|Occupation||Owner of Verdant|
Vigilante Archer/Crime Fighter Leader of His Team
|Family||Moira Queen (mother)|
Robert Queen (father, deceased)
Thea Queen (sister)
Walter Steele (step-father, formerly)
- "My name is Oliver Queen. For five years I was stranded on an island with only one goal: survive. Now I will fulfill my father's dying wish. To use the list of names he left me and bring down those who are poisoning my city. To do this, I must become someone else. I must become... something else."
- —Oliver Queen
Oliver "Ollie" Queen (born May 16, 1985) is a billionaire and a former playboy. He is the son of the late Robert Queen, and Moira Queen, the older brother of Thea Queen, the best friend and boyfriend of Laurel Lance, the former boyfriend of the late Sarah Lance, the enemy and ex-boyfriend of Helena Bertinelli, the close friend and ex-boyfriend of McKenna Hall, the best friend of the late Tommy Merlyn, the partner and a good friend of John Diggle, and a good friend of Felicity Smoak, he is also the protagonist of the Tv Series Arrow. In 2012, Oliver returned to Starling City after being stranded on a remote island for five years, much to the surprise of everyone since he was assumed dead, alongside his father. On the island, Oliver learned to fend for himself, and so upon his return, became the vigilante known by everyone in his city as "The Hood", though known through official sources as Arrow, or Green Arrow.
near the end of Season 1 Oliver and Laurel have rekindled their romantic relationship.
Oliver is a member of the Queen family.
Oliver was born in 1985 to Robert and Moira Queen. From an early age, he was best friends with Tommy Merlyn and Laurel Lance, and ended up dating Laurel in his early twenties. When he was 22, Laurel approached him about possibly moving in together and he agreed, but he panicked because he liked to think of himself as a "bad boy", and worried that having a committed relationship would hurt his ego.
Shipwrecked on Lian YuEdit
A shipwreck occurred, leaving only Oliver, Robert, and one other crew member surviving. There were not enough provisions to keep all of them alive, so, in order to save his son's life, Robert killed the other survivor then himself but not before telling Oliver that their wealth had been built on the suffering of others, and it was up to him to make things right and to survive. 
Oliver lands ashore upon the island Lian Yu. There, while burying his father, he finds a book, filled with blank pages, in Robert's pocket. Immediately after, a hooded man, Yao Fei, shoots Oliver with an arrow. Oliver awakes in Yao Fei's camp, where Yao tends to his wound. Later, when Yao falls asleep, Oliver tries to escape but is snared in a trap. Yao later arrives, cuts him down, and walks away, leaving Oliver with no other choice but to follow him. Later, a group of armed men, their faces hidden, examine the sprung trap.
Over the next few days, Oliver spends most of his time gazing at a picture of Laurel until Yao Fei brings him a bird trapped in a cage. He tells Oliver that he must kill the bird if he wants to eat and survive, at first Oliver refuses, but later, driven by hunger, he breaks the bird's neck. Yao Fei tells him that he will be forced to take more lives and tells him to forget about Laurel, or he will not survive.
One day Oliver and Yao Fei went hunting. Oliver tries to shoot Yao Fei's bow but misses his target, a tree. He goes to fetch the rabbit Yao Fei killed but is captured by the armed men. They bring him to their camp and he is interrogated by their leader, Edward Fyers. Fyers shows him a picture of Yao Fei, asking if Oliver had seen him. Oliver denies any knowledge of Yao in order to protect him. Not believing him, Fyers orders Deathstroke, his lackey, to torture Oliver for more information. Yao Fei rescues Oliver and brings him back to the cave. He then goes to lead Fyers' men away but not before telling Oliver to survive and sealing the entrance to prevent Oliver from following him.
Injured and alone in the cave, Oliver begins hallucinating. He sees visions of his father telling him to survive, otherwise his father's sacrifice would have been for nothing. He also dreams about burning his father's book. When he awakens, he tears a page out of the book, but just as he is about to throw it onto the fire, the heat from the flames causes letters to appear on the paper (Note: Most kinds of invisible ink are practically undetectable until the paper they're on is heated). He proceeds to do the same with other pages, and the names of the people corrupting Starling City, whom Oliver determines he must hunt down, appear. He promises the hallucination of his father that he will live up to this responsibility.
