- For her Earth-51 counterpart, see Helena Bertinelli (Earth-51).
- For the meta-human on Earth-203 who operated under the alias "Huntress", see Helena Kyle (Earth-203).
- "Once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out."
- — Helena to Laurel Lance
Helena Bertinelli, nicknamed the Huntress by Quentin Lance, is a female Human who is a former rogue psychotic vigilante. She is the daughter of the late Frank Bertinelli, the fiancée of the late Michael Staton, and the ex-girlfriend-turned-enemy of Oliver Queen. Helena was set on destroying her father's crime empire as revenge when her father had Michael killed.
Oliver intervened when Helena attempted to kill her father and saved her life when she was shot by Frank with her own crossbow. Afterwards, Helena left Starling City after realizing that Oliver wasn't on her side. She later returned to kill her father when he made a deal with the SCIS and Justice Department to avoid jail time and go into witness protection in exchange for testifying against the East Coast family. Helena was stopped by Oliver once more, though he was forced to let her go after she shot McKenna Hall.
A year later, Helena returned when the Arrow arrested her father, who was ultimately killed in the crossfire caused between Team Arrow and Captain Stein. She was arrested by Officer Lance and sent to prison.
Several months later, Helena was briefly broken out of prison to help Oliver and Roy Harper battle the Renegades and rescue Felicity Smoak.
Many years later, Helena became a target for the vigilante-hunter Chimera, obsessed with the vigilantes ever since being saved by the Hood in 2378. After Chimera's attack Team Arrow and SCIS were unable to contact Rory along with Helena Bertinelli, leaving their fate unknown.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Original multiverse[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
Helena was once in love and happily engaged to her fiancé Michael Staton, wanting to turn her father into the SCIS she began to collect evidence for them, but once her father discovered this he mistook, Michael being the one who was trying to turn him in and had him killed. In anger and grief, Helena went to Sicily, wanting revenge, and eventually discovered the existence of La Morte Sussurrata, an organization of killers trained by the Hashshashins of Persia when they migrated to Italy. Helena began having sex with various members of the organization to earn their trust, ultimately learning to fight and kill from them. She decided to use her skills to take down her father's criminal empire by killing people his closest associates and ultimately her father himself.
Taking down her father[edit | edit source]
Helena shot down Paul Copani, a member of her father's mob, almost shooting Moira Queen, Oliver's mother, in the process. She later met Oliver during a meeting he set up with her father, Frank. Needing to attend to another meeting, Frank asked Helena to go to dinner consolidated. Although both were initially unwilling, they ended up enjoying the date to Russo's. After they separated, Nick Salvati went there to collect protection money. Before her father's crew could hurt anyone, she and Oliver, as the Hood, separately stepped in and fought them. When they confronted each other, Oliver managed to take off her helmet and see her face.
Later, Helena was at Michael's grave when Oliver dropped by. Both were picked up by Nick and Frank's men. Nick had found Helena's cross at Russo's and connected her to the Huntress. He talked about how they found out about Michael, and threatened to kill her the same way he killed Michael. Oliver stopped him and just then, Oliver and Helena freed themselves and fought Nick and his men, killing Nick and a few others. Helena realized that Oliver is the Starling City vigilante and that night, he dropped into her room. Both admitted that they like being able to tell each other the truth and Oliver slept with her.
After sleeping with Oliver, she left in the night and tried to shoot Zhishan to spark a conflict between the Triad and her father. Oliver intervened and got her to safety as Chien Na Wei and the bodyguards returned fire. Oliver offered to help take down her father, however she declined and said that she did not need his help. Oliver later visited her at her house and showed her Sara's grave and explained how he had hurt people with his actions. She recognized herself in his story and decided to let him help her in her crusade. Oliver tried to teach her that there was another way to take down her father without killing innocent people. He trained her in archery, which she considered impractical at first. He taught her that archery is about patience and discipline, though he ultimately decided a crossbow was more suitable for her. He also created a costume and mask to conceal her identity.
The two took down a drug warehouse of her father, without killing anyone. Helena saw her father who was angry because of the "loss" of his warehouse. Helena and Oliver went out in a restaurant, but ran into Laurel and Tommy, whom Oliver invited to eat with them, because the latter couple was still waiting. The three eventually brought up some memories, in which Helena realized Oliver and Laurel were together. Tommy and Laurel had a small argument, and eventually, things grew awkward and the group dispersed. Helena said that he still had feelings for Laurel, so she walked away angrily. Realizing Oliver was not truly on her side, she continued her original plan. She killed Zhishan and some other high-ranked members and told one survivor that Bertinelli sent his regards.
She watched from a distance as Chien Na Wei and a hitsquad attacked the mansion. Her father managed to escape, but she shot an arrow in his leg. He was shocked to realize that she wanted to kill him. She prepared to shoot him; however, Oliver disarmed her with another shot. She angrily attacked him and the two engaged in hand-to-hand combat. She managed to take him down and made an attempt to overpower him. She was unaware that her father grabbed her crossbow. Oliver tried to shield her; however, the arrow hit her in the chest and knocked her down. She later woke up in the Arrowcave and was angry that Oliver had saved her father from her. He tried to tell her that he tried to save her from herself and that killing her own father would destroy her. He said that her father was in custody and would be in jail soon. She indignantly replied that she will keep going after her father, then left.
