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25th Jun '16 11:06:16 AM Prfnoff
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* Invoked in, of course, ''AccidentalCentaurs''. The heroes are turned into merfolk in order to cross the sea and when Alex says he's looking forward to weeks of kinky mermaid sex Sam asks him if he remembers exactly how fish mate. Cue the disappointed Alex.

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* Invoked in, of course, ''AccidentalCentaurs''.''Webcomic/AccidentalCentaurs''. The heroes are turned into merfolk in order to cross the sea and when Alex says he's looking forward to weeks of kinky mermaid sex Sam asks him if he remembers exactly how fish mate. Cue the disappointed Alex.
23rd Jun '16 1:34:29 PM totoofze47
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* In ''OnePiece'', we see that when a merperson turns 30, their tail splits into a pair of legs and they can walk on land. The character [[spoiler:Kokoro]] is actually a mermaid past 30, who married and had children with a human. Later, Brook imagines what mermaid panties look like, until he is told that mermaids don't wear panties.

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* In ''OnePiece'', we see that when ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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a merperson mermaid turns 30, their tail splits into a pair of legs and they can walk on land.land (This doesn't seem to be the case with mermen, as shown with the old King Neptune). The character [[spoiler:Kokoro]] is actually a mermaid past 30, who married and had children with a human. Later, Brook imagines what mermaid panties look like, until he is told that mermaids don't wear panties.



* This became a big issue for Master Roshi in an early chapter of ''DragonBall'' when Goku brought him a mermaid girl. He ''did'' attempt to make the most of the situation by leering at her chest, but he got punched in the face for his trouble.

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* This became a big issue for Master Roshi in an early chapter of ''DragonBall'' ''Franchise/DragonBall'' when Goku brought him a mermaid girl. He ''did'' attempt to make the most of the situation by leering at her chest, but he got punched in the face for his trouble.
29th May '16 5:51:14 PM DesertDragon
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* The above quote from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', of course. The mermaid in question explains that her people do it fish-style.
-->''"I'm not your first time am I? ...I lay my eggs, and then I leave, and you release your fertilizer!"''

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* The above quote comes from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', of course. The the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Deep South". Fry falls in love with a mermaid in question and is ready to spend the rest of his life with her...until they try to have sex, and she explains that her people merfolk do it fish-style.
"fish-style":
-->''"I'm not your first time am I? ...I? I lay my eggs, and then I leave, and you release your fertilizer!"''fertilizer!" (at which point Fry makes a break for it)''
29th May '16 8:40:59 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', Guybrush learns that Winslow and an ambiguously gendered merperson are in a relationship, and wonders aloud "how that works... logistically."

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* In ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', Guybrush learns that Winslow and an ambiguously gendered merperson are in a relationship, and wonders aloud "how that works... logistically."
8th May '16 12:57:04 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''AbsitOmen'', a Franchise/HarryPotter roleplay site, uses the explanation of 'merman spawn and witch magic' as the parentage of a mermaid [[http://www.absitomen.com/wiki/index.php?title=Merpeople#Part_Merpeople half-breed]] girl who looks like a permanent Gillyweed user.

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* ''AbsitOmen'', ''Roleplay/AbsitOmen'', a Franchise/HarryPotter roleplay site, uses the explanation of 'merman spawn and witch magic' as the parentage of a mermaid [[http://www.absitomen.com/wiki/index.php?title=Merpeople#Part_Merpeople half-breed]] girl who looks like a permanent Gillyweed user.
4th May '16 2:51:47 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* DragonsCrown, being ''[[{{Fanservice}} that]]'' kind of game, averts this. The mermaid you come across has her fish tail start right ''under'' a very human butt and hips. This was handily [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when the [[WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay Best Friends Zaibatsu]] played the game.

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* DragonsCrown, ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'', being ''[[{{Fanservice}} that]]'' kind of game, averts this. The mermaid you come across has her fish tail start right ''under'' a very human butt and hips. This was handily [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when the [[WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay Best Friends Zaibatsu]] played the game.
11th Apr '16 9:04:48 AM DracMonster
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* In ''WebComic/SirensLament'', the Sirens' tails turn to legs on dry land.
25th Mar '16 7:06:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* Craig Charles' little-known sitcom ''CaptainButler'' also parodied this. He asks the mermaid girl-of-his-dreams to have sex with him -- so she lays a pile of eggs and leaves him to inseminate them. Not exactly what he had in mind...

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* Craig Charles' little-known sitcom ''CaptainButler'' ''Series/CaptainButler'' also parodied this. He asks the mermaid girl-of-his-dreams to have sex with him -- so she lays a pile of eggs and leaves him to inseminate them. Not exactly what he had in mind...



* The ''NightGallery'' episode "Lindemann's Catch" explores this with tragic results.
* The Disney Channel series ''PairOfKings'' apparently uses this trope, as there's a preview airing where one of the main characters encounters a mermaid and says something along the lines of "I prefer my women to have legs!" [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Seems a bit blatant for a Disney Channel tween sitcom to actually make a "mermaids don't have vaginas" joke, don't ya think]]?

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* The ''NightGallery'' ''Series/NightGallery'' episode "Lindemann's Catch" explores this with tragic results.
* The Disney Channel series ''PairOfKings'' ''Series/PairOfKings'' apparently uses this trope, as there's a preview airing where one of the main characters encounters a mermaid and says something along the lines of "I prefer my women to have legs!" [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Seems a bit blatant for a Disney Channel tween sitcom to actually make a "mermaids don't have vaginas" joke, don't ya think]]?
13th Mar '16 9:35:12 PM GrammarNavi
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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and averted in MercedesLackey's ''[[TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms Fortune's Fool]]'', where the mer-princess heroine falls for a human and has to endure some ribald joking from her father about how it's fortunate her ancestors were sirens and not mermaids.

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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and averted in MercedesLackey's ''[[TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms Fortune's Fool]]'', where the mer-princess heroine falls for a human and has to endure some ribald joking from her father about how it's fortunate her ancestors were sirens and not mermaids.
22nd Feb '16 5:31:19 AM Minni128
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* Some artworks tend to solve this problem by showing them reproducing like fish, which is to say, like the ''Futurama'' example, they lay eggs: [[http://gaudibuendia.deviantart.com/art/Mermaid-s-eggs-436822939 here]] and [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Mermaids-purse-12048568 here]].

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* Some artworks tend to solve this problem by showing them reproducing like fish, which is to say, like the ''Futurama'' example, they lay eggs: eggs, the picture of their unborn offspring: [[http://gaudibuendia.deviantart.com/art/Mermaid-s-eggs-436822939 here]] and [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Mermaids-purse-12048568 here]].
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