The King
The King
Personal Info:
Real Name: John King
Also Known As: Mister King
Place Of Birth: Unknown
First Appearance: Green Arrow Vol.5 #35 (2014) Modern Age Villain
Known Associates: Felicity Smoak, Merlyn
Group Affiliation: None
Base Of Operations: Mobile
Grudges: Green Arrow
Creators: Ben Sokolowski, Andrew Kreisberg and Daniel Sampere
John King is an industrialist and the third richest man in America behind Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor, he has managed to create a huge following of "subjects" through a combination of bribery, blackmail, and possibly torture.
John King was an extremely successful business man and the third richest man in America, with only Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor with more money to their names. On the surface, John King appeared to be a humanitarian who used his billions to travel from city to city, rejuvenating and improving their conditions with the goal of saving lives, but he was secretly gaining control of crime and using his charity to indenture the citizens of those cities to his will as servants of The King. When he moved to Seattle, he was almost mugged and was saved by Green Arrow. Seeing that the hero had intentionally missed taking a fatal shot to incapacitate the mugger, King was inspired to give Seattle the hero he believed it deserved, instead of the coward he perceived Green Arrow to be, and began plotting to make Seattle his next major renovation. He was confronted by his wife, and in order to ensure his secret remained from the public, he overpowered and stabbed her to death on their kitchen table, an act that was witnessed by their young daughter, Mia Dearden.
His daughter escaped with a flashdrive containing evidence against him collected by his wife, and a list of names of every person in The King's employ, forcing him to send men to look for her. Knowing that these actions would draw the ire of Green Arrow, King had someone hire Felicity Smoak to lead the hero to a cleared out warehouse, where a large number of his men would ambush and murder him.
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