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Arthur Curry / Aquaman

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"I am the protector of the deep."
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"A strong man is strongest alone, never heard that?"
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Species: Human-Atlantean hybrid

Citizenship: American / Atlantean

Affiliation(s): Justice League, Atlantis (Royal Family)

Played by: Jason Momoa, Kekoa Kekumano (age 16), Otis Dhanji (age 13), Kaan Guldur (age 9), Tainui & Tamor Kirkwood (age 3)

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Dubbed by: Enrique Cervantes (Latin-American Spanish), Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese/adult), Ayumu Murase (Japanese/young), Xavier Fagnon (European French), Louis-Philippe Dandenault (Canadian French), Duda Ribeiro (Brazilian Portuguese)

Film appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Justice League | Aquaman | Zack Snyder's Justice League | Aquaman sequel

Other appearances: Justice League - Mercedes-Benz Presents | Aquaman: Undertow | The Adventures of Aquaman & Mera

"I'm no leader. I came 'cause I had no choice. I came to save my home and the people that I love."

Arthur Curry is the crown prince of Atlantis and protector of the oceans. He was born from an Atlantean royalty mother, Queen Atlanna, and a human father, lighthouse keeper Thomas Curry.

He grew up away from Atlantis, and although he trained with his Atlantean mentor Nuidis Vulko, he resented his heritage from there, preferring to help a remote and poor human village in Iceland and remain under the radar. Then Steppenwolf's second invasion of Earth and a lecture by the Xebellian princess Mera changed his mind.

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After joining the Justice League and repelling said invasion, he set out to claim his royal heritage to protect both the kingdoms of the Seven Seas and the human world from the folly of his half-brother Orm. He found the legendary trident of King Atlan that grants tremendous powers over the ocean, defeated Orm and became the new king of Atlantis.


