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Team Arrow

A group that Oliver Queen intentionally and unintentionally formed throughout his Vigilante career. Following Oliver's sacrifice in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the team go their separate ways.

  • 10-Minute Retirement: After disbanding the team in Season 7, the band (minus Felicity) quickly comes back together in Season 8, becoming even bigger with the arrival of the future kids, before disbanding for good.
  • Action Dad: Five members, both former and current, are fathers (Oliver, Diggle, Quentin, Malcolm, and Rene).
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Heroic example. The Blood Cult's base in Season 2 become theirs starting Season 4.
  • Anti-Hero Team: Until Season 4, the group is infamous for their vigilantism.
  • Avengers Assemble: "Suit up".
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Laurel and Diggle are fond of doing this. Oliver occasionally does as well.
  • Badass Biker: All the fighters sans Diggle were shown riding bikes.
  • Badass Crew: The group is the resident Badass Normal team of the Arrowverse.
  • Badass Driver: Subverted by Diggle. He is unquestionably a badass, and originally worked as Oliver's bodyguard/driver, but he never uses the vehicle he drives as a weapon. Felicity, on the other hand, plays this straight when she goes Car Fu on Isabel Rochev near the end of Season 2.
  • Badass Family: The group had two Sibling Teams in its entire run, and their respective fathers (well, Thea's) are also occasional Sixth Rangers. Diggle's wife Lyla is also an occasional Sixth Ranger, so is Oliver's "League wife" Nyssa.
  • Badass Normal: None of them have superpowers until Ragman joins in Season 5, but most of them rely on their physical skills unlike Team Flash's reliance on Barry's Super-Speed and other metahuman powers, or the Legends reliance on their powers and futuristic tech.
  • Batman Gambit: The Team relies on elaborate analysis of their opponents so they can use it on their favor.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The group consists of very good looking men and women.
  • Brains and Brawn: They are the Brawn compared to Team Flash's Brains. Unlike Team Flash who are mostly composed of Science Heroes, this team are emphasized on using their physicality.
  • Color Character: There's Green Arrow, Black Canary and Dark Archer (during Season 3). Sara is slated to become White Canary in Legends of Tomorrow. Roy Harper is also known as Red Arrow in the comics continuity, a name that Thea (repeatedly) suggests to adopt.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Everyone but Felicity has a Color Motif. Oliver = Green, Diggle = Black/Blue, Roy/Thea = Red and Sara/Laurel = Black/Yellow.
  • The Cowl: The group is originally protecting Star(ling) City from the shadows. This changes in Season 4.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: You can tell the group's evolution by the changes of their bases and costumes or the addition of their members.
  • Domino Mask: All the group's fighters wear one sans Diggle, Ray, Curtis, Rene, and Rory.
  • Drama Queen: The members are prone to giving dramatic displays of woes. The only exceptions are Diggle and Sara, but even they have their moments.
  • Dwindling Party: During Season 6. First, the three new recruits from Season 5 leave, then Thea and finally even John himself, all (except for Thea, who leaves Star City to destroy the remaining Lazarus Pits) because of being uncontent with Oliver's leadership. Then Oliver officially disband the rest of Team Arrow, leaving him all alone.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Queens and the Lances have turbulent relationships within themselves and with each other, while both Roy and Felicity have Parental Abandonment issues (the former more so). Diggle is the only member who is free from heavy family drama until Season 4.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Their original base was located below Verdant, the Queen family's bar. Their current one is located below Oliver's (previously Sebastian Blood's) campaign office.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • They teamed up with The League of Assassins to fight Slade Wilson in the Season 2 finale.
    • Oliver made a controversial decision to align with Malcolm Merlyn to fight off Ra's Al-Ghul.
    • Then they teamed up with the police, openly and officially.
  • Experienced Protagonist: They are the very first superhero team in the Arrowverse.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: Oliver disbands The Team in the Season 7 finale after Emiko's death. However, they reunite for Season 8. They disband for good during the Season 8 finale after Oliver's death.
  • Five-Man Band: In Season 2 to Season 4, the main members of the team fit this archetype very nicely.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Twice, in different incarnations.
    • The mid-Season 2 incarnation before Roy is properly on board fits with Oliver, Diggle, Felicity, and Sara.
    • The first half of Season 4 fits up until Sara's second exit with Oliver, Diggle, Quentin, Ray, Laurel, Thea, Felicity, and Sara.
  • Hacker Cave: Felicity ended up turning the Arrowcave into this, with several state-of-the-art computers that can do just about anything.
  • Hunk: All the male members sauf Rory, Curtis or Quentin.
  • Hypocrite: The entire Team is guilty for not practicing what they preach and all that. See their respective entries for specifics.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Team Arrow", though Oliver takes a while to come around to it. "Original Team Arrow" for the primary trio of Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity.
  • Instant Expert: Downplayed. They don't get things straight from the get-go, but they still have a very fast rate on learning things.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Most of the male teammates have involved in instances of Workout Fanservice.
  • Ms. Fanservice: All the female teammates.
  • New Meat: Helena and Felicity in Season 1, Sara and Roy in Season 2, Laurel and Thea in Season 3, Quentin, Ray and Curtis in Season 4, Curtis (as a fighter), Evelyn, Rene, Rory, and Dinah in Season 5.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Curtis, Evelyn, Rene and Rory don't have the bond with Ollie that Felicity and Diggle do and more than willingly to call him out when they feel it's necessary.... which is often.
  • Non-Powered Costumed Hero: All of the team consists of Badass Normals, though early on only Oliver, Sara, and Roy wore costumes. As the team expanded to include more team members on the field, Laurel, Thea, and Ray joined the costumed heroes on the team. By season 4, Diggle, who usually wore standard Black OPs clothes, gets his own costume. The only exceptions are Ray Palmer and Rory Regan who have powers stemming from their costumes and metahuman Dinah Drake.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: They are the Badass Normal team in a world of superhumans, but fortunately they happen to inhabit a city filled with similarly powerless criminals, aside from the occasional exception.
  • Le Parkour: Only Oliver, Sara, Roy, and Evelyn have displayed mastery of this skill, though Laurel, Thea, Diggle, and Rene were shown capable of making high and long leaps.
  • Power Trio: The group's original incarnation with Oliver, Diggle and Felicity.
  • Progressively Prettier: Their bases get more and more cool-looking as seasons go on.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits:
    • Throughout the years, they were composed of a reformed Jerkass billionaire heir (The Leader and founder), a Retired Badass military veteran, a brilliant and quirky Playful Hacker, a rogue assassin, a Reformed Criminal, a Crusading Lawyer, and a former teen junkie.
    • The Team fits even better in Season 5, while the previous version of the team were mainly archers and martial artists, Oliver's new recruits each have their own gimmick. As Diggle puts it:
  • Revolving Door Casting: Team Arrow is tied with the Legends as the team with the most line-up changes of all the Arrowverse shows.
  • Secret-Keeper: They and Team Flash mutually keep the other team's and their allies' secret identities.
  • Sibling Team: Oliver and Thea Queen, Laurel and Sara Lance.
  • Sixth Ranger: Most members (Sara, Roy, Laurel) started this way, but the group's occasional allies are Quentin Lance, Team Flash, Malcolm Merlyn, Nyssa Al-Ghul, Lyla Michaels-Diggle, Ray Palmer, Mari McCabe and John Constantine. Former members Sara Lance, Roy Harper, and Thea Queen frequently help the group as well.
  • Superhero Speciation:
    • Generally averted. The team has had two archers in different incarnations (Oliver, Helena, Roy, Malcolm, Thea, Evelyn), two hackers (Felicity, Curtis), four parkour practitioners in different incarnations (Oliver, Sara, Roy, Evelyn), two gunners in different incarnations (Diggle, Quentinnote , Rene)
    • The only speciation is the team always has; one staff combatant with sonic weaponry/powers (Sara, Laurel, Dinah)note , one Powered Armor user (Ray), and one mystical hero (Rory).
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: They are a Badass Normal team who deals with similarly powerless criminals, yet their city is right next door to Central City, home to Barry Allen/The Flash. If Barry were to help out or move over to Star City, he'd clean up most of the threats by the start of each episode. However he's usually preoccupied with the bigger metahuman threats in his own city. Similarly with the Legends, they could return at any time they wanted, but are usually caught up dealing with time criminals. Supergirl is from another Earth, at least Pre-Crisis, and she and her teammates are dealing with alien menaces. So Oliver and his team are always left to take down the Star City criminals themselves.
  • The Team: Obviously. They went from a Power Trio in Season 1 and the first half of Season 2 to a Five-Man Band starting the second half of Season 2.
  • Team Member in the Adaptation: Team Arrow consists of characters unassociated with Green Arrow lore throughout its run, including John Diggle (who later became a Canon Immigrant), Huntress, Felicity Smoak, The Atom, Mister Terrific, Wild Dog, Ragman, and the Dinah Drake Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance, who indeed was a member of The Team in this incarnation, technically twice, is the one associated with Green Arrow in the comics).
  • The Team Wannabe: Roy, Laurel, Rene, and Curtis all started as this. See their respective entries.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: The Team's principle starting Season 2.
  • Three Plus Two: The original team was the Power Trio of Oliver, Diggle and Felicity. Late in Season 2, Sara and then Roy join. They both leave in different circumstances in Season 3, and by that time Laurel and Thea come on board.
  • Token Minority:
    • Prior to Curtis showing up, Diggle was the only member of Team Arrow who wasn't Caucasian.
    • Speaking of Curtis, he's now the only member of Team Arrow who's gay, since Sara swung both ways.
    • Rory Regan joined Team Arrow as the first full time Token Super member, since Ray Palmer was only a part time member.
    • Then Dinah Drake joined the team as the first Token Metahuman and replaced Ragman as the Token Super.
  • Token Super: Team Arrow is the resident Badass Normal team in the Arrowverse, but over the series there have been occasional super powered individuals joining the roster.
  • Training from Hell: All the physical fighters underwent one.
  • Trash the Set: Their bases always gets compromised.
  • True Companions: They treat each other as family.
    • The Lance sisters have been this to the Queen siblings way before Oliver started this team despite Oliver's turbulent history with them.
    • Oliver, Diggle and Felicity spend Season 1 and the first half of Season 2 building a relationship, quickly get used to putting their lives in the other's hands and Diggle and Felicity are the few friends Oliver willing trusts with his secret identity. Diggle also frequently refers to Oliver as his brother.
    • The new recruits, particularly Curtis, Artemis and Wild Dog, are close-knit. Ragman, while on good terms with them, tends to interact mostly with Curtis.
  • Two Girls to a Team: The late Season 2 incarnation, with Oliver, Diggle, Roy, Felicity and Sara. Inverted in Season 4 where Oliver and Diggle are the only male members, while there are three female members with Felicity, Laurel and Thea. Season 5 returns to this dynamic with Felicity and Artemis.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The original lineup consisting of Oliver, Diggle and Felicity.
  • Uncertain Doom: In the Season Five finale, all active members (plus Thea and a few villains) are on Lian Yu when the place is blown to hell by Adrian Chase.
  • Vigilante Man: The group is this originally.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Weak in the sense that the Arrowverse are gradually being filled with super powered individuals. The Team's main asset is their physical and combat skills, also as pointed many times, are the Badass Normal team of the Arrowverse.
  • White-and-Grey Morality: They are the Grey to Team Flash's white, with them being originally an Anti-Hero Team and all. They are going for a much brighter shade of grey starting Season 4.
  • The Worf Effect: Every episode has the Badass Crew lose in their first fight with a villain in the beginning half of an episode before planning out a better strategy for their next confrontation.
  • Workout Fanservice: They love keeping themselves in shape, and these men and women love showing it.

Former Members

    Oliver Queen / The Hood / The Arrow / The Green Arrow / Al Sah-him / The Spectre 

    John Diggle / Spartan 

John Thomas Diggle
"You can stare down death with something to live for or not. Something to live better."
Click here to see him as the Green Arrow II 

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Dig, "The Hood"note , Spartan, Green Arrow (interim)

Affiliations: The U.S. Army, Team Arrow, ARGUS

Played By: David Ramsey

First Appearance: Pilot (Arrow 1x1)

Appearances: Arrow | Flash vs. Arrow!note  | Heroes Join Forcesnote  | The Flash | Invasion!note  | Crisis on Earth-X note  | Elseworlds note  | Crisis on Infinite Earths note  | Batwoman | Superman & Lois | Supergirl

Hired by Moira to be Oliver's bodyguard, Diggle quickly became his first partner in his vigilante activities. As a former special forces soldier, Diggle has extensive combat training and several connections in the military and government agencies that he can exploit to assist in their missions. In Season 3, Diggle re-marries his ex-wife from the Army, Lyla Michaels and becomes a father to their newborn-daughter Sara, who is Cosmic Retconed into their son, John Jr. In Season 6, John takes up the Green Arrow mantle from Oliver, who stepped back to raise his son William.

see the Arrowverse: Other Earths page to see his Earth-16 counterpart
see the The Flash (1990) page to see his Earth-90 counterpart
see the Smallville: Clark's Allies page for John Stewart, the Earth-167 character who bears his first name and comic book connections.
see the Superman & Lois page for his counterpart on an undesignated Earth

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Thrice. The first lasts one episode. The second lasts two. The third lasts five.
  • Action Dad: Starting Season 3. Legends of Tomorrow reveals that he and Lyla will/could have another child named John, Jr. in an alternate future, which is confirmed as of Paradox. He has both children when the Multiverse is recreated.
  • Adaptational Job Change: John Stewart, his comic counterpart, was an architect and, in a bit of Ret-Canon from the DC Animated Universe, a Marine before that. This John was in the Army and later became a bodyguard.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Due to not being a biological relative of Roy Stewart, this version of John is named John Diggle.
  • Affirmative-Action Legacy: He becomes the new Green Arrow at the beginning of season six.
  • Aloof Ally: He doesn't interact with Team Flash as much as Felicity and Oliver do.
  • Amicable Exes: Was this with Lyla, but they're back together as of Arrow Season 2 and over a year later they remarry.
  • Arc Words: "Brother". At first it was mainly because of the main reason for him joining Oliver's crusade being to prevent other people from losing anyone they love like he did with his brother, to eventually being the Big Brother Mentor for Oliver and eventually their entire team. His major Story Arc is also about hunting down Deadshot, the man who killed his brother. Eventually, his supposedly dead brother ends up being a major personal antagonist for him.
  • The Atoner: Part of the reason he joins Oliver's crusade is that it makes him feel good again after the Black-and-Gray Morality he saw as a soldier in Afghanistan.
  • Automatic Crossbow: Lacking Oliver's years of training with a bow, Felicity makes him one of these when he takes up the Arrow name.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: He's fond of doing this, probably to show off his enormous arms.
  • Badass Driver: Subverted. He is a badass and he worked as Oliver's driver, but he was never shown fighting while on wheels (it was Felicity who did that, against Isabel Rochev).
  • Badass Family: He and his wife are a seasoned Battle Couple. His supposed "late" brother also happens to be a kickass agent. Legends of Tomorrow also shows a supposed alternate future where he has a son who becomes Oliver's successor, though the events of Paradox suggest that this timeline may come to pass.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: How he dresses while playing the part of Oliver's bodyguard and driver.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: The bodyguard equivalent, anyway. Oliver seems to take more pleasure in ditching him than is strictly necessary — at least until he lets Dig in on the secret, after which it proves unnecessary altogether.
  • Battle Couple: With Lyla in Afghanistan. They're actually a Reconstruction of this. First they split-up because they couldn't function as a couple without battles. But in time, they realized that both of them are the only ones who can truly understand each other.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He and Lyla are prone to arguments and such, but they obviously love each other.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Basically his role in Team Arrow.
  • Body Double: He's the go-to guy to impersonate Oliver and wear his vigilante gear in case the latter's not present or unavailable.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Understandable, considering nobody knows Oliver is anything more than an idiot playboy when they assign Diggle to bodyguard him.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Much like Felicity in Season Four, Diggle leaves the team in Season One because he can't trust Oliver to have his back, after he prioritized Laurel over Diggle. He doesn't stay away for long though.
  • Canon Character All Along: Ironically, given "Canon Immigrant", Elseworlds and "Spartan" revealed that he's effectively the Arrowverse version of John Stewart with the former seeing the 1990s version of Barry wondering where John's ring was and the latter revealing that his stepfather has the surname "Stewart". The Arrow series finale makes it pretty obvious he will become a Green Lantern. Subverted when he rejects the ring's power in later episodes of The Flash (2014).
  • Canon Immigrant: In Issue #24 of the New 52 series. This led to a version of Expy Coexistence as season 7 revealed him to be the Arrowverse version of Green Lantern John Stewart.
  • Code Name: For most of the series, he doesn't have one, beyond a one-off call sign of "Freelancer" in Season 2 when he was on a mission with ARGUS. In season 4, despite having a costume and being the team's point man, he doesn't have a code name until episode 6, when Felicity is forced to invent one on the spot so that she doesn't have to say his name in front of Curtis.
    Diggle: Spartan?
    Felicity: We have a guest with us tonight.
  • The Confidant: To Oliver and Felicity.
  • The Consigliere: To Oliver; he shares this role with Felicity.
  • Cool Teacher: He thought Felicity a few moves to defend herself in Season 1. While it wasn't shown, it is heavily implied that he polished the skill set of both Laurel and Thea during the time gap between the Season 3 finale and Season 4.
  • Cool Uncle: To his "late" brother's son.
  • Costume Copycat: He wears the Hood's costume a couple of times. The first time is when Diggle attacks an arms dealer across town while Oliver is at a party surrounded with witnesses, proving to Detective Lance that Oliver is not the Hood. The second time is when Diggle beats up Oliver in front of Moira to get information out of her.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He wears an overall black costume starting Season 4 yet is probably one of the most moral members of Team Arrow.
  • Deadpan Snarker: After he and Oliver become closer, he shows no hesitation in cracking wise on a regular basis.
  • Death by Origin Story: His brother, Andy, is part of Dig's motivation to help Oliver. And boy is he pissed when he learns that not only is Andy alive, but is Evil All Along.
  • Decomposite Character: Takes Oliver's role in the comics as Connor Hawke's father.
  • Dented Iron: His nerves are damage due to his injuries from Lian Yu's destruction. And while it didn't deterred his will and spirit, it certainly did his physical capabilities.
  • Enemy Mine: Forced to work with Deadshot to break out of prison.
  • Expy: His alter ego as Spartan resembles Peacemaker.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He is among the six remaining survivors of the Multiverse, alongside Iris, Clark, Nash, Ralph and Jefferson, and stands with them in defiance of the Anti-Monitor, before being erased by the Anti-Matter.
  • Frame-Up: In Season 5 he's framed for trying to steal a nuke by a crooked military officer to save his own ass.
  • Handicapped Badass: After the explosions of Lian Yu, he was left with a nerve damage due to a shrapnel hitting him. it is so bad that he can't aim a gun properly.
  • Happily Married: With his wife Lyla during their second marriage.
  • Heroic BSoD: A comedic one happens to him when he sees Barry's powers for the first time. Needless to say...
    Diggle: I had a cousin who got struck by lighting once. He just developed a stutter.
  • Heroic Build: He's the most muscular male member of Team Arrow to date. Oliver even compliments him for it, saying that Dig's toned arms are bigger than bowling balls.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Oliver. He jokes about this when telling Felicity that he and Oliver don't need couples therapy.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: In Season 7 as an ARGUS agent, he's doing things that he would've never done in the previous seasons and that he would frequently callout Waller and Lyla for — like bringing back the Suicide Squad. Curtis calls him out on this, but John justifies it as necessary.
  • Hypocrite: He lectures Oliver back in Season 1 about his mother being part of the villains shouldn't affect his goals. In Season 4, the roles are reversed, with Diggle now having his brother as part of the bad guys and had tensions with Oliver when confronted about it (in Diggle's defense though, he was initially reluctant about his brother).
    • One of the reasons he's pissed at Oliver after season 3 is because of Oliver not trusting him to let him in to his plan with the League of Assassins, despite he himself having kept Oliver in the dark about Team Arrow's plan for Roy to fake his death just a few episodes before. Then there's the fact that John was spending 2 years investigating H.I.V.E. and didn't tell anyone including Oliver.
    • After being framed for military espionage, he was visited by a vision of Deadshot who calls him out for his obsession to avenge his brother only to find his brother is evil and killed him. It was that moment that Diggle believes he deserves to be in prison as punishment for killing his brother.
  • It's All My Fault: Word of God has said that he feels responsible for Laurel's death at the end of Eleven Fifty Nine due to not realising that Andy was Evil All Along and the hand he played in Laurel's death.
  • It's Personal:
    • With Floyd "Deadshot" Lawton. Not only does Deadshot shoot and nearly kill him, he also shot and killed Diggle's brother Andy.
    • With General Walker in season 5, for betraying and murdering the men under his command and setting Diggle up to take the fall.
  • The Lancer: To Oliver, always Oliver's second-in-command and the more level-headed foil to Oliver.
  • Last-Name Basis: He is often called Diggle or Dig.
  • The Leader: He assumes this role when on missions with Task Force X.
  • Meaningful Name: Given Green Arrow's similarities to Robin Hood, it stands to reason his right hand man and best friend will be named after Little John. David Ramsey himself has compared Diggle to Little John.
  • Meta Guy: He usually lampshades every trope related to the situation everytime he does a Crossover to The Flash.
  • Military Superhero: He's a retired U.S. Army sergeant, though he only officially becomes a superhero during his fourth year of vigilante work.
  • Morality Chain: Aims to become one to Oliver so that he won't Jump Off the Slippery Slope.
  • Morality Pet: Functionally, as Oliver edges away from the Slippery Slope, Diggle acts more as his external conscience and reminder-of-humanity. He's not exactly blind to this, either. When he agreed to become Ollie's right hand man as the Arrow he outright cited this as his most important function.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: He and Lyla are more Happily Married after their second wedding.
  • Nice Guy: One of the most moral, reliable and loyal characters on the show.
  • Number Two: Oliver treats him as his second-in-command due to him being his original ally. He's also the one who leads Team Arrow everytime Oliver is not present.
  • N-Word Privileges: He pokes fun of his Token Minority status in any given chance, and in ways only he is allowed to.
  • Old Retainer: As of Season 3, when Oliver loses control of Queen Consolidated and most of his money.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted in season 4 as he shares his first name with John Constantine, although the Last-Name Basis they have allows to distinguish them.
  • Opposites Attract: Zigzagged with Lyla and a more realistic example of this trope. Despite being their differing views, he and Lyla fell in love and got married, only to get divorced partially due to their inability to reconcile his idealism versus her more realist morals. They later rekindle their romance and remarry in season 3, but go through a rough patch in season 5 when Lyla's questionable actions as A.R.G.U.S. director causes the same old tensions to resurface.
  • Only Sane Man: Unquestionably the most level-headed member of The Team. While he still have his idiotic moments, it's not as worse as the rest.
  • Opt Out:
    • He leaves Team Arrow after Season 4 and rejoins the army after trusting Andy lead to Laurel's death and to atone for killing his own brother (who honestly had it coming). However once Oliver and Lyla break him out of prison he decides to rejoin Team Arrow as proper atonement.
    • He does it again late in Season 6, believing Oliver's leadership abilities are compromised as he's being torn between being the mayor, a father, and Green Arrow. The result is that Oliver's alienated the entire team and Diaz still has the upper hand.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Felicity, the two have one of the most solid and loyal friendships on the show even when one of them is at odds with Oliver. Near the end of Season 3 when they think they're being poisoned the pair's last words are affirming how glad they are to have known each other.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: A few. The most memorable so far from "Trust But Verify":
    "You forgot one thing: I'm the one with the grenade launcher."
  • Refusal of the Call: Though it didn't take him too long to answer it. Played straight after Arrow's cancellation when Diggle throws away the mysterious power box that he found in the Arrow season finale.
  • Related Differently in the Adaptation: Roy Stewart is his stepfather, not his biological grandfather.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Thanks to him turning out to be a Canon Character All Along, his marriage to Lyla became this as John Stewart and Harbinger were merely allies in Crisis on Infinite Earths. There's also, thanks to Decomposite Character being pulled on Connor Hawke, the fact they're Connor's (adopted) parents.
  • The Reliable One: Diggle's training in the military are completely overshadowed by Oliver's Training from Hell, so his position in the group is more of Morality Pet for Oliver, intel guy, and liaison with A.R.G.U.S.; he's now also a family man, making him even more into a big brother type for Oliver. Where Felicity is The Heart, providing emotional grounding, Digg provides regular doses of loyalty, insisting "you don't go in there alone" and "we don't leave anyone behind".
  • Running Gag: Every time Barry moves Dig with his superspeed, without fail, it leaves Dig puking.
  • Secret-Keeper: From "An Innocent Man" onwards.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Oliver/Felicity.
  • Shout-Out: He's named for writer Andy Diggle, who wrote the ''Green Arrow: Year One" mini-series.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical:
    • When Team Arrow is investigating Vertigo, he's the one to dress in street clothes and purchase a sample.
      Diggle: There you go. The person of color has successfully purchased your drugs.
      Felicity: For the record: I offered.
    • In Season Two, when Oliver insists that he and Felicity need secret identities if they're going to keep working with him, Diggle pulls this off again as he begrudgingly notes his secret identity is as Oliver Queen's black driver.
  • Superior Successor: During his stint as Green Arrow, while nowhere near Oliver's skill in archery, Diggle did a better job of leading Team Arrow overall (minus a couple hiccups); definitely in terms of rallying and keeping them united.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Subtly so; as he's a soldier, he probably has been responsible for a number of deaths in battle. However, there is one that seems to stand out: while protecting an Afghani warlord, he killed a young rebel, which shook his world view as he questioned who was more worthy of life in that moment.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Oliver asks him to become the Green Arrow in his stead so he can be a better father to William.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He stands 6'3 and definitely has a snarky humor.
  • Team Dad: Literally, since the birth of his daughter, but a lot of his role seems to be trying to make sure everyone on Team Arrow is on an even keel (and playing Shipper on Deck to Olicity). When Ollie and Roy are both at the tail end of a shitty day, they accept Diggle's invitation to a home-cooked meal with his family. This even extends when he's sent out on missions with the Suicide Squad where he's the only one (including themselves) who doesn't treat them as expendable assets.
  • Teleportation Sickness: Every time Barry uses his speed powers to "Flash" Diggle anywhere, he immediately throws up afterwards. It's become a Running Gag across Arrowverse shows now, that anytime Barry speeds others anywhere, John is the only one to throw up.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Ted Gaynor really should have known better than to hand Diggle a grenade launcher.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Inverted. Unlike Ollie and Felicity, it took him a while to adjust to Barry having super powers. Ollie says that powers or not, this is still the same Barry they befriended back in "The Scientist"/"Three Ghosts". Up until the Arrow Season 3 finale, he mentions that he's still not used seeing it.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: He always vomits when Flash whiplashes him to another location.
  • We Used to Be Friends: His friendship with Oliver is severely strained after the events of Season 3 because: a) Oliver kept him and the rest of Team Arrow Locked Out of the Loop on his plan to destroy the League from the inside and b) he had to kidnap Lyla in order to uphold the charade. Diggle is unsure if he can ever trust Ollie again. This gets resolved in a matter of weeks, though between Felicity's scolding, a second chance plea, and Oliver taking metahuman tattoo playing cards for him, it couldn't be helped.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Aims several at Oliver. Initially for being a murderous vigilante, later for not being as reliable to Digg as Digg is to Oliver.

