History Comicbook / AQUAMAN

30th Mar '17 2:48:31 PM SwankyGrouse
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* AbortedArc: Geff Johns' run ended with setting up another crossover between ''Justice League'' and ''Aquaman'' about Nereus trying to unite the Seven Seas. The crossover never came during Johns' tenure as writer of ''Justice League''. Averted once ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' was announced, wherein Johns has said it's one of his planned projects.

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* AbortedArc: Geff Johns' run ended Has quite a few of these in truth.
** PeterDavid initially wanted to expand on AC's connection
with setting up another crossover between ''Justice League'' The Clear to make him an elemental like SwampThing, this was upended by the editor and ''Aquaman'' about Nereus trying to unite he left afterwards.
** The story of Aquaman as
the Seven Seas. The crossover never came during Johns' tenure as writer waterbearer of ''Justice League''. Averted once ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' the LadyOfTheLake was announced, wherein Johns has said it's one cut short in its time.
** A run detailing the corrupt megacorp run by a Gregory Jupiter who'd illicitly acquired aquaman's DNA which transformed the populace
of his planned projects.subdiego into water breathers was dropped as quickly as it was conceived.
** Sword of Atlantis fell short of finishing how it should have due to the story taking a turn in a different direction.



** Remember all the ''Superfriends'' jokes? During Geoff Johns' run, it's revealed that they exist even in-universe. And '''everyone''' in the DC Universe feels entitled to openly berate the "guy who speaks with fishes", married to "Aquawoman/Aquawife" ([[Film/{{Splash}} who may be a mermaid who turns into a woman when dry]]), broke because of a lack of employment, wearing a ridiculous shirt and useless if compared with the rest of the League. This despite, as mentioned elsewhere, the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' portrayal being the exception to the rule and the character actually being quite badass.



* DudeWheresMyRespect: In the first issue of the Comicbook/{{New 52}} run, it's stated outright that the population of the DC Universe consider him a joke just as much as comic book fandom does. Meaning he has to rebuild his reputation pretty much from scratch.

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* DudeWheresMyRespect: In Partly Averted, in the first issue pre-post crisis conflagration Aquaman is still largely acknowledged if albeit still somewhat neglected as a hero and king by people of the Comicbook/{{New 52}} run, it's stated outright that surface world.
** Averted entirely by
the population time of ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}} where he is a hitleresque sea conqueror who leveled half of Europe in his battle against the DC Universe consider him a joke just as much as comic book fandom does. Meaning he has militarized WonderWoman, sinking most of its major continental cities beneath the waves threatening to rebuild his reputation pretty much plunge the world into unavertable catastrophe. A real farcry from scratch. AC's superfriends projection as the whole world [[WhosLaughingNow can no doubt attest]].



** The same can be said for Ocean Master both Pre and Post crisis. Much like Manta, Orm was also a simple Pirate who relied upon tools and gadgets to stand on equal footing with Orin in his early career. In Both continuities he'd acquire magical abilities through either an AncientArtifact or by making a [[DealWithTheDevil Devil's Deal]] for power.



** Frequently, Atlanteans are borderline genocidal against people living on the surface. It's telling that in ComicBook/{{New 52}} continuity, Ocean Master's distaste for humans still makes him more tolerant than some of his followers. [[spoiler:Though Ocean Master would grow to reconsider his prejudices after escaping a surface-world prison and taking residence with a human woman and her son.]]

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** Frequently, Atlanteans are borderline genocidal against people living on the surface. It's telling that in ComicBook/{{New 52}} continuity, Ocean Master's distaste for humans still makes him more tolerant than some of his followers. [[spoiler:Though Ocean Master would grow to reconsider his prejudices after escaping a surface-world prison and taking residence with a human woman and her son.]]



* AlasPoorVillain: Happens more times than one would think, The Dead King being the biggest case as his [[TheEvilPrince dirtbag brother Orin]] who simultaneously steals his sibling King's throne and kingdom also orders the murder of his family for ownership of Atlantis. [[spoiler: The real kicker being? Him and his wife are the people whom our stories protagonist and AllLovingHero descends from]].

