Roy William Harper, Jr. (born c. 1991) is a street-savvy young man from the Glades, the son of the late Roy Harper, Sr. and Mrs. Harper. Roy was injected with the Mirakuru, becoming a human weapon gaining a variety of powers including super-strength, endurance and rapid cell regeneration. He was later cured by a counter-serum developed by S.T.A.R. Labs. Roy became Oliver's sidekick and vigilante partner with the code-name Arsenal up until the point where he masqueraded as the Arrow and faked his death. Having no choice, Roy left the team and Star City to begin a new life under the name Jason. Before leaving Roy left his Arsenal suit to Thea which she uses as her own vigilante persona as "Speedy".
Discovering and many attempts of contacting The Hood
Roy first encountered Thea Queen when he stole her purse in 2013. He was later caught by the cops after being chased, and was taken in for questioning by Detective Quentin Lance. When asked, he admitted to stealing, because his mother was addicted to Vertigo and they desperately needed the money. Thea, moved by Roy's story, decided not to press charges, feeling compassion for his situation. She later visited him to get her purse, and the two had a brief chat.
Some time later, Thea again met with Roy outside of a coffee shop in the Glades, She promised him a job at her brother's club, Verdant, provided he showed up for the job. In spite of Thea's kindness, Roy decided not to show up, prompting Thea to go and question him. He admitted that he didn't want any charity from a rich girl, a comment which annoyed Thea greatly. As she walked off, two men approached her, but before she could be mugged, Roy stepped in and beat the men, receiving a stab wound from one of them. Thea took Roy to the hospital, where he got stitched up and had to receive an injection, which made him nervous. Thea kissed him to distract him from the injection.
At some point, Thea and Roy began an intimate relationship.
Thea visited Roy at his place in the Glades, which consisted of intimacy. A man visited partway through and gave Roy a gun, much to the shock of Thea, causing her to storm out, despite him trying to justify himself. She later came back to apologize, but Roy was kidnapped by Joseph Falk. He was taken below Starling City, onto a train running on the abandoned subway. While Joseph broadcast him on Glades Betrayed, Oliver, as The Hood, intervened before he could be killed. The Hood distracted Joseph as Roy untied himself, which was just in time considering a bullet was sent at him mere seconds before he'd ducked. Joseph was shot with an arrow through the stomach. Roy later reunited with Thea at her brother's club, where he reached into his pocket and pulled out an arrowhead.
Roy stole a police radio, and waited until the dispatch mentioned the vigilante. But when he arrived at The Hood's supposed location, he instead found squad cars waiting for him. After, Thea bailed him out, Quentin showed him one of the corpses of The Hood's victims, and attempted to convince Roy that he was just a cold blooded killer. Roy later confessed to Thea that he wanted to find The Hood, because he felt he owed him.
Roy and Thea staked out Unidac Industries, where the Dark Archer had massacred the entire staff. Their search soon led them to Merlyn Global Group, where they ran into Thea's brother, Oliver. When told of their search for The Hood, Oliver firmly warned Roy to abandon his search. Later returning to his home, Roy rationalized that his Vertigo contacts may help them. Thea then had second thoughts on the search. Roy stated that he wanted to find The Hood so he could train him, so he could stop other family tragedies from happening. That was the last straw for Thea, who threatened to break up with him if he didn't give his search. Thus, Roy chose to end things between them.
During the evacuation caused by the Glades Earthquake, Thea saved him from being shot. Soon after, a man stopped their car to ask them to help get people outside of a bus nearby. Letting Thea escape so he could save them, they kissed, and Roy went to help the people stuck in the bus.
Aligning with The Arrow
Shortly after the destruction of the Glades, Roy spent nights patrolling the streets, fighting with street thugs, in order to suppress the absence of The Hood. He was often arrested for obstruction by the police as a result. He also went to work at the club Verdant, which was now being run by Thea. When Roy tried to prevent a rape one night, he was surprised by the appearance of The Canary, who knocked out all of the bad guys in a few moments.
As Roy continued his efforts to patrol the night, he discovered the medicines being delivered to the Glades Memorial Hospital were being stolen. Angered by the discovery, he engaged in a car chase, where he had an accident due to the attack from the Chinese Triad. Roy got arrested and he was threatened with prosecution, but Laurel cleared the charges. He revealed that the medicines were being stolen by unknown thieves to the Hood. Roy and Thea got into a fight, and she threatened to break up with him if he continued patrolling. When the Hood confronted him and offered him to become his informant in the Glades instead of patrolling, Roy accepted.
When Roy was asked to track down the Canary by the Hood, he discovered that the vigilante was always accompanied by a woman named Sin. Roy managed to find her, however after questioning her on the Canary, she fled causing Roy to run after her to an abandoned site where he was knocked unconscious. When he woke up, he found himself tied up and face to face with the Canary. She initially questioned him but released him after he received a text from Thea (which mentioned that Laurel had been kidnapped).
