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"Isn't that what Anarchy is? The intersection of seemingly unconnected events?"
—Lonnie Machin[src]


Lonnie Machin, nicknamed Anarky by Felicity Smoak, is the foster son of the late Michael and Crystal Olguin. Machin was a former part-time mob enforcer who was originally hired by Damien Darhk to stop Jessica Danforth from running for mayor. However, after his disfigurement, Machin became an anarchist with the intentions of destroying both H.I.V.E. and Green Arrow, but he ultimately failed.

Biography

Mob enforcer

Machin's arrest record

Machin's arrest record.

Lonnie Machin worked for Rick Pinzolo, the Bertinelli crime family and the Chinese Triad. He became wanted for one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. Machin was eventually fired by Pinzolo and many other criminal organizations because they realized that Machin was not only too unstable and extreme, but he also lacks a moral compass and a sense of honor.[1]

Stint with H.I.V.E.

In October 2015, Machin began working for H.I.V.E., where he made an attempt to stop Jessica Danforth from running for mayor. After Machin's set up attack, he escorted Jessica out. When a security guard noticed he wasn't part of Jessica's detail, Machin attacked the guard with his electric baton. Before he could go after Jessica, Oliver Queen threw him off a balcony. Machin was chased by Oliver through the building and over rooftops but managed to escape, though he left his fingerprints behind on a windshield.

Later, Damien Darhk complimented Machin on his "flair for the dramatic" before stating he wasn't worthy of joining H.I.V.E. and attempted to pay him off. Machin asked for a second chance and Darhk obliged, but warned Machin that his organization doesn't believe in third chances.

Darhk and Machin are different

Damien Darhk severs ties with Machin.

Machin then kidnapped Jessica's daughter, Madison Danforth, in an attempt to force her mother drop out of the mayoral race. Darhk met with Machin once more, demanding to know the whereabouts of Madison. Although Lonnie was quite pleased with his efforts, Darhk was visibly shocked at Machin's "sloppy" and extreme tactics, declaring that he had crossed a line. Darhk scolded Machin, citing the former's preferences and respect for order, precision and discipline while all the latter represented was anarchy. Darhk subsequently terminated his and H.I.V.E.'s relationship with Machin. Before leaving, he ordered Machin to once more clean up his mess.
Machin burned

Machin is extinguished after being burned by Speedy.

After he was rejected by Darhk, Machin pretended to free Madison but broke her pinky, telling her he changed his mind. Just then, Team Arrow arrived and saved Madison. Machin used a flamethrower as a distraction and slipped away. When Green Arrow and Speedy confronted him, Machin shocked Speedy with his baton. He battled Green Arrow and eventually overpowered him. He was then attacked by Speedy, who knocked him into some chemicals. She then used Machin's baton on him, setting him on fire. Machin was extinguished and saved by Green Arrow. 

While being transported to Starling General Hospital, Machin escaped and killed two paramedics, before leaving an anarchist symbol behind.[1]

Hunting down Damien Darhk

Team Arrow confronts Lonnie Machin

Lonnie encounters Team Arrow in his foster parents' house.

Several months later in January, Machin tracked down and killed his foster parents. Now wearing a mask, he went after Damien Darhk as revenge for his betrayal. He managed to find the lair of H.I.V.E. and killed all the guards present. However, Darhk had anticipated his arrival and had fled. Machin stayed at his former home, where he placed several boobytraps as he expected a counterstrike from H.I.V.E.. However, Team Arrow showed up instead. He expressed joy to see them and then run off while planted rifles forced them to take cover. Speedy chased him and Machin knocked her over with an explosive. He mentioned to Speedy that he would not hurt her as she had helped him get to his true self. As Speedy aimed her bow, he asked her to kill him. Black Canary interrupted and Machin attacked her. However, he was ambushed and knocked out by Green Arrow and Spartan.

