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And you sang, "Sail to me, sail to me,
Let me enfold you,
Here I am, here I am
Waiting to hold you"
Tim Buckley, "Song to the Siren" (later covered by This Mortal Coil)

Sirens are enthralling creatures who lure victims to them through supernatural means. They lure these people to their doom, though not necessarily immediate death. In some versions, their powers only work on men. This detail is entirely Newer Than They Think (for example, Princess Ariadne is killed by sirens in some versions of the myth) and has no basis in the original myths. In fact, the idea of sirens being an Always Female race is itself likely Newer Than They Think; while rare, male sirens did show up in Ancient artwork.

They have enthralling voices, while their appearance ranges from very attractive, to very attractive after you've been at sea for a long time, to Glamour or Mind Control covering up a very unsavory reality. If they'll actually change their form to something ideally perfect in the eyes of their victims or at least project a vision of the same, they'll either have some form of Glamour or be a Shapeshifting Seducer. The method they typically also use is Mind-Control Music. In a modernized Urban Fantasy setting, she may be depicted as an Evil Diva.


They are at least humanoid, though the lower half is flexible. In Classical Mythology, sirens were strictly women-faced birds, but many modern depictions give them a greater amount of humanoid attributes. In may modern depictions of sirens, however, the bird characteristics will be dropped altogether and they'll be just beautiful women with beautiful voices, if they aren't mermaids, as bird-women nowadays are usually harpies. Likewise, it's fairly common for harpies to be given siren characteristics such as the alluring voice.

See also Water Is Womanly.



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  • Mermaid is about a rusalka, the Russian equivalent of a mermaid, different from the western mermaid in that they have fully human bodies and can walk around on land. They are creatures born when young women drown themselves in lakes or rivers. In practice they are more like sirens, using their beauty and singing to lure young men into the water, where the rusalkas drown them.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Devilman: Sirene, Amon's paramour and one of the demons with the most human-like appearance with a host of impressive abilities to boot. Sirene resembles a young woman, but has talons for hands and feet, pure white wings on the sides of her head, and golden antennae rising from her forehead.
  • Gate: Myuute Luna Sires, a minor character, is a siren and a mage that looks mostly human with feathers growing out of her.
  • HappinessCharge Pretty Cure!: Cure Honey technically counts as the first siren-like Cure since she can all lure Choiarks to their doom or strengthen Cure Lovely and Cure Princess as in Episode 9.
  • In Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, Seo known as the Lorelei of the Choral Club, but only by people who hear her singing over the intercom and don't realize it's actually the annoying girl who tramples on people's dreams for giggles. Well, they soon find out. This makes it an Ironic Nickname because the Germanic legend of the Lorelei precisely consists of a woman that bewitches sailors with her singing into crashing on rocks; thus, "Lorelei" is not a praise.
  • Restaurant to Another World: The friendly fish lovers Arius and Iris. Hilariously, the anime portrays their enthusiastic singing as quite poor but still enthralling.
  • Memories' first segment, Magnetic Rose, features one in the form of a distress beacon broadcasting Un bel di vedremo, foreshadowing that Eva's former fiancee, Carlo, had attempted to leave her.

    Comic Books 
  • Teen Titans have a villain called Siren who is a mermaid with a hypnotic song and is capable of turning her tail into legs. Brightest Day introduced a new Siren as a foe for Aquaman who's his sister-in-law.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Sirens are a man-eating descendant of the Phorusrhacos that use mimicry to fool drunken sailors into getting close enough to eat. Like many birds, they can imitate human voices and they have markings on their beaks that look like human faces, plumage like flowing, blonde hair and ornamentation on their chests resembling a woman's breasts.
  • Agents of Atlas: Venus is a rare heroic example of this trope, being retconned into being a siren instead of the actual Goddess of Love as initially believed, and using her Charm Person powers for good. Even then, it's revealed that she used to be very nasty as a soulless monster that lured sailors from their ships to devour them and racked up an large bodycount before being given a soul by a mystic and becoming the All-Loving Hero she is today.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman has faced off against sirens and those acting under their sway on multiple occasions. Probably the first time was with Mona Menise in Sensation Comics, who was trouble on her own before she picked up a wooden bangle containing a vengeful siren that had been turned into a tree by Aphrodite in antiquity.
    • Wonder Woman 200: Diana leads a coalition of female heroes to take down a group of android sirens created by Professor Ivo that are attacking the capitol. They only effect men, necessitating the quick gathering of a bunch of super-ladies.

