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Arrow: A Comprehensive Guide to Every Major Villain
Before the CW super series heads into its sixth season, EW has compiled a list of every major villain that's gone up against Oliver Queen
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Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman)
The man responsible for landing Oliver on the island in the first place initially aimed to destroy The Glades, and eventually went on to be a sometimes-ally,sometimes-enemy to Team Arrow.
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China White (Kelly Hu)
This hired assassin from the Triad initially attempted to kill Laurel back in season 1.
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Deadshot (Michael Rowe)
The hired hitman went on to become a member of Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad.
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Edward Fyers (Sebastian Dunn)
This commander of a mercenary unit was hired by Amanda Waller to kill China White but made Oliver's early days on the island a living hell.
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Royal Flush Gang
Led by the King (Currie Graham), the Royal Flush Gang robbed banks in Starling City, forcing Oliver to divert his attention from the infamous List for the first time.
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The Huntress (Jessica De Gouw)
Helena Bertinelli, the daughter of high-profile mobster Frank Bertinelli, brought her own form of vigilante justice after dear old dad killed her fiancé.
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Frank Bertinelli (Jeffrey Nordling)
The head of the Bertinelli crime family had the fiancé of his daughter, Helena Bertinelli (Jessica De Gouw), murdered.
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Firefly (Andrew Dunbar)
The former firefighter, who was disfigured in a fire, hunted down those who left him for dead.
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Theodore Graynor (Ben Browder)
Diggle's former commanding officer used a private security firm, Blackhawk Security, to rob armored cars.
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The Count (Seth Gabel, Peter Stormare)
The first Count was a deadly and eccentric drug dealer behind the creation of the drug Vertigo. His successor, Werner Zytle, modified and weaponized the drug to cause victims to experience their deepest fears.
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Cyrus Vanch (David Anders)
This member of the Renegades kidnapped Laurel.
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Billy Wintergreen (Jeffrey C. Robinson)
Initially believed to be Deathstroke, Wintergreen was a former ASIS member alongside Slade Wilson who went to work for Fyers on the island.
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The Dodger (James Callis)
The international jewel thief's signature move was to take a hostage by attaching a bomb collar to them.
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Joseph Falk (Christopher Redman)
This rogue vigilante targeted those he believed wronged The Glades, including Roy Harper.
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Mr. Blank (J. August Richards)
The hired assassin nearly killed Laurel in season 1.
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Deathstroke (Manu Bennett)
Oliver's former island ally turned into a major villain in season 2 after being injected with super soldier serum Mirakuru and blaming Oliver for the death of Shado.
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Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau)
Purporting to be a businesswoman aiming to take over Queen Consolidated, Isabel was eventually revealed to be Ravager, who was working for Deathstroke.
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Brother Blood (Kevin Alejandro)
A mayoral candidate and friend to Oliver, Sebastian Blood was revealed to be working with Deathstroke to help create Mirakuru-infused super-soldiers.
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Dollmaker (Michael Eklund)
This serial killer, who escaped prison during the Undertaking, aimed to get revenge on Quentin Lance by attempting to kill Laurel.
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The Mayor (Clé Bennett)
The gang leader flooded the city with guns in the wake of the Undertaking.
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Al-Owal (David Negahban)
This member of the League of Assassins was charged with bringing Sara Lance back to Ra's al Ghul.
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Anthony Ivo (Dylan Neal)
The doctor on the Amazo was looking for the Mirakuru super-serum in a bid to save his wife.
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Cyrus Gold (Graham Shiels)
Brother Blood's first successful Mirakuru test subject became his greatest enforcer — the character is the human alter ego of comics villain Solomon Grundy.
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Shrapnel (Sean Maher)
The anti-government bomber eventually became a member of Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad — well, until she detonated the failsafe bomb implanted in his head when he tried to escape.
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Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White)
This ally of China White aimed to kill the Green Arrow but eventually became a member of the Suicide Squad.
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Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law)
The youngest daughter of Ra's al Ghul was a former enemy — she tried to bring her lover Sara back to the League by force — who eventually aligned with Team Arrow when Oliver feigned becoming a member of the League of Assassins in a bid to take down Ra's al Ghul.
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Clock King (Robert Knepper)
William Tockman was a bank robber who used his timed hacking skills to commit his crimes.
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Simon Lacroix (Matt Ward)
The vigilante archer known as Komodo was initially believed to have killed Sara.
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Mark Shaw (David Cubitt)
While Team Arrow tracks Thea to Corto Maltese, Diggle and Oliver are charged with locating a missing agent who had actually betrayed A.R.G.U.S.
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Cooper Seldon (Nolan Gerard Funk)
Cooper, Felicity's ex-boyfriend and a computer hacker, was a cyber terrorist who attacked Starling City.
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Isaac Stanzler (Nathan Mitchell)
The former protégé of the vigilante Ted Grant, a.k.a Wildcat, went crazy after beating a drug dealer to death.
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Cupid (Amy Gumenick)
The former S.W.A.T. team member was saved by Arrow during the Undertaking, leading her to form an unhealthy obsession with him. She eventually joined the Suicide Squad and developed a crush on Deadshot.
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Captain Boomerang (Nick E. Tarabay)
Digger Harkness was a mercenary and member of the Suicide Squad who aligned with Prometheus.
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Ra's al Ghul (Matt Nable)
The ruthless leader of the League of Assassins aimed to destroy Starling City with a bioweapon but was foiled by Oliver.
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Danny Brickwell (Vinnie Jones)
The mobster with near superhuman strength aimed to take over The Glades in the wake of the Arrow's disappearance in season 3. e was also responsible for the death of Malcolm Merlyn's wife.
