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Portrayed By: Jerry Wasserman
The former President of the United States of America on Earth-1, murdered during the Dominators invasion.
- Cool Old Guy: He is a man of action and compliments Lyla for her leadership.
- No Body Left Behind: Gets desintegrated by a Dominator weapon.
- No Name Given: Strangely enough for a president, the audience never gets to know his name, only his codename.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He had very little screentime before his death.
President Susan Brayden
Portrayed By: Lucia Walters
The current President (and former Vice President) of the United States of America on Earth-1.
Portrayed By: Jacob Richter (young) Donnelly Rhodes (old)
Appearances: Invasion!note | Legends of Tomorrow
A high-ranking agent of the NSA who was primarily in charge of all operations involving all contact with the Dominators.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Looks almost gleeful at the idea of testing how closely a Dominator nervous system is similar to a human's by inducing pain.
- Improbable Age: Mr. Smith is shown to already be in a position of authority back in 1951, which means he must've been at least in his thirties back then. This means that in 2016 he's 95 years or older, but he's still virile and working, and the actor hardly looks that old.
- Jerkass: A highly unpleasant person, who thinks that he knows better how to deal with the Dominators than everybody else and who flat-out ignores orders from the President.
- The Men in Black: All over this trope.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: His fate in the end, literally.
- Time-Shifted Actor: He appears both as an old man during the present of the Invasion crossover, and as a young man during a time travel trip to the 50's. He later makes a reapparance in Legends during a trip to the 80's.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: A huge, unrepentant dick for sure, but he does seem sincere in wanting to keep the planet safe.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has no qualms whatsoever about hurting (or even killing) a kid Ray Palmer to get to his Dominator friend.
Special Agent Samandra Watson
Played By: Sydelle Noel
An FBI Agent in Star City, who investigates claims that Oliver is really the Green Arrow.
- Canon Foreigner: She has no comics counterpart.
- Everyone Has Standards: Ruthless though she is, even she sincerely advises Oliver to lawyer up.
- Hate Sink: Even though she's supposed to be on the side of good, she's made so thoroughly despicable in her every attempt to bring down Oliver. This cultivates in more-or-less blackmailing Oliver to go to prison in exchange for the FBI's help to end Diaz's control over Star City.
- Hero Antagonist: As much of a bitch about it as she is, she is doing her job, since being a vigilante is illegal.
- She calls the Green Arrow a menace who hides in the shadows even though the FBI keeps secrets and works in the shadows as well.
- She also claims the Green Arrow's presence is bad for police morale, not caring that her presence is bad for morale, since she condescends to and belittles the SCPD at every possible opportunity.
- Ice Queen: She doesn't seem to have a drop of warmth in her body.
- Inspector Javert: She's hellbent on putting Oliver behind bars for being a vigilante; even though she's doing her job, she's deliberately ignoring the good the Green Arrow has done, in favor of the bad — i.e. the accidental murder of Billy Malone. Even after the media retracts their claims that Oliver is Green Arrow, she makes it clear that she's far from done in her investigation. Turns out it's because she really hates vigilantes, viewing their presence as bad for law enforcement morale (which is kind of true, but the fact is, without Green Arrow and his team, the police would be in way over their heads). Turns into a Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist in Season 7.
- Jerkass: Oh, Lord yes, to the point of being a Hate Sink. Let us count the ways:
- Her first minutes of screentime show her waiting in Oliver's office without being asked and her condescending remarks to the local police; she later makes a habit of barging into Oliver's office without waiting to be asked in, just because she can.
- She was fully prepared to question the recently orphaned William for her investigation.
- She arrests Oliver in front of his own son, walks into a local precinct and barks orders like she owns the place, and calls the Green Arrow a coward.
- It's revealed in 6x09 that she blackmailed Rene into testifying against Oliver under the threat he'd never see Zoe again, since she'd arrest him for being Wild Dog. According to Rene, she was planning on arresting Oliver anyway; she just blackmailed one of his teammates to twist the knife even further.
- In 6x22, she only agrees to help Oliver take down Diaz on the condition he confesses to being the Green Arrow to her; the finale reveals that her deal with Oliver ended with him going to a supermax prison.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Only in the most technical sense. She says that the Mayor's Office approving of the Green Arrow's presence is not good for police morale, completely ignoring that things would be decidedly worse without having him around.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As of Season 7.