    Helena Bertinelli / Huntress 

    Felicity Smoak-Queen / Overwatch 

Felicity Megan Smoak-Queen
"We're going to stop him, not out of guilt or vengeance, or regret. We are going to stop him because it's what we do. That's who we are."

Species: Human

Known Aliases: Overwatch, Ghost Fox Goddess

Played By: Emily Bett Rickards

First Appearance: "Lone Gunmen" (Arrow 1x3)

Appearances: Arrow | The Flash | Flash vs. Arrow!note  | Vixen | Heroes Join Forcesnote  | Legends of Tomorrow | Invasion!note  | Crisis on Earth-X note  | Elseworlds note 

An IT technician at Queen Consolidated, she was eventually recruited by her future husband Oliver to help in his mission to save the city.

see Arrowverse: Future Characters page for more on her possible future version
see Arrowverse: Earth-2 page for her Earth-2 counterpart
see Arrowverse: Other Earths page for her Earth-16 counterpart
see Arrowverse: Earth-X page for her Earth-X counterpart

  • Action Survivor: Unlike the rest of the team, Felicity has no combat training, but years of helping Oliver and co. take on supervillains and terrorists has given her plenty of experience in surviving through potentially fatal encounters. As a result, she's much more handy in a crisis than your average Mission Control.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, she's Ronnie Raymond's Wicked Stepmother. Here, she's a good-natured Nice Girl.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Subverted. Felicity has black hair in the comics, but is portrayed as a blonde in the series. She then states that she dyes her hair, which is confirmed in her flashback episodes which show her with Raven Hair, Ivory Skin.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Her college boyfriend being arrested, convinced Felicity to swear off hacktivism until Season 5 when she joins forces with Helix who ask her to do things like hack government drones.
  • Age Lift: The Felicity Smoak in the comics is old enough to be Ronnie Raymond's mother-in-law, making her age somewhere between late 20s to late 30s. She started appearing in Arrow at exactly 23 years old, while Ronnie Raymond was at least in his 20s when he was introduced 3 years later and old enough to marry.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: In the "Doomworld" alternate reality created by the Legion of Doom using the Spear of Destiny, she's a costumed vigilante who is active in the field, as well as the last surviving member of Team Arrow.
  • Always Save the Girl: A variant. Her ability to prioritize Oliver before everything can be a little scary at times. This is especially evident in the third season finale, where she momentarily attempts to convince Ray to save Oliver before fixing the bioweapon situation. Her second (and executed) solution becomes a literal case of this as she uses the ATOM suit instead.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Felicity is incredibly embarrassed by her mother. Whether she worked as a cocktail waitress or a stripper, she's kind of a stereotype of the Dumb Blonde The Ditz. However, by the end of the episode that introduces her, the two have reconciled, and it seems that Felicity shed her Perky Goth persona and dyed her hair blond and started dressing like her mother because that's when she decided to grow up.
  • Ambiguously Bi: All her on-screen romances are with men but she admits to being into Sara Lance flirting with her.
  • Amicable Exes:
    • She and Ray had a respectable breakup near the end of Season 3.
    • Double Subverted with Oliver. After they break-up, there are issues mostly on her part but they are eventually able to put their issues aside during the time of Laurel's death. And off course, by Season 6, they are back together.
  • Arch-Enemy: Becomes this with Ricardo Diaz by Season 7. She hates him for ruining her and Oliver's life, and after he directly targets her and William in her own place, she is hellbent on revenge, causing her to cross the lines she wouldn't even have come near to in the past.
  • Ascended Extra: Believe it or not, Felicity was originally planned to only appear once in her debut episode. However, the crew and cast loved her so much, they decided to make her a permanent member of the main cast as well as Oliver's main Love Interest.
  • Audience Surrogate: Has become this, especially from season 2 onwards. Felicity seems to have shaped into this for part of the audience. She seems to be the character that part of the audience relates to the most and she either feels, thinks, says or asks a lot of the things that the audience would also ask, think, say or feel. It also helps that she has a very close, intimate relationship with Oliver and she can basically read and understand him like she understands computers and technology. She drops out of it as she gets caught up in the series Romance Arc and the teams' general disposition to hypocrisy.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: She gets about as close to one as you'll find in the business world when Ray Palmer hires her directly as an executive, complete with her own secretary.
  • Back for the Finale: Returns in the series finale for Oliver's funeral.
  • Badass Adorable: Yes, Felicity is not much of an Action Girl but she is savvy and brainy. She often uses her brains to get Team Arrow out of trouble and she usually manages to be quirky and adorable while doing so.
  • Badass Bookworm: While she is more of a hacker and engineer, her experience at Team Arrow has made her show some combat skills.
  • Berserk Button: She is not a secretary, thank you very much. Attempting to treat her as one will result in getting an earful and a smashed coffee maker for your trouble.
  • Bespectacled Cutie: She's a cute girl who often, but not always, wears glasses.
  • Better as Friends: What she and Barry decided for now regarding their then Unresolved Sexual Tension.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She finally gets to pull one herself in the Season 3 finale, when Ray is busy making a cure for the Alpha Omega virus, so she puts on the Atom suit herself to save Oliver from falling off a dam.
  • Birds of a Feather:
    Iris: And she happens to come from your very rare species of adorable nerds.
    • Oliver also brings this up during Vixen, with comical results.
    Oliver: Were you and Felicity separated at birth?
    Barry: I hope not, because if we had been, that kiss would be weird!
    Oliver: You kissed her?!?
    Barry: *nervously* You know what? I gotta run! *runs off at super-speed*
    • She also works well with fellow tech expert Cisco, with the two of them often geeking out at various technology, or being the only ones who understand each other when going all technical.
    • She and Curtis hit it off pretty well too with him ending up as her Gay Best Friend.
  • Breakout Character: She progressively becomes important to the plot as the series goes on, to the point that she's even Promoted to Love Interest. She has the most confirmed Crossover appearances on the Spin-Off show so far, more than Oliver himself (again, so far). She's also the only character (yet again, so far) to get a Ship Tease with two (three if you count The Atom) of The CW's main leads.
    • The best example of this? She was only intended to appear in one episode. She eventually became the main female character.
  • Break the Cutie: When Oliver had "died", Felicity basically broke down emotionally.
    • It gets even worse when Oliver goes to prison to save her and William, as well as when Díaz breaks into her apart, and comes close to killing her and William. It cause her to go down a dark path.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Like Diggle in Season One she leaves Team Arrow of her own free will largely because she can't work with the Team while her feelings for Oliver cloud her judgement.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Gentle Girl to Oliver's Brooding Boy. While Felicity is more optimistic and upbeat in personality, Oliver is more brooding and stoic. Felicity often gets a very sullen and brooding Oliver to smile and laugh quite often.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She has her share of quirks and eccentricities (see Motor Mouth and Open Mouth, Insert Foot), but she's the best IT specialist at Queen Consolidated for a darn good reason.
  • Cannot Convey Sarcasm: The reason why she didn't know Oliver was literally going to shoot Barry with an arrow is that she couldn't tell if he was joking or not.
  • Car Fu: She saves Diggle from Isabel Rochev in the penultimate episode of Season 2 by ramming her with The Team's van.
  • Child Prodigy: Her mother stated she had her intelligence from a young age.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She can be possessive of Oliver, though it's usually Played for Laughs.
  • Composite Character: Halfway through Season 4 she's rendered paraplegic by an attack from the current Big Bad. Along with her already being the tech person of the team, it seemed to make her the Arrowverse's equivalent of Barbara Gordon during her time as Oracle, with even a joke about that name already being taken. However, she's actually a better fit for Wendy Harris—or the Canon Immigrant from Geoff Johns's Teen Titans run as she's revealed to be The Calculator's daughter, and both that Wendy and this Felicity are tech geniuses who end up in wheelchairs. Wendy became Oracle's non-Action Girl protege and took the codename "Proxy." Since Oracle's already taken and Felicity gets cured of her paralysis, Felicity is Wendy in all but name.
  • The Confidant: Seemingly the go-to person if you're having trouble, as Oliver, Barry and Ray all confide in her concerning their superhero issues. She's also this to Diggle, especially if he's struggling to talk to Oliver. Arrow Season 3 makes her this to Roy over his experiences under Mirakuru.
  • The Consigliere: To Oliver; she shares this role with Diggle.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • She was careful to reinstall Oliver's salmon ladder when upgrading the Foundry. Why? She likes watching him use it. It should be noted that when she redecorated the place, she kept the ladder in its original spot: right in front of her work station.
    • She admits to Caitlin Snow that being with Ray Palmer is like dating Barry with Oliver's body.
  • The Cutie: Felicity is sweet, loveable and nerdy (for the most part). It also helps that she is very likeable and relatable to a large part of the audience.
  • Damsel in Distress: She's a completely untrained non-combatant up against people willing to kill, so there really isn't much she legitimately can do when she's put in danger. However she usually keeps her cool and is capable of completing missions even when kidnapped or strapped with bombs.
  • Damsel out of Distress: She upgrades to this in the Season Two finale when she stabs Slade with the Mirakuru cure while he's holding a sword to her neck. She pulls off a similar trick in "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak", when she takes out her psycho ex-boyfriend all on her own, with Oliver merely proving a distraction for the guy, and in S4, is able to elude Double Down with a well placed kick then blind fire with an assault rifle (she's not a great shot).
  • The Determinator: Once Felicity wants something or believes in something, she NEVER gives up. Overall, Felicity is probably the most determined and stubborn member of Team Arrow.
  • Deal with the Devil: She joins forces with the hacktivist group Helix in Season 5 to take down Prometheus. In exchange for their help, she has to do thinks like hack military drones. Her teammates try to get her to see reason, but she refuses.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: This version of Felicity requires glasses and has a spinal injury after being shot in the back (and is only able to walk again due to Nanomachines).
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father, who gave her his dark hair and big brains, abandoned her and her mother when she was a kid, leaving her fearful of losing anybody else she cares about.
  • Drama Queen: She's infamously very emotional throughout Season 3. She got better by Season 4 so far until the Christmas Episode.
  • Drunk with Power: In Season 5, she's given an illicit data cache from the hacktivist group Helix, that contains dirt on everyone and using it to aid Team Arrow brings out the worst in her.
  • Dueling Hackers: She uses a desktop computer to wrestle Brie Larvan during their first encounter for remote control of a swarm of robotic bees.
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted and discussed In-Universe.
    Felicity: I may be blonde, but I'm not that blonde.
  • Dude Magnet: Several male characters are attracted to her including the protagonist Oliver Queen, Barry Allen, and Ray Palmer.
  • Dye Hard: Has admitted to this.
  • Easily Forgiven: While her reasons for doing it is a little justified, Ragman kinda let her slide easy on bombing his hometown. Though he does temporarily leave the team after she reveals what she did to him citing that she was a constant reminder of what happened. He only returns to the team after a heart to heart talk with her about it and accepting that they can't change what happened but that they must move forward. Also during the same season, she helped Helix free the cybercriminal Cayden James from A.R.G.U.S custody in order to gain a certain equipment needed for locating Prometheus. The team, Lyla and A.R.G.U.S, and Oliver just let her get away with what she did and all seemed forgiven. The reason could be because they understood why Felicity did it, even though that decision would come to bite them in season 6.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: She does get quite an attention from guys (Oliver, Palmer and a Ship Tease with Barry) and is seen as a Sexy Secretary by many others to boot.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: As revealed in "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak", her dyed blonde hair is this, leaving her Goth look behind along with her past life.
  • Expy: Given that she's an In Name Only character, her overall characterization is very similar to Chloe Sullivan. Her overall visual style and personality is also comparable to Penelope Garcia.
  • Famed in Story: Albeit not for good reasons. In tech circles she's known as the woman who ran Palmer Tech into the ground (and by proxy also ruined Ray's reputation), while in more darker circles her hacktivist work is legendary.
  • Fanservice Pack: As of Season Two, she is wearing sexier outfits and letting her hair out more often.
  • Former Teen Rebel: As opposed to the straightlaced IT professional she was initially presented as, we see in flashbacks that she used to be a goth teen in a hacktivist collective, until her boyfriend was arrested.
  • Genius Cripple: Is crippled by an attack on her and Oliver by Damian Darkh, but remains as smart as ever.
  • Genki Girl: Lacks the manic energy typically associated with this trope, but she does talk very fast and tends to be very optimistic.
  • Genre Savvy: When trying to smuggle Oliver out of Nanda Pardat, Malcolm tells her that there's no way they can escape with him without being detected. She shoots back that she's seen enough movies to know that every Supervillain Lair has a secret exit.
  • Girl Friday:
    Felicity: I should add Personal Internet Researcher for Oliver Queen to my job title.
    • It's even lampshaded in Season Two.
    Oliver: I need a Girl Wednesday.
    Felicity: It's Friday! And the answer is no!
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: While she was never evil, in her younger rebellious days of being a hacktivist, she went by her natural black hair color. She dyes her hair blonde to signify her change of character.
    • In "Doomworld", where she's an active vigilante and the last surviving member of Team Arrow, she also has her natural black hair.
  • Good Stepmother: She and William quickly get along and she begins treating him as if he was her son. William also begins treating her as a second mother and the two maintain that bond even as William reached adulthood.
  • Good with Numbers: She's a natural at counting cards, stating that it's all just probability theory and mathematics.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Which reflects her innocent and idealistic nature.
  • Happily Married: To Oliver Queen as of Crisis On Earth-X.
  • Has a Type: Played for Laughs. She realizes she has a thing for intense, attractive, moral men who do do shirtless salmon ladders in their place of business. Then it turns out the new sexy shirtless salmon man is gunning to be another super hero. Oh, and we also know that her college ex was an attractive hacktivist. Salmon ladder status unconfirmed.
    Felicity: Why does this keep happening to me?
  • The Heart: To Team Arrow, providing the light hearted fun to an otherwise very serious atmosphere.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: Apparently, she got her dark hair from her father.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Caitlin Snow and Iris West. Also seems to be headed towards this with Black Siren as of Season 7.
  • Hollywood Hacking: When she guest-starred in The Flash she hacked into Central City's municipal data network in about three seconds (after Cisco said it would take 30 minutes) by typing a bit on a computer that happened to be sitting nearby.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: In season 4 she is the CEO of Palmer Technologies and constantly struggles to be this, and in fact dedicates herself full-time to this after quitting Team Arrow, believing that she can make the world a better place from this angle rather than a vigilante one. You can definitely feel her anguish when she has to make difficult but necessary choices in her role, such as layoffs.
  • Hot Librarian: Her colorful blouses and short pencil skirts certainly evoke the look.
    Isabel: What were her qualifications? Aside from an abundance of short skirts?
  • Hypocrite: Felicity gradually becomes like this over the course of the third season, before hitting this attitude full-force in Season 4 and continued to show some signs of it durring the 5th and 6th seasons. When Oliver learns that he has a long-lost illegitimate son she accuses him of being untrustworthy (even though he just learned about it a day prior), only thinking of himself and not caring about what she feels, ignoring what he's going through over this knowledge, and breaks up with him over it. And she gets upset with him going behind her back, even though she was doing the same thing at the beginning of the season when she was still assisting Team Arrow without his knowledge. In previous episodes, she asked Donna to be understanding of Quentin not telling her why he was going into hiding. Then during season 5, she keeps secrets from Oliver and asks him to trust her (even though keeping secrets from each other was the reason why they broke up in the first place. During the "Crisis on Earth-X crossover", Felicity ended up interrupting Barry Allen's and Iris West's big moment to get married, even though before that she made such a big deal about not believing in marriage.
  • Informed Judaism: She mentions several times that she's Jewish, but we'd probably never guess otherwise. In "Sara", however, she does the Jewish funeral tradition of throwing dirt on Sara's grave.
    • During Crisis on Earth-X, she's furious over the Nazi invasion, and, when acting as a Human Shield between an injured Kara and the Nazi alternate universe Oliver]], she snarls out that [[The Reveal her grandparents were Holocaust survivors.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: She has a "bit" of a crush on Oliver. As of Season Two/Three, it's proved mutual and ironically he spends more time pining over her.
  • In Name Only: She has very little in common with her comic book counterpart, the stepmother of Ronald "Ronnie" Raymond.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: They go along with her Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: She becomes a paraplegic mid-way in Season 4, yet becomes much more driven.
  • Instant Expert: She was able to use Ray's Powered Armor with ease during the Season 3 finale. Subverted later when it's later revealed in Legends of Tomorrow that Ray designed it "so an idiot could use it".
  • Interdisciplinary Sleuth: You can come to her with any problem. Crack a laptop? No problem. Track down an accounting discrepancy? Done. Investigate an apparently empty book? Easy. Track down a specialist arrow? 60 seconds and you're out the door. Hack into Merlyn Global's mainframe and disarm a Markov device? Piece of cake. Need her to determine the composition of an unknown drug sample? That's... totally something that IT would handle. She also went to M.I.T. And she uses her IT skills for the purposes of crime fighting. As time wears on, it's clear she isn't just some IT girl, she was revealed to have been a Child Prodigy and some sort of hacking demigod, so her ability to do almost anything Team Arrow can throw at her isn't quite as bizarre as it looked on the outset.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Walter Steele. Possibly a Mythology Gag as Walter becomes Oliver's (now ex-)stepfather here, while Felicity herself was Ronnie Raymond's stepmother in the comics (but not in this universe).
  • Ironic Name: One definition of the word "felicity" is "the ability to find appropriate expression for one's thoughts"; definitely not something that describes our resident Motor Mouth IT girl. Lampshaded by Curtis Holt in season 4.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Her Judaism comes up a few times, especially near Christmastime. She's also extremely nerdy.
  • Jumped at the Call: Despite being just an IT girl at the time and only claiming to be helping Oliver to find what happened to her missing boss Walter Steele, she plunged headfirst into Team Arrow once she discovered it gave her a real purpose in life. In season 4, while Oliver is happy living a normal life, Felicity continued to help out Team Arrow on the sly and eventually talks Ollie into them rejoining the fight against Star City crime.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: In Season 5, she joins forces with the hacktivist group Helix which takes her down a very dark path.
  • Last of Her Kind: In the Legion of Doom's altered reality featured "Doomworld", she is the last surviving member of Team Arrow, as well as the last vigilante of Star City.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "What We Leave Behind", Felicity says "Well, in our town, people who are dead turn out to be secretly alive almost every Wednesday," with Wednesday being when new Arrow episodes air.
  • Lethal Chef: The season 4 premiere shows a garbage full of her attempts at making an omelet.
    Oliver: Felicity Smoak, you have failed this omelette.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: She usually wore her hair in a ponytail when not on missions in Season One, but Season Two has her wearing her hair down more often.
  • Little Black Dress: She wears an impressive example of this during a trivia contest on Central City.
  • Meaningful Name: One meaning of Felicity is "great happiness", which fits her bubbly and optimistic nature and her ability to restore Oliver's hope when the chips are down. On the other hand Curtis points out that another meaning is "the ability to find appropriate expression for one's thoughts, which is not exactly something you're particularly good at."
  • Mission Control: Her usual role for the team, though she does go out on occasion to help in the field.
  • The Mistress: Several people (most notably Isabel Rochev) wrongfully assume she's Oliver's.
  • Morality Chain: In her innocence and inexperience, she sometimes disapproves of Oliver's methods, and she won't shy away from telling him when she thinks he's wrong.
  • Motor Mouth: She talks a lot.
  • Ms. Fanservice: At times she wears somewhat revealing clothing.
  • Mysterious Past: We don't know much about her personal life except for the fact that she went to M.I.T. — it's even said word for word in her character bio. With the revelation in the middle of Season Two of her Disappeared Dad and her mother being... her mother, it seems to have elements of a Dark and Troubled Past.
    • We learn more about it in, aptly enough, "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak": She used to be a Perky Goth hacktivist whose boyfriend was less ethical and more ambitious than she, and she was able to create a computer super-virus that he uses in the present day to attack Starling City. Oh, and her mother is rather more of an airhead than she, but is nonetheless devoted to seeing her daughter happy and healthy.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Her attractiveness and nerdiness are equally lampshaded by other characters.
  • Nice Girl: She's polite and kind even when someone like Moira or Laurel is treating her dismissively — but she will put her foot down when she believes Oliver or anyone else is doing wrong.
  • Nom de Mom: She uses her mother's surname instead of her father's, due to her resentment for him leaving them.
  • Non-Action Guy:
    • She's not trained in combat, though she does take part in missions in "The Undertaking" and "Darkness on the Edge of Town". We do see her getting some training in "Dead to Rights".
    • It comes back to bite her in the Season Two premiere, which sees her skydiving onto Lian Yu and almost triggering a land mine. A few subsequent episodes see her getting self-defense training from Diggle and Sara.
  • One True Love: One of the two great loves of Oliver Queen's life, the other being Laurel Lance, of whom he was Star-Crossed Lovers with. After Laurel died, Felicity gradually became his main support, and provides one of the few sources of levity in his increasingly dark life. They eventually got married and had a child together. Unfortunately, his relationship with Felicity was ultimately just as ill-fated; right as they were about to start the rest of their lives together, the Monitor came to take Oliver away, and they never saw each other again. Oliver would later die in Crisis on Infinite Earths, and over twenty years after his death, Felicity would have the Monitor take her away to join him.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: She has a bad tendency to phrase things in an awkward or insensitive manner, only realize how they sound after she has already said them. In particular, she does so when talking to Oliver and Walter, who are her bosses and could have her fired for it. She even calls herself out on it in "Darkness on the Edge of Town".
  • Parental Abandonment: Her dad left her and her mother.
  • Perky Goth: Surprisingly, she pulled this off in her college days.
  • Platonic Life-Partners:
    • With Barry Allen. The two are a couple of adorable science nerds who in Felicity's words are "perfectly perfect for each" but they are just friends. Very close and devoted friends mind you, but still just friends. Although they were attracted to each other for a time and even shared a kiss.
    • Also with Diggle, the two have one of the most solid and loyal friendships on the show even when one of them is at odds with Oliver. Near the end of Season 3 when they think they're being poisoned the pair's last words are affirming how glad they are to have known each other.
  • Playful Hacker: Very much so, especially in college.
  • Present Absence: Oliver misses her greatly during Season 8 and sadly is unable to meet her again before his demise. Twice!
  • Plucky Girl: Felicity is usually the most optimistic character in the show and will throw in a quip to relieve tension from time-to-time.
  • Promotion to Love Interest: Progressively since the beginning of Season 2.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: She got promoted to series regular for Season Two.
  • Put on a Bus: She departs the show at the end of Season 7, where she relocates with Mia to the bunker after Oliver gets taken by the Monitor.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She naturally has jet-black hair.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The real reason she was Put on a Bus in Season 8 was because Emily Bett Rickards departed the show.
  • Real Women Have Curves: She's curvy in contrast to the slender Laurel and Thea.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Inverted with Ronnie Raymond. In the comics, she's his stepmother. Here, they don't even know each other personally.
    • Played straight with The Calculator. In the comics, he's a Birds of Prey villain and she's a Firestorm (DC Comics) character. Here, he's her father.
  • The Reliable One: At the end of "Blast Radius", Oliver openly admits how much he relies on her and Diggle.
  • Ret-Canon: She already existed in the DC Universe as a minor or supporting character and she is known as being the stepmom of Firestorm. The New 52 introduces the new version of the Felicity character patterned over Emily Bett Rickards' likeness.
  • Running Gag: Throughout season 1, it was a joke that other supporting characters had no idea who Felicity Smoak was. Whenever she shows up or her name is mentioned, the character in question would ask who she was or some variant of "who's Felicity Smoak?"
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Energetic Girl to Oliver's Savvy Guy. Felicity is more optimistic, upbeat and cheerful in personality while Oliver is more serious, brooding and stoic.
  • Science Hero: Lacking combat skills, she relies upon her technological finesse to get things done.
    • Played straight in "Doomworld", where in the Legion of Doom's altered reality, she's a costumed vigilante who uses gadgets to fight crime.
  • Secret-Keeper: To such a degree that she at one point is simultaneously juggling work and favors for three different superheroes.
    • As of "The Odyssey". After all of Oliver's bad lies, she's not too surprised.
    • By "Birds of Prey", she's been tasked with so many secrets that she's starting to have trouble remembering who knows what.
    • In "The Climb" she's been saddled with three superheroes making her their confidante. By this point she's understandably wondering why this keeps happening.
    • She is the first character Barry tells about his screw-up in Flashpoint, and keeps the secret until Barry confesses that screw-up to the fellow heroes.
  • Self-Made Man: She was born to a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas, but through her own work and smarts, she got a degree from M.I.T. and landed a job at Queen Consolidated, all before she met Oliver.
  • Sexy Secretary: How everyone at Queen Consolidated sees her.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Whenever she lets her hair down and dresses up, she goes from beautiful-in-a-nerdy-way to somewhat stunning.
  • Ship Tease: With Barry Allen in "The Scientist", and with Oliver all throughout Season Two.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: She plows (non-fatally) into Isabel in her van, cutting the madwoman off mid-gloat to Diggle about how much she looks forward to killing Felicity.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Felicity apparently has a thing for moral men.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: A very brilliant hacker with a pair.
  • Team Spirit: She's always the first one to welcome the new members of Team Arrow and is visibly happy to work with them.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Has a tendency to do this.
  • The Smart Girl: She's the one who does all the research and hacking for the team.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female member of Team Arrow until the second half of Season 2.
  • Techno Wizard: By her own admission, she's been putting computers together since she was seven, and her aforementioned hacking skills are nothing to sneeze at.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the Girly Girl to perhaps every named female character in the Arrowverse with few notable exceptions such as her mom, Thea Queen, and Caitlin Snow, who are either just as girly or more "girlier" than her.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 7, to the point that her friends and even Black Siren are freaked out by her behaviour, as she becomes hellbent on taking down Diaz, no matter the cost.
  • True Blue Femininity: Granted, she wears a lot of different colored dresses, but blue is clearly her favorite as those were the ones she constantly wears.
  • The Unfettered: In Season 5, she abandons her morals when she allies with Helix to bring down Prometheus.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Oliver. Until it gets resolved in "The Fallen", that is.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Oliver during Seasons Two and Three. Even though they share The Big Damn Kiss at the end of the Season Three premiere, they appear to take their sweet time to work through the mental hurdles in the way of being together. They do in The Fallen.
  • Woman Scorned: She ends her engagement to Oliver in Season Four, when she finds out about Ollie's son William. She's not mad that she had a son, she's mad that he kept him a secret, since they specifically agreed to no longer keep secrets from each other.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: She deduces that Oliver is trying to get her involved in a Hamlet-like plot against his step-father. While Oliver's situation looks very much like Hamlet's, they're actually in a superhero story and Oliver doesn't seem to hold a grudge against Walter for marrying his mother.
  • You Are in Command Now: Ray names her as the new CEO of Palmer Tech near the end of Season 3. Predictably, she struggles but seems to be on her way to becoming a successful and Honest Corporate Executive as the season continues.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: She's worked all her life to avoid ending up fulfilling this specific trope. Trying to force her into this role is her Berserk Button. She is not an assistant. She is not a secretary. She is not a sidekick. She'll do the job she wants to do and someone broke the coffee maker.
    • Played for laughs and plot relevance twice since it was introduced.

