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->'''Hectan:''' ''You've KIIIILLLLEEEEEDD MEEEEEEE'' (''melts'')\\
'''[[HeroicComedicSociopath Zelda:]]''' [[PsychoticSmirk Good!]]
-->-- ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon]]''

Maybe you ran out of time to fix the killer poison. Maybe you're made of paint or something. Maybe someone froze you and then heated you up really fast. Or, maybe you opened the Ark of the Covenant. Maybe you fell into [[LethalLavaLand lava]] or acid or something else that makes people melt. Point is, you're about to learn how a snowman feels in the spring.

'''I'm Melting''' is when a character or other life form, for one reason or another, has a literal meltdown. It might look like:

* '''Collapsing into lumpy goo:'''. Probably one of the best and nastiest looking meltdowns one can find, it basically occurs when the subject slowly turns to goo all over, flesh falling and dripping from their body onto the floor. It doesn't usually leave a viscous puddle either, so much as a pile of soggy dough.
* '''From the ground up'''. The most classic example, in which only the part of the subject that touches the ground actually turns to liquid. Of course, this means that, sequentially, every part of the body will touch the ground, often giving the illusion of sinking into a shallow puddle (conversely, the easiest way to stage this effect in live-action settings is to do exactly that, lowering the actor on a hidden trap door. See ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' or any of several ''Franchise/StarTrek'' episodes.) Oddly, the victim will never be considered dead until their head has melted, which will be alive and speaking until the end despite their heart and lungs melting beforehand.
* '''Soda pop'''. This one was quite popular with Disney cartoons in the mid/early 90's. In short, this one is very similar to ''From the ground up'', except with the added effect of being very, VERY fizzy. Bubbles tend to actually rise off of the subject and pop in mid-air. Imagine an alka-seltzer sitting in a puddle of water, and you've got the idea here. Sometimes this will leave a nice clean puddle, but other times, the subject may completely dissolve into a shrinking pile of fizz.
* '''Bones'''. One of the rarest types of meltdown, this is when [[StrippedToTheBone everything but the skeleton]] is reduced to a puddle of Pepto-Bismol. TruthInTelevision, since bones, especially human bones, are very difficult to completely destroy. Cremated remains are mainly bits of bone -- everything else evaporates.
* '''Vaporization'''. This is regarded as melting, but looks like it didn't just stop with turning the victim to a liquid. In fact, often, the liquid isn't even seen. It's as if they skipped a step, steaming and sublimating from the ground up.

This is a common fate of enemies weak to [[KillItWithWater water]], [[WeakenedByTheLight sunlight]], salt, certain poisons/acids, and of course, [[GreyGoo deconstructive nanobots]].

Note that this can be a subtrope of NoBodyLeftBehind and EverythingFades, although it can lead to EmptyPilesOfClothing in works where ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing. It can also be played for comedic effect, with the victim restored to normal in the next scene. A subtrope of this is LustfulMelt.

Due to the fact in fiction people often say this when they are melting, this could be considered an example of CaptainObvious.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Several football players begin to suffer a meltdown thanks to the heat, until Boomer Esasion passes them all bottles of Pepsi. As they chug, the melting is not just stopped, but ''reversed''. Hm... Does that mean that [[FridgeBrilliance Pepsi really does bring your ancestors]] [[BiteTheWaxTadpole back from the dead?]]
** The same principle was used in a Sierra Mist commercial with a man whose legs fuse to the ground as he walks toward a vending machine, getting shorter and shorter as he leaves a denim-textured trail of goo behind him. He gets his drink in time to chug himself back to normal only moments before he would have been unable to reach the machine, then he just has to pour out a single drop to restore his poor puddle of a dog.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', due to the action of [[PerfectPoison APTX]] (discussed in depth in ArtMajorBiology), victims eventually melt -- even for our survivors (to them APTX became a FountainOfYouth), they did feel their bones melting, and ''smoke'' came out from their bodies.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' has a particularly gruesome case in the last chapter. [[spoiler:Lucy's psychic powers slowly damage her body on a molecular level and during the finale she uses them to such a great extent that parts of her slowly start to liquefy. In her [[RedemptionEqualsDeath moment of redemption]], she uses all the power she has to save Kouta and his friends which literally causes her skin and flesh to melt.]] First the arms and legs fall off and during the death scene she is only a melting skull and torso and asks to be covered by a jacket so the others (and the readers) don't have to see her like that during her final minutes.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''
** ''EndOfEvangelion'' has everyone getting hugged by a hallucination of their most loved person and then promptly collapsing into primordial soup. Anti-AT field: quick, painless and 100% effective.
