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    Adam Hunt 

Adam Hunt

Species: Human

Played By: Brian Markinson

Appearances: Arrow

A Corrupt Corporate Executive that was on the list, and the first name that Oliver would end up crossing off the list. He also had ties to the Undertaking.


  • Back for the Dead: After surviving the encounter with Oliver in the pilot, he disappeared throughout the season until the winter finale only to be killed by Malcolm in the opener.
  • Bald of Evil: He's bald and he's definitely evil.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He was fairly greedy and fairly amoral.
  • Defiant to the End: He spends his last few moments of life scorning Malcolm.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Merlyn shot him in his second appearance. Few tears were shed.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: When he thinks the Hood has come back to haunt him again, he attempts to defy his aggressor, arguing that he has nothing left to lose and no reason to be afraid. Unfortunately for him, it's not Oliver who returned to visit.
  • Non-Action Guy: His Mooks fight for him while he hides somewhere.
  • One Steve Limit: There have been a lot of characters named "Adam" showing up in Arrowverse.
  • Starter Villain: The first name in Oliver's hit-list to be crossed out as well as the show's very first Villain of the Week.
  • Villain of the Week: For the pilot, though he would briefly appear afterwards.

     Constantine Drakon 

Constantine Drakon

Species: Human

Played By: Darren Shahlavi

Appearances: Arrow

Head of security for Adam Hunt, the first name on the list that Oliver goes after.


     Cyrus Vanch 

Cyrus Vanch

Species: Human

Played By: David Anders

Appearances: Arrow

A crime boss recently released from jail, Cyrus attempts to dominate Starling City's criminal underworld by killing the Hood.


  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He certainly feels so.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Season 2 of The Flash mentions iZombie. His actor is part of that show's main cast.
  • Counting Bullets: Or Counting Arrows in any event. He knows the Hood only had 24 arrows in his quiver, so he sends 25 henchmen.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Casually murders his lawyer within the first five minutes of his screen time.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: When Vanch gets out of prison, he tries to earn the respect to take over by killing Arrow since after the Huntress' murder of the Triad boss, and Frank Bertinelli's arrest, the leadership of Starling City's organized crime is up for grabs.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He is always wearing a fancy suit of some type.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Uses a taser on Laurel to take her hostage.
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    Danny Brickwell / Brick 

Danny "Brick" Brickwell

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Species: Human

Played by: Vinnie Jones

Appearances: Arrow

"You take me down, you walk out alive. I don't fancy your chances though."

A gang leader renowned for having survived being shot on multiple occasions, he recruits an army of criminals to take over the Glades.


