King Namor McKenzie, a.k.a. the Sub-Mariner, is the current ruler of Atlantis. Born as a mutant-hybrid son of a human father and an Atlantean princess, Namor has pale skin, unlike his Atlantean brethren (who usually have blue skin). To the surface dwellers, he is sometimes their ally, sometimes their enemy, for Namor's true allegiance is to Atlantis and its people.
In 1915, Ernest Shackleton, sent by Winston Churchill, sought out vibranium in the Antarctic. His ship, the Endurance, was lost. Later, Leonard McKenzie, with the telepath Paul Destine as a passenger, attempted to recover the vibranium. Princess Fen was sent to investigate explosions near the surface by her father, Emperor Thakorr. McKenzie met, fell in love with, and impregnated Princess Fen with the child who became Namor. However, Atlantean soldiers came to retrieve Fen and attacked McKenzie's crew. Leonard McKenzie was believed dead by Fen following the attack and she returned to Atlantis, pregnant.
The child was named "Namor" which means "Avenging Son". Namor spent his boyhood taunting his cousin Dorma, as well playing with his other cousins Namora and Byrrah as well as his friend Meranno.
During Namor's youth, he travelled as a part of the Atlantean diplomatic mission to the Orreki Reefs, the seasonal capital of the Chasm People. Here he encountered the prince of Chasm People, Attuma, for the first time, the two initially developed a rivalry. Still, they set aside their differences and began developing a friendship for the sake of peace between their peoples. To encourage diplomatic relations, Attuma, Namor, and Dorma were sent to accompany the Swift Tide, a multinational group of underwater heroes, on a mission to recover the Unforgotten Stone, an eldritch artifact created by the Great Old Ones. The mission ended in disaster when the Swift Tide were mutated into predatory monsters by the Unforgotten Stone's power.  Taking the name Black Tide they went on a rampage. First, they attacked the Orreki Reefs, killing everyone present, including Attuma's father, King Attukar.  Afterwards, they set their sights on Atlantis (Pacific). Ultimately they were stopped thanks to Dorma mastering the Unforgotten Stone and sealing the members of the Black Tide. Blaming Atlantis for the destruction, Attuma left, breaking all hopes for negotiations.
Namor was sent to New York after divers were found near Atlantis. However, it was revealed that the divers were Nazis, and Namor joined the Invaders, fighting in World War II alongside men such as Captain America and the android Human Torch (in addition to his solo missions), and later the All-Winners Squad to oppose the Axis. Namor would at times battle, then befriend, the democratic societies of the surface; the explanation for this was later discovered to be temporary insanity as a result of too much time spent away from the sea. For the most part, however, the Sub-Mariner set his sights on Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. The Atlanteans became involved with the Axis-created Human Torch duplicates the Firebrand Squadron. One Atlantean, his friend Meranno, became an Axis agent known as the U-Man.
Exile and Return
After the end of World War II, Namor decided to return to Atlantis. He was stopped by Atlantean soldiers led by Krang and Byrrah, who during Namor's absence convinced Thakorr to banish him. During his first year after the exile, Namor worked with the reporter Betty Dean. He also spent time living with a man named Randall Peterson, an honorary Invader, and helped raise his daughter Nay. During this time he worked with All-Winners Squad, facing such enemies as Isbisa, and Card Killers. They also stopped an attempt at the life of John F. Kennedy, a mission which costed the second Captain America his life. Ultimately, in 1947, Namor was called back to Atlantis, to attend Emperor Thakorr's birthday celebration. However, when Namor reached Atlantis, he found not a party, but a scene of slaughter. However, Thakorr managed to escape with only a slight wound. Another survivor was Namora, who informed Namor about the surprise attack of a gang led by a man called Stoop. Together they pursued the perpetrators to the United States where they localised them with the help of local law enforcement. Ultimately they both remained in the surface world, working together as crimefighters until in 1949 Namor decided to permanently return to Atlantis.
In the 1950s, Namor attempted to gain recognition for Atlantis, only for bigots to cause the death of a man named Truffaut. Namor disappeared in 1958 after Destiny, the same Paul Destine who had voyaged with his father, attacked Atlantis. Atlantis was relatively unharmed during the war but soon greatly damaged by powerful earthquakes. Princess Fen and King Thakorr were killed. Paul Destine, who had ordered the explorers on McKenzie's ship to find the 'Helmet of Power' (actually Set's Serpent Crown), caused the earthquakes. He used the crown to turn Namor into an amnesiac, living as a derelict in various flophouses. Coincidentally, his former teammate Bucky was also briefly sleeping in the same flophouse. As both men had amnesia, neither man recognized the other.
Despite his amnesia, Namor managed to make his way to Randall Peterson's hometown, where he aided the pregnant Nay Peterson by carrying her back home. He stayed in the Peterson home and his memories started to slowly return but the memories of the war caused PTSD. Eventually Charles Xavier arrived to see Namor and inform him of his mutant status. Namor then agreed to join Charles on his search for more of their kind. They traveled the country but failed to find any before coming across a mutant surrounded by police and Charles mentally restrained the officers. After learning that the mutant Genus could change the species of living things, Namor and Charles argued on how to proceed, weakening Charles' hold on the officers, one of which shot and killed the mutant. When Namor tried to kill the officers in retaliation, Charles restrained him and tried to force him to face his trauma, but Namor broke free of his control. A now further mentally damaged Namor flew off and his amnesia returned.
Namor remained a derelict until Johnny Storm, the third Human Torch, happened to find him in the flophouse and saw him use his super-strength. Johnny felt bad for the amnesiac and offered to help him get back on his feet. He shaved the "bum" with his flame, revealing Namor's true features. Johnny then dumped Namor into the river, successfully restoring Namor's memory. Unfortunately, Namor tried to return to Atlantis, but found an outpost that had been destroyed by nuclear testing during the years he was an amnesiac. He assumed that all his people were scattered where he would never find them.
Namor immediately vowed vengeance on the surface world and attacked it, using the giant sea monster Giganto. The Fantastic Four were able to stop the Sub-Mariner. During the fight, he became instantly enamored of Sue Storm, and offered to make her his bride, and after that, his queen. Namor carried the romantic crush with him for years and she even reciprocated the feelings for awhile, which first became apparent when Namor teamed up with Doctor Doom to destroy the Fantastic Four.
Namor also joined the Hulk in an attack on the Avengers, but was repulsed when the temperamental Hulk left the fight. After the battle, Namor stumbled across the still-frozen body of his wartime comrade, Captain America, which was being worshipped by a far-flung Inuit tribe. Enraged, the Sub-Mariner threw the ice block into the ocean. The Avengers happened upon Rogers' thawing body and soon revived the legendary hero. Even though he had been their enemy, Namor had won the Avengers' respect. When the team's original members took a leave of absence, they approached Namor to offer him a place with the Avengers, but he refused.
Shortly thereafter, Magneto approached Namor and asked him to join his first Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Namor fought against the X-Men in a battle alongside Magneto, but refused to kowtow to the Master of Magnetism and ultimately rejected the offer.  Namor disliked the way that Magneto mistreated and threatened the Scarlet Witch, and destroyed some of Magneto's equipment in retaliation. Namor felt attracted to the Scarlet Witch, but her beauty reminded him of Susan Storm, and he feared that she would hurt him like Susan had done when she rejected him. Namor chose to run away from Wanda.
