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This is a character sheet for Aquaman and the characters associated with him after the Flashpoint event, including the New 52/Rebirth version of the franchiseCurrently held identities are in bold.


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    Arthur Curry (Aquaman
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Arthur Curry is the son of Atlanna, the Queen of Atlantis, and Tom Curry, a lighthouse keeper from Amnesty Bay. 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, and discovers Atlantis. There, he met his 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 a people half of which hate him.


  • Adorkable: As a teen, he was said to be this. He outgrew it, and as an adult is more brooding than awkward.
  • 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 of the days of his old appearance back in New Earth continuity combined with elements of the Cinematic Universe's design.
  • Badass Beard: Grew one in the last stretch of the Death of a King story-line after six months unconscious. Mera makes him shave it though.
  • Badass Boast: Gave a pretty awesome one while facing down a regiment of Kryptonians under the thrall of an faith leeching Mad God, armed with nothing but the deity of his own peoples mythic keepsake.
    Random Soldier: I almost pity you Fish-Man.
    Arthur: At least I'm not a slave to a madman.
    Arthur: My people worshiped Poseidon. They said his armies rode sea-foam stallions that swept away all who stood against them. Poseidon's gone now but this? This is his trident. That makes Me god of the oceans! And those behind you?
    Cue the water horse tsunami roaring up behind them.
    Arthur: Those Are My Damn HORSES!
  • Barbarian Hero: Played With. His new appearance in the Bunn-McCarthy run certainly has traits showcasing a real He-Man or Conan style scheme. It's even somewhat reminiscent of his old Peter David-era look.
  • Battle Couple: Usually fights alongside Mera. Used to be this with Y'Wara of the Others.
  • Decomposite Character: This Arthur's history is much more streamlined, and he's never had absurdly long hair and is not called Orin. Orin is now the name of his ancestor, Atlan used to look like Arthur did in the nineties, and the beard and hook look is given to his Crime Syndicate counterpart.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Had to become a destroyer of worlds in order to save his own from another dimension, and was more than willing to feed a particularly dickish soldier to a sea beast under his control knowing full well that the ranks of his kingdom's military are filled with guys like him. In the League, he's more willing to kill, like Diana and Barry.
  • 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.
  • Replacement Artifact: 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. The relic has tremendous powers, some of which have yet to be seen, but include:
  • 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.
  • Sixth Ranger: He thinks the world sees him as this on the Justice League, and it's not unfounded either.
  • 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 was healed in a few minutes. And he heals pretty quickly while underwater as well.
    • Nigh Invulnerable: Can take high caliber bullets and only get a minor cut, suffer abrasion from torpedoes while coming out mostly unharmed, withstand blows from Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter 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 resistance to heat as well, having endured things from heat blasts, explosions, and even swimming into open lava vents. Though dry, arid environments like deserts cause him more struggle.
    • Super Strength: On par with Wonder Woman, and just below Superman.
    • Making a Splash: He has even shown inklings of his previous, 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. It has been shown it does indeed work on alligators as well as mutant, monstrous sea life from an otherworldly prison and outer dimensions.
  • Took a Level in Badass: More like Took Several Levels actually; 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. The hit points he makes just keep climbing from there:
    • Fighting and holding his own against Martian Manhunter of all people.
    • Taking on Gorilla Grodd, a super-strong ape, and nearly beating him into unconsciousness.
    • Besting the Dead King Atlan and tanking a blow from the Mystic Relic which shattered old Atlantis.
    • His greatest testament by far however, would be challenging a maddened Hercules. Demi-God son of Zeus with strength on par or even greater than that of Superman.
  • Underestimating Badassery: It happens to him a lot. One of the biggest instances being Gorilla Grodd being nearly stomped into unconsciousness after mocking Aquaman about needing to be near water to fight.
  • 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 reining 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.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Garnered one from Hila when she ripped his blood out through his skin using her power.
  • 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.

    Mera (Aquawoman) 
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Mera is the Princess of Xebel and was sent by her father to kill Arthur, but realising he was a good man, 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.


