- "To use a bow and arrow requires patience... and discipline."
- —Oliver Queen to Helena Bertinelli[src]
A bow and arrow is a projectile weapon system used in the art of archery. The bow is a flexible piece of material which shoots aerodynamic projectiles called arrows, which usually consist of a shaft, an arrowhead attached to the front end, with fletchings and a nock at the other. A string joins the two ends of the bow, and when the string is drawn back, the ends of the stick are flexed. When the string is released, the potential energy of the flexed stick is transformed into the velocity of the arrow.
Most prominently, Oliver Queen uses a bow and arrow as the hero Green Arrow, among a multitude of others who have also wielded the weapons.
- Emiko Adachi/Green Arrow
- Frank Cassaday/The Mirror
- Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress
- Carrie Cutter/Cupid
- Damien Darhk (deceased)
- Nyssa al Ghul
- Ra's al Ghul (deceased)
- Talia al Ghul
- Various League of Assassins members
- Yao Fei Gulong (deceased)
- Roy Harper/Arsenal
- Simon Lacroix/Komodo
- Sara Lance
- Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer (deceased)
- Tommy Merlyn/Dark Archer (deceased)
- Adrian Chase/Prometheus (deceased)
- Mia Queen/Green Arrow
- Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
- Thea Queen/Speedy
- Shado (deceased)
- Evelyn Sharp/Artemis
- Maseo Yamashiro/Sarab (deceased)
Types of bows
Oliver Queen as the Hood, the Arrow, and Green Arrow primarily uses his own customized bow. In the past, Oliver has used a recurve bow, too short for his form, and a longbow after his recurve bow was destroyed. He is also in possession of a pistol crossbow, outfitted for use as a grappling hook, which he rarely uses. Oliver had used a custom-made Oneida Kestrel compound bow until sometime after Adrian Chase's death in which he started using another recurve bow. His arrows are primarily green, and also has several trick arrows at his disposal.
He and Shado also used Yao Fei Gulong's longbow and arrows during his time on the island. Helena as the Huntress uses a handgun-sized crossbow due to her lack of training and precision in archery. Malcolm Merlyn as the Dark Archer used a customized compound-recurve bow. Roy Harper used a customized recurve bow as the vigilante Arsenal.
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