Once Sebastian Shaw was in search of a new person for the title of the White King of the Hellfire Club. He hosted a party to which he invited the most influential men in the world and tried to decide who would be the best fit for this position. Rejecting the candidacy of Tony Stark, he chose Namor, and invited him to join the Club. Namor contemptuously rejected the proposal, saying that if Sebastian once again dared to waste his time on such a minor thing, he would kill him. This drove Shaw into a frenzy, so he ordered Emma Frost to force Namor to join the Club, no matter what the cost. A few days later, she faked a suicide attempt by jumping overboard a yacht to attract Namor's attention. He rescued her and they spent two weeks together in Atlantis. Shaw, however, tired of waiting for news from Emma, and thinking that Namor killed or captured her, decided to send the Sentinels for her. The Sentinels attacked Namor and Emma and caused damage to Atlantis, and Namor took this as a declaration of war. Finding where the Sentinels came from, Namor, along with Emma, went there and clashed with Shaw, Donald Pierce, and Tessa. Tessa mind-wiped Emma to erase the memories of her betrayal and make her loyal to the Club again. Surrounded by two telepaths, Shaw explained to Namor that he would never get close enough to kill him. Namor left but vowed to take revenge one day.
Later on, Namor, flying near the Savage Land, spotted Magneto lying unconscious near a volcanic eruption. He picked Magneto up and brought him to Atlantis to recuperate. Namor then left Atlantis to join the Fantastic Four on a mission and returned to find that Magneto had usurped his throne. The Fantastic Four and Namor made short work of Magneto, and Namor regained his kingdom.
Namor returned to Atlantis and became king again, clashing with the surface world on several occasions, as well as fighting off undersea threats to the city like the rebel leader Attuma. He was supposed to marry his cousin Dorma, with whom he had fallen in love. However, Llyra, an evil princess of Lemuria, another sub-marine culture, kidnapped and replaced Dorma at the wedding, hoping to usurp Namor's kingdom in that way. Legally, Dorma was the one Namor had married, but he still had to find her. Unfortunately, Llyra had taken Dorma to the surface world in a tank as bait, and when Namor arrived, she smashed the tank to distract him. Namor was unable to save Dorma and nearly went insane from grief.
Avengers & Defenders
Unfortunately, trouble brewed often for the Avenging Son of Atlantis, and he lost his kingdom a number of times. He also married Alpha Flight member Marrina, another sea-dweller, but lost her when she turned evil and was killed. During some of his exiles from Atlantis, he joined his former rivals, the Avengers, and helped to found the Defenders. He also was a member of the short-lived undersea team Deep Six. During his active membership as an Avenger, his hubris was an obstacle towards teamwork, and his rivalry with Hercules was particularly notable. His respect for his old comrade Captain America helped to keep this from becoming a major problem. The Defenders, with their looser organizational approach, allowed the Sub-Mariner the "space" he required. It was during his tenure with the Avengers that Namor helped recover the cocoon in which the Phoenix Force had placed Jean Grey, thought to be dead, years earlier. He also fought against Magneto when Magnus tried to rescue his students from Emma Frost and recovered his lost giant horn, which was found by the X-Terminators. Not long afterwards, rogue elements of Atlantean society led by Attuma declared war on the surface, and Namor was presumed killed in the battle, though the Atlantean barbarians were defeated.
However, Namor had actually survived and surfaced months later in the South Pacific. Nearly mad from his ordeal, he was found by Caleb and Carrie Alexander, a father-daughter team who quickly nursed Namor back to health. It was Caleb who revealed to Namor the truth about his blood chemistry and his "rages," and who equipped him with a monitor that warned him when he had to seek air or water. This allowed Namor to control his metabolism for the first time in his life. Determined to continue to preserve the oceans and his people, but without revealing himself, Namor raided sunken treasures to finance his purchase of an international company he renamed Oracle, Inc., using the Alexanders as proxy buyers. Shortly thereafter, however, Namor was forced to reveal his survival when a terrorist bomb detonated on an Oracle submarine super-tanker, threatening the lives of everyone in New York. Then, Namor lost his ankle wings when he unleashed a mutagenic scrambler inside the animated garbage dump called "Sluj" in order to stop the monster. He dealt with the world of high finance, though it brought him into conflict with the Super Skrull, and then to the dimension of K'un-Lun, where he found the hero Iron Fist, who had been presumed dead for many months.
Returning to Earth and investigating the apparent invasion of Earth by the K'un-Lun sentient plant race called the H'ylthri, Namor was forced to fight Wolverine, who had been captured by the H'ylthri and their associate Plantman days before. The battle was fierce, but it was interrupted by the sorcerer Master Khan, who destroyed the plant people and returned Wolverine to his place. Khan then wiped Namor's memory and dumped him in the American Midwest as punishment for interfering in his plans for Iron Fist. Namor was "missing" for almost a year, and was known as "Rex," until his cousin Namorita was able to track him down using a psychic link to him that she had recently discovered. However, Namor didn't recognize her and rejected her. He didn't regain his memory until a while afterwards, when he and the apparently-resurrected Princess Fen (his mother, who had saved him when he was thrown into the ocean by an explosion) were captured by Dr. Doom's new sonic ram fishing vessel. The boat itself was then magically imprisoned in a bottle by Master Khan, and Khan assumed Namor's form and sold off much of Oracle's holdings. Namor soon broke the bottle and the spell, and then ripped Khan's head off.
Immediately thereafter, Namor was called to Atlantis to deal with attacks by the ancient Faceless Ones on Atlantis' borders. Fen attempted to usurp the throne, and it was soon revealed that she was really the witch-queen Artys-Gran, who had stolen Fen's body in order to release her husband Suma-Ket, a pagan sorcerer-king who had been banished by Namor's ancestor thousands of years earlier. Namor soon confronted Ket and was killed, impaled on Ket's spear. Fortunately, Father Neptune, the deity worshiped by Atlantis, appeared to resurrect Namor to fight Suma-Ket, whose religion threatened Neptune's existence. In the process, Namor's ankle wings were restored and he was given the sacred golden armor of his ancestor in which to fight. With the help of his people and comrades, Namor defeated Suma-Ket and his forces, though the real Fen, trapped in Artys-Gran's body, died defending her son from a final attack from Socus, the villains' servant. Namor eventually returned to both ruling Atlantis and running Oracle, but remained generally out of the surface world. Oracle, Inc. was also funding the charitable super-group Heroes for Hire, and the team used an Oracle facility as its headquarters.
A mystical curse from an old foe, the sorcerer Yandroth, bound Namor and the three other senior members of the Defenders--Doctor Strange, the Hulk, and the Silver Surfer--to be transported to scenes of danger and trouble around the world, forcing them into the midst of one deadly crisis after another. Namor and his fellow Defenders eventually freed themselves from this curse, but not before they attempted to take over the world as "The Order," figuring that if they ran the world there would be no crises. The world's heroes tried to stop them, and eventually the curse was lifted.
Namor allied himself with the New Invaders team, bringing the full might of his Atlantean army to bear wherever needed.
Reunited With Father
Llyra also posed as the Invisible Woman to seduce Namor during a time when Mister Fantastic was believed dead. She later gave birth to a son by Leon McKenzie, Namor's grandnephew, Llyron, and aged him through forbidden magic and technology. Llyron confronted his granduncle over the control of Atlantis, but he and his mother were eventually defeated.
House of M
When the Scarlet Witch altered reality in the event known as the House of M, Namor was idolized by the general public as the first superhero. He was also classified as a superhuman mutant (Mutants (Homo superior)). After M-Day, Namor retained his powers.
Namor was a member of the clandestine policy group the Illuminati, with Mister Fantastic, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Professor X, and Black Bolt, although he appeared to be very hostile and arrogant in his opinions and decisions of the group. He violently opposed the group's decision to send the Hulk into outer-space exile, and eventually left the group.
