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Atlanteans are a sub-species of humans who were magically transformed into creatures of the sea by King Atlan's when Atlantis sank into the ocean.


Four squadrons of Atlantean soldiers were sent by Prince Orm to attack the S.S. California under the false pretense of protecting the location of Atlantis. With just their bare hands, they breached the submarine and killed the entire crew. The submarine's missiles were stolen and given to Orm's adviser Black Manta. Cyborg entered the submarine and was attacked by three Atlanteans. Luckily, he exploited their sensitivity to sound and managed to neutralize them with his energy cannon. A team of soldiers known as Drift One helped load the stolen missiles onto Black Manta's transport and were dispatched to Mercy Reef to assassinate Dr. Stephen Shin, a biologist out to prove the existence of Atlantis, and Arthur Curry, a half-Atlantean and first son of Queen Atlanna. Mera, the queen's bodyguard, intervened and killed the Drift One team with hard water constructs. At the same time, Black Manta disguised his vessel as the S.S. California and attacked Atlanteans harvesting kelp on the outskirts of the royal city.

Queen Atlanna refused to declare war and instead decreed she would personally broker a peace treaty with the Justice League. This was considered hearsay among the elite. Orm murdered his mother in secret and took the throne. He passed along a cover story that a surfacer assassinated Queen Atlanna so that he could mobilize an army to invade and cleanse the surface world. The Atlantean army made short work of the U.S. Army but the Justice League, Mera, and Arthur Curry intervened. Once Cyborg played back footage of Orm admitting to killing Queen Atlanna, the soldiers realized they were betrayed. Curry made a plea for peace. One by one, each soldier removed their helmet and kneeled down. The people of Atlantis welcomed Arthur Curry as their new king.


Atlanteans are generally similar to Humans in appearance; however, they are distinguished by their ability to adapt to aquatic environments, able to withstand thousands of degrees of pressure. Atlanteans possess a superior sensory arrangement that allows them to navigate the depths of oceans unexplorable by humans. In contrast to their external similarities, Atlantean internal anatomy differs radically from that of humans, as some are capable of telepathically communicating with marine life.

Atlanteans possess a highly efficient respiratory system that allows them to extract oxygen from water, allowing them to breathe freely underwater.

Physical characteristics differ as well, as Atlanteans are shown to possess superhuman strength and speed that allows them to travel immense distances underwater faster than any naval vessel.

Some Atlanteans are also capable of manipulating magic to cast water spells.

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Atlantean Physiology: The physiological make-up of the average Atlantean is dramatically different from that of a normal human being. Although a splinter species of baseline humanity, Atlanteans have evolved over the centuries and have adapted physical characteristics that make them more suited for life beneath the sea. This grants them them:

  • Amphibious Physiology: Atlanteans are capable of breathing and talking while submerge underwater, possessing a set of gills on their body. More than most Atlanteans can only survive out of the water without artificial aid.
    • Aquatic Respiration: All Atlanteans can breathe underwater and on land.
    • Mutation: Some Atlanteans have further evolved to beings resembling more of the creatures of the sea. This is seen as a less desirable mutation among Atlanteans. They can develop special powers and appearance resembling other sea creatures.
  • Superhuman Strength: Because they live in some of the deepest parts of the ocean, Atlantean bodies are capable of moving with ease even with 1086 (approximately over half a ton) pounds of pressure applied to them. They possess muscle density ten times that of a human being.
    • Superhuman Leaping: Atlanteans can leap several stories in a single bounds.
  • Superhuman Durability: Atlanteans can withstand the pressure of the ocean with ease, their skin is considered nearly bulletproof, and they are naturally resistant against heat and energy.
    • Healing Factor: Despite their resistance to injury, it is still possible to injure an Atlantean. However, due to their physiology, Atlanteans are able to heal at a rate much faster than a normal human being, but only when exposed to water.
  • Superhumanly Acute Senses: Atlanteans are specifically adapted to living in the ocean. Their' eyes are capable of seeing with perfect clarity, even in the near-total darkness of the ocean floor. They are also able to hear and smell under the water as well as humans do on land.
    • Enhanced Hearing: Atlantean's hearing is more acute than a ordinary human.
    • Enhanced Vision: Their vision allows them to see in the dark depths of the ocean.
    • Enhanced Sense of Smell: Atlantean possess a more keen sense of smell compared to ordinary humans.
  • Superhuman Speed: They are capable of moving, reacting, running and swimming at superhuman speeds.
  • Superhuman Agility: Atlanteans perfect balance, bodily coordination, and/or perfect equilibrium to a point far in excess to that of a normal human being on Earth, their bodies being able to coordinate easily while under the pressure of the ocean.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Atlanteans have the ability to maintain continuous physical actions for an undefined period longer than an ordinary human.
  • Longevity: Atlanteans can have longer life-spans than ordinary humans.
  • Hydrokinesis: Some Atlanteans are able manipulate water.
  • Magic: Like their Homo Magi ancestors, some Atlanteans can naturally perform magic.
  • Marine Telepathy: Atlanteans from the royal bloodline have manifested the ability to telepathically control marine life. Arthur Curry and King Atlan are the only known individuals to possess this ability.


  • Swimming: Atlanteans are natural swimmers.


  • Asphyxiation / Accelerated Dehydration: Atlanteans dehydrate at an accelerated rate compared to human. Though Atlanteans possess lungs enabling them to breathe air, Atlanteans not acclimated to dry land become exhausted after a limited amount of time, requiring a level of training to breathe air at a rate comparable to humans.
  • Vulnerability to Sensory Overlord: With their enhanced senses, an Atlantean can be overtaxed to from external stimuli. Sunlight is noted to be difficult for Atlanteans to get use to, sometimes requiring them to wear thick goggles. Hypersonics are also capable of disorienting their senses.


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