disarmed her in battle, as opposed to shooting her like Oliver and Thea.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: If Felicity's limited intel on him is correct, Vigilante was just a specialist at the Star City Trust Bank until he became something else. It turns out that he used to be Vincent Sobel, a cop from Central City who was thought to have been shot dead right in front of his partner and lover, Dinah Drake, when the particle accelerator exploded; he actually became a metahuman able to heal from almost any wound and spent the next four years engaging on a brutal mission to take down corruption.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: He wears orange ski goggles as part of his black mask, which also function as thermal and night-vision goggles that allow him to see body heat from other criminals; useful, since his Establishing Character Moment has him shutting off the lights in a warehouse to hunt them down. It also gives him an early warning when Prometheus attacks him in "Fighting Fire With Fire".
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Under his mask, his left eye is surrounded by a nasty scar despite his Healing Factor and seems to be blind, reflecting his Fallen Hero status.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Averted. He's one of the few gun wielding characters who is as proficient with guns as Team Arrow is with their weapons. He displays Improbable Aiming Skills with them, being able to shred an arrow with a bullet.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: He's totally honest about joining Helix to destroy it, and he even stops killing criminals, though only because that'll get him back in Dinah's good graces. He's still totally unrepentant about his past kills — criminals and innocent people alike — or all the times he tried to kill Team Arrow before. When he and Oliver finally meet face-to-face, he sees no need to apologize and makes his contempt for Oliver quite clear.
  • Head Bob: As his face is completely obscured, his head constantly bobs about in accordance with his speech.
  • Healing Factor: Courtesy of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion. Sadly this doesn't save him from having his brain scrambled by a powerful sonic blast.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He starts off as an honorable cop, but having a near-death head trauma makes him snap and he turns into a Knight Templar who coldly executes criminals. Then it seems he's gone full villainous when he allies with Cayden James, before finally he's revealed to be The Mole and one of the good guys.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: His working with Helix came as a big surprise, making it unclear just what his endgame was. However, in 6x11, "We Fall", he claims that he's been working as a Double Agent in an attempt to destroy Helix from the inside, and the next episode proves he wasn't lying.
  • Hypocrite: Kills people for supposedly being corrupt or immoral, while being in league with a terrorist, a Serial Killer, a Russian mobster and a drug dealer. However, it turns out he joined them as a Double Agent to take Helix down.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He manages to shred an arrow shot by Artemis using a bullet he fired.
  • Jerkass: He remains blunt and crude at all times, writing off the innocent people he killed as collateral damage and belittling Oliver at every opportunity. However, he shows a softer side around Dinah, and he's fairly cordial to Oliver and the rest when they work together in 6x12, though he shows no regret for his past attempts on their lives.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Unlike Green Arrow, he has no faith in the courts or the police, so he's taken it upon himself to "clean up" Star City. It gains a sad twist when we learn that he's basically a burnt-out cop, as he laments how he and his former partner made no real difference, despite her insistence otherwise.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: It's revealed why he has such a rigorous sense of Black and White Insanity is because the incident that nearly killed him and deeply traumatized him, left him unhinged and not quite right in the head.
  • Knight Templar: What makes him so dangerous — he'll kill innocent bystanders to get to his targets and write it off as "collateral damage".
  • Leitmotif: His theme is reminiscent of an emergency alert. Given his true identity, this is actually quite fitting.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Compared to Prometheus, who's a full-blown sadistic monster, Vigilante is doing what he thinks is right in his own distorted morality. Upon his unmasking in front of Dinah in Arrow 6x05, he laments that they made no real difference as cops and insists that his mission is necessary to clean up corruption.
  • Made of Iron: His scenes in season five usually consist of him taking considerable punishment, but always managing to get away seemingly no worse for wear. Season six ultimately reveals he has a Healing Factor, actually making this trope a subversion.
  • No Name Given: He isn't called anything but "Vigilante", though Felicity does dub him "Mr. Ski Goggles" at one point. In Episode 6x05, his real name is revealed to be Vincent Sobel, Dinah Drake's former partner and lover.
  • Nominal Hero: In Season Six, he acts against Cayden James, and even allies himself with Team Arrow, but otherwise, he hasn't changed, showing no remorse for his past deeds and only showing mercy to criminals in order to get in Dinah's good graces (although she believes that she convinced him to change).
  • Not So Different: He's not unlike Oliver was back in Season One as the Hood, who had yet to adopt a Thou Shalt Not Kill policy. However, while Oliver avoided civilian casualties and only went after bad guys and their mooks, Vigilante will kill anyone who gets in his way.
Vigilante: I'm you. The only difference between us is I use a more effective weapon.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Despite his Healing Factor, he still dies when Black Siren blasts sonic waves through his ears at point-blank range.
  • Obvious Judas: Cayden James even points out on how much a criminal-killing Vigilante stood out next to all the actual criminals in Helix and thus he more or less anticipated his betrayal.