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* AbortedArc: Geff Johns' run ended with setting up another crossover between ''Justice League'' and ''Aquaman'' about Nereus trying to unite the Seven Seas. The crossover never came during Johns' tenure as writer of ''Justice League''. Averted once ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' was announced, wherein Johns has said it's one of his planned projects.
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Atlantis, as well as its mysterious seven other kingdoms.
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AlasPoorVillain: Happens more times than one would think, The Dead King being the biggest case as his [[TheEvilPrince dirtbag brother Orin]] who simultaneously steals his sibling King's throne and kingdom also orders the murder of his family for ownership of Atlantis. [[spoiler: The real kicker being? Him and his wife are the people whom our stories protagonist and AllLovingHero descends from]].



* BeliefMakesYouStupid: it does with the people of Atlantis. Years of hatred, arrogance, bigotry and paranoid delusions have made them believe just about anything and everything horrible about the surface world and its people. A [[HiddenAgendaVillain mystic cabal]] from a separate dimension used this in their attempt to overtake the main DC universe by turning the people and the atlantean army against their king.

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* BeliefMakesYouStupid: it It does with the people of Atlantis. Years of hatred, arrogance, bigotry and paranoid delusions have made them believe just about anything and everything horrible about the surface world and its people. A [[HiddenAgendaVillain mystic cabal]] from a separate dimension used this in their attempt to overtake the main DC universe by turning the people and the atlantean army against their king.king.
* BreakThemByTalking: One of the rare heroic examples in the new Rebirth titles, Aquaman actually managed to debase his greatest enemy [[UnstoppableRage Black]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Manta]] by stating how he wastes his life on pointless anger while Arthur is constantly reinventing himself.
** Of coarse this comes back to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero bite him in the ass]] later on, while far from thinking of moving on from his hatred of Arthur. Manta has now expanded his horizons on how to achieve the goal of destroying him, thanks to an invitation from a NebulousEvilOrganisation which he then claimed leadership of for his own ends.


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* TheChewtoy: Downplayed compared to previous publishing but it is more present then ever before.
** Remember all the ''Superfriends'' jokes? During Geoff Johns' run, it's revealed that they exist even in-universe. And '''everyone''' in the DC Universe feels entitled to openly berate the "guy who speaks with fishes", married to "Aquawoman/Aquawife" ([[Film/{{Splash}} who may be a mermaid who turns into a woman when dry]]), broke because of a lack of employment, wearing a ridiculous shirt and useless if compared with the rest of the League. This despite, as mentioned elsewhere, the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' portrayal being the exception to the rule and the character actually being quite badass.


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* DudeWheresMyRespect: In the first issue of the Comicbook/{{New 52}} run, it's stated outright that the population of the DC Universe consider him a joke just as much as comic book fandom does. Meaning he has to rebuild his reputation pretty much from scratch.


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** Many Atlanteans weren't too happy with the fact that their newest king was a half-born who descends from surface world heritage. A lot of them still aren't by Arthur's own words, [[spoiler: Orm on the other hand while still somewhat fearful of the surface and yet tolerant of them nonetheless was elated to have a brother despite his mixed background. Openly admitting to have wept out of fear and sorrow over having found out he was trapped on the surface world and opting to save him from it.]]
** It's telling that in ComicBook/{{New 52}} continuity, Ocean Master's distaste for humans still makes him more tolerant than some of his followers. [[spoiler:Though Ocean Master would grow to reconsider his prejudices after escaping a surface-world prison and taking residence with a human woman and her son.]]


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* WeWouldHaveToldYouBut: Neereus the king of Xebel, was dispatched by The Dead King; Atlan, to discover the whereabouts of the other four out of seven kingdoms of atlantis. Only to return stating he could not find any of them...
** ILied: Only to reveal he was withholding when he went searching for Orm Marius to seek out their locations together.
30th Mar '17 1:27:34 PM SwankyGrouse
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* BalanceOfPower: Aquaman does his best to maintain this and establish a peaceful cohabitation both worlds, for if it were ever to fall apart a world war would break out threatening the destruction of the Surface and the Seas.



* Mordor: The mystically conceived alternate dimension of Thule erected by a cabal of mystics was equivalent to this until its destruction.

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* Mordor: {{Mordor}}: The mystically conceived alternate dimension of Thule erected by a cabal of mystics was equivalent to this until its destruction.