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    Tula 
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The half-sister of Orm on their father's side and a high-ranking Atlantean warrior and captain of the Drift. While Tula does love her brother, she is loyal to Arthur and Mera.
  • The Ace: 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.
  • Cincinnatus: Called up by her Arthur Curry to rule as Regent while he plays diplomat for Atlantis.
  • 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 air. The reason is likely because the colourist changed.
      • This actually happened within the same issue due to multiple colourists, and she switched between brown and black hair.
    • Similarly, her armour changed from the earlier purple look (likely an homage to the second Aquagirl) seen above to normal yellow. Again, likely because of colourist change.
  • Everyone Is Related: Turns out in the Prime Earth universe Tula is the younger half-sibling of Orm Marius. Ergo she also serves as a distant relative sister of sorts to Arthur.
  • 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.
  • Super Toughness: Again, due to being Atlantean.

    Garth (Aqualad/Tempest
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An Atlantean warrior and former superhero known as Aqualad. Garth was a member of the original Teen Titans before an event caused the world to forget about his team. He has since reappeared, using the name Tempest, and is a high-ranking Atlantean warrior. While he obeys his king, he's never acted as Aquaman's sidekick.


  • The Big Guy: He and Donna Troy share this role on the Titans.
  • Characterisation Marches On: In Aquaman, he's a normal Atlantean. In Titans Hunt, he's a Jerkass Proud Warrior Race Guy who is constantly pissed. Weirdly, Dan Abnett wrote both series at the time.
  • Continuity Snarl:
    • Geoff Johns' run mentions him being a purple eyed youth attacked by other Atlanteans. Cullen Bunn's has him being Dick Grayson's age, who is in his early twenties.
  • Fantastic Racism: See Purple Eyes below.
    • Also, for being Atlantean. It's not explained why, but when he was a Teen Titan, he was feared for being Atlantean, and this was seemingly before "Throne of Atlantis".
  • Fish out of Water: Pun intended. When he was first a Teen Titan, he bemoaned his status as an outsider amongst humans, complaining how hard it was for him to be accepted when even Arthur couldn't be.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Apparently cannot remember his time in the Teen Titans like many others in new continuity.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Of a kind. Has his own little three pronged spear of power.
  • Purple Eyes: Made his life a nightmare amongst Atlanteans.
  • Retcon: Ignoring the above mentioned Continuity Snarl, Bunn's version was, like Tula, not a superhero, but an Atlantean warrior. Come Titans Hunt (2015), he apparently was a superhero named Aqualad and was on the Teen Titans alongside Dick Grayson, Donna Troy, Roy Harper, Lilith Clay and Wally West.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: On a harsh vigilante crusade against those who turn a profit off Atlantean misery.
  • Super Power Lottery: Garth has some magical powers:

    Jackson Hyde (Aqualad II
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A kid who exhibits Atlantean traits such as very good swimming and longing for water. His mother is fine with the super powers... but not with the fact that her son is gay. Fearing that he'll be perceived as an outsider, she forces him to hide these parts of himself. Jackson decides to embrace both parts of his life, and one day, with nothing left to lose, sets off to join the Teen Titans.


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    Dolphin 
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A mutant Atlantean woman who lives in the slums. She comes across Arthur when he's in hiding, living as "Orin".


  • Adaptational Badass: The original Dolphin was just a regular Atlantean. Here, she has claws, and can also generate light.
  • Cute Mute: Unlike the original, who didn't talk for about two issues, this Dolphin doesn't speak for much longer.
  • Fantastic Racism: Due to being an Atlantean mutant, she's looked down on.
  • Light 'em Up: Is Bioluminescent and can cast blindign rays of light.

Supporting cast

    Tom Curry 
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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.

