Aqualad (Jackson Hyde)
Jackson's mother, Lucia Hyde, hailed from the Atlantean kingdom of Xebel, located in the Bermuda Triangle. During one of Lucia's swims to the surface, she met a charming man named David Hyde, who then had recently become Black Manta!
They started a romance and Lucia even conceived a child, but she soon learnt that Manta was only using her to find the Black Pearl that would allow him to control the oceans with his mind. Knowing his evil, Lucia escaped to the surface world and moved to New Mexico after bearing her son, planning to keep young Jackson safe.
Growing up, Jackson felt incomplete, wanting to be closer to the water and learn not only more about his heritage, but also his father. This controlling attitude made Jackson distant from his mother, especially when he came out as gay, but she did try to give him something of his heritage: a shell-necklace that hid the map to the Black Pearl.
Still, Jackson was rebellious, bleaching his brown hair blonde and having a boyfriend, until their breakup when he revealed his powers. Not wanting to be lost again, Jackson saw an opportunity when the Teen Titans posted a livestream of their headquarters.
Leaving his old life behind, Jackson proved himself to the Teen Titans by helping them defeat King Shark. And even though Robin was distrustful of him at first, he has become a valued member of the team.
Sometime later, he met his father and gained a closer connection to Atlantis after stopping Black Manta from getting the Black Pearl.
A brave hero with immense potential, Aqualad does both the surface and Atlantean worlds a great service, glad to never feel lost again.
POWERS: Aqualad has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, eyesight and hearing all thanks to his Xebellian-human physiology that allows him to survive the deep pressures of the ocean. He can manipulate water and electricity, creating shocking constructs.
WEAKNESSES: Jackson has issues regarding his parents and if exposed to immense heat, can dehydrate and weaken.
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