  • Actually Pretty Funny: Despite originally wanting Yorke dead, he can't help but chuckle over the guy getting framed instead.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics, he looks like a living brick.
  • Adaptational Nationality: He goes from American in the comics to an Evil Brit in the show.
  • Adaptational Species Change: In the comics, Brick is a metahuman whose powers made him look like living brick. Here, he has no visible mutations.
  • And Starring: Always appeared with a "Special Guest Star" citation.
  • Annoying Arrows: Averted. Arrows are actually more effective than bullets against him.
  • Arc Villain:
    • While not technically the Big Bad, he does put the Glades under siege and acts as the biggest threat to Team Arrow during Oliver's three episode absence after his near fatal duel with Ra's Al-Ghul.
    • Also during the first three episodes of Season 7, he is the main obstacle for Oliver during his stint in Level 1 of Slabside Maximum Security Prison.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a black duster.
  • Bad Boss: More often than not, his targets (see No-Holds-Barred Beatdown) are usually a person who's failed him. Ben Turner ultimately turns on him for this reason.
  • Bald of Evil: His morality disappeared with his hair.
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys brutal fights with his opponents.
  • Born Lucky: No superpowers were involved in his famed resilience - dude's just got a horseshoe up his ass.
  • Break the Haughty: After steamrolling over most of the Glades and most people that fight him, Malcolm Merlyn runs up to him and starts beating the shit out of him almost effortlessly.
  • The Brute: He becomes the muscle behind Damien Darhk in the second half of Season 4.
  • The Bus Came Back: Reappears in season 7 as one of the inmates imprisoned alongside Oliver.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Merlyn plans to kill him by shooting him with his own gun, the same one he used on his wife Rebecca. But he doesn't know who he's talking about, since he's killed many people with that gun. When he reminds him, he remembers her as the "brunette", his first kill as part of an initiation to join a gang.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Able to No-Sell a bullet to the head. He's not a metahuman or a Mirakuru soldier. He's just really, really tough.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He is revealed to be the unnamed criminal who killed Rebecca Merlyn, an act that sent Malcolm on his Start of Darkness.
  • Covered in Scars: From his multiple bullet wounds.
  • Dark Is Evil: He starts wearing black after joining H.I.V.E.
  • Demoted to Dragon: He returns in Season 4, now acting as The Brute to Damien Darhk.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His name appears on the List a couple of years before appearing on the show.
  • Evil Brit: Played by Vinnie Jones.
  • Expy: To Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. Both are bald, muscular leaders who enjoy killing failed underlings with their bare hands and are played by famous British actors. They're both known by short words beginning with B, which could both be used as terms for violence. Brick tries to take over Starling City when the hero is put of commission by the league, similar to that film.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Can put on a seemingly good natured façade in front of people, such as during his meeting with the mayor during "Midnight City", buts it's pretty clear he doesn't give a shit about anyone but himself and can snap at a moments notice.
  • For Want of a Nail: He kills Rebecca Merlyn, which directly resulted in Malcolm becoming the Dark Archer. His actions resulted in the birth of the Arrow (who helped create the Huntress and directly inspired Spartan, Arsenal, Speedy, the Flash, and the Season Five recruits), the Canary (the precursor to the Black Canary), and Deathstroke (whose actions created both Cupid and the Atom). It is not an exaggeration to say that he created the Arrowverse.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: After Oliver gets rid of the guard Yorke, Brick transforms Level 1 of Slabside into his own little kingdom. However, after Oliver survives his Fight Club and attacks a few guards, the prison is forced to tighten security and thus he gets treated like any ordinary prisoner again.
  • Initiation Ceremony: He fondly remembers his first initiation into a gang, where he had to kill some person to prove his worth. Unfortunately for everyone involved, that person was Rebecca Merlyn.
  • In the Back: Stanley ends him by putting a knife into his back.
  • Killed Off for Real: Meets his end during "The Slabside Redemption", at the hands of Stanley.
  • Large and in Charge: He towers over his posse.
  • Made of Iron: Famous in-universe for having shrugged off multiple bullet wounds.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's never made clear if he's really superhuman in his durability or if he just somehow makes it look like he can take bullets through sleight-of-hand. What makes it even more unclear is that while he can seemingly withstand bullets, Malcolm Merlyn or Oliver Queen punching and kicking him in a fight can apparently knock him out cold.
  • Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: After Oliver get's rid of the only decent guard, Yorke, Brick is basically running Slabside as his personal kingdom.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His preferred method of murder is to give his target a chance to shoot him (with his own gun), and then deliver one of these when, not if, they fail to take him down.
  • Race Lift: African-American in the comics, Caucasian in the show.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Although Brick hasn't been mentioned since being named on the List, Roy mentions that he knew Brick and his gang while living in the Glades when he hadn't been mentioned at all in the show until that point. There's also the fact that Malcolm Merlyn knew him and had been seeking revenge on him for years, as he was the one who murdered his wife Rebecca Merlyn.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His act of murdering Rebecca Merlyn was what led to all of the events in Arrow to occur.
  • The Sociopath: Brick doesn't care one bit about other people, even his supposed friends he will kill without hesitation if they fail him. This is made most obvious during his confrontation with Malcolm where while he admits that he had to kill someone in order to be initiated into a gang, he mostly killed Rebecca because he couldn't stand her crying and thought she was weak.
  • Stupid Evil: Felicity mentions how stupid his practice of always using the same exact pistol is, as it makes it easier for the police to track him and for her to find out he killed Malcolm's wife.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He makes it no secret that he despises working under Damien Darhk, but carries out his orders anyway just to ensure his own safety.
  • 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: Gunshots to his head don't faze him and he even encourages his victims to attempt it.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: During a gang initiation, he had to murder someone for the first time in his life. He happened to choose Rebecca Merlyn, whose death would drive her husband to turn himself into an assassin, murder his best friend Robert Queen (an act that created the Arrow (Oliver), Canary (Sara), Deathstroke (Slade) and a host of others), and destroy most of the Glades for his vengeance against the said murder. It can be said without exaggeration that that he set every tragedy in the series in motion.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Killed Malcolm's wife off-screen and fought Laurel a few times on-screen.

     Justin Claybourne 

Justin Claybourne

Species: Human

Played By: Garwind Sandford

Appearances: Arrow

The CEO of Claybourne Pharmaceuticals, an associate of the black market profiteers AK Desmond Group, and the man behind an outbreak of tuberculosis in Lamb Valley.

see Arrowverse Earth 38 Other Locales for Paul Nal, the Earth-38 character who bears his physical likeness

  • Asshole Victim: It's really hard to feel sorry for him after we find out the full extent of his crimes.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His name is written on Oliver's List from the start (his name can be seen briefly in the episode "Legacies".) His murder at the hands of Oliver is integral to Arrow Season Five.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's Only in It for the Money, everyone else be damned.
  • Expy: Head of a Pharmaceutical who raised prices of medicine by an ridiculous amount: Martin Shkreli anyone.
  • Horrifying the Horror: According to Oliver, he was planning on disowning Prometheus.
  • Killed Offscreen: Played With. Oliver killed him during Season One's timeline, but it is only shown in flashbacks during Season Five.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Played With. While his name is written on the List, his death and him being targeted by Oliver were never shown in Season One.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He got divorced from his wife after she found out that he committed bigamy and fathered a child with the newer wife.

    John Byrne 

John Byrne

Species: Human

Played by: Johnny Cuthbert

Appearances: Arrow

A human trafficker who Oliver Queen pursued seven years ago and put in jail. To this day, he kidnaps Oliver's son William as revenge.


  • Death Seeker: He prefers death than being sent back to jail.
  • Final Boss: Played with. Even though he doesn't do much, John is technically the final antagonist Team Arrow has to bring to justice before they disband.
  • Human Traffickers: The reason he is on the list.
  • Last Episode, New Character: He appears in the Grand Finale of Arrow.
  • Never My Fault: Blames Oliver for putting him in jail, disregarding the fact that his own crimes were the reason for it in the first place.
  • Remember the New Guy?: He was another name on Oliver's list, but unlike the other victims, Oliver chose to spare Byrne and have him sent to jail.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Due to Oliver being already dead by the time of his release, he targets his son.

