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Felicity Smoak (Arrowverse)

fictional character from the TV series Arrow

Felicity Megan Smoak, also known by her code name Overwatch, is a fictional character in The CW's Arrowverse franchise. The character was first introduced in 2012 in the first season of the television series Arrow, which is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. The series follows the story of billionaire Oliver Queen, who returns home after five years supposedly stranded on a remote Pacific island (Lian Yu) and becomes a vigilante on a quest to save his city. Felicity is based on the comic book character of the same name, created by Gerry Conway and Rafael Kayanan and was adapted for television by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. Felicity was portrayed by Canadian actress Emily Bett Rickards between 2012 and 2020. Initially cast as a one-episode guest star in the first season of Arrow, she returned as a recurring character in the same season, and was promoted to series regular from season two. Rickards stepped away from the show at the end of season seven, but returned in a guest capacity for the finale of Arrow's eighth and final season. She has also featured in the spin-off shows The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and web series Vixen, as well as appearing in Supergirl. The character appears in the Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game as part of the ArrowDLC pack, and is one of the protagonists of the Arrow and The Flash tie-in novels and comics.

Introduced as having a genius level intellect, with a penchant for inappropriate commentary, Felicity debuted in the third episode of Arrow's first season as an employee of Queen Consolidated, working in the IT department. She is recommended to Oliver Queen by his stepfather/CEO of the company Walter Steele, to assist him with an IT issue. She later joins Oliver in his crusade becoming one of the founding members of "Team Arrow", alongside John Diggle, and goes on to adopt the moniker "Overwatch". She becomes CEO of Palmer Technologies and subsequently founds her own company, Smoak Tech. Her relationship with Oliver develops into a romantic one, leading to their marriage and to her becoming stepmother to his son, William, and later mother to their daughter, Mia.

Often cited as a positive representation of women in STEM, Felicity has been described as Arrow's "fan favorite" or "breakout" character and has received a generally positive response from critics, with particular praise for Rickards' performance. Critics have described her as an important part of Arrow's success, although at times some expressed concerns that her character became too prominent on the show. In 2016 she was voted number fifteen on a list of "50 Favorite Female Characters", in a poll of Hollywood professionals conducted by The Hollywood Reporter.

Concept and creation[edit]

Early in season one, the creative team behind Arrow wanted to introduce a tech-savvy character for a season one scene, drawing inspiration from DC comics catalogue of characters. Producers originally considered using Karen Beecher/Bumblebee, but opted to use the less well known Felicity Smoak, a character created by Gerry Conway and Rafael Kayanan for The Fury of Firestorm in 1984.[1] Rickards was initially cast for the role as a one-episode guest star, but following a positive response from show lead Stephen Amell and from Warner Bros. executive Peter Roth, as well as from journalists at preview screenings, her role was extended to recurring throughout the show's first season.[2][3][4][5][6][7]Andrew Kreisberg commented that he and fellow showrunner Marc Guggenheim were impressed both with her performance and by Amell's response to her character, and that they received positive feedback stating "And then the network called, and then the studio called and they were like 'This girl, who is she?'"[8] Rickards joined the main cast of the show from season two onwards.[7] Regarding this decision, Guggenheim explained that producers realized that Felicity would either have to learn the truth about Oliver, or "go away" and that "once we decided that she couldn't go away ... making her a series regular was kind of a no-brainer."[9]

Over the course of the series, Felicity developed into one the show's principal characters, described by producers as the show's "secret weapon" and an "integral and active part of the dynamic of the show."[10] Discussing Felicity's role in the show, Kreisberg commented that he felt "Arrow wasn't Arrow" until the episode where she learns Oliver's secret.[8] Looking back at Arrow's run ahead of its eighth and final season, Amell observed that "I don't know that show works if we don't randomly find her".[11] Rickards announced in March 2019 that she would be leaving the Arrowverse at the end of Arrow's seventh season, although the producers left open the possibility of her returning as a guest star in the series final season.[12] Following this announcement, Guggenheim echoed Amell's sentiments when speaking at San Diego Comic-Con ahead of the season eight premiere, stating that "For the longest time, I've been saying you can't do the show without Emily Rickards" and that he would not have considered a full twenty-two episode final season without the actress.[13] In November 2019, it was announced that Rickards would return in a guest role for the series finale.[14]

Development[edit]

Characterization[edit]

Felicity Megan Smoak is introduced as an IT expert working for Queen Consolidated in her first appearance in the season one Arrow episode "Lone Gunmen".[15][16] In her fictional background story, the character was born on July 24, 1989, and is stated to have demonstrated a strong academic ability from an early age, going on to graduate summa cum laude from MIT in 2009 at the age of 20 with a Masters of Science in Computer Sciences and Cyber Security.[17][18][19][20][21] Her early years are later expanded upon in the season two episode "City of Blood", where she states she was raised in Las Vegas by her mother Donna Smoak, who worked as a cocktail waitress, and in the season four episode "Sins of the Father" with the introduction of her father, Noah Kuttler.[22][23] Her father is introduced as a career criminal who Felicity believed abandoned his family when she was seven years old although it is later revealed that her mother had in fact left him in order to protect Felicity from his criminal lifestyle.[24] The character is also stated to be Jewish[25][26] and a descendant of Holocaust survivors.[27]

Actress Emily Bett Rickards, who portrays Felicity Smoak, attending San Diego Comic-Con in 2013
Actress Emily Bett Rickards who portrays Felicity

Following her promotion to series regular, Rickards commented that Felicity was "a character who's intelligent and brave and facing huge situations, and being real in how she's facing them".[28] She also acknowledged the difficulties that the character had at times interacting with people, but admired how she had dealt with that throughout the season.[28] Rickards has described Felicity as having "a very mathematical and systematic mind",[29] and sees her tendency to make inappropriate comments as part of that focus stating "I don't think they're parts on their own. She's so dialed into what she's doing that when she has to speak, she's not thinking clearly about what's coming out."[30] Describing the character early in season two, Rickards stated that she had "lot more confidence and she has this power behind her" compared to season one, due to her having a clear purpose. Discussing her motivation, Rickards explained "She just wants justice. I think she feels really deeply through other people" and that she would be unlikely to be motivated by revenge.[31] Previewing Arrow season four, she felt that at time during season three Felicity had "lost a little bit of her strength", and that the "Arrow life took up a lot more of her space emotionally and physically." She described two of Felicity's strongest characteristics as her strength and independence, and felt that season four would see her rebuild these qualities.[32]

Following Oliver's incarceration and Felicity's enforced exile into witness protection alongside her step-son, Rickards discussed the ways in which Felicity had to change going into season seven, expressing that "her original mindset is a little broken" by events in her life, leaving the character unsure of "where now she believes justice and her morals lie".[33] Previewing the season, new showrunner Beth Schwartz echoed similar sentiments, saying "We’re going to see a different side to Felicity than we’ve ever seen.....she's going to take matters into her own hands a lot this season. She's going to fight back."[34]

Team Arrow[edit]

Felicity, alongside John Diggle, is shown to play an important role in the transitioning of Oliver Queen from a 'lone wolf' to part of a vigilante team. This working relationship between these three characters has been described both in the media[35] and the show[36] as 'Original Team Arrow', and has received particular praise from critics. Commenting on this "symbiotic relationship", terming it "Arrow's most important", Carrie Raisler of The A.V. Club stated "Amell, Ramsey, and Rickards have the kind of lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry that makes all their scenes together hum", in her review of the first half of season two.[37] Similarly, Jesse Schedeen of IGN, reviewing both the season three premiere and the series finale, described the three as the "core trio" of the show[38][39] and Jenny Rafferty of Vulture, writing about season four, described the relationship between the three as "the heartbeat of the show".[40] Reviewing the season five episode "Bratva"[41] for Yahoo TV, Robert Chan expressed that "no matter how many people you add, this show still comes down to the balance of Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity".[42] Looking back at the series during her review of the season seven finale, Della Harrington of Den of Geek commented that "The magic of the show and the magic of his [Oliver's] team within the show alchemised when John Diggle and Felicity Smoak signed on".[43]

Actors Emily Bett Rickards, Stephen Amell and David Ramsey discussing their characters at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest, San Jose in 2017
Rickards, Amell and Ramsey who portray Felicity, Oliver Queen and John Diggle respectively

Discussing Felicity's role within the team during season one, Rickards described the character as bringing a "different dynamic" to the table, with an "objective point of view".[29] Discussing the character's growth across the first season, she noted how with each new experience with 'Team Arrow' Felicity "shrugs off one more restriction that was keeping her held back"[44] and that working undercover allowed her to "put aside some of her inhibitions, and become someone else for a while".[28] In an interview leading up to the penultimate episodes of season one, Stephen Amell described Felicity as a capable and integral member of the team.[45] During season two, when Felicity demonstrates a sense of inadequacy in terms of her place in the team, Oliver's assurances reemphasize her central role in his mission.[46] Describing Felicity's place on the team, Rickards stated "She is a hero. She's not the muscle. She's the brain". She went on to explain that she felt that Felicity being on the team helped her to be more confident with who she is, saying "she's also learning to accept and embrace her brainpower, when before she always felt isolated by it".[47] Speaking in 2014, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg talked about the writing team recognizing the importance of the three characters to the dynamic of the show, and working to bring the storyline back to them.[48]

The season four premiere demonstrated how important her work as a vigilante is to Felicity, showcasing her reluctance to leave that life for one of domesticity, with her secretly communicating with the team in Star City during her and Oliver's time away.[49] Ahead of the premiere, Rickards commented that Felicity "wasn't necessarily aware of how much she was going to be miss it", and found herself asking the question "I’m missing something. What am I missing?".[50] In the season five premiere, she is also the primary motivator behind recruiting new members for the team.[51]

STEM[edit]

As well as using her Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related skills in her vigilante work, Felicity is also regularly recognized and acknowledged by other characters within the Arrowverse in the professional and academic sphere. When Felicity is first introduced she is shown to be an employee of Queen Consolidated in the IT department.[16] Although in a relatively lowly role, her skills are recognized by CEO Walter Steele, a fact that leads him to both recommend her to Oliver when he needs IT assistance and to ask her to investigate his suspicions regarding Moira Queen's business dealings.[16][52] During season two, Oliver 'promotes' Felicity to the role of his Executive Assistant, as a cover for their vigilante activities, a role to which she begrudgingly agrees.[53] Following Oliver's loss of his Queen Consolidated at the end of season two, Felicity is the driving force behind his bid to regain the company in the season three premiere. However, rival bidder Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) also employs her skills, without her knowledge, to help his ultimately successful bid to take over the company.[54] He goes on to offer her the position of Vice-President at the newly renamed "Palmer Technologies".[55] Discussing Ray's motivation for hiring Felicity, Routh explained that it was purely because "he wants the best brain to help him achieve his goal".[56] Following Ray's supposed death in the season three finale, Felicity is appointed CEO of the company.[57] Regarding Felicity's new role, Rickards noted how "she's a lot better at it than she thought she would be" and that it is a challenge the character had embraced.[58] When asked about the development of storylines focussed on Felicity's professional life in 2016, David Ramsey, who plays John Diggle, stated, "I like the idea that she can be her own person, and she can be strong and feminine, own the company, without pining over men".[59] During her appearance in the season one The Flash episode, Harrison Wells recognizes her name, and states that he follows the careers of 'promising' individuals.[60]

The idea of Felicity's own company, in the form of 'Smoak Technologies' is first teased in the season one episode of Legends of Tomorrow, "Star City 2046". Set in a dystopian alternate future, where Star City has been overrun by Grant Wilson (son of Slade Wilson), an abandoned building bearing the company's logo is shown.[61] The company is further teased during the Arrow episode of the Arrowverse crossover event "Invasion", set during season five, where the building features in the alien induced shared-hallucination experienced by Oliver and others, acting as the portal to lead them all back to reality. Previewing season six, showrunner Marc Guggenheim confirmed that the season would see a storyline involving Felicity setting up her own company, but that it would not be called Smoak Tech.[62] A joint venture with Curtis Holt, the company is named 'Helix Dynamics'.[63] The repercussions of the events of season six and the first half of season seven ultimately lead to Holt stepping away from the venture, leaving it in Felicity's hands.[64] Prior to season seven, the introduction of 'Smoak Tech' was once again teased by new showrunner Beth Schwartz and the company was launched in the episode "Inheritance".[65][66]

"She's got an extreme IQ and she's a genius, but she's normal and she finds herself in these very high-stake situations. She's very vulnerable. She's just very relatable and honest."

