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Arrow: 10 Iconic Characters Whose Deaths Didn't Faze Fans, Ranked

Arrow never failed to use the shock factor, killing off some of its major villains and heroes in thrilling action moments. However, not every death resonated with the audience in quite the same way. In fact, some losses wouldn’t have fazed fans at all, since they happened so suddenly or to a character that didn’t quite connect despite their iconic status.

The Arrowverse is clearly coming to an end, as more and more of the shows from the saga are canceled or come to a conclusion. However, perhaps none have built up the body count that Arrow did, with deaths becoming such a regular occurrence in the series.

While the figure behind the Ragman mask, Rory Regan, lived on, the identity of Ragman itself was killed off. The character had been a major player within Team Arrow, as part of a new range of recruits that included both Wild Dog and Black Canary who would continue to serve in the show.

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But in one shocking arc, the Ragman suit itself was left in tatters, removing the powers from Regan. This removed both iterations of the character from the show for good, likely because of how overpowered he really was. No one seemed fazed by the loss with the show continuing, despite how vital Ragman had been on the roster.

Robert Queen is such an iconic character in the larger Arrow lore. His very existence and death influenced the Green Arrow so heavily, with Oliver Queen’s crusade beginning off the back of Robert Queen’s corrupt list. The show would be quite different without Oliver’s father.

His death is an iconic scene that kickstarts the show and has been called back many times. Yet, his actual loss didn’t faze viewers at all, who would have seen him as entirely corrupt. He was never well-liked and indeed wasn’t given enough screen time to resonate with an audience. What he stood for was far more important than the man himself.

Malcolm Merlyn is a vital character, who acted as the leading antagonist of the first series and has served a big role in the wider Arrowverse, as both an anti-hero and a villain (on the Legion of Doom for instance). His death was totally unexpected and rushed through.

In any other setting, the loss of this iconic figure would have hit audiences on some level. His end was heroic, sacrificing himself to save his family, but there was never any thought given to that loss. In fact, the episode in question rushed along, never dwelling on the death. It couldn’t faze audiences because it almost seemed too rushed to matter.

Sara Lance is one of the most important figures in the wider Arrowverse. Her return was heralded as a brilliant moment and the woman that has died again and again has made all of those losses genuinely count. Of course, after a while, her deaths become a lot less moving, since fans know she’ll return in some capacity.

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So while fans are barely fazed these days, especially now Lance is essentially immortal (besides her pregnancy) her very first death on screen is barely remembered. Lance supposedly dies on the boat with Oliver Queen in the pilot, but viewers only saw her death as an important catalyst for the narratives of other characters, since no one had quite connected with Lance at that stage.

Going into the flashbacks to Oliver’s time on the island, fans knew that most people wouldn’t make it out alive. It was very obvious that Shado herself would die, and it was difficult to be fazed when this did happen because it was just so expected.

Shado’s death has big implications for the wider show and the aftermath involving Slade Wilson’s emotional conflict, has perhaps overtaken the fact that Shado had died itself. The brave and mighty warrior might be called back to as a beloved ally to Oliver, but ultimately at the time of her death, it was difficult to fully care.

Ricardo Diaz, also known as The Dragon, continued to be a thorn in the Green Arrow’s side. Even after he had been defeated he was placed in prison and then on Task Force X, becoming a significant threat for far longer than the average adversary.

But Diaz might have overstayed his welcome. By the time Diaz died, it came at the hands of a character, Emiko, who didn’t actually have that much to do with the villain. It was an afterthought in a larger narrative, with confirmation of his death by fire coming in a side conversation, putting an end to the masterful foe with a whimper.

Felicity Smoak has been through plenty of near-death experiences, even getting paralyzed for a small period of time. She’s a leading character of the show and has become the heart and soul of Arrow in all the time periods that it has followed. Her death was the final note of the show.

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However, the real baffling part is that no one is sure if Felicity really died or not. Felicity Smoak’s fate is to follow The Monitor through a portal so that she could join Oliver Queen. It suggests that she dies at that moment, but it’s never confirmed, becoming quite a confusing scene. The emotion of the show coming to an end outweighs this sequence, considering fans were unsure whether this even was her death.

Adrian Chase was another foe who became a vital part of Green Arrow’s life for all the wrong reasons. He was one of the most memorable parts of the series, and perhaps the best character in his respective season because of the major Prometheus twist.

He’s iconic in Arrow history for having won in the end, and yet his own death is an afterthought. The sequence was so shocking with Chase blowing everything up in the finale, that fans were more focused on the heroes that survived rather than the fact that Chase himself was gone. Thus, his own loss didn’t faze anyone, but the impact of his explosive end did.

Oliver Queen’s death should have been the most important moment of the entire show. He was the leading man after all. Yet, his death took place as part of the Crisis on Infinite Earths saga that took place over multiple episodes, meaning fans had to tune into other series to fully see its impact.

It’s a complex moment to break down and it was hard for fans to be fazed, as Queen would then return a second time in a slightly different incarnation. That first death was heroic, but no time was given to fully mourn his loss. It was his second death that felt impactful, with the Justice League properly honoring him.

In regard to Crisis on Infinite Earths, a driving plot point was the concept that the Anti-Monitor was wiping out the Multiverse itself. The Earth that fans had watched for so many years was eventually destroyed, with every major character lost in this reality war.

Because it was happening so fast, it seemed almost unbelievable. Plus, the status quo had to be reset (as it was with Earth Prime) and fans knew deep down that this wasn’t the end. Therefore, the millions of deaths couldn’t totally faze the audience because of the consequences if the moment was to be held up.

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