Recently, Ollie has taken down Rush and his band of thrill killers, ran into Grifter and battled with the monstrous Midas. Following that, Ollie found himself being adored by triplets who had made arrow-type gadgets of their own. Instantly taken by their presence, Ollie took the company jet to Canada so the Skylarks could show him their home where he fell into an inevitable trap.
As a result of his absence, Queen Industries was bought out by Stellmoor International, a fate which even a trip to China could not change. Ollie is reduced to solving petty crimes on the street while his inherited company collapses.
Most recently, Queen's CEO Emerson is murdered by the new villain Komodo, and the Q-Core building destroyed. The new villain Komodo makes an attempt on Queen's life, but he survives through the intervention of the mysterious Magus. This intervention sparks a journey back to the island where it all began, but what Ollie will find there remains to be seen.
Green Arrow was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp and made his first appearance in More Fun Comics issue 73 in 1941. It was said that Mort Weisinger was inspired by a series of movies called The Green Archer, which were adapted from a series of books by Edgar Wallace. Weisinger took his inspiration and created a new hero, borrowing ideas from the Batman series round the same time. The early similarities between the two are obvious; both had similar modes of transportation (the Arrow Car and the Batmobile), both had young sidekicks and were billionaire playboys. Green Arrow and Speedy were mainly used as back up features up into the sixties where they became more of a main feature and grew into a fan favorites. Green Arrow became one of the more mature features in DC comics in later years dealing with drug abuse and male rape. Green Lantern/Green Arrow #5 even received a letter of applause from John Lindsay, then mayor of New York City.
A playboy who inherited millions of dollars when his parents died, Oliver Queen never gave much back to society and lived his life how he wanted; of course he made many rivals and enemies. After being pushed overboard by one of his own employees on his boat, Oliver was presumed dead and lost at sea, but, unknown to the world, he had survived and was lost in a deserted island. Oliver had a talent for archery and using his own initiative built a bow made out of spare parts of a broken generator; using his makeshift bow Oliver began hunting in order to eat. Spending weeks alone on the island, Oliver began to search and found a small settlement with no people. He soon tried to retrieve water from the well but found that the people of this village had been killed and their remains thrown in. Oliver was shocked by the horror of this action and knew that those responsible needed to be brought to justice. Later a plane came towards the island and Ollie began to signal it; they opened fire. Using his bow Ollie managed to gain the upper hand and downed the plane. He was able to get off the island when some drug smugglers mutinied and took over a cargo ship. Dressed in a leafy disguise he had made his way on the island, and covering his eyes with a mask of grease from the anchor chain, he managed to capture the mutineers and save the crew. It turned out that they were the drug smugglers who had killed the islanders, picking up his bow Ollie began fighting back and overpowered them. His first taste for crime fighting came when he handed the drug smugglers over to the police and returned to a world he was set on changing for the better.
Using his vast fortune, he began to create various trick arrows to use under his new mantle. These include the rope arrow, the electric arrow, the explosive arrow, etc. Ollie did not stop there. Later on in his early years, he also built an Arrowcar, an Arrow Plane, and he even used the basic idea of the Bat-signal, appropriating it into the Arrow Signal. Green Arrow was joined by a younger counterpart named Roy "Speedy" Harper. Speedy was also a skilled archer and the two were a formidable team and worked together for quite awhile. Green Arrow became a much darker character after he lost his fortune and became more in tune with the streets he protected, even growing a goatee that is now famous; it was during this time that Ollie became openly left-wing in his political views.
Unlike Batman, Green Arrow has no problem with telling the world his point of view and the two find it very hard to agree or work with each other, but do so when it is called for during Green Arrow's stint with the Justice League. He was given the name Green Arrow by the press and soon became a member of the Justice League of America. His political views also brought him into direct conflict with a soon to be friend, Hal Jordan. While Green Arrow demanded change on a massive scale, Hal wanted order, as an establishment figure and wanted to work with the government rather then against it. Ollie saw Hal as a man trapped within his role in the Green Lantern Corps and thought that he could not see those who really needed help. The two of them set out across America and witnessed crimes that affected the day to day lives of Americans.
