Tiger Shark (Marvel Comics)

Last updated
Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark on the cover of
Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner #5 (Sept. 1968)
Art by John Buscema and Frank Giacoia.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner #5 (Sept. 1968)
Created by Roy Thomas (Writer)
John Buscema (Artist)
In-story information
Alter egoTodd Arliss
Team affiliations Masters of Evil
Deep Six
Lethal Legion
Defenders of the Deep
Notable aliasesArlys Tigershark
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength, stamina, durability and senses
Regenerative healing factor
Accelerated swimming speed
Razor-sharp adamantium teeth
Innate hunting instinct
Shark metamorphosis

Tiger Shark (Todd Arliss) is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.


Publication history

The character first appears in Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner #5 (September 1968) and was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist John Buscema. [1]

Fictional character biography

Todd Arliss is a selfish Olympic swimmer who, seeking public acclaim, attempts to rescue a drowning man and damages his spinal cord when waves push him into a ship. Desperate to regain his swimming ability, Arliss willingly participates in an experiment by the scientist Doctor Dorcas who "cures" his injured back by blending his DNA with that of hero Namor the Sub-Mariner and a tiger shark. [2] Although successful, the process changed Arliss both physically and mentally, endowing him with razor-sharp teeth and gills and making him savage and predatory. [3] [4]

Becoming a supervillain and calling himself Tiger Shark, the character finds and threatens the Lady Dorma and by force demands to be crowned Lord of Atlantis. Namor, however, deposes Tiger Shark and the character is imprisoned in Atlantis. [5] Tiger Shark escapes from Atlantis during a rebellion caused by the artifact the Serpent Crown [6] and encounters Namor once again. [7]

Tiger Shark battles Orka, the minion of Atlantean noble Warlord Krang. The pair cause an undersea avalanche that buries them for several months. [8]

Once free, Tiger Shark discovers he is losing his powers and teams with the villainess Llyra against Namor and his allies Stingray and Fantastic Four member the Human Torch. Tiger Shark's powers are restored by Llyra, and Tiger Shark accidentally kills Namor's father, Leonard Mackenzie, as the villains retreat. [9] After encountering the Hulk at Niagara Falls [10] the character reunites with Dr. Dorcas and battles Namor and the hero Spider-Man. On this occasion, Tiger Shark is savagely beaten by Namor and left for dead. [11] [12] Tiger Shark, Dr. Dorcas and Atlantean warlord Attuma seize the island Hydrobase and again battle Namor, who allied with Doctor Doom. Dorcas is accidentally crushed to death, with Tiger Shark and Attuma being defeated and imprisoned. [13]

Tiger Shark escapes from Hydrobase and abducts Namor's cousin Namorita before being recaptured by heroine Ms. Marvel. [14]

Tiger Shark joins the supervillain team the Masters of Evil who battle the Avengers. [15] With the Masters of Evil, Tiger Shark aids villain Egghead in a plan to ruin Henry Pym, but is ultimately defeated by Pym. [16] Tiger Shark joins Baron Zemo's version of the Masters of Evil and invades Avengers Mansion, escaping when the Avengers retake their headquarters. [17] The character flees with fellow Masters member Whirlwind to California, where both are captured by Avengers West Coast members Tigra and Hellcat. [18]

During the Acts of Vengeance storyline Tiger Shark battles Wolverine; [19] feigns illness to escape prison, and eventually battles Stingray. Tiger Shark ceases the hostilities to help rescue his sister, who is trapped in a cave-in. [20] After being captured for study and then rescued by Namor, [21] a grateful Tiger Shark renounces crime. Renaming himself Arlys Tigershark, he marries a woman from an undersea tribe of nomads. However, he reverts to his savage ways when his pregnant wife and her tribe are slaughtered by savage undersea creatures called the Faceless Ones. [22] He aids Namor against Suma-ket, the master of the Faceless Ones, who leads an attack on Atlantis that fails when Suma-Ket is killed in battle. [23] Together with the Inhuman Triton and the Fantastic Four, Tiger Shark reluctantly aids Namor against an attacking alien [24] and after a battle with Namor clone Llyron [25] features as part of the team Deep Six and battles the Avengers. [26]

In Thunderbolts , Tiger Shark has inexplicably mutated into a more shark-like being, complete with grey skin and a natural fin as opposed to a costume ornament. Tiger Shark joins Justine Hammer's version of the Masters of Evil and has several skirmishes with maverick superheroes the Thunderbolts. [27]

