- "Tell me, Mr. Queen. Are you prepared to sacrifice your freedom for her!?"
- —Edward Fyers' last words to Oliver Queen while holding Shado at gunpoint.[src]
Edward Fyers (died 2008) was a mercenary hired by Amanda Waller to decimate China's economy by shooting down a Ferris Air flight heading into the country, unaware that his mission was really an assassination of Chien Na Wei. Having captured the disgraced General Yao Fei Gulong, who was exiled on Fyers' base of operations, Lian Yu, he planned to frame Yao Fei for his plan. However, after Oliver Queen became shipwrecked on Lian Yu, he, Slade Wilson, and Shado successfully foiled the plan and Fyers was killed by Oliver.
Activities on Lian Yu
Edward Fyers was hired by Amanda Waller to begin working on a terrorist plot to destroy China's economy by shooting a flight heading into the country. Unknown to him, this was secretly an assassination attempt on Chien Na Wei. She sent him and his men to Lian Yu. Fyers later shot down a plane flown by Slade Wilson and Billy Wintergreen, who had come to rescue Yao Fei Gulong from the island. He offered the Australian soldiers to join him, and while Wintergreen accepted, Wilson refused and fought his way out alongside Yao Fei. They made plans to escape but were eventually separated thanks to Fyers.
Some time after Oliver Queen was shipwrecked on Lian Yu, Fyers' men captured Oliver and took him to their camp. Oliver was brought in front of him, and Fyers showed him a picture of Yao Fei in a military uniform. When questioned, Oliver claimed that he'd never seen the man, but Edward could easily tell that he was lying. He asked a second time, but Oliver wouldn't talk, so Fyers called in Billy Wintergreen. Billy proceeded to torture Oliver by cutting his body with a katana as Edward watched on. When Billy was finished, Oliver still refused to speak, so Fyers instructed Wintergreen to kill him, only for Yao Fei to burst in and escape with Oliver.
Fyers eventually tricked Yao Fei into capturing him and taking him back to the cave where he hid with Oliver, while allowing his men to track them. Fyers' men captured Yao Fei, though Oliver managed to escape.
After failing to get Yao Fei to cooperate with his plan, he had his daughter, Shado, kidnapped and used her as leverage to force Yao Fei's cooperation with their plan. Oliver came to the camp to free Yao Fei, only to find that Yao Fei was now working for Fyers.
Fyers then had Yao Fei fight Oliver in the camp's fighting ring where Yao Fei easily beat Oliver. Fyers forced Yao Fei to kill Oliver. Instead, Yao Fei faked Oliver's death and gave him a map to Slade Wilson's hideout.
Fyers ordered a shipment of compound bows to be delivered to the island and demanded Yao Fei teach archery to some of his men after seeing how Yao Fei's skills with a bow and arrow defeated his best soldiers. After taking out a makeshift airfield, Oliver snuck into Fyers' camp to rescue Yao Fei but he would not leave without Shado, so Oliver was captured. However, before he could be executed, Slade freed him and escaped with him. Fyers later rewarded Yao Fei's loyalty by granting him five minutes with Shado.
At some point, Slade and Oliver stole a circuit board from the missile launcher that was integral to Fyers' plan. He agreed to give them a boat if they gave it back, but went back on his word and threatened to shoot Shado if they did not hand it over. A firefight broke out, and Yao Fei, Shado, Slade, and Oliver escaped. However, Yao Fei was injured and he forced the others to leave him behind.
Fyers forced Yao Fei to track down Oliver, Shado, and Slade. Surrounded, they were forced to go to Fyers, who revealed his plan: To shoot a Ferris Air jetline out of the sky, thus causing an international incident and damaging China's economy, as flights in and out of China would be halted indefinitely due to not knowing if another commercial plane would be shot down. He revealed that Yao Fei would take the fall for this act. After Yao Fei recorded the video where he claimed responsibility, Edward shot him in the head, as he was no longer useful.
Oliver furiously broke free of his restraints and freed his friends, after which they battled Fyers and his mercenaries. Oliver and Shado succeeded in reprogramming the missile, which dropped and hit Fyers' compound, destroying almost everything in it and killing his men. Infuriated, the surviving Fyers took Shado hostage and threatened to kill her. Musing that a meticulously executed 2-year plan was undone by a shipwrecked playboy, Fyers stated that he can call in a rescue plane if Oliver stops messing with his plans, and asked him if he was willing to sacrifice his freedom for Shado. Shado quietly nodded to Oliver, who shot an arrow through Fyers' throat, killing him.
Fyers was an individual who would do anything for money, he was cold, ruthless and immoral, he had no guilt or remorse for his actions, he was not above killing or torturing innocent individuals if he had something gain or if they got in his way, and he was a liar, like when he told Oliver Queen that Yao Fei Gulong was a dangerous criminal and was sent to Lian Yu by the Chinese government for massacring innocent people, so Oliver would turn against Yao Fei. However, Oliver correctly did not believe him.
Fyers seemed have been deemed too vile by Amanda Waller to carry out a simple assassination of a notorious criminal, because she decided to lie to him about the mission being one to destabilize a major economy so he would accept.
Fyers was not above using bribery to get what he wanted; for example, when he told Oliver that if he stopped interfering in his plan, Fyers would get him off the island. However, this backfired as Oliver was no longer the selfish individual he once was; as Oliver killed Fyers in retaliation for what he had done to Yao Fei and Shado.
- Edward Fyers is the first person who was, directly, killed by Oliver Queen on Lian Yu (not including the unnamed mercenary Oliver killed by accident while trying to find Slade).
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Edward Fyers is a former CIA operative who first appeared in the comic Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #3 (1987). Though they are occasionally enemies in the comics, they also work together sometimes and Fyers is more of an anti-hero than a straight villain like he is on the show.
- Fyers served as the main antagonist of the "flashbacks arc" of Season 1 of Arrow.