Roy later attended a "guns for cash" charity drive, though he didn't want the money. Thea questioned him about the guns, but he claimed it was an old part of his life. Sin appeared, prompting Roy to introduce hi her to Thea. Suddenly, a man known as "The Mayor" began shooting at everyone. Roy saved Thea from an attack, before tending to Sin who had been shot. He left for the hospital while Sin was being treated. When she woke up, she promised to keep his alliance with The Arrow a secret considering he'd saved her life. However, she called him a moron, which Thea (who'd just walked in) agreed with. Despite her earlier disliking to her, Sin admitted to Roy that she'd begun to warm up to Thea.
Roy placed his red flechette in order to call for The Arrow. Once he'd arrived, he helped to intercept an exchange of counterfeit plates. Despite being told to remain behind, Roy ran in behind him, tackling one of the fleeing criminals right as the police arrived. Detective Lance began processing his arrest, but soon let him go when he realized that he'd been working with the Arrow, just like the detective. Infuriated by his arrest, Thea decided to break it off with Roy. Sometime later, Roy went to meet Moira Queen, coincidentally being there at the same time as Thea. Moira urged the two of them to stay together, despite her attorney's urging for them not to be, as Moira only wished happiness on Thea.
Sometime later, Roy attended Moira's opening trial with Thea and Oliver. Later at the club, Roy noticed Thea's obvious distress, trying to bring out her anger by giving her boxing gloves and making her punch him to release the anger.
Sin asked Roy for help (because of his contact with The Arrow) when Sin's friend Max went missing. Roy was determined to help her and searches for Sin's friend alongside with Thea, who joined in on the investigation which took Roy by surprise. However while investigating, Roy discovered a blood drive that was hosted by Sebastian Blood that occurred on the last day Max was seen and Max is later found dead. Roy took a picture of Max's body— specifically that Max's eyes bled out; he met The Arrow and informed about what he had found but The Arrow told him not to look into it. Roy was angered by this, told The Arrow that he wouldn't be his eyes and ears anymore and that he and his friends were going to look into it. The Arrow shot Roy in the leg to slow him down as he was following the same trail albeit from a different perspective and knew that Roy couldn't fight the robber associated with the drug (and probably also that "his friends" likely included Thea.)
Injected by the Mirakuru
Roy was captured and injected with the Mirakuru, where he was then declared a failure by Brother Blood, but he survived and was at least a partial success as his wound The Arrow gave him seemingly recovered.
Roy got cut by some glass but quickly healed. Later on when a light platform was about to fall on Moira Queen Roy quickly ran to her and blocked the light platform.
Roy continued to struggle with revealing his new found powers to Thea, creating a rift between him and her. Instead he decided to tell Sin, telling her he would "tell Thea when he got it under control". Afterwards the two plotted to take down a rich lawyer who cut up prostitutes for a living, with Sin as the bait. Before Sin could become the next victim, Roy ripped the car door off its hinges and beat the man to a pulp, despite pleas that he would pay him to stop, putting him in the hospital and striking Sin in a rage. He came to regret this and at the hospital, away from prying eyes, Roy broke down into tears. Not long after that he was contacted by the Arrow, who promised to train him and hone his abilities, to which Roy responds with: "When do we start?".
The Arrow trains Roy on how to control his super strength. When Roy breaks the bowl of water, that he is meant to be slapping, The Arrow states that's how he placed someone in the hospital the week before. Roy asks how he knew and tells him that it is none of his business. The Arrow says it is his business when Roy agrees for help. The Arrow starts telling him of the story of Slade Wilson. Roy finally asks if there is anything he can tell him about Slade, after asking other questions which The Arrow couldn't answer, The Arrow says he had to put an arrow in his eye. The Arrow is defeating a dummy quickly with direct hand movements. It is now Roy's turn which The Arrow says go slowly. Roy stars throwing punches at the dummy. The Arrow tells him that it isn't about throwing a punch, but to control his strength, Roy starts doing what The Arrow demonstrated whilst complaining about what The Arrow has had Roy do. Roy then throws a punch at the dummy which tore the top half completely off. The Arrow explains that anger is energy which Roy needs to learn to control it in a positive way. Roy then explains his idea on being The Arrow's sidekick for one night, to which he agrees. Roy comes in late and explains that he tried to get his girlfriend to leave town. The Arrow says not to get her into this. Roy says he can't lie and protect her at the same time. Roy asks how The Arrow does it to which he doesn't reply. The Arrow tells Roy to calm down to which Roy disagrees and says he needs to save Thea trying to run off, The Arrow grabs him and tells him to get control, if not for The Arrow or for himself, do it for Thea. Without knowing The Arrow is Thea's older brother, Roy asks how he knows Thea. He throws three punches towards him, which were all blocked. Arrow grabs him and asks if he's done to which Roy replies with a push which sends The Arrow across the room and telling him he isn't done, and if he wants to top him, put another arrow in his leg. Upon saving The Arrow from Bronze Tiger with his enhanced strength, he continued to beat him until an unmasked Oliver stopped him. Shocked that his girlfriend's brother was the vigilante he admired, Oliver managed to convince Roy to use his love for Thea as a focus for his strength. They managed to destroy the Earthquake Device before it discharged. Still stunned by this discovery, he thanked Oliver for saving him, but not from simply the act of doing so, but for giving him purpose. The next day, Oliver brought him to the Arrowcave to meet Diggle and Felicity, officially making him a part of the team.
