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->''"Hes one of Marvel's oldest characters and, boy, can he never support his own book."''
-->-- '''[[http://mondomagazine.net/2007/random-comics-of-the-week-pvp-and-sub-mariner/ Miles Baker]]'''

'''Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner''' is a Creator/MarvelComics character. He's an aquatic, [[FlyingBrick superstrong]] AntiHero who rules the Franchise/MarvelUniverse's version of {{Atlantis}}. He should not be confused with a "submariner" which is a person who crews submarines. (Though he has fought some of those!)

Namor first appeared in ''"Motion Picture Funnies Weekly''" #1 (April, 1939), created by Bill Everett. The magazine was a one-shot publication by Funnies Inc. The character was then offered to publisher Martin Goodman, who was about to launch his first comic book magazine. Namor made his second appearance in ''"Marvel Comics''" #1 (October, 1939), the very first publication of [[MarvelComics Timely Comics]]. He quickly became one of the most popular characters in Timely's stable.

The character has had occasional billing as "Marvel's First Mutant" (although in the chronology of the 616 timeline the title is just as often given to Apocalypse, who also isn't the first mutant). Namor [=McKenzie=] is a HalfHumanHybrid, the son of American ship captain Leonard [=McKenzie=] and Princess Fen of Atlantis; however since this romance was forbidden by her people, Fen had to raise Namor (who was born with pink skin, unlike the normally blue-skinned Atlanteans) away from the surface world.

Given to self-righteous rages, Namor attacked New York City, blaming humans for damage that Atlantis had suffered. This led to [[LetsYouAndHimFight the first comic book superhero battle]] between him and the Human Torch. Fortunately, Namor had a weakness for beautiful, noble women. FairCop Betty Dean convinced him to halt his attacks. In addition, he eventually realized that it was the Nazis who were the true menace and ended up joining a team (The Invaders, which included both the Human Torch and CaptainAmerica, among others) in order to battle them. This group would be renamed the ''All-Winners Squad'' after the war. (Note that this is a {{Retcon}}; the AWS did have their own short-lived series in 1946, but it was writer Roy Thomas in the [[TheSeventies 1970s]] who established that they had been The Invaders previously; they did star in their own series then.) He had a companion in his cousin, [[DistaffCounterpart Namora]].

Namor had his own magazine ''"Sub-Mariner Comics''" which lasted for 32 issues (Fall, 1941-June, 1949), and also appeared regularly in various anthologies. But by 1949 the character was defunct. The character was revived a few years later in the pages of ''"Young Men''" #24-28 (December, 1953-June, 1954), and ''"Sub-Mariner Comics''" #33-42 (April, 1954 - October, 1955). Most of the stories were again written and drawn by Bill Everett. Who managed to update Namor, Namora, and Betty Dean for the new decade. Everett also created tales exploring Namor's childhood and teenage years. But once this run was over, Namor became another fond memory for older readers.

Namor returned during TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks in ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #4 (May, 1962), after a chance meeting with the (new) Human Torch awakened his memories (lost after an enemy with mental powers erased them; he ended up as a homeless man for decades, apparently he ages very slowly.) Namor then ended up once again in a villainous role, though (once again) a beautiful woman (The Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four) convinced him to change his mind. Namor soon got his own series again, where he mostly had [[AtlantisIsBoring adventures under the sea]]. He fell in love with an Atlantean named Lady Dorma, though she eventually was killed. (Part of this series was adapted in animated form in the [[WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes Marvel Super Heroes]] TV show.) He also became a founding member of ComicBook/TheDefenders and met Namora's daughter, Namorita (of the NewWarriors.)

In the [[TheNineties 1990s]], Sub-Mariner again had his own comic book series by writer/artist JohnByrne, who reinvented Namor as a shrewd businessman after establishing that his rages were caused by an imbalance of oxygen in his blood that could be treated. Namor bought a surface company called Oracle using treasures rescued from the sea. This series lasted for 62 issues (April, 1990-May, 1995). Since then the character mostly appears in team books and the occasional mini-series.

Even today, Namor continues to vacillate between hero and villain; for example he has been a member of both The Illuminati (a conspiracy of Marvel heroes) and later, their EvilCounterpart (evil''er'', to [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk some]]), [[ComicBook/DarkReign The Cabal]]. He has recently started embracing his mutant heritage, becoming first a part of the "Dark" X-Men and then the X-Men proper.

He received another ongoing, ''Namor: The First Mutant'', which seems to have been quietly cancelled in favor of a [[Comicbook/FearItself Fear Itself]] tie in starring some of the classic ComicBook/TheDefenders cast and at least one of their legacies, followed by a new ComicBook/TheDefenders ongoing which debuted in the winter of 2011. He was a key part of ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' as one of the "Phoenix Five" and later goes on to join the casts of Comicbook/NewAvengers and [[Comicbook/TheInvaders All-New Invaders]].

