Bios of your favorite "Arrow" Characters!
Oliver Queen/Arrow Oliver grew up a rich boy with little direction,
spoiled and often getting into trouble, partying and cheating on his girlfriend
with her own sister. After he was stranded on the island Lian Yu when his father's
yacht, The Queen's Gambit, sank, he was forced to grow up and fend for himself
against hostiles, natives, nature and the like, especially after watching his
father shoot himself so that he could live. Yao Fei taught him to survive, to
shoot arrows and kill for meat, but he was also tortured by Yao Fei's enemies.
As we learned over the past 5 years, Oliver had many adventures on and off the
island and learned how to fight, especially with a bow and arrow, and how to
disguise himself with a hood. Oliver vowed to return to Starling City and bring the enemies of the people to
justice (thanks to the list his father gave him). Oliver is very damaged and has
killed people who got in his way, but he is basically a hero, as he proves each
week by rescuing the innocent and punishing the evil. Arrow or "The Vigilante"
was the costume and mask he wore, but when he was Oliver, he often had to pretend
to be the old, spoiled rich boy as well. Oliver is not very trusting (with good
reason) and is often caught in the middle between members of his family as well
as between Laurel and her father, and between his real life and that of "Arrow".
After 5 seasons, Oliver has lost most of his family and many friends, but he's
matured. He's now mayor of Star City (no longer called Starling City) and leads
a small band of heroes. He now goes by the name Green Arrow. He has an on-again,
off-again relationship with Felicity, who also helps them fight crime. He also
has a son, William, from a past girlfriend.
Felicity Smoak She worked at QC and helped Walter
and Oliver many times. She is a computer genius and suspected at first that Oliver
was not honest with her
when he asked for her help. Eventually, she became an important part of Team
Arrow and is "Overwatch", helping the team out in the field with her computer
skills. She sometimes goes out in the field herself as well. Her father
was a great hacker and criminal, and her mother is a bit of a flighty bimbo, so
Felicity has had a troubled relationship with them both. Felicity was a
hactivist in college but quit after her boyfriend was arrested for it and hanged
himself in prison. She and Oliver have been in love and had an on-again,
off-again relationship. She was made paraplegic in an attack by the evil
H.I.V.E., but she was given an experimental bio-stimulant that allows her to
walk around. She dated Ray Palmer for a while and took over his company while he
was presumed dead. She and Oliver were engaged for a while.
John Diggle He was hired as Oliver's bodyguard by Moira, but Oliver let
him find out that he is Arrow, so John now assists Oliver in bringing down the
bad guys. John was formerly in the Special Forces in the Army, so he can fight well.
Oliver taught him some of the moves he learned from Yao Fei, and he
even donned the Arrow costume once to help out. Now he has his own costume and
goes by the superhero name Spartan. He remarried his wife, Lyla, and they have a
son together, JJ. John often serves as Oliver's and the rest of his team's
Thea Queen Nicknamed "Speedy" by her older brother Oliver, Thea
was a bit
of a wayward teen who liked to go out and party. She and her mother had problems
getting along. When her father and brother were presumed dead, Moira shut
down and didn't talk about them, which hurt Thea deeply. Thea did a lot of
drinking and sometimes drugs. She had a crush on Tommy as well and liked to lay
a guilt trip on Oliver about when he was gone. Eventually Thea grew up and
had to deal with her mother's death and finding out that she was Malcolm's
daughter. She sometimes fights with Team Arrow. Thea died and was resurrected by
the Lazarus Pit. After learning that Malcolm had drugged her and forced her to
kill Sara Lance, she and Laurel forced him to bring Sara back from the dead as
well, using the Lazarus Pit. Both Thea and Sara have trouble because of this,
struggling with "the darkness." Thea had to quit being a vigilante with Team
Arrow because she couldn't resist the urge to kill. Thea was helping
Oliver to run Star City, but she quit that as well because her ruthless tactics
were hurting people.
Detective Quentin Lance He
was Laurel's father, and a police detective. He was angry at Oliver and his family for his daughter Sarah's death. Also, he wanted
to catch the Arrow very badly. He had suspected Arrow was Oliver, but then Oliver
had Diggle pose as him at the same time that he was throwing a party, so they
had to drop the charges. He worried a lot about Laurel and was very
over-protective. Eventually, he worked with the Arrow to catch the bad guys.
Damien Darkh threatened his family, so Quentin helped him take over Star City.
This led to his losing his job as well as Laurel's death. Now he's deputy
Mayor under Ollie, with full knowledge of all of the team Arrow identities and
secrets. Like Laurel, he's a recovered alcoholic who sometimes slips. He had a
brief relationship with Felicity's mother, Donna. He became good friends with
Rene and is trying to help him get custody of his daughter.
Holt He's part of Team Arrow. He used to work for Felicity at Palmer
Technologies. He's another computer genius, but he also trained to fight as one
of the Team Arrow vigilantes. He became Mr. Terrific. Curtis is a big nerd and
often just says whatever dorky thing comes into his mind. He is often comic
relief on the show. He was married to his partner, Paul, who divorced him after
finding out that Curtis was lying to him for months about being a superhero. He
created a technology known as T-Spheres to help him with crime-fighting.
