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Recap / Superman The Animated Series S 3 E 9 A Fish Story

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Creatures of the sea are acting in strange and aggressive ways lately. It turns out Lex Luthor is undergoing an unethical, underwater experiment and has also imprisoned the legendary Aquaman. Lois and Clark must help Aquaman before a war breaks out between Earth and the City of Atlantis.


  • Adaptational Badass: Aquaman can also control sea gulls thereby making that he can control other creatures that thrived on the sea other than living in it.
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  • Always a Bigger Fish: An Atlantean ship makes Luthor's ship look like a trout.
  • The Cavalry: The Atlanteans arrive to support their king in repelling the surface dwellers.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Aquaman and Superman made short work on the divers.
  • Damsel in Distress: Luthor lampshades about Lois's importance to Superman who will come to save her when she is in trouble.
  • Does Not Drive: Jimmy is asked by Lois to do so. Since he doesn't have his driver's licence yet, obviously the results are not be pretty.
  • Downer Ending: Thanks to Luthor and his men's actions, humanity is now made the enemy of the Atlantians who will one day return to finish them for good should their seas be harmed again.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The version of Aquaman that appears in this series is based on the golden age Aquaman. All later appearances are based on the revamped 90's version.
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  • Giant Squid: Aquaman summons one to deal with Luthor's men.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Aquaman justifies his war against humanity for polluting his oceans. He tries to convince Superman since humanity pollutes his skies but the latter convinces Aquaman that there are people trying to solve the problems.
  • Nature Hero: Aquaman.
  • Recycled Animation: When Aquaman's armada opens fire at Luthor's ship, there's a full screen frame of a fire explosion, which is reused footage from "Where There's Smoke" when Volcana blasted Superman with a fire ball in the parking lot. Soon afterwards, there's another explosion that is reused footage from the gas canisters that Superman ignites in "The Way of All Flesh". Finally, when two crewmen jump overboard, there's another explosion that is reused footage from the explosion of Pa and Ma Kent's barn in "New Kids in Town".
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  • Threatening Shark: Luthor's men think that Lois is going to be eaten by a shark. It didn't. Aquaman controls the shark to help her.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The captain thinks he could harpoon a guy with super powers and thinks that his fleet of warships will let this go.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Luthor and Mercy leave the crew stranded in the sea. It's presumed Superman saves them.

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