Every ensemble piece should have a skilled archer! I have always been a fan of the bow and arrow, especially when there is a group of weapon specialists and one watches all their backs, slinging arrows at every enemy possible. I have held off on this top 10 for far too long, so lets check out the top fictional archers…
10. Pink Ranger
Despite all of their powered up weapons never causing damage and it becoming necessary to call out their Zords, the Power Rangers each had a specialized weapon. Kimberly, the crush of many young boys and hero to many young girls, was the teams resident archer, maybe not a very skilled one though.
The most under utilized of the Teen Titans, is the apprentice of Justice Leaguer Green Arrow. Taking on a couple different titles in his career, Roy Harper will always be known as Speedy to me. At one point being the most controversial character in comics for his drug addiction, Roy has since earned a prominent place in the DC Universe, despite being snubbed on the Teen Titans cartoons.
8. Princess Merida
One of the most deadly of the Disney Princess’s, (that’s a solid top 10 idea) Merida is the skilled archer of the 2012 animated film Brave. Strong and defiant, the Scottish princess out shot many potential suitors in a competition for her hand.
Who did not love the scenes in the Lord of the Rings trilogy where Legolas was firing off arrow after arrow, killing orcs with every shot? It seems that eye appeal was so fantastic that they squeezed him into the Hobbit movies for almost no other purpose. However, this elf is one of the nine members of the Fellowship of the Rings, and an essential piece at that.
6. Bard the Bowman
Why would I put Bard above Legolas in my list, you ask? Bard took down Smaug, the top badass dragon, with one impossible shot. That is all I have to say about that.
Long running member of the Avengers has a typical backstory off criminal to hero. Despite his lack of powers, abilities, or super strength, Hawkeye has remained relevant beside some of Marvels biggest names. The Avengers movies have put this archer on the map, and has become a fan favorite to many, mostly the ladies.
4. Katniss Everdeen
Forced to face off to the death with a group of her peers, Katniss depends on her bow and skills to defend herself and conquer the Hunger Games. Not only a deadly shot but the face of a dystopian revolution, Ms. Everdeen is deserving of a high slot on this list.
He rocks a sword, shield, bombs, boomerang and an arsenal of other weapons, but the games get easier when you obtain the bow and arrows. One of the most entertaining parts of the early Zelda games is shooting the weird looking enemies with an arrow to the face.
2. Green Arrow
One of my favorite super heroes for a long time. Green Arrow uses his skills to defend the world but at the same time he looks out for the little guy. Taking out pimps, drug dealers and corrupt politicians, Olvier Queen is the true hero that this world needs. And, carries some of the most entertaining story lines in comics.
1. Robin Hood
Oh, don’t act surprised. The most famous archer in history, Robin Hood has been reimagined a countless number of times. With a guerilla style warfare and a band of merry men, Robin Hood has a reputation as an outlaw that gives his earnings to the poor. Many of the archers on this list and throughout pop culture gain their inspiration from this classic hero.
Thanks booknerds, keep your eyes on the target.