* RefusalOfTheCall[=/=]RefusedByTheCall: This was the case with Mr. Curry's ascendance to the throne, many of his [[UngratefulTownsfolk so called subjects]] weren't too happy about him being their leader much less being among them due to his human heritage given their world view of [[HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster surface dwellers]]. He eventually dumped the throne all together leaving his brother [[HumansAreBastards Orm]] in charge because he couldn't stand the bigotry he faced trying to claim his birthright, a claim that [[HumbleHero he never even wanted]] in the first place. Arthur is '''Still''' met with loads and loads of resistance to his monarchy from start to finish even after taking the reigns of state into his hands. Once the very topography of the nation initially rejected his rightful rule at first.
** ResignedToTheCall[=/=]TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Had to reclaim the reigns of sovereignty after his former mentor, Vulko; instigated a war between the surface and Atlantis in order to get Arthur to take back his seat on the throne. Though it didn't help that Arthur's brother was a human hating semi-fascist in the first place. It may have been a pretty risky XanatosGambit on his end given that risking war between the surface and the sea usually results in [[ApocalypseHow horrendous genocide for all]], plus using a clan of veracious cannibals; The Trench as a makeshift EnemyMine for both sides plus the JusticeLeague to fight against when it all could've just as easily gone sideways from there.



* RefusalOfTheCall[=/=]RefusedByTheCall: This was the case with Mr. Curry's ascendance to the throne, many of his [[UngratefulTownsfolk so called subjects]] weren't too happy about him being their leader much less being among them due to his human heritage given their world view of [[HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster surface dwellers]]. He eventually dumped the throne all together leaving his brother [[HumansAreBastards Orm]] in charge because he couldn't stand the bigotry he faced trying to claim his birthright, a claim that [[HumbleHero he never even wanted]] in the first place.
** ResignedToTheCall[=/=]RefusedByTheCall: Had to reclaim the reigns of sovereignty after his former mentor, Vulko; instigated a war between the surface and atlantis in order to cease all the fighting. Plus it helped that both sides of the war had an EnemyMine within The Trench. Still Arthur met loads and loads of resistance to his monarchy from start to finish just the same. Even the very topography of the nation initially rejected his rightful rule.

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* RefusalOfTheCall[=/=]RefusedByTheCall: This was the case with Mr. Curry's ascendance to the throne, many of his [[UngratefulTownsfolk so called subjects]] weren't too happy about him being their leader much less being among them due to his human heritage given their world view of [[HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster surface dwellers]]. He eventually dumped the throne all together leaving his brother [[HumansAreBastards Orm]] in charge because he couldn't TookALevelInBadass: The series as a whole under GeoffJohns's penmanship, what makes it stand out is how it tackles the bigotry he faced trying to claim his birthright, a claim whole Superfriends stigmatism that [[HumbleHero he never even wanted]] in the first place.
** ResignedToTheCall[=/=]RefusedByTheCall: Had to reclaim the reigns of sovereignty after his former mentor, Vulko; instigated a war between the surface and atlantis in order to cease all the fighting. Plus it helped that both sides of the war had an EnemyMine within The Trench. Still Arthur met loads and loads of resistance to his monarchy
Aquaman suffered from start to finish just the same. Even the very topography of the nation initially rejected his rightful rule.for so long.
29th Mar '17 11:58:37 PM SwankyGrouse
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** [[DarkFantasy Thule]]: [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis Parallel malevolent fairy land]] lorded over by an evil order of dark mystics who ruled [[{{Precursors}} Old Atlantis]] from the shadows, having retreated to a PocketDimension created through their foul magics when King ATlan threatened their power on earth.

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** [[DarkFantasy Thule]]: [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis Parallel malevolent fairy land]] lorded over by an evil order of dark mystics who ruled [[{{Precursors}} Old Atlantis]] from the shadows, having retreated to a PocketDimension created through their foul magics when King ATlan Atlan threatened their power on earth.
29th Mar '17 11:56:44 PM SwankyGrouse
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** [[DarkFantasy Thule]]: [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis Parallel dark fantasy land]] lorded over by an order of evil mystics who ruled [[{{Precursors}} Old Atlantis]] from the shadows who Retreated to a PocketDimension created through their foul magics.

