Mermaids in popular culture
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- The Search for Delicious features a mermaid child named Ardis who helped boy save his kingdom.
- Sirens are creatures of Greek mythology, most famously featured in Homer's Odyssey. In ancient accounts they are typically described as being part woman, part bird. But later classical portrayals, such as in Herbert James Draper's Ulysses and the Sirens, would attribute them merfolk features.
- Moby-Dick - In Chapter 126, "The Life-Buoy", the crew of the Pequod hear human-like cries in the night. Superstitious crewmen believe they are the sounds of mermaids or ghosts, which signify a bad omen. Captain Ahab scoffs at this, saying they have merely passed a seal colony in the night. His explanation does little to calm their nerves and the next day a crewman falls to his death from the masthead.
- Perhaps one of the best known works featuring mermaids is Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid (1837), which has been translated into many languages. Andersen's portrayal, immortalized with a famous bronze sculpture in Copenhagen harbour, has arguably become the standard and has influenced most modern Western depictions of mermaids since it was published. The story has been retold in other films and television programs, and regularly features in collections of fairytales. It has been adapted into various media, the most famous of which is the 1989 Disney movie of the same name.
- The Sea Fairies - L. Frank Baum (creator of Oz) wrote a novel about merfolk, The Sea Fairies (1911). Later, in The Scarecrow of Oz (1915), the same characters are rescued from danger by the mermaids.
- Wet Magic - In E. Nesbit's Wet Magic (1913), four children hear that a mermaid has been captured by a circus, and rescue her. Their reward is to visit the hidden kingdom of the mermaids.
- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock - T. S. Eliot, in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), uses the metaphor of mermaids to emphasis Prufock's plight: "I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. / I do not think that they will sing to me.
- H. P. Lovecraft created a grim variant of merfolk lore via The Deep Ones in the novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Man-fish creatures subservient to their patron gods Father Dagon and Mother Hydra, they had an affinity for intermarrying with humans and promoting the worship of The Old Ones.
- The Goblin Tower - One of the stories embedded in L. Sprague de Camp's The Goblin Tower (1968), as being told by the book's story-telling protagonist Jorian, is about a human king who fell in love with a mermaid. The story tells with hilarious detail of the couple's difficult efforts to physically consummate their love, which nearly ends in disaster (he nearly drowns in trying to have sex underwater, and she is nearly killed by his bodyguards in revenge). In the end, the king marries a human woman, though keeping a platonic friendship with the mermaid.
- The Merman's Children - Mermaids appear in Poul Anderson's The Merman's Children (1979).
- The Mermaid Summer - In The Mermaid Summer (1988), a novel by Mollie Hunter, Eric Anderson must leave his island home when he incurs the wrath of a mermaid by speaking slightingly of her, and he can never return unless his grandchildren Jon and Anna confront and tame the mermaid.
- The Moon and the Sun - In The Moon and the Sun (1997), a novel by Vonda N. McIntyre, Yves and Marie-Josephe de la Croix are siblings and natural scientists who capture and bring a mermaid to the court of Louis XIV.
- Harry Potter - In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001), J. K. Rowling writes of magical creatures in the Harry Potter world, including mermaids. They are described as in three different species: sirens, selkies and merrows. Similar to other humanoid magical creatures in this universe, they do not wield or understand magic themselves. They appear in the fourth and sixth books of the series.
- Aquamarine - Aquamarine (2001), a novel by Alice Hoffman, is about two 13 year old girls who discover a sassy teenage mermaid. The novel was popular among teen and preteen girls, and was made into a film released in 2006 by Twentieth Century Fox that starred Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts and JoJo.
- The Last Mermaid - A short story by Brendan Connell in the collection Unpleasant Tales. It relates how the last mermaid in existence was brought to the table of Carlos II of Spain.
- Sereia de Curitiba - Rhys Hughes, in the connected stories that form A Sereia de Curitiba (2007), relates the adventures of a mermaid in a variety of locations, including Brazil, Madeira, Wales; and also on the moon, where she meets a species of mermaid with the heads of fish and lower bodies of humans who surf the dry lunar seas on motorised skateboards.
- The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis mentions mermaids at the end of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Lucy sees a group of them in Voyage of the Dawn Treader and bonds silently with a young mermaid girl.
