How can Aquaman move so fast under water but not on land?

#1 Posted by Justthatkid (4110 posts) - - Show Bio

I find it very hard to believe that someone who has so much pressure on there body under water can swim at incredible speeds yet when he's on land it's not really shown to have a major effect on his speed. If Aquaman could move at thousands of feet per second under great depth of water shouldn't he be able to cover great distance on foot in land?

#2 Posted by Bogey (948 posts) - - Show Bio

Aquaman is to busy being a boss to run fast.

#4 Edited by AweSam (7375 posts) - - Show Bio

Atlanteans are uneffected by the water pressure. He obviously has very strong legs muscles since he can leap over buildings. He's just a lot better at swimming than running.

#5 Edited by ColonelRunAway (370 posts) - - Show Bio

Have you tried running in a pool? More land speed doesn't equate faster swimming time.

I like to assume that he and all Atlanteans use some faint hydrokenesis to get around. In other words, when he swims he's subconsciously altering the water around him at all times, making parts of it incredibly dense for his super strength to push off of, while instantaneously turning other parts lighter than air to reduce resistance. And once it gets a few centimeters away from his body, it immediately reverts back to its previous state, so as not to cause giant bubbles or spontaneous currents or other crazy side effects.

It's not canon or anything, but it makes slightly more sense.

#6 Posted by Raw_Material (3296 posts) - - Show Bio

Atlanteans are swimmers of the sea and Aquaman's the fastest swimmer in it. Due to his swimming prowess, he possesses immense amount of leg strength. Aquaman is able to leap high altitudes and withstand much pressure on his knees and legs while on the surface. Although he is no speedster on land, he's definitely one in the water, moving speeds greater than torpedo missiles.

#7 Posted by sinestro_GL (3175 posts) - - Show Bio

It's like saying Michael Phelps should be able to run fast...I don't know if he does.

#8 Posted by cameron83 (7420 posts) - - Show Bio

Atlanteans are swimmers of the sea and Aquaman's the fastest swimmer in it. Due to his swimming prowess, he possesses immense amount of leg strength. Aquaman is able to leap high altitudes and withstand much pressure on his knees and legs while on the surface. Although he is no speedster on land, he's definitely one in the water, moving speeds greater than torpedo missiles.

#9 Edited by comicfan11 (740 posts) - - Show Bio

@justthatkid: It's the same as WW who is fast on land, but nowhere near as fast underwater.

Aquaman is primarily a swimmer (the fastest) and he does it better than running.

But apart from that he is one of the fastest non flying DC characters currently (Flash family not included).

In the first issue he leaps from the port of Boston to the city center while a robbery is in progress.

In JL 16 he blitzes WW and in 17 he blitzes Ocean Master through a bus.

He is also faster than the super humanly fast Talons.

And in issue 5 we see him deflect energy blasts with the Trident.

Also ColonelRunAway's comment make's total sense. Like Superman's aura that protects his suit from ridiculous damage (don't know if it's still canon).

#10 Posted by youmessinwithme (1189 posts) - - Show Bio

@justthatkid: well a deep sea fish dies when it even gets close to our pressure....

So i dont think you should really be using science to back up the fact that he should be faster on land... %$#? his lungs should pop out of his mouth on land according to science.

#11 Posted by BlackWind (6490 posts) - - Show Bio

I was just talking about this earlier. Too many people think Arthur is slow on land. Aquaman bas.kept up with high level bricks and knocked his fair share of them out. He isn't someone who is foing to get destroyed just because his opponent is, for example, a bullet timer.

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#12 Posted by Justthatkid (4110 posts) - - Show Bio

If you were born on a planet with 10 times earths gravity, then came to earth shouldn't you move quicker?

#13 Edited by The_Judge_since_83 (47 posts) - - Show Bio

The problem is how the Strength and power is applied, for example, when men walk on the moon they don't move nearly as fast as they do while running on Earth because the force they apply when just walking even turns into small leaps instead continual motion along the ground. Aquaman most likely doesn't spend a lot of time running so he doesn't know how to put all of his leg power behind him without leaping or just tearing up the ground around him. Forces always come in pairs so if Aquaman wants to use his brute leg strength to propel him at high speeds it only works as long as the surrounding materials he's pushing off of don't give way, as soon as they do he's not applying as much force toward forward motion. Characters like Flash have cheats with the Speed Force, and Superman can really just kind of do anything so that's his exemption, Aquaman doesn't have any of these exemptions for movement on land so the easiest and most direct way to apply his muscle power into movement is through leaping. All this aside though it did look like he ran pretty fast when he tackled Wonder Woman in the Throne of Atlantis story arc, I would guess at least race car speeds.

#14 Edited by batmannflash (6224 posts) - - Show Bio

@justthatkid: He's not that slow, he's actually pretty quick. But as for running speed, I would assume he's pretty fast (at least faster than athletic humans).

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