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.
The past has prepared him (Season 1)
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Did You Know?
In the comics, Oliver Queen is known for sporting a trademark goatee. Stephen Amell
reportedly allowed his beard to grow during the Season 2 hiatus and fashioned a goatee while shaving it and "looked like someone with a record trying to blend into a new city." When asked if his version would ever use the goatee, he tweeted "100% no. Never. Our show could go 14 seasons and a goatee will never appear. Hope that clears things up. Forever." An older Oliver, however, does sport the goatee in DC's Legends of Tomorrow
(2016), based on Frank Miller
's "The Dark Knight Returns". 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
You know who he is under that hood, don't you?
I know exactly who he is. He's my friend.
That's why you don't want him dead.
Death would be a release from this life, and his sentence has yet to be carried out.
The DC Comics logo is colored green and features a comic-book image of Green Arrow. See more
Edited into Arrow: Year One