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Other Criminals

    Floyd Lawton / Deadshot 

    Garfield Lynns / Firefly 

Garfield Lynns / Firefly

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Species: Human

Played By: Andrew Dunbar

Appearances: Arrow

"Thanks... But I'm already burned."

A former firefighter, Lynns was horribly burned in a massive apartment fire, having stayed behind while the rest of his unit fell back under orders from their chief. Feeling betrayed, he began hunting down members of his former unit for revenge.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He's still villainous, but his "broken man with nothing left but revenge" characterization and motives (which, while very understandable, are also quite misguided) is a far cry from his comic book counterpart, who is a maniac who is driven solely by pyromania.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Played with. The comics Firefly utilized high-tech equipment and could put up a fight against superheroes. Here he uses some basic home-made arsonist gear and a fireman's axe. This didn't stop from almost killing Oliver, though at the time, he was off his game. The next battle, Oliver quickly disarmed him.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: It is quite easy to feel sorry for him, as he's a broken man who is out for revenge for feeling betrayed. Oliver certainly felt sympathy for him and offered him redemption.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He is never actually referred to as Firefly, with that name instead being given to his former firefighter team who he is hunting down.
  • Fallen Hero: Once an honorable fire fighter, now a broken man thirsty for revenge.
  • Kill It with Fire: His modus operandi.
  • Left for Dead: His Start of Darkness.
  • Noble Demon: He's on a crusade to burn all those who he believes betrayed him, but he has no intentions of harming innocent bystanders, even telling them to run before he goes about his business.
  • Pet the Dog: Tells Oliver and Laurel to run before he carries out his revenge on his former boss.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: His high-tech suit, flamethrowers, and jet-pack have been replaced with his old fire fighter suit, a tank of gasoline, and a lighter. It makes for a much more realistic arsonist than his comic counterpart.
  • Pyromaniac: Played with. He doesn't seem to enjoy setting things on fire, but uses it as his go-to weapon.
  • Self-Immolation: Rather than try a chance at redemption.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Rather than move on, Lynns is taking it out on his former friends, who weren't entirely responsible.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: In the comics, Firefly is a Batman villain.
  • Serial Killer: Of members of his old unit, the Fireflies.
  • Two-Faced: From the flames.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His life was not pleasant.

     Winnick Norton / The Dodger 

Winnick Norton / The Dodger

Species: Human

Known Aliases: The Dodger

Played By: James Callis

Appearances: Arrow

A international jewel thief who attaches bomb collars to his victims and uses them to carry out his crimes.


    Joseph Falk / The Savior 

Joseph Falk / "The Savior"

Species: Human

Known Aliases: The Savior

Played By: Christopher Redman

Appearances: Arrow

A former computer technician and resident of the Glades whose wife was murdered, causing him to embark on a murderous crusade against those he believes are responsible for the living conditions there.


  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Uses the Hood's "you have failed this city".
  • Crusading Widower: A villainous example. He lets his wife's murder be his Start of Darkness and he never looked back.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Oliver. A vigilante trying to save his home, the Glades, by hunting down those he believes have wronged it...except he's less interested in saving and more in avenging, his victims aren't so clearly deserving, and rather than offering his targets a last chance to right their wrongs, he has them plead their case for their lives on live streaming video before invariably executing them anyway, since he's already decided they're guilty.
  • Hypocrite: Claims he goes after criminals, when he's a criminal; killing innocent people in cold blood and acting as judge, jury, and executioner.
  • Judge Jury Andexecutioner: How he views himself.
  • Knight Templar: He really believes that he's doing the right thing.
  • Not So Different: He makes this claim to Oliver, but in a way, he's more like Malcolm, just without the funding behind him.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: His intention. Except he considers a district attorney who chose not to take a case to trial for lack of evidence and a conflicted bit-part criminal barely out of his teens to be as worthy of public execution as a slumlord whose corruption has caused multiple deaths.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His vigilantism comes across less as a calculated attempt to save the Glades and more as an extended version of this for his wife's murder; two of the three people he's seen targeting are the DA who chose not to prosecute his wife's murder and a young criminal he views as identical to the thugs who killed her, rather than more dangerous criminals.
  • Snuff Film: His modus operandi.
  • Vigilante Man: And unlike Oliver, he really has lost it. He goes around executing people for petty reasons.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Edges between this trope and Knight Templar. He really does desire to save the city, but is horribly misguided and takes it out on the wrong people more often than not.

     Mr. Blank 

Mr. Blank

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Mr. Blank

Played By: J. August Richards

Appearances: Arrow

An assassin hired by corrupt businessman Edward Rasmus to kill a family planning on suing him. Mr. Blank dislikes anybody seeing his face, and prides himself on always finishing his job, even if his employer no longer wants it done.


     Barton Mathis / Dollmaker 

Barton Mathis / Dollmaker

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Species: Human

Known Aliases: Dollmaker

Played By: Michael Eklund

Appearances: Arrow

A insane serial killer who likes to target young and beautiful women and fill them with a polymer to "preserve" them forever.