    Sara Lance / The Canary / White Canary 
see the Arrowverse Sara Lance page

    Roy Harper / Arsenal 

Roy William Harper, Jr.
"Last year, you saved my life. And I don't mean from the guy who kidnapped me. I mean, you saved me. You gave me purpose."

Species: Humannote 

Known Alias: Arsenal, "Abercrombie", "The Arrow", "Jason"

Played By: Colton Haynes

First Appearance: "Dodger" (Arrow 1x15)

Appearances: Arrow | Flash vs. Arrow!note 

A street thug living in the Glades, Roy begins a relationship with Thea Queen after trying to steal her purse. He initially doesn't wish to change his life of crime, thinking that it's the only way of life for a young man in the Glades. After the vigilante saves his life, he starts to idolize him, and decides to clean up his life and emulate his idol. He eventually succeeds at this goal, becoming a part of Team Arrow and the Arrow's field sidekick, codenamed Arsenal.

see Arrowverse: Future Characters page for more on his possible future version
see Titans (2018): Other Superheroes page for the Earth-9 character who bears his name and background
see Arrowverse: Other Earths page to see his Earth-16 counterpart
see Smallville: Clark's Allies page for the Earth-167 character who bears his name.

  • Abled in the Adaptation: One of Roy's defining storylines in the comicbook is getting his right arm chopped-off by Prometheus. Since this Roy is absent during the show's Prometheus arc, he was never mutilated. Until Season 8 when the plane he's aboard is shot down over Lian Yu and his arm becomes pinned under a piece of debris, forcing it to be amputated as the only way to free Roy.
  • Acrofatic: Despite having put on a dad bod in Season 6, he's still got great archery and gymnastic skills.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He has brown hair instead of the comics' red hair.
  • Afraid of Needles: Most likely a Mythology Gag to Roy being an addict in the comics. Or subtle Foreshadowing to him getting injected with Mirakuru.
  • Alliterative Name: A phonetic example. His full name and alias(es) are loaded with the "R" sound (Roy Harper, Jr. aka Arsenal, occasionally called Red Arrow).
  • Amicable Exes: With Thea in Season 3. They're back together in "The Offer", only to stop once Roy faked his death. Thea finds him with a new name and tries to stay with him, only to see he's gone.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He loses his right arm in "Purgatory", which still remains Post-Crisis.
  • And Starring: During his guest spots in Season 1 before he got Promoted to Opening Titles starting Season 2. After he starts Commuting on a Bus near the end of Season 3, he's now under the "Special Guest Star" citation (just like Colin Donnell in his future appearances).
  • Anti-Hero: His initial forays into crime-fighting involved him going out and fighting thugs, mostly taking a beating. Then he got dosed with Mirakuru and went Ax-Crazy. Now he's graduated out of this and is fighting at Oliver's side as Arsenal, more a traditional hooded hero.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Ted Grant's former sidekick tried to warn Roy against following the Arrow too much, saying that he would treat Roy as nothing but "a weapon in his arsenal". When Roy told Oliver about this, they made "Arsenal" his codename.
  • The Atoner: Upon remembering that he killed a cop under the influence of Mirakuru, he started helping the cop's family in the shadows.
  • Artificial Limbs: In the finale, he's replaced his missing right arm with a mechanical one.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He started idolizing the Arrow. Time later, Oliver hires him for his team.
  • Ax-Crazy: Through the Mirakuru, he is a lot more dangerous to be around, going as far as breaking Oliver's leg and also killing a police officer with one of Oliver's arrows.
  • Badass Adorable: He looks cute due to his boyish appearance. He is also a skilled hand combatant even since his thief days.
  • Badass in Distress: When he's kidnapped by the Savior, and when he's kidnapped by Brother Blood.
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: Believes he's a horrible person and is surprised when there are people who think he's worth saving.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Goes from beaten and bloodied to looking no worse for the wear in about twenty minutes in "Salvation".
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: His and Thea's initial interaction was almost full of bickering.
  • Beta Couple: He proposes to Thea in the series finale, which she later accepts.
  • Beta Outfit: The first time he goes out into the field with a bow and arrow, he wears one of his red hoodies along with a Domino Mask that Oliver gives him. By next season he has fully suited up in his Arsenal outfit.
  • Big Beautiful Man: By the time of his return in Season 6, he put up some weight since the last time he was seen but he's still quite handsome.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: During mid-to-late Season Two, he breaks up with Thea so she won't get hurt by being around him, as his Mirakuru powers have begun to spiral almost out of control. It backfires big-time when she gets kidnapped by Slade, and he furiously calls Oliver out for ordering him to do this. Again, the same thing happen only he had faked his death and moved away from Staring to be away from her.
  • Broken Bird: His cynicism stems from his crappy life. He becomes more broken after losing his home and friends in the earthquake.
  • Broken Pedestal: Zig-Zagged towards the Arrow. He's furious when the guy shoots him in the leg, but after finding out Oliver is the Arrow, he forgives him. In "Deathstroke", however, he gets frustrated with Oliver's decisions and no-one questioning them, even if they may not be right. He's also probably bitter over Oliver forcing him to break up with Thea. He's also suffering Mirakuru-madness at this point...
  • Brought Down to Badass: In "Unthinkable", he's depowered from Mirakuru, but in the same episode, he finally takes up a bow alongside Oliver.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns as a series regular in Arrow Season 7 and a supporting character in Season 8.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Part of his character arc and a main source of his conflict with Thea.
  • Civvie Spandex: During his first official outing as a bow-wielding masked vigilante, he's just wearing his trademark red hoodie and jeans. Justified as there was no time to make him a costume as Starling was under siege by Slade's Mirakuru army at that time.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Wears red most of the time, likely foreshadowing his role as the Arrow's partner. When he takes up the mantle as Arsenal, he wears a red hood and mask, with red bow and arrows to match.
  • Commuting on a Bus: He frequently drops in and out after Season 3.
  • Composite Character: Of Roy Harper and Connor Hawke; he has Roy's name and personality, but is more of a fighter than an archer and gains superpowers, including healing abilities, against his will like Connor.
  • The Corruption: After waking up and being nearly killed by Slade, the Mirakuru practically takes over him, making it even more urgent for Team Arrow to find the Mirakuru antidote.
  • Dance Battler: His fighting style as Arsenal involves a lot of flipping and stuff. Very fancy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's mostly hinted at, but he does have a criminal record and appears to have lost someone dear to him.
  • Death Faked for You: He ends up having his death faked in order to escape prison and free Oliver from his accusations of being the Arrow. Happens again to fake his death again in order to escape being held hostage by the Calculator.
  • Decomposite Character:
    • His comic counterpart's drug problem was given to Thea (pre-to actual Season 1) and Laurel (Season 2), though he technically did have one in the show itself in the form of Mirakuru. Furthermore, in the comics Roy was the first Speedy before changing his codename to Arsenal, whereas here he started with Arsenal and Thea is the only Speedy. Though it does get a Mythology Gag with Oliver calling Roy "Speedy" in one episode to remind him of Thea, Roy quickly tells Oliver to never call him that again.
    • Roy in the comics is also known to do occasional work for the government, has a young daughter, (for a while) used guns when in combat, and was Oliver's first partner in crime fighting, all traits that Arrow!Roy currently lacks...but are found in Diggle. Back in Season 1, long before Roy took the name officially, some fans even suspected Diggle would use the codename Arsenal.
  • Demoted to Extra: Becomes a recurring character in Season 4, with only one appearance.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: With Thea. They were in a serious relationship for much of Season 1 and all of Season 2 but were separated during Season 3 and after a brief reunion, he had to go on the run and encouraged her to live a life without him.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Played with. He uses the pity card when he wants something, but becomes irritated when it actually produces positive results.
  • Dual Wielding: Has a pair of batons for melee combat.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Becomes this after being injected with and living through the Mirakuru.
  • Fragile Speedster: An extremely fast fighter who utilizes Le Parkour a lot more than Oliver, but being stabbed once can severely hurt him, and he doesn't wear armor. Lessened greatly after he gets Mirakuru, but not too much. While he's still fast and now very strong, a knife or bullet can easily go through him. His training with Oliver, however, seems to be improving his abilities.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: A side effect of Mirakuru; even a stranger mouthing off to him can get him in a killing mood.
  • Hallucinations: After waking up out of a Slade-induced coma, he suffers from a warped hallucination of Thea telling him to kill her. In season 3, he starts having lucid dreams that he was the one who killed Sara, but the team is able to discover that Sara's death was fusing with the memory of the cop he killed in a Mirakuru rage, not that that makes him feel any better.
  • Healing Factor: According to Oliver, this is the only benefit of Mirakuru.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Becomes one after he is forced to end the relationship with Thea. Even more after Thea leaves with Malcolm Merlyn.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Near the end of Season 3. When Oliver is outed in the public as the Arrow and is arrested, Roy dressed himself in Oliver's vigilante gear and claimed he's the real Arrow to take the fall.
  • Heroic Wannabe: His arc in late Season 1 to mid Season 2 concerns him rushing to where ever The Hood/The Arrow is without second thoughts. When Oliver finally notices, he makes him his "eyes and ears" but Roy still insists on going into the action.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Is this to the Calculator when he returns in season 4, who threatens to expose Roy's true identity unless he helped steal tech for his web nuke.
  • The Informant: The Arrow gives him this role so that he won't get himself killed.
  • In-Series Nickname: Has been repeatedly called Abercrombie.note 
  • Instant Expert: Downplayed. He has years in the streets before his Training from Hell from Oliver. But only barely a year after that, he was able to beat Nyssa Al-Ghul, a Tyke-Bomb trained since early childhood, with ease.
  • In the Hood: Roy wears a red hoodie as a disguise. Then as Arsenal he wears a red version of Oliver's hood and mask.
  • I Owe You My Life: How he feels about Oliver/The Arrow ever since he rescued him. It's not just for the fact that the Arrow saved his life, but for the fact that the Arrow considered him worth saving him, showing him he could be more than a petty criminal.
    Roy: Last year you rescued me. And not just from the guy who kidnapped me. You gave me purpose.
  • In-Series Nickname: Sin calls him "Abercrombie" because of his male model handsomeness.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Steals Thea's purse, uses his fake sob story to get away without criminal charges, and blows off her later attempt to help him get a job...but then picks a fight with three armed guys to rescue her fast enough that he had to be following her. Then denies being her friend to the doctor stitching him up.
  • Justified Criminal: Double subverted. His story about needing money for his sick mother's medical bills was made up to get out of trouble for stealing Thea's purse, but he later says he can't get a job because nobody wants to hire a high-school dropout with a criminal record.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: He grew up in the Glades and has no visible family and knows how bad life can get. Nevertheless, he's devoted himself to fighting for good.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Had a tendency to just jump at scenarios involving Oliver and his team with little or no plan. Even when he officially joins them in Season 2, he had a knack of just barging in at their opponents. No longer the case starting Season 3.
  • Le Parkour: A large part of his combat style.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: After the plane they were riding crashed, Roy's right arm is pinned by the debris. John and Connor then have to chop off his right arm to save his life before the nearby plane explodes due to a leaked gas tank.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He only wore his trademark hoodie, jeans and black shirt throughout the first season.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: It's implied that breaking up with Thea is what makes the Mirakuru take over.
  • Meaningful Name: Roy has become a multi-weapons master by Season 3.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He has his fair share of Shirtless Scenes and is even played by a former model.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he finally remembers that he killed a cop under the influence of Mirakuru near the end of Season 2.
  • Nice Guy: In early seasons he was firmly in the Jerk with a Heart of Gold territory and evolves into a genuine nice guy by Season 3, having worked through his anger issues and the huge chip on his shoulder.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Due to Commuting on a Bus, he is the only other former member of Team Arrow to not be at Laurel's side during her last moments. The other was Sara, who is busy time travelling.
  • Noble Demon: He's a thief, but he's perfectly willing to help out people who seem defenseless in the Glades outside of his thieving, even putting his life on the line.
  • One Head Taller: Averted as he's handsome but short, putting him on a good snogging level with Thea.
  • Out of Focus: Ironically has gotten much less character focus after becoming part of Team Arrow. This is likely because he has completed his goal of following in the Arrow's footsteps and doesn't have much else to do afterwards besides help him. He's put back into focus in the last half of season three.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mom suffered from the effects of Vertigo, causing him to steal just to pay for his mother's medical bills. This allows him to get off the hook from stealing Thea's purse. When she finds him, it proves to have been a lie. However, he lost someone important in his past, which may have inspired this lie and his parents are certainly nowhere to be seen.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: 5'7 on a good day. Easily one of the best fighters on the show.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Got promoted to series regular for Season Two.
  • Psycho Serum: Got dosed with Mirakuru and survived.
  • Put on a Bus: Near the end of Season 3 after his actor's contract was up. Both Word of God and his actor said that he will be Commuting on a Bus, which has happened two times. After the second appearance however, he gets put back on the Bus, as he leaves alongside Thea and Nyssa to take care of the remaining Lazarus Pits. He is, however, announced as a series regular again for Arrow Season 7.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: In "Deathstroke", Roy calls Ollie out for their failure to capture Slade and for telling him to break up with Thea in the wrongful belief she would be safer. Then he quits the team and leaves Starling City.
  • Redemption Quest: His hunt for the Vigilante.
  • Red Is Heroic: His signature red hoody becomes his actual costume as Arsenal.
  • Reformed Criminal: Started out as a petty criminal, before deciding to follow in the Hood's footsteps.
  • Rescue Romance: With Thea after saving her from Attempted Rape.
  • Secret-Keeper: As of "Tremors", he's one of the few non-evil people who know Oliver's secret identity.
  • Sex Equals Love: His relationship with Thea.
  • Sidekick: He starts as an informant to the Arrow, then after being dosed with Mirakuru, Oliver tries to have him be his sidekick, but finds that he is too unstable. After being cured, he's fully suited and masked as the Arrow's true sidekick, though Oliver calls him a partner.
  • Sixth Ranger: Helps Team Arrow occasionally since Commuting on a Bus.
  • Stone Wall: While he has the Mirakuru in his system, he would often use himself as a meatshield and take the damage so that his friends or teammates won't have to.
  • Super-Strength: Strong enough to punch through metal blast-proof shielding in one try when on Mirakuru.
  • Super-Toughness: Though it's less shown than his other Psycho Serum attributes when on Mirakuru.
  • Take Up My Sword: Passes on his bow and Arsenal costume to Thea when he is forced to go underground.
  • The Team Wannabe: He relentlessly pursued The Hood after he rescued him. He ultimately got his attention and appointed him as his "eyes and ears" on the Glades. However, Roy keeps insisting to be Oliver's field partner. Oliver doesn't want to but he was forced to comply due to Roy being injected with Mirakuru just so he can keep an eye on him. Oliver ultimately learned to take the kid in though and gave him a formal introduction to fellow Team Arrow members Felicity and Diggle. By Season 3 Roy has built his own friendship with them.
  • Troubled, but Cute: He grew up in the Glades, is a high school dropout, and has quite a long rapsheet, but darn if he isn't gorgeous.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Between seasons 2 and 3. He was already a tough guy with Le Parkour skills, but by the time he's Arsenal he's become a multi-weapons master, is a better fighter, and more. In "The Offer," he manages to beat Nyssa without his gear or getting hit, and in "Public Enemy," fights two League of Assassins members at once, while Laurel and Ollie only fight one each.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Introduced solidly as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, he ended up as a genuine Nice Guy by Season 3.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: When Oliver takes him as a sidekick, he is not skilled enough. However, he has a lot of strenght due to the Mirakuru.
  • Vigilante Man: Season Two shows that he's taken this up in the Arrow's absence. In the third season, he's graduated to a full member of Team Arrow as codename Arsenal.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Due to him Faking the Dead for Oliver after taking the blame as "The Arrow", he has to leave Star(ling) City or else the SCPD (or rather, Quentin Lance) will gun for Oliver again. This becomes moot after Oliver outed himself.

