Main DCU: Characters from Green Arrow.
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow I
- Action Dad: Father of his successor Connor.
- Action Politician: For a time, he was the mayor of Star City.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: In his Golden Age origin, he was an archaeologist and expert on Native American cultures, who gained his skills as a tracker and archer through studying the ancient techniques utilized by Native hunters.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He becomes a City Mayor in some versions.
- Badass Beard: Well, the beard IS awesome.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't have powers. He's just good with the bow and has lots and lots of Trick Arrows.
- Bastard Boyfriend: As much as he cares about Black Canary, his actions from his philandering with other woman despite how much it hurts her even when they're not a couple or just plain being a brazen fool prone to making terrible choices wreaks havoc on their chance for a happy life. This culminates in Dinah leaving him for good in the aftermath of Cry For Justice.
- Battle Couple: With Black Canary.
- Blackmail: In the New 52, he became part of the new JLA assembled by Amanda Waller. Wasn't originally on the team, but he found out that Catwoman's a member and promised not to tell if he becomes a member.
- Clark Kenting: Ollie's beard style is not quite unique, but rare enough so that anyone who cared could make the connection.
- Color Character: Green naturally.
- Cool Car: The "Arrowcar" that was similar to Batman's "Batmobile". The Arrow-Car was introduced during the time when Green Arrow comics mostly followed a similar formula as Batman (sans the depth and tragedy). However, it was in use for many years and there were several versions of it, all with various upgrades and re-designs. After Oliver lost his fortune, the Arrow-Car became too expensive to keep and he decided to destroy it.
- Crimefighting with Cash: Per Oliver Queen's Post-Crisis origin, as presented in Green Arrow: The Wonder Year, Ollie's original motivations for fighting crime basically came down to "Because I'm Bored and Because I Can". He later found more noble motivations, though. And in the most recent retellings of his origins (such as Green Arrow: Year One and his New 52 incarnation) he always had a noble heart and a desire to help people.
- Depending on the Writer: How much of a womanizer he is, how unpleasant he is (on a sliding scale from "bit of a tool, but otherwise okay" to "world-class asshole"), and whether or not he's the sort of man to abandon his illegitimate child.
- Disappeared Dad: According to Brad Meltzer, he was present at Connor's birth but ducked out on actually having to raise him.
- Doting Grandparent: Oliver was this to Lian Harper, deceased daughter of his former sidekick Roy Harper aka Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow.
- Expy: A rare case of evolving into an Expy, Green Arrow and Speedy were transformed into second string versions of Batman and Robin in The Silver Age after starting out as an Adventurer Archaeologist and Boy Adventurer respectively in The Golden Age.
- Freudian Excuse: In one retcon, Oliver was shown to have suffered Parental Neglect as a child. As an adult he became a stereotypical bored rich man who spent most of his time avoiding responsibility. After losing all his money he lost the one thing that made him happy, and tried to compensate for it by gaining the love of the masses as a hero for the poor and downtrodden of society. When in reality, he just wants to be loved, but even when he has friends and a family, and he doesn't know how to genuinely hold on to them and gradually drives them away with his jerkass attitude. He doesn't care about social ills, he wants to play the hero so people will love him. He wants love, but he's not very good at returning it in healthy ways.
- Good Is Not Nice: Deconstruction. While Oliver is ultimately a force for good, he has never been particularly nice about it. On his best days, he's rude, arrogant, and is always convinced that his idea is better. On most days, he's a sanctimonious, elitist Jerkass. At his worst, he's a complete asshole. Oliver's personal and professional lives are a wreck because of his behavior and actions. His relationship with his friends and family is strained, with him constantly cheating on his long time girlfriend Black Canary (Dinah Lance), neglecting his sidekick and ward Speedy I/Arsenal/Red Arrow I (Roy Harper), abandoning his biological son Green Arrow II (Connor Hawke) at birth and lying to Connor that he did not know he was his son when they met and Connor became his sidekick. Oliver also doesn't have a great reputation among the superhero community due to his smug tendencies and boorish behavior. While Oliver generally tries and usually manages to do the right thing, there are times were even his teammates at the Justice League barely tolerate him. While he made a genuine effort to be a better boyfriend and husband to his girlfriend/wife Dinah, and reconnect with Roy and Connor while being a better father to them, and was able to repair his relationship with them and become a better superhero, things went crashing down in the Cry for Justice & Rise and Fall storylines where Oliver murders Prometheus for destroying Star City and causing the death of his adopted granddaughter Lian Harper. His family washes their hands of him, with his wife returning her wedding ring and declaring their marriage over and Roy and Connor telling him they are through with him. It's implied that Oliver killing Prometheus is the last straw for his family and his mistreatment of them was the main cause of them leaving him.
- Handicapped Badass: Oliver Queen's appearance in Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns story—he may be old, and without an arm, but he can still shoot arrows just fine.
- Hands-Off Parenting: Ollie in "Hard-Traveling Heroes", much to the ire of his son Connor.
- Handsome Lech
- Hero with an F in Good: At his worst, he's this. He'll eventually do the right thing (operative word being "eventually"), but not without lots of self-aggrandizing gloating, probably fucking one of his side pieces behind Dinah's back, probably making a bunch of promises to his allies that he drops the ball on delivering, definitely making a bunch of promises to Roy and/or Connor that he drops the ball on delivering, and generally just being a massive douche. Ollie may definitely be one of the good guys, but he is most certainly not a good guy himself.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Oliver started out this way before he evolved beyond being a Batman expy.
- In the Hood: The Grell costume, and several variations thereafter.
- Jerkass: Ollie has had his moments which range in the many, from being a self-important moralist, to a morally ambiguous Anti-Hero to an outright douchebag through his career.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his snarky attitude and general smugness, few would dispute that Oliver Queen's heart is in the right place regardless of where his head might be stuck.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Deconstruction. During the Cry for Justice & Rise and Fall storyline where Green Arrow I (Oliver Queen) murders Prometheus for destroying Star City and causing the death of his adopted granddaughter Lian Harper. During Oliver's capture and trial, his family washes their hands of him, with his wife Black Canary (Dinah Lance) returning her wedding ring and declaring their marriage over. His adopted son Speedy I/Arsenal/Red Arrow I (Roy Harper) and biological son Green Arrow II (Connor Hawke) tell him they are through with him. It is implied that Oliver killing Prometheus is the last straw, with Oliver constantly cheating on Dinah, his neglect of Roy, and his abandonment of Connor and lying that he did not know he was his son was the main cause of them leaving Oliver. However, before that storyline Oliver Queen works hard to repair his relationships with them, and they had forgiven him before. It is also implied that they had been traumatized by the events of the story, Star City being destroyed for Dinah, the lost of his daughter for Roy, Connor being in a coma and losing and regaining his memories, and with the resentment they have for Oliver despite forgiving him, they all lash out at Oliver.
- Lethal Chef: "Ollie's Stupendous Chili Recipe" is too spicy for even Superman. Even with his vaunted willpower Green Lantern Hal Jordan (one of Ollie's best friends) couldn't finish it.
- On the bright side, The Flash was able to adapt it into a weapon for fighting Captain Cold.
- However, Batman is able to eat it with a smile on his face and just go, "Hrm...it could use more crackers."
- Long-Lost Relative: In the New 52 volume, he discovers that he has a younger Japanese half-sister named Emiko.
- Lost at Sea: He was shipwrecked and stranded on a Deserted Island for a significant amount of time in his backstory.
- Millionaire Playboy: Oliver Queen, for much of his history. When his fortune was stolen from him in the 1970s, it fully completed his shift to the liberal man of the people. He's regained money lately, but as the head of a number of charities.
- Official Couple: With Black Canary.
- My Greatest Failure: Modern stories tend to depict his handling of Roy's drug addiction as this. While, at the time, he handled it very badly, he himself didn't think so. Modern stories depict him as feeling guilty about his bad parenting of Roy driving him to drugs, as well as his failure to manage it as a big regret of his.
- One-Note Cook: Ollie makes a mean bowl of chili.
- Papa Wolf: Oliver Queen. The man walked out of Paradise to save his son's life.
- Parental Substitute: To his sidekicks, Roy and Mia.
- Really Gets Around: Oliver Queen has a mostly undeserved reputation for having trouble keeping his arrow in his quiver. While it is true that Oliver was every bit the player Bruce Wayne pretends to be before becoming a superhero, he was characterized as being downright devout and at times downright possessive regarding then-girlfriend Black Canary throughout the Silver and Bronze Ages of comics. His characterization as a womanizer didn't begin until shortly after his death in the mid-1990s and he never cheated on Black Canary until Judd Winick started writing the character.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: During the Cry for Justice & Rise and Fall storyline, where Green Arrow I (Oliver Queen) murders Prometheus for destroying Star City and causing the death of his adopted granddaughter Lian Harper, both his wife Black Canary (Dinah Lance) and adopted son Speedy I/Arsenal/Red Arrow I (Roy Harper) cut ties with Oliver, both telling him they're done with him.
