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This is a character sheet for Aquaman and the characters associated with him prior to the Flashpoint event.

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    Aquaman I/Dweller in the Depths (King Orin/Arthur Curry)
Aquaman in the 90s

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.
  • Abdicate the Throne: More times than he can count, usually on dumb trumped up charges or reasons by his own people no less.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His hand was eaten by piranhas.
  • Apparently Human Merfolk: Just look at him.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Aquaman is the King of the Seas and he is a huge 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.
  • 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/ Magical Accessory: His grappling-hook hand, liquid-metal hand and later, his magical water hand.
    • Anti-Magic: One of the perks that come with the Water Bearer hand. Useful when dealing with mysitic monstrocities.
    • Grappling-Hook Gun: Carried with his harpoon and mecha hands, shooting them along a length of tungsten steel cable like a harpoon.
      • Power Cable Attack: One of the neat tricks that come with the prosthetic, Arthur can electrify the wiring tethered to his spear giving those bored into a heavy shock.
      • This Is a Drill: Another feature of the spear hook is the penetrative ability is has being made of a vanadium-titanium alloy that could penetrate just about anything.
    • Healing Hands: Hand to be more precise, the waterbearer can heal most anything that ails ya if given direct contact. Doubles as Heal It with Water.
    • Making a Splash: One of the cute tricks of the water hand.
    • Organ Autonomy: A unique attribute of the water bearer hand is that Arthur can detach it from his being and utilize it as an independent limb.
    • Seers: If Aquaman concentrates hard enough he can gain insight as to what needs to be done and where he ought to be.
    • Shapeshifter Weapon: A trait carried by both metal and water hands, the limbs are able to morph at will via thought through Orin's telepathy.
    • Teleporters and Transporters: The Waterbearer can traverse the borderline dimension of the secret sea; the primordial ocean where all ideas spring from in shared imagination, enabling him to travel across the world in record breaking time.
    • Touch of Death: the reverse effect of his restorative abilites (See Above) done by sucking the moister out of another living being on contact.
  • Elemental Embodiment: Occasionally on the rare happenings when aquaman gained water abilities, he also became a physical representation of his element.
  • Fantastic Racism: Was the reason he was left abandoned on mercy reef as a babe, oh and exiled numerous times after taking the throne by his more than ungrateful subjects; this coming prior to losing his hand, wife, firstborn son and a bit of sanity on his part.
    • Break the Cutie: It got so bad that he eventually swears off his "king of Atlantis" shtick indefinitely after the whole Thirst debacle and the coven of wizards who secretly pushed for his exile/execution and their attempted extinction of the surface world, going so far as to angrily rebuffing Vulko's invitation back to the throne preferring to stick to the sunken city merpeople he'd come to associate with instead.
  • 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.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Like Wonder Woman, he is very unambiguously a force for good above all else, but he is also easily one of the worst members of the League to piss off because, like Wonder Woman, he's one of the most brutal and uncompromising members of the League, and if you piss him off enough, he may just opt to kill you. The likelihood of this happening increases exponentially if you bring any harm to his family.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: While born of yet shunned by both Atlantis and The Surface. Aquaman will always stand up, if not for himself, than for others in need in order to do the right thing.
  • 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: Subverted, He could only stay out of water for only one hour in the Silver Age. In the modern age this was either retconned, edited out or eventually he got over it in due time.
  • 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.
  • 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, or sometimes a pentadent. 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 their namesakes gave Aquaman access to vast meta-mystical powers affording him control over the waters and the storms they equate.
  • Punny Name: He is a king named Arthur.
  • Raised by Wolves: Porm, the dolphin who acted as a surrogate mother to Aquaman.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to most xenophobic, ruthless, or incompetent former kings he is this.
  • 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.
  • Rightful King Returns: Has to pull this on a regular basis whenever his former subjects elect someone else or are tricked out of their freedom & livelihood by an even bigger bastard than they are
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is the King of Atlantis.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: His primary powers.
  • 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.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Inverted, while venomously rebuking Vulko's offer of monarchy. Orin found himself without choice but to return to Atlantis after finding out prime minister Hagen cursed his wife with lungs before his imprisonment.
    • How Do I Shot Web?: In all the hubub over whether Mera should stay in Atlantis or on dry land while finding a way to undo her hex. It never occurred to Aquaman he could just nullify it with his water hand.
  • 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.

    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.