—Actress Emily Bett Rickards speaking about Felicity's intellect and appeal[67]

Critics have been generally positive regarding the character's role as an IT expert. Writing about the character for the Daily Beast in 2017, Regina Lizik called Felicity "the role model your daughter (and you) are looking for". She also praised the character for breaking what she called the "geek-ditz complex", for being portrayed as both feminine and intelligent at the same time.[68] Victoria McNally, writing in 2015 for MTV, praised the presentation of "science nerds", including Felicity, within the Arrowverse as "relatable people" and for "dispelling the stereotype of scientists as asocial losers". She also welcomed the diversity of the characters, including their family backgrounds.[69] However, during Arrow's third season, Samantha Nelson of The A.V. Club saw Felicity as part of a new stereotype for "geek girls" on television, of "women who are smart and competent but in an entirely nonthreatening way".[70] Conversely, Jessica Toomer, writing for Uproxx towards the end of Arrow's fifth season, described Felicity as "a fully rounded character, one with agency and abilities" and praised the show for "flipping the 'geek gets girl' trope on its gender-confined head".[71] Jesse Schedeen of IGN welcomed Felicity's new role as CEO in Arrow season four, stating she was "no longer a supporting character defined by her relationships to men like Ollie and Ray. She faces her own struggle completely independent from what Team Arrow are currently dealing. This seems like a really promising evolution for her."[72]

The character is frequently referenced in articles regarding positive media representations of women in STEM.[73] Advocating for more women to take up careers in the field, European Space Agency engineer Vinita Marwaha Madill referenced Felicity as a positive role model for young girls.[74] Similarly, discussing the lack of women in STEM for ITSP Magazine, Avani Desai included Felicity as one of the "intelligent, capable and empowering women in Hollywood's tech world" that "remain the exception, not the rule".[75] The character has also been cited as a positive role model for young women entering science and technology based careers.[76][77]

Relationships[edit]

Oliver Queen[edit]

The romantic relationship between Felicity and Oliver Queen was a prominent theme throughout the majority of Arrow's run.[78] In the DC Comics canon, Green Arrow is often romantically partnered with Black Canary, and in season one Arrow presented their versions of the characters as each other's significant love interest.[79][80] However, Felicity's introduction ultimately led producers to change course. Whilst there was no initial intention to develop a romance between the characters of Felicity and Oliver, it was the on-screen chemistry between Rickards and Amell that led to this change.[81] Speaking in 2013 executive producer Marc Guggenheim acknowledged that on screen Oliver and Felicity had "palpable chemistry", but also that his relationship with Laurel in season one had to "sort of play...out" before the show could shift focus.[82] Ahead of Arrow's season three premiere, executive producer Greg Berlanti stated that the romantic relationship between Oliver and Felicity was "something that we've been working toward and building toward since she first showed up on the show"[83] with fellow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg saying the timing was right to further evolve the Oliver—Felicity dynamic.[84]

"I hope that it's because it's honest and working towards a place of what we all sort of want and where we can see ourselves bettering ourselves. I don't know what the magic equation is to writing something that hits somebody at a certain time. We're so grateful....I think the way that they communicate and talk to each other is about them growing...there is such a purpose towards them working as a couple and working through it."

– Rickards speaking in 2018 about the appeal of Felicity and Oliver's relationship.[85]

The emergence of the relationship was largely welcomed by critics.[86] Reviewing the episode "Taken", in which the couple split up, James Queally of the Los Angeles Times praised the way the show had made the audience "care about a relationship storyline " in a show built around action, as well as the performances of Rickards and Amell, commenting, with regard to their characters, that "they both love each other in a way that jumps off the screen".[87] In his review of "Dangerous Liaisons" in season five, for TVOvermind, Chris King wrote that the episode showed "how essential their relationship is to Arrow's DNA". He went on to describe Felicity as Oliver's "conscience", and felt that the episode effectively demonstrated how he had become the same for her.[88] Discussing the impact of the couples break-up on Felicity whilst reviewing the episode "Broken Hearts", Jesse Schedeen of IGN welcomed the way Rickards "showed Felicity fighting a losing battle to remain chipper and friendly despite being torn up inside".[89] Reviewing the same episode for Vulture Jenny Rafferty described Felicity's reaction as "a very realistic way someone as analytical as Felicity would cope" and praised the way the character "makes clear she loves Oliver, but, more important, she loves and values herself outside of that relationship enough to step away".[90] Some critics expressed concerns that the relationship became too dominant a feature in the show over the course of seasons three and four.[91] and over the pace of the storytelling, particularly in regard to the couples break-up.[92] This issue was acknowledged by Guggenheim who, when asked about any regrets he had before  Arrow's 100th episode aired, stated that he regretted the pace at which the relationship moved in season four, saying "we had set these tentpoles at the beginning of the season, and we were a bit too rigorous on how we hit them" and that it was a case of plot overriding storytelling.[93] The relationship proved to be popular with many fans, winning MTV's "Ship of the Year" in 2015 and 2016.[94][95]

Stephen Amell, who portrays Oliver Queen, pictured on set in his Green Arrow costume in 2014
Stephen Amell, who portrays Oliver Queen

Speaking in the early days of Arrow about the development of a potential romantic relationship between Oliver and Felicity, Rickards stated that "the scenes Oliver and Felicity have together are always honest. He doesn't have to hide anything from her, which is spectacular."[44] Series lead Stephen Amell echoed similar sentiments at the start of season two, stating "she's the woman at the moment who knows me better than anybody".[96] Discussing the season two declaration of love Oliver makes to Felicity in order to capture his nemesis Slade Wilson, Amell stated "clearly he meant it".[97] At the start of season three, Rickards acknowledged that Felicity was also in love with Oliver.[98] Speaking during the season, following the pair's failed first date, Rickards said of Felicity's feelings for Oliver "There's just so much love for him that she couldn't imagine not talking to him for the rest of her life ever".[99] When asked in 2015, towards the end of season three, if the show had room for a "great love", Amell stated "Felicity has clearly, over the course of two-plus seasons, grown into that love for him."[97] The couple split up during season four and later reunite in the season five finale.[100][101] Talking about their relationship over this period, Amell stated "I think they both love each other very much and care about each other" despite no longer being a couple,[102] maintaining that Felicity remained "the person that he's going to go to, if he has something to confide or work through".[103] Rickards felt that the couple "still have a really deep connection" and regarding their future that "you do grow apart, sometimes, before you can grow together".[102] During the 2017 Arrowverse crossover event "Crisis on Earth-X", the pair marry in a storyline described by showrunner Wendy Mericle as one in which Oliver "explores the question of true love".[104] Season seven saw the couple separated due to Oliver's incarceration, and later reunited on his release. Talking about the impact on the couple's relationship, showrunner Beth Schwartz explained that "we're really going for the real struggles in marriage."[105] During the 2018 Arrowverse crossover event, "Elseworlds", the couple are shown to resolve the issues caused by their separation, with Schwartz stating that Oliver had struggled to come to terms with how the situation had changed Felicity, and that his experience in the crossover enabled him to "understand her journey" a little more. The episode sees Oliver call Felicity "the love of his life", with Schwartz describing the couple as "in a good place".[106] She went on to describe them as "a team" and as a "a force to reckon with" in their approach to overcoming obstacles.[107] Schwartz described part of the appeal of the couple as the fact that they are opposites, commenting that what Oliver loves most about Felicity is "her brain".[11]

Rickards has said in interviews that she believes Felicity and Oliver and are soul mates, sentiments Amell has echoed.[108][109] Asked if Arrow could ultimately have pursued other romantic pairings for Oliver in 2018, Amell stated "In our show, it was going to be Oliver and Felicity, no matter what".[15] Speaking ahead of the shows final season, Amell attributed the success of both the relationship and the character of Felicity to Rickards' performance.[11] During the series retrospective "Hitting the Bullseye", which aired on The CW prior to the series finale, Amell called the pair's relationship "the most important relationship that we've seen on the show".[110]

Family[edit]

Charlotte Ross, who portrays Donna Smoak, speaking about her role at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest, San Jose in 2016
Charlotte Ross, who portrayed Felicty's mother Donna

Felicity's mother, Donna Smoak, is introduced in the episode "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak".[19] Rickards described Felicity as "definitely embarrassed by her", but stated that through the course of the episode "she ends up accepting her mother for who she is...which is what her mother has taught her to do...Felicity realizes that the acceptance she has for other people sometimes comes later for the people we love the most".[98] She further acknowledged that whilst the pair were very different people, Felicity's "emotional intelligence" comes from her mother.[111][112] The relationship develops over the course of the series, with Charlotte Ross, who played Donna, stating "they love each other and really support each other and there's a natural comfortability between the two of them" and that their relationship had grown into a genuine friendship.[113] She felt the on-screen success and popularity of the mother-daughter relationship was due to the pair's chemistry and that as actors "we fall into a natural rhythm".[114] Rickards commented that "Donna brings out something in Felicity that no one else can" and how that relationship had evolved the character over time, in particular with regard to "Donna being a single woman and having sacrificed so much for Felicity and Felicity being an adult now and realizing her sacrifice is HUGE".[115] She also acknowledged that Felicity had "pictured her [Donna] a certain way", and that learning more about the struggles she faced helped Felicity understand her mother better.[98]

Speaking about the impact on the character following the introduction of Felicity's father, Noah Kuttler (portrayed by Tom Amandes), also known as The Calculator, in the season four episode "Unchained", showrunner Wendy Mericle commented that "I think she's really conflicted. She wants to believe that her father loves her and that he has a vested interest in who she is and knowing her and having a relationship with her, and she feels very torn about that".[116] Talking about the pair's difficult relationship, Amandes described Noah as "very proud and [that he] has lots of feelings for his amazing daughter", despite the animosity between them.[117] Discussing the impact of her father's return towards the end of season four, Mericle stated Felicity would be exploring the question "is she a Smoak or is she a Kuttler?" and give her a new perspective.[118]

In season seven Felicity reveals to Oliver that she is pregnant and later gives birth to their daughter, Mia.[119][120] During the season's flash-forward sequences, set in 2040, the audience is introduced to the adult Mia Smoak portrayed by Katherine McNamara.[119] Discussing Mia's relationship with Felicity, McNamara described it as "strained", but that she still very much cares for her.[121]

Other relationships[edit]

Felicity's first significant romantic relationship is shown in the season three episode "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak".[19] Talking about this relationship, with fellow M.I.T. student Cooper Seldon (played by Nolan Gerard Funk), Rickards stated "It was young love. They were so in love, They had a deep connection. He was Felicity's first experience with love...",[122] and that she enjoyed the experience of playing Felicity being in a relationship that was "less weighted".[98] Discussing how the ending of that relationship shaped Felicity's character Rickards went on to say "It was definitely a turning point in her life. It was full of turmoil and it was a loss."[122]

The character of Barry Allen, who would go on to headline Arrowverse spin-off show The Flash, is introduced in the season two Arrow episode "The Scientist"[123] He and Felicity quickly form a bond, which develops into a potential romantic link.[124] During Felicity's appearance in the season one The Flash episode "Going Rogue", the pair agree to remain platonic friends, with Rickards stating that even though they appear well matched "It's interesting that you don't always fall in love with someone that you’re perfectly perfect for."[98]

Brandon Routh, who portrays Ray Palmer, speaking about his character at WonderCon, Los Angeles in 2016
Brandon Routh, who portrays Ray Palmer

In Arrow season three, Felicity begins a professional and later romantic relationship with Ray Palmer, played by Brandon Routh. Describing the difference in Felicity's dynamic with Ray compared to that with Oliver, Rickards explained "It's more fun and light, and there's not this heavy weight on it, all the time. That's really important for Felicity right now".[98] Routh echoed similar sentiments, contrasting Ray's "lightness, and his naivete" to Oliver's darkness, and felt that was something Felicity was attracted to. He also emphasized that Ray "only has good intentions with Felicity", and that his initial pursuit of her was purely due to her intelligence, only realizing in the episode "Draw Back Your Bow" that his feelings were something more.[56] Speaking ahead of the season four premiere, with regard to the ending of the relationship, Rickards commented that she "was a little upset [at Felicity] for not giving him an explanation to a certain extent", although she acknowledged that Ray was aware of the reasons it ended. She also described the relationship as a whole as "a very important learning curve" for Felicity and that "she learned a lot about herself of how she could be in a relationship with somebody that really cares for her".[50]