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  • Achilles' Heel: Steel weapons from the surface world cannot hurt him, but Atlantean steel weapons can, as he finds out when fighting Black Manta.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde in the comics and most media. Here, it's blonde and dark brown to accommodate the Race Lift.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Aquaman's Atlantean name, Orin, from the comics and other media has been Adapted Out for this incarnation of the character with him only going by his given name of Arthur or his codename. When he becomes King of Atlantis, he's announced as King Arthur, keeping the name his father gave him.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Much like in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, this Aquaman is more of a Boisterous Bruiser.
  • Age Lift: In the comics, Arthur is around his mid-20s when he becomes Aquaman and helps form the League. Here, he's a founding member of the League when he's in his early-to-mid 30s.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Most Atlanteans shun him because he's the son of their disgraced queen and a human, considering him a mongrel "half-breed". Arthur returns the favor by resenting them for ordering his mom's execution because of their Blue-and-Orange Morality.
  • Amazon Chaser:
    • When accidentally sitting on Diana's Lasso of Truth, he goes off on a tangent about how "gorgeous, fierce, and strong" he thinks she is.
    • Mera is also gorgeous and fierce.
  • Apparently Human Merfolk: There's very little to visually distinguish him from a human apart from the fact that he can breathe in water and move there faster than a human ever could.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a very deep, powerful voice.
  • Badass Beard: He sports a beard based on his "barbarian phase" in the comic books, and surely has the badassery to match.
  • Barbarian Longhair: He's got long and dark hair with streaks of blond.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Defied. Arthur was very much enthusiastic when he found out he had a little brother and hoped to meet him one day to assure to him that he wasn't alone. Much to his disappointment, Orm turned out to be quite a dick.
  • Blood Knight: Arthur shows quite the enjoyment when fighting along with his several thrill seeking antics where he is shown having a blast when you up against powerful foes.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's quite hilariously gung-ho and devil-may-care when kicking ass in the Final Battle of Justice League, and tends to shout "YEEEHAA!" when jumping from heights, most often in battle.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: During the trek through the Sahara Desert to find an Atlantean outpost, Arthur acts like a mouthy goofball over every little thing while Mera can only roll her eyes at his childish nature.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": His belt buckle's symbol is shaped like an "A", as in "Aquaman". It appears to be a symbol associated with ancient Atlantis - Mera's belt buckle is the same shape, as is the point on the lower end of the Spear of Atlan.
  • Brutal Honesty: Forcibly invoked when he sits on Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: David Kane/Black Manta considers Aquaman to be his arch-nemesis, but Aquaman sees him as little more than another bad guy to beat up, at least until he gets upgrades courtesy of Orm.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: He refuses to come with Mera to Atlantis to reclaim the throne initially. Then a tsunami caused by Orm hits his birth city and almost kills his father, and changes his mind.
  • Cain and Abel: Aquaman and Ocean Master are half brothers and they come to blows. Interestingly, they can both be seen as "Abels" because both of them are loyal sons to their respective fathers and work for the good of their own home/culture.
  • Character Development: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League shows him as something as a loner, not working as a hero and mostly helping out those in need in seaside cities and towns. When Bruce comes to see him, he isn't overally impressed and it is only after a What the Hell, Hero? by Mera that Arthur starts his path into becoming a greater hero by helping Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Cyborg into defeating Steppenwolf. This continues into Aquaman where he is now much more confident as a superhero, becoming a "celebrity" in the process, and after Mera finds him yet again and both go after a trident that could help turn the tide against Arthur's brother Orm's war against surface dwellers, Arthur has fully become what he has meant to be.
  • Character Tics: Hitting the ground with the back-end of his trident.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Of Atlantis and human civilization, which is lampshaded several times in his namesake movie.