- Outside-Context Problem: Oliver has dealt with countless criminals and terrorists over the years, but facing off against a government agent who has not broken the law, the solution cannot be putting an arrow in her.
- Sassy Black Woman: Like Amanda Waller before her, she's constantly and unnecessarily harsh towards people.
- Smug Snake: She's extremely confident in her abilities and authority, believing she can bring down the Green Arrow and all other vigilantes, all while being condescending and rude to everyone around her for no good reason.
- Spotting the Thread: The first character who seriously shows us just how fragile Oliver's cover is — the same man being accused of being two different vigilantes is not something to scoff at.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A no-nonsense black lady working in a branch of government involving national security and has a tense relationship with the main hero? Agent Watson may not be as ruthless as Amanda Waller or have her body count, but she certainly seems like she was written to replace Waller, who's now off limits thanks to the DCEU/Arrowverse embargo.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Season 7, where she agrees to work together with Felicity in capturing Diaz, despite having been ordered not to. She also acts a lot more amicable in general.
General Matthew Shrieve
Played by: Marc Singer
A general of the United States Army stationed in Hong Kong during Oliver's third year of presumed death who allows Oliver Queen and the Yamashiros to go home. He actually sets them up to be killed and steals the Alpha-Omega virus from Amanda Waller, intending to unleash it all over Hong Kong.
- Adaptational Villainy: Led the Creature Commandos, a special military unit in the U.S. Army designed to protect America during World War II. Here he's the Big Bad of the Season 3 flashbacks who wants to destroy China on the possibility they can destroy the U.S.
- Asshole Victim: Oliver gives him what is quite possibly the most brutal and extensive torture session ever seen on Arrow thus far. If you've seen the tropes below however you can tell that it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
- Big Bad: Takes this position from Amanda Waller in the Season 3 flashbacks.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Initially seems friendly and willing to help Oliver out. Then he goes and tries to have him and the Yamashiro family assassinated.
- Celebrity Paradox: Two seasons after his appearance, Curtis names his T-Spheres after the ferrets from The Beastmaster, even mentioning Marc Singer by name.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Oliver subjects him to an extensive torture process which includes; getting shot with arrows, a hammer and a saw, after the latter is bound and helpless before him. Considering the fact he released a bio weapon that no doubt killed thousands of people, including Akio, and was very smug and satisfied about it it's very difficult to feel sorry for him.
- Evil Cripple: A diabetic General Ripper who has little to no regard on human lives.
- General Ripper: Shrieve is fanatically obsessed with destroying China due to his belief that China's economy may be a military threat to America. That and besides being an actual general, he seems like a Reasonable Authority Figure at first, but is revealed to be an over-zealous, militant bastard in "Broken Arrow" when he enacts a hostile takeover of A.R.G.U.S. and plans to kill thousands of Hong Kong citizens with the Omega.
- Ill Boy: He has diabetes.
- Kick the Dog: Laughs in Tatsu and Maseo's faces about the death of their son.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Honestly, usurping Amanda Waller was a bonus for everyone.
- Mercy Kill: Maseo does this do him after Oliver's extensive torture session.
- Patriotic Fervor: Wants to release the Omega bio-weapon in the middle of Hong Kong in the name of protecting the United States from a "military" threat.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: In the comics, he's the human leader of the Creature Commandos, a group in the army made up of supernatural creatures like a vampire, werewolf and a gorgon. Here he's just a general in the United States army.
- Smug Snake: Acts pretty smug to Oliver since he has his men training rifles at him and the Yamashiro's, however it doesn't take long for Oliver and Maseo to kill said men and then for Oliver to beat the shit out of him. He also seems confidant that his men will find him when Oliver has him bound helpless at least before the latter takes up his bow.
- The Usurper: Kicks Amanda off the A.R.G.U.S. throne and locks her up when he successfully acquires the Omega.
- Walking Spoiler: For the last quarter of the Season 3 flashbacks, hence why spoilers are unmarked in this folder.
- Would Hurt a Child: Showed absolutely zero remorse for the death of Akio and no doubt hundreds of other children that would have died from the Alpha/Omega bioweapon.