** Episode 20 has a similar thing happening to Shinji: he immersed into his berserking Eva so much his body melted into LCL and they had to figure out how to rebuild it and bind his soul in it. Same thing happened to his mother [[TheWoobie while he was watching]], by the way.
* Happens twice in ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'': the first time to [[spoiler:Lisker when Guyver II's damaged control medal was smashed,]] and again later in the series when [[spoiler:Sho as Guyver I has his control medal torn out by Enzyme.]] Temporarily subverted in that the second occurrence didn't immediately result in melting, but [[spoiler:Guyot psychically causing Enzyme's body to burst apart when the berserking Guyver I tackled him behind reduced both Enzyme and Sho to a rapidly-disintegrating mound of bioflesh and bones.]]
* Amayo Jingorou from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' can turn his body into semi-liquid ooze by covering himself with salt. This is why he's absolutely terrified of the sea, since the salt water dissolves his body completely. [[spoiler:This is exactly how he meets his end.]]
* This is what happens to all the witches in ''KiwaguroNoBrynhildr'' whenever their "eject" button is pressed or they run out of "death suppressant" pills.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* It would appear that this was the ultimate fate of Dr. Light. Although he was first turned into a [[KarmicDeath candle]] by ComicBook/TheSpectre.
* Would you believe that wholesome ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' published not one, but ''two'' stories featuring this trope?
** The original ''Life With Archie'' series (1958-1991) featured longer, more "adventure" oriented stories than the typical Archie titles, including one with [[http://the-isb.blogspot.com/2006/01/life-in-riverdale-surprisingly.html a mysterious Satanic box that melts people's faces off]].
** From 1972 to 1974, Archie published a ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' spinoff, ''Chilling Adventures in Sorcery as Told By Sabrina''. It had the odd combination of [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics284.html straight-up horror stories]] with art in the familiar Archie house style and Sabrina acting as HorrorHost. One story in particular stands out, featuring a boy who teases a stutterer at school. The kindly teacher happens to be a witch, and gives him an enchanted book that ''melts his face off'', and possibly kills him!
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* This happened to ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'' once when he had hoped to merely thaw out of a block of ice.
* Also in [[http://www.zeno.org/Literatur/M/Busch,+Wilhelm/Bildergeschichten/Bilderpossen/Der+Eispeter a strip]] by 19th century German artist Creator/WilhelmBusch. Boy Peter leaves the house on a very cold winter day [[AnAesop despite being told not to]] for ice skating, where he promptly freezes in the cold. Fortunately, the hunter finds him and brings him home; but in the oven heat, this trope happens, and all the dolorous parents can do is wipe up the liquid and store it in a jar, [[BlackComedy which they keep in the larder.]]
* The classic Wicked Witch melting is parodied in ''Brevity''.
-->'''Wicked Witch of the West:''' I'm melting! MELTING!!! And on the good rug too...
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Days Of Future Smurfed", Empath in one of his jumps into the future sees Smurfette melting back into a lump of clay after Papa Smurf's spell that turns her into a real Smurf eventually fails.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Late in the animated movie ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', Freddy, Daphne, and Velma are tied up, as wax voodoo dolls of themselves are tossed dangerously close to a fire (Oh, and btw, the supernatural stuff is for real this time.) The actual character's faces visually start to melt before Scooby runs in and pulls the voodoo dolls away from the fire.
* In the sequel to the above, ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheWitchsGhost'' Shaggy runs into a real witch, or the ghost of her, and tries this. [[AvertedTrope She just glared at Shaggy.]]
* In a scene near the end of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', a number of [[NominalImportance anonymous]] Cybertronian robots are shown dissolving in a pit of molten metal inside Unicron's "belly", in order to set up a BigDamnHeroes moment when Daniel and the Autobots come to rescue the ones [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality we actually care about]]. Their demise is accompanied by the usual splashing, struggling, then turning cherry red and sinking out of sight.