When Sara Lance returned after being presumed dead for 6 years, Roy attended a party for her at the Queen Mansion. When Sin ran up to hug her Roy became confused to see that they knew each other. Roy then introduced himself to Sara but was unaware that she was the Canary.
Roy was trying to learn archery, but was unable to hit anything, but Sara mentions Oliver makes it look easy. When Slade was revealed to be alive, Roy teamed with Sara and Diggle to help kept Oliver's family out of harms way. He met Slade and shook hands with him, but it was indicated that Slade was much stronger than he was.
Roy gave Thea a present: A simple silver band, but he was pulled away to learn that Helena Bertinelli was back in town. Oliver invites him back into the field, but when the driver shoots Roy in the hand, he lost control of his rage and Oliver had to resort to calling him 'Speedy', Thea's nickname. Back at the Arrowcave, Roy tries to explain he had it under control, but Oliver was skeptical as he had to resort to using Thea again to stop him. Knowing the danger Roy possessed, Oliver asked him to stay away from Thea for her own safety, but Roy was not impressed. Later, he tried to break up with Thea, which she wouldn't accept, leaving to do a job, telling him that they would continue the discussion later. He was then seen making out with a random girl from the club as Thea walked in, leaving her heartbroken. Roy was then seen in the Arrowcave, watching her leave the club after talking to Oliver, he then crushed the gift he gave her.
It was revealed that Roy's been taking his breakup badly and was captured by Isabel Rochev and Slade Wilson who use him for the blood transfusions because of the Mirakuru inside him. However, he is soon rescued by Oliver who takes a critical Roy back to the Arrowcave to give him blood and help him recover.
Roy became insane with the Mirakuru and starts on a rampage across town. In a vision, it was explained that his hopes are to kill Thea. Along the way, he attacks many people, including Sin. He also kills a police officer. He eventually sees that Thea is at Verdant. He goes there to kill her. However, Sara shoots him in the leg and is about to kill him, but Oliver comes in and sedates him.
Still in coma, Oliver got the cure for Mirakuru but didn't want to inject Roy with it at first, wondering if it would go wrong. After a conversation with Amanda Waller, in which the latter stated that she intended to destroy Starling City to stop Slade's army from spreading to the rest of the world, Oliver decided that he needed to know if the cure can stop Slade's men, and Starling city, so he injected Roy with the cure.
Roy woke up and fought alongside Oliver in an ambush by Slade's Mirakuru Army. He then called Thea and said he wanted to meet her at his house. When he arrived, he told her that he had one thing left to do, after which they could start a new live together. Roy fought the Mirakuru Army with Oliver and the League of Assassins. When he was back home he found a letter which Thea left him, stating that she was gone and never returning, leaving him heartbroken.
Return of the Church of Blood
Not long following their defeat of Slade, The Arrow and Roy grappled on to a "drug plane" and climbed up on top. They struggled to hold on while Felicity, back at their base, tried to hack the plane's Wi-Fi. Unable to get a clean signal, Dig suggested to go with "plan B". Oliver proceeded to stab an arrow in to the plane. The arrow exploded and the two of them jumped in to the plane. As the occupants began shooting at the men, they began fighting back. Oliver fired an arrow at the pilot, which opened up at the end to reveal a ball, hitting the man in the face. As Roy mused over the new "boxing glove arrow", Oliver started to fly the plane back to stability. He placed an autopilot device on to the controls and busied himself with fighting back the remaining occupants of the plane. Roy was momentarily distracted by a comment from Oliver calling him Speedy. In this moment, one of the Spanish-speaking men attempted to fire his gun at Roy, only to get an arrow to the chest from Oliver. Unluckily, Roy was hit by a bullet and began falling from the plane. Confirming that Felicity's auto-pilot gadget was working, Oliver jumped from the plane to catch Roy, and suggested that Dig prep for surgery. After they'd performed surgery on Roy, all they decided that they could do was wait. Eventually his condition stabilized, though he was still in a fairly bad way. Roy remained in a coma for some time.
