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Lori Lemaris is a student at the Conservatory of Sorcery in Atlantis.

Physical appearance

Lori resembles most depictions of a mermaid in that her upper body looks human while her lower body is that of a fish's tail. She has long brown hair (held back loosely by braids and a headband), light amber colored eyes and a slender frame. Her fishtail is segmented with dark green and turquoise portions; it is oriented with her vertical caudal fin and other fin protrusions along this front seam. On her top half she wears a red and maroon tunic with dual-layered epaulettes, silver arm braces and an additional red armlet on her upper left arm.[3]

History

2010

 
Poseidonis
August 27, 13:08 UTC-2

At the Conservatory of Sorcery, Lori attempted to perform a translation spell, but was afterwards uncertain whether it had worked.[3][4]

 
Poseidonis
September 6, post-08:06 UTC-2

Lori was at the Conservatory when Kaldur'ahm arrived with his friends Miss Martian and Superboy. Lori was non-plussed when Miss Martian mentioned she liked mermaids and changed her legs into a tail. But Lori politely pretended to be flattered.[5]

 
Poseidonis
September 6, 19:27 UTC-2

An angry Lori and her friends confronted Ronal, Wyynde, Chian and M'Chiste, accusing them of being purists responsible for an attack on Topo.[5]

 
Old Roman's Trench
September 7, post-01:31 UTC-2

With her fellow students, Lori Lemaris came to the aide of Aqualad, Superboy and Miss Martian when they were ambushed by purists. For the most part, she had to keep the purists away from King Sha'ark, who wanted to eat a few of them.

Ocean-Master's magic weakened her, though she had more strength left in her than La'gaan, Sha'ark and Blubber. She insisted on helping bringing Ocean-Master down, because if only Garth and Tula fought, the purist would still retain some small victory.[6]

 
S'atiroman Cave
September 7, post-01:34 UTC-2

She joined the battle with Ocean-Master, but could not do much damage. Ocean-Master was eventually forced to retreat.[6]

 
Poseidonis
September 7, 07:01 UTC-2

After Ronal was pardoned for his complicity in the abduction of Queen Mera, Lori argued with King Sha'ark, who wanted to eat him.[6]

Powers and abilities

  • Atlantean Sorcery: Lori was trained in the magical arts at the Conservatory of Sorcery.
  • Atlantean attributes: Atlanteans, although human, have through scientific and sorcerous means[5] developed several abilities which allow them to live comfortably under the sea:
  • Breathe underwater: All Atlanteans are capable of surviving the aquatic atmosphere under the sea. Some accomplish this without the presence of visible gills.[3][5]
  • Temperature resilience: Resistant to low temperatures[7] and the effects of freezing,[8] although notably hindered by high temperatures.[9]
  • Durability: Dense flesh, although not invulnerable.[10][5][11]
  • Strength: Ranging from undetected levels to super strength.[8][5][12]

Appearances

Background information

In the comics, Lori Lemaris was an old girlfriend of Clark Kent.

Lori was designed for Young Justice by Character Designer Jerome Moore, who was instructed to make her a young girl. He tried to avoid making her look like Disney's Ariel from The Little Mermaid, and also decided not to use the typical mermaid design, where the tailfin is angled like a cetacean and shaped like a chevron. Instead, he based her tail on those of real fish, so that she must swim using a sideways tail motion instead of a dolphin kick.

He also tried to keep nearly everything she wears as recognizably aquatic as possible, for instance by making her hair band with green kelp. However, in the final episode, the color of the hair bands was changed to pink. Her necklace, vambraces, pauldrons, and the tiara atop her head are fashioned from shells and coral.[13]

In the episode "Downtime", a translation spell cast by Lori Lemaris at the beginning of the episode facilitates the use of spoken English. In-universe, all of the characters from the Atlantean segments (except Black Manta, his men, Superman and the Justice League Computer) are speaking the Atlantean language, but the audience hears English because of Lori's translation spell.[4]

References

  1. Weisman, Greg (2012-01-09). Question #13931. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  2. Weisman, Greg (2011-03-07). YOUNG JUSTICE Episode #8 ("Downtime") Credits. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (March 4, 2011). "Downtime". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 8. Cartoon Network.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Weisman, Greg (2011-05-16). Question #13325. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Weisman, Greg, Kevin Hopps (w). Jones, Christopher (a). Atkinson, Zac (col). Sienty, Dezi (let). Chadwick, Jim (ed). "Under the Surface..." Young Justice 14 (March 21, 2012), New York, NY: DC Comics
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Weisman, Greg, Kevin Hopps (w). Jones, Christopher (a). Atkinson, Zac (col). Sienty, Dezi (let). Chadwick, Jim (ed). "...Here There be Monsters" Young Justice 15 (April 18, 2012), New York, NY: DC Comics
  7. Dubuc, Nicole (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (November 4, 2011). "Failsafe". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 16. Cartoon Network.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (November 26, 2010). "Independence Day". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 1. Cartoon Network.
  9. Pugsley, Tom (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (February 18, 2011). "Denial". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 7. Cartoon Network.
  10. Robinson, Andrew (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (September 16, 2011). "Targets". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 10. Cartoon Network.
  11. Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Divar, Tim (director) (Originally released on iTunes on October 14, 2012, broadcast on January 5, 2013). "Before the Dawn". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 10. Cartoon Network.
  12. Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (October 14, 2011). "Revelation". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 14. Cartoon Network.
  13. Moore, Jerome (2011-03-05). "YOUNG JUSTICE: LORI LEMARIS". deviantArt. Retrieved 2011-03-08.

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