* He was already basically made of acid, but Meltdown from ''TransformersAnimated'' collapses into a puddle when exposed to a malfunctioning 'genetic modifier'. The episode's last shot was of his face appearing in the liquid, but nothing came of it.
* Happened to Rasputin in Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' when the heroine smashed the artifact he gained his power from. It's been foreshadowed several times that he's technically a zombie, and the relic is the only thing keeping him alive, so it was pretty obvious this would happen.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Subverted in ''Film/SkyHigh'', in that melting into goo was actually Ethan's ''[[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway power]]''.
* This happened partially in ''[[Film/DaftPunksElectroma Electroma]]'', where two robots, wishing to be human, have [[UncannyValley masks that looked like human faces]]. Unfortunately [[GlamourFailure the masks melted in the sun.]]
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}}, for a scene where Dorothy accidentally splashes the wicked witch, who does not react well to water.
* ''Film/TheIncredibleMeltingMan'' tells the unfortunate tale of an astronaut who is slowly, painfully, experiencing this effect.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Seen in ''Film/XMen1'', after [[spoiler:Senator Kelly]] befriends Storm.
** Iceman in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' by [[spoiler: ''three'' Sentinels in the climax.]]
* Happens to some unfortunate Nazis in the climax of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk:'' "Whatever happens, '''KEEP YOUR EYES SHUT!'''"
** Used again in ''Film/TheLastCrusade'' when the villain drinks from the wrong grail.
* The ghostly trio of ''Film/{{Casper}}'' are melted away when exposed to sunlight. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this is merely a ruse.]]
* In ''Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', Gremlins melt into puddles of green goo (leaving only a skeleton behind) when exposed to sunlight. Somehow, you get the same effect when you get them wet then electrocute them, too.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' didn't show it often, but did bring it to disturbing levels with the dip.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': [[spoiler: The T-1000]] after he is shot in the gut with a grenade by the T-800. He falls into a vat of molten steel, where he shrieks [[spoiler:(and [[ShapeShifterSwanSong transforms into his victims]])]] as he melts away.
* ''Film/{{Volcano}}'': [[spoiler:Stan when he jumps into the lava to save the subway motorman, and in the process, has his entire body melted into the lava]]. Probably wasn't meant to be as funny as it turned out.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker subverted this trope (what else?) in ''Film/{{Batman}}'', when Vicki Vale threw a pitcher of water at him in order to distract him. After impersonating [[Film/TheWizardOfOz The Wicked Witch]] and crying "I'm melting!" for a few seconds, he then shouted "Boo!" at Vicki, just before Batman arrived.
* A particularely disgusting example happens in ''Film/CubeZero'' when one character gets completely sprayed with some sort of odorlous tissue-eating acid (leading him to believe initially that it's water).
* Happens to an unlucky guy in the ''Film/TheFlyII'' when the angry man-fly hybrid monster attacks him.
* In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', one of Clarence Boddicker's goons gets soaked in industrial waste. He starts slowly melting (while still alive!), while shambling around in pain. Clarence eventually hits him with his car, at which point he's so melted that his body literally explodes into goo on impact. Being Clarence, he seems more upset over the mild inconvenience the goon goo had on driving than the death of his lackey, the jerk.
* In ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider: The Cradle of Life'', the main villain gets thrown into a pit of black acid-like liquid. He spends a few dozen seconds thrashing around while his skin and muscle slowly melt off him.
* The climax of ''The Devil's Rain'' shows the satanic cult melting due to the eponymous occurrence.
* ''Film/StreetTrash'' is about a deadly liquor that will cause those who drink it to melt into streaming, day-glo colors.
* Happens to Franchise/{{Godzilla}} at the end of ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' as he's dying of a literal nuclear meltdown. His body tempurature has reached the critical 12,000 degrees which causes the flesh to start melting off of his bones. One close-up shot even shows his own ''dorsal fins'' melting away.
* The bizzare Australian ExploitationFilm ''Body Melt'' features some of the strangest examples of this trope, including one melting that starts with an excessive discharge of mucus from someone's nose.
