- "Arrows. Such an ineffective projectile. I find it strange anyone who still fears them."
A bow and arrow is a projectile weapon system used in the art of archery. The bow is a flexible piece of material which shoots aerodynamic projectiles called arrows, which usually consist of a shaft, an arrowhead attached to the front end, with fletchings and a nock at the other. A string joins the two ends of the bow, and when the string is drawn back, the ends of the stick are flexed. When the string is released, the potential energy of the flexed stick is transformed into the velocity of the arrow.
Most prominently, Oliver Queen uses a bow and arrow as the hero Green Arrow, among a multitude of others who have also wielded the weapons.
- Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress
- Carrie Cutter/Cupid
- Nyssa al Ghul
- Ra's al Ghul (deceased)
- Talia al Ghul
- Yao Fei Gulong (deceased)
- Roy Harper/Arsenal
- Simon Lacroix/Komodo
- Sara Lance
- Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer
- Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
- Thea Queen/Speedy
- Various League of Assassins members
- Shado (deceased)
- Evelyn Sharp/Artemis
- Maseo Yamashiro/Sarab (deceased)
- Adrian Chase/Prometheus
Types of bows
Oliver Queen as The Hood, The Arrow, and Green Arrow primarily uses his own customized bow. In the past, Oliver has used a recurve bow, too short for his form, and a longbow after his recurve bow was destroyed. He is also in possession of a pistol crossbow, outfitted for use as a grappling hook, which he rarely uses. Oliver now uses a custom-made Oneida Kestrel compound bow. His arrows are primarily green, and also has several trick arrows at his disposal.
He and Shado also used Yao Fei Gulong's longbow and arrows during his time on the island. Helena as the Huntress uses a handgun-sized crossbow due to her lack of training and precision in archery. Malcolm Merlyn as the Dark Archer used a customized compound-recurve bow. Roy Harper used a customized recurve bow as the vigilante Arsenal.