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21st Apr '16 11:45:20 PM mirisu92
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* Philippine mythology has the ''syokoy'', generally depicted with the typical scales and fins. Sometimes they are said to be able to transform into human shape, but more often they're considered to be a separate race of humanoid merfolk. An example appears in the graphic novel ''The Mythology Class'', by artist Arnold Arre.
3rd Apr '16 7:36:28 PM Henker
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* Abe Sapien from the ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' comic and its adaptations in other media.

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* Abe Sapien from the ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' comic and its adaptations in other media. The series also has the frog monsters as a recurring enemy, an {{Expy}} of Lovecraft's Deep Ones.
19th Mar '16 6:06:13 AM StFan
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->'''Mullroy''': No question, there has been a breakdown in military discipline aboard this vessel.\\
'''Murtogg''': I blame the fish-people.\\
'''Mullroy''': ''[Sarcastically]'' Ohh, so fish-people, by dint of being fish-people, automatically aren't as disciplined as non-fish-people?\\
'''Murtogg''': It seems contributory, is all I'm suggesting.

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->'''Mullroy''': ->'''Mullroy:''' No question, there has been a breakdown in military discipline aboard this vessel.\\
'''Murtogg''': '''Murtogg:''' I blame the fish-people.\\
'''Mullroy''': ''[Sarcastically]'' '''Mullroy:''' (''sarcastically'') Ohh, so fish-people, by dint of being fish-people, automatically aren't as disciplined as non-fish-people?\\
'''Murtogg''': '''Murtogg:''' It seems contributory, is all I'm suggesting.



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* One of the many denizens found in the Magic World of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' was a dolphin man. A trucker dolphin man. With flippers for hands. How he was able to hold things like the postcard from [[spoiler:Makie and Yuuna]] without fingers, we may never know.
** AWizardDidIt.

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* One of the many denizens found in the Magic World of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' was is a dolphin man. A trucker dolphin man. With flippers for hands. How he was is able to hold things like the postcard from [[spoiler:Makie and Yuuna]] without fingers, we may never know.
** AWizardDidIt.
know.



* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' pokes fun at this trope - the standard fishman in Lina's world is basically a giant fish with stick-thin limbs.
* During the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Land of the Sea filler arcs, [[MadScientist Amachi's]] ambition was to create the perfect aquatic soldier, transforming humans into Fish People. [[GirlOfTheWeek Isarabi]] was a partially successful trial run, but could not fully switch back to human form. Amachi made himself into a perfect hybrid, but ultimately discovered that without any skills other than becoming scaly, he wasn't the ultimate warrior he'd hoped.

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* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' pokes fun at this trope - -- the standard fishman in Lina's world is basically a giant fish with stick-thin limbs.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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During the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Land of the Sea filler arcs, [[MadScientist Amachi's]] ambition was is to create the perfect aquatic soldier, transforming humans into Fish People. [[GirlOfTheWeek Isarabi]] was a partially successful trial run, but could not fully switch back to human form. Amachi made himself into a perfect hybrid, but ultimately discovered that without any skills other than becoming scaly, he wasn't the ultimate warrior he'd hoped.



* People with fish for heads (yes, that's right, ''fish for heads'') from another planet are shown in act 47, in the fifth arc of the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga. They can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ixdkIOhwVE&feature=related here at about 3:36.]]

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* People with fish for heads (yes, that's right, ''fish for heads'') from another planet are shown in act 47, in the fifth arc of the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga. They can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ixdkIOhwVE&feature=related com/watch?v=-ixdkIOhwVE here at about 3:36.]]



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* The ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' (aka the Gill-Man), pictured above, is probably the most famous Fish Person, and certainly the TropeCodifier for movies. He starred in three films--the self-titled first movie and its sequels ''Film/RevengeOfTheCreature'' and ''Film/TheCreatureWalksAmongUs''. He's become one of the Franchise/UniversalHorror monsters, allowing him to co-star in [[SpinOff Spin-Offs]] and [[TheMerch merchandise]] with {{Dracula}}, FrankensteinsMonster and [[Film/TheMummy1932 The Mummy]], among others.

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* The ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' (aka (a.k.a. the Gill-Man), pictured above, is probably the most famous Fish Person, and certainly the TropeCodifier for movies. He starred in three films--the films -- the self-titled first movie and its sequels ''Film/RevengeOfTheCreature'' and ''Film/TheCreatureWalksAmongUs''. He's become one of the Franchise/UniversalHorror monsters, allowing him to co-star in [[SpinOff Spin-Offs]] and [[TheMerch merchandise]] with {{Dracula}}, FrankensteinsMonster and [[Film/TheMummy1932 The Mummy]], among others.