* Several of the vampire deaths in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn 2'', as the staked vampires' partially-fleshed skeletons remain intact while a nasty black fluid flows out of them, forming a puddle on the ground.
* The eponymous {{Monster Clown}}s from ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'' melt down one of their victims.
* In the film adaptation of ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'', [[spoiler:after Sean has the unit literally pulled out from his head by Lisker]].
** Also in the more successful sequel, ''Guyver II: Dark Hero''. Once the villainous Guyver Zoanoid is mortally wounded in battle, [[spoiler: Sean pulls out the unit from his head.]] It melts down to a skeleton, which was only briefly seen before Guyver finished him off [[ChestBlaster in his signature style]].
* When Jason has to switch bodies in ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'', former one graphically rots away.
* In ''Film/FoodOfTheGods2'', "evil" scientist Edmond Delhurst suffers a meltdown death after he accidentally infects himself with a mixture of dog cancer cells and the titular growth hormone. He promptly turns into a gloppy puddle of cancerous goo.
-->'''Neil Hamilton:''' Edmond? God, you look awful!
* This is what happens to anyone who is consumed by ''Film/TheBlob'', shown in graphic detail. Usually the first thing to melt is their [[EyeScream eyes]].
* The ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie, of all things. Koopa briefly mentions early in the film that all life started out as primeval slime, vaguely foreshadowing the film's climax, where Mario and Luigi turn the De-evolutionizing De-vo guns on him until he turns back into primeval slime himself. Interestingly, there was a deleted clip from early in the film in which the De-vo chamber operator himself was De-evolved into slime. If you watch the film closely, you'll notice a green puddle during the De-vo chamber fight.
* In the "Overtoke" segment from ''Film/CampfireTales1991'', an oddly destructive weed causes its users to break apart and ultimately melt into a green puddle after prolonged use.
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', [[spoiler:the spokesman vampire toward the end of the film has this fate, with his impaled body dripping off of his bones until he is a very emaciated corpse on the stake he was impaled with.]]
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[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* In the world of ''Literature/LoneWolf'', many an [[TheUndead Undead]] (above the standard skeleton or zombie) dissolves into foul-smelling goo upon destruction. Notably the case for [[MookLieutenant Vordaks]] or [[HumanShifting Helghasts]] among the servants of the [[EvilOverlord Darklords]], or for the [[DemonicSpiders mutated boss undead]] of [[OurLichesAreDifferent Deathlord Ixiataaga]] from Book 17.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. Possibly the true {{Trope Namer|s}}. Note that it's not nearly instantaneous: the witch has enough time for a dialogue in which she asks the stupid question "did you not know water could destroy me?" Even ([[BlackAndWhiteMorality Espec]][[AlwaysChaoticEvil ially]]) as a child, it's obvious to the reader that had she known, Dorothy would have done it weeks ago.
* Hans Christian Andersen's original version of ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'' warned of the the perils of disintigrating into sea foam for the title character.
* ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'' has wizards that reacted the same way to soapy water with a little lemon juice in it. (They [[UnexplainedRecovery recover somehow]], but it does put them out of commission for awhile.) Later on, Telemain develops a spell that replicates the effect. It's more portable than buckets and can be used multiple times in rapid succession without having to reload (again unlike a bucket), but it doesn't last quite as long as an actual bucketful of soapy lemon water (possibly because the puddle is pure wizard, without the melting agent mixed in).
* In the Creator/IsaacAsimov short story "Rain, Rain, Go Away", a family of nosy neighbors nonetheless makes friends with a new family that moved in. They noted that the new family seems to be deathly afraid of rain, but writes it off as everyone having their own special quirks. They invite the new family to a carnival, where everyone has a good time until they see storm clouds. The new family is desperate to get home, up to and including crying when they hear radio reports that the rain is going to strike soon. When they finally get home, they only make it halfway:
-->'''Mother:''' Honestly! You'd think they were... (''rain suddenly starts at the family proceeds to ''melt)... made of sugar and afraid they would melt?
* A messy version happens to [[spoiler:Messalla]] when he is [[spoiler:caught in a pod with a laser of golden light]] in ''Mockingjay'', the final book of ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy.
