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Arrow Sara Lance The Canary

DC TV Universe: Arrow

Sara Lance (born December 25, 1987) is the daughter of Quentin and Dinah Lance, the younger sister of Laurel Lance, the ex-girlfriend and close friend of Oliver Queen, a close friend of Felicity Smoak and John Diggle, and friend and ex-lover of Nyssa al Ghul, a good friend of Sin, and acquaintance of Roy Harper.

When Sara was presumed dead after the Queen's Gambit went down in 2007, her father, at first, did not forgive Oliver. However, sometime between 2008 and 2013, Sara trained as a part of the League of Assassins and learned to fight. She left the organization and returned to Starling City under the vigilante moniker The Canary (a translation of her League name as Ta-er al-Asfer (الطائر الأصفر)), and stayed to protect her sister, Laurel, before she was forced to leave due to the League following her, trying to bring her back.

She was eventually released from the League of Assassins by her former lover Nyssa. Following this she joins Oliver Queen's team and began a relationship with him, much to her sister Laurel's chagrin. At the end of Season Two she rejoined the League of her own free will and sailed off with Nyssa. 


Sara Lance was born 27th December 1987 to Quentin and Dinah Lance and has one sister named Laurel Lance . When Sara was 10 years old her father bought her a canary pet which she loved but drove everyone else crazy . During her high school years, Sara was bullied by some of her classmates because she was stealing one of her classmate's boyfriends. The often occurrences of her getting bullied caused behavior issues from Sara, and caused her grades to drop. This led to her father teaching her and Laurel how to defend themselves. At some point Sara and Laurel met Oliver Queen and Tommy Merlyn. Sara formed a crush on Oliver and even snuck out of the house to go to a secret party that Tommy held. Laurel however out of envy called the cops and Sara was grounded and by the time she wasn't, Oliver and Laurel were dating. In late 2007 when Laurel wanted to take the next step which freaked out Oliver and started sleeping with Sara instead.

One weekend Sara returned home to her family for a three day weekend from college but was secretly texting Ollie. Later Laurel talked to her and told her about moving in with him and Sara tried to talk to her about Oliver’s reputation for sleeping with everyone but Laurel took this as Sara being a bitch. Sara then agreed to Oliver’s offer and decided to go with him on the Queen’s Gambit voyage with him. [5] Before she left her mother came home early and saw her pack her “Starling Rockets” cap in a bag. Dinah tried to convince Sara not to go but after telling her that she was in love and had to do what she felt was right, Dinah let her go. [6] During their sail at sea, the ship was sabotaged (by Malcolm Merlyn) and sank and Sara was pulled under causing Oliver to believe that she had drowned.  However Sara managed to swim to the surface on the other side of the wreck and was marooned on a piece of the ship for days.

Sara’s apparent death had multiple effects on the Lance family. For Laurel found herself unable able to grieve because Sara stole Oliver from her but found herself unable to be angry because she had died and quickly managed to get over it. Quentin fell into a deep state of depression which saw him become an alcoholic and would often pass out in the bar and became obsessed with his work to ignore the pain and took every case without pause. Sara was also the first and last thought of Quentin’s mind everyday and took him years to get past that point. His drinking and work obsession leads Dinah to divorcing him and left for Starling City.



A few days after the wreck accident Sara was found by a ship called the Amazo who took her onboard the ship but they instead put her in a cell where other people were held. Later the crew dragged her out of the cell and were going to take her away, but they were stopped by a grey haired man who took Sara to his quarters instead. This man introduced himself as Dr. Anthony Ivo who told Sara when she asked that she was going to save the human race, and asked if she would join him. Ivo told Sara that he was looking for a serum created by the Japanese in World War II called Mirakuru (Japanese for Miracle) which could increase muscle strength, enhance senses and regenerate cells but the submarine sunk somewhere in the chain of islands nearby. For the next year Sara would be protected by Ivo from the cruelty of his men and would teach her many skills in the field of biology and technology but would assist Ivo in torturing his men and was secretly glad that she wasn’t one of them. However Sara would still feel a sense of loyalty towards him for saving her life no matter how dark it seemed he got. One year later she meets a confused Oliver, but kicks him stating that prisoners do not speak and walks away. She helped Oliver slightly whilst he was a prisoner on the Amazo. However, that was soon realised to be a ruse to see if his friends Slade Wilson and Shado were still alive on Lian Yu. However when the ship captain tried to kill Oliver Sara instead suggested keeping him alive to find the gravesite which Ivo agreed.