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Chase (Austin Butler)
The League of Assassins informant infiltrated Thea's life under the guise of being the new DJ at Verdant.
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General Matthew Shrieve (Marc Singer)
The corrupt Army general unleashed a bioweapon in Hong Kong in a bid to bring about China's downfall.
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Maseo Yamashiro (Karl Yune)
Initially forced to take Oliver in by Amanda Waller in Hong Kong, Maseo became an ally in flashbacks. But in the wake of his son's death, Maseo joined the League of Assassins and became an enemy to Oliver known as Sarab, framing the Arrow for murder so he'd take Ra's al Ghul's offer to become the new Head of the Demon.
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Jake Simmons (Doug Jones)
The metahuman with the power to absorb electricity robbed banks while the Arrow — then believed to be Roy Harper — was incarcerated.
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Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough)
A former member of the League of Assassins, Damien was the sadistic leader of H.I.V.E., who planned to create a nuclear holocaust in order to rule the post-apocalyptic world. Oh, and he also killed Laurel Lance.
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Murmur (Adrian Glynn McMorran)
Michael Amar, a man with his mouth sewn shut, and his crew terrorized Starling City in season 3, eventually aligning with Damien Darhk in jail to lead a prison riot that resulted in Laurel Lance's death.
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Lonnie Machin (Alexander Calvert)
Otherwise known as Anarky, the former mob enforcer was enlisted by H.I.V.E. to prevent Queen family friend Jessica Danforth from running for mayor, but became hellbent on destroying both H.I.V.E. and the Green Arrow.
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Baron Reiter (Jimmy Akingbola)
The leader of the secret organization Shadowspire was determined to gain power, leading to a dogged quest for magic.
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Jeremy Tell (JR Bourne)
A metahuman known as Double Down, Jeremy could use his playing card tattoos as projectiles as he hunted down vigilantes in Star City for H.I.V.E.
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Liza Warner (Rutina Wesley)
Also known as Lady Cop, Liza was the leader of a Rogue Task Force of police officers who targeted drug dealers in order to steal their scores and make a profit.
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Andy Diggle (Eugene Byrd)
Believed dead at the hands of Deadshot, Andy actually went to work for H.I.V.E., causing the death of Laurel Lance. Subsequently, he was killed by his brother John.
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Vandal Savage (Casper Crump)
The immortal baddie that plagued the Legends of Tomorrow first appeared in the crossover episode between Arrow and The Flash, where he set his sights on killing Carter Hall and Kendra Saunders before being reduced to ash by his own Staff — though Malcolm Merlyn helped revive him.
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The Calculator (Tom Amandes)
Noah Kuttler was a cyber-criminal and the father of Felicity Smoak. He used Roy Harper to commit his crimes.
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The Demolition Team (Rachel Luttrell, Daniel Cudmore, Marc Trottier)
This team of mercenaries destroys buildings to kill their marks.
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Bug-Eyed Bandit (Emily Kinney)
After escaping Iron Heights, where she was imprisoned by Team Flash, Brie Larvan set her sights on stealing the Palmer Tech microchip that allows Felicity to walk because she has a tumor in her spine that will soon leave her paralyzed.
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Prometheus (Josh Segarra)
Adrian Chase was the demented son of a corrupt businessman who was killed by Oliver for being on his infamous List in season 1. Adrian then dedicated his life to systematically destroying Oliver's, first by getting close to him as the D.A., then by turning the Green Arrow into Public Enemy No. 1, and finally by kidnapping Oliver's son. He subsequently kille himself in order to blow up Lian Yu, on which all of Oliver's friends and family were stranded.
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Tobias Church (Chad L. Coleman)
A crime lord who attempted to take over the gangs of Star City, but was killed by Prometheus for trying to take out the Green Arrow.
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Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin)
In the wake of Laurel's death, Evelyn suited up as the Black Canary to get revenge on H.I.V.E. for killing her parents but eventually joined Team Arrow as Artemis. However, upon learning that Oliver was a killer in his early vigilante days, she turned on the team and began working with Prometheus.
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Konstantin Kovar (Dolph Lundgren)
The corrupt Russian government strongman, who used his power to bolster his own criminal organization while trying to take out the Bratva, eventually was killed by Oliver on the island.
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Stardust (Cody Runnels)
A former drug dealer who specialized in the creation of the Vertigo-derived drug Stardust, Derek Sampson was mutated into a superhuman after being thrown into a vat of chemicals.
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This as yet unknown and lethal vigilante targets corrupt individuals.
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During the crossover, a race of telepathic extra-terrestrial beings aimed to invade Earth to squash the growing metahuman population, trapping Oliver & Co. in a Matrix-like construct that depicted life if Oliver never boarded the Queen's Gambit.
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Black Siren (Katie Cassidy)
Laurel Lance's Earth-2 doppelgänger was freed from S.T.A.R. Labs' pipeline by Prometheus in order to emotionally attack Oliver and Team Arrow.
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General Walker (Garry Chalk)
The corrupt Army general attempted to frame Diggle for the theft of a WMD.
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Talia al Ghul (Lexa Doig)
The eldest daughter of Ra's al Ghul initially trained Oliver but took up training Adrian Chase upon learning that Ollie killed her father.
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This group of hackers, led by the mysterious Cayden James, supplied Felicity with data in exchange for her help initially on small, yet illegal missions... which eventually evolved into enlisting Felicity to help their leader escape A.R.G.U.S. custody — and if he was an enemy of A.R.G.U.S., his organization probably isn't good.