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** [[DarkFantasy Thule]]: [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis Parallel dark fantasy malevolent fairy land]] lorded over by an evil order of evil dark mystics who ruled [[{{Precursors}} Old Atlantis]] from the shadows who Retreated shadows, having retreated to a PocketDimension created through their foul magics.magics when King ATlan threatened their power on earth.
27th Mar '17 10:21:44 PM SwankyGrouse
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** As stated above, Geoff Johns has pushed this trope into a dichotomy: while the reader now knows how useful are Aquaman's powers, the DC Universe internal public, accustomed to people like Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, sees Aquaman as the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' equivalent.
!!!New 52 Version

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** As stated above, Geoff Johns has pushed this trope into a dichotomy: while the reader now knows now how useful are Aquaman's powers, powers really are, the DC Universe internal public, accustomed to people like Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, sees Aquaman as the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' equivalent.
!!!New 52 52/Rebirth Version


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* AlasPoorVillain: Happens more times than one would think, The Dead King being the biggest case as his [[TheEvilPrince dirtbag brother Orin]] who simultaneously steals his sibling King's throne and kingdom also orders the murder of his family for ownership of Atlantis. [[spoiler: The real kicker being? Him and his wife are the people whom our stories protagonist and AllLovingHero descends from]].
* AltarDiplomacy: Many of the under sea kingdom elopements are done out of political arrangements. largely to better tie political powers with its military.
* AnotherDimension: Just as popular in the reboot as it was in previous run. The new take on Aquaman's story is rife with AlternateUniverse's, EldritchLocation's and LostWorld's adjacent to Atlantis and the mainstream DC Comics Continuum.
** [[PhantomZone Xebel]]: Once penal dimension turned thriving hidden colony at the heart of the BermudaTriangle. It is home to a race of [[MakingASplash water crafting]] [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent merefolk]] whom all bear a significant hatred against the Atlantean culture.
** [[LostWorld The Maelstrom]]: Is an [[IslandOfMystery island danger zone]] filled with all manor of AlienAnimals which exhibits a GeniusLoci all it's own. Also it is home to a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever dangerous volcanic entity]] whom inhabitants must constantly sacrifice too for maintaining the peace.
** [[DarkFantasy Thule]]: [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis Parallel dark fantasy land]] lorded over by an order of evil mystics who ruled [[{{Precursors}} Old Atlantis]] from the shadows who Retreated to a PocketDimension created through their foul magics.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: it does with the people of Atlantis. Years of hatred, arrogance, bigotry and paranoid delusions have made them believe just about anything and everything horrible about the surface world and its people. A [[HiddenAgendaVillain mystic cabal]] from a separate dimension used this in their attempt to overtake the main DC universe by turning the people and the atlantean army against their king.


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** NobleFugitive: Again when [[EvilBrunetteTwin a lookalike]] posing as Mera usurped Arthur's throne and oast him out as a traitor and enemy of the state during an invasion from [[EldritchLocation another world]][[TimeAbyss by ancient evil sorcerers]].


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* TheGoodKing: Aquaman is pretty good at this despite his HeroWithBadPublicity status, both to the surface public .
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Noted by Mera about Atlanna that the good looks and superpowers pass from generation to generation, for Atlantean royalty. ** In Xebel's case one marries into the power as well as the crown. Whenever the last king of the colony passes [[KingmakerScenario both their title as monarch and the hydromancy of the royal bloodline]] passes over to their next marital successor.


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* Mordor: The mystically conceived alternate dimension of Thule erected by a cabal of mystics was equivalent to this until its destruction.


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* ProngsofPoseidon: Takes much more prominence in this comic run than it did in the last. Usually those who hold a trident, scepter or some form of polearm carry an entitlement to superintendency, for possession of which regularly stands as a [[StaffOfAuthority symbol of leadership]] in these instances. In rarer cases, [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia they're the prerequisite of royal blood]] largely within Atlantean based cultures.