The Huntress Returns[edit | edit source]
Helena questioned then killed her father's former lawyer. She returned to track down her father, who turned state to the SCIS. She then extorted Oliver into helping her by threatening to injure Tommy when she sneaked into Verdant. Attacking the transport carrying her father, Helena was arrested by Detective Quentin. However, Oliver quickly broke in and freed her, then ordered her to leave the city. Ignoring him, she forced Felicity to track down her father's location. She invaded the safehouse and killed the US Marshals assigned to protect him. Before she could attack her father, Oliver intercepted. After a brief standoff, Oliver tried to shoot Helena, but she caught the arrow. Furious that he tried to kill her, she striked him. She disarmed him and temporarily overwhelmed him before Oliver could recover his bow. They were interrupted by McKenna who tried to arrest both of them, but was shot by Helena. Helena promptly fled the scene, not to be seen again.
Back in Starling[edit | edit source]
Later Helena returned to Starling after her father Frank was arrested. She broke into the courthouse where his trial was about to take place and attempted to kill him, only to get confronted by a SWAT team. She and her men engaged in a firefight and the SWAT team was forced to retreat. As her father had managed to escape she ordered her men to take everyone hostage. Helena negotiated with the police and threatened to kill hostages if they would not surrender her father to her. As she was about to kill the first hostage Laurel and Sara (in her guise as The Canary) came in and attempted to save the hostages. Helena faced off against The Canary. After a short fight Helena disarmed her and used her own baton against her to quickly take the advantage.
After beating her with her own baton Helena nearly killed her by throwing her out of a window. Sara avoided falling to her death and Helena prepared to kill her with her crossbow. Oliver managed to save Sara while Helena recaptured Laurel. Helena then contacted the Arrow and proposed a trade: her father in exchange for Laurel. She escaped the courthouse, taking Laurel along with her.
When she and Team Arrow met to exchange hostages, she readied herself to kill her father, but was interrupted by the SWAT team commander, who came to kill all masked figures, including the Hood. Helena got confronted again by the Canary who told her she had held back. They fought again, and this time, Helena got defeated. The Canary nearly killed her but Laurel told her to let her live. Helena was shocked when she noticed her father had been shot and killed by the SWAT commander. Shortly afterwards, she was arrested by the SCIS, lamenting that she was not the one to kill her father, who had been accidentally shot by the SCIS in the crossfire.
She was last seen in the SCIS station speaking to Oliver, reflecting on her father and the end of her vendetta. She admitted that now that her father and fiance were both dead, she felt all alone, she seems to have regrets about what she had done. Oliver reassured her that she wasn't, just before she was taken away to jail.
Helping recover Felicity and Oliver[edit | edit source]
After Felicity Smoak was taken by the Renegades and Oliver had no backup, Roy had Lyla Michaels let Helena out of prison in order to provide backup. They arrived to find Oliver having overpowered Clinton Hogue. They peered in, surveying their enemies. Helena suggested that she just take them down with four bolts, but Oliver disagreed, not wishing to kill them. They decided to crash through the ceiling, and The Huntress took on Lyle Bolton. He was able to use his suit to electrocute everyone, and quickly caught Felicity and Helena. Given a choice between the two, Oliver or Helena. As she walked away, Helena knocked down Bolton and took back Felicity. They exchanged forced pleasantries while the men tied the Renegades up. As they went to leave, Oliver admitted that he'd let Helena decide where she could go. Once they were in the helicopter, they began to take off, but were interrupted by Clinton Hogue, who attempted to kill Roy. However, he was knocked out of the plane towards the ground. Helena went back to the prison, believing that she knew what justice required. As Oliver left, she told him not to let Felicity get away.
Facing Chimera[edit | edit source]
At some point in 2392 Helena engaged a fight with the vigilante-hunter Chimera but lost the fight since Chimera manage to take her mask but since he only care about vigilante's mask, it is unknown if she is killed. Her mask was later found in Chimera's lair by Oliver and John Diggle but when they try to contact her along with the other vigilantes that lost their mask, she didn't answer making her fate unknown.
Anti-Monitor Crisis[edit | edit source]
During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Helena as well as everyone in the multiverse except for the seven Paragons, was killed in an antimatter wave by the Anti-Monitor on December 10, 2392, only to be restored a month later, after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.
New multiverse[edit | edit source]
As a result of the Anti-Monitor Crisis, which saw the formation of a new multiverse and a new Earth, Helena would eventually adopt a young girl by the name of Bianca and Bianca would grow up to become a wealthy socialite. However, Helena would at some point disappear, leaving Bianca to live with her aunt and uncle.
Personality[edit | edit source]
It can be assumed Helena was once a kind, caring, and reasonable individual, who tried to send her father Frank Bertinelli to jail legally and discreetly, because she knows he thrives on other people's suffering.
