Created By: dwarfbucket1 on July 2, 2012

Living Puddle

Setient liquid.

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A character,due a lab accident or whatever reason, is transformed into liquid, but still has sentience. Or, conversely, is a superhero that can transform into liquid at will. Or, an alien creature that just so happens to be of a liquid state.
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  • July 2, 2012
    Tiiba
  • July 2, 2012
    Shnakepup
    Live Action Television
    • One of Alex's ablities on The Secret World Of Alex Mack. She could melt into a quicksilver-like material and move about that way, able to squeeze into places she normally wouldn't fit.

    Also, this probably doesn't fit, since it's talking about a hypothetical sentient puddle, but I was reminded of this quote:

    Real Life
    • Douglas Adams, when remarking on the idea that the universe seems "made" for humans, said:
      Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, "This is an interesting world I find myself in - an interesting hole I find myself in - fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!" This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.
  • July 2, 2012
    dalek955
    The "transform at will" variant is a subtrope of Elemental Shapeshifting.

    • The Seventh Tower has an Aeniran entity that's basically a lake with a giant face. Besides talking, it can also immobilize people with tendrils of water and tilt its entire surface up to look at things.
    • Ethan from Sky High has the ability to melt into a puddle of sludge. Believe it or not, employed correctly this power is actually quite useful.
  • July 2, 2012
    Astaroth
    Trisolians from Futurama are an alien species with liquid bodies.
  • July 2, 2012
    Koveras
    There was a minor alien character like this in Tale Of The Troika. They kept him in a glass jar.
  • July 2, 2012
    Seal
    In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, there are sentient puddles of liquid phazon.
  • July 2, 2012
    NightNymph
    Would the Founders from Star Trek Deep Space Nine count? They are shapeshifters, but on their home world, their "default" state seems to be a sea of liquid beings all mingled together in a combined consciousness called the great link. Also it is canon that Odo himself must return to "liquid state" every so often or it is uncomfortable to the point of torture for him. He has a favored bucket he likes to do this in.
  • July 2, 2012
    Shnakepup
    Thought of another one:

    Videogames
    • You can fight "slimes" in Chrono Trigger. They are literally just various Palette Swapped puddles with menacing eyes, who's attack animation is them splashing at you.
  • July 2, 2012
    chicagomel
    Darkwing Duck had this in a comic. Specifically, the Liquidator, who's actually this trope as well, sold water that turned everyone else into liquid. Including Darkwing, though he somehow retained the ability to control his form. Then most of the citizens got collected into a giant liquid monster before Darkwing finally put a stop to it.
  • July 2, 2012
    AgProv
    Literature: Tethys the sea-troll in Terry Pratchett's The Colour of magic. This creature suffers fromm chronic tides, and his height varies between 4'10" and 8'6"
  • July 2, 2012
    TonyG
    ^^The Liquidator was from the original show as well.
  • July 2, 2012
    Generality
    I suspect this is going to be a close relative of Blob Monster.
  • July 2, 2012
    KZN02
    Depending on the contents of the puddle, Sentient Phlebotinum.
  • July 2, 2012
    ElCheViva
    The Pokemon Grimer and its evolved form Muk are sentient globs of toxic sludge.
  • July 2, 2012
    TitoMosquito
    In Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command, the Tangeans (Mira's people) seem to have evolved from living puddles of goo.
  • July 2, 2012
    Xtifr
    Literature:

    • Heaven, a novel by Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen (co-authors of The Science Of Discworld), features a sentient puddle. It's a collective being--the waters of the puddle, the fish swimming in the puddle, and the grasses growing near the puddle are all actually part of the creature.
  • July 2, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Zan of the Wonder Twins always transforms into a water-related thing, if not just plain "water."
  • July 2, 2012
    PaulA
    • In The Dark Side Of The Sun, the protagonist visits a planet where the ocean is a sapient being.

    • In an issue of What If (the 1990s revival) where the Fantastic Four couldn't control their powers, Reed Richards gradually lost the ability to hold his form and collapsed into a shapeless blob.
  • July 3, 2012
    Nithael
    Film:

    Satan appears as green liquid contained in a canister in Prince Of Darkness.
  • July 3, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Armus from Star Trek The Next Generation episode "Skin of Evil" was a sentient puddle of black slime. He could assume vaguely humanoid (but still black and slimy) form.
  • July 3, 2012
    dalek955
  • July 3, 2012
    chicagomel
    ^Aren't Grimer and Muk more in the Blob Monster family than liquid? They seem more protoplasmic to me, though IDK, it could fit.
  • July 3, 2012
    ElCheViva
    ^ Having read the Blob Monster page, Grimer and Muk do seem to fit better there.
  • July 3, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Not sure if this counts: In Nomads of Gor Tarl is thrown into the "yellow pool of Turia" as an assassination gambit. He assumes that he'll have to fight a shark or some other sea creature; but no, his foe is the pool itself, which is alive and will eat him with acids, like a stomach digests food. It's never established whether the pool is sentient though, which is why I'm not sure if it'd count.
  • July 4, 2012
    DrRadon
    There is the Paul Jennings' short story about the Wobby Gurgle. A creature with a humanoid body made only of water that inhabits the Australian Outback.
  • July 5, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    The short story "Liquid Life" by Ralph Milne Farley, based on a then-current theory that viruses were actually colloidal in nature (similar to the current theory of prions).

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