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 No Man's Land

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.


As revealed in Signal Fire,

As revealed in Please Don't Go,

As revealed in Not Easy,

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 Lover's Quarrel,

In Our Truth,

In The Phantasm,

In My Demons,

In H.I.V.E.,

In Ab Initio,

In The Longbow Hunters,

In Carnivore,

In Adam Raised A Cain,

The ConvergenceEdit

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,

Batman Season 1Edit

In Three Years,

In The Man in the Mirror,

In Black Mask,

In Family Matters,

In All Our Times Have Come,

In Quoth The Raven,

In GothCorp (episode),

In The Sting,

In Beware The Batman,

In A Death in the Family,

Birds of Prey Season 4Edit

In Black Arrow,

In Superhero Club,

In The Prometheus Project,

In Second Chances,

In Paint It Black,

In Devil's Eyes,

In Nobody Wins,

In Control,

Batman Season 2Edit

In Trump Card,

In Joke's On You,

In Two-Face,

In The Will To Act,

In The Demon,

In Bones,

In Bloodstorm,

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,




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

Episode AbsenceEdit

Birds of PreyEdit

    • Absences as a regular: 17/68
    • Total absences: 34/85

In Birds of Prey Season 1, Malcolm is absent for 7 episodes:

In Birds of Prey Season 3, Malcolm is absent for 4 episodes:

In Birds of Prey Season 4, Malcolm is absent for 6 episodes:


    • Absences as a regular: 1/32
    • Total Absences: 5/36

In Batman Season 3, Malcolm is absent for 1 episode:


  • 51/96 (Arrow)
  • 51/85 (Birds of Prey)
  • 31/36 (Batman)
  • 133 (Total)

(Arrow S4) (14/15)

Convergence AppearancesEdit

  • 84/324

(AS5) (2/12)

(Birds of Prey S1) (10/17)

(Birds of Prey S2) (17/17)

(Birds of Prey S3) (13/17)

(Birds of Prey S4) (11/17)

(Batman S1) (12/13)

(Batman S2) (10/10)

(Batman S3) (10/11)