- "Being killed is... basically, my job."
- —Christopher Chance[src]
Christopher Chance, nicknamed the Human Target, is an individual with a special set of skills and master of disguise. He worked with Solntsevskaya Bratva and later with Star City Mayor's Office on missions, both of which centered around protecting Oliver Queen. For the sake of his mission, Chance thoroughly researched Oliver's identity, including his vigilante alter-ego and his romance with Felicity Smoak.
Working for Anatoly Knyazev
Christopher Chance was hired by Anatoly Knyazev to protect Oliver Queen and take care of Viktor, a member of Solntsevskaya Bratva who didn't trust Oliver and set a trap for him. Christopher, at first, tried to warn Oliver to not leave the party at Cafe Lyublyu, but Queen refused to listen and was trapped by two of Viktor's thugs. Christopher then rescued Oliver from the two men. He told Oliver he expected Anatoly to pay the remainder of his fee within the hour as he walked off and took off a prosthetic face mask, changing his whole appearance.
Faking Oliver Queen's death
After being contacted by John Diggle, Christopher disguised himself as Oliver Queen, using a prosthetic mask which resembled Oliver. As Oliver Queen, Christopher spoke to Susan Williams, requesting she give him one month to prove himself as a suitable mayor. Later, Christopher got the councilman Kullens to pass an ordinance rezoning for low-income housing. As Christopher left City Hall, he was shot several times by a masked figure. Christopher then arrived at the Arrowcave and introduced himself to Team Arrow.
Oliver thanked Chance for helping him throughout the day. Christopher then told Oliver that when he becomes his target, he learns everything about them to the point where he knows as much as them. Christopher then tells Oliver that he can't move forward hiding behind a mask, and he should move on as Felicity did, unaware Oliver didn't know that Felicity was in a relationship.
Taking down Tobias Church
Christopher disguised himself as a gang member under Tobias Church, using the opportunity to assist Team Arrow in their plan to destroy Church's organization. He approached the masked assassin Scimitar, employed by Church, right as the masked man defeated Evelyn Sharp and Curtis Holt. When Scimitar said that he' got the situation under control and the gangster should go assist Mr. Church instead, Christopher opened fire, bringing Scimitar down. He then removed his mask and retreated together with the vigilantes he saved.
After Mayor Oliver Queen addressed the issue of faking his death before Star City, explaining that it was part of the plan to infiltrate and take down Tobias Church's syndicate, Christopher approached him at the office, where he and Oliver bid farewell. When Felicity arrived at the scene, Christopher quipped about "speaking of the Devil", leaving Felicity bewildered about her being "the Devil".
Out of the country
In his normal self, Christopher is friendly, yet professional, able to joke about his choice of work and how often he's payed to fake deaths. After removing his mask, he wasn't against Felicity goofing off with it, knowing that the mask wouldn't work on other people the same way it does on him. Working with his employers, he researched them on a personal level, which allowed him insight into their psychology, manners of speech and personal issues. Despite not having to do this, he tried to give Oliver a friendly advice on his problems with Felicity and cheer him up regarding his work as a mayor. Bidding goodbye to Oliver, Christopher showed his sense of humor one more time, quipping about Felicity being the Devil, leaving her comically indignant.
While he has shown good faith working with the heroic Team Arrow and Star City's Mayoral Office, Christopher showed a less-carefree, more professional and no-nonsense side when working with the characters as shady as the Solntsevskaya Bratva. After Oliver ignored his secret bodyguard's advice and needed to be saved, Chance gruffly told Oliver to tell his boss that he expects payment within the hour, before leaving. Taking on other people's identities, Chance faked personalities indistinguishable from those of his targets. He is also doesn't seem to mind killing, at least when defending others or himself, as he killed two Bratva members that where trying to kill Oliver, and shot down Scimitar when he had beaten Artemis and Mr. Terrific.