  • The Chosen One:Zig-Zagged a bit in the movie. While it was prophesied that a king would emerge to use Atlan's trident and unite the kingdoms, it doesn't specifically mention who it would be or the details surrounding their identity. Arthur just happened to fit the criteria of being able to use the trident and command the sea. If Orm hadn't decided to start conquering the other ocean kingdoms and start a war with the surface, Arthur would have never had any reason to claim his birthright given his disdain for Atlantis. He eventually becomes a king who will unite the surviving kingdoms of the seas in peace, unlike Orm, who submits other kingdoms through threats or war.
  • Combat Pragmatist: During the battle on the fishing boat he kills a pair of Trenchers with a harpoon and stabs another in both eyes before tossing it overboard.
  • Composite Character: Seems to incorporate elements of both the "hook and beard" era of Aquaman, and his New 52 incarnation. There's also a few OUTRAGEOUS! characteristics pertaining to his Batman: The Brave and the Bold counterpart, given how gung-ho he is in the fights against Parademons. There’s even some nods to his Super Friends incarnation.
  • Costume Evolution:
    • The suit he dons in Justice League is an Atlantean battle armor, the same kind that was worn by the unnamed Atlantean king during the first battle against Steppenwolf in ancient times. What he did of that suit after the Justice League defeated Steppenwolf is unknown.
    • He dons a gladiator-like armor when challenging Orm in a duel for the throne of Atlantis.
    • He eventually dons a royal Atlantean suit, a golden top and green pants suit that's the closest to the comics. It was later shown in Aquaman that much of it was King Atlan's long lost armor, which Arthur finds still being worn by the remains of Atlan that still hold onto the Trident.
  • Create Your Own Villain: While David Kane was certainly no angel, what with being a murderous pirate and scavenger, it was Arthur's decision to let Kane's father die while Kane begged him for help that caused him to devote his life to enacting revenge on Arthur, and becoming Black Manta.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Has very pale (almost white) eyes that are heavily contrasted against his swarthy features. Undersea footage in Batman v Superman shows they're also bioluminescent, like those of many deep-water creatures.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Played With, Arthur comes off as kind of a buffoon at first but he's far from an idiot and is actually a very competent fighter.
  • Cultured Badass: Thanks to his father, he's well-versed in ancient history, and can identify major Roman figures by their statues.
    • He's also quite the linguist, knowing at least five different languages, including Icelandic and Russian. Or at least he knows enough to get by.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Dressed like a bat. I dig it."
  • Death Glare: He's got quite the "Don't piss me off!" expression on his face when Bruce Wayne meets him for the first time, but mellows out considerably afterwards.
  • Defrosting Ice King:
    • He's got a perma-Death Glare and exhibits Good Is Not Nice behavior when we first meet Bruce Wayne, but loosens up after joining the Justice League.
    • When meeting some of his fans in a bar, he acts a bit put out at first, but eventually starts partying enthusiastically with them.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • In Man of Steel. While not making a physical appearance on screen, rumor has it those whales showing up and helping Clark ashore after saving rig workers from an exploding oil platform was his handiwork.
    • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He's seen on archive footage emerging from a boat wreckage and destroying an underwater drone before propelling himself in the water the same way Superman takes off in the sky.
    • In The Stinger of Suicide Squad, his file and photo appear in the documents Amanda Waller hands to Bruce Wayne as they conclude their deal.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • In his first appearance, he's seen destroying an underwater drone.
    • Another testament would be the rumor surrounding Man of Steel. Word of God says a precariously convenient pod of whales just happened by while Kal was adrift in the ocean, near crude intoxicated waters no less, now who could've been behind that?
    • The first thing he is seen doing in adulthood in Aquaman is the rescue of a Russian submarine that's being hijacked by Jesse Kane's gang of Submarine Pirates.
  • Foil: For Wonder Woman. Diana grew up royalty in a society long forgotten by the world and believed to be an ancient Greek myth, then came to the outside world where she pretends to be an ordinary person. She came into the modern world full of idealism and learns that people aren't as perfect as she always thought. Arthur was raised in the normal world as the son of a lighthouse keeper then became royalty in a society long forgotten by the world and believed to be an ancient Greek myth. He started out with nothing but contempt for Atlantis and its people, but eventually came to stop hating them.