His cousin Namorita was killed with the rest of the New Warriors in the Stamford explosion caused by the super-villain Nitro, which led to the Superhuman Registration Act. The Illuminati asked Namor back in this light to consider the Act, but Namor refused this as well. For vengeance of his cousin's death, Namor activated sleeper agents of the Atlantean Royal Guard to search for Nitro, who was instead found and captured by the X-Man Wolverine. After his ambassadors were attacked on U.S. soil, Atlantis rebuffed diplomatic overtures. Namor brought an army of Atlanteans to aid Captain America's forces in the climactic battle between the pro- and anti-registration heroes, but they returned to the sea after Captain America surrendered.
Soon after, Namor discovered he had a long lost son, Kamar, who attempted to usurp the throne of Atlantis by forcing war with the United States. Because most of his former allies had refused to help him during this crisis, Namor was forced to evacuate the entire civilization of Atlantis, ordering his people to emigrate to the surface world to live within sleeper cells, leaving an overcharged Nitro to explode within the empty city-state, assassinating the then-captured Kamar.
Namor then formed an alliance with the supervillain and European monarch Doctor Doom due to him being the only former ally who offered any assistance after Namor's crisis. This eventually led to an alliance consisting of Emma Frost, Doctor Doom, Norman Osborn, Loki, and the Hood, known as the Cabal.
As Emma and Namor met again, she finally regained her memories about their first meeting and Shaw's betrayal, so she offered Namor a deal: she would help him kill Shaw, and in return, he would protect and defend mutants as his own people. Namor agreed, so Emma telepathically called Shaw to the Club's mansion. When he arrived, she blinded and immobilized him in illusion, and at the same time showed Namor another illusion in which she killed Sebastian. After convincing Namor that Shaw was dead and enlisting his support for mutants, Emma took Sebastian to Graymalkin Industries and locked him in the Brig for crimes against mutantkind.
When an Atlantean sleeper cell launched a terrorist attack on California, Osborn ordered Namor to publicly denounce the rogues and execute them, leaving one alive to parade before the media. Namor vehemently refused, and walked out on the Cabal. Along with Emma, Cloak, and Dagger, Namor left the Dark X-Men after helping his lover, Frost, betray the Dark X-Men and Osborn.
Not long after the X-Men relocated to Utopia, the island base began to slowly sink. To permanently fix the problem, Magneto approached Namor with a plan to build a support pillar to serve the double purpose of preventing the sinking of Utopia and housing the scattered Atlanteans. Namor agreed and New Atlantis was constructed just beneath Utopia. Soon hundreds of Atlanteans came to their new home. Namor later fought alongside the X-Men during Bastion's massive assault on Utopia.
Curse of the Mutants
When Xarus led his united vampire nation to San Francisco to convert the X-Men, Namor was sent to reclaim the head of Dracula from the Aqueos. This provoked the long forgotten horrors into attacking New Atlantis. During the fighting, Loa almost drowned but was saved by an Atlantean amulet which gave her the ability to breathe underwater. After the Aqueos were defeated, Namor was praised as a hero by his people.
Hell and Back
After studying Loa, Dr. Nemesis concluded that the Atlantean amulet had permanently changed Alani's physiology due to the way it reacted with her X-Gene; even without it, she could breathe underwater. However, the transformation had not ceased when the amulet was removed. Within four to five hours, she would be unable to breathe air. Namor himself broke the news to Alani, who took it badly. Inexplicably, spectres emerged from the amulet and dragged Namor back inside to Hell. Wolverine's recent escape from Hell had softened the borders between realms, allowing the spirits to use the amulet as a channel to kidnap Namor.
In Hell, Namor found himself in a desert, taunted by skeleton-headed creatures. Any water he found retreated from him. He then came across the disembodied heads of dead Atlanteans, including General Kadar. Namor finally found his way to an ocean. Upon diving in, he was assailed by a giant skull-headed octopus and was surprised that the water hadn't restored his strength. The ocean was revealed to be an illusion, and the skeleton-headed creatures revealed their identities to Namor; they were the dead Kings of ancient Atlantis.
Back in New Atlantis, the options to rescue Namor proved to be few and difficult. However, an unexpected guest arrived to offer assistance: Doctor Doom. Doom eventually abandoned Namor in Hell and departed alone, leaving Namor and his remaining allies to fend for themselves. They eventually returned, only to find a rebellion led by Krang and his ally, Selach. Krang eventually defected and Selach was defeated, but to do so Abira, Namor's latest love, had to become the new Logomancer to replace the old one, losing her emotions in the process.
After Skadi released the malevolent Serpent, he summoned the seven hammers of the Worthy to Earth. One of those hammers transformed Attuma into Nerkkod, Breaker of Oceans. He devastated Namor's kingdom, forcing him to turn to Stephen Strange for assistance. The Defenders were reformed, consisting of Namor, Strange, Loa, and Lyra, daughter of the Hulk and herself a She-Hulk. They later were attacked by the Undying Ones, demons who broke through Earth's dimension as a result of the global panic weakening the barriers between the dimensions, and who made a deal with Nerkkod to help them take over Earth.
Avengers vs X-Men
Namor stood with his fellow X-Men against the Avengers. He fought both Luke Cage and the Thing. After a short battle, the X-Men feigned a surrender and teleported out of Utopia to give them a head start in searching for Hope Summers. The X-Men eventually located Hope on the moon and Namor, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Colossus, and Magik teleported to the Moon in order to find her. They were confronted by the Avengers, who were also there to find Hope. Before a fight could break out, Thor fell from the skies, followed closely by the Phoenix.
A fight then broke out between the X-Men and the Avengers while Iron Man built a weapon to fight the Phoenix. Iron Man attacked the Phoenix, but instead of destroying it, the Phoenix fragments turned all five of the X-Men into avatars. Namor and the rest of the avatars took Hope back to Earth in order to prepare her.
The Phoenix Five built a grand new Utopia, a floating fortress, for mutantkind. They began working to provide power, food, and water for all the Earth. Not content with just that, they outlawed war altogether. The Avengers, however, mistrusted the Five. Wishing to prepare for the day when the Five would lose control and become destructive, they tried to retrieve Hope from Utopia. Cyclops and Emma alone defeated the Avengers, but they were saved by the timely intervention of the Scarlet Witch, who teleported the Avengers and Hope to safety.
Scott realized they needed to hunt down the Avengers, imprisoning some of their members, while the rest were outlaws. Namor, against Cyclops' will, sought to finish the Avengers. He headed to Wakanda and raised a massive wall of water from a nearby lake to drown them, destroying almost the entire kingdom and killing an untold number of innocents in the process. Following this was his defeat by the combined forces of all the Avengers present in Wakanda. After Namor fell, his portion of the Phoenix Force was bequeathed to the remaining Phoenix Five.
Namor returned to Atlantis after his de-powering and remained there for the rest of the battles. He was then approached by Hope, who came seeking files belonging to Cable. Hope asked him if he was okay after his possession and Namor initially defended his actions as a Phoenix, but then remarked on how being possessed made him feel like a single krill lost in endless oceans and departed.
After an event in Wakanda, Black Panther reconvened the Illuminati, Namor included, to face the threat of colliding universes brought to their attention by the Black Swan. After facing two incursions, tension built within the group with Wakanda and Atlantis on the brink of all-out war. Namor proposed a peace treaty with T'Challa in the belief that the incursions were too important for them to be distracted by war. T'Challa agreed to bring it before the council, but the Queen of Wakanda, Shuri, rejected the offer, feigning acceptance while preparing her armies. While Namor celebrated the peace with T'Challa, T'Challa revealed the truth, and Namor left to find Atlantis a ruin after an attack by Wakanda.
