Also could be called PiratePunk, though the setting often will not even have so much as a single pirate in it. Life in a [[SingleBiomePlanet mostly watery world]] (or a mostly watery part of the world where the rest isn't of much matter) with distant islands connected by trade routes, ships sailing back and forth, and of course, many {{Pirate}}s and buccaneers, whether they're wielding cutlasses on sailing ships or the aquatic equivalent of HumongousMecha. May contain OrganicTechnology, and have a large focus on what happens under the waves as well as over. Fantastic elements in keeping with old sailors' superstitions (mermaids, [[GhostShip abandoned derelicts]] [[FlyingDutchman that often aren't so abandoned after all]], [[KrakenAndLeviathan giant sea monsters]]) can fit, too.

This may also be a type of AfterTheEnd setting, if the writers are trying to teach AnAesop about [[GreenAesop global-warming]]. Or they just thought it would be cool to show a world where our mostly land-based culture and technology ends up [[ScavengerWorld being adapted for an existence on the ocean]].

For a similar setting that trades the water for the skies, see SkyPirate. And since SpaceIsAnOcean, you might have SpacePirates. Compare and Contrast its exact opposite DesertPunk. Not to be confused with [[ seapunk]].


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* ''[[ComicBook/{{Swordquest}} Swordquest: Waterworld]]'' is a fantasy version of this trope.

* ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' is definitely the aesop version.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', natch.
* Kamino in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones.''

* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/{{Earthsea|Trilogy}}'' setting.
* Settings like these may be in part inspired by the story of [[Literature/TheBible Noah]] and other 'great flood' stories from folklore and mythology.
* The RobinHobb ''Literature/LiveshipTraders'' series
** Except that the C plot (Malta) takes place almost entirely on land. Plot lines A (Althea) and B (Wintrow) certainly qualify, though.
* ''Literature/TheScar'' by Creator/ChinaMieville
* ''Literature/{{Tranquilium}}'' starts out overwhelmingly maritime, with the human population being concentrated on islands of various sizes. [[spoiler: At the end, it becomes an extreme example of this trope as most of the world's known landmasses are submerged and the population moved to huge arcs that travel in search for new lands.]]
* The parts of John Birmingham's ''Without Warning'' that deal with the crew of the ''Aussie Rules''.
* Taylor Anderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series is set in the Pacific Ocean of an [[AlternateHistory alternate Earth]] where that pesky asteroid never wiped out the dinosaurs so it qualifies. Since the main characters are the crew of a [=WWII=] era destroyer that ran afoul of a time-space rift it also has elements of DieselPunk.
** Throughout the series, we see many different types of ships, from junk-like fishing boats armed with ballistae to carrier-sized wooden Homes (several of which later undergo refits to ''become'' carriers), from East Indiaman-derived frigates and steam/sail hybrids to WorldWarOne and WorldWarTwo-era ships (including a submarine). This series has as much SchizoTech as it can fit, short of putting FrickinLaserBeams or missiles on wooden ships.
** Book 7 adds [[spoiler:Grik-built ironclads, including ''Azuma''-class cruisers (based on the design of the French-build Japanese ironclad ''[[ Kotetsu]]'') and ''Amagi''-class battleships (large four-stacked versions of the CSS ''[[ Virginia]]'']]).
* The second ''[[Literature/ThePendragonAdventure Pendragon]]'' novel, ''The Lost City of Faar'', takes place on the territory of Cloral, which is covered entirely by water [[spoiler: until the mountain of Faar is raised at the end]]. Cloral has generally advanced technology, including water guns that can blast through walls, plastic made from processed water, and water-based propulsion systems, with specialized floating cities called "habitats" housing residents.
* ''Literature/{{Vampirates}}''.
* The ''Wave Walkers'' trilogy by Kai Meyer.
* ''Katya's World'' by Jonathon L Howard, set on a Water world colonized by Russians where everyone either lives in communities carved out of undersea mountain ranges or on platforms floating on the surface and set after a war with the mother world.
* ''Literature/DarkLife'': After the ocean has raised and washed away the Earth's oceanfront property, [[DeterminedHomesteader Determined Homesteaders]] in underwater farms have to battle pirates, a corrupt government, and in the case of some of the characters FantasticRacism from being born with super-powers.

* TheCrystalMaze replaced the [[IndustrialGhetto Industrial Zone]] with the Ocean Zone in later seasons - a Titanic-style sunken ocean liner trapped within an air bubble on the ocean's floor.
* ''StormWorld'' is a juvenile SF series set on a world where the inhabitants (all sucked there through wormholes) are constantly at odds because of the scarcity of land, and above all fresh water.
* ''Series/SeaQuestDSV''
* ''Sliders'' had one of these.

