Arrow's Oliver Queen is responsible for launching the entire DC TV universe on the small screen, and we can be sure that superheroes on the small screen would not be what they are today if not for the success of his show way back in 2012. In the years since, Oliver has endured his fair share of terrible cuts, ill-advised growth, and poor decision-making that have impacted his journey in absolutely monumental ways. I am referring, of course, to his hair.

There's no getting around the reality that Stephen Amell is a good-looking guy. In fact, when I first started watching Arrow, I figured that whatever happened on this CW show, at least the scenery would be pretty, because there was surely nothing that could be done to completely change the leading man's look as a badass creature of the night. Then, I discovered the flashbacks. Oliver would grow to become one of my favorite superheroes of all time, but even I can't overlook some of his most egregious hair mishaps. So, join me on a blast to the past for 13 times that Oliver's terrible hair almost made me give up.

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Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot

You might think that Oliver's original Tarzan hair from the pilot, complete with two feet of scraggly hair and beard, would be the first 'do to make me want to change the channel, but I endured that. Hey, he spent five years on an island in the South China Sea! Of course he's not going to look his most dapper. His pre-Lian Yu hair, however, is a different story. Stephen Amell barely seems like the same person when he has what I've come to call the "Pre-Island Ollie" look, and I know which version of Oliver I prefer.

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