|First appearance||Sub-Mariner #35 (Aug. 1954)|
|Created by||Bill Everett (writer/artist)|
|Place of origin||Atlantis|
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Byrrah first appeared in Sub-Mariner #35 and was created by Bill Everett.
Fictional character biography
Byrrah was a member of the Atlantean royalty, and a citizen of Atlantis. Byrrah and Namor were close friends at childhood though they became rivals. Byrrah considered Namor a "half-breed" and unfit to rule Atlantis. Byrrah vied with Namor for the Atlantean throne when Emperor Thakorr was injured.
Byrrah was possible heir to the throne while Namor was gone. When Namor did return, Byrrah used a mind-control device to force the Atlanteans to choose him as ruler and exile Namor. Byrrah formed an alliance with Namor's enemies (Attuma and Warlord Krang) to defeat him, but failed and was exiled from Atlantis. With Krang and Doctor Dorcas, he unsuccessfully attempted to turn Atlantean public sentiment against Namor. He next formed alliances with Llyra and the Badoon, and battled Namor and Namorita. The two cousins later reconciled, and Namor pardoned Byrrah's crimes.
Byrrah brought word to Namor of Attuma's takeover of Atlantis. Alongside Namor, Byrrah battled Attuma's forces but they were defeated. Alongside Alpha Flight, Byrrah aided Namor and the Avengers against Attuma again. With his fellow Atlanteans, Byrrah helped Namor establish the new kingdom of Deluvia.
Powers and abilities
Byrrah has all the powers inherent to the Homo mermanus, including superhuman strength. He is adapted to live underwater, having gills that allow him to breathe underwater, he can swim at high speeds and his body is resistant against the pressure and the cold of the deep oceans. His specially developed vision allows him to see clearly in the murky depths of the ocean.
He can survive only for 10 minutes out of water, unless he uses a special serum that gives him the ability to breathe air. His stamina, agility, and reflexes are reduced when out of the water.
He is a master of all forms of Atlantean armed and unarmed combat. He carries a sword and battleaxe, and uses a power-pike which fires bolts of electrical energy.
Byrrah is a master planner and strategist, and an experienced politician.
In other media
- Byrrah appears as a mini-boss in the RPG video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, voiced by James Horan. He appears as a member of Doctor Doom's Masters of Evil. Byrrah is seen guarding the first sonic emitter alongside Warlord Krang.
- Saga of the Sub-Mariner #2
- Saga of the Sub-Mariner #5
- Tales to Astonish #90-91
- Sub-Mariner #33
- Sub-Mariner #50-51
- Alpha Flight #36; Avengers #270
- Alpha Flight #38
- Alpha Flight #39; Avengers #272
- Alpha Flight #40