Created By: Stovepipe on August 11, 2011 Last Edited By: Stovepipe on April 10, 2015

Gruesome Gastropods

Snails and slugs that are disgusting.

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Snails, slugs, and the rest of their ilk are slimy, slippery, and down-right disgusting. Everyone knows this. However, this drippy, runny trait is often exaggerated to a fault in many fictional works; this means that wherever slime, goop, mush and ick can linger on the creature, it probably will, and it will be outrageously over-done. Whether it be good or evil, the gastropod is often a cause of revulsion.

May attack by sliming others or spitting acid and such.
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  • August 11, 2011
    Manga & Anime
    • In one episode of Keroro Gunsou, Keroro creates the slug-based superhero Wetraman to exploit Natsumi's phobia of slugs.

    Western Animation
    • One episode of Cow And Chicken introduces us to Cow and Chicken's cousin, Snail-boy.
  • August 11, 2011
    How about Gooey Gastropods for a better title?
  • August 11, 2011
    That sounds better.
  • August 11, 2011
    Several pokemon are examples of this, there's spongebob's pet Snail Gary, etc.

    I don't really see why all these animal tropes are necessary, but that's just me.
  • August 11, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    Gooey Gastropods seconded.

    In Doctor Dolittle there's a giant sea snail that Doolittle and company take a ride inside. (That always made me go "ewww" as a kid, and I was also wondering why the shell was empty...)
  • August 11, 2011
    Several episodes of Spongebob Squarepants exaggerate the sliminess of the eponymous character's pet snail, Gary.
  • August 11, 2011
    Slugma, Magcargo, Shellos, and Gastrodon of Pokemon.
  • August 11, 2011
    ^ What does being a gastropod alone have anything to do with being slimy and icky? I don't think the Pokemon examples count.

  • August 12, 2011
    I think the Pokemon examples would count. The latter two actually have cries that sound squishy. I was thinking it could be called Gruesome Gastropods to expand the scope to snails and slugs that cause revulsion (good or evil).


  • August 12, 2011
    • Andre Norton's The X Factor. While exploring a deserted city Diskan Fentress comes across slick, slimy tracks of mucus, which he finds disturbing and disgusting. He later encounters one of the slug-like creatures that created them.
    This repulsive thing was akin to nothing outside of an insane nightmare. The front portion had reared up above the main bulk and was weaving to and fro, an obscene pillar, tapering, having no features Diskan could discern, save a puckered opening, which moved with the swaying, opening and closing.

    If this were expanded to "gastropods that cause revulsion" as Stovepipe suggested, two additional (non-slimy) examples from Andre Norton's works could be added: the Night Crawlers in Android at Arms and the Loving One in Operation Time Search.
  • August 12, 2011
    • Katsuyu, the summon of Tsunade in Naruto, is a slug as big as a mountain. It can spit acid able to melt rocks and divide itself into thousands of small slugs.
  • August 12, 2011
    Mrs Flatbottom's slug collection (actually her twin sister's collection... It's a long story) in Squirrel Boy. The basement where it is housed is waist deep in slime and has slime dripping off the walls.
  • August 12, 2011
    In Uzumaki, a Japanese horror film, several of the main character's classmates turn into snails when a town is terrorized by spirals. They are shown climbing up the walls of the school, leaving gooey trails.
  • August 12, 2011
    Since a monster that can't catch its prey isn't very scary, expect giant slugs to spit acid.
  • August 12, 2011
    The famous oracular slugs from Digger. Given prescience by a druid to keep them from drowning in his brew, they became the resident mystic seers for the setting. Yes, it's just as strange as it sounds.
  • August 12, 2011
    Going to elaborate some of Stovepipe's examples:

    • Final Fantasy VI: The game's Warm Up Boss is "Whelk", a giant snail monster that is lightning-elemental. One of its attacks is a gunk shot that puts Slow status on one character.
    • Mega Man X 2: Crystal Snail's attack pattern consists (almost) exclusively of spitting liquid-crystal projectiles at you, then smashing into you with its shell while you're trying to break out of the Harmless Freezing.
  • April 10, 2015
    Examples from the Oddworld franchise (Man, this guys are everywhere creepy crawlers appear)

    • Every game (Except for Stranger's Wrath) has the Glukkons wich under their elegant suits appear as squid-like creatures that use their arms to walk.
      • Stranger's Wrath has Mr. Sekto and the artificially engineered Gloktigi (Funnily enough, all three are part from the same taxonomic family; the Octigi).
      • The Sligs also count as they are slug beings that use mechanical legs to walk.
  • April 10, 2015
    Western Animation
    • Rene Laloux directed the French cartoon Les Escargot in 1966 about garden snails that grew enormous overnight. There were hundreds of these behemoths that clogged roadways and derailed trains. The populace fled before them.
  • April 10, 2015
    Does Gary from Spongebob Squarepants count here? Especially in his depiction in prehistoric times where he becomes gigantic and leaves slimes all over the place.
  • April 10, 2015
    <Mod Hat>

    All examples are ZC Es. This is the sort of random list that we're trying to remove from the wiki. As such, this will be discarded.

    </Mod Hat>