  • Adaptation Origin Connection: His backstory is connected with Quentin Lance rather than with Jim Gordon as the cop he had a grudge against, which fits the move from Batman to Green Arrow.
  • Arch-Enemy: For Quentin. The feeling is very mutual.
  • Ax-Crazy: His disturbing fixation on beauty drives spurns him onto sadistically murdering women with the intent to turn them into dolls.
  • Beard of Evil: The goatee certainly adds to his creepiness.
  • Catch Phrase: "You have such beautiful skin..."
  • Character Death: Courtesy of the Canary.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: The Inverted version of the normal trope — right as he's about to kill the Canary, Oliver shoots him with two arrows (at once!), and he ends up with his arms outstretched, kind of pinned by the arrows.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Kills his victims by pouring a polymer down their throats, essentially slowly drowning them while they're helpless and strapped to a table.
  • Death by Adaptation: The Dollmaker didn't die in the comics or any adaptation.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: The glasses merely add to the creepy effect.
  • It's Personal: Towards Quentin. The feeling is very mutual.
    Quentin: I am the one who put you away. She (Laurel) has nothing to do with it!
    Mathis: She has everything to do with it! She's your world, she's your very soul! You know, I could kill you, I could maim you, I could slice you up into a thousand pieces, but if your soul remains intact, what have I won? Huh? Nothing!
    Quentin: I will kill you, you son of a bitch! I will kill you!
  • Leitmotif: Has a creepy tinkling piece of theme music.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: In the comics, Dollmaker is a Batman villain. He's also a personal enemy of Jim Gordon, rather than Quentin Lance.
  • Serial Killer: Killed eight young women before he was arrested, then killed two more after he escaped. His M.O. is young, beautiful women with porcelain skin.
  • The Sociopath: He’s a violent sadist with absolutely no empathy for anyone or anything.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Except when he's screaming at Quentin Lance just before he's about to kill Laurel.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Aside from doing his criminal M.O., he showed no signs of restraint when fighting Sara/The Canary.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no problems killing children.
  • Villainous Friendship: He was the only prisoner released by the first Count Vertigo.

    Ben Turner / Bronze Tiger 

    Mark Scheffer / Shrapnel 

    William Tockman / Clock King 

William Tockman / Clock King

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Species: Human

Known Aliases: Clock King

Played By: Robert Knepper

Appearances: Arrow | The Flash

"You think no one can get to you? You think no one can touch you in the safety of your hidey hole...? But I can."

A former encryption engineer at Kord Enterprises, Tockman turned to a life of crime using his computer skills and excellent timing after being diagnosed with MacGregor's Syndrome, needing money quickly in order to ensure his ill sister is taken care of once he dies.


  • Adaptational Badass: Despite dying from MacGregor's Syndrome, this Clock King is far more proactive than his usual "able to sense time" shtick.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Clock King's shtick of planning out everything down to the second almost brings OCD to mind.
  • Anti-Villain: A dying man who's desperate to get his hands on enough money to save his sister before he goes.
  • Badass Boast: See the quote above. He gives one when he hacks into the Foundry, destroying their computer systems, and taunts Felicity as he does so.
  • Badass Normal: Has no superpowers other than an extraordinary ability to plan out his crimes, as well as being competent enough with a gun.
  • Berserk Button: Never EVER mess up his time-accounted plans, or he will kill you for it, as one mook learned the hard way when Tockman stabbed him to death with a minute hand.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Cisco quotes The Hunger Games in a Season 3 episode of The Flash. His actor played a villain on in the last two films of the cinematic adaptation.
  • The Chessmaster: Things must go precisely on schedule, but he is capable of improvising well if need be.
  • Clock King: The Trope Namer. Everything must go precisely on schedule.
  • Composite Character: He has both the gadget use of the William Tockman version and the time-precision skill of the Temple Fugate version.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: This Clock King is dying of MacGregor's Syndrome, whereas most Clock King's menace Green Arrow for ages with perfect health.
  • The Cracker: Making him something of an Evil Counterpart to Felicity.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Committed his robberies in order to fund a life-saving operation for his sister.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Felicity. She commits hacks to aid Oliver, he commits crimes to save his dying sister.
  • Evil Genius: He is an expert hacker and meticulous planner who can plan things down to the second, but also adapt on the fly.
  • Evil Vegetarian: Demands a vegetarian take-out meal from the police when he's transferred in Central City.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears a very distinctive pair of glasses.
  • Happy Ending Override: His reappearance on The Flash reveals that he wasn't able to save his sister.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Felicity knocks him out by using the same virus he used against her computers to make his phone blow up.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: A symptom of MacGregor's Syndrome.
  • Large Ham: Knepper is surely having a ball as Tockman.
  • Leitmotif: Tockman has an unofficial but fitting one that carries over into his appearance in The Flash, which mainly comprises of ominous chords, ticking, and the bell of a grandfather clock.
  • Motive Decay: On Arrow he wanted to get enough money to save his sister. After he failed and wasn't even allowed to say goodbye, now he only cares about getting out of jail for his little remaining time before his own death.
  • Mythology Gag: MacGregor's Syndrome is the same disease Nora Fries and Alfred suffer from in Batman & Robin.
  • Pet the Dog: He shoots Eddie, but gives Iris a chance to say goodbye, since he didn't get to say goodbye to his sister.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Possibly with Even Evil Has Standards — Tockman has no problem whatsoever putting people in harm's way to hurt or divert his enemies, but he hates unnecessary violence or casualties and arranges his plans without such complications. Every time he hears shooting that he didn't direct, he absolutely loses it because it means a plan has gone off the rails.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: In-Universe. He previously fought Team Arrow before being sent to the CCPD where he causes havoc in the absence of The Flash.
  • Sanity Slippage: He becomes clearly more unhinged when he reappears on The Flash.
  • Soap Opera Disease: He's dying of MacGregor's Syndrome.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: William Tockman.
  • Wicked Cultured: In addition to his doctorate in Computer Science, he will speak in Latin or quote War and Peace just before he brutally murders you.
  • Worf Had the Flu: He wouldn't have lasted a second against the Flash, except that Barry happened to have lost his powers at the time he was causing havoc.

