Personal Info:
Real Name: Tyros of Lanlak
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Birj
First Appearance: Fantastic Four Vol.1 211
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Former herald of Galactus
Base Of Operations: Universe-wide
Grudges: The Fantastic Four
Creators: Marv Wolfman and John Byrne
Gallery: Click
Enhanced Abilities: Galactus has enhanced Terrax’s strength, agility and endurance to super human levels.
Earth Animation: Terrax has control over rock, dirt and basic building materials and can effect an area up to 100 miles in diameter. He can create tremors, use rock as missiles, shape rock to serve any purpose he wants and levitate any land mass measuring up to 100 cubic miles.
True Invulnerability: Terrax's skin has been sheathed in a near-invulnerable rock-like substance which affords him protection from most forms of attack.
Self Sustenance: Terrax doesn’t need to eat, breath or sleep.
Dimensional Travel: When flying atop a rock Terrax can enter hyper space and travel to other sections of the universe.
Life Detection: Terrax can detect life energies up to 5 light years away.
Axe: Galactus gave Terrax an axe through which to focus his powers. The axe can generate a force field and is capable of disintegrating matter.
Tyros was originally the dictator of the small city-state Lanlak on the world of Birj, a moon of the gas giant Marman in a solar system eighty thousand light-years from Earth. Tyros ruled through the use of his limited power over earth and rock. This power, which apparently was a mutation unique to Tyros, enabled him to animate constructs of stone, which would patrol his kingdom maintaining his firm control. Tyros loved power and conquest, and led a life of debauchery and violence. Somehow, he came to the attention of Galactus, the world-devourer. Galactus was at the time seeking a new herald in place of his forth, the Asgardian robot Destroyer which was stolen by the god Loki. Galactus required someone to guide him to the fertile planets he needed for sustenance, preferably one who would have no compunction in leading Galactus to worlds populated with sentient beings.
When the Fantastic Four came to Galactus to ask him for aid in their battle against the Sphinx, Galactus agreed, but only on condition that the Fantastic Four would journey to Birj and subdue Tyros for him. The Fantastic Four reluctantly did this, and in doing so, they freed the city of Lanlak from Tyros's rule. Brought before Galactus, Tyros was exposed to his cosmic power, which transformed him into Terrax the Tamer. His minor control over stone was augmented to an incalculable degree. Now, he could affect all matter of rock and stone on nearly a planetary scale. His body was changed so that it could withstand the vacuum of space. Finally, Galactus gave Terrax a weapon called the cosmic axe, which was capable of generating waves of cosmic force.