  • Important Haircut: He can be distinguished from Orin by his hair, which is longer than Orin's crew cut.
  • Legacy Character: To the original.
  • Mythology Gag: His origins are a throwback to Aquaman's origin story in the Golden Age.
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of the Sword of Atlantis series, in order to make way for Orin to come back.
  • Required Secondary Powers: His father actually had these in mind in the experiments he undertook to allow him to survive.
  • Ret-Gone: As of the New 52.
  • Second Coming: The Atlanteans thought of him as being the reincarnation of the missing King Orin, which caused him to eventually retire.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Coincidentally had the same first and last name as the first Aquaman's surface name.

The Queen of Atlantis

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.

see the Mera page

    Aqualad I/Tempest (Garth)
Not so awkward anymore
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.

    Aqualad II (Kaldur'ahm/Jackson Hyde)

Garth's successor, Kaldur'ahm (Jackson Hyde) is the son of Black Manta. Despite his father's lifestyle he's chosen the path of the hero as Aqualad. Due to biological experimentation conducted by Xebelian outlaws, Kaldur has the unique ability to construct hard objects and weaponry from water such as a sword and mace.

  • Adaptation Deviation: Jackson was created for the Young Justice show first and adapted into the comics but he has a very different path in each version.
    • In the Young Justice show, Kaldur is an Atlantean-human hybrid who grew up in Atlantis and was friends with Garth and Tula the latter of whom he harbored a crush on. He trained in magic for a bit before joining Aquaman on the surface world as his sidekick Aqualad while Garth stayed in Atlantis and completed his training in magic. Kaldur was also the original leader of a superhero team of teenage sidekicks.
    • In the comics, Kaldur is experimented on as a baby by Xebelian outlaws and is secreted to the surface world by Mera for his safety and is given the false name of Jackson Hyde to protect his identity. Whereas his power to form water constructs and generate electricity are magical abilities he learned in the show, Jackson's powers are a result of being experimented on by the Xebelians. And while he was childhood friends with Garth and Tula in the show, he never met them in the comics as they were both dead. Finally, whereas Young Justice Kaldur was the original and only Aqualad in the show, comic Jackson is the second Aqualad.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Kaldur has blonde hair and grey eyes in the Young Justice show. Jackson has black hair and brown eyes in the comics.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: He's black in contrast to the first Aqualad who is white.
  • Canon Immigrant: He was originally created for the Young Justice cartoon, but DC liked him so much they integrated him to the comic before the show even came up.
  • Electric Black Guy: He's a black teenager who can fire electric bolts.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His mother is Atlantean. His father is Black Manta.
  • Heroic Bastard: A hero whose the son of an uncaring super villain.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: His constructs.
  • Kid Sidekick: Plays this part to Aquaman when he starts off.
  • Legacy Character: To the original Aqualad.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He is actually Black Manta's son.
  • Magic Knight: A skilled hand-to-hand fighter, but relies on Atlantean magic.
  • Ret-Gone: In the New 52, there initially was never even one Aqualad. Subverted in DC Rebirth.
  • Super Power Lottery: He has significantly bigger one than Garth:

    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. Later on she becomes a member of the Teen Titans.

  • Action Girl: Enough to be a Teen Titans member.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: A Latina girl succeeding the previously white Aquagirl in the role.
  • Appropriated Appellation: She was first called "Aquagirl" in Ocean Master's fractured alternate reality. She swiped the name when reality reasserted itself.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In both her civilian dress and her costume.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Always barefoot.
  • Evil Makeover: Subverted. In the alternate reality Ocean Master created, Lorena was his right hand woman and wore a costume he'd granted her. When reality righted itself, Lorena stole that costume to become Aquagirl II.
  • Legacy Character: After helping Aquaman, she took up the mantle of Aquagirl.
  • Ret-Gone: In the New 52, along with all of Aquaman's official sidekicks, at least initially. Now it's more like Arthur has never had an official sidekick.
  • Ship Tease: With Koryak.
  • Sidekick: To Aquaman during the Sub Diego arc.
  • Spicy Latina: Being pseudo-Atlanean, she's very tough by human standards. She's also exceptionally beautiful, extremely flirty, and quite opinionated. Her personality clashes with Bombshell while with the Teen Titans espcially showcase that last aspect.
  • Token Minority Couple: Invoked by Koryak's crush on her. She's the first person he's met since coming to Atlantis who isn't white and it's what sparks his interest.