Yao Fei returns, bringing with him a captured Fyers. He tells Oliver that Fyers has a plane that can take Oliver (And Yao) off the island. They make their way through the woods until they are ambushed by Deathstroke and Fyers' men, with Fyers saying "Do you not think it convenient you captured me so easily?". Yao Fei tells Oliver to run and begins fighting the men, unfortunately, he is defeated and knocked unconscious by Deathstroke. From a safe distance, Oliver watches them take Yao Fei and runs away.
One of Fyers' men continues to search for Oliver after Yao Fei is captured. Armed with only a knife Oliver is eventually forced to confront him. The skirmish results in them tumbling and falling down to a stream. The soldier lands hard on a rock while Oliver ends up in the water. He manages to get out and dons the uniform of the dead man, where he finds a set of keys and a map of the island in one of the pockets.
Oliver finds his way to the camp where Fyers and his men are based, here, unfortunately accompanied by Fyers (who doesn't seem to recognize him as he is wearing a balaclava) he manages to make his way to where Yao Fei is being held prisoner, but once there, Fyers knocks down Oliver and puts him in one of the cells. He tells him he knew who he was because of his eyes, which tell everything about a person, which is the reason why his men all wear balaclavas. Fyers then rebukes Oliver for putting his trust in the wrong people, specifically Yao Fei. He motions to the soldier next to him, who had been the first to talk to Oliver upon his arrival. The soldier takes off his balaclava and reveals himself to be in fact Yao, who had been working for Fyers the whole time. However, Yao Fei later helps Oliver escape from the camp by using a technique to fake Oliver's death.
Oliver follows the map Yao tucked into one of Oliver's pockets when he faked his death which leads him to a crashed plan where he is met by a man (Slade Wilson). Oliver tell him that Yao Fei sent him there. Slade tells Oliver that there was a air field and he and Yao Fei had been observing it for months and they were going to get off the island together. He then throws a sword to Oliver and tells him that he thinks Yao Fei sent Oliver to him because he knew that he could not take the air field alone. Slade then challenges Oliver to a brief sword fight in order to gauge Oliver's fighting skills. He is unimpressed and tells Oliver that "it would be a compliment if someone told you that you fight like a girl". Slade then knocks him out.
Oliver wakes tied to a chair. Slade, in order to keep his location secret, decides to kill Oliver, but Oliver manages to escape his bonds by breaking his hand, and then punches Slade in the face. Amused, Slade thinks that there might be a fighter inside of Oliver after all, and decides to train Oliver. As Oliver goes to choose a weapon, he finds the mask of Deathstroke, the man who had tortured him under Fyers' orders. When questioned about this, Slade explained that he and his partner wear the same mask; they came to the island to rescue Yao Fei as a mission from the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.
The two progressively fight over an unspecified amount of time. Oliver almost gives up, though is re-motivated by Wilson. When the time comes, the two of them make their way to Fyers' camp, and ultimately the airstrip to a ride home. They made camp. Oliver tried to start a fire for several hours, before Slade pulled out a lighter and helped, bemused at Oliver's anger. In return, Wilson reminisced about his and his partner, "Billy" Wintergreen's, arrival on the island.
A day or so later, Oliver accidentally steps on a land mine that is left over from what was assumed to be World War 2. Slade runs to hide as a group of Fyers' men approach a now-masked Oliver. Oliver explains his situation, as Slade has deserted him, and they survey the mine. Suddenly, Slade jumps from his hiding spot, slicing through the soldiers with his sword, replacing Oliver with one of them. They continued towards the camp, finally reaching it at dark. Oliver, aided by Slade's sniping, raced stealthily to the communications tower. He attempted to quietly take out the only man in there, but resulted in having a gun pointed at his face. He tried to remove it, but it again failed. Luckily, Slade reached him just in time, stabbing the man through the gut. They were able to contact the plane, allowing it clearance to land. Slade left, leaving Oliver on his own. Seeing his chance, Oliver grabbed a phone and called Laurel, hoping to make up for his wrongdoings. Before he could speak, Slade returned and stopped him, reminding him that it could be monitored. After a short argument, Oliver goes to find Yao Fei and rescue him. Yao Fei explains that he is staying for his daughter, though she is only mentioned as a "who". Edward Fyers and Billy, Slade's partner, enter the tent, leading Yao to knock out Oliver. When Ollie comes to, he is forced in to the middle of a circle. After questioning Fyers, he discovers that he means for Bill to kill him. Before this can happen, Slade causes a distraction so that he can snipe several soldiers and Oliver can run to safety. Oliver watches as Slade and Billy face off, and sees Slade overpower his former ASIS partner. As they are leaving, Slade is shot. Oliver helps to protect them as they leave, finally knocking out his first soldier with a move Slade had shown him earlier. When they reach Slade's plane, Ollie helps remove the bullet in Slade's arm and mocks that his only friend on the island is "Wilson".
