This is a character sheet for Aquaman and characters associated with him.



[[folder:Aquaman I/Dweller in the Depths (King Orin/Arthur Curry)]]


-->"''[[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking I am your KING!]]''"

'''Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis incarnations'''

The most well-known aquatic superhero, Aquaman is the king of Atlantis. Known underwater as King Orin, and by surface-dwellers as Arthur Curry, he strives to protect the seas and the surface using his abilities.

He disappeared sometime after ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' due to making a deal with the water gods to save the inhabitants of Sub Diego, after which he became the Dweller in the Depths, the mentor to the second Aquaman, Arthur Joseph Curry. Orin died at the end of the ''Sword of Atlantis'' series, murdered by the undead assassin Narwhal, but during the events of ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', he was brought back as Aquaman thanks to the [[Characters/GreenLanternBlackAndWhiteCorps White Entity]].
* [[CainAndAbel Abel]]: To Orm, the Ocean Master.
* AnArmAndALeg: His hand was eaten by piranhas.
* ApparentlyHumanMerfolk
* {{Badass}}: Ignore everything Superfriends taught you. From his first appearance in the 1940s, through to the present, Aquaman is, and always has been, a badass.
** BadassBeard: Grew his beard out in his DarkerAndEdgier phase along with losing his hand to piranhas and getting a HookHand.
** BadassBoast: Even though Arthur is pretty humble, you can expect him to throw one of these towards anyone who underestimates him.
--> Aquaman: "I know there are certain benighted souls who think I'm some kind of third rate hero, Scavenger, but I think you of all people would know better! But since you seem a bit confused, let me make this perfectly clear...I was in the world saving game when people like Firestorm and Black Lightning were still in diapers...I've worked hard to earn the respect and trust of every living creature below the waves, and I take my job very get this through your head, punk, I'm Aquaman, King of the Seven Seas...and I'm the BEST!"
* BarbarianLonghair: To go with his Badass Beard.
* BashBrothers: With ComicBook/MartianManhunter
* BattleCouple: With Mera.
* BerserkButton: Harming any of his friends, and especially his wife, is not a good idea in the least. Why? Because unlike many other heroes, Orin does ''not'' have a no-kill code.
* DeadGuyJunior: Post-Crisis, he's given the name "Arthur Curry" from his adoptive human father.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Constantly. Aquaman throws down with Gods and Lovecraftian Horrors on the reg. He apparently has a yearly pact with ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} to drive down a very Cthulhu-like beast down to its home.
* DisabilitySuperpower: His grappling-hook hand and, later, his magical water hand.
* FightsLikeANormal: He used to, until his writers started rigging the SuperpowerLottery in his favor.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Well, all seafood, anyway.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Was the son of the Atlantean Atlanna and lighthouse keeper Tom Curry in the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]. This was retconned back into continuity when Orin came back in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''.
* HeroesWantRedheads: During the events of the "Flashpoint" continuity, when put into an [[CursedWithAwesome arranged marriage to Wonder Woman]], it's implied that he already loved Mera more, marrying her very quickly after the arranged marriage fell through.
* HeroicBastard: In PostCrisis continuity, he was the bastard son of Atlanna and the wizard Atlan. This was later retconned back to his Silver Age origin after ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Martian Manhunter, due to their kinship as outsiders.
* HookHand: See DisabilitySuperpower.
* HourOfPower: He could only stay out of water for only one hour in the Silver Age.
* InASingleBound: Being fully adapted to live in the pressure of the deepest sea trenches, he's able to leap miles at a time through the air, with ComicBook/IncredibleHulk-like jumps.
* KnightInSourArmor: Most modern depictions of Aquaman have him somewhat grumpy and anti-social, but at the same time he can be very empathic towards others and does care a lot for the well being of both humans and Atlanteans, even if he has a hard time showing it.
* LightningBruiser: Impossibly fast and agile in the sea (and still far faster than any normal human on land), and can take blows from Superman like it was nothing.
* MakingASplash: Occasionally.
* {{Mentor|s}}: To Arthur Joseph Curry, the second Aquaman.
** To both Aqualads too.
* PapaWolf: Fuck with his kids or Atlantis and you'll have to answer to him before the day is over, and by "answer to", expect to either have to fight him or run like hell and hide behind someone who can handle him in a direct fight.
* ProngsOfPoseidon: Favours a trident.
* RaisedByWolves: Porm, the dolphin who acted as a surrogate mother to Aquaman.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Due to adapting to living at the bottom of the sea, he's got SuperStrength and SuperToughness when out of the water. It's enough to combat Franchise/{{Superman}} with, who has those two as primary powers.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He is the King of {{Atlantis}}.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal
* {{Telepathy}}: Contrary to popular belief, Aquaman can indeed do more than speak to sea creatures. His telepathy extends to anything that's evolved from the sea. Which includes Atlanteans and humans and even Martians.
** Taken UpToEleven when he learned to tap into the Clear, a matrix that connects all sea life in the world which allowed him to see, hear, and feel everything that all live in the ocean have ever experienced.
* UnscrupulousHero: Has crossed into this realm here and there. He's still easily the most brutal member of the League even on his best days.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: During Peter David's run.

'''New 52 Incarnation'''

