Terrax the Tamer (Marvel)
Real Name: Tyros
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Terrax was apparently born with a limited mental control over rock and earth, which he used to create simple constructs. After his powers were enhanced by Galactus, his ability increased in terms of volume and complexity. He was also awarded superhuman strength and durability, as well as abilities including force field projection, matter manipulation, the power to fuse machinery, energy absoprtion (usually through his axe), resistance to telepathy, and more. Like all of Galactus's Heralds, he is immune to the vacuum of space. His cosmic-powered axe is magically sharp and can generate waves of force (he himself can project personal energy attacks as well). Originally he could fly through space on his own by riding masses of stone which he levitated, but after taking over a human body (Harmon Furmintz, the creator of Psionex), he needed the additional power of his axe to travel through space. Terrax is also a gifted and adaptable close combat fighter.
Terrax was originally known as Tyros, ruler of the city Lanlak on the planetoid Birj, which was a satellite of the gas giant Marman. Tyros possessed limited powers over the elements of earth and he abused these powers in order to become tyrant over his people. Tyros was ruthless and cruel, which brought him to the attention of Galactus, who had decided that the weakness of his former Heralds had been their compassion. Galactus compelled the Fantastic Four against their will to retrieve Tyros for him, in exchange for assisting the Four in combatting the Sphinx.
Empowered with the "Power Cosmic," Tyros became "Terrax the Tamer, master of all things rock and earth." But his ambition and power-lust drove him to challenge Galactus, who easily defeated him by stripping away the power cosmic.
Later, in the "Trial of Galactus" story-arc in Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom used his technological expertise to restore some of Terrax's former power, in exchange for his help in destroying the Fantastic Four. During the battle, Silver Surfer appeared and ultimately destroyed him.
Notable appearances include New Warriors issue #1, in which a re-embodied Terrax is the threat that unites the fledgling super-hero team; and Fantastic Four Issue #258, in which he waxes nostalgic about his destructive powers. Shortly afterward, Terrax engaged the Silver Surfer and was marooned on an uninhabited, grassy planet and his axe was cast into a nearby asteroid field. During the Herald Ordeal, Silver Surfer lead a group of former Galactean heralds in opposition to Morg, Galactus' then Herald. In Silver Surfer #74, Terrax was the last former herald that the Silver Surfer collected by saving him from that unnamed planet and finding his axe. In issue #75, Terrax joins the other heralds in battling Morg. Morg and Terrax take almost instantly to a rivalry, as they are the only two heralds that wield axes and both enjoy fights. During the battle, Terrax' axe crumbles and Morg successfully knocks him out. After the battle, Terrax takes the recently deceased Morg's axe and takes to the stars on an asteroid, content to never see any of his allies again. Presumably between Silver Surfer #75 and #81, Terrax is captured by Tyrant where he is held with several others who are less than enthusiastic to share his company. Terrax and his fellow prisoners manage to free themselves, and Terrax again takes off, wanting only to be left alone.
In the Cosmic Powers mini-series, Terrax is recruited by Thanos of Titan to again fight Tyrant. Issue #2 focuses on Terrax, and opens with him fighting in a very Roman looking arena. He wins the battle and wins the one thing he probably has the least use for in all the world - a beautiful woman. She leads him into the desert with promises of riches for her safe return, but he is ambushed by her brothers. Thanos comes in at the tail end of the slaughter, and the woman appeals to him to save her from Terrax, to which his response is that she had made her bed and it was time to lie in it. Terrax lets Thanos know that he is ready to battle him, and Thanos replies that he offers vengeance against Tyrant. Terrax then helps Thanos recruit Ganymede and eventually Legacy and Jack of Hearts, who are collectively betrayed by Thanos. While Thanos is battling Tyrant, Terrax and the others flee in Thanos' craft, the Demeter.
Another notable appearance was in the humor book the GLX Christmas Special, where he and other villains were beaten easily by Squirrel Girl.
