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We don't need any intro, you all know him. John Diggle, aka Black Driver, aka Spartan, aka the man with the worlds largest arms.

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Marksmanship

Due to Diggle's experience in the army, he has great knowledge on most firearms, reigning from handguns to grenade launcher. Diggle most often sports his trusted handgun that fires tranq ammo. A common misconception is that Diggle always kills the criminals he goes up against, even though he has on a number of times stated that he uses tranq ammo. Even though Diggle most often uses tranq ammo, he has no problem killing, and has killed on many occasions.

Puts two kill shots in the chest of Isabel
Puts two kill shots in the chest of Isabel
Takes out China White's men in rapid succession
Takes out China White's men in rapid succession
Quickly draws his gun and shoots and incoming Ghost
Quickly draws his gun and shoots and incoming Ghost
Shooting two Ghosts in rapid succession
Shooting two Ghosts in rapid succession
Shoots two thugs
Shoots two thugs
Senses a man coming from behind and shoots him
Senses a man coming from behind and shoots him
Headshots a Dominator
Headshots a Dominator
Shoots a Dominator straight in the eye
Shoots a Dominator straight in the eye
Shoots 5 guys in about 2 seconds
Shoots 5 guys in about 2 seconds
Takes out 4 guys combining guns and grappeling
Takes out 4 guys combining guns and grappeling
Takes out a couple of mercs with gun and an arrow
Takes out a couple of mercs with gun and an arrow

In ep 3x15, Diggle and Oliver infiltrates Nanda Parbat. Diggle shows great accuracy with his assault rifle and with his handgun.

In ep 3x22 Diggle once again shows of his amazing accuracy with his assault rifle against ninjas. He also gets to show of his amazing accuracy with his handgun, dropping ninjas in rapid succession.

Diggle has also taken part in missions with the Suicide Squad, displaying his ability with firearms. He got to display his ability with fireamrms on numerous occasions, easily tagging mercenaries.

Diggle's handgun can also shoot grapple rope.

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The rope is strong enough to hold enhanced Derek Sampson.

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In ep 1x11 he shows himself capable of handling a grenade launcher with great accuracy.

Diggle goes on a one man mission to Kasnia to rescue the Human Target. He comes down as a paratrooper, and takes out an whole army by himself, utilizing his assault rifle, a grenade launcher, a handgun and his knife. If this doesn't earn the Black Driver some respect, I don't know what does. One man army.

H2h Combat

Diggle was already before his training with Oliver a very capable fighter, mostly due to his time in the army, but also as his experience as a body guard.

Diggle holds off, and even manages to disarm China White
Diggle holds off, and even manages to disarm China White
Diggle, dressed as The Hood, blitzes and takes out 3 thugs
Diggle, dressed as The Hood, blitzes and takes out 3 thugs

Diggle has been trained by Oliver in multiple forms of martial arts.

Oliver and Diggle training knife fighting
Oliver and Diggle training knife fighting
Diggle trains with a wing chun dummy
Diggle trains with a wing chun dummy

Oliver and Diggle trains eskrima in ep 1x6.

Diggle is able to hold out longer than both Thea and Laurel in a training session with Oliver, Digg proves himself quite a challenge for Ollie it seems. It's very evident how drastically Diggle has improved during his years with Oliver when comparing their training sessions.

Diggle's h2h skill often goes unrecognized, his skill is very evident in his fight against the Shadowspire mercenaries. Notice how all of Diggle's punches are extremely well placed.

Taking out Shadowspire mercenaries
Taking out Shadowspire mercenaries
Stomping an armed guard in close quarters
Stomping an armed guard in close quarters
Defeating the mental doctor in close quarters
Defeating the mental doctor in close quarters
Beats two mercenaries in seconds
Beats two mercenaries in seconds
Rapid machine gun punches, displaying great combat speed
Rapid machine gun punches, displaying great combat speed
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Defeats Jackhammer, a member of the Demolition Team
Defeats Jackhammer, a member of the Demolition Team
Defeats two of what was referred to as the Bratva's best men
Defeats two of what was referred to as the Bratva's best men

Digg is able to put up a decent fight against China White, as of season 2

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Diggle is easily able to beat Ghosts in close quarters combat. At times he is fighting multiple Ghsots simultaneously.

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Diggle has also proven himself against skilled opponents, such as the League ninjas. Against Talia's section of the League:

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When team Arrow were on a mission to infiltrate Nanda Parbat in ep 3x22, Diggle proves himself capable of fighting multiple League ninjas at the same time.

Diggle is skilled enough to go toe to toe with Dominators

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Dig is able to put up a fight against Al sah-him.

Dispatches easily of a mercenary
Dispatches easily of a mercenary
Stomps two of Cayden's mercenary's in two second.
Stomps two of Cayden's mercenary's in two second.
Great display of some sweet skill moves
Great display of some sweet skill moves
Some sweet skills from Black Arrow
Some sweet skills from Black Arrow

Diggle has also been able to fight on par with and beat Black Siren. Diggle had the clear upper hand in both fights.

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Diggle is also skilled enough to beat Onyx Adams, who is a very skilled fighter in her own right.

Makes short work of Onyx
Makes short work of Onyx

He is skilled enough to hold of Ricard Diaz in a shorter period of time. Diggle even gets in a couple of half decent hits as well, and is by no means out matched.

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This fight needs some context to it. This is not a fight for the combatant to showcase their skill, nor is this a fight that showcases their true abilities. This is a rage filled brawl between two brothers, and Diggle does really well to trade blows with Oliver the way he does. This is a very impressive showing, although I do not interpret this as Ollie and Digg being equals.

Physicals

Due to his training with Oliver and his military training, Diggle is in peak physical condition.