When he finally woke up, he woke up to Oliver, who made sure he didn't rip his sutures and was made to keep it easy. Oliver returned to the foundry sometime later, calling Roy in, unable to find Felicity. They watched security footage she'd installed in her house, discovering that she'd been taken by the Church of Blood. With only the two of them to go after her, Oliver unveiled a Kevlar-lined suit for Roy, worked up by Lodai, similar to his own, and they left for Felicity. They left for St. Walker's Church, the Church's base of operations. They went first to a room they'd previously held Diggle in, but all they found was an explosive. With it about to blow, they ran from the church, not making it out in time. However, they were able to climb from the rubble, surprisingly finding a Mirakuru soldier among them. Suddenly, they received a call from Brother Blood, ordering an exchange of Oliver for Felicity. Roy adamantly reasoned that he'd be killed if he went along with it, but Oliver didn't care. They returned to the foundry to freshen up, before meeting Blood and his gang on the roof of Kord Industries. Roy watched from afar, before Oliver was taken in a helicopter. Still unsure, Roy went to find Lyla Michaels for help. They deduced through GPS that they were headed for Blüdhaven, where Hogue's associates, the Renegades, operated from. Needing backup, Lyla pulled some strings for Roy and was able to pull Helena Bertinelli from jail. As she suited up, Roy briefed her on the situation before they left. They met with Oliver atop a building in Blüdhaven. They looked in to the building, surveying the four gang members, before crashing in to the building. As they were before his time with Oliver, Roy decided to go after Cyrus Vanch and Winnick Norton. As Vanch held him, Norton aimed to shoot Roy, but instead misfired and hit Vanch. Roy shot an arrow at Norton, knocking him over, but everyone was electrocuted by Lyle Bolton, causing Roy to be momentarily knocked out and Bolton to take Felicity and Helena hostage, making Oliver choose between them. Helena soon knocked Bolton out and they successfully tied them up, leaving an anonymous tip for the police. They left in the previous helicopter, piloted by Oliver. However, Clinton Hogue had snuck back on board and attempted to kill Roy. In the middle of the air, the two were knocked out of the plane, held on by only Roy and Hogue attached to his leg. In order to shake them of Hogue, Roy kicked Hogue in the face, causing him to plummet to his death.
Roy first helped Oliver take down Vincent Steelgrave who stole an illegal cache of RPG's intended for his gang. When Oliver received a text from Thea, Roy told Oliver he would go on patrol to clear his head, feeling guilt knowing Thea was lying to Oliver. After Oliver and Felicity were attacked by Werner Zytle, Roy quickly discovered a GPS tracker under Felicity's jacket. Roy later helped Oliver take down one of Werner's thugs before freezing bomb intended to blow up Rockets Arena.
Roy would request to Felicity to reconfigure their phone system before discovering Sara had been murdered. Roy comforted a distraught Felicity as they grieved over the loss of Sara. Roy would later hack into an FBI database in search for Thea, where he would reveal Thea's letter to Felicity. He would later show the letter to Oliver and apologized for not saying anything earlier. Roy would later help Oliver stop Simon Lacroix at Queen Consolidated during Ray Palmer's charity event.
When Oliver decided to search for Thea and convince her to come home, Roy grabbed his bow to which Oliver asked what he was doing as he was doing, bringing a bow on a plane. Roy replied saying he's never been on a plane so he was unaware security checks would blow his secret identity as Arsenal, causing Oliver to laugh in amusement. While in Corto Maltese, after a failed attempt by Oliver to convince Thea to come home, Roy made an attempt. Roy told Thea that though he lied to her numerous times, he really wanted to leave Starling City with her after the siege. Roy asked if Thea felt lonely at Corto Maltese but Thea stated that was what she liked best. Later, Roy helped Oliver and Diggle to stop Mark Shaw. When Oliver brought up makeshift bow's he asked Oliver where he got them, to which Oliver stated he made them from equipment in their hotel room. They were intervened by soldiers Shaw payed off but Oliver, Roy, and Diggle fought them off. Back in Starling City, at the Arrowcave, Roy was complimented by Oliver how well he did in Corto Maltese. Roy told Oliver that he was a great teacher despite being temperamental to which Oliver stated those are the best kind. Roy and Oliver were then be greeted by Nyssa, who demanded to know where Sara had gone.
Roy managed to follow Nyssa and informed Oliver. At the Arrowcave, Roy pointed out to Nyssa that he found a blank piece of paper in Sara's boot, which was actually written with ghost ink. Later Team Arrow and Nyssa tracked down Malcolm Merlyn in a temple, however Merlyn escaped. When Oliver informed Nyssa and the team that Thea is Malcolm's daughter, Roy seemed distraught. Roy visited Thea at Verdant where he offered to help. Later when they left, Roy was injected with a tranquilizer as Nyssa kidnapped Thea. At the Arrowcave, Roy offered to help get Thea but Oliver told him it's safer if he stayed as he had tranquilizer in his blood. Roy visited Thea again at Verdant where he was hired to be assistant manager by Thea.
Roy trained with Oliver where Oliver notices he has not been getting enough sleep. After a riot ensued at Starling National Bank, Roy and Oliver arrived to disperse the riot. After Felicity tracked Myron Forest, who they believe is the leader of Brother Eye, they approach him but are told he is the people Brother Eye hates. Roy later stopped Brother Eye from robbing a truck of freshly printed cash. Later Roy awakes from a dream where he saw himself murder Sara.
