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Aquaman is the king of Atlantis, a thriving underwater nation.
Aquaman, born as Orin to Atlantis Queen Atlanna and the mysterious wizard Atlan, was abandoned on Mercy Reef as a baby because of his blonde hair, which was seen by the superstitious Atlanteans as a curse they called "the Mark of Kordax." The only one who spoke up on Orin's behalf was Vulko, a scientist who had no time for myth or superstition, and while his pleas had no effect, Vulko would later become a close friend and advisor of Orin's. Orin was found on the reef by dolphins; one of the dolphins, named Porm, took Orin in and became his adopted mother. As a child, Orin was found and taken in by a lighthouse keeper who gave him his own name, Arthur Curry. One day Orin returned to the lighthouse and found Arthur gone, so he set off on his own. In his early teens, Orin ventured to the far north, where he met and fell in love with an Inupiat named Kako. He also first earned the hatred of Orm, the future Ocean Master, who would prove to be his half-brother. He was driven away before he knew Kako had become pregnant with his son, Koryak. Aquaman has teamed up with Superman numerous times.
Atlan (Atlanna's Husband)
Queen Atlanna (Mother)
Thomas Curry (Father)
Porm (Dolphin who raised Arthur for a time)
Tempest (Aquaman's previous partner)
Dolphin (Short time lover, wife of Garth)
Aqualad (Jackson/Kaldur: current partner)
Tula (previous Aquagirl)
Powers and Abilities
Enhanced Underwater Breathing: Aquaman can hold his breath for long periods of time. The current time limit for this ability is unknown.
Enhanced Sight: His ability to see in the murky depths of the ocean allows him exceptional night vision while on land. He has claimed that his eyes are adapted to see at 6,000 fathoms (or 36,000 feet below the surface of the water).
Enhanced Hearing: several times more acute than human capacity. Enhanced Smell: several times more acute than human capacity.
Superhuman Strength: Aquaman possesses superhuman strength on the order of 150 times human maximum (assuming a human max of 800 lbs, meaning approximately 60 tons), although he's shown feats of at least 80 tons worth of striking and lifting power, but his strength is always underrated, considering the company that he keeps(Superman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter). His strength is more than a match for most common barriers such as wood, common metals, brick or concrete walls. Only steel reinforced barriers have a serious chance of slowing him for any length of time. Aquaman frequently displays feats of Super-Atlantean (the average Atlantean can lift/press approximately 4 tons) and Superhuman strength. While not on par with Superman or Captain Marvel, he has proven capable of performing standing high jumps of 4 stories (both on land and from water), lifting and throwing a tank (which range from 30 to 60 tons), and has held his own in hand to hand combat with Wonder Woman. His strength would appear somewhat dependent on how immersed in water he is as he was capable of lifting a considerable chunk of a city block in Sub-Diego (which would weigh thousands of tons), gained the upper hand against Despero(who can defeat superman, captain marvel, and wonder woman at the same time), and has proven capable of shifting an oil rig platform, a cruise liner, and a submerged land mass, which would all weigh thousands of tons as well.
Superhuman Endurance: Aquaman possesses strength and stamina that allows him to swim up to 150 mph for at least a 4 hour period without significant breaks for rest or recuperation. If he wished to extend this period of travel at reduced speeds he could "ride" or be towed by dolphins or other swimmers until he was rested.
Superhuman Durability: Aquaman's enhanced physiology enables him to withstand impacts that would kill and ordinary human, and critically injure an average Atlantean. He has been seen in ocean depths as deep as 20,000 feet (3.79 miles) below the surface of the water. That amount of pressure is 800 atmospheres, which is enough to crush steel submarines. It seems that Aquaman has been able to travel as deep as 36,000 feet (6.82 miles) considering that he claims that his eyes have been adapted to see at that depth. He is not completely durable against small arms but his skin cannot be punctured with sharp objects or bullets, and is able to take a direct hit without incapacitation, he has incredible resistance to heat based attacks, and blunt force, taking hits from powerhouses such as Superman and Wonder woman and getting up like it was nothing.
Superhuman Speed: Said to be the fastest thing underwater, he is capable of swimming at a consistent speed of 150 knots (175mph) for several hours. Aquaman can travel at much faster speeds for short "sprints." He has also been seen swimming at 10,000 feet per second. It's unknown how long he can keep up that amount of speed though. With his incredible speed in the water, Aquaman is able to create giant whirlpools. In some comics it has been stated that he can swim faster then a shark, but in other cases he can swim as fast as 175 mph, far faster then a shark. But for the most part, Arthur has displayed speed faster than torpedos, and has even beat a Giant plane that was going at hypersonic speeds(mach 5 or above) to and island
Superhuman Reflexes: While no speedster, Aquaman's reflexes are superior to even exceptional metahumans such as Deathstroke the Terminator, and his reflexes are on the order of 12-15 times faster than a normal human. Aquaman is an accomplished swimmer, easily the better of any Olympic level athlete.
Marine Telepathy: Aquaman has the ability to communicate directly with sea life and has done so throughout most of his life. Lately he possesses a greater range of control that can actually force sea creatures to obey his whims. Currently, he requests their assistance and they comply. He has chosen to continue to request since, if he forces them to comply, they will ultimately lose respect for him. He now also has access to a quantum field phenomenon called "the Clear". "The Clear" quantum phenomenon has been observed with the subject called the Swamp Thing who called it the Green or the Morphogenic Field of Animal Man (also called the Red). Aquaman is also an accomplished telepath in general and can perform such telepathic feats as mind to mind communication, mind probes, mental domination of a non-aquatic mind, and mental attacks. The potency of such mental domination is unclear but he has been seen to use his powers to great effect against the White Martians and Doctor Polaris.
Access to the Clear: Aquaman has the ability to sense the primal emotions of aquatic creatures through "The Clear". The Clear seems to function as a universal consciousness of all sea life. Via it he can communicate or command sea life on the other side of the planet. He can see what they see and much more what he is only beginning to realise. He can also push his telepathic powers to reach out to the higher land creatures to find that element of their brains that was once an aquatic dwelling creature. This may account for Aquaman's facility with language.
Energy-Heat Resistance: Aquaman is extremely resistant to energy/heat based attacks as he has with stood multiple blasts from Amazo's heat vision, Black Manta's heat beams, a blast from star breaker, and energy blasts from an Omac.
Sonar Location: A sonar power which allows Aquaman to detect things when blinded. A possible side effect of his gift from Posidon or from the nature of his advanced mental powers, Aquaman can use this sonar-like sense to detect objects much as a dolphin might. The range of this power is unknown.
Water Sense: He has a sixth sense of "feeling" flowing water over 47 feet away through any kind of surface or material and in any direction.
Superhuman Equilibrium: Aquaman has very good balance, and it is hard to knock him over
Sorcery(previously): his mutation into the dweller of the Deep through a bargin with ancient sea gods gave him untold amounts of ancient magics.
Master Swimmer: Aquaman is an excellent swimmer
Expert Combatant: Aquaman excels at hand-to-hand combat and overall martial ability.
Expert Tactician: He has an advanced strategic sense, and has natural leadership qualities.
Accomplished Diplomat: His natural autocratic nature does not suit him well in environments where democracy is an issue but Orin is a natural commander and his ability has served him well in the protection of Posidonis.