Created By: StarSword on June 21, 2013 Last Edited By: StarSword on June 28, 2013
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Mobile Fishbowl

An aquatic sapient brings water with it to travel on land.

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Regardless of whether you have Fish People, merfolk, shark men, or some other variation on aquatic sapients this wiki hasn't come up with yet, because Atlantis Is Boring they all have one thing in common: they sometimes have to interact with non-aquatic species. Unfortunately, some of them only have gills and would suffocate if they tried to go to the surface unassisted. Others have issues with drying out or would be crushed by their own weight without water supporting their bodies (this is an issue for beached whales in real life).

The obvious solution? They bring water along with them.

The inverse of an Artificial Gill, which allows terrestrial organisms to breathe underwater. Compare Artificial Limbs.

Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Teacher Iruka in Jewelpet Sunshine is a pink dolphin who walks around inside a fish tank, which the students find it very weird about him during his first time teaching the students.
  • Fujimoto in Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is forced to take a back-mounted machine with him whenever he ventures onto dry land, as it carries a vat of salt water that he must spray around himself to keep himself humidified. Still, he is biologically human, which requires him to wear a bubble underwater.
  • In the Tokyo Mew Mew spinoff manga Petite Mew Mew (an Alternate Universe in kindergarten), all the girls show characteristics of their infused animal DNA -- in Lettuce's case, her lower half is a porpoise tail. She is always shown partially submerged in a body of water, such as a wading pool or a giant fishbowl.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • Aquaman has a special suit filled with water for missions on land. It ends up saving the life of Martian Manhunter in Tower of Babel.
  • Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner can breathe on dry land, but he's a mutant. The other denizens of Atlanta have to wear water bowls when they're above the surface.
  • A group of Atlantis characters popped up in The Savage Dragon from time to time, with aquatic "breathing" gear to use to go on land for an invasion. This was a Running Gag in which the gear always malfunctioned in someway, killing all of them.
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[[folder:Fan Works]] [[/folder]]

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
  • Minion from Megamind is a piranha-like fish in a robotic gorilla suit.
  • Fish Out Of Water from Chicken Little wears a scuba helmet filled with water in order to interact with Chicken Little and the others.
  • Gill, Deb and the other captives in the dentist's fish tank in Finding Nemo use the fact that they've been put in clear baggies of water while the tank is being cleaned to make their escape to the sea. This involves bopping the baggies forward through a building and across a busy roadway. Good news: they succeed. Bad news: they have no idea how to get out of the baggies.
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[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
  • Variation in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Negotiations are taking place on a sandbar, but since Davey Jones is cursed to be unable to set foot on land, he's standing in a big wooden bucket of seawater, with several others visible behind him.
  • In the Hellboy films, psychic fish man Abe sometimes wears a water goggles and water tanks when he is out of his tank. The comics explain that this is more to keep him from drying out than to help him breathe; he has both lungs and gills.
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[[folder:Folklore and Mythology]]
  • The kappa, a river-dwelling creature of Japanese folklore, has a deep depression in its head that is full of water, which is the source of its power. If you bow to it, it will bow back, spilling the water on its head and draining it of its power.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • In X: Farnham's Legend a Boron, the resident species of squid-people, is shown walking around a space station built for terrestrial species in a pressure suit filled with water.
  • In Un Lun Dun, there's a character called Skool who walks around in a diver's suit full of water. Skool is a sentient school of assorted aquatic creatures, mostly fish. It's that kind of book.
  • In One Hundred Years From Now, the book upon which Guest from the Future is based, one of the episodic characters is an alien aquatic horse moving around in a large walking aquarium.
  • Downplayed in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which notes on occasion that ships crewed by Mon Calamari are usually kept very humid. This is good for the amphibious Mon Cals, not so much for more humanlike species.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation the Benzites are a semi-aquatic race who have a special attachment to their uniforms which blows a fine mist in the direction of their faces on a regular basis so they can continue to breathe.
  • The Hath in the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Daughter" breathe a nutrient liquid, and have to wear a mask containing a flask of it while in Earthlike atmospheres.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
  • The Far Side has a fish using a contraption like a diving suit with a line attaching it to a fishbowl.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Bob The Killer Goldfish from Earthworm Jim is a regular goldfish in a bowl who gets carried around by a musclebound cat minion.
  • The Sergetti in the Space Empires series are an aquatic species that have established an intergalactic empire with their knowledge of crystalline technology. They build spaceships that carry the oceans of their homeworld into space with them.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
  • Once in Two Lumps the Angry Fish goes after Snooch with a water-filled (and bubble-topped) tank.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • In Futurama, the Professor's rival, Wernstrom, makes one of these for his goldfish as his entry for the science symposium.
  • Played straight by the main cast of Spongebob Squarepants when they use a glass dome filled with water to do a concert in a human stadium.
  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! has a fish who travels with the group in a fish bowl.
  • Klaus of American Dad! holds the rim of his bowl and hops around in it.
  • In the Family Guy parody of Return of the Jedi, the commander of the Rebel fleet is a fish (Klaus from American Dad!) that pilots a robot body from a water filled globe at the head.
  • Dr. Wasabi from Chop Socky Chooks is a tiny shark who travels around in an astronaut-style suit filled with water.
  • T-Ray and his mooks from Tiger Sharks are water-breathing creatures from a planet that dried up. They are now trying to conquer a watery planet; the one upon which the series take place. Since the other group of villains (and their occasional allies) cannot breathe water, they have used water filled suits at least once.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "The Ambergris Element". At the end of the episode two Aquans (aliens who can only breathe water) are shown on the bridge of the Enterprise wearing water-filled helmets on their heads.
  • Fishface from the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has both water mounted on his gills, as well as artificial legs.
  • Ben 10: Omniverse has the pisceans who travel on land not wearing helmets, but suits that circulate water through them.
  • Fishtronaut is an enviro-friendly animated mystery series in which Secret Agent Fishtronaut (named so because he's a fish who flies around in an astronaut suit) explores the world's many mysteries above and below water in a unique way.
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Indices:Aquatic Animal Tropes, Fantastic Sapient Species Tropes, Instant Index, Just Add Water, Mer Tropes, Otherness Tropes, Sublime Rhyme