    Fan Works 
  • Erik: The Vampire Hunter-The Continuing Adventures starts out with sirens, then finds out why they're out here, and then it all goes downhill.
  • An Anthem for Sheltered Bays, Eren's singing voice is inhuman, enchanting and always grabs the attention anyone listening. First time, he sings he causes Levi to crazed with lust. Second time, he nearly causes a festival to go to a halt so everyone could listen to him. And back in his village, he's not that talented compared to his peers!
  • The Life and Times of a Winning Pony: A rusalka (a ponified Slavic mermaid), whose singing hypnotizes ponies into dancing with it to alleviate its loneliness, appears in a side story. This dance tends to lead to the ponies’ deaths, either through exhaustion or when the rusalka kills them on a whim.
  • Water Aerobics for the Aquaphobic: During a poorly-planned Hogwarts field trip to Jusenkyo that resulted in most of the students being cursed into various forms after falling in the enchanted springs, Theodore Nott ended up transformed into a Siren, portrayed as a magical creature resembling a beautiful, very naked woman with sharp teeth and fingernails and a taste for human flesh. When in Siren form, Theodore is less a seductress and more a vicious predator who tries to eat other students, with the seductive appearance being a way to lure humans close enough to strike.
  • The Bridge: When Mermares want to woo a stallion, they sometimes sing like this. The song isn't effective on stallions who are completely oblivious to love or celibate, and indeed sounds a bit silly. In this fic's continuity, the Sirens turn out to be Mermares born from Mermare mothers and an unknown father species.
  • Halloween Unspectacular: "Report", from the fourth installment, has a slightly different take on sirens. Rather than luring sailors to crash their ships, they're instead presented as creating illusions to lure people ashore and then killing them when they're on land.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: One of the obstacles the Element Bearers face trying to get through the Everfree is a group of Sirens (no relation to the ones from Equestria Girls), who live in a river and sing to lure food (such as ponies) in so they can eat. Or they would, if they weren't out of harmony with one another.
  • In Spellbound, Felix almost falls prey to a Leanan Sidhe, who likes collecting unusual things and unusual people - like Felix himself, who is a cat sidhe halfling. Only the intervention of another guest saves him from giving her his name.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas the sirens are water elementals. The crew only survives because a siren's song apparently doesn't work on women or animals.
  • Ice Age 4: Continental Drift: Sirens appear as giant prehistoric lungfish with More Teeth than the Osmond Family. They're also Masters of Illusion, appearing as the object of the beholder's desire... which causes the funniest moment in the film when Scrat goes up to one of them and promptly starts stomping its head into the ground, because he sees it as his acorn. They do manage to take out the film’s villain, Gutt, when he comes across them after his defeat in the final battle.
  • The Twelve Tasks of Asterix: One of the titular Labors is simply crossing a particular lake. Halfway across the lake, our heroes are lured to the Isle of Pleasure by the sirens' song, rowing so fast they smash their boat on the shore and dig themselves into the ground. Asterix and Obelix succumb to their charms, until Obelix discovers there's no wild boar on the island and leaves in indignation, dragging Asterix with him.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks: The villains, the Dazzlings, were originally merhorse (hippocampi) versions of sirens in Equestria before being banished to the human world by Star Swirl the Bearded. They managed to retain some of their magic in the human world, though, final battle aside, they are more-or-less human most of the time. More or less. Funnily enough, the sirens' one weakness in the film, a battle of the bands, actually does have basis in the original Greek myths. Orpheus managed to save Jason's crew by playing music better than theirs...
    Listen to the sound of my voice
    Soon you'll find you don't have a choice
    Captured in the web of my song
    Soon you'll all be singing along...

    Films — Live-Action 
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?: The three young women doing their washing function as sirens. No surprise, given it's a retelling of The Odyssey.
    "Them si-reens done loved Pete up and turned 'im into a — horny toad!"
  • Moscow — Cassiopeia: The evil robots invented the Call, a hypnotizing series of sounds that cause the aliens to lose control and dumbly follow it to their death, or "happiness" as the robots call it. The Call doesn't actually work on humans, though the robots have no way of knowing that.
  • The Wicker Man (1973): A case of Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane occurs. Willow dances naked in the room next to Howie's, slapping the wall between them and singing to him. The staunchly Christian Howie is literally trembling with desire, but doesn't succumb.
  • Mermaids: One of the sisters Venus is also a Siren. She's able to hypnotise men with her eyes rather than her voice though if they know she is a Siren, she has no power over them.
  • Sirens: Sheela and Pru act as these to Estella and Giddy with regards to their sexuality. Giddy references the Sirens themselves and tells Anthony and Estella about them.
  • TRON: Legacy: Female-appearing Programs called Sirens serve to equip the doomed CondemnedContestants for the deadly Game Grid. The only named one, Gem, later leads Sam and Quorra into a trap set by her boss, Zues.
  • In Si REN, the full-length feature film adaptation of the "Amateur Night" segment of V/H/S, Lily's otherworldly singing has this effect. The human Big Bad Mr. Nyx exploits this to grant paying customers erotic experiences. When Jonah hears it, he hallucinates intense sexual encounters, most of which star his fiancée Eva. Later, Lily sings to Jonah again to make him complacent while she rapes him — though she stops singing in the middle of it, much to his horror. In the climax, she demonstrates another use of this power by forcing Mr. Nyx (who had lost his protective earplugs in a struggle) to kneel helplessly as she skewers his head with her tail. At the end of the movie which takes place about a year later, Lily uses her song to make Jonah think he's making love to his wife Eva instead of her. He only realizes what happened when he goes downstairs for a drink and notices Eva sleeping on the couch.
  • In The Thief of Bagdad (1924), the hero comes across a few of these in one of the trials he has to face. He's tempted... but then he looks at his beloved's ring, and snaps out of it.
  • Siren (2010): Silka is a siren, luring men to their madness and doom upon the island.