While looking for the cartel, Roy's nightmare begun to haunt him as he lost his focus. While having a higher vantage point, Roy pointed out the words written Guilty that was written with blood. When Roy later offered to help, Oliver ordered him not to as he has been out of his game lately and had a slower reaction time. Roy later had Felicity check him for any mirakuru. When Felicity told him he had none left in his blood, he revealed to Felicity of his nightmares. Felicity later told Roy said that he may of had bits left at the time of Sara's death. Believing he is the murderer, Roy revealed to the rest of the team and Laurel. Roy later helped Oliver and Diggle to stop Isaac Stanzler where he was told by him that Oliver is only using him. After knocking Stanzler out, Roy asked Oliver to never abandon him to which Oliver told him he would never do that. At the Arrowcave, Roy told Oliver what Isaac told him to which Oliver finally gave Roy the name, Arsenal. Oliver then helped Roy by giving him a meditation to help him remember clearly what happened where Roy learns he had murdered a cop back when he was OD'd with mirakuru.
Still haunted by the death of the cop he assisted Oliver tracking down the former SWAT officer Carrie Cutter. Felicity found out she kept the mob boss hostage in Sherwood Florist. Oliver and Roy broke in the place, here Oliver told Roy to look for the mob boss as he would take care of Carrie Cutter. After splitting up he got startled as an arrow impacted close to him. He turned around and was confronted by a smiling Carrie Cutter. Despite his weaponry and training she took him out easily before he could even warn Oliver. After knocking him out she took him hostage too and used his earpiece to taunt Oliver. While passed out Oliver confronted her, however she used the mob boss as a hostage and threatened to blow him up as he was attached with a wired detonator to his bomb vest. After trying to persuade Oliver to be with her, he neglected and she fled the scene as Oliver saved the mob boss and took care of an unconscious Roy. Roy later used the training as he was angry by the quick and humiliating defeat at her hands. He mentioned he felt horrible that she took him so easily. However he said he was fine as Oliver tried to comfort him. He was later spotted at the club where Carrie walked past him without noticing her. After Oliver barely survived his clash with Carrie he told Roy the both of them need something. Curious Roy followed him and the two of them went to diner with Diggle, Lyla and Sara.
Roy helped Oliver and Diggle track down Digger Harkness. Oliver and Roy broke into his hideout to find that he was gone. Just before leaving the 2 of them were stopped by A.R.G.U.S and told to stop looking for him which they immediately ignored. Roy was later in the arrowcave with Oliver, Felicity, Caitlin and Cisco before getting a call from Diggle saying that A.R.G.U.S was under attack. He engaged Harkness and was amazed to see the flash. After Lyla was injured he had a drink with Felicity, Caitlin and Cisco before he helped the rest of the team disarm Harknesses bombs throughout Starling City.
When Oliver was given 48 hours to find Sara's killer Roy like Oliver was concerned when they found out that Thea might have been the one who killed her. After Oliver left to go and face Ra's Al Ghul Oliver asked Roy to take care of Thea the 2 hugged before Oliver left.
After Oliver went missing he and Diggle took down a van if drug dealers they were able to get one but the other got away. When he and Diggle returned to the arrow cave he was the first to say that Oliver might be dead for which he was immediately shunned for. He was later proved correct when Malcolm Merlyn broke into their hideout and brought the sword down that killed Oliver. After finding out that the dealers they were tracking worked for Danny Brickwell aka Brick he we to with Diggle to his hideout. After finding nothing at his hideout they went to stop him and his thugs from breaking into evidence lock up. Roy and Diggle were beaten and Brick got away with everything.
After Laurel took her sister's place as the Canary, Roy followed her until she was nearly killed by a rapist. Roy tended to her injuries and like Diggle advised her to stop. When Brick kidnapped the cities Alderman Roy was forced to accept Laurel's help in rescuing them. When they engaged Brick Roy kept his attention on him while Laurel rescued the prisoners. When Roy shot and arrow at Brick as revenge Brick killed one of the Alderman. Roy and Diggle shared a drink to remember Oliver before they finally realized that they might not be able to fight crime without Oliver. He immediately changed his mind when Felicity rejoined Team Arrow and they were able to find where Brick was keeping the Alderman. Roy and Laurel were able to get them back but proved pointless when Brick was already able to takeover the Glades.
Roy and Laurel started fighting back against Brick's men in the Glades but made little difference. Roy later met with Captain Lance he tried to hide his identity but Lance already was able to use his past experiences with him to be able to know who he was. Roy and the rest of the team were able to find out that Danny Brickwell killed Malcolm Merlyn's wife Rebecca. When Felicity found Bricks location he and Laurel when to the Glades police precinct and engaged Brick. When Brick fought them they were saved but Malcolm Merlyn at the last second. Back at the Arrowcave, Merlyn offers to help them take down Brick. Roy was for the idea and was even more convinced when he found out that he saved Thea during the night of the siege. Roy later got Sin and the glade to build an army to fight brick. In the end they were able to take him down and freed the glades.