Dinah Lance: Stop. I said Stop. Ollie, I didn't come here for any answers or explanations. And I certainly didn't come for any more of your apologies. You've always found a way to put things between us. Now, this glass is making it literally true.
- In Green Arrow #32, Dinah calls him out for all the problems he caused and driving her away:
Oliver Queen: What are you talking about?
Dinah Lance: I'm talking about you, Ollie. The way you always managed to find some way to mess it all up.
Oliver Queen: That's crazy.
Dinah Lance: It goes back to our days in Seattle. We were perfectly happy so you started talking about getting married and having a family. You let me feel guilty for not wanting to have children. Then ashamed for not being able to. But the truth isyou never wanted to be a father. You ran out on Connor the day he was born. When that whore of an assassin Shado told you about your other son, Robert, you didn't seem interested there either. Face it, Ollie. Lying about this was just another wedge to drive me away.
Oliver Queen: It wasn't like that, Dinah. I I killed somebody. Don't you realize that? I murdered Prometheus. I crossed a line, and I can never take it back.
Dinah Lance: Please. You crossed that line a long time ago, Ollie. It's old hat. But I know something you can take back.
[Dinah put down her wedding ring.]
Oliver Queen: Dinah no.
Dinah Lance: I can't. Out on the streets, I never give up. I never quit. But I can't fight this not anymore. Deep down, you always wanted to be alone. Congratulations, Ollie. You win.
[Dinah leaves and Oliver looks at her wedding ring.]
** In Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal #2, Roy calls Oliver out on being a bad father to him:Roy Harper: Are you friggin' kidding me? You're in jailbig deal. Look at me, Ollie. Look at Me! I lost my arm. Prometheus maimed me, but none of it even registers because she's gone. Luan's dead My My My little girl.
Oliver Queen: I know, Roy. I'm so sorry. I'd do anything to bring her back anything. I tried to make it right make him pay. But killing Prometheus didn't change a thing.
Roy Harper: Maybe for you. But it would have changed everything for me. Getting back at Prometheus was the only thing I had left anymore. He took my arm. He took Lian. But you took my revenge from me, Ollie. What now? You tell me. What am I supposed to do now?
Oliver Queen: The same thing we always have you keep going. It's all we can do. I might be behind bars, but that doesn't mean I won't be here for you.
Roy Harper: Seriously? You're here for me? Ollie, you've never been there for me. Maybe when it was convenient for you, but never when it really mattered. It's the same with me as it is with Connor, or even Mia for that matter. You're no father you just like to pretend you are from time to time. And that's why you'll never understand what I'm going though right now. You don't know what it's like to be a father to really be a father.
Oliver Queen: Roy, listion
Roy Harper: Listen? To what? You can't help me Ollie. You can't even help yourself.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Oliver Queen up until he lost his money.
- Rich Kid Turned Social Activist: Started off as, at best, a "limousine liberal" until writer Dennis O'Neil introduced a story-line in which Oliver Queen lost his fortune. A few nights on the street dealing with the social services net from the bottom radically altered Green Arrow's politics, leading to him becoming an outspoken champion of the poor and oppressed, as a cross between Robin Hood and Abbie Hoffman.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: His costume is generally sleeveless, though he has arm guards and gauntlets.
- Taught by Experience: In some versions of Green Arrow's origin, he develops his incredible archery as a result of being stranded on a desert island and having to learn how to use a bow in order to survive.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Ollie doesn't have a great reputation among the superhero community due to his smug tendencies and boorish behavior. At his worst moments, he could mainly snag the help of his closest friend Hal Jordan strictly because Jordan did a lot worse during his universe-ending stint as Parallax.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Ollie was originally very against killing. During the O'Neil/Adams run, Ollie accidentally killed someone because his aim was thrown off by an injury. He gave up the superhero life and went to a monastery until Green Lantern and others convinced him to return. He changed his tune after the events of "The Longbow Hunters", when he was driven to kill the men who had been torturing Dinah Lance, fearing they were about to kill her. Since then Ollie was willing to make lethal force an option but only when the lives of others were at risk or just to avenge those he cares about.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ollie really, really likes chili.
- Trick Arrow: The Trope Maker. The miniseries Green Arrow: Year One actually shows how he came up with the boxing glove or "stun" arrow. He had to incapacitate a guard without killing him so he simply took the head off of a regular arrow (this doesn't actually work, but it's a comic book).
- *Twang* Hello: A frequent method of greeting for Oliver Queen.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hal Jordan since when they teamed up in a series of socially relevant stories in which the "by-the-book" Hal a"plays by his own rules" Ollie deal with issues like racism, political corruption, pollution and overpopulation.
Roy Harper/Speedy I/Arsenal/Red Arrow
In the New 52, along with never having been Red Arrow, he's also a founding member of the Outlaws, a group of anti-heroes led by Jason Todd, the second Robin. Roy would work with Jason for a while before rejoining his other Robin friend, Dick Grayson, and the rest of the adult Titans.
- Action Dad: Fathered a child with Supervillain Cheshire.
- All of the Other Reindeer: When Roy was three his father died in a forest fire, so he was raised on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. Growing up he wasn't really accepted by most of the kids his age. He got along well with the Native kids but was too "Indian" for the white kids at the school he attended, but there were still some problems as he got older and realized HE was white too. As an adult he was officially accepted as a member of the Navajo, shocking agent Dakota Jamison (a Sioux woman) by revealing his tattoo marking him as a member of the tribe wasn't just for show, and was generally considered Navajo in everything but blood and skin.
- The Aloner: Tried to be this after Rise of Arsenal until Cheshire manipulated him into joining Deathstroke's team under false pretenses.
- Always Someone Better: Roy has sadly felt like this throughout his life, being behind Oliver, Connor, and Nightwing.
- Arm Cannon: His weapon as Arsenal.
- Artificial Limbs: After Prometheus hacked his right arm off, Cyborg designed him a new one. However, this prosthetic isn't permanent, as Roy's right arm is still infected with the flesh-eating bacteria Prometheus laced his blade with. It's designed to "work around the nerve endings". It also causes him great pain to use it, impairs his ability as an archer drastically, and he can't wear anything over it unless it's his costume.
- Badass Beard: Spotted a soul patch for most of the late 90s and early 2000s.
- Badass Normal: Well, he was trained by Ollie, after all.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Averted. While he can be a jerk and a hound dog, Roy has never harmed or mistreated any of the women he's been with, though his relationships have never exactly been steady.
- Big Brother Mentor: To younger Titan teammate Damage. He nominated Grant for membership in the new Titans team to make it up to him for how things went when Roy led the team. Thanks to Roy (and Lian), Grant was able to admit his foster father had abused him so badly when he was younger. Roy was willing to help Grant because he remembered what his teenage years were like and how often he was left to his own devices, and wasn't about to do the same.
- The Casanova: He was originally far more sexually active than Green Arrow was.
- Children Raise You: Pre-New 52. While he was already shown to have cleaned up his life after going cold turkey (assisting with various anti-drug programs and finding work as a government agent), Roy truly considers the privilege of raising Lian to be the best thing that ever happened to him. He pushes himself even harder and tries to be the best person he can be for the sake of giving Lian a father she can love and be proud of.
- Color Character: As Red Arrow.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: At Lian's funeral, Roy practically strangled Mia and blamed her for Lian's death. The majority of Rise of Arsenal seemed to be everyone coddling Mia Deardren, even though A. Mia was supposed to be watching Lian and left her alone to fight the Electrocutioner, and B. Star City's destruction was a freak accident.
- Dating Catwoman: He had an affair with supervillainess Cheshire, who he even had a child with. Said child was however killed during Cry for Justice, and the relationship was undone after the New 52. However, Convergence sees his pre-New 52 self being reunited with his daughter.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Out of the three fathers he had, his foster dad Raymond Begay (Brave Bow) was arguably the most attentive and loving (though in Roy Sr.'s case, he died when Roy was three). He properly taught Roy to honor and respect the traditions of the Navajo tribe and he was clearly the one adult person in their community who never made Roy feel like an outsider because of his skin color. The only reason he sent Roy to live with Ollie was because Raymond was dying of cancer and worried how Roy would be treated once he passed away. Even then, Raymond went as far as to contact Roy's hero and convinced the man to take Roy in showing how much he must've loved Roy as a son. Raymond's only real shortcoming as a father was not checking to see if Ollie could be both a good mentor and a good parent.
- Despair Event Horizon: When through one when his daughter was killed in Rise of Arsenal.