Green Arrow tied Machin to a pole and questioned him. Machin refused to say anything, proclaiming there was nothing Green Arrow could do to him that he had not enjoyed already. Machin later talked to Speedy and claimed she had burned away his weaknesses and he had now transcended to something better. Machin began taunting Speedy, stating that he knew she wanted to kill him and could not control herself, mentioning he noticed the hunger to inflict death in her eyes. Speedy was about to impale an arrow to his throat when the cops showed up, forcing her to flee.

As the police drove him away, Green Arrow showed up and set Machin free. Machin stated that he would not reveal where Darhk was but Green Arrow told him he had to kill Darhk.

Thea about to kill Machin

Machin tries to goad Speedy into killing him.

Machin was able to quickly track down the house where Darhk's family lived in Stonehaven. He painted his anarchy symbols all over the place and took Darhk's wife, Ruvé, and daughter, Nora, hostage. After calling Darhk to come and face him, Machen then prepared to torture Ruvé and Nora with a flamethrower while waiting. Suddenly, Team Arrow burst in and Machin was surprised that they were trying to stop him again. While Spartan and Black Canary freed his hostages, Green Arrow and Speedy engaged Machin, who eventually subdued them before running off. Speedy chased him and tied him to a tree with a trick arrow. She prepared to kill him, but stopped at the last moment. Disappointed that she would not kill him, Machin cut himself free from his restraints. He quickly defeated Speedy and then seemed to pause for a moment before running off.[2]

Rampage in Tevat Noah

In May, Machin was able to find the underground H.I.V.E. facility, Tevat Noah, and infiltrated the place. He killed multiple guards and questioned some to learn more about the facility and where Damien Darhk was. Machin then took control of a house which controlled the CO2 scrubbers of the facility and threatened to stop the life support system.
Machin meets Thea Queen

Machin meets Thea Queen.

Machin mocked some captured guards about living underground like parasites and then prepared to shut down the life support system. Thea Queen showed up and told him to stop. Machin initially told her to leave but she identified herself as the one who burned him. Thea tried to talk him down but as Machin did not respond, Malcolm Merlyn shot an arrow into his shoulder. Machin fired his gun at Malcolm and fled the scene.

Machin tracked down Thea's boyfriend, Alex Davis, and knocked him unconscious. As Thea found him, Machin told her he was not pleased that she stopped his plan to take vengeance on Darhk. Since he now had to wait for Darhk, he had time to kill. He claimed that Thea had a problem of always being at the mercy of some guy when she is able to make her own decisions because she was not a pawn, but a queen. Thea attacked him and the two engaged in a fierce battle. As Alex woke up and regained his senses, Machin quickly knocked Thea down and told her he would liberate her from this guy clouding her mind. As Thea screamed for Alex to run, Machin gave him an electric shock with his baton, killing him. Enraged, Thea attacked Machin and was able to knock him out.[3]

As Malcolm showed up with multiple H.I.V.E. soldiers, Machin quickly vanished from the scene. Wandering around the facility, he infiltrated the building where Ruvé Adams was and eavesdropped on her as she scolded Malcolm for his inability to take down Machin. He later attacked Ruvé and managed to kidnap her and Nora again and held them hostage in the power supply room. Machin tampered with the engineering, which made the energy supply highly unstable. Using a video, Machin called out Damien to pay for his betrayal. Damien would not surrender himself, Machin would kill his wife or daughter in 20 minutes and blow the entire facility up in 21 minutes.

As he waited, Machin reflected to Ruvé about the last time he used her and her daughter as bait when trying to kill her husband. Ruvé warned him Tevat Noah was the last safe place on Earth and he was about to destroy it, but Machin simply mentioned that he was not a rational guy. Machin was then shot in his leg with an arrow by Green Arrow as he, Spartan and Thea arrived and demanded Machin to let Ruvé and Nora go.
Lonnie Machin murders Ruvé Adams

Machin kills Ruvé Adams.

