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This Creator/MarvelComics character is the Herald of {{Galactus}} the PlanetEater, imbued with the [[AppliedPhlebotinum "Power Cosmic"]]. He is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin silver and rides a surfboard]] through space. Created by Creator/JackKirby in 1966, the Silver Surfer has a somewhat controversial origin as he first appeared in the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' series (during the "Galactus Trilogy") and was thus assumed to have been co-created with series writer Creator/StanLee. However, Lee later admitted that Kirby added the character to the story on his own. Kirby felt that a being like Galactus should have a special herald to represent him. However, the Surfer's origin was invented by Lee (not Kirby) when the character got his own series.

In the Trilogy, the Surfer finds Earth (despite Uatu TheWatcher's attempt to hide it from him) and signals Galactus to come devour the planet. The Surfer is then knocked out by the Fantastic Four, but is nursed to health by their kind ally, Alicia Masters. This causes him to decide to protect Earth and joins the heroes in opposing his master. Galactus is then forced to swear not to try to eat the Earth when his own greatest weapon is pointed at him. However, Galactus punishes the Surfer by sealing him within Earth's atmosphere, unable to return to space. The Surfer then becomes a [[TheDrifter wandering hero]]. He also helped to found the superhero group ComicBook/TheDefenders.

The character proved popular enough to receive his own series (twice). In the first, it was revealed that he was originally Norrin Radd, a [[HumanAliens man from the planet Zenn-La]]. He became Galactus' herald in exchange for his sparing Zenn-La from being eaten. However, Galactus decided to [[TheStoic seal away the Surfer's emotions]] after transforming him, to keep them from interfering with his mission, until Alicia reawakened them. In the second series, the Surfer was freed to return to space, where most of his new adventures took place.

The Surfer is still popular and occasionally shows up in other Marvel series. He's something of a PuritySue, due to his cosmic level of power and having a soul so pure that Mephisto, Marvel's stand-in for {{Satan}}, tried many times to corrupt him. He has become more worldly, DependingOnTheWriter.

The Kirby/Lee conflict is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the movie ''Film/CrimsonTide'' where a fight breaks out in the galley among the men over which is the true Silver Surfer. The submarine's Executive Officer (Creator/DenzelWashington) chastises the enlisted man for getting in a fight over the issue, saying "Anyone who reads comic books ''knows'' that the Kirby Silver Surfer is the only true Silver Surfer." (The script was written by Creator/QuentinTarantino, so this ShoutOut is hardly surprising.)

A [[http://marvel.com/news/story/21338/nycc_2013_all-new_marvel_now_silver_surfer new comic]] series by Dan Slott launched in 2014. It starts when residents of the planet Impericon demand Surfer to save them from a being known as Never Queen. To ensure his cooperation they kidnap Dawn Greenwood - teenage girl from Earth whom Surfer never met in his life, but whose fate for some reason is entwined with his.

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!Appearances:

Besides ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' and his own comicbook line, the Surfer has appeared in:

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/FantasticFour: Rise of the Silver Surfer'', which was supposedly an adaptation of the Galactus Trilogy.

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[[folder: Videogames ]]

* ''Videogame/SilverSurfer'', a [[NintendoHard notoriously hard]] sidescroller released in 1990.
* Lego Marvel Super Heroes, an entry in [[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame Traveller's Tales Lego franchise]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The [[WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967 1967]] and [[WesternAnimation/FantasticFour 1994]] animated adaptations of the ComicBook/FantasticFour.
* ''WesternAnimation/SilverSurfer'', his own thirteen-episode cartoon in the late '90s. (Fair warning: It ended on a massive cliffhanger.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', which is a decidedly different take on him.

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!Tropes among all versions:

