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4th Dec '16 1:18:05 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "The Pool of the Black Ones", the arrival of a man on the deck of a ship at sea raises the question whether he's a merman. No, it's Conan. He's just been swimming for a while.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "The Pool of the Black Ones", the arrival of a man on the deck of a ship at sea raises the question whether he's a merman. No, it's Conan. He's just been swimming for a while.
30th Nov '16 1:28:18 PM narm00
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** A later chapter reveals that [[spoiler:when ''something'' (it isn't at all clear what) [[BerserkButton pisses them off]], they have the ability go into some sort of feral mode and develop finned hands, scaly skin, fanged piranha-like mouths and bulging anglerfish eyes.]]

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** A later chapter reveals that [[spoiler:when ''something'' (it isn't at all clear what) [[BerserkButton pisses them off]], they have the ability to go into some sort of feral mode and develop finned hands, scaly skin, fanged piranha-like mouths and bulging anglerfish eyes.]]
27th Nov '16 4:44:50 PM Goldfritha
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Sometimes mermaids are portrayed as evil seductresses (sometimes called devil fish) who lure sailors to their deaths[[note]]this is based on the myths of sirens which were originally birdwomen but who are generally portrayed as mermaids these days [[LostInTranslation due to language confusion]][[/note]]. In most mythologies, they display the inscrutable and sometimes dangerous amorality of TheFairFolk, especially if mermaids are treated as marine fae. Sometimes they are good but flirty and mischievous. Sometimes they are mostly innocent and naive. Sometimes they are honorable, and of these, several [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters resent us]] for treating their ocean home so badly for so long. Sometimes (just sometimes) they are just like us and have all sorts of personas. Very often, though not always, they are {{Tsundere}}, or even outright {{Yandere}} types. Octopus or Squid-based mermaids--sometimes called cilophytes or cecaelia--are usually portrayed as evil, probably owing to the influence of Disney's sea-witch Ursula, or perhaps because of the "alien" nature of tentacles.

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Sometimes mermaids are portrayed as evil seductresses (sometimes called devil fish) who lure sailors to their deaths[[note]]this is based on the myths of sirens which were originally birdwomen but who are generally portrayed as mermaids these days [[LostInTranslation due to language confusion]][[/note]]. Others, their singing is a sign of disaster, but not from seduction. In most mythologies, they display the inscrutable and sometimes dangerous amorality of TheFairFolk, especially if mermaids are treated as marine fae. Sometimes they are good but flirty and mischievous. Sometimes they are mostly innocent and naive. Sometimes they are honorable, and of these, several [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters resent us]] for treating their ocean home so badly for so long. Sometimes (just sometimes) they are just like us and have all sorts of personas. Very often, though not always, they are {{Tsundere}}, or even outright {{Yandere}} types. Octopus or Squid-based mermaids--sometimes called cilophytes or cecaelia--are usually portrayed as evil, probably owing to the influence of Disney's sea-witch Ursula, or perhaps because of the "alien" nature of tentacles.
18th Nov '16 6:15:19 PM Mhazard
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** In ''[[PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', [[spoiler: Oktavia serves as Sayaka's GuardianEntity and she [[SummonMagic can be summoned]] at anywhere there is water, including [[BloodMagic Sayaka's own blood]].]]
10th Nov '16 5:45:39 AM Mhazard
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* Oktavia von Seckendorff, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mermaid]] [[EldritchAbomination Witch]] from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. She is a gigantic armored mermaid knight, geared with a {{BFS}} and [[ImprobableWeaponUser throws wheels]] toward anyone who interrupts her concert. Not only [[FairytaleMotifs she's a mermaid in appearance]], she bears a WholePlotReference to "Literature/TheLittleMermaid". [[spoiler: specifically, her former self, Miki Sayaka, became a magical girl to heal her LoveInterest Kyousuke's hand hoping that he'd fall in love with her, but then she learnt the AwfulTruth of a MagicalGirl is [[OurLichesAreDifferent basically a lich]], and then Hitomi kicked in and confessed her love toward Kyousuke after Sayaka failed to do so. Unable to confess her feelings to Kyousuke and feeling that she's basically a zombie, Sayaka [[DespairEventHorizon had gone off the deep end]] and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie became the Mermaid Witch]]]]