* In Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror'', [[spoiler:Wilbur Whateley's non-human heritage is revealed when his furry, scaly, tentacled, nine-foot corpse dissolves into paste, leaving nothing behind but some discoloration to the floor.]]
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': This is how [=DomDaniel=] ends in the climax of ''Flyte'', by melting down in a puddle of slime.
* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''[[TheElenium Tamuli]]'', people are terrified of the Shining Ones for their ability to inflict an extremely nasty fate with a touch: their victims' flesh sloughs off their bones as they ''rot alive''. The Shining Ones are [[BlessedWithSuck equally horrified]] by it.
* Not shown, but it's mentioned in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' that Unseen University's sports instructor, Evans the Striped, died by spontaneous evaporation. Ridcully's a bit put out that one of UU's wizards would die in such an unimpressive fashion.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': An entire episode revolves around an assassin erasing clones from existence by using a powerful acid in his blood.
** Alien hybrids most often dissolve into green goo when killed.
* Vampires in ''Series/TrueBlood'' melt into horrible bloody goo when they get staked.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''Recap/{{D|octorWhoS24E4Dragonfire}}ragonfire'' had the villain Kane, a [[AnIcePerson low-temperature lifeform]], commit suicide by exposing himself to strong sunlight, causing him to melt. Probably one of the most gruesome sequences in the history of the show (you see his face drip off his skull), and astonishing when you think it got broadcast in an early-evening family show.
* This is what {{Wi|ckedWitch}}tchblade in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' says after being destroyed by the Shogun Megazord, except this trope is averted, as instead of melting, she topples over and explodes while saying:
-->'''Witchblade:''' Oh no, I'm falling... falling... what a world...!
* In the Goosebumps episode based on "Attack of the Mutant", said mutant's supervillain power was his ability to turn into anything, with one exception: If he turns into a liquid, he can't turn back. The KidHero defeats him by telling him he should [[WhatAnIdiot try turning into acid.]] This is depicted as the villain evaporating away while his costume (and mask) crumple up flat, into a steamy pile of clothes.
* In the Halloween special of ''Phil of the Future'', the evil cyborg Debbie melted into black goo after overheating when the students disobeyed her orders.
* In the [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E01Pilot pilot episode]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the WomanInWhite and her children dissolve into a puddle of water before bursting into flame.
* The {{Tokusatsu}} show ''Uchu kara no messeji: Ginga taisen'' (better known as ''San Ku Kaď'' in Europe or ''Sankuokai'' in Latin America) features one villain of the week with water-based powers who melt into foam when killed, which then takes fire. (It stands out because most other villains [[MadeOfExplodium would rather explode]].)
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - in "The Dark Age", an old friend of Giles has been killed by a demon they used to summon up, who then inhabits his body. When things get rough for the demon he leaves the body, which promptly dissolves into a puddle of greenish goo.
* BigBad Commander Black turns into green foamy goo at the end of ''Series/UltramanLeo''.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Course: Oblivion", the crew of ''Voyager'' discover that they are biomimetic copies of themselves when The Doctor injects B'Elanna Torres' dead body with a dichromate catalyst, which instantly causes it to revert into a blob of "silver blood" from the earlier "Demon" episode. Later on, the biomimetic ''Voyager'' itself disintegrates into formless particles when force fields holding the dissolving ship together fail.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The album ''Death Valley High'' by Music/ZombinaAndTheSkeletones is a concept album that tells the story of a troubled young girl who slaughters her classmates in the song "Janie's Got a Dissolvo Ray".
