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Damien Darhk is a fictional criminal mastermind and super-powered antagonist featured on the CW Network television series Arrow. He is based on a character that has appeared in comic books published by DC Comics. Damien Darhk was played by actor Neal McDonough and was introduced in the premiere episode of season four, "Green Arrow".
Damien Darhk is a criminal mastermind with superhuman abilities that are mystical in nature. He has a history with Ra's al Ghul, and eventually became the leader of the H.I.V.E., which was an international criminal cartel. Damien Darhk came to Star City with the intent of destroying it.
Damien Darhk's first major move in Star City was to hijack a supply of cluster bombs from a Kord Industries cargo truck, though this plot largely failed due to the intervention of John Diggle, Laurel Lance, and Thea Queen. He then brazenly burst into the board room at Star City Hall and told city council members that they should simply let Star City die. He then had two major government figures, the District Attorney and the Star City Comptroller murdered. 
When Damien learned about the H.I.V.E.'s failings, he killed one of his own men as a show of force by siphoning the life energy from him. He then decided to employ metahumans to help him deal with the city's vigilante defenders, which also included a recently returned Oliver Queen. He hired an insane underling named Lonnie Machin and a card-throwing Metahuman from Central City named Jeremy Tell.
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- The character of Damien Darhk was created by director Thor Freudenthal and writers Marc Guggenheim, Wendy Mericle, Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz.
- He is based on the DC Comics character, Damien Darhk, who was introduced in Titans #1 in March, 1999. The comic version of Darhk was also a leader in the ranks of the H.I.V.E. organization.
- Actor Neal McDonough is no stranger to playing comic book characters. In addition to playing Damien Darhk, he has also played Timothy Dugan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as seen in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger and the Agent Carter television series. Prior to that, McDonough was the voice of Bruce Banner in the 1990s Incredible Hulk animated television series.
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