Lieutenant General J.G. Walker
Played By: Gary Chalk
A corrupt U.S. Army General who wants to sell the nuclear triggers left after Genesis and then frames John for it.
- Arc Villain: For John, from the second up until the twelfth episode of Season 5, as he tries to frame him for treason and also targets his family.
- Canon Foreigner: He's a completely original character created for Arrow, and thus has no counterpart in any other DC canon.
- Celebrity Paradox: On Legends of Tomorrow Nate and Ray reference My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. His actor has provided the voice of the yak Prince Rutherford since that show's fifth season.
- Despair Event Horizon: Justifies his betrayal by claiming that he has lost all hope after H.I.V.E.'s attempt to nuke the world, realizing that Metahumans and magic users are way out of his or anybody's pay grade and that he wants to live wealthy until the inevitable destruction.
- Frame-Up: His entire subplot is about him trying to frame John for his actions.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Sells a nuclear weapon to terrorists, only to try and steal it back to sell it twice.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Has the Attorney General on speed dial.
- Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: When John has him on the ropes, he tries to goad him into killing him by threatening to come for his family next. It doesn't work.
Major General Wade Eiling
Known Aliases: The General, "Goldfinger"
Played By: Clancy Brown
Appearances: The Flash
A U.S. Army General who's collaborated with Harrison Wells in the past. He returns to Central City after Bette San Souci reveals herself.
- And Starring: Is credited with a "Special Guest Star" citation.
- Arc Villain: For the Firestorm storyline. While he doesn't appear until near the end, his confiscation of Stein's research is an indirect catalyst for Stein going to STAR Labs and getting into the accident with Ronnie.
- Arch-Enemy: Considers Grodd this after being tortured by him.
- Asshole Victim: He's such a smug, power-hungry dick that it's hard to feel sad when Thawne sics Grodd on him.
- Badass Baritone: As only Clancy Brown can pull off. When Grodd is speaking through Eiling, he sounds demonic compared to his normal voice.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Played With. He is a genuine threat and someone to be concerned about, but is relatively minor in the grand scheme of things compared the Reverse-Flash. After having enough of Eiling's crusade to turn the meta-humans into living weapons he has him dragged off by Grodd at the end of "Fallout".
- Celebrity Paradox:
- Cisco mentioned The Shawshank Redemption in Season 1. Clancy Brown played Captain Hadley in that film.
- In the second annual Crossover with Arrow, Cisco mockingly calls the main villain "Highlander". Eilling's actor was part of the film that started the entire franchise, with it even being his Star-Making Role.
- The Disney Animated Canon is acknowledged to exist in the Arrowverse. His actor voices the father of Disney Princess Rapunzel.
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe is acknowledged to exist in the Arrowverse. His actor plays Colonel Schoonover / The Blacksmith in the second season of Daredevil, as well as voicing Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok.
- Played With on a late season 3 episode of Supergirl. Winn made A Nightmare on Elm Street reference, and Brown co-starred in it with Katie Cassidy (Dinah Laurel Lance), who played the Decoy Protagonist, in the 2010 remake. However, there is yet a Earth-38 Eiling or Laurel to appear and the film franchise is yet to be mentioned on the Earth-1 shows.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Uses this to try to get information on Project Firestorm from Professor Stein.
- Crazy-Prepared: He's quick to get to work making weapons for specific use against each metahuman.
- The Determinator: Thawne notes that once he has a target in sight, he doesn't let up.
- Enemy Mine: Acknowledges being in this with Barry as of Grodd Lives
- Evil Old Folks: Downplayed on the "old" part, since Clancy Brown was only fifty-six when shooting. He wants to use meta-humans as living weapons, throwing the ethics and morality of such things to the wind.
- Fantastic Racism: He really hates metahumans. However, he calls Barry "one of the good ones" after he is saved from Grodd.
- Four-Star Badass: He manages to prove quite a dangerous gunman in "Grodd Lives", taking out some armed guards and at least one SWAT member.
- General Ripper: It is Wade Eiling we're talking about.
- If I Wanted You Dead...: Is aware of the Flash's Secret Identity and says that if he wanted to come after him, he would've already done it.