She went with Oliver Dr. Ivo and the crew of the Amazo onto the island to the plane, and watched as Ivo ordered his men to attack Slade Shado after Oliver screamed for them to run before Ivo left a bomb in the plane and had Oliver lead them to the grave site. When they arrived at the cave the guards started torturing Oliver for the hōzen on the bodies but Shado and Slade ambushed the crew at arrow and gun point and demanded Oliver back, when Anthony released him, Oliver punched the Captain in the face and grabbed Sara and ran away with his friends.

The hōzen Oliver found had coordinates on it which was revealed to house the location of the submarine Anthony discovered with the cure to save all of mankind, after Sara revealed this to them, Oliver asked if it could cure Slade.  They used the hōzen to find the sub and they did. They boarded it and they found the Mirakuru and Oliver injected Slade even when Sara told him that Slade would not survive it, Slade began to react to the serum and had no heart beat. Then Ivo and his men came inside the room and captured them.  Ivo took Sara and Shado hostage and held them in front of Oliver telling him to pick who would die between Shado and Sara, threatening to kill them both if Oliver didn't decide within 30 seconds. Oliver chose to save Sara and Ivo killed Shado just as Slade awakened and saved Oliver and Sara. She covered for Oliver by saying that Ivo just shot Shado for no apparent reason. 

They buried Shado and Sara warned Oliver not to tell Slade why Shado died, because he now has the Mirakuru inside of him so he is unpredictable and learning the truth behind Shado's death would not end well. As they where walking they asked Slade where they were going and he said that he is going back to the plane to get weapons to kill Ivo. Both Sara told him he would not be able to take them on alone and he grabbed Oliver by the neck and began to choke him and Sara had to hit Slade with a stick to make him stop. Later Ivo called them on their radio and gave them ten days to deliver the Mirakuru to him and in return he would give them safe passage of the island. Sara then came and told Oliver that Slade is gone and took the Mirakuru with him.

Sara and Oliver went to the plane to find Slade, but he was not there. Sara suggested they could accept Ivo's offer but Oliver turned it down immediately. As they argued Sara explained that she learned a lot and Oliver said he did too: "you can't trust anyone". Later they talked and Oliver, feeling guilty, apologized for what had happened to them. When Oliver fell asleep Sara took the communication and walked out and talked to Ivo. Ivo tried to persuade her to come back to him. Sara explained that when he took her in she felt like he was he savior and she felt part of something bigger but it was only because she didn't want to see how he was torturing the people on the boat and how she was glad she was not one of them. Then she told him that she would rather die than be part of it, she then ended the call only to see Oliver had listened to the conversation and she had now earned his trust.

They used the sensor grid to find Slade and they discovered that Slade is at the caves and when they got there he was gone and they found a drawing on one of the walls and Oliver rembered that they where calculations for the missile launcher and Slade intended to open fire on the freighter with it. They ran to find Slade and they did and Slade held Oliver at gun point, but Oliver convinced him not to destroy the freighter by telling him that Shado would have wanted him to get back home. Slade commented that they are still stuck on the island and Oliver said that they will take the freighter together. 

Oliver, Sara and Slade continued to observe the ship looking for any means of getting on board but they heard a plane flying overhead but when they tried to get it’s attention it was shot down by Ivo’s missiles. When they found it they found the pilot bleeding and dying and Sara told Ollie and Slade to get the medical supplies but the man died anyway. But before dying he gave Sara a photo of his daughter Cindy and asked her to take care of her should she get off the island, though his death was not in vein as Ollie found a parachute.  Planning to take the freighter Sara prepared a herb-like substance which could counter any serum exposed to him, specifically truth serum. Sara and Oliver discussed what they should do with the Mirakuru and they voted to destroy it which Slade further agreed with. As Sara and Oliver watched it burn in a fire Sara convinced Oliver that he needed to kill Ivo before Slade found him as Ivo would turn the situation around and Slade wound target Oliver and herself. Once Oliver allowed himself to get captured he mislead the guards and Sara parachuted onto the freighter with Slade and she proceeded to free the prisoners. However Hendrick started strangling her to death but Thomas knocked him out as they re-joined Anatoly and Oliver but discovered that Slade had learned the truth and she told Oliver that they needed to get off once the ship started blowing up. Though Sara, Thomas, Anatoly and Hendrick made it to shore Oliver was captured by Slade again.