Moments after discovering the ruins of his city, Namor was approached by Proxima Midnight and Thanos' invading army. Proxima had come to kill Namor, raze Atlantis, and take his Infinity Gem, but upon seeing the ruins of Atlantis, she realized that Namor did not have a gem in his possession. She offered to spare Namor and Atlantis in return for the location of the gems and his allegiance to Thanos. Namor pledged his and Atlantis' allegiance to her and told her that the gem was in Wakanda, a lie to trick Thanos into destroying Wakanda for him.
This caused the Black Order to come across the Necropolis and get hold of the Illuminati's anti-matter bombs. However, the Illuminati later defeated their forces and secured their arsenal, albeit somewhat damaged from the ordeal.
The next Incursion pitted the Illuminati against the Great Society of Earth-4290001, a group of noble heroes who had been able to prevent the destruction of their Earth without bloodshed. However, the Society no longer had the means to prevent this Incursion in the same way as the others. While the two groups argued over what to do, Namor dealt the first blow, declaring that a battle for survival was the only possible outcome. When the Illuminati won the battle, they planted the anti-matter injector and returned to Earth. When they had to decide who would activate the anti-matter injector, both Mister Fantastic and Black Panther tried to do it, but failed, realizing they were not capable of such a monstrous act. Namor derided them for holding their own morals above the lives of two universes, and he was the one to finally activate the trigger, destroying the other inhabited Earth. Following this course of action, the Illuminati confronted Namor for what he had done. The friction between Namor and T'Challa escalated, and after revealing that he was the one who led the Black Order into assaulting Wakanda, Namor left the team.
With a new Incursion happening immediately after, and with the Illuminati resigning themselves to their fates, Namor contacted the Inhuman scientist Maximus and freed Thanos, Proxima, Corvus Glaive, Terrax the Truly Enlightened, and Black Swan. Together they re-formed the Cabal, willing to destroy other Earths to save both universes, and the new team began destroying these other Earths.
Time Runs Out
Eight months after the re-formation of the Cabal, it had received legitimacy as the world's protectors and been sanctioned by the United Nations. The world allowed the Cabal to raze Wakanda and claim the ruins as their new base of operations. They continued to protect universes by destroying colliding Earths, but despite this, Namor had grown weary. He had quickly become disgusted with the Cabal, as they delighted in bringing murder and mayhem to the worlds they faced rather than quickly and painlessly destroying them as he would have liked. Namor clashed with the Cabal, even going so far as to try and assassinate them during an Incursion, but his plot failed, and after a brutal beating from Thanos, Namor was forced into submission.
He sought out his old ally Doctor Doom and asked him to join the Cabal, believing that together, they could keep the Cabal under control. Doom refused however, judging Namor as broken and weak, and telling him that he should have to come to him first instead of re-creating the Cabal.
Namor, now willing to turn himself in for his crimes in order to stop the Cabal, devised a plan with the Illuminati to destroy them. A new Incursion was on the horizon, one in which the incursive world had been ravaged by the Mapmakers. Namor would lead the Cabal to said world, activate the anti-matter injector without their knowledge, and leave them to die with said Earth, preventing them from escaping with the use of an A.I.M. platform capable of creating an impenetrable barrier between the two colliding Earths. However, as Namor was preparing to activate the platform, Black Panther and Black Bolt ambushed him. They incapacitated Namor and threw him off the platform to the soon-to-be-destroyed Earth, unwilling to forgive his past actions.
The Cabal confronted Namor over his sudden disappearance, so he lied, claiming he had seen a strange object in the sky and gone to investigate. He warned them about the trap the Illuminati had set, omitting his part in it, and luckily, a means of escape presented itself in the form of yet another Incursion happening simultaneously. Namor and the Cabal narrowly fled to the other world, the Ultimate Universe, where they encountered The Maker, this universe's counterpart of Reed Richards.
In the end, the only two remaining universes were Earth-616 and Earth-1610. During the inevitable final Incursion, the Maker created a vessel to act as a life raft to ensure his and the Cabal's survival following the destruction of the Multiverse. The life raft ultimately found its way into Battleworld, a patchwork planet composed of the remnants of universes, controlled by the now-omnipotent Doctor Doom.
Eight years after the formation of Battleworld, the life raft was discovered and its passengers were awakened from suspended animation. The presence of the Maker and the Cabal caught the attention of the Thor Corps, Battleworld's police force, who tracked down the interlopers and confronted them. The survivors of Earth-616, who had also made their way to Battleworld in a similar protective vessel, joined the brawl. Among the survivors were Mr. Fantastic and Black Panther. When God Emperor Doom stepped in to confront the intruders, Doctor Strange, the sheriff of Battleworld and right hand of Doom, teleported them away to save them from God's wrath.
Namor and Black Panther made peace with each other and made their way to the hidden Isle of Agamotto, a sanctuary built by Doctor Strange that housed some items of power to challenge Doom, including an Infinity Gauntlet. Namor and Black Panther subsequently teleported to Doomstadt, the capital of Battleworld, in order to overthrow Doom. Namor was blasted by Doom in the ensuing battle, killing him. However, he was brought to life together with the rest of his universe after Mr. Fantastic was given Doom's omnipotent powers and used them to rebuild the Multiverse.
Death and Return
After having returned to his reborn universe, Namor was targeted by the Squadron Supreme, a group of heroes from different universes, whose Earths had been destroyed by the Incursions, some of them by Namor himself alongside the Cabal. As part of their plan to preemptively tackle any threat, the Squadron Supreme destroyed Atlantis and killed Namor, under the allegations that due to Namor's past history of trying to invade the surface world, he was a potential danger to the planet.
Namor was revived soon after by the time-distorted phantoms of Doctor Spectrum and Hyperion, and sent backwards in time due to a mishap with Reed Richards' now-magically enhanced time machine. Atlantis was subsequently rebuilt after the return of Namor. The scattered Atlanteans eventually returned to their city, with Namor back on the throne.
A short time following Atlantis' restoration, Captain America established a Hydra Empire in the United States after having been turned into a Hydra double-agent by a Cosmic Cube. Even though Atlantis remained neutral, the city came to be at odds with the United States' new government due to having come into possession of a fragment of said Cosmic Cube, which Hydra desperately wanted. Namor refused to hand over the shard at first and even denied having it, but after America's forces destroyed an Atlantean temple, Namor decided to turn over the shard to Rogers to spare Atlantis from further devastation.
To protect Atlantis from the surface world's growing problems, Namor ruled like a tyrant and placed the entire city on lock-down while suppressing free thought and locking up anyone that didn't comply. He also locked up his fellow Invaders the Human Torch and Toro when they came to Atlantis for refuge from Hydra, so Atlantis wouldn't incur the wrath of Hydra. This caused a rebellion to form to resist Namor's rule and attempts to assassinate him on a number of occasions. Namor eventually captured the leader of the rebellion: his cousin Namora. Namora requested that she be publicly executed for her treason as she preferred it to prison. Namor complied with the request.
Namor temporarily lifted Atlantis' lockdown so its people could witness Namora's execution. Namor personally oversaw the ceremony. As he was about to execute Namora with a sword, someone unexpectedly threw a trident at Namor that pierced his right side. The crowd that came to witness the execution then swarmed Namor and shouted that his tyranny end.
Namor didn't attempt to fight back as he didn't want to hurt his people. Namor was unexpectedly saved by Human Torch and Toro after Torch created a cloud of bubbles with his heat powers. Namora then had the mob stand down and revealed that everything that she had done was set up so Namor could realize that he had shut himself away from his people, causing him to become a dictator, and learn the error of his ways. Namor admitted that he was wrong for imposing authoritarian measures on Atlantis and agreed to end them.