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  • Genius Bruiser: Arthur does possess a wealth of knowledge pertaining to (at the very least) Mediterranean history and he has working knowledge of at least four foreign languages.
  • The Ghost: Word of God implies that he was the one who sent the whales to rescue Clark in Man of Steel, but he does not appear in the film.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom:
    • His eyes light up when he's trawling the ocean depths.
    • As a child, his eyes were also glowing when he started communicating with sea life.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He helps a downtrodden Icelandic coastal town enough to earn a reputation as a kind stranger who brings fish when the tide sets in... and yet is more than willing to slam Bruce Wayne up against a wall when slighted. Likewise, after saving a fisherman whose boat got wrecked by Parademons, he simply drops him on a bar table without caring any further.
    • In Aquaman he has no problem leaving David Kane and his father trapped behind to drown (he later does realize that not showing David and his father mercy resulted in him making himself a new dangerous enemy).
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-Atlantean. He is the son of Thomas Curry, a human lighthouse operator, and Atlanna, a fugitive Atlantean queen.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Most people (including Batman) find talking to fish a rather weak power. Arthur shows otherwise as he is able to command all forms of life in the water, ranging from sharks, whales to the Trench and even the Karathen once he gets King Atlan's trident.
  • Heavyworlder: His strength and durability come from the fact that he and his fellow Atlanteans acquired this power from the scientific incident that sunk Atlantis.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Parodied. When being trained as a boy Arthur asks if he can get a sword instead of his mother's trident. Vulko tells him that the trident is the traditional weapon of Atlantean royalty, so that's what he's getting, period.
  • Heroic Bastard: His brother Orm never fails to remind him that he was conceived out of wedlock and almost acts as if that's Arthur's own fault.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his gruff exterior, he reveals insecurities about living between two worlds and never fully embracing who he can be. Of course he reveals this while sitting on the Lasso of Truth.
    • His movies shows that although he thinks with his fists first, Arthur is also fluent in several languages, some rather esoteric (English, Atlantean, Russian, Italian and Icelandic, at a bare minimum) and that he's knowledgeable in history, easily recognizing statues of Roman historical figures and what they did in life.
    • He also has some knowledge of marine biology as befitted a person who spends most of his time underwater: this comes in handy when he realizes that the creatures of the Trench, having lived in the dark trenches on the ocean floor, would be very sensitive to light, and so he carries multiple flares with him as he and Mera travel to the ocean floor, using the flares to keep the swarm of Trench people away.
  • Hybrid Power: He's notably stronger than any of the pure blooded Atlanteans when they're unarmored. He's capable of one v one-ing 3 highly skilled and armored soldiers. After he's captured it takes six other Atlanteans to hold his chains, and they are struggling the entire time. Orm seems to be closer to him in strength, but is a challenge more for his skill at underwater combat than being able to match his brother in raw strength.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: Inverted. His mother is from Atlantis and his father is a human.
  • Hunk: Between the weathered tan, rugged beard and chiseled physique, he checks every box for this.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Wasn't introduced in the DCEU until its second film entry.
  • Idiot Hero: Admits this midway through his movie; he's used to just beating down his problems with his fists, and that's why he kept getting his ass kicked. Character Development ensues, and he starts thinking and listening to Mera more, becoming a far more effective hero.
  • Immune to Bullets: Against Manta's pirates, he took an assault rifle bullet without harm which surprised both Aquaman and the pirate. After that Arthur still stuck with using the steel hatch he tore off as a shield. Also, while bullets don't do serious damage to him, full auto fire seems to cause him enough pain to stagger him (as seen when he fights Black Manta for the first time), so he can't No-Sell machinegun fire in the same way Superman can.
  • In a Single Bound: His strength extends to his legs, allowing him to leap incredible distances.
  • I Work Alone: His initial attitude when approached by Batman. He even quotes a saying to that effect, which Bruce actually points out means the opposite of what Arthur believes it means. He eventually grows out of it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Arthur is a gruff and cynical loner who initially refuses Bruce's offer to join the League, yet he still dedicates his life to the fishing village because he believes no one else would help them. As he joins the heroes, he acts like a Sour Supporter, though he genuinely admires the other members' idealism.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Arthur leaves Jesse Kane to die when he could have easily saved him, even ignoring his son's begging for his life. But Arthur wasn't feeling particularly charitable for murderous pirates that day.
  • Large and in Charge: He's the ruler of Atlantis and stands at an imposing 6"4.
  • Leitmotif: "Arthur". It has regal horns over synths and guitars, and basically embodies everything every Aquaman has ever been.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's huge, very strong and he moves with surprising speed. This trope really comes into play when he's underwater when he can move at incredible speeds and hit like a truck.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Noble heritage notwithstanding, Arthur is a blunt-and-boisterous beer-guzzling jock who is prone to raucous-laughter and vulgar-humor, making him a liability at a Duchess' party but the star of any pub crawl.
