- "Tell me, Mr. Queen, are you prepared to sacrifice your freedom for her!?"
- —Fyers to Oliver, holding Shado at gun point.[src]
Edward Fyers (died 2008) was a mercenary hired by Amanda Waller to decimate China's economy by shooting down a Ferris Air flight into the country, but was unaware that his mission was really an assassination of Chien Na Wei. Having betrayed Chinese commander Yao Fei Gulong, who was exiled on the island, Fyers planned to frame Yao Fei to take the fall. However, when Oliver Queen was shipwrecked on the island, he, Slade Wilson, and Shado successfully foiled the plan and Fyers was killed by Oliver.
At some point in time, Amanda Waller hired Fyers and his mercenaries and sent them to Lian Yu to begin working on a terrorist plot, secretly an assassination attempt on Chien Na Wei. Fyers shot down a plane flown by Slade Wilson and Billy Wintergreen, who had come to rescue Yao Fei Gulong from the island. He offered the Australian soldiers to join him, and while Wintergreen accepted, Wilson refused and fought his way out alongside Yao Fei. They made plans to escape but were eventually separated thanks to Fyers.
Some time after Oliver Queen was shipwrecked on Lian Yu, Edward's men, captured Oliver and took him to their camp. Oliver was brought in front of him, and Edward showed him a picture of Yao Fei, some time ago, in a military uniform. When questioned, Oliver stated that he'd never seen the man, but Edward could easily tell that he was lying. He asked a second time, but Oliver wouldn't talk, so Edward called in Billy Wintergreen. Billy proceeded to cut into Oliver, torturing him with Edward watching on. When Billy was finished, Oliver still refused to speak, so Edward instructed Wintergreen to kill him, only for Yao Fei to burst in and escape with Oliver.
Fyers eventually tricked Yao Fei into capturing him and taking him back to the cave where he hid with Oliver, while allowing his men to track them. This led to Yao Fei being captured by his men, though Oliver managed to escape.
After failing to get Yao Fei to cooperate with his plan, he had his daughter, Shado, kidnapped and used her as leverage to force Yao Fei's cooperation with their plan. Oliver came to the camp to free Yao Fei, only to find that Yao Fei was now working for Fyers.
Fyers then had Yao Fei fight Oliver in the camp's fighting ring where Yao Fei easily beat Oliver. Fyers forced Yao Fei to kill Oliver. Instead, Yao Fei faked Oliver's death and gave him a map to Slade Wilson's hideout.
Fyers ordered a shipment of compound bows to be delivered to the island and demanded Yao Fei teach archery to some of his men after seeing how Yao Fei's skills with a bow and arrow defeated his best soldiers. After taking out a makeshift airfield, Oliver snuck into Fyers' camp to rescue Yao Fei but he would not leave without Shado, so Oliver was captured. However, before he could be executed, Slade freed him and escaped with him. Fyers later rewarded Yao Fei's loyalty by granting him five minutes with Shado.
At some point, Slade and Oliver stole a circuit board from the missile launcher that was integral to Fyers' plan. He agreed to give them a boat if they gave it back, but went back on his word and threatened to shoot Shado if they did not hand it over. A firefight broke out, and Yao Fei, Shado, Slade, and Oliver escaped. However, Yao Fei was injured and he forced the others to leave him behind.
Edward forced Yao Fei to track down Oliver, Shado, and Slade. Surrounded, they were forced to go to Fyers, who revealed his plan: To destroy a Ferris Air jet out of the sky, thus causing an international incident and damaging China's economy, as flights in and out of China would be halted indefinitely due to not knowing if another commercial plane would be shot down and to have Yao Fei take the fall. None of them were aware of the plot to kill China White. After Yao Fei recorded the video where he claimed responsibility, Edward shot him in the head, as he was no longer useful.
Oliver furiously broke free of his restraints and freed his friends, after which they battled Fyers and his mercenaries. Oliver and Shado succeeded in reprogramming the missile, which dropped and hit Edward's compound and destroyed almost everything in it. Infuriated, the surviving Fyers took Shado hostage and threatened to kill her. Musing that a meticulously executed 2-year plan was undone by a shipwrecked playboy, Edward told him that he can call in a rescue plane if he stops messing with his plans, and asked him if he's willing to sacrifice his freedom for Shado. Shado quietly nodded to Oliver, and Oliver shoot an arrow through Edward's neck, killing him.
Edward was a man who would do anything for money. He was cold, ruthless, and immoral, he had no guilt or remorse for his actions, he was not above killing or torturing innocent people if he had something gain or if they got in his way, and he was a liar, like when he told Oliver that Yao Fei was a dangerous criminal and was sent to Lian Yu by the Chinese government for massacring innocent people, so Oliver would turn against Yao Fei. However Oliver (correctly) did not believe him.
Fyers seemed have been deemed too vile by Amanda Waller to carry out a simple assassination of a notorious criminal, because she decided to lie to him about the mission being one to destabilize a major economy so he would accept.
Edward was not above using bribery to get what he wanted, as when he told Oliver that if Oliver stopped interfering in his plan, Fyers would get him off the island. However, this backfired as Oliver was no longer the selfish person he once was. Oliver killed Fyers in retaliation for what he had done to Yao Fei and Shado.
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Edward Fyers is a former CIA operative who first appeared in the comic Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #3 (1987). Though they are occasionally enemies in the comics, they also work together sometimes and Fyers is more of an anti-hero than a straight villain like he is on the show.