Cheat sheet to the Arrowverse

Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow have all helped DC claim the throne of comic-induced binge viewing.
The CW’s massively popular series are all dripping in Easter eggs, referencing nCheet shot only their sister shows but constantly hinting at what’s to come. Known for their own distinct continuity, the universe of the shows is now known by fans as the Arrowverse. But with so many plotlines and parallel worlds tying into each other, and with so many seasons, it can be hard to keep track of who’s who. Never fear, this Arrowverse cheat sheet is here.

Metahumans And You


Not all superheroes are super-powered. Across the multiverse, the word metahuman is set aside for those with explicitly superhuman powers. Green Arrow, badass though he may be, is ultimately just a dude with a bow.

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We’ll admit he’s ridiculous with that bow.

The Flash, on the other hand, can run so fast he goes back in time

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Source: The CW 
When he’s not fighting crime, he’s taking casual morning jogs to the last decade.

For the most part, metahumans in the Arrowverse were created by a large-scale scientific accident in Central City. This includes Barry Allen, better known as The Flash. There’s always exceptions to the rule; more and more Arrowverse metahumans are appearing with powers completely unrelated to the Central City accident . . .

Meta “Humans” From Outer Space

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The other, last Kryptonian

Before she became Supergirl, Kara Zor-El escaped the dying world of Krypton with one mission: to protect the infant that would later become Superman. An unexpected detour sees Kara arriving on Earth years after Superman has come to be. Her mission null and void, Kara hides her powers in an attempt to live a relatively normal life. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work out.

It might not be obvious at first, but Supergirl lives in a parallel dimension to The Flash and Green Arrow. Remember, Supergirl lives in Earth-38, while The Flash and Green Arrow chill in Earth-1. You’ll thank us later.

“Regular” Humans

With time-travellers and Kryptonians keeping the peace, it’s hard to see where Green Arrow fits in. Once the painfully smug billionaire Oliver Queen, the now notorious Green Arrow does not have superpowers. What he does have is a mentality that has eluded superheroes on the screen and off the page for years: he’s had no problem killing. In the show’s early seasons, Oliver Queen’s ruthless approach solved a lot of problems. Permanently.

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Source: The CW
How do you beat the bad guys? Send a badder guy.

Queen has since sworn off killing his adversaries. Fans remain divided on his choice. Does this make the Green Arrow less effective, or more heroic? And is Queen going to stay true to his word? We’ll have to see what the future holds.

Timelines And Other Worlds

Speaking of futures, Green Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and others must stand together to have a chance at saving theirs.

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Source: The CW

In DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl travels all the way from Earth-38 to join the heroes of Earth-1. An eternal evil threatens not just the multiple versions of Earth, but the existence of time itself. So, it’s worth the trip.

The heroes of the Arrowverse could not be more different. By putting them all in one place, heroes we’ve followed for years in their own shows are suddenly just finding their bearings again. Even if they are on the same side, whether they’ll get along remains to be seen.


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