Oliver Queen was asked to do the American Ninja Warrior challenge for Red Nose Day, and to everyone there’s surprise (except for Diggle, Thea, and Felicity of course) Oliver does the course flawlessly.
So I just had this thought about the s3-s4 era of Arrow and how the start dates of all the costumed heroes stack up
The Arrow: Fall 2012
Arsenal: Spring 2014
Black Canary: Winter 2015
Speedy: Spring 2015
Green Arrow: Fall 2015
By the end of s3 both the Arrow and Arsenal are out due to Roy’s sacrifice. Oliver’s on there twice because according to s4, the public honestly believes the
Arrow and Green Arrow to be two separate individuals. So…
Can I have the AU where the citizens of Star City and the
press recognize Black Canary as the leader/senior member of the group? Like news
reports will lead with “The Black Canary and her team of vigilantes blah blah
blah etc.” There’s no such thing as “Team Arrow” in Star City. Nah, people tend
to call it the “Canary Crew” or “Canary & Co.”
And the citizens love
Black Canary. Especially in the Glades. She’s the one that rallied them to
fight back against Brick, remember? She’ll fight off anyone, from crazy
assassin leagues to that guy who just tried to mug a woman walking home from
her job. She’ll take the time to save your kids and send them off to safety
with a wink and a smile. No one can get her action figure in Star City for
Christmas because it’s sold out.
They all have a healthy admiration for Speedy and Spartan,
too. Over those summer months, those two established their street cred and
respect among the citizens and criminals alike. Everybody knows you don’t want
to go up against Speedy when she’s angry. And Spartan? Have you seen that guy’s
arms? If he takes you out with the
tranq gun, count yourself lucky. That’s mercy.
And when the Green Arrow rolls into town and puts his face
up on television, Star City isn’t impressed. Guy in a green hood, yeah, they’ve
seen it all before. Nice try, rookie. Doesn’t he know commandeering the
televisions is a bad guy move in this town? They start taking bets on whether or
not this newbie’s going to disappear for weeks or months at a time like the
Arrow always did.
Damien Darhk can’t be bothered with Green Arrow after their
first fight. He barely broke a sweat tossing that archer aside, what should he
spare him a second thought for? Time to deal with the real thorns in his side for the last five months, Black Canary and
When Oliver gets asked questions about his policy on
vigilantes as a mayor candidate, it’s the Black Canary’s name on every
reporter’s lips, usually paired with Spartan or Speedy. Occasionally there’ll
be an added “and that new arrow-guy”, like an afterthought.
And that’s how it hits him. He’s not the gatekeeper of
heroism. He never was. Just because he was the Hood five years ago doesn’t mean anything.
Being first isn’t what’s important, it’s your commitment that counts. That’s what people remember.
So he resolves, truly this time – and not on television or
in some grand speech, just quietly, to himself – to never give up on his city
again. To finish what he started. To be as worthy of the hero mantle as all the
others who didn’t need his permission or approval to earn it.
The next time they team up with their Central City
counterparts, the name Team Arrow starts getting bandied around in the base. No
one’s surprised when Oliver looks up with a no-nonsense, “We’re not called
No, the shock comes when he takes a step that places him
right next to Laurel, lays a hand on her arm – like he always does – and continues, “Pretty sure word on the street says
we’re Canary’s Company.”
Most of the others have looks ranging from surprise to
bemusement. Diggle’s is far more considering, though that’s nothing unusual. Thea’s
one of the first to give an approving nod. Then Cisco adds his ruling of,
But Oliver’s eyes are on Laurel.
She’s the most stunned of all. Then slowly, ever so slowly
like she’s daring to believe it little by little, her eyes soften and crinkle
at the corners as a smile spreads over her lips and lights up the whole room.
And he knows, somehow, he’s found his way back to a hero’s