Cupid (comics)

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Cupid
Cupid-DC-Comics.jpg
Modern representation of the character in the comics
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Green Arrow/Black Canary #15 (February 2009)
Created by Andrew Kreisberg (writer)
David Baron (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Carrie Cutter
Abilities Enhanced strength, hand-to-hand combatant

Cupid is a fictional comic book character, created by writer Andrew Kreisberg and artist David Baron, she first appeared in Green Arrow/Black Canary #15. She is a villainess and enemy of Green Arrow, with whom she is obsessed, and Black Canary.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Carrie Cutter was a special ops soldier, working for a top secret program called Cobalt, who thought her husband Ross had abandoned her.[1] During a mission in Georgia she encountered something that deeply disturbed her. She volunteered for a program that would make her fearless. It also turns her emotions up to the extreme when it came to falling in love. Other effects included memory loss and increased strength. She fell off the radar for a long time. Years later, she found out that her husband Ross was still alive, tracked him to Star City and killed him. Green Arrow thought that the unknown man was abusing his wife so he shot the arrow. Cupid picked up that arrow which began her obsession with Green Arrow.[2]

Cupid first showed up on the scene in Star City at a scene of one of Green Arrow's fights. She picked up a broken tip of one of his arrows and carved the infamous heart with an arrow through it on her chest. She began killing off some of his notable enemies in the hope that she may begin to fulfill his heart's desire. She is mentally unstable as upon getting a new haircut, she cut out the eyes of the hairdresser, for the hair was cut so perfectly that she did not want anyone else to ever have the same perfect hair.[3]

Small time enemies killed by Cupid include Big Game, Death Dealer, Vengeance, and Slingshot,[4] which brought her to the attention of Star City's crime boss, Brick. When he learned of these killings, he sent his men to find out who was behind them. Within minutes of sending a street junkie out to find Cupid, she shot the junkie in the head and proceeded to fire upon Brick himself. As this did not work, she had a back-up plan in the form of a wrecking ball suspended from a crane. The crane cut through the building Brick was in and left him dead, cut in half at the waist. She had captured Merlyn from the police department, drugged him and lured Green Arrow to Star City Museum. Cupid had it arranged that Green Arrow, with a new-found darkness within him, would kill Merlyn and help himself achieve his hearts desire. Green Arrow did not follow through with Merlyn's death after seeing a way out of it and instead incapacitated him. This angered Cupid, who triggered an explosion. We next see her waking Green Arrow up underground.[5]

She had chained him to the subway tracks and planned on dying with him in her arms so that it may be a romantically famous death, but Black Canary rescued him. Before admitting defeat Cupid slit an unconscious Merlyn's throat. Knowing that Green Arrow and Black Canary would not let him die (despite him being one of their worst and most destructive enemies) she used that chance to escape. She has started to aid the city during a riot, using a bow, that she admits she needs practice with. This is mainly to impress Green Arrow, but has not succeeded.[6]

After spending some time in prison, she is broken out by her rival Black Canary because her life was believed to be in danger. Later she encounters Everyman who believes himself to be Green Arrow and they begin to work together against the real Green Arrow and company.[7] She is seen to still be obsessed with Oliver and only considers Everyman to be "good in a pinch". Cupid later killed Everyman herself, declaring their relationship "A rebound thing."[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Cupid is an exceptional hand-to-hand combatant. She possesses enhanced strength but at the cost of her own sanity.[2]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Animated[edit]

  • Kari Wahlgren voiced Cupid in the DC Nation's Green Arrow episode with the same name.

Live action[edit]

  • Carrie Cutter appears on the third season of Arrow, portrayed by actress Amy Gumenick.[9] She appeared briefly at the end of "Guilty", wounding two police officers and then identifying herself by saying "I'm Cupid, stupid". Before her formal introduction, she can also be spotted among the crowd outside of Ted Grant's gym after the first murder (which Arrow investigated) and can be seen walking away from Diggle's van, showing that she was already stalking Oliver Queen's operations. In "Draw Back Your Bow", it's seen that all of this happened because she has a previous history of stalking and was suspended from SCPD because she became obsessed with her partner and was under the care of a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist diagnosed her as being incapable of developing healthy long term relationships because of her possessive behavior. This led to her obsession with Arrow and her killing spree after Arrow saved her from one of Deathstroke's soldiers during the second terrorist attack on Starling City, lead by Deathstroke himself. She considers Arrow to be her lover and got Arrow's attention after dressing Ted Grant's former ward in an Arrow costume and killing him and left an address to her apartment in her heart shaped arrow head, where Arrow and Diggle find her shrine to "her lover". After talking to her on a cell phone at the apartment, Arrow learns that she has the most heavily guarded mob boss in Starling hostage and she wants to punish him together with Arrow. He and Arsenal later tracks her down and saves the mob boss but Cupid gets away. Arrow later confronts her psychiatrist and she tells him that the only way to stop her would be to identify with her and gives her want she wants. Cupid has a former police CI track Arrow's movements through the city and deduces that Arrow "hangs up his hoodie" in a general area, Thea's Club Verdant/ Oliver's hideout being in the middle of it. She later kills him and after Captain Lance tells Arrow about this Arrow is able to again contact Cupid and has her meet him away from Verdant to protect Thea. They confront each other and after Arrow tells her she needs help and that he has to be alone because of his crusade and life, the two fight and fall through railings that lead onto the recently reopened subway lines. The two are almost ran over; however, Arrow saves Cupid and this restores Cupid's love for Arrow. Diggle later tells Oliver that Cupid is now in ARGUS's custody upon his request that Cupid is with a team, the Suicide Squad, so that she can still do some good and being around others rather than in a prison cell alone could do her some good. Lyla Michaels notes that Cupid is "nuttier than the last woman they had on the team".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #15 (February 2009)
  2. ^ a b Green Arrow & Black Canary #16 (March 2009)
  3. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #2 (January 2008)
  4. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #24 (November 2009)
  5. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #23 (October 2009)
  6. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #27 (February 2010)
  7. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #28 (March 2010)
  8. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #29 (April 2010)
  9. ^ James Hibberd. "'Arrow' casts "Supernatural" alum as lethal lovestruck fan". EW.com. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 

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