* The Christmas song "Frosty the Snowman" mentions having fun before he melts away. In the animation based on the song, he melts in the greenhouse where he takes a little girl to keep her warm. TearJerker.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Occurs in Creator/JerseyJackPinball's ''Pinball/TheWizardOfOz'' with the Wicked Witch, of course.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* In ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' episode "The Childe Harold Rewarde," Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty reduce Seagoon to liquid in a steam-bath and trap him in a bottle. They then threaten to ''drink'' him as part of an extortion scheme. Because this is ''The Goon Show,'' Seagoon begged the audience for help from within his bottle.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}}'', the creature [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/waxwork.htm Waxwork]] can do this [[BodyHorror to your skin]] and then absorb the melted flesh into itself.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The spell "infaillible servant" from the book ''Exemplar of Evil'' can turn a creature into a foul sludge if it is slain or captured, making impossible to interrogate or resurrect it. Note that this spell is cast solely on a ''willing subject''.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', it is implied that Zaktan may have done something like this to a Toa of Plasma, since the only sign of him left was an orange puddle, although it's still ambiguous as to what actually happened in that room. [[spoiler: Tahu also partly melts Nektann using his heat powers in self-defense, but manages to avoid killing him.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Characters in the ''VideoGame/ArmyMen'' games who are attacked with a flamethrower will flatten out into a puddle and fade away. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because all the characters are plastic toy soldiers, which will melt in high temperatures.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Like-likes will slowly melt into a puddle before burning away.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' features an enemy made of ice completely resistant to everything but fire magic, which reduces it to a shrinking puddle.
** In some older 2.5 betas of ''VideoGame/ZeldaClassic'', there is some unused sprites of Wizzrobes, depicting them as melting into a pile of clothes, and reappearing elsewhere. Since there is no way to place these sprites in a Wizzrobe's animation (they just flicker with their normal sprites), this never took off.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Zelda: Wand of Gamelon]]'', quoted above.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' has several enemies and even allies that appear to be made of paint. Water, which is your main weapon in the game, will cause these paint beings to melt into a puddle of paint.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''
** Shoot tinbots with the plasma beam in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', and they will sink into bright puddles.
** Crocomire in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' can fall into a pit of lava/acid/coca-cola, which will cause its flesh to graphically melt off, until only a skeleton remains.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}: No Remorse'' and its sequel, ''Crusader: No Regret'', shooting a human target with the most powerful weapon in the game, the PL-4 Plasma Rifle, causes their flesh to melt off most of their flesh before the obviously still slightly meaty skeleton crumples. Anyone attempting to use a teleport pad with an Inhibitor nearby suffers the same fate.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games, plasma weapons have a special effects death where the victim dissolves into a puddle of green slime. In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', this is accompanied by a wet, slurpy sort of sound -- lasers, which burn the target to ashes, have a crisp, crackling, burning sort of noise. The ''Fallout 3'' versions are considerably different from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', though plasma still reduces its victim to goo. Or rather, it melts the flesh off the bones, which promptly collapse into the resultant puddle for a stereotypical 'Bones' version. Lasers just cut victims in half (or thirds depending). Fallout 3's lasers actually act more like Fallout 2's pulse rifles in that regard, incidentally. This also happens to the player character upon activating Project Purity at the end of the game, unless the ''Broken Steel'' {{expansion pack}} is installed.
** Since there are too many of them to leave intact corpses without excessive performance drag, the Marked Men in the final battle of ''Lonesome Road'' all undergo plasma melting after death.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest''
** In Sierra's ''Space Quest'' being hit by a drop of acid has it "sear its way to your feet" (through your head), but the VGA remake dissolves Roger the protagonist top-down, into a puddle of goo and a really stupid-looking head in a protective helmet.
** In ''Space Quest II'', Roger can fall into a death trap of green acid. [[HollywoodAcid Contrary to type]], it kills him gradually, complete with descriptive text!
** In ''Space Quest III'' (and an easter egg in ''Space Quest IV''), going unprotected on a volcanic world causes Roger to melt into a puddle. Roger can also (rather easily) fall into the lava, and the HaveANiceDeath picture was accompanied with a half-melted, mostly skeletal Roger trying to get out of the goo.
** In ''Space Quest IV'', being caught by a slime monster causes Roger to fall straight into it, with a suitable shot of his half-skeletal form trying to claw his way back out.
** Nobody melts in ''Space Quest V''. We thought we'd mention that for the novelty value. The Pukoids seem half-melted, though.
** In ''Space Quest VI'', Roger can fall into a pool of acid, with a suitable scene of flailing around and bobbing to the surface with his flesh melted off before a ground-up sizzling into oblivion.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', this is the final fate of [[spoiler:those captured by the collectors, and not rescued in time; or a random colonist if you save everyone...well, everyone else, that is]].
