Arrow: 10 Villains That Should Appear in the Show

Arrow: 10 Villains That Should Appear in the Show

What are some villainous characters from the Green Arrow and DC comics that should show up on the Arrow television series? Here are ten examples of some well known names and some rather obscure ones that could be done justice.

Season 2 of Arrow seems to be filled with tons of characters from DC Comics—some of which even have superhuman abilities. Apparently, the floodgates have opened and a wider variety of characters are available to be used on the show.

Because of this, everyone is wondering what other characters we'll be seeing throughout the run of the series, and everyone has their own likes and dislikes.

While I personally could go on and on about an ideal situation where we'd see a young Nightwing and various other heroes that I'd like to see appear, I figured I would put a little spin on things and write up a generic list of 10 characters that realistically could and should show up for at least one episode of Arrow, whether it's in this season or the next.

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Let's get the ball rolling with an easy one...


Being a show on the CW network, which essentially revolves around casting young, attractive model-types in every role and focusing heavily on romance even in their superhero shows, this is a perfect character to throw into the mix of things.

A sexy young woman who develops a crush on Green Arrow and becomes obsessed with him to the point where she calls herself "Cupid"? That stalker angle combined with a short-lived fling could make for a nice arc. She could also be someone who targets Laurel out of jealousy.

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A running theme for the show is corruption in the powerful people that occupy Starling City. Thomas Bolt can be boiled down to the mayor of the city that dresses up as a vigilante (Steelclaw) and gets involved in the drug scene, eventually being killed by a gang controlled by drug dealer Marty Costa.

Perhaps Thomas is a friend of Moira Queen's, giving her another person in her life that has been bitten by the vigilante bug.

Mayor Thomas Bolt Steelclaw in Arrow


Let's face it, this character is never going to find its way into a Batman film, so why not use him on Arrow instead? He makes for a perfect recurring villain that is completely within the realms of possibility. After all, Temple Fugate is just a normal guy with a remarkable ability to tell time and plan crimes around it.

They would need to go with the Temple Fugate version of the character, though, as opposed to William Tockman. That name is just absolutely ridiculous and loses all seriousness. Once you start going campy, you lose out on what makes this character so dangerous.

DC Clock King Villain Bio


Sometimes, you need a straight up assassin to get the job done. We've already seen Deathstroke and Deadshot, so why not give a new guy an episode to shine where it doesn't matter if he's killed off? Nobody would shed a tear if Slingshot of all people is slain after one episode.

He doesn't necessarily need to use slingshots or anything of the sort, but David Drayson is a cop killer. This would be an interesting way to tie Detective Lance into things.

Slingshot in Arrow TV Show


Not everything can be about corrupt businessmen, assassinations and killers. A crazy cult presents a good opportunity to stack the odds against our hero with more than one foe at a time (also giving Diggle something to do by backing him up, and dare I say, Arsenal?)

The Southern Order of Change can spawn from the terrors of the Glades, where danger lurks around ever corner. When you live in such a horrible place, you look for any means to get out of it. If a religious brainwashing by someone like Billy Miggs is what you use for an escape, you'd fight tooth and nail to keep that illusion going on, wouldn't you?

Arrow Reverend Billy Miggs


The island needs some love, too, doesn't it?! Who cares if this is an Aquaman character! Can you imagine the threat from the sea being this guy and the troops he commands?

Black Manta isn't a character that requires Aquaman's presence to explain his origins and what he's all about. You don't need to delve into a rich history of Atlantean backstory to enjoy the fun that you can get out of this classic, armored villain.

Black Manta in Arrow


Wait! Wait! Hear me out!

I'm not proposing that we have someone literally use super-spray-paint to fly around and fight Oliver. That would be insane for a show that isn't built around the ludicrous ideas that used to work several decades ago in the comics.

