Captain Nemo

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Captain Nemo was the inventor and captain of the submarine Nautilus. His real name was not given, and seemingly he had forsaken it as part of his break from terrestrial life; "Nemo" meant literally "No One." Disdainful of land-based life, Nemo, a brilliant scientist and accomplished sailor, spent his entire personal fortune to design and build the Nautilus so that he could leave dry land behind forever and live in peace beneath the sea. Disdainful of war for personal reasons he preferred not to discuss, Nemo had a habit of using the Nautilus to sink warships, regardless of the flag they flew and whether they had attacked him. In 1866, he attacked and disabled the Abraham Lincoln.

Three men fell overboard during the battle: French biologist Pierre Arronax, his Flemish assistant Conseil and Canadian harpooner Ned Land. They sought refuge from the water on the submarine and were taken prisoner by Nemo's crew. Nemo was initially at something of a loss for what to do with them. However, after learning Arronax's name, Nemo, an admirer of the Frenchman's writings on marine biology, spared their lives and allowed them to live aboard the Nautilus, provided they did as he told them. Arronax agreed readily. Conseil and Ned Land were a different matter, the Canadian being especially rebellious towards the man who had attacked his ship.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1959 film)

Captain Nemo is the captain and inventor of the submarine the Nautilus.


  • Nemo's backstory in Jules Verne's novels was subject to change. Originally, in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Verne wanted him to be of Polish birth, a nobleman whose family were murdered by the Russians. In Mysterious Island however, this was changed so Nemo became instead of Indian birth, a prince, and his family killed by the British. Depending on the adaptation, sometimes he appears as obviously Caucasian, and in others Indian.
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