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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner ...and here, they swim in sync.]]]]

->''Never trust a species that grins all the time. It's up to something.''
-->-- '''Terry Pratchett''', ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}''

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.


* DeviousDolphins\\
Dolphins portrayed as amoral, evil or otherwise unpleasant creatures.
* FriendlyPlayfulDolphin\\
Dolphins portrayed as cheerful, playful and innocent creatures.
* HeroicDolphin\\
Dolphins portrayed as heroic creatures who help and protect those in need.
* SapientCetaceans\\
Cetaceans often tend to be sapient, fully intelligent creatures in fiction.
* SpaceWhale\\
When SpaceIsAnOcean, it's common for enormous whales or whale-like creatures to be found living in the depths of the cosmos.