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* Oktavia von Seckendorff, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mermaid]] [[EldritchAbomination Mermaid Witch]] from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. She is an EldritchAbomination resembling a gigantic armored mermaid knight, geared with a {{BFS}} and [[ImprobableWeaponUser throws wheels]] toward anyone who interrupts her concert. Not only [[FairytaleMotifs she's a mermaid in appearance]], she bears a WholePlotReference to "Literature/TheLittleMermaid". [[spoiler: specifically, Specifically, her former self, [[WasOnceAMan Miki Sayaka, Sayaka]], became a magical girl to heal her LoveInterest Kyousuke's hand hoping that he'd fall in love with her, but then she learnt the AwfulTruth of a MagicalGirl is [[OurLichesAreDifferent basically a lich]], and then Hitomi kicked in and confessed her love toward Kyousuke after Sayaka failed to do so. Unable to confess her feelings to Kyousuke and feeling that she's basically a zombie, Sayaka [[DespairEventHorizon had gone off the deep end]] and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie became the Mermaid Witch]]]]Witch]].]]
10th Nov '16 5:43:15 AM Mhazard
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* Oktavia von Seckendorff, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mermaid]] [[EldritchAbomination Witch]] from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. She is a gigantic armored mermaid knight, geared with a {{BFS}} and [[ImprobableWeaponUser throws wheels]] toward anyone who interrupts her concert. Not only [[FairytaleMotifs she's a mermaid in appearance]], she bears a WholePlotReference to "Literature/TheLittleMermaid". [[spoiler: specifically, her former self, Miki Sayaka, became a magical girl to heal her LoveInterest Kyousuke's hand hoping that he'd fall in love with her, but then she learnt the AwfulTruth of a MagicalGirl is [[OurLichesAreDifferent basically a lich]], and then Hitomi kicked in and confessed her love toward Kyousuke after Sayaka failed to do so. Unable to confess her feelings to Kyousuke and feeling that she's basically a zombie, Sayaka [[DespairEventHorizon had gone off the deep end]] and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie became the Mermaid Witch]]]]
1st Nov '16 11:52:28 AM morane
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* In Finnish comedy film ''Pekka ja Pätkä sammakkomiehinä'' ("Pekka and Pätkä as Frogmen") The protagonists have been drafted to Navy as combat divers. Pekka, while practising SCUBA diving, rescues a mermaid who has stuck on fishing nets. He takes her to his home and puts her in bathtub. When Pekka's wife, Justiina, arrives from grocer's, [[spoiler:she initially sees her tail, and thinks Pekka has brought a humongous pike for dinner, and takes a knife to prepare her for dinner. But when she sees the tail belongs to a real mermaid, she faints from shock.]]
29th Oct '16 12:04:07 PM nombretomado
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* In a planned [[https://twitter.com/Greg_Weisman/status/582486299417841664?t=1&cn=cmVjb3NfZXhwbG9yZQ%3D%3D&sig=b590402104e003ee911b580df201340c9f14cfa2&al=1&refsrc=email&iid=643af5233da641e5822f371ce75e0dac&autoactions=1427754743&uid=1284968966&nid=244+143+20150329 audioplay]] by GregWeisman, he plans to have a mermaid character that he claims is different from any other mermaid. How different remains to be seen.

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* In a planned [[https://twitter.com/Greg_Weisman/status/582486299417841664?t=1&cn=cmVjb3NfZXhwbG9yZQ%3D%3D&sig=b590402104e003ee911b580df201340c9f14cfa2&al=1&refsrc=email&iid=643af5233da641e5822f371ce75e0dac&autoactions=1427754743&uid=1284968966&nid=244+143+20150329 audioplay]] by GregWeisman, Creator/GregWeisman, he plans to have a mermaid character that he claims is different from any other mermaid. How different remains to be seen.
18th Oct '16 7:19:23 AM NESBoy
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* Vaporeon is a ''{{Pokemon}}'' based on a mythical creature in Singapore folklore called a "Merlion" (Think upper body of a lion and lower body of a fish). It's also a walking VisualPun in the sense that it's a feline-like creature with fish-like traits. In other words, either a "Catfish" or a "Sea Lion".

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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Vaporeon is a ''{{Pokemon}}'' Pokémon based on a mythical creature in Singapore folklore called a "Merlion" (Think upper body of a lion and lower body of a fish). It's also a walking VisualPun in the sense that it's a feline-like creature with fish-like traits. In other words, either a "Catfish" or a "Sea Lion".Lion".
** While ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''[='=]s Popplio line of water-type starter Pokémon starts out as a sea lion clown, its clown motif is gradually phased out as it evolves in favor of a mermaid motif.
16th Oct '16 9:51:08 PM RoswellianMisha
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* The Merfolk in ''Literature/UnderneathAMerfolkTale'' are able to shift at will and have been hiding as humans for centuries, becoming some of the richest families where they live. TheMasquerade goes down the drain when one of their own is found on a beach in Maine unconscious and injured.
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