- "Forgive My Fins" - Tera Lynn Childs is a novel about a half-mermaid princess who tries to win over the school's champion swimmer with unlikely results.
- "The Forbidden Sea" - Shiela A. Nielson is a novel about a girl living on Windwaithe Island who tries to protect her sister from a mermaid that is living in the waters around the island.
- "Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings" - Helene Boudreau is a novel about an aquaphobic mer-girl who tries to find her missing mermaid mother.
- "Mermaid" - Carolyn Turgeon is an upcoming 2011 novel that retells The Little Mermaid fairytale as a love triangle between the mermaid, the human princess, and the prince.
- "Fins Are Forever" - Tera Lynn Childs is the 2011 summer sequel to Childs's previous novel, Forgive My Fins.
- "Just For Fins" - Tera Lynn Childs is the third book in Child's series, after Forgive My Fins, and Fins Are Forever. Released in summer 2012.
- "The Mermaid's Mirror" - L.K. Madigan is an upcoming novel about a surfer girl who finds a mermaid.
- "Meredith the Mermaid" -Ted Price is the supposedly true story of a mermaid, named Meredith Elzea, who is trapped in the land-locked American Midwest and desperately trying to escape back to the ocean so she can travel around the world to find her secret mermaid treasures.
- The "Emily Windsnap" series by Liz Kessler, which consists of The Tail of Emily Windsnap, Emily Windsnap and the Monster From the Deep, Emily Windsnap and the Castle In The Mist, and Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret, is a middle-grade book series about a twelve-year-old girl who discovers she is half-mermaid and has several underwater adventures with her mermaid best friend Shona.
- The 2010 novel Keeper includes mermaids and, for some time, mentions a "mermaid mama."
- "Lost Voices" - Sarah Porter is the first in a trilogy about abused girls who become mermaids due to a traumatic event, who sing ships to their doom.
- "The Spiderwick Chronicles" series by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, has Merfolk and other water creatures like Kelpies, Nixies and Sea Serpents.
- "The Sisters Grimm" series written by Michael Buckley and illustrated by Peter Ferguson. This story has many characters from fantasy and fairy tales. One of the characters is the little mermaid.
- "Goosebumps" series written by American author R. L. Stine. The nineteenth book Deep Trouble is about a boy named Billy Deep who finds a mermaid.
- "Everworld" series by K. A. Applegate, has Mermaids and Mermen. They live underwater in the Roman version of Atlantis.
- Namor the Sub-Mariner debuted in 1939 as the first superhero of the Marvel Universe. He was born of Homo mermanus, a race of aquatic humanoids. Namor's father was human however, giving him attributes of both races. He is able to exist both on land and at sea, possesses super human strength, and can fly via the winglike fins on his ankles. A prince of the undersea kingdom of Atlantis, he would later ascend to the throne as its king. He has a history of hostility towards human civilization but has also been a tenuous ally.
- Superman - The comic book superhero Superman had a romantic love interest with a mermaid named Lori Lemaris. Her first appearance was in 1959. The name Lori Lemaris was probably drawn from Lorelei rock in the Rhine added to maris, from the Latin mare, meaning ocean. She has the initials L.L., the same as several of Superman's other love interests including Lois Lane and Lana Lang.
- Arabelle the last mermaid by Jean Ache appeared as a comic strip in the daily French newspaper France-Soir between 1950 and 1962. The character returned in various magazines until 1972. Arabelle is discovered by an American plastic surgeon on a Mediterranean island. The surgeon gives her human legs, but she retains her ability to breathe underwater. With her companion, a reformed burglar, Arabelle becomes involved in a series of light, romantic adventures. 
- One Piece - The manga and anime series has many mermaids. The most notable three, as of current, are Kokoro, Camie and Princess Shirahoshi.
- Rave Master - The character Celia, a beautiful young mermaid with long blue hair. She is the younger sister of the Queen of the underwater mermaid village, Mildesta. She falls deeply in love with the main protagonist, Haru Glory.
- Dragon Ball - In chapter 25 "A Rival Arrives!!", Master Roshi asks Goku to bring him a pretty girl, and if he did, he would train him. Goku finds a mermaid and Master Roshi tries to hit on her. She just slaps him and jumps back into the ocean.
