History YMMV / Aquaman

14th Jan '18 10:40:47 PM Thorion
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14th Jan '18 10:44:25 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: Pre-''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' [[ArchEnemy Black Manta]], real name [[ScaryBlackMan David]], makes his living as a [[RuthlessModernPirates brutal]] [[SubmarinePirates pirate]], often [[PsychoForHire in the employ of others]], and is obsessed with destroying Aquaman at all costs. To this end, Manta [[WouldHurtAChild killed Aquaman's infant son]] by trapping him in a chamber that suffocated the boy, despite Arthur's best efforts to save him. Manta continues to torment his nemesis by targeting and murdering those he can. Not even Manta's own family is exempt from his cruelty: his own son, the new Aqualad, was the target of Manta's wrath when Manta [[OffingTheOffspring attempted to murder him]] with zealous hatred, for no other reason than rejecting the path Manta wanted for him. In ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'', Manta tries to go straight, opening up a fish market, but when the customers rejoice that Aquaman is alive, Manta murders them with a knife, before burning down his own house and resuming his quest for vengeance. Manta is a vicious, hateful murderer who would poison the entire ocean just for the chance to hurt his nemesis.

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* CompleteMonster: Pre-''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' [[ArchEnemy Black Manta]], real name [[ScaryBlackMan David]], David, makes his living as a [[RuthlessModernPirates brutal]] [[SubmarinePirates pirate]], brutal pirate, often [[PsychoForHire in the employ of others]], and is obsessed with destroying Aquaman at all costs. To this end, Manta [[WouldHurtAChild killed Aquaman's infant son]] by trapping him in a chamber that suffocated the boy, despite Arthur's best efforts to save him. Manta continues to torment his nemesis by targeting and murdering those he can. Not even Manta's own family is exempt from his cruelty: his own son, the new Aqualad, was the target of Manta's wrath when Manta [[OffingTheOffspring attempted to murder him]] with zealous hatred, for no other reason than rejecting the path Manta wanted for him. In ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'', Manta tries to go straight, opening up a fish market, but when the customers rejoice that Aquaman is alive, Manta murders them with a knife, before burning down his own house and resuming his quest for vengeance. Manta is a vicious, hateful murderer who would poison the entire ocean just for the chance to hurt his nemesis.
12th Jan '18 12:48:41 PM Theokal3
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* FandomBerserkButton: As you'd guess, calling him useless. Hell, this is one for the entire DC fanbase and is akin to Ant-Man jokes to the Marvel fanbase; basically stopped being funny two decades ago and screams, "I don't actually read them."

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* FandomBerserkButton: As you'd guess, calling him useless. Hell, this is one for the entire DC fanbase and is akin to Ant-Man ComicBook/AntMan jokes to the Marvel fanbase; basically stopped being funny two decades ago and screams, "I don't actually read them."
1st Jan '18 5:54:37 PM azul120
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* NightmareFuel: The Trench. When you realize that we still have no idea just what lives in the bottom of the ocean, there's an equal chance that those things may or may not be real.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The concept of giving a Half-Atlantean hero a RaceLift to become full Atlantean was previously seen with Namor expy Prince Triton in ''WesternAnimation/{{The Fantastic Four|1967}}''.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: "Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis" is universally considered one of the worst videogames ''ever'' created. So bad it even inspired its own special category for awful video games on gaming show X-Play: The "Golden Mullet Award."

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The Trench. When you realize that we still have no idea just what lives in the bottom of the ocean, there's an equal chance that those things may or may not be real.
* OlderThanTheyThink: ** The Sub-Diego arc. Imagine yourself and/or your loved ones) getting caught in a massive earthquake plunging you and the entire city around you into the sea. You awaken, trapped beneath rubble, to find yourself still somehow alive, despite being submerged for days, before being rescued and informed that you have somehow developed gills, meaning that [[YouCantGoHomeAgain you can't return to the surface]], and you will have to start life all over again underwater, which at best, would be a lot more boring in many ways, but at worst, well, you'd be in the path of whatever rogue or seafaring mutant Aquaman has to deal with. And that's if you were lucky enough to not be one of the hundreds of thousands of casualties. And then a year later[[note]]Sometime during Infinite Crisis[[/note]] after you've somewhat adapted, the gills revert while you're still submerged, causing you to start drowning.
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The concept of giving a Half-Atlantean hero a RaceLift to become full Atlantean was previously seen with Namor expy Prince Triton in ''WesternAnimation/{{The Fantastic Four|1967}}''.
** Also, Mera losing her ability to breathe water in the 2016 Rebirth series happened in the final pre-Flashpoint[[note]]2003-2006[[/note]] series.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: "Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis" is universally considered one of the worst videogames ''ever'' created. So bad it even inspired its own special category for awful video games on gaming show X-Play: The "Golden Mullet Award." Award".