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Community Feedback Replies: 58
  • June 21, 2013
    CaveCat
    • Fish Out Of Water from Chicken Little wears a scuba helmet filled with water in order to interact with Chicken Little and the others.
  • June 21, 2013
    Bisected8
    • In Futurama, the Professor's rival, Wernstrom, makes one of these for his goldfish as his entry for the science symposium.
  • June 21, 2013
    GKaiser
  • June 21, 2013
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    Inverted with Sandy from Spongebob Squarepants. In order to survive underwater, she has to wear a helmet full of air.
  • June 21, 2013
    Irrisia
    In the book Un Lun Dun, there's a character called Skool, who walks around in a diver's suit full of water. Skool is a sentient school of assorted aquatic creatures, mostly fish. It's that kind of book.
  • June 21, 2013
    StarSword
    ^^I hate Spongebob, but you reminded me of a straight example I saw out of the corner of my eye once.

    Any thoughts on the description?
  • June 21, 2013
    KZN02
    See also Artificial Gill.
  • June 21, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    In the Family Guy parody of the movie "Return of the Jedi", the commander of the Rebel fleet is a fish that pilots a robot body from a water filled globe at the head.
  • June 21, 2013
    ChunkyDaddy
    The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That has a Fish who travels with the group in a fish bowl.
  • June 21, 2013
    Chabal2
    Variation in the third Pirates Of The Caribbean film: Negotiations are taking place on a sandbar, but since Davey Jones is cursed to be unable to set foot on land, he's standing in a big wooden bucket of seawater, with several others visible behind him.
  • June 21, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^^^That would be Klaus from American Dad

