Oct. 10, 2012
Returning Series
60 min.
The CW TV Network

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After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While he hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was.

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Stephen AmellStephen Amell
Stephen Amell (born May 8, 1981) in Toronto Canada. He decided to pursue a career in acting when he was ...

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Oliver Queen was born in 1985 to Robert and Moira Queen. From an early age, he was best friends with Tommy Merlyn and had known Laurel Lance, and ended up dating Laurel in his early twenties. When he was 22 years old, Laurel approached him about moving in together, and he agreed, but he panicked because he liked to think of himself as a "bad boy", and worried that having a committed relationship would hurt his ego. So he decides to keep his reputation to woo Laurel's sister, Sara, and take her on a cruise ship.

Oliver is a handsome Caucasian male, with dirty blonde hair, blue eyes and about "6'1" in height. He is also well-toned, especially after his return from the island. Before the wreck Oliver had his hair just above the shoulders and with no facial hair. When rescued by fishermen, he is seen with longer hair and a long beard. After returning to civilization Oliver is seen to have a series of scars all over his body, along with a dragon tattoo on his left shoulder and a star tattoo of the Solntsevskaya Bratva Organization on the left side of his chest. Oliver typically dresses in a simple way, using shirts, jeans and boots, often putting on leather coats. While on the island he was seen most of time wearing stolen "soldiers" uniforms. He frequently uses tuxedos or suits for social events and for parties at Verdant. When dressed as The Arrow, his costume consists of a green leather vest with a simple green hood on a leather jacket of the same color, with details on The Arrow's arms and black gloves. He teams it up with leather pants with green details from the knees down and black boots. A Quiver is tied around the chest. He employs Flechettes on his left forearm and a holster for knives is strapped to his right leg. He also dons eye makeup, to conceal his identity in lieu of his usual face mask. Oliver now wears a green domino mask.


Prior to his time on Lian Yu, Oliver was the stereotypical spoiled brat and bad boy. He was unimaginably rich, a playboy and didn't care who got hurt due to his actions. He was also laid back, selfish, and a manipulator, back then. He underwent a rapid change in his personality when his father killed himself, so that Oliver could survive and right his wrongs and also when Sara died because of him. On the island he becomes more subdued, depressed and retreats into a shell. He is inspired by Slade Wilson, who mentors him and teaches him almost everything he knows that he needs for crime-fighting later. Upon returning to civilization, he tries to make amends with his family, Laurel and her father. In order to keep his identity a secret, he continues his bratty personality to a certain extent. To those who know about his secret identity The Arrow, he is responsible, disciplined, intelligent, confident, slightly impulsive, always thinking everything through and an individual who always look out for others. He only kills his enemies in self-defense or to save the lives of innocent people, but tries his best to avoid it.

He never acts as judge, jury and executioner, and has a sense of justice and honor. He is always willing to give those he punishes a second chance, those on the list by surrendering willingly to the authorities and those not on the list, by stopping whatever crime they are committing, and always tries to do the right thing. He also tries to pry out information from his enemies, or tries to get them to confess to a crime they commit it, and records it with one of his trick arrows, and sends it to the police so they can be brought to justice, (by making them think he is going to kill them, when he is actually bluffing), or some times tries to get solid evidence. He is prudent enough to admit he made mistakes and learns from them as well, and he doesn't like to admit when he's wrong, only doing it when he is face with cold hard facts. Also he is not above apologizing to people, he has unintentionally hurt, or those he has intentionally hurt, when he was a bad boy and a spoiled brat 5 years ago, even if some of them are people he dislikes for a good reason. He tries to see good in everyone (although he has great difficulties trusting anyone), which makes him a little naïve.

However, he doesn't see straight when it comes to those he cares about, often either putting himself at unnecessary risks for them or refusing to admit to logical suspicion on them. He also prioritizes some people or tasks, particularly those related to his family, over others, despite circumstances saying that he should do it the other way around instead. Oliver dislikes vigilantes with no morals nor codes, nor sense of remorse, who kills solely for personal revenge, and dislikes criminals who kills primarily for money, Whenever he encounters these types of vigilantes or criminals, who often say they were the same, he fervently corrects them. His temper is well controlled, though he is still prone to emotional outbursts when it comes to issues concerning those he holds dear. His sense of humor is dry, with a hint of sarcasm, While he is not afraid of dying, he is afraid of leaving those he cares about, with broken hearts again, which makes him nearly fearless, and he is very stubborn. He also uses his position, as being one of the highest ranking members of the Solntsevskaya Bratva, to help get information to locate people he's having problems finding, like Deadshot, or Count Vertigo. He does not like lying to the people he cares about, particularly his friends and family, he only does it to protect them, from his secret life as The Arrow.


* Peak of human physical condition
* Honed senses
* Master archer
* Master stick fighter
* Master hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist
* Free running/Acrobatics/Stealth
* Skilled detective/Tactician
* Multilingualism
* First aid/Toxicology
* Indomitable will/Tolerance for pain
* Expert driving skills
* Master at subterfuge
* Custom weapons and Equipment developer


* Customized Recurve Bow
* Carbon Fiber Long Bow
* Customized Oneida Kestrel Compound Bow
* Oliver Queen's crossbow
* Customized Hunting arrows
* Trick arrows
* Quiver
* Flechette
* Arrow costume
* Arrow gauntlets
* Voice filter
* Ghost phone
* Arrow Mask
* High Teck Computer's and equipment

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 - Year One
02x16 - Suicide Squad
Season 2, Episode 16
01x09 - Year's End
Season 1, Episode 09
01x22 - Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Season 1, Episode 22
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Oliver Queen Quotes

02x23 - Unthinkable Season 2 / Episode 23: - Unthinkable

Slade Wilson: Where am I?
Oliver Queen: As far away from the world I could get you. Where you can't hurt anyone ever again.
Slade Wilson: That's your weakness, kid. You don't have the guts to kill me.
Oliver Queen: No. I have the strength to let you live.
Slade Wilson: Oh, you're a killer. I know, I created you. You've killed plenty.
Oliver Queen: Yes, I have. You helped turned me into a killer when I needed to be one. And I'm alive today because of you. I made it home because of you. And I got to see my family again. But over the past year, I needed to be more... but I faltered. But then I stopped you. Without killing. You helped me become a hero, Slade. Thank you.
Slade Wilson: You think I won't get out of here? You think I won't kill who you care for?
Oliver Queen: No, I don't. Because you're in purgatory.
Slade Wilson: I keep my promises, kid. I keep my promises! I keep my promises.
02x23 - Unthinkable Season 2 / Episode 23: - Unthinkable

Felicity Smoak: Last time I didn't notice; it's actually kind of beautiful here. Don't get me wrong, I'm counting the seconds until we shove off minefield island.
John Diggle: So you think that'll be enough to hold him, A.R.G.U.S.'s super max?
Oliver Queen: Him and anyone else we send here. This battle may be over, but there will be others. Staring with getting my family's company back.
Felicity Smoak: That's not going to be easy since you're poor now. You're going to have to get a job. If Slade doesn't scare you, that's got to.
Oliver Queen: Do you know anyone hiring ex-billionaires with superior archery skills?
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