* [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9RTYbMZFtMI/VTTxZFz8VUI/AAAAAAAKrUo/ShBmAvikPcA/s1600/p2_220%2Bcopy.jpg Aquaman stopping]] an army's actions simply by arriving on the battlefield with one of his own. Don't even think about picking a fight with the king indeed.
** During the JLA Mageddon event, [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C4nXuW0HwjY/VTTwa4BweVI/AAAAAAAKrLo/httaCLhVxvA/s1600/p2_156%2Bcopy.jpg he single-handedly]] pacifies his own people driven to violence by the Warbringer, then mobilizes the Atlantean military to forcibly stop the global conflict until the various Heads of State are convinced to call a cease-fire.
* ''DC vs. Marvel'', and literally dropping a whale on Namor.
* In ComicBook/JLAAvengers, Aquaman "beats" ComicBook/SheHulk by remembering that he just has to retrieve 1 of the 10 magical artifacts to win (and then does it), which is quite amazing on its own. But the real moment of Awesome comes when Superman is being beaten by She-Hulk, ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules, [[ChromeChampion Vision]] and [[ProjectedMan Wonder Man]], only to be saved by AQUAMAN! ([[HeartIsAnAwesomePower and some random giant sea dragon]])
* During the New 52 run of ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' comics, Aquaman pulled a maneuver similar to Batman during pre-flashpoint continuity. Remember how the caped crusader singlehandedly took down a quadrio of [[SuperpowerLottery all but unstoppable, shapeshifting space conquerors]]? Well in the DCnU's Justice League comics, Arthur did him one better when the league and all of earth came under attack by a MadGod from old Krypton backed by [[BadassArmy legions of]] [[PhysicalGod Kal-El's own people]] brought with him [[TrickedOutTime from the past]] to conquer the earth after its mightiest heroes thwarted his initial attempts. Aquaman; armed with the Trident of Poseidon, was beset by an [[EliteMook army of kryptonians]] who talked down to him for his gods having abandoned him. How does he respond? by reciting a legend of his homeland and about how his trident [[BadassBoast makes him]] [[BlasphemousBoast god of the seas]] by calling up an [[GiantWallOfWateryDoom army of his own, cast in sea foam horses]].
* There's also his WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague incarnation, who cut off his own hand to save his son, and his ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' incarnation, who is a walking CrowningMomentOfAwesome in a universe that already runs on RuleOfCool.
* During ''Comicbook/BrightestDay'', Aquaman is tasked with finding the new Aqualad, Jackson Hyde, before he is captured by Siren and Black Manta. Black Manta finds him first and is about to kill him adoptive father.
-->'''Black Manta''': He is not your father. He is nothing more than another man I've killed.
-->(He shoots some sort of wrist harpoon at Jackson's dad's face, and just as the object is half an inch from his face, fucking AQUAMAN catches it and breaks it with one hand.)
-->'''Black Manta''': Aquaman.
-->'''Aquaman''': Manta.
* Black Manta's rise to power after [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt having dispatched the old guard]] and taking the reigns of command when negotiations had all but fallen through. Manta sums up his [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning displayed badassery]] in but a few words:
-->'''Black Jack''': Oh my god. What have you done?
-->'''Black Manta''': The king is dead, Black Jack.\\
[[YouAreInCommandNow Long Live The King]]. Any Questions?
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PRJnLBva3w "King of the seas, remember?"]]
** Combined with a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny CMoF]] as the villain Downpour attacks Aquaman... [[TooDumbToLive with water]]. He simply raises an eyebrow, says the line, then bitch slaps Downpour.
* One of the absolute best, though, is one in which he isn't even present: at the end of Creator/PattonOswalt's ''Justice League: Welcome to the Working Week'', the BigBad, despite having just been beaten, is gloating that it nevertheless took the entire Justice League to do so. The BigBad then laments, "I'm saddened... your Sea King isn't here". The response is "[[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_bdVR-JIDi2g/R_BOSTnSALI/AAAAAAAAGD8/dVxvZJ9707g/s1600-h/you-tell-him-kid-1.jpeg You're lucky our Sea King isn't here!]]", because if he had been, the beating would have been that much worse...
