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Kaldur'ahm is Aqualad, for most of its early days the leader of the Team. He is the protege of Aquaman, the King of Atlantis. He is the son of the villain Black Manta and an Atlantean woman called Sha'lain'a. He was raised by her and his step-father Cal Durham, who he believed was his father.
When Ocean Master attacked Atlantis and had the king at his mercy, Garth and Kaldur'ahm attacked the villain. Though they were outmatched, it allowed Aquaman the time to regain his footing and defeat his foe. As a reward, Aquaman offered the two boys a chance of being his protege. Garth declined, favoring his studies. Kaldur'ahm accepted.
Founding the Team
He joined Robin, Kid Flash, and Speedy on July 4th in entering the Hall of Justice after having defeated Killer Frost with Aquaman. While the League was dealing with other matters, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Robin investigated a fire at Project Cadmus. Together they rescued a clone of Superman, known as the Super Boy, and with his assistance, defeated a mutated Mark Desmond. In an act of defiance, the four teens banded together to form a team, and on July 8th they were brought to the Secret Sanctuary, where they met their fifth member, Miss Martian.
As a Leader
During the formative first year of the teams existence, Aqualad was the teams leader by vote. He accepted the condition that Robin take over as leader when he was ready, as Aqualad believed he would become the true leader of the team. During his leadership he begins doubting whether he belongs here or back in Atlantis. He takes a break and visits his best friend Garth and the girl he loves Tula. Atlantis is attacked by Black Manta and Aqualad helps defend the city from his father, which he does not know of yet. He discovers that Garth and Tula are together and retakes his responsibilities as team leader.
5 Years Later
Within this time period he pretends to betray the team and joins his father. He uses the pretenses of Aquagirl's (Tula's) death and that Aquaman kept his father's identity a secret. The plan was cooked up by Kaldur and Nightwing, with Artemis and Wally taken in the loop later. He earns Black Manta's trust by pretending to kill Artemis and not taking credit for his mission succeeding even though he failed.
- Atlantean Physiology
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Multilingualism: Able to speak both English and Atlantean.
- Dehydration: As an Atlantean Kaldur dehydrates at a faster rate than common humans.
- Water Pack: Although he can produce electricity from his body, he cannot produce water to which he could control. As such he carriers water in small packs located near his waterbearers so that when he must use them they are nearby.
- Stealth Suit: Aqualad wears a stealth suit that functions both underwater and on land. It is skin tight and allows him maximum mobility while in action.
- Waterbearers: Aqualad carries a pair of metal hilts on his back. He can use them to channel his water powers.
- Aqualad was voiced by Khary Payton.
- 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.
- Appearances of Kaldur'ahm (Earth-16)
- Images featuring Kaldur'ahm (Earth-16)
- Quotations by or about Kaldur'ahm (Earth-16)
- Character Gallery: Kaldur'ahm (Earth-16)
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