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Mera, sometimes known as Aquawoman, is a DC Comics character created by Jack Miller & Nick Cardy, first appearing in Aquaman #11 (dated September 1963).

For most of her existence in The DCU, Mera's backstory was only alluded to vaguely, and it wasn't until 2010's Brightest Day that her origin was explored. Hailing from Xebel, an extradimensional penal colony for banished Atlantean people, Mera was sent to Atlantis (under an assumed alias) to kill Aquaman, but couldn't follow through with the plan because she instead fell in love with him.

Mera would eventually marry Arthur and become the Queen of Atlantis, which is perhaps the best-known aspect of her character, but she's notable on her own terms as well. Whereas he possesses telepathic control of aquatic life, Mera's skillset involves hydrokinesis and manipulation of hard water.


In 2018, her character saw some notable developments, which include temporarily joining the Justice League, becoming Queen of Atlantis, and starring in her own solo series, Mera: Queen of Atlantis. She also starred in her own graphic novel, Mera: Tidebreaker, released as part of the DC Ink Young Adult line in 2019.

As a major supporting character of the Aquaman franchise, Mera has appeared often in other media. Most notably, she features in the DC Extended Universe films, portrayed by Amber Heard.


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  • Absolute Cleavage: Her classic look, though it's been downplayed over the years.
  • Action Girl: Not only a loving and devoted wife/fiance, but a badass on her own who aids and even saves Aquaman.
  • Apparently Human Merfolk: Moreso than Aquaman; she comes from an undersea colony.
  • Barrier Warrior: Often uses her water powers to shield herself and her allies, particularly during the Drowned Earth arc.
  • Bash Sisters: With Tula.
  • Battle Couple: Most of Arthur's fights during Geoff Johns' run had Mera alongside him.
  • The Berserker: During her time as a Red Lantern in Blackest Night.
  • Berserk Button: Mocking her husband or not respecting her personal space. And don't call her "Aquawife." Or a mermaid.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may be an even more diplomatic face than her husband, but do not get on her bad side.
  • Boobs of Steel: As expected, she's busty, and also a very strong (described with "strikes that crash like tidal waves") and skilled warrior, particularly with a trident.
  • Breakout Character: While she hasn't risen to headliner status, it's pretty safe to say that Mera has gained additional prominence starting from her role in both Blackest Night and Brightest Day.
  • Broken Bird: Mera had shown signs of instability during and following Crisis after the death of Aquababy, leading to the breakdown of her marriage with Arthur. And a while after their relationship was back on, Arthur was killed, leading her into a prolonged state of mourning, followed by one of rage during the events of Blackest Night, prompting her targeting by the Red Lanterns to help repel the Black Lantern invasion. Unfortunately, she becomes consumed with rage and attacks Wonder Woman, who to be fair, had been just possessed by a Black Lantern ring and was compelled by it to attack her. Thankfully, the now temporary Star Sapphire Wonder Woman calms her down, and, after the power of the Red Lantern leaving her brings her to cardiac arrest, the combined energy of one of the Blue Lanterns, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris and a revived Aquaman not only saves her life but also her marriage and emotional well-being.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Inverted, a spell cast by Hagen to spite Arthur and Co, turned her gills into lungs making her surroundings inhospitable to her.
  • Damsel in Distress: Happens more often then she would like. First off is when The Dead King suddenly came back to the world and dragged her to the Bermuda Triangle to subvert the kingdom of Xebel to his sovereign rule once again. The next is when said ancient monarch occupies Atlantis while backed by the very same penal system of exiled watershifters during Aquaman's six month absence, who eventually has her imprisoned in a waterproof holding cell. Now again as luck would have it, when it is revealed that there's an impostor on the throne currently running Atlantis in her place, Mera is stuck a prisoner of the otherworldy Thule being impersonated by a fellow Xebelian. Worse still? Said pretender to her regency is family. More specifically, Mera's sister. Subverted, as she does get out by her own though. Not to mention Aquaman is also frequently likely to end up in a pickle on his own.
  • Deuteragonist: Has been of equal importance to Aquaman's story, especially starting with Geoff Johns' run from Blackest Night into the New 52 reboot.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Adopts the identity of Aquawoman briefly in the transition from New 52 to Rebirth as part of the opening of the Atlantean Embassy as part of her diplomatic role to the surface.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After several trials with her marriage, mental instability, and Atlantean politics, she finally has one of sorts as Brightest Day wraps up.
  • Ethnicity Monarch: In stories where she is married to Arthur, she is Queen of Atlanteans and the oceans themselves.
  • Fiery Redhead: One of her defining traits, which usually gets her into trouble. While Arthur can be pretty hot blooded himself, Mera is far less restrained with voicing her thoughts, and her much more preferred way of handling things is to beat them into submission.
  • Fish out of Water: A couple of stories have dealt with her adjusting to life on the surface, which in the modern eras, she has done remarkably well.
