Oliver Queen (Green Arrow)

Well, I think it was about time I spoke of Arrow protagonist, Oliver Queen, portrayed on screen by Stephen Amell. In the comics, he’s one of DC oldest heroes, being born in 1943, and already had quite a huge tv appearance in Smallville, where he was portrayed by Justin Hartley. In both versions, he was a spoiled rich boy who shipwrecked on a deserted island, where he was trained to become the hero Green Arrow: in Arrow, he found a mentor in Yao Fei, while in Smallville he was transformed into a skilled archer by the League of Assassins. In the comics, it wasn’t the first, nor the second.

First of all, Green Arrow’s origin story has been changed many times in the years, a common destiny for superheroes, especially the DC comics’ ones. In his very first appearance, Oliver Queen was an archeologist who learnt to used bow and arrows by studying the native American culture. I’m going to speak about the most famous and used version of the story, the one retold by the great Jack Kirby. In this one (fused with many retcons), Oliver was the young and shy son of billionaire Robert Queen and his wife Moira, the richest and most important people in Star City. As a boy, he idolized Robin Hood, his childhood hero, and was overwhelmed with joy when his father, wanting to make a man out of him, gave him a bow for present. Ollie‘s character wasn’t meant to be forged so simply, and the boy was half traumatized the moment he accidentally killed an animal while playing with his new “toy”. His weak character became his curse: while on safari in Africa with his parents, a pack of lions attacked him and his family, and his hesitation in shooting the beasts costed Robert and Moira their lives. Ollie managed to survive the experience thanks to the guide Robert had hired, Congo Bill, who took him back to America. Back in Star City, Oliver was raised by an uncle of his, and, once of age, he inherited his father’s fortune and business, becoming the corporate executive of Queen Industries. Having completely abandoned his shy and weak personality, Oliver grew up to be a spoiled and arrogant playboy, a thrill-seeking, over-rich, constantly drunken man with no responsibility in life. With no direction for his life, the Queen heir preferred to spend his days and nights partying, using his money to pay a life of excess. Everything changed because of a boat: while on his private yacht, completely drunk, he fell off into the ocean, and was dragged away by the stream. He used a bow to stay afloat, the same old bow that his father gave him when he was a child and that he caught before falling. Exhausted, Oliver Queen washed ashore of Starfish Island, a remote and isolated land in the Pacific Ocean.

For Oliver, used to have everything he needed without putting the slightest effort in getting it, living on the island was a real hell. He learnt how to survive in the most desperate situations, and used his bow to hunt for some preys. He mastered his weapon to become an eccellent hunter, and, finally learning to rely upon himself and his own skills, he became a man. Alone on the island for weeks, Oliver finally found a small village, but there were no people in it; in a well nearby, Oliver found the corpses of the inhabitants, slained and thrown into the well. Shocked by his discovery, Ollie had his first taste of the world’s evil. During his time on the island, Oliver became so skilled with his bow that, when a plane came across the island and started opening fire at him, who had tried to signal his presence, he managed to take him down, using just his arrows and his knowledge of the island’s territory. His occasion of coming back home arrived when a commercial freighter passed by Starfish Island: thinking the crew could have saved him, Oliver swam towards it, getting on board. Once aboard, Oliver found out that the cargo was in the middle of a mutiny, led by the group of pirates and drug-dealers at the orders of the infamous China White. Using the skills and abilities gained on the island, Oliver managed to subdue them, and freed the freihter’s crew. That was the moment in which he realized that he could really do something for the greater good, and he decided that, with his hunter abilities, he would have become a crime fighter. Once in Star City, Oliver took back his life, and secretly created the identity of Green Arrow, a modern Robin Hood who would have protected his city and the entire world. In the years, Oliver took a young boy as apprentice, Roy Harper, an orphan who would have become his sidekick Speedy and his adoptive son. He also entered the Justice League of America, becoming the team’s sixth member after saving the others from the alien Xandor. As a hero, he also met the superheroine Black Canary, aka Dinah Laurel Lance, who would have become his wife.

Oliver Queen is one of the wealthiest man in the world, and he uses his company to serve society the best he can, focusing on the common people’s needs. After a youth of recklessness and irresponsibility, Oliver learnt his priorities and does what he can for the world through charity and social initiatives. As the Green Arrow, Oliver has reached the peak of human capabilities, he’s extremely strong, agile and durable, being a regular man without superpowers. He’s a skilled hunter, and has a complete mastery over archery. Fusing Queen’s resources and the Arrow’s weapons, he created his trademark Trick Arrows, special arrows with different usages and effects, that make him even more effective in his crime fighting activity.

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  1. […] characters from the new tv series, Arrow, this time speaking of one of the recurring characters, Oliver‘s mother, the ambiguous Moira Queen, portrayed by the always beautiful Susanna Thompson. […]

  2. […] was mistakenly created by Hackett, an ex British soldier who worked as the chief of security for Oliver Queen; he mispelled her name when speaking of her to his employer, and the nickname remained. Queen was […]

  3. […] first faced Green Arrow, the archer superhero of Star City, when he was hired by Coverast Corporation to kill the […]

  4. […] he even learned hand-to-hand combat in order to fight the many heroes opposing him (Batman, Robin, Green Arrow, Etrigan and many others), and he even became a master in the use of many weapons, especially […]

  5. […] episode of Arrow started with all the flashbacks again, and in The Candidate we see Oliver Queen coming back to Lian Yu following Amanda Waller‘s “polite invitation”. On the […]

  6. […] flashback on Lian Yu, we finally learn that the woman portrayed by Elysia Rotaru, the one that Oliver Queen fakes the death of, is actually named Taiana, and this makes her another acquaintance of the […]

