Real Name: Jackson Hyde [real name Kaldur’ahm]
Weight: 170 ibs
Place of birth: Atlantis
First appearance: Brightest Day #4, 2010
Universe: Young Justice League
origin: New Earth DC comic
Jackson’s mother was abducted in the Bermuda triangle by Xebel forces (a rogue fanatic sect of Undersea people who can manipulate water). They performed experiments on his mother and him and she died while undergoing the process. The experiments gave him the power to release them from there prison but eh was stolen by princess Mera who took him to his Aunt and Uncle in New Mexico. As he grew up he was warned to never come in contact with water but as he grew older however he eventually did and manifested powers. His adopted dad took him to a place containing a treasure also left by Mera and his biological father Black Manta and Aquaman showed up and battled for the boy. Traveling with Aquaman he learned of his heritage and his destiny as prophesied in the Aquawar. He joined with the rest of the Aqua-family to battled Black Manta and the Xebel Forces. It was he who successfully sealed the dimensional breach thus ending the threat to the world.
Power & abilities:
Jackson Hyde has been shown to possess the ability to breathe under water as well as enhanced strength. He can adapt his eyes to see in the darkest of ocean bottoms. He features gill slits on the sides of his neck presumably allowing him to extract oxygen from the water. He also appears to demonstrate hydrokinesis, the ability to increase the local specific density of water and then manipulate its shape, similar to Mera and other citizens of Xebel. He is later given a pair of “Water Bearers”, weapons which allow him to focus that power, creating shapes and weapons with the water. In addition, he is able to discharge powerful bolts of electricity from his fingertips in a manner similar to that of an Electric eel.
Aqualad is an Atlantean with light blond hair cut at the bottom, brown skin, pale green eyes, high cheek bones, and a lean build. He possesses black, eel-like tattoos that run across his back and along his arms and glow a bright blue when using his powers. The visibility of the tattoos is due to the fact that Aqualad dropped out of Sorcery school before progressing to an advanced level; with more advanced sorcerers, the tattoos are only visible when used. Aqualad also has webbed hands and feet and possesses a set of gills that allow him to breathe underwater. The set of visible gills is a trait not shared by most Atlanteans from Poseidonis, but common among the residents of Kaldur’s hometown of Shaveris.
In the Young Justice animated series, Aqualad is voiced by Khary Payton. He is unanimously elected by the team their leader within the series. He had believed that he was the son of Calvin “Cal” Durham, formerly a henchman of the supervillain Black Manta sent to infiltrate Atlantis that defected to settle down with Aqualad’s mother, Sha’lain’a of Shayeris. In the second season of the series he uncovered he was in fact the son of Black Manta. Because the character was originally created for the animated series before being brought into Brightest Day, he has a different origin from his comic book counterpart, including being a citizen of Atlantis rather than living in New Mexico and developed his powers in a year studying Atlantean sorcery. However, he still shares his costume, eel tattoos and powers with his comic book counterpart. Though he still maintains the birth name of Kaldur’ahm, he does not use the Jackson Hyde alias created for the comics. He is portrayed as the most mature member of the group. The episode “Downtime” reveals parts of Aqualad’s origin, stating that he and his friend Garth had first come to Aquaman’s attention when they saved their king’s life during a battle with Ocean Master. Aquaman offered to take on both teens as his proteges, but Garth chose to remain in Atlantis to continue his studies, while Kaldur chose to travel with Aquaman and become Aqualad. He also had an interest in a girl named Tula, who became involved with Garth after Kaldur left Atlantis.
Here’s some videos of Aqualad:
Where is Aqualad now?:
Still being part of the Young Justice league, which comes on Cartoon Network on weekends.