MerlynBack to Villains Main > Merlyn
Real Identity: Unknown
Affiliation(s): Legion of Doom
Appearances: Dead Reckoning, the Great Brain Robbery and Alive!
Before Oliver Queen was stranded on a desert island and later became Green Arrow, he was inspired by the performing archer, Merlyn the Magician to take up archery. That choice ultimately led to Queen's survival. As the Green Arrow, the two met again. This time, Merlyn challenged Green Arrow to a public archery contest. Green Arrow lost. Merlyn disappeared for years and resurfaced as a member of the League of Assassins. Green Arrow botched one of his contract hits. The punishment for failure in the League was death. Instead of accepting it, Merlyn struck out as a freelance assassin.