** Kit Fisto from the prequels, though he's a bit of a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Nautolan_NEGAS.jpg squidman.]]
*** Also in his earlier appearance in ''Film/MenInBlack''.

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** Kit Fisto from the prequels, though he's a bit of a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Nautolan_NEGAS.jpg squidman.]]
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]] Also in his earlier appearance in ''Film/MenInBlack''.



* The MadScientist in ''TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' turn himself into this, he then kills his enemies and tries to find a woman to reproduce with.
* The monsters from ''TheyBite'' are also Fish People who interrupt the shooting of a feminist porno movie while raping the actresses.

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* The MadScientist in ''TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' ''Film/TheBloodWatersOfDrZ'' turn himself into this, he then kills his enemies and tries to find a woman to reproduce with.
* The monsters from ''TheyBite'' ''Film/TheyBite'' are also Fish People who interrupt the shooting of a feminist porno movie while raping the actresses.



* One of the demons in horror BMovie ''DemonsAtTheDoor'' is very similar to a Fishman, he also tries to rape a girl in the shower, as most Fishmen do in movies.

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* One of the demons in horror BMovie ''DemonsAtTheDoor'' ''Film/DemonsAtTheDoor'' is very similar to a Fishman, he also tries to rape a girl in the shower, as most Fishmen do in movies.



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* The ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' gamebook world of Titan features the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Fish Men]], a race created by an EvilutionaryBiologist sorcerer who blended a number of unwilling humans with fish. They tend to be solitary, cruel, and hostile to humans, attacking them with tridents when the humans intrude on their territory or simply to steal the humans' riches.
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** The show has famously featured the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils Sea Devils]], as well as a more literal kind of Fish People in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E5TheUnderwaterMenace "The Underwater Menace"]].

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** The show has famously featured the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils Sea Devils]], as well as a more literal kind of Fish People in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E5TheUnderwaterMenace "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E5TheUnderwaterMenace The Underwater Menace"]].Menace]]".



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* [[Wrestling/TakuyaSugi Namazu Man]], a catfish man.[[/folder]]

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* [[Wrestling/TakuyaSugi Namazu Man]], a catfish man.man.
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* The locathah from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', consciously designed after the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon. The sahuagin are another example that in many settings were brought into being by Sekolah, the god of sharks.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
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The locathah from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', locathah, consciously designed after the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon. Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon.
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The sahuagin are another example that in many settings were brought into being by Sekolah, the god of sharks.sharks.
** In 3E, every 1 in 100 sahuagin would be born looking like their hated enemies, the sea elves. Most of the team, these mutated sahuagin, called malenti, were [[EatsBabies eaten by their own parents]]. Some of them are raised to be deep cover infiltrators for sahuagin, though.



** In 3E, every 1 in 100 sahuagin would be born looking like their hated enemies, the sea elves. Most of the team, these mutated sahuagin, called malenti, were [[EatsBabies eaten by their own parents]]. Some of them are raised to be deep cover infiltrators for sahuagin, though.
** And then there are the kuo-toa, which are ''subterranean'' fishmen.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', there are several varieties of FishPeople, all products of the Aboleth's influence on ancient human history. Most obvious are the degenerate survivors of an ancient and abandoned slave race, who are technically named Ulat Kini but known by everone, including themselves, as Scum.
* The very first edition of ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy Battle]]'' had a race actually called the Fishmen.
** The 8th Edition book has reintroduced references to them, causing no small amount of EpilepticTrees.

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** In 3E, every 1 in 100 sahuagin would be born looking like their hated enemies, the sea elves. Most of the team, these mutated sahuagin, called malenti, were [[EatsBabies eaten by their own parents]]. Some of them are raised to be deep cover infiltrators for sahuagin, though.
** And then there are the kuo-toa, which are ''subterranean'' fishmen.
fishmen. Mostly inspired by the Deep Ones from Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', there are several varieties of FishPeople, all products of the Aboleth's influence on ancient human history. Most obvious are the degenerate survivors of an ancient and abandoned slave race, who are technically named Ulat Kini but known by everone, everyone, including themselves, as Scum.
* The very first edition of ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy Battle]]'' had has a race actually called the Fishmen.
**
Fishmen. The 8th Edition book has reintroduced references to them, causing no small amount of EpilepticTrees.



* The ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' gamebook world of Titan features the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Fish Men]], a race created by an EvilutionaryBiologist sorcerer who blended a number of unwilling humans with fish. They tend to be solitary, cruel, and hostile to humans, attacking them with tridents when the humans intrude on their territory or simply to steal the humans' riches.
28th Feb '16 1:16:55 PM MarkLungo
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* VideoGame/{{Starbound}} has the Hylotl, a species of East Asian-like pacifists. They, however, have an enormous ego and aren't quite fond of other species, ''especialy'' with the [[RobotBuddy Glitch]] and the [[PlantPeople Floran]].