Arthur is the son of Atlanna, the Queen of Atlantis, and Tom Curry, a lighthouse keeper. Atlanna returned to Atlantis soon after Arthur was born, but his father spent the rest of his life waiting for her. Arthur was raised to learn responsibility, and was trained in his powers by his father's friend Stephen Shin. However after the death of his father and Shin revealing him to the world, he leaves the surface after finding his mother's former adviser Vulko. There, he met him half-brother Orm, and became the King of Atlantis. Eventually, he abandons his duties after falling in love with Mera, the Princess of Xebel, and decides to fully commit to superheroing on the surface world, even founding the Justice League. Eventually, circumstances force him to return to the throne, to be ruler of people half of which hate him.
* {{Badass}}: Though many people don't know it. He proves them wrong, and by this point no longer deals with the "Aquaman is useless" stigma in-universe.
* BadassBeard: Grew one in the last stretch of the ''Death of a King'' storyline after six months unconscious. Mera makes him shave it though.
* BattleCouple: Usually fights alongside Mera. Used to be this with Y'Wara of the Others.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Son of the Atlantean Atlanna and the human Tom Curry.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Has been with Mera for a long time.
* HeroicBastard: Son of Atlanna and Tom Curry when they were unwed.
* InASingleBound: His preferred method of getting around on land.
* LightningBruiser: Has a very fast reaction time, and is faster than humans, especially in the water.
* ProngsofPoseidon: His trident is made of a special gold by the first king of Atlantis,one of Arthur's indirect ancestors. While it demonstrates no special abilities yet, it was capable of piercing Darkseid's armor, something not even Superman could do.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He was the King of Atlantis, but left the throne to his brother Orm for years to live on the surface. After Orm invades the surface world, Arthur retakes the throne. He still has time for everyday superheroics, Justice League duties, and the Others, however.
* SuperPowerLottery: As a result of his mixed genes, he has certain benefits.
** HealingFactor: A more subdued version, but a minor cut he received from assault rifle rounds were healed in a few minutes. And he heals pretty quickly while underwater as well.
** NighInvulnerable: Can take high calibre bullets and only get a minor cut and take hits from torpedos, Wonder Woman, and even an insane [[spoiler:''Hercules'']] and keep on fighting.
*** He is also pretty immune to cold, having spent six months in Antarctica with just pants and not even being bothered.
** SuperStrength: On par with Wonder Woman, and just below Superman.
** {{Telepathy}}: He is capable of psychically moving sea life to do as he wants. But if their survival instinct is high enough, they can resist his orders. Why he has this ability has not been explained.
*** And recently it has been shown it does indeed work in alligators as well as mutant, monstrous sea life from an otherworldly prison dimension.
* UnscrupulousHero: Usually not. Among the Justice League, he's definitely one of the more moral members, even trying his hardest not to kill the Trench when they are trying to devour humans en masse! However, in his past with the Others, he was definitely the most amoral member of the team, to the point where he was willing to let an entire village die to kill Black Manta, only begrudgingly saving a little girl, then literally tossing her aside like garbage afterwards. And that's apparently ''with'' the team reigning him in! It's implied that, on his own, he was much worse. However, Arthur is very ashamed of how he used to be, and at best it's portrayed as the "angry young man" phase of his life.
* ThouShaltNotKill: It's there, but he's with Wonder Woman in the "I'll kill when I really have to" category. He even tried to avoid killing the Trench, who possibly weren't even intelligent and were determined to feed on his home town.
* TroubledButCute: In high school, he was always brooding. Didn't stop the ladies, however.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: That Atlantean Scale armour tends to come off a lot.
* YouKilledMyFather: Kind of. Black Manta was hired to take some of Arthur's blood, but ran into Tom, and caused him to have a heart attack. Arthur blamed Manta, intending to kill him, but killed ''Manta's'' father.


[[folder:Aquaman II (Arthur Joseph Curry)]]
When Orin disappeared due to the circumstances of Sub Diego's rising, Arthur Joseph Curry eventually came to become the second Aquaman. His origin was similar to the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] version of Aquaman in that he was the son of a human scientist who was born prematurely, so his father gave him the abilities needed to survive underwater. He was mentored by the Dweller in the Depths, who was actually the missing Orin.
* ImportantHaircut: He can be distinguished from Orin by his hair, which is longer than Orin's crew cut.
* LegacyCharacter
* MythologyGag: His origins are a throwback to Aquaman's origin story in the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]].
* PutOnABus: At the end of the ''Sword of Atlantis'' series, in order to make way for Orin to come back.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: His father actually had these in mind in the experiments he undertook to allow him to survive.
* RetGone: As of the New 52.
* SecondComing: The Atlanteans thought of him as being the reincarnation of the missing King Orin, which caused him to eventually retire.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Coincidentally had the same first and last name as the first Aquaman's surface name.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Queen Mera]]


The wife of Aquaman, her origins have ranged from being the Queen of Dimension Aqua to being the princess of a separatist colony of Atlanteans. Nevertheless, she is a capable ruler and fighter, often assisting her husband in fighting for protection of the sea.
* AbsoluteCleavage
* ActionGirl
* {{Badass}}
* BattleCouple: With Aquaman.
* TheBerserker: While in the Red Lanterns.
* BerserkButton: Calling her Aquawife.
* FieryRedhead: While Arthur can be pretty hot blooded himself, Mera is far less restrained with voicing her thoughts.
* HappilyMarried: Usually.
* HeroesWantRedheads
* HeroicBSOD: When her son was killed, she went insane for a time.
* LadyOfWar
* TheLancer: To her husband.
* MamaBear: Like her husband, messing with her kids or with Atlantis means that you'll have to deal with her very shortly, and odds are that you're not going to survive a confrontation like that.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead
* StalkerWithACrush: Red Lantern Atrocitus is rather infatuated with Queen Mera.
* {{Telepathy}}: It allows her to communicate with other Atlanteans, but she can't [[SpeaksFluentAnimal talk with other marine life]].
* UnstoppableRage: To put it lightly, Mera is nowhere near as patient as her husband.
** To the point that she became a deputized [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Red Lantern]]!

'''New 52 Incarnation'''

Mera is the Princess of Xebel and was sent by her father to kill Arthur, but realised he was a good man and decided to stay with him on the surface. The two aren't married, except they pretty much are, and live together in Tom Curry's lighthouse.
* AbsoluteCleavage: Her default look.
* ActionGirl: Her much more preferred way off handling things is to beat them into submission.
* BadassPrincess: Her father trained her to kill Arthur. She didn't, but the training was pretty effective.
* BattleCouple: Most of Arthur's fights during Geoff Johns' had Mera alongside him.
* [[BashBrothers Bash Sisters]]: With Tula.
* BerserkButton: Mocking her husband or not respecting her personal space.
* FieryRedhead: One of her defining traits, which usually get her into trouble.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Mera's mother told her that the plan to assassinate Arthur was just to get Mera to the surface so she could decide what to do from there on.
* MakingASplash: She has the power to control water, which includes the ability to steal water from a person's body. Later revealed to be a trait of Xebel's royal family. If you marry into it, you will also get the power.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Was sent by her father to kill Arthur and while she's not royalty in Atlantis, she's almost.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Xebelian traits (which is probably also why Tula. Who had the same look, was recoloured).
* UnstoppableRage: To put it lightly, Mera is nowhere near as patient as her husband. Though she learns some restraint, she's still the more easily angered of the two.

[[folder:Aqualad I/Tempest (Garth)]]
Aquaman's first sidekick was Garth, an Atlantean who had the same powers as Aquaman. He was abandoned by an Atlantean group called the Idylists, but Aquaman took him in and raised him as his own. He was also a founding member of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' like many other sidekicks of the day.