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* RefusalOfTheCall[=/=]RefusedByTheCall: This was the case with Mr. Curry's ascendance to the throne, many of his [[UngratefulTownsfolk so called subjects]] weren't too happy about him being their leader much less being among them due to his human heritage given their world view of [[HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster surface dwellers]]. He eventually dumped the throne all together leaving his brother [[HumansAreBastards Orm]] in charge because he couldn't stand the bigotry he faced trying to claim his birthright, a claim that [[HumbleHero he never even wanted]] in the first place.
** ResignedToTheCall[=/=]RefusedByTheCall: Had to reclaim the reigns of sovereignty after his former mentor, Vulko; instigated a war between the surface and atlantis in order to cease all the fighting. Plus it helped that both sides of the war had an EnemyMine within The Trench. Still Arthur met loads and loads of resistance to his monarchy from start to finish just the same. Even the very topography of the nation initially rejected his rightful rule.
3rd Feb '17 9:14:41 AM hullflyer
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: A story from 1959 titled "Aquaman meets Aquagirl" featured Aquaman meeting the titular Aquagirl, a purple-eyed Atlantean who was jettisoned from Atlantis as a baby because purple eyes indicate an Atlnatean who is a throw-back to the time before the oceans drank Atlantis. Not long after, Aqualad made his debut but rather from not being able to survive underwater he was afraid of fish.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: A story from 1959 titled "Aquaman meets Aquagirl" featured Aquaman meeting the titular Aquagirl, a purple-eyed Atlantean who was jettisoned from Atlantis as a baby because purple eyes indicate an Atlnatean Atlantean who is a throw-back to the time before the oceans drank Atlantis. Not long after, Aqualad made his debut but rather from not being able to survive underwater he was afraid of fish.
30th Dec '16 2:19:26 PM Thorion
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: A story from 1959 titled "Aquaman meets Aquagirl" featured Aquaman meeting the titular Aquagirl, a purple-eyed Atlantean who was jettisoned from Atlantis as a baby because purple eyes indicate an Atlnatean who is a throw-back to the time before the oceans drank Atlantis. Not long after, Aqualad made his debut but rather from not being able to survive underwater he was afraid of fish.
14th Dec '16 7:51:43 PM Saveelich
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The character made his live-action film debut in the Film/DCExtendedUniverse. Portrayed by Creator/JasonMomoa, he was first seen as a footage [[TheCameo cameo]] in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. He will also appear in ''{{Film/Justice League|2017}}'', scheduled for November 2017, and his own solo movie, ''Film{{Aquaman|2018}}'', scheduled for 2018.

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The character made his live-action film debut in the Film/DCExtendedUniverse. Portrayed by Creator/JasonMomoa, he was first seen as a footage [[TheCameo cameo]] in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. He will also appear in ''{{Film/Justice League|2017}}'', scheduled for November 2017, and his own solo movie, ''Film{{Aquaman|2018}}'', ''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', scheduled for 2018.
14th Dec '16 7:51:25 PM Saveelich
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The character made his live-action film debut in the Film/DCExtendedUniverse. Portrayed by Creator/JasonMomoa, he was first seen as a footage [[TheCameo cameo]] in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. He will also appear in ''{{Film/Justice League|2017}}'', scheduled for November 2017, and his own solo movie, ''Aquaman'', scheduled for 2018.

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The character made his live-action film debut in the Film/DCExtendedUniverse. Portrayed by Creator/JasonMomoa, he was first seen as a footage [[TheCameo cameo]] in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. He will also appear in ''{{Film/Justice League|2017}}'', scheduled for November 2017, and his own solo movie, ''Aquaman'', ''Film{{Aquaman|2018}}'', scheduled for 2018.
8th Dec '16 5:44:19 AM darkchiefy
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* FreudianExcuse: Mera's current rendition is the poster girl for the trope, being raised since birth solely for enacting her father's revenge on Atlantis, then rejected upon falling in love with the then-current king.
** Some renditions of Ocean Master tinge CainAndAbel with this trope, having Ocean Master direct some anger to Atlan.
** Also, in the same renditions (where Aquaman is the full-Atlantean son of the Atlantean sorcerer Atlan and the Atlantean princess Atlanna) being absent from the entire Orin's life strained the relationship between son and father.
** For the same reason Koryak, the unknown illegitimate son of Aquaman and taken back with his father only as a young adult, was always mistrustful and angry towards his absentee father.
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