Arrow's season five premiere sees the introduction of Felicity's new boyfriend Billy Malone played by Tyler Ritter.[125] Regarding the relationship, Rickards felt that "it's a little soon", but that Felicity was" just trying to figure things out".[102] In the mid-season finale, Oliver is tricked into killing Billy by Prometheus.[126] His death acts as a catalyst for leading Felicity to a "darker place", as described by Wendy Mericle, who went on to say "It's a color for Felicity that we’ve always known she had the potential for, but we never had the right story to play."[127] Marc Guggenheim expressed a similar sentiment, stating that Felicity's 'darker path' was "the sum of a bunch of stuff, and Billy was sort of the final straw."[128]

As well as being vigilante team-mates, the friendship between Felicity and John Diggle is a significant one for the character. Ahead of Arrow's second season, David Ramsey agreed with the descriptor of Felicity as a surrogate sister to Diggle, describing them as part of a "family unit".[129]

The working relationship and friendship between Felicity and Curtis Holt played by Echo Kellum, develops in Arrow season four.[130] Talking about the pair's friendship, Kellum described it as having "an aspect to their relationship where he gives her the motivation to do the hard thing...and he will be that friend she can go to and cry on and talk about stuff that's going on with".[131]

Both Rickards and Katie Cassidy, who portrays Laurel Lance, expressed a desire to see, and a disappointment in the lack of, the friendship between their characters on screen.[132] During season three, Rickards described the relationship between the two women as "sisterly love"[133] and went on to say in 2016, with regards to the pair's lack of on-screen interaction, "We are always debating and adding things Katie and I, because their friendship is solidified, they’re not just people who work together, so I’d like that [more interaction] to happen".[134] Regarding the season four death of the character, Mericle stated that it would "have a huge impact" on Felicity and her actions.[135] During the second season of The Flash a new, initially antagonistic, version of Laurel Lance is introduced, originating from the alternate Earth known as Earth-2. The character is also portrayed by Cassidy, who rejoined the cast of Arrow from season six onwards. In season seven, Felicity develops a relationship with this version of Laurel which is shown to evolve from an uneasy alliance to a more solid friendship.[136][137][138][139] Discussing his directorial debut in Arrow season seven, David Ramsey described the relationship between the pair as "one of the highlights of the season".[140]

Paralysis[edit]

In the season four mid-season finale, Felicity and Oliver are shown to be attacked by gunmen,[141] the resulting injuries leaving Felicity paralyzed from the waist down, as revealed in the episode "Blood Debts".[142] Regarding the impact of Felicity's paralysis in season four, Rickards stated that "keeping Felicity's voice and keeping her attitude towards life positive while faced with this total rearrangement of her life was something I tried hard to portray".[115] Executive producer Wendy Mericle expressed that Felicity was "try[ing] to maintain that level of optimism", but also that the show would demonstrate how she goes on "a little bit of a dark journey of her own as she tries to grapple with the reality of this new situation".[143] Mericle further described Felicity's reaction as "really looking back at her life choices and doing some hard thinking and reevaluating."[144] She also stated that whilst Felicity's initial reaction to the news was seemingly calm, dealing with the day to day realities of the adjustments in her life would affect her greatly.[145]

The character regains her ability to walk with the help of a prototype microchip in the episode "Taken", designed by Curtis Holt.[100] Talking about the storyline as a whole, Rickards expressed regret that more time was not taken to show the true impact of such life changing injuries on everyday life, but acknowledged that "that's not what our show is about".[146] Rickards also filmed a Public Service Announcement in conjunction with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation advocating for advancements in the treatment of spinal injuries, released on the air date of the episode.[147]

Costume[edit]

Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow co-developer and former showrunner Marc Guggenheim has insisted in interviews that he had no intention of transitioning Felicity into a costumed superhero stating in 2017 "for as long as I’m involved with the show, the two things I never want to do is kill off Thea and put Felicity in a mask and a costume." In the same year, Felicity did appear in a brief cameo in the penultimate season two episode of Legends of Tomorrow, "Doomworld", as a masked superhero in an alternate timeline, a choice Guggenheim stated was made because "we’ll probably never have the opportunity to do so again".[148]

During Arrow season three, flashbacks to her time at M.I.T. reveal that Felicity dressed as a 'goth'.[19] This persona also appeared to Felicity in the hallucinations she suffered in the aftermath of her paralysis in season four.[149] Talking about the younger Felicity's 'goth' persona, Rickards acknowledged that the costume design was 'a nod' to the character of Death in the DC comic book series The Sandman.[150]

Storylines[edit]

Arrow[edit]

Further information: Arrow (TV series)

Felicity made her first appearance in the third episode of Arrow's first season, "Lone Gunmen". The character appeared in a recurring role in season one, becoming a series regular for seasons two through seven and appearing as a guest star in the finale of the series eighth and final season.

In season one, on the recommendation of Walter Steele,[16] Felicity assists Oliver Queen with various discreet jobs, not knowing his secret, but realizing that there is something else behind them. When Oliver is shot by Moira Queen, he waits in Felicity's car to ask for her help, thus revealing his identity.[18] Following the abduction of Walter Steele, Felicity joins Oliver and Diggle in the lair, in order to find him. She later decides to continue working with them as technical support in order to stop 'The Undertaking'.[151] After travelling with John Diggle to Lian Yu at the start of season two, in order to persuade Oliver to return to Starling City, the character moves from the I.T. department to become Oliver's Executive Assistant at Queen Consolidated, as a cover for their vigilante activities.[152] During this season, Felicity meets Central City CSI Barry Allen,[123] who later becomes the super-fast hero known as the Flash. In the final episode of the season, she plays a pivotal role in helping capture Oliver's enemy, Slade Wilson / Deathstroke.[21]

In season three Felicity and Oliver attempt to start a romantic relationship, but this is thwarted when he decides he can not do so whilst being the Arrow.[54] During the episode "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak", it is revealed that Felicity was a goth in College, and that her ex-boyfriend, Cooper, went to jail for using a computer virus she designed.[19] Felicity begins working for the new owner of Queen Consolidated, now Palmer Technologies, Ray Palmer, eventually becoming vice-president, as well as helping him to develop his Atom suit.[153] The two date, but break up when they both realize Felicity is still in love with Oliver.[154] They remain friends, working together to save the city from a deadly virus. By the end of season three, Oliver and Felicity are seen driving away from Starling City together to live a more normal life.[57] During a flashback sequence, it is revealed that Oliver first saw Felicity in his father's office in 2010, when he was in Starling City working under duress for A.R.G.U.S.[155] The season also sees the introduction of Felicity's mother, Donna Smoak.[156]

Oliver and Felicity are seemingly living happily in Ivy Town in the season four premiere, when Laurel Lance and Thea Queen arrive to ask for their help in Starling (now Star) City. After returning to Star City, Felicity admits to Oliver that she misses working with the team, and the two agree to stay on.[157] Now also CEO of Palmer Technologies, Felicity uses her position and resources to try and help the team combat Hive. In the mid-season finale, following their engagement, Oliver and Felicity are ambushed in their limo by gunmen,[141] leaving Felicity paralyzed from the waist down.[142] Despite initial doubts, Felicity rejoins the team, with Oliver giving her the moniker 'Overwatch'.[158][149] With the help of Curtis Holt, who creates a prototype microchip, Felicity regains the ability to walk.[100] The character breaks off her engagement to Oliver following revelations that he had been lying to her about his son, William Clayton, which also leads to her leaving the team.[159] Following Laurel's murder at the hands of Damien Darhk, she rejoins them, to help bring down Darhk,[160] which ultimately leads her to have to make the decision to re-divert a nuclear bomb from the city of Monument Point to the town of Havenrock, with a lesser but still high loss of life.[161] She is also fired from her job as CEO, due to her consistently neglecting her position. The season ends with Oliver and Felicity alone, in the ruins of their lair.[162] This season also sees the introduction of Felicity's father, revealed to be cyber-criminal Noah Kuttler.[116]

The start of season five sees Oliver and Felicity as still the only members of the team left.[125] Felicity is instrumental in persuading Oliver to recruit new team members. She also has a new boyfriend in Detective Billy Malone, whom Oliver is later tricked into killing by Prometheus.[126] She begins to work with shady hacking organisation Helix in a bid to find and stop Prometheus, which ultimately brings her into conflict with Oliver and the team when she aids Helix in freeing their leader, Cayden James, from an A.R.G.U.S. prison.[163] After Prometheus sets off an EMP, which temporarily disables her spinal chip, Felicity and Oliver are trapped in the bunker. As they struggle to escape, they manage to resolve the problems standing in the way of their being together.[164] The two decide to tentatively rekindle their romantic relationship.[165] Following the explosion on Lian Yu in the season finale, Felicity's fate is unknown.[101]

Felicity is shown to be safe and well in the season six premiere, still working with the team. She and Oliver are once more involved in a romantic relationship.[166] Together with Curtis, Felicity decides to start a tech company, "Helix Dynamics".[167] Her worst fears are realized when it is revealed that Cayden James, whom she helped free from A.R.G.U.S. custody is in fact a criminal.[168] Following her marriage to Oliver, Felicity begins to bond with his son William.[169] In the season finale, Oliver is arrested by the FBI, leaving Felicity as William's sole parent.[170]

Following Oliver's incarceration and Ricardo Diaz's escape, Felicity and William begin season seven living away from Star City, under Witness Protection. Felicity is shown to be working as a barista. However, after Diaz attacks them in their home, the pair return to Star City. Felicity takes the decision to send William to a boarding school under A.R.G.U.S. protection, whilst she stays to assist in the pursuit of Diaz.[171] Throughout the first half of the season, she works with a series of unlikely allies in her attempts to both bring Diaz to justice and to free Oliver from prison. She forms a friendship with Earth-2 Laurel Lance, who also tells her that on her Earth, Felicity Smoak is a successful, but ruthless, business woman.[172] Felicity is reunited with Oliver following his release from prison.[173] With the help of Alena Whitlock, Felicity starts her own company, Smoak Tech.[174] She realizes the danger of the 'Archer' program she has been developing and attempts to destroy it, but the code is stolen by Alena.[175] During the season, Felicity discovers that she is pregnant, eventually giving birth to a girl named Mia,[119] who is raised in secrecy outside of Star City.[120] Following Mia's birth, Felicity and Oliver are forced to part, when he leaves with the Monitor to assist in averting an oncoming crisis, with the implication that he will not return.[176]

The season also features flash forwards, set twenty years in the future, where it is initially believed that Felicity has been recently murdered.[136] The flash forwards feature an adult Mia, who teams up with William, Connor Hawke, Dinah Drake, Roy Harper, and Zoe Ramirez to uncover the conspiracy around Felicity's supposed death, eventually finding her alive and rescuing her from Galaxy One, an Eden Corps front, who have subjugated Star City and the Glades with Felicity's Archer program.[120] When an arrest warrant is put out for Felicity, she is identified as "The Calculator".[120] After the group successfully takes down Galaxy One, Felicity shares an emotional goodbye with Mia and William before leaving with the Monitor to reunite with Oliver at a place from which "there is no return".[176]

Felicity does not appear in "Starling City", the season eight premiere, but features as an unseen character, stated to have been instrumental in sending Diggle to Earth-2 to assist Oliver in his mission for the Monitor. Whilst visiting the offices of Queen Consolidated on Earth-2, Oliver approaches a woman (credited as "Not Felicity" in the closing credits) who he initially mistakes for Felicity, in a scene paralleling their first meeting in "Lone Gunmen".[177][178] In the episode "Welcome to Hong Kong", Felicity appears to Oliver in a flashback sequence, as he puts his wedding ring back on, after masquerading as the unmarried Earth-2 Oliver Queen in the previous episode.[179] She also appears in a flashback experienced by Mia in post-crisis 2040, during the episode "Green Arrow & The Canaries", when Mia's original memories are forcibly restored by Laurel Lance.[180] During the series finale, "Fadeout", Felicity returns to Star City to aid the team in tracking down young William, who has been kidnapped. She also attends Oliver's funeral, and meets the adult Mia. The final scene of the series leads on from the season seven finale. with Felicity leaving with The Monitor. She and Oliver are reunited, in a facsimile of Moira Queen's former office at Queen Consolidated. The pair appear to be in a 'paradise dimension' with Oliver telling Felicity that they have "all the time in the world". The scene also features a flashback to season three, showing the first time Oliver saw Felicity, unbeknownst to her at the time.[181][182]

