Created By: RedWren on October 11, 2010 Last Edited By: RedWren on October 14, 2010
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Our Sirens Are Louder

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Previously Our Sirens Are Different, Our Sirens Are Alluring, Our Sirens Are Enthralling

Thinking about Our Sirens Are Enchanting, Our Sirens Are Beguiling, Our Sirens Are Enthralling, Our Sirens Are Louder (Just for Pun).

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Sirens. If you go back to Greek Mythology, you'll find bird-women. In later instances, they would tend towards fish-people, because of the same sort of language difficulties that gave mermaids siren's beautiful voices. Of course, sometimes they just look human, and their voices are the only thing that gives them away. Or it's just a good disguise until it cracks.

And yes, sirens are loud: sailors are hearing them quite clearly over roaring surf hitting rocks. The projection needed for that is impressive.

For that sort of reason, be careful when adding examples to this page: if they are explicitly referred to as only sirens, they fit here. If they are bird-women type sirens, they fit here. If they are fish-people with beautiful voices, they're probably mermaids. If someone uses both titles, see Sirens Are Mermaids.

Examples

Classical Mythology
  • Odysseus ran into two sirens, who were bird-women who lured sailors with their enchanting voices and music. His men stuff their ears with wax, but, true to form, Odysseus just has them tie him to the mast. Because he wants to hear the songs.
  • In general (Greek): They were bird-women, they lured young sailors to their deaths via song that took them into rocky cliffs, there were between two and five, though three was common. Their names were a little...fluid.

Comic Books
  • Teen Titans have a villain called Siren who is a mermaid with a hypnotic song and is capable of turning her tail into legs.

Fan Fiction

Film
  • Alluded to in The Muppet Movie, "The Rainbow Connection".
    Kermit: Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors? The voice might be one and the same...
  • The three young women doing wash in O Brother, Where Art Thou? function as sirens. No surprise, given it's a retelling of The Odyssey.
    "Them si-reens done loved Pete up and turned 'im into a -- horny toad!"

Live-Action Television
  • The Psirens from Red Dwarf were basically a retelling of the sirens story IN SPACE!: they shapeshifted to lure spacecraft onto the asteroids.
  • On Batman, Joan Collins played the Supervillainess Lorelei Circe, AKA The Siren, who was able to put any man under her spell by singing a note of three octaves above high C; she used her ability to entrance Commissioner Gordon into sneaking into the Batcave, to cause Chief O'Hara to jump into a lake, and to induce Bruce Wayne into signing his fortune over to her.

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons & Dragons.
    • The harpy is the Greek Mythology version (bird/woman) with an alluring voice that draws victims to its location.
    • The sirine is a humanoid female with a voice that can charm all hostile creatures.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Three sirens pop up in "The Scotsman Saves Jack", an episode of Samurai Jack The Scotsman doesn't demonstrate any particular willpower, he just doesn't like the music. They aren't bird-women or fish-people, they're fully human-looking...except for the glow. And then we find out that they're a Scaled Up three-headed...thing. Still called sirens, though.
  • On The Simpsons "Tales from the Public Domain" when Homer was Odysseus he was lured to the Island of Sirens, only to discover that the Sirens in question were Patty and Selma. He got out of there pretty quick.
  • DuckTales has some sirens in an episode that takes Huey, Dewey, Louie and Scrooge back to Odysseus' times. They look odd, but on the other hand, how would you do bird-women when your cast is already made of ducks?
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • October 11, 2010
    randomsurfer
    On The Simpsons "Tales from the Public Domain" when Homer was Odysseus he was lured to the Island of Sirens, only to discover that the Sirens in question were Patty and Selma. He got out of there pretty quick.
  • October 11, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    Our Sirens are Alluring? Our Sirens are Beguiling? Our Sirens are Enthralling?

    Nice Trope

    Samurai Jack's Sirens were actually one hydra like creature if memory serves, Duck Tales did a similar thing except the creature was more amphibian
  • October 11, 2010
    RedWren
    ^^ Added, thanks!

    ^Yay! I've had this in my head for a little while and I was trying to make sure I could get enough examples that weren't actually mermaids, so I'm glad to hear you like it.

    And I think Samurai Jack had sirens that were women (put in the link), but now that you mention it...did they have a Glamour Failure at some point? Also, added the Duck Tales thing.
  • October 12, 2010
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons.
      • The harpy is the Greek Mythology version (bird/woman) with an alluring voice that draws victims to its location.
      • The sirine is a humanoid female with a voice that can charm all hostile creatures.
  • October 12, 2010
    foxley
    Teen Titans have a villain called Siren who is a mermaid with a hypnotic song and is capable of turning her tail into legs.
  • October 12, 2010
    halfmillennium
    The Psirens from Red Dwarf were basically a retelling of the sirens story In Space (they shapeshifted to lure spacecraft onto the asteroids).
  • October 12, 2010
    TrustBen
    The three young women doing wash in O Brother Where Art Thou function as sirens.
  • October 12, 2010
    AlexRandom
    Escaping the lure of sirens was one of ''The Twelve Tasks of Asterix''
  • October 12, 2010
    berr
    I say go with Our Sirens Are Louder, Just For Pun. I laughed out loud when I put two and two together...

    The similarity to Our Banshees Are Louder will just make it easier to remember. It's not like anyone confuses Sirens with Banshees. There are multiple tropes using other adjectives.
  • October 12, 2010
    berr
    "Them si-reens done loved Pete up and turned 'im into a -- horny toad!"
  • October 13, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    @RedWren: More of a Sequential Boss thing. Jack and the Irishman were actually fighting them/it/her instead of being mind controlled. mutch like a multi-headed Scaled Up.
  • October 13, 2010
    RedWren
    ^ Tried to rework it.
  • October 13, 2010
    Duncan
    The "Rainbow Connection" lyric is actually "The voice might be one and the same".
  • October 13, 2010
    RedWren
    ^ Thank you.
  • October 13, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    On Batman, Joan Collins played the Supervillainess Lorelei Circe, AKA The Siren, who was able to put any man under her spell by singing a note of three octaves above high C; she used her ability to entrance Commissioner Gordon into sneaking into the Batcave, to cause Chief O'Hara to jump into a lake, and to induce Bruce Wayne into signing his fortune over to her.
  • October 14, 2010
    Bisected8
    In the game Forbidden Siren, no actual "Siren" creature is featured but there's certainly a sound that lures the inhabitants of a town to their doom...
  • October 14, 2010
    bluepenguin
    "Siren Song" by Vixy & Tony is a song from the point of view of a modern siren whose attempts to become a professional singer are hindered by her fans' tendencies to end up drowned whenever she does gigs near water.
  • October 14, 2010
    arromdee
    "Our Sirens Are Louder" is another snowclone title and a particularly meaningless one. At least "Our Werewolves Are Different" pretends to be about how they are different (whether or not the trope is actually about that). This one is only a pun but doesn't actually compare their loudness at all.
  • October 14, 2010
    RedWren
    Deleted.
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