Aesthetics Wiki
This page needs work. Please help us by expanding it. If you aren't sure how to help, check the article guide Format and Content

Nautical Fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy set on or near the sea, with the fantasy elements ranging from mild to extreme. Media in this genre often mainly revolve around seafaring as sailors or pirates. Nautical Fantasy media is often categorized as historical fiction as well.

While Oceanpunk and Nautical Fantasy are similar - and you could consider Oceanpunk to fall under the umbrella of Nautical Fantasy - the main difference between the two is that Oceanpunk is specifically sci-fi and an often apocalyptic and/or post-apocalyptic sub-genre centred around humanity's relationship with the sea, whereas Nautical Fantasy is a fantasy sub-genre with the main setting being the sea or the main story taking place on or near the sea.


  • Ocean environment
  • Fantasy environment
  • Sea monsters
  • Fantasy creatures
  • Ships and boats
  • Sailors and pirates
  • Merfolk, sirens, etc.
  • Medieval fantasy imagery



  • Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies; Book two of a series of seven novels by Scott Lynch
  • The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
  • The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
  • Fog Magic by Julia L. Sauer
  • The Water Mirror by Kai Meyer
  • The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova
  • Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Movies and Films[]

  • Pirates of the Caribbean (2003-2017)
  • Magic Island (1995)
  • Waterworld (1996)
  • Help! I'm A Fish! (2000)

Video Games[]

  • Ocean Punk (2023)
  • Subnautica (2014)
  • Iron Lung (2022)
  • Sea of Thieves (2018)

Other Media[]

  • The House That Resides By The Ocean on YouTube (unlisted)
  • Ghosts of Saltmarsh (5e D&D campaign)