Machin warned them that shooting him would be unwise as the place was highly unstable and could explode with a missed shot. Machin tried to stab Ruvé with the arrow from his leg but was stopped by Green Arrow, who shot him in the shoulder with an arrow. However, a missed shot from Thea hit the dwarf star alloy power source, causing Tevat Noah to began to crumble. Machin quickly yanked the arrow from his shoulder and stabbed Ruvé in her heart. As the facility was collapsing, Machin briefly battled Spartan, Green Arrow and Thea, managing to fend them off. He bid goodbye to Thea and escaped.[4]

Against Star City

Machin captured by Green Arrow

Machin captured by Green Arrow.

Five months later, Machin planned to destroy at least half of Star City using a bomb. However, he was confronted by Green Arrow. Upon seeing him, Machin used a pair of kamas to engage the vigilante. After a brutal fight, Green Arrow subdued Machin and impaled his hands against the wall with an arrow. Machin expressed disappointment that Green Arrow would not kill him, after which the emerald archer knocked him out, leaving Lonnie for the SCPD to arrest.[5]

Personality

Lonnie Machin

Machin in his civilian persona.

Lonnie Machin is a sadistic murderer and a psychopath, taking deep pleasure in making his victims suffer, as he was planning to torture Madison Danforth for hours. Machin also enjoys playing mind games with his victims, feigning mercy and making conversation before resuming his torture. He believes that the natural order of things is chaos, reveling in the randomness of the world. Machin is shown to be confident and ambitious, as he was barely fazed whenever confronted by Team Arrow.

Machin has no guilt or remorse for killing innocent people, including children, and does nothing to try to avoid it as he is completely devoid of honor, morals, or even reason. Machin's philosophy of anarchy seems to be his code as he himself does not obey any laws or even logic. His psychopathic tendencies were so extreme, they led to him being fired by all the criminal organizations he worked for.

Lonnie Machin with a mask and flamethrower

Machin as Anarky.

"Does this mean you're not gonna kill me? What's a guy gotta do to get a little love? Only tried blowing up the city. I mean, half of it."
—Lonnie Machin to Green Arrow[src]

After Machin was burned by Thea Queen, he somehow considered himself to be more complete and mentioned his weaknesses were gone. As a result, Machin also developed an obsession of some sort with Thea and considered her burning him a "baptism by fire". When he met Thea again, Machin claimed he recognized pieces of himself in her and wanted her to kill him, becoming highly disappointed and angry when she refused. Machin also seems to have a twisted sort of affection for Thea, calling her "Mommy" for "creating him" by burning his body. He been shown to care for Thea in his own strange way, commenting on his "mommy's" strength and good looks, as well as trying to "liberate her" from the influence of other men in her life by killing Alex Davis.

Lonnie Machin leaves an anarchist symbol behind

Lonnie Machin leaves an anarchist symbol behind.

After Damien Darhk sold him out, Machin became focused on killing him as payback. His obsession with this revenge went so far that he even wanted to destroy Tevat Noah and kill hundreds of innocents in the process just to hurt Damien. Machin even went after Damien's wife and young daughter, whom he was willing to brutally torture and kill.

Machin is shown to be completely aware that his rage has overwhelmed his judgement yet seems proud of it; when Ruvé warned him that destroying Tevat Noah would doom humanity, he simply responded "Did I leave you with the impression that I was a rational guy?".