In ''Sub-Mariner: The Depths'', he terrorizes a rescue team looking for a lost group of explorers. Said explorers had been looking for Atlantis. [[NightmareFuel Until they found Namor.]]

As a result of legal issues, the character has been stated to be ExiledFromContinuity in the MarvelCinematicUniverse. So don't expect to see him showing up in an ''[[Film/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' sequel anytime soon.

!!Tropes associated with the character:
'''Namor [=McKenzie=] / Sub-Mariner'''

A part-mutant and part Atlantean who joined the X-Men when he betrayed Norman Osborn and the Dark X-Men.

* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Namor used to have the ability to mimic any aquatic life, fitting him into this trope. That is no longer the case since the power has been long forgotten.
* AntiHero / AntiVillain: Type III to V DependingOnTheWriter -- Retconned as a chemically induced fictional mood imbalance (bipolar disorder doesn't work like that) during Byrne's run on Namor's own book. He is a member of the Illuminati (a council of powerful heroes which includes Professor X, Iron Man, Reed Richards, and Doctor Strange) and the Cabal (its villainous counterpart). He claims he doesn't see the difference.
* ApparentlyHumanMerfolk: Aside from pointed ears (and the wings on his feet that grant him flight) he looks fairly close to human, as unlike full-blooded Atlantians his skin is not blue.
** The non-canon ''Sub-Mariner: The Depths'' series gives him a terrifying design overhaul, with inhumanly pale skin and piercing BlackEyesOfEvil.
* AtlantisIsBoring: So much so that Marvel went out of their way in one of his previous miniseries to have him spend nearly the entire story AWAY from Atlantis, and ended the series blowing it up and moving his people to [[SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Latveria]] of ''all'' places. Although Atlantis was recovering... [[TheyKilledKenny until]] ComicBook/FearItself, which dealt a serious blow to Namor's self-confidence.
* CanonWelding: For MarvelComics, started with the Namor/Human Torch battle.
* CaptainErsatz: Some might call him one of DCComics' Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, but Namor came first by a few years. Meanwhile [[BlackAdam Black Adam's]] characterization has often been compared to Namor's. As have his looks in recent years. Adam was rather less attractive originally, but now they practically look like twins.
* CatchAndReturn: Namor once caught Ares' axe and embedded it in Iron Man's armor on the return throw.
* CatchPhrase: "Imperius Rex!" It [[RuleOfCool sure sounds cool]]. Namor's saying he's top dog, pretty much. Imperius is power, empire, while rex means king. Stan Lee did his homework.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Especially when he's on the villain's side. During Comicbook/DarkReign, after finding himself allied with Namor again, DrDoom resurrected General Attuma, in secret, to send him against Namor in case of his betrayal, as too often their past alliances ended with Namor switching sides in a middle of the battle.
* DatingCatwoman
** Had a brief relationship with Emma Frost while she was with the Hellfire Club. This is a RetCon written after her HeelFaceTurn (and set between his FaceHeelTurn and his HeelFaceTurn -- in other words, they were both villains when it happened and both heroes when it "came to light").
** A better example might be his romantic tension with Sue Storm/Richards of the ComicBook/FantasticFour back when he was a villain.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Namor used to have powers based on sea creatures like the puffer fish and the electric eel. The power to control and redirect electricity is the only artifact left over from this period.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Namor may be willing to bed [[ExtremeOmnisexual almost anything with a pulse]] and hit on a married woman, but he shoots down Hope's flirtations because she is underage.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: One of Namor's most effective tactics underwater is to trap his opponent in a whirlpool until he or she runs out of air.
* EvilChancellor[=/=]TheUsurper: Longtime Namor antagonist Warlord Krang, who recently returned from limbo as a member of Joe Casey's [[ComicBook/TheDefenders 'Last' Defenders]] team and during the pages of Namor's last solo attempted ANOTHER coup for control of Atlantis [[spoiler: only at the end for both to enter into a EnemyMine situation. ]]
* ExtremeOmnisexual: As of [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/30f70c203894c36853256fe8036488d1/tumblr_mpxkvo1tVe1ryp10so1_1280.jpg this incident]] Namor has officially been upgraded from ReallyGetsAround to this trope.
-->'''Hope''': Ick ick ick!
-->'''Namor''': You are only showing your parochialism and prejudice. There are many forms of beauty. She is the dignified queen of a noble people. [[ThirdPersonPerson Namor]] is nothing if not cosmopolitan in his tastes.
* FairCop: Betty Dean, his GoldenAge love interest.
* FantasticRacism: In his youth he was a pariah in Atlantis due to, being, well, white - where normal Atlanteans are blue. They called him "pale crab." He's happy to note that they don't do that anymore, but the Blue Marvel thinks they just don't do it to his ''face''.
* FireForgedFriends
