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At one point, Sara began secretly seeing Laurel's playboy boyfriend, Oliver Queen, with only her mother aware of the affair. Oliver invited Sara to join him on his sailing trip with his father, Robert Queen, on their yacht Queen's Gambit. Against her mother's wishes, she agreed. That night, while they contemplated the consequences of their relationship, the sabotaged ship began to sink. While Sara seemed to have been the first casualty, with Oliver unable to do anything as he watched her sink and apparently drown, Oliver, Robert, and a third crewman were able to escape in a life raft.
As it turns out, Sara survived in the wreckage, and, after a stay on Lian Yu with Anthony Ivo that led her to ally with Oliver and his allies. Eventually, she was found by Nyssa al Ghul some time later, and trained by the League of Assassins in Nanda Parbat under the new name "Ta-er al-Sahfer" (yellow bird). During this time, Sara and Nyssa became lovers.
Six years after the incident, Sara returned to Starling City, wanting to make sure that her family was safe after the earthquake that hit the Glades, and also wanting to leave her life as an assassin for the League behind while she still could consider herself a good person. Teaming up with the Arrow (who she knew to be Oliver), she killed Dollmaker, Al-Owal, and various other members of the League of Assassins before leaving to protect her family.
When her sister Laurel was poisoned with snake venom by the League of Assassins, Sara returned to Starling City, where she met with Nyssa once again, who was under orders from her father Ra's al Ghul to kill her former lover. However, Nyssa's true goal was to bring her ex-girlfriend back to Nanda Parbat and the League. Kidnapping Sara's mother while her sister was recovering in the hospital, Nyssa gave Sara 24 hours to come back to the League or she would kill Dinah. Nyssa released Dinah when Sara arrived with her father. She was happy to see Sara back, only to be shocked to see Sara had taken the same venom given to Laurel, which was also a poison on the League of Assassins members with Nyssa in case of capture. In the ensuing battle, the Arrow overpowered and nearly killed Nyssa, but the dying Sara pleaded for her release. In return for her would-be final act and the apparently continued love she had for her savior, Nyssa released Sara from her vow to be with the League, and left Starling City. Not long after, Sara was nursed to health with herbs from Lian Yu, afterwards meeting with her family (including Laurel, who rejected her), and apparently beginning a relationship once more with Oliver.
After aiding in the fight against Slade Wilson's Mirakuru army, Sara returned to Nanda Parbat and the League of Assassins, giving Laurel her jacket as a remembrance. A little later, Sara returned to Starling City, only to be killed by Thea who was under the influence of a drug by Malcolm Merlyn. Sara's death caused Laurel to use her anger and rage to become a new vigilante, the Black Canary.
After discovering the existence of the Lazarus Pit, Laurel brought Sara back to life. Initially coming back as a soulless creature, John Constantine returned Sara's soul to her body. Sara begins a life of solitude in Tibet before being invited by Rip Hunter to his crew aboard the time traveling ship, the Waverider.
When Rip became missing in action after the Legends were scattered throughout time, Sara became the new team leader and Captain of the Waverider.
She mercilessly hunted her sister's killer Damien Darhk, throughout history, before accepting she could not bring Laurel back. In the Invasion! crossover event, Sara returned to 2016 to support Oliver and the Flash in repelling the Dominators' alien invasion, and met the Kryptonian hero Supergirl from the parallel universe of Earth-38, who Sara developed a crush on. In the Legends season finale, Sara was forced to use the godlike Spear of Destiny to save reality from the Legion of Doom. While tempted to rewrite her own tragic history, the Spear briefly reunited Sara with Laurel in the afterlife, who encouraged her to do what's right and makes peace with her death; she chose to render the Spear itself inert, foiling the evil plans of Eobard Thawne and allowing him to be killed by the Black Flash, who had been hunting him all season.
In season three of Legends, Sara continued to lead the Waverider crew as they tracked down and repaired anachronisms throughout time, working in a loose partnership with Rip Hunter's bureaucratic new organization, the Time Agency. In the four-part crossover "Crisis on Earth-X," Sara traveled to 2017 to attend the wedding of Barry Allen and Iris West, where she has a one-night stand with Supergirl's adoptive sister Alex Danvers. Working together with assembled heroes, the team repeled an invading army from the Nazi world of Earth-X. Later, while confronting the demonic entity Mallus alongside her old friend John Constantine, Sara and Constantine hooked up, despite her ongoing romantic tension with Time Bureau agent Ava Sharpe. Constantine warned the Legends that Mallus will take possession of Sara.
- Martial Arts
- Archery: Although specializing in use of a staff that can separate into two sticks, Sara shows expertise with a bow the times she uses one.
- Multilingualism: Fluent in English, Chinese, and Arabic.
- Acrobatics
- Peak Human Condition
- Firearms
- Piloting: Sara is able to fly the Waverider.
- Sonic Device: (Formerly) 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.
- Expandable Baton: As White Canary, she uses a pair of expandable batons to fight. They are able to combine into a bo-staff.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the television series Arrow, its tie-in comic book series, and its related television series. It is an adaptation of Dinah Drake/Black Canary. The original character was created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino and first appeared in Flash Comics #86.
- Sara Lance was portrayed by Jacqueline MacInnes Wood on the pilot of Arrow, and by Caity Lotz in season two and onward.
- 110 Appearances of Sara Lance (Arrow)
- 9 Images featuring Sara Lance (Arrow)
- 10 Quotations by or about Sara Lance (Arrow)
- Character Gallery: Sara Lance (Arrow)
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