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Tyr was the previous Sword Emperor and Varia’s Leader before Xanxus; however, he was defeated in a two day long battle against Squalo. With this, Squalo was declared the second Sword Emperor, and to secure his seat, he defeated 100 people in a row, where every battle was filmed and the set was later given to Takeshi Yamamoto. For an unknown reason, Xanxus became Varia’s Leader instead of Squalo, who defeated the former Leader of Varia. He had only one hand, and because of this, Squalo cut off his own hand as to understand Tyr's fighting style, but later replaced it with an artificial one.