While DC has yet to create a shared universe to rival the MCU, they have two separate worlds that are doing a good job catching up to the pioneering studio. While DC will likely never match Marvel in terms of quantity, their own DCEU is slowly bridging the gap. Meanwhile, the Arrowverse is proving that a shared TV universe can be just as impact as one on the big screen.
While major studios were busy trying to match Marvel Studios at the box office, the CW and DCTV quietly began been building out their own mini-universe on the small screen. Come this fall, that universe will be five show strong— six if you count the animated Vixen series that streams online. Thanks to the shows, DC has been able to adapt dozens of characters to a live-action setting that may never stand a chance on the big screen.
Sadly, that dearth of characters and possibilities has also left many heroes, villains, and supporting characters in the dust. Over the past decade, the MCU has left a number of characters by the wayside, but the younger Arrowverse has somehow managed to top them. Here are 20 DC Characters That Have Been Abandoned By The Arrowverse.
20. Solomon Grundy / Cyrus Gold
Technically, Cyrus Gold is dead in the Arrowverse, but his comic book history means that’s only the beginning. Cyrus first appeared as a hulking presence known as the Acolyte who worked for Brother Blood. In the show, he’s the childhood friend of Blood and one of the few test subjects to survive the Mirakuru trials. Already a threat, his increased strength and durability made him quite the foe. In the end, however, he was seemingly defeated, with his face slowly melting to grey under the cover of acid.
Once dead, we soon learn his name was Cyrus Gold, proving that he was the DC villain who would eventually become Solomon Grundy. The children’s poem where that name comes from is even referenced in the episode, furthering the connection.
In most incarnations, Grundy is the reanimated corpse of Gold and has the incredible strength to match his massive presence. Given all this, it seemed like a sure thing that Gold would return from the dead as Grundy in a future episode, but sadly that’s yet to happen, even after all these seasons.
19. The Huntress / Helena Bertinelli
The debut of Helena Bertinelli during season one of Arrow signaled two things to fans. The first was that the DC show was going to go full bore on introducing comic book characters to the series, despite their ties to any titanic members of the comic pantheon. It also demonstrated that changes would continue to be made to these characters to align them with the Arrow universe. Since that time, DC has brought in dozens of heroes and villains from the page, some wildly different and others closer to the mark.
Bertinelli and her eventual Huntress alter-ego formed a core part of the first season, shaping Oliver and creating a new anti-hero. From there, the character spent some time away before reemerging in the second season. By then, however, the show seemed to have moved on.
After being sent to prison, Huntress reappeared in the show’s comic series before heading back to jail and disappearing from the show. Since then, she’s barely even been mentioned despite her enormous impact. Even in the most recent season of Arrow, which dealt so much with Oliver’s past and the impact of his choices, no time was spent on Bertinelli and her time as Huntress.
18. Katana / Tatsu Yamashiro
Tatsu Yamashiro never officially took the name Katana on Arrow, but she’s got the alias, sword, and costume to prove who she is. As part of Oliver’s sabbatical in Hong Kong during his island years, Tatsu and her husband Maseo have played a huge part in Oliver’s life. Not just in the past either, as both have shown up in the present to help the Arrow and his team battle their foes. Sadly, season four was the last time Rila Fukushima was able to portray her character.
At first blush, Katana’s absence from the show may seem like it’s due to her character being in the films now. DC have proven that’s not the case, however, with Deadshot, Amanda Waller, and Captain Boomerang all popping back up after appearing in Suicide Squad. The Flash and Superman appearing in both mediums are the biggest counterarguments to this notion. There’s no good reason for Tatsuo not to return, especially given her unique presence and connection to Oliver’s past.
17. Peek-A-Boo / Shawna Baez
Shawna Baez was a welcome arrival when she first appeared on The Flash. After a rash of murderous metas, the teleporting thief dubbed Peek-A-Boo added some nice flair and variety to the proceedings. Her power also proved to be one of the few in the show’s history that could legitimately pose a threat to Barry.
While she was captured soon after her appearance, she eventually escaped and disappeared. Since season one, she’s been out there somewhere, waiting to return.
Given the charisma of actor Britne Oldford, it’s a shame Peek-A-Boo hasn’t returned. Even more than that, her powers can actually give Barry a run for his money. Outside of the onslaught of speedster rogues, audiences have to suspend a lot of disbelief to buy that the various villains of the show could pose any real threat to someone who can apprehend them in the blink of an eye.
16. Patty Spivot
More than a mere foe for the Flash to face only to be cast aside, Patty Spivot’s arrival was heavily pushed by the minds behind the show. As a roadblock in the inevitable coupling of Barry and Iris, Patty needed to win over fans and shippers. She did more than that, as her awkward but earnest character was not only charming, but highly competent. She quickly earned her place in the hearts of fans, and Barry was more than smitten.