** When he first met the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, shortly after Hulk's falling out with the original [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]], they fought to a draw and then decided to team up against all humanity for a minute. Though they've both obviously stepped back from that goal, they've remained loyal friends ever since. (Namor was the only one to object to the Illuminati's plan to send Hulk into space. And warned them that it was [[WhatAnIdiot an incredibly stupid idea]] that would [[WorldWarHulk inevitably backfire]].)
** With Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch. The two had their famous battles, but they later fought side-by-side in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in the Invaders. Namor later referred to Hammond as someone he respects (and for a guy like Namor, that's quite a compliment).
** Namor met the Blue Marvel after mistaking him for another invader from the surface world. The two engaged in a fierce struggle, and emerged as close friends.
* FishPeople: Imperius Fish!
** But technically, Namor is too human-looking to qualify as a true Fish Person.
* {{Flight}}: He has small, fin-like wings on his ankles (echoing the mythological example of the [[ClassicalMythology Greco-Roman god]] Hermes/Mercury). These work equally well to propel him through air and water.
* FlightStrengthHeart: Namor has super strength, can fly, breathe both air and water, can charge his body with electricity, has telepathic control over undersea life... and at one time could puff himself up like a puffer fish.
* FlyingBrick: Namor's power set. Or most of it, at least.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: His other power set.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Among the general Marvel hero establishment. In ''All-New Invaders,'' even Captain America admits that if the vast majority of superheroes heard that Namor was being held prisoner by the Kree, they would say the Kree can keep him. The exception is the Invaders themselves, whom Namor fought alongside in the war.
* TheGoodKing: Namor loves Atlantis and will do anything to protect it. Those who try to harm his city or his people [[BerserkButton will deeply regret that decision]].
* TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks
* GracefulInTheirElement: Not that he's clumsy on land, but he's better in the water. On land he can give the Hulk a good fight. In water he would ''win''.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Attacked by two Sentinels, Namor tore off one of the robot's arms and used it to smash its companion to bits.
* HairTriggerTemper: Just ''try'' and talk to him without setting him off. It'll be funny.
* HamToHamCombat: Put him in a room with DoctorDoom or {{Magneto}} and watch the ham fly.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
* HeroInsurance: Thanks to his membership in The Defenders.
* HotBlooded
* ImmuneToBullets
* {{Jerkass}}: He occasionally has his genuine non self-serving PetTheDog moments, but those are very, very rare. On most occasions, his "nice" moments are just ploys to butter people up into giving him what he wants, and he's generally one of the biggest douchebags in the entire MU.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: One notable example is an issue of ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' in which Reed Richards had returned [[DeathIsCheap after it was believed he was dead]] and found that Namor and Susan Richards had shared a kiss. Furious, Reed attacked and Namor purposefully [[ThrowingTheFight lost the fight]] and pretended to be knocked unconscious so that Reed would feel better and regain his confidence. For a guy as proud as Namor, that was really sweet.
** And note that being a jerkass made him one of the very first comic book superheroes to actually have a ''personality''.
* KickTheDog: During ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' he sank Wakanda. While he could be excused for that, because he was possessed by the Phoenix Force at that time, his unwillingness to apologize to ComicBook/BlackPanther during ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' was really a dickish move. After Wakanda retaliated with an equally devastating attack on Atlantis, Namor really crossed the line by willingly allying himself with Thanos' forces in order to strike Wakanda even harder than before.
* KissingCousins: With Namora. They almost married in ''ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas''.
** His late wife Lady Dorma was also apparently a cousin. And Namora's daughter Namorita did at one point hope to have this with Namor when she was younger, but eventually got over her crush. Atlanteans obviously don't have a cousin incest taboo.
* KryptoniteFactor: If he's separated from water for too long, he loses much of his strength. He also needs open air from time to time, due to his mixed parentage.
* LargeHam
* LaserGuidedKarma: During ''ComicBook/FearItself'', Namor was robbed of his confidence, giving him a bit of payback for seventy years of being a jackass.
* LightningBruiser: Strong enough to slug it out with some of Marvel's heaviest hitters, not to mention terrifyingly fast.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Well known for his pursuit of the married Susan Richards. Which other than his late wife is probably his longest relationship.
* [[spoiler:MamasBabyPapasMaybe: In the 2012 ''[[ComicBook/TheDefenders Defenders]]'' run, a childhood memory of his mother hiding a picture of herself, Leonard [=McKenzie=] and Captain Nemo from him, along with the discovery of a copy of the picture within the sunken Nautilus, brought up the question if [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]] might be Namor's father. Not that Namor could care at this stage of his life.]]
