Malcolm Merlyn
Birthdate Late 1960s
Family * Rebecca Merlyn (wife, deceased)
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,

Canary Season 1Edit

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,

Canary Season 2Edit

In H.I.V.E.,

In Ab Initio,

In Losing Your Memory,

In A League Of Their Own,

In The Longbow Hunters,

In Adam Raised A Cain,

The ConvergenceEdit

Canary Season 3Edit

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

Birds of Prey Season 1Edit

In Anarky,

In Changes,

In Divine Justice,

In Family, Part 1,

In Over It,

In Blood Eagle,

In The Ties That Bind, Part 1,

In The Ties That Bind, Part 2,

Birds of Prey Season 2Edit

In The Things We Can't Outrun, Part 1,

In The Things We Can't Outrun, Part 2,

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,

Birds of Prey Season 3Edit

In Don't Fear The Reaper, Part 3,

In Dangerous Habits,

In Red Rain,

In Body & Soul,

In Trinity (episode),

In Enemy Mine,

In Cry For Justice,

In Rise & Fall,

In Save My City,

Batman Season 1Edit

In Three Years, Malcolm arrives in Gotham to make a deal with Wayne Enterprises.

In The Man in the Mirror,

In Black Mask,

In Family Matters,

In All Our Times Have Come,

In Quoth The Raven,

In The Sting,

In Beware The Batman,

In A Death in the Family,

Birds of Prey Season 4Edit

In The Prometheus Project, Part 1,

In The Prometheus Project, Part 2,

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,

In Beautiful Lie,

In The Man Who Broke The Bat,

In Knightfall,

In Bulletproof,

Batman Season 3Edit

In Red Hood,

In Under The Hood,

In Legacy,

In Contagion,

In No Man's Land,

Birds of Prey Season 7Edit

In Had Enough, Malcolm appears at his grandson's first birthday party. His relationship with his son seems to never have gone sour as he is readily and happily embraced by the boy and welcomed by the other guests.




  • He is the most-appearing Earth-1 antagonist.

Episode AbsenceEdit

In Canary Season 1, Malcolm is absent in 1 episode:

In Canary Season 2, Malcolm is absent in 1 episode:

In Batman Season 3, Malcolm is absent for 2 episodes:


  • 35/69 (Arrow)
  • 30/36 (Batman)
  • 21/80 (Birds of Prey)
  • 17/50 (Canary)
  • 103 (Total)

(Canary S1) (9/10)

(Canary S2) (8/10)

Convergence AppearancesEdit

(Birds of Prey S1) (7/13)

(Birds of Prey S2) (5/13)

(Birds of Prey S3) (7/13)

(Birds of Prey S4) (1/13)

(Batman S1) (13/13)

(Batman S2) (12/13)

(Batman S3) (5/10)

(Birds of Prey S6) (1/15)

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