Character » Charybdis appears in 33 issues.

    Villain best known for making Aquaman lose his hand.

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    A terrorist for hire turned aquatic super-villain. Mostly famous for causing the loss of Aquaman's hand pre-Flashpoint.


    Charybdis was created by Peter David and Martin Egeland. His first appearance was in Aquaman #1 (August 1994).

    Major Story Arcs

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    Charybdis and his wife Scylla were international terrorists who took codenames after monsters in Greek mythology. Scylla was killed when a bomb she had been holding exploded. The grief drove her husband insane. He was next seen using unexplained metahuman powers and carrying a grudge against Aquaman. Charybdis beat Aquaman in battle and strapped him to a device that transferred all his powers to Charybdis (it was during this battle that Aquaman lost his hand). Charybdis, not yet having mastered Aquaman's ability to communicate with fish, fell into a pool of piranha, and absorbed their spirit, transforming himself into Piranha Man.

    He reappeared later and after having absorbed the powers of Atlan fought Aquaman again, but retreated after giving Aquaman back his telepathy that was hectic at that point.

    Infinite Crisis

    Aquaman ultimately defeated this new incarnation of his enemy. In Infinite Crisis, Charybdis became a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains and fought against Aquaman during the battle of Sub-Diego.

    Wonder Woman

    Charybdis next appeared as a patron in an underground metahuman fighting ring in Tokyo, where he briefly fought Black Canary.

    New 52

    Charybdis appears as a member of Mera's squad that hunts Aquaman.

    Powers and Abilities

    Charybdis grows more powerful with each ability he absorbs in addition to being a very skilled oponent, making him one of Aquaman's most dangerous enemies.

    Power Mimicry

    Charybdis has the ability to copy (permanently) the powers of other beings such as Aquaman (mental and physical powers), including powerful magic wielders like Atlan. The extent of this power wasn't revealed, though he was shown to be stronger but slower than Aquaman.

    So far he has aquired the following abilities

    • Super Strength
    • Super Speed (underwater)
    • Partial Invulnerability
    • Enhanced Vision (can see in darkness)
    • Enhanced Piranha Like Claws and Teeth
    • Enhanced Healing
    • Animal Control (sea life)
    • Undefined Magical Abilities

    Underwater Breathing / Adaptation

    Charybdis was able to breath and move without trouble on the ocean floor even before his first meeting with Aquaman. When he absorbed his powers his abilities also increased, making him an even better match for Aquaman.

    Intellect (Covert Operative)

    Charybdis has shown strategic planning and cunning in multiple occasions. Being a former operative for covert operations helped develop these skills.


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