Never trust a species that grins all the time. It's up to something.Dolphins are truly majestic creatures. They appear a bit human-like and even save humans in danger. No wonder that the ancient civilizations speculated that dolphins are descendants of the Atlanteans. What's more, they're friendly, cute, and are probably about as close to an alien intelligence as you're likely to meet in this life. Given their appealing nature, dolphins frequently feature in fiction in a number of ways. Listed below are common tropes associated with dolphins. Please list examples on the appropriate trope page, not on this page.
— Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
- Devious Dolphins
Dolphins portrayed as amoral, evil or otherwise unpleasant creatures.
- Friendly, Playful Dolphin
Dolphins portrayed as cheerful, playful and innocent creatures.
- Heroic Dolphin
Dolphins portrayed as heroic creatures who help and protect those in need.
- Sapient Cetaceans
Cetaceans often tend to be sapient, fully intelligent creatures in fiction.
- Space Whale
When Space Is an Ocean, it's common for enormous whales or whale-like creatures to be found living in the depths of the cosmos.