Abilities

  • Peak of human physical condition: Machin is in top physical condition, able to deflect arrows shot at him.
    • Acrobatics/Free-running: Machin is able to quickly scale walls and jump over obstacles. He was skilled enough to flee from Oliver and avoid getting caught. 
  • High-level intellect/Expert tactician: Machin is very skilled in misdirection and preparation, able to skillfully get to his targets with little chance of being caught before it is too late. From the knowledge he already had after working with Damien Darhk, Machin was able to find and infiltrate H.I.V.E.'s lair and Damien's home despite both locations being off the records and highly concealed. Machin was able to pose as a member of Jessica Danforth 's security detail to take her out. By himself, Machin was able to identify and systematically target the vital systems of Tevat Noah and destroy the entire facility.
    • Expert engineer: Machin was an excellent engineer, able to design booby traps using machine guns and explosive devices while attacking Jessica and hiding out in his foster parents' home. Machin had a considerable amount of knowledge on the design of Tevat Noah, as shown when he nearly shut down the life support system and sabatoged the power supply.
    • Expert interrogator/Torturer: Machin is skilled in the use of torture. He has a huge amount of tools at his disposal to make victims suffer. His skill in torture is such that he was able to crack one of Damien Darhk's "Ghosts" easily despite their reputation for preferring to die rather than give up any information about H.I.V.E..  
  • Master combatant/Martial artist: Machin is a highly accomplished combatant and martial artist, as he was able to go toe-to-toe with Green Arrow on several occasions, though he only managed to best the vigilante in their first confrontation by using dirty tactics. Ultimately, Green Arrow was able to best Machin in their final confrontation, now aware of his fighting tactics.
    • Weapons proficiency: As a former mob enforcer, Machin is capable of fighting with multiple kinds of weapons, including firearms, knives, a baton, flamethrowers, and kamas.
      • Master stick-fighter: Machin is a highly accomplished stick fighter. He is able to use an electric baton to block arrows and turn it into a three-section staff during combat. Using his skills, Machin was able to defeat Green Arrow in their first confrontation, though he fought dirty. In their second confrontation, Machin was able to fight on par with Green Arrow and Speedy and even knock them down. He was later able to fend off Green Arrow, Spartan, and Thea Queen simultaneously long enough for him to escape, though it should be noted that his opponents were also struggling with the collapsing surroundings.
  • Indomitable will/High pain tolerance/Master survivor: In addition to his love of inflicting pain, Machin is shown to have a very high resilience to it. After being severely burned by Speedy, Machin was able to escape police captivity while slaughtering the paramedics on duty.[1] Even while suffering from three wounds inflicted by arrows, Machin was able to keep going without slowing down and still fight with great efficiency.[4] 
  • Stealth/Infiltration/Escape artist: Machin is highly skilled in sneaking around unnoticed. He was able to abduct Madison Danforth from her college undetected.[1] After Thea knocked him out, Machin was able to vanish once he recovered in mere seconds. Machin even broke into the heavily guarded, underground facility of Tevat Noah and moved around unnoticed, to the point that not even Malcolm Merlyn could completely track him.[4]

Equipment

Former equipment

  • Electric baton: Machin used an electric baton to shock and kill his targets. The baton is also capable of expanding into a three section staff.
  • Flamethrower: Machin used a flamethrower in his masked alter-ego, threatening Damien Darhk's family.
  • Kamas: In their latest confrontation, Machin used a pair of kamas to battle Green Arrow.
  • Knife: Machin carries at least one knife with him. He used a knife to cut himself free after he was bound by Speedy's trick arrow.
  • Mask: Machin would wear a Halloween mask following his disfigurement.

Appearances

Arrow

Season 4

Season 5


Trivia

  • Machin's stick-based and acrobatic fighting style appears to be a blend of the Japanese martial art Bojitsu and Chinese Wushu.
  • Machin is one of the few individuals to defeat Oliver Queen in combat on more than one occasion, and is one of the few individuals to do so without powers.

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC universe, Lonnie Machin is an enemy of Batman and Robin, known as Anarky. He is usually portrayed as considerably younger while donning a red cloak and golden mask. Most versions of Anarky actually show him as a vigilante who wants innocents to be saved, as he sees the government as an enemy that must be destroyed, along with corruption.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "The Candidate"
  2. "Blood Debts"
  3. "Monument Point"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Lost in the Flood"
  5. "Legacy"