Carrie Cutter as Cupid, as she appeared in Green Arrow and Black Canary #19 (April 2009).
Art by Michael Norton (penciller), Joe Rubinstein (inker), and David Baron (colorist)
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceGreen Arrow and Black Canary #15
(February 2009)
Created byAndrew Kreisberg
David Baron
In-story information
Alter egoCarrie Cutter
Place of originNew Earth
Team affiliationsCOBALT
Notable aliasesCarrie Hartnell
AbilitiesEnhanced physical abilities
Expert archer

Cupid (Carrie Cutter) is a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. She is an enemy of Black Canary and Green Arrow, the latter of whom she has an unhealthy limerence for.

Cupid appeared as a recurring character on the Arrowverse television series Arrow, played by actress Amy Gumenick.

Publication history

Created by writer Andrew Kreisberg and artist David Baron, the character made her first appearance in Green Arrow and Black Canary #15 (February 2009).[1]

Fictional character biography

Carrie Cutter was a special ops soldier, working for a top secret program called COBALT, who thought her husband Ross had abandoned her.[2] During a mission in Georgia she encountered something that deeply disturbed her. She volunteered for a program that would make her fearless. It also turns her emotions up to the extreme when it comes to falling in love. Other effects included memory loss and increased strength. She fell off the radar for a long time. Years later, she found out that her husband Ross was still alive, tracked him to Star City and killed him. Green Arrow thought that the unknown man was abusing his wife so he shot an arrow at him. Cupid picked up that arrow which began her obsession with Green Arrow.[3]

Cupid first showed up in Star City at a scene of one of Green Arrow's fights. She picked up a broken tip of one of his arrows and carved the infamous heart with an arrow through it on her chest. She began killing off some of his notable enemies in the hope that she may begin to fulfill his heart's desire. She is mentally unstable as upon getting a new haircut, she cut out the eyes of the hairdresser, for the hair was cut so perfectly that she did not want anyone else to ever have the same perfect hair.[4]

Small time enemies killed by Cupid include Big Game, Death Dealer, Vengeance, and Slingshot,[5] which brought her to the attention of Star City's crime boss, Brick. When he learned of these killings, he sent his men to find out who was behind them. Within minutes of sending a street junkie out to find Cupid, she shot the junkie in the head and proceeded to fire upon Brick himself. As this did not work, she had a back-up plan in the form of a wrecking ball suspended from a crane. The crane cut through the building Brick was in and left him dead, cut in half at the waist. She had captured Merlyn from the police department, drugged him and lured Green Arrow to Star City Museum. Cupid had it arranged that Green Arrow, with a new-found darkness within him, would kill Merlyn and help himself achieve his hearts desire. Green Arrow did not follow through with Merlyn's death after seeing a way out of it and instead incapacitated him. This angered Cupid, who triggered an explosion. We next see her waking Green Arrow up underground.[6]

She had chained him to the subway tracks and planned on dying with him in her arms so that it may be a romantically famous death, but Black Canary rescued him. Before admitting defeat, Cupid slit an unconscious Merlyn's throat. Knowing that Green Arrow and Black Canary would not let him die (despite him being one of their worst and most destructive enemies) she used that chance to escape. She has started to aid the city during a riot, using a bow, that she admits she needs practice with. This is mainly to impress Green Arrow, but has not succeeded.[7]

After spending some time in prison, she is broken out by her rival Black Canary because her life was believed to be in danger. Later she encounters Everyman who believes himself to be Green Arrow and they begin to work together against the real Green Arrow and company.[8] She is seen to still be obsessed with Oliver and only considers Everyman to be "good in a pinch". She stabs Green Arrow's associate Lucas Hilton in the back of the head resulting in mood swings caused by brain damage.Cupid later killed Everyman herself, declaring their relationship as "a rebound thing".[9]

In later issues, Green Arrow and Black Canary are able to restore her sanity after meeting Dr Victor Turlough, a Cobalt chemical engineer who was responsible for Cutter's transition into Cupid and aims to reverse it. This happens right after foiling Cupid's plan to dump a truck filled with love potion into the river and a Cobalt helicopter showing up to kill her. Green Arrow jumps on the Cobalt helicopter and talks to the Dr while Cupid pushes Speedy (Mia Dearden) out of the one piloted by Black Canary. It crashes into a dam to which both of them are left clinging to. Green arrow shoots Cupid's hand with an arrow coated in an antidote after which she saves Canary and anxiously introduces herself as Carrie. Her memories of her time as Cupid flood back and she expresses guilt and disgust at her villainous actions, and Green Arrow accepts her apology and forgives her as the Cobalt agents take her away. [10]

Powers and abilities

Cupid is an exceptional hand-to-hand combatant. She possesses enhanced strength, speed, endurance, sense, etc.; but at the cost of her own sanity.[3]

In other media

Cupid (Amy Gumenick) as she appears in the TV series Arrow


  1. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Korte, Steve; Manning, Matt; Wiacek, Win; Wilson, Sven (2016). The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe. DK Publishing. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-4654-5357-0.
  2. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #15 (February 2009)
  3. ^ a b Green Arrow & Black Canary #16 (March 2009)
  4. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #2 (January 2008)
  5. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #24 (November 2009)
  6. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #23 (October 2009)
  7. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #27 (February 2010)
  8. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #28 (March 2010)
  9. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #29 (April 2010)
  10. ^ Green Arrow & Black Canary #29 (April 2010)
  11. ^ James Hibberd. "'Arrow' casts "Supernatural" alum as lethal lovestruck fan". Retrieved 2014-08-29.