* Near the end of PAD's run, Triton has killed Poseidon and is kicking the crap out of Aquaman and friends. Aquaman lets Triton kill him, so he can get to the afterlife. Once there, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu he decks Charon]], rallies the dead who couldn't afford boat-fare, jacks the ferry man's boat [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/Nc7tTaoVknRz8CTq3sZd6jepwNYXbEi4n5eTPDMGHme-B9Ma9N0qggFd0MMUXSq62He21fiHolN-=s0 and runs him over with it]], storms the literal Gates of Hell and pulls off one of Cerberus' heads tossing it through the front door, marches right up to Pluto barters to take Poseidon back with him, ultimately convincing the lord of Hades with a very solid BatmanGambit. On his way out, with Poseidon in tow, Cerberus is back and Aquaman has just one word for the titanic guardian of the underworld [[LikeABadassOutOfHell as he and the sea god make their way]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome back to life]]: [[spoiler: [[OneLiner "Stay."]] ]]
* Kind of meta, but in [[http://www.newsarama.com/comics/january-2012-comic-book-sales-charts-120203.html January 2012 Aquaman was the number ten bestseller, higher than every non-DC book published that month.]]
* In the first issue of Aquaman since the relaunch, writer Geoff Johns ''destroys'' the Aquaman jokes and misconceptions throughout. This includes a group of bank robbers laughing at him when he pops in to save the day and try to run him over with a van only to get flipped over with his trident, smashed onto the road, ending with one of them tossed into a police car windshield after shooting him. When Aquaman leaves, the cops who initially pined about aquaman's worth outside the water with no fish around to summon for help joking about how they're going to get made fun of for being "upstaged by Aquaman".
** In the same issue, Aquaman is just trying to get some fish and chips (yes, really), only to be harassed by a blogger. From the blogger, we learn that Aquaman is constantly thought of as the Super Friends version in-universe, and therefore largely thought of as a joke. The blogger questions Aquaman's ability to speak with fish (they aren't smart enough to speak, he just telepathically "pushes" them), what he does for money (treasure he finds at the bottom of the sea), and, best of all, how it feels to be "nobody's favorite superhero", to which Aquaman just grabs his trident in response.
*** Even cooler still is that in later issues The whole, "nobody's favorite superhero" bit gets overturned after saving a little boy's mom from becoming food for the trench, then he walks up to him and openly says; "your my favorite superhero". Arthur simply gives a quaint smile before he and Mera leap off home. [[UngratefulBastard one cop]] still doesn't like him though.
** Mera gets her fair share of the bad rap in the aquaman is useless stigma also but is [[HairTriggerTemper far less patient]] than Arthur is about any of it. For instance while searching for some dog food a sleazy store clerk who tried to feel her up, ended up with a broken arm and this was before two cops and a paramedic; whom [[{{Jerkass}} he laughed]] at for being frightened (with good reason) of Aquawoman, came onto the scene. After that she ''waterbends'' they're pistols out of they're hands after asking nicely for the duo to drop their sidearms after they so rudely pointed them her way.
*** Continuing on when she feigned surrender to arrest when hearing a murderous domestic abuser escaped police custody after killing his wife over the radio; only to confront the killer at his own house having his daughter at gunpoint. Said derelict also jeered snide remarks at her boasting of having all the cards while Mera was too far inland to be a threat to him, how does she respond? Nearly mummifying the guy via slow, crippling dehydration of his bodily liquids only to stop when the pleading hostage begged her too as he was still her father, Mera simply groaned stating she didn't get any of these people before hulk jumping away like a boss.
* The New 52's ''Justice League #6'' - Aquaman stabbing freakin' {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} in the ''[[EyeScream freakin' eye]]'' with his trident!
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', Aquaman is confronted by Captain Super (evil!Captain Marvel) and warned by Batman to "be careful. They're stronger than you are." His response, in classic, LargeHam, 60s fashion? "That remains to be seen!" He then ''bitchslaps'' Captain Super across the Watchtower and through a parked jet.