He later obtained water-controlling abilities, after which he changed his heroic codename to Tempest. He was tragically murdered in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' by the Black Lantern of his former girlfriend Tula.
* HandicappedBadass: Minor example. Garth is colourblind.
* KidSidekick: As Aqualad.
* KilledOffForReal: In ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''.
* MagicKnight: As Tempest.
* NiceGuy
* PurpleEyes: Which is one of the reasons why he was abandoned.
* RetGone: In the New 52, along with most of the original Titans, and hasn't been reintroduced since.
* SidekickGraduationsStick: Like many of the sidekicks of his generation, he never went back to being Aquaman's sidekick.
* SquishyWizard: Averted. Garth became a sorcerer, but he was an Atlantean sorcerer, and could still take one heck of a beating.
* SuperPowerLottery: As Tempest, Garth's magical powers include:
** AstralProjection: The ability to leave his body as a spirit.
** EyeBeams: Emitting destructive beams of force from his eyes.
** AnIcePerson: The ability to freeze water (or boil it) with a thought.
** MakingASplash: Control over water, creating whirlpools, waves, etc.
** {{Seers}}: Seeing the past.
** SpiderSense[=/=]TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: The ability to sense magic.
** SummonMagic: Demonic summoning and control.
** TeleportersAndTransporters: Once teleported the entirety of Atlantis to safety during the Imperiex War.
* TraumaCongaLine: Following ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', Garth was turned into an albino and rendered powerless, and his wife and son were missing. Recently, he was restored to normal, only to learn Dolphin and Cerdian were both dead ''since'' Infinite Crisis. Was named King of Atlantis and then killed by Black Lantern Aquagirl (his ex-girlfriend) during ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', turning him into a Black Lantern.
* TookALevelInBadass: As Tempest, when he added magic to his power set.


[[folder:Aquagirl I (Tula)]]
Losing her parents at an early age, Tula was adopted by the Atlantean royal family and was given the title of Princess of Poseidonis. She eventually met and fell in love with Garth, the first Aqualad, and adopted the codename "Aquagirl" in order to honor him.
* ActionGirl
* BadassPrincess
* DistaffCounterpart: Took the name "Aquagirl" in order to be this to Garth.
* HappilyAdopted
* KilledOffForReal: During ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' by Chemo.
* OfficialCouple: With Garth until her death.

'''New 52 Incarnation'''

As of the New 52, Tula has never used the name Aquagirl, and is not even a superhero. She is the half-sister of Orm on their father's side and a high-ranking Atlantean warrior. While she does love her brother, she is loyal to Arthur and Mera.
* ActionGirl: The most effective fighter in the Atlantean guard shown.
* BadassAbnormal: Tula lacks Mera's hydrokinesis and Arthur's brute strength, but still has a degree of SuperStrength, being an Atlantean, and can still kick serious ass.
* [[BashBrothers Bash Sisters]]: To Mera, during Jeff Parker's run.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Her hair. During Geoff Johns' run, her hair was a brownish red, as seen in the picture above. However, afterwards, it became straight up brown. It ''could'' be that the hair is just part of her helmet, but it's up in the hair. The reason is because the colourist changed.
** Similarly, her armour changed from the earlier purple look (likely an homage to the second Aquagirl) seen above to normal yellow. Again, because of colourist change.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Captain of the Drift Forces, with plenty of reason to hate Arthur and Mera, but is actually pretty cool with them, and saved Mera's life and actually gives Arthur a chance to prove himself as King.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Is the only consistent female Atlantean warrior shown. While one or two ''very rarely'' show up in the background, Tula's usually the only one shown.
* SuperStrength: As an Atlantean, has this by default. As noted above, it's not at Arthur's levels, but she's still quite a bit stronger than normal humans.


[[folder:Aqualad II (Kaldur'ahm[=/=]Jackson Hyde)]]

* CanonImmigrant: He was originally created for the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' cartoon, but DC liked him so much they integrated him to the comic ''before the show even came up''.
* HalfHumanHybrid: His mother is Atlantean. His father is Black Manta.
* [[spoiler:HeroicBastard]]
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon
* KidSidekick
* LegacyCharacter
* [[spoiler:LukeIAmYourFather: He actually is Black Manta's son.]]
* MagicKnight: A skilled hand-to-hand fighter, but relies on Atlantean magic.
* RetGone: In the New 52, along with Garth.
* SuperPowerLottery: He has significantly bigger one than Garth:
** ElementalPowers
*** MakingASplash
*** ShockAndAwe
** SuperStrength
** SuperToughness
** SuperSenses
** RequiredSecondaryPowers


[[folder:Aquagirl II (Lorena Marquez)]]
Lorena was once an ordinary inhabitant of the Californian city San Diego, but she was present when an earthquake sunk part of it. Aquaman retrieved her and nursed her back to health, discovering that she, along with every other resident present during the sinking, had the ability to breathe underwater. She adopted the name of Aquagirl, leading the effort to rebuild the sunken portion of the city as Sub Diego.
* ActionGirl
* BareYourMidriff
* DoesNotLikeShoes
* LegacyCharacter
* RetGone: In the New 52, along with all of Aquaman's official sidekicks (Tula exists, but not as Aquagirl).


!Supporting cast
[[folder:Nuidis Vulko]]
'''New 52 Version'''

Vulko was the advisor to Atlanna, Arthur's mother, but was exiled when he tried to blame her death on Orm. Arthur eventually found him after being outed in being Atlantean by Dr. Shin. He waited his whole life to be found by the true King of Atlantis and took Arthur there. Eventually, Arthur would leave the throne to his brother, leaving Vulko alone.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: After it's discovered he was [[spoiler: the one behind the war between Atlantis and the US]], most people in Atlantis ''loathe'' him, to the point that one of the guards once tried to take advantage of the confusion during an attack on Atlantis to murder him and blame it on the battle.
* BigBad: Of [[spoiler:ComicBook/ThroneOfAtlantis]], being the cause behind the events of the event.
* EvilCounterpart: To Dr. Shin, Arthur's previous mentor.
* TheGoodChancellor: Averted. His actions come off more as him wanting his position back than anything else.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: How he justifies his [[spoiler: war crimes]]; he genuinely believed forcing Arthur to take the throne was the best course of action for Atlantis. ''Nobody'', from Arthur to the people of Atlantis, agrees with him.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Sort of. He says that Arthur needs to be king because Orm is a bad king... Except Orm is shown to have actually been a pretty ''good'' King until Atlantis was attacked, and his actions after ''that'' are even justifiable and [[spoiler:completely Vulko's fault to begin with]]. This bias can be attributed to Vulko assuming that Orm killed Atlanna, to whom Vulko was very loyal. In fact, Orm had nothing to do with Atlanna's death, and in fact [[spoiler: she faked her own death]].