    Simon Lacroix / Komodo 

Simon Lacroix / Komodo

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Species: Human

Known Aliases: Komodo

Played by: Matt Ward

Appearances: Arrow

A professional mercenary/assassin from Quebec hired to kill a series of high profile businessmen.


    Cooper Seldon / Brother Eye 

    Isaac Stanzler 

Isaac Stanzler

Species: Human

Played by: Nathan Mitchell

Appearances: Arrow

"Arrows. Brass knuckles. I never knew why we couldn't just use a gun the way they did."

Ted Grant's former vigilante partner, who swore revenge on his mentor after getting abandoned for beating a drug dealer to death.


  • Badass Normal: Like his former teacher, he has no superpowers and is just an ordinary guy who is well trained.
  • Canon Foreigner: Has no comic counterpart. Although he seems to be based off a Green Arrow villain called Vengeance, which would make this a case of Named by the Adaptation.
  • Fallen Hero: Was once the vigilante partner of Ted Grant, before he felt betrayed and went out for revenge.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He warns Roy Harper that his mentor would eventually abandon him. He speaks from experience, and Oliver had considered doing this before Ted had cautioned him otherwise.
  • Karmic Death: He was out to get revenge on his former vigilante mentor, and he ends up being killed by another vigilante.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Wears a ski mask while masquerading as a vigilante.
  • Pet the Dog: He genuinely tries to warn Roy Harper that Oliver only considers him an expandable weapon in his arsenal, and would eventually abandon him. This had certainly crossed Oliver's mind, had Ted not advised him of how bad an idea this was.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: He was Ted Kord's student before he brutally beat up a criminal and was fired, and that was just his Start of Darkness.
  • Scary Black Man: He was scary even back when he was a good guy, needless to say turning to the dark side didn't help.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed by Cupid at the end of his debut episode.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Was once Ted Grant's partner.

    Digger Harkness / Captain Boomerang 

    Michael Amar / Murmur 

    Jake Simmons / Deathbolt 

    Lonnie Machin / Anarky 

Lonnie Machin / Anarky

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Species: Human

Known Aliases: Anarky

Played by: Alexander Calvert

Appearances: Arrow

A former hitman who attempts to ingratiate himself to The HIVE by forcing Jessica Danforth to drop her candidacy for mayor at their behest, by any means necessary. However, his extreme and sloppy methods prove too much for even Darhk and he is cast out. After being defeated by Team Arrow, he escapes into the city leaving behind a trail of blood...


