In his career as Green Arrow, Oliver Queen has custom designed many strange arrowheads (as well as some pretty epic ones), many of which are interchangeable and can be used for any sized arrow shaft. Some of these arrowheads have made their way onto the small screen (to the delight of fans), but some are just too out there for the hit #DC show.
The skill behind building these gimmicky arrows came out of necessity when he was left stranded on an island. For example, In Green Arrow: Year One, before refining the costumed identity of Green Arrow, Oliver Queen was stranded on the island of Fiji and forced to fend for himself. One of the first trick arrows he created was a flame arrow, which he used against drug runners working for China White.
These arrows have, in recent times, been put on the back burner, but they're a classic staple of the character, and at the very least, provide classic nostalgia for long term fans of #GreenArrow.
These arrows have proved both useful and comical over the years; you either love them or hate them. I've compiled a list of some of the more "out there" trick arrows that Green Arrow has utilized over the years.
(Note: Not all the arrows featured in the images are representative of their respective names. Due to the age of some of the trick arrows mentioned, some images can't be scaled to size, but most of GA's arrow heads look very similar until fired).
10. Greek Fire Arrow
Oliver Queen has used explosive arrows throughout his career (as seen above), but none is more impressive than his famous Greek Fire Arrow. This arrow utilizes the weaponized fire perfected by the ancient Greeks, releasing a stream of fire that can burn on any surface, including water. This arrow can be used at long distances, leaving a perfect line of raging flame onto (or into) its intended target. If used at close range, this arrow releases said flames into its target causing catastrophic and fatal damage.
9. Drill Arrow
During his time stranded on an island, and with no #Netflix to keep him occupied, Oliver Queen crafted his first set of trick arrows. He managed to create a net arrow, used to catch fish, and a drill arrow made from his recycled socks. This arrow must have been a favorite of his, as he later modernized it to include a metal drill bit. It's a useful arrow to have at hand for those tricky situations, especially when you include it in his DIY-esque collection of arrows that include: arrows tipped with a flashlight, a buzz saw, and an acetylene torch. In your face, Bob The Builder.
8. Phantom Zone Arrow
Green Arrow's sidekick, Speedy, stole this blue arrow from #Superman and kept it for some time, just in case. This is an arrow that has a pretty impressive pay off. Once it hits, it opens a portal to the Phantom Zone. The archer can either shoot it at the person they want to transport to the Phantom Zone, or shoot it at a blunt surface and — using the old method of team work (or haste) — can then knock said person into the portal. Like most, the portal only remains open for a short time. Admittedly, this one is pretty cool, and with #Supergirl now part of the #CW line up, maybe Oliver Queen will want a little backup, just in case.
7. Aqua-Themed Arrows
Green Arrow's had some pretty crazy ideas back in the day, especially when it came to crafting specialized arrow heads. Occasionally, there has been cause to head into the depths of our oceans, but no master archer would dare take a trip into the briny deep without their aqua-themed arrows, right? These crazy aqua arrows were fired with an Aqua-Bow. This was a speargun/crossbow hybrid allowing said arrows to be fired underwater, and included an Electric Eel, Glow fish, Jellyfish, and Octopus arrow. Let us not forget the ever useful Aqua-Lung Arrow; it was a fully functioning oxygen mask with the unnecessary inclusion of an arrow shaft sticking out of the end. Surely, the oxygen mask alone would work right? I mean, why would you ever want to fire an oxygen mask at another person's face?
Green Arrow and Speedy even had an Arrow-Submarine. We've already seen Oliver Queen's private submarine on #LegendsOfTomorrow, so why not have him fire an Octopus at someone's face eventually? (The image below is small, but I just had to let you see it for yourselves).
6. Fake Cat Arrow
This arrow is unlikely to make it's way to the television series or even the modern books, but nevertheless, Green Arrow deemed this arrowhead worth inventing and using once upon a time. I'm not overly sure when this bad boy would come in handy or how he even carried the damn thing, but Green Arrow did indeed own and use a (insert big sigh here) fake cat arrow. Man threats were easily dealt with back in the day. Again, the picture is off scale, but come on — look at it.
5. Atomic Warhead Arrow
It's not the most subtle of arrowheads, but hey, nobody is going to mess with a guy that has the power to level a city balancing on the end of his shaft (poor choice of words). I can see the appeal of this weapon when fighting intergalactic beings on their own turf, or even in space, but I would not recommend keeping this in your regular rotation when patrolling the city, Mr. Queen. Also, keep it away from Felicity or she'll have more than just Ragman to explain herself to.
4. Stickum-Shaft Arrow
The Stickum-Shaft arrow seems pretty self explanatory, right? I'm not entirely sure what use this had when you've already got a glue arrow in your quiver, but nevertheless, Green Arrow crafted this bad boy and came up with the catchy name on the fly. He even shot this arrow at his eventual love interest, Black Canary, hitting her and covering her in a sticky goo (say what you will). I'd love to see this on #Arrow, just to hear Stephen Amell say "Stickum-Shaft."
3. Antler Arrow
This one is just crazy, and given that the #CW's Green Arrow doesn't really combat wild animals in Star City, I don't think this one's going to make it on to the show. However, they did find a way to utilize the boxing glove arrow and make it look cool, so who knows. The crazy thing about the above image is that, not only does Green Arrow have such a specifically designed arrowhead for antlered beasts, but he completely forgets that he has is. Speedy is on hand however, to not only remind our Emerald Archer, but also throw down a little science lesson on the behaviors of the battling moose and how the arrow works — go Speedy.
2. Chimney Sweep Arrow
Back in the comic book when Roy Harper went by the name of Speedy, long before he made his way to Arrow, Roy was quite the sidekick. Over the years he and Green Arrow have utilized many useful and amazing trick arrows, but this one, although useful (to a handful), was less than amazing. This tool was your average arrow shaft with a propeller built onto the tip to create upward thrust, and thus clear a chimney. Very handy if you're ever lurking around Victorian London.
1. Boxing Glove Arrow & Parachute Arrow
There have been some pretty crazy arrowheads fashioned over the years — some extremely effective and impressive, others a bit insane and just downright crazy. But these two take the top spot for a very special reason. On paper, the boxing glove and parachute arrow both have a certain clumsy charm. The parachute arrow being the more useful of the two, while the boxing glove arrow has been made fun of for years; it's been the butt of many jokes.
These two arrowheads take the top spot of this list because they've both been translated from page to screen successfully (along with others), The parachute arrow was used to great effect displaying Oliver Queen's inventive genius in an action-packed and daring escape. The boxing glove arrow was implemented as a wink to the fans, but was done in such a cool way that it made it look just that, cool, and not at all cheesy.
Check out all of the arrows that Oliver Queen has used in action below:
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What other crazy and insane arrowheads do you have to add to the list? Green Arrow has had a few over the years so I've bound to have missed a couple. Sound off in the comments section below and have your say.