Supporting cast

    Nuidis Vulko
  • Asshole Victim: While a trusted adviser & confidant before dying in Day of Vengeance one can't forget he plotted with the other son to steal the throne or personally oversaw Orin's sentencing after escaping the Obsidian Age.
  • Brain Uploading: Turns out Vulko died during The Spectre's rampage through Atlantis. Somehow his soul, his very consciousness was uploaded into an Atlantean Magitek apparatus in order to aid Orin's successor, Arthur Joseph Curry on his adventures.
  • 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.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: This is how he felt when Atlantis pushed for Arthur's exile and execution as he carried it out. Subverted when he realizes his grave error in trusting a duplicitous, surface hating sorcerer's word over his best friend.
  • Noble Political Patriot: Once he and the council conspired with AC's illegitimate son to depose him and make Koryak king. Feeling that it was for the good of Atlantis due to Orin's disillusionment with his liege.
    • After that there was personally overseeing and carrying out Orin's summery execution by decree of Atlantean law due to the former's failed past rescuing ended getting the people of Atlantis enslaved by their ancestors. He quickly regretted this though as unscrupulous .
  • Regular Caller: Was this to both Arthur's pre & post crisis, Vulko was a dutiful follower of the throne and would always cull to Aquaman in order to retake the throne. Even and especially when after the flat out refusal by the latter, given all that Atlantis put him through Arthur had good reason not to.
  • The Good Chancellor: Post-Crisis, after freeing them from the prison and taking the throne, Aquaman appointed him his regent. He was briefly king.
  • Internal Reformist: When Vulko found that the new regime after the Obsidian Age was built on the foundation of corruption and self gain. He turned to enlist the thought to be failed super soldier experiment to take back the throne of Atlantis from its sorcerous monarchs.

  • Arc Welding: Later stories show that Qwsp is an imp from the Fifth Dimension of Superman's enemy Mister Mxyzptlk.
  • Badass Boast: "I can wear your laws of physics like a funny-paper hat!"
  • Darker and Edgier: Followed the same suit as Aquaman in the 90's on purpose.
  • Evil Twin: In the 1960's, he had a pair of nasty brothers who appeared once or twice.
  • Great Gazoo: Just like Mister Mxyzpltk.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: His modus operandi in later stories is fomenting wars in the Fifth Dimension that spill over onto Earth.
  • Sadistic Choice: Once he decides it would be fun to go Darker and Edgier like Aquaman, he demands that one of Earth's heroes sacrifice themselves as a condition of ending his rampage.



Aquaman's illegitimate 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.

  • Antihero: On a good day.
  • Bastard Bastard: Even when he's one of the good guys, Koryak can't let go of his Parental Issues, and is willing to kill far too readily.
  • Daddy Issues: Having a parent who tried to kill you often leaves you with this.
  • Exact Words: When Aquaman says that he promised he would let Jaffar of the Deep Six go, Koryak promptly murders the Apokiliptian agent, because he has made no such promise.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Tempest.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Allies with Aquaman, then Kordax, then aids Atlantis against Geist.
  • Hot-Blooded: Koryaks tends to charge in without thinking. This nearly gets him killed against the Deep Six.
  • In the Back: Blows Jaffar apart from behind while he is trying to run away.
  • Making a Splash: Controls water, using it to form hard projectiles.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: No shirt needed here.

    Silverarm (Nuada Silverhand)
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 her crippling Pre-Crisis and 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; during her Post-Crisis return to continuity the narration invokes their similarities, stating that she and Bres are the Yin to Aquaman and Ocean Master's Yang.
  • 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: Refined, intelligent, and very dangerous.
  • 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: After removing Bres from power.
  • 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: Bluish hair.

    Lady of the Lake

A kindly benefactor who guards the Secret Sea along with her mystic sea nymph hand maidens who wait on her as well as doting seafarers who've passed on the oceans as servants and occasional concubines. Having had ties to Arthurian Legend, she aided then disposed king of the seas; Orin of Atlantis when his own people left him for dead and after a mystic cabal enchants the sea life against him, making Arthur her champion by gifting him with her particular seas power.

    Tom Curry


An atlantean citizen turned unjustly convicted prisoner in the despotic sorcerous government, he was subjected to cruel black Magitek experimentation which turned him into a chimeric cast off who was believed to've died during the transformation process.

