of the popular Australian fantasy series H2O: Just Add Water, Mako Mermaids
follows the life of three mermaids and teenage boy turned merman. Sirena, Lyla, and Nixie were three young mermaids charged with protecting the small magical island of Mako during the full moon in order for the rest of their mermaid pod to perform their moon rituals. Unfortunately young Zac falls into a mystical pool on Mako during a full moon and interrupts the sacred ritual, thus granting him merman powers, but causing the three young mermaids to be cast out of their pod. Equal parts comedy and drama, the series starts off with Sirena, Lyla, and Nixie attempting to remove Zac's powers so as they can rejoin their mermaid family.
The entire first season is available on Netflix
. A second season is forthcoming, with new mermaids.
Tropes Found in Mako Mermaids.
- All Women Love Shoes: Nixie starts a fight with Evie over the "perfect shoes" in Lyla Alone.
- Big Damn Heroes: Zac gets one in in the season 1 finale when he stops Cam from destroying the moon pool.
- Bookcase Passage: In the third episode the girls find one in Principal Rita's home that leads to a secret passage to the sea.
- Continuity Nod: Two scenes with Zac are similar to scenes from the original series.
- Zac drinking floating bubbles of water from the air was originally done by Cleo.
- When Zac tries to stop the surprise pool party, he starts to boil all the water in the pool away, which was done by Rikki to get revenge on Miriam for being, well, Miriam.
- Dangerous Device Disposal Debacle: Twice. The trident was supposed to "never be unlocked again", and later, when Lyla hides it, it takes Zac all of an episode and a half to find it again.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Lyla is definitely the harshest of the three leads at first.
- Elemental Powers: Much like in the original series, Mermaids have a whole host of sea and storm related powers that allow them to control water and wind.
- First Law Of Thermodynamics: Blown to pieces between the nineteenth episode and the twenty-third. The trident charges up by partially draining one moonring, is used a few times, and yet it still has enough power to charge up three moonrings.
- Freudian Trio: in the first few episodes it seems that Nixie is the Id, Lyla is the Superego, and Sirena mediates between the two, but the remainder of the series seems to have Lyla and Nixie reverse roles.
- Love Triangle: Type 4, at least early on. Carly likes David, but David and Sirena are clearly head over heels for each other.
- Manipulative Bastard: Cam becomes this in the final three episodes.
- Meaningful Name: Nixie is a germanic water creature much like a mermaid. Sirena is related to the Greek Sirens which are sometimes mistaken for mermaids. And one origin of the name Lyla means "From The Island."
- Mermaids Out of Water: The girls' first voyage on land is a literal interpretation of this trope.
- Mr. Fanservice: Zac, by virtue of being a merman.
- One-Gender Race: Apparently at one time there were mermen, but one hasn't been seen in ages, so seafolk just seem to be Mermaids, that is until Zac gets his powers.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Like in the original series and films like Splash, a dry mermaid has human legs and a wet mermaid has fins. Mermaids also hold Elemental Powers and magic.
- Secret Keeper: Cam is this for Zac. It's particularly hard for him to be so, because Zac initially wants to reveal his powers and be a superhero. Lyla manipulates events so the mermaids also become this for Zac, but they already knew he was a merman
- Shout-Out: Aquata is the name of another mermaid who was also a sister of a main character (Ariel) in The Little Mermaid.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Down-to-earth and cautious Nixie, for Emma; naive Sirena, for Cleo (with better non-magic singing skills, actually); and stubborn and impulsive Lyla, for Rikki.