Not only did Patty become an integral part of the show, but her comic history as a future speedster meant the producers and writers clearly had long-term plans. Sadly, within the same season she arrived, Patty was pushed aside. Though mentioned a few times, everyone quickly moved on and she hasn’t returned in form or spirit since her departure.
15. Wildcat / Ted Grant
Fans weren’t exactly thrilled with the arrival of Ted Grant on Arrow back in season three. While the character and his alter-ego Wildcat are favorites from the comics, the updated take left a lot to be desired. Younger, cockier, and less badass, the new Ted Grant was mostly just a love interest for Laurel and a cheap way to train her up in a short amount of time.
To be fair, this is the role Wildcat has in the comics. The Golden Age Hero, best known for his time with the Justice Society, has trained everyone from Batman to Black Canary and is one of DC’s best hand-to-hand combatants.
Eventually, the TV Ted Grant earned his stripes and helped Team Arrow in their fight. Sadly, the actor had to move on to other things. He has been confirmed as being alive, however, so he could still return. If nothing else, his appearance led to one of the best moments on the show as it teed up the arrival of the Boxing Glove Arrow.
14. General Eiling
Superhero shows have a long history of vigilantes and military personnel clashing. Almost every Arrowverse show and even Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD have used the dynamic, and it was popular even back during Smallville. Luckily, DC has plenty of soldiers and generals to throw at our heroes.
Back in the first season of The Flash, genre favorite Clancy Brown showed up as General Eiling, a ruthless military leader who was experimenting on metas. His presence led to the death of Plastique and ignited the war with Grodd. He even spent a good amount of time mind-controlled by the ape, before being freed and returning to work. Despite Grodd’s reappearance each season, however, Eiling has yet to return.
As a human foe with a hatred of metas but the support of the government, Eiling provides a nice variation on the typical Flash villain formula. He’s also got a bizarre comic history of putting his mind into the monstrous body of a shaved Shaggy Man. Some reference to that alone would make his return a welcome one, and Eiling’s presence could help to focus The Flash and ground it a bit more.
13. Maxwell Lord
When Supergirl made the jump from CBS to The CW, it jettisoned a number of locations, story elements, and characters. While the upgrade to the DEO and the focus on aliens and politics was a smart move, the removal of some key characters was an odd choice.
The likes of Cat Grant and Lucy Lane were given reasons to depart, but Maxwell Lord just up and vanished. Sure, the villain is hardly missed by the characters, but his near-constant presence in season one makes his absence this past season all the more noticeable.
On the other hand, that absence has allowed the show to turn its focus onto new villains for Kara, specifically two female foes. Though the general beats of Lillian and Rhea are fairly reminiscent of Lord and Astra from season one— and Lex and Zod from the comics— they still fit more into the overall themes of family and female leadership that Supergirl is all about. So while Maxwell Lord might not be missed, his absence is still conspicuous.
12. Hawkgirl and Hawkman
Hawkgirl and Hawkman are probably the two most recent examples of the Arrowverse introducing comic book heavyweights to their roster. As such, it’s all the more surprising that they’ve all but disappeared from the series. As two of the newest members of the Arrowverse that were to make up the nascent Legends, the Hawks were actually seeded quite a bit. Kendra Saunders had a number of appearances on The Flash before the second Arrowverse crossover introduced her lineage, Carter Hall, and Vandal Savage in an effort to tee up Legends of Tomorrow.
Sadly, their adaptations weren’t met with a lot of fan excitement, mostly owing to the actor’s underwhelming performances and lack of chemistry. In the end, they were jettisoned during the finale of the first season, with barely a mention as the show moved on to bigger and better things in its second season.
Given how weak the overall Savage story was—not to mention Casper Crump’s performance—it’s not surprising that the CW chose to simply excise all aspects of the story from their universe. Still, it leaves two noticeable holes in the Arrowverse pantheon.
11. Vigilante and Scimitar
Vigilante and Scimitar aren’t necessarily related— as far as we know— but it’s their similarities and mystery that makes both their presence and absence on Arrow so strange. Vigilante popped up early in Arrow’s most recent season as one of a few new antagonists. Like Lonnie Meachum, he was meant to be a dark reflection of Oliver and another example to prove Prometheus right in his appraisal of our hero. He was also designed to distract us from the reveal that Adrian Chase was Prometheus, as most fans pegged him to be under Vigilante’s ludicrous ski goggles. Following the reveal of Chase’s alter-ego, Vigilante just disappeared, with his presence, absence, and identity never again addressed in the final arc of the season.