Roy and Oliver were tracking a criminal and were stopped when Laurel took him down instead Roy restrained him while Oliver talked to Laurel. After Oliver revealed to Thea that he was the arrow Roy was happy that she knew and told her. When Oliver and he were able to find Anthony Walker he and Oliver barely escaped when he was rigged with a bomb. Oliver and Roy found Werner Zytle at the docks and help Oliver take down his thugs and saved Laurel's life. When Oliver started shouting at Thea, him and Oliver got into a heated argument. Roy later saw Thea leave with Chase and followed them back to her apartment. He saved Thea's life, and was almost taken down by Chase; Malcolm Merlyn saved him. Roy later said goodbye to Thea and she kissed him for everything he had done for her.
When Thea found out that she killed Sara, he comforted her and to help her get through it, he revealed to her that he killed a cop while under the influence of Mirakuru. He later showed Thea that he provided for the officers family but it did not help and Thea still felt guilty.
When Oliver returned from Nanda Parbat, Roy, Oliver, and Laurel went to stop a diamond heist. They failed but were able to retrieve some of the crew and a crate of diamonds. Roy found out that the diamond were worthless but could be used to make Diamond bullets that could pierce through body armor. He and Oliver went to the police precinct to save the police from Mumurs crew. Later, Thea showed up at his door asking if she could stay they then started kissing.
Roy was at Lyla and Diggle wedding and took Thea as his date. Roy was shocked to see the news that an imposter was framing Oliver for murder. When Felicity told Roy and Oliver that Ray Palmer had developed a super suit they were surprised and prepared for the worst. He and Oliver later engaged Palmer but was electrocuted. However, Oliver defeated Palmer and put an arrow to his head. When he let Palmer go he began to believe in the Arrow. Oliver was then restlessly pursued by the SCPD. Roy Harper turned himself in as the Arrow, secretly wanting to go to prison for the murder of the police officer.
Captain Lance knew that Roy was just setting himself up for Oliver, so he searched Verdant's basement, only to find Roy's fingerprints on everything and later, Thea and Oliver's apartment. Roy Harper was attacked by three inmates, increasingly worrying Thea and Team Arrow. Later, he appeared to be stabbed by a prison officer. However, this was actually a ploy Felicity and Diggle were in on. Roy departed from Starling City, leaving the rest of Team Arrow to tell Thea the bittersweet truth.
Roy began working at an auto-shop at Monument Point and lived under the name Jason. He was visited by Thea who brought him his Arsenal suit. Roy told Thea that it was only a matter of time before he moved out of Monument Point as his cover would've been broken eventually. Roy left Monument Point the next day, leaving behind his suit and a letter to Thea. In the letter he told Thea to live the life that Oliver sacrificed himself for and not a life on the run with him.
Roy had eventually moved on to Hub City where he was living with a new name and a decent life until he was contacted by The Calculator who threatened to expose Roy's identity if he didn't comply with his demands. Roy returned to Star City and began raiding various tech companies for parts, having a camera contact lens attached to his right eye, he was discovered by Oliver after visiting with Thea, though it wasn't until a second encounter did they manage to fake Roy's death to the Calculator and remove the lens.
Roy did not like to steal and only does it because he is in a bad situation at the time. He resents the wealthy because he believes most of them are greedy, arrogant and selfish. Roy is intelligent and has pride, and he is above taking things for free. Despite his initial dislike of Thea Queen at the time, he saved her from two thugs before they can steal from her, showing that he tries to do the right thing. Roy also has a fear of needles which was demonstrated during his admittance to hospital during a mission. He has stated he will never beg for his life because his enemies do not deserve the satisfaction.
After the Hood saved his life, he seeks to find out his identity. Not only did he physically save Roy's life, but also gave him a purpose, something Roy completely lacked before. In gratitude, Roy completely turned his life around, putting his thieving, criminal ways behind. He became a vigilante himself going around helping people, although he sometimes got in trouble with law enforcement for it, although they quickly release him, possibly realizing his good intentions.
Later on, like Oliver, Roy developed a sense of justice and honor, he has morals, guilt and remorse for his actions. Roy can sometimes be short tempered and hot-headed, he also became aggressive and violent as a result of being injected with the Mirakuru. After being cured from it, he regained much of his composure.
Despite his rough start with Thea, Roy is shown to genuinely love Thea. The thought of her was the only factor to keep the Mirakuru from completely twisting his mind, by focusing on his romantic feelings for her. Later on when he was trained in archery and hand-to-hand combat, he didn't lose his temper when he repeatedly missed his mark and simply commented he thought he would have hit one. However, when he was shot in the hand, he lost control of his rage and forced Oliver to resort to using Thea's nickname, "Speedy", to snap him out of it.
At first Roy did not have any respect for Oliver Queen and did not get along with him at all, but after he found out Oliver is the Arrow, Roy gained a lot of respect for him. Despite his respect for Oliver, Roy still blamed Oliver for Thea getting kidnapped by Slade Wilson. Unlike other members of Team Arrow, Roy does not follow Oliver's orders without question, and he is not above standing up to him. Roy gets along well with John Diggle and Felicity Smoak. However Roy did not get along so well with Sara Lance, because of his mind was twisted by the Mirakuru at the time. Despite this, he did care about Sara as the constant nightmares of him apparently killing Sara caused him to suffer sleep deprivation.