    Atlanna 
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The former Queen of Atlantis and mother to both Arthur 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. She went missing when Orm was a child and was presumed dead.
  • Action Mom: After Arthur finds her. She's become a badass warrior lady.
  • Ancient Artifact: A relic called The Staff of Storms she found which would enable her to utilize The Maelstrom to travel from place to place, even to a separate dimension.
    • Beam Spam: One of the mystical abilities of the magic spear, potent enough to stave off a living volcano.
    • Public Domain Artifact: It is the mystic weapon of which she uses to rule over the home away from home populated by all manor of oceanic floral and faunal life.
    • Teleporters and Transporters: The device can remotely activate the global spanning transportation relics called The Maelstrom without need of a destination tablet, at least so far for the Pacifica dimension.
  • Appease the Volcano God: Atlanna's only means of staving off the entity of her island, if temporarily.
  • Domestic Abuse: The victim of this in her relationship with Orvax.
  • Faking the Dead: Faked her death in order to escape Atlantis.
  • Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: Her incredibly miserable lifetime as a political bargaining chip caused her to develop a deep seated hatred for Atlantean culture.
  • Freudian Excuse: A forced betrothal to a plundering human hating derelict who boasts of having murdered your first love and young son would be excuse enough for anyone.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Developed into this after her royal status prevented her from living with Tom and raising their child. Even to this day long after she axed her cruel spouse believing he murdered them for sport before having deserted Atlantis, she still carries the sorrow from her lost family.
    • Hope Spot: After Arthur goes to painstaking lengths proving he is in fact her son.
  • I Have No Son!: Refuses to believe Arthur is her son, because she thinks he's dead. She doesn't apply this to Orm, however.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Subverted, in that she still is according to Mera. Aquaman states where he gets it from.
  • Missing Mom: Left Arthur to keep him safe.
  • Rescue Romance: The rescuer of Tom Curry.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: The mental gifts of Atlantean royalty are passed down from generation to generation; this is how Arthur got his mojo with sea life in the first place.
    • Telepathy: Atlanna is such an accomplished marine telepath that not only can she mentally command and scry through the sights of her islands many many colorful wildlife but even has this capacity with the plants and fungus growing on her island home.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Her reaction to her other husband's boasts was less than pleasant.

    Dr. Stephen Shin 
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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 and admits that Tom and Arthur were his only friends.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Hasn't been seen since Rebirth.
  • 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.
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    Karaqan 
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The age old guardian sea beast who once protected Atlantis in the distant past. Serving as the ultimate guardian of the Advanced Ancient Acropolis until it sank beneath the waves by Atlan's hands, waking up almost several thousand years later it would be seen going on a rampage at a populated city in Iceland.

    Orvax Marius 
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A former military commander of the Atlantean naval fleet and Atlaana's forced betrothed. He was an abusive husband who would regularly carry out surface dweller sinking raids alongside his forces. Becoming King of Atlantis only served to worsen his frightful demeanor and further estrange himself from his royal bride.


    Ya'Wara 
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A member of the Others, a team 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: When she was a child, the plane she and her parents were in crashed in the Amazon rainforest and only she survived. She apparently grew up there and can communicate with some kind of forest god that dwells there.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her costume is basically a bikini.
  • Telepathy: She uses hers with mammals. 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.

    Dominick Torrez (Prisoner of War
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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.
  • Shockwave Clap: His manicals also delivered rapidly expanding waves of concussive force when clanged together.

    Nuidis Vulko 
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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 story.
  • 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 actuality, Orm had nothing to do with Atlanna's death, and she faked her own death.

    Murk 
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The leader of the Men-of-War, the main army of Atlantis. While initially loyal to Orm, Murk begrudgingly served Arthur after the events of Forever Evil until he joined Rath's side.


  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Originally an Orm loyalist, after his plan to break Orm out of prison was interrupted by Forever Evil he became a Sour Supporter to Arthur. He joins Rath's coup against Arthur, and impales him with his Hook Hand, but it's later revealed this was part of a plan to fake Arthur's death. He eventually turns against Rath when he goes too far.
  • Hook Hand: He has a bladelike hook similar to the one that Arthur had in the 90s in place of his right hand.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's generally unpleasant, xenophobic, and violent, but he has a strong sense of honor and can usually be counted on to do the right thing when the chips are down.
  • Noble Bigot: He's xenophobic and doesn't trust surface-dwellers, but he's still a very honorable man.
  • Sour Supporter: He's never converted to Arthur's liberal policies, but serves him loyally regardless until Rath's coup.
  • Two-Faced: Half of his face is heavily scarred.