Strength

In ep 1x22, when Digg dresses up as the Hood to interrogate Moira, Diggle beats Oliver to the point where Oliver is limping and his face is completely swollen, this was when Digg was pulling his punches.

In ep 1x12 (25:05), Diggle overpowers Oliver, pinning him to a table.

Diggle is able to overpower Brick, tackling him to the ground
Diggle is able to overpower Brick, tackling him to the ground
Kicks a man mid air with such force that his body does a summersault
Kicks a man mid air with such force that his body does a summersault
Diggle one shots people regularly
Diggle one shots people regularly
Carrying the combined weight of Felicity and Oliver with one arm (!)
Carrying the combined weight of Felicity and Oliver with one arm (!)
Chokeslams a man through a set of wooden stairs
Chokeslams a man through a set of wooden stairs

Speed

Fast enough to track down a speeding car
Fast enough to track down a speeding car

In the next gif, Digg reacts to bullets being shot from behind, moving out of the way and at the same time pulling his gun and returning fire at an insane speed. Andy even comments on his speed:

You still got those quick reflexes, John

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Dodges and evades gunfire
Dodges and evades gunfire

Misc

Crashes through a roof
Crashes through a roof
Throws an arrow with insane force
Throws an arrow with insane force

Durability

Tanks this explosion
Tanks this explosion
Tanks this electroshock
Tanks this electroshock
Tanks hits from Dominators
Tanks hits from Dominators
Is completely fine after this car crash
Is completely fine after this car crash
Is fine after this crash as well, which completely knocks out Felicity
Is fine after this crash as well, which completely knocks out Felicity
Tanks a kick from Ravager on mirakuru
Tanks a kick from Ravager on mirakuru
Takes a hit across the face with a metal bar
Takes a hit across the face with a metal bar
Tanks a grenade point blank
Tanks a grenade point blank
Jumps off the top of a building and is launched 30+ meters with a sonic scream, crashing though the windshield of a car.
Jumps off the top of a building and is launched 30+ meters with a sonic scream, crashing though the windshield of a car.

Diggle tanks a canary cry in episode 6x14

His reinforced kevlar allows him to tank bullets straight to the chest

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Endurance

Defeats two Ghosts after being tortured by his brother
Defeats two Ghosts after being tortured by his brother

Diggle's convoy in Afghanistan is attacked by Taliban troops, the troop consist of over a dozen men. The Taliban kills all of Digg's men and then stabs Dig in the back with a hatchet. Dig proceeds to rip the hatchet out of his back and kill all of the Taliban himself, Digg managed to kill them all before a scarf could hit the ground. An excellent showing of speed, endurance and his combat ability.

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#1 Edited by Thorthunder98 (6679 posts) - - Show Bio

Waiting for the I can Dig it gif

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My guy Dig! Dope.

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#4 Posted by AllStarSuperman (43147 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice

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#5 Posted by RBT (27800 posts) - - Show Bio

Pretty good thread. I honestly glossed over a few of them.

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#9 Posted by lubub55 (12905 posts) - - Show Bio

@rbt: You can't really recognise him there because he doesn't have muscles, though.

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#10 Posted by jayc1324 (26422 posts) - - Show Bio

As much as I joke about him never winning fights, this is well done.

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#11 Posted by TheSuperor (6684 posts) - - Show Bio

@jayc1324 said:

As much as I joke about him never winning fights, this is well done.

Thanks you.

Thanks.

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I so want to use him in a CaV.

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#13 Posted by Komboing (1134 posts) - - Show Bio

Did you add the gif where he fights Ollie in the crossover? Didnt see it, but I thought that was a good feat for him, kinda :P

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#14 Posted by nickzambuto (29288 posts) - - Show Bio

@thesuperor: Why isn't oneshotting Anarky anywhere in here?

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#15 Posted by the_real_seamAn (2121 posts) - - Show Bio

Where you mentioned when he interrogated Oliver and Oliver was limping I think that was a show for Maura, and not really a reflection of how Diggle damaged Oliver. But overall really good thread

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#16 Posted by Sawed_Off_It (13264 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice

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#17 Posted by TheSuperor (6684 posts) - - Show Bio

@thesuperor: Why isn't oneshotting Anarky anywhere in here?

Yeah, I guess I should add that...

Where you mentioned when he interrogated Oliver and Oliver was limping I think that was a show for Maura, and not really a reflection of how Diggle damaged Oliver. But overall really good thread

It was not a show for Moira, he was limping when he came down to the lair, only in front of Dig and Felicity. His face was also completely bruised up.

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#18 Posted by the_real_seamAn (2121 posts) - - Show Bio

@thesuperor: never noticed that part in the lair, i take back my complaint

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#20 Posted by TheSuperor (6684 posts) - - Show Bio

Updated with feats from season 6.

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I so want to use him in a CaV.

hahaha what is that

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I so want to use him in a CaV.

hahaha what is that

Fookin good choreography, that's what it is.

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#23 Posted by TheSuperor (6684 posts) - - Show Bio

Updated

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#24 Posted by The_Hajduk (6209 posts) - - Show Bio

@thesuperor: This is an amazing respect thread with the best gifs and succinct descriptions, also the best formatting, and I'm so glad you've kept it updated.

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Great feat.

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#26 Posted by MiracleComeBack (2128 posts) - - Show Bio

hell yea

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#27 Posted by ANTHP2000 (26933 posts) - - Show Bio

He kinda sux, but good work.

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#28 Posted by TheSuperor (6684 posts) - - Show Bio

@thesuperor: This is an amazing respect thread with the best gifs and succinct descriptions, also the best formatting, and I'm so glad you've kept it updated.

Thank you very much, my man!