Sara and the others made it back to the plane wreck but Slade soon after called them demanding Hendrick to fix the ship’s broken engine and in turn would hand Oliver and Ivo both to her. However Sara tried to cover for Hendrick saying that he died but Slade begun to torture Oliver and threatened to kill him within the hour unless Hendrick was handed over. Upon hearing this Hendrick pointed a gun at her before Peter and Anatoly distracted him allowing Sara to knock him out with a pipe before agreeing to Slade’s terms.  As Peter and Anatoly argued over handed over Hendrick to Slade, Sara got the idea to use Hendrick to kill Slade. Anatoly then dug up a landmine for her and she proposed rigging it to Hendrick to take out Slade once he came for him. When Slade he caught onto the plan and threatened to let the bomb go off and kill everyone but then pointed a gun at Sara and wanted to kill her but decided that being marooned on the island would be better.

Ivo told Sara and the others that there was a cure for Mirakuru in his quarters on the ship which could reverse the effects on Slade. Ivo then begged for a quick death which Sara was about to do but Oliver took the gun off her and killed Ivo himself, telling her that killing changes a person and didn’t want that for her.


After failing to return within an hour, Anatoly fired a torpedo at the Amazo and Sara would be separated from Oliver in a similiar fashion as she did on the Queen Gambit, this time Oliver believing her to have died for sure.[19] Nyssa al Ghul would find her and take her in. Nyssa was part of the League of Assassins and at Nanda Parbat, she trained with them and became a assassin herself by swearing her allegiance to them. At some point during her five years with the league she and Nyssa became lovers.

In 2012 Sara begun to hear legends of the Starling City vigilante codename: The Hood who wore a green hood. Sara immediately knew that it was Oliver wearing Shado’s hood. After The Undertaking Sara left Nanda Parbat to see if her family was okay.


When Oliver did make it off the island and back to Starling Quentin became resentful of Oliver and calls him that man that killed her and in public Quentin would openly show his hatred toward Oliver, this often lead to arguments between him and Laurel about Oliver and Sara’s mistakes. Laurel did resent Oliver at first but soon forgave him after realizing what he had been though on the island.  As a present for Laurel at Christmas Tommy, now dating her, gave her a picture in a frame with her, Quentin and Sara. At Tommy’s 28th birthday McKenna Hall saw a picture of Sara with her pet canary and mistook it for Laurel. After being gone for 3 years Dinah returned to Starling believing that Sara was still alive because of a picture of a women who looked like her and had the same cap that she had. However after researching Laurel finally found the women in the hat but it was a women named Jen and not Sara. Later Dinah revealed to Laurel and Quentin that she knew she was going with Oliver and broke down in front of her family.  However when Sara later returns she wore the cap visiting Sin in the hospital and it is implied that it truly was Sara in the picture but set up another women to stop them looking any further into the matter.


CITY OF HEROES When Roy Harper was fighting a group of men who'd been harassing a woman, the Canary swooped in and fought off the attackers before they could beat Roy. Roy expressed shock by her sudden entrance, before she quickly left.

The Arrow was cornered by the Police led by Sara's sister Laurel. Then, Sara came in as Canary and used a sonic device to distract the policemen and break the windows, they used the chaos to quickly escape the scene. Sometime later, when Roy was lured in to her hideout by her friend Sin, she knocked him out with her staff. She asked why he was looking for her, but was interrupted by a message on Roy's phone. She took a look at it and let him go, before climbing up poles and exiting the building via the roof. That evening, after Barton Mathis kidnapped her sister and her father, she ran away from The Arrow, she helped stop him, though he released a bunch of metal poles from above, knocking her down. The Arrow successfully subdued him, though The Canary ultimately killed him.

BROKEN DOLLS When returning at the tower, she found herself confronted by a hooded man (wearing clothing identical to that of Malcolm Merlyn). The intruder told her Ra's al Ghul wanted her to return. She declined and tried to persuade him to tell he could not find her. The man then threatened her with a knife. She quickly killed him with his own knife.