Enemies

     David Hyde (Black Manta) 
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Arthur's first enemy. David Hyde 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 David's father in retaliation, thinking he was David. The two became locked in a bitter cycle of revenge.
  • Arch-Enemy: Written as Arthur's, with a cycle of revenge thrown into the mix. Post-Flashpoint, he's the only contender since Orm undergoes Adaptational Heroism to a degree.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: When you're able to upend an Omniscient Council of Vagueness as old as human history by your lonesome, you certainly fit with this.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Armour designed for optimum performance both underwater and on land.
  • Cool Helmet: Similar to the Pre-Flashpoint version. It allows him to breathe underwater and can shoot the Eye Beams mentioned below.
  • 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 by mistake thinking it was him. It turned out Tom Curry suffered a heart attack and died in a hospital three days after the attack.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Can slit a man's throat with nothing but one of the societies coin communicators.
  • 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.
  • Rule of Cool: Applies to most everyone in the New 52 Aquaman run. Manta just stands out more than most.
  • 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, accurately blasting a guard's clipboard from his hand, strangling and flailing him about with his handcuffs, then drowning him in a prison toilet.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Took the reigns of power of the secret world power N.E.M.O from its previously aptly named Fisher King, anyone who challenged this declaration of authority either got whacked or had the snot kicked out of them.
  • "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 accidentally killed Manta's father in a fit of revenge, thinking he was Manta.

    Orm Marius (Ocean Master) 
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Orm is a full-blooded Atlantean, maternal half-brother of Arthur, paternal half-brother to Tula and the would-be heir to 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 during the incident and winds up staying with them. Eventually, Xebus, the king of Xebel, finds him and tells Orm that the two must take their place among the Seven Kings and rule the world.


  • Alternate Company Equivalent: To Sub-Mariner, even more so than Johns's revamp of Black Adam. Orm is a physically powerful brunette king of Atlantis who attacks the surface world for misguided reasons, but has noble qualities and feels sympathy and pity for surface dwellers.
  • 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.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: His actions in his Villains Month issue could be interpreted as a rare combination of both Pet the Dog and Kick the Dog. When a seriously injured security guard, who showed sympathy towards Orm during his imprisonment, asks him for help, Orm strangles him, seemingly thinking that's exactly what he wanted.
  • 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, which many Atlanteans agree with him on.
  • 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: Averted. Although 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.

    Peter Mortimer (Scavenger
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A deep-sea scavenger and pirate, who Arthur has a history with.
  • Arms Dealer: Went into business selling Atlantean armaments on the black market after Throne of Atlantis.
  • Covered in Scars: Getting mulched by a sea beast apparently disfigures your whole body, (even when he was only bit at his side).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A straight up asshole, but he's insulted when Arthur implies Peter didn't save his workers because there was no profit in it.
  • Evil Cripple: Inverted, on the evil part. Became this after his run in with Dead Water. When we next see him he's put on some pounds due to being confined to a wheelchair.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: utilized one through a captured Atlantean whose organs he harvested to find the undersea city.
  • Powered Armor: His diving suit is a less badass version of Black Manta's.
    • Equipment Upgrade: He eventually decided to level up in that regard, in case of another run in with Aquaman. See character image.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Whenever he appears, it's clear he and Arthur have a history, but it's never elaborated on.
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates: Is essentially this, though he focuses more on diving.
  • Villain Decay: Suffered this since his run in with Dead Water, once a hardened sea hoarder turned frightened lamer at the mere mention of its name.

    Nereus 
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One of the greatest warriors of Xebel who rules it as regent while Mera was sent to assassinate Arthur. Nereus wants nothing more to rule Xebel with Mera by his side as his queen.