  • Making a Splash: His weapon from Justice League grants him some powers over water, such as stopping a flood long enough for the rest of the League to escape the tunnels after Steppenwolf trapped them there.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after King Arthur, another legendary king with a special destiny. Coincidentally he was given it during the arrival of Hurricane Arthur, another unstoppable maritime force.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He goes topless quite a bit, due to being a swimmer.
  • Nature Hero: Self-describes himself as "Protector of the Deep" when his reign as king of Atlantis starts.
  • The Nicknamer: Quite a creative mind when it comes to it too. Called Vulko "Cobra Kai" and Mera "Fight Club" (specifically when she threatened to hit him in the Sahara)
  • Not in This for Your Revolution:
    • He pulls this early in Justice League. Batman tries to get him to help defend the Earth, if not for all Earth than at least the villagers who he helps out in secret. Aquaman simply shrugs this aside. When Batman points out the environmental impact of Steppenwolf's armies, Arthur says that if the world was covered in ocean, it wouldn't be so bad for him.
    • In Aquaman, he doesn't really care about Atlantis at first. He's going up against Orm because Orm and Atlantis are a threat to his home and father. It's only later that he accepts his duty to Atlantis as well.
  • Olympic Swimmer: Water is the natural element of Atlanteans, and nobody knows that better than Aquaman. He can swim way faster than humans and even propel himself underwater like Superman does in the air, with no visible effort.
  • Omniglot: He can speak English, Icelandic, Italian, Atlantean and Russian.
  • Outside Ride: He climbs on the Batmobile for a ride during the Final Battle in Justice League.
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  • Pay Evil unto Evil: After they hijacked a submarine and killed parts of its crew, Arthur had no problems whatsoever with leaving Jesse and David Kane behind to drown. He would have let them both escape, but when Jesse shoots at him, he pins him underneath a torpedo and ignores his son's pleas for help.
  • Photographic Memory: He is able to remember everything in his life, from the knowledge of Roman history to advice he got from Mera before a mind-numbing kiss.
  • Prodigal Hero: He avoided returning to Atlantis for quite some time, until the day Steppenwolf showed up. Then Mera actively pushed him to reclaim the throne.
  • Prongs of Poseidon:
    • He inherited the five-prongs weapon he is seen using in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League from his mother, Queen Atlanna. Batman jokes about it being a "pitchfork". It gets wrecked by Orm during their duel for the throne in Aquaman.
    • In Aquaman, he becomes the wielder of the legendary trident forged by King Atlan. It grants tremendous powers over the seas to its wielder — most prominently, he can command the sea life with it. In a reversal of the duel in which his mother's trident was broken, that new trident ends up breaking Orm's own weapon.
  • Properly Paranoid: He destroys drones that get too close to him and slams Batman against a wall when he starts prying. Given how poorly people have reacted to metahumans in some of the movies, his desire to keep his own existence a secret is entirely reasonable. Then he dropped this after Justice League, as his existence is now public knowledge.
  • Psychic Link: He can telepathically communicate with nearby sea creatures. Atlan's trident amplifies this power Up to Eleven, granting him a psychic link to sea creatures at a much greater range and allowing him to command them.
  • Race Lift: Aquaman has been white in most incarnations. Jason Momoa has Hawaiian, European and Native American ancestry, and Arthur is Polynesian (possibly Hawaiian) on his dad's side.
  • Raised by Humans: He was abandoned by his Atlantean mother Atlanna and raised by his human father, Thomas Curry. For this reason, most Atlanteans scorn him as one more "surface dweller".
  • Rated M for Manly: What with the Badass Beard, Barbarian Longhair and gung-ho attitude in battle. He also has a fair amount of shirtless scenes that shows off his Heroic Build and tattoos.
  • Refusal of the Call: He doesn't have much interest in ruling Atlantis or in helping Bruce Wayne (Batman) protect the world, at least at first. Mera talks him out of this, motivating him to both join the Justice League in the eponymous film and claim the throne of Atlantis in Aquaman.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: He makes no attempt to rescue both Jesse and David Kane from drowning, since the two had murdered a bunch of innocent Russian sailors and Jesse tried to shoot at him when he tried to leave them alone.
  • Reluctant Ruler: The prospect of ruling Atlantis realy doesn't appeal to him, but he sets out to do it nonetheless, after Orm fires warning shots on the surface world.
  • Required Secondary Powers:
    • In order to resist the water pressure and swim as fast as they normally do, all Atlanteans are much stronger and more resistant than normal humans, and Aquaman's half-Atlantean parentage granted him such abilities.
    • He is also immune to the cold of sea depths. He has no trouble swimming shirtless in the icy waters of Iceland for instance.
    • He can see in the dark since there is little light in the ocean depths.
  • Rightful King Returns: He sets out to claim the throne of Atlantis with Mera's support in order to put an end to Orm's plan to use the armies of the remaining Atlantean kingdoms for war against the surface world. He's the elder of the two brothers, so it belongs to him by birthright.
  • Royal Blood: He is the son of Atlanna, queen of Atlantis.