    Laurel Lance / Black Canary 

Dinah Laurel Lance (Earth-1)
"I'm the justice you can't run from."

Species: Human

Known Alias: Black Canary I

Played By: Katie Cassidy

First Appearance: "Pilot" (Arrow 1x1)

Appearances: Arrow | Flash vs. Arrow!note  | The Flash | Heroes Join Forcesnote  | Legends of Tomorrow | Vixen | Crisis on Infinite Earths note 

Oliver's ex-girlfriend, Laurel is a lawyer for the City Necessary Resources Initiative (CNRI) in Arrow Season One and an Assistant District Attorney in Season Two, until she began to expand her role into a vigilante in Season Three. Unfortunately, she was killed in action towards the end of Season Four, and right before he promotion to District Attorney, too.

After her death, Laurel lives through the hearts and memories of her family and friends, particularly Quentin, Sara, Oliver, and Thea.

see the Arrowverse: Dinah Laurel Lance page for her Earth-2/Post-Crisis counterpart
see the Arrowverse: Future Characters page for more on her possible future version
see the Arrowverse: Other Earths page for her Earth-16 counterpart
see the Smallville: Clark's Allies page for the Earth-167 character who bears her name and background
see the Birds of Prey (2002) page for the Earth-203 character who bears her name and background
see the Arrowverse: Earth-X page for her Earth-X counterpart
see the DCEU: Gotham Vigilantes page for the character in an undesignated Earth who bears her name and background