* MercurysWings: Ankle wings are a characteristic of Atlanteans. They work equally well in the water or air.
* MobileFishbowl: Namor can breathe on dry land, but he's a mutant. The other denizens of Atlanta have to wear water bowls when they're above the surface.
* MonsterModesty: A few examples.
** [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the artist]], the blue-skinned Atlanteans will often wear very little. Armored swimsuits and loincloths are common.
** Marrina, a green-skinned fish girl, was married to Namor for a time and is a rare female example.
** Looking at his pointy ears and the wings on his ankles, Namor is obviously not fully human. Taking this into account along with his desire to prance around in green speedos, he fits this trope.
** He averts the trope in ''{{Marvels}}'', where he wears ''nothing at all'', even when fighting the Nazis.
* {{Mutants}}: Being a HalfHumanHybrid, Namor is considered one even among most of the Atlantean people. He's a somewhat different type of mutant than the others in the Marvel Universe (as he's an Atlantean mutant rather than a human mutant; his human half is 100% "normal"), but that's usually not considered important. At one point he was lodging with the ComicBook/XMen on their new artificial island.
* OffingTheOffspring: To be fair, the offspring in question was a long lost and unknown bad seed that tried to kill him and drive Atlantis to war.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Namor was born in the 1920's, teamed up with Captain America during World War II, and still looks like a man in the prime of his life. Justified due to his half-Atlantean physiology.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: He is part-mutant, part-Atlantean. Pure-blood Antlanteans are also humanoid but have blue skin.
* PointyEars
* {{Pride}}: Oh so very much.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* SociopathicHero
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: DependingOnTheWriter Namor has the ability to telepathically communicate with several different forms of sea life.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Is most well known [[WalkingShirtlessScene for wearing basically a green speedo and not much else]]. In ''{{Marvels}}'', he wears ''[[FullFrontalAssault nothing]]''. [[EvenTheGuysWantHim He has the body to get away with it.]]
* SuperReflexes
* SuperStrength: One of the handful of people who can get into a fistfight with ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk and survive.
* SuperheroSobriquets: Namor is also occasionally known as "The Avenging Son of Atlantis". His name ''means'' "avenging son".
* ThematicRoguesGallery: Most of Namor's enemies are related to the ocean in some form or another.
* ThirdPersonPerson
* TongueTrauma: Namor ripped out Venom II's tongue after a scuffle, stating that Gargan should talk less while trying to take on somebody out of his league.
* UnderwearOfPower: Scaly! Though it makes sense for a swimming character to prefer garments that lie close to the body and don't interfere with the legs.
* UnstoppableRage: A ''lot'', but if you really want to see it in full force, refer to any time he runs into Llyra, who killed his first wife and was responsible for the death of his father.
* UrExample: Of a lot of things, really, but mostly of the comic book FlyingBrick (Superman predates him in publication, but Namor had the power set before Superman did), of the comic book AntiHero, of the comic book AntiVillain... the list goes on.
* VillainousWidowsPeak: For a given definition of "villainous", but he sure sports a distinctive one.
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and BuckyBarnes have been written this way in recent years. They're mutually antagonistic, but the fact that they fought together during WWII gives them a great deal of tolerance for each others' less than stellar qualities. Bucky muses at one point that there's nothing like an old friend, and people like Namor tend to have nothing ''but'' old friends.
* WarriorPrince: Namor was doing this back when he was still only a Prince (and he's still generally referred to as such, despite being the King of Atlantis). This is, almost without exception, the cause of any perceived villainy in his publishing history: it's all either in the name of protecting or avenging Atlantis.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Most of the time, all he really wants is a blonde and/or cleaner oceans. No matter what he's after, however, he'll always be a total dick about it.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: No matter how many times one betrays the other, Namor and DoctorDoom usually will always find themselves back in each other's good graces down the line. No one is sure why, because they're both smart enough that they really should know better than to trust each other, ever. It's pretty well-established that Namor is one of the few people that Doom genuinely ''likes''. What's a little betrayal between friends? By now, they probably take it as given. One could even argue that it is a mutual dislike for a certain Mr. Fantastic.
* WorthyOpponent: As much of an asshole as he is, Namor respects people who can either give him a run for his money or who are just doggedly persistent despite being hopelessly outmatched, as was the case with Daredevil.
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