  • Adaptational Badass: Compared to comics. Crazy and sloppy though he may be, he's capable of taking on multiple members of Team Arrow (including Ollie himself) at once without really being exhausted by the effort.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics Anarky is an Anti-Villain who often zig-zags through the Heel–Face Revolving Door, taking extreme measures to accomplish what he thinks are justified goals but also willingly helping his enemies do good should the need arise. This version is a chaotic murderer who is willing to kill or torture to impress the HIVE.
  • Anarchy Is Chaos: Espouses this view, which is ironic, considering that his comics counterpart is a deconstruction of that idea.
  • Appropriated Appelation: Darhk derisively deems his actions more befitting anarchy than the HIVE's desire for order. At the end, Machin leaves behind an anarchistic symbol to show that he has adopted this as his philosophy.
  • Arch-Enemy: Becomes a recurring villain for Thea.
  • Ax-Crazy: He was ultimately deemed too violently nuts for his old bosses before. After taking a closer look at him, even Darhk deems the guy too much and breaks off ties with him.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He did what Team Arrow was too reluctant to do: destroy Darhk's underground city and murder their long time enemy Ruve Adams.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Though he fails to impress the HIVE and gets set on fire for his trouble, he succeeds in keeping Danforth from running for mayor and escapes to fight another day. Then he successfully destroys Darhk's underground secret society and kills Ruve Adams.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Darhk. Anarky serves as a secondary antagonist for season 4, especially nearing the end where he's heavily involved in the attack on Tevat Noah.
  • Body Horror: Half of his body was burned by Thea.
  • Calling Card: He leaves behind his trademark "Circle-A" Anarchy symbol at the scene of his handiwork.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Just look at his image caption. He is fully aware that he is a violent maniac.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He submits multiple people to brutal torture For the Evulz.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Oh, so much. He's willing to use the rescue of a hostage as a distraction so he can get the jump on Thea and Oliver, as well as use a hidden flamethrower to try and roast them.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: He enjoys it when Thea hits him.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's only ever referred to as "Anarky" one time, by Felicity. Otherwise he's always called "Machin". Although his codename does get plenty of nods throughout his appearances, especially the Anarky symbol he loves leaving behind at scenes.
  • Composite Character: Though he bears the name Lonnie Machin, this version of the character draws much of his personality from Ulysses Armstrong, the second Anarky.
  • Demoted to Extra: He went from a recurring villain in Season 4 to the Starter Villain of Season 5 who has not appeared since.
  • Dented Iron: Getting burned alive has barely slowed him down at all.
  • Enemy Mine: Oliver helps Anarky escape prison so he can kill Damien Darhk. However, Oliver realizes what he did was wrong and tries to stop him later.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: He ends up seriously burned.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He develops a burning hatred against Damien Darhk and tries executing his family. He eventually succeeds at murdering Darhk's wife.
  • Facial Horror: He gets his face partly burnt.
  • For the Evulz: His driving motivation is to spread anarchy.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: No explanation is given as to how a young delinquent anarchist is able to have fighting abilities so great that he can take on multiple seasoned martial artists at once, including one who was trained by Ra's al-Ghul.
  • Ironic Name: His last name sounds like the word "machine", which is the antithesis of someone as chaotic as him.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Is a master of misdirection, nearly accomplishing his goals several times even when the heroes know he's coming by using a different avenue than they were expecting. The first time he tries to assassinate Danforth, he sets up an artificial gunman that was designed to fail — while he leads Danforth to her doom himself disguised as security. Another time, he sidesteps Ollie and the police entirely when they're protecting her by going for her daughter instead.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: In Season Four, aside from getting his face burned, he pretty much spent the whole season harassing Darhk, giving the middle finger to Team Arrow at every turn, and killing off the loved ones of heroes and villains alike. In Season Five, however, he's finally beaten down and captured by Green Arrow — in the opening of the premiere, no less.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He coldly executes Damien Darhk's wife Ruve Adams.
  • Kill It with Fire: Attempts to burn Darhk's family until Oliver arrives.
  • Made of Iron: He was seriously burned, but still carries on his crimes.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Dons a mask to hide his burnt face.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He killed Thea's love interest Alex so she would have nobody in her life anymore.
  • Mythology Gag: Anarky's Weapon of Choice is an electric baton, which also functions as an oversized nunchuck. This is Anarky's own Weapon of Choice in the comics as well, though the comics version is simply a baton/walking stick, making this closer to the cattle prod used in Batman: Arkham Origins.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's never considered "harmless", but he ultimately proves himself to be far more than just a recurring Monster of the Week by infiltrating the Ark and destroying it, killing Ruvé in the process and thus driving Damien Darhk over the Despair Event Horizon.
  • One-Man Army: He's tangled with multiple members of Team Arrow, and while he has been overwhelmed a few times, he does considerably well when taking account Oliver is one of the people he is fighting.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Is very childish and immature, despite being a psychotic mass murderer.
  • Practically Joker: Anarky has clear Joker parallels in this portrayal, not limited to but definitely including his general demeanor and habits while "working." Fittingly, the comics' Lonnie Machin was once revealed as the Joker's biological son.note 
  • Professional Killer: In his backstory. He's also pulling a job for Darhk, more or less (Danforth doesn't necessarily have to die for Darhk to be satisfied, but that's the first thing Machin tries), but he's not doing it for money in this case.
  • Recurring Boss: Anarky would be a constant thorn in the side to Team Arrow during Season 4, before Oliver locks him up for good in Season 5.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: In the comics, he's usually a Batman villain, though he has gone up against Green Arrow before.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Introduced in the second episode of Season 4.
  • Shock and Awe: His primary weapon is a stun stick.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's simply a minor villain against Thea, but he ultimately kills her love interest Alex and murders Darhk's wife Ruve Adams, triggering both of their despair event horizons.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He was able to infiltrate Darhk's secret Genesis town and destroy it with artificial bombs.
  • The Sociopath: Merlyn informs Thea that Anarky cannot be reasoned with at all due to his Ax-Crazy personality.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He has a bit of an obsession with Thea, ever since she burned him. He considers himself reborn by the flames and calls Thea his "mother".
  • Starter Villain: For Season 5, with its opening scene showing Oliver hunting him down.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Still fairly young, around Thea's age, but is a Bomb Throwing Anarchist who stirred up a lot of trouble in Season 4.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: He's an absolute masochist and the thought of something trying to inflict pain on him only amuses him.
  • Torture Technician: After capturing Danforth's daughter and taking her to what appears to be his own torture room, he takes sadistic glee in making her believe he'll let her go before breaking her pinky. He then prepares to take out his irritations by torturing her to death.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In all honesty, he probably wouldn't mind, but driving Damien Darhk to want to destroy the entire planet even without the survivors in the Ark was almost certainly not what he intended when he blew it up.
  • Villain Has a Point: When Oliver goes back on their Enemy Mine, he points out how Oliver is conflicted over his beliefs since he went from stopping Anarky to helping him escape prison to capturing him again.
  • Villainous Crush: It's subtly implied that he has an obsession for Thea.
  • Weapon of Choice: A convertible three-sectioned staff with a stun gun at one end. He's a master with it and its huge reach gives him an advantage when he's fighting the bare-handed Green Arrow and Speedy.
  • The Worf Effect: Oliver seems to get hit by this whenever Machin shows up, and has overpowered Green Arrow and the whole team in virtually every fight in Season 4. Season 5 does set it straight with Oliver finally beating him in a one-on-one fight.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Attacks Thea and tortures a mayoral candidate's daughter. He later personally executes Ruve Adams.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He was attempting to kill Damien Darhk's daughter.
  • Yandere: He killed Alex so Thea wouldn't have him anymore.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Machin seems to have little actual understanding of what anarchy really is, most often using it as a fancy word for chaos.

    Double Down 

    Noah Kuttler / The Calculator 

Noah Kuttler / The Calculator

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"Have either of you boys heard of... the Calculator?"

Species: Human

Known Aliases: The Calculator

Played By: Tom Amandes

Appearances: Arrow

A computer genius capable of going toe-to-toe with Felicity, blackmailed Roy into stealing components for him and almost managed to destroy the whole city with a literal web nuke. He's also Felicity's Disappeared Dad.