  • Out of Focus: He disappears from Season Five after Prometheus is unmasked. Word of God is that the crew weren't able to bring in the actor for his true identity, forcing them to delay the reveal in favor of focusing on Prometheus and his endgame, hoping the actor became available in Season Six. Sure enough, he returns in Episode 6x05 and unmasks himself, though he's undergone a case of The Other Darrin; not that it matters much, since the resemblance is there and he was only shown unmasked during a single flashback in Season Five.
  • Red Herring: Vigilante's presence made the audience suspect that he would be the alter-ego of Adrian Chase, when in fact "Chase" was just a false name used by Simon Morrison, aka Prometheus, all along.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He's killed by Black Siren while aiding Team Arrow in taking down Helix — though given he never saw the need to atone for his past crimes, it's debatable if it "redeemed" him.
  • Recurring Boss: Team Arrow have tangled with him on multiple occasions, but he always manages to slip away at the last second, allowing him to return and cause trouble for them again.
  • The Reveal: Episode 6x05 reveals his true identity: Vincent Sobel, the former partner and lover of Dinah Drake.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: He spent months infiltrating and ingratiating himself within Helix trying to bring them down from the inside, but once Cayden completes his thermonuclear bomb and holds the city hostage with it, Vince risks blowing his cover to help Team Arrow locate it and save hundreds of thousands of innocent lives. His efforts ultimately help Oliver and company locate the bomb, but also cost him his cover and he is tortured by Cayden and Black Siren. Instead of trying to finish Vince's mission and secure the bomb, Dinah, Rene, and Curtis choose to rescue him, thereby dividing the team's manpower and leaving Oliver and John overwhelmed by Anatoly Knyazev and Ricardo Diaz's men guarding the bomb, allowing them to safely escape and relocate the bomb, while Vince is still killed by Black Siren. In the end, Cayden and his associates still have their bomb to threaten the city, and the good guys are back at square one without a man on the inside.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: He's a dangerous vigilante who goes about hunting criminals, which ranges from murderers and pedophiles, but also to lesser crimes like corrupt politicians.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • To Oliver. Vigilante represents the ruthless killer that Oliver is scared of becoming, or rather the one he used to be given the lack of a Thou Shalt Not Kill rule. Aside from both being vigilantes, they both have a tendency to shut off lights and both have extreme disappearing abilities. Ironically, Vigilante sees Green Arrow as an incompetent version of himself, who is too soft for the job and incapable of doing what is necessary.
    • He's also one to Dinah Drake. Both were formerly cops who became vigilantes after being given metahuman powers, but Dinah retains her standards and is willing to reform, while Vigilante is hellbent on carrying out his extreme justice and disregards civilian lives. He does eventually show some restraint, turning the criminals he apprehends over to the police out of respect for her morals.
  • Shoot the Bullet: He can shred mid-flight arrows using bullets.
  • Stealth Expert: Vigilante has pulled off some borderline impossible disappearing acts, managing to consistently escape from Team Arrow, and even giving Prometheus the slip after their fight.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Vigilante has this as one of his trademark moves. He will vanish without a trace from a fight as soon as the heroes turn away for a second. This makes it very difficult to keep up with him. He has also pulled off the most impressive disappearing feat in the entire franchise; having been entangled by one of Green Arrow's bola trick arrows and restrained to a pole, all it takes is for a flashbang rigged to his mask as a distraction, and he vanishes while tied to the pole!
  • Stealth Pun: His name is this. "Vince Sobel" sounds an awful lot like the word "vincible", a word that is most often used in reference to its antonym, "invincible", which alludes to the character's Healing Factor (which doubles as foreshadowing, given that Vince is introduced before it's established he and this implacable Vigilante Man are revealed to be one and the same). Ultimately, in the end, he does turn out to be vincible.
  • Strong and Skilled: Vigilante is an incredibly formidable opponent, with hand-to-hand combat skills able to rival Oliver and Prometheus, while being The Gunslinger who has Improbable Aiming Skills. However in Season Six it's revealed he doesn't operate on skill alone, as he's actually a metahuman with a Healing Factor that lets him survive his most brutal injuries.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Season Six has him becoming one to Savitar from The Flash. Much like him, Vincent is a dangerous metahuman and a Fallen Hero with facial burns and a discolored eye.
  • 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: His debut appearance in a flashback has him getting shot point blank in the head. However as he had just been hit by dark matter seconds ago, he ended up developing a Healing Factor that allowed him to survive said injury. Although this is the one Wound That Will Not Heal and leaves him facially disfigured.
  • Vigilante Man: Well, duh. He's a costumed individual operating outside the law who kills criminals he apprehends.
  • Walking Armory: He has carried a large assortment of guns, from machine guns to automatic handguns, bazookas, and sniper rifles.
  • Walking Spoiler: When his identity was first revealed, as a) he made multiple appearances without it being known and b) was presumed dead.
  • Wild Card: It's not clear at first if he is really a Double Agent trying to take Cayden James down, or if it is yet another ruse. By the end of his final episode, it's clear that he was sincere.
  • With Us or Against Us: Tells this to Team Arrow in an early encounter.