* ''Aquaman #7'': [[spoiler: The return of Black Manta.]]
* Whether you're an enemy or a friend, Aquaman demands respect. [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_super/10/109662/2661633-aquavsuper1.jpg And yes]], [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4ZCidDMkxY0/UwnqxpW1fcI/AAAAAAAAn9g/Jm0GNOjR7Q0/s1600/p16_4.jpg that includes Superman]] [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5c2qkuGd708/UwnqybykAqI/AAAAAAAAn9o/qDrP65rqG1M/s1600/p16_5.jpg as well as Wonder Woman]].
* The citizens of Atlantis and the creatures of the sea respect, fear, and love Aquaman more than they do Poseidon. Freaking ''Poseidon''!
* ''Everything'' [[ShockAndAwe Orm]] [[MakingASplash does]] in part three of ''Throne of Atlantis'' (''Justice League #16'').
* It's bittersweet, but after the ''Throne of Atlantis'' story arc, instead of seeing Aquaman as a joke in universe, the populace is now ''scared'' of him.
** Highlighted again during the ''Warhead'' story arc in DCRebirth, afterhaving to contend with the titular named [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot psionic military cyborg]]. He got a psychic flash through him about how fearful the world might be of him.
* Silver Age!Aquaman made a hospital to help injured fish.
* Justice League Tower of Babel. The entire League, aside from Batman, is hit with tricks and death traps by Ra's Al Ghul that he stole plans for from Batman and modified to be more lethal. In Aquaman's case, he's hit with a version of Scarecrow's fear gas that causes him to fear water, meaning he would eventually die from staying out of it. But he manages to power through and overcome the fear, and then goes on to rescue the rest of the Justice League (minus Superman was only hit with Red Kryponite that drove him away from Earth till it wore off).
* Aquaman tricking an insane Hercules into trying to drown him. When he gets dunked under the water, his injuries immediately heal, and Arthur's smarmy [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11112/111124701/3779946-aquaman+%2330+-+page+14.jpg smirk]] says it all. He then proceeds to punch Hercules ''across'' the island and into the ocean, then beat him into unconsciousness. Freaking Hercules!
* The final story of the Sub Diego arc just before the post-ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis time skip. Black Manta tries to take advantage of the destruction of Atlantis to loot and wreak havoc, but encounters Aquaman. They fight, Aquaman manages to gain the upper hand, then sends a school of sharks and other ocean predators to swarm Manta, leaving him to his fate.
* In the pre ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis Justice League story "Crisis of Conscience," Despero is having a brutal fight with the Martian Manhunter, free-falling from space to the coast of San Diego. Just as Despero is about to kill J'onn, a makeshift steel spear pierces his shoulder. It's [[BigDamnHeroes Aquaman]], who proceeds to start wailing on Despero, tackling him into the ocean and commanding the sea life to "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Make. Him. Bleed.]]"
* In the rising in popularity '''Rebirth''' titles of Aquaman, the title character gains an impressive leap in cool points backed by an impressive following. In universe Atlantis is recognized as a world power and Arthur himself a force to be reckoned with, while still very much feared if little more than respected by the masses of the world at large. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Many of his new fanbase]] after his resolution of the near WWIII crisis staged by [[TheIlluminati N.E.M.O]] fondly dub themselves his [[FanNickname Aquafans]].
** Manta likewise TookALevelInBadass going from a singular if incredibly deadly menace to any lasting hopes for peace Aquaman had. To [[KlingonPromotion offing the leader]] of said aforementioned OneWorldOrder making himself head honcho of [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness all its vast resources along with its deep seated ties and connections to the world powers]] when they tried to recruit him as an operative. [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority All but singlehandedly commandeering a faceless cabal as old as human history]] making himself a world superpower in his own right, HistoricalVillainUpgrade indeed; or as Arthur Curry puts it.
--> Manta is one of the most dangerous and capable men I have ever known.\\
And N.E.M.O's advanced technology has advanced him to an alpha level Threat. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis A Threat To The Entire Planet]].