Characters: Aquaman

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

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    Aquaman I/Dweller in the Depths (King Orin/Arthur Curry) 

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 Infinite Crisis 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 Blackest Night, he was brought back as Aquaman thanks to the White Entity.
  • Abel: To Orm, the Ocean Master.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His hand was eaten by piranhas.
  • Apparently Human Merfolk
  • 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.
    • Badass Beard: Grew his beard out in his Darker and Edgier phase along with losing his hand to piranhas and getting a Hook Hand.
    • Badass Boast: 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!"
  • Barbarian Longhair: To go with his Badass Beard.
  • Bash Brothers: With Martian Manhunter
  • Battle Couple: With Mera.
  • Berserk Button: 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.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Post-Crisis, he's given the name "Arthur Curry" from his adoptive human father.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Constantly. Aquaman throws down with Gods and Lovecraftian Horrors on the reg. He apparently has a yearly pact with Etrigan to drive down a very Cthulhu-like beast down to its home.
  • Disability Superpower: His grappling-hook hand and, later, his magical water hand.
  • Fights Like a Normal: He used to, until his writers started rigging the Superpower Lottery in his favor.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Well, all seafood, anyway.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Was the son of the Atlantean Atlanna and lighthouse keeper Tom Curry in the Silver Age. This was retconned back into continuity when Orin came back in Blackest Night.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: During the events of the "Flashpoint" continuity, when put into an arranged marriage to Wonder Woman, it's implied that he already loved Mera more, marrying her very quickly after the arranged marriage fell through.
  • Heroic Bastard: In Post-Crisis continuity, he was the bastard son of Atlanna and the wizard Atlan. This was later retconned back to his Silver Age origin after Infinite Crisis.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Martian Manhunter, due to their kinship as outsiders.
  • Hook Hand: See Disability Superpower.
  • Hour of Power: He could only stay out of water for only one hour in the Silver Age.
  • In a Single Bound: 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 Incredible Hulk-like jumps.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: 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.
  • Lightning Bruiser: 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.
  • Making a Splash: Occasionally.
    • Elemental Shapeshifter: on the rare happenings when aquaman gained water abilities, he also became a embodiment of the oceans themselves.
  • Mentor: To Arthur Joseph Curry, the second Aquaman.
    • To both Aqualads too.
  • Papa Wolf: 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.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Favors a trident. In his time he wielded both the mystical tridents of Poseidon Greek God of the sea and Neptune Roman God of Oceans, both of which like they're namesakes gave Aquaman access to vast meta-mystical powers affording him control over the waters and the storms they equate.
  • Raised by Wolves: Porm, the dolphin who acted as a surrogate mother to Aquaman.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Required Secondary Powers: Due to adapting to living at the bottom of the sea, he's got Super Strength and Super Toughness when out of the water. It's enough to combat Superman with, who has those two as primary powers.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is the King of Atlantis.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal
  • 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 Up to Eleven 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.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Has crossed into this realm here and there. He's still easily the most brutal member of the League even on his best days.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: 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.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: after having been exiled from his kingdom by a runaway pretender posing as his wife, Arthur underwent a rather profound change both in appearance and demeanor. One reminiscent to the days of his old appearance back in the new Earth Days when he had a hook hand.
  • 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.
    • TookALevelInBadass: After he ousted his brother from the throne and ended a war between two worlds before it began, he's quickly established himself as a competent leader and monarchical figure to both peoples of the world, both respected and greatly feared by the surface world at large as a whole. And the hit points just keep on, CLIMBING
  • Badass Beard: Grew one in the last stretch of the Death of a King storyline after six months unconscious. Mera makes him shave it though.
  • Barbarian Hero: Played With. His new appearance in the Bunn Mc Carthy run of the comic certainly has traits showcasing a real He-Man or Conan type style scheme, it's even somewhat reminiscent to his old Peter David outlook.
  • Battle Couple: Usually fights alongside Mera. Used to be this with Y'Wara of the Others.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Son of the Atlantean Atlanna and the human Tom Curry.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Has been with Mera for a long time.
  • Heroic Bastard: Son of Atlanna and Tom Curry when they were unwed.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Ever still with even the New 52's Martian Manhunter, proven when he responded to a telepathic distress beacon sent out by one of J'onn's many scattered sub-selves.
  • In a Single Bound: His preferred method of getting around on land.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Has a very fast reaction time, and is faster than humans, especially in the water.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: 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 dense hide, something not even Superman could do.
    • Absurd Cutting Power: Like the description suggests.
    • Anti-Magic: Capable of penetrating otherworldly obstructions and defenses with ease.
    • Applied Phlebotinum: Like the actual seven relics, the trident was made from Rare, all but impossible to recreate; enchanted gold crafted by an Atlantean alchemist.
    • Staff of Authority: He, whosoever wields the trident; if they be received. Shall possess soverign right over the seven seas. It acts as a symbol of Monarchy among atlantean culture.
  • Replacement Goldfish: After going into hiding during the Thule incursion crisis when his Supposed wife Mera Dumped him in favor of a secure Atlantis. Arthur acquired a new artifact from the sea god Poseidon himself which gives him power over the storm and the oceans, all to help him combat the threat of an old Atlantis while fighting off the current regimes attack squads. The Relic of an old Monarch has countless properties to it many of which have yet to be seen.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: 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.
  • Super Power Lottery: As a result of his mixed genes, he has certain benefits.
    • Healing Factor: 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.
    • Nigh Invulnerable: Can take high calibre bullets and only get a minor cut and take hits from torpedos, Wonder Woman, and even an insane 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. He has an immeasurable tolerance to heat as well considering he blitzed the Dead King into an open lava vent and came out unscathed while Atlan himself and the scepter he once wielded melted into slag.
    • Super Strength: On par with Wonder Woman, and just below Superman.
    • Making a Splash: Recently he has even show inklings of his Previous' if albeit augmented connection to The Clear; enabling him not only protection from, but also limited control over the poison of Thule's Dark magics bleeding into the DCU reality.
    • 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 and outer dimensions.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: 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.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: 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.
  • Troubled, but Cute: In high school, he was always brooding. Didn't stop the ladies, however.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: That Atlantean Scale armour tends to come off a lot.
  • You Killed My Father: 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.

