In every single season of Arrow that we’ve seen, we know that all of the ‘Big Bads’ have their own unique schemes. Malcolm Merlyn attempted to sink half of the city, Slade Wilson tried to burn it down with his souped up Mirakuru soldiers, Ra’s Al Ghul attempted to unleash a deadly bio-weapon and Damien Dark made it his mission to destroy the world. Progressively, as the seasons have gone on the villains have gotten worse in terms of inflicting harm.
Despite all of these villains’ and their insane conquests to destroy Star City, there are two of them that stand above the others. Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke, for starters. Not only has Slade sworn to make Oliver suffer for all eternity, by taking everything and everyone he loves away from him, but he has refused to give up on that promise. Slade attempted to use his Mirakuru soldiers to burn down the city, destroying everything in their path in the hopes of crushing Oliver as Star City is the city he swore to protect from harm. Slade also ruthlessly murdered Oliver’s mother, Moira, and attempted to kill Felicity as well. Bottom line, Slade Wilson is a pretty wicked guy.
Since Slade, we’ve seen both Ra’s al Ghul and Damien Darhk attempt to inflict great harm on Star City. While both of these are diabolical in their own way, they cannot hold a candle to our current Season 5 ‘big bad’; Prometheus. Prometheus has been on a rampant ramage to slowly destroy Oliver’s life, by playing with Oliver’s mind. For a week straight he tortured Oliver, to attempt to get Oliver to admit that he enjoyed killing. Prior to that, he took one of Oliver’s own team mates and turned her against him.
In the closing minutes of this week’s episode, “Underneath”, we watched as Adrian Chase confronted Oliver’s son, William. William and his mother moved far away from Star City after Damien Darhk kidnapped William, and also took on new identities. The fact that Chase is willing to go so far as to endanger William puts him at the top of the wicked list, in my opinion. Sure, Darhk also kidnapped William… but as a father himself, who viewed his daughter as one of his greatest treasures, I do not believe Darhk would have harmed William. Also, he immediately backed off when his own daughter was threatened by Thea. I could also say the same of Slade Wilson. Slade is a father himself, and as wicked as Slade has been to Oliver in the past… I could not see him harming a child.
However, Chase is not a father, and is extremely set on making Oliver break to the point of where he can no longer stand. If Chase reveals to William that his father is not only the Green Arrow… but also as a monster who ‘enjoys killing’, then it would be one of the worst things that Oliver has to deal with; and he has dealt with a lot already.
In a recent interview with EW, Wendy Mericle discussed exactly how wicked Chase really is:
“Chase has been trying to prove to the world and to Oliver that he’s not a hero, he’s a killer, and he’s going to pull out one final, big whamo at the end that’s going to leave Oliver reeling. We might lose some people.”
If there is one thing that we know about Chase, it is that he absolutely refuses to allow anyone to have the upper hand. He’s even said that he is always 10 steps ahead of Oliver… which means that gaining leverage on him is almost impossible. By Oliver and the SCPD outing him as the ‘throwing star killer’, Chase pulled the ultimate card. (and a complete low blow, might I add… who the heck goes after an innocent child??)
If I had to chose, I would say that Prometheus is by far, the worst…. and I fear that we have yet to see the worst he can do. If I may say so, he is also completely psycho!!
What do you think? Would you say that Prometheus or Deathstroke is more wicked??
Julia recently published her first novel, titled; Anomic. She is currently co-authoring a novel called ‘Snow Falls’. She has a B.A in Communications with concentrations in Professional Writing and Public Relations. She is also in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer, and is currently in the process of going back to school for her Masters Degree in Business. When she isn’t writing, she is co-owner of a film production studio called ‘Valentine Productions LLC’ and she frequently spends her weekends acting in films, or being a stuntwoman.