Despite his enormous good deeds to Starling City as his vigilante code-name Arsenal, Roy is deeply haunted from when he killed police officer Gabe Vincent, when he overdosed on Mirakuru, even though he wasn't in control of his actions at the time. Though he sought redemption by anonymously leaving money and groceries to the officer's family, his guilt was evidently still affecting him despite helping the family helped with his guilt. This mindset ultimately drove him to turn himself in as the Arrow, and faking his death in prison absolving Oliver and proving the Arrow is dead, to start a new life elsewhere. Roy, also wanting the best for Thea not wanting her to live a life on the run, ends his relationship with her.
Powers and abilities
- Enhanced physical condition: After being injected with the Mirakuru, Roy's physical capacity was increased in terms of strength, durability, stamina, speed, senses, reflexes, and agility, in addition to an accelerated healing factor. Roy is cured from his Mirakuru powers and abilities by Oliver.
- Accelerated healing factor: Roy was able to regenerate from wounds that would be deemed fatal for any normal human being. Bullets/stab wounds and high velocity impact have no ill effects on him and would completely heal from a span of a few hours or less. However, like all Mirakuru-enhanced humans, Roy was not able to regenerate missing limbs/organs (as evident by Slade losing his eye even after being injected with the Mirakuru), a bullet to the head would be fatal or even kill him, and strong dosages of poison like Tibetan Pit Viper venom could heavily sedate him.
- Enhanced durability: Roy is durable enough to punch through solid concrete and military-grade steel that is durable enough to withstand regular bombs. He can also withstand hits from Mirakuru-enhanced beings and possibly any meta-humans with low-level superhuman strength.
- Enhanced reflexes: Thanks to the Mirakuru serum, Roy is able to react much faster than any normal human could. He was able to catch an arrow shot at him by Oliver.
- Enhanced senses: It can be assumed with Slade, that the Mirakuru has greatly enhanced Roy's senses, allowing him to see, hear, and smell, far better than any normal human could.
- Enhanced speed: Roy is faster than the finest human athlete, as evident by his ability to catch up and even outrun normal vehicles at top speed.
- Enhanced strength: Roy can lift approximately a ton of weight and is able to easily subdue and flung a full-grown man across several feet. His strength easily equals that of 12 men.
- Peak of physical condition: Even before his tenure as Oliver's prodigy and vigilante, Roy is shown to be in top physical shape. Due to his youth, Roy is faster than Oliver.
- Free running/Acrobatics: Roy's former rough and criminal lifestyle forced him to learn free running to better escape his pursuers. He also uses his natural athletic and acrobatic skills to either escape or fight off thugs in the Glades. He is shown to be more agile and nimble than Oliver due to his much longer experience in doing this skills on the streets.
- High tolerance for pain: Having spent years living and fighting in the roughest neighborhood in Star city, Roy has been injured countless times, resulting in him developing an incredible tolerance for pain.
- High-level intellect/Expert tactician: Roy is very intelligent and is a capable tactician, he was able to come up with a plan, that would exonerate Oliver of being the Arrow, and faked his own death.
- Expert archer: As Oliver's prodigy, he was taught in the ways of archery. Although not being good at first, Roy's continued training in the Arrowcave and Oliver's tutelage resulted in a significant increase in this skill. By the time of the Siege of Starling city, Roy became a capable archer. He further refined his archery ability by using it more often when Oliver started bringing him out in the field. He is skilled enough to subdue Komodo, a master archer, by firing an arrow laced with tensile cable that was wrapped around his ankle.
- Expert driver: Roy 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 to be of a car or a motorcycle.
- Expert hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: Having grown up in the Glades all his life, Roy had taught himself to fight back. He often employs acrobatics to catch opponents off-guard and even cause considerable damage to them. He was shown to be capable at fighting off three thugs at the same time, but not as efficiently as other seasoned fighters like Oliver or Sara. His time under Oliver's training and as a vigilante made him an expert in close-ranged combat. His style mirrors that of Oliver, but mostly uses Wing Chun,Jeet Kune Do,and Taekwondo as his preferred style. He is now capable at efficiently fighting multiple opponents simultaneously and skilled enough to subdue four prisoners while he is handcuffed and only sustaining a minor injury from a knife wound.
- Expert scout: Roy is an extremely capable scout. Combined with his training, Oliver regularly sends him out alone to scout Starling City for any crimes. He was also capable of even tracking Nyssa, a high figure in the League of Assassins without her knowing.
- Expert stick fighter: Roy is shown to be an expert stick fighter, as seen from his fights, and against Simon Lacroix and Digger Harkness. He was trained by Oliver and possibly Sara Lance. Also, like Oliver he often uses his bow as a melee weapon.