- Mermaid Saga - a manga series by Rumiko Takahashi, which tells that when a person eats the flesh of a mermaid, they can gain immortality, but chances are that the mermaid's flesh will either kill them or transform them into horrible creatures called Lost Souls. There are two types of mermaids shown in the manga. The first may gain human appearance when they eat the flesh of an immortal girl, the second have two legs which need to feed on the flesh of mermaids who live in water, specifically when they are about to give birth. Besides the flesh, a mermaid's blood, ashes, and liver have shown having different effects on humans. Mermaid's blood can stop a person's youth, but it can't stop their insides from aging. Ashes can give flowers immortality, but can only temporarily revive dead humans. A mermaid's liver was used to revive a dead girl, but gave her a need to feed on the livers of living things.
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch - a manga about a group of mermaid princesses who become pop singers and use their voices as weapons against their enemies.
- Starstruck - The character Eeeeeeeeeeluh, a psychic fish woman, has appeared in various incarnations of the science fiction comic series Starstruck, by Elaine Lee and Michael Wm. Kaluta: in the stage play, the comic book stories, in a print portfolio, and in posters for sale.
- My Bride is a Mermaid - In this manga, the main character, Nagasumi Michishio is saved from drowning by a mermaid, Sun Seto. Afterwards, Nagasumi is forced to marry Sun.
- 07-Ghost - The character Lazette, a mermaid, who sings and plays an organ in a church. She can shapeshift her face into that of other people. If people eat her scales it allows them to breathe underwater.
- Legendz - In the manga, Ken Kazaki's friend Ririko Yasuhara has a mermaid legendz named Tetty.
- Aion (manga) - This manga has several mermaids. One of them is named Sheila, The youngest of the mermaids. She falls in love with the Main Character, Tatsuya.
- Akazukin Chacha - In this manga, there is a mermaid named Marin who falls in love with Riiya. She can change into a human when her tail dries out.
- Eliza was a second boss from Gokujo Parodius, made a cameo in Sexy Parodius in Stage 2, Which a Pachinko of CR Gokujo Parodius, and Otomedius in Stage 1, voiced by Hitomi Nabatame.
- Densetsu no Stafy - In the Densetsu no Stafy game series by Nintendo, a character ironically named Mermaid is used to save the game. Whenever Stafy bumps the shell she lives in, the game will auto-save.
- Puyo Puyo - The Japanese puzzle game series from Compile features a mermaid named Seriri who believes that everyone is trying to eat her, due to the belief that eating mermaid flesh will grant immortality.
- Mega Man 9 - Splash Woman's design is based on the appearance of a mermaid.
- The Goonies II - The climax of the game involves rescuing a mermaid.
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - In Koholint Island, there is a mermaid named Martha who lives in her bay. She has a flower in her hair. When the player talks to her, she states that she has lost her necklace because of the ocean waves. After you retrieve her necklace from under the bridge, swim back to her bay, give it to her and she will give you a mermaid's scale as an exchange. Later on, she jumps from the surface and sits on the rock as you get closer to the shore.
- Double Dealing Character - In the fourteenth title of the Touhou Project series of games, there is a mermaid named Wakasagihime who serves as the games first boss. She has the ability to increase her strength when in water.
- Mermaids are a new "life state" introduced in The Sims 3: Island Paradise.