- Doting Parent: He may have hired nannies from time to time, but he was REALLY good at being a single parent.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: After repeated browbeating about his former addiction while the fact he was already getting counseling for his problems is ignored, Roy checks in to Sanctuary... and is promptly gunned to death in the first issue of Heroes in Crisis. The worst part is that it's implied his death was accidentally caused by Wally West.
- Drugs Are Bad: He's infamously expelled by Oliver due to being a heroin addict.
- Evil Redhead: After Rise of Arsenal and up until the end of Titans.
- Expy: Evolved into one of Robin during The Silver Age, after starting out as a Boy Adventurer.
- Fatal Flaw: Self-depreciation. Roy has terrible self esteem born out of the abandonment issues he suffered through when he was a kid. As an adult, Roy is constantly worried about slipping back into his drug addiction and fears he's neither a good person, superhero or a good father to Lian. Things got worse after Lian died, when he went back to using heroin after the pain in his right arm became too unbearable because of the infection and the horrible prosthetic Cyborg made. He started blaming himself for Lian's death, compounded by hallucinations telling him it was his fault she died and people like Cheshire and Deathstroke manipulating him by telling him it was his fault. Even when Convergence showed Roy now logically understood her death wasn't his fault, he still has nightmares where he fails to save her.
- Fiery Redhead: He's more prone to angry outbursts than his mentor who, while outspoken, is downright passive compared to Roy. On the Teen Titans, he was also the loudest member, though by adulthood he and Wally West share this role.
- To his ex-lover Cheshire. Whereas Roy's a multifaceted individual who tries to learn from his mistakes to be a better person, Cheshire desperately tries to live solely as "Jade" and "Cheshire" while using her alter ego as a crutch to avoid her guilty conscience. Both of them love their daughter, but while Roy tried his hardest to be a good father and let Lian know she was loved and valued, Cheshire's unwillingness to curb her homicidal tendencies cost her having Lian in her life and have even led to her forsaking Lian.
- To Dick Grayson. While both were taken in and raised as the sidekick and ward of a playboy billionaire, Dick is presented as being a much better rounded person and a more effective superhero, as a result of his better upbringing under Bruce and Alfred and his better relationship with them. Meanwhile, Roy's relationship with Ollie has mostly been presented as troubled at best, and he's much more self-destructive than Dick.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Due to critical research failure and a glaring case of Continuity Snarl, Titans #23 painted Roy out as this during the early years of the Fab Five, to the point that the others knew about Roy's heroin addiction and simply told him to "get help or get out".
- Good Parents: In contrast to Lian's mother Cheshire, who would most likely kill her own daughter if it proved necessary to her own survival, and Roy's mentor Green Arrow, a selfish Jerk with a Heart of Gold who neglected Roy a lot when they were out of costume. While not a perfect father, he's still considered one of the better parents in the DCU.
- Gun Kata: As Arsenal.
- Guns Akimbo: As Arsenal.
- Handicapped Badass: He lost his arm to Prometheus during Cry for Justice and had to replace it with a robotic arm as a result. This has been since undone with the New 52.
- Happily Adopted: Post-Crisis he probably had the most stable home life when he was living with Raymond Begay, as Raymond was far more supportive and attentive as a father than Ollie ever was.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Following Lian's death he turned antihero, then seemed to straddle the line between antihero and villain when he and Cheshire were planning to kill Deathstroke, then back to hero at the end of Titans.
- Heroic BSoD: Following his arm being hacked off and Lian getting killed.
- Heroic Seductress: A male version of the trope. In the first Titans volume, Roy nominated Damage for membership. Damage was currently being hunted down by federal agents because of his accidental destruction of public property. When Tempest showed up to recruit Damage, he asked the head agent what crimes Damage was being charged with. For some reason, the agent couldn't find Damage's files... because at that moment, Roy was making out with a government agent and deleting Damage's files while her eyes were closed.
- Hidden Depths: At first glance most people assume he's merely a shameless, worry-free hound dog. Deep down Roy has a lot more going on than many people believe him capable of.
- He honors his Navajo upbringing without acting as though being a white guy accepted as a member of a Native American tribe makes him better than others.
- He's deeply regretful for his past as a heroin addict and worked hard to overcome his addiction, even dedicating some of his time to rehabilitation programs.
- Having gone through three father figures, two who died and one who neglected him, as well as never knowing a bare idea of who his mom is, are part of the reason why he tries so hard to be a better father.
- He really did love Cheshire, but he struggles with those feelings because of what a horrible person she became and fears he's as bad as Eva Braun.
- Despite how often he Really Gets Around and the shakiness of his relationships, Roy has a lot of respect for most women and is friends with numerous strippers and sex workers.
- After Donna Troy's death in Graduation Day, Roy's the one who tried to move forward and had to be the one to talk Nightwing out of wallowing in despair.
- Ignored Epiphany: Via Status Quo Is God. A notable mini arc in the first Titans series was about Roy coming to terms with Cheshire being tried for her wanton genocide of Qurac and finally putting his lingering feelings of her behind for good after realizing she'll always be a murdering psychopath. However, most writers tend to ignore that for the sake of milking more Wangst out of their not-a-relationship, especially in Rise of Arsenal and the second Titans.
- I Have No Son!: Done twice to him. First by Green Arrow when he discovered Roy was a heroin addict, and then by Black Canary in Rise of Arsenal when she officially considered him a lost cause. That came back to bite her in the ass big time when Mortis got a hold of her in Birds of Prey.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Believes it was his fault Lian died, and other people, like Cheshire and Deathstroke, are eager to blame it on him to exploit his broken mental state, even though Lian's death was the result of Prometheus' malfunctioning machine and being left alone by Mia. By Convergence though, Roy has finally accepted Lian's death was not his fault.
- Improvised Weapon: Though he prefers his bow, he has a knack for improvising miscellaneous objects as weaponry.
- He's said to be trained in Moo Gi Gong, a Korean weapon system that sorts 108 specific weapons (swords, spears, cudgels, etc.) into twenty types based on application (stabbing, blunt, edged, etc.). This training is intended to teach students to wield almost any object as a real weapon.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he didn't have to make Mia cry, Roy had every right to be mad at her for Lian's death. He left Lian in Mia's care and Mia just left the girl all alone while she went after a supervillain.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Often depicted as more of a jerk than Robin, but still with a softer side.
- Kid Hero: He started out as this in The Golden Age, having survived the plane crash that killed his family, learning hunting skills and archery from his family's Native American manservant before he ever met Oliver Queen.
- Kid Sidekick: To Green Arrow.
- The Lancer: If he's in the Green Arrow comic, he's Ollie's. If we see him in Teen Titans, he's this to Nightwing. Later becomes this to Jason Todd in Red Hood and the Outlaws.
- Long-Range Fighter: Like his mentor, he's a master of archery. Unlike Green Arrow, however, he has no qualms using guns after he sets out on his own.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Once upon a time, Roy Harper dated Cheshire. And one day, Cheshire came with a number of reveals in her bag: that she found out that Harper was working for the government and dated her to try to capture her, that she found out that Harper is also the Titan known as Speedy, that he had left her pregnant and that he now has an offspring that he has never knew about. And, as punishment, he won't ever know or see his offspring, know their name, or even the gender.
- Mighty Whitey: Refreshingly averted. Despite being raised on a Navajo reservation since he was an infant to the age of 13, Roy never developed a complex about it or was treated as somebody who had to "Save" his community. Roy's Navajo upbringing was treated as legitimate and important to him, and something he treated with respect without getting especially preachy. He was a person raised and viewed as Navajo despite his skin, but that was it.
- Misblamed: In-universe, people like Cheshire and Deathstroke enjoy blaming Roy for Lian's death. Mainly as a means to manipulate and browbeat him into doing what they want.
- Missing Mom: In most of his origin stories, Roy's mom is nowhere to be found. In his second Pre-Crisis origin and his Rebirth origin, it's outright confirmed Mrs. Harper died alongside her husband. Every other version she's a non-entity. Devin Grayson's take on Roy was perhaps the most extreme, to the point Roy literally has no information and no memories about the woman who gave birth to him.Roy: I don't have a mom. I don't even have a story about a mom.
- Odd Friendship: With Waylon Jones, aka, Killer Croc. Roy tried suicide by mook by trying to picking a fight with the man eating villain and intentionally not fighting back. Croc picked up on this, gave Roy a What the Hell, Hero? speech, and decided to help Roy with his alcoholism by becoming his A.A. sponsor.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: His substance abuse issues are repeatedly brought up as an example of what a loser he supposedly is, though this trope was more exaggerated in the New 52/Rebirth continuity.
- Post-Crisis, Roy was shown capable of laughing about his former addiction in certain situations (like if he's the one joking about it or if he knows other people are simply teasing him) while other times he looks back with regret or it's used as an insult against him.