Rather, Ozone can be a graffiti artist friend of Roy Harper's from the Glades. He can even reform and be an occasional, mischievous ally. So far, we haven't seen a lot of the people that Roy associates himself with, so Ozone could be a nice little nod to a character from the comics rather than making up a totally new one to serve essentially the same purpose if they ever decide to start fleshing out Roy's background.

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A villain who wants to prove that even a normal man can take down heroes and specifically wounds Black Canary. Sold.

Peter Lomax just screams a simple must for this show. He's incredibly easy to translate onto the screen and there are essentially no negatives working against him. No CGI is necessary, no worrying that you're wasting a character with a ton of potential for future franchise involvement, etc.

If you want to stretch things even further, Peter Lomax could be a romantic interest for Laurel during her split from Ollie. Or, if this twist on Black Canary is true, wherein the first incarnation of the character will be Laurel's sister, you can tie his appearance into her instead.

Peter Lomax in Arrow TV Show


This would just be pure fun as it would consist of a battle of gimmicks. One man's shooting arrows, the other man is throwing boomerangs. Nuff said.

On top of this, the inclusion of The Flash in season 2 means that this character could easily exist in this universe. You can go with George "Digger" Harkness or Owen Mercer. Either one works.

TV Arrow Flash Characters Show


Supposedly, Onomatopoeia was going to be in season 1, but they were convinced to change him after reading Kevin Smith's comments stating that the character could not be translated well.

Is there a chance that having a guy walk around saying "bang" and "pow" and "blam" could come off stupid? Sure. But why not use that to your advantage and just play up the insanity of it? There's also a chance that, if you pull it off correctly, this could be weird and disturbing. It certainly doesn't hurt that the costume is awesome and could be a huge factor into the coolness of seeing him on screen.

Comics Onomatopoeia Villain

There you have it, ten examples of villains that could find their way onto the show and work within the continuity. If you're a fan of this article, let me know and I may very well follow it up with some other lists.

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Tainted87 - 9/5/2013, 8:09 AM
This is a great article, bravo!
I started out hating Arrow. The character directions of Laurel, Thea, and Quentin Lance were simply going around and around, and it seemed about a quarter of the way through that there was no indication anything would change.
It was like, on one hand: you have this established badass who does awesome stunts, seems to really suffer from his PTSD, and is helping himself recover by using the Hood identity. The action is fantastic.

On the OTHER hand: you have this HORRIBLE supporting cast who do little else but bitch and moan about Oliver.

Then Diggle found out his identity, and following that, Felicity - and it's like the show improved DRASTICALLY. Those two became part of a life where it's like we really don't care what happens to anyone else BUT them. I think if the show didn't change things up with them nearly half-way, I'd have truly dismissed it completely.

What Arrow Season 2 needs is a busload of likeable characters who may not even last long, but at the very least - make audiences care what happens to them.

Oh, and I think Onomatopoeia would be awesome.
NCboyChris - 9/5/2013, 11:39 AM
Well written and nice use of villains I have never heard of. Sounds like there is a lot of hidden potential in the series that I already love!!!!!
jlabatman - 9/5/2013, 11:44 AM
Since most of his villains are obsure and unknown, they are really going to have to make the villains stand out!
DC4everLantern - 9/5/2013, 12:46 PM
BIGDane42 - 9/5/2013, 1:14 PM
Love the character, but how would they be able to pull off Onomatopoeia?
Knightrider - 9/5/2013, 1:15 PM
Another Batman villain, who will probably never be used in a Batman film, that would be great for this show: The ventrilagist.
Himura - 9/5/2013, 1:37 PM
I LOVE this show. I just hope the more obscure villains you mentioned don't go the "Vertigo" route...
MrCamw1 - 9/5/2013, 1:43 PM
All I want is to see the Question and Zatanna. The question could be on the show following some ridiculous case and comes across Green Arrow. (Note that Oliver should be freaked out or surprised that the man has no face). For Zatanna, she should come across star city finding leads to her fathers death(Another note being that she does not technically have to have supernatural powers, but be a really good magician, and make her good with hand to hand combat, same thing for the Question as well).
Vedder - 9/5/2013, 2:08 PM
Hasn't the politically correct crew changed Black Manta to Devilray? Its funny how characters who were black men, need to put Black in their heroe-villain title, eg Black Lightning. Like calling Flash, the White Flash. Haha.
TheFox - 9/5/2013, 2:40 PM
Hey-- you left out the most obvious one of all:


