Malcolm Merlyn
Birthdate Late 1960s
Family * Rebecca Merlyn (wife, deceased)
  • Tommy Merlyn (son, deceased)
  • Thea Queen (daughter)
Occupation * Fugitive
  • Businessman (formerly)
  • Member of the League of Assassins (formerly)
  • Terrorist (formerly)
Species Human

Significant kills Various
Status Alive

Played by John Barrowman
First seen An Innocent Man
Last seen The Ruining, Part 3: Vitae

Malcolm Merlyn (AKA the Dark Archer and Al Sa-Her) is a powerful businessman responsible for a terrorist act called "The Undertaking", designed to enact vengeance for his wife's murder by leveling the impoverished district of Starling City known as The Glades. He is currently the new Ra's al Ghul.

Early LifeEdit

As revealed in Root Cause,

Arrow Season 4Edit

In Big Game, he spars with Nyssa al Ghul and debate the necessity of his guilt over his part in the murder of Sara Lance. She later attempts to assassinate him and he sends several other members of the League after her.

In What Might Have Been, he appears in the dreamscape produced by the toxin in Oliver's bloodstream, where he acts as Oliver's business associate in a joint project between Queen Consolidated and Merlyn Global. In this reality, Rebecca was not murdered and the Undertaking did not occur.

In Generosity Overreach,

In An Extra Incentive,

In Laurel's Sin,

In Stranger Things,

In Lover's Quarrel,

In Our Truth,

In The Phantasm,

In My Demons,

In Acknowledgement of Service,

In In Absentia,

In Blight,

In H.I.V.E.,

In Ab Initio,

In The Longbow Hunters,

In Carnivore,

In Adam Raised A Cain,

Arrow Season 5Edit

In The Prisoner, he appears as one of Darkseid's manifestations to manipulate the team.

In Five Years,

Birds of Prey Season 1Edit

In Anarky,

In Divine Justice,

In Family,

In Over It,

In Blood Eagle,

In I Have Failed This City,

In The Ties That Bind,

Birds of Prey Season 2Edit

In The Things We Can't Outrun,

In Nevermore,

In Don't Fight It,

In Angel With A Shotgun,

In Shadows Of The Past,

In The Price,

In Something Wicked,

In Bury My Love,

In Secret Six,

In Blue Roses,

In Can You Feel My Heart,

In No Rest For The Wicked,

In Eyes Shut,

In Fearless,

In Green Arrow & Black Canary,

In Tower of Babel, Part 1,

In Tower of Babel, Part 2,

Birds of Prey Season 3Edit

In Don't Fear The Reaper,

In Darkest Day,

In The Brides of Dracula,

In Dangerous Habits,

In Red Rain,

In Body & Soul,

In Trinity (episode),

In Enemy Mine,

In Cry For Justice,

In Rise & Fall,

In 30 Days Of Night,

In Devils & Dust,

In Sisters,

In Save My City,

Birds of Prey Season 4Edit

In The Prometheus Project,

In Second Chances,

In Control,

Batman Season 3Edit

In Beautiful Lie,

In The Man Who Broke The Bat,

In Knightfall,

In Bulletproof,

In Oracle,

In Two of a Kind,

In Red Hood,

In Under The Hood,

In The Clown Prince of Crime,

In Legacy,

In Contagion,

In No Man's Land,

Birds of Prey Season 7Edit

Alternate RealityEdit

In Better Days, Part 1,

In Better Days, Part 2,

The RuiningEdit

In The Ruining Part 1: Mortem,

In The Ruining Part 2: Woden,

In The Ruining Part 3: Vitae,




  • He is the most-appearing Earth-1 antagonist in the CW omniverse.


  • 59/115 (Arrow)
  • 43/125 (Birds of Prey)
  • 12/45 (Batman)
  • 3/3 (The Ruining)
  • 117 (Total)

(Arrow S4) (22/23)

(AS5) (2/23)

(Birds of Prey S1) (7/17)

(Birds of Prey S2) (17/17)

(Birds of Prey S3) (13/17)

(Birds of Prey S4) (4/17)

(Birds of Prey S7) (2/10)

Crossover AppearancesEdit

(Batman S3) (12/13)

(The Ruining) (3/3)

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