  • Action Fashionista: While Laurel always had a good taste in clothes, her outfits are notably more elegant in her final year. Her more Gothic Punk Earth-2 counterpart, Black Siren, mocks her for it.
  • Action Girl: "Lone Gunman" showed that her father taught her some decent fighting skills. By the end of season three she has really started to fall into the role of Black Canary.
  • Action Survivor: There's no doubt that Laurel is a badass, but she does seem to end up the target for some very nasty people — Jason Brodeur, Cyrus Vanch, Mr. Blank, the Dollmaker. This eventually starts to take a toll on her psychologically by Season Two. In Season Three she decides to do something about it.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Like many characters in the show, her dilemma has been highlighted a lot.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Her comicbook counterpart is either a florist or a rockstar (mostly the former), instead of a lawyer like Laurel.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Her Black Canary costume is perhaps the most covered up version of the character's costume to date. She occasionally makes up for it with most of her civilian outfits though.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Her comic counterpart is bisexual according to Word of Gay. She's only been with men in the show and her bisexuality was given to her sister Sara instead. She got a Female Gaze from Nyssa in early Season 3 though, and pretty much her only relationship arc in season three comes from bonding with said character, however she herself never expresses any interest in women.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • Due to being the Black Canary in the comics, who was one of the best fighters in the DCU. Here, she starts off as the go-to damsel with occasional bursts of badassery, before taking training with Ted Grant and Nyssa Al-Ghul, and later becoming Oliver's sparring partner, to the point she can now fight League Assassins without problem. Even in spite of this, though, she is still a far-cry from her comic book counterpart. Sadly, she never reaches her original counterpart's credibility either since she's abruptly killed by Damien Darhk.
    • The Canary Cry ability also counts as this; in the comics, it's an incredibly powerful sonic attack that Dinah often avoided using because it was so powerful, able to destroy buildings and cause deafness if used improperly. Here, its essentially a temporary stun that does little to no damage in a fight and mostly just announces she's there, and almost everyone she uses it on shrugs it off rather quickly. Funnily enough, when it was just a device Sara used, it was much more powerful.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Played With. She is called Laurel Lance, but her real name is acknowledged as Dinah Laurel Lance as was in the comics (She's named Dinah after her mother).
  • Adaptation Species Change: In the comics, Laurel is a Metahuman whose power is the Canary Cry. Here, she's an ordinary human and the Canary Cry is just a sonic device attached to a choker she wears. Averted with her doppelganger from Earth-2, who is a metahuman with an organic Canary Cry.
  • Aesop Amnesia:
    • At the end of Season 2, mere minutes after meeting Team Arrow she demands they take her into the field with them and sneaks out when Oliver refuses...apparently forgetting that putting herself in dangerous situations rather than staying somewhere safe is exactly what got Tommy killed in the Season 1 finale and caused her guilt spiral and alcoholism.
    • At the beginning of Season 4, she tells John that he shouldn't keep secrets from the team since it causes nothing but problems. She then ignores her own advice, when she discretely decides to bring Sara back to life via the Lazarus Pit.
  • The Alcoholic: In Season Two, Laurel resorts to drinking and popping pills in order to cope with Tommy's death and her overall guilt.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her liking for dangeous rulebreakers is noted by Tommy. This makes her relationship with Tommy all the more rocky since she's uncomfortable with a normal relationship and he worries that her closeness with the Hood might result in her falling for the Hood. When Thea starts dating Roy Harper, she goes to Laurel for 'bad boy' advice. Laurel advises her to break things off, but is unsurprised when Thea doesn't and lampshades the trope.
  • Alliterative Name: Her real name is Dinah Laurel Lance, but she usually goes by her middle name. See Adaptation Name Change.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Reveals on her deathbed that she still considers Oliver the love of her life even though he's in love with Felicity at the time. However, later episodes, especially in season five, reveal that Oliver was, is, and will always love her.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She holds herself at a distance from most people and has had little social life over the course of the show, thanks to her Broken Bird status. Best seen with her unfortunate dismissive attitude towards Diggle and especially Felicity when she interacts with them, viewing them as Oliver's staff.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: The main protagonist's original One True Love who is the daughter of Da Chief that gets killed tragically by a supervillain and is largely defined by her death afterwards, not unlike Gwen Stacy.
  • Amicable Exes: She and Oliver "struggled" to be this throughout the series, with their past relationship, Tommy, Sara returning, Laurel's attempts to become a vigilante and raising Sara from the dead getting in the way. By early Season 4 they seem to have finally reconciled as friends.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Admits to having always loved Oliver, even if he didn't feel the same, while heavily injured after being stabbed by Darhk.
  • Annoying Arrows: Averted. She gets seriously injured by one of Oliver's arrows stolen by Darhk and impaled. This leads to her death afterwards.
  • Arc Symbol: Hallways are heavily associated with her and are present in many of her major scenes, signifying her character's frequent habit of entering different (and often complicated) situations. She was also fatally stabbed at an underground prison hallway.
  • Arc Words: "Always trying to save the world", which not only foreshadows her becoming a superhero, but her Chronic Hero Syndrome in general.
  • Back from the Dead: Explicitly averted. The writers seem to have made up their mind to block any way for Laurel to be brought back. The Lazarus Pit is destroyed in Season 4...several episodes before Laurel dies, something that Nyssa grimly laments as poor tact on her part. The Laurel who appears in "What We Leave Behind" is actually her Earth-2 counterpart Black Siren impersonating her on behalf of Prometheus in what has to be the ultimate example of Yank the Dog's Chain on the show. And when Season 2 of Legends of Tomorrow dedicates half of its plot to Sara attempting to bring her sister back, Sara's ultimate choice not to do it serves as her Character Development, ensuring that yes, Laurel is dead for good.
  • Badass Armfold: She's fond of doing this, a trait carrying over from the comics.
  • Badass Boast: When she makes her first outing as Black Canary:
    Mook: Who are you?
    Laurel: I'm the justice you can't run from.
  • Bait-and-Switch: After being seriously injured by Darhk, it seems that Laurel might make a full recovery after receiving medical treatment. Only for her to die later from internal injuries that her surgery was unable to fix.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: For a woman who's been beaten, impaled, and bleeding out, she sure does look fine after death.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Oliver in the beginning.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Has this dynamic with Thea. She chastises Oliver for not looking after her in Season 1, offers to have her do community service because she had a drug-induced car accident that could land her jail time, and never harbors any resentment towards her for killing Sara because she was brainwashed.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's a very competent lawyer. She was most of the legal force behind CNRI in the first season, and actually shows her chops in season two with the prosecutor's office.
  • Breakout Character: Laurel's drug addiction storyline received acclaim from critics and the actress Katie Cassidy won a PRISM Award for her portrayal of the character. Laurel's character development into the Black Canary also was well liked due to how realistic her development was compared to other characters on the show. Her popularity further increased after her death, which culminated with the introduction of her Alternate Self from Earth-2, who herself becomes a textbook example of this trope.
  • Break the Cutie: Her sister's death. Then Tommy's. Then her sister's death again. She's also dealt with alcoholism, her father's poor health, keeping her sister's death a secret from her father in order to ensure his health, and had to deal with a humiliating attempt at vigilantism that left her beaten and broken. Even before the series started, she sucked at romance, as Oliver cheated on her with at the least two different women, one of whom was the aforementioned sister.
  • Broken Bird:
    • She doesn't have much of a social life in the first season. It gets worse in the second. In the third, she starts putting herself together in what the Creators have promised will lead to her becoming the Black Canary.
    • Laurel is a very competent lawyer who's still recovering from her sister's death and her mother leaving.
    • Made even worse in Season Two with Tommy's death and the incredible guilt she feels for it.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • For the Arrow after Tommy's death, though she admits at the end of "Broken Dolls" that she was just projecting her own guilt onto him. Gets rebuilt near the end of Season 2 though.
    • She is this to Oliver after he discovers her drug addiction. This, coupled with him dating her sister whom he cheated on her before with, is what greatly strained their relationship. While they got better, it's effects are still felt even by Season 4.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: More than once, but most notably when her father uses her to try and catch the Hood in "Betrayal", she gives him a well-deserved calling out. Subverted in the second season when she develops problems with alcohol and pills, and she deflects her father's concern by throwing his own past problems back in his face.
  • Can't Catch Up: Is hit hard with this in Season 3 when she tries to join Team Arrow, but can't match Oliver's half a decade of Training from Hell, or even Diggle's years of army experience and Roy's history of street-fighting/parkour.
  • Cartwright Curse: Oliver was stranded on an island for five years, Tommy died saving her life, Sebastian Blood was working for Slade Wilson and experimenting on people in the Glades and Ted Grant was last seen badly injured by Brick's men. She may not be as bad as Oliver but her relationships have not ended well for the guys involved.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one believes her about Sebastian Blood — putting her suspicions down to her substance abuse — despite her being 100% correct about him (In fairness this is the same season she went on a revenge-driven rampage against the Arrow so it's not surprising people doubt her judgement).
  • Celebrity Paradox:
    • "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis was playing on the background during a Season 1 flashback with her and Oliver. The song was written by her actress' ex Jesse Mc Cartney about her after they broke up. Interestingly, said flashback scene was before Oliver cheated on her with Sara.
    • The penultimate episode of The Flash Season 3 directly referenced the inaugural Taken film, which Laurel's actress was a part of.
    • Played With on a late season 3 episode of Supergirl. Winn made A Nightmare on Elm Street reference, and Katie Cassidy (Dinah Laurel Lance) played the Decoy Protagonist in the 2010 remake. However, there is yet an Earth-38 Laurel to appear and the film franchise is yet to be mentioned on the Earth-1 shows.
    • Supernatural is confirmed to exist as an in-universe show in the Arrowverse, with the Legends even visiting their film set for one episode. No one ever comments how much Laurel resembles Ruby, a series regular in Season 3, who became Sam Winchester's girlfriend. This is especially amusing considering Sara herself is a huge fan of Supernatural, yet fails to notice her sister's resemblance to one of the characters.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Laurel grew up alongside Oliver and Tommy, only to become Oliver's high school sweetheart, and upon Oliver's five year disappearance, Tommy's girlfriend.
  • Color Character: Her super hero alias is Black Canary.
  • Composite Character: Her job makes her more similar to Comic!Kate Spencer (who ironically was her boss) than her comic counterpart.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Despite dying, she constantly makes reappearances through flashbacks, alternate realities, and time travel.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts as an older sister figure to Thea in Season 1 and 4. She and her own sister Sara had a rather rocky relationship early on (including Sara sleeping with Laurel's boyfriend and Laurel blaming Sara for ruining her life) but she seems to become this by the end of Season 2. Their relationship continued to approve greatly as Laurel was able to actually bring Sara back to life, which made Sara want to do the same thing for Laurel after she died in season 4.
  • Crusading Lawyer: In Season One, she worked for a legal aid office and only took on cases where innocent people had been abused by the system.
    Laurel: If we can't win a class-action suit against a man who swindled hundreds of people out of their homes and life savings, then we're not fit to call ourselves a legal aid office.
  • Daddy's Girl: Far, far closer to her father than to her mother, because her mother left the family after Sara died (due to her own guilt about knowing Sara was going on the boat with Oliver and not stopping her).
  • Damsel in Distress: Often needs rescuing, especially in Season 1. However, she remains capable of defending herself given the opening.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Captain Lance, Laurel's father, hated Tommy because he reminded him of Oliver, the boyfriend who cheated on Laurel with her sister and got them both declared dead after a boating accident. Despite this, Laurel and Tommy dated throughout season one, and once that fell apart, Laurel did the only thing worse: she started dating Oliver again!
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: Two of Laurel's alternate selves from The Multiverse have subsequently appeared after her death; Black Siren from Earth-2 (who was introduced not long after Laurel's demise) and Siren-X from Earth-X.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Snarks a lot, particularly at Oliver's expense.
  • Deader than Dead: When the multiverse was recreated, Laurel from the former Earth-2 took her place as the Dinah Laurel Lance of Earth-Prime, leaving this Laurel well and truly gone.
  • Death by Adaptation: Most incarnations of Black Canary live long enough to become Green Arrow's girlfriend (sometimes wife and even ex-wife) and join the Justice League. Laurel ends up killed off by Damien Darhk when he escapes prison. Later averted when her doppelganger from Earth-2 is introduced; though her role is quite different, she eventually takes on her dead counterpart's persona, notwithstanding her romance with Oliver (something that the two vehemently reject as a tasteless thing to do in the memory of their respective lovers).
  • Decomposite Character: Zig-Zagged. She apparently shares the role of Black Canary with her sister, Sara. However, Laurel's canonical predecessor was actually her mother, meaning Sara is a Decomposite of their mother, Dinah, instead. However, Laurel's bisexuality, role as part of a Battle Couple with Oliver, interest in botany and mentoring Sin were all present in Sara.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Laurel goes from hating Oliver's guts to realizing that he's changed into a better person. Inverted in Season Two, as a combination of grief, substance abuse, and her career blowing up in her face causes her to effectively freeze up again. And then she thaws after reconciling with her sister, giving up the booze and pills, and helping save the city. Then in Season Three she ices up again after Sara's death and Oliver refuses to let her join Team Arrow. Apparently her walk-in-freezer has a revolving door.
  • Descent into Addiction: Her storyline for the second half of Arrow Season 2 is her being hooked to booze and pills. This cost her her job, but she eventually blackmails her boss to have it back.
  • The Determinator: In Season One she's shown to do just about anything to help her clients win cases. At the beginning of Season Two, it's her mission to bring down the Arrow, and she will go to any lengths to stop him, even setting up a police sting at her office. Laurel continued to be determined when she became Black Canary in season 3 and onward until she was killed off in season 4.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Laurel has done this on a few occasions. A major example is with everything surrounding Sara's death and revival. She kept Sara's death a secret from her father thinking his heart might be too weak to take it, Because of what happened at the end of season 2 and the beginning of season 3. However, Laurel finally chose to tell him which set him on the path to becoming an Unwitting Pawn for the Big Bad of season 3. Then she goes ahead and secretly revives Sara with the Lazarus Pit in spite of the warnings from Malcolm and Nyssa and the clear evidence with Thea that said warnings weren't just hot air. This results in a soulless Sara violently lunging after Thea, having to be knocked out and chained up in both Nanda Parbat and Star City, breaking free from said constraints anyway, attacking random women who happen to look like Thea and has killed some criminals, finally finding Thea and trying to strangle her to death about 3 or 4 times. If it wasn't for the Contrived Coincidence that was Oliver's past with John Constantine, Sara wouldn't have stopped until Thea was dead at her hands and she still wouldn't have her soul back. Laurel did learn from this mistake afterward and even apologized to Sara for being selfish in bringing her back without knowing fully on what it could do to her.
  • Drama Queen: She's has been known for being a walking angst magnet. To be fair, she does have a lot of valid reasons for being upset and she is starting to get better after recovering from her addiction in Season 2. She briefly reverts back to this in Season 4, but caused a whole new load of drama by reviving soulless Sara. However, she did have some valid reasons.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After all the trauma she's gone through at the end of the first season and into the second, she's not only turning into an alcoholic, but also taking pills with her drinks.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: She confesses to having always been in love with Oliver just minutes before flatlining.
  • Easily Forgiven: In Season 3 Team Arrow never even comment that it was her lying about Sara's death that caused Quentin to go on a rampage against the Arrow. Likewise in Season 4, her resurrecting Sara against all warning leads to several innocent people getting attacked - including Thea - and Oliver has to risk his life to save Sara's soul. Naturally the arc ends with him apologizing to Laurel and complimenting her for being such a valuable member of the team. However, it's possible that the members of team Arrow actually did understand why she kept these secrets.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Starting the series as an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl, her hair color gradually becomes lighter, matching her Defrosting Ice Queen Character Development.
  • Foil: To her father, especially in Season Two. They both have the same character flaws, but while Quentin realizes this and seeks help, Laurel is too wrapped up in her own hurt to accept that she has a problem — a complete flip of their personalities from Season One. She eventually sees that after forgiving Sara.
  • Force and Finesse: Her and Sara's fighting styles can be described this way. Sara prefers to fight more gracefully thanks to her years of training (Finesse) while Laurel has a more smash-mouth style of fighting fitting her Incompletely Trained nature. (Force).
  • Forgot About His Powers: She is generally portrayed as a tough, no-nonsense cop's daughter with reasonable self-defense skills. But in the first two-and-a-half seasons of Arrow, anytime the plot calls for a Damsel in Distress, she will suddenly become incompetent. She has a shotgun during one episode...with only one shell? She ambushes a drunk man with a baseball-bat in another...and is promptly overwhelmed? The reason she doesn't qualify as a Faux Action Girl is because numerous times, she demonstrates a high degree of competence for an Action Survivor or Action Girl; it's only when she needs to lose that she suddenly becomes feeble.
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: She already has basic combat training when she officially began her Black Canary arc in Season 3, but she is still portrayed as if she's some kind of a newbie. Apparently, the writers just forgot this. It wasn't until it's near the end of the season where they remembered it.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Prior to the start of the series, she fell into the Smart Sister category, a rarer older sister variety. Still, both she and Sara had some crossover. Sara reveals that Laurel apparently went after Oliver knowing her sister had a crush on him (though what Laurel felt at the time is unclear, as we only have Sara's side of the story). However, Laurel feels tremendous guilt and grief (and rage) over Sara's deaths. By the time of the season 2 finale, the two have resolved to become good siblings to each other.
  • Gaslighting: She is put through this after she begins to uncover the truth about Sebastian Blood. It ends with her losing her job and Oliver losing his faith in her, even though she was right.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Flashback shows her being more of a classical Shorttank compared to her more feminine self in the present day scenes.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Quentin, Oliver and most of Team Arrow spent most of Season Three warning her against becoming a vigilante. In Season Four, they've fully accepted her as the Black Canary with Quentin even acknowledging she made the right decision. Then she's killed in action.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She's generally kind to those around her and has made a career of helping those who need it most, but that doesn't mean she'll let the bad guys get away with abusing people. She's also harsh and stand-offish with a lot of people, namely Oliver and her father, but also Tommy early Season One, then Sara and briefly Felicity in Season Two.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Her Canary outfit is notably much more leather-y than Sara's. Malcolm even snarkily refers to it as her Bondage Outfit at one point.
  • Hello, Attorney!: Until "Blind Spot", when she's fired by the Assistant DA, and is disbarred in "Tremors" until "Birds of Prey" when she is re-installed as one, via subtle Blackmail against Kate Spencer.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Her Season 3 arc concerns her wanting to be a badass vigilante like Sara, Oliver and Team Arrow, but lacking the skills - and often the logical thinking - to manage it. Several episodes have her rushing off to confront someone (a domestic abuser, Malcolm) and then other characters then having to bail her out of trouble. She also shows hints of this back in Season 2 when she admits she's jealous of how strong and powerful Sara has become and Oliver considering Diggle and Felicity his partners and not her.
  • Hollywood Law: As a lawyer a lot of what happens is really unrealistic. From the Laurel being in charge of prosecuting Moira's case to her being disbarred.
  • Hypocrite: A really nasty trait of hers. In season 1 she would tell her dad not to blame Oliver for Sara's presumed death then blame him whenever the two argued. In Season 2 she blamed the Arrow for Tommy's death that she later admitted was her fault. Then in Season 3 she keeps Sara's actual death a secret from her dad, because she's afraid the shock would kill him. When he finds out he's ticked off. So when Laurel finds out Oliver's been keeping the identity of Sara's killer secret for similar reasons she too chews him out. She also tells Oliver that he can't hold her accountable because she doesn't "work" for him but frequently expects him to help her out of any trouble she gets herself into. In Season 4 she advises Diggle to tell the others about Darhk being the one who called Deadshot on his brother, all the while reviving Sara via the Lazarus Pit despite knowing it'll have adverse effects. Sure enough when Sara is revived as a soulless killer, Laurel refuses to tell anyone for a week because she doesn't want to face Oliver's "judgement". However, despite all of these, she sometimes does have actually valid points for why she acts like this.
  • Ice Queen: She starts off rather cold and icy, especially towards Oliver. But she eventually starts to mellow out as the series progresses; see Defrosting Ice Queen. At the start of Season Two she's icy towards the Arrow, but not Oliver; she resolves this somewhat after "Broken Dolls", only to start getting icier toward her family as she becomes The Alcoholic. In Season Three she ices up again thanks to Sara's death and Oliver's refusal to let her join Team Arrow.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Damien Darhk impales her with one of Oliver's arrows.
  • Incompletely Trained: She has mostly basic self defense and combat skills, but she didn't received the advanced training that Oliver, Sara, Roy and Thea do. This becomes a plot point on her journey to become Black Canary during the middle of Arrow Season 3 as she Can't Catch Up with most of them but insists on running around on the streets anyway, resulting in the team having to save her on several occasions. It wasn't until she was trained by Nyssa Al-Ghul when she improved, though she's still not up to her predecessor's standards.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Plenty of people in the Arrowverse who've been dead have been brought back thanks to all the constant time-travel shenanigans like Ralph Dibny over in Central City was originally killed in the Particle Accelator explosion but was brought back thanks to Flashpoint, but Laurel continues to stay dead no matter how many times the timeline in written and rewritten.
  • Instant Expert: Zig-Zagged. Early Season Three episodes show her realistically failing in her vigilante attempts, but it only takes a few episodes of after-work boxing lessons to hit the streets and be jumping out of windows onto waiting helicopters. Likewise her training with Nysaa has her being beaten by common street thugs one episode and taking on world class assassins the next. All in all, it takes her a few months to become a fully-fledged vigilante while Roy and Thea took half a year or more, and Oliver, Diggle and Sara had years of training.
  • It's All My Fault: After blaming the Arrow for Tommy's death for almost a year, the Arrow saving her from the Dollmaker causes her to realize that Oliver warned her to stay away from the Glades but she didn’t, causing the string of events that lead to his death. Of course, this is more of Malcolm's fault than anyone else’s.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Shortly before she dies Laurel tells Oliver that he will always be the love of her life but knows that he has moved on and wishes him the best in his relationship with Felicity.
  • Jumped at the Call: Although Ollie, Diggle, Roy, her father... Everyone tries to stop her from going vigilante in the wake of Sara's death, she's determined to do something. And when the Arrow disappears mid-season three, Felicity does come around to supporting her and the others realize they need help. By the end of the season even Oliver has mellowed out somewhat. Tragically the concerns about her putting herself in danger turn out to be right as she's killed in Season 4.
  • Karma Houdini: She has had it twice in two different seasons. One wonders if her unceremonious death is something for her to make up for these.
    • In Season 3 she lies to Quentin about Sara's death and drags the rest of Team Arrow into her secret-keeping despite their advice to tell the truth. When Quentin finds out he goes completely off the rails at being kept in the dark for months, blames Oliver for lying to him and leads an anti-Arrow taskforce to arrest him. Roy takes the fall for Oliver and - after being brutally attacked in prison - fakes his death and is forced to go on the run seemingly for the rest of his life. Neither he or the rest of Team Arrow blame Laurel for her part in the situation (or the fact she didn't defend them to Quentin) and Laurel ends up finally get accepted onto the team since they're now in need of new vigilante help.
    • Likewise in Season 4 Laurel revives Sara via the Lazarus Pit despite Nyssa and Malcolm's warnings, refuses to tell anyone when Sara goes on a rampage and attacks innocent people including Thea and blames Oliver for the situation. Eventually Oliver fixes her mistake, refuses to distance himself from her like his political adviser suggested and then affirms how important Laurel is to him and the team. However Oliver was ok with Quentin blaming her for Sara even becoming a member of the LOA and Roy was ok with giving up his life because he wanted to protect Oliver and the rest of the team.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: In her first scene in the Season Two premiere, Laurel disarms a bad guy and throws him down the stairs — all while wearing a gorgeous full-length red dress. Probably heels, too. Season 3 turns this into kicking ass with her finery... using her heels to stab a thug in the arm.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the end of Eleven Fifth Nine Laurel is stabbed by one of Oliver's arrows courtesy of Damien Darhk and dies from complications after surgery. And since the Lazarus Pit is gone and using time travel to revive loved ones has unforeseen consequences she's staying dead as the production team has no interest in bringing her back to life; bringing in Dinah Drake to replace her cements this, coupled with Sara herself seeing a vision of her telling that she's accepted her death, and the introduction of Earth-2 Laurel who basically replaces her role in the show. To further reiterate this, Post-Crisis a ton of people come back who were dead even longer than her, like Moira Queen or even Tommy Merlyn. Laurel however stays dead, being one of the very few alongside Robert Queen, with Earth-2 Laurel even having Survivor's Guilt over it and vowing to continue her legacy.
  • Kill the Cutie: One of nicest characters on the team ends up brutally killed by Damien Darhk.
  • Lady in Red: She is seen wearing a form-fitting red dress in "City of Heroes" and again in "Crucible".
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Has a tendency to just barge into fights without a plan, compared to the more tactical Oliver, Diggle, Felicity and Sara. Especially prominent during Season 3 when she attacks a woman's abusive partner with a baseball bat and goes after Malcolm alone and has to be saved by Nyssa.
  • Legacy Character: She dons the mantle of Canary after Sara's death. Her Last Words to Oliver before she dies also has her telling him to find a worthy successor to don her mantle.
  • Lethal Chef: Her diet seems to consist mostly of takeout, delivery, and eating out at restaurants; according to Oliver and Tommy, that's for a very good reason. However, she can make a good mac and cheese.
    Oliver: Thank God she didn't cook.
    Tommy: Amen.
  • Like Father, Like Son: They have fairly similar personalities and both are very concerned with justice – even if they don't always see eye-to-eye about how to obtain it. They both also struggle with substance abuse. Quentin is trying to help her despite her pushing him away because he sees his actions mirrored in her.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For her father and Oliver during his five years away from home. For the former, she was his rock during his bout with alcoholism. For the latter, his love for her is what kept him from getting a Sanity Slippage and for completely Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
  • The Lost Lenore:
    • For Oliver. While he is at the time of her death ''with'' Felicity, his reaction and utter despair that he couldn't save her at her funeral makes it clear that while he may have been with Felicity, he never stopped loving Laurel. In the 100th episode celebration, the Lotus-Eater Machine that Oliver and co. are stuck in has Laurel as his ideal lover, with Oliver even confessing that he never once felt deserving of her love, all but stating that she was the love of his life.
    • In a way becomes this for the entire team. Unlike Sara, Laurel isn't coming back from the land of the dead.
  • Loved by All: She is vindicated after her death, with Oliver arranging for a public tribute so the rest of Star City can hold her to the same regard. Caitlin also states in The Flash episode featuring Black Siren that "we loved [Laurel]".
  • Lovely Angels: With Thea in Season 4.
  • Love Makes You Stupid: Uses the Lazarus Pit to revive Sara, despite all the warnings that while it could save a person nearly dying, there's no guarantee it could save someone actually dead. The result is a feral Sara, whom Laurel is convinced will be back to normal in time.
  • Love Martyr: To Oliver when they dated. Flashbacks establish that Oliver cheated on her repeatedly and was an immature douchebag who only cared about himself, but Laurel still stayed with him. Revealed to be this to the end, when her deathbed confession is that she still considers Oliver as the love of her life, even though he's treated her incredibly callously and lied to her constantly since he returned. It's possible that Laurel only fell in love with him again is because of the man he had become after coming back home.
  • Loves My Alter Ego:
    • Played with. Given her conversations with Oliver-as-Arrow in "An Innocent Man", it looks like she's starting to side with him and maybe even fall for him. Then she witnesses him giving a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to a man who had just tried to kill her, which terrifies her. She later realizes it was because he was trying to protect her, and starts falling for him again. At the start of Season Two, she blames the Arrow for Tommy's death and is set on arresting him. However, she drops this at the end of "Broken Dolls", and in "Blind Spot", she asks him for help with bringing down Sebastian Blood.
    • In "Deathstroke", Slade tells her Oliver is the Arrow, and by the time of "City of Blood", she has come to fully accept his motives and methods.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Thanks to Cisco, who was able to modify one of Sara's sonic devices, she is able to obtain her "Canary Cry". It generates a non-lethal sonic wave, that Laurel attaches on to her neck to produce a high frequency (like a sonic scream). Cisco also quadrupled the range of the sonic blast and tripled the resonance.
  • Master of None: An additional issue with her training in Season Three, while Laurel gets general boxing/hand to hand combat training the rest of Team Arrow have unique vigilante skills to contribute. Oliver is a master archer and has a whole slew of survival skills from the island, Diggle has specialized military and tactical training, Felicity is the team's only hacker/computer specialist, Roy has a background in parkour and street fighting and Thea has extensive League of Assassins training. About the only thing Laurel contributes is a sonic scream and that's thanks to the device that Cisco made her.
  • Middle Name Basis: She goes by Laurel instead of Dinah to differentiate herself from her similarly named mother.
  • Missing Mom: She keeps in touch with her, though, and she comes back in certain situations, first time being in "Dead To Rights".
  • Morality Pet: Her genuine friendship with Nyssa is what eventually causes the disbanding of the League Of Assassins.
  • Ms. Fanservice: On occasion. Usually it involves her showing her legs. During Diggle and Lyla's wedding, she's wearing a dress with a plunging neckline (and again shows-off her legs). Her Black Canary costume could be argued as well despite its Adaptational Modesty, as it really evokes a "BDSM look" as mentioned by Malcolm Merlyn.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Laurel has a breakdown when she stops blaming the Vigilante for Tommy's death and starts blaming herself. She has another in "Time of Death" after Oliver's furious What the Hell, Hero?/"The Reason You Suck" Speech to her; she comes to see Sara at Verdant and admits that she really lashed out because seeing her sister alive and healthy showed Laurel how far she'd fallen in comparison, then hugs her and starts crying.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: The original reason she takes up Sara's mantle is to honor her. She even briefly pretended to be her to Quentin.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Zig-Zagged. While her friends sans Roy, Joanna, Nyssa and Cisco were there in her last hours to say their goodbyes, none of her family were.
  • Never My Fault: In Season 1 she blamed Oliver for Sara's death, before acknowledging her sister bore some of the responsibility too. In early Season 2 she blamed the Arrow for Tommy's death despite the fact he died rescuing her from a collapsing building she refused to leave. When she admitted this she descended into drugs and alcoholism. In late Season 2 when Sara returned Laurel blamed her for said alcoholism, drugs, losing her job and "everything" that had gone wrong in her life, before apologizing. in Season 4, after raising a murderous Sara from the dead she blamed the situation on Oliver for not telling her about the Lazarus pit in the first place, which she technically was right about. She does, however, acknowledge that it was her fault that Sara went through all of that and Laurel does tearfully apologize to her and admitted that she made a selfish decision in bringing her back.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Laurel's treatment pre-mortem and post-mortem is very different, both in-universe and out-universe:
    • In-universe, Laurel has a poor social life, repeatedly gets the short end of the stick when it comes to her job and romantic life, and her vigilante friends, while not exactly hating her, do consider Laurel as something of a hindrance to their job. She also tends to pick fights with her friends. All in all, she is a deeply flawed person. Then she dies. Suddenly, she becomes Loved by All, with entire episodes being dedicated to showing how her friends and family deal with their grief of losing her. She is vindicated in an emotional public tribute which ensures that the same sentiment is held Star City. The "Invasion!" crossover, as well as subsequent episodes, reveal that even though Oliver (who didn't treat his old romance with Laurel seriously) is currently dating Felicity, his One True Love will always be Laurel — his aversion to hooking up with her again after his return was because he didn't think he was worthy of being her soulmate. He also survived the five years of hell in Lian Yu explicitly because of her, as shown in "Missing". And her sister Sara is revealed in Legends of Tomorrow to have always seen herself as inferior to Laurel in everything except for fighting prowess. All in all, everyone confess their love for her (this is even stated word for word in "Invincible" by Caitlin Snow — who was never shown interacting with Laurel no less!) as she's basically elevated to saintlike status in the franchise. The only character who doesn't show the same adoring attitude towards her is, ironically, her doppelganger from Earth-2. And even that is heavily implied to be motivated by jealousy than anything.
    • Out-universe, Laurel was a very polarizing character when she was alive and outright viciously hated by some sectors of the fanbase, who spoke ill of her Adaptational Wimp and Romantic Plot Tumor with Oliver and how she could never become the comic's Black Canary in their eyes (Sara's resurrection is in fact a reflection of this; they thought she was more Canary than Laurel ever was and was pissed that she had to die so her sister could assume her moniker). In fact, a few rejoiced when she died.note  However, the rest of the fanbase, even those who didn't think highly of her, came to see her callous treatment and especially the execution of her death as tasteless and half-assed; they were rightfully pissed when the showrunners at the time admitted that they never liked Laurel's character and deliberately gave her an unflattering portrayal to show their disrespect for her. The fact that her love rival, Felicity, was undergoing a serious decline in popularity helped in her case as well, with many of Olicity's detractors feeling that they had unfairly treated Laurel. The introductions of both Dinah Drake and Black Siren (who was a one-shot character in The Flash before migrating) in Season 5 of Arrow were an attempt to rectify the backlash of her death, which initially were reviled but gradually more favorable over time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: At the end of Season One she ignores everyone's warnings to get out of the collapsing Glades, resulting in Tommy having to rescue her and dying in the process. In Season Three her lies to Quentin about Sara's death cause him to go on a vendetta against the Arrow causing Roy to take the fall for Oliver. Then in Season Four she secretly revives a soulless Sara despite everyone's warnings who escapes and starts attacking innocent people but only ended up killing a few criminals. Despite all of these, Laurel did learn from these mistakes and Oliver and Roy did chose to make these sacrifices regardless.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: Of the three known Dinah Laurel Lances in The Multiverse, she's obviously the nice one. The Earth-2 version is the in-between one due to being a Reformed, but Not Tamed former supervillain, while the Earth-X version is the mean one with her being a supervillain Nazi.
  • Noodle Incident: She apparently became close with Team Flash between her appearance here and the time of her death. This likely happened either during the breaks between their respective shows' seasons or Barry's second Cosmic Retcon (which already causes Hartley Rathaway to make an offscreen Heel–Face Turn).
  • Odd Friendship: She and Nyssa Al-Ghul become very close during season three, much to the confusion and disapproval of most of Team Arrow.
  • One-Note Cook: She did once say she could make the world's best mac and cheese, and Tommy didn't disagree, only added that it's all she can make.
  • One-Steve Limit: Shares her first name with her mother.
  • One True Love: Oliver's first great love and his Living Emotional Crutch. Laurel was the one who kept him going during his five years away from home, even during his darkest moments. She was the light of his life, and there's not a single moment where he felt he was good enough for her. Unfortunately, it's strongly implied they're the Star-Crossed Lovers version of this trope: two other pairs of doppelgangers have had relationships together that didn't work out. While the Earth-X pair are implied to have simply broken up, the Earth-2 pair were very much in love and engaged to be married before Earth-2 Oliver died in the Gambit's sinking, which proved to be the last straw for Earth-2 Laurel's Start of Darkness. When Earth-1 Laurel died before they could get back together, it shattered Oliver more than any other death in the series, and he was completely unable to move on until he was given another chance to say goodbye to her via the Dominators' Lotus-Eater Machine. Even after that, it took him several months before he was able to commit to another relationship with his second great love, Felicity Smoak, and he still regards Laurel's death to be his greatest failure and regret. His death in Crisis on Infinite Earths will finally reunite them.
  • Out of Focus: During Season 2 when Sara is more prominent, Laurel is only in one or two scenes per episode usually concerning her alcoholism. (And even misses some episodes altogether). She barely makes any appearances toward the end of season 3 as well. Again in the second half of Season 4, when she's only really around as back up during fights or to drop a few lines of support to the team. (Ironically this role saw her gain more popularity before being killed off).
  • Present Absence: After her death in Arrow Season 4, Laurel's absence weighs heavily on her friends and family. In particular, Oliver is guilt-ridden and tries to seek out a new Black Canary to carry on Laurel's legacy, while a devastated Sara wrestles with the temptation to kill Damien Darhk before he can kill Laurel, possible damage to the timeline be damned. Barry and team Flash were troubled when they encountered Laurel's Earth 2 counterpart Black Siren which gave her an upper edge against the Flash. This holds especially true in Season 6, where Black Siren is a major antagonist. Laurel's shadow looms large over her doppelganger, who wavers between envying and hating Laurel, while his daughter's legacy drives Quentin to seek out whatever good may exist in Black Siren in the hopes of seeing her redeemed.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Since Sara dons the White Canary identity in Legends of Tomorrow, this makes the character related to her, Quentin and her mother Dinah by default. In the comics, the White Canary is an unrelated character who is a self-appointed Arch-Enemy of Laurel's comic counterpart.
  • Retirony: In Eleven Fifty Nine just as she is considering putting away the Black Canary outfit for good and becoming a District Attorney she tries to stop Darhk from acquiring his magic totem with the rest of Team Arrow. The resulting fight leads to her death.
  • Revenge Before Reason:
    • At the start of Season Two, she blames the Hood/the Arrow for Tommy's death, believing it was a result of being caught in the crossfire between the two archers. However, she abandons this in "Broken Dolls" when she realizes that Tommy only died because he came to save her from the collapsing CNRI building, and suffers an emotional breakdown.
    • Again in Season 3: When she finds out Malcolm was behind Sara's death she attacks him single-handily despite his vast experience and skill over her. If it wasn't for Nyssa she'd have gone the same way as Sara. It's also possible that Laurel could have actually shot and killed Malcolm if Nyssa hadn't intervened as he was trying to stall her so he could make an opening before Nyssa had arrived.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Damien Darhk fatally stabs Laurel Lance because he made a promise to her father that if he had betrayed him, he would kill his daughter. This then set in motion for Oliver to kill Damien Darhk in "Schism".
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: One of the main reasons she comes to accept help from the Arrow, and she becomes a vigilante in her own right.
  • Secret-Keeper:
    • At the end of "Deathstroke", Slade tells her that Oliver is the Arrow, from which she's able to deduce that Sara is the Canary. In the three-part finale, she finally confronts both of them with the knowledge and officially throws her support behind them.
    • Happens again in Season 3 being the only member of her family who knows that Sara is dead, and cannot bring herself to tell her father since it would break his heart (literally due to him having heart problems).
  • Shipper on Deck: She wants Quentin to be happy with his relationship with Donna.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • For all her reported love of bad boys, Laurel's relationship with Tommy seems to be this. She wasn't interested before he demonstrated he could be something more than a shallow playboy.
    • It's also clear that what renewed her interest in a relationship with Oliver was the fact that, no matter how hard he tried to hide it, he had changed and had become a much better man — the man she always thought he was capable of becoming.
  • Spotting the Thread: She figured out Barry's Secret Identity after he (and his team) came to visit Oliver in Star(ling) shortly after Oliver (and his team) was in Central City and connected the dots.
  • Spy Catsuit: Her Black Canary costume.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Oliver. The two genuinely loved each other and always would, but the baggage of their first attempt at a relationship always haunted them. When they finally moved past it and were in a place to start over again, Laurel died. This is why Oliver took her death so badly, and is only able to move on when he tells "Laurel" in the Dominators' Lotus-Eater Machine all the things he couldn't say to his Laurel.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She nearly makes the cut at 5'7 1/2. She is the tallest of Arrow's main female cast, though (unless the 5'8 Helena Bertinelli and Nyssa Al-Ghul are present).
  • Stepford Smiler: Was able to let loose and be more fun when talking to Cisco, but it's still obvious that she's still reeling by her and her father's fallout regarding her keeping Sara's death from him.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She bounces back and forth between being too close to people and pushing them away hard. See Broken Bird.
  • Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: After Damein Darhk stabs her, Team Arrow rushes her to a hospital where she is medically cleared. Hours later, she seizures and dies anyway.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: After her sister's death she tries to take up her mask and weapon to become Black Canary. Problem is, she doesn't have her sister's skills or nearly enough training, so she nearly gets killed a few times. But her skills began to improve, thanks to additional training sessions with Nyssa al Ghul. Her skills improve even more in season 4 before she is killed off.
  • The Team Wannabe: After she finds out about Team Arrow at the end of Season 2, she tries to convince the others to let her join them and take over Sara's spot despite the team not being ok with this because they didn't want to jeopardize her safety. Given that they're a group of close-knit expert fighters and hackers, while Laurel is an untrained at the time. Laurel eventually gets her own training from Ted and Nyssa independent from Team Arrow. By the time Oliver accepts her as a vigilante he, Roy and Felicity have all left the city and are being replaced by Ray and Thea anyway.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Her official death is actually her second, the first was being obliterated along with Teams Arrow and Flash sans Barry and the rest of Central City at the hands of Vandal Savage until Barry negated it via Time Travel.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Quentin doesn't seem to have forgiven her for hiding Sara's death. He still loves her and is protective when push comes to shove, but he openly says that they are basically done. However, at the start of Season 4, it seems they are back on speaking terms while simultaneously working to protect the city which implied that they finally worked things out and forgave each other.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Laurel goes back and forth between the two. She's a lawyer, but in Season One, she supports the Vigilante until he nearly beats someone to death in front of her. She later helps him find justice for people and asks him for help in return. At the start of Season Two, she is determined to see the Vigilante brought to justice, but she later softens enough to refer to him as the Arrow.
  • Together in Death:
    • With her father, after he dies protecting her Earth-2 counterpart at the end of Season Six. Subverted in the finale, as Quentin is revived.
    • Oliver reunites with her in Crisis on Infinite Earths, as does Felicity in a possible future.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • She and Sara traded roles. Before the yacht incident, Laurel is obviously a Shorttank whereas Sara is more of a party-type Girly Girl. After Sara returned in Season 2, she notably toughened up and dresses in Outdoorsy Gal and biker attires while Laurel becomes more of a Tomboy with a Girly Streak.
    • She is the straight-up tomboy to both Thea and Felicity's Girly Girls.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite being an adult Shorttank, Laurel is quite a fashionista and indulges on many feminine hobbies such having girls night-out and cooking (despite being terrible at the latter).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her season three plot is all about this, first she decides to take up Sara's mask, but after an ass kicking she decides to get training. Oliver refuses but luckily she ends up finding a gym run by an ex-vigilante who starts training her. After Oliver goes missing, Roy takes her on missions and mentions that he too has added himself as one of her mentors. Finally after bonding with each other Nyssa, takes up improving and finishing Laurel's training, who Laurel describes as being "enthusiastic" while she sports a sprained wrist. She takes the most hits of any fighter in the series but she is much better at giving them back now.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As a result of everything that happens to her in Season Two (see Trauma Conga Line), she starts being incredibly nasty to everyone who tries to help her, growing worse as she dips deeper into alcoholism. When Sara finally reveals that she's alive, Laurel is furious and throws her out of the apartment. However, as of the end of "Time of Death", she finally realizes what happening to her and apologizes to Sara.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Although she hits a bit of a rough spot at the start of season 4 with the whole resurrecting Sara thing Laurel and Oliver eventually patch up their differences and repair their friendship. She basically becomes the Cool Big Sis to the entire group for the remainder of the season and is shown to be a lot more understanding of Oliver's problems and gives him some very helpful advice from time to time. She also learns from her mistakes as well.
  • Too Many Belts: Her Canary costume is literally more strapped, contrasting Sara's more "loose" one.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Rocky Road flavored ice cream. Also, mac and cheese.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Season Two. After Tommy's death at the very end of the previous season, she is coping but clearly not happy. After she's kidnapped by the Dollmaker, her life starts to spiral down with prescription drugs and alcohol. Then she has to prosecute Moira, is the only one who thinks Sebastian Blood is evil, is arrested, is kidnapped again, is completely discredited when her addiction comes to light, loses her job, is about to be disbarred, and is almost killed by a League of Assassins member via snake venom. It's not hard to see why she Took a Level in Jerkass. Then Sara dies in front of her.
  • Tsundere: Towards Oliver mostly, usually in response to his own hot and cold actions towards her.
  • Undignified Death: Laurel dies in Eleven Fifty Nine getting immobilized by Darhk, held helplessly against her will as he stabs an arrow through her, requires Oliver to carry her to the hospital, and dies flat-lining on a stretcher in front of all her friends.
  • Unexplained Recovery: A cruel inversion. She was declared stable by the doctors before suddenly suffering from her fatal seizure.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While she has some basic strength and endurance, she's a far less skilled fighter than Oliver, Digg, Sara or Roy and mostly just swings her staff like a baseball bat. Her skills did improve significantly later on.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Quentin wonders this in Season 1, as Oliver cheated on her repeatedly - including with her own sister - when they dated. In play again in Season 4 when she confesses she still loves Oliver on her deathbed. Given over the seasons Oliver has lied to her about his secret identity, thrown her alcoholism in his face, tried to block her from joining the team and revealed he fathered a secret child while they were together, it's a wonder Laurel still considers him love of her life material. Perhaps she just saw the goodness in him after he came back home and loved that version of him more.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Quentin doesn't waste any time calling her out after he finds out that she lied about Sara being dead for months to his face and broke his trust in "The Return". They eventually get past this and forgive each other in season 4.
  • When She Smiles: Her first Crossover appearance on The Flash is one of the rare times note  the audience sees her more fun nature, this despite, at the time, her relationship with her father being seriously strained and a lot of shit is happening concerning her friends.
  • The Worf Effect: One of the team's most competent action girls ends up murdered thanks to Damien Darhk in order to remind us that he's still a serious threat.
  • Workaholic: She has little to no social life outside of work. She picks up the phone in the first season finale and tells her father, "Don't worry, dad, I didn't come in to work." While at work. He replies, "You can't lie to me, of course you're at work. Now please get the hell out of there."
  • Working with the Ex: She certainly tries this throughout Season 3 when persuading Oliver to let her become a vigilante and join Team Arrow. Fully in play in Season 4.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She might not be dating either of them at the time, but Laurel delivers an ass-kicking to Max Fuller in defense of Oliver and Tommy in "Lone Gunmen".
  • You Should Have Died Instead: In the Pilot, Laurel blames Oliver for her sister's death and tells him this. Oliver later reveals he wished the same thing. In the second season, she blames the Arrow for Tommy's death... then she forgives him and starts blaming herself.