  • Archnemesis Dad: To Felicity.
  • Blackmail: How he got Roy into working for him.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He has been alluded to since early Season 3.
  • The Cracker: There isn't a security system on Earth that he can't break.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's usually seen wearing black.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He enters Snark-to-Snark Combat with his own family.
  • Disappeared Dad: Was absent for most of Felicity's life.
  • Enemy Mine: He joins Team Arrow temporarily to stop Darhk's evil plan to destroy the world.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may be an immoral hacker and a deadbeat dad, but even he is disturbed by Darhk's plans to destroy the world.
  • Evil Genius: He is known as the greatest terrorist hacker in the world.
  • Evil Old Folks: Gray-haired and old enough to be Felicity's father, as well as an amoral, child abandoning hacker.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: He joins Team Arrow in their fight against HIVE because he doesn't want them to destroy the world.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: It seems that he has made peace with his daughter, but nothings exactly a given with him.
  • Jerkass: He's fine with abusing his daughter's trust and trying to steal from her company.
  • Karma Houdini: After helping Team Arrow, they just allow him to walk off.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Felicity sees right through him and has him arrested.
  • Like Father, Like Son: It’s clear Felicity takes after her father more than her mother.
  • Manipulative Bastard: First he Blackmailed Roy into stealing for him, then he tries to use his familial ties to Felicity in order to steal from her company.
  • Meaningful Name: The Calculator is a fitting name for a Manipulative Bastard like him.
  • Never My Fault: Accepts no blame for abandoning his daughter, trying to justify his actions by claiming that he's a Well-Intentioned Extremist being unjustly pursued and that a life on the run is no place for a child. He also brushed off Felicity's condemnation for blackmailing Roy.
  • Non-Action Guy: Since he's a hacker, he's not really a fighter.
  • Not So Different: He frequently tries to argue this between him and Felicity.
  • Notorious Parent: He is a fugitive cyber-criminal and the father of Felicity. In early series, all Felicity knew was that her mother forbade her having a relationship with Noah. It's not until Felicity meets Noah as an adult that she realizes it was for good reason. However, this realization comes only after Noah tries to woo her into a father-daughter relationship only to hurt her by returning to his criminal ways.
  • Parental Abandonment: He ditched Felicity when she was seven.
  • Pet the Dog: Buys Felicity a mobile ramp to help her get around.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the comics, The Calculator and Felicity Smoak are not related at all.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: The Calculator is a Birds of Prey villain in the comics.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Frequently throws sarcastic jabs at his own ex-wife and daughter.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Temporarily becomes an ally to Team Arrow in order to stop Darhk from destroying the world.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims that he's not a "bad guy", and that he's Not So Different from Felicity.
  • What You Are in the Dark: When he believes that he's in the process of winning back Felicity's trust, he takes the first opportunity he finds to try to steal her company's data.

    Brie Larvan / Bug-Eyed Bandit 

    Laura Washington / Cyber-woman 

Laura Washington / Cyber-woman

Species: Human (Enhanced via technology)

Known Aliases: Cyber-woman

Played By: Erica Luttrell

Appearances: Invasion!note 

A doctor that augmented herself with cybernetics stolen from Van Horn Industries including a regulator. The Team Arrow recruits have a run in with her due to needing the regulator themselves.


  • Adaptation Name Change: She seems to be based off LeTonya Charles a.k.a. Cyborgirl; they are even visually quite similar.
  • Afro Asskicker: Possesses an afro, and sure handed Wild Dog's ass to him.
  • Arm Cannon: She has a gauntlet implanted in her arm that fires electrical blasts.
  • Cyborg: What she has turned herself into.
  • Electronic Eyes: She has an electronic implant attached to her left eye.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Smart enough to cybernetically enhance herself with stolen technology.
  • Mad Scientist: While not quite fitting the stereotype, however she is a doctor who experimented on herself.
  • Made of Iron: Parts of her are made of metal, making her much more durable.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: In the comics, Cyborgirl is a Wonder Woman villain.
  • Super Strength: Her cybernetic enhancements make her stronger than the average human.

    Onyx Adams 

Onyx Adams

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Species: Human

Played By: Chastity Dotson

Appearances: Arrow

A former member of the League of Assassins and more recently the CIA, who turned criminal for her own gains.


    Sam Hackett 

Sam Hackett

Species: Human

Played By: Luke Camilleri

Appearances: Arrow

The son of Dave Hackett, the late bodyguard of Oliver and Robert Queen, who tries to seek revenge for his fathers murder.


  • Disproportionate Retribution: He targets Oliver, as Robert Queen murdered his father for Oliver's sake and because Oliver kept quiet for so long. While it is a little bit understandable to go after Oliver himself, taking innocent people hostage and trying to force SCPD officers to shoot him or be electrocuted to death is not.
  • Revenge: Is out for vengeance for his fathers murder at the hands of Robert Queen.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Since Robert Queen is already dead, he went for the latter's son Oliver (who was the reason why his own father was killed in the first place).
  • Save the Villain: After his power source for the electrocution device is destroyed, Oliver saves him from a vengeful SCPD officer.

    Brett Collins 

Brett Collins

Species: Human

Played By: Peter Graham-Gaudreau

Appearances: Arrow

An alcoholic with many charges over the years including public intoxication and stalking.

see Arrowverse: Earth-2 page to see Earth-2 Brett

    Kevin Meltzer / Chimera 

Kevin Meltzer / Chimera

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Chimera

Played by: Ryan Handley

Appearances: Arrow

A criminal obsessed with targeting vigilantes and taking their masks as trophies.


