Oh, yeah! Yeah! Just throw saltwater fish into a chlorinated pool. Water's water, I guess. Come on! What are you, four?— Aquaman
Aquaman is the alter ego of Arthur Curry, king of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, as well as a long-standing member of the Justice League. As his name would suggest, he is most adapt while in the presence of a large body of water as he can breath underwater, swim at accelerated speeds and can telepathically communicate with marine life. Despite his prestige as a king and a member of the Justice League, several super-villains enjoy mocking him and tearing into his persona. He is the sworn enemy of Black Manta.
Eschewing the tattoos and beard of Jason Momoa, Harley Quinn offers a more classic take on Aquaman, although he does have longer hair of the modern incarnation. He is golden blond, with slightly tanned skin, wearing an orange scale-mail shirt which ends in a Mandarin collar around his neck. His hands are covered by a pair of forest-green gloves with a fin around the sides. He also sports a pair of forest-green pants held up by a golden yellow belt with a golden belt-buckle shaped as stylized letter A.
In "L.O.D.R.S.V.P. Harley and her crew stole a cache of Atlantean jewels from the Atlantis Museum of Art, with Clayface pretending to be Aquaman to misdirect the guards. However, Aquaman himself apprehended them on the ocean surface, and it required Poison Ivy's arrival and tying him up in seaweed for Harley and her crew to escape.
The encounter got the attention of the Legion of Doom which got her nominated to join the legion and invited to a party. While Harley was mingling at the party, Aquaman arrived to retrieve his jewels from Ivy and Harley. Harley sucker punched Aquaman in the throat and distracted him briefly before he kicked her aside. He then fights off all of the disarmed Legion of Doom guests with ease. Aquaman yells aloud that his quarrel is only with Harley and Ivy. At this point all of the Legion of Doom members back off except for Black Manta, Aquaman's nemesis, so Aquaman blasts Black Manta away with his trident.
As Aquaman prepares to blast Ivy, Harley baits him into attacking her, so he throws his trident directly at her, misses, and the trident strikes the fish tank she was deliberately standing in front of. With all the fish flushed out into the room, Aquaman began picking them up in distress, angrily discarding Harley's suggestion to take them to a YMCA pool down the street because these are saltwater fish. As Aquaman leaves, the Legion of Doom applauds her for driving him off.
From what has been shown in the series, this incarnation of the character is a boisterous bruiser who doesn't have an indoor voice, given to hearty high-fives and laughing freely. As befitting a king, Aquaman will occasionally use older and more formal words such as "abscond" while referring to Harley's theft of the Atlantean royal box of jewelry. His preferred word choices and method of phrasing his sentences had lead him to self-identify as the "Dickens of the Deep". But despite his regal manner of presenting himself, Aquaman has shown a far more down-to-earth attitude while dealing with more juvenile and rude characters such as Harley Quinn, Bane and Sinestro. He was shown to get annoyed with Sinestro's backhanded comment regarding his "family jewels" and openly berated Harley for suggesting to put saltwater fish in a swimming pool filled with chlorine.
Aquaman and Black Manta appear to be fierce enemies with a history considering that they refer to each other by their first names. Unlike his arch-enemy, Aquaman does not take their rivalry as personal as Manta does, clamming that not all of their encounters centers around him alone.
Powers and Abilities
- Atlantean Physiology
- Amphibian Adaptation
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Durability
- Marine Telepathy
- Master Swimmer
- Expert Combatant
- Trident Proficiency
- He along with Batman and Zatanna Zatara are the only known members of the Justice League who didn't get imprisoned in Queen of Fables' book.
- Chris Diamantopolous previously voiced fellow Justice League member, and blond, Green Arrow on the animated series Justice League Action.
- His adversary, Black Manta, is voiced by Phil LaMarr, an actor who stares as Aquaman on the animated series Young Justice. LaMarr had also starred on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law as Black Vulcan, another African-American character who resented Aquaman.