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Cupid: How the DC Villain Went from Comics to the Arrowverse

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One of the most prominent recurring villains in the DC TV series Arrow has been Cupid, an unhinged archer that has stalked Star City ever since the third season. Portrayed by Amy Gumenick, the antagonist has worked both solo and as a member of the Arrowverse's Suicide Squad. With this in mind, the character is relatively recent addition to the DC Universe, having made her comic book debut a decade ago.

Now, CBR is taking a look back at the Arrowverse character and how she compares to her original comic book counterpart.

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WHO IS CUPID?

Cupid was created by Andrew Kreisberg and David Baron in 2009's Green Arrow and Black Canary #15 as a new antagonist for that comics' titular superhero couple. After undergoing an experiment to augment her strength, speed, and endurance and enhance her senses, special forces soldier Carrie Cutter finds that the unintentional side effects include uncontrollably dialing her emotions up drastically. As a result, she becomes unhinged when she believes her husband is cheating on her and dangerously obsessed with Green Arrow after he intervenes.

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Dubbing herself Cupid and using her own set of bow and arrows, Carrie began targeting Oliver Queen's old enemies with lethal force in an effort to gain his attention in a deranged mission to get the Emerald Archer to fall in love with her. Kidnapping Green Arrow's greatest foe Merlyn, Cupid was enraged when Ollie saved his old enemy and became determined to make the superhero fall in love with her even if it meant killing him in the process.

WHAT ARE CUPID'S POWERS?

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The experiments that Carrie endured as part of the top-secret military program COBALT, gave her superhuman levels of strength, speed, and endurance while also enhancing her senses beyond normal human limits. The unintended side effect of the experiment is her emotional state is incredibly fragile and uncontrollably impulsive, making her fall desperately in love and become easily, murderously enraged at a moment's notice.

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Prior to undergoing the experiments, Carrie had been a highly trained special forces soldier, making her a formidable hand-to-hand combatant, weapons and demolitions specialist and master tactician even before her physical abilities were artificially augmented. All of this makes her a legitimately dangerous threat to a street-level hero like Green Arrow.

Cupid in the Arrowverse

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With the character's co-creator Kreisberg as an executive producer and showrunner for Arrow, Cupid would make her television debut in Season 3. Released from the Star City Police Department for unhealthy emotional attachment issues, a flashback revealed that Green Arrow rescued the Arrowverse's incarnation of Carrie during Deathstroke's assault on the city in the Season 2 finale. Dangerously and romantically obsessed with Ollie, Carrie begins killing criminals with heart-tipped arrows to prove her love to him only for her to be arrested and recruited by the Arrowverse's Suicide Squad.

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Obsessed with her teammate Deadshot, Cupid becomes distraught after his death and begins targeting newlyweds in Star City to prove that love is meaningless before being apprehended again. After a failed attempt to take over the city's underworld with China White and Liza Warner fails, Cupid is recruited as the newest incarnation of the Arrowverse Suicide Squad in Season 7 as she resuming working for A.R.G.U.S.

Returning Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Katie Cassidy as Black Siren, Katherine McNamara as Mia Smoak, Joseph David-Jones as Connor Hawke and Ben Lewis as William Clayton-Queen.

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