- The New 52 continuity exaggerated this even after Roy was turned into an alcoholic instead of a drug addict. Barely an issue went by without someone referencing Roy's drinking problems and how it made him such a loser, even when it was clear he was seeing a therapist on his own. Following Rebirth his drug problems were brought back alongside his alcoholism, but to the point almost every story he was in kept talking about it. This eventually led to his death, as the repeated browbeating about his abuse issues made Roy believe he had no choice but to seek help from Sanctuary where he was accidentally killed by Wally West in Heroes in Crisis.
- Outliving One's Offspring: After the death of Lian, though she was thankfully brought back.
- Papa Wolf: To Lian, obviously, one of the most adorable and well-adjusted kids in comic book history. Despite requiring nannies from time to time, he never deprived her of love and attention and the two have had an amazingly adorable and loving relationship.
- Parents as People: He is still considered a good father but it was clear Roy had some problems raising Lian on his own. Sometimes his work as a hero got in the way of spending time with her, but Roy made a conscious effort to make sure Lian knew he loved her and would be there for her as much as he could. Unlike Green Arrow, who realized too late how badly he'd been neglecting Roy. The fact that Roy understands he's not a perfect father makes him a much better dad than pretending he's perfect.
- Perma-Stubble: In the late 90s and early 2000s. This was considered a part of his rugged appeal, but when it came back after Rise of Arsenal it was just evidence of Roy's physical and emotional deterioration.
- Really Gets Around: Has dated Cheshire, Troia, Grace Choi, Huntress, and Hawkgirl.
- Nightwing: Is there anyone you won't sleep with?Arsenal: You mean among the pool of women super heroes with the bodies of Olympians? No, dude.
- He's also shown to be on a friendly, first name basis with several exotic dancers and strippers.
- Keep in mind all those previous relationships occurred in the pre-Flashpoint universe. In the New 52 and Rebirth timeline, the only people Roy has ever shown to have slept with are Starfire and Cheshire.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He's every bit the lady's man his former mentor is, if not more so, and he can be brash and a bit of a jerk. That doesn't stop him from having scenes with his daughter that manage to redefine the word "adorable".
- Red Is Heroic: Typically prefers red-colored costumes in contrast with Ollie's green.
- Sidekick: As Speedy.
- Slasher Smile: Had a rather off-putting one during Titans, though this was sometimes attributed to his drug-induced stupor.
- Surpassed the Teacher: When facing Roy in "Rise of Arsenal" Oliver acknowledges that Roy had long since surpassed him in hand-to-hand combat ability.
- What Does He See in Her??: Regarding Cheshire. While she is rather attractive and seductive, pretty much everyone lacks the ability to understand why Roy still holds some form of emotional attachment towards her given she's a sociopath, though Roy seems to believe it's because he doesn't want Lian to see her mother in jail or executed.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: His right arm is said to be infected with dormant flesh-eating bacteria called "nanomites" which were laced in Prometheus' blade. It's for this reason that he was given a removable prosthetic meant to work "around" his nerve endings.
Connor Hawke/Green Arrow II
- Affirmative Action Legacy: His father's multiracial successor.
- Ascended Fanboy: Was introduced as a huge fan of Green Arrow even before the reader knows he's Oliver's son, and eventually becomes Green Arrow.
- Calling the Old Man Out: He's heavily annoyed by his father's horrible parenting skills and has more than once called him out for his terrible behavior as a father and a hero.
- Celibate Hero: Is uncomfortable with women due to being raised by monks and tends to avoid romantic relationships for this reason.
- Chick Magnet: To the point that Chick Magnets Wally West and Kyle Rayner are jealous!
- Dark-Skinned Blond: When the art team remembers.
- Heroic Bastard: He is son of Oliver Queen (one of several) and his former girlfriend Sandra "Moonday" Hawke.
- Humble Hero: In a rather stark contrast to his dad's boasting and boisterous nature.
- Legacy Character: With his father dead, Connor decided to take up the mantle of Green Arrow and continue his hero's work.
- Mixed Ancestry: His father is Anglo-Saxon and his mother is half-Korean/half-African American. There's also speculation both in and out of universe that Connor might be gay. He turns out to be Asexual or demi-sexual, depending on how you spin Dixon's contribution.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Nice Guy: Contrasting with his father's Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Only Sane Man: He can sometimes seem like this in a household with his hot-tempered, impulsive father and the equally impulsive and hot tempered Speedies.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's been the Blue to Ollie's, Eddie's, Roy's, and Kyle Rayner's Reds.
- Religious Bruiser: He is a Buddhist.
- Suddenly Sexuality: Connor Hawke spent his adolescence in a monastery and most of the time shows minimal interest in sex... except when Chuck Dixon feels the need to make it clear that he's not gay. The squickiest example involves Shado, the woman who raped his father.
- Even squickier when you consider that at the same time, Judd Winick was laboring under the delusion that Shado was Connor Hawke's mother and was making plans to bring Shado back into the Green Arrow book as a romantic interest for Ollie.
- "So Connor's been making out with his mother in the pages of Dragon's Blood?"
- Even squickier when you consider that at the same time, Judd Winick was laboring under the delusion that Shado was Connor Hawke's mother and was making plans to bring Shado back into the Green Arrow book as a romantic interest for Ollie.
- Twofer Token Minority: His father is Anglo-Saxon and his mother is half-Korean/half-African American.
- Warrior Monk: He was literally raised in a monastery and is a formidable fighter.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Even with Ollie's many faults, Connor still very much admires him and the hero business in general.
- World's Best Warrior: While he is a peg below Lady Shiva, Richard Dragon, and Cassandra Cain, he is, along with Batman, Bronze Tiger, Black Canary, and Catman, one of the single best non-augmented or superpowered (Black Canary notwithstanding, though she seldom if ever uses her abilities in direct combat) physical combatants in the mainline/non-Elseworlds DCU.
Mia Dearden/Speedy II
- Action Girl: A competent fighter in her own right.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: While introduced as a blonde, she has dark brown hair in The New 52 (oddly, so are her live-action counterparts).
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Roy's female successor as Speedy.
- Badass Adorable: She can be sweet and deadly. Usually both.
- Badass Cape: Her costume has a yellow cape that has a hood on it.
- Badass Normal: Also trained by Ollie.
- Biker Babe: She usually ride bikes.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Solid into prostitution at a very young age.
- Dating Catwoman: She had an affair with villain Dodger.
- Depending on the Artist: Her bust size. Also if she has Youthful Freckles.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A good natured and well-intentioned blonde girl.
- Handicapped Badass: Still a resilient fighter in spite of her HIV.
- Harmful to Minors: She's already a veteran prostitute at sixteen, and has HIV to boot.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She was a prostitute prior to being Speedy.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: She's the one who insisted Oliver train her as his new sidekick. Given the problems he had training Roy, he resisted until a city-wide emergency required all the help he could get.
- Ill Girl: She's HIV positive.
- Jail Bait: She's an underaged teenage prostitute.
- Kid Sidekick: Replaced Roy as Speedy.
- Lovely Angels: She usually fights with Black Canary.
- Misblamed: In-Universe. Roy blames her for his daughter's death, although he has more grounds to blame her than the people who blame him.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has a very Form-Fitting Wardrobe and was previously a hooker.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Was saddened and guilt-ridden after the death of Lian happened on her watch.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She left Lian by herself to go after the Electrocutioner, and Lian was then killed when Star City was destroyed and Ollie's house fell down on top of her. Had Mia been with Lian or left her with someone else, there's a chance she wouldn't have died. While it's not the same as killing Lian herself, Mia's neglect still made her indirectly responsible for Lian dying, so Roy does have justification to blame her — not necessarily for lashing out at her like he did and making her cry, though.
- Paint It Black: She briefly donned a black version of her typically red costume (while oddly keeping both the Badass Cape and hood yellow).
- Put on a Bus: She was reintroduced into The New 52 reality in The Kingdom arc, as the runaway daughter of Corrupt Corporate Executive John King. Despite apparently being taken in by Ollie at the end of the story, she was nowhere to be found when Benjamin Percy took over the title one issue later.
- Red Is Heroic: Typically prefers a red-coloured costume, though she did don a black one for a time.
Emiko Queen/Red Arrow II
- Affirmative Action Legacy:
- Age Lift: She looked very young when she first appeared, with her size and features placing her roughly in the same age range as Damian Wayne, maybe younger. In the DC Rebirth relaunch, she suddenly looks much older, and now sports a more teenage appearance.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Initially, though she grew out of it.
- Cruel to Be Kind: When Shado tries to kill Ollie, Emiko seemingly finishes him off herself. It's later revealed she did so in order to make it seem like he was dead so that Shado wouldn't kill him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Snark-to-snark combat with her brother, naturally:Emiko: "This is pretty messed up, isn't it? My mom was having an affair with our dad, while your mom was having an affair with Merlyn? Everybody is trying to kill each other. Meanwhile, your loyalties are split between familial and romantic love. So much drama!"Ollie: "It's a good thing you're here to provide sarcastic commentary on everything and make it seem like no big deal."
