When writing heroic archer characters, there are various motivations for using the weapon. Here is a look at my top 5 archers and why they chose a bow over other weapons like a gun or sword.
5. Legolas Greenleaf
Elegant, poised, and deadly, Legolas grew up in the woods where archery was the most logical weapon to use. It is based on stealth and perfect for ranged attacks, which came in handy during the Second War of the Ring as he defended his comrades. Legolas is an example of the lithe gentlemanly hunter type of an archer.
4. Susan Pevensie
For a girl in the 1940s, getting up close and personal with a blade was not natural, but it was her duty as queen to assist in the defense of her kingdom. The bow was a way of being skilled in martial combat without having to get elbow deep in blood. She was remarkably skilled, and practiced often, but to the end did not enjoy using it to kill, only using it as such when absolutely pressed to defend those she loved.
3. Katniss Everdeen
For her, the bow was a tool that put food on the table for her starving family. Hunting was a necessary part of life, like sleeping and breathing. When fighting for her life in the Arena, it was difficult to make the transition into becoming a killer, but she did what was necessary.
2. Robin Hood
There have been many versions of the tale, from Robins suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to happy go-lucky men bouncing about Sherwood Forest. Their reasons for using a bow have varied through the years, but ultimately it is because of the “cool” factor. Robin Hood is inhuman in his perfection with the weapon, using it for serious and comedic effect.
1. The Green Arrow
Whether due to archaeology studies or being stranded on an island, somehow Oliver Queen learned how to use a bow. It usually started out of a need for pure survival, like Katniss, but it did not take long before he realized how helpful it was in crime fighting. A bow could easily be used to either kill, maim, blow something up, or simply entangle criminals, depending on what type of arrow and intent. It was also helpful for an impressive threatening posture. Who can forget “You Have Failed This City.”