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Black Manta
Black Manta YJ
General Information
Real name: Unknown
Aliases: L-5
Portrayed by: Khary Payton
Appearances: Young Justice

Black Manta is an enemy of Aquaman. He was originally an agent of Ocean-Master, but became a member of the Light, taking the spot of Ocean-Master after he was disgraced.


Early life[]

Once, Black Manta tried to infiltrate Atlantis by genetically engineering his henchmen to become water-breathers. One henchman, Calvin Durham, defected for the love of an Atlantean, Sha'lain'a.

Black Manta is Aqualad's father.

Young Justice[]

In "Downtime", Black Manta attacked Poseidonis with the intention of stealing the sea star that was being kept in the Science Center. To do it, he had his Manta-Men set explosive charges in all the sectors except the one the science center was stored in. It would distract the royal troops long enough to obtain the starfish.

Kaldur'ahm and Garth saw through Black Manta's plan, and infiltrated the science center. As Black Manta oversaw the extraction of the starfish into the Manta Sub, they attacked him, cutting the rope that lifted the creature. With his plan in ruins, Black Manta blew up the starfish and escaped. He reported back to the Light, who were not too distraught over the loss of the starfish.

Young Justice: Invasion[]

It was revealed in "Alienated" that after Aqualad learned that Black Manta was his true father, and Tula died in a mission, he joined Black Manta's forces. Manta took a step back, and appointed his son his field commander.

In "Alienated", Black Manta welcomed his son back, and asked him to report on the events that had happened on Malina Island. The Kroloteans were destroyed, but Aquaman and the other heroes survived. He congratulated Kaldur'ahm, and then left for a meeting with the Light. Vandal Savage explained to him that this successful mission was enough reason for them to give Manta Ocean-Master's seat in the Light.

In "Depths", Manta ordered Kaldur'ahm to destroy the Earth-Mars communication satellite, where Black Manta planted a bomb days prior. After his son returned, he congratulated him for capturing Lagoon Boy, killing a former team mate, and destroying the satellite. Aqualad told him that the satellite's destruction was not his doing. Black Manta explained that it was a test, to see if he would take false credit, or acknowledge his failure, and that he passed. Black Manta praised Kaldur'ahm, and invited him deeper into the Light's plans.


  • Manta Sub: The Manta sub is Black Manta's primary means of transportation. It is a submarine shaped in the form of a giant manta ray.
  • Manta stings: Manta stings are explosives fashioned in the shape of a manta ray and are used by Black Manta and his squads of henchmen.
  • Armored suit: Black Manta has an armoured suit with a built-in rocket launcher. His helmet, fashioned like a manta ray, has red lenses that can fire laser blasts.


Young Justice[]

  • "Downtime"

Young Justice: Invasion[]

  • "Alienated"
  • "Depths"

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