- Continuing the Green Arrow franchise's proud history of cribbing ideas from the Batman mythos, Emiko is basically Damian Wayne's Distaff Counterpart. The hero's mixed-race relative who was raised in secret by assassins? Check. Bratty Half-Pint personality? Check. Inflated sense of ego? Check. Doted on by her villainous mother? Check. Adorkable? Check.
- Her Rebirth self is very largely influenced by Thea Queen from Arrow. While both were already the younger half-sister of their Oliver Queen, Emiko was originally presented as a much younger sister to Ollie while Thea had more of a snarky relationship because of their closer ages. Also, Emiko's insistence on calling herself Red Arrow is a trait lifted from Thea, although Thea dropped it early on. Finally, Emiko's shorter haircut is one Thea sported following her adoption of the Speedy moniker.
- FaceHeel Turn: She pretended to be Green Arrow's partner so she could get close to him, but her love for her big brother proved so strong that she ended up betraying her mom and siding with him.
- Gambit Roulette: When it came time for she and her mother to kill Oliver, she used a tranq arrow and left a homing device on him, hoping that his friends would be able to find and save him. She even admits in hindsight that there was a very good chance this plan would fail and that he'd really die.
- Insistent Terminology:
- Early on, she objects to the term "sidekick," preferring to be known as Green Arrow's "apprentice" instead.
- After her FaceHeel Turn, she begins calling herself Red Arrow, and becomes very pissed whenever someone fails to do the same.
- The Mole: She was initially sent by her mother to infiltrate Team Arrow and spy on them from the inside.
- Not Afraid to Die: Once threatened to kill herself, Green Arrow and Clock King, rather than let the villain succeed in his plans. Clock King gave up when he realized that she wasn't bluffing.
- Shoot Your Mate: As a final test of loyalty, Shado tries to make Emiko disfigure Black Canary's face with a heated-up arrowhead. Emiko ends up freeing her instead.
- Badass Normal: He's made it his thing:"Sure, I stayed in the shadows. I didn't have a codename or a gimmick. But together we made a difference."
- Bald of Awesome: His head is shaved.
- Canon Immigrant: Originally unique to the TV series, the New 52 introduced him to the comics.
- Decomposite Character: As mentioned with Expy Coexistence, season 7 of Arrow retroactively made him this by revealing he's the Arrowverse version of John Stewart.
- Everyone Has Standards: Although he wasn't particularly happy with Ollie at the time, he was still disgusted with those who abandoned Ollie when he lost his fortune.
- Expy Coexistence: Season 7 of Arrow revealed that Diggle was really a case of Canon Character All Along: John Stewart. Obviously, they're not the same guy in the DCU.
- I Owe You My Life: Merlyn saved his life once.
- Power Trio: Serves as part of one alongside Green Arrow and Black Canary, particularly during the first Ninth Circle arc.
- The Red Baron: "The James Bond of Private Security."
- Remember the New Guy?: Described as working with Ollie during very early his Green Arrow career, before leaving after a disastrous encounter with Richard Dragon.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ollie.
- The Chessmaster: Undeniably one of Green Arrow's smartest opponents.
- The Don: Best-known as a major crime lord in Star City, and at one point was the leader of its entire criminal underground.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Started out as a low-level enforcer and street gang leader. Following a demonic attack on the city, he used the ensuing power vacuum to expand his gang's influence, and ended up not only uniting most of the gangs in Star City under his leadership, but also killing the mayor.
- Genius Bruiser: He is a metahuman with stone-like skin, making him both super-strong and Nigh Invulnerable. He also happens to be a criminal mastermind.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Uses a katana as a weapon during the Lemire/Sorrentino era.
- Large and in Charge: Guy is huge, and a major crime lord to boot.
- Nigh Invulnerable: His stone skin makes him capable of shrugging off missiles.
- Scary Black Man: Well, at least he used to be black. His transformation into a metahuman caused his skin to turn reddish.
- Super Strength: Strong enough to outmatch Green Arrow in a fist fight.
- Take a Third Option: When his influence started to grow, he was invited to a meeting of the various mafiosi and gang leaders who led Star City's criminal underground, and offered the choice of either continuing his activities on the condition of giving them a cut, or being killed. His answer was to have the entire house leveled by a missile, killing them all but leaving him unharmed because of his powers, and making him the lone gang leader in the entire city.
- Unexplained Recovery: Was at some point killed by Cupid, before being inexplicably brought back later.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is white, and he definitely isn't a good guy.
Big Game was a super-villain and enemy to Green Arrow. He models himself as a big game hunter. Eventually he was murdered by Cupid, who was eliminating all of Green Arrow's old enemies. His son Blake took over the legacy to take revenge on Green Arrow and Cupid.
A former lover of Oliver Queen, Blood Rose was at one point turned into a robot, and fell in love with Midas. Fighting against Green Arrow numerous times in revenge against Queen, she was eventually defeated, and caused her own self-destruct mechanism to activate. She was later rebuilt by Midas.
See Secret Six character page for more info.
- Bald of Evil: Keeps his head shaved so he can alter his appearance more easily.
- Character Filibuster: Gives several of them via a video blog.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: His first webcast.
- Expy: Of Anarky (particularly the Arkamverse version, with some of his Arrowverse counterpart's murderous qualities thrown in for good measure).
- He Who Fights Monsters: Has been hit hard by this.
- In the Hood: Paired with an expressionless mask, combining "street protester" with "medeval executioner".
- Just the First Citizen: He named himself after this trope.
- Knight Templar: Sees himself as purging the city of corruption in the most definitive possible way.
- Off with His Head!: Executes one of his victims with a guillotine.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: His modus operandi.
- Rabid Cop: Technically yes, though he at least made a point to keep his identity secret.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Attracts a sizable amount of supporters.
- Clock King: He tries to be one, counting seconds and scheduling, but actually doesn't reach the level to qualify.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His invalid sister's death was what drove him to villainy.
- Depending on the Artist: The hands on his clock-shaped mask are sometimes drawn static, as if they were just eyeslits shaped like clock hands, but some artists draw them like actual clock hands, changing place depending on the hour of the day. As of Rebirth, however, the mask appears to have been dropped in favor of mirrored glasses and a tattoo of a clock and arrow on the side of his head.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: During his time with the Injustice League.
- Insufferable Genius
- Killed Off for Real: The pre-Flashpoint version died in a mission for the Suicide Squad.
- Came Back Wrong: This version of the Clock King later showed up alive in Deathstroke's solo comic as a vampire-eque temporal paradox that must feed off others to survive.
- Legacy Character: A second Clock King, based largely on the Batman: The Animated Series incarnation, was a foe of the Teen Titans.
- Race Lift / Scary Black Man: The New 52/Rebirth version is an African-American crime boss/inventor who can build bombs disguised as clocks.
- Tragic Villain: See below. He only turned to villainy out of despair so he could ensure his invalid sister would have a better future, and then so he could get revenge on Green Arrow for making his initial plan go horribly wrong.
- Your Days Are Numbered: A particularly cruel subversion in his backstory; he was told by his doctor he only had six month left to live, which led him to try and rob a bank in a last effort to secure his sister's future. It eventually turned out the doctor had made a mistake with his papers, and he wasn't terminally ill. Which he found out after being sent to jail and his sister dying in-between. Harsh.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Though he can back it up most of the time.
- Arrow Catch: Does this on a regular basis.
- Badass Boast:"I have killed more people than cancer. I like my work. I am very good at it. It is not just a job, it is a vocation. While some men excelled in athletics or the sciences as children, I was most adept at doing harm to other living beings."
- Badass Normal: Not a metahuman, but can catch five arrows one handed.
- Beard of Evil: A Roger Delgado style goatee.
- Cool Shades: Rarely seen without a pair.
- Does Not Like Shoes: More particularly, he does not like dress shoes. He will pair the most formal of suits with double-strapped sandals.
- Evil Wears Black: His color of choice.
- Knife Nut: Proficient with knives, both in close quarters and thrown.
- Lightning Bruiser: Nearly on Batman's level, the guy can dodge arrows like nobody's business, and many of his victims don't see him coming.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Notable for his short stature, which often leads to jokes about his expense.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: When he is wearing a shirt, it's usually part of a nice suit.
- The Sociopath: He claimed that he had nothing strange or traumatic in his upbringing to turn him to murder, he was simply curious to see what he could do.
- Tattooed Crook: Has an elaborate dragon tattoo on his back (Drakon being Russian for dragon).
- Villainous Friendship: With Deathstroke after the two of them got sent to the same prison.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His standard fighting attire is usually just a pair of black pants with double-strapped sandals.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: As mentioned above, he's descended from royalty. Having endured mental illness and brainwashing, he prioritized his health above his birthright, and eventually any chance of returning to his throne was ruined when The Spectre incinerated Vlatava.
