Why so much hatred for Aquaman?

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Most people don't hate him, but they mock him mericlessly. I think this is because most people don't completely understand his powers.

The Superfriends show (as far as I know) only gave him talking to fish and breahing underwater as his superpowers. Thanks to this, most people outside of comic fandom see these as his only powers and this has become the most prominant image of he character, much like the camp Adam West Batman was for well, Batman.

However, most comic book fans have a better understanding of his powers. Yes, while he can breath underwater, that's not all that water does for him. It gives him superhuuman strength that's near the level of Superman's. Also, adapting to live underwater, his body is able to withstand immense pressure, meaning that he's virtually impervious to machine gun fire. Also, he can do more than swim underwater; he can swim at over 100 knots.

And his telepathy. While almost everywhere that isn't based on a comic (not Justice League Unlimited or anything like that) states that his power is just "talking to fish", it isn't. It's commanding sea life. All sea life. There's some mercenaries attacking an oil rig? Aquaman can send a fleet of Great White Sharks to sort them out. Alien invasion force attacking Venice Beach? Aquaman can summon Cthulhu to attack the aliens.

I think I'm more open to accepting the character as something more than a joke because my first exposure to Aquaman was a short story in a DC annual when I was maybe 6 or 7 years old. The story was set when he was in his "harpoon hand" phase. And lets face it, when a 7 year old reads a story about someone who looks like a cross between a Viking and a Pirate, that kid is gonna think of that character as a badass.

TL;DR? Superfriends is the root of all Aquaman's problems, and he's really much more of a badass than you think.

As previously said, he doesn't really have an impressive super power & is a bit more than useless agaisn't anything away from the sea.

Oh... one of the many Family Guy jokes that gets repeated ad nauseum. Funny thing is that after your video ends, there's links to two videos with the points brought up by me and other people as to why he's a great character. Its called "Aquaman is Underrated and Powerful" and it pretty much sums it up.

MisterMojo:

Sir John The Net Knight:

MisterMojo:
Don't forget, Sir John, he also is about three inches from being a total Commie, which makes him super unpopular to the Fox News crowd.

I fail to understand what that has to do with anything. Or how you even reached this conclusion in the first place...

I was more or less talking about the rather obvious liberal/socialist views of the character. Being labeled a socialist is almost like a death sentence in the US, which leads back to my point of him being unpopular with the more conservative media corporations that run things in the US.

Dude, we're talking about Aquaman, not politics. We have a separate forum for bullshit like that. If you want to decry Fox News, go to R&P. Not into topics about comic books.

Sir John The Net Knight:

Dude, we're talking about Aquaman, not politics. We have a separate forum for bullshit like that. If you want to decry Fox News, go to R&P. Not into topics about comic books.

/facepalm

Apparently you didn't understand the point I was trying to make. This was no attempt to bring politics in as a major discussion point. And I believe I originally quoted you on something having to do with Green Arrow.

MisterMojo:

Sir John The Net Knight:

Dude, we're talking about Aquaman, not politics. We have a separate forum for bullshit like that. If you want to decry Fox News, go to R&P. Not into topics about comic books.

/facepalm

Apparently you didn't understand the point I was trying to make. This was no attempt to bring politics in as a major discussion point. And I believe I originally quoted you on something having to do with Green Arrow.

What the joke about Green Arrow having a hot girl while Batman hangs out with young boys? You do know that joke is decades old, right?

Sir John The Net Knight:

What the joke about Green Arrow having a hot girl while Batman hangs out with young boys? You do know that joke is decades old, right?

No... this:

Sir John The Net Knight:

And Green Arrow is not really respected because he is a carbon copy of Batman in every conceiveable way.

Blindrooster:
Most superheroes can function anywhere, anytime. Aquaman is worthless away from water. this is a problem considering msot conflict takes place away from water... see, this could be okay reversed. if he could talk to everything BUT fish it wouldnt be so.........idk linear. Picture lava man who only has powers in lava.... it's just not exciting.

This is COMPLETELY untrue.