  • Body Horror: His transition into the thing he is was... graphic to say the least.
  • Electric Jellyfish: His letmotif given what he was fused with.
  • Horrifying Hero: Given how his transformation makes him reminiscent to Cthulhu.
  • Instant Messenger Jellyfish: How he and Vulko communicate between picking of members of the Sorcerer's league.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one against a host of murderous soldiers as he remembers who turned him into a monster, the entire "Patriotic Vendetta" of his and Vulko's against the corrupt hierarchy running the show is considered this as well.
  • The Lab Rat: Was apparently one of many to suffer at the hands of The Sorc councils dabbling in techno-mysticism, only one of the few to survive it too.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: He just disappear's after The Thirst crisis is averted and the corrupt council is officially dissolved.

    Cron One-Eye
A shark who once tried to eat Aquaman when Arthur was a child, losing an eye to a sharpened piece of coral. The two met again when Arthur was in his teens and struck up a friendship. Cron's memory is better than those of most of his kind, and he often acts as an interpreter between Aquaman and the other sharks.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Forcibly mutated and brainwashed into serving The Shark at one point. When Aquaman defeated The Shark, Cron returned to his old form and personality.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Cron remembers Arthur taking his eye when they meet up again, but doesn't hold a grudge, and instead treats Arthur with wary respect.
  • The Ditz: Sharks, at least in Peter David's run, are universally portrayed as ditzy, forgetful creatures who can't remember five minutes into the past. Somewhat downplayed in the case of Cron, who while retaining the typical shark personality, has a working memory.
  • Due to the Dead: Within the confines of shark culture. Cron believes refusing to eat someone who has died would be most disrespectful. When one of Arthur's dolphin friends is killed and Arthur tries to run off the circling sharks, it is Cron who approaches him and asks "are you going to eat him?" We later meet Cron when he's on deathwatch with a much older shark; when the older shark finally expires it will be Cron's sacred duty to eat him.
  • Eye Scream: Lost an eye in his first battle with Arthur.
  • Humans Are Smelly: Slight variation—it is Cron's considered opinion that humans taste terrible.
  • Threatening Shark: Mostly averted. While he tried to eat Arthur when he was a child, he's generally not interested in eating humans because they taste bad.


    Black Manta (David)
"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."

Click here to see Black Manta after his deal with Neron 

Black Manta is a longtime Aquaman foe and a prime candidate for the title of his worst 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.
  • Axe-Crazy: Manta's not quite sane and each appearance only ratchets up the level of violence he's prepared to employ.
  • Bald of Evil: In the Post-Crisis era he's usually portrayed as either shaving his head or being naturally bald.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: In his demonic form he had several stingray like tails ending in venomous barbs.
  • 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: See the caption quote.
  • 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.
  • Color Animal Codename: A black manta ray.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Manta cheats. A lot.
  • Cool Helmet: His visual trademark. It allows him to breathe underwater and can shoot the Eye Beams mentioned below.
  • Deal with the Devil: Sold his soul to Neron in order to become a literal devil-ray, and gain dominion over the lower depths of the ocean. During this period he acted as gatekeeper of Devil's Deep, a trench in the ocean that supposedly led to Neron's realm in Hell.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Neron turned him into a manta-man in Underworld Unleashed. After Aquaman made him human again, Manta used a serum to grant himself the power to breathe underwater.
  • Eye Beams: His signature weapon. They're usually heat-based laser blasts.
  • Freudian Excuse: He has had two vague 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. Neither excuse really worked and both were quietly ignored by later writers.
  • Hollywood Autism: Manta's depiction bore next to no resemblance to genuine autism, especially once Aquaman started suggesting that his violence and sadism were caused by it. While autistic people can certainly become violent just like anyone else (and may suffer from high levels of frustration), they are not the empathy devoid lunatics that Manta is portrayed as.
  • Horns of Villainy: In his demonic form Manta had an impressive set of demonic horns.
  • 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.
  • Madness Mantra: When he was "autistic" the previously articulate Manta was suddenly reduced to repeating "Swim! Swim!" and nothing else while attacking Aquaman.
  • 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. During the "Sub Diego" arc, writers decided to revisit this as a motivation, and had Manta trick Aquaman into assaulting him in front of a group of black men who had apparently never heard of infamous terrorist Black Manta, and started to riot because Aquaman had attacked "a brother".
  • Mental Handicap, Moral Deficiency: When a writer in the early 2000s decided to give him a case of Hollywood Autism that left him totally incapable of communicating with anyone around him, then had Aquaman come to the conclusion that Manta's evil was caused by his autism. After being magically cured by Aquaman, Manta was, thankfully, still evil, but even the suggestion was pretty ableist.
  • 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: He envied this quite often.
  • 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.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: When "autistic".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Manta's helmet comes equipped with glowing red laser emitters where the "eyes" appear to be. In his demonic form his actual eyes turned red.
  • Sanity Slippage: Supposedly his deal with Neron and transformation into a demon caused his "autism" cure to wear off, resulting in him reverting to a Psychopathic Manchild who could only repeat a few words. He was cured of this when Aquaman rewired his brain.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: He track anyone anywhere in the water. There is little that he can’t find.
  • 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. This was even worse back in the day when he was portrayed as a Malcolm Xerox type and his scariness and blackness were positioned as linked.
  • Shock and Awe: Electrical powers to neutralize his opponent.
  • The Strategist: Plans ahead every step of the way.
  • The Sociopath: The comics might have once claimed he was autistic, but Manta was always a psychopath at his core.
  • Suddenly Ethnicity: 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.

