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29th Sep '17 7:11:01 PM Pichu-kun
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Since, by definition, a mermaid is a fish from the waist down, only her top half must be covered, and often GodivaHair just won't do. Thus the seashell bra was invented to preserve the modesty of female merfolk everywhere. You probably think this originated with Disney's ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', but Disney was using it all the way back in 1953 to depict the mermaids in ''Peter Pan'' (although they looked distinctly less bra-like in those days). Expect bras to also be made out of other marine trappings, such as starfish (though glomping a living creature to one's own body doesn't sound like a good idea in hindsight -- especially if it [[NightmareFuel ejects its stomach and starts digesting your nipples]]) or perhaps seaweed or other vague underwater flora, though the shells are often depicted as somehow clinging magically without any accompanying harnesses or straps, seaweed or otherwise. Also, the bra will almost always be made from scallop shells rather than clam, oyster, conch, or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:NautilusCutawayLogarithmicSpiral.jpg nautilus shells]] (not unless they are hollowed out).

Of course, not every culture shares the notion that the sight of [[NippleAndDimed female nipples]] somehow corrupts children, hence the [[http://www.retrojunk.com/details_articles/507/ Japanese animated version]]'' of the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale features bare-chested mermaids. It's also possible to avert the whole issue entirely by having [[OrganicBra scales growing around the chest area,]] or to extend the "fish" part of the mermaid up to the bustline like a strapless dress.

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Since, by definition, a mermaid is a fish from the waist down, only her top half must be covered, and often GodivaHair just won't do. Thus the seashell bra was invented to preserve the modesty of female merfolk everywhere. You probably think this originated with Disney's ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', but Disney was using it all the way back in 1953 to depict the mermaids in ''Peter Pan'' ''Disney/PeterPan'' (although they looked distinctly less bra-like in those days). Expect bras to also be made out of other marine trappings, such as starfish (though glomping a living creature to one's own body doesn't sound like a good idea in hindsight -- especially if it [[NightmareFuel ejects its stomach and starts digesting your nipples]]) or perhaps seaweed or other vague underwater flora, though the shells are often depicted as somehow clinging magically without any accompanying harnesses or straps, seaweed or otherwise. Also, the bra will almost always be made from scallop shells rather than clam, oyster, conch, or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:NautilusCutawayLogarithmicSpiral.jpg nautilus shells]] (not unless they are hollowed out).

Of course, not every culture shares the notion that the sight of [[NippleAndDimed female nipples]] somehow corrupts children, hence the [[http://www.retrojunk.com/details_articles/507/ Japanese animated version]]'' version]] of the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale features bare-chested mermaids. It's also possible to avert the whole issue entirely by having [[OrganicBra scales growing around the chest area,]] or to extend the "fish" part of the mermaid up to the bustline like a strapless dress.


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* Mermaidyn from ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' has a strapless variant. She just has two seashells over her breasts.
12th Aug '17 4:31:41 PM StFan
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--->'''Shantae:''' Well, Iíve tried wearing all sorts of aquatic creatures and am pretty badly hurt at this point.

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--->'''Shantae:''' -->'''Shantae:''' Well, Iíve I've tried wearing all sorts of aquatic creatures and am pretty badly hurt at this point.
12th Aug '17 1:57:52 PM StFan
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* InvokedTrope in ''Webcomic/MerStory'': because dealing daily with a naked mermaid is too distracting, the protagonist Jason asks Aqua to bring him large seashells, with which he makes what he calls the "classical" mermaid seashell bra. Aqua is more amused than anything.
8th Aug '17 9:58:23 PM Unversed333
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* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'': In the episode "Moby Jerk", the rude mermaid Johnny encounters wears a strapless one.
23rd Jul '17 10:50:34 AM Gamermaster
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* [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl Lucoa]] from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' wears this during the second DVD special when the dragons were dressing up as otters. Kobayashi points out that it ''barely'' has anything to do with otters.
27th May '17 7:18:00 PM angie710
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Of course, not every culture shares the notion that the sight of [[NippleAndDimed female nipples]] somehow corrupts children, hence the [[http://www.retrojunk.com/details_articles/507/ Japanese animated version]]'' of the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale features bare-chested mermaids. It's also possible to avert the whole issue entirely by having [[OrganicBra scales growing around the chest area.]]

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Of course, not every culture shares the notion that the sight of [[NippleAndDimed female nipples]] somehow corrupts children, hence the [[http://www.retrojunk.com/details_articles/507/ Japanese animated version]]'' of the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale features bare-chested mermaids. It's also possible to avert the whole issue entirely by having [[OrganicBra scales growing around the chest area.]]
area,]] or to extend the "fish" part of the mermaid up to the bustline like a strapless dress.
5th May '17 7:57:54 AM MarqFJA
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* Mermaids in ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' and ''Series/MakoMermaidsAnH2OAdventure'' have scales in exactly the same pattern as a bra, complete with straps, with a brae midriff between that and the scales of their tails. Mermen are bare chested.

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* Mermaids in ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' and ''Series/MakoMermaidsAnH2OAdventure'' have scales in exactly the same pattern as a bra, complete with straps, with a brae bare midriff between that and the scales of their tails. Mermen are bare chested.
7th Apr '17 9:35:42 AM erforce
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* This trope and its aversion was one of the reasons a mermaid character was cut completely from ''Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie''. She was played by a 15-year-old actress who would have had GodivaHair. Probably not suitable for a family film.

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* This trope and its aversion was one of the reasons a mermaid character was cut completely from ''Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie''.''Film/TurboAPowerRangersMovie''. She was played by a 15-year-old actress who would have had GodivaHair. Probably not suitable for a family film.
22nd Mar '17 10:31:47 PM Midna
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* In ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'', Neris and Natia wear one.
6th Mar '17 6:50:43 AM rafi
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'':
** Averted with Mindy in the episode "Mermaid Mindy" (because she is just a little children) while is implied with her mother (that we see just from behind).
** An issue of the comic featured a spoof of the ''Little Mermaid'' with [[MsFanservice Minerva Mink]] as mermaid (or meremink) and she use these.
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