    Malcolm Merlyn / The Dark Archer 

    Thea Queen / Speedy 

Thea Dearden Queen
"A year ago, you told me that you could teach me to be strong. You've made good by that promise."

Species: Human

Played By: Willa Holland

Known Alias: Speedy, "Mia"

First Appearance: "Pilot" (Arrow 1x1)

Appearances: Arrow | Flash vs. Arrow!note  | Heroes Join Forcesnote  | Invasion!note 

Oliver's younger sister, Thea is initially a bratty teenager and drug user until being sentenced to do community service by working at CNRI. She later entered a relationship with Roy Harper, and following the events of the Undertaking, became the owner of Verdant. Thea learns Malcolm Merlyn is her real father. After she is resurrected by the Lazarus Pit, Thea then joins her brother's team as a vigilante by her brother's side, with the codename Speedy.

see Arrowverse: Earth-2 page for her Earth-2 counterpart
see the Arrowverse: Other Earths page for her Earth-16 counterpart
see the Smallville: Clark's Allies page for Mia Dearden, the Earth-167 character who shares her codename and comic book connections

  • 10-Minute Retirement: She quits being Speedy in Season 5 only to temporarily take up the mantle again to fight the Dominators and then for good when Evelyn betrays the team.
  • Abled in the Adaptation: Thea appears to be healthy, but her comicbook counterpart Mia Dearden is HIV positive.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Anarky becomes obsessed with Thea after she causes his disfigurement.
  • Action Fashionista: Thea is notably the most fashion-oriented member of Team Arrow to date, but is a deadly fighter trained by a prominent former League of Assassins member.
  • Action Survivor: In the first season finale, Thea throws a bottle and knocks out a thug who is trying to kill Roy. Graduates to Action Girl in Season 3.
  • Ad Hominem: In Season 1, she practices tu quoque(You too!) when her former playboy of a brother expresses concern towards her drug and partying issues.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Mia Dearden is blonde, while Thea is a brunette. This was likely used as a plot point, though the previous live-action adaptation of Mia is also brunette.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Her comic counterpart's name is Mia. She does use it as an alias, though.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Her comic counterpart already has an unfortunate backstory, but the series altered her angst and struggles and emphasize them a lot.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Traditionally, Roy Harper should be introduced first before Mia Dearden. Justified though, as Related in the Adaptation (see below) necessitates this. Furthermore, Roy Harper's alterego, Arsenal, does show up before Speedy does.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Her comicbook counterpart was introduced as a prostitute, but Thea Queen's first official job is a bar owner then Chief of Staff for her brother during his stint as Mayor.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: Her father and brother were Lost at Sea, when her brother came Back from the Dead, he was emotionally distant and crippled with PTSD. She has a reason to be upset about things, even with Character Development.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Double Subverted with Roy Harper. He doesn't exactly endear himself to her by stealing from her, but his nice attitude helps a bit, and she tries to help him out of his life of crime. However, in spite of his desire to continue thievery, she appears to fall for him after he rescues her from an Attempted Rape.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: At her worst, Thea can be very rigid or even downright mean-spirited.
  • Amicable Exes: With Roy in Season 3. She gets back together with him in "The Offer," and says to him in "Public Enemy," that she was an idiot for breaking up with him.
  • Appropriated Appellation: She has always treated "Speedy" as an Embarrassing Nickname, but the second Crossover with The Flash shows that she has finally learned to like it. She and Cisco even engaged in a Snark-to-Snark Combat when the latter suggested that he can think of a better superhero Code Name for her.
  • Arch-Enemy: Malcolm Merlyn is this to her after learning how he brainwashed her to kill Sara. It's telling that when Thea, Oliver, Sara, Diggle, and Ray fight their personal nemeses in the Dominator simulation, hers is Malcolm.
  • Atrocious Alias: When she tries insisting on being called "Red Arrow," Diggle retorts that "just means you can't make a left turn."
  • Axe-Crazy: Originally, the Lazarus Pit made her unstable for a brief moment of her recovery period. But six months later, the Lazarus Pit after effects have affected her and given her a bloodlust that terrifies Oliver.
  • Badass in Distress:
    • In season 4, Merlyn has her abducted and held against her will in Damien Darhk's underground city. Fortunately, Oliver and the others come to her rescue.
    • Again in the end season 5 when Prometheus abducts her and the rest of Oliver's friends and family.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Her and Roy's initial interaction was almost full of bickering.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Doesn't take well to her family keeping secrets from her. So naturally, everyone in her life is keeping at least one secret from her and the biggest secret in the family is that Thea is the result of an affair between Malcolm Merlyn and Moira Queen.
    • She seems to have gotten more mature about this as seen in "Canaries" when Oliver reveals that he is the Arrow to her she responds with nothing but gratitude, but when Oliver tries to hide the fact that she was brainwashed into killing Sara, she does get somewhat mad, but she does not become overly bitter and angry with him, but keeps on pressing Oliver until he tells her.
  • Beta Couple: She accepts Roy's proposal in the series finale.
  • Big Brother Worship:
    • For Oliver before he disappeared. After his return, that worship transforms into an equally-powerful mass of bitterness and anger with him, because of how badly his apparent death hurt her.
    • It's worth considering that a large part of the reason Thea became a parental disappointment, wild party girl, and drug user, besides her stated reasons, may be because that's how she remembered her brother, and she wanted very badly to grow up to be just like him.
    • Thanks to Character Development, she seems to be far more aware of how horrible the island was. When Roy calls Oliver 'a wimp' for not approving of their hunt for the Hood, Thea points out his ordeal as a counter; she knows the island was horrible, and she has nothing but respect and admiration for Oliver to survive there and seemingly still be sane.
    • She no longer looks up to him as of "Deathstroke," having learned that Ollie knew Thea is Malcolm's daughter and kept it from her to keep her "safe". She tells him he's just like their mother. And this was after "Birds of Prey", where she tells him he's the only she can trust because he wasn't keeping secrets.
    • She returns to looking up to him as of "Canaries," after finding out that Ollie is the Arrow and has thus saved her life twice and has saved many other people's lives as well.
  • Blood Knight: As a result of her dip in the Lazarus Pit, Thea has cravings to kill people. She is not happy about this.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Malcolm drugged her with a substance that basically allows mind control and had her kill Sara. Then again in order to have her act as one of Darhk's foot soldiers.
  • Brainy Brunette: She was able to locate Roy after he stole her purse and she's successfully running Verdant in Season Two.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Started out as this, getting incredibly snotty and indignant at the notion that she shouldn't, in fact, be shoplifting, drinking, and getting high in bars at 17, but has gone through some Character Development and is much better now.
  • Broken Pedestal: Has this for Ollie and Moira now that she knows she's Malcolm's daughter as of "Deathstroke". She returns looking up to Ollie after finding out his secret identity in "Canaries."
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • After Walter disappears and Moira retreats into her bedroom, Thea calls her mother out on her selfish behavior.
    • She does it again to Malcolm in "The Return," when she finds out that he brainwashed her into killing Sara.
  • Canon Character All Along: While there are hints as early as the pilot, the confirmation by Word of God that she is the show's version of Mia Dearden only happened near the end of Season 3, and Thea herself only made it official in the Season Finale by wearing Roy's attire.
  • Catholic School Girls Rule: In the first season, a lot of her outfits were button-down shirts and plaid skirts, from the private school she should have been at.
  • Character Development: From Spoiled Brat in the first several episodes to much nicer, especially with her work at Laurel's law firm and involvement with the problems of the Glades (and Roy Harper). As of Season Two, she's running Verdant and has left her druggie days behind for good. By the end of season 2 she's run off with her father, Malcolm Merlyn. She returns with martial arts skills, and rejects her father after learning that he programmed her to kill Sarah and learns that Oliver is the Arrow. By the end of season 3 and beginning of season 4, she inherits Roy's Arsenal costume and equipment and joins the team as Speedy. By season 5, she gives up being Speedy, but becomes a capable chief of staff to Oliver and a source of support for him and Quentin.
  • Commuting on a Bus: In Season 5, Thea comes and goes a lot, because her actress was only contracted for only slightly more than half of the episodes rather than a full season. After being Put on a Bus during the middle of Season 6, she returns during the 150th episode in Season 7 and then as a Recurring Character in the final season.
  • Composite Character: Her initial drug problems originally belong to Roy's comic counterpart. There's also the fact she's the only one to use the codename "Speedy", whereas comic Roy was the first.
  • Cute and Psycho: Her dip at the Lazarus Pit did something to her psyche.
  • The Cutie: She did eventually get a Fanservice Pack, but she's still occasionally portrayed as the "Token young chick".
  • Cute Bruiser: After she Took a Level in Badass in Season 3.
  • Damsel in Distress: In "City of Heroes", the second season premiere, Thea is kidnapped by copycat Hoods looking for revenge and media attention.
  • Damsel out of Distress: After being trained by Malcolm Merlyn, her fighting skills greatly improve and she often fares better at risk situations.
  • Descent into Addiction: One of her first Story Arc is her addiction to Vertigo. She's eventually caught and is sentenced to community service, which somehow puts her life back on track, probably thanks to Thea starting a regular relationship with Roy Harper around the same time.
  • Disappeared Dad: He died when she was twelve in a boating "accident".
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Is willing to go to jail just to spite Moira, because she thinks she was cheating on her stepfather.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After finding out that Malcolm brainwashed her to murder Sara, Thea calls the League of Assassins on him and tells them that he was the one to murder her.
  • Drama Queen: She's very angsty in the early seasons and she's not afraid to show it.
  • Driven to Suicide: After the above, she admits to Nyssa that Sara died by her own hand, then gives her a sword and tells her to take her revenge.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Downplayed, but scenes where she is drawn to her supervillain father will have her wearing a lot more black.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: After joining the team, she really wants her superhero name to be Red Arrow. The others all insist on appropriating her childhood nickname Speedy for the job, which she hates.
  • Emo Teen: Both her legal father and brother disappeared before she hits thirteen and as a result, she turned to drugs and constantly comes to trouble in her teenage years.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: A dramatic example, as more than a few times, the weight of a situation doesn't really seem to set in until after she verbalizes it to someone else. First defending Oliver to Roy made her seem to realize just how horrible the island was. Later on, after refusing to visit her mother in jail to spite her, it was only after being kidnapped and having to defend her mother to the kidnappers as being under Malcolm's control, that really seem to realize how horrible it was for Moira to be in that situation.
  • Family Theme Naming: Her biological parents are Malcolm and Moira. She even invokes this by temporarily using the name Mia. There's also her paternal half-brother Thomas (Tommy).
  • Feel No Pain: Subverted in Season 3. After a lot of training from Malcolm, Thea still feels pain, but refuses to suffer from it, resulting in her completely ignoring things as startling as hot coffee pouring on her hand.
  • Foreshadowing: It's in the background, but her room in "Pilot" has several archery trophies.
  • Girly Bruiser: Despite Malcolm's Training from Hell, Thea retains her posche lifestyle.
  • Got Over Rape Instantly: Roy Harper saves Thea Queen from Attempted Rape by gang members and is stabbed in the process. She then kisses him in the hospital room and they eventually go on to have a relationship.
  • Hair Color Spoiler: Notice that Robert, Moira and Oliver are all blondes? It's revealed in Season 2 that she's Moira's daughter with Malcolm.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Only in her first few episodes — after her brush with the law and Vertigo-related troubles, she seems to be cleaning up her act. Fully subverted in Season Two — she's now mature enough to run Verdant and shows no sign of lapsing at all, in stark contrast to Laurel's substance abuse problems.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Despite all of her training from Malcolm Merlyn, Thea is bested in a one-on-one fight by Chase, who almost kills her. She uses this an opportunity to get better.
  • Heroic Bastard: She is the product of an extramarital affair. Lives up to the "Heroic" part by the season three finale, but struggles with it in season five after resorting to underhanded political tactics and destroying Susan Williams' journalistic reputation to protect Oliver.
  • Hidden Depths: Revealed to be an avid follower of celebrity gossip, going so far as reading message boards and blogs and being a shipping, much to the surprise of her teammates.
  • Honor Before Reason: In "Nanda Parbat", her inability to deal with having killed Sara leads to her confessing the full truth to Nyssa, releasing her from the cell Oliver put her into, and offering her a sword with which to take revenge for her lover's death if she needs to.
  • Hypocrite: She made a gigantic deal about people keeping secrets from her, only to later keep the fact that she is being trained by Malcolm a secret from Oliver.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Due to Oliver's Thou Shall Not Kill policy, he holds back on killing Savage. Because of this, she finishes the job (or at least she thinks she did). Uses this again to when she ruins Susan Williams's journalistic reputation with fake evidence to protect Oliver, earning her a What the Hell, Hero? from him.
  • Important Haircut: During the five months she spent with Malcolm, she cut her hair to chin length.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Ra's Al-Ghul nearly kills her near the end of Season 3.
  • Improbable Age: She's eighteen years old and yet in Season Two, she owns and operates Oliver's nightclub Verdant despite not being old enough to drink any beverages it serves. This is lampshaded twice, first by Oliver when it happens and later by Thea herself in the fourth season.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills:
    • In "Sacrifice", she nails a thug with a bottle from off-screen, knocking him out, to save Roy. It may not be completely instant; her room does have more than one archery trophy in it.
    • In "Taken", while riding as a passenger on a motorcycle, she leans back with her bow pointed towards the sky, and hits two thugs using curve shots through the air.
  • Incest Subtext: The Thea/Tommy Ship Tease has this undertone after the reveal. She realizes how screwed up this is in "The Man Under The Hood".
    Thea: You know who else is my half-brother? Tommy. Tommy who I tried to kiss. ... I tried to kiss my half-brother.
  • In Harm's Way: Sets aside her misgivings about being an active vigilante to rejoin Team Arrow when the Dominators invade partly due to the scale of the threat, but also because of the awesomeness of getting to fight actual aliens.
  • Insistent Terminology: Insists on being called Red Arrow instead of Speedy at first, to no avail.
  • It's All About Me: Flat-out tells Oliver that she had just as bad a time as he did whilst he was on the island. At first glance, it appears that she's comparing living in a mansion with your slightly dysfunctional family to being forced to watch multiple people you know and love die, then washing up on an island with no supplies and no experience, being tortured, and having to run from people who want to kill you; however, it becomes more apparent as the first season goes on that she's not really taken in what Ollie went through, and that Moira was so distraught over Ollie and Robert's deaths that twelve-year-old Thea was basically left to deal with her own grief alone. As of Season Two, she's pretty much grown out of this.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Though she presents it in a pretty narcissistic way, she does make a pretty good point: she lost half her family when she was barely out of middle school, had no efforts made to help her cope, and when it turns out her brother is still alive, he returns distant and judgmental.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first she's very prickly towards Oliver, angry at his refusal to open up to her, bitter because he left her all alone and resentful of his efforts to curtail her party girl lifestyle, but she still cares for him deeply.
  • The Lancer: As Chief of Staff, she acts as second in command for Mayor Oliver even though Quentin Lance is his Deputy Mayor.
  • Legacy Character: To Roy after a fashion, inheriting his bow and Arsenal costume though she adopts her own identity as Speedy.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: After Sara dies and he breaks up with Felicity, Oliver goes to fetch his sister back from her self-imposed exile, admitting to Thea that while she can live without him, the reverse is not true. Oliver does encourage Thea to leave again in later seasons, but only after he's reestablished his relationship with Felicity and wants his sister to experience the same happiness with Roy Harper.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • As of season 3 Thea is the only member of Ollie's personal circle that is unaware that he is the Arrow due to his fear that knowing his secret identity would destroy their relationship. This is finally resolved in "Canaries" where Oliver takes her down into the Arrow Lair and reveals his secret identity and she couldn't be more proud of him.
    • After being saved by The Flash during the second crossover between the two series, she points out that she didn't know that everyone else on Team Arrow knew him.
  • Lovely Angels: With Laurel starting Season 4.
  • Morality Chain: Unknowingly this to Roy in Season 2. Oliver manages to calm Roy down by telling him to think of Thea.
  • Morality Pet: In Season 3, she becomes this for Malcolm Merlyn.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Gloriously subverted. Throughout Season 3, she's seen wearing a much darker note  take of her comic counterpart's costume. However, her official costume as Speedy is revealed to be Roy's former Arsenal costume, which is red, that he personally handed down to her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Thanks to some of her outfits.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • After Moira dies, Thea suffers from this, deeply regretting that her mother died to save her and they never reconciled due to Thea going too far with her response over Malcolm Merlyn being her father, and it's what drives her to leave Star City.
    • She feels so much shame over threatening Damien Darhk to kill his daughter Nora that she semi-retires from vigilantism.
    • Has one after she sees that ruining Susan Williams's journalistic reputation with fake evidence to protect Oliver made her no different from Moira. She steps down from her chief of staff and takes a temporary leave of absence to figure things out.
  • Near-Death Experience: She was in a very critical condition after Ra's stabbed her to the point where she would probably be a vegetable, necessitating Oliver to make a Deal with the Devil and use the Lazarus Pit to heal her.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Despite becoming a surrogate daughter to Quentin, neither were able to say goodbye to the other during Quentin's death.
  • Odd Name Out: The first names of both of her biological parents starts with M. She toys with this in Season 3 by briefly using the name Mia.
  • One True Love: Roy Harper. While she had a short romance with Chase (before finding out who he really was) and a relationship with Alex Davis after Roy left town, it's clear that she never really got over him, and old feelings rise up whenever they meet again.
  • Opt Out: She stops being Speedy due to the emotional fallout of Season 4. Oliver going back to killing people only reaffirms that decision.
  • Psycho Party Member: Thanks to her Lazarus Pit-induced violent streaks.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves with Malcolm Merlyn in "Unthinkable". The Bus Came Back in Season 3. In Season 6 she leaves again, alongside Roy and Nyssa, to destroy the remaining Lazarus Pit's.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has very dark brown hair and her complexion is notably pale. She's also easy on the eyes.
  • Really Gets Around: She's been romantically involved with random boys at Queen Mansion parties, former thieves-turned-vigilantes like Roy, drug dealers, League of Assassins spies like Chase, and one of Oliver's political advisors in Alex Davis.
  • Red Is Heroic: She officially becomes a part of Team Arrow as Speedy by donning Roy's former Arsenal outfit. She even suggested to Oliver to call her Red Arrow before he shoots it down.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • While her comic counterpart was later adopted by Oliver, she's not related to the Queens by blood.
    • Played more straight with Walter Steele, who becomes her (and Oliver's) stepfather in this version.
    • Also played straight with the Dark Archer, who is her biological father in this edition.
    • Also played straight with Nyssa Al-Ghul (Raatko). Since Oliver is legally married to her by the League of Assassins' laws, she's her sister-in-law in this edition.
  • Related Differently in the Adaptation: Thea is based on Mia Dearden, though Mia was Ollie's adopted daughter. Here, Thea is his half-sister. Later subverted when it turns out to be a case of Decomposite Character when Oliver has a daughter named Mia.
  • Rescue Romance: With Roy, as of "The Huntress Returns". While they have reunited and broke up repeatedly since, he is her One True Love.
  • Ret-Canon: While she is the show's version of Mia Dearden, the character of Thea Queen did inspire the character of Emiko Queen, introduced in New 52 as Oliver Queen's half-sister who shares similarities with Thea such as being used by their other parent as an assassin. Which comes full circle with Emiko's introduction in season 7.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Thea takes full advantage of this in Season One, breaking laws with reckless, even gleeful abandon, knowing that her mother will use her influence and money to deflect any consequences. Subverted when a judge decides to make an example of her.
  • She's All Grown Up: As noted by Tommy. It's a bit squicky since the reveal that she is Malcolm's daughter (and Tommy's half sister) in "State v. Queen". Part of her conflict with Oliver in the early episodes was his refusal to accept that she's grown up.
  • Sixth Ranger: Of Team Arrow as of the Season 3 finale.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: She and Cisco engage in one during the second annual Crossover.
    Thea: I'm not changing my nickname. I like Speedy.
    Cisco: Are you familiar with my body of work? If you are, then you know I can come up with something so much better than "Speedy".
    Thea: Why don't you get a haircut and maybe we could talk about it?
    Cisco: I think you just mad cause my conditioner game is on point.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: In early Season One she typifies this trope due to grief over her brother and her father.
  • Spoiled Brat: At the start of Season One, Thea is dismissive of her mother and cruel to her brother. She implies that what she suffered is just as bad as what Oliver has been through, she drinks and stays out late, and eventually she is arrested for taking drugs and driving under the influence. However, after that, she starts a path of Character Development, becoming a much more pleasant person to the people in her life. In Season Two, there is no real sign of her being spoiled at all — she's now running Oliver's nightclub and is making no sign of returning to her old ways.
  • Surprise Incest: She tried to kiss Tommy during Season 1, and promptly Squicks when she learns of their true relationship the following season when making a Call-Back.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Roy leaves his Arsenal outfit behind when he goes into hiding, along with a letter to Thea that she should take over the job.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Season 3. During the five months she was with Malcolm, she became quite the fighter.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Episodes Eleven and Twelve of Season One, but the end result is a heap of Character Development for her. However, by the end of Season Two and until mid Season Three, she was firmly on the side of her father.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • Since doing community service at CNRI, Thea's negative qualities seem to have dimmed, even offering a job to Roy Harper. And now that she's running Oliver's nightclub Verdant in Season Two, she seems to have her life fully under control. This makes her fall at the end of the season all the worse.
    • Season 3 shows that while she still has a lot of anger in her, she's become more mature than she once was: her response to learning Oliver is the Arrow is to hug and thank him, when her usual response to secrets being kept was anger. She's also become more considerate of other peoples' feelings, even if she doesn't show or express it in the best manner all the time.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: She's immune to Damien Dahrk's magic, presumably because of the Lazarus Pit's effects.
  • Thrill Seeker:
    • In Season 4, she seems to have graduated to this. She does seem to be suffering from anger control issues, but while the rest of Team Arrow goes into combat completely deadpan and only talk when they need to, Thea goes in with an excited expression, swinging into the fight from a van door, and excitedly declaring how awesome it all is before and after, as well as seeing no problem arguing over her codename in the middle of a gunfight. In a weird case of Surprisingly Realistic Outcome, this combined with her aggression control issues seems to disturb Oliver quite a bit.
    • Temporarily becomes Speedy again when the Dominators invade because she think it's awesome to be fight against actual aliens.
  • Training from Hell: Malcolm puts her through it between seasons 2 and 3, trying to treat her relatively kindly at first (which still involves pouring hot water on her hand until she can't resist dunking it in cold water) before deciding she'll only reach her full potential if he treats her just like Ra's al Ghul did him.
  • Trauma Conga Line: As Moira points out, Thea's had more than a few unhappy experiences in her life, especially given how young she is.
    • It gets worse near the end of Season Two. She finds out Moira and Oliver knew about Malcolm Merlyn being her father, she witnesses Moira's death at the hands of Slade, and she loses control of Verdant after the family goes bankrupt.
  • Uptown Girl: To Roy. She's a billionaire heiress; he's a street kid from the Glades. Despite this they're pretty happy together and it's other issues that eventually drive them apart.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: During the Undertaking, she throws a bottle from offscreen, knocking out a gunman about to take down Roy. After training with Malcolm, she'll be able to do a lot more for whoever dates her next.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: In the second season finale, Thea is more or less exasperated when Merlyn favorably compares her to Tommy, who "lacked the conviction to pull the trigger... you... are made of iron". Ultimately subverted in that she ends up leaving with him.
  • You're Not My Father: Zigzagged. At first she refuses to accept Malcolm Merlyn as her father, but having become estranged from her family she leaves with him at the end of Season Two, deciding to stop being Thea Queen. Oliver is able to coax her into returning to Star City, but she continues to look up to Malcolm as a father until she finds out that Malcolm had her brainwashed into killing Sara. After finding this out, Thea wastes no time disowning him for manipulating her. And after he kidnapped Oliver's son as an act of petty revenge for the end of the League of Assassins, she wants absolutely nothing to do with him anymore and now only considers Robert Queen to be her father.