    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 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.

    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.

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.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Her default look.
  • Action Girl: Her much more preferred way off handling things is to beat them into submission.
  • Badass Princess: Her father trained her to kill Arthur. She didn't, but the training was pretty effective.
  • Battle Couple: Most of Arthur's fights during Geoff Johns' had Mera alongside him.
  • Bash Sisters: With Tula.
  • Berserk Button: Mocking her husband or not respecting her personal space.
  • Damsel in Distress: Turns out there is an impostor on the throne currently running Atlantis in her place while she's a prisoner of the Thule turns out it is a fellow Xebelian and worse still She's Family.
  • Fiery Redhead: One of her defining traits, which usually get her into trouble.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: 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.
  • Making a Splash: 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.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Was sent by her father to kill Arthur and while she's not royalty in Atlantis, she's almost.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Xebelian traits (which is probably also why Tula. Who had the same look, was recoloured).
  • Unstoppable Rage: 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.

    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 Teen Titans 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 Blackest Night by the Black Lantern of his former girlfriend Tula.

    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.

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.
  • Action Girl: The most effective fighter in the Atlantean guard shown.
  • Badass Abnormal: Tula lacks Mera's hydrokinesis and Arthur's brute strength, but still has a degree of Super Strength, being an Atlantean, and can still kick serious ass.
  • Bash Sisters: To Mera, during Jeff Parker's run.
  • Depending on the Artist: 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.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: 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.
  • The Smurfette Principle: 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.
  • Super Strength: 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.

    Aqualad II (Kaldur'ahm/Jackson Hyde) 

    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.

Supporting cast

    Nuidis Vulko 
  • Flat Earth Atheist: He's an Atlantean who doesn't believe in curses or other superstitious. He often argues against them, but no one listens to him.
  • The Good Chancellor: Post-Crisis, after freeing them from the prison and taking the throne, Aquaman appointed him his regent. He was briefly king.

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.
  • 0% Approval Rating: After it's discovered he was 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.
  • Big Bad: Of Throne of Atlantis, being the cause behind the events of the event.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Dr. Shin, Arthur's previous mentor.
  • The Good Chancellor: Averted. His actions come off more as him wanting his position back than anything else.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How he justifies his 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: 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 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 she faked her own death.



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.


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.

    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.
  • Action Girl: Pre and Post-Crisis alike.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost her arm when Bres tried to feed her to a monster.
  • Cain and Abel: With her sister Bres, resulting in the latter's death during the post-Crisis timeline.
  • Distaff Counterpart: 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.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Averted for once. Nuada is a very good queen, and a staunch ally to Aquaman.
  • Hot Witch: A very powerful, and very attractive, sorceress.
  • Lady of War
  • Meta Guy: When Aquaman and Nuada meet in the Post-Crisis world, she hints that she still remembers their meeting during the pre-Crisis timeline.
  • Public Domain Character: She and Bres are named after a pair of (male) characters in Celtic mythology.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Seers: Nuada can see the past and future, and even timelines that no longer exist.
  • She Is the King: The ruling monarch of Thierna Na Oge is commonly referred to as "King" regardless of their gender.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