CRUCIBLE Felicity notices a pattern in the Canary's appearance, this leads to Oliver catching her to learn her identity. Oliver unmasks her and is shocked to discover that she is Sara. Oliver then reveals to John and Felicity that he thought she drowned on the Queen's Gambit, but met her a year after being shipwrecked, however he thought she had died since he last saw her. She goes back to her hideout and shares a meal with Sin, in which she reveals to her about running into Oliver and then how her dad is a cop and her sister is a lawyer. She follows Oliver to Verdant where she asks if Oliver told her dad and sister about her, but he says he didn't. They converse about her hiding when Quentin arrives asking for Oliver's help about Laurel, Sara overhears the conversation about Laurel's depression. When Sin is injured by The Mayor, she and Oliver team up and takes on The Mayor and his cronies. Both work hand in hand together, even using each others weapons. Sara is about to kill the Mayor, but Oliver convinces her not to. She spares him and lets him go. She is then seen watching Sin as she wakes up, with has company from Roy and Thea. As she is leaving, she encounters Oliver, The two leave together.

LEAGUE OF ASSASSINS Sara begins staying with Oliver at his mansion. However, they are attacked by Al-Owal, a member of the League of Assassins. Oliver and Sara successfully fight him off, and later she reveals to Oliver and his team that she was once part of the League and now they are on the hunt to bring her back to their leader, Ra's Al Ghul. Oliver and Sara then hunt down Al-Owal, narrowly escaping with their lives. Fearing retaliation against Sara, Oliver decides to protect the whole Lance family, but Sara decides that it was time to reveal herself to her father. She then tells her father everything, bringing him up to her hideout where they are attacked by Al-Owal and his two companions. Oliver arrives and along with Quentin and Sara, defeat the assassins. Sara kills Al-Owal and leaves one to run to Ra's to tell him that her family is off limits. She then leaves Starling City, trying to draw the League away from her family, but not before making her father promise not to tell Laurel that she is alive.

TREMORS Much time later Oliver contacts Sara after Laurel loses her job and right to practice law and is now a drug and alcohol addict and tells her that Laurel needs her. Later when Laurel passes out when she gets home, Sara appears to her though Laurel thinks she is a hallucination.

HEIR TO THE DEMON, Sara, after working out in the Arrowcave, decides to leave Starling but Oliver tries to persuade her otherwise. Then Oliver gets a call from Quentin asking for Sara, who knows she is back, and she talks to him. Sara later meets up with her father who begs her to stay but insists that she must leave. When Sara walks down a street, Nyssa al Ghul arrives and the two kiss. Sara and Nyssa go for a walk, Sara begs Nyssa to release her not wanting to kill anymore. An angered Nyssa kidnaps Sara's mother Dinah, giving Sara only 24 hours to rejoin the League or her mother dies. Oliver, Sara and Quentin track down an assassin for information but he kills himself before he can. Sara then decides to give herself over but poisons herself as Oliver and her father arrive. Oliver however manages to counter the poison, and Nyssa tearfully releases her from the league as Quentin and Dinah arrive with Laurel. Later at Laurel's apartment the Lances all have a reunion but Laurel is less than happy and openly blames Sara for all the mistakes in her life in the past 6 years and kicks her out. Sara later returns to Oliver's headquarters, both of them feeling betrayed by their families and the two of them passionately kiss before making love. 

TIME OF DEATH, Sara is reluctant to go to her homecoming party and tells Oliver to keep their relationship a secret. She attends the party but is disappointed that Laurel didn't not come. When one of William Tockman's victims has been found, Sara and Oliver leave the party early to investigate. Afterwards, at the scene of another bank robbery, the Canary is able injure Tockman, collecting a sample of his blood. Sara later analyzes it and is able to determine that Tockman is suffering from MacGregor's disease. The Arrow and the Canary go to the address of Tockman's sister, only to find a device that destroys the foundry's computer system. Felicity tells Sara that she shouldn't miss her family dinner for the sake of the mission. Nervous about seeing Laurel again, Sara asks Oliver to come with her. At the dinner, Laurel realizes that Sara and Oliver are in a relationship and gets extremely angry, berating everyone at the table. When Oliver and Sara return to the Arrowcave, they find that Felicity is at Starling National Bank, hoping to catch Tockman. The Arrow, the Canary, and Diggle meet Felicity there to help her. Felicity, saving the Canary's life, takes a bullet for her and manages to take Tockman down by blowing up his cell phone. In the Arrowcave, Sara patches Felicity up while thanking her for what she did. Sara, after getting a job as a bartender at Verdant, is able to make amends with Laurel. 