- Expert thief: Roy has a history of B&E's and theft, he stole Thea's purse and was able to escape, though he was later arrested and released. He has some skills at hot wiring a car, as he and Thea were in a car he claimed to have borrowed illegally.
- First aid: Roy is shown to be skilled in first aid, being able to sew up slashes due to the fact that he was taught by John Diggle.
- Network: Roy has connections on the streets, he was able to get information on the woman in black which points to her friend Sin, and learn the diamonds Murmur's crew stole are used to make diamond bullets.
- Arsenal mask: Roy wears a mask to hide his identity from his enemies, like Oliver and Sara. His mask is a dark red/brown in color to match his hoodie. It is made from a compressible micro-fabric. This has the ability to conceal Roy's identity very effectively, it has no restrictions on his visual field while on the run or aiming arrows. It is unknown if it was designed by Oliver or Felicity or Barry Allen.
- Arsenal suit: Roy wears a protective suit as his heroic alter-ego, Arsenal, to hide his identity from his enemies, when he goes out fighting crime. It is unknown if it was designed by Oliver or Felicity, though it was made by Lodai. It is also unknown what materials it is made from; with the exception of Kevlar. It seems to resemble the suits worn by his mentors, Oliver (the Arrow) and Sara (the Canary). Later on, he gave the suit to Thea, claiming that red looked better on her.
- Combat Knife: Roy carries a combat knife attached to the back of his belt.
- Customized Hunting Arrows: Like his vigilante partner and teacher, Roy uses customized arrows.
- Customized Recurve Bow: Roy was trained in archery by Oliver Queen and use in battle his own bow, red in color. He has a great shooting speed, and can successfully use this in close combat. Despite that he recently became trained, Roy already has quite a serious success, which is enough to fight against the army of Slade. Roy demonstrated greater accuracy and speed shots.
- Eskrima sticks: As his vigilante alter-ego, Arsenal, Roy carries two eskrima sticks strapped to both his lower legs. He used them to fight Simon Lacroix, and to fight Digger Harkness.
- Flechette: Roy received his first Flechette after The Arrow, saved his life from the psychotic Joseph Falk aka The Savior, Roy keeps it as a reminder that the Arrow saved his life, and he owes him everything. He later painted it red so he would not get this Flechette confused with one of the Arrow's flechettes, which are green. Roy used it as a way to contact the Arrow before he discovered Oliver's identity, and joined his team. Roy carries multiple red flechettes strapped to his left thigh.
- Roy Harper's motorcycle: Roy, when he is on patrol as Arsenal, is seen riding a motorcycle to get around Star City.
- Throwing knives: Roy has 4 throwing knives strapped around his right thigh.
- Trick arrows: In battle with Slade Wilson's army, he uses trick arrows with Mirakuru cure heads. He also uses other arrowheads
- Quiver: Roy has brown arrow container, to carry his arrows with him.
- Voice filter: Roy uses this device to disguise his voice, regardless of who he speaks to as Arsenal.
- Wooden bow: Roy used this bow during his training in archery, it is unknown what type of bow it was.
- "Mr. Queen Is Unavailable"
- "Roy to the Rescue"
- "Down the Rabbit Hole"
- "The Sample"
- "Closing In"
- "Heroic Deeds"
Arrow: Season 2.5
- Roy claimed he had lost someone and they were not coming back. It is possible this someone was his mother or father.
- Roy has a fear of needles.
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Roy has no superhuman powers, and is a descendant of Vandal Savage.
- In the original Green Arrow comics, Roy Harper is Green Arrow's sidekick, and is the first to take on the code-name Speedy, which happens to be Thea Queen's nickname in Arrow.
- He later left Green Arrow due to drug abuse (a shocking and revolutionary concept in mainstream superhero comics when the story was printed in 1971), but returned to take on the monikers Arsenal, and Red Arrow. This is frequently foreshadowed.
- Roy's fear of needles is likely a reference to his DC comics alter ego's struggle with heroin addiction. This is referenced again when Brother Blood injects him with the Mirakuru serum.
- In a deleted scene for "Dodger", Roy's first appearance, Thea calls him Speedy.
- He is often shown wearing a red hoodie, a nod to his DC comic alter ego, Red Arrow, and finally in "Unthinkable" Oliver presents him with a red mask, and later in "The Calm" begins to wear a full suit.
- Roy is referred to by his first superhero name in the DC comics, "Speedy" twice in the series. First, in "Birds of Prey" by Oliver, who was attempting to snap Roy out of killing an innocent man by using Thea's nickname, and again in "The Brave and the Bold" when Lyla had asked if things were okay between him and "Speedy", referring to Barry Allen/Flash, but Oliver had mistakenly believed she was talking about Roy. Ironically, he takes an immediate disliking to the name.
- Sin calls him "Abercrombie", in reference to Colton Haynes' career as an Abercrombie model.
- Roy going by the name Jason could be a reference to Jason Todd of DC Comics, the second Robin and vigilante known as Red Hood. In the New 52, Roy co-starred with Jason in the series "Red Hood and the Outlaws."