Once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out.
~ Helena to Laurel Lance.

Helena Bertinelli, known as Huntress, is a recurring villain/anti-hero in the live action television show Arrow.

She is portrayed by Jessica De Gouw.

She is a supporting antagonist in Season 1 and a minor antagonist-turned-protagonist in the second season of Arrow. In contrast to the mainstream Helena Bertinelli, who though violent, cynical, and bitter is ultimately still prone to acts of heroism and made serious attempts to better herself, Huntress in Arrow is shown to be a brutal, merciless and psychotic, yet remorseful, individual, who is even more violent than her mainstream counterpart and is even willing to endanger and hurt innocents in the name of her vendetta.


Early life

Helena is the daughter of crime boss Frank Bertinelli, and previously dated Oliver Queen in her youth. She eventually met and fell in love with Michael Stanton, and the two were engaged when she wanted to her father in. When Frank discovered evidence collected, he mistook it that Michael had done so, but it was actually Helena. Michael was killed by Frank, causing Helena to take her anger and grief to become a trained assassin.

Going to Sicily, she joined the La Morte Sussurrata, an organization that would kill targets. After sleeping with most members, she was able to become a member, and was trained in the art of fighting. She decided to use her skills to hunt down her father's gang, killing each member one by one until she killed her father.

The Arrow



  • She was initially suppose to return in an episode of the season three, but it was rejected.

See also


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Oliver Queen/Green Arrow | John Diggle | Felicity Smoak | Thea Queen | Laurel Lance (Earth-1) | Quentin Lance | Sara Lance | Nyssa al Ghul | Lyla Michaels | Curtis Holt | Rene Ramirez | Dinah Drake | Laurel Lance (Earth-2) | Roy Harper | Ray Palmer | Slade Wilson | Helena Bertinelli | Monitor

The Flash
Barry Allen/The Flash | Iris West-Allen | Cisco Ramon | Caitlin Snow | Joe West | Wally West | Jesse Chambers Wells | Harrison Wells (Earth Two) | Jay Garrick | Ralph Dibny | Kamilla Hwang | Barry Allen (Earth 90) | Monitor

Legends of Tomorrow
Sara Lance | Ray Palmer | Mick Rory | Leonard Snart | Rip Hunter | Jefferson Jackson | Martin Stein | John Constantine | Ava Sharpe | Gary Green | Nate Heywood | Zari Tarazi | Damien Darhk | Nora Darhk | Amanda Jiwe | Charlie

Kara Danvers/Supergirl | Alex Danvers | James Olsen | Winn Schott | Cat Grant | J'onn J'onnz | Lena Luthor | Clark Kent/Superman | Maggie Sawyer | Mon-El | M'gann M'orzz | Querl Dox | Nia Nal | Kelly Olsen | Monitor

Kate Kane/Batwoman | Luke Fox | Mary Hamilton | Jacob Kane | Sophie Moore | Julia Pennyworth | Monitor

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