* FASA {{Traveller}} module ''Rescue on Galatea''. The main action takes place on the OceanPlanet Galatea.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module ''Q1 Queen of the Demonweb Pits''. One of the alternate worlds accessible from Lolth's Web was the OceanPlanet "The Great Ocean". The human inhabitants "sail the ocean in great catamarans to carry the trade of their vast mercantile empire from island city to island city."
** The Crowded Sea in the ''AlQadim'' campaign setting (a subsetting of ''ForgottenRealms''), explored in the ''Corsairs'' boxed set, serves this purpose.
** The 3.5 sourcebooks Stormwrack is a supplement to help dm's create their own OceanPunk setting more easily. It also expands upon the rules related to ocean travel.
** One of the {{Ravenloft}} domains, Saragoss, is an OceanPunk CrapsackWorld setting in which stranded vessels' crews fight over dwindling resources on a drifting mat of seaweed.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' World Book 7: ''Rifts Underseas'' - {{Pirate}}s, PoweredArmor-wearing Dolphins, Shapeshifting Orcas, giant squid {{Eldritch Abomination}}s with tentacles miles long, fish-headed mutants, magic singing, playable Humpback Whales, floating cities, Extradimensional aquatic conquerors, and the U.S. Navy, among others. Actually pretty par for the course for ''Rifts''.
* Owing to the fact that the Elemental Pole of Water is located there, this tends to be the theme of any ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' campaign set in the West. Common hazards include: Cannibalistic demon pirates, water and air elementals, ornery storm deities, aquatic variants of TheFairFolk, {{Magitek}} LostTechnology battleships (some of which [[AIIsACrapshoot may be sentient]]), gigantic sharks, crazed Wyld mutants, various tribes of aquatic Beastmen and the Lunars who rule them, malevolent [[TheNecrocracy empires of the dead]]...In fact, according to the Sidereals splatbook, the Convention of Water is the single most overworked group of Sidereals in existence. Considering that the job of the Sidereals is to keep Creation from going to pieces, this should tell you a lot about the West.
* FiftyFathoms is all about the swashbuckling piratey oceanpunk goodness.
* In the RPG [[ ''Blue Planet'']] (by Biohazard Games, now printed by Capricious Games), a colony on an ocean planet has regained contact with Earth after the wormhole leading to it re-opened, leading to the clash between the Mega-Corporations and the government of an Earth that is dying out, the Earth colonists that have had to adapt to the planet when the wormhole first collapsed, and the native lifeforms of the planet, with the resources of the planet (including a substance that [[BioPunk allows for an increased ease in biological modification]]) on the line.

* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s Mahri Nui arc took place in an underwater setting, complete with FishPeople, underwater vehicles and robots, a sunken city, EldritchAbomination-like sea monsters, and vampiric squid.
* ''LegoPirates'' was a more historical take on the trope, but still [[CultureChopSuey generic enough]] to qualify.

* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', and its sequel ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'', mixed up the usual Zelda formula by changing its setting to an oceanic world.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' featured a setting like this, though it was set in an island country rather than a flooded world.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'': "In a world covered by endless water..."
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' is Pirate Punk and SkyPirates with more emphasis on the former (at first). Characters travel between floating islands in flying 18th-century pirate ships (which later get upgraded to more modern-looking battleships). You play as a small band of pirates trying to take down [[TheEmpire the evil armada]].
* ''[[VideoGame/SonicRushSeries Sonic Rush Adventure]]'' is set on a cluster of islands where the main villains are robotic pirates.
* The ''Videogame/{{Aquanox}}'' series of futuristic AfterTheEnd sub combat sims. Just think of it as "''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''CrimsonSkies''"...
* ''VideoGame/SubmarineTitans'', which is basically ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' [-[[InSpace IN UNDERWATER]]-]!
* Sleeper Xbox title ''VideoGame/BloodWake'' is like this. The story suggests there's plenty happening on the game world's mainland, but since the protagonist is part of a pirate group who base themselves on islands and make a living preying on nearby shipping channels, all their warfare (and gameplay) is naval.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dubloon}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheOceanHunter''.
* ''VideoGame/CrimsonSteamPirates''
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', which takes place during the GoldenAgeOfPiracy.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Post-Scratch Earth turns into this once [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Betty Crocker]] takes over and starts trying to [[{{Terraforming}} Alterniaform]] it.
* This is the main setting of ''{{Everblue}}.''

* ''PiratesOfDarkWater''.
* ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack ''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Ambergris Element" took place on the water world Argo. (Presumably 'not [[FilkSong the one they were banned from]].)
* ''{{Jabberjaw}}'' is set in a future where the ocean floor has been colonized.
* ''Sealab 2020'' and ''[[{{Sealab2021}} Sealab 2021]].''