Arrow Season 1 introduced us to Oliver Queen. After five years on a deserted (his words, not mine!) island, he returned the wayward hero to his hometown of Starling City. Things changed while he was gone, but nothing as much as himself. While "deserted" he was fighting for his life against strange foes on an otherwise deserted island. They put him through the ringer. From barely being able to eat to survive, he met a man who taught him well. He also learned how to use an arrow to catch food and to protect himself. Early on in his capture, had a difficult time believing what was happening to him. Back in Starling City, present day, he uses a list provided for him by his father to right the terrible wrongs his father did others by removing evil doers from the streets. Genius computer whiz (and perennial cute girl) Felicity Smoak is on one hand of his good deeds and John Diggle, former soldier and bodyguard, is on his other. Together they work in the dark to curtail evil. Other players include his mother Moira, sister Thea, ex-girlfriend Laurel, police Detective Lance and a host of others, including a lot of fun bad guys.
To live I had to make myself more than what I was, to forge myself into a weapon. I am returning not the boy who was shipwrecked, but the man who will bring justice to those who have poisoned my city. My name is Oliver Queen.