Tiger Shark — once again in human form — joins Attuma's version of Deep Six (consisting of Nagala, Orka, Piranha, and Sea Urchin) to conquer Atlantis, [28] initially successful the villains are eventually defeated, with Tiger Shark quickly defeated by cosmic hero the Silver Surfer. [29]

The character appears next — again in mutated form — in the title She-Hulk , and is imprisoned in the prison facility called the Big House, where inmates are kept at miniature size. Escaping with several other inmates at microscopic size by riding on the back of heroine She-Hulk's hand, Tiger Shark and the other villains emerge and attack when she visits a law firm. Tiger Shark is defeated when She-Hulk throws the villain Electro into the water he is standing in, electrocuting Tiger Shark and short circuiting Electro. [30] Tiger Shark appears (in human form) during the mass supervillain breakout at prison facility the Raft [31] and is recaptured, along with fellow villain Armadillo, by the group the New Warriors. [32] The character is seen briefly as an employee of the criminal the Owl in the limited series Underworld . [33]

In the 2007 limited series Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America , Tiger Shark steals an artifact called the "Horn of Gabriel", and uses it to summon huge sea monsters and direct them against the surface world. He is, however, defeated by the Mighty Avengers. [34] Tiger Shark also features as part of a supervillain enclave being solicited by new crime boss the Hood, who hopes to take advantage of the split in the superhero community caused by the Superhuman Registration Act. [35]

Al Kraven, the son of long-time Spider-Man foe Kraven the Hunter, briefly captures Tiger Shark when collecting animal-themed superhumans. [36] Tiger Shark attempts to extort money from Norman Osborn, the leader of a revamped version of the Thunderbolts, but is beaten into submission by Venom and forced to secretly work for Osborn. [37]

During the 2008 "Secret Invasion" storyline, Ms. Marvel saves Tiger Shark from being killed by an alien Super-Skrull in Raft. [38] Tiger Shark also skirmishes with the mercenary character Deadpool at the direction of Osborn. [39] The Elder of the Universe the Grandmaster also recruits the character to be part of a team called the Offenders in a bid to thwart the Hulk. [40]

Tiger Shark joins a new version of the Lethal Legion, led by the Grim Reaper, in a three issue limited series which ties into the 2008-09 "Dark Reign" storyline. [41]

During the 2011 "Fear Itself" storyline, Liz Allan and Normie encounter two men, one of whom was wounded by Tiger Shark during his bank robbery. [42] Tiger Shark later joins Attuma (in the form of Nerkodd: Breaker of Oceans), Tyrak, and Attuma's sister Aradnea in taking over New Atlantis. [43] As Namor and his allies fight off Nerkodd's forces and the Undying Ones, Loa is attacked by what appears to be a two-headed Tiger Shark. [44]

During the 2016 "Avengers: Standoff!" storyline, Tiger Shark was an inmate of Pleasant Hill, a gated community established by S.H.I.E.L.D. [45]

Tiger Shark attacked a cruise ship which Stingray and Diane Newell were on. Stingray fights Tiger Shark which continues underwater. Namor breaks up the fight and demands their allegiance. After Stingray is attacked by War Sharks summoned by Namor when he tried to reason with him, Tiger Shark reluctantly took up Namor's offer and became a member of his Defenders of the Deep. [46]

Powers and abilities

Before gaining his powers, Todd Arliss was a record-breaking Olympic swimmer but otherwise an ordinary human. After Dr. Dorcas' experimental genetic engineering process, he becomes an amphibious humanoid with the traits of a human, an Atlantean ( Homo mermanus ), and a tiger shark. As Tiger Shark, he possesses the same, albeit weaker superhuman strength, stamina, water speed and durability compared to Namor, although he must be immersed in water to achieve his full strength as he weakens outside of the water. On land, he must wear his special costume containing a water circulation system which bathes him with a thin layer of water, to retain his strength. Tiger Shark also possesses an innate hunting instinct inherited from his shark genes, as once he locks onto prey he cannot stop tracking it until it has been captured or he has been forcibly repulsed. He has the ability to survive indefinitely underwater via gills on his cheeks and has razor-pointed adamantium teeth. [40] Tiger Shark gained the tenuous ability to shift between a more monstrous shark form and his humanoid state, either given to him by the thieves' guild or something he grew into over his criminal career. [27] This vastly increased his physical abilities due to excess bulk and muscle mass, and he even gained a healing factor powerful enough to regenerate damaged brain tissue over time. [47] During the Fear Itself event, Todd was temporarily mutated via mysticism into a twin-headed monstrosity through the craft of the Undying Ones. [44]

