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What kind of hero is Oliver Queen?

Posted at 9:33 AM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 09:33:32-04

“The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.”

These are the words uttered by Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) in “The Dark Knight,” the second installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It’s ironic that this line perfectly described the build to the climax of the fifth season of “Arrow,” which often draws a lot of comparisons from fans to the Caped Crusader.

Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), much like Bruce Wayne, proclaims to be first and foremost a man who wants to save his city — his home. Somewhere along the way though, his mission got a bit scrambled. Or did it? At the conclusion of the March 22 episode, “Kapiushon,” Oliver admitted to both his adversary Prometheus (Josh Segarra) and himself that when he resorts to killing, it’s because he likes it.

While that may be something viewers breeze past due to the sheer number of bodies Oliver has piled up as the Green Arrow throughout five seasons, it’s a notion that needs to be looked at closer. The hero of this story takes joy in ending lives. What kind of hero is that?

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