I have heard League of Assassins members call R'as al Ghul something like Malich before, and I thought it was unique to the now deceased R'as al Ghul, but I heard them call Malcolm Merlyn Malich as well. I also heard it on Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox, mentioned by Aquaman's men (unless I am dead wrong). So, does it mean master, your highness or something like that? Also, how is it really pronounced?

  • are you thinking of "malcolm merlyn"? – phantom42 Nov 17 '15 at 18:57
  • Yes, I mean him – Tolga Ozses Nov 17 '15 at 19:32
  • No, Ralsh doesn't sound right. Besides, I also heard it on Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox. – Tolga Ozses Nov 17 '15 at 19:59
  • not "ralsh", "raish/raysh". – phantom42 Nov 17 '15 at 20:10
  • Sorry, "raish"; but as I mentioned several times, I also heard it on Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox. – Tolga Ozses Nov 17 '15 at 20:12

I've just re-watched a few episodes of Arrow plus all of Flashpoint Paradox, and I'm pretty sure what you are hearing these people says is "my liege".

This is just a normal, though slightly archaic, English word for addressing the person to whom you owe allegiance: a king, emperor, feudal lord, etc. It's pronounced with a "soft g" sound, that is, it sounds like "my leej" or possible "my leezh", depending on the accent.



noun 1. a feudal superior or sovereign.

Both the League members and Aquaman's men alternate between calling their boss "my Lord" and "my Liege", which are roughly equivalent, though one is slightly more formal.

  • I also heard the very same thing yesterday when I was watching Thor: Dark World. – Tolga Ozses Dec 30 '15 at 11:39

I don't know if you've personally heard the word before, but if it's pronounced like "Malik", or "Malek", then this word means "king" in Arabic (You were pretty close with "master").

I doubt that it sounds like "my liege" since the character's history is tied to Arabic in many ways, so I think this makes more sense. R'as al Ghul literally means "Head of the Demon" in Arabic and he was born somewhere in Arabia in his origin story.

  • Yeah, possible. However, as I mentioned several times, I have also heard in Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox – Tolga Ozses Nov 18 '15 at 9:11
  • So if you have heard it before, do you remember how it was pronounced? – Y.G. Nov 26 '15 at 20:39
  • It was something like maleech, which fits the my liege answer @MikeEdenfield gave. – Tolga Ozses Nov 30 '15 at 7:33

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