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The Atlanteans are one of the underwater species of amphibious humanoids that inhabit the Earth's oceans, native to the kingdom of Atlantis.


Invasion of Earth

Atlanteans during Steppenwolf's invasion of Earth

Atlanteans arriving to battle the Apokoliptians invaders.

Thousands of years ago, Atlanteans joined with the forces of the Amazons and Humans to fight off an invasion by Steppenwolf and his massive Parademon army. As their battle escalated, the Olympians descended to aid, along with Yalan Gur. King Atlan led his forces from their massive ships onto shore, where armies of Earth had been driving back the forces of Apokolips. Zeus and Artemis greatly crippled the invaders' forces, causing Steppenwolf to retreat, much to his dismay. As they departed, the three Mother Boxes were separated by Zeus, entrusting them to the forces of Earth for safekeeping.[1]

Fall of Atlantis

In 3000 B.C., the city of Atlantis fell into the ocean, and its remnants became the Seven Kingdoms. Its inhabitants separated into different tribes, one of which became the Atlanteans.[2]

Monitoring Aquaman

Aquaman on a LexCorp recording

Aquaman sighting.

Atlanteans had spent most of their existence keeping their nation a secret from the humans,[2] but in 1999, ARGUS had began monitoring the half-Atlantean Arthur Curry.[3]

Years later, Lex Luthor retrieved archived footage from an NSA UUV drone, where Curry was recorded emerging from a sunken ship somewhere within the Tonga Trench at over 20,000 feet. The drone was destroyed by Curry with his quindent, and footage from a second drone showed the Atlantean swimming away fast enough to cause a sonic boom in his wake.[4]

Assault on Atlantis

Mera and an Atlantean soldier

Mera and an Atlantean royal guard.

During his return to Earth, Steppenwolf invaded the Atlantean Vault in his quest to reobtain and unite the Mother Boxes. There, he faced off against Mera and Aquaman, as well as a number of the Atlantean Guard. Despite their attempts to combat his invasion, Steppenwolf successfully retrieved the Mother Box, escaping through a portal.[1]


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, which has made them nearly as durable as Kryptonians.[5][6]. 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. According the Nuidis Vulko, only the "high-born" of Atlanteans and Xebellians are capable of breathing air, including himself, Orm, Atlanna, Mera, and Nereus. Other Atlanteans require water-filled suits to function on land, and when breached they will begin to suffocate.[7]

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.

The Atlantean body structure is immensely durable, enough to withstand water pressure from at least 20,000 feet below sea level.[8]


To be added

Known Atlanteans

Atlantean Hybrids


Concept artwork


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  2. 2.0 2.1 ‘Aquaman’: 50 Things to Know about James Wan’s Ambitious Spin on a Superhero Movie
  3. Ayer, David (writer and director) (August 5, 2016). Suicide Squad.
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  5. Aquaman Movie: Every Reveal From The Set Visits
  6. "Aquaman"'s Atlanteans Are Almost As Powerful As Superman
  7. Beall, Will, Wan, James, Johns, Geoff (writers) & Wan, James (director) (December 21, 2018). Aquaman.
  8. Goyer, David S., Terrio, Chris (writers) & Snyder, Zack (director) (March 25, 2016). Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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