Character Spotlight: The Arrow

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The Man Under the Hood

Name: Oliver “The Arrow” Queen

Game(s): Injustice: Gods Among Us, Lego Batman Beyond Gotham DLC

Archetype: Fighter

Class: Weapons Master

Skills/Attributes:

  • Expert Archer
  • Expert Hand-to-Hand Fighter
  • Extremely Agile
  • Strong Will
  • Resilient Body
  • Lots o’ Baggage

Overview:

So we’re bending the rules a bit here, as The Arrow actually started as a TV show character, not a video game character, however he’s been requested quite often, and he’s technically in Injustice: Gods AND Lego Batman, soooo here we are!  Now, a couple things: I’ll be referring to him as “The Arrow” because calling him just “Arrow” is silly.  Also, I realize that “The Arrow” the TV show character is way different from “The Green Arrow” comic book character, so this obviously shouldn’t be taken as a program for HIM.

Now, let’s talk about The Arrow a bit.  He’s a pretty muscular dude, though not huge, and his well-rounded combat skills are pretty damn impressive.  I’d say this places him pretty squarely in the fighter archetype, and his skill with a bow, as well as escrima, sword, and other assorted hurty-things lands him squarely in the weapons master class.  Let’s see how we’re going to crack this (angsty, somewhat impulsive) nut!

ArrowWorkout

So The Arrow is pretty freaking ripped.  Seriously, Stephen Amell (the guy who plays The Arrow) is in awesome shape, and this goes beyond the ability to perform the feat known as ‘The Salmon Ladder’ (something I’m going to need to conquer in my quest to become an American Ninja Warrior).  The Arrow isn’t just strong, though, he’s also incredibly agile and extremely capable in almost any situation.  We’re going to focus on becoming the most “functional” person we can in The Arrow Workout.

ArrowSkills

In The Skills of the Arrow, we’re obviously going to start by focusing on archery.  The Arrow’s skills with a bow are almost inhuman, and we’re going to need a lot of work to reach his level, so we need to get started!  After archery, we’re going to take a look at some other weaponry and combat skills as well, since The Arrow’s abilities go beyond just the bow and arrow.

Oliver’s also incredibly resilient, physically, so we’re going to look at how to toughen ourselves up a bit (we may or may not be slapping some water).  We’re also going to look at ways to heal and recover from injuries (or over-training) faster.  We may not have magical chinese herbs, but we’ve got other options.

ArrowMind

Finally, in The Mind of the Arrow, we’re going to examine the psyche of a man who’s obsessed with protecting his city and his loved ones, often to the point of self-harm.  I warn you, I’m not going to be pulling any punches here, so if you’re looking for your standard hero worship type examination here, you might be a bit disappointed.  The Arrow’s got some serious issues going on, beyond just your usual “dark and broody” type situation.  We’ll talk about his these affect his decision making, both in battle and in life.

That’s our basic road map!  I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am!  I’ll see you again on Thursday, for The Arrow Workout!  Until then, remember to live boldly, change the world, and continue to be awesome!

Dan “DaRatmastah” Wallace

 

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8 thoughts on “Character Spotlight: The Arrow

    • DaRatmastah says:

      Awesome! Before I get to the skills section, do you have any recommendations for online resources, or anything cool about archery?

      • Darrell Johnson says:

        I just asked some friends who where into it and then I basically just listed the type of Archery training they did in the show 😛

  1. darkjedijr says:

    If you are looking for good archery stuff just do a quick google search for instinctive archery since that’s mostly what arrow would be doing, he uses a recurve and no sights which is my favorite way to shoot! Excited to see the rest of this series! Keep up the great work!!!

  2. Lee says:

    I’ve been trying to figure out a character to take on for a while and The Arrow was always the one i was hoping for but thought you’d never do because he’s a tv character, so very much appreciated 🙂

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