Other versions

In other media


Video games


Related Research Articles

Namor Fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics

Namor the Sub-Mariner is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Debuting in early 1939, the character was created by writer-artist Bill Everett for comic book packager Funnies Inc.. Initially created for the unreleased comic Motion Picture Funnies Weekly, the character first appeared publicly in Marvel Comics #1, which was the first comic book from Timely Comics, the 1930s–1940s predecessor of Marvel Comics.

Masters of Evil is a fictional supervillain team appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The first version of the team appeared in The Avengers #6, with the lineup continually changing over the years.

The Scourge of the Underworld is the name of a series of fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Armadillo (comics) Fictional supervillain

Armadillo is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Speed Demon (comics) Marvel character

Speed Demon is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema, the character made his first appearance in The Avengers #69 as a member of the Squadron Sinister known as the Whizzer.

Whirlwind (comics) Fictional comic book villain

Whirlwind is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Atlantis Attacks US 1989 comic book crossover

"Atlantis Attacks" was a comic book super-hero crossover storyline which ran through most of the summer annuals published by Marvel Comics in 1989.

Andromeda (Marvel Comics) Character from Marvel Comics

Andromeda Attumasen is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is an Atlantean of Marvel's shared universe, known as the Marvel Universe. She is the illegitimate daughter of Attuma

<i>Homo mermanus</i> Fictional race appearing in Marvel Comic books

Homo mermanus is a fictional race of gilled aquatic humanoids appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. This race is best known as the people who live in the Atlantis of the Marvel Universe. Namor the Sub-Mariner is the most notable character representative of the race. Bill Everett often called them sub mariners and Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, but Stan Lee began to call everyone Atlanteans and the undersea kingdom Atlantis.

Boomerang (comics) supervillain in the Marvel Universe

Boomerang is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He has been a member of several prominent supervillain teams and clashed with several heroes throughout his career, most notably Spider-Man.

Stingray (comics) Fictional comics superhero

Stingray is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Attuma Fictional comic book supervillain

Attuma is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is an Atlantean nomadic warlord who is usually depicted as an enemy of Namor the Sub-Mariner, and is the father of the superhero Andromeda. He believes he is the prophesied conqueror of the Atlantean Empire.

Wrecker (comics) Supervillain

The Wrecker is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Awesome Android

The Awesome Android is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Fantastic Four #15 and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist and co-plotter Jack Kirby.

Orka (comics) Fictional comic book character

Orka is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Roy Thomas and Marie Severin, and has a killer whale theme. Orka primarily appears as a villain fighting the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, She-Hulk, and the Defenders, and also appears as a member of Heroes for Hire.

Ringer is the name of three fictional supervillains appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Lemuel Dorcas is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is notable for playing a part in the origins of Namor villains Tiger Shark, Orka, and Piranha.

Giganto is the name of two fictional monsters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Tamara Rahn is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is an alien of the water-breathing extraterrestrial Banari race from the planet Laab and a red-skinned humanoid with blonde hair.