Later, Oliver checks Slade's wound and finds that it's infected. He recalls the herbs Yao Fei gave him in Lone Gunman to prevent infection from his arrow wound and offers to go get them. Slade says he won't last an hour out there and Oliver says he'll get them in forty five minutes. He then goes to Yao Fei's cave and discovers a man tied up there. The man says that he was the only survivor of a shipwreck, like Oliver, and discovered the men one of whom (Fyers) ordered him beaten and brought there. Oliver, thinking it's a trap, grabs the herbs and leaves the man there, presumably to die, and returns with the herbs to Slade.
Oliver begins working on a broken down radio transmitter to find a way to get off of the island with Slade. After working on it for a while, they are able to hear conversations between radios, but unable to communicate back. After listening for a while, they learn that Fyers has ordered the shipment of a missile launcher big enough to destroy an entire army. Oliver and Slade are able to sneak onto Fyers's compound, where they steal the launcher's ignition ship. They call Fyers on his radio and tell him that they will return the chip in exchange for a way off of the island.
Oliver and Slade meet with Fyers, who backs down from their deal by telling them that he will kill Shado, Yao Fei's daughter, if they do not give him the chip. Oliver then realizes that it was because of Shado that Yao Fei joined Fyers's cause. Oliver and Slade escape with Shado in tow, but soon learn that Fyers's men found the chip and took it back. Shado then tells them that she knows what Fyers's plan is.
Shado decides to begin teaching Oliver archery so that he will be able to help them defeat Fyers. She tells him to fill a bowl with water, and then continuously slap it. After a while, Oliver becomes frustrated and asks Shado what purpose this serves, and she shows him that because he spent so long slapping the water, he now has the strength in his hands to pull back a bow. She then tells him that he must now learn how to shoot. After Oliver learns how to shoot the arrow, he, Shado, and Slade are all surprised to see Yao Fei arrive at their compund, but soon see that he brought Fyers's soldiers along with him.
The soliders bring the three of them to Fyers's compound, where Oliver sees that one of the soldiers was the young man who he met in the cave who claimed to be trapped there. Fyers reveals that the reason he is on the island is because he and his men were hired to shoot down a Ferris Aircraft on its way to China, thus destroying China's economy. Fyers then threatens to kill Shado if Yao Fei does not film a video taking responsibility for the terrorist attack. After reluctance, Yao Fei agrees, but subtly hands Oliver a knife. After filming the video, Fyers shoots Yao Fei in the head, presumably killing him.
Just as Fyers and his men prepare to fire the missile, Oliver cuts himself free using Yao Fei's knife, and he, Slade, and Shado fight Fyers and his men. Fyers, however, is able to get the missile fired at the plane, and Oliver and Shado go to manually redirect the missile while Slade covers them. Just as Shado is about to place the chip inside the switchboard, she is attacked from behind, and Oliver manages to redirect the missile, which hits Fyers's compund instead, with both Slade and Shado still there. Oliver goes to search for them, and finds Slade alive, but then turns around to see that Fyers is still alive and has Shado in his custody. Oliver finds Yao Fei's bow and arrow and points it at Fyers, who muses about how his meticulously executed plan over the past two years undone by a shipwrecked boy and tells him that he will get him off the island if he would stop messing with him. Oliver shoots the arrow at Fyers and kills him.
