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19th Mar '17 9:46:47 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' merpeople appear during the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament, when Harry and the other Champions have to visit their village in the school's lake. The merpeople Harry meets are rather ugly by human standards, with gray skin, green hair and yellow teeth and eyes. The spin-off media book ''Fantastic Creatures And Where To Find Them'' mentions that there are at least three kind of mermaids--the Scottish [[SelkiesAndWereseals selkies]] that Harry sees, the Irish merrow and the warm-water [[SirensAreMermaids sirens]])--and that the latter apparently fit the more traditional, "beautiful" model.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' merpeople appear during the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament, when Harry and the other Champions have to visit their village in the school's lake. The merpeople Harry meets are rather ugly by human standards, with gray skin, green hair and yellow teeth and eyes. The spin-off media book ''Fantastic Creatures And Where To Find Them'' mentions that there are at least three kind of mermaids--the Scottish [[SelkiesAndWereseals selkies]] that Harry sees, the Irish merrow and the warm-water [[SirensAreMermaids sirens]])--and sirens]]--and that the latter apparently fit the more traditional, "beautiful" model.
19th Mar '17 7:03:31 PM Theriocephalus
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** Currently, [=MtG=] merfolk come with legs, which allows there to be sea themed races without the entire oddness of creatures that can swim in water, and so should beat any non-water breather there, but that can't do much on the atmosphere.
*** Those would be Zendikar's. They are also heavy on flyers, some - but not all - due to riding large birds or flying manta rays. They also had a rather well fleshed out tripartite religion centering on Leviathans and Angels [[spoiler: which unfortunately turned out to be based on distant memories of [[EldritchAbomination the Eldrazi]]]]. They also have continuing extraplanar representation in the form of the Planeswalker Kiora.

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** Currently, [=MtG=] merfolk come with legs, which allows there to be sea themed races without the entire oddness of creatures that can swim in water, and so should beat any non-water breather there, but that can't do much on in the atmosphere.
*** Those would be Zendikar's. They Zendikar's merfolk are also heavy on flyers, some - -- but not all - -- due to riding large birds or flying manta rays. They also had a rather well fleshed out tripartite religion centering on Leviathans and Angels [[spoiler: which unfortunately turned out to be based on distant memories of [[EldritchAbomination the Eldrazi]]]]. They also have continuing extraplanar representation in the form of the Planeswalker Kiora.Kiora.
*** The merfolk of the Myth/GreekMythology-inspired Theros are distinguished by large, trailing headfins resembling the plumes of ancient Greek war helmets. They're partially amphibious -- they can stay on dry land for several days, but must return to the water to keep their gills soft -- and worship Thassa, the God of the Sea, above all other deities. Thassa herself is depicted as a traditional, fish-tailed merfolk with several tentacles growing from her back and shoulders.
16th Mar '17 8:06:03 AM fruitstripegum
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* The merfolk in the ''Literature/MermaidMagic'' trilogy come in two different varieties - normal merfolk (with green tails, sea-blue or sea-green eyes and blonde hair) and magical merfolk (with orange tails, goldeny-brown eyes, red hair and the ability to perform magic). Rani, the protagonist, is a magical mermaid who was adopted by normal merfolk when she was a baby.
7th Mar '17 1:57:43 PM ShorinBJ
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* And of course, some mermaids don't posess shapeshifting abilities at all -- no matter how much they may want to change, the half-fish appearance is their default, permanent form.

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* And of course, some mermaids don't posess possess shapeshifting abilities at all -- no matter how much they may want to change, the half-fish appearance is their default, permanent form.
7th Mar '17 1:17:33 PM ShorinBJ
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* A "mermaid" (technically, one of a group of people genetically-modified to survive deep underwater) appeared in an episode of ''Series/SeaQuestDSV''. She was of the bordeline-CuteMonsterGirl variety; she didn't have any blatant sea-creature features but sported a set of gills along her rib-cage and webbed digits. She also felt very uncomfortable outside the water. And, out of all the people onboard Sea-Quest, she got along the very best with [[SapientCetacean Darwin]].

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* A "mermaid" (technically, one of a group of people genetically-modified to survive deep underwater) appeared in an episode of ''Series/SeaQuestDSV''. She was of the bordeline-CuteMonsterGirl borderline-CuteMonsterGirl variety; she didn't have any blatant sea-creature features but sported a set of gills along her rib-cage and webbed digits. She also felt very uncomfortable outside the water. And, out of all the people onboard Sea-Quest, she got along the very best with [[SapientCetacean Darwin]].



* One of the (supposedly) main characters of ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' is a mermaid of the human head/fish tail type. We don't know if she is able to transform, but not likely considering her habitat is water [[spoiler: as is that of her race]]. Also have a type of telepathy to communicate with the members
* ''Series/DarkAngel''': "Gill Girl" featured genetically-engineered mermaid and merman equivalents. They looked mostly human, but had the gills of fish and the echolocation of dolphins.

