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The maiden and the mermaid: A Steven Universe fancomic is a Steven Universe Fan Webcomic made by Missgreeney.

Pearl rescues a stranded and injured mermaid from a pond on her family's property. Both mermaid and maiden are quickly smitten with each other, despite coming from different worlds. But will their blossoming romance be smothered by the reality of their situation?

Can be read on Tapas Media here.


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The maiden and the mermaid provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Species Change: In canon, Pearl, Amethyst and most of the characters in the webcomic are aliens. Here, Pearl and most of the characters are fully human, while Amethyst and the Famethyst are mermaids.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • Akoya gets a lobotomy despite the fact that the comic’s implied time period (1910’s) puts it a few decades before lobotomies were invented.
    • In the first few pages of the comic, Pearl is wearing a style of summer dress that didn’t become popular until the 1950’s.
    • Amethyst is a bit of a modern-talker.
  • Bathtub Mermaid: Pearl puts Amethyst on the bathtub after first taking her home, but turns out her species is amphibian, she can be outside of the water for long periods of time without problem.
  • Call a Pegasus a "Hippogriff": Mermaids call their own species "marenna", while they call humans "londmen" and "londmaids"
  • Continuity Cameo:
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    • Fan-favorite Lapis appears as a mermaid in Amethyst's flashback.
    • Sadie and Jenny can be seen dancing together at the jazz-club in Pearl's flashback.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • The portraits of Pearl's sisters hanging on the wall.
    • When Pearl opens the drawer to take out the thermometer, a photo of Rose can be seen partially obscured.
    • When Amethyst is looking at Pearl's photo album, many characters of Pearl's past can be seen in the photos, including Rose.
  • Eye Scream: The reason Carolina keeps her eyes covered...
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Amethyst, although she’s usually positioned in a way that censors her mermaid nudity.
  • Interspecies Romance
  • Fantastic Racism: The mermaids are considered vicious monsters by humans, when in reality Amethyst and her family are the ones being exploited by the sailors.
  • Fish out of Water: More like mermaid out of water.
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: Pearl and Rose's doomed relationship.
  • Interspecies Romance
  • Lobotomy: What is implied happened to Akoya.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Amethyst has 80 sisters, and they all share the same name.
  • Mermaid Problem: Averted with Amethyst and her sisters, who all have ordinary parts that are compatible with humans.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Amethyst and her kin.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Amethyst can live on dry land indefinitely without it harming her, although she has limited mobility and uses a wheelchair to get around.
  • The Noun and the Noun
  • Superhuman Trafficking: The human sailors force the mermaids to search treasure for them, and it's implied that when they can't pay in gold, they are forced to pay in other ways.

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