BIRDS OF PREY, the A. Canary watched over Quentin Lance and his men trying to detain a criminal, Frank Bertinelli included, and they quickly intervened. Quentin was injured which enraged Sara enough to force him off the rooftop. Quentin then told Sara to show restraint next time and was fascinated that Oliver had a fling with Frank’s daughter Helena aka the Huntress. The Arrow, the Canary and Roy then intercepted her car but found it to be her decoy. Sara tries to convince Laurel to drop of her current case when Adam Donner assigned her Frank Bertinelli's prosecution, knowing that it would make her a target of the Huntress. When Helena took control of the Courthouse, Laurel got into a fight with one of Helena's henchmen, forcing Sara, as the Canary, to intervene. As she made her way outside of the building with Laurel in tow, Laurel convinced her to help rescue the hostages. This led to her facing off against Helena, who was able to deprive Sara of her staff and even threw her from the window. Later Oliver and Sara managed to steal Frank from the police with Quentin and arrived at a meeting place with Helena and Laurel. However a police officer open fired on them killing Frank and separating Oliver from Sara. Canary then faced Helena again and wanted to kill her but Laurel begged her not to and she spared her. 



SEEING RED, Sara is convinced that killing Roy is the only solution and arms up to kill him, against Oliver's wishes. When Roy comes to Verdant during Moira's campaign rally, the Arrow and Canary confront him. After Roy starts strangling Thea. Sara almost shoots him, but is prevented from doing so by Sin, who stands between them until Oliver can put Roy down with poison arrows. Later, Sara confesses that she actually wanted to kill Roy, because that's what the League of Assassins taught her, and doesn't believe she knows differently anymore. Sara breaks up with Oliver after telling him that he needs someone who can still see the good in things, not a killer like herself, and that she cares too much for him to be with him. As she gets on her bike, Sin arrives to ask how she is doing. Sara replies that she has had a rough day and hugs Sin goodbye. She then drives away, telling Sin that she is going to see an old friend. 







Peak of human physical condition: In "League of Assassins", Sara is shown to be strong enough to break Al-Owal's neck in a matter of seconds.

Advanced hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: In "City of Heroes", Sara is shown to be a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist when she took down three armed thugs simultaneously. In "Broken Dolls", she was also able to kill Barton Mathis by hurling a baton into his chest. In "Birds of Prey", while she loses the first time she and Helena fight, the second time she admits to be "holding back", and her ability overcomes Helena's, as Sara easily defeats her. She stated that one martial art she was trained in was Wing-Chun.

Trained stick fighter: In "City of Heroes", Sara carries a pair of expandable batons that combine to form a bo-staff, and she appears trained in some form of staff fighting. In "Time of Death," Sara is able to hold her own in a practice fight against a teamed-up Oliver and Diggle.

Skilled archer: In "Crucible", Sara is shown to be a skilled archer, she was able to use Oliver's customized Oneida Kestrel Compound bow, combined with one of his customized hunting arrows, shooting it with great accuracy, into the shoulder of one of The Mayor's goons.

Free running/Acrobatics/Stealth: Sara has shown herself to be capable of scaling buildings and running from rooftop to rooftop easily. She displayed impressive acrobatics while entering and leaving buildings. She is also able to quickly enter and leave without being seen.

Multilingualism: Based on what has been currently shown, Sara is capable of speaking English, Mandarin, and Arabic fluently.

Skilled tactician: In "Crucible", Sara carefully plans on how to take down her opponents.

Tolerance for pain: In "League of Assassins", Sara has shown an increased tolerance to pain. An example of this is when Oliver is stitching her wound, Sara shows no sign of pain, not even a flinch.

Skilled forensic technician: In "Time of Death", Sara is shown to be skilled in forensics and chemistry due to her time on Ivo's freighter. She was able to analyse blood from her baton to discover the Clock King's genetic disease.


The Canary Costume: Sara wears a black leather costume (pants instead of fishnet stockings) while fighting crime as The Canary.

Canary Mask: Sara wears a black mask while fighting crime as The Canary, to hide her identity from her enemies (and friends and family, at first).

Expandable Batons: As The Canary, she uses a pair of expandable batons to fight. They are able to combine into a bo-staff.

Sonic Device: A handheld non-lethal sonic weapon used to disable large groups of people. It overwhelms the hearing of everyone in the immediate vicinity, and is also capable of shattering glass. This is the series' equivalent of her metahuman sonic shout ability. Although, her comic book counterpart once lost that ability and used a similar device called "Canary bombs".

Voice Filter: Sarah used her voice filter when she was talking to Laurel, so she could hide her true identity.

Dagger: Sara killed Suarez in Guyana with a dagger in his bed.