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William Clayton

William Clayton



United States United States




William Clayton is the illegitimate son of Oliver Queen and Samantha Clayton.


Early life

William was conceived in 2007 during Oliver Queen's affair with Samantha Clayton. Oliver shared the message with his mother, Moira, expressing that he screwed up. Believing this could ruin Oliver's life, Moira paid the girl a million dollars to pretend she had miscarried and "asked" her to move to Central City and never see Oliver again.

Although Samantha took the money, agreed to lie to Oliver and move to Central City for it, it was later revealed that she never cashed Moira's check. She also denied Moira access to her grandson, William; Samantha believed that the latter could have a bad influence on her son.

Meeting with his father

Seven years later, William's mother attended CC Jitters. She called to him and promised to be back soon with a hot chocolate. A year later, William ran through CC Jitters with his action figure and ran into his father Oliver without knowing the two of them. He dropped it and Oliver gave him back his figure, whereupon William ran back to his mother, which Oliver was watching. The sight of him with his mother made Oliver connect a few dots.

On their way to a sporting event, William and his mother were briefly stopped by Oliver. While his mother was talking to Oliver, William told her mother to hurry up or they would miss the game. Without knowing it, Oliver managed to get one of Williams' hair so he could do DNA tests. Later, while playing with his action figures on his house terrace, William and his mother were again interrupted by Oliver. He was then asked to play with his toys around the house. Unknown to him, his mother and Oliver got into an argument when Oliver found out that William was his son.

The following day, William was formally greeted by Oliver, who told him that he was an old friend of his mother's. He was asked if it would be okay if he visited him and the two played with his action figures "Flash" and "Captain Cold".

William is kidnapped

When Oliver gives the demon head to RingNyssa al Ghul, she dissolves the League of Assassins. This embittered Malcolm Merlyn who wants to get revenge for it. When he learns from Damien Darhk that William is Arrow's son, Damien helps him kidnap William. Damien gets William to come to his house because he can play with Nora Darhk there. Damien eventually takes William to a hotel room and confronts Team Arrow about having William. Damien demands that Oliver no longer run for mayor. Oliver declines the offer and receives a picture of Damien on his cell phone. The picture shows William. After William's mother learns Arrow's identity and the team has completed a mission with Vixen, they manage to find the place where William was brought. Damien found out that Arrow was on his way in time and took him away a few minutes before Arrow's arrival.

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