To Black Siren

    Alex Faust 

Alex Faust

Species: Human

Played By: Dominic Bogart

Appearances: Arrow

A terrorist and associate of Black Siren.

  • Canon Foreigner: Has no comics counterpart.
  • Cop Killer: Helps shooting and blowing up an entire precinct.
  • Dirty Coward: As soon as the odds are against him, he runs away like a scared rabbit.
  • Flat Character: He likes to blow things up, he's a Dirty Coward, and... that's pretty much all there is to his character.
  • Giggling Villain: Has way too much fun watching things explode.
  • Hollywood Healing: Averted, as his arm is still in a bandage after two episodes of being shot by Oliver.
  • Mad Bomber: Blackmailed the city with a missile strike and even had C4 in one of his teeth to escape imprisonment.
  • Messy Hair: Has long unkempt locks that dangle beside his head.
  • Number Two: To Black Siren.
  • One Steve Limit: He's not the first character with the surname Faust to show up in the Arrowverse, with Felix Faust being a villain on Constantine.

To Ricardo Diaz

    Captain Kimberly Hill 

    DA Sam Armand 

    Aviva Metula / Shadow Thief  

The Longbow Hunters

The Ninth Circle

The Deathstroke gang

    General Tropes 

Grant Wilson's gang.

    Grant Wilson / Deathstroke 

Grant Wilson

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Deathstroke II

Played By: Jamie Andrew Cutler

Appearances: Arrow

see the Arrowverse: Future Characters page for his future counterpart
see the Arrowverse: Other Earths page for his Earth-16 counterpart

Slade Wilson's son and Joe Wilson's younger brother, who takes his father's mantle in 2019, terrorizing Star City.

  • Avenging the Villain: Not exactly avenging, since Slade is neither dead nor a villain by the time of Season Eight, but Grant is doing this in the name of his father who put the city under siege back in Season Two.
  • Eat the Rich: Grant gains support for the Deathstrokes by proclaiming the rich to be a cancer that needs to be excised.
  • Evil Mentor: At some point he trains JJ to be his successor, though this timeline seems to have been erased due to the Canaries being sent back in time and preventing the Bad Future.
  • Legacy Character: Becomes the new Deathstroke after his father.
  • Leitmotif: He and the Deathstroke Gang are accompanied by an ominous guitar riff.
  • Like Father, Like Son: He follows his father's footsteps in becoming the new Deathstroke and putting Star City under siege like Slade did.
  • Predecessor Villain: He's what caused JJ to have a Start of Darkness.
  • Save the Villain: Oliver convinces Mia not to execute Grant Wilson. He doesn't particularly care about Grant; he just wants to prevent his daughter from becoming a cold-blooded killer.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in person for one episode, but it is his actions of taking over Star City that made the Bad Future possible to begin with.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: Averted. He's played by the same actor who portrayed his future self in Legends of Tomorrow, which makes it particularly jarring since his present day self looks the same age.
  • Vague Age: His age is a big mystery, by virtue that there was no Time-Shifted Actor used to cover the glaring 27 year gap between 2019 and 2046. Either he is way way Younger Than They Look in the present or drastically Older Than They Look in the future.
    • He was supposedly born in the first year that Slade was trapped on Lian Yu, which at oldest would put him at around 12 by the time of 2019. Yet he appears to be the same age (if not older) than his future counterpart in the first season of Legends.
    • If one assumes he was born earlier than that and kept a secret from Sladenote , his age still doesn't align, as he hasn't aged a bit in 27 years since we last saw him in 2046note 

Alternative Title(s): Arrow Major Villains, Arrowverse Star City Criminals Major Groups


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