    Stanley / The Star City Slayer 

Stanley Dover / The Star City Slayer

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Species: Human

Known Aliases: Star City Slayer

Played by: Brendan Fletcher

Appearances: Arrow

A former inmate (number 9922) of Slabside Maximum Security Prison who was incarcerated for murder, which he at first claims was wrongful. He quickly befriends Oliver. Then it turns out that he is not as harmless as he looks...

see Smallville: Meteor Freaks page for Rudy Jones, the Earth-167 character who bears his physical likeness

  • Abusive Parents: Whenever Stanley did something he didn't like, his father would give him some "medicine" (read: paralytic agent) and proceed to "correct" him. It's easy to see why he'd develop into a total fucking lunatic, but at the same time, it could be that he was always insane and this was merely his father's way of dealing with him.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's a lot easier on the eyes than the comics Stanley Dover, who was a creepy old man.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: So far, this Stanley Dover is not a Satanist or a child murderer. He also feels a genuine sense of kinship with Oliver, while his comic counterpart was just using him.
  • Adapted Out: In the comics, Stanley Dover is a master of the occult. Here, like most Arrow adaptations of characters, he's just a Badass Normal.
  • Age Lift: The comicbook Stanley Dover is a notorious Evil Old Folks. Here, he appears to be around Oliver's agenote .
  • Ambiguously Evil: At first, after it turns out he really did murder the guard he was accused of killing for unknown reasons. He also killed several other people, and claimed they all had it coming. As shown later however, his definition of "had it coming" is pretty blurry.
  • Arc Villain: He becomes the main threat for a few episodes and it almost looks as though he might take over as Big Bad.
  • Ax-Crazy: "Ax-Crazy" doesn't really do it justice. The guy is full-on, veins-on-the-forehead-and-frothing-at-the-mouth insane. Trying to be rational with him is next to impossible. Then there's the tiny little detail that he's a serial killer...
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Combined with The Dog Bites Back, as he kills Brick.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Calling him "The Star City Slayer" really pisses him off.
    • No one listening to him or understanding his motives.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Gains an extremely warped sense of morality from his abusive parents.
  • Canon Character All Along: Turns out he really is the adaptation of Stanley Dover aka Star City Slayer.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Subverted. He eventually gets the title "Star City Slayer" about halfway through Season 7, even if he doesn't care for the name.
  • Distressed Dude: Oliver has to rescue him from being brutalized numerous times.
  • Frame-Up: He claims that he was wrongfully accused of murder. His later action of framing Ben Turner for the murder of a guard himself however puts this into question. And then it is revealed that he is indeed a murderer.
  • Freudian Excuse: He had Abusive Parent's who gave him drugs to correct him.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: He reveals himself as the guards murderer by thanking Oliver for finding Ben Turner's knife, even though Oliver never told him about it.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Uses this to justify his actions.
  • Insistent Terminology: He doesn't kill or murder, he "corrects." The results are just about the same...
  • The Lancer: To Oliver in prison.
  • Loony Fan: Obsessed with Oliver.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Has to be in order to fool Oliver.
  • Mask of Sanity: And a pretty good one.
  • The Mentally Ill: One of the few genuine examples of the verse.
  • Mood-Swinger: Stanley constantly swings back and forth between friendly and threatening.
  • Never My Fault: Very prone to this.
  • No Name Given: No last name, anyway. Until "The Slabside Redemption", when it's revealed to be Dover.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite his unstable attire and being helpless in a straight fight, he is scarily competent in trackking and stalking his targets. He also murders Brick and almost kills Dinah.
  • Obliviously Evil: Too broken and insane to realize his actions are wrong.
  • One-Hit Kill: Ends up being knocked out by Oliver in one hit. He is good at planning and stalking his prey, but he is helpless in a direct fight.
  • Parental Substitute: In a very dark version of this trope, Stanley’s M.O. is to become attached to an older brother figure and then systematically kill his enemies, friends, and finally him.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He acts extremely immature.
  • Sanity Slippage: Noticeably more unhinged in ‘’Star City Slayer’’ than in ''The Slabside Redemption’’.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He murdered both of his parents as a boy. They gave him a good reason to do it.
  • Serial Killer: Is revealed to be this.
  • Sibling Murder: Kills his older brother after he tries to send Stanley to Arkham. Then he latched onto another older brother figure, with strong implication that he eventually killed him too. He tried the same with Oliver, but was luckily stopped just short of doing it.
  • Tautological Templar: Genuinely believes he is doing good and can’t comprehend otherwise.
  • That One Case: Downplayed example but Dinah remembers his serial killings in Central City as having gone unsolved.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Defied and subverted. He tells everyone he's nothing like his abusive father. Felicity agrees, that Stanley is much worse.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Tries to "help" Oliver by targeting both people who are his enemies, as well as his friends.

    Aviva Metula / Shadow Thief 

Aviva Metula / Shadow Thief

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Shadow Thief

Played by: Carmel Amitt

Appearances: Arrow

A former Mossad agent and professional mercenary, former associate of both Ricardo Diaz and Black Siren.


  • The Anticipator: She anticipated the probability of Laurel's turning on her when they start working together again and brought a few men as backup.
  • Badass Israeli: A former Mossad agent.
  • Informed Judaism: A former Mossad agent with a jewish name, but it doesn't play into her character in any way.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She is said to be Earth-2 Laurel's colleague during her stint as The Dragon to Ricardo Diaz, yet she's nowhere to be seen in Season 6.


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