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Amanda Waller
Amanda Waller
Information
Occupation Leader of A.R.G.U.S. and the Suicide Squad
Status Alive
Actor Cynthia Addai-Robinson
Unknown (season 1)
Alter ego Mockingbird
Source
"My identity is highly classified."
— Amanda to Ben Turner[src]

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

Biography

Association with Edward Fyers and Oliver Queen

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.

Season 2

In "Keep Your Enemies Closer", she captures John Diggle telling him that she needs his help to rescue Lyla Michaels as she has gone dark in Moscow. She parts with a statement saying that A.R.G.U.S. are aware of what Oliver and him do at night.

In "Tremors", Amanda offers Ben Turner an employment opportunity for a "squad" (the Suicide Squad) in order to shorten his prison sentence.

In "Suicide Squad" Waller visits Lyla and Diggle at a hotel and requests 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 are revealed to had some unspecified history together, apparently involving Slade Wilson, who Amanda believed to be dead just like Oliver did. When Oliver asked for information on Slade, Amanda gave him insight on a new mercenary named "Deathstroke" who she believed could be their old nemesis.

In "Streets of Fire", John Diggle and Felicity Smoak contacted Amanda to find Oliver after he had disappeared after Moira Queen's death, 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 a armed drone to Starling City.

In "Unthinkable", 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.

In the flashbacks she saved Oliver from the Amazo's destruction and brought him to Hong Kong claiming they would have much to discuss.

Season 3

In flashbacks 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]

During the flashbacks 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 live for the time being.[4]

Personality

Amanda is described as the "formidable and enigmatic." However, she is largely devoid of emotion, morals and equally ruthless shown in the almost casual way she kills Shrapnel when he tries to abandon the Suicide Squad. There is certainly a trace of amusement in her voice when she orders Deadshot to remain in position as a beacon for the drone strike. In addition, when she sees Oliver Queen in her office, she mockingly asks if he still wants to kill her. This shows that whilst she maintains more composure over herself, and what she shows the people around her, she is little different to Bronze Tiger and Deadshot. Her immoral nature is to the point of insanity; she is not above murdering innocent civilians to get what she wants, like when she threatened to murder Maseo's family if Oliver did not cooperate, and later when she threatened to murder Oliver's half-sister Thea, if Oliver did not tell Amanda where the Yamashiro's had gon to, (unknown to her, Maseo lied to Oliver just in case she managed to break him) She also holds grudges, after General Matthew Shrieve removed her authority, she blamed Oliver and Maseo for it, when it was her unspeakable methods that resulted in it, rather than admit her mistakes. She secretly set up Oliver and Maseo's family to be killed, resulting in things ending very badly between them.

Amanda is also extremely immoral, as she is willing to sacrifice innocent civilians, like when she planned to use a drone strike to bomb Starling City. However, she acknowledges that none of the Starling's citizens deserved to die that way. She tried to justify this action of hers as a means to prevent Slade's soldiers from attacking the rest of the country, which Slade had no intention of doing (however Slade was aware of Amanda's tactics, and was using her own tactics against her). She is also arrogant, stubborn and brave. When John Diggle, Lyla Michaels, and Floyd Lawton had her at gunpoint she refused to back down. Amanda also tries to twist things, like when she told Lyla that "What you're doing is treason". However, it was the other way around, as Amanda had ordered a drone strike on Starling City, a civilian zone, seemingly without authorization from the United States government.

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.

According to Maseo Yamashiro, she is a liar, does not have a sense of humor, and does not have a sense of honor, like when she told Oliver, he had until sunrise, to defeat Slade and his army, otherwise she is going to bomb the city, however, she actually plan to bomb Starling City before sunrise, Amanda is also paranoid.

Abilities

  • 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 uesd against her.

Equipment

  • Guns: Amanda is very proficient in using guns.

Appearances

Arrow

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Comics

Arrow: Season 2.5

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

Trivia

  • In "Suicide Squad" and "Unthinkable", Floyd Lawton referred to Waller as "The Wall", this is a nod to her nickname in the comics. Since in the 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.

References

  1. "Darkness on the Edge of Town"
  2. "Sacrifice"
  3. "The Calm"
  4. "Sara"

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