|Occupation|| Founder and CEO of Queen Consolidated
Member of Tempest (formerly)
|Family|| Moira Queen (wife; deceased)|
Oliver Queen (son)
Thea Queen (step-daughter)
- "I'm not the man you think I am. I didn't save the city, I failed it."
- —Robert to his son Oliver Queen[src]
Robert Queen (1958-2007) was the CEO of Queen Consolidated. He was also the husband of the late Moira Queen, the father of Oliver Queen, the step-father of Thea Queen, the best friend of Walter Steele, the ex-lover of Isabel Rochev, and the former best friend of Malcolm Merlyn. He shot himself in the head to save his son's life and to increase his chances of survival after they were shipwrecked so Oliver can right his wrongs.
Robert Queen was founder and CEO of Queen Consolidated. When Robert was cheating on Moira, she retaliated by cheating on him with Malcolm Merlyn which lead to Thea Queen's birth. Robert was aware that Thea wasn't his daughter even when Moira didn't mention it and Malcolm was unaware but Robert still loved her like his own. At some point a young intern named Isabel Rochev joined Queen Consolidated and Robert fell in love with her. They were together for a time and Robert even planned to leave his family for her to the point where their bags were packed. However Thea fell off her horse in an accident and Robert went to the hospital but Isabel made Robert choose between her or his family. Robert chose his family and terminated Isabel's internship. When he first opened his Queen Industrial Shipping factory in the Glades, a city councilman approached him and told him that he'd only allow the factory to run if Robert financially compensated him. Robert, being an honest businessman, angrily rejected the councilman's proposal and the two got into a heated argument which soon turned violent. Robert then accidentally caused the councilman to fall to his death, leaving Robert in a state of shock and depression.
After the incident with the councilman, Robert turned to his close friend Malcolm and the two created the organization Tempest, which was created to help Starling City by strong arming the corrupt wealthy people who were poisoning the city through their illegal actions. However, Malcolm was unsatisfied by the slow results, and came up with a new plan called The Undertaking, which would destroy the crime ridden Glades, and the thousands of people in it. Robert was horrified at Malcolm's plan, and met with Frank Chen, another one of the members of Tempest, and the two men agreed to meet with each other in China to take control of the majority of real estate in the Glades, thus preventing the Undertaking. Frank, however, betrayed Robert to Malcolm, who had the Queen's Gambit sabotaged before Robert used it to travel to China.
The yacht overturned, and he, along with crew member Gus and his son, Oliver, were able to make it to a life boat. They only had one bottle of water, which Robert gave to Oliver, much to the annoyance of Gus. When all hope seemed lost, Robert shot the Gus along with himself, apparently, to save his son. Just before he did so, the anguished patriarch pleaded with his son to "Survive. Right my wrongs". When Oliver washed up on the shore of Lian Yu he found his father's body and buried it but not before finding Malcolm's notebook in his pocket.
During the third year when Oliver went missing, he was recruited into A.R.G.U.S. and brought back to Starling City to apprehend Chien Na Wei. While in the city, Oliver finds a posthumous message from his father, explaining his dark past. He tells Oliver that family is nothing without and a soul and that he can save Starling City, inspiring Oliver to stop Chien Na Wei.
Oliver then returned to Starling City five years later to fulfill his father's dying wish; to save Starling City from the people who were poisoning it.
Arrow: Season 2.5Edit
- "Haunted" (hallucination)
Behind the scenesEdit
Robert's birth year is in dispute. In "Pilot", it was mentioned as 1948, but in the equally canon Arrow #1: Special Edition and "Honor Thy Father", it was mentioned as 1958 on his gravestone. However it's referred to as 1958 in more recent content, meaning that the producers probably changed their minds.