Post-Flashpoint / Earth 0
In the new DC Universe, after the events of Flashpoint, Oliver Queen is now younger, and lacks his trademark facial hair. He is based in Seattle and works with various employees of Queen industries to develop his tech, and help him run operations smoothly. On the business side, Queen Industries has had profitable quarter after quarter thanks to their Q-Core division. Q-Core has passed out many successful devices such as the Q-Phone and Q-Pad. Oliver Queen is commonly missing from company board meetings, much to the annoyance of CEO Emerson, who hounds Oliver, trying to reign him in. Green Arrow is currently building up his rouges gallery as new criminals arrive to challenge the Emerald Archer.
Major Story Arcs
The Longbow Hunters
Green Arrow fell in love with Black Canary during his time in the Justice League and the two began a relationship that has spanned the decades. This love that would lead to Green Arrow killing a man. Ollie and Dinah moved to Seattle shortly before Ollie's 43rd birthday, and Ollie, realizing his adopted son Roy was now a father, told Dinah that he wanted to start a family, but she declined. Ollie then set off the trail of a serial killer known as the Seattle Slasher, finding out that his target is a mentally ill ex-soldier living below the streets of Seattle. The Slasher escaped, only to be shot dead by a female archer named Shado, who has been killing members of a group of soldiers who dishonored her father; the Slasher was one of those soldiers.
At the same time, Dinah attempted to infiltrate a drug ring with ties Kyle Magnor's shipping company. Ollie at first did not involve himself, but after finding out that a drug smuggler Dinah had been following was found dead, he went to Magnor's warehouse to find her bound and bloodied. Hearing a man saying that he intends to do even more damage, Ollie shot him in the chest, along with many of the other members of the drug ring.
Shado then relayed a message to Ollie to meet her on Mt. Rainier, where she intends to kill Magnor. Ollie at first intended to prevent this, but after seeing mercenary Eddie Fyers (in the first of his many encounters with Ollie) bearing down on Shado with a sniper rifle, Ollie stopped Eddie from hitting her, allowing Magnor to escape. Ollie tracked Magnor to his office, intending to have him arrested for the drug smuggler's murder, but this plan was put to an end when Shado shot him dead.
One year later, Ollie would once again meet Shado. Ollie was blackmailed into hunting her down to find a treasure map by CIA Agent Osborne; Ollie finally caught up with her but as soon as he found her, she shot him in the chest with his own arrow. Shado went on to nurse him back to health; it was also revealed that while he was healing and drugged from the medication that Shado had given him that he was raped and conceived a son named Robert. Ollie would not discover this till years later. After she had healed him, she said that she had mistaken him for one of her attackers and he left without the map. When they met years later, Shado showed Ollie his son Robert and went on to tell him how she had raped him. She then told him she wanted him to have nothing to do with his son.
Ollie began to return to his hero roots and played a pivotal part in Zero Hour. When Hal Jordan had gone mad, Ollie had no choice but to shoot his friend just at the right moment to allow the other heroes a chance of beating him. Ollie had helped Hal earlier that year in saving his long time love interest and was one of the main reasons why he came back into the Hero world after he lost his way. Some time later, Ollie discovered he had a full grown illegitimate son, Connor Hawke, also a skilled archer. Ollie and Connor became close and Connor even decided to help Ollie with his crime fighting. But disaster was soon to strike the two as Ollie would infiltrate a group of Eco-terrorists known as the Eden Corps and sacrifice his life in order to prevent the group from detonating a bomb that would destroy the city of Metropolis. Connor decided to take over the mantle of Green Arrow in his father's honor.