In Pilot At some point, and under yet unknown circumstances, Oliver was rendered alone on the island. After five years, Oliver was trained intensely having acquired high level of combat ability, and acquiring a skill and accuracy with unparalleled arch, later he managed to spot a small fishing boat, and using improvised explosive devices, draws attention of fishermen, who ultimately rescue him and take him to Starling City. Oliver is given several medical exams that reveals that he has multiple scars, burns, and bone fractures that never properly healed. He returns home and meets up with the rest of his family. Together with his friend Tommy, Oliver is given a brief tour of the city, where much of the city in a damaged state, with high poverty and high crime. After a difficult meeting with Laurel, Oliver and Tommy are kidnapped by three masked criminals, sent by his mother. They are taken to a hangar for interrogation. While Tommy remained unconscious, Oliver freed himself and easily took out two of the criminals, and after a quick chase took out the third. He gave the alibi that they were saved by a man in a green hood to Detective Lance. Oliver decides to start his fight against crime, but his mother hires John Diggle, a former soldier who now works in private security. Oliver easily escapes him, and turns the basement of the family's old factory into the Arrowcave Using his bow and a green costume, he begins to fulfill his promise. He targets Adam Hunt, a corrupt man who tops The List Robert Queen gave him. As a hooded vigilante, Oliver eliminates Adam's men, and forces him to transfer 40 million dollars to the city, or he would steal all of it in an unfriendly way. Adam refuses and contacts the police to help defend himself. Oliver positions his welcome party across the street from Adam's building in order to carry out his mission without anyone noticing. While waiting for the deadline he catches Thea buying drugs at his party, and explains to her some of the regrets of his former life. Once the deadline passes he attempts to sneak away, only to be caught by John, who he knocks unconscious in order to continue his plan. Oliver storms the building and dispatches Hunt's security but is wounded by stray gunfire. The police arrive and attempt to subdue him, but Oliver jumps through the window and uses his bow to zip line to safety and use his party as a cover. The next day Oliver able to transfer the money Adam Hunt, due to capacity with an arrow hacker which stuck to Hunt's computer. At the end of the night, Laurel has a conversation with Tommy about their relationship while Oliver as the Hood watches. Arrow goes after another person on the List, after overthrowing his men, he forces him to transfer 40 million dollars for retirees of the court to Starling. Oliver went to investigate the circumstances of his death, he also conflicts with John, due to his constant escapes.
In Honor Thy Father Walter and Moira ask for him to take a position within Queen Consolidated, but he rejects the offer. Later,he receives an explanation of his sister Thea for his rebelliousness, justifying the alleged death of Oliver and Robert, and also is encouraged to try to get closer to your loved ones. Following this advice, he goes to the apartment of Laurel, however they are interrupted by China White and her men who invade the apartment to kill Laurel, but with the help of John who was prowling the place, he eliminated the goons, but China White escaped. Oliver has another conversation with John who begins to suspect Oliver, due to his accuracy with the knife during the invasion of the apartment. Arrow goes behind Martin Sommers, it generates a pursuit to Starling docks, but Arrow grabs and forces him to confess to being the mastermind of a man who would testify against him. However, he ends up fighting with China White. The fight is interrupted by the police that invades the place, forcing both to flee, however during the struggle Detective Lance intercepts Arrow who quickly disarms and flees, leaving a device with the recorded testimony of Sommers. The next day during the public memorial to Robert Queen, Oliver appears pretending to be selfish and irresponsible, to foil their identity, and in front of the tomb of Robert, Oliver vows to fulfill his father's desire even if it means hurting those close to him.
In Lone Gunman
In An Innocent Man When his bodyguard John Diggle is injured by Deadshot, Oliver takes him back to his lair to recuperate and reveals his identity to him. Oliver offers a job to John supposedly as a sidekick. He declines, calling him a criminal and a murderer. Oliver later tries to have Laurel defend an innocent man from receiving the death penalty and catch the real killer. After he saves the man, Quentin figures out that Oliver is Arrow and arrests him at his home.
In Damaged Oliver insists on having Laurel as his attorney, and she eventually accepts to be his legal counsel. He is accepted as not being Arrow when he convinces John to put on the hood and face painting a gang bust and even passes the lie detector test. Oliver is released and continues to act as Arrow.
In Legacies Later Oliver is diverted from the list when a gang of bank robbers start to hit more often. John convinces Oliver to stop the thieves, but it becomes complicated when he learns that the leader was laid off by Oliver's father, and Oliver feels bad for that injustice. After a third hit, King (Derek Reston) was killed, and Ace (Kyle Reston) was incarcerated.
