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- Puella Magi Madoka Magica has a Whole Plot Reference on the story arc of Miki Sayaka. She becomes a Magical Girl in the hope of curing her Love Interest Kyosuke's hand so he can play his violin again. However, she discovered the Awful Truth that being a Magical Girl is essentially the same as being a lich, she then becomes unable to confess her love to Kyosuke. Then Hitomi kicks in and confesses her love towards Kyosuke. Upon losing both her love and her ideal, Sayaka refused to purify her Soul Gem and has gone off the deep end, and eventually becomes a Witch resembling a mermaid knight.
- Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog: At the beginning of Knuckles the Echidna Issue #4, Vector sings a parody of "Under the Sea".
Films — Animation
- A Goofy Movie: Ariel makes two cameos during the film - first as a stage prop at Max's school and then as a light in the hotel that Goofy and Max stay at.
- Ralph Breaks the Internet: Ariel is one of the princesses that Vanellope meets in Oh My Disney.
- Shrek 2: Shrek and Fiona are kissing on the beach when a wave washes over them. When it retreats, Shrek is now kissing a mermaid that looks like Ariel. Fiona grabs her by the tail and throws her back to the sea, where she is eaten by sharks.
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: The final shot of Satan's "Up There" song parodies the famous shot of Ariel reaching her arm forward in "Part of Your World".
Films — Live-Action
- In the Full House episode "Easy Rider", Michelle refuses to speak to Joey for letting go of her while trying to ride a two-wheeler, and he buys her a video copy of The Little Mermaid as an apology. She declines the bribe because "it's on cable all month".
- The first episode of Charmed's fifth season "A Witch's Tail" is a Whole Plot Reference to the Disney version. For added points, Phoebe is transformed into a mermaid for the opposite reason to Ariel: she wants to escape from love. And Phoebe is played by Alyssa Milano, who was the inspiration for Ariel's design.
- Another Whole Plot Reference shows up in Once Upon a Time, when the live action versions of The Little Mermaid characters show up in the third season. Being a twisted tale, it has many references to the Disney film in different ways. In this version, Eric throws an annual "Under The Sea Ball" in honor of the sea goddess, Ursula. The Evil Queen from Snow White, in disguise as Ursula, quips off some lines from the song Poor Unfortunate Soul as she convinces Ariel to become a human and "be apart of his world". Later in season 4, when the real Ursula shows up, there are a few more references to the Disney film including Ursula actually singing Fathoms Below.
- In Dinosaurs, Earl is taking care of the Baby, who demands to see The Little Underwater Girl. When he puts it on, sea creatures are singing "Under the Water".
- In the Walt Disney World version of Peter Pan's Flight, Ariel can be seen in Mermaid Lagoon.
- In the Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland versions of It's a Small World, Ariel and Flounder are among the mermaids and sea life in an underwater sequence.
- Among the Disney movies that Donald Duck finds himself in during Mickeys Philhmarmagic is The Little Mermaid, with Ariel (singing "Part of That World") and Flounder making appearances.
- In the Aladdin Licensed Game for the Sega Genesis, Sebastian makes a cameo as one of the prisoners in the Sultan's Dungeon.
- In the Bonkers Licensed Game for the SNES, one of the three Toon Treasures Bonkers has to recover is Ariel's voice.
- In World of Illusion, Glut the Shark appears as the boss of the Sunken Shipwreck level.
- In the Nasuverse, the story is referenced as probably the most famous work of Hans, who is a Servant, though he himself considers it one of his own worst works. Perhaps more noticeably, it's the favorite childhood fairytale of Kiara Sessyoin, and is implied to have been part of forming her way of viewing the world.
- The Most Popular Girls in School: Ariel is Rachel Tice's Halloween costume for a party (worth noting: Rachel Tice is played by an Ariel doll herself).
- The Nostalgia Critic:
- In "Bowser Junior's Happy Meal", Chef Pee Pee attempts to cook Flounder, while singing a modified version of "Under the Sea".
