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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, cetaceans frequently feature in fiction in a number of ways. Listed below are common tropes associated with dolphins and whales. Please list examples on the appropriate trope page, not on this page. Despite the name, Space Whale Aesop does not belong here.


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Tropes

  • Blown Upward by a Blowhole
    When cetacean blowholes are portrayed as much stronger than they are in real life.
  • 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.
  • Monster Whale
    Whales as gigantic sea monsters who swallow ships and people whole.
  • 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.
  • Tailfin Walking
    Dolphins, porpoises, or whales walking upright on their tailfins.

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