    Ocean Master (Orm Marius)

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 Inupiat 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 Cape: Almost always.
  • Badass Native: Post-Crisis Orm is half-Inupiat, and was raised in their culture, spending the first part of his life believing himself to be fully Native American. While an evil, resentful SOB, there's no doubt that he is indeed a badass.
  • Badass Normal: Pre-Crisis, when he was just a normal human being armed with a laser rifle.
  • Bastard Bastard: Post-Crisis, where he's the bastard son of an Atlantean mage and an Inupiat woman. His mother actually calls him a bastard to his face, to which Ocean Master replies "If I'm a bastard, you would know mother."
  • Big Bad: One of Aquaman's two main Big Bad's.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Aquaman's Abel. Post-Crisis, it's even an Enforced Trope, since Atlantean kings are cursed to battle their brothers over the throne. It's stated that Atlan sires him simply so Aquaman will have a brother who will fulfill the prophecy.
  • 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.
  • Driven by Envy: In both Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis continuity Orm Marius is entirely motivated by jealousy of Arthur's power, prestige, and status as both a hero and King of Atlantis.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Post-Crisis Orm initially had no powers and used high-tech sci-fi weaponry like his Pre-Crisis counterpoint. Then he sold his soul to Neron and became an Evil Sorcerer, as well as far more of a threat.
  • Evil Counterpart: As the ruler of the Dreaming City, he finally assumes a regal role like that of his hated half-brother, takes a lover much as Aquaman has taken Dolphin as a consort, and has a golden trident he can't let go of that parallels Aquaman's golden hook-hand.
  • 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: Pre-Crisis, he achieved this status in the Neal Pozner/Craig Hamilton miniseries by retrieving twelve gemstones from ancient Atlantis. Post-Crisis, he finds his way there by cutting a deal with Neron for a magical trident, albeit one with serious drawbacks.
  • Flanderization: His initial appearance after his deal with Neron makes it clear that he drawback is that his trident's energies run out of control if Orm is not consciously wielding it, which can harm him and those around him. Later appearances treated it as if letting go of the trident directly caused him physical pain and nothing more.
  • 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.
  • High Priest: Neron's high priest within the Dreaming City.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Pre-Crisis, he recovers from his amnesia and learns that Aquaman is his half-brother, apparently ending their conflict. He's back to his usual villainy the next time he appears, as if nothing happened. Post-Crisis, he receives a vision of both his pre-Crisis and post-Crisis past, but remains unchanged by it.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Pre-Crisis this was his defining motivation and the reason he became a supervillain. Post-Crisis he thinks he's already special and wants everyone to acknowledge it.
  • It's All About Me: Orm shows little interest in the politics of Atlantis, the people he (occasionally) rules, or even threats to the entire planet (like the aliens his ally Strom serves). Everything is subordinate to his need to defeat Aquaman and prove himself the superior brother.
  • 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.
  • Magical Native American: Subverted. Post-Crisis Orm was half-Inupiat and grew up in their culture, but his interest in magic came from the Atlantean side of the family, and his actual powers were the result of selling his soul to a Christian demon.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Kicked off the whole Cerdian war which leveled Atlantis cities by double dealing the rouge states queen, kidnapping the newborn son of Garth and Dolphin, urging his half-brother Arthur into going against the tiny nation after sending monsters to level his kingdom. Even went the extra mile of getting the Justice League involved to validate the former's invasion of which by getting his pawns to phone for help from the UN.
  • 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 discharged magical energy uncontrollably whenever he wasn't holding it, scarring his face and causing him intense agony whenever he let go of it.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Wields a mystic trident granted to him by Neron, that acts as both a conduit for his powers and a mark of his favour with the demon lord, a combination Magic Staff and Staff of Authority.
  • Religion of Evil: Not only sold his soul to Neron but worshiped him as a deity, enforcing the same worship on the citizens of the Dreaming City.
  • The Resenter: Both Pre- and Post-Crisis, he has a hard time with the idea that Aquaman is the superhuman King of Atlantis, and he's just a normal human being who is, at best, destined simply to fight his brother a lot.
  • The Savage Indian: Inverted. Rather than being portrayed as evil because of being raised in a Native American culture, Orm is demonized for having abandoned Native American culture. There are still issues with this, obviously, but it's a departure from the trope nonetheless.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Of the Dreaming City, where his sorcerous power marks him as Neron's chosen and the city's destined ruler.
  • The Theocracy: The Dreaming City was a centre of Atlantean spirituality and religion. Following Orm's arrival it's rule passed into the hands of the cult of Neron, with Ocean Master as high priest and effective monarch.
  • Villain Team-Up: Frequently teamed up with Manta or the Shark. He also assumes membership in Lex Luthor's Injustice Gang and the "inner circle" of Libra's Secret Society.