* AGodAmI: When {{Cable}} went into this territory it was Surfer who had to beat him out of it.
* AlliterativeName
* AmplifierArtifact: The surfboard lets him fly farther and generally be stronger than without it, though (depending on continuity) it isn't the source of his powers.
* AntiHero: While stuck on Earth in the 60s, he had these moments, often fighting with fellow heroes due to generally being pissed off, as opposed to [[LetsYouAndHimFight the usual mistaken-identity excuse.]]
* AntiVillain: Started off as this and it could be argued that he has returned to this state now that he is a herald of Galactus again.
* ArchEnemy: {{Thanos}} and Mephisto; at least, they come closest. Galactus is a debatable example too. All three are far, far more powerful than him though, so its not your standard ArchEnemy situation and he rarely fights them directly or on his own, and would quickly lose if he tried.
* AstralProjection: Usually comes into play when Surfer is facing off against Mephisto.
* BadassBoast: Rare, but the Surfer has delivered a few over the years.
--> '''Silver Surfer''': Your ability to manipulate power is formidable. That I will admit. But I AM power.
** Recently Surfer has become fond of more deadpan trash talk to remind people that he's one of the strongest heroes in the universe.
-->'''Nova''': Surfer! The Revengers are the enemies' big guns.
-->'''Silver Surfer:''' Interesting.
-->''Surfer takes down the Revengers versions of Thor and Iron Man with one attack each.''
-->'''Silver Surfer:''' When we next have a quiet moment, Richard Rider, we can discuss the definition of the term.
* BadassCrew: ComicBook/TheDefenders and, on occasion, the God Squad.
* BaldOfAwesome
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Probably because NonhumansLackAttributes.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: And talk in space, too. Justified since he doesn't actually need to breathe or use sound to communicate; [[AWizardDidIt Power Cosmic]], remember?
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Yes, he's a PuritySue, but remember his Power Cosmic? If he wanted to, he could ''[[RealityWarper disintegrate reality]].'' Really, does ''that'' sound like the sort of guy you'd want mad at you?
* {{Brainwashed}}: During [[spoiler: PlanetHulk]] Surfer is weakened by a wormhole, [=Brainwashed=], and has a RestrainingBolt placed on him in order to have him fight in gladiatorial battles.
* BullyingADragon: Because he looks inhuman (and possibly because he nearly let Galactus eat Earth), in the early days people kept trying to attack him, and generally insulting him. Apparently, the fact that he's a borderline RealityWarper (and EXTREMELY dangerous when angered) never occurred to them.
* ChromeChampion: Quite possibly the TropeCodifier.
* ColorCharacter
* CoolBoard
* CuttingTheKnot: This trope was responsible for finally freeing the Surfer from Earth permanently; Ben Grimm suggesting that the Surfer try leaving Earth ''without'' using his board. To the Surfer, the very thought of travelling without his board is so unthinkable that both he and Reed Richards were stunned that there was a simple solution to the exile all this time and neither of them ever realized it. To put it to the test, the Four transported the Surfer in their spacecraft off the planet with his board left back on the ground and they discovered that was indeed all they needed to do. As for the board, The Surfer simply remotely converted it to a mass of energy unaffected by the barrier and called it to him to be reassembled as the board back in space.
* DeflectorShields: The Surfer can create energy shields to defend himself and his allies.
* EnergyAbsorption
* EyeBeams: Sometimes the Surfer uses healing eye beams instead of HealingHands.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: The Power Cosmic allows Silver Surfer to manipulate both matter and energy, time and space, and often times he simply chooses to solve a problem by hitting it with cosmic blasts. When someone like DoctorDoom stole his powers, he froze tropical islands, drained London of its power, resurrected dinosaurs, and killed the Fantastic Four (only to resurrect them on a whim).
* FlyingBrick: A strange example since he normally flies via his surfboard and while he is super strong, he doesn't engage in fisticuffs as often as other bricks.
* FullFrontalAssault
* GoodHurtsEvil: Mephisto finds being in his presence painful due to his IncorruptiblePurePureness.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom
* GreenLanternRing: The Power Cosmic.
* HealingHands: Surfer can use the Power Cosmic to heal through contact. Healing very extensive injuries on someone can leave him weakened for a while afterwards, though.
* [[IAmNotAGun I Am Not The Herald Of Galactus]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: You didn't think that surfboard was just for riding on, did you?
* IncorruptiblePurePureness
* IntangibleMan
* IntriguedByHumanity
* MonsterModesty: Norrin ran around in silver underwear in his earlier appearances. He has now been reduced to NonhumansLackAttributes although the occasional artist might slap a pair of undies on every now and then.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: With his Cosmic Awareness, the Surfer can sense major events throughout the galaxy just before they happen. On a smaller scale, the power has been used to find hidden doors, detect weaknesses in beings like Gladiator, and assist in guiding the Surfer though the galaxy.
