2. Oliver Queen/Arrow
This might come as a surprise since the show is actually titled Arrow, but it’s hard for me to rank Oliver Queen as the most impactful character in the series. He had an impressive journey throughout the show, and he also made an impression on the other series that make up the Arrowverse (just look at his relationship with Barry Allen/The Flash).
Oliver went from being a selfish individual with money and a playboy reputation to a dead man on an island. He was trained by assassins and he slowly developed into a hero with a desire to save his city and the people he loved.
My biggest problem with Oliver was always his own hypocrisy. He was a hero who tried to undermine his own journey. And his sacrifice was one that will resonate across the Arrowverse for as long as it remains on The CW. He was a leader, even when it seemed like he didn’t know how to lead, and he was a member of a team, even when he wasn’t always a team player.
Oliver Queen needed to be saved as much as his city did. And with the help of a lot of people, he was saved. He was able to do exactly what he planned to from the very beginning – save his city.
He was one of the strongest characters on Arrow, especially in the early years of the show, and yet there is one person who is absolutely the strongest of them all and it is a character who he had an epic connection with as well.