Young Justice: Do you think Kaldur and Artemis could ever become a couple?

by Jeremy Carden

Here we have the primary leader of the Team and the first member of the Team suspected to be a traitor. How in the world could they ever be hooked up romantically? images (14) When you look at the facts these two have a lot more in common than most people realize. I’ll be going over their similarities both on and off the Team, family members and issues along with anything else I feel is worthy of note.

Going through some details from both seasons 1 and 2, Artemis and Kaldur may have more similarities with each other than they did with the ones that they loved and lost; Wally and Tula. images (8) images (13) *NOTE: I haven’t read the entire comic book series that goes along with the show, so there are only one or two bits from the comic book entries that I will use in my evaluation meaning most of my evidence will come from the TV series.*

Both of them have daddy issues; ,. Aqualad’s biological father Black Manta was working as an agent of the Light. images (14) In Young Justice: Invasion, he replaced Ocean Master as one of the 7 core members at the Light’s table. images (9) Sportsmaster was also an agent of the Light under the title of the Light’s enforcer. images (8) In Young Justice: Invasion, instead of being “promoted” like Manta, HE was the one who was replaced by Deathstroke. images (5) Ironically enough, it was Aqualad and Artemis’ deception that caused this coup in the Light’s hierarchy considering the animosity between Sportsmaster and the Light (more specifically Black Manta) was due to Manta’s son “killing” his daughter without his permission.

Going even deeper into the psychological impact their fathers had on them; Manta and Sportsmaster wanted nothing more than to “mold” their children into what they wanted them to be. ; Black Manta was willing to do whatever it took even physical persuasion (beating the crap out of his son) to mold Kaldur into the sinister villain that he turned out to be. He even says in “Summit” that he would beat it into his skull if necessary. images (21) Sportsmaster (according to Artemis) made his daughters learn “the hard way” that disobedience would not be tolerated; hinting that he trained them to the extreme even as children to become a part of “the life” that their mother wanted them to avoid at all costs.

One of the most interesting pieces of evidence came in season 2; Black Manta thought that Tigress and his son were romantically involved or at least had strong feelings for each other.

This was mentioned when Tigress volunteered to go to the surface to abduct Miss M. to come and fix the damage she had done to Kaldur’s mind. images (10) Manta even goes on to say that he would send Deathstroke along just in case because he felt that his son would never forgive him if something happened to her. Young-Justice-Invasion-Episode-9-Darkest-Tigress-and-Aqualad-1 I can see how he would get the idea; these two were ALWAYS around each other. tumblr_inline_mg7e5hmlIb1r0ywfa Kaldur had handpicked her as his trusted lieutenant and right-hand on missions. images (12) images (9) Tigress was by his side the entire time Miss M. was fixing his mind (she needed to be in order to help her with the process). Being his father, it is understandable why he feels he could pick up on this kind of thing. tyut Of course it was all for good reason because these two were undercover and had to have each other’s back at all times in order for their mission to succeed but more importantly; for them to survive.

Another piece of evidence of their similar family issues was when the final showdown battling their fathers took place; images (19) After Artemis finally beat Sportsmaster (with help from some of the Apocalyptic weaponry) she was seen by Kid Flash to be staring deeply at her defeated father. It seemed like a look of guilt, pity and regret.

This was the same longing look that Kaldur had after he defeated his father in “Summit” except it was Nightwing who noticed him standing over his defeated father. Artemis seemed to perk up holding her father’s mask as a “souvenir” for the Trophy Room and smiling at Kid Flash. j However in Kaldur’s case, after his friends told him that their mission was a success crippling the Light’s forces Kaldur finally accepted that this was a victory rather than a botched up assignment, he took one last look at his defeated father that made me think he was really feeling bad for beating him. uy Remember before these two even engaged in combat, he told Manta that he was conflicted because he had seen Manta’s noble side. There were many moments while working with his father that allowed Kaldur to see that he not only cared for him but he loved his son deeply. ryt One of the biggest moments of deception that let Kaldur see this was when he faked his recovering being a result of seeing his father in danger. Black Manta even goes on to tell the Light that he felt truly blessed for his son to be made whole again. Young-Justice-Invasion-Depths-8-Aqualad-Black-Manta The thing that hurt Manta the most was that he trusted Kaldur with everything he had. It was a real shame because he was one of the few “loving” parents seen in this show. hjj I mean he was one of the most emotionally challenged characters in Season 2, especially thinking that he son had died right in front of his eyes! Sportsmaster seemed to care more about his reputation as an enforcer than his daughters. o His only hint of caring was helping his daughter keep her true identity contained by destroying Manta’s submarine security equipment.