Several years after his death, Ollie was seemingly resurrected by Hal Jordan, at the time operating as the Spectre. Despite Ollie being alive, he had no memories of the years prior to his death. This was because Hal resurrected him as a "Hollow," a person without a soul. Shortly after Ollie's resurrection, he saved an old man, Stanley Dover, from a group of muggers on the streets of Star City. Stanley took him in to his home and got him back on his feet. During a raid on a corrupt official's house party, Ollie's rescues teenage prostitute Mia Dearden and takes her in as his ward. After a while, Stanley discovers that Ollie is a Hollow, and due to his Satanist background and obsession with immortality, decides to try and transfer his soul into Ollie's body to extend his life and to gain control of a demonic creature that would do whatever he wanted. Stanley managed to capture Green Arrow and held him prisoner in his basement with a blood seal spell that only Ollie's blood relatives to pass through. Connor Hawke, Black Canary, Batman, and Jason Blood were all outside of the building trying to breach in and rescue Ollie and Mia. Because Connor is Ollie's son, he could pass through. Stanley opened a gateway to Hell in his basement. While Connor was trying to fight off an army of demons to save Ollie, Hal Jordan finally convinced Ollie's soul, who was enjoying himself in Heaven, to once again merge with his body, preventing Stanley from taking control. Ollie and Connor fought off the waves of the demon horde but were eventually cornered. The demon that Stanley tried to control appeared out of nowhere and closed door to the underworld, and killed Stanley by eating him.
During the events of Identity Crisis, it was learned that Ollie, Barry Allen, Hal Jordan, Black Canary, Zatanna, Hawkman, and Elongated Man were involved in the mind wiping of Dr. Light after he was found in the JLA satellite having raped Sue Dibny. When Sue was murdered, they all went after Dr. Light, believing it was he who killed her for revenge. In order to protect himself, Dr. Light hired Deathstroke as a bodyguard. When the group finally found Dr. Light, Deathstroke almost incapacitated the entire group, but Ollie got the best of him by sneaking up behind and jamming an arrow in to his empty eye socket. This began the long running feud between Ollie and Deathstroke.
A New Speedy
Ollie was deeply affected by the revelation that Mia was HIV-positive, and told her to end her career as a crime fighter. At the same time, Ollie was dealing with a new villain by the name of Danny Brickwell, also called "Brick", a meta-human with an almost unbreakable red skin. Brick went on a crime spree taking over the streets from the mob. He turned to the police, but was set free less then 24 hours later, and took the mayor's daughter hostage. Connor and Ollie began interrogating people as to the whereabouts of the mayor's daughter, to no avail. During a night out on patrol, Green Arrow is set up and finds himself surrounded by a group of Brick's men, but just as it looks like he is about to be beaten Mia comes in wearing a new costume and saves him. Ollie escapes and tells her to hang up her costume, but she tells him that she wants to do something good with her life. She later goes on to speak at her school and Ollie's anger gets the better of him and goes off to face Brick by himself. The two face off and Ollie gets the upper hand firing a glue arrow into his mouth; Brick starts to choke and Green Arrow saves him and reminds him that the only reason he is alive is because he let him live and leaves. Mia talks to him again; Ollie agrees to let her back out on the street. Roy Harper finds out the about Mia and confronts Ollie and they talk about his past and how it could have been him and that Mia took the name Speedy out of respect for him. Roy gets captured by Constantine Drakon and the rest of the Arrow Family sets out to save him, with help from the Outsiders.
One Year Later
During the the event One Year Later, Ollie hired the world's best martial arts masters to train him to the peak of physical human condition. A rift was formed between Ollie and Connor when he hired the assassin named Natas (whom had trained Deathstroke) to train. Then, Ollie decided to try to make a difference in Star City by running for and becoming mayor. He won, and he used this position to aid in his "other" job.
After this, the world changed and Star City became much like Gotham during No Man's Land when the low-income neighborhoods, known as the Glades, were cut off from the rest of the world by large concrete wall. Green Arrow teamed with the mob and local gangs to help protect the streets when mutated creatures attacked.
As Mayor, Ollie began forcing the world to see the trouble that Star City was in, forcing the media to report on the gay weddings he conducted, in one series we see Ollie marry over 140 couples on the steps of city hall, in order to be married they had to stay in Star City for more then fourteen days, forcing them to spend money in his city and helping bring revenue into the city. He later went on to keep taxes back from the government once again helping his city to be strong. Hal offers to remove the Wall around Star City but Ollie says no; it was not time and his city was not ready. An attack on Ollie was put out by a group trying to gain money and control over the city. Ollie uses an inside man to black mail the company into actually helping him.