  • Hothouse: The unknown creature that lives within the Black Mouth, which sings a terrible, entrancing song that causes anything that hears it irresistibly run towards the volcano it lives in and hurl itself in.
  • "The Loreley" by Heinrich Heine tells of Loreley, a beautiful fairy woman supposedly sits on the Loreley rock overlooking the Rhine, and, by singing and combing her hair, lures skippers on the river to their deaths in the dangerous waters below the rock.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series portrays sirens in a tweaked version of their Greek Mythology incarnation, as horrible giant condor-like creatures with long necks and the heads of women, faces dripping with the remains of their victims.
  • Siren by John Everson: The title character is a monster who is mostly similar to the original Greek myth. Her true form is that of a monster with both avian and piscine traits, but her song projects a glamour that makes her look like a beautiful woman in addition to entrancing humans, and she prefers to seduce the human men she preys on before eating them. She also answers to the name of Ligeia, and implies that she is one of the original Greek sirens.
  • Septimus Heap: The Syren uses her call to lure and strand Nicko and the Cerys onto Syren island.
  • Blood Singer: Sirens are human-looking semi-immortal women with telepathic abilities that let them control heterosexual men and also have a strong affinity for the ocean and aquatic creatures. It is stated that when calling out to males, some sirens focus their summons through music, but most use telepathy.
  • Xanth: In The Source of Magic, the Siren is the sister of the Gorgon and has a half-human body. While playing her dulcimer, she can sing an entrancing song that causes males to travel to her location.
  • Dream Girl: The mermaid Áine seduces rapists, abusers, and murderers by sneaking into their rooms at night and singing to them (basically hypnotizing them), then "accidentally" bumping into them on the street and causing them to fall in love with her and her "quirky" ways. Then she kills them and drinks their blood.
  • The Orphan's Tales: Catherynne M. Valente harkens to old school sirens with bird-women with beautiful voices — that is, they are birds from the waist up and human from the waist down. They live alone on their craggy island, and have no idea the effect their singing has on sailors — which is, the sailors hear the voices of the women that they love best, and almost always jump overboard to be with "her." When the sirens do learn what their songs have wrought, they vow to be silent forever.
  • Journey to Chaos: The Rose Forest is home to Venus Fly Traps with a similar ability. Their song creates a bewitching illusion that ensnares their victim and dulls their senses. In A Mage's Power, Eric encouters a beautiful wood Nymph playing a harp and is just barely saved from being the plant's next meal.
  • On Blues Waters: Seawrack is referred to as a Siren by Krait. This being a Gene Wolfe novel, and Krait being an in-universe unreliable narrator, it is never clear how well defined this attribution is. However, her singing interferes with normal rational mediation of desire and action and carries sub-audibly over vast distances. As well she is capable of living on and under water indefinitely, so siren seems a fair designation.
  • In Watersong, the sirens can captivate men with their voices, luring them to be eaten. Their voices also work on women, though not as well; it merely clouds their minds rather than fully captivating them.
  • In The Divine Comedy, Dante has a dream about a siren just before he ascends to the top layers of Purgatory. She represents desire for things that are not ultimately satisfying. Like money, food, and sex, she presents herself as something beautiful, but the siren is covering her deathly stench. It is only when a saint and a wise poet reveal her true nature is Dante released from her spell.
  • My Vampire Older Sister and Zombie Little Sister: Sirens are physically identical to humans, save for their long hair which wraps around their arms to give the impression of wings. Although classified as marine, they are more associated with the sky due to their bird nature and can drown in water.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Red Dwarf: The Psirens are basically a retelling of the sirens story IN SPACE!. They lure passing spacecraft onto their asteroids by using telepathy to read the minds of the crew and create enticing illusions. While the victim is thus distracted, the Psiren shoves a straw in their ear and sucks out their brain.
  • Batman (1966): Joan Collins played the supervillainess Lorelei Circe, AKA the Siren, who is able to put any man under her spell by singing a note of three octaves above high C; she uses her ability to entrance Commissioner Gordon into sneaking into the Batcave, cause Chief O'Hara to jump into a lake, and induce Bruce Wayne into signing his fortune over to her.
  • So Weird: One episode deals with a siren who looks like Jewel Staite and sings in a nightclub. Any man who hears her falls under her spell, while women think her voice is pleasant but can't understand the fuss all the men are making over her.
  • The Legend of Dick and Dom: "Sirens" has the sirens as beautiful women with songs that draw in and possibly mind-control men- who promptly start trying to impress them with lies about being rich and fit- but sound like screeching to women. They imprison men and feed them up before eating them. The sirens also seem to have glamour; when they turn it off, they are still beautiful but have fangs and claws.
  • Charmed (1998): "Siren Song" features a Siren as the Demon of the Week. According to the Book of Shadows she was a mortal woman who seduced a married man but was burned alive by the townspeople. Now she hypnotises married men with her song, which lures the wives to the scene of the crime where she burns them both alive.
  • H₂O: Just Add Water has the episode "The Siren Effect" where Cleo touches water at the full moon and gains a hypnotic singing voice that brings in every boy in town. She goes on the radio and wakes up the next morning to find hundreds of boys camped out on the front lawn to hear her sing.
  • My Babysitter's a Vampire has an episode with a Siren as a Monster of the Week, who uses her voice to make people uncontrollably violent. Interestingly enough, the main characters actually assume that she's a mermaid at first, but it turns out that she isn't one.
  • Saturday Night Live did a spoof of the Odyssey where Odysseus has his men put beeswax in their ears and tie him to the mast to resist the Sirens, whose singing enchants sailors to crash against the rocks of their island. However, they sing songs by female artists from The '90s like Lisa Loeb, Paula Cole, Shania Twain, Sheryl Crowe and TLC which Odysseus can't help but love and sing along to:
    The Sirens: [singing] I don't want to wait, for our lives to be over...
    Odysseus: [singing] I want to know right now, what will it be! How do I know the words?! I only know manly sea-chants!
  • Once Upon a Time has a siren as the guardian of a lake whose waters can heal any curse. She can change herself to look like anyone else, and drowns anyone that approaches the lake. Prince Charming manages to resist her charms, even after she makes herself look like Snow White, and kills her. Unfortunately, this eventually causes the lake to go dry.
  • Supernatural had a gorgeous female siren who worked as a stripper and convinced her clients to kill the woman closest to them, usually their wife or elderly, sick mother. She was revealed to be a hideous, melting fish thing whenever seen in a mirror. Sam starts getting involved with a Hospital Hottie who appears to be the siren, but she's actually a Red Herring. The siren morphed into an attractive male FBI agent who had befriended Dean, in order to get him to kill the most important man in his life (his brother, Sam).
  • Lost Girl: Hale is a very rare male example. His abilities range from knocking someone out and mind control down to fixing a hangover headache.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Played with in "Wild at Heart". The nightclub singer Veruca appears to have this affect on the male Scoobies, particularly Willow's boyfriend Oz. However, it turns out that Veruca is a werewolf like Oz, and that's what is drawing them together.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. Given that the crew of Voyager are stranded on the far side of the galaxy, a couple of episodes involved a telepathic alien using hallucinations of their loved ones back home to lure them to their doom ("Persistence Of Vision" and "Bliss").
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has Lorelei in the episode "Yes Men", an Asgardian criminal with the power to control men using her voice. Named for The Loreley.
  • The Strange Calls: Lola is actually a mermaid who uses sex appeal and a magical song to lure men to their deaths.
    You're not faaaat.
    You're thiiiin.