* DarkerAndEdgier: Followed the same suit as Aquaman in the 90s.
* GreatGazoo

* HappilyMarried: With Tom Curry
* MissingMom: Pre-Crisis
* RebelliousPrincess: This is what got her exiled from Atlantis, pre-Crisis.

'''New 52 Incarnation'''

The former Queen of Atlantis and mother to both Arthur (Orin) and Orm. She was swimming one day when she witnessed Tom Curry risk his life to save a boat in need. She saved ''him'', and the two fell in love. She eventually gave birth to Arthur, but had to leave him when he was a child to return to Atlantis. There, she married the Captain of the the Atlantean Guard, Orvax and gave birth to Orm.

* DomesticAbuse: The victim of this in her relationship with Orvax.
* FakingTheDead: Faked her death in order to escape Atlantis.
* MissingMom: Left Arthur to keep him safe.
* RescueRomance: The rescuer of Tom Curry.


Aquaman's bastard son by the Inuit woman Kako, Koryak possesses the power to control water, and a whole host of parental issues. When his mother is apparently killed by the Deep Six, he allies with Aquaman to fight them, but later becomes jealous of Arthur's close relationship with Tempest. Responsible for freeing Kordax from his centuries long exile, Koryak temporarily sides with him against his father, is exiled to his village, and then finally aids Aquaman against Anton Geist.
* {{Antihero}}: On a good day.
* BastardBastard: Even when he's one of the good guys, Koryak can't let go of his ParentalIssues, and is willing to kill far too readily.
* DaddyIssues
* ExactWords: When Aquaman says that he promised he would let Jaffar of the Deep Six go, Koryak promptly murders the Apokiliptian agent, because he has made no such promise.
* GreenEyedMonster: Towards Tempest
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Allies with Aquaman, then Kordax, then aids Atlantis against Geist.
* HotBlooded: Koryaks tends to charge in without thinking. This nearly gets him killed against the Deep Six.
* InTheBack: Blows Jaffar apart from behind while he is trying to run away.
* MakingASplash: Controls water, using it to form hard projectiles.
* WalkingShirtlessScene


[[folder:Nuada Silverhand/Silverarm]]

The King of the Atlantean city of Thierna Na Oge, Nuada lost her arm when her sister Bres, deposed her and siezed the throne for herself, and gained a new, cybernetic arm instead. Imprisoned in the city's dungeons, Nuada aided a visiting Aquaman, also imprisoned by Bres, in escaping the city and defeating his brother, Ocean Master, before returning home and regaining her own throne from Bres. She has been his ally since.
* ActionGirl: Pre and Post-Crisis alike.
* AnArmAndALeg: Lost her arm when Bres tried to feed her to a monster.
* CainAndAbel: With her sister Bres, resulting in the latter's death during the post-Crisis timeline.
* DistaffCounterpart: She has a lot in common with Aquaman, right down to her rivalry with Bres, which mimics his problems with Ocean Master. Post-Crisis the similarities only became stronger, courtesy of his loss of his hand.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Averted for once. Nuada is a very good queen, and a staunch ally to Aquaman.
* HotWitch: A very powerful, and very attractive, sorceress.
* LadyOfWar
* MetaGuy: When Aquaman and Nuada meet in the Post-Crisis world, she hints that she still remembers their meeting during the pre-Crisis timeline.
* PublicDomainCharacter: She and Bres are named after a pair of (male) characters in Celtic mythology.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* {{Seers}}: Nuada can see the past and future, and even timelines that no longer exist.
* SheIsTheKing: The ruling monarch of Thierna Na Oge is commonly referred to as "King" regardless of their gender.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair


[[folder:Tom Curry]]
* DisappearedDad: Post-Crisis, Arthur returned to the lighthouse to find he's gone.
* {{Good Parent|s}}
* HappilyMarried: With Atlanna, though he's concern about her keeping her past a secret.
* {{Muggle Foster Parent|s}}: Post-Crisis
* UpbringingMakesTheHero: In ''Flashpoint'', due to him dying earlier, Arthur grew up never learning the values he lives by.

'''New 52 Version'''

Tom Curry was a lighthouse keeper who fell in love and had a child with the Queen of Atlantis, Atlanna, after she saved his life. After she gave birth to Arthur, she was forced to return to Atlantis, and Tom waited everyday for her return, while also teaching his son responsibility. He eventually died of a heart attack when Arthur was a teenager.
* DeathByOriginStory: His death, combined with Dr. Shin outing him, starts Arthur on his path to discovering his heritage and becoming Aquaman.
* {{Good Parent|s}}: Made sure his son learned the value of responsibility, and tried his hardest to make sure Arthur was kept safe.
* MuggleParents: He completely lacked understanding of Arthur's abilities and had to ask his friend, Stephen Shin, to help Arthur.
* PapaWolf: When Dr. Shin planned on outing Arthur, Tom went to his lab and wrecked the place, along with every scrap of evidence.
* RescueRomance: The rescued with Atlanna.

[[folder:Dr. Stephen Shin]]
In the New 52, one of Arthur's oldest friends. A marine biologist and former friend of Tom Curry's who taught Arthur how to use his powers. Feeling that Arthur was a great discovery, he told his colleagues, who did not believe him. He convinced Tom to allow him to publicise the fact that Arthur was Atlantean, but Tom reneged on their agreement, and destroyed Shin's lab and all evidence. Shin eventually told the media, and Tom died, Arthur running away from home for years. Dr. Shin was disgraced and lost his only friends.
* AsianAndNerdy: Needless to say. He was even the lonely kind of nerd.
* HeelFaceTurn: Started out a reluctant ally up but eventually became a straight-up ally.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Wanted to be credited with discovering Arthur. He later regretted how he acted. It was later revealed that he wasn't being unreasonable, because Tom ''agreed'' to allow Shin to publicise his findings.
* TheMentor: Taught Arthur how to control his powers.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Sent Black Manta after Arthur to get his blood, leading to Tom Curry getting a heart attack, Arthur killing Manta's father, Manta becoming a super villain, and then caused Arthur to run away from home.
* MyGreatestFailure: Causing Arthur to run away from home.
* OnlySaneMan: On the research team he's placed onto after Arthur becomes king. Everyone else is pretty much an idiot or amoral/corrupt.

