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Amanda Waller
Amanda Waller
Occupation Leader of A.R.G.U.S.
Leader of the Suicide Squad
Status Alive
Actor Unknown (season 1)
Cynthia Addai-Robinson (season 2–present)
Code name Mockingbird
"Embrace your inner darkness."
— Amanda to Oliver Queen[src]

Amanda Waller, known under the codename Mockingbird, is the leader of A.R.G.U.S. and the Suicide Squad.


Association with Edward Fyers and Oliver QueenEdit

Edward Fyers' employer

In order to eliminate China White, Waller sought out Yao Fei on the island of Lian Yu. She maintained radio contact with Edward Fyers. On the island she had been shipping military weapons to take down a plane headed for China which contained China White. Right before this, Edward contacted her and told her how the plan was coming together.[1] However, the plan soon failed due to Oliver Queen and Slade Wilson's intervention, and Fyers and all of his men were killed.[2]

Amanda would later capture Oliver and sent him to China after he fought and supposedly killed Slade. Oliver worked for Amanda for a solid period of time because she threatened Maseo's family. After Oliver fulfilled his duties and the military removed Amanda's authority, she secretly set up Oliver and Maseo's family to be killed, resulting in things ending very badly between them, with Amanda wondering 4 years later if Oliver was still mad at her and wanted to kill her.

Amanda tried to force Oliver to work for her, and assigned agent Maseo Yamashiro as his handler. After numerous failed attempts to escape, Oliver agreed to proceed with his training to prevent Waller from killing Maseo's family as punishment for his failure in restraining Oliver.[3] Later, Amanda gave Oliver an order to kill Tommy Merlyn after Oliver tried to access his email account from his previous failed escape attempt. Oliver with Maseo's help found a way around it so that Tommy could be spared.[4]

Amanda told Maseo Yamashiro to order Oliver to kill "a terrorist". She is summoned to meet with Oliver to her annoyance. She revealed to Oliver she knows he prevented Ferris Air flight 637, Paris to Hong Kong from being blown up over Lian Yu, she had witnessed his combat abilities on the island via Keyhole Hexagon satellite. However, Oliver revealed he knows Waller was the one who ordered Edward Fyers to shoot down the plane from a USB drive he picked off of Adam Catswidth, the "terrorist" she had him murder, he knows that Catswidth was Fyers' handler and wanted him silenced. Oliver threatened to expose her actions if anything were to happen to Maseo's family. Amanda admitted and revealed to Oliver, that Fyers' operation was to assassinate one target; Chien Na Wei and he saved her life. Amanda told him that she needed to know why Chien is in Hong Kong.[5]

After General Matthew Shrieve removed her authority as the leader of A.R.G.U.S., for committing unspeakable acts.[6] Waller was then held hostage by General Shrieve who planned on using the bio weapon on Hong Kong. Waller revealed she had no involvement with Shrieve and told Oliver to get as far away from Hong Kong, hoping they could meet again one day. She also revealed the existence of a vaccine, which ended up saving Oliver, Tatsu, and Maseo.[7]

Assembling the Suicide SquadEdit

Amanda captured John Diggle telling him that she needed his help to rescue Lyla Michaels as she had gone dark in Moscow. She parted with a statement saying that A.R.G.U.S. was aware of what Oliver and he did at night.[8]

Amanda offered Ben Turner an employment opportunity for a "squad" (The Suicide Squad/Task Force X) in order to shorten his prison sentence.[9]

Waller visited Lyla and Diggle at a hotel and requested both of their assistance to handle a chemical weapon situation, organised by Gholem Qadir an old friend/enemy of Diggle's stationed in Markovia. Waller then tasked them with getting the Suicide Squad into position to take down the chemical weapons and terminating Qadir. Phase one of the plan, getting Qadir's phone from him at an art exhibition, succeeded, but Shrapnel attempted to flee and Waller activated the bomb in his head as punishment. Later, when the squad found the chemical weapons, Waller sent in a drone strike to terminate the threat but intended to take Deadshot and dozens of civilians with it. However Diggle convinced Deadshot to flee with him. Since Waller's drone was homed in on Deadshot's tracking chip, Lyla was forced to cut it out of his neck and throw it away. The re-directed strike caused Waller to have to deal with the Markovian government on "unprovoked drone attack". Later, Oliver Queen visited Amanda in her office and the two meet since his time in Hong Kong, to inform her that Slade Wilson, who Amanda believed to be dead just like Oliver did is still alive. When Oliver asked for information on Slade, Amanda told him about a new mercenary named "Deathstroke" who she believed could be their old nemesis.[10]