- Jerkass: He's rude to everyone, though a little less to Thawne, mostly due to being wary of him.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The rationalization Eiling gives for the extreme measures he's taking is frighteningly solid: in a few years the USA went from fearing terrorists crashing hijacked airliners into major cities, to super-powered metahumans who can set off nuclear explosions with their minds. America and the US military are hopelessly, hilariously outgunned against existential threats to our very survival, like the Reverse-Flash.
- Karma Houdini: Despite all of his blatantly illegal actions, he's still able to main his rank in the army.
- He's eventually freed from Grodd's mind control, though Barry tells him he'll eventually have to pay for his crimes.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He used to torture Grodd with a cattle prod back when he was at STAR Labs. Grodd remembers all too well. When Thawne brings Eiling to him, Grodd is very eager for revenge.
- Mysterious Past: It has yet to be fully expanded on, but Thawne claims that Eiling has a history of doing less-than-ethical things that involve science experiments for the purpose of human super soldiers.
- One-Man Army: Mind controlled or not, if Eiling has a Walking Arsenal at his disposal, he will USE all of it effectively.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He distrusts meta-humans but he's content to leave Barry alone because they have a "common enemy".
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: In the comics he's the nemesis to Captain Atom.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He's a powerful army general who's willing to bend and outright break rules and laws to get what he wants.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Has apparently been aware that Barry is the Flash for some time. After being rescued from Grodd, he admits this to Barry that he's known for months and becomes a standard Secret Keeper.
- Spear Counterpart: To Amanda Waller, more or less. Both are high ranking government employees who do extremely immoral and illegal things that they claim are for the greater good of the world, and have an uneasy truce/relationship with the heroes.
- Unwitting Pawn: It is implied that Thawne gave him Martin Stein to force Ronnie and Stein to re-merge, for an as-of-yet unknown reason. Thawne sics Grodd on Eiling once this is done. And then he moves to Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Uncertain Doom: Is dragged off by Grodd... and it turns out, he's not dead.
- Villains Never Lie: Promises to never reveal Barry's superhero identity due to having a common enemy in Grodd and the Reverse-Flash.
- Visionary Villain: How he justifies using meta-humans as super soldiers.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Has yet to appear since The Flash Season 1.
- You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Pulls this on Bette San Souci and tries to on Firestorm — twice. Thus it's pretty karmic that Thawne disposes of him once he is no longer useful to his plans, though he survives.
Played By: Thomas F. Wilson, Patrick Lubczyk (teen), Dominic Purcell (in Mick Rory's body)
Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow
The son of Henry Heywood aka Commander Steel and Nate's estranged father. He serves as a military liaison for the Time Bureau.
- Abusive Parents: He's emotionally detached to Nate, much to the latter's dismay.
- Alliterative Name: Henry "Hank" Heywood, Jr.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear which branch of the military he served. Turns out it's the army, since his funeral shows him wearing an army officer uniform that is fitted with a one star insignia, indicating that he was posthumously promoted to The Brigadier.
- Arbitrary Scepticism: He believes in Time Travel, metahumans, telepathic gorillas... but not in magic.
- The Brigadier: Posthumously promoted to this rank after his death at Neron's hands.
- Celebrity Paradox: The Back to the Future films has been mentioned several times throughout the Arrowverse. His (older) actor played a major antagonist there.
- Disappeared Dad: Henry was recruited by Rip so he wasn't there to witness Hank's life. Hank himself became detached to Nate.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Nate and meet him as a teenager in The '70s, long before his appearance in The Present Day.
- The Ghost: He's been mentioned by Nate quite a few times before meeting him as a teenager, before finally appearing in The Present Day.
- Good All Along: He didn't want to enslave the magical creatures for a nefarious purpose, he wanted to build a theme park for his son.
- It Runs in the Family: He's a second generation military man.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not exactly easy to get along with and can be a pain towards everyone, not just his own son. However, he's undoubtedly a good person at heart.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: He's a career military man while Nate is an intellectual.
- Military Brat: Played With. His father was a legendary soldier, but he didn't grew up with him around.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: He arrives at the scene minutes before his father performs a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Not So Above It All: Despite his stern attitude, he gets sucked into the Legends zaniness several times.
