Underwater superheroes are often overlooked, but with the latest remake of Aquaman (thank you Jason Momoa), people all over are giving them the attention they deserve. Here’s our list of 5 superheroes that are pretty impressive in and out of the water and have powers worth bragging about:
Kaldur’ahm is one of two fictional superheroes codenamed Aqualad in stories published by DC Comics. He fought alongside Aquaman before serving as the leader of the Young Justice team. Shockingly, it is later discovered that he is actually the biological son of Black Manta, Aquaman’s mortal enemy. What’s really cool about Aqualad is his power to control water and electricity. Not only can he generate his own electricity, underwater, he can also perform hydrokinesis, the metaphysical psychic ability to control and manipulate the movement of liquid water using the power of the mind. We love him already!
Everyone knows Aquaman right? Gifted with super strength and durability, Aquawoman is pretty awesome too. She is able to swim at superhuman speeds and endure the pressure of the deep ocean. She also has displayed strong hydrokinesis abilities, enabling her to do practically anything she wants with any small amount of water available to her. Aquawoman can control tidal waves, the moisture in the air, and even the water inside the human body. A superhero not to be trifled with.
Okay, we know what you’re thinking but we promise this strong yet cuddly character from The Little Mermaid, has his place on the list. According to Fandom, he was given the power to manipulate underwater electricity. This meant he could create, shape and manipulate electricity with a distinct property of flowing within or among water particles without a dangerous reaction from the conjunction of these two without the electricity being positively charged. With the increase of conductivity with water particles the emission of electrical charges has now become more powerful than the normal electron generated electricity. It sounds like a serious gift to have!
Is any underwater superhero list complete without Namor? He is the Marvel version of Aquaman and is sometimes referred to Marvel’s first mutant. Namor is different among the Atlanteans and humans; apart from his super-strength and aquatic abilities, he has the ability to fly, which we think is pretty cool. The exact level of his strength is dependent upon his physical contact with water, in which he needn’t be submerged. His strength diminishes slowly the longer he is out of contact with water, though an extended period on land does not result in his death, as it would for a typical Atlantean, and his power is retained in full as long as he keeps himself wet.
Mera first appeared in Aquaman in 1963 as a queen of the sea. However, modern DC writers have traditionally emphasised Mera’s own superhuman physical strength and magical power to control water, portraying her as a powerful superhero in her own right. We love her character because of its “realness” – Mera’s storylines have also portrayed mental breakdown faced with crippling loss and explored her attempts at coping with lasting anger and rage. Mera has the unique ability to form “hard water” objects, as well as super strength and powers related to her adaptation to living underwater. She has been shown to be powerful enough to control, albeit briefly, huge amounts of water, enough to pull an entire army out to sea.
There are many underwater heroes and villains that stand as some of the most powerful characters in both Marvel and DC Comics. If you have a favourite, let us know on our Facebook page. We’ve also put together a list of 5 impressive fictional power sources from the world of Sci-Fi and the big screen.