Bruce Wayne steps in to help the city rebuild, and for Ollie thanks him and the two later go on to face off against Brick and Jason Todd who is masquerading as the Red Hood. It was also here that Roy took up the mantle of Red Arrow and joined the Justice League. Roy took the name out of respect for his former role model and wanted to continue the family name. Red Arrow is now a strong part of the Justice League but something happened to him that would shake the Arrow Family to it's core.
During his time as mayor he was confronted by Deathstroke once again. It later turned out that this was a trap set up by Ollie to capture Deathstroke. In the end, Slade had no choice but to surrender. But all was not what it seemed with while in prison Deathstroke set up a meeting between himself and Constantine Drakon, Slade wanted to know what had happened to Green Arrow in the year that he vanished, Drakon had been keeping tabs on Ollie and told Slade everything. This meeting of course lead to their escape after making a deal with the warden and telling him that they would make him Mayor. Afterward, Ollie went on to hand over his mayor title to his closet aid during the above events and went back to being Green Arrow. Shortly thereafter, Ollie proposed to Black Canary.
Cry For Justice
Ollie and Hal once again team up and form another Justice League, after the main team get beaten by the Shadow Cabinet. The two old friends discover that Prometheus has been planning something and head off to warn the other Justice League. Prometheus was already one step ahead of them, pretending to be Freddy Freeman. Prometheus manages to defeat both teams and cuts off Red Arrow’s left arm with Ollie watching, an understandably traumatic experience. Before Prometheus can escape Donna Troy manages to capture him and he tells them his plan. Using a series of teleporters, he was going to send cities to random spots in time. Prometheus demonstrates this with Star City, but a malfunction destroys a large section of Star City.
Events take a turn for the worse, with Roy unable to fight and his daughter killed at the hands of Prometheus. Ollie is pushed to the edge once again, but lets Prometheus live, in order get the codes for his machine. Ollie tracked down Prometheus, and, in an event that would have serious repercussions, killed him with an arrow between the eyes.
During the Blackest Night, undead all over the universe are resurrected as Black Lantern rings. Because Ollie was resurrected, he receives a Black Power ring. Ollie is trapped in the ring, as his body is controlled by the ring and is slowly killing him. Ollie then attacks Black Canary, who is devastated that her husband is dead once again. She is joined by Speedy (Mia Deardern) and Connor Hawke. As they attempt to appeal to Ollie, the real ollie is watching his own body attack the ones he loves. Ollie then realizes that he has more will than any other Green Lantern, and forces his body to miss one of its arrows. Dinah realizes Ollie is trying to save them, and notices the arrow hits next to a tank of liquid nitrogen. Connor freezes Ollie, remarking that even in death, Ollie tried to help them. Ollie is later freed by the White Lantern.
Into the Woods
After the Blackest Night, a forest springs up in the center of Star City, created by the White Lantern Ring. Green Arrow has been banished after killing Prometheus and now lives inside this forest acting as a modern day Robin Hood. Meanwhile, Queen Industries has been bought by someone calling themselves ‘Queen’ who promises to rebuild the city and starts enacting their own police force.
- Height: 6'2''
- Weight: 195 lbs.
- Eye Color: Green
- Hair Color: Blond
- Citizenship: American
- Place of Birth: Star City, America
- Marital Status: Separated
- Education: Unknown
- Occupation: Adventurer, Mayor
Known Relatives:Robert Queen (father, deceased), Moira Queen (mother, deceased), Dinah Lance a.k.a. Black Canary (wife, separated), Sin (adoptive daughter), Connor Hawke (son from Moonday Hawke), Robert Queen (son from Shado, deceased), Roy Harper (adoptive son), Olivia Queen (daughter), Mia Dearden (Close Friend)
Powers and Abilities
Green Arrow is considered by even the superhuman members of the Justice League to be the "greatest archer in the world." Green Arrow himself states he never misses , and has shot at targets without directly looking at them. Black Canary once said she saw Oliver shoot 39 arrows in one minute.
After the events of One Year later, Ollie completely retrained himself and became an excellent hand to hand combatant as well as a expert weapons handler.
Weapons and Equipment
Green Arrow's "jacket" is a form body armor. If he was shot in the chest or from behind, the bullet would not hit Oliver's vital organs due to the armor being bulletproof. The New 52 version of Green Arrow incorporates thermal goggles into his mask.