Powers and abilities
- Whether Christopher Chance's skills are based purely on tricks, powers, or both, is left ambiguous and as such the powers section is speculation.
- Physiology alteration (possibly): Beyond simple application of a convincing mask, Chance appears able to change his physical form to match his target (size, built, skin tone, etc.). His metamorphosis also appears to have an effect on the mask, allowing him to take on or features of the person including facial hair, as seen when once removing his Oliver-mask, such traits disappeared.
- Enhanced durability (possibly): Despite wearing a protective vest under the suit, the number of bullets Chance caught with his body would be impossible for a normal human being to survive, or a normal armored vest to endure. In fact, many of the bullets he was shot with actually went through him in the guise of Oliver.
- Impersonation/acting: Chance's portrayal of his target is more than just cosmetic appearance. He is able to perfectly imitate the person's entire demeanor (i.e. voice, mannerisms, speech patterns, ideology, etc.). Essentially, he becomes the person so effectively that even people close to the target will not be able to tell the difference.
- Master of disguise: Chance is a skilled fabricator and user of a highly sophisticated prosthetic make-up and masks, with his disguises allowing him to perfectly mimic another person's appearance.
- Master tactician/investigator: In preparation for his role, Chance does an extensive background check of the target. To which, he is shown so thorough at analyzing the person that in many ways, as Chance puts it, he knows the person more than they know themselves. He is also able to prepare his role for various situations hours in advance, even faking the target's death. To which, he can effectively make an assailant's murder attempt seem real with proper padding.
- Expert hand-to-hand combat: Chance was able to swiftly overpower, disarm and kill two Bratva members with their own knife, which they tried to kill Oliver Queen with.
- Skilled marksman/Firearms: Chance was shown to be proficient with a machine gun when he used to take down the armored assassin Scimitar with a volley of fire, using the disguise of a thug to surprise the latter and catch him off guard.
- Armored vest: Chance uses armored vests to amplify his resilience in the guise of his target.
- Cosmetic prosthetics: Chance uses prosthetic masks and make-up of his own fabrication. When worn by other people, like Felicity Smoak, Chance's masks do not resemble anyone, but when he uses them, they transform into the face of an intended person's, such as his Oliver Queen mask giving him Oliver's facial hair, despite no apparent hair being seen on the mask itself. Additionally, the masks seem to transform his body shape and skin color, as seen with the bulky "Friendly Bratva" reverting to Christopher's own shape after lifting the mask, and the darker-skinned "Shooter's" hands becoming of whiter color after lifting the other mask.
- Machine gun: In his guise as a member of Tobias Church's gang shooter, Christopher used a machine gun to take out Scimitar.
- "Tribute" (mentioned)
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics Christopher Chance is the third man to take a mantle of Human Target after Fred Venable and Detective Bruce Perry, but is the most known and prominent character to use the nickname.
- Character was previously adapted for television twice with his own television series from 1992 and 2010 (both named Human Target) with Rick Springfield and Mark Valley in the role of Chance respectively.
- In both series Chance was portrayed by more then one actor as in 1992 he was using elaborate disguises similar to those seen in Arrow, while in the latter Christopher Chance is a legacy name. It should be noted that one of the disguises of Chance (as Garner St. John) in the 1993 series was portrayed by John Wesley Shipp, who portrays Henry Allen, Jay Garrick and an unnamed alternate universe The Flash in Shared multiverse. The role was a nod from showrunners, who previously cast Shipp as Barry Allen in 1990's The Flash.
- Christopher Chance's appearances as other people are credited as "Shooter" (in the guise of a thug that shot down Scimitar) and "Friendly Bratva" (the Bratva member that saves Oliver) in the episode's end credits.
- It's ambiguous whether Christopher Chance's radical changes of appearance without his mask, as well as his enhanced durability hardly explained by just wearing an armored vest, are intentional artistic choices or just cases of suspension of disbelief, especially in a universe where people with powers are common, adding mystery to the character.