The Flash[edit]

Further information: The Flash (2014 TV series)

Felicity first appears in the series during the season one episode "Going Rogue", where she helps the team rescue Barry Allen from Leonard Snart. She and Barry confirm their friendship, and agree to keep their relationship platonic. She also meets Harrison Wells, who is aware of her academic achievements.[60] Later in the season, she and Ray Palmer travel to Central City to assist Team Flash with meta-human Brie Larvan, in the episode "All Star Team Up".[183]

At the start of the season three episode "Paradox" Barry Allen comes to Felicity for advice regarding the repercussions of 'Flashpoint'.[184] During season four, Felicity makes an appearance at the bachelorette party of Iris West in the episode "Girls Night Out" and helps to thwart the efforts of Amunet Black.[185]

Legends of Tomorrow[edit]

Further information: Legends of Tomorrow

Felicity makes a brief cameo talking to Ray Palmer in the season one episode "River of Time".[186] In the same season, a building with the name 'Smoak Technologies' is shown in Star City in an alternate future, where the city has been overrun by Grant Wilson, the son of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, in the episode "Star City 2046".[187] She appears in the season two penultimate episode, "Doomworld", as a masked vigilante in an alternative reality where Damien Darhk is mayor of Star City, and the rest of team Arrow are dead. She is murdered by Sara Lance, who is working for Darhk.[188]

Vixen[edit]

Further information: Vixen (web series)

Rickards also provided the voice for the character on seasons one and two of the Arrowverse web-series Vixen, which debuted in 2015 and 2016 respectively, on CW Seed.[189] The series take place in the same time period as Arrow seasons three and four.[190]

Crossover events[edit]

Further information: Flash vs. Arrow, Heroes Join Forces, Invasion! (Arrowverse), Crisis on Earth-X, Elseworlds (Arrowverse), and Crisis on Infinite Earths (Arrowverse)

Felicity features in both the Arrow and Flash episodes of the first Arrowverse crossover 'event', "Flash vs. Arrow" in 2014.[191] She plays a central role in the second Arrowverse Crossover event in 2015, (which set up spin-off seriesLegends of Tomorrow), working with the teams to combat Vandal Savage.[192]

In the 2016 "Invasion" crossover episodes, Felicity is shown working with the teams to combat an alien invasion by the Dominators. During the Arrow episode of the crossover, when Oliver Queen, John Diggle, Thea Queen, Ray Palmer and Sara Lance are trapped in a shared hallucination of an alternate Star City, two versions of Felicity appear, one engaged to Palmer and the other working as a vigilante with Diggle. Upon seeing the latter version, although he has no direct memory of Felicity, Oliver experiences flashbacks to their time together, causing him confusion. A building bearing the name 'Smoak Technologies' also appears in the hallucination, and ultimately acts as the portal to bring the characters back to their reality.[193]

She plays an important role in the first full four-way Arrowverse crossover event entitled "Crisis on Earth X", broadcast in 2017, featuring in all four episodes, beginning with an episode of Supergirl, helping to combat the threat posed by the invasion of Earth-X Nazi's.[194] Her Earth-X counterpart, who is interned in a concentration camp, is also introduced. She is later freed by Earth-1 Oliver Queen, who gives her a gun and tells her "it is the duty of the strong to protect the weak".[195] Oliver and Felicity are both shown to work through insecurities in their relationship across the crossover event, and in the final scene, get married alongside Barry Allen and Iris West, in a service conducted by John Diggle.[27]

In the 2018 "Elseworlds" crossover event, Felicity creates a device to stabilize the inter-dimensional breach, allowing the Earth-90 Flash to enter Earth-1. During the Arrow episode, Felicity and Oliver also resolve their marital issues with Oliver telling Felicity "no matter who you are or what you become ... you will always be the love of my life".[196]

Felicity does not appear in the 2019/2020 "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover event, but is one of the protagonists of the tie-in comic books published to accompany the broadcast episodes.[197] Her actions are referenced by the Monitor on screen, who informs the heroes that Felicity helped identify four of the seven Paragons.[198] During the final episode of the event, Rene Ramirez informs Sara Lance that Felicity ran a global search for Oliver, but was unable to find him.[199]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The character has been described as Arrow's "fan favorite"[200] or "breakout" character,[201] and in 2016 was placed at number 15 on a list of 50 Favorite Female Characters, in a poll of Hollywood professionals conducted by The Hollywood Reporter.[202] Rickards portrayal of Felicity has been nominated for six Teen Choice Awards, five for Choice TV Actress in Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Action[203] and one for Female Breakout Star, in 2014.[204] She has also been nominated for a Leo Award in the Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series category four times.[205][206][207][208]

Felicity's introduction into the series was met with favorable reviews. Her first appearance in the episode "Lone Gunmen" generated a positive response from journalists in preview screenings.[6] Her appearance in the broadcast episode and in subsequent ones, "An Innocent Man" and "Legacies", was welcomed by critics, with many expressing a desire to see more of her.[209] Rickards' promotion to series regular, coupled with Felicity's integration into Oliver's mission in the episode "The Odyssey" prompted IGN's Jesse Scheeden to note "the seeds of transition" in the character whilst also expressing the desire to see "deeper character development" in the longer term.[210] Alasdair Wilkins of The A.V. Club praised the decision to promote Rickards to series regular for season two, and complimented her performance regarding the "deepening of her character".[211] Similarly, Caroline Preece of Den of Geek welcomed the promotion, and in particular the interaction between Felicity, Oliver and Diggle working as a team.[212] Jeffrey Morgan of Digital Spy called Felicity's introduction to "Team Arrow" "a smart move", appreciating the integration of her lighter personality with the more stoic duo of Oliver and Diggle, as well as praising the performances of both Rickards and David Ramsey.[213] In his essay on Arrow's first season, published by Grantland, Andy Greenwald described Felicity as one of the show's "most intriguing characters".[214] Writing for Entertainment Weekly, Adam Carlson wrote "it's hard to imagine a first season without her".[215] In his review of Arrow's season one finale, Alasdair Wilkins of The A.V. Club praised the character's reaction to the destruction of the Glades, stating it "reminds us of the Undertaking's human cost without undermining the character's essential bravery", and praising Rickards' performance for conveying "all those notes in about 10 seconds".[216]

"It's entirely on the strength of Emily Bett Rickards' charming turn that the character has risen to such prominence on this series, and "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak" feels like a thank you from the Arrow writing staff to Rickards for everything that she's gifted this show."

—Critic Morgan Jeffrey reviewing the Arrow season three episode "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak" for Digital Spy[217]

Throughout the series run, critics praised the development of the character, in particular Rickard's performance, and noted her importance to the show. However, at times some questioned her prominence and the show's possible over reliance on her. In his review of Arrow's first season, Jesse Scheedon of IGN expressed mixed feelings in regard to Felicity, describing her as "both endearing and annoying".[218] However, in his season two review, he felt that the character "often had the best material" and had "established herself as a force to be reckoned with."[219] Reviewing the season three episode of Arrow 'The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak', one which heavily focused on Felicity following the previous episode where she had been largely absent, Schedeen noted how this highlighted "how much emptier Starling City is without Felicity Smoak".[220]

During his review of Arrow season four, whilst conceding that the audience reaction to both Felicity and in particular to her romance with Oliver had been mixed, Schedden praised Rickards' performance stating that the season offered the actress "a wider range of both drama and comedy, and she rose to the challenge".[221] Writing in 2014, Mark Rozeman of Paste Magazine called Felicity "one of the best characters on TV".[222] Reviewing the show's third season DVD release for Den of Geek, Rob Leane acknowledged the popularity of the character, and praised Rickards' performance, but questioned whether that popularity, and her resulting prominence, at times distracted from the narrative of the show as a whole.[223] Conner Schwerdtfeger of Cinemablend stated that Arrow " owes much of its success" to the character and to Rickards, when welcoming Mark Guggenheim's assertion that season four would see more of Felicity's 'lighter side' following a darker season three for the character.[224] Writing for Collider in 2016, Craig Byrne described Felicity, and Rickards, as "one of the best revelations of Arrow", stating that in Arrow's formative stages "it was her character that really made a lot of people take notice". However, he also expressed concern that the show had become too reliant on both Felicity and the relationship between her and Oliver.[225]

Similar concerns were expressed by Caroline Schlafly, writing for TV Overmind in 2016, who felt that at times the show gave too much focus to Felicity.[226] In an editorial for Rotten Tomatoes in 2017, Erik Amaya included Felicity in his list of 'Underrated Comic Book Characters', describing her as "bringing much needed light" to Arrow. He also credited the character as the inspiration for the creation "of a specific support class within The CW's superhero shows".[227] Writing in 2019 following Rickards decision to step away from the Arrowverse at the end of Arrow'sseventh season Sam Stone, of CBR.com, described Felicity as a "crucial part of Team Arrow", praising Rickards "laudable" performance and lamenting the loss of the character for the show's final season.[228] These sentiments were echoed by Chancellor Agard of Entertainment Weekly. Discussing Rickard's best performances as Felicity across the previous seven seasons, he called Felicity "an integral part of Arrow", stating it would be "hard to imagine" what the show would have looked like without the character,[229] and in his preview of Arrow'sfinal season, described her as "Team Arrow's heart".[11] Writing a retrospective of the character ahead of the season seven finale following Rickards decision to leave the show, Lucy Baugher of Collider called her "the glue that holds Arrow together", stating "it seems almost impossible to imagine Arrow without her".[230]

The speech delivered by Felicity in the season six Arrow episode "We Fall" won particular praise from critics. In her review of the episode, Allison Shoemaker of The A.V. Club called the scene "exceptional" and one of the most "thoughtful and compelling" sequences in the show's history, praising Rickards delivery and describing it as an "unabashedly romantic scene, but one that's based in a long, fraught history. It's a speech given by a woman whose experience, wisdom, and faith are hard fought".[231] In Shoemaker's review of the season as a whole, she included it as one of the best scenes in both the season and the entire series.[232]Entertainment Weekly included the scene in its 'Superhero Insider' moments of the week, saying it was "built on six seasons worth of history and that's conveyed in the writing and Rickards' excellent performance".[233]TVLine described the speech as "wonderful" and "convincing", praising Rickards for her "warm looks and her physicality" in delivery.[234] Chris King of TV Overmind described Felicity's monologue as a "wonderfully moving speech"[235] and Della Harrington of Den of Geek similarly described Felicity's faith in Oliver as "actually pretty moving".[236] Chancellor Agard of Entertainment Weekly included the episode in his list of Rickards' "10 best Arrow episodes", citing both her performance and Wendey Stanzler's direction as reasons for its resonance.[229]

Accolades[edit]

All awards and nominations are for Emily Bett Rickards's performance as Felicity Smoak in Arrow, unless otherwise noted in the Category column:

Other media[edit]

Promotional tie-ins[edit]

In 2013, Felicity (again portrayed by Rickards), appeared in the promotional tie-in web series for Arrow, entitled Blood Rush. A six-episode miniseries, the story follows Felicity after she is informed by Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) that SCPD has obtained blood samples belonging to the Arrow. She enlists the help of Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) to steal them back, to protect Oliver's identity. The events of the series take place between the fifth and sixth episodes of Arrow season two. The series was presented by Bose, and featured product placement for their products.[243]

In 2016 the CW released a short promo entitled Superhero Fight Club 2.0, which featured Arrowverse superheroes Green Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, White Canary, Atom and Firestorm, fighting in a simulator, observed by Felicity, Cisco Ramon, John Diggle and Martian Manhunter.[244]

Print media[edit]

DC announced in September 2012 that they would be publishing a tie-in comic to accompany the series, to be released initially as digital chapters, and then published as monthly print issues, collecting together a number of the chapters in each issue.[245] Felicity featured in several chapters of the series; these were later included in the graphic novel Arrow: Volume 2, which was the second of two volumes collating all the original chapters.[246]

Felicity also features in the Arrow: Season 2.5 digital tie-in comics, which bridge the gap between the second and third seasons of the television show.[247] She went on to feature in The Flash: Season Zero tie-in comics, which link to the first season of The Flash.[248] The character appears in several issues, most prominently in "Smoak Signals" parts 1 and 2.[249]