In the New 52, she is a member of the Others, a team in which Aquaman belonged to in his youth. She lives in the jungles of Brazil and is one of the holders of one of the Atlantean artifacts.
* AntiHero: She is very quick to kill enemies and has more than once commanded her jaguars to attack and eat people. She is easily the most brutal member of the team.
* BettyAndVeronica: She's the Veronica to Mera's Betty. Though Aquaman and Mera are married and Ya'Wara is a lesbian, Mera and Ya'Wara's first meeting wasn't very pleasant.
* BiTheWay: It is implied she and Arthur had something between them in the past. Though it was revealed she was in love with Kahina.
* JunglePrincess
* {{Telepathy}}: She uses hers with animals. Though she does seem to be able to make contact with Arthur since he too is a telepath.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The Globe of Transportation that she wears around her neck can allow her to teleport anywhere she wants.

[[folder:Prisoner of War]]
A member of the Others. Dominick Torrez was a soldier who is surrounded by the spirits of his platoon who died around him. They serve as his partners in battle along with his artifact.
* BarrierWarrior: His manacles allow him to create force fields.
* DeathSeeker: Slightly implied in a flashback. When the Others were saving a village from an avalanche, he was determined to save everyone "this time" or die with them.
* ISeeDeadPeople: The souls of his deceased war comrades speak to him.
* LatinoIsBrown: He is Hispanic.
* Necromancer: He can take on the abilities of his dead comrades such as sharpshooting.
* ShellShockedVeteran: He was the sole survivor of his team and he wears each of their dog tags around his neck. During his first appearance he was even in a mental hospital.

[[folder:Black Manta (David)]]


Black Manta is Aquaman's arch enemy. A sociopathic PsychoForHire and pirate who's dedicated his life to ruining Aquaman's. Dressed in a combination scuba suit and PowerArmour, Black Manta's most infamous act was undoubtedly killing Aquaman's son.
* ArchEnemy: One of the top contenders for the title, alongside Ocean Master.
* ArchnemesisDad: To Jackson Hyde.
* {{Badass}}: ''Anyone'' who makes a living out of fighting Aquaman is this.
* BaldOfEvil
* BigBad: He's usually this when he appears in an Aquaman story. If not he's a PsychoForHire [[TheDragon Dragon]].
* BreakoutVillain: He started out as a minor recurring villain, but eventually established himself as Aquaman's main enemy and since then has had more media exposure than any Aquaman character aside from Aquaman himself.
* CardCarryingVillain: ''"Y'see, deep down, in my most secret heart of hearts, I'm still a totally depraved sonuvabitch whose main goal in life is to watch you die. Slowly and painfully. Just like your kid."''
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Designed for optimum performance both underwater and on land.
* CombatPragmatist
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Neron turned him into a manta-man in ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed''.
* EyeBeams: His signature weapon. They're usually heat-based laser blasts.
* FreudianExcuse:
** He has two vague [[FreudianExcuse Freudian excuses]]. The first one was that he was kidnapped and enslaved for an unspecified amount of time. He saw Aquaman and called out for help, but Aquaman didn't hear him. The other one was that he was autistic and underwent experimental treatment that left him angry and hateful.
* LackOfEmpathy: More or less goes without saying once you're dealing with somebody as sociopathic as Manta.
* LukeIAmYourFather: To Aqualad II.
* MadeOfIron: His suit not only provides him protection from the crushing undersea depths, but allows him to take hits from Aquaman. He was even once hit by a semi, only to get back up a second later.
* MalcolmXerox: In the 1970s, Black Manta revealed that he is African American seeking a homeland for his race, but that motive turned out to be a self-serving lie.
* MysteriousPast: There's a lot of things about Black Manta that aren't revealed. He did have a girlfriend at one point, who was kidnapped and experimented upon by the people of Xebel, which is implied to be part of the reason he hates Aquaman, and he's also apparently has a history with Mera's sister, who called him by his first name...
* NoNameGiven: His full name has never been given.
* {{Pirate}}
** RuthlessModernPirates: He's a submarine pirate and has no scruples at all.
** SubmarinePirates: See above.
** SwordAndGun: Some versions of the character have him using a gun along with his swords.
* PowerArmour: His suit verges on this at times.
* PsychoForHire: Often found working in the employ of others, for the chance to hurt some people.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker
* ScaryBlackMan: Upon hearing Aquaman is still alive, he butchers everyone in a fish market with a carving knife, burns the entire place down, silently wades into the ocean, and rises back up in his armor.
* ShockAndAwe
* TheStrategist
* TheSociopath
* SuddenlyEthnicity: Noted noted under "Malcolm Xerox", Black Manta was revealed African-Americans in 1977, ten years after he appeared.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Wally West does so in JLA #68, just to get Black Manta's EyeBeams on his face.
* WouldHurtAChild: It's his major claim to fame among supervillains.

'''New 52 Incarnation'''

Arthur's first enemy. Manta was just a pirate/scavenger before being hired by Dr. Stephen Shin to take some of Arthur's blood. He caused Arthur's dad to have a heart attack, and Arthur killed Manta's father in retaliation, thinking he was Manta. The two became locked in a bitter cycle of revenge.
* ArchEnemy: Written as Arthur's, with a cycle if revenge thrown into the mix.
* {{Badass}}: Held his own against both Aquaman and the Others and has succeeded in killing ''two'' of them.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Armour designed for optimum performance both underwater and on land.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has three across hiss face from when Arthur hit him with a three-clawed hook.
* EyeBeams: Heat-based lasers, though each helmet has a limited supply.
* FreudianExcuse: Aquaman thought Black Manta killed his father, Tom Curry, when Manta attacked Arthur in order to get a sample of his blood for Dr. Shin, and Tom intervened. So, in revenge, ''Arthur'' killed ''Black Manta's'' father. It turned out Tom Curry suffered a heart attack and died in a hospital three days after the attack.
* MadeOfIron: His suit not only provides him protection from the crushing undersea depths, but allows him to fight on-par with Aquaman.
* {{Pirate}}
** RuthlessModernPirates: He's a submarine pirate and uses pretty advanced tech.
* PowerArmour: His suit allows him to breath underwater, gives him super strength and has heat vision.
* PsychoForHire: Originally, a very ruthless pirate, after the death of his father, he became this.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In ''Forever Evil'',when Ultraman moving the moon out of orbit causes rising tides to desecrate his father's grave.
* ScaryBlackMan: Even out of armour, one of the scariest normal men you'll find.
** He gets to prove it while in prison by secretly activating his helmet's heat beams and blasting a guard, strangling him with his handcuffs, then drowning him in a fountain.
* WellDoneSonGuy: A little. Once Arthur is "killed" by the Crime Syndicate in ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'', he merely takes the trident, leaves the gang of villains, and places it at his dad's grave.
* YouKilledMyFather: Aquaman killed Manta's father in a fit of revenge, thinking he was Manta.