In Muse of Fire Oliver goes to Queen Consolidated to pick his mother up for a lunch date they are having. Moira is speaking to man representing Bertinelli Construction Company. Suddenly, a biker appears and shoots the man. Moira falls and hits her head. Oliver chases after the biker but after he loses track of the biker he heads back to his mother. His sister criticizes him for going after the biker when he should have stayed with his mother. Oliver discovers that the man who tried to close the deal with his mother works for Frank Bertinelli and decides to go undercover. He intends to have a chat over dinner with Frank but instead goes with his daughter. Although reluctant at first, he finds himself enjoying the evening. He heads to an Italian restaurant run by Russo, a man who pays protection money to the Bertinellis. The dinner is interrupted when John comes and informs Oliver that Nick Salvati, Bertinelli's right hand, was coming around to collect protection money and injuring anyone who refused. Oliver leaves to Hood up and returns to the restaurant where Nick has showed up with his crew. Just as they are about to break Russo's fingers, Oliver arrives as the Hood and protects him. He is joined by the Huntress. After taking out the men, Oliver and the Huntress fight it out. She is revealed to be Helena. Oliver meets with Helena at the grave of her former fiancee, Michael. Salvati and his men jump the two and kidnap them. The two awake in a warehouse. Salvati plans on killing the two but Oliver and Helena free themselves and kill all the men. Oliver and Helena then sleep together.
In Vendetta Oliver takes Helena under his wing and trains her to be a vigilante alongside himself. He gives her a crossbow because guns are too noisy and clumsy. The two bust a drug operation that is run by the Bertinellis. John warns him about taking these actions, saying that she may be to far gone, but Oliver ignores him, saying that he help her get through the pain. This warning ends up proving true, as, against Oliver's hopes, Helena becomes too vengeful, and she ends up instigating a war between the Chinese Triad and the Bertinellis, by killing the Triad's leader, and saying it was a hit by the Bertinellis. Oliver and Detective Lance are able to stop the war, and he takes Helena back to the Arrow Cave. Helena leaves Starling City and Oliver comments, that he will see her soon enough.
Oliver heads to the Bertenilli mansion where Triad agents are storming the mansion. China White is about to kill Frank Bertenilli when she is stopped by Oliver. During the fight, Frank escapes only to be shot with a bolt by his own daughter. Oliver arrives just as she is about to kill him. This causes enough time for Frank to shoot her with her crossbow. Oliver knocks him out and brings Helena back to the Arrow Cave. He tends to her wounds but she remains ungrateful. She leaves the city and orders Oliver to stop bothering her if he wants his secret to remain a secret. Oliver tells her that he cares for her and lets her go.
In Year's End When another archer takes to the streets of Starling City, Oliver is determined to figure out who this impostor is. Oliver requests Detective Lance's help in getting one of the arrows of the Dark Archer. Although he refuses, Oliver still tries to find the Archer. At the same time, Oliver tries to reignite the Christmas spirit in the Queen family, he does this by restarting the Queen family Christmas party. As the party starts he learns that the other archer has taken hostages and plans on killing them if he does not get a visit from Arrow. He runs off to save the hostages, ditching the party, he gets into a hand to hand battle with the other archer. The fight ends in a draw, and Oliver wakes in the hospital, as John explains that he was hit by a car while on his motorcycle. He regrets his actions because he almost didn't win the fight, but John tells him that he saved the hostages and that is enough to be proud of.
In Burned Six weeks have passed, and Oliver is still recovering from his experience with the Dark Archer, emotionally and physically. As firefighters are being killed, Oliver is reluctant to take up the Hood again. John convinces him otherwise and although Oliver fails to stop the man, he learns the murderer is a firefighter. Oliver deduces that the murderer is Garfield Lynns. He confronts the man's former fire chief but is ordered to leave. At a charity gala at his nightclub for the Fire Department, Lynns shows up and almost kills the fire chief. The Hood stops him and saves the lives of both of them. Lynns commits suicide by walking into the flames after being saved.
In Trust but Verify After an armored truck is robbed, and the drivers killed, Oliver believes that one of the thieves is ex-marine Ted Gaynor, an individual from his target list. John dismisses Oliver's assumption, as Gaynor was John's commanding officer during his first tour of duty in Afghanistan and saved John's life. Oliver goes after Gaynor regardless and steals encrypted data, but John intercedes and prevents Oliver from getting any information directly from Gaynor. The data is revealed to be plans for robbing armored trucks, to which Oliver uses to track and stop the thieves during their next heist. Oliver informs John that Gaynor was not at the heist, but someone from his security firm was. While investigating, John learns that Gaynor was the mastermind behind the robberies, and is forced to join Gaynor's team to recoup the money they lost on the previously failed heist. John backs out of helping Gaynor, who attempts to kill John in retaliation. Oliver arrives in time and kills Gaynor before he can succeed. Afterward, Oliver apologizes for not trusting John more.