In November 2019, DC announced that they would be producing two tie-in comic books, to accompany the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. These include a storyline running concurrently to the on-screen episodes, focusing on the characters of Felicity, The Ray, Nyssa Al Ghul and Wally West. The first comic book was released in December 2019, with the second released in January 2020.[197]

She is also one of the protagonists of the tie-in novels published for the series. Arrow: Vengeance, written by Oscar Balderrama and Lauren Certo was published in 2016, the same year as The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen written by Susan and Clay Griffith, with its sequel Arrow: A Generation of Vipers from the same authors published in 2017.[250] Later in 2017, Arrow: Fatal Legacies, co-authored by Marc Guggenheim and James R. Tuck was published, a novel which bridged the gap between the season five finale and the season six premiere of Arrow.[251] Felicity also features in Barry Lyga's Crossover Crisis trilogy. Published by Abrams Books, the series is aimed at middle-grade readers, and is set on an alternate earth.[252] The first novel, The Flash: Green Arrow's Perfect Shot, was published in 2019,[253] followed by The Flash: Supergirl's Sacrifice in May 2020[254] with The Flash: Legends of Forever published in March 2021.[255]

The character also features in the two published companion guides to the Arrow, both written by Nick Aires and published by Titan Books. Arrow: Heroes and Villains, published in 2015, profiles characters featured in the series in seasons one and two.[256]Arrow: Oliver Queen's Dossier, published in 2016, is presented as a series of documents compiled by Felicity and Oliver, including classified government documents, weapon schematics, news reports, police records and profiles of both their allies and foes.[257]

While the original Felicity Smoak featured in The Fury of Firestorm comics, in 2014 DC Comics introduced a new version in the New 52Green Arrow comics. Introduced in Green Arrow #35, the character was loosely based on Arrow's version, and physically resembled Rickards.[258] Similarly, a younger version of the character, again resembling Rickards, was introduced by Marguerite Bennett in her DC Comics Bombshells and Bombshells:United comics run, set in an alternate history.[259]

Video games[edit]

The character appears in the 2014 game Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham as part of the Arrow DLC pack, released in January 2015. As well as featuring in the add-on pack's level, Felicity can also be used in any other level as a freeplay character.[260]

In the 2017 game Injustice 2, Felicity is referenced in an easter egg. When facing each other in combat, if the Flash manages to take out the first bar of Green Arrow's health, he states; "That's for breaking Felicity's heart".[261]

Merchandising[edit]

In February 2015, DC Collectibles announced the release of a second series of Arrow and The Flash action figures, which included a Felicity Smoak toy with detachable hands.[262] In August, Funko Pop announced that they would be releasing a new range of Vinyl figures, to also include a Felicity Smoak doll, following the initial release of four Arrow figures in May of the same year.[263]

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Oliver Queen (Arrowverse)

For the Arrow episode, see Green Arrow (Arrow episode).

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Fictional character in a television series

Oliver Jonas Queen, also known by his alter-ego the Green Arrow, is a fictional character in The CW's Arrowverse franchise, first introduced in the 2012 pilot episode of the television series Arrow. The character is based on the DC Comics character of the same name, created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp and was adapted for television in 2012 by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. Oliver Queen has been continually portrayed by Stephen Amell, with Jacob Hoppenbrouwer portraying a young Oliver.

In the series, Oliver, a billionaire playboy, who claimed to have spent five years shipwrecked on Lian Yu, a mysterious island in the North China Sea, returns home to Starling City (later renamed "Star City") to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow. During the first season, Oliver focuses on a list, written by his father, of targets that are taking advantage of the citizens. Subsequent seasons have him venturing into all criminal activity, and he shifts from being willing to kill to having a rule against all killing as a means of stopping assailants. In Arrow, Oliver is known during the first season as "The Hood", but drops that persona once he vows to stop killing and starts using a new name "Arrow". He does not take up the "Green Arrow" name until season four, when Roy Harper publicly confessed to being the "Arrow" to protect Oliver. He is a friend and frequent ally of the Central City-based superhero The Flash, White Canary, the leader of the superhero team the Legends, and the Kryptonian superheroine Supergirl from the parallel universe of Earth-38.

Amell has appeared as Oliver Queen and his vigilante persona in crossovers on the television series The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and the animated web series Vixen, all set within the Arrowverse. The character has also appeared in several tie-in comics and novels, as well as appearing in two video games. Amell has received praise from critics for his portrayal of Oliver Queen, and he has been nominated for various awards for his performance, including a People's Choice and Leo Award.

Storyline[edit]

Arrow[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Further information: Arrow (season 1)

Oliver Queen first appears in the pilot episode of Arrow.[2] He is discovered on the deserted island of Lian Yu by fishermen, having been shipwrecked there five years earlier following the destruction of his family yacht the Queen's Gambit, which he was on with his father Robert Queen (Jamey Sheridan) and Sara Lance (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), who did not survive. Oliver returns to Starling City and is greeted by his mother Moira (Susanna Thompson), his sister Thea (Willa Holland), his best friend Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell), and ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). Unknown to his friends and family, Oliver has returned to Starling City to carry out a plan of redemption for his father, whom Oliver believes failed to do everything he could to help the citizens of Starling City. Season one focuses on Oliver readjusting to life during the day and spending his nights dressed as a hooded vigilante. As his vigilante persona, Oliver carries a bow and various types of specialty arrows, and acts as judge, jury, and if necessary executioner to the wealthy that have used their money and power to take advantage and hurt the citizens of Starling City, and in the process embroiled into conflicts with some of the city's criminals including the Triad leader China White (Kelly Hu) and drug lord The Count (Seth Gabel).[2]

In the episodes "Lone Gunmen" and "The Odyssey", Oliver is forced to reveal his identity to his bodyguard John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Queen Consolidated IT specialist Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards).[3][4] Afterward, each joins Oliver in his quest to save Starling City from a mysterious group who is determined to destroy the Glades, an area of Starling City filled with crime and the underprivileged. Ultimately, Oliver discovers that the group's leader is Tommy's father Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), who is also responsible for Oliver's family's yacht's sabotage and thus his own father's death, which leads Oliver and the elder Merlyn to become enemies.[5] Season one also features flashbacks to Oliver's time on Lian Yu and the inhabitants that he encounters while there.[6] In season one, Oliver meets Yao Fei (Byron Mann) and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), who teach Oliver how to survive on the island, training him to fight and use a bow, while plotting to stop Edward Fyers (Sebastian Dunn) from taking out a Chinese commercial airliner.[7][8][9]

Season 2[edit]

Further information: Arrow (season 2)

In season two, Oliver is initially found back on the island, having returned as penance for what he views a personal responsibility for the successful destruction of the Glades and the loss of his best friend. He eventually returns to save his family's company, and decides that he needs to honor his friend by stopping crime in the city without killing.[10] Oliver spends season two being harassed by Slade Wilson, who survived Lian Yu and arrives in Starling City determined to make Oliver suffer the way he did on the island.[11][1] By the end of the season, Oliver has lost his company to Slade, and must contend with an army of soldiers with superhuman strength that are determined to destroy Starling City on Slade's orders. Oliver and his friends—which now includes trained assassin Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), an aspiring vigilante named Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), and members of the League of Assassins—are able to stop the army and Slade.[12][13] Season two flashbacks focused on the deteriorating relationship between Oliver and Slade, the discovery of a formula that can create super strength and near invulnerability called the Mirakuru, and a group of prisoners being experimented upon just off the coast of the island.[1][14][15]

Season 3[edit]

Further information: Arrow (season 3)

In season three, Oliver is brought into a confrontation with Ra's al Ghul (Matthew Nable) after Sara's death. In order to protect his sister, who had been drugged and coerced into killing Sara by Malcolm, Oliver claims responsibility for the murder and engages Ra's in a trial by combat.[16] After surviving the sword of Ra's al Ghul, he is pursued by Ra's to become the new leader of the League. After Ra's mortally wounds Thea, Oliver accepts his offer so that he can use the Lazarus Pit to save Thea.[17] In "Al Sah-him", Oliver appears in Starling City to kill Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), who also claims the title of "Heir to the Demon", where it is revealed that he has been brainwashed by Ra's into renouncing all things "Oliver Queen".[18] In "This Is Your Sword", it is shown that Oliver is actually lying to Ra's, and planning to destroy the League from the inside.[19] The season three finale features Oliver killing Ra's, and subsequently giving up being a hero for Starling City and leaving to have a new life with Felicity.[20] Over the course of the season, Laurel and Thea take over Sara and Roy's roles on the team. Season three flashbacks focused on Oliver living in Hong Kong and training under Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) and her subordinates.

Season 4[edit]

Further information: Arrow (season 4)

In season four, after retiring from vigilantism, Oliver has live a happy life with Felicity Smoak at Ivy Town, until Thea and Laurel approach him, telling that they need him back at the newly rechristened Star City, which has been taken over by "Ghosts". He eventually discovers that the mastermind is H.I.V.E.'s leader Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), and become enemies with Darhk as both himself and his vigilante alter-ego. As the "Arrow" persona has been tarnished, Oliver now goes by the code name "The Green Arrow" as he becomes a vigilante once again, but as a symbol of hope for the city, gradually regaining Diggle's trust. Oliver also decides to run for mayor of Star City.[21] During this time, Oliver discovers that he is the biological father to a nine-year child named William (Jack Moore), with Samantha Clayton (Anna Hopkins), a college classmate whom Oliver had a one-night stand during his relationship with Laurel. This discovery complicates his relationship with Felicity and his duty as Green Arrow, as well as threatens to jeopardize his mayoral campaign. After subsequent attacks from Darhk leaving Felicity permanently paraplegic, his son being kidnapped and Laurel is killed, leading Oliver to take his opportunity to kill Darhk when it arises, while his team helps avert Darhk's plans for a nuclear holocaust. Season four flashbacks focus on Oliver returning to Lian Yu on Amanda Waller's orders to infiltrate the mysterious Shadowspire organization.

Season 5[edit]

Further information: Arrow (season 5)

In season five, Oliver recruits a team of vigilantes to help balance his double life as Green Arrow and Star City's mayor. He is also stalked by a mysterious archer, Prometheus (Josh Segarra), who has some troublesome link to his past as the Arrow. Later Oliver figures out that Prometheus is someone close to him. Oliver is also facing with the possibility that his life might have been inadvertently affected by his friend and ally Barry Allen's (Grant Gustin) time-travelling actions. The season's flashbacks explore Oliver's time in Russia, where he joins the Bratva as part of an assassination ploy against Konstantin Kovar (Dolph Lundgren) and exploring the criminal fraternity in the process. There, he meets and is trained by one of Ra's al Ghul's daughters, Talia al Ghul (Lexa Doig), as a hooded archer, before eventually returning to Lian Yu and subsequently Starling City.

Season 6[edit]

Further information: Arrow (season 6)

In season six, after a series of battles with Prometheus led to Samantha's death, Oliver struggles to raise William himself and tries to have a relationship with his son. After he and Felicity rekindled their romance, they eventually married at Central City with Barry Allen and Iris West (Candice Patton). Oliver also develops a feud with hacktivist Cayden James (Michael Emerson) and his cabal, and also discovers Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) is manipulating them to against each other before battling Oliver himself after killing James. By the end of the season, Oliver is forced to turn himself in to the FBI in exchange of their aids against Diaz, reveals to the world that he is Green Arrow in the process.

Season 7[edit]

Further information: Arrow (season 7)

In season seven, Oliver tries to get his sentence reduced for good behaviors in hopes to return to his family, but is complicated by some of his old enemies who are imprisoned with him and in addition some inmates who work for Diaz. He learns that there is another vigilante archer in Star City, whom the media dubs as the new Green Arrow. Through the news reports, Oliver discovers that the vigilante's skills and tactics eerily matched his. Unbeknownst to Oliver, the vigilante is actually his unknown paternal half-sister Emiko (Sea Shimooka), who was conceived from his father's extramarital affair with a woman named Kazumi Adachi. When Ricardo Diaz is captured, Oliver is released from prison and deputized as part of the Star City Police Department and resumes fighting crime as the Green Arrow, now fighting without the mask and hood. Eventually Emiko is revealed as the leader of a criminal organization named the Ninth Circle, who seeks to destroy Oliver's legacy. In the season finale, Team Arrow thwart the Ninth Circle's plan and Oliver makes amends with Emiko before her death. Oliver and Felicity leave Star City to hide from the Ninth Circle. After Felicity gives birth to a girl named Mia (Katherine McNamara), she and Oliver are confronted by the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), who previously made a deal with Oliver to save Barry and Kara Danvers's (Melissa Benoist) lives in exchange for his help in the impending crisis that threatens the multiverse. Oliver leaves with the Monitor despite knowing that he will not return from the calamity. The season's flash-forwards focus on the children of some of the ex members of Team Arrow, like William (Ben Lewis) and Mia (Katherine McNamara),[22] Oliver and Felicity’s children, Diggle's adoptive son Connor Hawke, and Rene Ramirez's daughter Zoe, in adulthood as they battle a company called Galaxy One.