    Tom Curry 

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.
  • Death by Origin Story: His death, combined with Dr. Shin outing him, starts Arthur on his path to discovering his heritage and becoming Aquaman.
  • Good Parent: Made sure his son learned the value of responsibility, and tried his hardest to make sure Arthur was kept safe.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: He completely lacked understanding of Arthur's abilities and had to ask his friend, Stephen Shin, to help Arthur.
  • Papa Wolf: When Dr. Shin planned on outing Arthur, Tom went to his lab and wrecked the place, along with every scrap of evidence.
  • Rescue Romance: The rescued with Atlanna.

    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.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Needless to say. He was even the lonely kind of nerd.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Started out a reluctant ally up but eventually became a straight-up ally.
  • It's All About Me: 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.
  • The Mentor: Taught Arthur how to control his powers.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: 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.
  • My Greatest Failure: Causing Arthur to run away from home.
  • Only Sane Man: 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.
  • Anti-Hero: 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.
  • Betty and Veronica: 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.
  • Bi the Way: It is implied she and Arthur had something between them in the past. Though it was revealed she was in love with Kahina.
  • Does Not Like Shoes
  • Jungle Princess
  • Telepathy: She uses hers with animals. Though she does seem to be able to make contact with Arthur since he too is a telepath.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: The Globe of Transportation that she wears around her neck can allow her to teleport anywhere she wants.

    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.
  • Barrier Warrior: His manacles allow him to create force fields.
  • Death Seeker: 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.
  • I See Dead People: The souls of his deceased war comrades speak to him.
  • Latino Is Brown: He is Hispanic.
  • Necromancer: He can take on the abilities of his dead comrades such as sharpshooting.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: 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.


    Black Manta (David) 

Black Manta is Aquaman's arch enemy. A sociopathic Psycho for Hire and pirate who's dedicated his life to ruining Aquaman's. Dressed in a combination scuba suit and Power Armour, Black Manta's most infamous act was undoubtedly killing Aquaman's son.
  • Arch-Enemy: One of the top contenders for the title, alongside Ocean Master.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Jackson Hyde.
  • Badass: Anyone who makes a living out of fighting Aquaman is this.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Big Bad: He's usually this when he appears in an Aquaman story. If not he's a Psycho for Hire Dragon.
  • Breakout Villain: 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.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "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."
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Designed for optimum performance both underwater and on land. In a more literal similarity with the Trope Namer, the laser blasts from his helmet are a close analogue to Superman's heat vision.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Cool Helmet: His visual trademark. It allows him to breathe underwater and can shoot the Eye Beams mentioned below.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Neron turned him into a manta-man in Underworld Unleashed.
  • Eye Beams: His signature weapon. They're usually heat-based laser blasts.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • He has two vague 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.
  • Lack of Empathy: More or less goes without saying once you're dealing with somebody as sociopathic as Manta.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: To Aqualad II.
  • Made of Iron: 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.
  • Malcolm Xerox: 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.
  • Mysterious Past: 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...
  • No Name Given: His full name has never been given.
  • Pirate
  • Power Armour: His suit verges on this at times.
  • Psycho for Hire: Often found working in the employ of others, for the chance to hurt some people.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker
  • Scary Black Man: 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.
  • Shock and Awe
  • The Strategist
  • The Sociopath
  • Suddenly Ethnicity: Noted noted under "Malcolm Xerox", Black Manta was revealed African-Americans in 1977, ten years after he appeared.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Wally West does so in JLA #68, just to get Black Manta's Eye Beams on his face.
  • Would Hurt a Child: 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.
  • Arch-Enemy: 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.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Armour designed for optimum performance both underwater and on land.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has three across hiss face from when Arthur hit him with a three-clawed hook.
  • Eye Beams: Heat-based lasers, though each helmet has a limited supply.
  • Freudian Excuse: 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.
  • Made of Iron: His suit not only provides him protection from the crushing undersea depths, but allows him to fight on-par with Aquaman.
  • Pirate
  • Power Armour: His suit allows him to breath underwater, gives him super strength and has heat vision.
  • Psycho for Hire: Originally, a very ruthless pirate, after the death of his father, he became this.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Forever Evil,when Ultraman moving the moon out of orbit causes rising tides to desecrate his father's grave.
  • Scary Black Man: 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.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A little. Once Arthur is "killed" by the Crime Syndicate in Forever Evil, he merely takes the trident, leaves the gang of villains, and places it at his dad's grave.
  • You Killed My Father: Aquaman killed Manta's father in a fit of revenge, thinking he was Manta.