People! AQUAMAN CAN FUNCTION OUTSIDE OF WATER

He is super strong and super tough, so much so that he has beaten Superman in a straight up fight at least twice. And he doesn't ask water creatures for help, he commands them. They do as he says unquestioningly. He could order all the crabs in the world to hurl themselves at humanity, and climb over the crushed corpses of their comrades (alliteration ahoy) to destroy them, and they would do it.

Oh yeah, it's not just aquatic animals. Any animal that has had aquatic-beings in its ancestry is vulnerable. Hell, once he disabled a man by giving him a seizure, by targeting a part of his brain that is still similar to mans aquatic ancestor. He once killed two White Martians using the very same technique.

His personality in Brave and The Bold is great as well. Outrageously so.

MisterMojo:

Sir John The Net Knight:

What the joke about Green Arrow having a hot girl while Batman hangs out with young boys? You do know that joke is decades old, right?

No... this:

Sir John The Net Knight:

And Green Arrow is not really respected because he is a carbon copy of Batman in every conceiveable way.

While that may not so much be the case now. When Green Arrow originally debuted he was extremely similar to Batman. He had an Arrowmobile, an Arrowcave, he was a rich guy who liked hunting and he had a Robin-esque sidekick named Speedy. You can find all this info on his Wikipedia page.

As an aside, in the Teen Titans cartoon when Robin first meets Speedy they look very similar and they share a nerdly conversation about their customized weaponry and toolsets. Beastboy makes an amusing observation by stating. "I didn't know Robin had a clone."

It's a running joke in the comic set. But not well known in the mainstream because Green Arrow hasn't been exposed to the public the way Batman or Superman has.

Sir John The Net Knight:
[quote="MisterMojo" post="18.223418.7529362"]
While that may not so much be the case now. When Green Arrow originally debuted he was extremely similar to Batman. He had an Arrowmobile, an Arrowcave, he was a rich guy who liked hunting and he had a Robin-esque sidekick named Speedy. You can find all this info on his Wikipedia page.

As an aside, in the Teen Titans cartoon when Robin first meets Speedy they look very similar and they share a nerdly conversation about their customized weaponry and toolsets. Beastboy makes an amusing observation by stating. "I didn't know Robin had a clone."

It's a running joke in the comic set. But not well known in the mainstream because Green Arrow hasn't been exposed to the public the way Batman or Superman has.

Which I'm well aware of. Just went back and recently re-read the whole Archer's Quest storyline from after he was resurrected and they made a couple of jokes about how Ollie inadvertently worshiped the Bat when he first started out.

MisterMojo:

emeraldrafael:
a nice machine gun rips through those things, or if not i'll just electrocute them. So he's pretty much the weakest super hero. if you can even call him that.

Remember, the operative word here is "horde," which generally means an omnidirectional attack. Sure, a SMG (if you can even get it to fire underwater in the first place) can only fire in the direction it is pointed; and as far as electricity is concerned, there are quite a few sea creatures that generate electrical charge far beyond that which any man-made object can produce. I hope you'd be wearing extremely heavy rubber protection in addition to carrying a grounding rod with you at all times, or else your grand electric shock plan will be much like telling David Hasselhoff to stop turning down roles that make him an even larger joke.

Or, in Pokemans terms, "not very effective."

The point is, Fish arent scary on land, and they are hardly as scary in the water. You know he's not going to kill you or hurt you, he'll just trap you, because he's a superhero. And not even an edgy off the rail superhero like batman can be. The guy's a puss, and when i think of him, i always think of the family guy joke where a man is (attempting to) assault a woman on the beach and aqauman shows up but cnat do anything unless he's in the water. Aquaman keeps saying why dont you do it in the water, but settles with just throwing a star fish at the guy and in essence just having to watch and realize he is worthless.

emeraldrafael:
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It took you over a week to come up with that? You should have just not bothered to respond.

MisterMojo:

emeraldrafael:
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It took you over a week to come up with that? You should have just not bothered to respond.

I've been on vacation for the past... well, for the time I was gone and didnt feel like getting on yesterday when i got home. So this is the first time i've seen it.

He has all the powers of Spongebob.

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