    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.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Before he gets mutated, Charybdis is this. His ethnicity is unclear, but he has a dark, red-brown skin tone.
  • Ax-Crazy: Charybdis' mental state was always questionable at best. After Scylla's death, he hires actresses to impersonate her, so he can then murder them as a deranged way of punishing Scylla for "leaving" him. This gets even worse after his transformation, and he begins torturing Aquaman's friends and family while making bad pop-culture references and laughing maniacally.
    • Laughing Mad: Due to his deteriorating mental state, he could give Joker a run for his money in this department.
  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Has all of Orin's abilities, many of them at a much greater degree.
  • Disability Superpower: After losing an arm he replaced it with the limb of a fire troll using Atlan's stolen magics.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Became this after stealing Atlan's magical abilities.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was already a wanted criminal, but losing Scylla did nothing for Charybdis' sanity.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Strangely, Charybdis' arc ends when the magic he stole from Atlan eventually winds up restoring his conscience and sanity. He then apologizes to Aquaman, asks that they drop their feud, and teleports off to parts unknown.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Scylla's death leaves him with something of a misogynistic streak. He insults Dolphin in sexist ways, and seems to blame Scylla for her own death.
  • I Will Tear Your Arms Off: Had this done onto him by Aquaman when he mutilated his mother in rather horrendous ways.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: His first evil scheme revolves around targeting sunken military submarines so that he can detonate their nukes and cause a worldwide Holocaust. As Aquaman puts it, Charybdis hates women, mankind, and himself.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Named for a whirlpool in Greek mythology that sucked everything down.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He first attacks Aquaman so that he can drain his powers and use them to access sunken military submarines, intending to use the nukes to cause Armageddon.
  • Piranha Problem: Sicced a school of them on Aquaman, and resembles one himself.
  • Power Parasite/Combo Platter Powers: One of his core abilities is to drain away the abilities of others either naturally or through technological siphons, it was never disclosed as to which held true.
    • Power Degeneration: of a type, when he stole some of Arthur's powers before taking a plunge into the Piranha pool. Their collective essence rubbed off on him turning the guy into the human barracuda he is today.
  • Telepathy: Got this from ripping off Aquaman's powers.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Scylla.
  • Western Terrorists: His ethnicity is unclear, but he doesn't seem to be an Islamic or African terrorist.
  • Would Hit a Girl: After Scylla's death, an unhinged Charybdis begins hiring women to impersonate her, so he can then murder them in a warped attempt to punish Scylla for "leaving" him. He also shows no hesitation in trying to kill Dolphin or torturing Aquaman's mother.

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

    Lava Lord

A simple Fire Troll with a rational intelligence greater than those of his kind who had been vastly augmented by a toxic waste spill that Aquaman and Aqualad plowed him into


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has only one hand.
  • Immune to Bullets: Thanks to his heightened durability.
  • In the Blood: Kordax's father Dardanus was as bad or worse than he was. His grandfather Shalako, while well-intentioned, was a dark wizard who murdered his wife.
  • 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: Sort Of like Namor.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Probably older than that.
  • 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: Just like Aquaman.
  • 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.