  • iamamiwhoami's entire premise is built around the concept of the siren song of a mandrake or mandragora. The title of preview video "" decodes to "mandragora", and the enchanting song aspect is most prominently in "b", "u-1", and "u-2".
  • The eponymous island in Running Wild's "Bloody Island" attracts sailors with tales of riches and treasure. It's ruled by a Siren, whose calling ultimately leads them to their doom.
    Silver and diamonds
    Greed takes you straight by the heart
    Call of the Siren
    Its temptation tears you apart
  • Genesis, "Firth Of Fifth".
    Undinal songs urge the sailors on
    Till lured by the Sirens' cry
  • Cormorant's song "Daughter of Void" has a Qualupalik, which lures a curious child to their watery grave.
  • Siren's Song by The Dread Crew of Oddwood has a group of them calling out to a derelict crew. It doesn't end well for the sailors.
  • Radiohead draw on siren mythology for "There There":
    There's always a siren
    Singing you to shipwreck
    (Don't reach out, don't reach out
    Don't reach out, don't reach out)
    Steer away from these rocks
    We'd be a walking disaster
    (Don't reach out, don't reach out
    Don't reach out, don't reach out)
  • Bear Ghost's "Sirens" might be about this, but the lyrics are apparently meant to be open to interpretation. There are lines like "seeking solace in their songs", "sing me sweetly to my doom" and "gimme all you got because if not they're gonna drown me out" though, as well as a backing chorus of female voices singing things like "there's no escaping, we're coming for you".