Helena's personality changed completely after finding out that her father murdered her fiancé Michael Staton whom she deeply loved. Swearing to take her father's world apart and see him suffer, she turned unstable, vengeful, and volatile. She has no humane morals or remorse, meaning she is more than ready to hurt and kill people, even if innocent, if they get in her way of her exacting her revenge. She also readily manipulates and threatens innocent people if it means seeing her goal fulfilled, although she seems to not always want to as she begged Oliver not to "make her do something both of them would regret". Trying to justify her killings, she would even cite that her actions are for the sake of justice, despite them being done out of vengeance alone. However, she has shown she is still capable of love, as she still loves Michael years after his death, and simply does not want to be hurt again, such as when her and Oliver were dating, she only becomes angry when she realizes that he still loves Laurel. Helena also believes that she is obligated to fulfill her quest for vengeance as she claimed "Once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out".
After Frank is killed at the hands of a crazed SCIS captain rather than her own, she gathers two feelings; first, regret that she wasn't the one who killed Frank; second, loneliness, because once he was dead, she believed that Frank and Michael are together now. Helena is also shown to be sympathetic and compassionate towards Oliver's cause as she hates being the daughter of a crime lord just as Oliver was the son of a billionaire businessman expected to take over the company. Despite knowing the truth about Oliver, Helena also seems to have residual romantic feelings for him as she has kept his secret from the police even after he attempted to kill her.
Helena exhibited an overconfidence, arrogance and condescending attitude towards those who confront her; she openly taunted Sara Lance (under the persona of the Canary) during their first duel where Helena merged victorious, when she squared off against Sara once again, Helena quickly reminded her of her defeat the last time they fought. However, she finds out the hard way, that the reason why she was able to best Sara in their first confrontation, was because the latter was holding back at the time; Helena's arrogant and overconfident traits can easily lead to her downfall.After the death of her father, Helena finally realizes that Oliver was right; that killing her father would not change anything, and would not make the pain of him killing her fiancé go away. She seems to be beset by guilt and remorse for her immoral actions and seems to seek redemption. However, she maintains her isolation attitude, at least for the time being.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
- Peak of human physical condition: Helena is in top physical condition, with her physical strength being noteworthy as she was able break her father's right-hand man Nick Salvati's neck with her bare hands and break a block a concrete with a single kick. She also has impressive reflexes allowing her catch an arrow that Oliver shot at her, a move that she states she practiced a lot.
- Expert hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: Helena is a formidable hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist, able to easily beat multiple thugs and proven to an unpredictable combatant to more skilled opponents such as Oliver Queen and Sara Lance. Helena was able to fight almost on par against Oliver in their first encounter, she was also able to successfully disarm him on two occasions but not enough to actually best him. Helena was able to beat Sara in single combat, but Sara later revealed she was holding back at the time; which allowed her to defeat Helena in their second encounter. As a combatant, Helena seems to favor grappling moves and has used a variety of them during her fights.
- 'High-level intellect/Expert tactician/Manipulator: Helena has been shown to willing to go to great lengths to achieve her goals, willing to use sex, threats, and even physical violence to get what she wants and force others to help her. She is also intuitive, as she was able to repeatedly anticipate her enemies plans and deceive them with misdirection.
- Skilled markswoman: Helena is proficient with various types of firearms, but her skills are noted to be rudimentary at first. Although still willing to use guns and not being trained enough to use a recurve bow, she began to show favoritism to hand-held crossbow. She has later demonstrated highly proficient use of one that she could take out a team of armed SCIS officers with a single crossbow.
- Skilled stick fighter: When fighting against Sara, Helena was able to quickly disarm her and use her own baton against her to quickly take advantage of her in their fight.
- Bilingual: Helena is capable of fluently speaking English and Italian.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
- Beretta Px4 Storm Sub-Compact:
- SIG-Sauer P226:
- Remington 870 Tactical:
Former equipment[edit | edit source]
- Crossbow: Helena uses a Cobra 80lb Self Cocking crossbow as The Huntress, to achieve her goals of vengeance against her father, and will kill anyone who gets in her way, it was later taken from her after she was arrested by Quentin and McKenna. It is unknown if it was designed by Oliver.
- High-powered crossbow: A high-powered crossbow served as Helena's replacement crossbow after her customized crossbow was taken from her by Quentin Lance and McKenna Hall. She stole this crossbow from a sporting good store, however she lost it when she was disarmed by Oliver after attempting to kill a SCIS officer. It is unknown whether or not she recovered this particular crossbow after Oliver let Helena go in order to save McKenna. If she did recover this crossbow, it most definitely would no longer be in her possession now that she is incarcerated.
- The Huntress suit: Helena wears a suit as her villainous alter-ego The Huntress, to achieve her goals of vengeance against her father and stay anonymous, despite her identity eventually being uncovered. It is unknown if it was designed by Oliver, it is also unknown what materials it is made from. The suit of Helena's is no longer in her possession, now that she is incarcerated.
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