Geek Girl Love – Felicity Smoak

Posted Nov 14 2013, 11:34 am in , , , , , , , ,



I know I’ve been totally slacking on blogging this Fall, but that’s because I’ve been writing books. Lots of books. But I’ve had some thoughts for a couple of posts about characters that I love. At first, I thought I’d do one post, but ultimately decided that each of these characters deserves a post of her own.

The first character that I want to share my love for is Felicity Smoak. She is the tech geek girl in Arrow. There are many, many reasons to love Arrow. When we first meet Felicity, she works in the IT department of Queen Consolidated. Oliver Queen is Arrow’s true identity. When Arrow gets his hands on a computer that suffered an accident with bullets, he has no idea how to recover the information on the hard drive. 

Enter Felicity Smoak.

He takes the computer to her and spins some elaborate lie and she of course breaks into it and finds all the information he needs. Felicity is brilliant and knows her shit. She often talks over Oliver’s head and then has to “dumb it down.” I love that she does that. And she even tries to do it sweetly so he doesn’t feel dumb. She doesn’t buy into Oliver’s lies about the computer, but since he’s technically her boss, she doesn’t push it.

As season 1 progresses, Oliver returns to Felicity multiple times for help. Eventually, she’s brought in to the inner circle and learns his secret identity. Her relationship with Oliver (and his friend, Diggle) grows and they become a team. Felicity starts taking on a bigger role in crime fighting. She’s still the ultimate hacker-tech geek who gives Arrow lots of cool toys. But she stays real. Whenever she’s outside her tech cave, she’s nervous. She’s not stupid when she goes undercover. She does it out of necessity, but she’s scared (as she should be). And she does it with snark 🙂


The other thing that I absolutely adore about Felicity is her verbal glitches. When she gets nervous, which is pretty much any social situation, she says things that come out all wrong, and often come across as rude. And sometimes she has unintentional double entendres, and then has to back pedal. It’s cute. 

For example, while undercover, she has an earpiece so Oliver can communicate with her. She says, “It feels really good having you inside me. And by inside me I mean your voice, and by me I mean my ear.” 

Another time, again to Oliver, she says, “The last time the vigilante paid your mom a visit, you got shot, and I got to play doctor with you. Ahh! My brain thinks the worst way to say things.”

In season 2, Oliver wants to pull Felicity out of IT at Queen Consolidated and bring upstairs to work as his secretary. this is her response:

“Did you know I went to MIT? Guess what I majored in? Hint – not the secretarial arts.”

Oliver responds – “Felicity! We all need to have secret identities now. If I’m going to be Oliver Queen CEO, then I can’t very well travel down 18 floors every time you and I need to discuss how we spend our nights.”

Felicity – “And I love spending the night with you. 3, 2, 1. I worked very hard to get where I am, and it wasn’t so I can fetch you coffee.”

There’s nothing to not like about this woman. She’s smart. She’s strong. And she isn’t afraid to stand her ground. (Although she does play secretary – but, again, with quite a bit of snark.)

She has a crush on Oliver and I know many viewers want to see them together. I’m not sure where this season is heading, but it’ll be a lot of fun to watch.

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