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For other characters using the title of Acolyte, see Acolyte (disambiguation)

"Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday"
"Christened on Tuesday. I know the poem. It symbolizes the seven stages of life, from birth to death."
"What stage is this guy in?
"
John Diggle and Oliver Queen discussing Cyrus Gold[src]

Cyrus Gold (died December 11, 2013), also known as The Acolyte and Brother Cyrus, was one of Brother Blood's test subjects, and one of the few who survived the initial injection. He was a childhood friend of the late Sebastian Blood and one of the original members of the Church of Blood under Father Trigon.

Biography[]

Early life[]

According to Sebastian Blood, he and Cyrus Gold knew each other at an orphanage where Sebastian was raised. Cyrus was a preacher in the orphanage and the only man to get him to start talking a month after his arrival. Sebastian claimed he came to view Cyrus as an older brother, even a father figure. However, this story was partially falsified, as at the time Sebastian came to the church, Cyrus was still a teenager under the tutelage of a preacher named Roger Trigon.

When Sebastian's father came at him with a gun, Cyrus and Trigon broke into the house in their alter-egos as the Acolyte and the Devil and beat Sebastian's father. Sebastian then was given a gun by Trigon to slay his father. He did so and was escorted by the Acolyte and the Devil to an abandoned factory in the Glades to a gathering where he joined Trigon's cult, the original Church of Blood. Some time prior to November 2013, when Trigon died, Cyrus took his position as preacher and the head of Zandia Orphanage.[1]

Membership with the Church of Blood[]

"Brother Cyrus. How do you feel?"
"Stronger."
Brother Blood and Cyrus Gold[src]

As the Acolyte, Cyrus supported Father Trigon in all of the Church of Blood's activities as his second-in-command. He stayed in the new, reformed organization, which was now led by his childhood friend Sebastian. Under the guise of Brother Blood, Sebastian injected Cyrus with the Mirakuru serum in an attempt to replicate the process that had given Slade Wilson superhuman abilities. Though the injection caused his eyes to bleed, Cyrus managed to survive the ordeal, unlike the previous Church members whom Blood had experimented upon. The serum worked wonders on Cyrus, granting him incredibly increased strength and reflexes, something he noticed almost immediately. Following Cyrus's transformation, Brother Blood dubbed him "Brother Cyrus".[2]

In December 2013, Cyrus appeared in his alter-ego as the Acolyte and broke into Queen Consolidated's Applied Sciences division on Sebastian's orders. After killing several security guards, Cyrus stole an industrial centrifuge by ripping it from the ground. After stealing type O blood from a blood bank, The Arrow confronted Cyrus while he was driving a stolen truck from a sugar refinery. Cyrus took an arrow to the leg and was knocked out of the truck. Later on, inside an A.R.G.U.S. bunker, he attacked Oliver again, who questioned him if he was injected with Mirakuru. Cyrus replied that his brother saved him and immediately attacked, knocking the vigilante upwards and slamming him into a shelf, where he was injected with two needles to the leg, allowing Cyrus to escape.[3]

Afterwards, the police were after Cyrus on a tip from Oliver, who had gained Barry Allen's help in identifying him. John Diggle entered Cyrus's apartment with Oliver as backup. Cyrus attacked but Diggle managed to get away on the fire escape. Blood was informed that the police were after Gold, who ambushed them, hurting Officer Quentin Lance and killing Detective Lucas Hilton. At the hospital, Quentin gave the Arrow a key he managed to grab from Cyrus.

Cyrus Gold's face is burnt by chemicals

Cyrus killed after he is knocked into a mix of chemicals by The Arrow.

Barry Allen and Felicity Smoak managed to track the Church of Blood down to an abandoned factory where the key was made. Oliver confronted Cyrus, but was quickly incapacitated. Oliver was on the verge of passing out when a hallucination of his friend, Tommy Merlyn, gave him new strength. Oliver continued fighting, managing to dodge Cyrus' attacks while landing powerful blows, eventually knocking Cyrus against the wall. He shot the centrifuge next to Cyrus with an arrow, destroying it and spilling a mix of chemicals over Cyrus' face, killing him.[4]

Powers and abilities[]

Powers[]