In Vertigo After an accident with driving under the influence of drugs, Thea attempts to enter into a plea bargain with the district attorney, but determined to set an example for the Vertigo drug dealers, the judge dismisses the plea and orders the charges brought to trial. In an attempt to help Thea, Oliver begins working on tracking down the supplier; he eventually discovers that the supplier goes by "The Count", and he arranges a meeting through his contacts with the Russian mob. The meeting is broken up by the police, and the Count injects Oliver with a concentrated dose of Vertigo when the latter attempts to follow him. John takes Oliver back to his hideout and uses medicinal herbs Oliver brought back with him from the island to fight the drug overdose. Afterward, Oliver has the drug analyzed by Felicity and uses the ingredients to track the location of the Count. As the vigilante, Oliver is able to confront the Count and inject him with his own drug just as the police arrive as well. Finally, Felicity shows Oliver the list of names that Walter discovered, and informs him that they came from his mother.
In Betrayal Oliver confronts his mother about the list of names, but she denies any knowledge. John does not trust Moira and decides to look into her daily activities. Laurel enlists the help of the vigilante when criminal Cyrus Vanch is released from prison on a technicality. Oliver acquires evidence that could put Vanch back behind bars, but Vanch discovers what the vigilante is up to and kidnaps Laurel in an attempt to kill the vigilante and take leadership over the city's gangs. Detective Lance and the vigilante team up to save Laurel, as Lance realizes that Vanch has contacts on the police force and that was how he learned of Laurel working with the vigilante. The pair save Laurel, with Oliver stopping Lance from killing Vanch as revenge for kidnapping Laurel. In order to protect Laurel, Oliver decides that she can no longer have contact with the vigilante. John presents evidence to Oliver that his mother is connected to the group he is hunting, and that she also knew that his father's yacht was sabotaged and kept it to herself. In response, Oliver decides to interrogate his mother again, but this time as the vigilante.
In The Odyssey While confronting his mother, Oliver lets his guard down and Moira manages to grab a gun and shoot him. Seeking out Felicity for help, Oliver exposes his secret and asks Felicity to take him to his hideout. With John's help, the bullet is removed and Oliver is stabilized. Felicity agrees to join Oliver and John, but only until they find Walter.
In Dodger Oliver learnt of a jewel thief named "the Dodger", who used hostages tagged with bomb collars to steal for him, and how he had come to Starling City. Felicity suggested that Oliver bug the phone of Detective McKenna Hall, an old friend of Oliver's, to gain information on the Dodger. She also convinced Oliver to ask Detective Hall out on a date so that he could have some down time. Through the wire tap, Oliver was able to determine the Dodger's next location, but was stunned by a bomb thrown by the thief, who subsequently got away. To draw out the Dodger, Oliver donated antique jewels to a local auction. The plan worked, and lured the Dodger, but Felicity was caught tracking the thief, who placed a bomb collar on her as insurance in his getaway. Oliver managed to stop the Dodger and deactivate the collar.
In Dead to Rights Oliver stopped a hired gunman who comes to Starling City, but had to enlist Felicity to decipher the assassin's phone and determine who the target was. Oliver persuaded Tommy to attend an award ceremony where Malcolm Merlyn received a humanitarian award. At the last moment, Oliver discovered that Malcolm was the target and raced to the event to save him. Although he was almost caught by Detective McKenna, Oliver managed to get Malcolm away from China White's men. While in an office, Malcolm was shot with one of Deadshot's poison tipped bullets, and Oliver was forced to reveal his identity to Tommy in order to secure his trust so that he could save Malcolm's life.
In Sacrifice Oliver tries to tell Tommy the truth about his father which Tommy denies. He is able to defeat Malcolm by stabbing him in the chest with an arrow while being strangled. Oliver was too late to save Tommy, but he apologizes to Oliver, for being angry and jealous at him, for being with Laurel, Tommy criticizes himself for being like his father, but Oliver tries to assure him, that he's nothing like his father, Tommy reconciles with Oliver, and they become best friends again, He watched Tommy die in Laurel's office after the Undertaking levels the east sector of the Glades, much to Oliver's grief.
Prior to his time on Lian Yu, Oliver was the stereotypical spoiled brat. He was unimaginably rich, a playboy, and didn't care who got hurt due to his actions. He was also laid back, and a manipulator, He underwent a rapid change in his personality when his father killed himself, so that Oliver could survive and right his wrongs and also when Sara died because of him. On the island he becomes more subdued, depressed and retreats into a shell. He is inspired by Slade Wilson, who mentors him and teaches him almost everything he knows that he needs for crime-fighting later.