    Quentin Lance 

    Ray Palmer / The Atom 

    Evelyn Sharp / Artemis 

    Curtis Holt / Mr. Terrific 

Curtis Holt

Species: Human

Known Alias: Mr. Terrific

Played by: Echo Kellum

First Appearance: "The Candidate" (Arrow 4x2)

Appearances: Arrow | Invasion!note  | Legends of Tomorrow | Crisis on Earth-X note  | Elseworlds note 

A member of Palmer Technologies' tech department who becomes an ally to Felicity. In a moment of desperation, Team Arrow lets him in on their secret, and he becomes a staunch ally to the team from then on. As of Season 5, he's now fighting in the field alongside Oliver.

see Arrowverse: Earth-2 page for his Earth-2 counterpart

  • The Ace: He's an Olympic level athlete, a proficient hacker, a Techno Wizard, and a vigilante in secret.
  • Adaptation Name Change: From Michael Holt to Curtis Holt.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: In the show Curtis is gay and a married man.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, Mr. Terrific is the third smartest man in the world. While Curtis is no doubt smart, he falls far short of the Impossible Geniuses at S.T.A.R. Labs like Dr. Wells or Cisco, who can make technology decades ahead of their time (although he did pull a few weeks of all nighters to develop the tech that made it possible for Felicity to walk again). Also, this Curtis mainly Fights Like a Normal while the comics Mr. Terrific was a Science Hero who heavily relied on technology. Though he does get his T-Spheres later on, bringing him closer to his comics incarnation.
  • Afro Asskicker: Inverted. He pulls his afro back when he starts working as a field vigilante. That, and he is the least combat competent among the new recruits.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He's a bit of a geek who idolized superheroes, much like Barry and Cisco, so being able to work with Team Arrow is a dream come true for him.
  • Back for the Finale: Briefly comes back in the Season 7 finale after being Put on a Bus. Then makes a few appearances in the final season, as well as the finale.
  • Badass Bookworm: A brilliant engineer and an Olympic athlete. As of Season 5, he's also working on developing some genuine fighting skills.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: He's the tallest member of Team Arrow, often put in scenes with Rene who is the shortest male member. Ironically, he's actually The Smart Guy of the two.
  • Black and Nerdy: Obviously.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In "A Matter of Trust", he says Oliver's "Suit up!", having thought everyone would say it together, before realizing that was only Oliver's thing.
  • Brains and Brawn: Has this dynamic with Renee, being the brains to his brawn.
  • The Bus Came Back: He rejoins Team Arrow in Season 8 once again taking up the position of Mission Control and team hacker.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets his ass handed to him in virtually every fight for most of season 5, including being the hostage of a Put Down Your Gun and Step Away between Vigilante and Oliver, receiving a lengthy Kick Them While They Are Down from Cupid and Liza Warner, and gets thrown to the floor by Oliver when Team Arrow throw him an ill-advised surprise party. If that wasn't enough, his husband divorces him after learning about Curtis's vigilantism.
  • Cool Mask: His vigilante outfit has him wearing a mask in the shape of a black capital letter T, that sticks to his face adhesively.
  • Costume Evolution: Adds white accents to his costume, not long after he becomes more capable in the field.
  • Dare to Be Badass: His primary motivation for becoming a vigilante alongside Oliver.
  • Defector from Decadence: He departs from A.R.G.U.S after fearing he may compromise his own morals as Dig and Lyla resort to crude measures in their missions.
  • The Engineer: While Felicity is a master hacker with some limited scientific and engineering capabilities, Curtis is an engineer first, and even ends up inventing a new power source.
  • Geek: When he finds the Arrowcave, Curtis reveals he has a geeky side that easily matches Cisco's.
  • Genius Bruiser: The team's resident engineer capable of creating futuristic technology, who's also a Olympic bronze medal athlete. Though the bruiser aspect is downplayed given that his hand-to-hand combat skills aren't very polished.
  • Happily Married: Season 8 reveals he and Nick, an officer he hit it off with in the past, are married.
  • The Heart: The most idealistic and moral member of Team Arrow; most notably he's the only member without any kind of Dark and Troubled Past what so ever and is the least comfortable over morally grey decisions. He eventually leaves A.R.G.U.S. for a humanitarian institute in DC as he can't condone Lyla and Diggle's decision to revive the Suicide Squad.
  • Hidden Depths: He won an Olympic bronze medal in the decathlon.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Gets into a mild debate with Rory over the merits of the universe having a divine plan. Subverted in that he appears to be a soft atheist (lacks belief in the divine due to insufficient evidence) vs the usual caricature of the hard atheist (actively denies that divine beings could exist), and he doesn't criticize or disrespect for Rory being religious.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Zoe Ramirez, Rene's daughter. He's the one who takes care of her while Rene's hospitalized.
  • Informed Ability: In spite of being established as an Olympic athlete who won a bronze medal, his ability to physically exert himself doesn't seem much more impressive than any other teammate's.
  • The Load: Before he finally invents the T-Spheres, he's almost totally useless in the field.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Is suspected by his husband at first of having an affair due to the repeated late nights and canceled plans after becoming an active part of Team Arrow. Then after Curtis is forced to tell the truth about his vigilantism, his husband leaves, then divorces him.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Finally adds his signature T-spheres to his arsenal in the latter half of season 5, vastly improving his effectiveness in the field. This is soon followed by a cosmetic upgrade to his Mister Terrific costume, bringing him more in line with his comics counterpart.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Played with and subverted. He's a Techno Wizard and a nerd much like Felicity, before it got revealed he's an Olympic bronze medalist. However, despite his Olympian status, he's easily the most incompetent fighter on Team Arrow (aside from maybe Felicity who doesn't fight at all). He does get better over time, but still works better when he's not on the field.
  • Motor Mouth: Shares this with Felicity.
  • Mythology Gag: His "Fair Play" jacket is a homage to his favorite wrestling champion, Terry Sloane, which is the name of the first Mr. Terrific.
  • Nice Guy: He is about as friendly and compassionate as you can get.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He holds 14 PhDs, outdoing Ray Palmer who holds 4.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Much like Felicity, he has a habit of slipping up words.
  • Pet Homosexual: He appears to be Felicity's Gay Best Friend who always hangs out with her.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Promoted to series regular starting from Season 5.
  • Put on a Bus: Unable to cope with John's and Lyla's moral compromises, he quits A.R.G.U.S. for a humanitarian job in D.C. during the course of Season 7.
  • Running Gag: Curtis keeps on encountering trouble with the "Suit up!" phrase throughout Season 5, trying to use it as a Borrowed Catchphrase or giving excessive commentary on it that leads to awkwardness.
  • Science Hero: His biggest asset is utilizing his expertise in science and technology to fight crime. He creates equipment for the team, helps track down targets using his computer algorithms, and even fashions his trademark T-Spheres that have proven extremely useful to the team.
  • Sixth Ranger: To Team Arrow, initially. As of Season 5, he becomes another regular member following Diggle and Thea's departure.
  • The Smart Guy:
    • He's the guy Felicity turns to when she needs technical help. He fully fills this role once Felicity joins Helix and he's the only tech expert left. Then Felicity returns and both of them put their skills to use together.
    • Becomes this when the Recruits leave Team Arrow in Season 6 and form their own team, where he's once again the solo Science Hero.
    • Then in Season 8 when Felicity leaves, he's the main Mission Control and team hacker for Team Arrow once again. Though he's quickly joined by William.
    • He stays in this role during Season 7 as an agent of A.R.G.U.S.
  • Spear Counterpart: It becomes more and more clear over the course of the series that he is pretty much a male Felicity.
  • Straight Gay: He does Captain Singh from The Flash one better by already being married when he shows up.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • He's pretty much a carbon copy of Cisco. Lampshaded by the man himself during the Invasion crossover.
    • By the time of Season 8, he completely takes over from Felicity as the team hacker, given Felicity being Put on a Bus.
  • Swiss-Army Weapon: His T-Spheres capabilities are endless. They can be used offensively to bludgeon enemies, track down targets, hack technology, explosives, and shields to deflect projectiles.
  • Super Hero Origin: He ends up becoming the Arrowverse version of Mr. Terrific.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Replaces Ray Palmer as the team's resident engineer.
  • The Team Wanna Be: Played with. While Oliver easily lets him on board to be a tech support, however Curtis practically begs Oliver to make him a field agent.
  • Those Two Guys: Grows into this dynamic with Rene, to the point where Dinah comments that they make a cute couple.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After finishing his T-Spheres, he becomes much more efficient, even being the one who saves the day against Vigilante. Also his martial arts skill has improved in Season 6, he's no longer getting hit by normal thugs and he takes them down pretty fast in pure melee.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Black and gay.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's a bronze medalling Olympic Decathalete, but he can't fight worth shit. When he goes solo against thugs like the one that stole a Kord Industries processor, he gets turned into a punching bag.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Chews Oliver out on his brutal training methods and actually manages to give him something to think about.

    Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog 

Rene Ramirez
Click here to see his Season 6 outfit  

Species: Human

Known Alias: Wild Dog

Played By: Rick Gonzalez

First Appearance: "Legacy" (Arrow 5x1)

Appearances: Arrow | Invasion!note  |Crisis on Earth-X note  | Crisis on Infinite Earths note 

A new vigilante to Star City introduced in Season 5. His rash behavior causes friction with him and Green Arrow, that is until Oliver decides to recruit Rene as a part of Team Arrow where he becomes one of the new recruits. Unfortunately, FBI agent Samantha Watson coerces him into becoming a witness against Oliver in her investigation, under threat of never seeing his daughter again if he refused. As a result, he had to leave the team.

However, he and Oliver eventually patch things up again.

see Arrowverse: Future Characters page for more on his possible future version
see Arrowverse: Earth-2 page for his Earth-2 counterpart

  • Absurd Phobia: Despite his bravado and brashness, he has a superstitious and silly fear of ghosts. In "The Sin-Eater", when Team Arrow track down Liza Warner, China White, and Cupid to a cemetery, he's more worried about angry spirits than facing off against three proven killers.
  • Action Dad: A vigilante with a young daughter, but lost custody of her to social services in the wake of his wife's death and the unstable home situation that followed.
  • Action Politician: Post-Crisis, he eventually succeeds Quentin as the mayor of Star City, and not in a negative way like his former future version.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The name of "Wild Dog" in the comics is Jack Wheeler. Here, it is changed to accommodate the Race Lift.
  • Alliterative Name: Rene Ramirez.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: It's fairly tame, but he has made advances on Thea several times only to get coldly rejected on every attempt.
  • …And That Little Girl Was Me: Reveals to Quentin why he helped the latter out with a probing reporter's interview: when Rene was a kid, he was caught tagging a building by Quentin in his beat cop days. But instead of taking Rene into the police station, Quentin got on one knee and told him that he could be more than a regular thug. While Quentin had completely forgotten about the incident, for Rene, it was a defining moment that inspired him on a much better path for life.
  • Animal Motif: His codename is Wild Dog, he wears a jersey with a dog's head on it, and his superhero insignia is that of the same dog.
  • Ascended Extra: In the comics, Wild Dog is a C-list character at best; here, he's a significant recurring character and promoted to series regular for season 6.
  • Beta Outfit: While he starts off with his Iconic Outfit from the comics it turns out it was just a prototype. He gets an upgraded suit during Season 6 that's more closer to what his teammates wear. He goes back to his original one in Season 7.
  • Big Eater: In "Second Chances," he orders cheeseburgers with three, then later, five meat patties, much to Oliver and Curtis's disgust.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: He's relatively short compared to the other male members of Team Arrow, and is frequently put alongside Curtis, easily the tallest member of Team Arrow. Ironically, he's the The Big Guy in terms of behavior.
  • Brains and Brawn: Has this dynamic with Curtis, being the brawn to his brains.
  • Butt-Monkey: If someone is going to get beaten up or otherwise screw up stupidly, chances are it's going to be him.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Attempted to hit on Thea, only to be brutally turned down.
  • Character Development:
    • He's far more rebellious and unsociable at the beginning of season, but the numerous hardships Team Arrow faces forces him to become more of a team player. One of the key indications is during the "Invasion!" crossover, he tells Supergirl and the Flash that he doesn't "do apologies", however in "Who Are You?" he gives a formal apology to Curtis for being a dick to him when he was feeling down.
    • After repeatedly seeing the messy consequences of his recklessness in the field, he gradually gets better at following orders and coordinating with his teammates and in turn, becomes entrusted with greater autonomy from Oliver. He also becomes a confidant and source of support for Quentin in Thea's absence in the latter half of season 5.
  • Civvie Spandex: His vigilante outfit consists of a hockey mask, a jersey, and whatever clothing he happens to be wearing at the time.
  • Cold Sniper: Downplayed. He thought he was a good shot with a rifle, but despite his time in the Navy, he completely missed every shot with a scoped rifle against a thug.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a white hockey mask in uniform.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Against Oliver's orders, he goes on an unauthorized "recon mission" that goes awry and causes Sampson to fall into a vat of Stardust and gain superpowers.
  • Dads Can't Cook: Admits that soup is pretty much all he can make.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His wife was a drug addict and was killed in a botch robbery done by her drug dealer, and Rene blames himself for not having a gun on him to defend the house as the gun was in a lockbox. He, later, loses his daughter from CPS because of his erratic lifestyle that followed.
  • Did Not Think This Through: His main character flaw is that he just rushes through situations not giving a shit about the consequences.
  • Disappeared Dad: Is one to his daughter after she's taken away by social services and allows himself to remain one due to believing himself to be an unfit father.
  • Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: During his Navy SEAL days, he beat a prisoner in order to extract information. Subverted in that it was unsanctioned, failed to produce any intel, and resulted in his dishonorable discharge.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He's hot headed and he constantly ignores Oliver's orders which makes him unpopular amongst his teammates. He eventually grows out of this and starts to rein in his Leeroy Jenkins tendencies.
  • Guns Akimbo: His weapon, though he's also plenty handy in a close-range brawl.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Oliver, constantly. Their conflicting methods of approaching Star City's crime problems is one of the major focuses of early Season 5.
  • Hot-Blooded: Rene is quick to anger and start a fight, which also makes him quick to clash with Oliver.
  • Ineffectual Loner: When he chafes over having to follow orders and work with a team, Oliver reminds him that he operated solo for five months and didn't accomplish anything.
  • In Name Only: He's become this by Season 6. This Wild Dog really only kept the personality and costume of his comics counterpart, but with an otherwise very different origin. However his costume ends up being completely altered to something more akin to Jason Todd's Red Hood costume. Wild Dog co-creator Terry Beatty was not pleased with the change.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Definitely has an attitude problem and lacks tact, yet there is no denying his heart is in the right place.
  • The Lancer: Invoked with the rest of Team Arrow when Oliver temporarily disbands the team and Felicity is off working with Helix. they discuss what roles they're now assuming. When Curtis asks who's the new Diggle, both Rene and Dinah say "I am.".
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He has a very bad tendency of rushing into situations without thinking, which causes quite a lot of problems.
  • Military Maverick: A deconstructed version; while escorting a prisoner who possessed valuable information but successfully resisting standard interrogation, Rene saw fit to take matters in his own hands. All this resulted in was Rene becoming dishonorably discharged, something he regrets to this day.
  • Military Superhero: Subverted Trope. He was in the Navy SEALs, but was dishonorably discharged, and there is almost no attention brought to his time there, in contrast to Spartan. Unlike most examples, his discharge is entirely his own fault and was completely deserved.
  • The Mole: He is testifying against Oliver, though unwillingly so, as Agent Watson coerced him under threat of never seeing his daughter again.
  • My Greatest Failure:
    • His failure to protect his wife when she's killed by the drug dealer she owed money to, which in turn led to a complete disintegration of his home life and losing custody of his daughter to social services.
    • In Season 8, he finds out about the Bad Future where his daughter Zoe is killed, which he also views as this. After wallowing in a combination of depression and rage, he becomes determined to change this future at all costs.
  • Never My Fault: In season 6, he refuses to take responsibility for his actions with selling the team out, repeatedly falling onto the excuse that he was threatened with the welfare of his daughter, which culminates in Team Arrow being fragmented for most of the season. Downplayed in that Oliver was also to blame for keeping him, Curtis, and Dinah under surveillance (it should be noted that Curtis and Dinah were completely innocent) - thus implicitly not trusting any of them - before he came clean. This may have played a part in Rene not apologizing for his betrayal sooner.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A near constant problem for him.
    • In "The Recruits," he disobeys orders and attacks Ragman when he comes in, revealing himself early instead of casing the area. This is a downplayed example as he did find evidence, but still is treated as a problem.
    • In "A Matter of Trust," he goes out on a mission to kill Derek Sampson despite being told not to go on missions without being allowed. Not only does he thereby ruin the ability of the SCPD to capture Sampson and get intelligence on the rising threat of the Stardust drug, but his actions lead to the man gaining a variety of superpowers.
    • In "Penance," He messes up an operation by taking a shot (and missing) at a gangster even Artemis had a better shot. He then goes after Tobias Church alone, rather than call in backup from the Nigh-Invulnerable Ragman, leading not only to him being beaten, but also to his capture for torture to get information on the Green Arrow.
  • The Nicknamer: Calls Felicity "Blondie" and Ragman "Rags".
  • Old Shame: In-Universe, it's his unsanctioned "interrogation" of a prisoner his military unit was escorting and what led to his dishonorable discharge.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: He gets promoted to series regular as of Season 6.
  • Race Lift: In the comics, Wild Dog is Caucasian. Here, he is Hispanic, and is also given an Adaptation Name Change for accommodation.
  • Super Hero Origin: His addict wife getting killed by her dealer, followed by him seeing the Green Arrow defeat Damien Darhk, is what inspired him to become a vigilante.
  • Superhero Paradox: He distrusts people with powers, because he thinks they have caused as much harm as they have done good, unintentionally or not. He mellows out after Barry and Kara save his life even after he was rude to them, showing him that – powers and no powers – some people just want to help.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: As befitting his Vigilante Man attitude, he carries handguns.
  • Super Zeroes: He's a Leeroy Jenkins who keeps stuffing missions up, constantly annoys his teammates, and he has one of the most ridiculous costumes on the show which consists of a hockey mask and a jersey with a dog's head on it. He later gets better about the first two elements though, while Season 6 gives him an upgraded costume that's more suited to vigilante work.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Given his Leeroy Jenkins nature, it's easy to see why he was dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEALS even if he doesn't say so himself.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • Between living in the slums and his Headbutting Heroes status with Oliver, he has a lot in common with Roy. The main difference is that while Roy mellowed out when he found out who Oliver really is (somewhat), Rene doesn't do that and takes a lot longer to be cooperative.
    • He also primarily fills Diggle's slot as the gun wielding field support by Oliver's side. In Season 6, after Oliver retires from vigilante duty and Diggle takes up the Green Arrow mantle, Rene is once again the primary gunner on the team.
  • The Team Wanna Be: He is persistent on working with Oliver, much to Oliver's annoyance. After several failed attempts, Oliver finally complies when he's out looking for new recruits.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Is furious with Felicity and Oliver for suspecting him to be a traitor and invading his privacy and quits the team as a result, even though he is the traitor.
  • Those Two Guys: Grows into this dynamic with Curtis, to the point where Dinah comments that they make a cute couple.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As Season 5 goes on, Rene starts making an effort to be a better teammate and friend, even catching on when he accidentally insults Curtis and apologising to him.
  • Unwanted Assistance: He constantly appears on Oliver's missions to help him, much to the latter's annoyance.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a habit of calling people "Hoss" that borders on being a catchphrase.
  • Vigilante Man: He's far less discerning than the other teammates on the new Team Arrow, to the point of being a loose cannon.
  • You're Not My Type: He makes an attempt to flirt with Thea and she turns him down. A couple of episodes later he has a conversation with Rory about if she would have dated him in another timeline and is wondering why she doesn't like him—Thea overhearing the conversation states it's because he's not her type.