    Prime Minister Hagen

A rather unscrupulous politician who became the de-facto ruler of a new, quite possibly more human hating regime of Atlantis after prompting then disillusioned queen Mera, as well as using the backwash of begrudging Atlantean sentiment as a means to oust Aquaman from the throne. Him and his inner circle consist of conjurers and sorcerers who curried prestige among the Dark Art's practitioners of the traitorous witch Gamemnae.

  • Absolute Xenophobe: Hagen and his cronies bitterly despise anything related to the surface world as well as land walking civilization in general, under his rule the new Atlantis is devoid of any kind of semblance relating to human culture whatsoever. Structures and architecture are modeled after marine life over classical above ocean engineering, walking and sitting of any kind is strictly prohibited as Atlanteans are to be swimming or floating at all times, even having a sharp eye and a secret detail of militant thugs keep watch over individuals who have ties to the former monarch of the kingdom. And in worst case secretly ordering their summery executions.
  • Asshole Victim: While most had died when The Spectre ripped through the mermaid capitol, no tears were shed for this guy's tattered remains at the end by the survivors who lived.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Coming off as an immediate threat to all, he and his ilk of genocidal witch's & wizards are still largely circumvented by the much more immediate dangers presented by The Thirst
  • Cthulhumanoid: If his physical appearance is anything to go on.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Just look at him.
  • Evil Gloating: Has a penchant for this throughout his appearances.
  • Evil Plan: Hagen sought to effectively take the reigns of power within Atlantis for him & his in order to crown the undersea nation as supreme emperium of the earth.
  • Evil Sorcerer: How he was able to usurp the Atlantean crown and enforce his flippant laws through means of drugs and mysticism.
    • Magic Genetics: Hagen and the new 1% run Atlantis mainly through both open and secret perversion of naturally spawned oceanic organisms, turning them into hideous monstrosities either as royal transport to get from place to place.
    • Evil Makes You Monstrous: Difficult to tell either him being a resident of Tritonis before becoming a Sorc, or because his dabbing in foul powers monsterized his appearance.
    • The Virus: Had his crew of like minded mystics come up with a means of wiping away the surface dwelling civilization, a chamber pot of foul magic brewed specifically to mutate any and all water dwelling entities. Atlantean included, into a hoary host of ravenous freaks of nature spawned by their dark craft.
      • Animalistic Abomination: What his sect specialized in, what his long term goal in the usage of dark magic would make him and others of the sea into.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards surface-dwellers.
  • Government Drug Enforcement: How he managed to assume command of Atlantean Monarchy, he and his conspirators beset The current regent with a host of intoxication spells in order to keep her under. Being the highest ranked imperial and all, he naturally assumes the reins of state as the spokes person of the queen who his cohorts are keeping drugged up.
  • Powers That Be: What the sorcerer class of Atlantis becomes after Mera is rendered comatose and made into his political marionette.
  • Red Baron: With a name like Hagen The Heinous, what would one expect?
  • Squishy Wizard: For all his boisterous grandstanding as an evil overlord and such, he can't win in a contest of might or magic against Garth and/or Vulko. granted the latter had help from one of Hagen's failed super soldier experiments.
  • The Conspiracy: Basically what his coven of sorcerer's occupation in the New Atlantis boils down too.
    • Evil Plan: Standardly speaking, what his whole usurping of the throne of Atlantis boils down too. This coupling in his resentment of surface dwelling folk drives him and his cabal to mutate all single cellular life in the ocean gradually working up to larger sea animals into hideous abomnoids who would attack and scourge every land based settlement on earth of all human life.
  • The Man Behindthe Man: For a time he's this to Mera as her handmaidens feed her faux medicine while he runs matters of state.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: He and the new ruling caste in Atlantis are this, a coalition of one-off side characters who appeared out of nowhere to assume power after escaping the Obsidian age.