True, it wasn’t the hugs and verbal compliments that Manta gave his son but Crusher isn’t exactly what most would call the “caring type.”

One could argue that the only reason Sportsmaster helped was because Artemis (as Tigress) and Kaldur were making “chumps” out of Manta and the Light; basically doing his dirty work for him. Another similarity boils down to Artemis and Kaldur’s knowledge of their bloodlines; images (22) images (28) Artemis knew about her father and sister still living as criminals while her mother was an ex-con but decided to keep it that information a secret from the rest of the Team. Green_Arrow_introduces_Artemis Batman, Robin (unknown to Artemis until Usual Suspects) and Green Arrow (and likely Black Canary) knew her true lineage and decided to pass her off as Green Arrow’s niece. e9cd7dca In Kaldur’s case, he did not know that Black Manta was his biological father. From what he had been told, his father was one of Manta’s men who came to love a native of Atlantis and from that romance he was born. It wasn’t until later that he discovered that Aquaman had kept his true heritage a secret. upop We are never informed as to how and when he learned that Manta was his father but it was the perfect façade that would get him in on the Light’s side (along with the love of his life dying). Having him being angry at his mentor for keeping his true lineage a secret and his heart being broken from his love being taken away from him on one of the Team’s mission served as the PERFECT coverup as to why he decided to go rogue. cvxbc This was never seen (maybe it will be in the video game), but I want to see Kaldur when he first approached his father and how he even convinced him to let him join his side. images (20) So, they both came from “bad blood” but were able to break the family chain by joining the side of justice rather than criminal activity.

Another thing to point out is that at some point during their stay on the Team they doubted their abilities, dedication or drive to stay on the Team.

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For Aqualad, it was when he felt torn between being leader and going back to Atlantis to be with Tula.

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For Artemis, it was constantly feeling like she was a traitor (especially due to Red Arrow’s accusations). At the end of “Insecurities” she was confronted by her father and that was when her final choice had to be made.

Alright, so now that we’ve gotten the family similarities taken care of; let’s discuss their interaction and thoughts about each other.

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It is interesting to note that aside from being by his side and taking care of him during his catatonic state in Season 2, she was by his side in Season 1 “Bereft” due to Psimon’s mental powers he had the past 6 months erased from his memory.

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Not to mention Miss M was too preoccupied thinking about Superboy to restore Aqualad’s memories so Artemis was there by his side.

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Artemis saved Kaldur from the molten lava in Dr. Fate’s castle, but didn’t miss a beat in scolding Wally for flirting with Miss M despite being seconds away from falling to their deaths by the lava.

It was also interesting to think about when Artemis first joined the team she had an attraction to Superboy.

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This kind of caused bad blood between her and Miss M (still not open with her feelings about Conner).

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However, they eventually got over that little squabble and became like sisters.

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Then in the next episode, it was kind of like they were trying to pair off with members of the team.

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Artemis was trying to get Miss M to hook up with Aqualad only for her to comment that he was like a big brother to her. That is true since he kind of took a similar role that Robin did for Starfire in Teen Titans; he was teaching the alien about Earth customs.

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He did the same for Superboy and in the process “knew that they were going to become a couple before they did.”

Miss M then mentions that Artemis and Wally would be the perfect couple because she is so full of passion and Wally is full of…it.

Of course in “Revelation” there was no way that I was going to pass up this moment;

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Only for Aqualad to comment that they shall make their own “fun”

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…by using Maneuver 7!! (I’ve always wondered what the first 6 were….)

At one point, Aqualad was suspicious of Artemis in fact being a traitor but as time went on he got over it.

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He told Red Arrow, Red Tornado, Robin and Batman that fighting alongside his Team for so long that he didn’t think ANY of the members would betray them.

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Of course with all of that being said, I don’t think that Artemis would have gotten together with Kaldur BEFORE dating Wally or in Season 2 while they were undercover together for weeks (possibly even months).

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Now, I can’t say that they possibly won’t start dating after the events of the finale with Wally’s passing and Artemis’ hanging up her quiver to begin crime fighting as Tigress in order to give herself space between her life as Wally’s partner.

If there are any other moments in the series/comics that you feel are worthy of note, please feel free to mention them in the comment section below.

Also, your thoughts on this subject are welcome because I’d like to know how you feel about these two if they did start dating.

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Young Justice Invasion: Unanswered Questions and Foreshadowing

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There were a lot of unfinished story lines for certain characters that we never got to see in Season 2 and fans are hoping that they would be in Season 3 of Young Justice if it is ever made. In this blog, I’ll probably be using more references to the comic book than I did in my first blog about the series.