    Myths & Religion 
  • Classical Mythology:
    • Odysseus ran into two sirens, who were bird-women who lured sailors with their enchanting voices and music. His men stuff their ears with wax, but, true to form, Odysseus just has them tie him to the mast. Because he wants to hear the songs and be able to say that he's the only man to have heard the song and lived. It's also noteworthy that in the original, their song tempted him with knowledge and fame rather than with sex.
    • In general (Greek): They were bird-women, they lured people to their deaths via song that took them into rocky cliffs, there were between two and five, though three was common. Their names were a little...fluid.
    • In The Argonautica, the Argonauts also run into the Sirens. They survive thanks to Orpheus who sang an even more beautiful song that drowned out their call. Some versions of this one say that the Sirens were so heartbroken at being defeated that they cried out in anguish and threw themselves off of their island.
    • A little known fact about the Sirens; they used to be friends with Persephone, Queen of the Underworld. After she was kidnapped by Hades to be his wife, the unfortunate handmaidens were transformed into bird women by Persephone's vengeful mother, Demeter, for failing to find her.
  • Merrow in Irish Mythology were similar; they were beautiful sea mermaids who enchanted men into following them under the sea...where they would use their magic keep them alive and live Happily Ever After with them. Apparently, male humans were more attractive than male merrow.
  • In Basque mythology, lamias were beautiful sirens who were often part fish or water bird (sometimes they had human legs, but had bird feet; other versions had them as mermaids). Some stories implied they ate people and were repulsed by religious objects; other stories had them be more benevolent. In fact, one Basque version of Cinderella has a lamia as the Fairy Godmother. Male lamias were often said to exist, too, and were believed to be fond of building bridges for humans.
  • Subverting the Always Female trope, kelpies in Scottish folklore were male water spirits who lured in victims to water. They would often drown and eat their victims, although some stories implied they kept their victims as slaves (although one interpretation is that they'd kill their victims and make their ghosts into slaves). When seducing women, they would take the form of beautiful men. When seducing men and children, they'd pretend to be horses, offering tired travelers a ride.
  • From Slavic Mythology, the Alkonost, named after Queen Alcyone from Greek lore, and her counterpart, the Sirin, are both woman-headed birds whose beautiful songs give humans Laser-Guided Amnesia. In the sirin's case, her songs foretold great fortune to saints but caused mortals under her spell to fruitlessly follow her and die. However, sirins eventually took on a more positive connotation, being portrayed as symbols of harmony, eternal joy and happiness. The Gamayun was a symbol of wisdom and knowledge. All of these beings were based on legends of harpies and sirens from Greek stories.
  • The Sirena of Filipino mythology appear to take direct inspiration from the Sirens Are Mermaids trope, being beautiful merwomen who lure sailors to their deaths. Their male counterpart, the Siyokoy, is less pretty, though he can make himself considerably more presentable if he wants to hook up with a human lady.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Alluded to in The Muppet Movie, "The Rainbow Connection".
    Kermit: Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors? The voice might be one and the same...

