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Arrow: Who Is Vigilante?

Our top five theories on the man (or woman!) underneath the mask

Sadie Gennis

Arrow recently shocked viewers by revealing that Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) isn't Vigilante, as many fans assumed, but that the D.A. is actually Prometheus! With Adrian off the table, viewers are now left scratching their heads trying to figure out who the ruthless new Star City crime-fighter is.

It turns out they'll have to wait quite a while longer before figuring out Vigilante's true identity. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently revealed that we won't learn who's under the mask until Season 6.

"We talked a lot about it in the writers' room," Guggenheim told TVGuide.com at PaleyFest. "We know who it is. We know who's underneath the mask. And we got excited about the possibility of playing out that mystery a little longer. Apart from the flashbacks, we really haven't had a mystery that stretched over seasons. So we're like, you know what? We've got a lot going on in Season 5. We're going to save this for Season 6."

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But who wants to wait that long? Let's look at our top five Vigilante suspects right now!

Adrian Holmes, Arrow
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Captain Pike (Adrian Holmes): In the comics, Vigilante's alter ego is typically a civil servant, which is why anyone in law enforcement automatically rises to the top of our list of suspects. Adding credence to this theory is that when the SCPD chief learned that Oliver covered up Billy Malone's death, Pike proved he was more than willing to bend the rules if it meant protecting the city. Pike has also been around since the first season, which means he's seen some serious sh-- go down. We would completely understand if he grew disillusioned with the system in the years since Genesis Day and decided to take matters into his own hands.

Paul Blackthorne, Arrow

Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne): Remember when Lance briefly thought that he might be Prometheus? What if that wasn't just a frame job by Adrian Chase and Lance was actually doing a little after-hours work? If Arrow revealed that Lance was Vigilante, it would be a major bait-and-switch sure to shock viewers, but the show would have a hard time convincing viewers Lance has become that unhinged. Not to mention, Lance was in the limo once when Vigilante attacked it. Although he could always have some help in his masked endeavors.

​  Josh Segarra, Arrow
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Dorian Chase: In the comics, after the death of Adrian Chase, his brother Dorian picks up the mantle of Vigilante. There's a chance Arrow would want to pay homage to this by revealing that, while Adrian is Prometheus, his brother Dorian is Vigilante. Not only would this be one epic sibling rivalry, but if Dorian is Adrian's twin, it would give Arrow an excuse to keep the charismatic Josh Segarra around longer. Of course, revealing Vigilante to be Adrian's brother could also come off like a ridiculous soap opera twist that would feel more cheesy than exciting.

​  Carly Pope, Arrow
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Susan Williams (Carly Pope): There is something about this cunning journalist that we just DO. NOT. TRUST! First of all, she's either a really terrible reporter or isn't actually a reporter at all, because if her intentions truly were to investigate and expose Oliver's secret identity, then sleeping him would be a major no-no. In the episode "Bratva," Arrow also dropped major hints that Susan has connections to Russia, so maybe she's undercover in Star City working for the Russian mob. Either way, Susan is clearly not what she seems, so why not have her be Vigilante? Arrow could use a female Big Bad after all. (Although yes, we know, she was also at Oliver's press conference when Vigilante attacked, but she could always have a partner. This is a world in which superpowers exist, so let's not be too close-minded.)


The real Adrian Chase: The parallels between Prometheus and Zoom are all-too clear. They both introduced themselves using names of old superheroes (Jay Garrick and Adrian Chase), but were later exposed to be villains (Hunter Zolomon and Simon Morrison). Eventually, The Flash revealed that there is a real Jay Garrick and he isn't a villain; he's a hero! So will the same turn out to be true for Vigilante, and he will be the real Adrian Chase? It's a bit confusing, we know, but when has that ever stopped Arrow from doing something before?

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Reporting credit: Megan Vick

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