Ramirez He's also known as Wild Dog. He was fighting as a vigilante on the
streets of Star City when he was recruited by Team Arrow. A former Navy SEAL, he
was discharged when he beat up a prisoner. He still is very violent and loves
guns. Rene's former wife was a junkie, and she was murdered by her dealer. Rene
lost custody of his daughter when he accidentally let her get burned by the
stove. He's trying to clean up his life, with the help of Quentin. He was
a real hothead when he started, but now he's grown a lot. He also helps Oliver
at City Hall. Rene and Curtis have become very good friends, even though they
don't have a lot in common.
Drake The latest Black Canary, Dinah's original name was Tina Boland. She
was a police detective in Central City. She was being held captive by villains
and watched her partner (and lover) die just as the particle accellerator hit,
giving her powers. She was a lone vigilante after that, until Oliver convinced
her to join Team Arrow. She also joined the police department in Star City and
got an apartment, to settle down. She also has a device to magnify her sonic
Michaels is in charge of A.R.G.U.S., a secret government anti-terrorist
group. She's also married to John Diggle and mother to his son, J.J. They
were married while both soldiers but had trouble adjusting to regular married
life and divorced. They met up again later, she got pregnant, and then they got
married. She worked with the Suicide Squad and worked for years under Amanda
Waller. Sometimes she and John clash because of their jobs, when they have
His real name is Arthur King. After his wife was killed during a robbery,
he went to Nanda Parbat and joined the League of Assassins, gaining the name Al
Sa-Her ("The Magician"). He left the group and was hunted by them, and Ra's al
Ghul, so he faked his death for a while. When season one started, he worked for the group The Tempest and
Moira quite a few times (later we learned that they slept together and that Thea
is his daughter). He figured out pretty quickly that Arrow qas targeting "The List" and
thatOliver is Arrow. He masquerades as "Dark Archer" at times. He cut off his son Tommy from his fortune and tried to kill
Oliver. Moira's family thought that she and Malcolm may be having an affair
because they keep meeting in secret for Tempest business. Malcolm has killed
many people, as well as been involved in many criminal activities. He doesn't
have a lot of morality. He does protect Thea, but in a really weird, twisted
way. At the end of season 5, he teams up with the Green Arrow to rescue Thea and
the others. He ends up sacrificing himself for her by standing on a land mine.
Dinah 'Laurel' Lance Laurel, Oliver's ex-girlfriend, lost her sister,
Sarah, in the same wreck that stranded Oliver. She had bitterness and anger
toward Oliver for cheating on her and then taking her sister on the fatal
journey, but she claimed when he returned she was over that blame. Her mother also left after Sarah
died. Laurel grew closer to Oliver, but it was still hard for her to
trust. She was a lawyer, working for a group called CNRI that fights for the
little people against the evil, much like Oliver does, except in court. However,
she can also handle herself in a fight. Her father, Quentin, taught her to do
that. They had a shaky relationship. She and Oliver still love each other, but
she was dating Tommy. Tommy died, but Laurel and Oliver still had a rocky
relationship. Laurel had to fight to overcome alcoholism. Then Laurel
became the superhero "Black Canary" but was killed by Damian Darkh. She has a
doppelganger from Earth 2 who is the villain
Tommy Merlyn Tommy
was Oliver's best friend, another rich playboy. While
Oliver was missing and presumed dead, he and Laurel dated. He had real feelings
for Laurel but was still very loyal to
Ollie. He was estranged from his father, who is a bad guy. Tommy was cut off
financially from his father but became a responsible worker. He was killed while
Moira Queen She
was Oliver and Thea's mother, and she had a lot of
influence in the family business, Queen Consolidated. She married Walter, who
had been in charge of QC. She was in cahoots with this shady group, The
Tempest, that sabotaged the yacht. She had a lot of secrets. She tried to have
her son abducted but otherwise seems to love him and be concerned about him. She
was caught up in a conspiracy with Malcolm Merlyn to destroy The Glades and was
arrested and tried for that crime, but she was acquitted. She ran for mayor but
was then killed by Slade Wilson, who was out for revenge on Oliver.
Walter Steele He
was running Queen Consolidated after Oliver's
father died. He was married to Moira, making him Oliver's step-father. Oliver
made a lot of rude jokes about how his mother jumped into bed with him. Walter
found out that the company owned a warehouse, within which was the wreck of the
Queen's Gambit, and that Moira knew about it, so he got very annoyed at her
lying and left town for a while. He was kidnapped by Malcolm and then rescued by
Arrow. He divorced Moira but stil kept good feelings for her chidren. He became
CFO of Starling National Bank.