    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
  • Big Bad: One of Aquaman's two main Big Bad's.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Aquaman's Abel.
  • Cool Mask: Usually obscures his face with a mask.
  • The Corrupter: Along with Neron, blackened the souls of everyone in the Dreaming City.
  • Daddy Issues: When Atlan was his father in the Post-Crisis 'verse.
  • Deal with the Devil: Cut a deal with Neron for mystical powers
  • Evil Overlord: During his rule of the Dreaming City, and any time he is in control of Atlantis.
  • The Evil Prince: 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.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Post-Crisis. After cutting a deal with Neron he gained even further power, though at an ugly cost.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He despises Arthur for taking the throne in the pre-Crisis and post-Crisis continuities.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Post-Crisis, as the son of Atlantean wizard, Atlan, and an Inuit woman.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Pre-Crisis.
  • Kissing Cousins: Had an interest in his cousin, Kako, post-Crisis, attacking her in a jealous rage when she started sleeping with Arthur.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: His relationship with Aquaman is usually kept a secret until the big reveal.
  • The Master: His Ocean Master title is close enough.
  • Power at a Price: 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.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Like Aquaman, he favours the trident, using it as a conduit for his magical energies.
  • Villain Team-Up: 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 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.
  • Anti-Villain: Seems to be shaping into a Type IV, being not so much evil as reacting violently to threats directly against Atlantis. This is a first for the character.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: 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 Parental Substitute for Erin's son Tommy, and stayed with them during the Forever Evil event.
  • The Evil Prince: 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 that turns out to be Vulko's fault.
    • The Good King: 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.
  • The Faceless: In his first appearance, Aquaman #14, his face is always obscured by shadows.
  • Fantastic Racism: This version doesn't hate surface dwellers, he pities them. That said, he does think they're objectively inferior to Atlanteans.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: 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.
  • Making a Splash: His crown controls the sea.
  • Pet the Dog: 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.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Vulko speculates that Orm killed Atlanna in order to become king. He's wrong.
  • Shock and Awe: His trident can generate and control storms through unknown means.
  • Super Strength: All Atlanteans have this. Though Orm is quite a bit stronger than the average Atlantean.
  • Villain Has a Point: 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.

    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.

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


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.
  • The Antichrist: Not really, but boy do the Atlanteans think he is.
  • Badass
  • Bastard Bastard: 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.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Kordax's hand was severed in punishment for his crimes. He replaced it with a sword.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Not only is he totally evil, but he caused the Atlanteans to think anybody sharing his hair colour must be pure evil.
  • Child by Rape: His father, Dardanus, raped his mother, Cora, as part of his revenge against her father. Just to heighten the squick, Dardanus and Cora were cousins.
  • The Dreaded: Still spoken of in hushed tones in Atlantis.
  • Driven to Suicide: Killed himself after being defeated by Aquaman.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Kordax is essentially Aquaman's Evil Counterpart, but as the villain of the piece, is considerably taller and heavier (6 feet, 6 inches, and five hundred sixty-five pounds).
  • The Evil Prince: Son of the Queen of Atlantis, he sought to destroy all it stood for.
  • Famed In-Story: Infamous in-story.
  • Fish People: 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 Evil Counterpart.
  • Freudian Excuse: His Parental Abandonment and subsequent raising by Dardanus did nothing for his personality.
  • Genius Bruiser: A charismatic leader and strategist, as well as a six and a half foot tall killing machine.
  • Immune to Bullets: Thanks to his heightened durability.
  • In the Blood: His father Dardanus, and his grandfather, Shalako, were as bad or worse than he was.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Every bit as fast and strong as Aquaman himself.
  • The Magnificent: Kordax the Destroyer.
  • Manipulative Bastard: 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.
  • Parental Abandonment: Was abandoned as a child due to his grotesque appearance.
  • Pointy Ears
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Red Right Hand: 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.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal
  • Spikes of Villainy: On his Shoulders of Doom.
  • Super Strength: 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.

    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.

    The Deep Six 

Six minions of 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.

    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.

    Hila (Siren) 

Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis incarnations

During her pre-crisis days, Hila was little more than a rambunctious albeit vicious troublemaker and eponymous pain in the ass for her Gemini; Mera.

Renown in their family as the black sheep of the lot, she would often cause all kinds of havoc anywhere she went, more often than at Mera's expense since they look identical. Being the bad girl she was Hila eventually fell in with a bad boy sorcerer and long time enemy of Aquaman by the name of Kandor, both of whom were exiled from their native home dimension Aqua for past crimes and together the two conspired against Aquaman and her Sister in a bid for power. But both suffered a change of heart in the following events and redeemed themselves.