|Siren of the Sea (or The Mermaid)||1911||Silent film starring Annette Kellerman as the first mermaid in a film.|
|A Daughter of the Gods||1916||Kellerman|
|Queen of the Sea||1918||Kellerman|
|Venus of the South Seas||1924||Kellerman|
|Ikan Doejoeng||1941||From the Dutch East Indies|
|Miranda||1948||Starring Glynis Johns|
|Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid||1948||Starring Ann Blyth|
|Million Dollar Mermaid||1952||Based on the life of Annette Kellerman.|
|Mad About Men||1954||Sequel to Miranda|
|Pekka ja Pätkä sammakkomiehinä (Pekka and Pätkä as Frogmen)||1954||In this Finnish Pekka Puupää comedy film, the heroes rescue a foundered mermaid and carry her to Pekka's apartment. They set her on the bathtub. Pekka's wife Justiina initially sees only her fish-tail and is initially surprised of "a big fish the menfolks have caught" and gets a knife to prepare her as a dinner, but she faints as she sees her upper body.|
|The Mermaids of Tiburon||1962||Starring Diane Webber, George Rowe, and Timothy Carey|
|Beach Blanket Bingo||1965||Starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, and includes a sub-plot of the character Bonehead (Jody McCrea) falling for a mermaid portrayed by Lost in Space's Marta Kristen.|
|Head||1968||Starring The Monkees, briefly featured two mermaids in the opening "Porpoise Song" sequence, surrounded by psychedelic effects.|
|Local Hero||1984||Marine researcher Marina (Jenny Seagrove) is suspected by her love interest of being a mermaid.|
|Splash||1984||Starring Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks, Hannah played a mermaid who falls in love with a human. She could walk on dry land in human form, but her legs changed into a fish tail whenever she got wet. Much of the movie revolves around her humorous attempts to conceal her true identity from her lover. A made-for-television sequel, Splash, Too followed in 1988, starring Amy Yasbeck and Todd Waring.|
|Talk Dirty To Me Part III||1984||The third and fourth films in the adult film series Talk Dirty To Me feature mermaids who come ashore to find men. Just like in Splash, the mermaids can walk on dry land, and their legs become fish tails in water. The mermaid in 1984's Talk Dirty To Me Part III was played by then-16-year-old Traci Lords. When Lords' age became public knowledge in 1986, all of her films, including TDTM Part III, were pulled from the American market to avoid prosecution for distribution of child pornography. Lords' scenes were deleted from the film and were replaced with footage featuring Lisa DeLeeuw in the mermaid role. The edited version is called The New Talk Dirty To Me Part III and is the only version of the movie currently available. In the fourth film, Taija Rae played a mermaid from the same tribe as those in TDTM Part III, though her costume design was very different from those of the previous film. In TDTM Part III, the mermaid costumes were skintight, waist-high body stockings ending in fish tails. Rae's mermaid costume in TDTM Part IV was a bulky, chest-high construct that appeared to be fashioned from leaves, plastic daisies, and foam rubber scales.|
|The Little Mermaid||1989||Produced by Walt Disney Studios, portrays a variant of the story by Hans Christian Andersen about the mermaid that wished for legs. This film was followed by a prequel TV series, a direct-to-video sequel The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea featuring the title character's daughter and a DTV prequel movie in 2008.|
|Hook||1991||Produced by TriStar Pictures Amblin Entertainment, three mermaids appear when Peter Pan Robin Williams is dropped into the ocean in Neverland.|
|The Secret of Roan Inish||1994||Incorporates mysticism into the selkies and their fae children.|
|Mermaid Got Married||1994||Hong Kong romantic-comedy (based on Splash) tells the story of a school teacher who falls in love with a mermaid who'd rescued him as a young boy. The film stars Asian cinema idols Ekin Cheng, Christy Chung, and Takeshi Kaneshiro.|
|Magic Island||1995||Lily, a young mermaid, befriends a group of buccaneers and joins them on their quest for Blackbeard's treasure.|
|Sabrina Down Under||1999||Sabrina Melissa Joan Hart travels to Australia's Great Barrier Reef with her best friend Gwen, a fellow witch from England, for a week-long vacation where they try to help protect a hidden mermaid colony whose habitat is threatened by ocean pollution, and by a local marine biologist, Dr. Julian Martin, determined to find the colony as his claim to fame. While Sabrina finds romance with Barnaby, a "merman" from the mermaid colony, Salem the cat finds a possible romance with another witch-turned-into-a-cat, named Hilary, but finds Sabrina's problems interfering with his plans.|
|She Creature||2001||Circa 1900, a carnival barker named Angus discovers a mermaid held captive in a tank by a disturbed old man. Angus steals the mermaid and loads her on a ship headed for America. When the mermaid is discovered, Angus's lover Lily begins to suspect that the mermaid is more dangerous than she first seemed.|
|Mermaids||2003||Erika Heynatz, Nikita Ager, and Sarah Laine are a trio of mermaids who solve their father's murder.|