* In ''VideoGame/DukeNukem: Time to Kill'', enemies you kill melt into puddles of blood regardless of the method used to kill them.
* In Website/FunOrb's ''Miner Distubance'', the trope name can be your epitaph in case of death by lava.
* In ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', one of Shang Tsung's {{F|inishingMove}}atalties, and Reptile's acid and knocking an opponent into the Deadpool.
* The Particle Beam in ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' disintgrates enemies. Alma also does it to several FEAR and Delta soldiers.
* Memorably, [[BlackComedy hilariously/disturbingly]], and [[GoodBadBugs unintentionally]] occurred in the early releases of ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' v.2010. Due to a mistake in the materials files, if a dwarf got wet in hot weather, all of their body fat would melt off and they'd bleed to death.
* There exist a couple of Franchise/{{Pokemon}} (especially [[BlobMonster blobby or water-based ones]]) that can learn a move called Acid Armor, which is sort of invoking this trope. Contrary to the trope's outcome, though, it doesn't kill the Pokémon, it just raises its defense a lot.
* ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'': In one death scene in the cocoon chamber, a spray of acid hits Lance's face, resulting in his entire face and head melting (except for the eyeballs) along with his entire body, which melts away into nothingness at all.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', [[spoiler:when Demon Bride Elaine sprays GhostPirate Guybrush with root beer, he dissolves into a skeleton, before he thankfully rematerializes back into the Crossroads Center]].
* Enemies in ''ResidentEvil4'' and ''ResidentEvil5'' melt after death. The Novistador's acid attacks inflict grisly melting on Leon's [[FacialHorror face]].
* Being made of goo, this is how ''VideoGame/{{Gruntz}}'' die when killed via regular damage. One of their death quotes is even "I'm Melting!".
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Bubsy}}'' series, one of Bubsy's death animations has him melting into a puddle.
* This also happens to dead enemies in ''NinjaGaiden Black/Sigma''.
* Supplemental material for the ''Franchise/ArTonelico'' series indicates that this happens to Pureblooded Reyvateils when they die--their bodies are created from biofluid, and only retain that shape for as long as the Reyvateil lives. (This doesn't happen to Halfblooded Reyvateils because they're functionally humans with Reyvateil powers.)
* In ''VideoGame/{{Gruntz}}'', this is how gruntz die (if not blown up, crushed falling into hazards, or exploded) - they turn into a pile of goo that can be later sucked up to reuse for creation of another grunt. Also said word for word as one of their death quotes.
* ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'' has this as a representation of a Mii responding to their absolute least favorite food ever.
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* Seen in ''Webcomic/MetroidThirdDerivative'' when a Pirate challenged Samus. Unfortunately, he was standing in a high concentration of phazon at the time. Samus delivered a spin on the Trope name, in response to this.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob:'' When Molly's ''steam-powered'' robot snowman (unsurprisingly) melts, Jean quotes the Wicked Witch: "What a world! What a world!"
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', K'seliss the "[[LizardFolk lizard-ogre]]" gets [[{{Squick}} dissolved bit by bit]] by a horrifying undead abomination. And ''still'' manages to [[TakingYouWithMe take the damn thing down with him]] with [[DyingMomentOfAwesome all four limbs and his tail gone]].
* Professor Corwin's Apsinthion Device does a this to coeds in ''Tales of Gnosis College''. They '''love''' it.
* In ''Webcomic/TheNoob'', the {{Z|ergRush}}ERG team encouners a [[KillerRabbit "cute little squirrel"]] in a high level forest. [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=148 It doesn't end well]].
* In ''Webcomic/CheshireCrossing'', '''all''' witches are vulnerable to this in Oz. This not only explains why the Wicked Witch of the West had buckets of water all over the place (in case the Good Witches came calling), but also allows her to ambush and incapacitate an invading [[spoiler:Mary Poppins]].
* ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'' subverts this. Bill thinks Ilene's {{Snowlem}} character will melt in the summer, but instead snow creatures in this game just lose lots of defense points.