Scimitar, meanwhile, didn’t even get his snappy name on the show. In one of the series’ more confounding moves, he simply showed up one day working for Tobias Church, with a high-tech costume and skills to match. Between his similarities to Deathstroke and Vigilante, his presence was already confusing. It become even stranger when he was barely even addressed by our heroes. Though wounded in his last appearance, a character as striking as Scimitar deserves to not only return, but to be given some sort of explanation.
10. The Priestess and Esrin Fortuna
The Priestess and Esrin Fortuna are even less connected than Vigilante and Scimitar, but they do share one thing in common: magic. Actually, they share two things, as both were prominently featured only to disappear with no explanation once the “mysticism seasons” were over. The Priestess factored into a number of episodes involving the League of Assassins, and seems to have some magical connection to R’as al Ghul and the Lazarus Pit. Sadly, we never learn anything about her and she disappears with the death of her master.
Fortuna, meanwhile, only shows up once, but it’s a meaningful appearance. During Oliver’s battles with Damien Darhk, he’s instructed to seek out the immortal Fortuna by John Constantine. Once he does, she helps him with some magic mumbo-jumbo that allows his light to overcome Damien’s dark. It’s one of the hokier bits from the weak season, but Fortuna is a captivating character with ties to the magic of the Arrowverse. If the show ever truly wants to explore this corner of DC lore, the Priestess and Esrin Fortuna both need to return.
9. Clock King / William Tockman
Clock King isn’t a massive villain in DC Comics, but he’s still a fairly notable rogue. When William Tockman showed up as an updated take on his character in season two of Arrow, it seemed like the beginning of a long run. He even crossed over and gave the Flash some trouble the next year. All told, he represented a nice shift from the status quo of the Arrowverse by providing our heroes with a villain who used smarts and behind-the-scenes skills.
Instead of powers, brute force, or magic, Clock King is a criminal mastermind who puts both Arrow and the Flash in interesting positions. He also provided Felicity with a worthy adversary, something she’s sorely been lacking. There’s no telling if Tockman will be back this late in the game, but his ties to both Arrow and The Flash certainly give him an opening.
8. Bug-Eyed Bandit / Brie Larvan
Even more than Clock King, Brie Larvan is a foe designed to battle Felicity. We know the heroic hacker will never suit up as a vigilante— at least not in this reality— but she’s more than deserving of a worthy villain given how much of an asset she is to Team Arrow. Like Tockman, Larvan, aka Bug-Eyed Bandit, provides a computer-based criminal perfectly suited for Felicity’s expertise. The Arrowverse has no shortage of traditional heroes, but hat it lacks is more everyday characters who still help stop criminals.
For a time, people like Ray, Caitlin, James Olsen, and Cisco also occupied this role. Since then, however, they’ve all become full-blown heroes (or villains in Caitlin’s case), leaving only Felicity and Winn as the true everyday people in the Arrowverse. Hopefully, the two hackers will get the chance to team-up someday and take down a villain that the brute force of the other heroes can’t handle. Bug-Eyed Bandit could just be the rogue, if only she would return from narrative exile.
7. Doctor Light / Linda Park
This entry is actually a twofer, as both Linda Park of Earth One and Doctor Light, aka Linda Park of Earth Two, have been squandered. Following Patty Spivot, reporter Linda Park became the next comic book character to be thrown under the bus of Barry and Iris’ future love. After spending some time showing real chemistry with Barry, she was pushed aside for Iris. Not only did it remove another of the show’s non-meta characters– it also tightened the scope of the series outside of Team Flash.
Not only has the regular Linda Park been removed from the Arrowverse unceremoniously, but her super-powered Earth Two counterpart has disappeared as well. Known as Doctor Light, the character adapted one of DC’s classic villains and brought her into the television world. Sadly, one of the show’s few female rogues was cast aside along with her Earth One doppleganger.
6. Random Rogues: Tarpit, Geomancer, The Mist, Rainbow Raider, and Golden Glider
Over the years, The Flash has introduced a ton of metas who appeared in the wake of the Particle Accelerator explosion. Many of them were merely given one-off appearances, only to be killed or languish in one of the Arrowverse’s many prisons. While the show has been good about bringing some of them back, there’s still a lot of foes that have been waiting to make their return in a bid to take down the Flash.
Among these various villains are The Mist, who we haven’t seen since his early season one appearance. There’s also the more recent Tarpit and Geomancer, both rogues with elemental control over certain aspects of earth. Plus, there’s Rainbow Raider, with the power to control the emotions of others, who hasn’t been seen since season one.
Finally, there’s Golden Glider. Though not a meta, she played a key role as both a female rogue and possible love interest for Cisco. Sadly, Captain Cold’s upgrade to Legend status left her behind. Of course, her gun being able to turn things into gold made her entire character a plot hole as she’d be set for life as a criminal, so maybe the producers just realized she was too silly to keep around.