[[folder:Ocean Master (Orm)]]


Ocean Master is Aquaman's jealous brother who wants to rule Atlantis. Originally depicted as a fully human pirate, utilising advanced technology, Orm became the son of Atlan the wizard and an Inuit woman post-Crisis, and a powerful sorcerer to boot. Whether he is human, Atlantean, or a mix varies, but one thing about Orm remains consistent: he wants the throne, and will trample anyone who gets in his way.
* {{Archenemy}}: Aquaman's original one, and a strong contender for the title to this day.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassCape: Almost always.
** BadassNormal: Pre-Crisis, when he was just a normal human being.
* BigBad: One of Aquaman's two main BigBad's.
* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Aquaman's Abel.
* CoolMask: Usually obscures his face with a mask.
* TheCorrupter: Along with Neron, blackened the souls of everyone in the Dreaming City.
* DaddyIssues: When Atlan was his father in the Post-Crisis 'verse.
* DealWithTheDevil: Cut a deal with Neron for mystical powers
* EvilOverlord: During his rule of the Dreaming City, and any time he is in control of Atlantis.
* TheEvilPrince: While he was not a literal example in the Post-Crisis world, his role as Aquaman's brother on their father, Atlan's side, meant that he was often played this way.
* EvilSorcerer: Post-Crisis. After cutting a deal with Neron he gained even further power, though at an ugly cost.
* GreenEyedMonster: He despises Arthur for taking the throne in the pre-Crisis and post-Crisis continuities.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Post-Crisis, as the son of Atlantean wizard, Atlan, and an Inuit woman.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Pre-Crisis.
* KissingCousins: Had an interest in his cousin, Kako, post-Crisis, attacking her in a jealous rage when she started sleeping with Arthur.
* LukeIAmYourFather: His relationship with Aquaman is usually kept a secret until the big reveal.
* TheMaster: His Ocean Master title is close enough.
* PowerAtAPrice: During his post-Crisis incarnation. His deal with Neron granted him more and more magical power, but scarred his face and caused him intense agony whenever he used his mystic powers.
* ProngsOfPoseidon: Like Aquaman, he favours the trident, using it as a conduit for his magical energies.
* VillainTeamUp: Frequently teamed up with Manta or the Shark.

'''New 52 Incarnation'''

Orm is a full-blooded Atlantean, maternal half-brother of Arthur, paternal half-brother to Tula and the would-be heir Atlantis. He is the son of Atlanna and Orvax, then captain of the Atlantean Guard. This version is more of an Anti-Villain, as he is depicted as a good king and he doesn't ''hate'' humans, though he does view Atlanteans as superior. After an accidental attack on Atlantis by a human-submarine, he wages war with the surface world and his brother and his [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica associates]] in the ''Throne of Atlantis'' storyline. He is defeated, and Arthur becomes king of Atlantis. He is sent to Belle Reve to await trial, but before he does attend trial, the Crime Syndicate set every inmate free, and Orm makes his way to the ocean. However, he ends up protecting a woman and her child for a while, but Xebus, the king of Xebel, finds him and tells him that the two must take their place among the Seven Kings and rule the world.
* AntiVillain: Seems to be shaping into a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type IV]], being not so much evil as reacting violently to threats directly against Atlantis. This is a first for the character.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Sure he attempted to drown a few cities, but it was in defense of Atlantis, from his perspective. He also seems to truly love his brother Arthur, a first for the character. He also became a sort of ParentalSubstitute for Erin's son Tommy, and stayed with them during the ''Forever Evil'' event.
* TheEvilPrince: Like Arthur, he is Queen Atlanna's son, and wants the throne for himself. However, he wasn't particularly evil until the ''Throne of Atlantis'' storyline, when he decided to wage war with the surface world. Even then, he's not actually evil, just reacting to an assumed threat from the surface world [[spoiler:that turns out to be Vulko's fault]].
** TheGoodKing: It is shown that he is actually this to the Atlanteans, and they do like him. The problem is he doesn't really like the surface dwellers all that much.
* TheFaceless: In his first appearance, ''Aquaman'' #14, his face is always obscured by shadows.
* FantasticRacism: This version doesn't ''hate'' surface dwellers, he pities them. That said, he ''does'' think they're objectively inferior to Atlanteans.
* GreenEyedMonster: This seems to be subverted. He seems to genuinely care for Arthur, and wouldn't mind him being king. However, eventually, he comes to think that ''he'' would be the better king, though it's still not driven by envy.
* MakingASplash: His crown controls the sea.
* PetTheDog: Protects Erin and her son Tommy from criminals released from prison by the Crime Syndicate, albeit reluctantly. ''Aquaman'' #25 reveals that he actually ended up staying with Erin.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Vulko speculates that Orm killed Atlanna in order to become king. [[spoiler: He's wrong]].
* ShockAndAwe: His trident can generate and control storms through unknown means.
* SuperStrength: All Atlanteans have this. Though Orm is quite a bit stronger than the average Atlantean.
* VillainHasAPoint: During one of his discussions with his human advocate while he is in prison, he criticizes how the death he caused during the war qualifies as murders in the eye of the government, whereas ''Atlantean'' death are completely ignored.

