Oliver Queen and his father are lost at sea when their luxury yacht sinks, apparently in a storm. His father dies, but Oliver survives for five years on an uncharted island and eventually returns home. But he wasn't alone on the island where he learned not only how to fight and survive but also of his father's corruption and unscrupulous business dealings. He returns to civilization a changed man, determined to put things right. He disguises himself with the hood of one of his mysterious island mentors, arms himself with a bow and sets about hunting down the men and women who have corrupted his city. Written by
The past has prepared him
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Did You Know?
In the comics, Green Arrow often had a sidekick named Speedy, who in turn became the subject of a fairly controversial run of the book when he was revealed to have a drug addiction. In the TV show, Queen's sister has the nickname Speedy (to her brother at least) and is shown to be an occasional drug user. She would later meet Roy Harper, who in the comics was the original Speedy. Additionally in the comics, there was a second Speedy named Mia Deardon who, like Thea Queen was also a girl. Thea's middle name is Deardon, as is her mother's, Moira Deardon Queen. See more
In the promotional picture for the series it shows a shirtless Oliver. The scars from his time on the island are visible, but there is no tattoo. During the series Oliver has a tattoo on his chest, a tattoo that plays an important role in at least one episode (1x03 "Lone Gunmen") and has been visible in every other episode. See more
My name is Oliver Queen. For five years I was stranded on an island with only one goal - survive. Now I will fulfill my father's dying wish - to use the list of names he left me and bring down those who are poisoning my city. To do this, I must become someone else. I must become something else.
The Warner Bros shield is colored green and behind it there are arrows flying. See more
Referenced in The Flash: Flash vs. Arrow