5. DEO’s Most Wanted: Maxima, Reactron, Tor, Mur, Gor, and Mandrax
Like The Flash, Supergirl has introduced a number of random foes for the show’s hero only to cast them aside. Almost all of these discarded criminals are aliens, making their absence even stranger in Supergirl’s extraterrestrial-focused recent season.
There’s Tor, Mur, and Gor, three of the unaccounted for Kryptonians left in the wake of Non and Astra’s defeat. While the show seemed to simply disregard them once the plot was finished, it’d be interesting to see what they were up to now. There’s also Mandrax, an alien art smuggler who would make the perfect seedy informant for the DEO and Kara to use.
The final alien is the hulking Maxima, a warrior princess from the comics who came to the world of the show in search of Superman as a mate. There’s so much story, action, and comedy potential with the character that it’s a real shame she hasn’t returned.
Finally, there’s Reactron, a human villain who Kara faced early on and has a real beef with Superman. Unlike most of the other villains, he has some emotional resonance that would make him rife for a revival in an upcoming season.
4. Suicide Squad Material: Komodo, The Dodger, Brick, Double Down, and Harley Quinn
Since the release of Suicide Squad in theater, we’ve seen the return of Captain Boomerang, Amanda Waller, and Deadshot, but each has been killed in the Arrowverse. Still, Task Force X presumably still exists and has plenty of potential new additions waiting around.
After serving as a recurring villain in season three and four, H.I.V.E. member Danny ‘Brick’ Brickwell just disappeared. He was luckier than a few others, however, as archer Komodo, art thief The Dodger, and bizarre meta Double Down got even less screen time. Each of the rogues, however, have a unique style and look with skills perfect for Task Force X. They’re also clearly disposable from a narrative sense, so they would work well in the Arrowverse’s Suicide Squad.
There’s also still a few existing members floating around. After Waller’s tenure ended, Torque, Raven, and Ravan (yes, both of those last two exist) were let out into the world. Then there’s Harley Quinn. Though never officially confirmed, her signature voice served as an Easter egg back when we first met the group. As such, she’s been waiting in the wings for a long time to make her debut.
3. Cindy aka Sin
Out of all of the supporting characters to exit the Arrowverse, Cindy is likely the most glaring omission of recent years. In the show’s early days, Cindy, aka Sin, was the street-wise best friend of Roy Harper and soon Thea Queen as well. Though not a crime fighter herself, she helped the various characters of the show a number of times over the show’s second season.
From her look to her personality, she offered a nice antidote from the typical CW look and provided the non-stop list of Star(ling) City vigilantes with a more or less regular person to interact with. She even went to war with the team at the end of season two, and had a powerful connection to Sara Lance.
Her relationships with Sara, Roy, and Thea alone make her disappearance all the more unusual, as there’s plenty of reasons to keep the character around. Sadly, she hasn’t even been mentioned in almost three seasons, meaning Sin will likely never return to the Arrowverse.
2. John Constantine
While Supergirl always had a tangential connection to the Arrowverse thanks to Greg Berlanti and other shared producers, few could have suspected that NBC’s Constantine would join the universe as well. Given the lack of name recognition for the character, the show was always a risk for NBC. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t make it past its short first season, leaving the series and fans in the lurch.
Then, in a surprise move, it was announced that the character would be popping up on Arrow, with actor Matt Ryan attached. Fitting nicely into Oliver’s dealings with magic and mysticism in season four, Constantine helped our hero in both the past and present. After one episode, however, he was gone.
By bringing the world of Constantine into the Arrowverse, the character and his cast were kept alive. Of course, that also means both Constantine and all of his friends and foes are now abandoned Arrowverse characters. Hopefully, future seasons of Arrow and other shows will bring back in the magical elements of DCTV, but for now, Constantine is just one more casualty of the ever-expanding Arrowverse.
1. Arsenal / Roy Harper
Out of all the characters to disappear from the Arrowverse, none are more conspicuous than Roy Harper. After popping up a few times in the show’s first season, he became a core member of the team in season two. From there, he appeared in almost every episode of the next two seasons, as a vigilante, Mirakuru test subject, and love interest for Thea. He slowly grew from a supporting character to his comic book namesake, taking on the Arsenal name and costume. Sadly, Colton Haynes’ desire to do other projects forced the writers to do some confusing narrative flips and use Roy as a sacrificial lamb.
Posing as the Arrow, he was able to absolve Oliver of any connection to the vigilante and tee up the arrival of the Green Arrow. The entire plot is one of the show’s most convoluted, proving the comic book name should have just been used from the get-go. It also forced Roy out of the show, with him only returning one more time for a weak guest spot.
Considering Colton Haynes really hasn’t done much in the meantime, it’s time for Arrow to bring back Arsenal. After all, Team Arrow looks like it could use some new blood after the finale.
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