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,

As revealed in Please Don't Go,

As revealed in Not Easy,

As revealed in Root Cause,

Canary Season 1

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 2

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 Convergence

Canary Season 3

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

Birds of Prey Season 1

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 2

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,

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 3

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 1

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 4

In Black Arrow, Thea discovers a letter written by him explaining why he left.

In Superhero Club,

In The Prometheus Project,

In Second Chances,

In Paint It Black,

In Devil's Eyes,

In Control, Part 1,

In Control, Part 2,

Batman Season 2

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 3

In Beautiful Lie,

In The Man Who Broke The Bat,

In Knightfall,

In Bulletproof,

In Two of a Kind,

In Red Hood,

In Under The Hood,

In Legacy,

In Contagion,

In No Man's Land,

Birds of Prey Season 7

In Better Days, 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 Absence

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

In Canary Season 2, Malcolm is absent in 4 episodes:

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


  • 45/138 (Birds of Prey)
  • 35/69 (Arrow)
  • 30/36 (Batman)
  • 16/50 (Canary)
  • 106 (Total)

(Canary S1) (9/10)

(Canary S2) (6/10)

Convergence Appearances

(Canary S3) (1/10)

(Birds of Prey S1) (8/18)

(Birds of Prey S2) (14/20)

(Birds of Prey S3) (13/22)

(Birds of Prey S4) (8/20)

(Batman S1) (13/13)

(Batman S2) (12/13)

(Batman S3) (5/10)

(BOP S6) (1/16)

(BOP S7) (1/22)

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