Angry for being forced to hand over the Cosmic Cube fragment by Hydra, which made him look weak in front of his people, Namor decided to play his final card: Bucky Barnes. Namor had rescued Barnes from drowning after Baron Zemo's attempt to kill Barnes failed. Barnes then secretly lived in Atlantis while impersonating one of Namor's bodyguards. When the heroes that opposed Hydra's regime finally reunited after being separated for months, Namor appeared before them and let Barnes join their team.
A newly resurrected Jean Grey came to Namor looking for nations to recognize her mutant nation at a U.N. assembly. An abandoned ruin near the Atlantean capital subsequently became the base of operations for Jean's team as they worked to overcome Cassandra Nova's Sentinites. Under Nova's direct influence, Poland passed a law to detain all mutants. Under Jean's direction, Namor arrived upon one of Poland's beaches to rescue dozens of mutants and their families, with an ultimatum to a Polish general that air and sea travel over the Baltic Sea would become unsafe for Poles otherwise.
Harboring the X-Men led Atlantis to be attacked by a mind-controlled Teen Abomination. Namor worked to save his people, only to be restrained from doing so by Abomination. The X-Men arrived to rescue the Atlanteans and cure Abomination. After the X-Men destroyed all the Sentinites, Namor lent himself and his warriors, equipped with both respirators and replicas of Magneto's helmet, to battle against Cassandra's mind-controlled military on the beaches of the ruined Genosha.
An illegal Roxxon whaling ship was attacked by Namor and a cadre of Atlantean warriors. While Namor continued to destroy their submersibles, the warriors were defeated and killed by the heavily-armed Roxxon crew. Namor subsequently captured the ship with a Kraken-sized giant squid.
The newly reformed Avengers descended below the depths to advise Namor on what to do with his Roxxon prisoners. In the obligatory demonstration of might before words, they found Namor to be immune to all of their attacks. The Avengers also saw how Atlantis had been devastated by the Final Host. Namor agreed to hand over his captives to Steve Rogers. In the days that followed, a group of homeless, starving Atlantean children tried to escape by emerging from the ocean, only to suffocate in the atmosphere while nearby humans did nothing. Namor subsequently declared war on the surface world and had the Roxxon prisoners executed remotely through hydrokinesis.
Namor's first act of war was to forcibly evict those he considered to be trespassers within his domain, starting with Hydropolis. While his Defenders of the Deep terrorized the scientists of Hydropolis, the Avengers returned to talk Namor down again. While parleying, Namor saw his giant piranhas were about to kill some of the civilians. Seeing them ignoring Namor's commands to cease, the Avengers stepped in, beginning a brawl between the two teams. Soon, a newly reformed Russian super-team joined the fight against Namor. In the ensuing chaos, Namor was able to move to execute his unruly giant piranhas, and subsequently retreated.
The Best Defense
Namor's next step was to gather further allies in his surface war. He, therefore, chased legends of a long-lost sub-species of Homo mermanus, the Vodani. After a week of travel through dark, crushing depths of the deepest ocean tunnels, he finally discovered the Vodani, who overpowered him. Namor's pleas for an alliance were rejected as foolish by the Okun, King of the Vodani.
Okun's daughter Kataw thought more of Namor's warnings and continued to plead Namor's case to her father. Thus, Okun set Namor an improbable task to prove his worth: defeating a powerful monstrous octopus. Kataw, ignorant of the existence of surface dwellers, accompanied Namor on his task to learn more. Namor could not defeat the creature alone, but with Kataw's ability to channel bio-electricity they defeated the octopus.
Unfortunately, Okun had sent Namor on this mission to be rid of him, and attacked him to succeed where the beast failed. Namor, enraged, grabbed Okun and took them both above the surface of the ocean, only to find that the path he had travelled to Vodan had taken him via a portal to a water-world with no atmosphere.
Okun succumbed to the vacuum first, but Namor was too weak to return to the ocean by that point. As he drifted towards his death, he was unexpectedly rescued by the Silver Surfer's Surfboard. It took him to fight a being already engaged in combat by the Silver Surfer, the Hulk, and the future ghost of Doctor Strange.
Vodan was swept into the planet-sized train of destruction directed by the Conductor, but events soon conspired to eject the planet to face an icy doom outside of a star's influence. Namor, now riding the Silver Surfer in lieu of the board, pleaded with him to save Vodan. Incensed by Namor's offer to Kataw to channel some of his life energy to provide the Silver Surfer with enough power to teleport their planet to a safe place, Kataw instead sacrificed her own life without either being able to stop her. Namor later admitted to the Surfer that he intended to sacrifice part of his life to undermine Kataw's rule and forge the very alliance he had first come to Vodan for, but did not understand the Vodani culture or expect her to sacrifice herself.
Namor's fledgling war upon the surface continued to cause him to be haunted in his dreams by his part in the events of World War II. He took his adviser Thomas Machan with him to reconquer another of his lost tribes, the Sea Blades. To defeat them and gain their loyalty, he once again appeared to command the sea to move to his will, parting the water to leave the Sea Blades to suffocate, until their leader Karris acknowledged him as king. Meanwhile, Machan, despite appearing as a normal Atlantean, appeared to be able to breathe air and fly as Namor did. As Karris submitted, he also asked how Namor was able to do so, but Namor was keen to make it appear as if it was solely in his power to control the water. It was soon revealed that Machan was not visible to others, and shared the name and appearance of a soldier that died in Namor's arms on a beach during World War II.
Namor then returned to Atlantis with the Sea Blades. He later released Captain America after he was captured so that they could discuss matters but ended up brutally attacking Steve with his own shield when Steve referred to him as a friend. He then displayed that he had stolen Hydro Man's powers and ordered the Captain to leave and to tell all the other heroes that the seas were now sacrosanct. Later on, he visited Nay Peterson, who revealed that Jim Hammond found the photo of Namor and Xavier. Machan privately suggested that he kill the Peterson family so that they would no longer be liabilities.
Namor's advisors informed him that his missiles were almost complete and only lacked a single component, and Machan once again suggested that the Peterson family be dealt with. When Captain America and Jim Hammond arrived at the Peterson residence to talk to Randall, Nay sent a message to Namor, who sent Captain America flying into the ocean when he arrived. Randall berated Namor for his actions, but the stress of the situation caused his heart to give out, and Namor flew away in tears.
He was next be seen after having agents within the American naval base instigate a missile attack where-in he initiated retaliatory strikes in response, after having dispatched the original Human Torch with his trident. He was confronted by Captain Rogers who was disgusted and reviled at the actions he and his soldiers had taken; but had become all the more horrified when his former friend had engineered everything to play out the way it had from the get go. Instigating infiltration of world governmental armed forces, tricking the Avengers into playing defense against Atlantis's perceived enemies, while at the same time having successfully launched a counter assault from an offshore site to bombard a sleepy town turned into a battlefield which they've occupied.
As people steadily transformed into water-breathers under the effects of the missile strikes' chemical payload release, the Sub-Mariner made contact with Roman Peterson after the marine base has been flooded and all personal not affected by the transformative compound had drowned. They met up with Nay and Captain America just as the latter had gotten her into the water as she was transforming.
In spite of everything that had happened, Namor reached out and made contact with a fellow war veteran, the Winter Soldier, all while under pressure from the Machan entity who still coaxed his king to take on the hard choices in efforts to save the world from itself. Finding comfort in the arrival of Roman who found great relish in becoming Atlantean, yet lamented that his mother wasn't with them. Namor returned his affection by promising she would be counted amongst their number one day after the great plan has been enacted. The sea king found himself dismayed at the sight of Russian converts entering Atlantis as he had not sanctioned any drone delivery system to implement such an operation.