John Diggle and Felicity Smoak contacted Amanda to find Oliver after he had disappeared after Moira Queen's death,[11] Amanda revealed that Oliver was at his second base. She sends A.R.G.U.S. soldiers to Starling City to cut off Slade Wilson's army from leaving the city when his invasion begins and was soon contacted by Oliver demanding she call off her men, but she retaliated by reminding him that she must do what she has to in order to defend the country and that was to send an armed drone to Starling City.[12]

She over saw the operation of A.R.G.U.S. soldiers in Starling, unaware of a squad she sent that were killed by Slade's army, she is soon held hostage by Diggle, Lyla and Deadshot where she revealed to Diggle that Lyla was pregnant with his child. She called off the drone after Oliver called her again and told her that Slade and his army were defeated.[13]

Taking advantage of King SharkEdit

After the Suicide Squad, consisting of Cupid, Captain Boomerang and Floyd Lawton, surveyed King Shark destroying an aquarium, Waller decided to send them in to extract him.[14] Waller took Lamden to an A.R.G.U.S. detention center to be chained up. She took a woman to see him, before cutting him open to carefully dissect him.[15] After dissection, she sent him across the other side of the country to begin as part of the Suicide Squad. Soon, The Flash came to try and rescue King Shark. However, Waller sent some drones after him, created by General Eiling. They eventually found where King Shark had been, but Barry was quickly captured and was told of what had happened to Lamden.[16]


Amanda is described as the "formidable and enigmatic". She is seen to display little to no emotion, morals nor honor. Though she presents herself as in charge of apprehending and countering dangerous threats to the United States, in spite of what she projects for people around her, she is equally as sociopathic and brutal as the criminals she apprehends, as shown in the almost casual way she kills Shrapnel when he tries to abandon Task Force X. Similarly, she shows no moral compunctions in sacrificing agents, referring to them as her "assets". This indicates she is little different to people like both the late Deadshot and Bronze Tiger.

Amanda's top priority is to protect the United States. Her actions followed an ends justifies the means. Stemming from this, if she believes the final result is worth it, she will take any action means necessary. As a result, she endorses the use of torture while interrogating suspects as well as assassination to remove associates of hers who would be likely to expose her. Because she believed Oliver would make a valuable asset, she was willing to use his newly acquired morals to get him to work for her, as when she wanted Oliver to become one of A.R.G.U.S.'s agents she threatened to murder Maseo's family if Oliver did not cooperate, and later when she threatened Oliver's sister Thea, if Oliver did not tell her where the Yamashiros had escaped to. She believed Chien Na Wei was so much a threat that she was willing to blow up a plane full of innocent people to kill her. When Slade Wilson launched his Siege, she planned to use a drone strike to bomb Starling City. Amanda tries to justify her ruthless, immoral actions in the belief that there are people in the world that are beyond reason, "that deal only in extremes", and that it would be "naïve to think that anything less than extreme measures will stop them".

Amanda is also arrogant, hypocritical and stubborn, like when General Matthew Shrieve removed her authority, she blamed Oliver and Maseo for it, when it was her unspeakable methods that resulted in it. When John Diggle, Lyla Michaels, and Floyd Lawton had her at gunpoint she refused to back down and tried to tell Lyla that "What you're doing is treason" while Amanda had ordered a drone strike on Starling City, a civilian zone, seemingly without authorization from the United States government, this shows that she always tries to twist things.

Amanda is not completely without reason as she finally agreed to call off the drone strike when Oliver reported that he subdued Slade and his army. She is smart enough to recognize possible talent as she believed Oliver to be a potential operative, and she and Oliver in the present day once had an uneasy alliance, due to the fact that Oliver needed to take down Slade. Also, despite their rough history and knowing Amanda's reputation, Oliver did trust her enough to let have custody over Carrie Cutter to help stabilize her and put her talents to good use.


  • Expert markswoman: As the leader of A.R.G.U.S., Amanda is skilled with firearms.
  • Expert tactician: Amanda is a capable tactician, however, she waste her tactical abilities on brute force rather than intellectual means, as these methods of hers are not only predictable, but can also be used against her.


  • Guns: Amanda is very proficient in using guns.



Season 1Edit

Season 2Edit

Season 3Edit

Season 4Edit


Arrow: Season 2.5Edit

  • "Acolyte" Suicide Squad: Crisis in Kahndaq
  • "Awakenings" Suicide Squad: Crisis in Kahndaq
  • "Gone" Suicide Squad: Crisis in Kahndaq
  • "Assault" Suicide Squad: Crisis in Kahndaq

The Flash: Season ZeroEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In "Suicide Squad" and "Unthinkable", Floyd Lawton referred to Waller as "The Wall"; this is a nod to her nickname in the DC comics. Since in the DC comics Waller is a very solid 5' 1", 200lb woman, the name is even more appropriate. Likewise, her pencil and ink iteration is a very formidable personality, being one of the few characters, especially unpowered, who does not back down from a confrontation with the Batman.


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Season 2Edit


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