|Mermaid in the Manhole||?||A Tokyo-based shocked film centered around a decaying mermaid found living in the Tokyo sewer system. This is a very gruesome film in that it focuses on the mermaid's decay and subsequent death from exposure to toxic environment of the sewer|
|The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe||2005||Mermaids appear briefly at the end of the story.|
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||2005||Merpeople appear briefly during the second task.|
|Fairytopia||?||In this Barbie doll direct-to-video movie series, a sub-series called "Mermaidia" features a fairy that becomes a mermaid.|
|Aquamarine||2006||The title character is a mermaid (Sara Paxton) who is washed ashore after a violent storm. She decides to search for true love on land, and makes two good friends (Joanna "JoJo" Levesque and Emma Roberts) along the way.|
|Legend of Sudsakorn||2006||The title character is a boy (Charlie Trairat) who is the son of a mermaid who is sent on a magical quest to find his father, a prince.|
|Peter Pan||2003||Mermaids appear in a small segment: the narrator says they "are not like the mermaids in stories" though Wendy is thrilled by them. These mermaids have webbed fingers and markings on their faces. Peter asks them if Captain Hook has kidnapped John and Michael which the mermaids confirm. One of them also tries to drown Wendy.|
|Sirène song||2005||Short feature by Fanny Jean-Noel. A mermaid is seeking for a job.|
|Half Fish||?||Features two con artists trying to sell what they claim to be mermaid fetuses, until an actual mermaid shows up.|
|Princess||2008||Starring Shileen Paton as a mermaid named Cala who lives under the pond.|
|Bedtime Stories||2008||A Mermaid appears in the book that Skeeter gives to Bobbi and Patrick.|
|Empires of the Deep||2011||This upcoming film is about a human who falls in love with a mermaid in a fantasy world.|
|Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||2011||During his search for the Fountain of Youth, Jack Sparrow encounters several mermaids.|
Mermaids have long been associated with music, and much like that of Orpheus, the power of their singing voices is said to have had the ability to enthrall. Along with their legendary vanity, the hair-combing and mirrors, the association of mermaids with music is coupled with another association of a vocal nature: they are said to be able to confer verbal eloquence, much like the Muses of the ancient Greek myths.
- In the 18th century sea shanty, "The Keeper of the Eddystone Light", the singer's father is a lighthouse keeper and his mother is a mermaid.
- Alexander von Zemlinsky's symphonic poem Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid), first performed in 1905 but then forgotten until its second performance in 1984, is based on Andersen's detailed fairy story. Zemlinsky briefly explained its plan to Arnold Schoenberg; a more detailed matching of story and music is provided by its second conductor, Peter Gülke.
- 1985 hit by French duo Les Rita Mitsouko, "Marcia Baila", includes verse "... la sirène en mal d'amour" (A lovesick mermaid).
Song's video clip includes a mermaid.
- Finnish musician J. Karjalainen has made a song Merenneito ja minä (Mermaid and Me), where he describes a wonderful tour in the underwater kingdom with a mermaid with whom he had fallen in love. In the song he was able to breathe under water due the magic medicine the mermaid gave him.
- Another Finnish song, Koskenlaskijan morsiamet (Brides of Log Driver) is about a mermaid, who falls in love with a skillful log driver. Unfortunately, he has already been engaged to a human woman. When the mermaid sees her love riding the rapids with his human bride, she in a burst of jealousy raises a rock off the river bed, drowning them both. Seeing them drown and die, she immediately regrets her deed, and in the end of the song she is left weeping alone on the rock.
- Joanna Newsom's song Colleen tells the story of a girl from the sea who adapts to life on the land, but is plagued by dreams and memories of her past. The song is told from the perspective of the girl, and it is left open to interpretation whether or not she eventually returns.
- The music video Cherish by Madonna includes several merman and a merman child.
- In the music video for "Mermaid Sashimi" of Mexican singer Juan Son a mermaid is in a restaurant ready for being cooked.
- The Death metal Virtual Band Dethklok have a song called Murmaider, which is about mermaid murder. In the second episode of the animated series Metalocalypse the band stated that fish had "no good metals to listens to" so they recorded an album called The DethWater Album. Murmaider appeared as the first track of the band's real life album The Dethalbum.
- Sade appears as a love struck mermaid in the music video for her 1992 single No Ordinary Love.
- Among the outrageous claims made in the Lonely Island song I'm On A Boat is the claim by T-Pain that he had sex with a mermaid. This is firmed up in the video, with the appearance of an African American mermaid in the background behind T-Pain as he sings this verse.