Namor became more and more disenchanted with Machan as the psychic apparition continued to work around his wishes without consent. But the ghostly advisor managed to curry favor with his mindscape guide by calling in armed forces to hand their liege the Serpent Crown; supposedly in order to give greater protection to Mr. McKenzie's brittle mind.
He later met with James Barnes in Saujon, France in order to reminisce on old times. In truth however Namor wished to recall the number of times when the trauma-like psyche specter had secretly been influencing his actions since the time he'd bought the surface world company Oracle Inc. about how they would harvest the remains of Tim Rhodes; the mutant whom he and Xavier had encountered some decades prior to Bucky's return. In order to harness his the genetic template with which they could synthesize the transmogrifying Genus Formula to enact a grand master plan of putting the world under Atlantis's thumb.
The ghost of the past explained how he'd manipulated events from behind the scenes so Atlanteans-turned-human could infiltrate world governments on their behalf by undergoing tests to suss out any ill effects the compound might have upon them, all so that he could implement his ideal means of saving the world. Bucky was outraged to hear this as it wasn't any different than the methods used by the genocidal madmen whom they fought against back in WWII. During a heated argument between the former heroes, the Machan effigy pushed Namor to kill Bucky so that he couldn't jeopardize the plan that he'd come up with without his core persona's consent. But Namor instead reacted in a violent outburst while arguing with his own dementia as it cuffed him about being the best part of himself, making the King act on his underlying desires. Seeing as things had gone as far afield of south as could get, James enacted his trump card by calling in Susan Storm-Richards to restrain and try to talk down Namor. Unbeknownst to them however, Namor played his own final hand in revealing his secret weapon which Machan had secured for him to better strengthen his ailing mental health. Before taking off to parts unknown the King of Atlantis imparted the final details of his ultimate scheme; all while citing his disappointment with Bucky's seeming shortsightednes. The victim of said tongue-lashing conveyed his fear of such a plan's execution enough to incite immediate reconnoitering with his fellow Invaders.
While sending Roman out to reconvene with Atlantis, Namor had another bout with Machan regarding striking out at Roxxon using Genus altered Atlanteans in their latest resource exploitation campaign. But when his Defenders of the Deep began slaughtering people left and right without his orders, he was dismayed to find that Machan had ordered the massacre behind his back again.
The escapade was soon preempted by the intervention of the Invaders. Namor bought time to cover his escape from the scuttled incursion by taking Jim Hammond's sidekick Toro hostage while monologuing that while his actions had broken the bond of trust he had with the Invaders, it would still benefit the whole of the world in the long run, before knocking out Toro and fleeing. Finally having become fed up with the Machan entity, Namor's war ghost confronted him about how Xavier created the mental counselor to help him cope with his trauma, but boasted that it had instead taken on a life of its own now. Once, having assigned Roman Peterson to meet with them after the Roxxon oil rig raid, Machan leaped from Namor's mind and into the impressionable protege, the psychic manifest coaxed his former king into raising to detesting the surface, all so the manifest of Namor's conniving and ruthlessness could usurp their ward's body to take on a life of its own.
Furious at the way his own mania had played him for a fool, Namor quickly rushed back towards Atlantis to confront his now escaped mental parasite, only to be waylaid by an invading force which had found a way around the protective barrier surrounding his domain.
After finding out the soldiers whom he'd dispatched were in Roxon's employ, he was later informed that a second wave had never taken up the rear after having dispatched the initial assault. It was then that Namor deduced the attack was a distraction while the main forces went after their real objective. Having risen to the surface to confront the mercenaries of the energy company, Namor found Captain America making off after having secured a canister of the formula the Sub-Mariner had created.
During a scuffle between the three clashing factions, the chemical sample Rogers had stolen broke. Causing both Namor and his friend turned enemy human, costing the haughty mariner king his transhuman abilities.
Having spent several weeks stranded on an uncharted island, Namor began to lose hope in finding escape while Steve secured rations for the both of them. With some convincing on Roger's part about acting like a king for once in his life, he was roused to action. The two of them bantered a bit about how the whole world would care nothing for seeing him roast over a spit for all the vile things he'd done, but the Captain felt there was still some good to be found in the broken Lord of Water. But the Avenging Son had difficulty believing that as Machan might have coaxed all of the happenstances of his insane plans, Namor doubted that he wouldn't have gone through with all of the insidiousness that propagated his latest scheme however. Even without a malignant culmination of all his more despicable traits rutting around in his head convincing him to go through with it. Just as Steve attempts to soothe Namor's newfound guilty conscience, he noticed something eerily similar to civilization on the horizon as they treked through the jungles of the island. Finding the facility unlocked, they made their way inside; but not before Captain Rogers handed Namor his shield due to having been rendered baseline human due to the serum's effects. The Sub-Mariner quickly became enraged at the sight of Roxxon scientists conducting horrendous experiments involving the Genus Compound and other miscellaneous hybridization tests. Flying off without a plan, Namor was quickly beset by a Roxxon thug in an exo-mantle. The Captain demanded that Namor secure the compound and flee while he distracted their assailant, but the former refused to abandon his blood brother. Quick thinking on the Captain's part restored Namor's lost mutant powers, chucking a mutant sample of the compound just as Namor was getting pummeled by the armored stooge. After dispatching the bodyguard of the scientists, he feigned letting them go while also releasing their feral chimeras right behind them.
Cap was appalled at such a maneuver after finding the cadavers left in the wake of their creations, only to be further incensed by how Namor had intended to leave the problem he'd created to his former comrades whilst hiding behind his entitlement and dedication to his people to justify it. But Mr. Rogers demanded his former contemporary to follow through on his promise that the two of them made long ago, that being once an Invader always an Invader.
Now aligned with former adversaries to stop the manifest of all his qualities. Namor divulged the true scale of the Omega Sea plan, using The Spear as a means to pressure the nations of the world into submitting to Atlantean rule and conversion into water-breathers via the Genus Compound. Said Atlantean device would draw upon the waters from the ancient homeworld of the Atlantean race through it, transforming said waters into a great and heavy rain that would steadily but gradually trigger flash flooding with the intent of turning Earth into a water laden planet to which all would submit to Atlantis' rule.
After being silenced by a few on board still not comfortable with the one who caused all of this, Namor and his Invader compatriots made ready for battle against his manifested inner demons. After disabling the protective field surrounding the doomsday device, Namor was quickly suborned to Machan by the power of the Serpent Crown.
Having intercepted an attack by Captain America directed towards the Machan possessed Roman. Namor draged Steve into the sea where the two did battle for a brief period, wherein the Captain noticed his frenemy was pulling his punches, indicating that Thomas' hold on the puppet king was not completely solidified. Compelled to remember all the times when the odds were stacked against them and they always had each other's backs no matter what, Namor was able to break his oppressive phantasm's hold on his mind to aid in defeating the worldly assailant. But whe,n after the crisis was averted and the sea king would profess to reverse The Spear's function in order to return the excess waters pulled from another world to Earth and undo the damage done by their plan, Captain Rogers opted to dissuade him from bringing his tormentor to Atlantis in order to stand trial for crimes against humanity by stating if he doesn't let surfacers deal him as his penance instead, he would still be held accountable for everything that had happened, putting Atlantis in the cross-hairs of the planet's ire for his and Machan's petty schemes. Reminding Namor of how being a king requires sacrifice and in this case, what was to be forsaken for restoring stability to the world was Namor's forgoing his thirst for retribution, something the good soldier gracefully asked his former comrade if he could do for the sake of his kingdom and for the sake old camaraderie.