Young Justice is a show well-known for the little things that are planted during an episode that leads to bigger events in the series that die-hard fans or anyone with a good eye will take notice of.

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For example, remember Nightwing’s shadowy appearance in Justice League Unlimited “Grudge Match?” Due to ownership rights and other issues, he could not be used in the series so the closest they could get was this. It was more like a blink and you miss kind of thing but hey Nightwing was in JLU that’s good enough for me (sort of…).

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Moving on to Season 2, in episode 1 when Nightwing is trying to give Tim a shot at leading a small squad his last words before sending him off were “Just don’t die, ok?”

From a fan’s perspective, I am confident in saying that we all kind of did a girly shriek because as soon as we heard “die” the first thing that came to mind was of course the Robin who followed Dick Grayson: Jason Todd.

A lot of viewers were wondering why Dick would bring up the world “die” unless there was some incident in the past on the Team or with another one of the Bat-family members. We had to wait a few episodes but eventually our suspicions were confirmed!

Jason Todd was the second Robin AND died!!! (Sorry about that but fans know that feeling of excitement when a theory we cooked up in our minds is confirmed to be true in the actual series).

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Again, we don’t know if it was due to the Joker but we do know that he is dead.

A recurring event in the series (aside from the Maneuver 7 technique) was the League descending down from the sky after the Team had just finished a mission.

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In Season 1, after the destruction of Cadmus; Kid Flash, Superboy, Robin and Aqualad watched as the League came down from the sky.

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Later in “Revelation” they came when the Team was fighting against the Injustice League and their base of command was destroyed by a massive amount of explosive birdarangs by Robin and Miss M.

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At the end of “Happy New Year” after the Krolotean Zeta Tube platform was destroyed; Robin, Lagoon Boy and Blue Beetle emerged from the water to see the League and Team members coming down from the sky.

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Finally, in the finale of Season 2 when the League members return from trial it was a nice twist because it was the Team that descended down to meet them. And keeping with the trend of places blowing up, the League was shocked at the Cave’s destruction.

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Another interesting foreshadowing moment was right before Kaldur blew up the Cave. Artemis took off her Tigress mask so he could look at her face and give an answer as to whether or not he was sure it was the right thing to do.

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Not only that, before the cave exploded the final image we see was Artemis’ hologram in the memorial underneath the Cave. Could that have signified the “death” of Artemis as well? I mean she decided to give up that superhero persona after the “death” of Wally. So to me that scene signified a couple of things:

  1. As I already mentioned the “death” of Artemis because when Wally died, she felt like Artemis (the superhero) died as well because she was Wally’s partner and felt that she needed to distance herself from that
  2. In the comics, she is a villain and if I remember correctly she even dates Icicle Jr. I believe she told Bart after he asked if she was going to tryout Tigress as a hero for her to respond “No, as a blonde.” Sorrow has a way of making people change for the worse especially when love is involved. Similar to how it seemed that Tula’s death pushed Aqualad to the “dark side” with the Light it was believable despite it being a ploy between him Dick, Wally and Artemis. It is possible that Wally’s death might have a negative effect on Artemis/Tigress. Or the show’s way of avoiding that road for Artemis was to have Tigress be a “villain” when she was faking her role as right-hand woman for Kaldur while he was working for Black Manta

In any case, I’d be interested in seeing how she is coping with Wally’s death after the end of Season 2.

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Another thing that wasn’t touched on after Season 1 was Zatanna’s relationship with Dr. Fate not to mention her coping with her father not being with her anymore. We see her adjusting to life in the cave but in the finale of Season 1 we see her trying to remove the helmet of Fate to no avail.

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I know Fate was the one to teach her the proper incantation to release Blue and Green Beetle from the Reach’s control. Of course it was off-screen and only mentioned in “Intervention” but it would have been cool to see the “father/daughter” thing happening.

Something else I wanted to see was when she was inducted into the Justice League along with Rocket. I remember in “Agendas” Dr. Fate was headstrong against her being inducted into the league after he mentioned that Wally and Kaldur were ready. Despite being young, he was once joined with them both. However, he was also joined with Zatanna but when it was brought up about her joining he firmly refused hinting that Zatara was still in there somewhere.

I’d have liked to see the League Induction ceremony and in the back of my mind I have a feeling that it would have been Dr. Fate that handed her the membership/ID card. Those little moments are what really do express a lot about the more “human” part of these characters aside from their superpower abilities.

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How about when Garfield got his abilities to become Beast Boy? That is something I wish they would have explored on a deeper level and how Miss M. and he became closer after his mom’s death at the hands of Queen Bee.