** He even uses SummonBiggerFish to call forth ''[[{{Franchise/CthulhuMythos}} Cthulhu]]''. [[http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=oshgfp&s=5 Enjoy.]]
** His resurrection in ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' has resulted in [[spoiler: him saving children from pirates with Mera by summoning undead sea monsters.]] So perhaps getting rescued again.
** The ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' version even got a pilot for a live action television spin-off after the numbers for the fifth season revealed that his debut episode was the most watched episode of the season.

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** He even uses SummonBiggerFish to call forth ''[[{{Franchise/CthulhuMythos}} Cthulhu]]''.''{{Franchise/Cthulhu|Mythos}}''. [[http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=oshgfp&s=5 Enjoy.]]
** His resurrection in ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' has resulted in [[spoiler: him [[spoiler:him saving children from pirates with Mera by summoning undead sea monsters.]] monsters]]. So perhaps getting rescued again.
** The ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' version even got a pilot for a live action television spin-off after the numbers for the fifth season revealed that his debut episode was the most watched episode of the season.
29th Dec '17 3:55:58 PM nombretomado
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** GeoffJohns seems to be acquiring some of this now thanks to his successful relaunch of the character in the New 52.

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** GeoffJohns Creator/GeoffJohns seems to be acquiring some of this now thanks to his successful relaunch of the character in the New 52.
25th Sep '17 1:55:15 AM StFan
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* OlderThanTheyThink: The concept of giving a Half-Atlantean hero a RaceLift to become full Atlantean was previously seen with Namor expy Prince Triton in WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: The concept of giving a Half-Atlantean hero a RaceLift to become full Atlantean was previously seen with Namor expy Prince Triton in WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour.''WesternAnimation/{{The Fantastic Four|1967}}''.
10th Aug '17 8:40:18 PM Thorion
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* OlderThanTheyThink: The concept of giving a Half-Atlantean hero a RaceLift to become full Atlantean was previously seen with Namor expy Prince Triton in WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour.
5th Nov '16 7:28:33 PM Berrenta
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* NeverLiveItDown[=/=]InkStainAdaptation: His stint in the ''Superfriends'' cartoon means that even now he's still known as the useless one.
** In-universe Black Manta likes bring up the fact that he murdered Aquaman's infant son.

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* NeverLiveItDown[=/=]InkStainAdaptation: NeverLiveItDown: [[AudienceColoringAdaptation His stint stint]] in the ''Superfriends'' cartoon means that even now he's still known as the useless one.
** In-universe Black Manta likes to bring up the fact that he murdered Aquaman's infant son.
26th Oct '16 4:42:48 PM DustSnitch
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** The first issue of the recent Aquaman reboot seems to have this as its goal: it mostly involves Aquaman being {{badass}} and addresses a lot of common misconceptions about him. Four issues in it seems to have worked. Aquaman is being praised as one of the best series DC has, and Aquaman himself has gotten a big boost in appreciation ''without'' using more badass aspects like the harpoon hand and beard.

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** The first issue of the recent Aquaman reboot seems to have this as its goal: it mostly involves Aquaman being {{badass}} and addresses a lot of common misconceptions about him.Aquaman. Four issues in it seems to have worked. Aquaman is being praised as one of the best series DC has, and Aquaman himself has gotten a big boost in appreciation ''without'' using more badass aspects like the harpoon hand and beard.
24th Jul '16 9:34:48 PM XSpectreGreyX
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** In the Dan Abnett run, Mera dopting the identity of Aquawoman and wearing a version of Arthur's outfit. Some think it removes her identity and reduces her to a DistaffCounterpart to Aquaman, and doesn't fit the character. Others think it's a good look for her and it'll allow her to move beyond being just a supporting character for Arthur. Abnett seems to be aware of it, as Mera and Arthur themselves think the name is lame, and they admit to it being a marketing gimmick, albeit one that humans seem to like.

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** In the Dan Abnett run, Mera dopting adopting the identity of Aquawoman and wearing a version of Arthur's outfit. Some think it removes her identity and reduces her to a DistaffCounterpart to Aquaman, and doesn't fit the character. Others think it's a good look for her and it'll allow her to move beyond being just a supporting character for Arthur. Abnett seems to be aware of it, as Mera and Arthur themselves think the name is lame, and they admit to it being a marketing gimmick, albeit one that humans seem to like. She ditches the costume by the Rebirth series and even calls it embarrassing.



** In light of this, the recent casting of Creator/JasonMomoa for Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice, although far from being the statuesque blonde he's usually portrayed as; has actually been warmly accepted as probably the best move to help redeem his reputation amongst the general public.



* MyRealDaddy: Phil Jimenez has this reputation in regards to Garth, since he was the one who gave him the Tempest name and power upgrade.

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Phil Jimenez has this reputation in regards to Garth, since he was the one who gave him the Tempest name and power upgrade.
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