War of the Realms
During Malekith's assault on Midgard in his final bid to conquer the Ten Realms, Namor continued defending his borders. He wasn't too pleased to find Deadpool; an initiate of Captain Marvel's War Avengers, in the belly of a Fire-Breathing Shark whom Wade had finagled into chasing him into the sea to douse its molten heat.
When Captain Marvel proposed a brief alliance to help mitigate the chaos everyone is beset by, Namor flatly refused her offer while the two made their way out of the besieged Atlantis. After the war had concluded and a relative calm was restored to the Earth once more, Namor would corral all the Muspelheim Firesharks he could find around the oceans and headed them into and around the waters of Avengers Mountain as a mocking gesture to his perceived enemies.
Dawn of X
Namor had become privy to the rise of the new mutant homeland Krakoa and of its considerable influence on the world stage. However, he refused Charles Xavier's invitation to the sovereign nation, since he didn't believe the mutants' segregation from humankind came from a place of Xavier embracing their superiority to men. This would not prevent Namor from having the habitual contact with his fellow mutants. When Magneto embarked on a jaunt to lease an island owned by Namor on behalf of Emma Frost, Namor asked in exchange to enlist Magnus's aid in searching for a team of scientists in his nation's employ whom disappeared around the Molloy Deep. Finding contention with a kraken controlled by ancient sirens whom lure unsuspecting victims to their doom living within the creature's gullet, Namor and Magneto were forced to solve a riddle. Namor's impulsiveness earned him the wrong answer, but Magneto saved his life and allowed both to escape the Kraken after defeating the sirens' mind game. With the bargain fulfilled, Namor fairly parted with the island.
When the Atlantis' Sea Serpent was stolen by the Big Nguyen Company, Ares' son, Ismenios, tried to plunder Atlantis' treasure hoard, but Namor was able to capture him. Then Namor and his army attacked city of Pan, which was created by the company through portals which were powered by the serpents' scales. Brawn and the Agents of Atlas confronted Namor who ordered them to return the serpent to them in one day or he would declare war. The serpent was released safely, but upon returning to Atlantis, it attacked them due to an implant embedded in its scales. This prompted Namor to attack Mike Nguyen at his personal tower, but was confronted by Brawn and the Pan Guard and was forced to retreat. He was overpowered and captured by the Sirenas, ancient enemies of Atlantis who were recruited by Nguyen to protect Pan, but was later able to free himself during an argument within the Agents of Atlas.
Enter the Phoenix
When the Phoenix returned to Earth, Namor led the Defenders of the Deep to fight against the Avengers in order for him to take control of the Phoenix. However, he was taken to the White Hot Room, fighting in the Phoenix's tournament to find a new host. During the tournament, he fought against Echo, nearly killing her during their fight. He then fought the Hulk, which ended with him being defeated by a revived Echo, who had been chosen by the Phoenix as its new host.
World War She-Hulk
Due to Namor's failure to take control of the Phoenix, along with other failures during his rule of Atlantis, many of the Atlanteans rebelled against Namor, including the Defenders of the Deep, asking for someone new to be King. However, they were interrupted by the Winter Hulk, a brainwashed She-Hulk, who attacked Namor under orders from the Red Widow. After a brief fight, She-Hulk revealed her true allegiance to the Avengers. While the Avengers fought against the invading forces and subdued the rogue Atlantean forces, Namor helped evacuate the civilians. In the end, She-Hulk saved Atlantis from the gamma bomb. Afterwards, Namor stood in an abandoned Atlantis, after letting the Atlanteans leave. He asked She-Hulk to come to Atlantis so he can thank her for saving Atlantis, in spite of all he had done, as well as offer his aid however he could. She-Hulk then urged him to seek the Avengers, with him bringing one of the Deathloks who he had encountered between his meeting with She-Hulk. He was present in Avengers Mountain when it was later attacked by the Masters of Evil, where he fought against a young version of Thanos. After the Masters of Evil left, Namor joined the Avengers to stop the Masters of Evil and the Council of Red.
Mutant/Atlantean Physiology: Namor's powers come from his being a unique hybrid of Atlantean Homo mermanus and mutant Homo superior physiologies. Because of his unusual genetic heritage, Namor is unique among both ordinary humans and Atlanteans; he is sometimes referred to as "Marvel's first mutant," because, while the majority of his observed superhuman powers come from the fact that he's a hybrid of Human and Atlantean DNA, his ability to fly can't be explained by either side (as Atlanteans are an offshoot of "baseline" humanity).
- Amphibious Physiological Adaptation: Namor's body is specially developed for underwater conditions, granting him specialized blood circulation to withstand freezing temperatures and highly developed vision to see clearly even in murky ocean depths. This hybrid physiology means he can survive indefinitely underwater or on land, though he would still need occasional contact with water to survive.
- Superhuman Strength: Like all Atlanteans, Namor is superhumanly strong, but his physical strength is greater than that of any member of his superhuman race. The exact level of his strength is dependent upon his physical contact with water and his strength diminishes slowly the longer he is out of contact with it. Out of the water, Namor was able to defeat Luke Cage with ease and use his body as a club to knock out the She-Hulk by striking her by surprise from behind. He was shown as an even match for the Thing in the same issue. Underwater, he battered the Red Hulk and stopped him from getting to the surface until he threw him out. Namor has on occasion even knocked out the Savage Hulk, and has also had good performance against other notably powerful opponents, such as Hercules and the Mighty Thor. Namor once briefly faced the Silver Surfer, withstanding a point blank blast and knocking him down by counter attacking. He was also able to hold his own against the Sentry for a little while, but Emma Frost mentally convinced the Sentry to stop, since Namor couldn't win. He has been seen several times lifting thousands of tons without effort. Namor once swam against a temporal storm for a brief period, even pressing on despite getting dehydrated by that act. Furthermore, Namor's physical prowess is so great that he has been referred to as one of the most powerful beings on the planet. Namor's strength was later increased and far exceeds his normal levels.
- Superhuman Speed: Namor can run and move at speeds greater than even the finest human athlete. His speed is greatest, however, while swimming. Whereas most Atlanteans can swim at speeds greater than 60 miles per hour, Namor has shown that he can reach a speed of over 300 knots or 345 mph.
- Superhuman Stamina: Namor's advanced musculature produces considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of normal human beings, and most other Atlanteans for that matter. At his peak, Namor can physically exert himself for at least more than 24 hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood begins to impair him. Namor's stamina, much like his strength, steadily declines the longer he is out of contact with water and will diminish to the point where he only has slightly greater stamina than the finest human athlete.
- Superhuman Agility: Namor's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete. He can perform acrobatic feats in the air sufficient to enable him to easily evade/dodge most military aircraft.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Namor's reflexes are similarly heightened and are superior to those of the finest human athlete since he can react at impressive levels of super speed-as demonstrated through his catching missiles and throwing them back at their point of origin.
- Superhuman Durability: The tissues of Namor's body are much harder and more resistant to physical injury than those of normal human beings and most other Atlanteans. Namor can withstand tremendous impact forces, high caliber bullets, falls from orbital heights, exposure to temperature and pressure extremes, blows from powerful superhumans, and powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury.
- Aquatic Healing: If he was somehow injured, Namor's body can heal damaged tissue faster and much more extensively than a human or most Atlanteans. Namor's accelerated healing is at its peak while he is immersed in water, but does diminish the longer he is out of contact with water or if he is completely dry.
- Radiation Absorption: Namor can absorb certain levels of radiation. His potential is unknown, but the full power of the Radioactive Man is enough to rapidly drain him of his strength.
- Extended Longevity: Atlanteans age much slower and live much longer than human beings with the average Atlantean lifespan being about 120 years. Namor, at this time, is considered to be in his physical prime.