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If there was a Season 3, I wish we got to see Beast Boy when he got older and was able to handle himself better. I’d imagine he’d like to get some revenge on the one responsible for taking the life of his mother. Kind of like Roy going after Lex took his arm. I’d like to see to see how that would turn out.

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In “Happy New Year” Clayface no longer vulnerable to electricity but we never find out why.

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The Terror Twins, wow just wow. Tommy just got ripped he was bigger than Bane in “Darkest” I knew he’d get stronger as he got older but this was a bit too ridiculous for my taste.

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Did Guy Gardner ever officially become a member of the League?

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I know in “Agendas” after Flash recommended him to come on as a member as a third Green Lantern for the extra power, John and Hal were adamant in their disapproval saying “No” in unison twice about it.

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When and how did Ocean Master disgrace himself?

We know the Light replaced him with Black Manta as he disgraced himself and I’d really like to know why. If I had to guess, it would probably be an event that involved Tula somehow leading to her demise. I’d wager she somehow stopped his plan by sacrificing himself. Nightwing told Aqualad that “Aquagirl knew the risks!” to an unknown mission that cost Aquagirl her life.

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How did Deathstroke plan on taking a seat on the Light?

When Sportsmaster asked Slade why he’d become hired help for Manta and the Light he replied that he planned on taking a seat on the Light. That implies that he might try to cause a coup with the Light in order to become one of the leading 7.

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Who would win in an all-out fight between Deathstroke and Sportsmaster?

We saw them fight on Black Manta’s sub but it was staged for the most part especially Miss M’s escape while she was working with Chesire and Sportsmaster to keep Artemis’ identity safe. But really in a battle to the finish which one of them would come out on top?

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Another thing I’d like to see instead of just in flashbacks was their tag team assault on Ted the Blue Beetle before Jamie.

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When did Superboy break up with Miss M and when did she get together with Lagoon Boy?

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We know WHY Conner broke up with her but something I’d like to know is when she decided to use her powers abusively literally “mind raping” her opponents.

I think that Lagoon Boy joined the team after Aqualad left if I remember correctly.

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Even though it was only in the comics, I wish we would have seen Match return. In the comics, he looks like Tommy Terror having bulked up since we last saw him and he was fighting Batgirl. He was like the Bizarro to Superboy and I really wish we got to see him and Conner fight again.

It would mean Conner would have to use his brain since Match is has ALL the powers of Superman while Conner is limited due to being 50% human and the only reason he beat Match before was because of the shields.

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What of the Warworld? I mean both Despero and Mongul are still on it in the prison containers in what looks to be suspended animation. Will they make reappearances if the Light sees them as useful in their future plans?

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Something about the Light’s ability to foresee things especially Lex Luthor was astounding. For example, remember how he had planned ahead in case the real Roy Harper came after him? To me that cybernetic arm was as he called it a “gift” I mean it was more powerful than Mercy’s and its probably Lex’s way of saying “Thank you, you’ve served your purpose to Light and I so just take this offering of gratitude and we’ll call it even.”

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Now, something that really had me guessing that the Light would betray the Reach is this; notice how the Team infiltrated the place where the Reach beverage was being made and Black Beetle attacked Blue, Impulse, Arsenal and Robin?

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Didn’t you find it strange that Arsenal’s cybernetic arm laser was the ONLY weapon that did damage to Black’s armor? Aside from Robin explosive device that blew off most of his armor before he was able to regenerate letting the fans see that his “natural” body looked like a member of the Reach’s race.

To me that signified that Lex and the others were probably going to “use” Arsenal again if necessary to fight the Reach OR he knew that he’d eventually be added onto the Team so the heroes could do the work of defeating the Reach for them.

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Also, the being who threw Mongul off his throne and planet…was it Darkseid? If you ask me that is the only “logical” choice in my opinion.

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I can see him and Vandal walking around the Warworld and come upon the cell holding him and Despero for Darkseid to mention meeting him somewhere before.

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With Cyborg now being featured in a lot more of the video games, DC direct to film movies it stands to reason that if there was a Season 3 he’d show up. The same can be said of Starfire just to give fans of the Teen Titans series (the old one not TT Go!) something to enjoy.

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Wonder if they’d also include Raven somehow…

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I don’t know about you but the Injustice League was a nice little plot device. We got to see a good number of formidable villains together fighting against the Team. I’d love to see them do that again in the future!

Well, I guess I’m out of things to talk about because I’ve listed pretty much everything that I can think of off the top of my head in terms of foreshadowing and Easter eggs planted throughout the season.

Let me know your thoughts below because I really enjoy reading the perspectives of other fans and things that they notice in the show!