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Character Analysis

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Living... underwater, in the kingdom of Atlantis. 

Visiting... the surface world. When turbulent politics threaten the safety of Atlantis, Mera seeks out Arthur Curry a.k.a. Aquaman, the half-human son of Queen Atlanna. Mera has very little experience with the surface world, and she’s been raised to think of humans as a primitive, barbaric race. Once she actually spends some time on land, however, Mera slowly begins to see things in a different light.    

Profession... princess and hero. The daughter of King Nereus of Xebel, Mera is a highborn royal. Yet she doesn’t just want a life of creature comforts and arranged marriages. She takes her leadership duties seriously. She’s dedicated to maintaining peace and doing right by her homeworld, even if that means going against her allies. As she explains, “Sometimes we have to do what’s right, even if your heart aches against it.”

Interests... wearing jellyfish dresses and controlling water with her mind.

Relationship Status... betrothed. Mera is set to marry King Orm, the ruler of Atlantis and Arthur’s younger half-brother. It’s political match, not a love one, however, and Mera strongly disagrees with Orm’s politics. Though she’s initially put off by Arthur’s flippant attitude and crude demeanor, the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to see the good heart beneath his rugged demeanor. 

Challenge... protecting Atlantis. Unlike her bellicose father and fiancé, Mera doesn’t believe Atlantis should attack the surface world. To prevent a war from breaking out, she seeks out Arthur and becomes his ally on a quest to reclaim the throne. As Mera explains, “You think you’re unworthy to lead because you’re of two different worlds? But that is exactly why you are worthy!”

Personality... fearless, passionate, and strategic. Though Mera is the sort of hero who will throw herself out of an airplane without thinking twice, she also knows the value of looking before you leap. Mera tends to be a strategic thinker, one who fuels her passion for peace into logical, practical plans. She can be a little quick to judge others on first impressions, but she’s also willing to let her opinions grow and change as she learns more. Mera’s as fearsome on the battlefield as she is effective at making her case through words. Above all, she’s a fierce protector of her kingdom and her people.


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