Season 8[edit]

Further information: Arrow (season 8)

In the final season, Oliver works with Mar Novu to prevent an impending crisis following a deal he made with Oliver to save the lives of Barry Allen and Kara Danvers.[c] For his first mission, Novu takes Oliver to Earth-2 to retrieve dwarf star particles from Tommy Merlyn, who is the Dark Archer of that Earth, with the help of Laurel and Earth 2's Green Arrow Adrian Chase. Oliver succeeds in his mission, only to witness Earth-2's destruction with Laurel its only survivor.

After Diggle and Tatsu help him place a scientist named Dr. Robert Wong in A.R.G.U.S. custody, Oliver reunites with Thea and Talia when he travels to Nanda Parbat where he learns Novu might be causing the crisis rather than preventing it. He is then taken back to the bunker where he meets the future versions of his children Mia and William as well as Connor Hawke, John's future adopted son. Oliver decides to bond with future Mia and William as he expects that would he not live past the Crisis, shocked from learning his and his friends' children are at war with each other in the future, and Rene's daughter Zoe is killed by Diggle's son J.J. during the conflict. Oliver and his team are able to gather the resources to try and oppose the Monitor's predicted destruction, but Oliver is eventually killed in the opening hour of the Crisis when he sacrifices himself to help the residents of Earth-38 evacuate by protecting a tower that is holding back the anti-matter destruction. Mia and Sara attempt to revive him with a Lazarus Pit, but are only able to restore his body without retrieving his soul. John Constantine takes John Diggle and Mia to Earth-666 to collect on a favor with Lucifer to try and retrieve Oliver's soul from Purgatory, but before he can be brought back to his body, Oliver is 'recruited' by Jim Corrigan to become the host of the powerful entity known as the Spectre. Having contacted the surviving seven Paragons of the multiverse (Barry, Sara, Kara, J'onn J'onzz, Kate Kane/Batwoman, Ryan Choi, and Lex Luthor), Oliver is able to lead them into a position where they can confront the Anti-Monitor's forces while he faces the villain himself and triggers the reconstruction of the universe at the cost of his own life. The final episode of "Crisis" sees the heroes assemble a Crisis team to respond to future threats in a more pre-emptive manner, preceded by a news broadcast where the President asks the world to honour Oliver for his sacrifice. The final episode of "Arrow" depicts Oliver's funeral, attended by Barry, Kara, and all of Oliver's key friends and family, including the resurrected Moira Queen and Quentin Lance (Thea and Moira speculate that Oliver didn't restore his father to life as Robert living would have affected Oliver's ability to become a hero). At the conclusion of the episode, set in 2040, the Monitor brings Felicity to a pocket dimension where she can be with Oliver forever in a version of the afterlife.

Crossovers[edit]

As of 2019[update] Amell has appeared as Oliver Queen in six Arrowverse shows, Arrow, Batwoman,The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Vixen and Supergirl, having appeared in all seasons of Arrow (8 seasons), The Flash (6 seasons) and Vixen (2 seasons). He also appeared in 3 seasons of Legends of Tomorrow, 3 seasons of Supergirl and the first season of Batwoman. In the 2014–15 television season he made his first crossover appearance as Oliver's vigilante persona in the pilot episode of The Flash, giving Barry Allen some advice on becoming a hero.[23] Following that, he appeared in The Flash's eighth episode, titled "Flash vs. Arrow", where he learns about metahumans and is forced to fight Barry after the latter is chemically brainwashed into becoming volatile and physically aggressive.[24] Oliver also appeared in the 22nd episode of The Flash, "Rogue Air", helping Barry and Firestorm, Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) and Martin Stein (Victor Garber), defeat the Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh).[25]

In the 2015–16 television season he voiced the character in the first season of the web series Vixen, in which he and Barry track down Mari McCabe (Megalyn Echikunwoke), the wielder of the Tantu totem who becomes the mystical vigilante Vixen, and become her allies.[26] Oliver later appeared in a two-part crossover spanning the Flash season two episode "Legends of Today" and the Arrow season four episode "Legends of Yesterday", with his and Barry's respective teams working together to stop Vandal Savage (Casper Crump). He briefly appears in the pilot episode of Legends of Tomorrow, advising Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) on joining Rip Hunter's (Arthur Darvill) time-travelling mission.[27][28] Oliver appears once again in Legends of Tomorrow, in its sixth episode "Star City 2046", as a possible 2046 version of the character. This version has a goatee and is missing his left arm with a cybernetic prosthesis, a nod to the portrayal of the character in The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Strikes Again.[29]

In May 2015, Amell revealed he had discussions with DC Entertainment to portray the character on Constantine, a show that was initially not depicted as existing in the shared universe created by The CW series, saying, "The reason that I was going to guest star on Constantine, at least the idea that we were throwing around was [Constantine's] an expert when it comes to the Lazarus Pit, which is now something that is a part of and will continue to be a part of Arrow." Amell stated that, even though Constantine was not renewed for a second season on NBC, a crossover "was and is still on the table".[30] In August 2015, it was confirmed that Matt Ryan, who portrayed Constantine, would appear on Arrow in the fourth-season episode "Haunted", per a "one-time-only" deal.[31] This set the stage for Constantine to become part of the Legends of Tomorrow cast in the show's fourth season.

In the 2016–17 television season, he appeared in all 3 episodes of the Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow "Invasion!" storyline, where the Dominators attack Earth and the various heroes must band together to fight them off, forcing Oliver to face his role as the indirect catalyst of the modern age of heroes as he helps Barry Allen coordinate Earth's metahuman defenses. He also voiced the character for the second season of Vixen. Oliver also appears in the season 2 premiere of Legends of Tomorrow, in which he assists Nate Heywood (Nick Zano) in tracking down the Waverider, where they discover Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) in stasis after a showdown with Damien Dahrk in the year 1942, which resulted in Rip Hunter and the Legends being separated, with the exception of Rory, who fills in Oliver and Nate on what happened.

In the 2017–18 television season, he appeared in all 4 episodes of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl "Crisis on Earth-X" storyline, where Oliver and Sara lead the heroes of their world, Earth-38, and Earth-X to battle against invaders from the Nazi-ruled Earth-X. Oliver faces his fascistic parallel universe doppelgänger Dark Arrow (also portrayed by Amell when unmasked), whom Oliver is determined to kill, after discovering his counterpart's villainy and status as the Reich's leader. In the 2018–19 television season, he appeared in all 3 episodes of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl in the "Elseworlds" storyline, in which Oliver and Barry temporarily swap identities and powers due to the manipulation of psychiatrist John Deegan, who received the Book of Destiny from the powerful Monitor as part of a test.

In the 2019–20 television season, in the crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths", Oliver sacrifices himself trying to save Earth-38's people. In the afterlife, his spirit chooses to become the Spectre over being resurrected in order to gain the power necessary to defeat the Anti-Monitor. During the ensuing battle, Oliver uses his powers to recreate the multiverse, resulting Earth-1, Earth-38, and the Earth where television series Black Lightning is set being merged into Earth-Prime. Though Oliver died a second time as a result, his friends and allies continue to defend Earth-Prime in his memory.

Alternate Earths[edit]

In the season 2 episode of The Flash, "Enter Zoom", it is revealed through video footage from Earth-2 that the Oliver Queen of that Earth died when the Queen's Gambit sunk, and that his father, Robert Queen, survived and went on to become a vigilante known as 'The Hood'.[33] In the first episode of the final season of Arrow, Adrian Chase became Earth-2's version of the Arrow. In the season 1 episode of Legends of Tomorrow, "Star City 2046", the Legends arrive in a future version of Star City in the year 2046,[29] which is later revealed to be on Earth-16.[34] They meet an older Oliver Queen who fought Grant Wilson, Slade's son, who took the mantle of Deathstroke. Wilson defeated Oliver and severed his left arm, and eventually devastated the whole city. Oliver replaced his arm with a cybernetic arm and out of grief, vanished from the public and hid himself in his bunker.[35] During the Crisis on Earth-X crossover event, set on Earth-53, one of the main antagonists is revealed to be that Earth's Oliver Queen. Known as Dark Arrow, the character is Adolf Hitler's successor as Führer, in a world where the Nazis won World War II, and have achieved world domination. He is married to Overgirl (Melissa Benoist), the Earth-X version of Kara Zor-El.[36] Another archer from Earth-X named Black Arrow, voiced by Matthew Mercer, appears in the animated web series Freedom Fighters: The Ray.[citation needed]

Tie-in comics and novels[edit]

The Arrow version of Oliver Queen first appeared in the 2012 prequel comic "Arrow #1: Special Edition".[37] The comic was released before the series aired[38] and it ties in with the TV series' first season. The comic was later developed into an ongoing digital comic series titled Arrow,[38][39] that lasted 36 chapters between 2012–13 and featured various storylines.[40] The next year, the character appeared in Arrow: Season 2.5, a bi-weekly comic series which bridged the gap between the end of season two and the start of season three.[41]

In 2015, Oliver appeared in tie-in novel, Arrow: Vengeance, written by Oscar Balderrama and Lauren Certo.[42] In 2016 he appeared in the crossover novel The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen written by Susan and Clay Griffith,[43] and in 2017 in the conclusion of the crossover, Arrow: A Generation of Vipers, by the same authors.[44] In 2018 Oliver appeared in the tie-in novel Arrow: Fatal Legacies, co-authored by Marc Guggenheim and James R. Tuck, published in January 2018, which bridged the gap between the season five finale and the season six premiere.[45]

Portrayal[edit]

Amell was cast as Queen in January 2012,[46] and was the first actor to audition for the role, with Kreisberg saying that Amell "hit the target from the outset" and "everyone else just paled in comparison".[47] Producer Marc Guggenheim expressed that the creative team wanted to "chart [their] own course, [their] own destiny", and avoid any direct connections to Smallville, which featured its own Oliver Queen / Green Arrow (Justin Hartley), opting to cast a new actor in the role.[47] It was also the first script that Amell auditioned for during pilot season, having received multiple scripts at the start of the year.[48] For Amell, the appeal of portraying Queen was that he saw multiple roles tied to the same character: "There’s Queen the casual playboy; Queen the wounded hero; Queen the brooding Hamlet; Queen the lover; Queen the man of action, and so on."[47] The actor, who was already in shape from Rent-a-Goalie, did physical fitness training at Tempest Freerunning Academy out of Reseda, Los Angeles, California. Amell received archery training as well, which included watching a video on how archery has been displayed inaccurately or poorly in television and film before learning the basics of shooting a bow.[47] Amell describes the up-keep on his fitness as the biggest physical challenge of the series. Amell stated that he has to "steal time at the gym", and spends time on set being active.[48]

Character development[edit]

Characterization[edit]

In season one, Oliver is not afraid to kill criminals when he deems it necessary. Pilot episode director David Nutter believes that, following the time on the island, Oliver returns to Starling City with Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and this contributes to his willingness to kill. Amell stated,"Killing people is gonna start to weigh on Oliver. He can't [complete his mission] by himself. He's gonna have to lean on somebody."[49] Amell describes Oliver as having to battle himself in season one. Similarly identifying Oliver as having PTSD, Amell sees the character as a "damaged individual" who is a "ticking time bomb"; Oliver is not only doing good things, but falling along the way.[48] For Amell, the character's damaged nature will weigh on him throughout season one, because he must hide his new self from his family, and masquerade as the "entitled jerk" that he once was.[48]

Relationships[edit]

Originally framed as a 'billionaire playboy',[50] the character was involved in multiple romantic pairings over the course of the series first two seasons. However, from season three onwards his principal romantic relationship is with the character Felicity Smoak, who was originally slated to appear in one episode of season one, but went on to become a main character.[51] The dynamic was developed between the pair in season two, with Stephen Amell stating "she’s the woman at the moment who knows me better than anybody".[52] Speaking to TV Line before the season three premiere, when asked whether or not "there is a place on Arrow for a great love", Amell stated "I think that both Laurel and Sara, for Oliver, were loves that were principally from the past, from before the boat. And any other sort of brief relationship that he’s had has been flawed. Felicity has clearly, over the course of two-plus seasons, grown into that love for him."[53] Talking about the development of the relationship in 2018, he stated that "in our show, it was Oliver and Felicity, and it was going to be them no matter what".[54] Actress Emily Bett Rickards, who portrays Felicity, believes she and Oliver and are soul mates,[55] a sentiment echoed by Amell.[56] Showrunner and executive producer Wendy Mericle described the emotional journey Oliver goes through during the 2017 Arrowverse crossover, in which he and Felicity marry, as one where he "explores the question of true love".[57] Talking about the relationship in the latter half of season seven, showrunner Beth Schwartz commented "They're definitely on track. They're back to, in a sense, being normal between each other. There's no friction between the relationship. They have a lot of obstacles in their way, but they'll be a team. It won't separate them. ... They'll be a force to reckon with."[58]

Oliver also has connections with the other characters on the show. Amell sees the relationship between Oliver and his mother, upon his return from the island, as almost adversarial. To him, the Queen family has many skeletons in their closets, which helped them to amass their wealth, and his return is a threat to that way of life.[48] Oliver's relationship with his younger sister Thea changes once he returns from the island as well. Amell notes that Thea looks up to Oliver before he went missing, but it was an Oliver that was immature and a jerk. When he returns, Thea has taken over that role and Oliver has to recognize that his behaviors before impeded his ability to get through to Thea in season one.[48]

Costume[edit]

Oliver receives this domino maskin the season two episode "Three Ghosts".[11]The producers wanted something that felt as though it could have been part of the costume from the beginning.