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The harpy is the Greek Mythology version; a bird/woman hybrid with an alluring voice that draws victims to its location. To drive the point further, the 1st edition Monster Manual mentions that "those that dwell along seacoasts are generally known as sirens".
    • The sirine is a humanoid female with a voice that can charm all hostile creatures.
  • Exalted: Tree-singers are monkey-like animals from the jungles of the East that produce song so beautiful and melodious that creatures that hear a group of tree-singers singing can only stand there in amazement. When their audience is so stupefied, the singers lower themselves from the branches, strangle them with their prehensile tails, and eat.
  • Magic: The Gathering: Sirens are an uncommon creature races, primarily Blue and occasionally Black, resembling winged and feathered humans with hypnotic voices and running the gamut from beautiful to hideous.
    • The Sirens of Theros, the first set and plane where they appeared, are fairly true to the Greek myth, outside of resembling feathered women with wings sprouting from their shoulders rather than woman-headed birds. They collect everything from jewels to bones and feed only on sapient species. Shipwrecked humans are their primary prey.
    • Ixalan has more avian sirens whose wings and arms are the same limbs, which also happen to be pirates. Notably, some are male, and there is a full inversion of Sirens Are Mermaids by showing one seducing a merfolk.
  • Pathfinder has both harpies and sirens, who are both depicted as bird-women which have beautiful singing voices that can hypnotise listeners, though. Harpies have a more humanoid appearance, but are vicious, cruel predators with a Usually Chaotic Evil Character Alignment and absolutely appalling hygiene. Sirens, meanwhile, are more monstrous (human-sized female hawks, owls or eagles with the faces of beautiful women), but also more benevolent (Usually Chaotic Neutral). The best illustration of the difference is how they treat their lovers since, as a One-Gender Race, they need to mate with humanoid men to procreate: harpies usually eat their lovers when they're finished, and this is so ingrained in their twisted "culture" that it's actually considered shameful to let a lover live, whilst sirens dote on their lovers (or those they want to claim as their lovers) to the point they are known to commit suicide, or straight-up die of heartbreak, if those lovers run away.
  • Shadowrun: Sirens, creatures of unknown origin and resembling small Ptero Soarers, possess hypnotic calls that evoke profound emotional trances and cause listeners to stand still in a daze or actively walk towards their sources. As sirens are aggressive predators, they are believed to use this ability to hunt.

  • The Golden Apple, another loose Americanization of The Odyssey, represents the sirens as a group of singers in a waterfront dive who sing "Goona-Goona." In this tale, Ulysses doesn't think to plug his men's ears, and most of them end up shanghaied.
  • The Little Mermaid (1989): In the stage version, Eric's shipmates warn him at the end of the song "Fathoms Below" that the song of the mermaid he is pursuing will lead them to ruin.
  • One of the songs from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Theatre/Sadko had a visitor from India describe the wonders of his land, including what he calls The Phoenix. However, the description he gives is that of Sirin.

    Video Games 
  • In Dragon's Dogma, the Siren is a variant of Harpies found in Bitterblack Isles, their song can heal the nearby enemies.
  • Forbidden Siren:
    • Referenced in the first game: no actual "Siren" creature is featured but there's certainly a sound that lures the inhabitants of a town to their doom...
    • The second game does feature an actual siren, which looks like a bizarre sort of mermaid thing when it's finally shown.
  • Black & White 2: The Siren wonder is Exactly What It Says on the Tin- casting it upon an enemy civilization will summon an enthralling vision of the Siren, who uses her charms to turn everybody in her radius into your willing followers.
  • In Breath of Fire II, a pack of unwary poachers go missing in the Owls Woods. An Apocalyptic Log in the hunters' lodge tells of a singing woman in the woods. The party finds the woman in the woods and "she" reveals herself to be Algernon, a giant stone head which is backed up by two additional fairy women.
  • Grandia: Played for laughs in the first game. During a voyage across the sea, Justin is suckered into making a stop at an island inhabited by identical looking mermaids. The girls are actually a lure used by a giant angler fish to eat unwary seamen.
  • In God of War, sirens are floating women monsters that use sound attacks.
  • Final Fantasy: Siren sometimes appears, usually as a summon which causes a status ailment.
    • In Final Fantasy V, she is a boss monster who nearly enthralls the party with images of their family members. Galuf's amnesia saves him, as he doesn't recognize the image shown to him.
    • In Final Fantasy VI, she is a summon that randomly silences all enemies or does minor damage with an ability called Lunatic Voice.
    • In Final Fantasy VIII, she is a summon who deals non-elemental damage and silences all enemies.
    • In Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Siren is the water summon. She can also cause the stop status ailment.
    • Siren makes a cameo in Final Fantasy XIII during the Pompa Sancta in Nautilus Park.
    • Final Fantasy XIV portrays sirens as Winged Humanoids who lure sailors to their deaths with their hypnotic music. Once dead, sirens raise their victims as undead servants. Sirens are also now an Endangered Species since the pirate lord Mistbeard led a purge against the dangerous creatures five years back.
  • In Touhou, Mystia Lorelei isn't explicitly a siren but she's a bird-person who lures unsuspecting travelers to their deaths with a magic singing voice, so she's pretty obviously a siren. Although nowadays she's more likely to sell them food instead of eating them. Uniquely, her song also causes night blindness. Anyone who hears it has no choice but to follow the sound of Mystia's voice or else wander in complete darkness. Mystia tells the unfortunate one that the night blindness can be cured by the food she sells, but in reality she just lifts the curse while the 'customer' eats. Mystia scams people like this very frequently.
  • Dark Souls II: The Demon of Song mimics the song of the Milfanito to lure in unsuspecting prey.
  • The Lemme Fatale in Lemmings Chronicles uses an Compelling Voice to captivate any nearby Lemmings and drive them to kill themselves.
  • Dragon Age: The Call of the Old Gods draws the Darkspawn to them, at which point the Taint infects the Old God and turns it into an Archdemon, leading to a Blight. The Song is supposedly the most beautiful music one could ever know, so beautiful that one Warden whose Taint had progressed far enough to hear the Song in clear detail couldn't stop gushing about how wonderful it was, despite knowing what being able to hear it meant. In a similar vein, Red Lyrium also "sings" to people, driving them mad. Since Red Lyrium is Tainted lyrium, Red Lyrium's music and the Call of the Old Gods may be one and the same. Normal lyrium also has a song (spirits can hear it and dwarf miners can learn to), but it lacks these properties beyond being very pretty.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has Sirens of the mermaid type with large wings as a monster commonly found around Skellige. This model type is shared with a stronger variation called an Ekhidna which actually bares pretty close resemblance to its namesake.
  • Darkest Dungeon features a Siren as one of the Cove's bosses. She resembles a horrid-looking mermaid and she has the ability to entrall one of your team members to fight at her side for a few turns.
  • In Gems of War, the Siren unit — here depicted as a winged, purple-ish humanoid — has Lure as its special ability, damaging a selected target.
  • Path of Exile: The Act 1 final boss, Merveil, is one of these, who causes shipwrecks and captures male sailors to produce monstrous "children" for her. Her first form is that of a beautiful sorceress, but hurt her enough and she reverts into a squid-like monster. Her den is also brimming with treasure from shipwrecks she caused, though ironically the player can't take any of it because the gold and jewels of her hoard are worthless in Wraeclast.
  • League of Legends: Although he doesn't look like any conventional siren Tahm Kench is a river devil with a charismatic Compelling Voice who even sings to draw the desperate to him to strike a bargain. His character trailer, "The River King", even calls him a "monstrous siren".
  • A Total War Saga: TROY: Sirens are a unit of beautiful women in blue clothes, and fight through a combination of ranged fire from their slings and through using their beauty to force enemy units to fight them while disregarding all other threats. Combined with their high foot speed, this allows them to do things like lure key units out of formation or into ambushes, essentially pulling armies apart piecemeal.
  • In Fairy Godmother Tycoon, the player can hire various "goons" to entice people to patronize their business. Which ones are available varies by game level, but one of the options is to hire a siren to lure customers by singing.
  • Subtly referenced in Bug Fables with the Peacock Spider. As its name indicates, it's actually a Giant Spider (compared to the insect protagonists at least), but its modus operandi of luring bugs to its deserted island with music calls to mind the traditional siren myth.

