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Oceanpunk is a science fiction genre centred around technology used to explore, colonise or traverse the sea, as well as humanity's relationship with the sea in a sometimes apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic environment. Oceanpunk's visual aesthetic has a lot similarities and connections with steampunk, most notably the wooden ships and buildings and sometimes Victorian style technology.

Not to be confused with Seapunk, a sea-themed fashion aesthetic popularised in the 2000s on Tumblr


The genres concept was first started in America with Jules Verne's 1872 novel 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas' But the oceanpunk term and genre was first popularised in the 1990s with films such as 'Waterworld', 'Deep Blue Sea', and other such films.


Oceanpunk imagery includes:

  • The sea
  • Ships and boats
  • Pirates
  • Sailors
  • Submarines
  • Victorian/steampunk era technology
  • Modern technology
  • Futuristic/sci-fi technology
  • Ocean architecture



  • 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne

Films and Movies[]

  • 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
  • Waterworld (1995)
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
  • Deep Blue Sea (1999)
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

Video Games[]

  • Ocean Punk (2023)
  • Subnautica (2014)

Tv shows[]

  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964)


Ocean Punk - TV Tropes

Oceanpunk - The Amazing Everything Wiki