- Danish Bubblegum singer, Ni-Ni (Nynne Qvortrup) released an album in Japan and Denmark on February 16, 2001 called "Mermaid" with a song on the album called "A Mermaid's Tale"
- A recently formed high school band, 'Jarrod and the Mermaids', which is immensely popular in the region Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. They have a distinct style of magic.
- Lady Gaga dressed as a mermaid named Yuyi for the video You and I.
- FT Nesli- Mermaid sung by, Turkish Singer Neslihan Evrüz 2008 in English by Burak Yeter from the album Mermaid.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies has a mermaid featured in the musical number called "Beautiful/The Beauty Underneath".
- In 2011, Japanese group Aldious released a new single named "Mermaid", the PV had one of the girls of the band as a mermaid.
- The television series Stingray features a mermaid named Marina; however unlike typical mermaids she has no tail, instead she swims with two legs and displays the ability to breathe underwater.
- The 2010 French animation series "Zig and Sharko" featured Marina the mermaid. Zig the hyena want to eat her but her friend and bodyguard Sharko the shark protect her.
- The Australian television series, H2O: Just Add Water (2006), involves three teenage girls who, after encountering a mysterious island grotto, transform into mermaids whenever water touches any part of their bodies.
- A spin-off series named Mako: Island of Secrets was released in 26 July 2013.
- In the television series Baywatch (1989–2001), Marliece Andrada played a mermaid in the episode Rendezvous.
- In the Japanese tokusatsu television sub-genre Super Sentai (and its Americanized counterpart Power Rangers), there are a few mermaid based elements:
- Dengeki Sentai Changeman (1985) - the design theme for the heroes of which was mythological creatures- Sayaka Nagisa (actress Hiroko Nishimoto) transformed into a white-colored ranger called Change Mermaid. Some of her attacks were based on underwater movement.
- The short Hikari Sentai Maskman movie (1987) features a mermaid named Lelai, who is tricked into using her beautiful singing voice to create earthquakes that would destroy the world.
- Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue (2000) - Blue Ranger Chad Lee befriends and falls in love with a mermaid named Marina (actress Kamera Walton). She appears in only two episodes, Ocean Blue and Neptune's Daughter; the second time forced to lure the Lightspeed Rangers into a trap. (No mermaid appeared in the previous original 1999 Japanese series, Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo-V.)
- Mahou Sentai MagiRanger (2005) - Urara Ozu (actress Asami Kai) harnessed the power of the water Heavenly Saint Splagel, who is a mermaid; thus, Urara's MagiMajin form is MagiMermaid (whose legs can merge to allow her to swim underwater). However, when she upgrades half way through the series into her Legend form, her body joins with her two older brothers and younger sister's to form the Legendary Majuu MagiLion. Then in Power Rangers: Mystic Force which aired the following year, Madison Rocca (actress Melanie Vallejo) is the Blue Mystic Force Ranger. She draws her powers from an ancient titan who was shaped as a mermaid. Since the giant monster battle footage from PRMystic Force is taken directly from MagiRanger, Madison's giant Mystic Mermaid form mirrors that of Urara's MagiMermaid.
- In the 5th season episode of Charmed (1998–2006), a mermaid (Jaime Pressly) enlists the help of main character Phoebe Halliwell (actress Alyssa Milano) against a sea witch and in wooing the mermaid's true love. Phoebe turns into a mermaid later and is only turned back into a human after her ex Cole convinced her humanity is better. In this version, mermaids were immortal, had a physical need to be by water, and most did not love. Mermaid was a Charmed spin-off developed for The WB, since the theme of mermaids was recognized to have potential for its own series, and a one-hour pilot was filmed. However, after The WB and the UPN merged into The CW channel, the resulting network passed on the show.
- Nadia, a killer siren/mermaid-like creature, played by actress Adrianne Palicki, is the main antagonist of the television pilot Aquaman. This show was also cancelled after UPN's arrival.
- In Taiwanese Fantasy series Legend of Heaven & Earth which shows various stories and legends from Asian mythology 1 season depicts a story somewhat similar to Han Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid in where the main protagonist is the Mermaid daughter of an undersea Sorceress who is trapped in a conch shell for centuries until freed and while disguised as other Humans explores the outside world and falls in love with one of 3 princely sons. The rest of the story is how she manages to protect both her love and the Undersea land that she comes from. The Series was shown on AZN Television shortly before the networks cancellation in 2007.
