I absolutely HATE Green Arrow, as a character.
Why? Is it the constant political posturing foisted upon the character?
Is it the constant womanizing?
Is it because when his adopted son, Roy Harper, developed a drug problem, Ollie cast him out and walked out on him when he needed him most?
Is it the fact that the he fathers children, left and right, and then abandons them?
Is the fact that he lives a lie everyday, letting the world, his son, Connor Hawke and his soon-to-be (?) bride, Black Canary, believe he had no idea Connor was alive until he presented himself in his early twenties?
It's all of the above... and then some.
What actually cemented my hate for this character was the seventy-fifth issue of Green Arrow.
The one in which he lost his manhood.
It was, perhaps, the worst day he'd ever had. Deathstroke had systematically taken down his entire family.
Connor was down, Mia (Speedy) was out, Black Canary was inches away from having her throat slashed.
What part made me want to vomit?
Was it the part where he dropped to his knees, begging Deathstroke to spare his family?
Nope. I actually admired that.
Was it the part where he cried while doing so, not knowing whether or not his family would make it out alive?
I can get behind that.
So, where did I lose respect?
The final scene where after The Justice League saves the day.
Where Oliver Queen tells his ex, Black Canary, the reason he wanted to become a better man was so he could get her back.
Then, he proposes to her.
Black Canary proved day-in and day-out that she's better off without him. He never made the choice to actively become better off without her. He never asked himself whether or not she was better off without him.
We've all taken our own personal walks through hell, confronted personal demons and the like. We've all taken personal rolls of the dice and taken bets on ourselves. It should be done out of a fundamental belief in self.
In this undertaking, one should become a better person for self, first and foremost.
Not from a place of rejection.
Kids, do NOT try this at home.
That way lies failure.
Oliver Queen's reasons for his continued existence are egocentric, existing only to further his inate ability to set himself and those close to him up for further failure and disappointment.
In trying to make himself better for someone else, Oliver Queen succeeds only in further showcasing his selfishness.
Oliver Queen is an a-hole.