Upon returning to civilization, he tries to make amends with his family, Laurel and her father. In order to keep his identity a secret, he continues his bratty personality to a certain extent. To those who know about his secret identity Arrow, he is responsible, disciplined, intelligent, confident, slightly impulsive, always thinking everything through, and an individual who always look out for others. He only kills his enemies in self-defense or to save the lives of innocent people, but tries his best to avoid it. He never acts as judge, jury, and executioner, and has a sense of justice and honor. He is always willing to give those he punishes a second chance, those on the list by surrendering willingly to the authorities, and those not on the list, by stopping whatever crime they are committing, and always tries to do the right thing. He also tries to pry out information from his enemies, or tries to get them to confess to a crime they commit it, and records it with one of his trick arrows, and sends it to the police so they can be brought to justice, (by making them think he is going to kill them, when he is actually bluffing), or some times tries to get solid evidence. He is prudent enough to admit he made mistakes and learns from them as well, and he doesn't like to admit when he's wrong, only doing it when he is face with cold hard facts. He tries to see good in everyone (although he has great difficulties trusting anyone), which makes him a little naïve.
However, he doesn't see straight when it comes to those he cares about, often either putting himself at unnecessary risks for them or refusing to admit to logical suspicion on them. He also prioritizes some people or tasks, particularly those related to his family, over others, despite circumstances saying that he should do it the other way around instead. Oliver dislikes vigilantes with no morals nor codes, nor sense of remorse, who kills primarily for money, or out solely for personal revenge. Whenever he encounters these types of vigilantes, who often say they were the same, he fervently corrects them. His temper is well controlled, though he is still prone to emotional outbursts when it comes to issues concerning those he holds dear. His sense of humor is dry, with a hint of sarcasm, While he is not afraid of dying, he is afraid of leaving those he cares about, with broken hearts again, and is very stubborn. He also uses his position, as being one of the highest ranking members, of the Solntsevskaya Bratva organization, to help get information to locate people he's having problems finding, like deadshot, or the count.
- Master archer: Oliver is extremely experienced and has outstanding archery skills. He has extremely proficient accuracy with the use of bow and arrow, allowing him to shoot several bouncing tennis balls without missing, shooting small objects off of people, and shoot with deadly accuracy even while he is moving. His bowmanship extends to even throwing of improperly weighted kitchen knives and even a rusty pole. Oliver has also demonstrated enough skill in archery to fire three arrows at once while disorientated from the effects of Vertigo, while two missed, the third hit its target. His archery skills are at near-superhuman levels.
- Peak of human physical condition: Oliver is shown to be in top physical condition from his intense exercises both in the arrowcave and from his time on the island, however Oliver has a disadvantage in tight spaces, due to the fact that he does not have any experience in fighting in tight spaces, but he does have experience and a advantage, in open spaces, he is even much faster than Malcolm.
- Skilled detective/learned intellect: Oliver has shown to have some great detective skills when searching for information about the people on his list. While he is no expert in anything outside his physical skills, he has shown to have extensive knowledge in various fields, including computer engineering, toxicology, combat medicine, weapons and so on, all of which he uses to effectively aid in his investigation while maintaining discretion, often without needing aid from anyone else. Occasionally when things are more than he can handle, he is also shown to be resourceful enough to acquire assistance from his network of contacts, whether they are willing to help or not. His deductive thinking allows him to think ahead of his enemies and is capable enough to even devise an elaborated plan to shake off suspicions of him being a vigilante.
- Master hand-to-hand combatant: Oliver excels in advanced hand to hand combat, being a master martial artist. He is proficient in various types of fighting, and can more than hold his own against his opponents, whether with his signature bow and arrow or completely unarmed. He styled his fighting styles of self defense, offense, grappling, and takedown after his mentors, Slade Wilson, Yao Fei, and Shado. The fighting form seems to be a combination of Wing Chun, Hapkido, Jujitsu, and Eskrima, as Oliver has been seen regularly training with sticks, knives and using his bow as an improvised weapon.
- Free running/Acrobatics: Oliver has shown himself capable of scaling buildings and running from rooftop to rooftop easily. On one occasion, he scaled a building using the window ledges of the building to retrieve a bullet, while on another occasion, he leapt over a rooftop to land on a lower one. It allows him to sneak in and out of almost any unguarded building without being detected. his impressive stamina almost allows him to outrun and capture Helena who is riding a bike, after shooting Copani, however it should be noted that a truck came out of nowhere, preventing him from going after her, if that had not happened, Oliver would have caught Helena.
