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
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Did You Know?
Based in the long running DC Comics character of Green Arrow. Created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp. Green Arrow first appeared in More Fun Comics #73, November 1941. As in the comic, Arrow's secret identity/alter ego is Oliver Queen, billionaire playboy. However, in the original comic, Oliver Queen was the former mayor of fictional Star City, and in the television show, Oliver Queen is the son of the billionaire who developed most of similarly named Starling City. 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
[Season Two opening
My name is Oliver Queen. After five years on a hellish island, I have come home with only one goal- to save my city. But to do that, I can't be the killer I once was. To honor my friend's memory, I must be someone else. I must be something else.