Created By: KZN02 on July 24, 2013 Last Edited By: Guilen on October 9, 2013

Solid, Liquid, Gas

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A trio of beings of or the ability to become solid, liquid, and gas.

Compare Land, Sea, Sky.


Video Games
  • Pokémon:
    • Trubbish (Solid), Grimer (Liquid), Koffing (Gas) as types of garbage (trash, radioactive waste, and pollution).
    • Dialga (Solid), Palkia (Liquid), Giratina (Gas) from their secondary typings of Steel, Water, and Ghost respectively.

Real Life
  • Water has states ice (solid), water (liquid), vapor (gas).

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  • July 24, 2013
    Maybe you could put in a description for how H 2 O can exist in all three states, for the sake of symbolism?
  • July 25, 2013
    It seems to me that the description needs a lot of work. There's nothing to say what this trope is about and the single example so far doesn't really help.

    Is this about a game mechanic which revolves around the three states of matter? Is it about creatures which have abilities which focus on the three states of matter? Is it about anything where the three states of matter become a plot point?

    And what about the fourth state of matter? (Plasma) It deserves a mention too. After all, stars are practically made of plasma.
  • July 25, 2013
    Especially since even making that example a Power Trio seems to be a stretch, considering the Solid came out 12 years or so after the other two.

    This desperately needs a description and laconic, and ideally more examples. As is, this is just a stub.
  • July 25, 2013
    The first thing this can use is an example that says how it fits, not a Zero Context Example.
  • July 25, 2013
    Sorry, trying to work it like Land Sea Sky, but I'll expand more now.
  • July 26, 2013
    And Power Trio is not any trio.
  • July 29, 2013
    I can remember two trios that partially fit this trope: The Impossibles had Fluid Man who could turn into any form of liquid and The Galaxy Trio had Vapor Man who could turn into any type of gas.

    However I can't remember any group - not just a trio, any size group - that had two members who could change, one to liquid and one to gas.

    Let alone also having a character who can "become solid" (presumably this means "become any kind of solid matter", because most characters are already solid).

    I think that, as written, this is Too Rare To Trope.
  • July 29, 2013
    @OP: Can you put the commas between words in the title? Because the current writing makes me think of a gas (noun) that is simultaneously liquid and solid (adjectives) and it breaks my brain.
  • July 29, 2013
    Do those Pokemon examples even fit this? I don't see any common factor shared by Trubbish, Grimer and Koffing, other than that they're all poison type. If they shared the same evolutions it would be a completely different situation but they don't.

    Same goes with Dialga, Palkia and Giratina. Granted, they are connected to each other (together they form the "Creation trio") but as far as I know, they represent time, space and antimatter.

    Also, it seems a bit redundant to list water as an example, since these states are shared by all matter.
  • July 29, 2013
    Well, almost all. Some goes straight from solid to gas (unless it's under high pressure), some other break down into something else when heated so they don't have a gaseous (or a liquid) state.
  • July 29, 2013
    How about: "Phase Transition Power(s)"?
  • July 30, 2013
    Feels like that would be Shapeshifting.
  • October 4, 2013
    Pretty much must be pointed out that this is a Motif trope.
  • October 4, 2013
    In the Amiga game Morph, you can change between liquid (blob of water), gaseous (cloud), solid (metal ball) and flexible (rubber baloon) forms to overcome obstacles.
  • October 4, 2013
    @Melkior if you include plasma, that makes this Four Element Ensemble.
    • Fire = Plasma
    • Water = Liquid
    • Earth = Solid
    • Air = Gas

    this is likely a subtrope of Four Element Ensemble & Land Sea Sky though,

    with a more sci-fi approach.

    wait, is this even an ensemble?