  • Arranged Marriage: With Mera, originally. As he was set to marry her once she returned from her mission to assassinate the King of Atlantis.
  • The Dragon: Nereus willingly submits to Atlan and becomes his right-hand man.
  • Evil Redhead: A common Xebelian trait with Nereus being cruel and driven by jealousy.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Aquaman for having won Mera's genuine affection. Made even worse by the fact she was supposed to assassinate him.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When seeing the Dead King Atlan in the flesh, he and his forces kneel to him and swear their allegiance rather than risk fighting him. Likewise when Atlan is defeated, Nereus turns tail and runs rather than face Aquaman.
  • Forceful Kiss: Plants one on Mera in Issue #21. She rebukes him with a violent tidal wave.
  • Making a Splash: He also has the ability to manipulate water with his mind.
  • Villainous Crush: Towards Mera, whom he intends to claim as his own.

    Atlan (The Dead King) 
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The architect, builder, and very first king of Atlantis. However, along with giving life to Atlantis, he also was the one to destroy it. He is also not Aquaman's direct ancestor. In fact, Aquaman descended from Atlan's brother, Orin, who killed Atlan's family and usurped the throne of Atlantis. Atlan forged artifacts of great power and proceeded to sink Atlantis. He was frozen in ice at some point afterwards but was accidentally reawakened by Arthur's telepathy.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Was an honest decent family man whose only goal was to bring the peoples of the world together, he never would've turned bad like he did if his jerkass brother and his wife hadn't taken his wife, children and entire kingdom from him.
  • An Ice Person: Somehow possesses the ability to generate ice.
  • Back from the Dead: In a dystopian parallel called The New 52: Future's End, the people of Atlantis headed by Aquaman's former wife Mera resurrects the former monarch in order to subjugate the surface world after a devastating war with Darkseid.
  • Cain and Abel: His brother, Orin betrayed Atlan and killed his family and servants to take hold of the throne.
  • The Caligula: Inverted in his old life, where he used to rule as The Good King. As a shambling age old living ghoul however....
  • Died Happily Ever After: After having lived for nearly 3000 years, his bitter end finally gave him one happy epiphany out of all his suffering.
  • Everyone Is Related: While not a direct ancestor to Arthur, Tula and Orm; he is still their maternal great, great, great, great grand uncle on his Brother Orin's side of the family.
  • 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 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 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.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Turns out Altan didn't forge the seven treasures, not on his own at least. He ended up killing the guy who actually created the gear used by The Others over some kind of dispute, that's gratitude for you.
  • Politically Correct History: Atlan is quick to correct the false history about how he and his kingdom fell. His ice abilities have the added effect of retelling the sordid history of Atlantis and how it was taken from him by showing all those effected by it what really happened.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: He was betrayed by his siblings and 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 advisers and brother Orin, however, were warmongers who betrayed Atlan and killed his family. Outraged, Atlan killed Orin and his wife and started a civil war. Using his scepter, Atlan sunk Atlantis.

     Jed Coombs (Chimera/Creature King) 
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Coombs was the janitorial detail working at the American Government stationed Triton Base who worked on maintenance around the under sea facilities both inside and out. Until he got on the wrong side of a feeding frenzy and was hideously chewed to pieces. Mix in one Mad Doctor x multiple animal parts (including the grey matter of a deceased Kaiju) and you get a seriously P.O.ed Animalistic Abomination with designs to depose the current sea king and replace him, title and all.

    Fire Trolls 
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Fire trolls are the volcanic guardians placed beside a maelstrom gate to keep intruder's from entering Pacifica unannounced. In truth however they are loyal to Karaku, their creator and the original monarch of the the island locked in time.

    Karaku, The Volcano God 

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A walking volcano who once was the sole inhabitant of the isle of Pacifica. The creature is an elemental of great power and is extremley territorial, at best he can only be staved off by a powerful relic owned by Atlanna. Even then he's an all but unstoppable mass of molten destruction that crushes and burns whatever is standing it its wake.