- Badass Longcoat: More recently, he's been wearing one of these instead of his original cape.
- Berserk Button: Brainwashing and drugging. First a group of Vlatavan nationalists drugged him so he could serve as a Living Prop and a weapon to drive the Soviets from the country, and then Poison Ivy found him and kept feeding him drugs to keep him subservient.
- Death Seeker: Was this for a while in the Suicide Squad, and almost entered into a duel with Deadshot for the sake of dying. He grew out of it eventually. Ironically, despite welcoming death, he was one of the survivors of the Squad's disastrous mission to Apokolips.
- Going Cold Turkey: He was left at least partly dependent on the drugs Ivy fed him, just after a lengthy process where the same was done to him by Vlatavan right-wing politicians. Furious and desperate, he had Amanda Waller check him into a metahuman research institute where he was allowed this detox method under strict medical supervision.
- Handicapped Badass: Technically, he has a hereditary inner ear defect that affects his balance, and is forced to use a small electronic device implanted in his right temple to make up for it (the New 52 redesign moves it to his forehead, making it look like a Third Eye). However, the same device allows him to affect other people's sense of balance, so he can use it for fighting purposes.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: A subtler example than most, and due almost entirely to his manic depression. Devoutly religious, Vertigo would go from believing himself the savior of humanity purging it of its sins, to a damned soul worthy only of death for his pride. This only got worse when his Vlatavan handlers drugged him to keep him in his manic state, and then again when Poison Ivy co-opted him for her own ends. His cold turkey withdrawals from these drugged states actually stabilized him, and while he was far from heroic, he's since been stable and uninterested in criminal behavior.
- Lodged-Blade Recycling: Backstabs Kanto, a New God, who had the arrogance to leave a dagger on Vertigo's back and presume he was dead.
- Nominal Hero: When he served under the Suicide Squad.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Until the New 52 changed his surname to Zytle.
- Tattooed Crook: The New 52 incarnation sports a hypnosis spiral tattoo on his torso.
- Who's Laughing Now?: During the War of the Gods crossover, Poison Ivy (his once-enslaver) fell in a Death Trap, and desperately started promising to become the slave of anyone who freed her. The only one who heard her was Vertigo, who walked away laughing.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Green Arrow isn't really interested in her, though this has less to do with her being ugly and more with her being a completely insane Yandere.
- Fallen Cupid: She's a mentally and emotionally unbalanced archer who evokes Cupid imagery.
- Mad Love: Green Arrow clearly isn't interested in her, but try explaining that to her...
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: The trauma from her time as a special ops soldier was what caused her to volunteer for a Super Soldier progam.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Her entire concept is based around the fact she wants to get in a relationship with Green Arrow.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The treatment she went through gave her enhanced strength, but seriously damaged her sanity.
- Yandere: She is absolutely obsessed with Green Arrow, and her approach of trying to win his affection involves hunting down and killing members of his Rogues Gallery.
- Color Character: China White. She dresses always in white and her hair seems to be dyed white.
- Dragon Lady: She's Chinese and usually a villain, either as a heroin dealer or a leader of the Triads.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: While originally an enemy of Green Arrow, in Rebirth she becomes an enemy of the Justice League of China.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her characteristic white hair.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: A red one, keeping with his Satanic motif.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: His followers, due to his purification ritual, but he describes going through the process himself, telling Black Canary that it made him what he is today.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Pretty much an accountant/broker for supervillains. His client list includes the Yakuza, arms dealers, terrorists, and even a few presidential candidates.
- The Chessmaster: Has to be one in order to lead a Secret Society.
- Cool Boat: The Inferno, a floating fortress, described in universe as a supervillain Fort Knox.
- Deadpan Snarker: Once in a while.
- Expy: Of Lincoln March.
- Gonk: He doesn't really have any skin, just charred flesh. And visible bone can be seen.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Black Canary knocks him into the purifying lye that he uses to create his brainwashed followers. He gets better though.
- Kick the Dog: Murders Ollie's secretary, blows up his penthouse, and empties all his bank accounts.
- Kill It with Fire: His mooks are zombies who incinerate anyone they touch.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Especially during his "baptisms of fire."
- Non-Action Big Bad: Tends to avoid physical confrontations, after the Inferno is destroyed most of his interaction with Team Arrow is taunting them via a computer screen.
- Our Zombies Are Different: They retain enough intelligence to speak and use weapons, and seem to have superpowers, like incinerating those they touch.
- Schmuck Bait: Ensures that he never runs out of followers; his loans have such high interest rates that borrowers usually need to work off their debts.
- War for Fun and Profit: The Ninth Circle will sabotage peace talks that are bad for business.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Battles Green Arrow, Diggle, and Black Canary on a train while disguised as a waiter.
- Badass Moustache
- Badass Normal: A normal human with fairly basic fighting skills. But he's as good with guns as Oliver is with the bow.
- Cold Sniper: He's no Deadshot, but he can take out ninjas and trained commandos.
- Combat Pragmatist: Without a weapon, he's not really particularly useful in a fight, and he knows this.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dragon Ascendant: In Saga of the Longbow Hunters, he's working for a corrupt CIA agent named Greg Osbourne. When Osbourne is arrested by the FBI, Eddie replaces him as Oliver's primary contact with the CIA.
- Evil Counterpart: To John Diggle. Both men have received intensive military training, but Diggle uses his training to protect people, while Fyers uses his skills as an assassin.
- Final Boss: Is essentially this for Saga of the Longbow Hunters, since he only appears to cause trouble for the penultimate action sequence.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Post New 52.
- Friend on the Force: Was Oliver's primary contact with the CIA for a long time.
- Knife Nut: Part of his characterization in the rebooted continuity.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Had a full-fledged HeelFace Turn during Chuck Dixon's run, but the New 52 made him a villain again.
- Oh, Crap!: He and Connor right before Oliver dies (he gets better).
- Parental Substitute: Became Connor's father figure in Oliver's absence.
- Punch-Clock Hero / Punch-Clock Villain: As a mercenary, has repeatedly stated that he is only as bad as those who hired him.
- Psycho Sidekick: When working with Oliver, he's always eager to go in guns blazing despite Ollie's protests.
- The Red Baron: The Weapons Master.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: He's a badass secret agent, but he looks more like a banker.
- Arc Villain: Of The Kingdom.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Mia post-Flashpoint.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Has ties to The Mafia, particularly the Falcone family, bought off several cops, and tends to make anyone who crosses him disappear.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Thinks that everyone has a price.
- Expy: Created to provide Green Arrow with an adversary in the mold of post-Crisis Lex Luthor or Roland Daggett. Though he could also be considered a modern update of John DeLeon, the villain responsible for the loss of Ollie's fortune in the pre-Crisis era.
- Faux Affably Evil: Puts up a charming facade, but reveals his ruthless true colors with minimal provocation.
- Kill the Poor: His urban renewal program in a nutshell.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's Mia Dearden's father in the New 52 reboot.
- Meaningful Name: The name John King brings to mind King John of England, who is a Big Bad in many versions of the Robin Hood mythos.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bears some resemblance to John Barrowman.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Befitting his stature, wears some nice suits.
- The Social Darwinist: Believes that the deaths of the weak will help to ensure that those who remain are stronger.King: The sick and diseased are an anchor. Their expedited deaths will help cure the rest of us.
- Summon Bigger Fish: This works both ways; King hires Merlyn when his own Mooks seem ineffective against Team Arrow; Ollie turns to Batman, Green Lantern, and Katana to help him take down King.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sees himself this way. No one else is buying it.King: The city will be better off. That's what this is all about: The greater good.
- Would Hurt a Child: His own daughter, no less.
Leader of the Shield Clan.
- Always Someone Better: In his backstory; he was one of the few people who could best Green Arrow with a bow. Ollie improved since then, however, and Merlyn eventually admitted he had been bested by him.
- Arch-Enemy: A potential candidate for the title toward Ollie. Notably, their relationship tends to be depicted as less aggressive than how Arch-Enemies usually are; they usually share a strong rivalry rather than any real hatred.
- Big Bad: As a mercenary, he's almost never responsible for the circumstances that put him and Ollie into conflict, but he is almost always a more personal foe than the villain who hired him.
- Badass Normal: Let's put it that way; this is a guy who, with nothing but a bow and arrows, almost succeeded in killing Batman in his first appearance as a supervillain.
- Beard of Evil: A distinct goatee.
- Dark Is Evil/Evil Wears Black: Wears a black outfit.
- Evil Counterpart: To Ollie. Both are spectacularly talented Archers, but Ollie uses his skill as a superhero, while Merlyn chose to use it for profit as an assassin.
- Horned Hairdo: His haircut.