He also appeared in the The Sentry as a momentary annoyance mostly to display Sentry's level of power. He takes Terrax's axe away from him and further humiliates "the tamer" by shattering it with his bare hands. Terrax's portrayal in the series has been called into question, as he uncharacteristically and inexplicably is first found fighting random helicopters on Earth and babbling about pseudo-environmental outrages.
In the events of Annihilation: Silver Surfer, Terrax has been captured by Annihilus' forces for an unknown purpose. In the Heralds of Galactus two parter following the events of Annihilation Terrax is freed from the control of the negative zone life forms and with Paibok and the infant like alien escapes to a desolate planet controlled by Randu the space parasite. Terrax destroys it but looses a female Centaurion who he seems to have been attracted to during the battle. In his anger over her loss and the dismayed behavior of Randu's other victims who had come to rely on their captur he destroys the planet. He is currently flying about through space and at this time its unknown what if any part he will play in Annihilation: Conquest.
Created by Marv Wolfman and John Byrne.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four (1961) #211
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#2 Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files (2006)
- 'Nice Try, Drax'#3
- 'Desperate Measures'
Annihilation: Heralds Of Galactus (2007)
Annihilation: Saga (2007)
Annihilation: Silver Surfer (2006)
Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand (2014)
#3 Civil War: Front Line (2006)
- 'Cataclysm Part Three'
#7 Cosmic Powers (1994)
- 'Embedded: Part Seven'
Crossover Classics (1991)
Dark Reign Files (2009)
#10 DC/Marvel (1996)
- 'In the Darkness... a Light'#11
- '...Lest Ye Be Judged'
#14 Deadpool Team-Up (2010)
- 'Green Lantern - Silver Surfer'
Destructor Nocturno (1994)
Fantastic Four (1961)
TPB Fantastic Four (1968)
- 'Greatest Villains of the Fantastic Four'#211
- 'If This Be Terrax...'#212
- 'The Battle of the Titans!'#213
- 'In Final Battle!'#242
- 'Terrax Untamed'#243
- 'Shall Earth Endure?'#243 (Marvel Legends Reprint)
- 'Shall Earth Endure?'#258
- 'When Titans Clash!'#287
- 'Prisoner of the Flesh'#319
- 'Secret Wars 3'#400
- 'Even the Watchers Can Die!'#568
- 'Doom's Master, Part 3'
Fantastic Four: Foes (2005)
GLX-Mas Special (2006)
Green Lantern/Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances (1995)
#10 Last Hero Standing (2005)
- 'Love & Death'#11
- 'Trapped In A World They Never Made'#12
- 'Winner Takes All'
Marvel Holiday Magazine (2010)
Marvels Companion (2014)
TPB Night Thrasher (1993)
- 'Marvels Companion'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Point One (2012)
#26 Sentry (2006)
- 'Turnabout Is Fair Play!'
#1 Silver Surfer (1987)
- 'Under the Eye of the Clock'
Annual 05 Strange Tales (2009)
- 'The Return of the Defenders Part 3'Annual 06
- 'The Herald Ordeal, Part 4: Resurrection'#74
- 'The Herald Ordeal, Part 5: Negotation'#75
- 'The Herald Ordeal, Part 6: Destruction'#79
- 'Long Live Tyrant!'#97
- 'Temptation: Wealth'
Tales of the Marvels: Blockbuster (1995)
The Avengers (1963)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The New Warriors (1990)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
Annual 01 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'Errant Knights'Annual 02
- 'Questions of Power The Hero Killers Part 4'#1
- 'From the Ground Up!'#15
- 'The Sushi People'#16
- 'Ground War'#17
- 'Sore Winners'
#4 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'D-G: From Dragon Man to Gypsy Moth'#14
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 2 : Marvel Boy to Zuras'
What If? (1977)
- 'What If Phoenix Had Not Died?'#33
- 'What if... Dazzler Had Become the Herald of Galactus? / Iron Man Was Trapped in the Time of King Arthur?'#33 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'What if... Dazzler Had Become the Herald of Galactus? / Iron Man Was Trapped in the Time of King Arthur?'
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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
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