  1. DeFalco, Tom; Sanderson, Peter; Brevoort, Tom; Teitelbaum, Michael; Wallace, Daniel; Darling, Andrew; Forbeck, Matt; Cowsill, Alan; Bray, Adam (2019). The Marvel Encyclopedia. DK Publishing. p. 381. ISBN   978-1-4654-7890-0.
  2. Wells, John (2014). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1965-1969. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 200. ISBN   978-1605490557.
  3. Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner #5 (Sept. 1968). Marvel Comics.
  4. Brevoort, Tom; DeFalco, Tom; Manning, Matthew K.; Sanderson, Peter; Wiacek, Win (2017). Marvel Year By Year: A Visual History. DK Publishing. p. 131. ISBN   978-1465455505.
  5. Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner #6 (Oct. 1968). Marvel Comics.
  6. Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner #9 (Jan. 1969). Marvel Comics.
  7. Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner #16 (Aug. 1969). Marvel Comics.
  8. Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner #24 (Apr. 1970). Marvel Comics.
  9. Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner #44 - 46 (Dec. 1971 - Feb. 1972). Marvel Comics.
  10. Hulk #160 (Feb. 1973)
  11. Marvel Team-Up #14 (Oct. 1973). Marvel Comics.
  12. Cowsill, Alan; Manning, Matthew K. (2012). Spider-Man Chronicle: Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. DK Publishing. p. 70. ISBN   978-0756692360.
  13. Super-Villain Team-Up #1 - 3 (Aug; Oct & Dec. 1975). Marvel Comics.
  14. Ms. Marvel #15 - 16 (March - April 1978). Marvel Comics.
  15. Avengers #222 (Aug. 1982)
  16. Avengers #228 - 229 (Feb. - Mar. 1983)
  17. Avengers #273 - 275 (Nov. 1986 - Jan. 1987)
  18. West Coast Avengers #16 (Jan. 1987). Marvel Comics.
  19. Wolverine #19 - 20 (Dec. 1989 - Jan. 1990). Marvel Comics.
  20. Marvel Comics Presents #53 - 54 (July 1990) & #55 - 56 (Aug. 1990). Marvel Comics.
  21. Marvel Comics Presents #77 (May 1991). Marvel Comics.
  22. Namor, the Sub-Mariner vol. 3, #33 - 34 (Jan - Feb. 1993). Marvel Comics.
  23. Namor, the Sub-Mariner vol. 3, #36 - 40 (March - July 1993)
  24. Namor, the Sub-Mariner #46 - 48 (Jan. - March 1994) & Fantastic Four #385 - 386 (Feb. - March 1994). Marvel Comics.
  25. Namor, the Sub-Mariner #54 - 56 (Sept. - Nov. 1994). Marvel Comics.
  26. Namor, the Sub-Mariner #58 (Jan. 1995). Marvel Comics.
  27. 1 2 Thunderbolts #3 (June 1997); #18 - 20 (Sept. - Nov. 1998) & #24 - 25 (March - April 1999). Marvel Comics.
  28. Defenders vol. 2, #7 (Sept. 2001)
  29. Defenders vol. 2, #11 (January 2002). Marvel Comics.
  30. She-Hulk #5 - 6 (September - October 2004). Marvel Comics.
  31. New Avengers vol. 1 #1 - 4 (January - April 2005). Marvel Comics.
  32. New Warriors vol. 3, #1 (August 2005). Marvel Comics.
  33. Underworld #1 - 5 (April - August 2006). Marvel Comics.
  34. Loeb, Jeph (w), Various (a). Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #1 - 5 (June - August 2007). Marvel Comics.
  35. New Avengers vol. 1 #35 (December 2007). Marvel Comics.
  36. Punisher War Journal vol. 2, #13 (January 2008). Marvel Comics.
  37. Thunderbolts: Reason in Madness (May 2008). Marvel Comics.
  38. Ms. Marvel vol. 2 #30 (Sept. 2008). Marvel Comics.
  39. Deadpool vol. 2, #6 - 7 (March – April 2009). Marvel Comics.
  40. 1 2 Hulk #10 - 12 (April - June 2009). Marvel Comics.
  41. Lethal Legion #1 - 3 (Aug.-Oct. 2009). Marvel Comics.
  42. Fear Itself: The Home Front #2
  43. Cullen Bunn  (w),  Lee Garbett  (p), David Meikis (i). Fear Itself: The Deep 1(August 2011),Marvel Comics
  44. 1 2 Cullen Bunn (w), Lee Garbett (p), David Meikis (i). Fear Itself: The Deep 2(September 2011),Marvel Comics
  45. Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha #1. Marvel Comics.
  46. Avengers Vol. 8 #9. Marvel Comics.
  47. Elektra Vol 3 #7 (December 2014). Marvel Comics.
  48. Exiles #61. Marvel Comics.
  49. Ultimate Fantastic Four #60. Marvel Comics.
  50. Marvel Apes: Amazing Spider-Monkey Special #1. Marvel Comics.
  51. Gage, Christos; Slott, Dan (w), Rodriguez, Javier (p), López, Álvaro (i). "Recapturing That Old Spark". The Amazing Spider-Man . vol. 3 #1 (June 2014). Marvel Comics.
  52. AXIS: Hobgoblin #2. Marvel Comics.
  53. 1 2 Voice(s) of Tiger Shark Behind the Voice Actors.
  54. "Shadow of Atlantis Pt. 1". Avengers Assemble. Season 5. Episode 1. September 23, 2018. Disney XD.