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', when several of Poison Ivy's "children" (and seemingly herself) come in contact with weed killer.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has a lot of fun with this:
** Honker dispatches a pair of giant slugs with the salt packet from his french fries.
** One of Bushroot's failed experiments in creating companionship for himself results in "Intelligence, Indigestion, Insanity, and In a Puddle" -- and almost kills Gosalyn when she gets exposed to it. (She still hated the cure; plain soap and water.)
** Splatter Phoenix, a villainess who could turn any painting into a PortalPicture, attempts to kill the heroes in this manner by dousing the picture they were trapped in with turpentine. Too bad for her that that particular picture was ''penciled'' as well as painted. However, '''she herself''' was just painted, making her demise a case of DeathByIrony.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo''
** When Johnny accidentally hoses down a candy-themed supervillain in a striped costume.
** In a much later episode, a frost giant swallows him while he's having extremely spicy food as last meal. The next moment, Johnny is drowning in a large puddle.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', when Goofy introduces a monster made of toxic waste to a whiff of fresh air. The monster's puddle actually swirls into nothing, with a hilarious toilet flushing sound effect.
* This is what happens when the Warners get really, really, '''really bored''' in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', at least twice. Once when a snowman removed the "anti-melting gene" from Eustace, and again when courage overcomes his personality issues in the last episode, which causes the anthropomorphic personification of his self depreciation (that looks like a SadistTeacher) to dissolve in a black puddle.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' saw Dodgers and the Cadet do this to a vampire after getting him to eat garlic.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', when Inque comes in contact with water. And later, when her protégé tries to become like her. Oh, he survives. [[AndIMustScream Unfortunately]].
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
** When the boys try to cool off in a freezer. They get kicked out as one large block of ice, which quickly melts in the sun... ...taking the boys with it.
** Another episode had Jimmy melt down into a puddle because Ed removes his "outer lines" (in other words, he pulled off of the ink outlines like they were wires and left the colored part to melt away). The show later has Sara confront Ed about it, holding Jimmy in a lemonade pitcher. [[spoiler:Turns out it was just their imagination and never happened...or did it?]]
* Arthur himself on ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', but it was only a DreamSequence of D.W.'s.
* This happens a lot on ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** When Drakken sent clones of Kim and Bonnie to attack Kim, Kim was able to melt the clones by spraying soda water at them.
** Kim and Ron held an army of zombie snowmen at bay by melting them with a flamethrower and packets of hot-sauce.
** [[spoiler:[[TheMole Eric]]]] met his defeat when Rufus bit him in the ankle, causing his syntho-gel to leak.
** Shortly after Kim and Ron got together, Ron had a recurring nightmare that, after their first dance, Kim turned into a syntho-drone and melted.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: The Animated Series'', quick clones tend to melt after a while.
* June once did this (using a magnifying glass against the sun) to both her and Henry in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''...
** "And Meltman with the power to... uh... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin melt."]]
* A ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' episode with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos vs. Naomi Campbell, in which Rebecca is sprayed with stomach acid, reducing her to a puddle of mush.
* ''WesternAnimation/StuntDawgs'': When Richard P. Fungus destroyed the old camera that somehow allowed the ghost of his deceased Grandfather to exist, said ghost started disappearing and shouted that he was melting. Fungus (correctly) pointed out his Grandfather was shrinking instead.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Brother from the Same Planet", this happens to Homer in Bart's brief, nightmare-causing ImagineSpot.
-->'''Homer:''' Now how 'bout a hug?
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', this happens to Roberto when he eats a piece of Hermes' skin, thanks to years of LaBarbara's extremely spicy cooking.
* An Abominable Snowman follows BugsBunny to Palm Springs - he sits in a lounge chair, sweating heavily, occasionally muttering "Gosh, it's hot!" before melting completely into a puddle of water - seems he really ''was'' a snowman.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "The Smurfs Of The Round Table", Morgan le Fey steals Excalibur, uses it to turn King Arthur and his men to wax, and then casts a spell on the sun to make it burn hotter so that King Arthur and everything in Camelot will melt away. Fortunately, the melting process takes time, which gives the Smurfs enough time to get Excalibur back from the evil sorceress and to restore everyone in Camelot to normal.
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* Gastropods. Small, harmless creatures (on land anyways), some with shells. Most of their body is held together with water, so when a little salt is applied they simply burst.

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