[[folder:Piranha Man (Charybdis)]]
The villain who caused the loss of Aquaman's hand, Charybdis was a terrorist who lost his wife, Scylla, in the same incident that gave him control over fish. He attacked Aquaman, and was mutated into a piranha/human cross in the process.
* FreudianExcuse: He was already a wanted criminal, but losing Scylla did nothing for Charybdis' sanity.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Named for a whirlpool in Greek mythology that sucked everything down.
* PiranhaProblem: Sicked a school of them on Aquaman, and resembles one himself.
* UnholyMatrimony: With Scylla.
* WesternTerrorists

An evil version of Aquaman from another dimension. He was eventually killed by Major Disaster.
* EvilTwin


A mutated Atlantean prince with blond hair and green scales, Kordax was exiled at birth, only to return later in life and make a bid for the throne. The horrors of his invasion of Atlantis, and Kordax's own unnerving appearance, sparked the legends that led the Atlanteans to see all blonds as cursed. Returning in the present day, Kordax tried to usurp the throne of Atlantis, coming into conflict with Aquaman.
* TheAntichrist: Not really, but boy do the Atlanteans think he is.
* {{Badass}}
** HandicappedBadass: Has only one hand.
* BastardBastard: Born a bastard child of incestuous rape, Kordax's parental and abandonment issues made him a bastard in every other sense by the time he was an adult.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Kordax's hand was severed in punishment for his crimes. He replaced it with a sword.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Not only is he totally evil, but he caused the Atlanteans to think anybody sharing his hair colour must be pure evil.
* ChildByRape: His father, Dardanus, raped his mother, Cora, as part of his revenge against her father. Just to heighten the squick, Dardanus and Cora were [[KissingCousins cousins]].
* TheDreaded: Still spoken of in hushed tones in Atlantis.
* DrivenToSuicide: Killed himself after being defeated by Aquaman.
* EvilIsBigger: Kordax is essentially Aquaman's EvilCounterpart, but as the villain of the piece, is considerably taller and heavier (6 feet, 6 inches, and five hundred sixty-five pounds).
* TheEvilPrince: Son of the Queen of Atlantis, he sought to destroy all it stood for.
* FamedInStory: Infamous in-story.
* FishPeople: Taken all together, Kordax's deformities make him look very reptillian or icthyoid. He's basically this trope, but with blond hair.
* {{Foil}}: To Aquaman, with their similar curses, appearances, powers, lineage, back stories, and handicaps. It verges on EvilCounterpart.
* FreudianExcuse: His ParentalAbandonment and subsequent raising by Dardanus did nothing for his personality.
* GeniusBruiser: A charismatic leader and strategist, as well as a six and a half foot tall killing machine.
* ImmuneToBullets: Thanks to his heightened durability.
* InTheBlood: His father Dardanus, and his grandfather, Shalako, were as bad or worse than he was.
* LightningBruiser: Every bit as fast and strong as Aquaman himself.
* TheMagnificent: Kordax the Destroyer.
* ManipulativeBastard: Takes advantage of Koryak's anger to turn him against his father, Aquaman.
* {{Mutant}}: Scaled and huge, weighing at over five hundred pounds, all of it muscle.
* ParentalAbandonment: Was abandoned as a child due to his grotesque appearance.
* PointyEars
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* RedRightHand: Cora viewed Kordax's deformities as proof his evil nature and abandoned him accordingly. This ultimately resulted in Kordax being raised by his father, Dardanus, and turning out to be every bit as bad as you would expect.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal
* SpikesOfVillainy: On his ShouldersOfDoom.
* SuperStrength: All Atlanteans are, but Kordax is capable of matching Aquaman himself.
* {{Telepathy}}: A pretty damn powerful one. When he psychically clashed with Aquaman, every creature in the sea was nearly driven insane due to the mental shockwaves. Fish and Atlanteans.
** Of course Kordax wouldn't care if they were mindless husks either way.

[[folder:The Thirst]]
The personification of drought, and the ideological opposite of The Waterbearer, The Thirst is an ancient attacked Aquaman after he became guardian of the Secret Sea. Taking the form of a golem made from dry river mud, The Thirst tried to drain the Seven Seas (the reservoir of human imagination), and the entirety of the world's rivers, all as part of its attempt at claiming Aquaman's soul.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Of drought.
* BadassLongcoat
* BaldOfEvil: As a golem, The Thirst is hairless.
* CainAndAbel: With his "sister" the Waterbearer.
* EvilCounterpart: To the Waterbearer.
* {{Golem}}: A golem made from dry river mud, to be precise.
* HumanoidAbomination: The Thirst is roughly human in appearance, with a head, arms and legs in all the right places.
* KilledOffForReal
* ManOfKryptonite: His ability to drain water from his victims makes him very dangerous to Aquaman.
* MeaningfulName
** NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: It's not as obvious as with some villains, but to anybody reading a comic about an aquatic auperhero, the presence of a being called "The Thirst" should instantly set off warning bells.
* {{Necromancer}}: Can resurrect those that he has slain as mindless, zombie husks slaved to his will.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* SlaveMooks: The victims he has drained and resurrected.
* VampiricDraining: Sucks the life energy and water from his victims.
* WalkingWasteland
* YourSoulIsMine: Wanted Aquaman's soul more than anything else.

[[folder:The Deep Six]]

Six minions of ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}, the Deep Six are aquatic terrorists who carry out the will of their master. Originally dispatched to battle Orion, the Six were thought to have died at his hands, but resurfaced in Aquaman, during Peter David's run. It is revealed that this new Deep Six is made up of spawns of the originals, who were raised on Earth, and are thus more attuned to its oceans then those of their homeworld. They battled Aquaman, Dolphin and Koryak, after apparently killing Koryak's mother, Kako. The Six are Gole, Jaffar, Kurin, Shaligo, Slig, and Trok.
* AnAxeToGrind: Trok wields an axe on a leather thong, which he whirls about.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Shaligo.
* BodyHorror: Slig and Jaffar can rearrange a person's features with a touch, with Jaffar at one point removing Dolphin's face completely.
* CoolHelmet: Slig, Gole, Kurin and Trok each wear one.
* CoolMask: Gole's helmet, which includes a mask that completely covers his face.
* TheCorrupter: Try to corrupt Kako after her transmutation into a fire elemental, by allowing their spawn to feed on her.
* DualWielding: Gole's sai.
* FishPeople: All six have a serious ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' vibe going for them.
* GenerationXerox: It is revealed that whenever one of the Six dies, they are replaced by one of their identical spawn.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Shaligo's wings are very evil--batlike, razor sharp, and used as weapons.
* ItsPersonal: Koryak and Arthur take their "murder" of Kako, and Jaffar's disfigurement of Dolphin very seriously.
* KnifeNut: Gole dual wields twin sai.
* TheLeader: Slig seems to be first among equals.
* MadArtist: Jaffar, who considers the mutations he causes in others to be artistry.
* ProngsOfPoseidon: Favoured by Kurin, who uses a short-handled trident singlehandedly.
* PsychoForHire: All six of them clearly enjoy their work.
* PunnyName
* QuirkyMinibossSquad
* SuperStrength: All of the six are stronger then your average human, and are capable of taking punches from the likes of Aquaman.