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* One of the (supposedly) main characters of ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' is a mermaid of the human head/fish tail type. We don't know if she is able to transform, but not likely considering her habitat is water [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as is that of her race]]. Also have a type of telepathy to communicate with the members
members.
* ''Series/DarkAngel''': ''Series/DarkAngel'': "Gill Girl" featured genetically-engineered mermaid and merman equivalents. They looked mostly human, but had the gills of fish and the echolocation of dolphins.
5th Mar '17 10:46:28 PM ShorinBJ
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* The Australian series ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' is about three girls who, after finding their way to a mysterious island, turn into mermaids following "The Splash Method" after swimming in a [[GreenRocks Magical Pool]] during a [[WeirdMoon full moon]]. They also have powers over water: one can freeze it at will, one can boil it at will, and the other controls it at will (also she can multiply it from a drop to a bucket).

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* The Australian series ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' is about three girls who, after finding their way to a mysterious island, turn into mermaids following "The Splash Method" after swimming in a [[GreenRocks Magical Pool]] during a [[WeirdMoon full moon]]. They also have powers over water: one can freeze it at will, one can boil it at will, and the other controls it at will (also she can multiply it from a drop to a bucket). Congruent with their origin, the full moon can have weird effects on them if they see it (what effects depends on planetary alignments), and in one case, permanently increase their powers. They can swim quite fast. They cannot breathe underwater, but can comfortably hold their breath for inhumanly long periods.
5th Mar '17 9:59:29 AM nombretomado
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* MarvelComics Atlanteans, and various subraces, are an interesting example. Their appearance generally depends on what continuity is active at the time. In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, Marvel Atlanteans were the human inhabitants of Atlantis until it sank, whereupon they were turned into blue-skinned water breathers by the god Neptune. In earlier comics, the men looked like fishmen and they weren't actually ''from'' Atlantis. When Namor was reintroduced in the 1960s with the Fantastic Four, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby retconned the Submariners (what they used to call Namor's mother's race) to Atlanteans as water breathing blue skinned people. Hybrids apparently can breathe air, are stronger than either race, and can fly with wings on their feet. There were also green-skined fish-men who were the later Lemurian offshoot, mutated by the snake-god they worshiped.

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* MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics Atlanteans, and various subraces, are an interesting example. Their appearance generally depends on what continuity is active at the time. In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, Marvel Atlanteans were the human inhabitants of Atlantis until it sank, whereupon they were turned into blue-skinned water breathers by the god Neptune. In earlier comics, the men looked like fishmen and they weren't actually ''from'' Atlantis. When Namor was reintroduced in the 1960s with the Fantastic Four, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby retconned the Submariners (what they used to call Namor's mother's race) to Atlanteans as water breathing blue skinned people. Hybrids apparently can breathe air, are stronger than either race, and can fly with wings on their feet. There were also green-skined fish-men who were the later Lemurian offshoot, mutated by the snake-god they worshiped.
19th Feb '17 11:48:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WanderingHamster'', there are ''mersheep''. Yep, sheep with a fish tail.

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* In ''WanderingHamster'', ''VideoGame/WanderingHamster'', there are ''mersheep''. Yep, sheep with a fish tail.



* The mermaid we meet in the Telltale ''SamAndMax'' games is completely human in appearance (save for oddly-coloured hair), and (by WordOfGod) basically immortal, except for accidents. She's also psychotically evil, but that's probably not a mermaid thing.

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* The mermaid we meet in the Telltale ''SamAndMax'' ''VideoGame/SamAndMax'' games is completely human in appearance (save for oddly-coloured hair), and (by WordOfGod) basically immortal, except for accidents. She's also psychotically evil, but that's probably not a mermaid thing.
4th Feb '17 6:16:21 AM kikiandlala
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* In ''Videogame/ValkyrieProfile'', Yumei is a half-human mermaid who is recruited to be an Einherjar. Her mother's a mermaid and her father was the Shogun of Yamato. This allows Yumei to take on human form to wander the surface world, but she'll revert to mermaid form when she casts magic.
4th Feb '17 6:08:25 AM kikiandlala
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* In the Japanese island horror Playstation game ''Ningyo No Rakuin'', when they're not sacrificing people, an evil cult is taking ordinary girls and turning them into mermaids through alchemy.
* In the Japanese video game ''Shinkai Densetsu Meremanoid'', which is based off the anime, the goddess Aphrodite created the world and the merpeople matriarchy to rule it. They do so with fancy weapon tricks and powerful magic, and prophecy has it that one of these merpeople is the dreaded Destroyer who will usher in an apocalypse.

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* In the Japanese island horror Playstation game ''Ningyo No Rakuin'', when they're not sacrificing people, an evil cult is taking ordinary girls and turning them into mermaids through alchemy.
alchemy. These ex-human mermaids have fin-like growths on the sides of their arms and heads.
* In the Japanese video game ''Shinkai Densetsu Meremanoid'', which is based off the anime, the goddess Aphrodite created the world and the merpeople or Meremanoid. The Meremanoid are your standard mermaids physically, but socially they are a matriarchy to in honor of Aphrodite. They also rule it. They the world as there are no humans in this world, and they do so with fancy weapon tricks and powerful magic, and prophecy magic. Prophecy has it that one of these merpeople is the dreaded Destroyer who will usher in an apocalypse.apocalypse, unfortunately due to the lack of gender in their language they don't know who it is.
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