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* VideoGame/{{Starbound}} ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' has the Hylotl, a species of East Asian-like pacifists. They, however, have an enormous ego and aren't quite fond of other species, ''especialy'' with the [[RobotBuddy Glitch]] and the [[PlantPeople Floran]].


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* Undyne from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''.
16th Feb '16 2:16:19 PM MarkLungo
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* There is a report of the 16th century King of Poland being shown a fish-like creature resembling a Bishop, that gestured to be asked for release to a group of Catholic bishops. Upon its release, it made the sign of the cross and disappeared back into the sea.

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* There is a report of the 16th century King of Poland UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} being shown a fish-like creature resembling a Bishop, that gestured to be asked for release to a group of Catholic bishops. Upon its release, it made the sign of the cross and disappeared back into the sea.
16th Feb '16 2:15:41 PM MarkLungo
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* One legend pertaining to the legendary Merovingian Dynasty claims that they were descendants of Fish People. The writers of the ''Literature/TheHolyBloodAndTheHolyGrail'', and ''TheDaVinciCode'' decided to interpret this as that they were in fact the descendants of Jesus Christ, since early Christians used a stylized fish as their symbol, not to mention that the Greek word for fish, ''icthys'', formed a nice acronym of Jesus's name and titles. There isn't an ounce more evidence to prove this theory than there is to prove actual Fish People's involvement, though. It is based on a rather desperate interpretation. "Merovingian" means people of the sea, and so originally most likely referred to a people who lived on the coast, or settlers who came from overseas. The Merovingians were perfectly historical, and they're called that after an ancestor named Merovech. If TheOtherWiki may be believed, his name has, despite the similarity to "mere", German ''Meer'', etc, nothing to do with the sea, but means "famed fight".

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* One legend pertaining to the legendary Merovingian Dynasty claims that they were descendants of Fish People. The writers of the ''Literature/TheHolyBloodAndTheHolyGrail'', and ''TheDaVinciCode'' ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' decided to interpret this as that they were in fact the descendants of Jesus Christ, since early Christians used a stylized fish as their symbol, not to mention that the Greek word for fish, ''icthys'', formed a nice acronym of Jesus's name and titles. There isn't an ounce more evidence to prove this theory than there is to prove actual Fish People's involvement, though. It is based on a rather desperate interpretation. "Merovingian" means people of the sea, and so originally most likely referred to a people who lived on the coast, or settlers who came from overseas. The Merovingians were perfectly historical, and they're called that after an ancestor named Merovech. If TheOtherWiki Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} may be believed, his name has, despite the similarity to "mere", German ''Meer'', etc, nothing to do with the sea, but means "famed fight".



* According to Myth/JapaneseMythology, earthquakes are caused by a giant catfish called the ''namazu''. Following the Great Ansei Earthquake that struck Edo (Tokyo) in 1855, a new type of watercolor blockprint, called ''namazu-e'' (catfish pictures) became popular. Examples featuring anthropomorphized catfish can be seen [[http://pinktentacle.com/2011/04/namazu-e-earthquake-catfish-prints/ here]].

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* According to Myth/JapaneseMythology, earthquakes are caused by a giant catfish called the ''namazu''. Following the Great Ansei Earthquake that struck Edo (Tokyo) (UsfulNotes/{{Tokyo}}) in 1855, a new type of watercolor blockprint, called ''namazu-e'' (catfish pictures) became popular. Examples featuring anthropomorphized catfish can be seen [[http://pinktentacle.com/2011/04/namazu-e-earthquake-catfish-prints/ here]].
15th Feb '16 3:30:15 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* One legend pertaining to the legendary Merovingian Dynasty claims that they were descendants of Fish People. The writers of the ''Literature/HolyBloodHolyGrail'', and ''TheDaVinciCode'' decided to interpret this as that they were in fact the descendants of Jesus Christ, since early Christians used a stylized fish as their symbol, not to mention that the Greek word for fish, ''icthys'', formed a nice acronym of Jesus's name and titles. There isn't an ounce more evidence to prove this theory than there is to prove actual Fish People's involvement, though. It is based on a rather desperate interpretation. "Merovingian" means people of the sea, and so originally most likely referred to a people who lived on the coast, or settlers who came from overseas. The Merovingians were perfectly historical, and they're called that after an ancestor named Merovech. If TheOtherWiki may be believed, his name has, despite the similarity to "mere", German ''Meer'', etc, nothing to do with the sea, but means "famed fight".

