We've got a BLACK LIGHT SPECIAL
getting ready to hit the Aisle 1 shelves!
It's this simple, is it? I can just watch you die... and then I rest. - Black Manta
11 (189 pts) - OPL:
11 ; DPL:
STRENGTH 3 , STAMINA 4, AGILITY 4, DEXTERITY 4, FIGHTING 10, INTELLECT 3, AWARENESS 3, PRESENCE 2
Acrobatics 3 (+7), Athletics 2 (+11), Deception 6 (+8), Expertise [Criminal] 4 (+7), Expertise [Oceanography] 7 (+10), Insight (+3), Intimidation 8 (+10) [Startle
], Investigation 4 (+7), Perception 4 (+7), Persuasion (+2), Stealth 3 (+7), Technology 5 (+8), Vehicles 6 (+10)
All-Out Attack, Close Attack (1), Equipment (7), Favored Environment (Underwater), Favored Foe (Aquaman), Languages (1) (Atlantean, 1 other, Base: English), Move-by Action, Power Attack, Ranged Attack (6), Startle
Black Manta Suit:
71 pts Traits, Removable (-14 pts); 57 pts
Body Armor: Protection 6, Impervious 3; 12 pts
Strength Enhancement: Enhanced Strength 6; 12 pts
Ugly Ass Helmet: Immunity 5 (Environmental Cold, Pressure, Radiation, Suffocation 2), Senses 2 (Low-light Vision, Infravision); 7 pts
Underwater Adaptation: Movement 1 (Environmental Adaptation [Underwater]), Swimming 8 (120 mph/1800 fpr), Enhanced Dodge 2 (Flaw: Limited to when underwater), Enhanced Parry 2 (Flaw: Limited to when underwater), Enhanced Advantages 4 (Improved Aim, Improved Defense, Ranged Attack 2; Flaw: Limited to when underwater); 14 pts
Weapon Array: 24 pt Array; 26 pts
Poison Darts: Ranged Progressive Affliction 8 (Resisted by Fortitude; 1st: Fatigued, 2nd: Exhausted, 3rd: Incapacitated, Flaw: Unreliable [5 uses]); 24 pts
Laser Blaster: Ranged Energy Damage 10; 1 pt
Arm Blades: Slashing Strength-based Damage 2 (Extra: Dangerous, Penetrating 7, Split); 1 pt
Vehicle: (35 pts)
S - G, Str - 13, Spd - 7, Def -6, Tough - 11, Features (Navigation System, Smokescreen [Ink cloud], Torpedoes [Ranged Ballistic Damage 8, Burst Area 5], Towing Cables); 35 pts
Close Attack +11 [Unarmed +9; Arm Blades +11, Critical 19-20]
Ranged Attack +10 (+12 Underwater) [Laser Blast +10; Poison Dart Affliction +8]
Dodge +10 (+12 Underwater) [DC20/22] Parry +10 (+12 Underwater) [DC20/22]
Toughness +10 (+3 Impervious), Fortitude +10, Will +10
Black Manta is obsessed with destroying everything that Aquaman loves as well as taking the treasures of Atlantis for himself.
Abilities 66 + Skills 26 (52 ranks) + Advantages 21 + Powers 57 + Defenses 19 = 189 / 189
I used to hate Black Manta for a long time for him killing Aquababy. I still hate that part of his history, but overall as a villain, I have come to like him a lot. Especially in the New 52 where he and Aquaman both hate each other for their involvement in the deaths of each other’s fathers. That gives a real gravity to their rivalry.
I didn’t think the DCA Manta could hang with Aquaman on a regular basis so he gets a PL upgrade and some other Thorpacoverse tweaks.
The man who would be known as Black Manta was a boy known as David who was autistic and became an inmate of Arkham Asylum because of his abnormal condition. Showing intense pain from laying on bedspreads and sheets, David would spend a painful and torturing past being strapped to his bed every night. This abnormal expression from David would take a much more concerning approach when David would be seen finding comfort within freezing cold waters. Growing up with a fascination of Aquaman, David would grow up going through numerous experimentations that eventually minimized the effects of his autism, but left him more violent and dangerous. With this mindset, David escaped and set out to do what he felt was his true destiny, which was rule the seas and to kill off its king, Aquaman.
The Story so Far:
It’s undocumented as exactly how Black Manta came to be. It’s believed he designed his suit and became very wealthy, possibly from sunken treasure he found himself, and managed to gain his own army, equipment, weapons, and ships so that he could fulfill his goals on ruling Atlantis. Taking up the name Black Manta, he and his army would find themselves in frequent battles with Aquaman. Black Manta would also find himself becoming more of a serious threat for not only Aquaman, but for Atlantis, and it’s other occasional rulers, Namor, Attuma and Ocean Master as well. It was also said that sometime in the past, before Black Manta met Aquaman, he encountered the people of Mera's dimension.
However, the true reason for the hatred that Black Manta and Aquaman share was due to Aquaman mistakenly killing Manta's father (intending to kill Black Manta) while seeking vengeance for the death of Arthur's father following an attack by Black Manta.
Their battles have only intensified over the years and a new factor was added when Manta’s son, Jackson, now known as Aqualad was located by Siren and Xebel strike force. It was learned that their experiments with Black Manta years ago produced him and both wanted to “terminate the experiment” but were stopped by Aquaman and Mera.
Black Manta is one of the most ruthless and dangerous villains on the planet, being single minded of focus and a strong combatant, both on land and sea.
Friends and Foes:
He occasionally employees henchmen known as Manta Men and he sometimes makes alliances out of convenience but by and large his only goal is destroying his hated enemy, Aquaman.