Mer-Man, also known as Squidish Rex, is a male, amphibious warrior, who is the ruler of the undersea realms of Eternia. He seems to possess physical might, that is greater than that of the average human. It is clear however, that his strength is much greater underwater than on land. Mer-Man also displays the ability to control a number of aquatic life forms through a primitive form of telepathy. It is stated in some stories that this power works only on cold-blooded sea creatures, having no effect on sea mammals. This evil warrior can also control the sea and ocean waters, creating tidal waves and destruction.
Mer-Man'sbasic physical type can be described as humanoid, however he has green skin (blue in some versions), that in some renditions appears to be of a scaly texture like a fish. He has webbed feet and hands and two fins on either side of his head that appear to be his species' equivalent of ears. He has large bulbous eyes like a fish and a wide, fang-filled mouth. He has no apparent nose, however in some representations he has nostrils. The area around his eyes and upper lip is covered in a layer of rough orange scales; in the animated series the orange scales only surround his eyes not his lips. He wears yellow chest armor that is possibly made of fish hide. He also wears orange trunks. The character's original box art showed him to wear yellow gloves and ankles, although the original figure did not have these painted on (though in the early mini-comics he is shown wearing yellow anklets). In the Filmation series he is seen to wear yellow gloves and boots. He has a muscular build and is at least as tall as an average human male.
He carries a sword made of Eternian shark teeth, capable of ripping through steel. Mer-Man also carries a mean-looking trident, that he uses to keep his underwater monsters in control.
He seems to hail from the Crystal Sea. In the episode "Teela's Quest" Skeletor refers to this location as Mer-Man's "home territory."
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Although he was a central character in the earliest minicomics, Mer-Man appeared infrequently after the first series.
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Mer-Man's sword displays special properties in the UK Ladybird Books: it can unleash a freeze ray, called Zero-Energy, that encases his targets in ice.
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Ruler of the undersea realms of Eternia, Mer-Man was forced to serve in the armies of Skeletor after his kingdom was destroyed in a battle with rival ocean clans. His allegiance with Skeletor brings him to the surface world more often then he would like. Lurking deep beneath the Sea of Rakash, Mer-Man awaits the evil call to arms of Skeletor!
- In the Filmation series, Mer-Man's distinctive gargling voice was provided by Alan Oppenheimer. In Mike Young Production's version, Mer-Man spoke in a somewhat different voice which was provided by Scott McNeil.
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