- Legacy Character: Post New 52, there are two Merlyns running around, Malcolm and his son Thomas, the latter was hired by John King but has otherwise been less prominent than his father.
- Meaningful Name: The alias Arthur King depicts both his fascination to the Arthurian myth and the fact that he's usually Always Some One Better for Oliver note .
- Professional Killer: Initially worked for the League of Assassins, but became this after a failed attempt to kill Batman. While he would later rejoin the League, even being present to instruct Damian Wayne in archery, he still took whatever jobs he wanted.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He has no particularly dark ambition, no hatred toward Ollie or any other superhero and isn't insane; to him, supervillainy is a job and nothing else."Luthor and Grodd do it for power. Cheetah and Sivanna do it for kicks. And the Bat-villains... Well, they're just fried to begin with. Then there are those of us with a more professional interest."
- This extends to his place as the world's third-best assassin. Deathstroke has a warped sense of honor and vendetta. Deadshot's compelled to murder. Deathstroke and Deadshot both eagerly try to murder each other whenever they meet. Merlyn? Merlyn's just fine with not having to deal with that kind of Testosterone Poisoning.
- Retcanon: His real name was changed to Malcolm Merlyn post-DC Rebirth, as a nod to his TV counterpart. Who, weirdly enough, was born with the name Arthur King, which was revealed in a comic tie-in.
- We Can Rule Together: Makes this offer to Ollie in Emerald Outlaws:"My son was a failure. Your father was a failure. Maybe we can work to solve these vacancies and inadequacies in our respective lives? The Justice League won't have you — but the League of Assassins would — I would."
- We Used to Be Friends: Post New 52.
- Worthy Opponent: To Ollie.
Oliver Queen's mother who was assumed to have died in Ollie's youth. In the New 52 continuity, it is revealed that she is still alive, having faked her death to join the Ninth Circle, and reenters Ollie's life when Green Arrow becomes the Circle's enemy.
- Adaptational Villainy: While no saint, there was no doubt she loved her children in the CW show. In the comics, she's perfectly willing to sacrifice Oliver to save her skin.
- Battle Couple: With Malcolm Merlyn.
- Canon Immigrant: Similar to Felicity Smoak, she did exist before the TV series, but her characterization was heavily altered to resemble her counterpart there.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Freudian Excuse: As the daughter of a waitress with a drug problem, Moira grew up not always knowing where her next meal was coming from so she learned to do anything she could to survive, or so she tells Ollie.
- Silver Fox: She's aged fairly well, all things considered. And she actually has silver hair.
- The Social Darwinist: What sets her apart from her son:"If you want to succeed in this world, you need to focus on yourself. Somewhere along the way, you fell under the spell of some perverted version of the American Dream. Not everyone deserves everything. Not clothes, food, not medicine, not even life. The smartest deserve to rise. The strongest ought to survive. That's how a business, a country, a family advances."
- The Starscream: To Dante.
- Your Cheating Heart: Her relationship with Malcolm Merlyn began while Robert Queen was still alive. Then again, Robert was doing the same thing with Shado.
- Master of Disguise: She is able to disguise herself to look like a man or a woman.
- Professional Killer
- Sadistic Choice: Nix kidnapped Mary, a woman Green Arrow thought responsible for the two murders. She was about to kill her when Green Arrow stopped her. To escape Nix fatally wounded an innocent bystander so that Green Arrow had to make a hero's choose save the man or chase Nix.
A Serial Killer who enjoys targeting badass normals, the enigmatic Onomatopoeia is an eccentric murderer who communicates only in sound effects; the last thing most of his victims hear is his impression of the weapon he is about to use on them. Introduced in the pages of Green Arrow, he hospitalized Connor Hawke, and has since tangled with both Oliver Queen and Batman.
- An Axe to Grind: Used one on Conner.
- Badass Longcoat: Features a trenchcoat along with his mask.
- Batman Gambit: Used against the Trope Namer, even. Backed into a corner, outmatched in close-quarters and with a broken arm, he knifes Joker in the heart knowing Batman would let him escape to save the clown's life, no matter how logical letting him die would be.
- Beware the Silly Ones: On the face of it, a funny-looking supervillain with a really silly gimmick. Under the surface, a scarily competent Serial Killer with a knack for manipulation.
- Cold Sniper: Has made use of a sniper rifle and certainly has the personality.
- Cool Mask: With a bull's-eye on it.
- Guns Akimbo: Always carries a pair of semiautomatic desert eagle pistols.
- Happily Married: Has a wife and children who know nothing of his super-villainous activities. He's seen having a one-night stand in Batman Cacophony... and kills the fling once his "profession" calls.
- Hero Killer: His whole stint as a villain was based on his murder spree of costumed vigilantes that fought crime like Batman and collecting their masks as souvenirs of his victories. He nearly killed Connor Hawke via a bullet to the brain, injured Black Canary, and tried to kill Green Arrow and Batman for good measure but without success.
- Implacable Man: Nothing seems to keep him down permanently and he always ends up returning from his past hunt ready to kill as usual.
- Karma Houdini: Escaped from both Oliver and Batman. In his latest appearance, was stopped and turned over to the authorities.
- Knife Nut: His go-to weapon at close range.
- Made of Iron/Made Of Titanium: It's one or the other. Whether he's a "normal" person with a ridiculously high tolerance for pain, or a metahuman with low-level invulnerability has not been revealed. Oliver turns him into a Human Pincushion by the end of their encounter, but it doesn't slow him down much. Neither does falling off a roof after dangling by an impaled foot.
- Nerves of Steel: He stood with a drawn arrow between his teeth for thirty minutes without flinching, Oliver being prepared to kill him if Connor died. He disarms Oliver and bolts for the door the instant Connor is stabilized.
- Painting the Medium: The explicit reason he's next to impossible to adapt anywhere outside the comics; his gimmick is so un-translateable from text-to-screen that any attempt to do so would require a complete overhaul of the character. The creator commentary for Batman: Cacophony admits as much.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Introduced hunting down Connor Hawke, later comes back to take on Batman twice. His game is hunting non-powered heroes, so it's to be expected.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: The only way he communicates, most of the time. Played for scariness, too, as despite how silly this sounds it's generally handled dead seriously.
- Serial Killer: Of Costumed Nonsuper Heroes.
- Silent Antagonist: Only speaks in sound effects, the sole exception of which was to tell us his name. However, he spoke normally in his persona as "Baphomet" as part of his plan to ingratiate himself with Batman to eventually kill him, showing his inclination to speak in sound effects is clearly by preference.
Richard Dragon II
The son of a powerful mob boss that Green Arrow tangled with early in his career, Ricardo Diaz became obsessed with avenging his father and set out to join the League of Assassins so he could learn the skills he would need to take down the Emerald Archer. Trained by the first Richard Dragon, Diaz eventually killed him and took the name for himself, returning to Seattle to set up a powerful criminal base.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: He's Hispanic, his predecessor was Eurasian.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Skilled in Wing-Chun, and likes to make the occasional Badass Boast.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Managed to take control of five gangs by defeating their toughest warlords in initiation fights.
- Avenging the Villain: His father, who was killed by Diggle.
- Bald of Evil: Ruthless gang leader, smooth scalp.
- Big Bad: Of the Jeff Lemire/Andrea Sorrentino run.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Presumably not empowered, just highly skilled.
- The Don: His father was one, and Dragon himself manages to bring several gangs under his control.
- Genius Bruiser: Very good at analyzing strengths and weaknesses of rival hand-to-hand combatants and adapting accordingly.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sports numerous scars from previous battles.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: To the first Richard Dragon. Drakunovski tried to teach Diaz patience and compassion, but it didn't take.
- Legacy Character: A dark example which overlaps with Klingon Promotion:"My sensei was a great warrior. He taught me how to leave everything I was behind and become something better... I killed him and took his name to honor the strength he had given me."
- Tattooed Crook: Has a dragon tattoo on his head.
- Villain Team-Up: With Clock King, Brick, and Count Vertigo, pairing the latter two with Red Dart and Killer Moth to form a Quirky Miniboss Squad.
- AKA: (I) John "Midas" Mallory, (II) Unknown)Debut: (I) World's Finest Comics #95
(II) Green Arrow (Vol. 5) #31
In the rebooted DC Universe, Red Dart is a woman armed with trick darts and a member of the Longbow Hunters, a team of villains assembled by Richard Dragon. She teamed with Brick and Killer Moth in an attempt to collect a three-million-dollar bounty on Green Arrow, which they intended to split three ways. Although the trio put up a considerable fight, they were defeated by Green Arrow and his half-sister, Emiko.
- Age Lift: After the New 52 reboot, she was revised as a lover of Ollie's father and the mother of his half-sister.
- Dark Action Girl: She's a Yakuza assassin specialized in Kyudo, a Japanese form of archery.