"This door was made of expanded reinforced titanium. What did they use to do this?"
"Not sure yet. No sign of any explosives. Maybe a crane, maybe a forklift. I'm guessing there was at least three of them, maybe four. And given how quick they got in and out of here... they were fast.
"
John Diggle and Quentin Lance[src]
  • Artificially-enhanced physiology: Being the first test subject of Brother Blood to survive the injection of the Mirakuru serum, Cyrus wielded all the benefits of the Mirakuru serum. His strength, durability, stamina, and endurance where increased beyond human capability (His skin being so tough and dense that Oliver's arrows are only able to cause a scratch) while his reflexes, agility, senses and speed were raised to peak human. In addition, Cyrus also possessed a greatly accelerated healing factor.[4]
    • Enhanced strength: The Mirakuru serum drastically enhanced Cyrus’ physical strength, well beyond the capabilities of any normal human. Cyrus had shown sufficient strength to break down giant reinforced steel doors, break human bones with one hand, and carry an industrial centrifuge over one shoulder. He could send objects flying at the speed of an arrow; such as when he threw a metal case into a camera in seconds. He was also capable of pushing a large wooden crate through the air and into a wall when aiming it at the Arrow, smashing it to pieces, as well as kicking a table several feet away. Cyrus had proved to be more than a physical match for the Arrow, allowing him to send the him flying through the air with his attacks.[4] He also overpowered Lucas Hilton and forced him to commit suicide with his own sidearm.
    • Enhanced durability: The Mirakuru serum made Cyrus’ body considerably stronger and tougher than a normal human’s; Felicity remarked that his muscle density is similar to common concrete (as evidenced by the deformed arrow head that was used to stab him). Cyrus had been shown to take bullets and arrows without flinching, he could also endure blows from normal humans completely unfazed, and effortlessly land on his feet from several stories without being hurt or slowed down.[4]
    • Enhanced speed: The Mirakuru serum also enhances the recipient’s physical speed beyond that of any human; several Mirakuru-enhanced soldiers were able to briefly keep up with a speeding vehicle. The Mirakuru serum increased Cyrus' physical speed beyond that of a normal person. In "The Scientist", Cyrus was able to quickly dodge many of the arrows that were shot at him, and, even when injured by some of the projectiles, could easily avoid some of the Arrow punches, as well as deliver his own.[4]
    • Enhanced stamina: Those who received the Mirakuru possess significantly enhanced stamina and endurance. This subsequently allowed Cyrus to keep up with and overpower highly trained fighters like Diggle and the Arrow in a fight, without showing signs of fatigue, as well as break into the Robert Queen Applied Sciences Center, kill a guard, steal an industrial centrifuge and carry it over one shoulder.[4]
    • Enhanced reflexes: The Mirakuru serum significantly enhances the recipient’s reaction times; beyond those of a normal human. As a result, Cyrus possesses enhanced reflexes; enabling him to keep up with highly trained fighters such as Oliver and Diggle.[4]
    • Accelerated healing factor: As with all recipients of the Mirakuru, Cyrus Gold possessed a highly efficient, enhanced rate of healing. He was able to almost instantly heal minor or mild injuries, and could recover from injuries such as gunshots, stab wounds and high velocity impacts at an impressive rate, provided that they were not immediately fatal.[4]

Abilities[]

  • Skilled hand-to-hand combatant: Cyrus proven to be a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant, as he was able to match and nearly best the Arrow, a master hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist in his own right.[4]

Weaknesses[]

  • Mixed chemicals: Despite his enhanced durability and accelerated healing factor, Cyrus was instantly killed when he was exposed to a mixture of chemicals during his last battle with the Arrow.[4]

Appearances[]

Arrow[]

Season 2[]

Season 7[]

Novels[]

Behind the scenes[]

  • In the DC comics, Cyrus Gold became an inhuman zombie named "Solomon Grundy" after being murdered, when he was extorted for money due to becoming the father of a baby belonging to a prostitute. He was brought back from the dead with materials from the swamp he was buried in. Grundy in the comics is a character of highly variable strength, usually physically and mentally bested by Batman due to Cyrus living in Gotham City, other times trading punches on a near-even footing with Superman.
    • In Cyrus Gold's apartment, Diggle found a book, containing a poem on Solomon Grundy. When Diggle asked about Gold after their last fight, Oliver simply said "Dead on Saturday, buried on Sunday", a nod to the poem.
  • This is the third live action appearance of Cyrus Gold, but only the second appearance of him alive, not as Solomon Grundy.

References[]

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