A mermaid fair,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?"
Look at these tropes, aren't they neat?
- Alchemic Elementals
Merfolk and similar beings are sometimes portrayed as water elementals.
- Amazing Technicolor Population
Merfolk occasionally possess abnormal skin colors, normally blue or green.
- Apparently Human Merfolk
People who look human, but who can breathe and live underwater.
- Atlantis Is Boring
When it's boring living underwater.
- Awesome Underwater World
In contrast to the above, this is when the undersea realm is depicted as awesome.
- Bathtub Mermaid
Merfolk and other aquatic creatures kept in stationary tanks and other containers.
- Ear Fins
Fins instead of ears, common for merfolk and other aquatic characters
- Fish People
People with a humanoid shape but fishy features.
- Inhumanly Beautiful Race
Merfolk, mermaids in particular, are often very beautiful beyond human standards.
It's not uncommon for merfolk to be able to live for centuries.
- 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 Hippocamps Are Different
Horses with mermaid-like fish tails, and potentially other piscine traits.
- Our Mermaids Are Different
The varied kinds of merfolk.
- Pointy Ears
Merfolk occasionally possess these.
When merfolk culture comes before human culture.
- 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.
- Tailfin Walking
Merfolk walking upright on their tailfins.
- Token Aquatic Race
They're often merfolk.
- Underwater City
Merfolk often live in these.
- Underwater Kiss
Merfolk kissing either each other or a human while underwater.
- Unscaled Merfolk
Merfolk that are aren't scaled fish below the waist.
- Unusual Ears
Merfolk sometimes have non-standard ears, commonly either elfin ears or fin-/gill-like ears.
- Water Is Womanly
Water associated with femininity.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Merfolk sometimes have unnaturally-colored hair, usually blue or green.