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  • Siren appears in the Final Fantasy VIII Machinima adaptation The Sorceress War as Selphie's summon. Selphie summons her to fight the Elvoret in Dollet (the monster from whom she is Drawn in the game) and she seems to have powers more like a banshee as her voice deafens the monster long enough for Squall to kill it.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Stephanie's music can manipulate the minds of men, based on what song is sung. Killdra even compares her to one, even though she looks nothing like one.

  • The Free Spirit comic "Song of the Siren" alludes to these. When Winnie discovers that her singing can hypnotize mortals, Jessie reminds her about the Sirens of Classical Mythology, whose singing caused sailors to crash their boats against jagged rocks. Later, Winnie's singing unintentionally causes two instances of vehicles almost crashing, the second of which involves a boat and jagged rocks.
  • Sister Claire: Gabrielle is revealed to be one, explaining that this is what Selkies become if their pelt is destroyed, which instantly turns them evil and actively hunt for humans to devour. Gabrielle is a special case, however, because her friends managed to partially heal her before the transformation was completed; this allows her to keep her rightful mind but at the cost of limited time on the surface, lest the transformation continue to its completion.
  • Val and Isaac: Sirens can only enthrall people attracted to women, so the asexual Isaac can safely sit by them harvesting their song, but he shouldn't call his lesbian sister while doing so.
  • Walking in the Dark: One story arc deals with a siren that's prowling near a lighthouse luring anyone unfortunate enough to hear its song toward the sea.
  • Wapsi Square character Atsali is a human-looking half-siren teenager (complete with wings), whose singing is capable of causing uncontrollable desire in both males and females, and both human and supernatural creatures. A subversion, since she also believes that this is a terrible thing to do, akin to rape, and spends a good deal of time trying to fight against the assumptions that others at her school make about her, as a result of her lineage. The fact that she's a tall blonde beauty with Gag Boobs doesn't help the matter.
  • Wilde Life has an unusual and sympathetic version: Lorelai seems to be a normal human woman, but certain men who hear her singing will find themselves becoming more and more drawn to her, while also experiencing bouts of delirium, nightmares and personalized Time Dilation. She does not have control over this and winds up accidentally using it on Oscar, though she only realizes it after they've started a relationship. The only way for the spell to wear off is if he stays away from her, so she opts to leave town without telling him where she's going.