- Redemption Equals Death: Gets killed by Neron after trying to sever his connection to him.
- So Proud of You: When he learns that Nate is a superhero, he didn't hold back saying how proud he is to his son.Hank Heywood: Wow, Nathaniel, you did it. You finally found a useful application for that history degree.
Nate Heywood: (exasperatedly) Still not letting it go.
Hank Heywood: Take the win, son. You've done good here. I look forward to working with you.
- Spirit Advisor: After Nate's Heroic Sacrifice in the Legends Season 4 finale, Hank's ghost appears to give his son a pep talk and then eventually pushes him (literally) to come back to life.
- See Arrowverse: International Groups page
First Sergeant Richard "Dick" Rory
Played By: Evan Jones
Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow
Mick Rory's late father, whom he killed. The Legends met him during his time as a member of the Green Berets during The Vietnam War.
- Abusive Parents: Mick doesn't have fond memories of him.
- Action Dad: To Mick since he's a Vietnam War veteran.
- A Father to His Men: He looks after his men's safety above all else. Mick becomes jealous as he didn't get the same kind of attention growing up.
- Large Ham: Much like Mick, he's theatrical.
- Man on Fire: Mick burned their house, killing him.
- Offscreen Villainy: His abusive background is yet to be shown on-screen.
- Posthumous Character: Mick killed him long before the start of the entire Arrowverse.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: His stint in The Vietnam War contributed to his damaged psyche while raising Mick.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When Mick and the Legends met him during The Vietnam War, he's far from the abusive father and husband Mick knew.
- Two First Names: "Dick" and "Rory".
- The Vietnam Vet: He served in the Green Berets during the The Vietnam War.
- See Arrowverse: The H.I.V.E. page
- See Arrowverse: Metahumans page
Private First Class James Jackson
Played By: Eli Goree
Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow
A U.S. Army Soldier and Jax's late father who died during the Battle of Mogadishu. The Legends met him during an emergency trip to Jax's birth in 1993.
- Action Dad: Ironically, he died in the line of duty three weeks after his son was born.
- Alliterative Name: James Jackson.
- Badass in Distress: He is a soldier so it's very likely that he's a capable combatant. Against The Pilgrim, however, he doesn't stand a chance.
- Belated Backstory: He's long dead by the start of the series and his son is already an adult by the time we learn of him.
- Disappeared Dad: Jax never knew him as he died shortly after his birth.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Originally, he was killed-off shortly after Jax's birth. Poignantly subverted by Jax thanks to Time Travel.
- Posthumous Character: He's long dead before the start of the entire Arrowverse.
General Roy Stewart
Played by: Ernie Hudson
A general in the U.S. Marine Corps and Defense Intelligence Agency, and the step-father of John Diggle and the late Andy Diggle.
- Escape Artist: He is able to escape his restrains with the help of his shoelaces.
- Four-Star Badass: He hasn't lost a step despite his age, holding his own against Ninth Circle mooks and keeping pace with Diggle in the field.
- One Steve Limit: With Roy Harper and Roy G. Bivolo.
- Parents as People: He loves John like his own son, but his method of treating him like a recruit and not a son was by no means perfect. But on the other hand, he could've told John the truth about his father any time but didn't even though it meant John spent a lifetime hating him rather than tarnish the memory of John's father.
- Romancing the Widow: He courted Diggle's mother some time after his father's death. Diggle is pissed as fuck, unsurprisingly.
- Tough Love: He was very hard on John and Andy, but it was all just so they could protect themselves.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: He is John Stewart's grandfather in the comic books. Here, he's the step-father to John Diggle, Jhon Stewart's Arroverse counterpart.
Private First Class Michael Terrill
The late older brother of Ray Terrill / The Ray II, who was killed in action during his service to the United States Marine Corps.
- Adaptation Name Change: Ray Terrill's brother in the comicbooks is named Joshua.
- Age Lift: His comic counterpart is younger than Ray.
- Big Brother Worship: Ray looked up to him and was inspired by him to become a superhero after he met his own Alternate Self from Earth-X.
- Posthumous Character: He died prior to Ray becoming a superhero and immigrating to Earth-X.
- See Arrowverse: The Rogues page