Tommy is the son of prominent businessman Malcolm Merlyn, he was the best friend of Oliver Queen. When he was 8 years old, his mother was brutally murdered by an unknown assailant, and his father disappeared for two years, returning home a changed man. As Tommy grew to adulthood, he became a playboy and womanizer, much to the chagrin of his father, who felt that he was too weak for the harsh realities of the world. When Oliver disappeared, Tommy became romantically involved with Laurel Lance. After Oliver returned to Starling City, Tommy thought he got his old friend back but soon realized that Ollie has changed. Not long after Oliver's return, Malcolm grew tired of Tommy's playboy image and froze all his assets. Tommy rebounded by getting a job at Oliver's new nightclub.


  • Business Management: He take care of the night club Verdante almost all time by himself and made it grow a lot on a such sort time, taking care of every problem alone, clients using drugs for example.


  • Tommy Merlyn was portrayed by the actor Colin Donnell.
    • Colin would later appear as the character of Doctor Connor Rhodes on the TV series Chicago Med. This was referenced during the Invasion episode of Arrow where Merlyn mentions that his son (Tommy) now lives in Chicago.
  • He doesn't like the "Twilight" books/movies. [1]
  • Tommy was the first main character of Arrow to die.
  • Tommy was born in February 1985 and died on May 15, 2013.[2] [3]