Of Poseidon: Mermaids in Pop Culture

As part of our feature on Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, we’re exploring all things related to mermaids. Last week, we shared a number of other YA books about mermaids — but here are other places where they appear in pop culture:


Disney’s The Little Mermaid

To this day, still my all-time favorite Disney movie and my favorite Disney princess. My hair is dyed “Ariel” red for a reason!

Mr. Peabody & the Mermaid

Another one of my favorites … this one is an oldie but an oh-so-goodie.


A classic from the ’80s!

Lady in the Water

A dark twist on the mermaid tale:


The Thirteenth Year

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Not strictly a mermaid story, mermaids are definitely a key part of the fourth movie in the Pirates franchise.


A reimagining of the “Little Mermaid” story from Studio Ghibli.


“H2O: Just Add Water”

Fans of the CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and “The Secret Circle” will recognize a couple of familiar faces:

“Ocean Girl

Not strictly a mermaid, but definitely the main character has mermaid-like qualities. This was my *favorite* show when I was in middle school.

For the comments: What other mermaids in pop culture can you think of?

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  1. Haha this is awesome! I totally love the movie Splash, even though it was a few years before my time. My best friend is obsessed with H2O. I guess the only others I can think of might be a tendancy toward mermaid-style dresses among the fashion world. Would that count? Lol.

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