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    Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony 'n Friends: In "[[ My Little Pony And Friends E 62 Somnambula 2 Somnambula]]", Kyrie the canary's singing is hypnotic, causing all adult ponies who hear it to go into a daze and head towards its source. Somnambula uses it to lure victims to herself.
  • Samurai Jack: Three sirens pop up in "The Scotsman Saves Jack". The Scotsman doesn't demonstrate any particular willpower, he just doesn't like the music, and he drowns their singing out with his preferred tunes. They aren't bird-women or fish-people, they're fully human-looking... except for the glow. And then we find out that they're a Scaled Up three-headed...thing. Still called sirens, though. Apparently hydras and sirens decided to mingle over the years...
  • The Simpsons: In "Tales from the Public Domain," Homer (as Odysseus) is lured to the Island of Sirens, only to discover that the Sirens in question are Patty and Selma. He gets out of there pretty quick.
  • DuckTales (1987) has some sirens in an episode that takes Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Scrooge back to Odysseus' times. They look odd, but on the other hand, how would you do bird-women when your cast is already made of ducks?
  • The Godzilla Power Hour: The Calico washes up on the shore of a cursed island ruled by a siren named Morphea and her two sisters. In addition to Mind Control powers, they also have a pet giant Chimera for Godzilla to fight.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long: One episode features a mind-controlling siren as a villain, but she doesn't spend any time in or near the ocean. It also subverts expectations because the siren is a dowdy, geeky girl, not one of the hot cheerleaders that the characters had suspected, who takes advantage of the assumption since nobody would suspect her of being the siren when other, prettier girls are nearby.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "The Lorelei Signal". A group of alien women send out a song over subspace radio once every 27 years to lure a starship to their planet. They must do this so they can drain the male crew members of their Life Force in order to survive.
  • Martin Mystery: One episode has the gang encounter a siren who attacks a nearby town out of anger after a relationship with a sailor turns sour. Unlike the myths, the siren could change between a beautiful lady and a bird monster at will.
  • Extreme Ghostbusters: The Bad Powers, Bad People trope is surprisingly averted by the Siren, as she's one of the very few ghosts that actually care about the mortals she seduces with her singing voice. Her sister Banshee forces her into stealing the youth of her listeners to sustain her strength. She finally develops a backbone and rejects her sister when she coerces her to steal the remaining life force of her agefied audience (including Roland, who fell under her spell) and willingly allows herself and her sister to be captured and put into containment by the team.
  • In The Backyardigans episode "Sinbad Sails Alone", Tyrone and Pablo encounter Siren Uniqua when they travel to her island to get water. They then play a game of "Siren Says" with a mambo song to match.
    When I say "Siren Says" you do
    Exactly whatever I told you to
    But if you do something Siren didn't say
    You gotta go back — that's how we play
  • Lloyd in Space: One episode has an exchange student from the centre of the universe named Sirenia who is able to hypnotize the boys, albeit with her eyes instead of her voice. The only way to break the spell was to get a boy from the same place to hypnotise her.
  • Arthur includes Sirens in DW's retelling of The Odyssey. Unlike in the original story, they look like beautiful women who lack the attributes of birds, and they try to lure the sailors by playing DW's favorite song, "Crazy Bus".
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: "Queen of the Black Puddle" had the titular character of the episode kind of being one, targeting Eustace as her victim and turning into a monstrous creature when she lured him to her lair to devour him. Unlike most Sirens though, she enchanted him by throwing magic water in his face.
  • Disenchantment: You should plug your ears or tie yourself securely to the mast when sailing near Mermaid Island and Walrus Island. For one island is populated by monsters whose voices enthrall all who hear them and lure them to their doom, and the other island has mermaids.
  • In Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Angel (Experiment 624) seems to have been inspired by this trope. Her song has the power to turn people evil, though playing it backwards reverses the effect. Stitch and 625 are immune, having been created after her, but both wind up falling in love with her regardless.

    Real Life 
  • A number of predatory arthropods make use of Enthralling Siren tactics (Batesian-Wallacian mimicry) to lure prey. Examples include female Photuris fireflies imitating the light-flash patterns of other firefly species' mating displays, and Mastophora spiders' release of pheromones that mimic the sexual attractants of moths. The katydid Chlorobalius leucoviridis even uses a Compelling Voice for this purpose, by generating the clicking sounds of courting cicadas in order to attract its lunch.

Alternative Title(s): Our Sirens Are Louder


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