    Coven of Thule 
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This cabal of Evil Wizards were The Omniscient Council of Vagueness of Old Atlantis. They profited off the turmoil resulted from the many wars around their kingdom and the world over til the rule of Atlan I ceased all ceaseless conflict. Seeing this as a threat to their rule; these vile despots sought an escape from their predicament. Using the devastated kingdom caused by the then deposed king as a sacrificial means to create their own world separate from Earth, ruling as Sorcerous Overlord's for a millennium.
  • Ancient Conspiracy
  • Evil Overlord: What they were past and present.
  • Fantasy Axis of Evil: Controlling a parallel world fueled by dark mojo? Check, Have secret ties to enemies of their only opposition? Check.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Deployed one of these to undermine Arthur and Atlantis during Thule's invasion.
  • Garden of Evil: What the world of Thule is to the primary earth, its buildings alone generate foul magical energy which poisons the environment around it.
  • Squishy Wizard: While they're magic is potent enough to bend reality, they themselves are spindly weaklings hiding behind an army.
    • Orcus on His Throne: Largely they rely upon scheming, manipulation and background orchestrations to accomodate themselves. Otherwise sending their make-believe mystic mook's or spy's to do their dirty work, they're rarely seen taking part in any conquest.
  • The Horde: Has a sizable army of ghosts n'goblins at they're beck and call.
  • The Illuminati
  • Improvised Golem: They breach part of their own infrastructure into the world transforming them into mobile dreadnoughts for invasion.

    Hila (Siren) 
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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 at large by encroaching their dimension into Earth's own. To this end, Hila's natural capabilities had been augmented by their potent dark magics, this coupled with her Shifter background enables her to better infiltrate Arthur's throne and impersonate Mera, ruling in both the former when implicating monarchy in her place after casting out the latter as a conspirator against the crown and kingdom, turning Atlantis against him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Had a precocious slasher smile when she was bleeding Arthur dry after laying him. And her eyes were 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 watercrafting abilities by her benefactors rivaling those of her sister.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: As we learn, Hila may be or is a descendent of a resident from Thule called a Shifter. Master spies, and weavers of falsehood who can alternate their outward appearance or even cast illusions at will. Turns out she and a host of their thought-to-be-extinct race have taken over the throne of Atlantis from the ruling royalty in order to pave the way of Thule's incursion into Earth 0.
    • Shapeshifting Seducer: Suckered Aquaman into courting her in bed before giving him the Wham event by revealing her true self to him.

    Symbiotic Entity (Dead Water
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A vicious otherworldly predator who can possess a host and become the hydration catalyst utilized to transform the vessel, it's first host was Jonah Kendry Payne who worked under The Scavenger. Coming into a Super-Powered Evil Side due to this parasitic intrusion when he came into contact with its "strange water" form, becoming Dead Water whenever he gets wet. Dead Water was thought to've perished when its previous overshadow chose to die as himself then let the nightmare continue, everyone believed that horrifying .

    Corum Rath 
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Fiercely xenophobic atlantean leader of a fanatical terrorist cell of equally fascist merepeople coined The Deluge. Naturally being one of many Atlanteans who despise the surface world, he also bares a particular enmity towards his half-breed king; whom he feels is more at liberty towards taking and giving with the surface world over his own people.

After becoming frustrated with Arthur's ways, and with Orm presumed dead, the Atlantean Elders place him on the throne.


  • Absolute Xenophobe: Hates the surface and anything related to the surface.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's outraged when Aquaman asks him if the Deluge is responsible for framing Atlantis for attacks on the surface, as Rath just wants to reinstitute the kingdom's isolationist policies, not drag it into a war or Kill All Humans (regardless of how much he dislikes them). This gets thrown out the window after he becomes king, however, as his inability to get everyone in the kingdom to submit to his rule frustrates him to the point that he becomes increasingly unhinged and begins declaring that all of his "enemies" (which includes all surface dwellers) need to be obliterated, frightening even his Dragon.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Starts out this way, as he loves Atlantis and only wants what he believes is best for it. Eventually becomes It's All About Me.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Black Manta attempts to instigate a war between the surface and Atlantis; after dealing with Manta, Aquaman diffuses the situation by formally surrendering to the United States. Rath takes advantage of this show of "weakness" by rallying the increasingly resentful Atlantean populace into helping him overthrow and exile Arthur.
  • Violence Is the Only Option: Feels it'll be how he'll get Atlantis' voice heard.
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