The realistic approach to the series included the costume design for Oliver's vigilante persona, created by Colleen Atwood.[59] According to Amell, it was important for the suit to be functional, and the best way that he knew for that was if he could put the costume on by himself: "If I can put it on by myself, I think that people will buy it. And that was our idea. That’s our world."[6]

In the second half of season two, Oliver replaces his "painted" mask with a domino mask gifted to him by Barry, similar to one worn by the character in the comics.[11] The change is addressed on-screen, with Kreisberg saying, "He doesn't just put on a mask. It's actually a big plot point in an episode, and there really is a story behind, not only the need for the mask but also who provides him with it."[60] On adding the mask now, Kreisberg stated that, "Conceptually, it was something we wanted to do because Oliver himself is evolving as the Arrow—from vigilante to hero, sort of from Arrow to Green Arrow—and we wanted to see that progression in his costume as well. As Oliver is embracing being a hero, being a hero means stepping out of the dark and being more of a symbol, so he has to take steps to conceal his identity more."[60] He added that it will "allow the Arrow to interact with people who don't know his identity in a much more organic way than having him constantly keep his head down."[60] Costume designer Maya Mani put together roughly 50 mask options for the producers. Various designs reminded the creative team of something Joel Schumacher would create. Kreisberg said, "What's so wonderful about the design that Maya came up with is that it really is very simple, and it feels as if it’s been part of his costume since the beginning...once we finally had this mask and put it on Stephen [Amell], even Stephen was like, 'This is the right one.'"[60]

In season four, Oliver acquires a new costume. Designed by Mani at the end of season three, the costume originally had full sleeves. After input from producer Greg Berlanti and Amell, Mani redesigned the costume to show off the character's biceps, and be more reflective of the comic book counterpart. According to Mani, "I wanted it to be tactical, so the shoulders are a little tougher [...] I also wanted him to be able to remove a layer or be in the layer and still be the Arrow, but not have the full fig on."[61]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Andy Greenwald of Grantland wrote that Amell deserves a "great deal of the credit" for Arrow's success, as he brings a subtle humor hidden beneath his "Hollister veneer". Greenwald goes on to state that Amell's performance as Oliver Queen makes that persona a more interesting character than the Arrow.[62]Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker acknowledged Amell's range as an actor for the series premiere: "Amell is no mere muscle-head as an actor — he let confusion, dismay, disappointment, and resolve play across his face at the right moments, even when the dialogue became stilted or clunky."[63]Neil Genzlinger wrote in The New York Times that Amell was "just inscrutable enough to pull off the transition from the playboy he was before the shipwreck to the avenging, bow-wielding Green Arrow he becomes on his return to civilization".[64] The San Francisco Chronicle's David Wiegand came to a similar conclusion, stating Amell has the "acting skill that enables him to be convincing both as rescued rich kid Oliver Queen and as his green-hooded alter ego, Arrow".[65] In contrast, The Guardian's Stephen Kelly found Amell more "uncomfortable and awkward" in the role, which made it difficult to like his character as a "traumatised badass".[66]

Accolades[edit]

In other media[edit]

A representation of Amell's character has appeared in two video game products. The 2013 game Injustice: Gods Among Us contains downloadable content that features an optional costume for Green Arrow based on Queen's appearance in the first season. Amell provides his voice and likeness to the costume.[83] 2014's Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham features an Arrow downloadable content pack that includes Oliver Queen in his Arrow persona, as well as a bonus level set on Lian Yu in which Oliver trains with Slade and raids Fyers' camp to destroy a weapons stockpile. Amell also voiced the traditional Green Arrow in the game.[84] The Arrow would once again appear as a downloadable character in Lego DC Super-Villains as Green Arrow's TV Heroes variant instead of a separate character this time.[85]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ abcdeA previous alias.
  2. ^ abcdefA previous affiliation.
  3. ^As depicted in the 2018 crossover Elseworlds.

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Oliver Queen (Arrow)

Oliver Queen also known as The Arrow is one of the main characters from Arrow and is based off the comic book character of the same name.

Canon

Canon Relationships

Before the series start, Oliver was in a (an off and on again) relationship with Laurel Lance despite the fact that he cheated on her with several other women. Afraid of the commitment Laurel preposed for them, Oliver decided to demolish their relationship by bringing Laurel's younger sister, Sara Lance (whom he knew had a crush on him) with him on a boat trip with his father and started sleeping with her. In Season 1, besides Helena Bertinelli, Oliver briefly dated Detective McKenna Hall, who was also an old friend of his from before the island. Also revealed in Season 1, Oliver started a brief relationship with Shado before her death[2], much to the heartbreak of Slade Wilson.

In Season 2, Oliver sleeps with Isabel Rochev[3] and he then starts up a relationship with Sara Lance[4] after her return to the series. In spite of Oliver's general fear of opening up to and becoming close to someone, he goes all in with Sara, unafraid of commitment in every way, including moving in together (which he suggests). However, Sara ends it, feeling that she and Oliver are in two different states of minds: Oliver is letting go of his darkness while Sara still struggling with hers due to her work with the League of Assassins and she wants Oliver to live in the light[1]. Also in Season 2 it is revealed that Oliver had an affair with a woman, Samantha Clayton, before the island while he was with Laurel, which led to a child - although he's unaware that the child is actually alive, as Moira told him the Samantha lost the baby.

At the end of the season 2, Oliver admits to Felicity Smoak that he loves her. Although done to set a trap for Slade Wilson, it is revealed to be true in early Season 3. Oliver asks her out on a date and admits to loving her, however he doesn't want to put her in any more danger than she is already due to working for the team so he keeps them from being together. They get engaged in Season 4, but Felicity ends it, feeling Oliver doesn't let her in (re: William). They stay team mates and friends in Season 5, while Oliver dates a reporter, Susan Williams. Oliver and Felicity get back together in Season 6 and marry in the Crisis On Earth-X crossover, with Felicity becoming William's stepmother, as William's mother died on Lian Yu. Oliver is imprisoned for being a vigilante at the end of the season and seperated from his family.

Fandom

As the main character in the television series, the character remains one of most popular characters on the show. Due to the difference in how this Oliver Queen is portrayed than how it was in Smallville (See Oliver Queen (Smallville)) or even the Green Arrow comics (See Oliver Queen), many of his quirks and personality traits have become treasured by fans of the series and character. His canonmanpain is often in discussions, which the series dishes out quite a bit through out the episodes.

He is considered the leader of Team Arrow.

Common Tropes & Themes

  • Alternate Universes, such as No Island AU or Pre-Island AU.
  • Angst is very large element/theme throughout stories that focus on Oliver, due to his experiences on the island and since he came back.
  • Oliver & the Salmon Ladder, often considered fanservice on the series - Oliver generally makes an appearance in various fanworks working out on his Salmon Ladder in the Arrowcave.
  • Oliver & his Child - Since it was revealed his mother paid off a woman he got pregnant to leave Starling City and leave Oliver alone (and telling him she lost the baby) when he was 22[1], many fans take this to be a hint that the child is Connor Hawke (and a possible Season 3 storyline) who is Oliver's real son in the comicsverse. However the child and the mother's names remain unknown to the audience, although that doesn't stop a lot of stories to pop up with it as the main plot. Oliver's son name, William, is revealed in the Flarrow crossover episodes[5]
  • Bratva stories focusing on Oliver's role as a Captain in the Bratva.

Shipping

The main canonhet pairings in the fandom are Oliver/Laurel Lance, Oliver/Sara Lance and Oliver/Helena Bertinelli. Laurel/Oliver was popular since before the premiere, and is still fairly common to find, although many fans found themselves liking other ships more. Helena/Oliver came after Helena's first appearance on the series[6], where Oliver and Helena grew close after meeting and started a relationship that ended due to the two different paths they were on (Helena bent on revenge against her father and Oliver stopping her from that). Oliver/Sara is a common background pairing, usually to represent their past relationship together. Rare canon pairings are: Oliver/Shado, Oliver/McKenna Hall, and Oliver/Isabel Rochev.

In het fanon, the pairing of Oliver/Felicity Smoak is by far the most popular, which was canonized in the 3rd season. The hetincest pairing of Oliver/Thea Queen is fairly common.

Popular slash pairings are Oliver/Barry Allen, Oliver/John Diggle, Oliver/Tommy Merlyn, Oliver/Malcolm Merlyn and Oliver/Slade Wilson. Other rarer slash pairings are Oliver/Roy Harper and Oliver/Quentin Lance.

The threesomes of Oliver/Felicity/Diggle and Oliver/Felicity/Sara are common.

Terminology

For more pairing names see List of Arrowverse Relationship Names.

Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fics

Arts

Vids

Archives and Communities

Resources

References

  1. ^ abcArrow Season 2 Episode 20 "Seeing Red"
  2. ^Arrow Season 1 Episode 20 "Home Invasion"
  3. ^Arrow Season 2 Episode 6 "Keep Your Enemies Closer"
  4. ^Arrow Season 2 Episode 13 "Heir to the Demon"
  5. ^The Flash Season 2 Episode 8 "Legends of Today" and Arrow Season 4 Episode 8 "Legends of Yesterday"
  6. ^Arrow Season 1 Episode 7 "Muse of Fire"
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How Arrow's Katrina Law Messed With Olicity Fans

Arguably no single element of The CW’s Arrow has become more divisive than “Olicity.” The romance between Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak was originally championed by an immense portion of the audience, but once they actually got together fans seemed to split down the middle as to whether or not they liked the romance direction. Felicity isn’t the only woman in Oliver’s life however; Oliver had a brief – if dispassionate – fling with Nyssa Al Ghul during Arrow’s third season, and actress Katrina Law apparently likes reminding fans of that at every opportunity.

During a recent panel at an MCM Comic-Con Panel in London, Katrina Law admitted that she enjoyed toying with Olicity shippers by reminding fans of her marriage to the Green Arrow:

One of my favorite things was when Nyssa came back on the scene and she kept calling Oliver 'husband.' And I knew online there was going to be this outrage. I kept getting these tweets being like 'No, stay away from him!' 'No, Olicity forever!' and I'd just be like 'bwahahaha.' Oh, no! Did she just say 'husband' again?! So that was a lot of fun.

I’ve generally tried to forget most of what happened on Arrow during its third season, so I actually forgot those incidents happened. Nyssa Al Ghul and Oliver Queen did in fact get married towards the end of Season 3 when Oliver signed on to become a member of the League of Assassins. Nanda Parbat isn’t like Las Vegas, meaning that an annulment has probably been hard for them to come by, which in turn means that Oliver and Nyssa are still very much married in the eyes of such ancient tradition. Twitter didn't take too kindly to Nyssa bringing it up on recent episodes of the series, and Katrina Law has enjoyed every second of it.