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* One legend pertaining to the legendary Merovingian Dynasty claims that they were descendants of Fish People. The writers of the ''Literature/HolyBloodHolyGrail'', ''Literature/TheHolyBloodAndTheHolyGrail'', and ''TheDaVinciCode'' decided to interpret this as that they were in fact the descendants of Jesus Christ, since early Christians used a stylized fish as their symbol, not to mention that the Greek word for fish, ''icthys'', formed a nice acronym of Jesus's name and titles. There isn't an ounce more evidence to prove this theory than there is to prove actual Fish People's involvement, though. It is based on a rather desperate interpretation. "Merovingian" means people of the sea, and so originally most likely referred to a people who lived on the coast, or settlers who came from overseas. The Merovingians were perfectly historical, and they're called that after an ancestor named Merovech. If TheOtherWiki may be believed, his name has, despite the similarity to "mere", German ''Meer'', etc, nothing to do with the sea, but means "famed fight".
15th Feb '16 3:29:21 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* One legend pertaining to the legendary Merovingian Dynasty claims that they were descendants of Fish People. The writers of the ''HolyBloodHolyGrail'', and ''TheDaVinciCode'' decided to interpret this as that they were in fact the descendants of Jesus Christ, since early Christians used a stylized fish as their symbol, not to mention that the Greek word for fish, ''icthys'', formed a nice acronym of Jesus's name and titles. There isn't an ounce more evidence to prove this theory than there is to prove actual Fish People's involvement, though.
** This seems to be based on a rather desperate interpretation. "Merovingian" means people of the sea, and so originally most likely referred to a people who lived on the coast, or settlers who came from overseas.
*** The Merovingians were perfectly historical, and they're called that after an ancestor named Merovech. If TheOtherWiki may be believed, his name has, despite the similarity to "mere", German ''Meer'', etc, nothing to do with the sea, but means "famed fight".

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* One legend pertaining to the legendary Merovingian Dynasty claims that they were descendants of Fish People. The writers of the ''HolyBloodHolyGrail'', ''Literature/HolyBloodHolyGrail'', and ''TheDaVinciCode'' decided to interpret this as that they were in fact the descendants of Jesus Christ, since early Christians used a stylized fish as their symbol, not to mention that the Greek word for fish, ''icthys'', formed a nice acronym of Jesus's name and titles. There isn't an ounce more evidence to prove this theory than there is to prove actual Fish People's involvement, though.
** This seems to be
though. It is based on a rather desperate interpretation. "Merovingian" means people of the sea, and so originally most likely referred to a people who lived on the coast, or settlers who came from overseas.
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overseas. The Merovingians were perfectly historical, and they're called that after an ancestor named Merovech. If TheOtherWiki may be believed, his name has, despite the similarity to "mere", German ''Meer'', etc, nothing to do with the sea, but means "famed fight".
29th Jan '16 9:52:34 AM MarkLungo
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* The Homebrew ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' game ''LeviathanTheTempest'' allows the player to play demigod fishmen descendants of beings such as Dagon. It originally began as a joke that White Wolf should [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem complete the]] [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken Universal]] [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Monsters]] [[{{Mummy}} stable]] by making a "Creature of the Black Lagoon" {{Splat}}, but then it took a turn towards Ancient Mediterranean mythology and ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth''...

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* The Homebrew ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' game ''LeviathanTheTempest'' ''TabletopGame/LeviathanTheTempest'' allows the player to play demigod fishmen descendants of beings such as Dagon. It originally began as a joke that White Wolf should [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem complete the]] [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken Universal]] [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Monsters]] [[{{Mummy}} stable]] by making a "Creature of the Black Lagoon" {{Splat}}, but then it took a turn towards Ancient Mediterranean mythology and ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth''...
29th Jan '16 9:52:04 AM MarkLungo
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* A Deep One appears in AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/{{Neonomicon}}'' mini-series, based on Lovecraft's lore (and, as is common with this trope, a woman is raped by it).

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* A Deep One appears in AlanMoore's Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/{{Neonomicon}}'' mini-series, based on Lovecraft's lore (and, as is common with this trope, a woman is raped by it).



* In Pathfinder, there are several varieties of FishPeople, all products of the Aboleth's influence on ancient human history. Most obvious are the degenerate survivors of an ancient and abandoned slave race, who are technically named Ulat Kini but known by everone, including themselves, as Scum.

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* In Pathfinder, ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', there are several varieties of FishPeople, all products of the Aboleth's influence on ancient human history. Most obvious are the degenerate survivors of an ancient and abandoned slave race, who are technically named Ulat Kini but known by everone, including themselves, as Scum.
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