    Marvel Comics: Prince Namor The Sub Mariner can breath on dry land, but he's a mutant. The other denizens of Atlanta have to wear water bowls when they're above the surface.
  • June 21, 2013
    nitrokitty
    • Minion from Megamind is a piranha-like fish in a robotic gorilla suit.
    • Bob The Killer Goldfish from Earthworm Jim is a regular goldfish in a bowl who gets carried around by a musclebound cat minion.
  • June 22, 2013
    foxley
    Dr. Wasabi from Chop Socky Chooks is a tiny shark who travels around in an astronaut-style suit filled with water.
  • June 22, 2013
    Astaroth
    The Sergetti in the Space Empires series are an aquatic species that have established an intergalactic empire with their knowledge of crystalline technology; they build spaceships that carry the oceans of their homeworld into space with them.
  • June 22, 2013
    spacemarine50
    We got Fishbowl Helmet around here somewhere. It covers this and more.
  • June 22, 2013
    m8e
    ^No it doesn't, Fishbowl Helmet is a visual trope where helmets looks like or is fishbowls. They are usually filled with air so air breathing creatures can go underwater or be in space, but can also work the other way around like in Spongebob Squarepants.(That's the inverted version of that trope.)

    This is "inverted diving" where sea creatures use something("landsuits" filled with water, bowls, buckets etc) to be on land.

    The laconics:
    • Fishbowl Helmet: Putting a fishbowl on your head allows you to breathe in space or underwater.
    • Walking Fishbowl: An aquatic sapient brings water with it to travel on land.
  • June 22, 2013
    Omeganian
    T-Ray and his mooks from Tigersharks.
  • June 22, 2013
    Paradisesnake
  • June 22, 2013
    StarSword
    @spacemarine50: Here's the draft, and m8e is correct, although I'm open to new name suggestions for Walking Fishbowl.
  • June 22, 2013
    Omeganian
    ^^ They are water breathing creatures from a planet that dried up. They are now trying to conquer a watery planet; the one upon which the series take place. Since the other group of villains (and their occasional allies) cannot breath water, they have used water filled suits at least once.

    In One Hundred Years from Now - the book upon which Guest From The Future is based - one of the episodic characters is an alien aquatic horse moving around in a large walking aquarium.
  • June 22, 2013
    Momochi
    Thanks for taking this here. The characters I had in mind are:
    • Teacher Iruka in Jewelpet Sunshine is a pink dolphin who walks around inside a fish tank, which the students find it very weird about him during his first time teaching the students.
    • Fujimoto in Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea is forced to take a back-mounted machine with him whenever he ventures onto dry land, as it carries a vat of salt water that he must spray around himself to keep himself humidified. Still, he is biologically human, which requires him to wear a bubble underwater.
    • The Kappa, a river-dwelling creature of Japanese folklore, has a deep depression in its head that is full of water, which is the source of its power. If you bow to it, it will bow back, spilling the water on its head and draining it of its power.
  • June 22, 2013
    StarSword
    Rolled in.
  • June 22, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Gill, Deb and the other captives in the dentist's fish tank in Finding Nemo use the fact that they've been put in clear baggies of water while the tank is being cleaned to make their escape to the sea. This involves bopping the baggies forward through a building and across a busy roadway. Good news: they succeed. Bad news: they have no idea how to get out of the baggies.
  • June 22, 2013
    StarSword
    Description thoughts? Name thoughts? Hats?
  • June 23, 2013
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • Star Trek The Animated Series episode "The Ambergris Element". At the end of the episode two Aquans (aliens who can only breathe water) are shown on the bridge of the Enterprise wearing water-filled helmets on their heads.
  • June 23, 2013
    henke37
    Fan works
  • June 23, 2013
    StarSword
    ^See How To Write An Example. You don't pothole the work in the example, you state it outright.
  • June 24, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In Star Trek The Next Generation the Benzites are a semi-aquatic race who have a special attachment to their uniforms which blows a fine mist in the direction of their faces on a regular basis so they can continue to breathe.
  • June 24, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Fishface from the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has both water mounted on his gills, as well as artificial legs.

  • June 24, 2013
    Antigone3
    I'll see if I can find the link for you, but once in Two Lumps the Angry Fish goes after Snooch with a water-filled (and bubble-topped) tank. (And we should probably come up with a better description, since the Incredibly Lame Pun came in the next strip.)
  • June 24, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Also, the aliens in the new Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Daughter" had something like this.
  • June 24, 2013
    Buraindo
    Your description seems fine.

    For a title, perhaps Scuba Landing?