- Dragon Lady: Literally, as she has a dragon tattoo going down one arm.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Quite infamously, she once had sex with Ollie while he was injured and delirious from pain and medication. She claimed not to be aware of his delirium until he called out Dinah's name and then went through with it because she wanted to have his baby and give him a legacy of sorts since Dinah didn't want to have children.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Though normally an ally of Team Arrow, Shado's true loyalty is to the Oyabun of her clan, and he occasionally orders her to side with groups such as the Ninth Circle.
- Honor Before Reason: Her loyalty to the Yakuza comes from an inherited family debt. She feels honorbound to carry out whatever is asked of her, despite not always seeing eye-to-eye with her employers.
- Mafia Princess: In her backstory; her father was a Yakuza head who was blackmailed by American soldiers into betraying his group, leading him committing Seppuku to atone for this and her to be trained as an assassin to make up for his failure.
- Mama Bear: She genuinely loves her daughter more than anything else, and is willing to put a target on her own back by defying the Yakuza in order to protect her.
- Rape Is OK When It Is Female on Male: One of the most infamous examples in comics history. She confessed the crime to Black Canary, who was oddly okay with Shado deciding that she could give Oliver the baby that Dinah couldn't.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The arc where she was introduced had her tracking down and killing the former American soldiers responsible for the death of her family. Though she was doing it to clean her family's honor on the Yakuza's request rather than of her own initiative.
- Shoo the Dog: She sends Emiko back to Oliver after realizing Team Arrow will do a better job of protecting her than she ever could.
- Tyke-Bomb: After the death of her father, she was raised by the Yakuza and trained specifically to kill the Americans who had dishonored her family.
- Yubitsume: Defied. After their first encounter, Ollie recounts to one of his contacts that Shado's fingers are all intact. The contact balks at this and explains that this is very bad, since a Yakuza member who has never had to make that kind of apology to their superiors is either completely green or a near-superhuman badass, and given the quality of Shado's work, it's definitely not the former.
Star City Slayer
An Ax-Crazy amateur occultist, Stan Dover killed numerous youths, hoping that the blood spilled in the murders would summon a monster that would reward him with eternal youth. When Ollie returned after a long absence, Dover plotted to capture him and transfer his consciousness into the Emerald Archer's considerably younger, fitter body.
- Abusive Parent: He was a abusive grandfather towards his grandson, Stanley Jr. He also wanted sacrifice his daughter to a demon in exchange for immortality.
- Arc Villain: Was the main villain of the Quiver arc.
- Bald of Evil: Well, balding, but he is evil to the core.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretended to be a kindly old man to gain Oliver's trust.
- Evil Old Folks: Quite elderly (old enough to be a grandfather) and very evil.
- Hollywood Satanism: Stanley was a demon-worshiping psychopath who committed terrible deeds to please his demon masters.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Stanley succeeds in summoning his monster, but it ends up eating him instead of attacking Green Arrow.
- Serial Killer: Killed a bunch of children and was dubbed the Star City Slayer by the media.
- Would Hurt a Child: Was willing to kill children to achieve his goals.
- Master Poisoner: He is able to deliver a dose of curare exact enough to paralyse Black Canary's vocal cords without doing any additional harm to her.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Zigzagged. When she debuted in New Teen Titans, she was as red-haired as her old man to highlight the truth in Cheshire's claims about Roy being the father, but in most of her appearances since she's black haired to highlight the connection with her mother. She's a redhead in Young Justice and as Red Hood in Kingdom Come
- Back from the Dead: Was revived by Dreamslayer during Convergence, or as he puts it, she was plucked out of time just before she was killed.
- Break the Cutie: Subverted. In one memorable arc, Lian was kidnapped by a child sex ring and branded with their mark. While Roy and the Outsiders managed to rescue her before anything else happened, it seemed Lian suffered some permanent trauma from the experience. However, in her later appearances she seemed just as happy and well adjusted as she did before.
- Children Are Innocent: Slightly subverted when her dad was helping Grant Emerson deal with the sexual abuse Grant's foster dad inflicted on him. While she's too young to know all the explicit details, Lian still recognizes Grant's truly unhappy and genuinely reaches out to him alongside Roy in a way that helps Grant finally talk about the pain he's in.
- The Cutie: She's often considered one of the most adorable and precocious kids in the DCU, and is frequently doted on by her many surrogate aunts and uncles as well as by her father.
- Daddy's Girl: To say she's this is an understatement. Roy and Lian absolutely love each other, and while their family life isn't perfect, they're widely considered to have one of the best father-daughter relationships in the DCU.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Or rather, dropped a house on her.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Her speech patterns in Titans included this.
- Green-Eyed Monster: While living with her father and the other Titans, she started to get jealous of the DEOrphans and Tempest's baby son Cerdian living at the Tower because she wasn't used to sharing the attention she was getting from Roy and the others. She later gets over this and is much more friendly when she's with Jai and Iris West.
- Like Mother Unlike Daughter: Don't get her wrong, Lian loves her mom very much, but even as a child Lian has far more empathy then Cheshire and expresses disgust at her mom's horrific actions.
- Little Miss Badass: She has the makings of one despite being so young. In one instance, she was being held hostage by Vandal Savage. Black Canary told Lian to show Vandal "the finger trick" she was taught. Lian then innocently snapped Vandal's thumb in two.Arsenal: Oh daddy's proud right now, angel. Daddy's very proud!
- Kingdom Come showed a future where Lian grew up to be an archer crime fighter, Red Hood, like her father.
- Morality Pet: She was considered one to her mother Cheshire, as many people felt the love she had for Lian was quite possibly her only redeemable feature. That is, until Cheshire conceived Lian's baby brother as a replacement when she was being blackmailed into joining the Secret Six.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Whenever she stops being happy and sweet it's a sign something's deeply wrong. After learning her babysitter Chandra lost her grandparents in the nuclear explosion Cheshire caused which destroyed Qurac, Lian angrily threw her mother's picture at the wall screaming "Bad mommy!"
- Race Lift: Subverted. When she first appeared in the 1980s as a baby, she had red hair and more resembled her father. When she appeared in the alternate universe comic Kingdom Come, she was also sporting freckles while her eyes now resembled her mother's. Then at some point in the 1990s Lian's hair changed to black and she now looked more like her mother. In at least one gag interview, Roy has acknowledged the way her hair shifted but doesn't know why nor does he see what the big deal is.
- Retgone: Flashpoint erased the events of her death from happening... by erasing her entire existence from ever happening in the DCnU. And unless Roy is brought back from the dead, it's extremely unlikely she'll be born again.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: She was brutally killed off at the end of Justice League: Cry for Justice after a building fell down on top of her and crushed her to death. Lian's death was used to give her father more to angst over besides his missing arm, and was the driving motivation for his descent into drug abuse and violence. Many fans saw this as one of the most unnecessary character deaths to ever occur, and five years later DC finally rectified the situation by bringing Lian back to life in Convergence.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: For a brief while near the end of Jay Faerber's run on Titans she was growing increasingly nasty towards the DEOrphans because of how much attention they were getting, and also seemed to be getting jealous of Cerdian. The latter could be viewed as a side effect of her traumatic experience with her Jokerized mother, while the former is often interpreted as Faerber expressing his dislike for how the DEOrphans took too much focus away from the stories he wanted to tell. When the orphans were Put on a Bus, Lian returned to her usual self.
- Twofer Token Minority: On her father's side she's Irish-American plus Roy's Navajo upbringing, while on her mother's side she's Vietnamese, French-Canadian, and a little Australian too.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: There were a few times when Lian wasn't exactly happy with how often her father was away, but it wasn't a problem that occurred too often with them.
- Wise Beyond Their Years:
- She's still very much a child, but has an affinity for keeping up with the many identity changes her superhero aunts and uncles go through, and once answered the question "Who leads the Justice League" by answering "Owacle."
- By age 4 Lian has retained a lot about the Navajo culture which she learned from Roy and shows more respect to the nation than most adult white people. She helps Roy reach out to Grant Emerson and the two get him to verbalize the abuse his foster dad put him through by discussing and applying Navajo beliefs about tears and songs used to express emotions.
- Canon Immigrant: An original character created for The Arrowverse note , who was introduced into the comics in The Kingdom arc.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Not discussed in any detail, but she did a lot of bad things and apparently double-crossed The Cheetah at one point.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: It is never confirmed if she dyed her hair like her television counterpart, but she is still depicted as a blonde who didn't quite have it in her to be a hacker mercenary for hire.
- HeelFace Turn: She admits to having committed a lot of crimes in the past but wants to make up for it by helping Green Arrow.
- Put on a Bus: She completely disappeared from the Green Arrow comics (along with Mia Dearden and all of Oliver's support team apart from Emiko Queen) after the conclusion of The Kingdom.
- White Hat Hacker: Eventually.
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