  • Government in Exile: To La Résistance after the Crown of Thorns makes her unable to breathe water, and she is chosen as Rath's successor while Arthur leads the resistance against Rath.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Maybe not the quickest to anger, but beware her when her fuse goes out.
  • Happily Married: To Aquaman... usually. Their marriage died for a while pre-Flashpoint following the death of Aquababy, rekindled somewhat. And then Aquaman dies. Back to happily after Arthur comes back to life at the end of Blackest Night. Post-Flashpoint they're retconned into being engaged. By #65 of the Rebirth run, they finally tie the knot.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: In Aquaman's case.
  • Heroic BSoD: Pre-Flashpoint: When her son was killed, she went insane for a time. She didn't fare much better when Arthur was killed just prior to Blackest Night.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: When she gets turned into a Red Lantern during Blackest Night, she gets approached by Black Lantern Aquaman and the newly revived body of their son. As Black Lantern Arthur tries to get a rise out of Mera by provoking her feelings of loss, Mera screams "I never wanted children" and incinerates Black Lantern Aquababy.
  • Honey Trap: Her original purpose for being sent to court Aquaman. In reality her mother wanted a better life for her.
  • Hysterical Woman: Pre-Flashpoint, it was established that her fits of instability following the death of Aquababy that led up to the dissolution of her marriage with Arthur and being committed to an Atlantean mental institution were attributed to the chemical differences between her home dimension of Xebel and Atlantis.
  • I Am Not Weasel: Often called a mermaid, which, she does not appreciate.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Mera's mother told her that the plan to assassinate Arthur was just to get Mera to the surface so she could decide what to do from there on.
  • It's All My Fault: During Brightest Day, she resolves to own her part in the failing of her previous marriage to Arthur, and her part in the couple's perennial struggle with Black Manta.
  • Lady of Black Magic: The beautiful Queen of Atlantis, and as royalty of Xebel she has hydrokinesis in the form of powerful blasts and waves.
  • Lady of War: As the Queen of Aquaman, it's her duty to serve as this when needed.
  • The Lancer: To her husband.
  • Mama Bear: Like her husband, messing with kids (hers or otherwise) or with Atlantis means that you'll have to deal with her very shortly, and odds are highly against your survival of such a confrontation.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is derived from the French la mer, which means water or sea.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Following Arthur's revival at the end of Blackest Night, Mera pledges to make up for her part in the failure of their past marriage and be Arthur's pillar of love and support, and even goes so far as to come clean with her true origin story, and her own history with Black Manta, whose son Kaldur'ahm she saved from being used as a pawn and sent to live with a foster parent. (She and Arthur soon have to face Black Manta, in alliance with her evil sister Siren, when they come back for Kaldur'ahm.)
  • One True Love: She is unquestionably this to Aquaman. They're together in every form of media they both appear in and are usually already married. Most people aren't even aware that Aquaman had other love interests besides her.
  • Puppet Queen: After escaping the Obsidian Age she becomes this to a treacherous consortium of magic crafters who have secretly had her drugged and incapable of making decisions on her own. They even go the extra mile of getting her to exile their king and her husband.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's known for being a proactive ruler. Mera was sent by her father to kill Arthur and while she's not royalty in Atlantis, she's almost.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Xebelian traits (which is probably also why Tula, who had the same look, was recolored).
  • Silk Hiding Steel: And barely hidden in Mera's case. She can go from elegant, regal and ladylike to lethal in an instant.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Why she couldn't go through with killing Arthur; seeing what a good person he was led to her falling in love with him.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Red Lantern Atrocitus is rather infatuated with Queen Mera in Blackest Night.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She stands at 5' 9" and is a very attractive redhead. (Though in the 2018 movie she's played by the 5' 7" Amber Heard.)
  • Superpower Lottery: Being Xebellian royalty makes her every bit as potent as Arthur if not more so.
    • In a Single Bound: Like Aquaman, she's adapted to and is strengthened by the ocean deep, and can leap sky high on land.
    • Making a Splash: She has the power to control water, which includes the ability to steal water from a person's body. Later revealed to be a trait of Xebel's royal family. If you marry into it, you will also get the power.
    • Super Strength: Can effortlessly break a man's hand.
    • Telepathy: It allows her to communicate with other Atlanteans, but she can't talk with other marine life.
  • Tsundere: Warm, compassionate and loving towards Arthur, the Atlanteans and her friends, and protective of innocent people, but also fiery-tempered.
  • Unstoppable Rage: To put it lightly, Mera is nowhere near as patient as her husband. Though she learns some restraint, she's still the more easily angered of the two.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She will put anyone who tries to harm Aquaman in a world of hurt.
  • Warrior Princess: Her father trained her to kill Arthur. She didn't, but the training was pretty effective.


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