When it comes to Olicity shippers, don’t even think about coming between Mr. Queen and Ms. Smoak. Oliver has encountered numerous women over the course of the show’s four seasons – many of whom arguably would’ve made a better love interest – but the fans have stuck by Olicity because her light sense of humor seems to make a perfect foil for his darker, more brooding sensibilities.

It’s not as though Nyssa Al Ghul will be stealing Oliver away from Felicity anytime soon. The relationship between Oliver and Nyssa has most often been represented as one of begrudging respect, with no hint of any real sparks flying between them at any point. In fact, Nyssa’s romantic entanglement with Sara Lance has often felt like one of the most engaging subplots on the series, so we would like to see that explored further at some point, if possible. Crossover anyone?

Fret not, Olicity fans; it doesn’t look like anyone will come between Oliver and Felicity anytime soon. Although the relationship has often weighed the series down, the Season 4 finale of Arrow only reaffirmed that the writers have every intention of pressing forward with this romance. That being said, we’re just glad Katrina Law was able to have a bit of fun with the overwhelming enthusiasm of the fans.

We will keep you posted with all of the latest and greatest news pertaining to Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl as it becomes available to us. 

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.

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Arrow's Stephen Amell addresses idea of Dinah-Oliver romance

In the wake of Arrow introducing a new version of the Black Canary, will The CW’s superseries follow in the footsteps of the comics and pair Black Canary with the Green Arrow?

After the shocking death of Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), some fans of the comics were disheartened by the fact that Oliver (Stephen Amell) would not end up with the Black Canary — in the comics, Oliver married Dinah Laurel Lance, the character portrayed by Cassidy on Arrow. That all changed when Juliana Harkavy was added to the cast as Dinah Drake, otherwise known in the comics as the first Black Canary. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a Green Arrow-Black Canary romance, especially considering the show has never been beholden to the comics.

“The idea that Oliver would end up with the Black Canary being Katie Cassidy or any new iteration thereof? To me, it could happen, it could not, but it’s certainly not destined to happen or predesigned to happen,” Amell tells EW.

As for his reasoning, Amell harkens back to 2011, when Arrow was being developed. “Green Arrow was conceived as a show without superpowers and a show that was meant to be a little more grounded that was a specific reaction to an incredibly successful 10-year run of Smallville,” Amell says, quick to point out that if the show didn’t stray from the source material, viewers would’ve missed out on several now-beloved characters. “There have been feuding factions in the fan base — people that call upon the comics and people that have lived in the universe of the show,” Amell says. “I would say that we try to find a happy medium for both, try to live in the universe that the show has created where characters that weren’t a part of the Green Arrow mythos have become completely indispensable.”

RELATED: Arrow‘s Stephen Amell reflects on Oliver’s legacy

“There are elements that you find in a TV show that make the show what they are,” Amell continues, “and that became Oliver’s relationship between Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] and Diggle [David Ramsey] — one character that’s completely original in terms of John Diggle, an ode to Andy Diggle, who wrote Year One, and Felicity Smoak, who was plucked from the far reaches of the DC universe. Thea Queen [Willa Holland] also does not exist in the comics and I think that’s all stuff that’s important to remember.” (Amell shares his thoughts on Olicity’s future here.)

Over the course of five seasons, Arrow has also worked very closely with DC to stay true to the spirit of the comics. “We’ve always consistently had the creative team behind DC as a partner, and they sign off on stuff for us and they give us chances with characters like Barry Allen, who was introduced through our show before he went on to head his own show, and they do that because they have faith in us,” Amell says. “If they thought that we were destroying their comics’ mythos, I’m pretty sure they would have said something by now.”

Plus, Amell says, it’s not bad to stray from the beaten path, as we saw with HBO’s Game of Thrones last season. “If you want to talk about Game of Thrones now existing beyond the realm of the books, that was one of my favorite seasons of television ever,” Amell says. “I think that it would be a pretty two-dimensional world if you simply followed with what the comic said.”

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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Arrow: Oliver's Romances, Ranked

While Arrowmay have come to an end, its legacy and impact on DC TV cannot be denied. Throughout its eight-season run, Oliver Queen had a number of significant love interests. He was even married multiple times — although his relationship with Nyssa Al Ghul was political rather than romantic.

RELATED: Arrowverse: 10 Things Only Comic Book Fans Know About Green Arrow

Oliver Queen isn't exactly the best boyfriend in the Arrowverse, and he has been in some incredibly destructive and dangerous relationships. The Green Arrow has journeyed through both betrayal and true love, ultimately finding Felicity Smoak amongst the chaos of his life. Some of his other girlfriends were strong and intelligent in their own right, but a few weren't exactly trustworthy.

10 Honorable Mention: Nyssa Al Ghul

As mentioned, Oliver Queen did in fact get married to Nyssa al Ghul, but he has a complex history with the League of Assassins and the al Ghul family in general. For starters, it was Nyssa's sister, Talia, who both trained Queen and gave him the idea to don the Hood.

What's more, when finally coming into contact with the League's leader, Ra's al Ghul, the eternal warrior sought to create an alliance between Queen and his cult. The marriage was an arranged one, with Nyssa ultimately forming a relationship with Sara Lance instead. While she was never really Oliver's girlfriend, Nyssa was his wife and one of the most complex and powerful warriors in the show.

9 Isabel Rochev

Isabel Rochev was perhaps one of Queen's briefest relationships. After a one-night stand in Russia, Oliver came to trust Isabel further, even appointing her CEO of his company at one stage. While a romance could have briefly been in the cards, a clear betrayal meant that this was certainly no longer an option.

Rochev was actually aligned with Slade Wilson, becoming one of many in his Deathstroke army. Her stint as CEO was almost made permanent as she sought to seize control from Queen. She would eventually suit up as Ravager, proving to be one of Queen's most dangerous and short-lived girlfriends.

8 Susan Williams

Susan Williams was a highly respected and talented journalist who formed a close connection with Oliver Queen. After multiple interviews with one another, a relationship began to form — one which would put Williams in harm's way on a number of occasions.

RELATED: Arrow: The 10 Most Powerful Characters, Ranked

The Channel 52 reporter would come to learn of Oliver's secret identity, with the couple separating due to the strain the Green Arrow had on their lives. Despite swearing secrecy, Williams would pass on the information she had acquired, including photos of Queen in Russia, to be used in Oliver's trial. Her story was dropped thereafter.

7 Helena Bertinelli

Helena Bertinelli started out her career as a young woman in need of revenge. Oliver Queen would come to train her to become the vigilante Huntress. Really, he was in no position to be passing on his knowledge considering his own personal issues surrounding his crime-fighting lifestyle.

In the midst of sparring, passion formed between the two. The relationship between Huntress and Green Arrow was a momentary one, though, as Bertinelli's lust for vengeance put them on diverging paths. Queen felt he ultimately had to stop the violence from escalating further.

6 McKenna Hall

It's particularly sad to think that Queen might have actually have found his perfect relationship in McKenna Hall. The police detective was everything Oliver could have wanted out of a partner; she was intelligent, morally strong-willed, kind, and a valiant fighter.

A nasty injury put an end to their love story early on, however. Bertinelli would actually shoot Hall in a horrible twist of fate, partially paralyzing her. Hall moved away to Coast City to get the medical treatment she needed, painfully finishing her relationship with Queen.

5 Samantha Clayton

Samantha Clayton was one of Queen's earliest relationships. Another brief romance, Clayton's life was transformed forever after becoming pregnant with Oliver's child. The Green Arrow did not know about the existence of his son William for quite some time.

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After the two came into one another's lives again, a friendship formed, which was just as strong as some of Oliver's best relationships. It was difficult at first but there was trust there. It was a heart-warming reunion crushed by the death of Clayton on Lian Yu.

4 Shado Gulang

Another early love interest for Oliver, he and Shado were coupled up on Lian Yu, a harsh environment where Shado demonstrated just how Oliver could survive. Ultimately, she is likely one of the single most responsible people for the creation of the Green Arrow.

A lawyer, pre-med student, and daughter to the great Yao Fei Gulong, she adapted to the island well, befriending both Sara Lance and Slade Wilson. It was Wilson's love for Shado that partially pushed him over the edge, as her story has a tragic ending.

3 Sara Lance

Oliver and Sara have been through a lot together. Their relationship started off on the back of lies and deception, which was not a healthy foundation for the Lance family or for the couple. The crashing of their ship out at sea separated the lovers early on.

Their reunion and Sara's development into a mighty fighter saw the romance rekindled. They gave the relationship a go on multiple occasions, but it seems that despite how well-matched they really were, it wasn't meant to be. Sara ultimately found her perfect relationship with Legends member Ava Sharpe.

2 Laurel Lance

Laurel Lance evolved more than anyone in Arrow and was one of Oliver's best girlfriends. Working in the law field herself, she continuously looked to get justice for those wronged by the system and was a great ally to Oliver in and out of the courtroom.

Their relationship was more complicated than most, though. Oliver and Laurel's love dates back to before Lian Yu, but Queen cheated on Lance with her sister Sara. It took a long time for the bridges to truly be mended, but Laurel would even walk the same path as the Green Arrow, suiting up as Black Canary. It's unclear how their story would have developed if Laurel hadn't been killed by Damien Darhk.

1 Felicity Smoak

Felicity Smoak was the woman whom Oliver was always meant to be with. Their fates were intertwined with one another. Meeting early in Arrow, Smoak went from the nervous tech assistant to the hero known as Overwatch; she was a vital member of Team Arrow.

Their relationship had become a rollercoaster, yet one that resulted in marriage and a child. While Oliver's death would end the romance, Felicity was strong-willed, incredibly clever, supportive of Oliver's life mission, and a wonderful mother and wife. It was heartbreaking to see them torn apart, yet their's is also one of the most beautiful love stories in the Arrowverse.

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Arrow: Why Oliver Ended Up With Felicity (Not Laurel)

Oliver's original love interest on Arrow was Laurel, but it was Felicity who he ultimately ended up with. Here's why the series changed course.

Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) was clearly set up to be Oliver’s primary love interest onArrow, so why did the Emerald Archer end up with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) instead? Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Laurel had romantic feelings for each other in the beginning of the series, but at least one of them moved on. A love story between Oliver and Felicity took shape starting in season 2, culminating in a wedding in season 6.

Laurel Lance was introduced in the pilot episode as the ex-girlfriend that Oliver Queen betrayed by sleeping with her sister, whom he took aboard the Queen’s Gambit, where she was presumably killed. Laurel was working as a lawyer when Oliver returned from his five-year absence. She understandably resented Oliver for what he did and initially served as a staunch opponent of his vigilante persona, “The Hood”. Despite their problems, romantic feelings between them lingered, but the series eventually moved on from their relationship and focused instead on putting Oliver and Felicity together.

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Some have attributed the decision to abandon Laurel as the main love interest to Felicity’s popularity, but it goes deeper than that. Oliver not being with Laurel has a lot to do with his character’s arc in seasons 1 and 2. Oliver and Laurel did share a few romantic moments, and at the end of season 1, Oliver finally decided to get together with her again. That changed after the death of Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donell), which devastated both characters and caused them to rethink their relationship, with Laurel feeling that she had betrayed Tommy. Plus, Laurel developed a vendetta against the Hood, which complicated things further. Also, Oliver was against resuming their romance. Around this time, Arrow put less focus on Oliver’s relationship with Laurel and more so on his budding dynamic with Felicity.

According to Stephen Amell, Laurel not dying in season 4 wouldn’t have made a difference when it came to their romance, as it he was never going to get back together with Laurel. This was illustrated in her death scene, when she admitted that she was still in love with Oliver, but acknowledged that she wasn’t the love of Oliver’s life. Arrowverse producer Marc Guggenheim has explained in the past that even though Green Arrow and Black Canary are supposed to be together in the comics, Arrow is telling its own story. Guggenheim has said that Arrow finished its Oliver-Laurel love story in season 1, and that the writers had no intention of going back to it [via DC Comics].

Emily Bett Rickards’ performance and chemistry with Stephen Amell’s Oliver worked so well for the show that it felt like the natural direction for the show, even if it wasn’t what was originally planned for the show. Felicity was a minor character from the beginning, but as the story progressed, it became apparent to the writers that Felicity was the character Oliver should end up with.

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