- In an episode of Flipper, Dean, played by actor Scott Michaelson, finds a mermaid (Rachel Blakely) in one of his dives. Michaelson played a merman in Sabrina Down Under.
- In episode 14 of The Vision of Escaflowne, Dryden Fassa helps a mermaid named Sylphy return to her home.
- In Pokémon, Ash Ketchum's friend Misty appears as a mermaid with longer hair decorated in white pearls with red earrings on her ears, a periwinkle-beaded necklace around her neck, an aqua-colored tail with a yellow star on her hip and pink shells used for a bra. This appearance is seen in two episodes; "The Misty Mermaid" from Pokémon: Indigo League and "Cerulean Blues" from Pokémon Chronicles.
- Dyesebel is a drama-fantasy series based on Mars Ravelo's creation in GMA Network in the Philippines. Marina is also drama-fantasy series in ABS CBN and Marinara is a comedy-fantasy show in GMA Network.
- In the anime Bakugan, Klaus's guardian Bakugan, Sirenoid, is a mermaid.
- In the anime Renkin 3-kyū Magical? Pokān, a mermaid princess appears in episode 5, "A Tiring Spell Is a Trip to the Beach/Love's Spell Is a Trip to the Beach".
- Also, in an episode of Faerie Tale Theatre, Treat Williams and Pam Dawber helped stage a production of The Little Mermaid that followed Andersen's story much closer than the Disney film that came out three years later.
- In Dexter's Laboratory episode "Ocean Commotion", while the Family Visit in the Beach, Dee Dee (Who was in a Mermaid costume) gets kidnapped by some maniac sailors and Dexter and Moby Dick are the only one to save her. A parody of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Moby Dick and ETC.
- In the 2007 Anime Seto no Hanayome Plot Summary, a boy named Nagasumi Michishio gets saved by a mermaid named Sun Seto, but it is the mermaid's law, when a human sees a mermaid's true form, the human or the mermaid has to be killed. The only way to solve this problem for him is to marry her.
- Cyberchase has a mermaid character named Binary who lives in the Aquari-yum. She is green and purple and she tames several sea animals.
- In one of the episodes from Magi-Nation, Edyn turns into a mermaid complete with aquatic fish ears, webbed hands and a mermaid's tail and dives into the depth of the water with all her friends. There are also some characters who are mermaids and one of them who's named Par'tika is very friendly.
- In the television series Fantasy Island, mermaids are occasionally depicted as being in conflict with Mr. Rourke (Ricardo Montalban).
- Many comedy series, such as Family Guy and Robot Chicken, satire the fact that mermaids cannot reproduce without genitalia.
- The wicked mermaid Cardian Amphibia only appears in "Raye's Day In The Spotlight" from Sailor Moon R.
- In one of the episodes from Rupert, there is a young blond-headed mermaid named Marina who befriends the main protagonist Rupert Bear.
- In an episode from My Parents Are Aliens, The Tail Of The Knitted Map, Sophie morphs into a mermaid
- In the anime Undersea Boy Marine, Marine Boy has a friend named Neptina who is a young mermaid with long flowing hair and wears a magic pearl around her neck.
- In the Disney Junior series Jake and the Never Land Pirates, there is a young mermaid named Marina who befriends the young pirates and helps them on their adventures.
- In Doctor Who's sixth season, a mermaid or siren-like creature appears in the episode "The Curse of the Black Spot".
- Actress Joanna Garcia portrays Ariel, the titular character of the Disney film version, in season three of the ABC Series Once Upon a Time.
- A pod of mermaids attack The Jolly Rodger, in season three of the ABC Series Once Upon a Time (TV series)
- John Grant and John Clute, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, "Mermaids" p 639 ISBN 0-312-19869-8
- Unpleasant Tales, Eibonvale Press, 2010
- Splash, Too (1988) (TV)
- Half Fish
- Peter Gülke, "Zemlinski: The Mermaid: An Introduction", booklet for the compact disc of Zemlinsky's Die Seejungfrau and Psalm XIII (London: Decca, 1987).