    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.
  • An Axe to Grind: Trok wields an axe on a leather thong, which he whirls about.
  • Body Horror: Slig and Jaffar can rearrange a person's features with a touch, with Jaffar at one point removing Dolphin's face completely.
  • Cool Helmet: Slig, Gole, Kurin and Trok each wear one.
  • Cool Mask: Gole's helmet, which includes a mask that completely covers his face.
  • The Corrupter: Try to corrupt Kako after her transmutation into a fire elemental, by allowing their spawn to feed on her.
  • Dual Wielding: Gole's sai.
  • Fish People: All six have a serious Creature from the Black Lagoon vibe going for them.
  • Generation Xerox: It is revealed that whenever one of the Six dies, they are replaced by one of their identical spawn.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Shaligo's wings are very evil—batlike, razor sharp, and used as weapons.
  • It's Personal: Koryak and Arthur take their "murder" of Kako, and Jaffar's disfigurement of Dolphin very seriously.
  • Knife Nut: Gole dual wields twin sai.
  • The Leader: Slig seems to be first among equals.
  • Mad Artist: Jaffar, who considers the mutations he causes in others to be artistry.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Favoured by Kurin, who uses a short-handled trident singlehandedly.
  • Psycho for Hire: All six of them clearly enjoy their work.
  • Punny Name: Deep 6 and their from underwater.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: 6 guys.
  • Super Strength: All of the six are stronger then your average human, and are capable of taking punches from the likes of Aquaman.

    Fire Trolls

An androgynous species of sentient lava mounds who once plotted to take over the world. They would often come to clash with Aquaman and then Sidekick Garth when they would try to cause catastrophic eruptions across the worlds fault lines.

    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.

    Siren (Hila)

Pre-Crisis, Hila was little more than a rambunctious albeit vicious troublemaker and eponymous pain in the ass for her Gemini, Mera.

Renowned in their family as the black sheep of the lot, she would often cause all kinds of havoc anywhere she went, more often than not 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. Together, the two conspired against Aquaman and Mera in a bid for power, but both suffered a change of heart in the following events and redeemed themselves.

In the Post-Crisis continuity, Hila is one amongst a colony of 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 all Xebel prisoners, Hila has incredibly potent hydrokinetic 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.
  • Fantastic Racism: Like most Xebelians, Hila is an clear speciesest towards Atlanteans, half-breeds and especially surface dwellers due to her prison home upbringing. The former is due to right wing bigoted supremacy thinking the world and everything spawned from the sea belongs to her people. The latter of which because the reigning power of Atlantis' life imprisonment sentence.
  • 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.

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: Shalako is an effeminately handsome man with long blonde hair.
  • 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: He begins as a priest of the sky goddess Suula, but eventually resorts to worshipping darker gods in order to get what he wants.
  • 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.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: With his last words, he claims that all his actions were motivated by love for his people and a desire to protect them. The truth is a little more complex. The curse he placed on the people of Tritonis (which transformed them into proto-mermaids) was out of jealousy that they loved his brother Orin, even if it did wind up helping the Tritonians to survive underwater.
  • 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: If you believe the chronicler Regin, Shalako's 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.
  • Bishōnen: Like his father, Dardanus is quite handsome, and has long blonde hair.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: His father Shalako sacrificed his mother in a dark magical ritual intended to help the people of Tritonis survive underwater. In revenge, the young Dardanus told the Tritonians that Shalako had been the one to curse them and turn them into proto-mermaids. Enraged, the Tritionians murdered Shalako and all his family except Dardanus, who survived by fleeing into the tunnels beneath Tritonis. The murder of his family, coupled with the long years living in isolation in the tunnels, result in Dardanus growing into a deeply disturbed young man.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Despite his horrific past, no one in the series treats Dardanus as anything but a monster once his crimes come to light. During their climactic duel, King Orin I even points out that Dardanus is largely the one responsible for his father Shalako's murder, having sicced the angry Tritonians on him in the first place.
  • Hate Sink: Dardanus is obviously designed to be the most vile character in the entire Atlantis Chronicles. He's a demented, narcissistic madman who rapes a fourteen year-old girl, sires the mutant villain Kordax, and starts a pointless war between Tritonis and Poseidonis in order to place Kordax on the throne and rule through him. After his death, the victorious Poseidonians are so disgusted that they leave his body to the sharks.
  • 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 egotism 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, if you believe the chronicler Regin. Regin's wife believed that Regin had simply killed Dardanus himself, and then used the story of Shalako's ghost to scare the Atlanteans and Tritonians into getting along.
  • 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.
  • Never My Fault: Dardanus wants revenge on Orin I and the people of Tritonis for the death of his father Shalako, even though he was the one to incite the Tritonians to kill Shalako in the first place. Orin had nothing to do with it, and even tried to save Shalako at the very end.
  • 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: Arrogant, smarmy, and manipulative, but also rather deranged and impulsive at times.
  • Stalker with a Crush: A dark, disturbing example. He believes that he's in love with Princess Cora, which leads him to assault and rape her, impregnating her with the mutant child Kordax. Needless to say, Dardanus' "love" is really more like lust or infatuation.

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