  7. […] Hawke would have made his debut in Legends of Tomorrow, but that he wouldn’t have been Oliver Queen‘s son as in the comics: this caused some changes in the already existing continuity, and the […]

  8. […] Hawke would have made his debut in Legends of Tomorrow, but that he wouldn’t have been Oliver Queen‘s son as in the comics: this caused some changes in the already existing continuity, and the […]

  9. […] series of defeats: he got beaten by Batman, Hawkman, Elongated Man, The Atom, Air Wave, Green Arrow and Black Canary, becoming renowned as one of the most useless and pitiful villains […]

  10. […] by Marc Trottier, is apparently specialised in throwing weapons, and he’s the one who faces Green Arrow in the final showdown at the auditorium. Now, let’s take a look to the last member of the […]

  11. […] in a dystopian future, where Deathstroke conquered Star City with an army of his own, cut off Green Arrow‘s arm forcing him to self-exile, and rules now as the undisputed leader of the city. This […]

  12. […] his coming on Earth. Of course, she’ll bite on more than she can chew while facing Green Arrow in the season finale. The comics version of Granny Goodness wouldn’t have been disposed of […]

  13. […] of recurring characters and some new ones we still have to give a name to, we get a glimpse of Green Arrow‘s new team, that the hero forms after the original one has disbanded at the end of Season 4. […]

  14. […] the heroes were divided into smaller squads with precise tasks, and Blue Beetle was paired with Green Arrow and Black Canary in destroying the satellite’s Dimensional Stabilizer, a device that […]

  15. […] is a twisted and dark version of the Dark Knight, he’ll be a twisted and dark version of Green Arrow instead. His presence in the show is quite promising, considering that he’s the one villain […]

  16. […] and we finally get our first look at the new Arrow Team that will replace the original one. Green Arrow becomes the mentor of four disorganized and untrained vigilantes, and teaches them how to be like […]

  17. […] us a glimpse of what we can expect from the upcoming Season 5: in the present day, it turns out Green Arrow has resumed his original murderous M.O. (so much for character evolution), while in the flashbacks […]

  18. […] the crime lords of the city to announce they’re going to follow his leadership against Green Arrow; to demonstrate he’s already infiltrated the various organizations, he has Pino Bertinelli, […]

  19. […] Recruits confirmed that the Kovar who plagued Taiana Venediktov‘s village, and whom Oliver Queen is looking for in Russia to exact his friend’s revenge on, is not Leonid Kovar, but his […]

  20. […] predecessor. In the episode, she manipulates Thea into providing her with informations to put Oliver and his administration under a bad light (not that it takes too much effort in that), and she […]

  21. […] character introduced in Arrow episode A Matter of Trust is a precious new ally to Mayor Queen and his staff, the new D.A. Adrian Chase, portrayed by Josh Segarra. Chase introduced himself as […]

  22. […] a mercenary hired by Chloe Sullivan to kidnap and put through a series of impossible tests Oliver Queen, in the effort of making him embrace his identity of Green Arrow once again (something she […]

  23. […] Christopher Chance, portrayed by Wil Traval. The ultimate bodyguard, Chance impersonates Mayor Oliver Queen to lure Tobias Church out, being “killed” in his place and later aiding him in his […]

  24. […] to the new character introduced in the flashbacks. In So It Begins, we follow the final steps of Oliver Queen‘s initiation to Bratva, the Russian Mafia. After completing the final test, Queen is […]

  25. […] masters”, a path that put on the same path as many superheroes and supervillains, such as Green Arrow, Black Canary, Bane, Nightwing, Prometheus and many others, always learning what she could from […]

  26. […] make him a servant of his master. He fails in his main task, but he manages to corrupt Oliver Queen instead, until the superhero breaks free of his control and kills him and the other two prophets […]

  27. […] his reason of life. Sonus was in his home, unaware that just behind his wall Black Canary and the Green Arrow were fighting a super-strong thug named Dregz; during the battle, Black Canary incapacitated the […]

  28. […] character has been briefly introduced: with D.A. Adrian Chase in the hospital after being shot, Major Oliver Queen goes visiting him, and he meets Chase’s wife: Doris, portrayed by Parveen Dosanjh. Doris is […]

  29. […] Fortune kidnaps Emil Hamilton believing him to be the culprit, and later captures also Lois and Oliver Queen, being finally knocked out during a brawl following the arrival of the other members of the group. […]

  30. […] a juicy easter egg in Arrow Season 2, episode Time of Death: while racing on his motorcycle, The Arrow passes a bus, and on its side we can spot the poster of a movie named Blue Devil. The (fictional) […]

  31. […] activity, she joined forces with other masked criminals from Qward: the archer Deadeye (an evil Green Arrow), the pyrokinetic Fiero (counterpart to Fire), the rubbery Elasti-Man (counterpart to Plastic […]

  32. […] Carol Ferris, a well-known couple in the superhero community: this attracted the attention of Green Arrow and Black Canary, who investigated Biospheer and found out about the dangerousness of Biomax […]

  33. […] of abducted students, Black Lightning joined forces with Superman, Batman, Black Canary and Green Arrow, and the latter offered him a place in the Justice League of America when the case was close: […]

  34. […] Turpin is initially a strictly anti-vigilante cop, but after cooperating with The Blur and Green Arrow to stop Talbert and the other corrupt colleagues he changes his mind. In the comics, Turpin is […]

  35. […] portrayed by Kyle Gallner, he comes back in Season 6 and 8 as a member of the team gathered by Green Arrow, and he’s nicknamed Impulse by his teammates because of his impulsive nature. Now, waiting […]

  36. […] joins DeSaad and Granny Goodness in Darkseid’s Unholy Trinity…only to be killed by Green Arrow in the day that was supposed to be the one of his triumph. In the comics, Gordon Godfrey is only […]


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