"You barely defeated Malcolm Merlyn, at nearly the cost of your own life. What hope would you have against the man who trained him?"
—Al-Owal taunting Oliver Queen[src]

Al-Owal (Arabic: الأول; for The First) (died 2013) was a sword-wielding assassin and a member of the League of Assassins. He, along with two other members of the League, attempted to bring back Sara Lance to Ra's al Ghul.


Al-Owal broke into Queen Mansion and attacked both Oliver and Sara. During their fight he almost killed Sara before Oliver gained the upper hand, forcing him to retreat. He later fought both Sara and Oliver at a pesticide factory which he was using as a base, however he was unable to defeat them. Al-Owal later confronted Sara at her hideout with members of the League of Assassins. The Arrow arrived in time and they engaged in a fight. Al-Owal was killed by Sara when she snapped his neck. Sara hoped this would prevent details of her circumstances getting back to the League.[1]


  • Peak of human physical condition: As a highly skilled assassin, Al-Owal was in excellent physical form for a man of his age, able to go toe-to-toe with and nearly defeat both Oliver Queen and Sara Lance and overpower Sara even while wounded from a trap, showing great pain tolerance, suffering little pain from the injury. He had phenomenal reflexes that allowed him to easily catch an arrow shot at him by Oliver, (a feat that only individuals of outstanding physical conditioning have accomplished) and done so from behind his head.
  • Master combatant/Martial artist: As a high-ranking member of the League of Assassins, Al-Owal had gone through the training all League members do, being the trainer of the extremely deadly Malcolm Merlyn as well as being skilled enough to be send after Sara Lance, one of the League's best fighters, after she went rogue, Al-Owal was an outstandingly proficient martial artist.. He was capable of fighting both Oliver and Sara on equal footing, even managing to gain the upper hand at times, separating Oliver from Sara and defeating Sara, only losing upon being stabbed by a knife from Oliver and then immediately attacked. He later managed to gain the upper hand over Oliver, forcing the vigilante to flee when he was briefly blinded by smoke. Even while wounded by a trap, he was still able to eventually overpower Sara, only later being blindsided and restrained due to the fact he was still recovering from a surprise attack from Oliver.
    • Master swordsman: Al-Owal was a highly proficient swordsman, able to hold his own against Oliver and Sara.



Season 2



  1. "League of Assassins"