- In "Bowser Junior Gets Potty Trained!", when Junior wets his bed, he jumps to the conclusion that he's a mermaid. When Chef Pee Pee sees Junior's wet sheets, he isn't fooled, and asks Junior, "Do you see an ocean? Are you Ariel?".
- Joueur du Grenier: The Sudden Musical Ending of the DC Comics adaptation games review, is Seb singing a pastiche of "Under the Sea".
- 101 Dalmatians: The Series: In the episode "Shipwrecked", Ariel's likeness is used for the figurehead on a ship.
- In the 2 Stupid Dogs episode, "Cartoon Canines", Big Dog and Little Dog are shanghaied into a training camp for cartoon characters. During the montage where the two dogs try on different cartoon personas, Little Dog is dressed like Ariel, and Big Dog is dressed like Prince Eric as a sound-alike of "Under the Sea" plays. The Drill Sergeant shoots it down for being too cutesy, and wants classic funny cartoons with lots of butt jokes.
- An episode of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is entitled, "The Little Merhog".
- Aladdin: The Series:
- In "Elemental, My Dear Jasmine", Saleen the mermaid briefly turns Jasmine's hairdo into Ariel's before saying that she "looks like every other princess under the sea". Later in the same episode, Saleen turns herself into a human and comments "Legs, what's all the fuss about?"
- In "Seems Like Old Crimes (Part I)", Genie turns himself into King Triton, with Iago dressed as Ariel.
- A few episodes have the Genie dressing up as Chef Louis.
- In the American Dad! episode "Francine's Flashback", Stan calls in the Air Force to bomb the ocean so he and his CIA buddies can better catch fish. A dead mermaid surfaces and Stan identifies her as Ariel.
- In Episode 30'S "Good Idea, Bad Idea" segment, a trick-or-treater is dressed as Ariel.
- "Mermaid Mindy" is set to calypso music, which might be a reference to this film's "Under the Sea" musical number. In addition, Buttons encounters an electric eel who resembles Flotsam and Jetsam (though this might just be a coincidence).
- In "Jokahontas", during the "Just the Same Old Heroine" song, a The Little Mermaid-esque scene is shown, with Dot as Ariel.
- Family Guy:
- In the episode "Peter's Progress", Peter comments that Cleveland's cousin sounds like Sebastian.
- As one of the show's many jokes about Meg supposedly being ugly, the Disney Universe seen in "Road to the Multiverse" has Meg looking like Ursula.
- At one point in the episode "Spies Reminiscent of Us", Stewie colors in a picture of Sebastian blue.
- In the episode "Hot Pocket-Dial", when Joe's legs fall of while he's parasailing, they wind up being found by Ariel. Who promptly eats them.
- In "Christmas is Coming", Brian tries to explain to Stewie that Meg had her first orgasm while sitting on Santa's lap. Since their show is now owned by Disney, he opts so say that Santa "made her Little Mermaid Moana".
- In an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Billy gets sucked under the ocean and meets a reggae-singing crab named Ziggy, who performs "Under the Ocean". After the song, Billy eats him and gets a cramp from the inside as a result.
- Hercules: The Animated Series
- Ursula has a cameo on "Hercules and the Bacchanal".
- Sebastian and Flounder are briefly seen in the opening shots of "Hercules and the Big Sink", swimming among the ruins of Atlantis. One of Ursula's eels also makes an appearance.
- In "Hercules and the Son of Poseidon", Helen complains about wearing a mermaid costume. She is voiced by Ariel's voice actress, Jodi Benson.
- Phineas and Ferb:
- "Kiss the Girl" is parodied as Jeremy and Candace float through the artificial rainforest in "The Great Indoors" as he sings "Set the Record Straight".
- Two in "Hawaiian Vacation": "A-Prime Calypso" parodies "Under the Sea", and Doofenshmirtz recreates the iconic transformation scene where Ariel surfaces as a human.
- Robot Chicken:
- A sketch from "Dragon Nuts" features a fisherman catching a mermaid resembling Ariel. He's disappointed that she's not a genie and commits suicide, only for the mermaid to reveal that she's actually a genie who looks like a mermaid.
