Character Rehab: How to fix Roy Harper from 'Arrow'

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Here at EW, we have a weekly series in which we — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.

Roy Harper is the brooding bad boy of The Glades. Or at least he was before The Glades were leveled in Arrow‘s season 1 finale. So now, what will become of Thea’s very attractive beau?

Let’s backtrack: We first met Roy when he was simply the thief who stole Thea’s purse. From there, he evolved into the cute loner with a rough background who couldn’t help but fall for Thea. And then, after being saved by The Hood, he decided that his mission was to discover The Hood’s identity, seemingly so that he could join him in his crusade. But other than his feelings toward Thea, his minor attitude problem, his police record, and a few stints of heroism, what is there that we can really latch on to with Roy?

I want to clarify that I do like Roy. I’m just not sure what it is that I like (other than his face). Only appearing in eight episodes thus far, Roy remains a very one-dimensional character. So on his journey to potentially become Red Arrow, I also want to see him become a fully rounded character, not just some guy who fights crime alongside Oliver. Here’s how I think Roy can be fixed in season 2:

Have him and Thea go on a real date: Take Roy out of the red hoodie for just a scene or two, and let him really bond with Thea. Take them away from the diners and the french fries and the talk of The Hood. Give them a night out on the town, and really let the audience invest in their relationship. I want romance and flowers and a kiss worth remembering!

Let him have some fun: I know it might sound a little crazy, but I want Roy Harper to smile, maybe even laugh. I don’t care if he’s having a few drinks and dancing at Oliver’s club, or if he’s driving bumper cars and having the time of his life … just allow him to let loose! Everybody has a goofy side, and I think it’s time we see Roy’s before those wrinkles on his brow become permanent.

Give us more background: I do think this will come with time, but I need to know more about Roy’s past. I want to meet a sibling or a friend, because the best way to get to know someone is to meet those closest to them. For example, did The Vampire Diaries‘ brooding Stefan not become much more likeable when they introduced his best friend Lexi? Roy needs that person, or at least a person.

Give him a hobby (other than fighting bad guys): Roy needs a quirky hobby, something lighthearted that he’s passionate about (stealing and fighting crime don’t count). I want him to have a hidden love of comics, horses, poetry, ANYTHING! Adding an unexpected (but adorable) hobby will give him some much-needed layers. He’s young — show us the little boy in him, even if it’s hidden deep beneath years of sadness.

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