Green Arrow has a wide variety of specialized arrows, ranging from EMP arrows to poison dart arrows and everything in between. Ollie has also developed arrows to combat specific individuals, such as the Kryptonite arrow.
Green Arrow possesses numerous vehicles that allow him to travel to anywhere in Star City, such the Arrow Car. Many of these vehicles were directly inspired by those used by Batman.
In this reality, Ollie is a member of the Seven Soldiers of Victory and the All-Star Squadron.
Oliver Queen is "Olivia Queen" in this gender-bent universe. Black Canary of that world wears a costume similar to the Green Arrow's. Flash and the Justice League fend off and invasion from Amazons led by Wonderman.
In The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Green Arrow is much older and missing an arm due to an unspecified incident involving Superman. In the sequel, Ollie has replaced his lost arm with a cybernetic one.
In the HP Lovecraft inspired Elseworlds story The Doom That Came to Gotham, Oliver Queen is a Gotham millionaire around the turn of the 20th Century. Oliver has knowledge that his centuries old father, Henry Queen, had made a deal for wealth with a man named Ludvig Prinn. Queen, along with his companions Bartley Langstrom and Thomas Wayne, ultimately renege on their agreement and leave Prinn for dead in the Forgotten City underneath Gotham City.
Oliver Queen grows up thinking he will be the one to stop the titular Doom, a Cthulhu-esque entity called Iog-Sotha. Queen trains by becoming a big game hunter, and somehow acquires the arrowheads that pierced St. Sebastian in 288. Queen, in full Templar garb, attempts to fend off an agent of Iog-Sotha, but is killed before Batman can rescue him. His arrows are ultimately useful against Ra's Al Ghul.
During the Flashpoint story arc, Oliver Queen is the CEO of Green Arrow Industries, a weapons manufacturer that specializes in adapting supervillain technology for military use. He shows very little physical prowess or martial skill, but manages to survive an assassination attempt from a woman who claims to be his daughter from Queen's affair with Vixen.
Smallville, Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) is played by Justin Hartley and first appeared in Season 6, Episode 2. He remained an important character through the first half of the season and became a main character in the shows last four seasons. He has been in romances with Lois Lane, Tess Mercer and Chloe Sullivan both the latter two have controlled the Watchtower.
In October 2012, the TV series Arrow debuted on the CW network, with Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen. It offers a more modern, cinematic take on the character of Green Arrow, while still using the origin story of a Ollie as a wealthy playboy abandoned on an island. After his return to Starling City (as it is referred to in the show), Ollie goes through a list of people that his father wanted brought to justice.
Justice League Unlimited
Green Arrow appears prominently in the series Justice League Unlimited, voiced by Kin Shriner. He is seen as the representative of the ordinary people who fights on a much smaller scale than other heroes, and thus is reluctant to join the League. This attitude changed and he eventually became a prominent member of the team. He fought alongside Supergirl, John Stewart and Captain Atom in the first episode against a rampaging nuclear war machine.
Green Arrow has a recurring role in the series, which features Speedy as a main character.
Brave and the Bold
Green Arrow is featured in many episodes as a friendly rival to Batman. They have competitions to see who has better tech, or is the better hero. This show uses Green Arrow's original costume from his early back-up stories.
Green Arrow is a playable character in Justice League: Heroes
Injustice Gods Among Us
Green Arrow is a playable character in Injustice Gods Among Us. Green Arrow is first shown helping other heroes against Luthor's assault on Metropolis. Green Arrow later helps the heroes in Superman's world of dictatorship. Green Arrow's character trait allows him to use four different arrows; an unlimited amount of normal arrows, 3 fire arrows, 2 electrified arrows and 1 ice arrow (until reload). Green Arrow's supermove includes him hitting his opponent into the air with an exploding arrow. He then sweeps under the opponent and pulls them down with a grappling-like arrow, then finally flips over him/her and fires 3 exploading arrows. 2 extra costumes are available for Green Arrow, Insurgency Green Arrow (unlocked with armory key), and a costume based off the Arrow TV Series.