[[folder:Eochaid Bres]]

The sister of Nuada Silverhand, Bres launched a coup against her sister, gaining control of Thierna Na Oge for herself. A manipulative schemer, she came into conflict with Aquaman as well, when the latter arrived in Thierna Na Oge, hunting for Ocean Master. She was eventually deposed by Nuada, and post-Crisis, died when she allied herself with an alien force that sought to invade Atlantis.
* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Nuada's Abel.
* DistaffCounterpart: As the jealous younger sibling who schemes to seize the throne for herself, she Thierna Na Oge's answer to Ocean Master.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* KilledOffForReal: Killed by Nuada post-Crisis when she leads an alien attack on Thierna Na Oge.
* ManipulativeBastard: Convinced the ruling council of eleven that Nuada was unfit to be monarch and that the gods favoured her own ascension.
* {{Narcissist}}: Bres almost never stops bragging about how great she is.
* PublicDomainCharacter: She and Nuada are named for (male) characters from Celtic myth.
* SmugSnake: Very full of herself.
* SorcerousOverlord
* VainSorceress: Arrogant, convinced of her own supremacy, and a capable mage.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Post-Crisis. If you hadn't read her original appearance, Bres seems to come out of nowhere right at the start of ''Aquaman #21'' and then dies at the end of the issue.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair


!Characters From the Past


The brother of King Orin I of Atlantis, Shalako was a sorcerer who grew jealous of his brother's position and power. Leading a group of exiles to live in Tritonis, Shalako manipulated events to transform them into fishlike merpeople. When it was revealed that this mutation was his own fault, his people ultimately killed him.
* {{Bishonen}}
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* CainAndAbel: With Orin I. This is a theme in Atlantean history; there is a prophecy that two brothers will always war for control of Atlantis.
* DealWithTheDevil: Made a deal with dark gods in exchange for powers after he was forsaken by the goddess of the sky.
* EvilSorcerer
* {{Expy}}: He's essentially a better looking Ocean Master. Given that he is supposed to be the originator of the prophecy about the brothers warring over rulership of Atlantis, and Ocean Master is a part of that prophecy, this is justified.
* FaceHeelTurn: At one point he and his brother were genuinely close. Then the fall of Atlantis happened and it all went downhill from there.
* GreenEyedMonster: Towards Orin I, whose throne he sought after.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Speared to death by the people of Tritonis.
* MakingASplash: One of his mystic powers enabled him to form hard water weapons.
* OffingTheOffspring: His ghost kills his son, Dardanus, after the latter kills Orin I.
* {{Pride}}: His great sin. Shalako could not accept that anybody, including his own brother, might be better at something then he was.
* ReligionOfEvil: Believed in dark gods and human sacrifice, ultimately killing his own wife on the sacrificial altar.



The son of Shalako, and the father of Kordax, Dardanus initially seemed like he would turn out to be one of the heroes. Having witnessed his father sacrificing his mother, Dardanus turned on Shalako, revealing to the people of Tritonis that it was Shalako, and not King Orin I of Poseidonis who was to blame for their mutated condition. Resurfacing as an adult, Dardanus proved himself every bit as bad as his father. He raped Princess Cora, impregnating her with Kordax. He later found Kordax after his abandonment, and raised him to be a weapon, eventually using his son as a pawn in a gambit to seize control of Atlantis.
* BlatantLies: Tells the people of Tritonis that their condition is Orin I's fault, despite he himself having revealed to them years ago that it was Shalako's.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* {{Ephebophile}}: Cora was fourteen when Dardanus raped her.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Dardanus' love for his mother would seem to have been his only redeeming trait.
* InTheBack: Stabs King Orin I in the back during a pause in their duel.
* InTheBlood: Would seem to have inherited Shalako's egoism and cruelty, which he then passed on to his own son, Kordax.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Dardanus needed the world to orbit him. Nothing, not even his own child, mattered to him beyond his own position and power.
* KarmicDeath: Slain by the ghost of his father, Shalako.
* ManipulativeBastard: Manipulated his own son, Kordax, into becoming a weapon, and played the people of Tritonis for fools.
* {{Narcissist}}: Dardanus' every action was dedicated to his own advancement, and his egoism and sense of self-worth knew no bounds. Convinced the world revolved around him, and seeing almost everyone as a potential pawn, he was a textbook narcissist.
* {{Patricide}}: Not directly, but by telling the people of Tritonis that it was Shalako who caused their mutations he ensured his father's death.
* RapeAsDrama: Raped Cora and impregnated her with Kordax.
* SmugSnake


[[folder:The Dead King/Atlan]]

The architect, builder, and very first king of Atlantis, in the New 52. However, along with giving life to Atlantis, [[spoiler: he also was the one to destroy it. He is also not Aquaman's ancestor. In fact, Aquaman descended from Atlan's brother, Orin, who killed his family and usurped the throne of Atlantis.]]

* AnIcePerson
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:His brother, Orin betrayed Atlan and killed his family and servants to take hold of the throne.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Physically strong enough to contend with Aquaman. Along with being the lead designer of the building of Atlantis, as well as having arcane knowledge which he used to forge the seven artifacts.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:When his family was murdered]]
* {{Egopolis}}: Atlantis is this to him.
* FaceHeelTurn
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Even Vulko admits Atlan was a great hero while Aquaman's ancestors were the villains.]]
* MagicStaff: His scepter, which can control the Trench, [[spoiler:who are later revealed to be descended from the Atlanteans. Aquaman believes the scepter does not control them; instead, the Trench have a primal instinct that causes them to obey whoever holds the staff because of their shared ancestry with the Atlanteans.]]
* RoyallyScrewedUp: After being woken by Aquaman's telepathy and re-taking the throne, Atlan enslaves any Arthur loyalists while he attempts to regain rule over the seven seas.
* TheGoodKing: He was this in the past. Not so much in the present.
* TheParagonAlwaysRebels: He was betrayed by his followers but the trope still stands.
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:Originally, Atlan was a wise and just king who believed that there could be peace between all species. His brother Orin and his advisers, however, were warmongers who betrayed Atlan and killed his family. Outraged, Atlan killed Orin and his wife and started a civil war. Using the scepter, Atlan sunk Atlantis.]]