* TheNeedless: He doesn't require any sort of sustenance (such as air or food) in order to live.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], given the undefined nature of the Power Cosmic and the various power boosts the Surfer has received over the years.
* NighInvulnerability
* NudeColoredClothes: During the SilverAge he wore nothing but a pair of underwear that was the same color as his skin. These days, he's just [[FullFrontalAssault completely naked]].
* PerfectPacifistPeople: Zenn-La was such a society when Galactus arrived.
* PhysicalGod: Allthough he, like his master, often suffers {{The Worf Effect}}, he is (or should be) one of the most powerful characters of the Marvel Universe, if not comic books in general.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep
* PsychicPowers: Telepathy, Empathy, Telekinesis, others.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: In the rare event that the Surfer's body is cut into pieces, he can reconstitute himself in seconds.
* RealityWarping: He doesn't use them that often, though, at least compared to his other powers.
* RedemptionDemotion: Averted. When he went from a villain to a hero, he continued to be quite powerful.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: The Surfer's Cosmic Awareness allows him to detect powerful energy concentrations "anywhere in the cosmos." Combined with his SuperSenses and ability to teleport to any dimension he has previously visited, it is almost impossible to hide from the Surfer.
--> '''Silver Surfer''': Fools. Eyes that can track a single dust mote across the space ways will certainly have no difficulty tracing the path of a Troyjan battle cruiser.
* ShapeShifting
* ShoutOut: A musical one, no less - he's the alien in the JoeSatriani album title and song ''Surfing With The Alien''.
** Ron Marz returned the favor by naming the planet Shalla-Bal relocated to "Planet Satriani."
* SkySurfing
* SpaceIsAnOcean: [[IncrediblyLamePun And he rides the waves.]]
* StatusQuoIsGod: After many decades being on his own, during the events of ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}, he returns to being {{Galactus}}' herald.
** [[spoiler: After a recent Thor storyline, the Surfer at the request of Galactus is now stationed on Earth... again.]]
* SpeedBlitz: The Surfer once disabled six Ergon starships in a matter of seconds in order to protect the Impossible Man.
* StoryBreakerPower: He's extremely difficult to harm and strong enough to destroy planets. Consequently he doesn't show up a whole lot.
* SummonToHand
* SuperpowerLottery: The Silver Surfer hit the jackpot. He is easily one of the most powerful of all mainstream superheroes; to reiterate, he possesses Class 100 SuperStrength[[note]]that is, anywhere between lifting 100+ tons, and limitless[[/note]], faster-than-light SuperSpeed, energy blasts, EnergyAbsorption, NighInvulnerability, PsychicPowers, and even a degree of RealityWarping, not to mention Cosmic Awareneness, which basically lets him sense absolutely ''any'' kind of energy, anywhere, and he [[TheNeedless needs neither food, drink, nor air to live]] (he doesn't even need the board to fly; it just lets him fly longer without wasting energy; that and RuleOfCool). DoctorDoom has used his powers to TakeOverTheWorld, defeating every single other Earth-bound Marvel hero who got in his way in the process. Of course, he was the puppet of Galactus for years and was trapped on Earth for some time after he rebelled, and afterward racked up many enemies who are even [[UpToEleven more powerful than him]], so it all evens out.
* SuperSenses: In ''Incredible Hulk #415'', the Surfer could "detect the [[SpaceIsNoisy whistling]] of a meteorite a thousand light years away." Using his "far ranging vision", the Surfer could see Thanos from "more than a light year away" in ''Infinity Gauntlet #3''.
* SuperSpeed: The Surfer searched the entire surface of the Earth in seconds in ''Silver Surfer Annual #5''. In space he regular travels many times faster than the speed of light, too.
* SuperStrength: Even though he rarely uses his fists to fight, he is extremely strong and can additionally amp himself with the Power Cosmic. He once for example took down the Super Skrull with a single punch.
* SuperWeight: Level 5.
* {{Teleportation}}: Surfer can open portals to teleport himself all over the galaxy.
* ThouShaltNotKill
* TheWorfEffect: Like Galactus, a lot of his cameo/guest appearances often come down to this. Although he doesn't always lose, simply being able to smack around the Silver Surfer is enough to establish a threat.
* TimeTravel
* WillfullyWeak
* WorthyOpponent: Thor, with whom he has clashed several times and still maintains a respectful relationship.
** In the ''{{Darkseid}}''/''{{Galactus}}'' crossover, Surfer was so impressed by Orion's courage, he managed to delay [[GrimReaper the Black Racer]] long enough to allow Mother Box to prevent him from dying. In exchange, Orion saluted Silver Surfer and left, returning the compliment.

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