    For an image, how about an adaptation of this one:

    Film
    • In the Hellboy films, psychic fish man Abe sometimes wears a water goggles and water tanks when he is out of his tank.
  • June 24, 2013
    lakingsif
    Klaus of American Dad! holds the rim of his bowl and hops around in it.
  • June 24, 2013
    SharleeD
    Not sure of a specific series, but there are a few sci-fi settings in which aquatic races were unable to break out into space on their own, because water is so heavy that they couldn't send up rockets with living occupants. Therefore, they remain stuck at the bottom of the gravity well until an air-breathing race that's already advanced beyond rocketry makes contact with them.
  • June 25, 2013
    Prfnoff
    The Far Side has a fish using a contraption like a diving suit with a line attaching it to a fishbowl.
  • June 25, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Is it really necessary to include an inversion (specifically, the Spongebob one). The rest of the example is fine, but an inversion of an inversion seems unnecessary.
  • June 25, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Yeah, probably not in this case, given the inverse is already its own trope.
  • June 25, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    In the Tokyo Mew Mew spinoff manga Petite Mew Mew (an Alternate Universe in kindergarten), all the girls show characteristics of their infused animal DNA -- in Lettuce's case, her lower half is a porpoise tail. She is always shown partially submerged in a body of water, such as a wading pool or a giant fishbowl.
  • June 25, 2013
    StarSword
    @Buraindo: Scuba Landing as opposed to "scuba diving"?
  • June 25, 2013
    StarSword
    Made some additions to the description.
  • June 26, 2013
    Momochi
    Ponyo is an animated film. Sea Pony Lyra only appears in fan works.
  • June 26, 2013
    StarSword
    "Sea pony Lyra only appears in fan works."

    Given that I don't watch the show, how was I supposed to know that when henke potholed the work to the character instead of stating that she was an OC?

    Waiting on a decision from Ask The Tropers regarding Ponyo's sorting. And does anyone else like Scuba Landing for the title, or want to give some hats?
  • June 26, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    I'm okay with keeping it as Walking Fishbowl, since the mention of "scuba" makes me expect a suit of some kind yet a lot of the examples don't go that far. Mobile Fishbowl, maybe, to maintain the impression that the water source is portable but not always ambulatory itself?
  • June 26, 2013
    StarSword
    ^I like that. EDIT: Rhymes, too (though it could be Accent Depundent).
  • June 26, 2013
    Skylite
    • Ben 10 Omniverse has the pisceans who travel on land not wearing helmets, but suits that circulate water through them.
  • June 26, 2013
    Stratadrake
    I don't think Hellboy's Abe makes that great an image. Too much Rubber Forehead Alien, not enough literal-fish-out-of-water.
  • June 26, 2013
    StarSword
    I'm open to suggestions.
  • June 26, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    How about this?
  • June 26, 2013
    StarSword
    Ugh. I hate Spongebob. Dug this up from Chicken Little.
  • June 26, 2013
    AP
    • A group of Atlantis characters popped up in Savage Dragon from time to time, with aquatic "breathing" gear to use to go on land for an invasion. This was a Running Gag in which the gear always malfunctioned in someway, killing all of them.
  • June 27, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^^ God damn it, why so biased against SpongeBob? :D
  • June 27, 2013
    m8e
    The Spongebob image would be a great pic for Fishbowl Helmet. This trope needs something that isn't a literal fishbowl.

    I think the current work.
  • June 27, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    The SpongeBob pic would have to be resized or cropped to about half its width since the image uploader here enforces a cap of 350px wide.

    The current pic has the advantage of fitting rather well with the existing size of the description; the Chicken Little pic is simple and illustrative, if tall.
  • June 27, 2013
    StarSword
    @Paradisesnake: Because every time I even see the show out of the corner of my eye I feel like my brain is trying to disintegrate.
  • June 27, 2013
    lexicon
    • Fishtronaut is an enviro-friendly animated mystery series in which Secret Agent Fishtronaut (named so because he's a fish who flies around in an astronaut suit) explores the world's many mysteries above and below water in a unique way.
  • June 28, 2013
    StarSword
    Somebody want to give me the last hat so I can launch this?
  • June 28, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Well, what do you know, I hadn't given mine yet.
  • June 28, 2013
    StarSword
    Thanks for that. Last call; launching at 5:30 PM EST.
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