A mermaid fair,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?"
— "The Mermaid" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Tropes about merfolk, the legendary half fish, half human people that live in the deep.
- Apparently Human Merfolk
People who look human, but who can breathe and live underwater.
- Bathtub Mermaid
Merfolk and other aquatic creatures kept in stationary tanks and other containers.
- Fish People
People with a humanoid shape but fishy features.
- Lord of the Ocean
Gods of the Ocean are often associated with mermaids.
- Mermaid Arc Emergence
When mermaids surface, it is often with splendor.
- Mermaid Problem
How merfolk sexual biology would interact with humans.
- Mobile Fishbowl
Merfolk who can't breathe air bring water with them to interact with land-dwellers.
- Our Mermaids Are Different
The varied kinds of merfolk.
- Seashell Bra
Two seashells worn to cover the breasts.
- Selkies and Wereseals
- Shark Man
Sharks with a humanoid shape, or vice versa.
- Sirens Are Mermaids
The Sirens of mythology portrayed as mermaids.
- Unscaled Merfolk
Merfolk that are aren't scaled fish below the waist.