- A sketch from "Collateral Damage in Gang Turf War" features Ariel and her sisters mutilating various sea creatures (including Flounder) to use as fashion accessories. King Triton eventually tells them to leave since they're only there to browse, and the girls complain that he's so cruel.
- A sketch from "Butchered in Burbank" features Ariel singing a parody of "Part of Your World" while swimming around the pollution in New York City's East River.
- The final sketch of "Stone Cold Steve Cold Stone" has the more "traditional" Disney Princesses doing to war with the more "progressive" ones. Ariel appears in her human form saying that she has "thingamabobs" (which Jasmine believes is her dildo collection) to use in the battle, and later appears in he mermaid form to bring out her "thingamabob": a nuclear bomb.
- A sketch from "Waking Dead Lobster" features Sebastian asking Eric to pay him for setting up the "Kiss the Girl" number. When Eric refuses, Sebastian pinches his groin to persuade him otherwise.
- A sketch from "Robot Chicken Lots of Holidays But Don't Worry Christmas is Still There So Pull the Stick Out of Your Ass Fox News Special" features various Disney characters visiting their mothers' graves on Mother's Day. When Ariel asks her father about what her mother was like, there's a brief Flashback Cut showing Triton humping a dolphin before he answers "She was the most enthusiastic one in her pod".
- Sabrina: The Animated Series: In "Wiccan of the Sea", Sabrina and Chloe ane turned into mermaids and are roped into taking part in an underwater musical number that's a clear parody of "Under The Sea".
- The Simpsons:
Homer: Marge, kids, everything is going to be just fine. Now pack your bags, because we're going to be starting a new life... under the sea... [sighs][instrumental][sings] Under the sea, under the seaThere'll be no accusations,Just friendly crustaceansUnder the sea!Marge: Homer, that's your solution to everything to move under the sea! It's not gonna happen!Homer: Not with that attitude.
- In "I Married Marge", when Marge thought she was pregnant, Lisa suggested Ariel as a name if the baby turned out to be a girl, named after the then-latest Disney princess.
- In "Homer Badman", Homer proposes that the family escape their troubles by going under the sea, and then has an Imagine Spot where the family is dancing to a parody of "Under the Sea" and Homer eats some of fish.
Soren: (describing the Little Mermaid statue) Created in 1913, The Little Mermaid is a world-famous icon of Denmark.
- In "Make Room for Lisa", Lisa says that the movie was her favorite until Homer taped over it.
- In "The Book Job", Lisa tries think up a story for a teen lit novel. She gets the idea for a story about a mermaid who falls in love with a boy on land, only to notice a Little Mermaid poster on her wall.
- In "Throw Grampa From the Dane", during the Simpson's family tour of Denmark by Soren, the owner of the house they're staying at, this exchange occurs:
Bart: No, The Little Mermaid was created by Disney, right before he created Spider-Man and Star Wars.
Soren: This is the real Little Mermaid. And she was a very tragic figure.
Bart: What about her buddy, the crab?
Soren: There was no crab!
Bart: He was the only funny thing in it.
Homer: Got that right.
- Tiny Toon Adventures:
- The gag credit for the episode, "Whale's Tales" is "Mermaid Model - Sherri Stoner", referencing the fact that Sherri Stoner, one of the show's producers and writers, served as the body model for Ariel.
- In "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", when Buster wants to talk to the writers about them leaving him and Babs out of an episode focusing on Hamton, a "Mermaid" poster can be seen in the writers' room, referencing the film and the fact that Sherri Stoner served as the body model for Ariel.
- In the "Toon TV" music video, "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)", one scene parodies the "Kiss the Girl" scene from the movie.
- In the Direct-to-Video movie ''How I Spent My Vacation", Babs is underwater and sees some sea creatures, including a mermaid, singing a parody of "Under the Sea".
- We Bare Bears:
- In "Shush Ninjas", the bears make a speech about the movies that is accompanied by a montage of the bears acting out famous movie scenes; one of them features Panda imitating the iconic scene of Ariel lying on a rock with waves crashing on it.
- In "Wingmen", Grizz sings a song similar to "Kiss the Girl".