- Multilingualism: Oliver, based on current knowledge, is capable of speaking English, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian fluently.
- Combat medicine, first aid,/Toxicology: It has been displayed that Oliver is educated in various types of medicine and first aid. He was able to provide medical attention to himself and John, as well as determine the type of poison (Curare) that the bullet contained from his blood, compliments of Deadshot. He has also shown to be able to give first aid on himself or others, and going so far even to treat bullet wounds completely without having to go to the hospital.
- Intimidation/Interrogation: As Green Arrow, Oliver commands a very intimidating presence, which strikes fear into the hearts of the criminals he confronts.
- Indomitable will/High tolerance for pain: Oliver has shown to be very stubborn, and is nearly fearless. Under no situation would he ever give up. Even on the island while he was untrained and in no shape to fight anyone, he was shown to be quite resistant to pain: Despite being tortured by Wintergreen, he adamantly refused to reveal the location of Yao Fei.
- Expert driving skills: Oliver has the ability to drive multiple vehicles, and appears to be skilled at it. he is able to pursue enemies in various ways using different vehicles, known of are a car and a motorcycle.
- Customized recurve bow: and Customized hunting arrows: Oliver, as Green Arrow, uses as his signature weapon of choice a customized recurved bow and numerous types of arrows, which he creates and designs himself, to fulfill his promise and mission he made to his father before his death. He carries arrows and flechettes (miniature projectiles stored on gauntlets, the equivalent of throwing knives) that add up to 24 in number.
- Wooden recurve bow: this wooden recurve bow serves as Oliver's spare recurve bow, after his first recurve bow was chopped in half by Malcolm.
- Trick arrows: Oliver has used custom-designed arrows such as incendiary arrows that explode on contact, on occasion he has also been known to use arrows embedded with recording and listening devices.
- Quiver: An arrow container strapped to Oliver's back. He uses it to carry his arrows as his vigilante alter-ego, Green Arrow.
- Flechette: Oliver, as Arrow carries flechettes or the equvelent to darts to disarm people for example in Honor Thy Father as he disarmed Quentins pistol. He carries it around his forearm.
- Customized crossbow: Oliver uses this crossbow once he was in the elevator shaft, when he was in the building of Merlyn global, well using one of his Grappling Hook Arrows and swinging across the elevator shaft, it is shown to be strong enough to hold two people, like Oliver and Felicity.
- Green Arrow uniform: the green arrow uniform is the uniform worn by Oliver, as his vigilante alter-ego Green Arrow, to hide his identity from his enemies, and to protect those he cares about, when he goes out fighting crime, at night as Green Arrow.
- voice-changer: Oliver uses this device to disguise his voice, when ever he is talking to people, who knows what his voice sounds like, as Green Arrow.
- During his 5-year stay on the island he learned Russian and became captain of one of the Russian mafia's most powerful criminal organization Solntsevskaya Bratva. He also has a star tattooed on his left chest signifying that he is one of the highest members in the Russian underworld. The Bratva leader in Starling City mentioned that Oliver was spoken very highly of by the Bratva leader in Russia, which Oliver replies by admitting that he did save his life.
- Oliver also speaks very good Mandarin Chinese, most likely taught by Shado, as seen in "Dead to Rights", where a Chinese restaurant worker says "He spoke with a perfect dialect" and was convinced he was definitely Chinese.
- Throughout his lifetime, Oliver has dropped out of four high schools.
- In "Lone Gunman", Oliver mentions opening a club to conceal his base and give himself an alibi for where he disappears to in the evenings.
- Oliver has been arrested four times according to Tommy Merlyn, prior to his latest arrest by Quentin Lance. These incidents include assaulting a paparazzi, driving while intoxicated, stealing a taxi, and urinating on a police officer.
- Oliver possesses a tattoo on his left shoulder blade similar to one that Shado has.
- Oliver's Arrow costume is featured as an alternate costume for Green Arrow in the video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. Using this costume also changes Green Arrow's voice actor to Stephen Amell, Oliver's actor.
- As of "Sacrifice", there are three living people who know of Oliver's secret identity Green Arrow. Two of these are on his team and reside in Starling City.
- At the start of the series Oliver was 27 years old.
- Six months after he returned to starling city Oliver has become 28 years old.