Think about it-- the Nolan Batman trilogy is over. Arrow is the closest thing we have to a continuation of that universe. So why not exploit the one great Batman villain that didn't get the Nolan treatment, but very easily could have?

I know, I know-- there's every indication that this show is going to be folded into the DC cinematic universe (since the Flash is spinning off from it), which would mean that if the Riddler showed up on Arrow, it'd have to be the same Riddler that Ben Affleck would theoretically fight.

But I don't care.


Bread - 9/5/2013, 5:39 PM
Red Hood please
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Bearjew - 9/5/2013, 6:34 PM
Love the idea of Onomatopoeia, Ozone would be cool, I love easter
Eggs. I'm not really into the twist on Black Canary but who the [frick] cares? I can't wait to see what Metamorpho looks like
Blackreverend - 9/5/2013, 7:44 PM
Love your list and completely agree with all of them... Especially Black Manta, Steel Claw and Onomatopia.

I think Captain Boomerang would be the hardest to adapt because we would have to explain his accuracy, strength and speed. Realistically speaking nobody throws hard enough for boomerangs to be a weapon or compete with arrows and bullets...
SnapperCarr - 9/5/2013, 10:46 PM
I don't know why you had to mention Batman when talking about Clock King, seeing as Clock King is a Green Arrow villain first, and a Batman villain second.
Tainted87 - 9/5/2013, 11:21 PM
toekneemango - 9/5/2013, 11:59 PM
Thanks for all the praise, guys! Glad you enjoyed it as much as I had fun writing it.

@ Tainted87 – I wasn't insanely impressed for the first few episodes, but I grew to enjoy it a lot. It's nowhere near my favorite show on TV right now (How I Met Your Mother), but it's something I'm always looking forward to. It definitely picked up steam midway through the season.

@nibs – I've actually got a backlog of about 8 other names that I had ideas for, but I figured I would save them for a sequel article. Some of them are even more obscure, but can oddly fit in as well.

@NCboyChris – There's so much potential to bring out the fun stuff that never sees the light of day. I'm always trying to defend the use of more cameos and characters from the comics in movies/television. Why not, right? They're already there.

@jlabatman – That's part of the fun, trying to take something that might seem ridiculous and make it work. Things went well for Mr. Freeze in Batman TAS lol

@DC4everLantern – Wooooo!!

@BIGDane42 – Maybe his psychosis can be played out in scenes where he does things like pulls the trigger on an unloaded gun and says "bang" to scare someone he's interrogating. That could ease the idea into the mind of the viewer, rather than jumping straight into a gunfight with a guy going "KA-POWW!!" haha

@Knightrider – I've actually been trying to think of a way to include Ventriloquist in the sequel to this article, but I'm currently a bit stumped.

@Himura – I was disappointed in Vertigo a bit myself, too.

@MrCamw1 – I want Question to pop up so bad and just act like an extension of what he was on Justice League: Unlimited. That was so ridiculously entertaining. Very good idea for Zatanna.

@TheFox – The only reason I haven't added Riddler in here is that I'm holding out hope that he'll be used as the primary villain in the next Batman film.

@Blackreverend – If I forgave them for that weird jump that Ollie did off the building at the beginning of the series, I'll forgive them for whatever way they manage to pull off Captain Boomerang haha
Extricator - 9/6/2013, 7:38 AM
Good stuff, all of these ,and more could be great additions to the show.
GranGoose - 9/6/2013, 2:27 PM
Captain Boomerang will be pilot named Captain Jack Boomer which is sexual slaves trafficker.

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