    Rory Regan / Ragman 

Rory Regan

Species: Human note 

Known Alias: Ragman

Played By: Joe Dinicol

First Appearance: "The Recruits" (Arrow 5x2)

Appearances: Arrow

The only survivor of Havenrock after its destruction by a nuclear missile, who gains control over the ancient rags he was wrapped in during the blast.

  • 10-Minute Retirement: After learning about Felicity's involvement on Haverock's bombing, he quits the team but returns later after a heart to heart talk with her.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Much like his Alliterative Name below, his superhero alias also begins with the letter R.
  • Alliterative Name: Rory Regan.
  • Ancient Artifact: His costume is made from mystical rags from the time of Devarim, passed from father to son in the Regan family line. It bestows the wearer magically enhanced durability and strength and the ability to manipulate the rags for offensive and defensive utility.
  • Back for the Finale: Returns for the Series Finale after a long absence for one final mission with Team Arrow.
  • Badass Long Coat: It's made out of rags, but you better believe that it makes him look badass.
  • The Big Guy: He's often deployed as a human shield to tank incoming bullets while his tentacles have lots of raw strength. He's easily hoisted up Charon and slammed him unconscious in one shot.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After absorbing a second nuclear blast, the rags lose their power. He's regained his powers Post-Crisis.
  • Bullet Catch: One of his tricks is conjuring up swarms of tentacles to deflect incoming fire. During firefights, he frequently serves as mobile cover for the rest of the team.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns for the series finale, Post-Crisis, having regained use of his mystical rags and attends Oliver's funeral.
  • But Now I Must Go: Rory goes on sabbatical since the rags lost their magic when he absorbed a nuclear blast on a mission in Russia.
  • Cloth Fu: His use of his rags resembles this, including Combat Tentacles and disarming people.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: His powers come entirely from his robes.
  • Combat Tentacles: His rags can extend very much like tentacles.
  • Creepy Good: Curtis even comments on his unsettling appearance after he joins the team.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite looking and sounding scarier than most of the villains, Ragman becomes a part of Team Arrow after Ollie talks him down in his introductory episode.
  • Defrosting Ice King: After getting past his revenge state, Rory slowly warms up to the team and shows his kind and calm personality. By the crossover, he gets along easily with Barry, Kara, and Cisco.
  • Fish out of Water: Unlike the other newcomers to the team, he has no prior experience with being a vigilante, and is generally rather bewildered by Oliver's lifestyle.
  • Heroic RRoD: After his rags tank a nuclear explosion at point-blank range, they cease to work properly. Rory has to leave the team until they recover or he finds a way to fix them.
  • Hidden Depths: Is a metal sculpture artist with some talent as Felicity discovers. Can also quote Moby-Dick and can make a homebrew schnapps recipe.
  • The Insomniac: Suffers from mild sleeplessness, apparently a side effect of the rags.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He's very excited to meet Supergirl and the Flash in person during the Invasion arc.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: He's the thinnest male Team Arrow member to date, as seen with his Geek Physiques. Still, his magic rags gives him unusual strength that surpasses even his more muscular predecessors and teammates.
  • Nice Guy: His initial Roaring Rampage of Revenge aside, Rory turns out to have a rather kind and calm personality and doesn't clash with Oliver or the rest of Team Arrow as much as the other new recruits do.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: Not Rory himself, but his rags, which allowed him to survive a nuclear explosion in his backstory. In the present, they remain plenty capable at blocking bullets and absorbing the brunt of explosions.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted, his predecessor was named Rory, and of course there is Mick Rory, albeit as a last name.
  • Power Echoes: His mask grants him this. Rory has no idea how it works, or how to turn it off, and it creeps poor Curtis out to no end.
  • Put on a Bus: He departs Team Arrow after his rags get Depowered and no longer sees himself as useful to the team.
  • Religious Bruiser: The strongest member of the team when wearing his rags and very faithful to his Jewish heritage.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He starts out going after anyone who was connected in any way, no matter how tangential, to the destruction of Havenrock, until Oliver convinces him to take a healthier approach.
  • Sole Survivor: Of Havenrock's nuking courtesy of Damien Dahrk. He only survived a nuclear blast thanks to magical rags from Biblical times.
  • Super-Strength: Downplayed since he functions as more of a Stone Wall, but while wearing the rags, Rory is able to lift and throw people with ease.
  • Stone Wall: His costume allows him to take attacks without coming to harm, with Team Arrow sometimes taking cover behind him.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Given his Nigh-Invulnerable powers in the show's more grounded world, it's likely that this was the reason for Rory's rags getting depowered and the character sent on a Long Bus Trip.
  • Token Super: He's the only member of the team's Season 5 lineup who isn't a Badass Normal, instead relying on his magical rag-costume. He later gets replaced by Dinah Drake who also has powers.
  • Token Religious Teammate: Rory is Jewish and is shown to be much more religious than the (also Jewish) Felicity, with his Rags of Devarim explicitly being a religious artifact. This becomes a plot point in "Invasion!", when he and Curtis debate the relative merits of the universe having a divine plan.
  • Too Many Belts: His costume is covered in them.
  • Unexplained Recovery: By the series finale, his rags have regained their abilities, but it's not explained how it happened.

    Dinah Drake / Black Canary 

Dinah Drake

Species: Metahuman

Known Alias: "Tina Boland", Black Canary II

Played By: Juliana Harkavy

First Appearance: "Who Are You?" (Arrow 5x10)

Appearances: Arrow | Crisis on Earth-X note  | Crisis on Infinite Earths note 

A former police detective from Central City who became a metahuman capable of producing high frequency sonic screams after the Particle Accelerator explosion. Oliver recruits her to take up Laurel's mantle as the Black Canary following her death. She eventually climbs her way up to the rank of SCPD Captain in season 7. After leaving Star City shortly after Oliver's funeral, she finds herself placed twenty years in the future, where she meets with Laurel Lance, who traveled forward, and Mia Queen, the daughter of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak.

see Arrowverse: Future Characters page for more on her possible future version
see Arrowverse: Earth-2 page for her Earth-2 counterpart
see Batman (1966): Heroes page for the Earth-66 character who bears her name and background
see Smallville: Clark's Allies page for the Earth-167 character who bears her name and comic book connections

  • Action Girl: She's a former policewoman with the fighting skills to prove it.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Her costume covers a lot more than in the comics and isn't nearly as provoking as Laurel's was.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Despite finding that Vengeance Feels Empty after killing Sean Sonus, Dinah becomes, if anything, even more vicious and vengeful when Black Siren kills Vince.
  • Alliterative Name: Dinah Drake.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has dark brown hair, and is very unfriendly to people who try to interfere with her work, as Oliver finds out when he tries to recruit her. She softens toward Team Arrow later, though.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • To Sean Sonus, for killing her cop partner and lover. She spends the next three years hunting him on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
    • To Black Siren who hates her with a passion for "replacing" her on both Team Arrow and in Quentin's affections. It becomes mutual after Black Siren kills Vincent Sobel while Dinah watched helplessly. This eventually stops after Laurel's Heel–Face Turn, with the two even becoming best of friends.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Surprisingly, she looks exactly like the Rebirth Black Canary.
  • Breakout Character: Despite her initial negative reception, she eventually proved popular enough to star as a main character in the successor series to Arrow alongside Laurel and Mia Smoak.
  • Brought Down to Badass: After getting her throat slit by Stanley Dover, she can't use her cry anymore. She still kicks some major ass however, and later Sara gives her Laurel's old canary cry device. This is undone after the Crisis.
  • Canon Character All Along: Her real name is Dinah Drake. "Tina Boland" was her undercover name when she was investigating Sonus.
  • Civvie Spandex: Her first Black Canary costume is quite basic: Sara/Laurel's old domino mask, a gray t-shirt, black leather jacket, and faded jeans. She later switches to a black sweater and black jeans. In season six, she gets a more superhero-esque look.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: While she fills the role of he Black Canary, she has not yet adopted the codename.
  • Convenient Replacement Character: She's a metahuman with the same power-set as Laurel's then Evil Doppelgänger who was immediately introduced after the latter's Redemption Rejection.
  • Crusading Widow:She's driven to kill Sonus because he murdered her boyfriend, who was also her partner. Becomes this again in season 6 after watching him die for good.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments, especially when she shows her intolerance for douchebags.
  • Decomposite Character: The Reveal that her real name is Dinah Drake makes her the fourth character to be based off Black Canary after Dinah Laurel Lance, Dinah Drake Lance, and Sara Lance. Additionally, her backstory about having a dead lover who was a cop is based on the relationship between Dinah Drake Lance and her husband Larry Lance, who is already present as Quentin Larry Lance.
  • Domino Mask: Wears the one formerly belong to Laurel, who in turn originally inherited it from Sara.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: Quentin never once acknowledged that she has the exact same name as his ex-wife and mother of his children. Sara never did too when they teamed-up during Crisis on Earth-X, nor did the Queen siblings who personally know the elder Dinah Drake. The closest this gets addressed is when she revealed her real name to Oliver, who is instead amused that she has the same first name as Laurel.
  • Fair Cop: Has a job in the police department and is quite the looker.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her vengeful nature. Grief brings out the worst in Dinah, turning her abrasive and vengeful to the point that she'd even attack friends and allies for getting between her and her revenge. This leads her to murder Sean Sonus and nearly murder a wounded and helpless Black Siren. While Curtis managed to talk her down in the latter case, it was only after she'd attacked Quentin for defending Laurel and set off a full-on brawl between the New Recruits and Oliver and Diggle which ended with Rene being seriously injured.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: After much hate and distrust between them, Laurel and her eventually become best of friends.
  • Friend on the Force: She joins the SCPD after she moves to Star City, which proves invaluable to Team Arrow when Prometheus' machinations means Green Arrow is enemy number one.
  • Hidden Depths:
  • I Choose to Stay: After waking up in the future Post-Crisis, she turns down Sara's offer to return to her timeline, as she was apparently erased from existence there. Instead, she stays and builds a new life. And after Laurel brings her and Mia back into action, she decides to build the Canary Network with her.
  • Identical Stranger: Her actress played a minor character called Sarah on Constantine, which was retroactively put in the same continuity as the rest of the Arrowverse, though no link has yet to be made between the two characters.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!:
    • Oliver tries to invoke this to her when she has a gun pointed at Sonus. He even asks the cliched "what would Vincent want you to do?" speech, but it utterly fails and Dinah shoots him anyway.
    • She ends up in this situation again in Season Six, :where she's once again out to avenge Vincent, this time gunning for Black Siren. She has Black Siren at her mercy and about to kill her the same way she killed Vicent (a sonic scream point blank in the ear), however this time Curtis manages to talk her out of it by invoking she was not Oliver and by doing so she would be just like him.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: She initially believes herself to unworthy of the Black Canary mantle, until Quentin convinces her otherwise. Sadly, Season 6 proves she's indeed inadequate since after Black Siren murders Vincent, Dinah becomes obsessed with killing her to avenge Vincent (a man who was hardly innocent himself) and that becomes more important to her than saving the city she swore to protect — both as a vigilante and as a cop.
  • Knight Templar: After watching Black Siren brutally kill Vincent, Dinah becomes seriously unhinged and hellbent on revenge no matter the cost, even going so far as to attacking her former allies.
  • The Lancer: Invoked with the rest of Team Arrow when Oliver temporarily disbands the team and Felicity is off working with Helix they discuss what roles they're now assuming. When Curtis asks who's the new Diggle, both Rene and Dinah say "I am." This ends up being realized in season 6 when Diggle takes over for Oliver as the Green Arrow and she steps into Diggle's role.
  • Legacy Character: She is the third woman to carry the Black Canary name, following Sara and Laurel.
  • Love Makes You Stupid: Dinah's feelings for Vincent end up severely compromising her judgment. When he's captured by Cayden James, she falls for an obvious trap and leads Curtis and Rene on a rescue mission that ends up failing miserably, getting Vince killed, and costing the heroes a chance to secure Cayden's bomb and end his threat over the city.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: The Particle Accelerator explosion gave her the ability to emit sonic screams.
  • Martial Arts Staff: Her weapon, which is really simple compared to the telescopic bo staffs her previous namesakes used.
  • Morality Pet: For her former partner/lover Vincent Sobel aka Vigilante, which is why he let her believe he was still dead so he wouldn't be distracted from his "mission".
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted. Her real name is Dinah Drake, and she is the third character who's named "Dinah". Laurel and Sara Lance's mother had that name, and Laurel's full name is "Dinah Laurel Lance". To take it even further, she's not even the first "Dinah Drake", as mother Lance's maiden name was "Drake".
  • Orwellian Retcon: In-universe example. All records of her existence have been mysteriously erased when she wakes up in the future.
  • Passing the Torch: Oliver recruits Dinah to join Team Arrow and inherit Laurels mantel as the Black Canary although Dinah admits to Quentin that she doesn't feel worthy of inheriting the title. By the season 5 finale Quentin tells her that she is the Black Canary now and is worthy of inheriting the name.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Once she joins the team Dinah and Diggle are shown having a really good repour with one another with the two often seen given each other advice and talking about their problems.
  • The Power of Hate: She's much more effective as a fighter if enraged. This is evident during her bouts with Black Siren, as while she's frequently on the compromised position during most of their bouts, she was able to give the Earth-2 metahuman a hard time in their subsequent battles after the latter (forcefully) killed Vince.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: She gets promoted to series regular as of Season 6.
  • Race Lift: In the comics, Dinah Drake is Caucasian. Here, she's played by a mixed-race actress. Of course there's also the fact that there are two Dinah Drakes in the Arrowverse, with the first introduced being also Caucasian.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • In Season 6, the Recruits leave Team Arrow and form their own team. They operate via consensus rather than a leadership hierarchy, however its obvious that Dinah expels the most authority among the others. She later briefly loses the "Reasonable" part, but pulls herself together again.
    • In Season 7, she becomes Star City's new Police Captain, trying to mediate between her old team and the city authorities, who outlawed vigilantes.
  • Redeeming Replacement: In Season 5, she becomes the teams new Action Girl, replacing Artemis who pulled a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Remember the New Guy?: While she's a brand new character to Team Arrow, Captain Singh already knew her quite well, even though she was never seen or mentioned before in the previous seasons of The Flash. Justified due to being deep undercover.
  • Replacement Goldfish:
    • The main reason Oliver recruits Dinah to Team Arrow is so that, with her fighting skills and Canary Cry, she can fill the void left by Laurel.
    • Quentin confides in her a lot, and it's all but stated that he sees her as replacement for Laurel. Sadly their relationship deteriorates in Season 6, when Black Siren kills Vigilante. Dinah is hell-bent on killing her, while Quentin despite everything that's happened simply can't let her die partly because of fatherly instinct and because he's convinced that she can be reformed. Dinah even attacks Quentin when he tries to interfere.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She is more concerned with getting revenge for Vincent than she about saving the city.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Went on one against Sonus and his men for three years after they killed her partner and lover. It culminates in her killing him. She tries to go another one after Black Siren kills Vince for real, but her teammates stop from succeeding.
  • Secret-Keeper: She know about Diggle's nerve damage, and isn't happy that he told her to keep it between them.
  • Slashed Throat: Receives one in Season 7, courtesy of Stanley Dover. Fortunately she survives, but if her future incarnation is any indication, it will permanently cripple her powers. This changes as of Post-Crisis, with her powers being back to normal.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: In Season 7, being torn up between her duty as the police captain and her friendship to her old teammates, especially Rene, who insists on continue operating as a vigilante.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her "official" costume has very short sleeves.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'8 and an exotic beauty.
  • Superhero Speciation: When she made her debut, the late Laurel's Earth-2 metahuman counterpart (who has the exact same power as her) was already introduced. Then Arrow showrunners Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle put her in the show to become the new Black Canary to succeed Laurel, but Earth-2 Laurel Lance is far more popular to both fans and critics to take the mantle. When Earth-2 Laurel finally reforms, this makes Dinah redundant, so the storyline where Stanley Dover gave her a Slashed Throat to cripple her scream was written in. However, as of Post-Crisis, she has her scream back.
  • Superior Successor:
    • To the original Laurel, due to being a more experienced fighter, a skilled detective and having actual metahuman powers instead of just a sonic device.
    • Oliver labelled her as one In-Universe towards Black Siren, citing that she has more control over her powers than her. At first it seemed like a Informed Ability due to Dinah getting repeatedly bested by Black Siren in combat, as well as not coming close to her top feat of leveling a building. It's eventually confirmed that she could be just as powerful when she uses her scream to stop a train on its tracks. She also managed to fight her evenly (and two times beat her, though Siren was still nursing a gunshot wound Dinah herself inflicted on her the second time) over the course of Season 6.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She's as literal as this trope gets, given she was brought in to be a Replacement Goldfish for Laurel and the third Canary.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Quits the team after being spied on. Especially John suspecting her to be the traitor seems to have contributed to this decision for her.
  • Token Non-Human: She's the only metahuman member of Team Arrow, and the first metahuman semi-regular character on the show.
  • Token Super: Takes Ragman's spot as the only member of Team Arrow with actual powers.
  • Un-person: She ends up in the future after the Crisis, with nobody remembering her, so she chooses to stay and build a new life as a singing, piano-playing bar owner.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: After killing Sonus, she admits to Oliver that it didn't give her the emotional closure she hoped she'd get. Sadly however she forgets the aesop when Black Siren kills Vincent and she's hell-bent on killing her.
  • You Are in Command Now: Becomes the new Police Captain in Season 7.


    New Team Arrow / Outsiders 

Angry after being spied on by Oliver and his team, the new recruits decide to continue working as Vigilantes, but as a separate team. Eventually they and Oliver reconcile and rejoin the original Team Arrow.

  • Composite Character: They are possibly the Arrowverse version of the Outsiders, which Curtis suggests as a name. If this is true, the comics version of the Outsiders is more closely associated with Batman and has a completely different roster.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: They really chaffed that Oliver didn't trust them simply because they weren't "the originals", the fact that one of them actually did sell Team Arrow out to Agent Watson — Rene is completely meaningless to them.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Averted with Oliver spying on them to root out a mole — they simply won't forgive him, even as the city burns.
    • Played straight with Rene, who let himself be blackmailed by Agent Watson and didn't bother to tell the team — until Oliver let it slip he was spying to find out the mole. Not for one minute do they think he could turn on them too.
  • Hero Antagonist: To the original Team Arrow during "Collision Course". One might call them misguided, but they weren't evil and had valid points to offer.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Zig-zagged. They have the skills and the training, but they refuse to acknowledge that they'd have a better chance of saving the city from Helix by being part of Team Arrow instead of the extremely ineffectual "partnership" they decide on, because they simply refuse to act like grown-adults and forgive Oliver for his one moment of weakness.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even though Oliver gave them a sincere apology with an offer that both parties start over with a clean slate they refused even though they know Cayden James wants them divided and it makes stopping him much more difficult.
    • They decide that rescuing Vigilante is more important than finding Cayden's bomb — even though Cayden has wrecked the city and bankrupted it through his ransom demands.
  • It's All About Me: They will simply not let go of their grudge with Oliver, even as the city is being held hostage by Cayden James.
  • Moral Myopia: While Curtis has some legit reason to be angry, both Rene and Dinah absolutely refuse to see any wrongdoing in their actions (testifying against Oliver and secretly meeting with Vincent Sobel), instead blaming everything on Oliver and his team.
  • Never My Fault: They refuse to acknowledge their role in the deteriorating relationship with Team Arrow. When Rene ends up in the hospital during the events of "Collision Course", Curtis and Dinah ignore their own role in escalation of events that put him there and blame it solely on Oliver and company.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When faced with the choice between securing Cayden James's thermonuclear bomb and rescuing Vince, who put himself in harm's way so the team could find the former, they choose Vince. Because they weren't there to back Oliver and Diggle up, the latter two are overwhelmed by Cayden's men guarding the warehouse and are unable to secure the bomb before Anatoly Knyazev and Ricardo Diaz escape with it.
  • Power Trio: Composed of the three new recruits from Season 5. They most closely resemble either a case of Beauty, Brains, and Brawn with male members.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: They operate via consensus, but it's obvious Dinah still exerts the most authority.
  • Recurring Element: This new team actually mirrors Original Team Arrow's membership:
    • Dinah is this to Oliver, being a martial artist and de facto leader, while being the one most heavily associated with Green Arrow lore.
    • Rene is this to Diggle, being an ex-military personnel and the team's gunner.
    • Curtis is this to Felicity, the resident engineer and The Smart Guy who's the least capable of physical combat.
  • Start My Own: They still want to keep Star City safe, but after having their privacy invaded by Oliver and original Team Arrow, they decide that they can't trust them anymore and start their own team.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: They still somewhat work together with Team Arrow, but are not comfortable with it at all. It comes to head when they refuse to help Oliver find Cayden's bomb in favor of saving Vigilante. The result is that both parties fail in their respective missions.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: They become more terse after leaving Team Arrow — even Curtis and seem to hold their grudge against Oliver more important than saving the city.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Despite all their differences all of them agree that they do not want to see Oliver in prison and thus all throw in their support for him.
  • True Companions: For all their many flaws, the three of them are unbreakably loyal to each other, consider each other family, and always have each other's backs.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Not that there is any Love Triangle between them or anything.
  • We Used to Be Friends: The events of "Collision Course" ends with Rene in the hospital, which puts an end to whatever fragile possibility of reconciliation with Team Arrow there was. However they all rally behind Oliver during his trial, and Oliver and Rene even apologize to one another afterwards, making the chance of a full reconciliation a bit bigger again.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The reason they form their own team is due to a lack of trust for Oliver and original Team Arrow.

    Dinah Laurel Lance / Black Siren / Black Canary 

    Future Team Arrow 
Team Arrow's future children from the year 2040, consisting of Mia Smoak, William Clayton, and Connor Hawke.

For information about the individual characters, see the Arrowverse: Future Characters page

  • Bad Future: Their future is terrible and by working with Present Team Arrow they hope to change their fate.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Mia is very cold and disillusioned with Oliver, being bitter over him abandoning both herself and her mother so that she grew up without a father. They do however manage to overcome this when Oliver manages to talk her out of killing in revenge.
  • Future Badass: They all grew up to be badass vigilantes in the future.
  • Kid from the Future: They are the children of the Team Arrow members from the year 2040.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Or in this case daughter, in regards to Mia. Multiple characters have pointed out how alike she is to her father, not only taking after his archery skills but also his stubbornness, his tendency to keep secrets, and his initial viciousness in wanting to kill.
  • Recurring Element: The trio that get sent back in time mirror Original Team Arrow (an archer, a gunner, and a hacker), which is likely no coincidence considering they are the kids of the original trio.
  • Saying Too Much: They initially wanted to spare their predecessors the details of the Bad Future, including JJ turning evil and Zoe being killed. But eventually they are forced to reveal the truth when Connor gets caught mistakenly calling Grant "JJ".
  • Trapped in the Past: They were transported into the past with no means of getting back.