He was Oliver and Thea's father, and Moira's husband, and billionaire founder of
QC. When he and Oliver were shipwrecked, he shot himself and another crewmember
so that Oliver could survive. Before doing so, he gave Oliver a list of
evil-doers in their town of Starling City and made him promise to go after them
and save the city. Robert and Malcolm formed Tempest to get rid of the criminals
in Starling City and clean up the Glade. Malcolm wanted to just kill everyone in
the Glade, but Robert didn't like that idea, so Malcolm sabotaged his ship, the
Queen's Gambit, thus causing his death and creating Arrow and White Canary (Sara
Lance She was Laurel's sister and Quentin's daughter. She was on the Queen's
Gambit, Robert's ship, partying with Oliver, before it was sunk. She was thought
dead when she fell out during the explosion. She turned up later, having
been rescued by Anthony Ivo and then recruited by the League of Assassins.
She left the league and returned to Starling City as The Canary to protect
Laurel, but the League hunted her down. She was released from them by her former
lover, Nyssa. She joined Team Arrow and took up with Oliver again. When she
helped defeat Slade Wilson, she agreed to rejoin the League. Later, she helped
them hunt down Malcolm, but he had drugged Thea to kill Sara. Sara was
resurrected a year later by the Lazarus Pit and then was recruited to join the
Legends of Tomorrow. She became their captain after their leader Rip went
missing. She seems to prefer women now, not men.
Harper Roy was a street-savvy young man from the Glades who became involved
with Thea and her club. He was injected with the super-serum Mirakuru,
which gave him powers but also made it difficult for him to stay sane. He was
cured by S.T.A.R. Labs and became Arrow's sidekick, Arsenal. He had to fake his
death and leave town in order to protect Arrow.
Knyazev He's a Russian mobster, leader of the Bratva, and Oliver's good
friend. When Oliver was presumed dead, he rescued Anatoly and became a member of
Bratva in order to get their help to kill another Russian who had murdered a
friend of his. Oliver and Anatoly have an on-again, off-again relationship due
to Anatoly being a criminal.
Chase Originally Simon Morrison, he sought revenge on Oliver after The Hood
killed his father, who was on The List. He studied everything about Oliver and
his life as well as studied how to fight. He became the District Attorney in
Star City and befriended Oliver. Meanwhile, he was killing people as
Prometheus. The media dubbed him "The Throwing Star Killer." He tortured Oliver
and did a lot of terrible things to him and his friends. He wanted Oliver to
admit that he was a killer just like him, but Oliver refused. Adrian was
captured by A.R.G.U.S. but then escaped, kidnapping most of Oliver's friends and
family as well, including his young son, William. Oliver and Malcolm tracked him
to the island, Lian Yu. Oliver helped his friends escaped from captivity, and
then he had a confrontation with Adrian on his boat. Adrian was holding Oliver's
son at knife-point. Oliver saved William, but then Adrian killed himself,
blowing up the island and all of Oliver's friends and family.
Regan He was avenging his family and others who died in Havenrock after it
was destroyed in season 4. He was
using the mystical
the Devarim, which gave him a disguise and protection as well as
superpowers. He joined Team Arrow for a while when they were
recruiting new members, but he saved everyone from a nuclear explosion using the
rags, so his bond with them was destroyed. He left town, hoping to return when
he was able to use the rags again.
Sharp She was another new recruit in season 5, but she was secretly working
with Adrian Chase to avenge her parents, who were killed when Malcolm blew up
the facility they were in. She also blamed the Green Arrow, H.I.V.E. and all
vigilantes. Her code name was Arsenal.
Joanna De La Vega
was Laurel's best friend, who seemed very devoted to her.
They worked together at CNRI. She went on to work at a private law firm.
She always loved and supported The Arrow.
Detective Lucas Hilton
He was a police detective, who was partnered with Quentin. He disliked
vigilantes and wanted to capture The Arrow. He was killed by Cyrus Gold,
who made him shoot himself in the head.
Gulon He found Oliver on the island and taught
him how to kill his own food, make traps, shoot arrows, etc. He was the first
Arrow and had been sentenced to the island by the Chinese government, who
thought him very dangerous. He was the father of two daughters, Mei and Shado.
He was once a student of Talia al Ghul. A villain named Edward Fryers shot and
Diggle He was John's brother who had a drug problem when he was younger. He
became a criminal while in the army and then joined H.I.V.E. He was presumed
killed by the villain Deadshot, but H.I.V.E. had helped him fake his death in
order to become one of their operatives. He later helped Damian Darkh escape.
John tried to reach him, but he just kept betraying John and Team Arrow. He even
tortured John and tried to kill his family. John was forced to kill him.
Carly Diggle She
was John's sister-in-law. Her husband, Andy, was supposedly murdered. She and Walter met sometimes at the restaurant she worked at,
Big Belly Burger. John's old friend suggested that Carly likes John as more than
a relative. John had feelings for her, but they broke up after he decided
to take revenge on Deadshot for Andy's murder. She was kidnapped by a man named
Ted Gaynor as leverage against John. John rescued her. She later
left town with her son, A.J. to a safer place.
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