In the Post-Crisis continuity after the anti-monitors rampage and events detailing the Brightest day ongoing, Hila is one amongst a colony vicious inmates from the Prison Dimension of Xebel which was located within The Bermuda Triangle. The White Entity undid the seal that bound her and fellow exiles in their concentration reality to test Arthur by letting them unleash terror upon the world and it's unsuspecting masses as well as kill the current monarch of Atlantis as revenge for her people.
  • Making a Splash: Like her sister and with all Xebel prisoners, Hila has incredibly potent aquakinetic shifting capabilities.
    • The Ace: Also like her sibling yet unlike other aquamancers she uses a more advanced form of water shifting powers. Ones which don't rely upon the waterbearers like those of Jackson Hyde or her fellow criminals.
  • Evil Brunette Twin: Physically the two are practically adjacent to one another, and Siren is the younger of the two no less.
  • Heel-Face Turn: In her pre-crisis days hila had initially taken the place of Mera to better earn Aquaman's trust. But after seeing just how much the kingdom and it's monarch truly loved her, she had a change of heart.
  • Fantastic Racism: Like most if not all Xebelians Hila is an incredibly perspicuous Speciest towards Atlanteans, half-breeds and especially surface dwellers due to her prison home upbringing. The former of which because the ruling power of Atlantis's life imprisonment sentence and the latter of whom is due to right wing bigoted supremacy thinking the world and everything spawned from the sea belongs to her people.

New 52 Incarnation

In current run Hila is the demented twin sibling of Aquaman's wife Mera and a resident of Xebel. Sometime in her life She ran with The Thule in order to reclaim the seven seas and as an eventual milestone; the world they belonged too by encroaching their dimension into earths own. To this end Hila's natural capabilities had been augmented by their potent dark magics to better infiltrate Arthur's throne and Impersonate Mera, ruling in Arthur's place after after casting him out as a conspirator against the kingdom.

  • Ax-Crazy: Can't help but take note of the precocious slasher smile she got when she was bleeding Arthur dry after laying him. Or the numerous times her eyes shot wide open while comparing herself to Mera with him in the sack.
  • Bed Trick: After Arthur comes to reconcile with who he believed to be his wife, only for the doppelganger to reveal her true colors to him as a jest.
  • Evil Twin: To her more mellow sibling.
  • Making a Splash: She was outfitted with water crafting abilities by her benefactors rivaling those of her sister.

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.
  • Bishōnen
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Cain and Abel: With Orin I. This is a theme in Atlantean history; there is a prophecy that two brothers will always war for control of Atlantis.
  • Deal with the Devil: Made a deal with dark gods in exchange for powers after he was forsaken by the goddess of the sky.
  • Evil Sorcerer
  • 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.
  • Face-Heel Turn: At one point he and his brother were genuinely close. Then the fall of Atlantis happened and it all went downhill from there.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Orin I, whose throne he sought after.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Speared to death by the people of Tritonis.
  • Making a Splash: One of his mystic powers enabled him to form hard water weapons.
  • Offing the Offspring: 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.
  • Religion of Evil: 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.
  • Blatant Lies: 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.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Ephebophile: Cora was fourteen when Dardanus raped her.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Dardanus' love for his mother would seem to have been his only redeeming trait.
  • In the Back: Stabs King Orin I in the back during a pause in their duel.
  • In the Blood: Would seem to have inherited Shalako's egoism and cruelty, which he then passed on to his own son, Kordax.
  • It's All About Me: Dardanus needed the world to orbit him. Nothing, not even his own child, mattered to him beyond his own position and power.
  • Karmic Death: Slain by the ghost of his father, Shalako.
  • Manipulative Bastard: 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.
  • Rape as Drama: Raped Cora and impregnated her with Kordax.
  • Smug Snake

    The Dead King/Atlan 

The architect, builder, and very first king of Atlantis, in the New 52. However, along with giving life to Atlantis, 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.

  • An Ice Person
  • Cain and Abel: His brother, Orin betrayed Atlan and killed his family and servants to take hold of the throne.
  • Genius Bruiser: 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.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When his family was murdered
  • Egopolis: Atlantis is this to him.
  • Face-Heel Turn
  • Fallen Hero: Even Vulko admits Atlan was a great hero while Aquaman's ancestors were the villains.
  • Magic Staff: His scepter, which can control the Trench, 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.
  • Royally Screwed Up: 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.
  • The Good King: He was this in the past. Not so much in the present.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: He was betrayed by his followers but the trope still stands.
  • Start of Darkness: 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.