  • Screw You, Elves!: Towards Atlanteans. It takes Mera saving his father from drowning and his mother actually being alive for him to let go of his grudge against them.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Introduced to the DCEU in its second film entry via recorded underwater footage.
  • Shirtless Scene: Justified when he doesn't wear a battle suit, since casual surface clothes serve next to no purpose underwater (his body resists cold and water pressure) other than covering his legs and what's between.
    • The footage cameo scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shows he was shirtless when confronting the underwater robot.
    • There are also two of them in Justice League: one when he warms up to the idea of joining the League, and one other when he encounters Steppenwolf underwater.
    • In Aquaman, he rescues a Russian submarine from Jesse Kane's pirate gang shirtless, and he's brought before Orm shirtless and in chains.
  • Sour Supporter: He is cynical and generally thinks the worst of any situation in Justice League. He believes most of the League's actions are pointless, yet he joins anyway because he admires the other members' dedication to their ideals, and also because Mera gave him a good dose of What the Hell, Hero?
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He can telepathically communicate with sea life and Atlan's trident amplifies this. It is a huge case of Heart Is an Awesome Power, since Arthur can communicate with all life forms of the sea, compelling sharks to protect him as a kid, befriending a whale so that he and Mera can hide inside its mouth, or communicate with the Karathen, the most terrible sea monster on the planet, and ask it to fight by his side. This seems to be a result of half-human heritage as none of the other Atlanteans have this power; Mera is completely shocked when he uses it to have a whale rescue them from Orm.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: If Arthur really draws out his Atlantean powers, then his eyes glow gold. It happens first when it talks to the fishes of an aquarium, but another impressive moment is when Arthur controls an entire army of sea creatures to fight the Altantean army.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: He can breathe normally underwater like all Atlanteans.
  • Super Strength: In order to resist the water pressure and swim as fast as they normally do, all Atlanteans are much stronger and more resistant than normal humans, and in this regard, Aquaman's Atlantean genes apparently prevailed since he's half-human. He can lift a human effortlessly or trade some punches with Steppenwolf for instance, but he's not as strong as Superman. Possibly in combination with his Making a Splash powers he manages to bring a submarine out of the water. In the submarine, he effortlessly tears through its heavy metal doors.
  • Super Toughness:
    • He can take blows from Superman and Steppenwolf and keep coming, to say nothing of the fact that he can survive the crushing depths of the ocean.
    • He can take a 5.56mm bullet at point blank range with no harm, take a parachute-less fall from a plane, shrug off grenades, and survive a plasma beam that blew up a hill with only severe burn injuries, but not without getting projected backwards.
  • Takes Ten to Hold: When Arthur is captured and knocked unconscious by his half-brother's men, he later awakens to find himself chained to the ground before Orm and the rest of Atlantis' High-Born, with five guards on the other end of the chains struggling to keep him still. He very nearly snaps the chains and easily overpowers the guards when Orm begins talking about their mother...
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Jason Momoa is 6'4.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Jason Momoa played on his imposing physical appearance with the character.
  • Thrill Seeker: The man whoops and hollers when he's doing death-defying stunts.
  • The Unchosen One: What Arthur is closer to than the Chosen One. While Arthur did fit the criteria to be the chosen one of the ancient Atlantian prophecy about a king who will unite the ocean kingdoms, several outside events had to occur to make it happen and these events were in no way guaranteed to happen. Orm needed to not only become king but also forcefully unite the kingdoms and attack the surface world. Arthur needed to find where King Atlan's trident was hidden, and Arthur needed to overcome the giant sea monster to gain the trident. On top of all of this, Arthur was was adamant about his Refusal of the Call and if things hadn't happened in just the right way, he would have never gone on his journey to seek out his birthright.
  • Unknown Rival: Towards the future Black Manta. He doesn't know or care who the guy is, despite Manta having anticipated meeting him for a while.
    Arthur: Am I supposed to know who you are?
    Manta: I scavenge the high seas. You’re the Aquaman. We were bound to meet at some point.
    [They fight, and Arthur gets the upper hand.]
    Arthur: Let's not make it a habit.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: His character development in his titular film comprises of this. He realizes that he's in way over his head and his standard solution of violence isn't cutting it anymore.
  • Wonder Child: As the son of an Atlantean Queen and a human; he has all the abilities of your average Atlantean plus his ability to speak and communicate to marine life which is something completely unique to him, as Mera is completely shocked when he commands a whale to hide them from Orm. In the film Aquaman, this is implied to be not impossible, but a very rare trait that King Atlan also had.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He frequently gets this from Mera. For all of his bravado and thrill seeking he's racked with insecurities about his worthiness to become king of Atlantis, though he gets over it with enough of Mera's encouragement.

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