- Underwater Breathing: Like all Atlanteans, Namor can breathe indefinitely underwater due to having gills located behind his ears. Unlike most Atlanteans, however, Namor can also breathe on land indefinitely as well, without the aid of breathing devices, whereas most Atlanteans can only survive being out of the water for a matter of minutes.
- Aquatic Telepathy: Namor possesses a telepathic rapport with all forms of marine life. He is able to mentally communicate with most forms of marine life and can mentally persuade them to do his bidding. Namor can also mentally communicate with other Atlanteans (giving mental/telepathic orders to all his men) and possibly humans as well, should he develop his power to its fullest.
- Electrolocation: Like some fish, Namor has a limited ability to navigate by sensing faint electrical currents within the water.
- Enhanced Senses:
- Augmented Vision: Namor's enhanced vision enables him to penetrate the ocean's depths and see through murky water.
- Super Hearing: Namor once boasted that he could hear a school of fish change direction half an ocean away, that when the ocean currents alter by a single degree he'd know it.
- Flight: Namor also possesses vestigial "wings" on both of his ankles, by which he seems to fly at the speed of escape velocity when exerting himself fully. His flight speed at "normal" levels is enough to enable Namor to fly faster than military aircraft. Since the "wings" by themselves could never carry Namor, it has been speculated that he uses the wings for steering and flies in some other manner, perhaps by telekinesis. Namor's ability to lift weights when flying is sufficient to enable him carry a 50-ton anchor with one hand without a discernible loss of speed/momentum.
- Atmokinesis: Without the aid of his Trident, Namor is capable of manipulating weather phenomena in a similar vein to Storm of the X-Men. Having once caused heavy rain showers to douse Johnny Storm's flame form in a brief fight.
Expert Combatant: Namor's extended lifespan and his involvement in numerous conflicts both under the sea and in human wars have granted him a great deal of experience in hand-to-hand combat. Growing up, he demonstrated natural skill in both armed and unarmed combat and likely received extensive training in both later on. He is a master swordsman, marksman, and is capable of wielding other weapons such as spears but rarely does so due to his preference of hand-to-hand combat.
Bold Diplomat: Namor is also a highly skilled leader and capable ruler.
Diplomatic Immunity: As the leader of a sovereign nation, he often visits the United States or the United Nations for political reasons. He employs diplomatic immunity during these trips.
Expert Tactician: He is a highly accomplished tactician.
Multilingual: Namor speaks virtually every language on Earth.
Skilled Engineer: He is adept at designing and improving Atlantean technology.
Talented Business Executive: Ever since he was a teenager, he proved to be very adept in the field of business, as it came easy to him.
Due to his mingled bloodline of Atlantean and human breeding, a number of natural dependence and unique vulnerabilities has occurred.
Water Deficiency: When not exposed to water, many of Namor's physical attributes gradually decline and can reach a point where he possesses only a small fraction of his powers. Namor's strength, stamina, and durability are affected most and, at their minimum known level, are much closer to the levels possessed by the vast majority of other Atlanteans. Renewed exposure to water will immediately restore his abilities. He does not need to be submerged; even a spray is sufficient.
Oxygen Imbalance: Namor has demonstrated a vulnerability to oxygen imbalance when remaining too long in either water or air, resulting in manic-depressive mood swings.
- Bipolar Tendencies: Namor is believed to be in the midst of an imbalance during the times in which he becomes angry very easily, which he is well known for, and is unable to think clearly and logically. He can prevent this imbalance, however, by dividing his time between the two atmospheres. He has occasionally used scientific or magical means to regulate his oxygen levels. With the imbalance properly controlled, Namor has shown himself to be a much more capable leader and generally much easier to be in contact with.
- Head Problems: Though the complete circumstances are unknown, if hit just right, Namor has at times succumbed to physical head injuries very easily, such as being knocked out by a lead pipe wielded by a normal human man. This may come from oxygen imbalance or after the permanent head damage he suffered by the psychic Destiny. Still, there are times he has withstood constant high force attacks, such as the Hulk's fist.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder): Part of the real reason why Namor suffers from a deeper mental and emotional imbalance is due to the psychological scaring he'd incurred at the atrocities committed by both sides of the conflict during World War II. He is chronically stuck reliving the harsh memories of all the horrors seen back in the day and as a result was left severely damaged as a person, causing him to fly off in fits of rage whenever such memories are triggered.
Dehydration: Very powerful heat-based attacks are somewhat of a concern, as they cause dehydration, causing his body to dry faster, and weaken at an accelerated rate.
Pollution: If Namor is immersed in or exposed to polluted water, it can have a negative effect both on his physiology and the efficiency of his physical attributes.
Wings: Despite being incapable of providing lift, Namor's wings seem to be essential to his flying abilities, and their loss renders him grounded. These appendages seem to be slow to heal when damaged, given that after losing them, he required an extended period of time to regrow them.
- Namor was the very first Marvel character who has a history that spans over 70 years of publication, appearing in Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1.
- Namor's first modern appearance was in Fantastic Four #4.
- Namor has been repeatedly identified as Marvel's first mutant. However, his status as the first mutant is subject to some question. He was the first mutant to be introduced in Marvel Comics (in 1939) and has been described in-comic as the first official mutant, but there are actually a number of mutants that predate 1939 in the Marvel timeline, including Apocalypse (born in the 30th Century BC), Wolverine (late 19th Century CE), Mystique, and Destiny (dates of birth unknown, but known to have been active at the "Dawn of the 20th Century"), and the group of mutants known as the Externals, among others. While Namor could have been old by the time he was first seen in 1939, there is no indication he was already centuries old. Furthermore, Namor is not only a human, but rather a human-merman hybrid. His unusual features not present in both Humans and Atlanteans can be result of hybridism than mutation. In comparison to non-human creatures, a human-merman hybrid is equivalent to hybrid animals like mules (horse and donkey hybrid) and ligers (lion and tiger hybrid) meanwhile a mutant human is equivalent to animals that developed a mutation not present in their parents (these parents being of the same species), like white lions (albine lions) or black panthers (melanistic jaguar or leopard).
- Magneto secretly observed one of Namor's temper tantrums. He noted that "Namor's inhuman rage" exceeded the anger of anyone he had previously met.
- The Sub-Mariner was one of the characters featured in Series A of the Marvel Value Stamps issued in the 1970s.
- Namor was the second Marvel character who was revealed to have the power of flight after the original Human Torch, whose story in Marvel Comics #1 came first.
- Years before Namor became a part of the Defenders with the Hulk, Stan Lee considered merging their solo features in Tales to Astonish by making them form a team called "the Invaders." The idea was dropped, and years later, the name of the Invaders was used by Roy Thomas when he pitched the idea of a team of superheroes set during WWII.
- Namor feels ugly about being a mutant.
- Namor is a sculptor, a fact he doesn't like to share with 'surface dwellers'. Some of his works include busts of Sue Storm.
- In Tarot #3 the two halves of Namor merged with the halves of Thor and Scarlet Witch to create Sturm Meister and Imperius Hex.
- 1524 appearance(s) of Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)
- 35 appearance(s) in handbook(s) of Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)
- 221 minor appearance(s) of Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)
- 166 mention(s) of Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)
- 23 mention(s) in handbook(s) of Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)
- 1615 image(s) of Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)
- 147 quotation(s) by or about Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)
- 25 victim(s) killed by Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)
- 13 item(s) used/owned by Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)
Links and References
- Namor McKenzie (Earth-616) on Marvel.com
- Namor McKenzie (Earth-616) on Wikipedia.org
- uncannyxmen.net Spotlight On... Sub-Mariner
- Official Marvel Directory: Namor
- Don Markstein's Toonpedia: The Sub-Mariner
- JC's Comic Collection Page: The Sub-Mariner