Norrin Radd of the planet Zenn-La became the Silver Surfer, a herald to Galactus, in exchange for Galactus sparing his home planet from being eaten.

The Surfer has suffered many tragedies in his life which have shaped his character: Norrin lost his mother to suicide and was raised by his father. Norrin’s father wished for great things for his son, and taught him to seek a purpose in life, unlike the rest of the Zenn-Lavians who had grown lazy from the pleasures of technology.

Norrin was an academic like his father. However, Norrin would also lose his father to suicide after his father was disgraced by accusations of idea-theft. Norrin would forever feel guilty for being harsh towards his father in those last days of his father’s life.

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Norrin would also lose his planet and his love, Shalla-Bal:

He had lost himself for a long period of time after this, before eventually regaining his humanity, largely through help from Alicia Masters.

As a herald, Galactus granted Norrin a fraction of his Power Cosmic, giving the Surfer many powers and abilities which the Silver Surfer can use to produce many various effects.

The creation of the Silver Surfer:

Nova Corps File:

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Official Bio:

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Powers and Abilities:

  • Super Strength, Speed, Durability, Stamina
  • Manipulation of the Fundamental Forces
  • Matter Manipulation
  • Gravity Manipulation
  • Energy Manipulation/Projection/Absorption
  • Flight
  • Telekinesis
  • Telepathy/Psionics
  • Force Fields Generation
  • Intangibility
  • Regeneration
  • Space/Time Manipulation/Travel
  • Dimensional Manipulation/Travel
  • Astral Manipulation
  • Body Size Manipulation
  • Shape-shifting
  • Immortality via Longevity
  • Healing
  • Cosmic Awareness
  • Super-Senses
  • And others

Matter Manipulation

Changes he and his friend’s appearance with a thought:

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Recreates his childhood home:

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Creates a weapon capable of crumbling a tower with a gentle tap; then unmakes it because of its dangerous and destructive nature:

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Ionizes a starship’s controls and weaponry. Also displays holographic projection and intangibility:

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While having a nightmare, the Surfer’s power causes a home to be ripped from its foundation and sent flying into space. He levitates and releases shock waves of energy; the house becomes distorted from having its molecules altered. When the Surfer awakens, he restores gravity, restores oxygen for Reed Richards to breath and returns the home back to Earth in perfect condition:

Displays a level of molecular reconstruction that even impresses Reed Richards:

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Rebuilds New York City after the destruction that happened to it during the battle with the Enslavers:

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Recreates Bruce Banner’s lab; then with a touch he absorbs Bruce’s thoughts and builds the device they needed:

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The Surfer, along with Doctor Strange, recreate a city from nothing:

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Transmutes matter and releases Ghaur in the process:

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Rebuilds Beta Ray Bill’s Hammer:

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Neutralizes poison:

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Transmutes rock into a harmless gas:

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Transmutes gold into sand:

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Transmutes a napkin dispenser into a gold bar:

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Restructures the molecules of the Obliterator’s weapons to shoot harmless light:

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Creates an atmosphere so others could breathe:

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Offensive Matter Manipulation

Atomizes an enemy:

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Immobilizes an enemy made of poisonous mist by transmuting him into a liquid:

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Constricts an enemy with their own clothing:

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Restrains Nebula by transmuting her own armor into a strong cocoon:

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Transmutes an enemy’s weapon into its basic atoms:

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While underwater the Surfer removes the oxygen in the water, rendering the enemy unconscious:

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Manipulating Organic Matter

Messes with Jack of Heart’s internal organs after being threatened:

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Accelerates a child’s evolution so that the child could develop his abilities:

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Cures thousands of a cosmic plague on a molecular level:

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Restructures his own molecules to look human; then creates items carried by another human by duplicating their atoms:

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Creates a universal antibody that can cure a plague and be passed on through touch alone:

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Creates a body for Quasimodo:

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Energy Manipulation, Absorption, & Projection

Energy Projection

Clash with Morg causes a planet to be destroyed. Morg gets knocked out after the explosion, but the Surfer is completely fine:

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Destroys a planet just to make a point for Ravenous:

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Destroys a portion of the Enslavers’ ship with a cosmic bolt that travels hundreds of thousands of kilometers in matters of seconds (The Enslavers’ ship is so large that it dwarfs the planet Earth):

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Uses his power to nuke an enemy:

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Incinerates Atlanteans with his cosmic blasts:

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Spontaneously blows up some artifacts:

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Boils an ocean:

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Reduces one of Thanos’ avatars into atomic ash:

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Exhibits pin-point accuracy with his energy attacks:

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Can use his energy beams to hold another in place:

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Forms a planetary net of cosmic energy around Ego the Living Planet:

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Energy Manipulation

Teleports out of Quasimodo’s hands and uses the Power Cosmic residue from teleporting to turn Quasimodo into stone:

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While trapped on Earth by Galactus and weakened, the Surfer amplifies his strength to overpower Thing. He increases his strength to “atomic strength” and is described as a walking Atom Bomb:

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Prevents Vision from phasing by altering Vision’s electrical frequencies and throws Wonder Man’s ionic energy out of phase:

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Can use black holes to amplify his Power Cosmic:

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Converts objects into pure energy:

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Quasar’s Quantum energy is unable to hold the Surfer:

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Manipulates Doctor Spectrum’s own energy, feeding the energy back into Spectrum, defeating him:

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Disables all of Earth’s machinery and tech:

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Re-enables all of Earth’s machinery and tech:

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Energy Absorption

While trapped in a stasis-beam and seeking to not harm his captors the Surfer absorbs the energy attacks fired upon him and combines them with his own power. He uses the energy to stabilize a dying star:

Tries to drain a Banner-less Hulk of gamma radiation and nearly kills Hulk in the process:

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Easily stops the Hulk’s strike and absorbs Hulk’s gamma radiation, causing Hulk to revert back into Bruce Banner:

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Absorbs Psycho-Kinetic energy:

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Absorbs Firelord’s cosmic flames and directs them back at Firelord, overloading and defeating him:

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He can absorb a near infinite amount of Firelord’s flames, which are hotter than stars:

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Absorbs the sun’s energy to greatly increase his power:

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Absorb’s a star’s energy and directs it into Moondragon’s mind gem to boost her power:

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Absorbs sunlight:

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Absorbs Uni-Lord’s attack and returns it “a million times over”. That statement could be hyperbole, but the redirected attack did manage to greatly stagger Uni-Lord, who at that time was comparable to skyfathers in power:

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Absorbs Uni-Lord’s power and destroys a solar system:

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Absorbs Ikaris’ energy attack:

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Gravity Manipulation

Negates the gravitational disturbances between two planets and sets them in harmonious orbit:

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Destroys a world and leaves a black hole in its place. He also travels light-years in seconds:

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Speed

Enters warp speed and travels 500,000 light-years in seconds. The Milky Way Galaxy is 100,000–120,000 light-years in diameter for reference:

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Uses his speed to warp space-time, flying from one side of the universe to the other:

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In a few minutes the Surfer travels from Earth to halfway across the universe following a call echoing through creation:

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The Surfer leaves Earth and traverses half the galaxy in search of food for Galactus to consume in mere seconds:

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Reed Richards comments on the Surfer’s speed, describing how he can travel light-years in seconds:

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Searches the entire planet for Namor in less time than it takes for Dr. Strange to finish a sentence:

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Uses his speed to easily destroy Skrull Warships:

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Destroys several ships of the Annihilation Wave in seconds:

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Flies into a ship at the speed of light to break through its defenses:

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Flies around an enemy at faster than light speeds:

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Accelerating at just under the speed of light, the Surfer blitzes through what he perceived to be an enemy monster, which was actually a large metallic refinery. The metal liquefied from his blitz:

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Fights multiple enemies without them being able to land a hit on him:

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Saves the Impossible Man and destroys several starships’ weapons in super speed:

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Avoids a barrage of laser beams:

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Fighting multiple enemies in super-speed; finishes them off with a large blast:

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Visits almost every capital on Earth within seconds and easily dodges anti-air fire:

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Displays impressive agility as he dodges Kree blaster fire:

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Reflexes and Processing Speeds

Microsecond reactions and movement:

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Microsecond reactions and actions:

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Assesses the situation in a microsecond and travels to the fray in less time than that:

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Able to destroy energy draining shackles in less than a nanosecond. Suggests thinking in nanosecond speeds:

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Dodges a missile at point blank range and reduces the enemy robot into molten scrap metal:

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Even while traveling at relativistic to Faster Than Light (FTL) speeds, the Surfer has quick enough perceptions and brain processing to map the billions of stars that he passes by and make note of the slightest changes in their place on that map. Using the map and these noted changes he’s able to correctly calculate where a wormhole will lead him. He travels through it, crossing light-years in seconds:

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Calculates the trajectory of a teleporter and blasts the teleporter when they materialize:

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Is able to understand information that would take a millennium to convey in a millisecond:

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Durability

Surfs supernovas for the fun of it:

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More supernova surfing:

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Even more supernova surfing:

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Can fly though stars with no repercussions:

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Impervious to a star’s heat:

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Flies through a red giant star with “planet-melting heat” at FTL speeds:

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Casually walks off a blast from Michael Korvac that would reduce a world to ashes:

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Casually walks off an attack from an atomizing gun:

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Is completely unfazed by She-Hulk’s punch:

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Is unfazed by Iron Man’s punch:

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Withstands a backhand from Galactus:

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Unfazed by a magical bolt from Karnilla, a powerful Asgardian magician:

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Regeneration/Reconstruction

The Surfer can exist without his body, such as existing as snow or the air and can reform himself:

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Is reduced into tiny fragments by Uni-Lord but regenerates whole:

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Gets sliced up and regenerates his body using the Power Cosmic:

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Ejects a projectile out of him by liquefying his body:

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Survives a dire hit from Galactus and regenerates using the ground’s cosmic energies:

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Strength

Breaks out of a planet that Michael Korvac formed by using near by asteroids:

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Punches Lunatik from a tropical area into the northern polar cap of a planet:

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Using his speed and strength, the Surfer shatters through several Vibranium walls that explode on contact to save Nova:

The Surfer forcefully redirects a starship’s path and launches it into the outer solar system, where its narrated that it will continue on its straight-line path for centuries:

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Effortlessly stops a charging Rhino (Aleksei Sytsevich):

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[ On To Part Two ]

Special thanks to Mark B. from r/respecthreads